WWE Monday Night Raw
May 2nd, 2022
The Greensboro Coliseum
Greensboro, North Carolina
Welcome to our live coverage of WWE Monday Night War, which is emanating from the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carolina. WWE has announced that both Roman Reigns and the Usos will make an appearance just six nights before Wrestlemania Backlash.
– Raw starts with a video package highlighting what happened on Smackdown between the Bloodline, RK-Bro, and Drew McIntyre.
– Raw officially kicks out with The Bloodline and Paul Heyman, Heyman welcomes us to Raw. Heyman says that everyone should put their children down and stand on their feet to rebel in the greatness of Roman Reigns. Roman tells the fans to acknowledge him but RK-Bro comes from behind and delivers RKOs to The Usos. Drew McIntyre then makes his entrance, Drew stands on the apron and drops his sword before entering the ring, Drew and Roman exchange punches but the Usos interfer once again, RK-Bro makes the save as all six men brawl, referees come out to separate the men as we go to commercial break.
– We see footage from earlier in the day, Ezekiel introduces himself to The Street Profits, they all toast and share a drink, Otis, Chad Gable, and Kevin Owens interfer, Owens is still claiming that Ezekiel is Elias, Gable says that lie detector tests are easily manipulated, a six man tag is made for Raw as Kevin Owens throws a drink in Ezekiel’s face.
Match 1: Alpha Academy and Kevin Owens vs The Street Profits and Ezekiel.
– The match starts with with Angelo Dawkins and Chad Gable, they exchange amateur wrestling moves, Dawkins then tags in Montez and they deliver a double team slapjack on Gable, Gable then works over the arm of Montez with an armbar submission, Montez gets out of it and delivers a dropkick, Otis comes in and The Street Profits land a double dropkick on Otis but he is still standing, Ezekiel joins them and they deliver a 3-man dropkick, sending Otis out of the ring as we go to commercial break.
– We are back from commercial as Chad Gable has another armlock submission locked in on Montez Ford, Gable is then able to lands a northern lights suplex for a near fall, Owens then tags in and stomps Montez in the corner, Owens then lands a moonsault from the second rope on Montez for a nearfall, Montez is then able to get the hot tag to Ezekiel. Ezekiel lands a spinebuster on Gable and a flying knee on Otis, Ezekiel lands a splash in the corner followed by a suplex to Gable for a pin attempt, but Otis breaks up the pin. Owens then trips Ezekiel, which allows Gable to roll him up for the pinfall victory.
Winners via pinfall: Alpha Academy and Kevin Owens at 9:28.
– AJ Styles is interviewed backstage, AJ says that he had Edge beat Mania but his fragile ego wouldn’t allow it, Styles suggests that if he beats Damian Priest tonight he’s banned from ringside at Wrestlemania Backlash.
– We get a video package highlighting the match between Bianca Belair and Sonya Deville from last Monday.
– Sonya Deville and Adam Pearce are in their office, Pearce says that Sonya’s management role is being reviewed by upper management, Pearce says that she will have to compete tonight. Sonya Deville, Becky Lynch, and Rhea Ripley vs Bianca Belair, Liv Morgan, and Asuka is made for later tonight.
Match 2: Veer Mahaan vs Burt Hanson
–Burt is interviewed by Byron Saxton before the match, Burt says that he’s signed up for this match because its always been his dream to compete on Raw in his hometown, the match starts with Veer throwing Burt around, Veer lands a stiff Lariat followed by the cervical clutch for the quick submission victory.
Winner via submission: Veer Mahaan at 1:34.
– After the match, Veer continues to attack Burt, Veer locks in the cervical clutch while inside the ropes as referees have to pull him off.
– Edge and Damian Priest make their entrance, Damian Priest vs AJ Styles is next!
– Edge says that most fans probably don’t like him anymore, maybe they even despise him, but thats because they despise themselves, Edge then says thats he’s surprised the fans were even able to put their shoes on and find their seats, Edge says that if they had a team it would be the lemmings because they are rodents, like AJ Styles, Edge warns him to stay home with his wife and kids, AJ Styles then cuts them off by making his entrance.
