5/6/19 WWE Monday Night Raw – Live Recap
Follow along with the Starman as he recaps tonight’s Monday Night Raw that takes place live from the US Bank Arena in Cincinnati, OH.
Vince McMahon’s music hits as the Chairman of WWE struts his way down to the ring. McMahon says tonight’s show will be one for the ages and is immediately interrupted by Roman Reigns’ music. The Smackdown Live star makes his way to the ring and says that while he was on the shelf, McMahon has had his spoiled kids running the show even though the fans are supposed to be running the show. Reigns says he is now listening to the fans and will show up each week if he keeps on getting the response he is getting.
Daniel Bryan’s music then hits as another Smackdown Live star makes his way to the ring. Bryan says he has spent the last month in solitude after losing the WWE Championship to Kofi Kingston at WrestleMania and wants to have an intellectual conversation with McMahon. Before McMahon can respond, Kofi Kingston’s music hits as the Smackdown live WWE Champion makes his way to the ring.
Kofi tells Bryan that if he has a problem with how WrestleMania went down, Bryan should have came to him instead of McMahon. Bryan says Kofi is an undeserving champion and that his win was a fluke. McMahon steps in and says he has an idea of a wild card rule, where at any given moment three guys from Smackdown can come to Raw and three guys from Raw can go to Smackdown.
Drew McIntyre’s music hits and says it’s up to him to do something about all of this if McMahon won’t do anything. McIntyre says it’s not Smackdown and calls out Reigns saying that he will take him out with a Claymore Kick. McMahon then steps in and asks the crowd if they should have two WrestleMania rematches, with the match between Kofi and Bryan being for the WWE Championship.
AJ Styles’ music hits as he makes his way down to the ring and we head into a commercial break. We return to see Styles standing in the ring with McMahon and Styles wonders what McMahon is doing with Smackdown wrestlers on Raw. Styles says he spent years on Smackdown and once he makes it to Raw and gets a shot at Seth Rollins, he opens the door for Roman Reigns to come in. Styles says maybe he will show up on Smackdown tomorrow night with some of his friends.
Seth Rollins’ music then interrupts as the Universal Champion makes his way to the ring. Rollins says Smackdown was fine before Styles got there and it was fine after he left, as it has been on the air for 20 years. Rollins continues by reminding Styles that it is his shows, which is Monday Night Rollins. Styles says he took Rollins out with a Phenomenal Forearm last week and when he takes him out at Money in the Bank with another Phenomenal Forearm, he will be leaving with the Universal Championship.
McMahon steps in and says the two will be in a match together, but they will be teaming together in a tag team match. McMahon says he will be putting together a tag team right now and leaves the ring as we head into a commercial break.
Match 1: Seth Rollins and AJ Styles vs. Bobby Lashley and Baron Corbin
The match starts and the two teams feel each other out in the opening moments. Styles is able to gain the advantage over Lashley and Rollins tags himself in. The two then clothesline Lashley and Corbin out to the floor and begin jawing at each other as we head into a commercial break.
The match continues with Lashley working over Rollins and picks up a near fall. Lashley then dumps Rollins to the floor and tags Corbin into the match. Corbin rolls Rollins into the ring and continues wearing Rollins down and picks up another near fall. Rollins is able to counter Corbin’s attack with a Blockbuster and makes the tag to Styles as Corbin tags in Lashley.
Styles quickly takes Lashley down and sets up for the Styles Clash, but Lashley is able to escape. Styles then heads to the apron to go for a Phenomenal Forearm, but Corbin distracts Styles which allows Lashley to spear Styles off of the apron and into the guard railing. Lashley rolls Styles back into the ring a picks up a near fall, but Styles is able to comeback with a dropkick and a Pele kick, that sends him out to the floor. Lashley then gets up and takes out Rollins as Corbin comes into the ring and sends Styles out to the floor as we head into another commercial break.
We return to the match to see Lashley working over Styles and picks up a near fall before tagging Corbin in. Corbin picks up a near fall of his own after nailing Styles with a right. Styles manages to make his way to his corner and tags Rollins into the match, who comes in and sends both Corbin and Lashley out to the floor and takes them both out with a dive through the ropes.
