The 05/27/19 edition of WWE Raw, out of the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri, just wrapped up. We’ve got the match results, as well as our overall thoughts on the show, for you to check out below. Let us know what you thought about episode #1357 of WWE Raw by tweeting us, @TheRumbleRamble.
Brock Lesnar Makes His Decision (Or Not)
After Paul Heyman and his client, Brock Lesnar, reminded the audience that they would be announcing the champion on which The Beast would be cashing his briefcase in, Kofi Kingston came to the ring to open the show.
Limping slightly after last week’s attack from Dolph Ziggler, Kofi was in good spirits, despite Big E’s knee being re-injured by Kevin Owens last week as well. He said Dolph and Kevin would get what was coming to them in time, but first, he needed to deal with Lesnar.
At this point, Seth Rollins came out to join him in the ring. He said he agreed with Kofi, he didn’t want to wait around for Mr. Money in the Bank’s decision, and they asked Lesnar to come down.
Lesnar and Heyman walked down in particularly good moods, Brock having transformed the briefcase into a boombox, jamming to his new (temporary) entrance music before bobbing his head to both Kofi and Seth’s themes in turn.
Seth had seen enough and left the ring disappointed. So Paul Heyman said that, because Seth Rollins had ruined their block party, they weren’t in the mood to make any announcements anymore.
Lesnar and Heyman left the ring, but the moment they had stepped out, Dolph Ziggler sprang in, attacking Kofi from behind. Ziggler ruthlessly laid into Kingston just as he did last week, but this time around, Xavier Woods ran down to save him. Woods successfully chased Ziggler away, but not before Dolph had done some serious damage to the WWE Champion.
Dolph Ziggler Picks Apart The New Day
As Xavier Woods was helping officials bring his friend to the backstage area, he was ambushed by Dolph Ziggler. Dolph and Xavier brawled all around the arena, even into the audience. Woods held his own, but things went downhill when Dolph nailed him in the back with a steel chair.
Kofi Kingston overcame the injuries he undoubtedly suffered at the hands of Dolph Ziggler to save his friend, but Dolph couldn’t leave without giving another somewhat tearful explanation.
Dolph said that he was jealous of Kofi’s championship, Kofi’s friends, Kofi’s triumph over former his “B+ player” title, so he was going to do his best to take it all away from him at Super Showdown.
The Usos Have a Block Party
Somewhere outside the arena, The Usos were hosting a block party where they had invited what looked like half of the Raw roster. Drake Maverick was still doing his best to circulate the R-Truth fliers in search of the 24/7 Championship.
The Usos were approached by The Revival, and the four men nearly broke into a brawl, but Naomi talked them out of it.
Later in the evening, The Usos and The Revival were again on the brink of a fight over Scott Dawson’s impolite kicking of one of The Usos’ cornhole bags when R-Truth ran through, urging them to tell those trailing him that he was never there. This backfired, and Truth was attacked by several of the party goers as well as the group that had been after him all night.
R-Truth broke free and ran off, but with the group of challengers still in hot pursuit.
Shane McMahon vs. Lance Anoa’i
Shane McMahon and his newest sidekick, Drew McIntyre, came to the ring to prepare for Shane’s match. Before getting into the action, Shane listed off Roman Reigns’ family lineage, demonstrating his vast knowledge of the Samoan Dynasty. He then challenged a member of said dynasty to come to the ring and be the one to face him.
Lance Anoa’i, Roman Reigns’ cousin, accepted the challenge, but the bell hadn’t even rung when he was dragged from the ring by Drew McIntyre, who rag dolled him around the ringside area. Despite the pre-match abuse, Lance consented to continue and was beaten down by Shane as well.
A dropkick to the face of Shane gave Lance a second or two to breathe, but it wasn’t enough, and he eventually tapped out to Shane’s submission hold. After Shane had won the match, he continued to brutalize Lance until Roman Reigns came down to save him.
