WWE Monday Night Raw Live Results (5/17/2021): ThunderDome III, Yuengling Center, Tampa, FL


Good evening! It's time once again for Monday Night Raw, and tonight will feature some of the fallout from last night's WrestleMania: BackLash, meaning there will be spoilers below. But like VHS and 8-Tracks, last night is ancient history and it's time to build towards next month's Hell in a Cell. As always, here to save your Raw results and show you the way for the greater good is your Monday Night Mikessiah, Mike Hogan. Our official Raw preview was lacking, but we do know Alexa Bliss will host the Women's Tag Team Champions, presumably to start our show.

Enough banter, though. Let's get to it. And for the final time, if you did not see WrestleMania: BackLash and do not want its results spoiled, then do not watch Raw, do not read further than here, and go watch it. 99.9% of you understand this concept and can ignore that. They know who I'm talking to.

So with all that said, let's get things started! For those of you who want just the results and not the novella, click here!

WWE Monday Night Raw Live Results (5/17/2021): ThunderDome III, Yuengling Center, Tampa, FL

Show Opener: WWE Champion Bobby Lashley with MVP

We open directly on Lashley, walking backstage surrounded by women. Finally we cut to the ring where MVP awaits. MVP announces Lashley and out comes the Almighty WWE Champion! All the ladies walk the Almighty one to the ring. We get a quick video package that highlighted last night's triple threat match. When we return to the ring, Lashley is all smiles as he hangs out with the Godfather's missing train. MVP states that it is his honor and his pleasure to stand here with the almighty WWE Champion. He calls last night's effort by the Champ "Herculean." He claims Braun Strowman is nursing broken ribs and Drew McIntyre was so bruised, he couldn't get out of bed. Lashley, however, did it all in style and is here to hold his belt. MVP claims that Lashley is in excruciating pain--his knuckles hurt from beating his opponent's last night. MVP reminds us that we're blessed to be in the presence of the Almighty One. Lashley states that there's no nights off, so on his behalf MVP issues an open challenge to anyone in the locker room. And, of course, out comes Drew McIntyre.
Drew makes his way into the ring. He informs MVP that he (Drew) thinks that an open challenge is a fantastic idea, and McIntyre can't think of a better way for Lashley to impress his lovely ladies than a championship match between the two. MVP tells Drew that he cut him off, as MVP was issuing an open challenge to anyone but Braun Strowman or Drew McIntyre. They tell him to get to the back of the line. Drew dodges a Lashley attack and sends him and MVP out of the ring as the women scream. Lashley and MVP back up the ramp as we go to break. Afterwards, we're informed that Lashley has issued an open challenge to anyone but Strowman and McIntyre.

Singles Match: Elias with Jaxson Ryker vs Raw Tag Team Champions AJ Styles with Omos

Out first are our reigning champions, AJ Styles and the giant Omos. The Phenomenal Ones proudly make their way out to the ring. Our commentary team consists of Adnan Virk, Corey Graves, and Byron Saxton. Elias & Jaxson Ryker make their way out next, guitar over Elias' shoulder to his song "Amen." After a few moments our competitors ready-up. We start with Elias and AJ Styles because this is a single's match. My bad. Elias starts off with a quick kick. AJ Styles connects with a beautiful dropkick just before Elias drops Styles with a Stalling Suplex. Styles recovers quick, though, and takes control with quick strikes that battle Elias across the ring. Elias stops Styles' momentum and begins to work on Styles' back, stomping it. Elias follows Styles as he rolls outside and drops AJ across the apron. Back in the ring Styles fires back, sending Elias out of the ring with a clothesline and following it up with a springboard elbow drop. Jaxson Ryker comes around, menacingly, and Omos stands tall behind his friend as we go to break.
Back from the break. Styles with two forearm strikes to Elias before Elias sends Styles flying across the ring with a back-body drop off the rope rebound. Again Styles rebounds off the ropes, this time landing on his back from a huge Spinebuster counter by Elias. Elias maintains control, taunting Styles by posing over him and taunting him. Elias puts Styles in a headlock. Styles semi-crawls to his corner, as if looking for a tag. After several long moments Styles is able to regain his footing. Styles gains separation by throwing elbows into Elias' side before dropping the drifter with a step-up Enziguri. Styles takes control, connecting with a Pele kick before hitting Elias with the UshiGaroshi! Styles attempts to put Elias away with a Styles Clash but fails. Elias gets his second wind and briefly takes control until a drop toehold from Styles sends Elias face-first into the turnbuckle. Styles sets Elias up for a Phenomenal Forearm but Jaxson Ryker attacks AJ, causing the DQ. Omos scares off both Ryker and Elias, but not before both men worked AJ over a bit.
Your Winner by Disqualification, AJ Styles!