The match returns to the ring as things break down as Styles takes Lashley out to the floor and Rollins takes Corbin down with a superkick. Rollins sets up for the curb stomp, but Corbin is able to get out of the way as Styles accidentally hits Rollins with a Phenomenal Forearm. Styles then leaves the ring as Corbin hits Rollins with the End of Days to pick up the pin fall.
Winner: Baron Corbin and Bobby Lashley defeated Seth Rollins and AJ Styles by pin fall.
The announce team hypes the two WrestleMania rematches before footage airs that shows what happened last week between the Miz and Shane McMahon. We then see the Miz sitting outside of Shane McMahon’s office waiting for his arrival to the arena. Sami Zayn’s music then hits as he makes his way to the ring and we head into a commercial break.
Sami Zayn asks the crowd what they have to complain about tonight as they are getting two WrestleMania rematches tonight. Zayn says it sounded like the fans enjoyed the announcements and he did as well, however, unlike him, the fans are still miserable on the inside. Zayn is then interrupted by Braun Strowman’s music and he makes his way to the ringside area. Strowman then enters the ring and Zayn retreats through the crowd. Strowman cuts him off in the crowd and chases him to the back.
The Lucha House Party make their way out with pinatas for a six-man tag team match and we cut the backstage area where Strowman is still chasing down Zayn. Zayn finds himself trapped and tries to escape under a garage door, but Strowman grabs Zayn’s leg. Strowman tosses Zayn into a dumpster as a garbage truck drives up and dumps Zayn into the truck.
Match 2: Lucha House Party vs. Random Jobbers
Lucha House Party quickly takes out one of the jobbers with a series of quick tags and moves before picking up the pin fall.
Winners: Lucha House Party defeated three random jobbers by pin fall in a six-man tag team match.
Footage of the WrestleMania match between Roman Reigns and Drew McIntyre is aired. The announce team hypes the rematch that will take place later on tonight. Ricochet’s music hits and will put his Money in the Bank spot on the line against Robert Roode when we return from a commercial break.
Natalya and Naomi are backstage who open up invites from Lacy Evans that invites them to the ringside area and requests that they wear formal attire. Dana Brooke walks in and has the same invite that smells like peach cobbler and they wonder who she thinks she is.
Match 3: Ricochet vs. Robert Roode (Money in the Bank Spot)
It is explained that since Roode was the only person who has beaten Ricochet, he was awarded this shot at taking Ricochet’s spot at the Money in the Bank match. The match starts and Roode is able to gain the advantage by countering Ricochet’s attack and sending him throat first into the ropes. Roode continues on the attack and levels Ricochet with a clothesline for a near fall. Ricochet is able to turn the match into his favor with a moonsault but Roode quickly counters with a spinebuster for another near fall. Roode then sets up for a superplex, but Ricochet counters and sends Roode down to the canvas. Ricochet then hits the 630 Splash to pick up the pin fall and keep his spot in the Money in the Bank match.
Winner: Ricochet defeated Robert Roode by pin fall to keep his spot in the Money in the Bank match.
The announce team hypes the two WrestleMania rematches before we see footage of another WrestleMania rematch from last week where Rey Mysterio defeated Samoa Joe by pin fall. These two will meet a third time at Money in the Bank for the US Championship. Mysterio is seen backstage with his son. Mysterio heads into his dressing room and his son walks away but it soon followed by Samoa Joe as we head into a commercial break.
Samoa Joe has cornered Mysterio’s son Dominic and says he is glad they finally get to meet in person. Joe says Dominic tried to embarrass and humiliate him by hoisting up his father on his shoulders last week. Joe tells him to tell his father that Joe is looking forward to defending the US Championship against him at Money in the Bank.
Lacey Evans makes her way to the ring as footage of last week’s confrontation between Lacey Evans and Becky Lynch is aired. Naomi, Dana Brooke, Natalya, and Alexa Bliss all make their way to the ringside area for the match.
Match 4: Lacey Evans vs. Ally Katrina
The match starts and Lacey Evans quickly nails Ally Katrina with the Women’s Right to pick up the pin fall victory.
