The latest WWE Raw results on Monday, May 22, came from the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This particular show was the second-to-last before the WWE Extreme Rules 2017 pay-per-view. Among the superstars appearing were Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose, Finn Balor, The Miz, Samoa Joe, Bray Wyatt, Alexa Bliss, and Roman Reigns. Here are all the match-by-match results and major highlights for the latest Monday Night Raw episode.
The show opened with a Bray Wyatt promo about how he will be the one to slay the best. He ran down most of his opponents for the Fatal 5-Way but didn’t mention Roman Reigns, then said there is a fifth. He mentioned Reigns by name and talked about how one silly yard doesn’t mean much to a man who owns the world. Reigns came out to interrupt. Reigns vowed to win the Fatal 5-Way but tonight said he is mostly concerned with getting Wyatt’s ass out of his yard. Kurt Angle came out and talked about seeing who has the momentum going towards the PPV. He booked Reigns vs. Wyatt as the opening match for Raw.
Roman Reigns defeated Bray Wyatt due to disqualification. Samoa Joe interfered in the match late and then Seth Rollins came in for the save helping to clear out the heels. Reigns and Rollins shot each other looks as the heels were down at ringside.
Akira Tozawa defeated Ariya Daivari via pinfall. Brian Kendrick was on guest commentary. Late in the bout, Tozawa hit a senton bomb off the top rope to get the win. Kendrick hyped up their Street Fight for 205 Live this week.
Elias Samson defeated Dean Ambrose due to disqualification. Samson sat on a stool in the ring and played his guitar to sing a song before the match. In the match, the two traded pinfalls late with Ambrose hitting a Lunatic Lariat to take down Samson. Both guys were down as The Miz came rushing to the ring. He got inside and looked at both men, then hit Samson to give him the win by DQ over Ambrose. Post-match, Ambrose chased Miz around the ring and back inside. Samson grabbed Ambrose to hit a neck breaker on him as Miz applauded from the stage area.
They had EMTs checking on Enzo Amore backstage with Enzo saying he didn’t remember who attacked him. The EMTs helped take him away to get medical help. Cass told Angle he better hope he finds out who did it before he does.
There was a promo involving Finn Balor and Paul Heyman. Heyman talked about Brock making each of the Fatal 5-Way competitors a victim if they won the match. Finn Balor ended up telling Heyman to let Brock know that he’s going to win the 5-Way match and go on to face Brock for the championship that he never lost. He told Heyman to let Brock know he will beat him.
Finn Balor defeated Karl Anderson via pinfall. The match lasted seven minutes with Balor hitting a flip dive out onto Gallows and Anderson at one point. Later in the ring, he hit a sling blade clothesline on Anderson and then the Coup de Grace for the win.
Sasha Banks defeated Alicia Fox via pinfall. In just over two minutes, Sasha was able to get the win after hitting her double knee move on Fox in the ring corner. Post-match, Dar got into the ring to trash talk Sasha. She slapped him, but Alicia attacked her from behind and then hit the scissors kick on her.
They had a throwback Goldust promo with him in a Shattered Dreams Productions video. He sat in a director’s chair and talked about how gold is the purest of them all as it never weathers or fades and has infinite light. He said Truth’s light is flickering as he waits for another chance to shine on the silver screen. Someone gave Goldust a script but he threw it down saying this is his picture and he’s in the director’s chair again. Goldust said he controls how and when the next film ends, because “the golden age is back.”
Kalisto defeated Apollo Crews via pinfall. In just under three minutes, Kalisto took advantage of Crews being distracted as Titus O’Neil yelled instructions from ringside. Kalisto hit the Salida Del Sol for the pinfall. Post-match, Titus yelled at Crews for losing.
Matt Hardy defeated Sheamus via pinfall and got the right to pick a match stipulation for Extreme Rules. Jeff and Cesaro were ringside. Matt ducked Sheamus’ finisher late and rolled to the outside. Jeff was able to take Cesaro down with a dive. Back in the ring, Matt hit Twist of Fate to get the pinfall. Post-match, Charley Caruso interviewed Matt asking what his stipulation choice was for Extreme Rules. Matt said they would “lock them up and tear them down inside a cage match.”
Austin Aries defeated Tony Nese via submission. Cruiserweight Champion Neville watched the match from ringside. Late in the bout, Aries put a guillotine on Nese who tried to power out. Aries turned that into the Last Chancery to get him to submit. Post-match, Neville slammed Nese head first into the mat and put on the Rings of Saturn. Neville mocked him by clapping from on the stage.
Alexa Bliss defeated Mickie James via pinfall in a non-title match. Bliss got the win after hitting James with a DDT. Post-match she got a kendo stick and hit Mickie with it. Bayley rushed to the ring for a save, tripping Bliss and causing her to drop the stick. Alexa got out of the ring to escape harm’s way before Bayley could use the stick.
Samoa Joe and Bray Wyatt defeated Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins via submission. The match lasted 15 minutes for the main event. Towards the close, Rollins was fighting Wyatt and Joe in the ring. Rollins hit a cross body block on both heels, but then he nearly was taken down by Wyatt. Reigns got back into the picture and stopped a Sister Abigail attempt. Joe avoided Reigns’ Superman Punch which hit Rollins instead. Seth got in Reigns’ face to ask what was going on. Wyatt yanked Reigns to the outside and Joe locked the Coquina Clutch on Rollins eventually making him pass out.
Backstage, they showed Kurt Angle watching the match when Finn Balor came in. He told Angle he doesn’t want to be left out of all the fun and asked to face one of those guys next week. Angle told him he’ll be in a Triple Threat match against Samoa Joe and Bray Wyatt. He also booked Seth Rollins vs. Roman Reigns for next week and called himself a “great GM,” saying “Oh it’s true, it’s damn true.”