NXT North American Championship Promo

We get a Gargano-narrated promo hyping his defense of the North American Championship tomorrow night on NXT against the Auszilla, Bronson Reed.

Previously on Raw...

We get clips from the eight-man tag match last week that ended with Randy Orton hitting RKO's on his own the New Day partners, and Riddle complaining that this is why they can't make friends.

Backstage: the New Day & R-K-Bro

The New Day are speaking backstage with Riddle, babbling about nothing of note. Orton walks up and wants to know what the New Day are doing there, as Riddle had apparently told Orton that WWE official Adam Pearce wanted to speak to him in the back. Riddle admits to perhaps tricking Orton. Riddle wants them to all be friends, and tries to talk Orton into apologizing. Orton refuses, and Kofi tells Riddle that even if Orton did he wouldn't accept it. Kofi warns Riddle that he can't trust Orton, and Orton's got an RKO waiting for him someday. Orton warns Kofi to shut his mouth before he hits him with an RKO now. They exchange heated words and set a singles match for later tonight. Riddle tries to appease Orton afterwards, but Orton just walks off.

Alexa's Playground: Women's Tag Team Champions Natalya & Tamina

We cut straight to the backstage Playground set. Alexa is in a swing with Lily, Natalya is in the second swing, and Tamina stands behind them, looking a bit freaked out. They're asked about their win tag team championship win, and Natalya is excited, especially as it's Tamina's first title. Tamina asks if they can go now. Alexa tells Tamina that she hasn't even asked the hard questions yet. Alexa tells her that Lily wants to know their favorite colors. Tamina says that hers are black and blue, which Alexa will be if she tries anything freaky. Alexa "listens" to Lily then babbles on about Lily collecting wings of dead bugs, finger nails, hair, teeth...and her guests walk off unnoticed. When Alexa finally does realize it, she asks Lily if it's something she said. Shen then wishes the ladies good luck via camera and states "we'll be watching." We go to break.

Match: Angel Garza vs Drew Gulak

Garza comes out first when we return from break, a rose in hand, and a smirk on his face. Out next is his opponent, Drew Gulak, who Corey Graves states is seething at the actions of Garza from two weeks ago. Then we get photos and a video clip to back up Gulak's rosy situation. The bell rings and Drew starts with a big right that sends Garza into the corner. Drew with another strike before slapping an Abdominal Stretch on Garza. The master technician that Graves calls Gulak attempts to pull Garza's foot up while in the stretch. Garza escapes and drops Gulak with a suplex. Garza follows it up with a series of kicks and strikes. Garza then lifts Gulak up in a butterfly hold, feet up, before dropping him across his knees. A few moments later and Garza ends the short match with the Wing Clipper, picking up the win. After the match, Corey Graves actually argues that Garza should be allowed to do "anything he wants" in reference to shoving a foreign object in Gulak. Garza shoves the rose into Gulak's mouth and Garza walks off wayyyyyy too happy about this.
Your Winner, Angel Garza!

Backstage: R-Truth

R-Truth is hiding, leaning against a wall, when the new interviewer comes up to talk to him. R-Truth denies he is R-Truth and loudly exclaims over his shoulder that R-Truth is elsewhere. Meanwhile, Akira Tozawa slowly slithers and crawls behind Truth, making his way down the stairs unseen as Truth speaks. Truth tells the interviewer that he's been told he's doing an open challenge; he's informed that WWE Champion Bobby Lashley issued an open challenge. R-Truth wants to know what Ricky Bobby's doing issuing challenges. Akira Tozawa suddenly rolls up Truth with a ref at hand and pins Truth.
Your Winner and NEW 24/7 Champion, Akira Tozawa!