Match 3: AJ Styles vs Damian Priest
– The match starts out with AJ landing a series of punches on Priest, Priest then lands a punch of his own followed by a big boot and kicks in the corner, Priest then lands a sitdown suplex but AJ quickly kicks out, Styles then lands a forearm to Priest outside the ring, AJ then slams Priest face first into the ringpost. Damian then drives AJ shoulder first into the ringpost as we go to commercial break.
– We are back from commercial break as we see AJ land a jumping closeline to Priest in the corner, Priest then lands a spinning heel kick before Putting Styles on the top rope, AJ counters and lands a rack-bomb for a nearfall. AJ lands a kick but Priest quickly recovers and lands a backbreaker for the nearfall, AJ is then able to land the pele kick for yet another nearfall, AJ goes for the phenomenon forearm but Priest catches him and lands the south of heaven for another nearfall, Priest goes for a other heel kick but AJ counters and goes for the submission but Edge distracts him, AJ is able to dodge and roll up Priest for the win.
Winner via pinfall: AJ Styles at 11:02.
– After the match, Edge attacks AJ with punches before Priest is able to land a flatliner, Edge then goes outside and grabs two chairs but Finn Balor comes out to make the save, Balor lands a series of slingblades followed by AJ landing a closeline on Priest, sending him outside the ring and both Priest and Edge retreating as AJ and Balor “too sweet” each other.
– Cedric Alexander interrupts MVP and Omos backstage, Cedric asks MVP if he remembers the Hurt Business and if it wasn’t for Lashley they’d still be running Raw, MVP says that’s he’s moved on from the Hurt Business and onto bigger things, Cedric wants to prove himself to MVP by beating Bobby Lashley tonight, MVP says that him and Omos will be watching tonight.
– The Miz then makes his entrance, Miz will host Miz-TV featuring Mustafa Ali next!
– WWE wishes The Rock a happy 50th birthday!!
– The Miz is in the ring to host Miz-TV, Miz says that he could complain about Ali hijacking his show last week but instead he’s going to invite him on his show, Mustafa Ali then makes his entrance but his music is cut off early Miz, Miz says that him and the audience are happy to see him, Ali tries to talk but his microphone won’t turn on, Miz says that the WWE universe forgot about Ali during his absence, Miz tells Ali not to go to Twitter to complain, Ali says that the only thing to complain about is that Miz still works here, Ali then says when Miz feels unheard he goes to the powers may be, Ali says when his voice is unheard he goes to the WWE fans, Miz tries to yell back but his mic is off, Miz then tells Ali that he will live to regret that but Theory interrupts, Theory says that it was unfair that Miz had to compete last week and he was able to get the match removed from the record books, Theory says that Ali doesn’t deserve a title match but Ali cuts him off, Ali says that he doesn’t want an opportunity handed to him, he wants to fight for it. Theory says that he’s the youngest US champion in history and he doesn’t know if Ali can’t handle the heat, Theory informs us that Ali will face both him and The Miz in a handicap championship contenders match.
Match 4: Handicap match: Theory and The Miz vs Mustafa Ali
– We are back from commercial as we see The Miz beating down Ali, Ali is able to land a flying forearm to Miz followed a chop, Ali goes to run the ropes but Theory holds them open, causing Ali to crash hard on the outside of the ring, Theory then lands a series of punches followed by a stomp to the chest of Ali for the nearfall, Miz makes the tag and delivers a series of kicks to Ali the corner, Ali lands a dropkick to Miz off the apron and a neckbreaker to Theory, Ali tries to get back in the ring but Theory holds his leg, Miz is able to land the skull crushing finale to Ali as he’s getting back in the ring for the win.
Winners via pinfall: The Miz and Theory at 2:53.
– After the match, Ciampa once again attacks Mustafa Ali.
– We see footage from earlier in the day, Reggie wants to take Dana Brooke on a honeymoon but she doesn’t want it because he tried to pin her for the 24/7 title, Tamina and Akira Tozawa join the argument as R-Truth comes in and tries to help them out, Nikki A.S.H then rolls up Dana Brooke to win the 24/7 title, Dana tells Reggie that he can earn her love back by getting her a rematch for the 24/7 title.
– Dana Brooke and Reggie make their entrance, Dana Brooke gets her rematch at Nikki A.S.H for the 24/7 next!
Match 5: 24/7 championship: Nikki A.S.H (c) vs Dana Brooke.
