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WWE Raw Results: May 21 2018

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The 05/21/18 episode of WWE Monday Night Raw just wrapped up. We’ve got the match results and our overall thoughts on the show for you to check out below. Let us know what you thought about episode #1304 of WWE Raw by tweeting us, @TheRumbleRamble.


Kurt Angle’s Announcement that Never Came


Kurt Angle promised to kick the show off with a big announcement. He first reminded us that Ronda Rousey has a title match against Nia Jax at Money in the Bank. He was in the middle of telling us that he would be presiding over the contract signing for the match, but Stephanie McMahon interrupted with her sass-filled entrance.

Stephanie said that she had no hard feelings toward Kurt and had forgiven him for his pre-Mania insubordination. Even though she claimed not to be angry with Kurt, she said that she would be the one handling the contract signing, as Kurt had let things get out of hand on the Raw brand, worst of all being Roman Reigns’ attitude.

Reigns then came to the ring to remind Stephanie who she was talking about. He’s still vying for the Universal Championship and quickly brought up Brock Lesnar and his disdain for the champ. Stephanie told him that if he wanted another shot, he needed to take it up with Jinder Mahal. With a smirk, he informed Stephanie that he already had (referring to his assault on the Maharaja last week).

Kevin Owens came out to join the conversation. He said that, although he was clearly meant to be the champion, he actually liked Roman Reigns and even tried to start a “thank you Roman” chant (the crowd was having none of it). Although he declared his Reigns fandom to the world, he said that his true allegiance was with Stephanie, given that she allowed him to join the Raw team. Stephanie then set a match between the two to take place immediately.


Roman Reigns vs. Kevin Owens


Reigns and Owens have a great track record against one another, so it’s no surprise they had the beginnings of a great match tonight. After some solid action and several near-falls, the crowd was absolutely rabid. The fight spilled outside of the ring just in time for Jinder Mahal to exact his revenge by attacking Roman from behind.

Owens didn’t seem to mind the help and assisted Mahal in kicking The Big Dog while he was down. Seeing his friend at a disadvantage didn’t sit well with Seth Rollins, who came out to fight off the bad guys. Raw GM, Kurt Angle, declared that the match would be completed as a tag match with Mahal and Owens vs. Reigns and Rollins.

Mahal and Owens prevented Rollins from tagging in as long as possible, continuing their destruction of Reigns. This went on for the better part of the tag match until Rollins finally got the tag and was about to make quick work of the Maharaja, but was distracted by Sunil Singh. He didn’t let the setback stop him and came through in the end by hitting his Curb Stomp on Owens for the win.

On their way back up the ramp, Reigns and Rollins were viciously attacked with a steel chair by Jinder Mahal. Maybe Roman should have thought twice before spearing him through a wall last week.

Winner: Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns


Sami Zayn Exposes Bobby Lashley


Sami’s dancing gets more intense by the week, he gets a solid cardio workout during his entrance at this point. He wasted little time in inviting Bobby’s sisters to the ring, ready to expose the truth about his new nemesis.

Bobby’s sisters (three interesting looking ladies who were clearly men in skirts, one of them sporting a goatee) came out to give the truth. They painted a different picture than the one Lashley did in his decidedly awkward interview with Renee Young a couple weeks ago.

Bobby came to the ring to greet Sami and his “sisters”. Lashley decided he had enough when Sami threatened him with a Helluva Kick. Lashley charged toward him but was attacked by the imposter sisters, so instead of beating down Sami, he put the boots to the three men in wigs. This was honestly pretty terrible, but Sami did his best to make it suck less.


Ember Moon vs. Alexa Bliss


Pre-match, Alexa Bliss was shown backstage doing an interview with Renee Young. She said that Ember had an unfair advantage during their last encounter, as Alexa had no idea who she was, and therefore had no way to prepare for her. She, of course, promised different results this time around, and with Mickie James at her side, made her way to the ring for the match.

Ember Moon continued to prove why she was given a shot at the Money in the Bank briefcase so early in her main roster career, she isΒ fire. Mickie attempted to interfere but was caught by the referee, who banned her from ringside. Bliss was unable to defeat Moon without her bodyguard and was beaten by the Eclipse.