Singles Match: Randy Orton w/ Matt Riddle vs Kofi Kingston w/ Xavier Woods

Orton comes out first, a bit annoyed with Riddle shows up on his scooter. Together they make their way down to the ring and we go to a break. After the break and after another promo for Eva Marie's return, the New Day make their way out to the ring. Kofi's wearing Scorpion/Mortal Kombat-themed black and gold pants. The Mortal Kombat logo features a unicorn's head instead of a dragon's head. The bell rings and both men lock up. Kofi takes an early lead with his speed, rebounding off the ropes and catching Orton in the face with a hip. Orton rolls to the outside. Riddle comes over and talks to Kingston, holding him off Orton verbally. Orton and Kofi make their way back into the ring. Kofi continues the high-flying offense, and goes for a pin attempt after a beautiful top rope-assisted splash. Outside the ring, Woods yells over and over "Legend beats Legend Killer!" Kofi loses control and Orton starts his comeback sequence, taking Kingston into the corner and hammering him down to the mat with big rights. Orton uses the ropes to stretch and choke Kofi. Riddle encourages his teammate from outside the ring. Orton stomps on Kofi and attempts a pin. Orton slaps a rear chinlock on Kofi. Kofi, assisted by cheers from the digital crowd, manages to eventually squirm free after a failed attempt. Kingston gains separation with elbows to Orton's gut, but Orton shuts it down with a headbutt. Orton whips Kingston into the corner; Kofi runs up the middle rope and springboards back, crashing down on Orton. Orton holds his left shoulder. Both men make it to their feet. Kofi with two big chops and a dropkick. Kofi comes off the ropes and Orton immediately reverses it into a Powerslam. Outside the ring, Woods begins playing a song on his trumpet. Orton is distracted by the tune, and Kofi rolls Orton up to steal the win!
Your Winner, Kofi Kingston!

Backstage: Adam Pearce, Sonya Deville, Lana, Naomi, Mandy Rose, Dana Brooke, Charlotte Flair

Sonya and Adam listen as both teams of women--Naomi & Lana, and Mandy Rose & Dana Brooke--make a case to get a tag title shot. Charlotte walks up and passively insults them. The two teams will face each other for the opportunity at a shot, and are fine with the other team challenging them after they win the titles. Sonya sends the teams away as Charlotte Flair has a special matter to discuss. Flair again tries to weasel her way into the title picture. Rhea Ripley comes up and tells Flair that she's yesterday's news, and the past. Flair promises to beat Asuka and earn a title opportunity. Rhea decides she may watch the match just in case.

Women's Tag Team Championship Rematch: Women's Tag Team Champions Natalya & Tamina vs Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler

The new champs are out first, looking great in gold (silver? pyrite?). After a break we return with a clip of an emotional Natalya and Tamina from last Friday's championship match. Virk manages to compliment Tamina for using her father's signature move and point out her heritage without actually saying Jimmy Snuka. They remind us of Natalya's lineage. The challengers make their way out, quite angry, with Reginald in toe. The official introductions are made and Natalya & Tamina are all smiles as they're announced.
Nia Jax and Natalya start off with Jax running Nattie over. Jax tosses Natalya aside easily and tags in Shayna. Baszler uses working holds to wear down the left shoulder and elbow of Natalya, preparing her for a possible Kirifuda. Natalya tries to fight back but is immediately taken down. Shayna attempts a cover. Baszler tags in Jax and whips Natalya right into Jax. Jax pulls Natalya up just in time for Natalya to get her second wind. Natalya with several strikes to gain separation and tag in Tamina. Tamina comes in but is neutralized with a body slam from Jax. Baszler is tagged in. Jax starts to climb the ropes. Tamina pops up and knocks Jax off the top! Tamina and Baszler brawl as Alexa Bliss comes out to the stage. As Baszler locks Tamina in the Kirifuda Clutch, pyro goes off from a ring post in front of Reginald, who falls back and holds his eyes. The distraction allows Natalya to get the tag and hit the Hart Attack with Tamina, in honor of her father Jim and uncle Bret.
Your Winners and STILL Women's Tag Team Champions, Natalya & Tamina

