Location: Saint Louis, MO at the Scottrade Center
Date: May 2nd, 2016
Airing Live On The USA Network
Welcome to the WWE Raw pre-show, and we are live on the WWE Network. Scott Stanford, Booker T, Corey Graves, and David Otunga hype what we will see tonight, which is Shane and Stephanie McMahon working together. There is a recap video of last night’s Payback PPV shown.
Welcome to WWE Monday Night Raw. There is a recap video of last night’s Payback PPV shown. Stephanie McMahon walks down to the ring. She said it was great to be back in Saint Louis. Shane McMahon interrupts and walks down to the ring. Stephanie said that in order to make this work she has a gift to show him that she is embracing this new partnership. Stephanie gave him a photo of him when he was a kid with Vince. They both asked each other what they had planned for the show. Shane said that he would like to… Kevin Owens walked out to the ring. Owens said that it’s so great that they’re getting along. Owens said he has an idea, and that idea is for him wrestling for the Intercontinental Title against The Miz. Owens made it clear that he is the #1 contender for the title, and he proved it at Payback when he beat Sami Zayn. He wants his title match on RAW. He said that he owed a title match. This led to Cesar walking out to the ring. Cesaro explained that he had Miz beat at Payback, but Owens interfered in his match and cost him the title. Shane booked Owens vs. Cesaro for tonight and the winner will face The Miz for the IC Title.
#1 contender’s match for the IC Title: Cesaro vs. Kevin Owens.
Cesaro hit a series of uppercuts to begin the match. Cesaro followed up with a drop kick for 1 and Owens rolled to the floor. Cesaro took him out with a dive off the barricade. Cesaro went to the top rope and took him out with a crossbody for 2. Owens cut him off with a superkick. Owens followed up with a back splash for 2. Owens hit a DDT for 2. Owens went to the top rope, but Cesaro caught him with an uppercut and a drop kick. Cesaro with a suplex off the top rope for a near fall. Owens used the top rope to his advantage and hit a frog splash off the apron to the floor.
We’re back from break with Cesaro hitting a big uppercut to Owens. Cesaro celebrated with the fans. They brawl to the floor. Owens tried to use the IC Title, but Miz grabbed the title. Cesaro hit Miz with an uppercut. Back in the ring, Miz attacked Cesaro causing the no contest. Owens and Miz argue. Owens and Miz beat down Cesaro until Sami Zayn runs down to make the save.
There was a backstage segment with Tyler Breeze, R-Truth and Goldust and Fandango. This setup tag team match for tonight.
AJ Styles talks to Karl Anderson and Doc Gallows backstage. They said that Styles was great at Payback. Styles said that he got beat at the event. Anderson said that he was very close to becoming WWE Champion. Styles said that he wants to be WWE Champion so bad. Roman Reigns walks up and said that he has a lot of respect for Styles but not for Anderson and Gallows. Reigns and The Usos challenged them to a six-man tag team match tonight.
Singles Match: Goldust vs. Tyler Breeze.
Goldust knocked him down and then started dancing. Breeze with a knee strike. Goldust cut him off with an uppercut. Breeze put him in the corner and put the boots to him. Breeze rolled him up for the win.
The New Day walked out and said that the tag team match between Big Cass and Enzo and The Vaudevillians ended after Enzo suffered a concussion. The Vaudevillians walked out and said that they would take the titles from New Day at the Extreme Rules. Simon Gotch then asked how Enzo was doing. The Dudley Boyz walked out and asked what English and Gotch were talking about. The Dudleys said that Gotch and English didn’t beat Cass and Enzo last night. Bubba feels that the tag team tournament should be restarted. Devon said that they’re the baddest tag team on the planet. Big Cass walked down to the ring and said that he is tired of Gotch and English talking about taking out Enzo. Cass said Enzo is his family, and he will take them out. Cass said that they already took the Dudleys. A big brawl broke out in the ring, and we cut to break.
Eight-Man Tag Team Match: New Day and Big Cass vs. Dudley Boyz and Gotch and English.
New Day doubled teamed Gotch early on. Big E hit a splash to him then tagged in Cass, who put the boots to Gotch. Woods, Big E, and Kingston did the same thing. Bubba was tagged in and landed a series of right hands to Woods. Devon was tagged in and landed a big leg drop for 2. Woods managed to get the hot tag to Kofi. Gotch distracted him, and Devon tossed him to the floor. English sent him face-first into the ring post.
We’re back with the heels in control of Kofi. Moments later, Big Cass got the hot tag and landed a series of strikes to English. He then hit a slam and a splash in the corner. Cass with a big boot followed by an elbow drop for 2. Kofi took out Bubba, Gotch took out Woods, Cass took out Gotch. Bubba took out Big E and then hit a suplex to Cass. Bubba tagged in Devon, and they went for 3D. Kofi took out Bubba with a dive. Cass hit a slam to Devon for the win.