Winner: Lacey Evans defeated Ally Katrina by pin fall.
Lacey then thanks all four of them for coming to see a preview of what will happen to Becky Lynch. She then warns them that they will quickly regret cashing in the Money in the Bank contract on her. Evans is then interrupted by Lynch’s music as she runs into the ring and takes Evans down. Evans is able to escape the beatdown and stares down Lynch, who is holding up both Women’s Championships.
Daniel Bryan is backstage and says Kofi’s shilling of pancakes and merchandise is a threat to the future of humanity. Bryan says he is here to correct the course for human history and become the planet’s champion once again. The Viking Raiders then make their way to the ring and they will be taking on Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder once we return from the commercial break.
The Usos are seen walking backstage as we head into the next match of the night.
Match 5: Viking Raiders vs. Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder
The match starts as Hawkins and Ryder use quick tags to wear down Ivar, but he is able to turn the tide on Hawkins and power him down to the mat. Erik is tagged in and continues on the attack until Ryder is tagged in to the match. Ryder goes for the Rough Ryder but Erik is able to counter and tags Ivar into the match, who then hit the Viking Experience to pick up the pin fall victory over the WWE Raw Tag Team Champions.
Winners: Viking Raiders defeated Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder by pin fall.
The announce team hypes the WrestleMania rematches as we head into a commercial break.
The next edition of Firefly FunHouse is aired. This time Bray Wyatt talks with Mercy the Buzzard who has a mouth full of cotton. Wyatt digs in the box and it is Wayward Rabbit, who has been beheaded by Mercy. Wyatt then teaches a lesson in forgiveness as he sits among a group of kids while petting a stuffed animal of a sheep.
Seth Rollins is backstage and says it doesn’t matter of AJ Styles hit him on accident or on purpose and says the next time he walks away from Rollins will be with two black eyes and a broken face. Roman Reigns and Drew McIntyre then make their way to the ring for their match as we head into a commercial break.
Match 6: Roman Reigns vs. Drew McIntyre
The match starts and the two go back and forth in the opening moments of the match. McIntyre gains the early advantage and picks up a near fall after dead lifting Reigns and taking him down with a suplex. The match heads out to the floor where McIntyre sends Reigns into the ring post. McIntyre rolls Reigns back into the ring and Reigns is able to clothesline McIntyre out to the floor. Reigns then tries for a Drive-by, but McIntyre counters with a big boot. McIntyre then flings Reigns face first into the ring apron as we head into a commercial break.
We return to see Reigns set up for the Superman Punch, but McIntyre counters with a spinebuster for a near fall. McIntyre then tries for a Claymore Kick, but Reigns sidesteps him and the two begin exchanging blows until McIntyre connects with a Glasgow Kiss for another near fall. Reigns is then able to counter with a DDT for a near fall of his own. McIntyre retreats to the floor and Reigns looks for another attempt at a Drive-by, but McIntyre connects with a kick and sends Reigns into the steel steps. The match returns to the ring where McIntyre picks up another near fall after slamming Reigns down to the mat.
McIntyre then heads to the top rope and goes for a high risk move, but Reigns counters with a Superman Punch, however, McIntyre is able to kick out of the pin attempt. Reigns then goes for a spear but McIntyre counters with a kick to the face. Reign then comes back and finally connects with a spear but the pin attempt is broken up by Shane McMahon and Elias and the match is thrown out.
Winner: Roman Reigns defeated Drew McIntyre by disqualification.
McMahon and Elias beat down Reigns until the Miz comes out and chases McMahon to the back. Meanwhile, Elias and McIntyre beat down Reigns and McIntyre lays Reigns out with a Claymore Kick. Backstage, Shane is seen running down the hall and hides behind a wall as the Miz runs right past him. Charly Caruso appears to get a word with McMahon and asks about his thoughts in making it personal between him and the Miz. McMahon doesn’t answer and tries to sneak off in a limo, but Miz runs up and nails McMahon with a chair. The two fight around the limo until McMahon nails Miz with a low blow. McMahon then retreats to the limo as it drives off.
The announce team hypes the WrestleMania rematch between Kofi Kingston and Daniel Bryan. We are treated to a video package of their match at WrestleMania as we head into a commercial break.