Non-Title Singles Match: United States Champion Sheamus vs Ricochet

Sheamus comes out as we return from break. He's angry and demands Ricochet get his ass out there, and calls Ricochet a stain on the bottom of his shoe. Sarah, backstage with Ricochet, shows us the events after Ricochet and Sheamus's match last night on the Kickoff show. Ricochet lost the match but had fun afterwards, embarrassing Sheamus by stealing his hat and jacket. Ricochet steps off camera and comes back, wearing Sheamus' hat and coat. He puts on a thick Irish brogue (attempt, at least) and states he's got the luck o' the Irish. Sheamus, watching all this on the tron, yells at the ref as Ricochet comes out wearing Sheamus' jacket and hat. Sheamus slides out the ring and runs up the ramp to attack Ricochet. Ricochet drops him and runs back to the ring. Ricochet drops Sheamus with a dropkick and, finally, we get this match officially started! Both men engage quick, firing off fists and kicks. Both jockey for control early on, with the champion getting the upperhand after about two minutes. Sheamus begins to punish Ricochet with hard fists to the gut and a back breaker. Ricochet tries to fight back but Sheamus shoves him into the corner. Sheamus looks to hoist up Ricochet, but Rico scrambles around onto Sheamus' back and applies a sleeper. Sheamus hits a form of a snapmare to get Rico off his back. Sheamus stretches Ricochet's neck, pressing his face into the mat while wrenching the left arm up. After a few moments Ricochet makes it to his feet and breaks the hold with a backpack stunner. Sheamus comes back in with a kidney shot and an Irish Whip, but Ricochet counters the attempted back body drop and connects with a leaping kick that sends Sheamus out of the ring. Ricochet springboards outside, looking for a crossbody, but Sheamus catches him and rams his back into the ring post. Sheamus throws him into the ringside desk area and we go to break.
Back from the break. Sheamus is still in firm control, positioning Ricochet on the apron with his back to the Celtic Warrior. Sheamus begins the Ten Beats of the Bodhran, but stops halfway. Sheamus looks for a chin lock; Ricochet powers to his feet and fires off a series of right fists that break the hold and pummel Sheamus to his hands and knees. Ricochet runs off the ropes and right into an Irish Curse back breaker with a close two-count for Sheamus. Sheamus rubs his jaw, taking a few long moments. He's selling it really good, he looks in pain. Sheamus slowly ascends the ropes but is attacked by Ricochet as he reaches the top. Sheamus fights Ricochet off. Ricochet recovers, runs up the turnbuckles and hits a Spanish Fly off the top rope! Ricochet covers and almost picks up the three. Very impressive top-rope Spanish Fly; we get several replays of it. Both men make their way to their feet at the same time. Sheamus swings, Ricochet ducks and fires off chops. Ricochet with a splash in the corner on Sheamus. Ricochet goes for another but Sheamus dumps him over the ropes, unaware that Rico landed on the apron. Ricochet flies off the top to drop Sheamus and hits a standing Shooting Star for a close two count. Ricochet looks for a springboard Moonsault but Sheamus gets the knees up! Sheamus looks for the Brogue kick but Ricochet ducks and Sheamus' leg lands on the rope. Ricochet slams Sheamus down then climbs up top. Sheamus rolls out of the ring, trying to avoid Ricochet. Ricochet flies off the top and hits a diving crossbody on Sheamus! Ricochet sends the champ into the ring. Ricochet rests on the apron for a moment, takes off his belt (no clue why), then hits a springboard 450! Ricochet covers for a close two! Ricochet picks Sheamus up on his shoulders briefly, but Sheamus wiggles out of it. Sheamus catches Ricochet with a Punt Kick as Ricochet springboards at him. Sheamus covers for a very close two. Sheamus takes issue with the count and the ref. Sheamus then puts Ricochet away with a Brogue kick.
Your Winner, Sheamus!