Winner: Ember Moon


Balor and Strowman Backstage


Stephanie McMahon was getting her flirt on with Finn Balor, but it didn’t take long before she was stirring up drama between him and his former tag partner, Braun Strowman. She said that Finn blamed Braun for their recent loss and set a match between the two of them to settle things. Finn didn’t seem worried in the slightest – until Braun crushed an apple with his bare hand, that is.


Baron Corbin vs. No Way Jose


Corbin and Jose continued their feud with a decent match – nothing terrible, nothing awesome. The best part was Jose’s conga line to the ring, but Baron got the last laugh with a deep six followed by an End of Days.

Winner: Baron Corbin


No Cell Reception in AlbanyΒ 


Kurt Angle was backstage trying to make his cell phone work when he was approached by Chad Gable. Angle said that he was glad Gable found him. He wanted to tell him that he had plans to give him Jinder Mahal’s place in the MITB ladder match after Mahal was declared unable to compete, but was given other instructions by management.

Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre interrupted and threw shade at Gable until Angle set a match between them.


Breezango vs. The B-Team


The undefeated B-Team took on The Fashion Police once again and kept their winning streak alive by beating them a second time. The looks of confusion on their faces after they win is the greatest, they need to continue that for as long as possible.

Winner: The B-Team


Raw Women’s Championship Contract Signing


As promised, Stephanie McMahon came to the ring to oversee the contract signing between Nia Jax and Ronda Rousey and promptly began turning the ladies against each other.

She said that Nia only wanted the match to show everyone she was better than the baddest woman on the planet and that Rousey only agreed because she was confident she could take Nia down since Jax couldn’t even defeat Alexa with ease.

Nia lost her cool first, telling Rousey that part of what Stephanie said was true, she did want to make a name for herself. At this, Rousey calmly signed the contract, moved the table out of the way, and shook Nia’s hand while telling her that she was going to take her title…and her arm.


Chad Gable vs. Dolph Ziggler


In the match set earlier in the evening by Kurt Angle, Dolph Ziggler and Chad Gable went head to head with Drew McIntyre looking on from ringside. This felt a little thrown together, but it worked with Ziggler and McIntyre’s “we’re going to destroy everyone” gimmick. Not to mention both Ziggler and Gable are fantastic workers, so we would never complain about seeing either of them in the ring.

After Ziggler got the victory, McIntyre came in to add his two cents by kicking Gable in the face.

Winner: Dolph Ziggler


Liv Morgan vs. Sarah Logan vs. Dana Brooke vs. Natalya

Money in the Bank Qualifier


As expected, the ladies of The Riott Squad teamed up right away, protecting each other and working to wear down Natalya and Dana. At one point, they were alone in the ring together and stared each other down, but then laughed and went after Natalya together.

Eventually, Liv and Dana were taken out of commission, leaving Natalya alone with Sarah Logan, where she locked in the sharpshooter and took her place in the Women’s MITB ladder match.

Winner: Natalya


Bobby Roode vs. Elias


After a forced WWE stocks plug, Elias began his concert. He might have gotten in a full song this time, but he couldn’t resist the urge to stop the music to insult the great citizens of Albany. Before he could continue, Roode interrupted with music of his own. Elias had finally had enough of the disruptions and attacked Bobby before the bell had rung.

Roode was hurt but insisted that the referee start the match. He threw his robe in Elias’ face and stomped him a few times, then things really got going. After a short bout, Elias pinned Bobby Roode with a Drift Away.

Winner: Elias


Finn Balor vs. Braun Strowman


Elias was making his victory walk back up the ramp, but he was apparently taking too long, as Braun began his entrance, bulldozing Elias in the process.

Finn Balor did his best to use his speed and agility to his advantage against the Monster Among Men. Until Braun started rag dolling him all over the ring while screaming in his face that he was the one who lost their tag match. Balor didn’t go down easily; despite the almost comical size difference, he fought until the very end and even appeared as though he might pull off a miracle for a moment or two.

With a roar and a running powerslam, however, Braun got the win. At least he set his little buddy up in the corner instead of leaving him sprawled in the middle of the ring, perhaps the friendship can be salvaged, after all.

Winner: Braun Strowman


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