Superman Punching Drew McIntyre out of the way, Roman Reigns wrestled an escaping Shane back to the ringside area, Superman Punched him, then went for a spear, but McIntyre pulled Shane O’Mac away at the last second.
Winner: Shane McMahon
Brock Lesnar Learns the Truth
Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman came to the ring once again, promising to give the WWE Universe an update on the Money in the Bank briefcase. After Lesnar enjoyed his new boombox briefcase some more, Seth Rollins marched down to the ring to confront him.
Rollins said he was tired of Lesnar’s games, demanding that he cash in the briefcase right then. Lesnar appeared to be considering doing just that until he was informed by his advocate that he had an entire year to make his decision, there was no need to do so in that moment.
At this, Brock Lesnar laughed in Rollins’ face and walked back the way he came…right after ringing Paul around the head with the contract.
24/7 Title Tomfoolery
With Seth Rollins still in the ring, R-Truth and Carmella came sprinting down through the crowd, closely followed by a gang of fellow WWE Superstars, all of whom clawed at Truth, trying to get the 24/7 Championship. Eric Young and EC3 both came close, but R-Truth managed to escape once again with Carmella on his back.
AJ Styles Interview
AJ Styles was shown in the medical area, giving an interview regarding the injury he suffered while competing against Seth Rollins at Money in the Bank. He said that he wasn’t making an excuses, Rollins beat him fair and square, but he was upset that he was being forced to sit Raw out.
To make matters worse for The Phenomenal One, Baron Corbin ran into the room, punching him in the face so hard that he fell to the floor.
Becky Lynch and Nikki Cross vs. The IIconics
Peyton Royce and Billie Kay took a moment to discuss who would be the one to start things off against the unpredictable Nikki Cross, with Peyton Royce ultimately agreeing to the task. Cross nearly got the win early on via a roll-up, but Peyton powered out.
When Peyton thought she had sufficiently worn down Nikki Cross, she tagged in her iconic life partner, Billie Kay…who was promptly thrown to the mat by Nikki.
Nikki secured her lead in the match with a crossbody to the floor onto both Billie and Peyton, but at some point during the commercial break, Billie had gained dominance once again.
When Nikki Cross finally made it to her corner and Becky Lynch tagged in, it looked as though The IIconics were going to lose almost instantly, but they somehow managed to fight off The Man.
To this point, Nikki Cross and Becky Lynch had been unable to defeat The IIconics on their own, so they finished it by working together. Nikki Cross took care of Billie at ringside while Becky hit her Manhandle Slam on Peyton Royce, winning the match.
Lacey Evans sauntered down to the ring to remind the ladies in the ring she was still coming for Becky’s Raw Women’s Championship, but left without confrontation.
Winner: Becky Lynch and Nikki Cross
Ricochet vs. Cesaro
Ricochet set the tone of the match and got the early advantage by hitting Cesaro with two drop kicks immediately followed by a dive to the floor the moment the bell rang. Cesaro was definitely facing a 100% healthy Ricochet this time around.
Cesaro came back with an abdominal stretch, and when that didn’t do the trick, he picked Ricochet up by the neck and slammed him to the mat where he ground his elbow into Ricochet’s recently injured midsection.
Ricochet gained two near-falls back to back, one from a top rope dive, the other from his standing shooting star press. He climbed the ropes in an attempt to finish with his 630, but Cesaro stopped him with an uppercut.
Cesaro lifted Ricochet into the air, but Ricochet escaped, again flooring Cesaro. Ricochet threw himself from the top rope in another 630 attempt, which Cesaro dodged, but Ricochet is so nimble that he simply landed on his feet. Unfortunately, Cesaro had gotten his feet back under him at this point, and uppercut the hell out of Ricochet.
He tried to follow with a powerbomb, which Ricochet countered with a Code Red. Ricochet was thrown from the ring and flipped backward to get back in, was caught by Cesaro, who went for another powerbomb, but Ricochet again countered, this time with a hurricanrana, earning the victory.
This match was pure insanity and is well worth checking out for yourself, as there is really no way to do it justice in a few paragraphs.