After the Match

Sheamus tells Ricochet, "you're not dancing now, are ya?" He then tells us he loves the gold on his shoulder, but the other shoulder feels empty so perhaps Bobby Lashley should be on the look out.

Backstage Promo: Mace & T-Bar

We cut to the back where both former Retribution members state that they did a favor for Bobby Lashley, but now its time to repay that favor. They promise to destroy Bobby Lashley, and state that everything that lives comes to an end. Something nihilistic. They say that whomever fights Lashley will have it as easy as a flip of a coin or something, and then flip a coin. It appears Mace won the flip.

Raw Women's #1 Contender Match: Asuka vs Charlotte Flair

Asuka makes her way out and we go to a break. A&E are doing this weekend's bio about the Ultimate Warrior, fyi. Good series. After the break, the Queen makes her way out. We're treated to video and stills of last night's triple-threat Raw Women's Championship match that saw Ripley retain with the pin on Asuka. Our competitors set up in the ring and we're off! The bell rings and both women circle each other in the ring before locking up. Asuka with a kick and miss, twice more. Asuka rebounds off the rope and hits a midsection dropkick. Asuka with a Hip Attack on Flair. Asuka attempts to whip Flair, but Flair puts on the brakes. Asuka charges into an elbow strike from the Queen. Asuka whips Flair into the corner, who does the drunken-flip-over shtick her father did. Flair lands on the apron and attempts a middle-rope shoulder thrust but Asuka has it scouted. Asuka with a Hip Attack on Flair. Asuka attempts to twist up the arm in the ring but Flair is able to coutner and escape to the outside. Asuka to the apron, looking for a running attack. Flair chops the legs out from Asuka, dropping her on her back, and out comes Raw Women's Champion Rhea Ripley! Flair attempts a cover but gets two, eying the champ as she makes her way down the ramp, all smiles. We go to break.
Back from the break. Flair is still in control and converts a chinlock to a rear sleeper. Asuka yells in Japanese and makes it to her feet. Flair clubs Asuka in the back of the head with a forearm to shut her down. Flair with a snap suplex. Flair uses the top rope to choke Asuka as the ref warns and counts. Rhea Ripley's joined commentary. Flair with a pair of Flair Chops to Asuka in the corner, dropping the Empress of Tomorrow. Flair stomps at Asuka's arm and side, then cartwheels in front of Asuka and kicks her. A pin attempt only nets her a two. Flair grins wickedly and attempts to hoist Asuka, but Asuka escapes. Asuka's started her comeback, using kicks and a running lariat to drop the Queen. Ripley looks on with smiles from ringside. Asuka rolls Flair into a Crucifix for a two; Flair reverses it by rolling, getting a two. Asuka converts it into a traditional leg hold pin for two. Flair with a neckbreaker. Flair continues pin attempts, with Asuka kicking out at two every time. Flair changes tactics and locks her thighs around Asuka's head. Flair rolls to her abdomen and uses her legs to slam Asuka's face into the mat repeatedly, then rolls to her back and uses her powerful thighs and legs to put a leg-sleeper hold on Asuka. Asuka refuses to tap, though, no matter how much Flair screams angrily at her.
Flair with another pin attempt and is evren more frustrated when she doesn't get it. Asuka fires up and drops Flair down. Asuka with a low roundhouse that seems to only get Flair's hair...there's some confusion as Flair almost seems to hide a laugh, then removes her hand to reveal her nose apparently hurts. Asuka gets right back to it, however, using a quick suplex followed up with a bulldog and a pin attempt for a very close two. Asuka charges out of the corner and straight into a Big Boot from Charlotte. Flair covers for two. Flair looks for the Natural Selection but Asuka counters and looks for the Asuka Lock. Flair reverses it before Asuka can get it locked in. Both women struggle back and forth. Asuka is set up on the top turnbuckle. Flair looks for a Spanish Fly off the middle rope but is shoved by Asuka. Asuka rises and dives off, crashing into the Queen and getting a close two. Flair and Asuka struggle back and forth. Asuka attempts a roll-up. Asuka locks a kneebar on Flair and Flair can't reach the ropes. Flair uses her raw strength to raise to her feet and attempts to knock Asuka off. Asuka converts it into a triangle hold! Flair arches up, forcing Asuka to either break the hold or be pinned. Asuka releases and Flair quickly converts it into a standing Boston Crab. Asuka rolls through, nearly rolling up Flair. Asuka with the Asuka Lock in the middle of the ring again! Flair struggles to get to the ropes and the ref breaks the hold. Flair, on the apron, kicks Asuka in the knee as she approaches the ropes. Flair hops up and latches onto Asuka's leg, using her own weight and the ropes to stretch Asuka's leg. The ref warns her. Flair releases it and confronts Ripley outside. Asuka comes up from Flair's blindside, looking for the spinning backhand but Ripley blocks it! Flair jumps on this, sending Asuka into the ring to put Asuka away. Rhea hops up on the apron, causing a distraction, and Asuka rolls victory up for the win!
Your Winner and #1 Contender, Asuka!