Winners: New Day and Big Cass
Singles Match: Becky Lynch vs. Emma.
They lock up, Lynch knocked her down, and Emma rolled to the floor. Lynch with an outside dive to take out Emma. Back in the ring, Emma pulled her off the second rope and landed a series of right hands. Emma worked over Lynch’s right arm. Emma with a drop kick to the face of Lynch. Moments later, Lynch fought back with a series of right hands and a clothesline. Emma cut her off with an eye poke and hit her finisher for the win.
Stephanie McMahon and Dean Ambrose are in the ring for the Ambrose Asylum. Ambrose said that he doesn’t buy that she’s okay with being partners with her brother. Ambrose showed photos of Reigns spearing her at WrestleMania 32. Ambrose asked her if she thought Shane made all of the sacrifices that she has. Stephanie said that something needs to change, and that’s why Shane has half control of RAW. She said that she would cancel the Ambrose Asylum. He said that he had a good run and that hosting a talk show was hard. She then brought out Chris Jericho for the Highlight Reel. Jericho and Ambrose start brawling at ringside. Jericho got the better of the fight and laid out Ambrose with a code breaker. Jericho destroyed the set and smashed the potted plant over Ambrose’s head.
#1 Contender’s Battle Royal for the United States Title: Apollo Crews, Viktor, Damien Sandow, Zack Ryder, Stardust, Sheamus, Titus O’Neil, Rusev, Alberto Del Rio, Darren Young, Baron Corbin, Sin Cara, Dolph Ziggler, Bo Dallas, Curtis Axel
O’Neil threw out Viktor. Damien Sandow was thrown out by Sheamus. Crews tossed out Stardust. Axel tossed out Young. Sheamus hit a Brogue Kick to Crews to eliminate him. O’Neil attacked Sheamus from behind, and Sheamus rolled under the bottom rope. Ziggler dropkicked Corbin out of the ring. Corbin pulled out Ziggler and sent him into the barricade and the ring post. Corbin sent Ziggler into the ring, and Rusev tossed out Ziggler.
Sheamus got back into the ring and eliminated O’Neil. Axel was thrown out. We’re down to five superstars. Cara hit a springboard dive to Sheamus and Del Rio. Rusev knocked down Cara. Sheamus hit a backbreaker to Ryder. Del Rio tossed Cara to the floor. Ryder hit his finisher to Del Rio, but Rusev hit a heel kick to Ryder. Del Rio clotheslines Sheamus to the floor. Rusev kicked Del Rio in the head and then Ryder hit a drop kick to Del Rio to eliminate him. Ryder and Rusev are the final two. They start brawling in the ring. Ryder with a drop kick and a big boot. Rusev tossed Ryder to the floor.
Charlotte and Ric Flair walked out to the ring. They brought out Charles Robinson, who said that Natalya never tapped out at Payback but did scream to stop the match. Robinson teased that he was influenced by Flair. Natalya walked out and said that all of this was about Flair. Natalya said that Flair paid Robinson to screw her out of the Women’s Title. Natalya said that the Harts were better than he was. She attacked Charlotte and tossed her to the floor. Flair took off his jacket and was ready to go. Natalya slapped Flair and locked in the sharpshooter. Charlotte pulled Flair out of the ring.
Six-Man Tag Team Match: The Usos and Roman Reigns vs. AJ Styles, Karl Anderson, and Doc Gallows.
Styles and Reigns started the match. Reigns shoved him and Gallows was tagged in. Reigns landed a series of right hands and hit a samoan drop to Gallows. Jimmy was tagged in and hit a double axe. Jimmy with a head kick then tagged in Jey who hit a splash in the corner.
We’re back with Styles in control of Jey. He hit a splash in the corner for 2. Jey caught him with a kick and tagged in Reigns. This led to Reigns hitting a series of clotheslines to Anderson. He hit a drop kick to Gallows. Reigns with a series of clotheslines to Anderson once again. Anderson fought back and kicked Reigns in the head for 2. Styles was tagged in and missed a flying forearm. Reigns with a slam to Styles. Reigns hit a Superman Punch to Gallows. Styles kicked Reigns in the head. Jimmy was tagged in and hit a crossbody to Styles for a near fall. Jimmy with a kick and then a samoan drop for 2. Anderson broke it up, and Reigns took him out with a clothesline. Gallows took out Reigns. Styles kicked Jimmy then hit a springboard forearm strike for the win.
Winners: AJ Styles, Karl Anderson, and Doc Gallows.
Gallows and Anderson wanted Styles to hit Reigns with a steel chair. Styles teased that he would, but he put the chair down. Jey hit Styles in the back with the chair. The Usos cleared the ring. Styles hit The Usos with the chair. Reigns hit the Superman Punch to Styles. He sent Styles through a table and stood tall to close the show.
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