The Miz vs. Braun Strowman vs. Bobby Lashley vs. Baron Corbin
Fatal 4-Way Elimination Match
The stakes were particularly high for this match, as the winner will be facing Seth Rollins for the Universal Championship at Super Showdown. Because of this, the four men wasted no time getting to the action, Bobby Lashley and Baron Corbin doing their best to bring The Monster down while they were still fresh.
Once Braun was out of action at ringside, Miz got his time to shine, bringing both Baron and Bobby to their knees to fire off some It Kicks. Corbin responded by slamming Miz to the mat, gaining a near fall.
Baron and Bobby teamed up again, Baron making sure Braun didn’t interfere while Bobby continued to abuse Miz in the ring. Baron and Bobby placed a little too much focus on Miz, allowed Braun to sneak up and throw them both from the ropes in a tower of doom.
All four men outside of the ring, Braun Strowman went for his running tackle but was clotheslined by Bobby Lashley. Back from commercial, Baron and Bobby had Miz looking dazed in a corner of the ring, but with a series of strikes followed by running knees, he began to chip away at Lashley.
Though Miz was unable to finish the job, Braun Strowman came in to do it for him (or rather, for himself). Braun chased Bobby Lashley into the crowd, causing them both to lose by count out. This left Baron and Miz to go one on one, and Baron quickly caught Miz in an End of Days, taking the win.
Winner: Baron Corbin
Firefly Fun House
In this week’s edition of Firefly Fun House, Bray Wyatt started off with a paper plate on a stick in front of his face. Except instead of the cute masks children make with the same materials, his was painted with the depiction of his terrifying alter ego, which he dubbed “The Fiend.”
He dropped the plate with a menacing look on his face but quickly replaced it with his (still unsettling) smile. He talked about how hard life could get sometimes, but when he was The Fiend, he could be anything.
Abby the doll chimed in, calling Bray a “sicko,” which Bray denied, responding by diagnosing her as a bully while wearing a doctor’s outfit. We then learned that Abby is somehow trapped in limbo, but Bray was unperturbed, literally limboing under a pole held up by two children in his old school pre-Sister Abigail bridge.
The Electric Chair
Sami Zayn came to the ring for a new segment called “the electric chair” where Corey Graves placed an actual electric chair in the ring, where a Superstar would sit and answer questions from the crowd, none of which were off limits.
Sami Zayn was made Graves’ first contestant, giving us gems such as asking a fan if his parents were related, dissing a small child for asking about his Mixed Match Challenge partnership with Becky Lynch, and commenting that he is a “very tender lover.”
But Seth Rollins had apparently had his fill of clowning around for the night and ran down to attack Sami Zayn, launching the electric chair from the ring on his way.
Seth Rollins vs. Sami Zayn
Not too keen on facing the Universal Champion, Sami Zayn spent the opening moments of the match dodging Seth Rollins. A fired up Rollins eventually caught him, however, beating him down in the ring before taking the fight to ringside.
Back in the ring, Sami took control of the match, holding Rollins in a headlock before laying in strikes. Seth threw Sami from the ring with a knee to the spine, but when Rollins jumped out after him, Zayn threw him into a ring post.
Back from commercial, Rollins and Zayn struggled in the ring until Zayn broke away with a superkick, but after a bit more back and forth, Rollins got a slingblade, taking the upper hand. He followed it up with a blockbuster, but Zayn rolled out before he could capitalize.
Rollins flung himself from the ring in two suicide dives, but “injured” his knee in the process. So when he went for the powerbomb back in the ring, Sami Zayn was able to transition into a DDT. Rollins and Zayn went back and forth with Figure Fours, which Sami followed with a Blue Thunder Bomb, but Rollins somehow found the strength to kick out of the pin.
Rollins tried for a frog splash, but his bad leg betrayed him, and on top of that, Sami Zayn put his knees up, injuring Rollins further. Rollins managed to hit a Curb Stomp, and when it appeared that Zayn might get back up, he hit another, taking the victory.
Winner: Seth Rollins
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