Backstage: John Morrison Interview

Morrison is asked about what happened last night. Morrison makes many puns about the zombie lumberjacks from last night, and says something about the Miz keeps picking at his brain and he feels rotten. He tells us he's dedicating this match to the memory of the Miz, wherever he may be, and looks up.

Lumberjack Match: Damian Priest vs John Morrison

Please, don't do the zombies again. We cut to the ring as Damian Priest makes his way out and we're told this will be a lumberjack match. Pyro goes off as we head to break. When we return we find traditional lumberjacks surrounding the room, including Nikki Cross of all people. Morrison makes his way out to boos as he attempts to avenge his fallen friend. The bell rings and both men circle. Morrison attempts to pick the leg; Priest avoids it and threatens a knee to the face. Morrison with a side headlock on Priest, who whips Morrison into the ropes. Morrison runs into Priest, who bounces back and rebounds and runs into Morrison in an odd sequence. Finally the big man takes down Morrison and works the neck. Morrison fights back and beats Priest into the corner with a flurry of fists and elbows. Morrison throws Priest outside, and Cedric Alexander, T-Bar, and Mace stomp on him. Titus and the Viking Raiders come over. Priest is sent to the ring. Priest stops Morrison's offense and unleashes his own, landing big kicks. Morrison slides out the ring to buy time but Nikki Cross sends him back into the ring! Priest throws Morrison into the corner and unloads again, stomping a mudhole into Morrison's midsection. Big right from Priest. Priest attempts a splash but Morrison dodges. Morrison heads outside and scuffles with the lumberjacks. Priest awaits him and drops him with a faceplant as we go to break.
Back from the break. Morrison kicks and lightly stomps Priest in the middle of the ring. Morrison with fists before attempting an armbar. Priest rolls it into a pin attempt, then locks in a wicked modified Triangle hold, I believe. Morrison barely escapes but uses his momentum to springboard kick Priest outside. Nikki Cross carefully sends Priest into the ring. Morrison with a running knee and a pin attempt. The north side of the ring's lumberjacks--Apollo, Mansoor, the Viking Raiders and Nikki Cross--start slapping the canvas to cheer on Priest. Priest starts his comeback. Big suplex followed by an inverted suplex for a close two. Graves calls it a "Cliffhanger DDT." Morrison catches Priest off guard and throws him out the east side of the ring, where T-Bar, Mace, and Cedric Alexander pound away on him. Priest is sent back into the ring when the northside crew come to his aid. Priest and Morrison clash inside; Morrison whips Priest to the ropes. Priest dives over, crashing into the eastside lumberjacks. Cedric Alexander streaks across the ring and hits a suicide dive out the westside, right into Shelton Benjamin, Mustafa Ali and the Lucha House Party. Priest and Morrison struggle in the corner and Priest launches them off, a middle-rope Superplex to the outside that wipes out all the lumberjacks gathered. Titus, I believe, carefully sends Priest into the ring as the faces seem to have his back. In the ring, both men battle once again in the corner. This time Priest connects with a top-rope Hurricanrana then follows it up with a Hit the Lights to pick up the win!
Your Winner, Damian Priest!