A recap of Braun Strowman tossing Sami Zayn in the dumpster is aired. A recap of the Usos sneaking up on the Revival in the shower from last Monday is aired, which brings us to the next match of the night with the Revival set to go up against Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson. However, before the match can start, the Usos come out laughing and say they used some Uso Hot in the Revival’s trunks that is activated when the Revival perspire. The Revival then begin to pull at their trunks and slide across the canvas. The Usos then hand them bottles of water, which they pour down their trunks, which makes the effects worse for the Revival. The Revival run to the back as the Uso stand on the entrance ramp and laugh.
Kofi Kingston is backstage and says a lot of people didn’t believe in him but he showed people that the impossible is possible. Kofi then says that he will also show Bryan that he deserves to be champion. No Way Jose and his conga line make their way to the ringside area and is interrupted by Lars Sullivan, who tears through the conga line. Jose tries to fight back, but gets taken out with a running sit out powerbomb.
A video package showing Naomi being inducted into the Boys and Girls Club Alumni Hall of Fame is aired. The announce team hype the main event between Kofi Kingston and Daniel Bryan, which is coming up after the commercial break.
Vince McMahon is backstage talking on the phone about how the Wild Card stipulation works. Lars Sullivan then appears and McMahon says he is going to make it be four individuals as Sullivan walks away.
Match 7: Kofi Kingston vs. Daniel Bryan (WWE Championship)
The match starts off quick and Kofi is able to take Bryan down with a clothesline and sends him out to the floor as we head into a commercial break.
The match returns and we see Kofi pick up a near fall after hitting Bryan with a flying elbow. Kofi then connects with a splash for another near fall. Bryan is then to counter Kofi and dumps him out to the floor before sending him into the ring post twice. Kofi is rolled back into the ring where Bryan takes Kofi down and tries to put him in an armbar and a LeBell Lock, but Kofi is able to escape. The two then take each other down with cross body blocks as we head into a commercial break.
The WrestleMania rematch continues as Bryan backdrops Kofi over the top rope and hits hard on the mat on the floor. Bryan then sends Kofi into the barricade and tries to send him into the steel steps, but Kofi is able to leap his way up to the top rope and dives on Bryan to take him out. Back in the ring, Kofi takes Bryan out with a cross body block from the top rope for a near fall. Bryan quickly comes back and locks Kofi in the LeBell Lock but Kofi is able to get his foot on the bottom rope.
Bryan then connects with a series of kicks to Kofi’s injured arm but Kofi fights his way back and hits Bryan with a Boom Drop. Kofi then tries for a Trouble in Paradise, but Bryan is able to counter and picks up a near fall with a German suplex and bridge. Bryan and Kofi then go with a series of counters and reversals with their signature moves until Kofi finally connects with a Trouble in Paradise and picks up the pin fall to retain the WWE Championship.
Winner: Kofi Kingston defeated Daniel Bryan by pin fall to retain the WWE Championship.
Kofi celebrates with the WWE Championship as the announce team wonders who will show up tomorrow night on Smackdown Live with the Wild Card rules as Raw mercifully comes to a close.
– Baron Corbin and Bobby Lashley defeated Seth Rollins and AJ Styles by pin fall.
– Lucha House Party defeated three random jobbers by pin fall in a six-man tag team match.
– Ricochet defeated Robert Roode by pin fall to keep his spot in the Money in the Bank match.
– Lacey Evans defeated Ally Katrina by pin fall.
– Viking Raiders defeated Curt Hawkins and Zach Ryder by pin fall.
– Roman Reigns defeated Drew McIntyre by disqualification.
– Kofi Kingston defeated Daniel Bryan by pin fall to retain the WWE Championship.
Vince McMahon said this show was going to be one for the ages and, boy, was he right. For all the wrong reasons. Braun Strowman tossing Sami Zayn into a dumpster pretty much sums up tonight’s show. From jobber filled squash matches to Uso Hot, tonight’s show was utter garbage. When the WWE wonders why the Raw rating is tanking have to look no further than tonight’s show to find out the reason why.
I seriously cannot write any more about this show. It really sucked the life out of me.