– Dana Brooke is able to punch Nikki off the apron, Dana then goes for a baseball slide but Nikki uses the apron skirt to trap her, which allows Nikki to land a series of punches for a nearfall, Dana lands a swinging neckbreaker for the quick victory.
Winner via pinfall and NEW 24/7 champion: Dana Brooke at 1:29.
– After the match, both Akira Tozawa and R-Truth attempt to pin Dana but they stop each other, Reggie rolls up Dana on the outside but Dana kicks out and proclaims that she wants a divorce from Reggie.
– Becky Lynch is interviewed backstage, Becky says that it was brave of her to admit to the world that she hit rock bottom last week, only to be disrespected by Asuka, Becky says that when she was on top Asuka was nowhere to be seen but once she’s at the bottom she wants to comeback, Becky says that she will end Asuka.
– Seth Rollins makes his entrance, Seth Rollin appreciation night is next!
– We are back from commercial break, Rollins says that Monday Night Rollins has begun, Rollins says that we should celebrate who truly deserves it, someone who is a sex symbol and a fashion icon as he puts a spotlight on himself. the crowd cheers Cody as Rollins says that at Wrestlemania Cody tried to steal his spotlight, Rollins says you can’t steal his spotlight because he is the spotlight, Rollins then goes to present a video package highlighting his career but Cody’s music hits instead. Rollins asks why Cody is trying to ruin his moment and asks Cody for flowers, Cody says that Rollins can’t shake his loss from Wrestlemania, Cody says that he’s been professional and a gentleman but he has a feeling that Rollins is going to cross the line, Cody says that Rollins is one of the best superstars of the last year but he’s delusional, Rollins says that Dusty wrestled thousands of time in this arena but just like Cody he was an egomaniac who thinks that he transcended the business, Rollins says that Dusty was delusional and wasn’t good enough to win the WWE title just like Cody, Cody and Rollins then brawl with Cody hitting the disaster kick, sending Rollins up the ramp as Cody throws his suit-top into the crowd.
– Bobby Lashley makes his entrance, Bobby Lashley vs Cedric Alexander is next!
Match 6: Bobby Lashley vs Cedric Alexander
– The match starts but Omos and MVP come out to taunt him, Cedric lands a series of knees and punches to the midsection of Lashley, Lashley catches Cedric and throws him into the barricade, Lashley then drives Cedric head first into the ringpost, followed by a spear. Lashley puts Cedric in the hurtlock, Cedric taps for the submission victory.
Winner via submission: Bobby Lashley at 2:36.
– Liv Morgan is interviewed, she says that she thought they were a great team, Liv thinks that Rhea is disappointed in herself, not the team.
Match 7: Bianca Belair, Liv Morgan, and Asuka vs Becky Lynch, Rhea Ripley, and Sonya Deville.
– Becky and Asuka start off but Becky tags in Sonya and Asuka tags in Bianca but Sonya tags Rhea, Bianca goes for a suplex but Rhea pulls her down by her hair, Bianca hits a shoulderblock on Sonya followed by a one-footed dropkick, sending Sonya outside the ring. Liv lands a jumping knee to Becky in the corner followed by a missle dropkick. Liv dives to the outside and attacks Rhea, Liv gets the better of two but Becky drops her face first on the outside followed by a dropkick from the second rope for a nearfall as we go to commercial break.
– We are back from commercial as we see Rhea beating down Liv, Liv goes for a comeback but is quickly shutdown, Liv gets the tag to Bianca, Bianca lands a standing vertical suplex on Rhea followed by a nearfall, Rhea buts Bianca on the top rope but Bianca pushes her off the top, Sonya then distracts Bianca, Sonya and Rhea deliver a double superplex from the top rope, the go for the pin but Liv makes the save, Asuka gets the the tag and lands a german suplex on Sonya followed by a kick and a nearfall, Asuka knocks Sonya outside into a codebreaker by Liv, Bianca lands a spinebuster on Rhea, Sonya tries to pin Liv with her feet on the rope but Bianca pushes her feet off, Liv hits the oblivion on Sonya for the pinfall victory.
Winners via pinfall: Liv Morgan, Asuka, and Bianca Belair at 15:15.
–The show ends with Liv Morgan, Asuka, and Bianca Belair celebrating in the ring.