Backstage: Cedric Alexander and Shelton Benjamin

Upon learning that Shelton Benjamin is considering accepting Lashley's open challenge, Cedric verbally attacks Benjamin culminating with calling Benjamin pathetic. Benjamin then proceeded to floor Cedric with a punch before walking off as Cedric rubs his jaw.

WWE Championship Non-Title Main Event Match: the "Almighty One" Bobby Lashley(c) vs Kofi Kingston with Xavier Woods

We finally learn who's taken Lashley up on his challenge, and it's none other than...Kofi Kingston! The New Day make their way down to the ring and Kofi exchanges words with Lashley before the official announcements are made. MVP then interrupts things before the bell. MVP states he never said anything about a championship match, nor did Lashley, so this is like Sheamus' open challenge--not for the title. He tells Kofi that he's not even worthy to be in the same ring as Lashley. The bell rings and we start with Lashley immediately body slamming Kofi and getting a close two. Lashley with the Stalling Suplex. Kofi fights back, sending Lashley out of the ring with a jumping kick followed by a dropkick. Kofi staggers Lashley with a Baseball Slide before taking the champ down at ringside with a dive as we go to break.
Back from the break. We get clips from earlier tonight when MVP stated, quote, "On behalf of the WWE Champion, I am issuing an open challenge to anyone in the locker room...". He never did say it'd be a championship match. Lashley sends Kofi into the corner with a wicked back elbow strike and batters him with fists before choking him with a big right boot. Lashley toys with Kofi as MVP yells insults at Kofi. Woods, at ringside, encourages his friend. Lashley rams Kofi into the corner and thrusts the shoulder into him repeatedly. Lashley with a running shoulder charge. Lashley now with a ten-second stalling suplex in an impressive feat of strength. Lashley covers, twice, but can't get more than two. MVP yells for Lashley to squeeze the life out of Kofi and make him "regret ever getting in the ring with you!" Lashley wraps up Kofi from behind, squeezing his waist. Kofi tries to escape, twisting in his arms, but Lashley twists him back. Kofi makes it to the ropes for the break. Lashley charges into a chest slap from Kofi. Kofi attempts a DDT but Lashley puts the brakes on, only for Kofi to immediately counter it back into a DDT for a close two. Kofi with the Boom Drop but Lashley immediately grabs a fistful of Kofi's hair and rises, slamming Kingston down into the mat with a modified facebuster and completely no-selling the Boom Drop. Lashley covers but can't get beyond a two. Lashley sets Kingston on the top turnbuckle and starts to climb. Kofi tries to battle him off. Woods uses his trombone to distract Lashley by playing an annoying tune. Lashley leans out between the top and middle ropes, yelling at Woods. Kingston uses the distraction to dive off the top and hit a DDT onto the apron! Kingston can't capitalize on it, though, as Lashley immediately drops him with an inverted suplex and sends him outside. Lashley picks Kofi up in a Fireman's carry and charges the ring post. Kofi's head bounces off the post as Woods looks on in horror. Lashley sends Kofi into the ring and out the opposite side, in front of the announcer's table. Lashley again picks him up in a Fireman's carry; this time Woods grabs KOfi's foot to bring him free. The ref argues with Woods, trying to send him back. This allows Drew McIntyre to come otu of nowhere right as MVP was preparing to use his cane to strike Kofi, distract Lashley, and allow Kingston to steal the win! Lashley is enraged and everyone goes wild that Kofi beat the champ, making a case for a possible future title match. We end our program.
Your Winner, Kofi Kingston!

In Closing

And there you have it, folks, an actually decent and entertaining Raw with several good matches worth seeing. That does it for us tonight--see you all tomorrow night for NXT!

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