WWE Raw Results, May 15, 2023, report by John Matiesen for jjasportstudio.com
In-Ring Segment: Undisputed Tag Team Champions Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn
Zayn notes they found out they were defending against Roman Reigns and Solo Sikoa at Night of Champions. On paper, it seems like their biggest challenge to date, but they see it as a gift. They finally get the chance for revenge against Reigns. Reigns is too full of himself. Having a 1000-day title reign isn’t enough. Now Reigns wants the Undisputed Tag Championships? Well, Reigns can’t have them. The Judgement Day interrupts. Owens says he’s happy The Judgement Day is out here because he’s tired of talking about The Bloodline. If they want to fight, let’s fight. Zayn says this is his fault. He started this at a ten, and maybe they aren’t here to fight. Damian Priest says Owens is right. He wants a fight.
Finn Bálor tells Priest to hold on. Bálor says they want to wish them luck because they will be waiting for them after their match with Reigns and Sikoa. Zayn says he is curious to hear what Dominik has to add since the people love it when he talks. Dominik tries to speak, and the crowd drowns him out. Owens yells that he can’t hear a word Dominik is trying to say. Owens asks if he can just punch Dominik in the face. Zayn tells Owens to go for it. Ripley steps in the way. Priest clocks Owens. A brawl breaks out. Zayn grabs a chair and clears the ring.
Shinsuke Nakamura vs. The Miz
Nakamura tells Miz to come on. Miz gets knocked in the corner. Good vibrations by Nakamura. Miz trips Nakamura into the ropes. Running hip crush by Miz. Nakamura dumps Miz out of the ring. Baseball slide by Nakamura. Nakamura sets Miz up on the apron and lands a running knee. Guillotine knee drop by Nakamura. Miz surprises Nakamura with a kick in between the rope. Hangman’s Neckbreaker by Miz. Nakamura falls out to the floor.
Miz counters a suplex attempt by Nakamura into the Skull Crushing Finale, but Nakamura escapes. Sliding German suplex by Nakamura. Nakamura calls for the Kinshasa. Miz tries to crawl out of the ring to avoid it. Miz pokes Nakamura in the eye and hits the Skull Crushing Finale. Nakamura somehow gets his foot on the bottom rope to break the pin. Both men trade pin attempts. Nakamura destroys Miz with the Kinshasa for the win.
Winner- Shinsuke Nakamura
Backstage, Adam Pearce tells Sonya Deville and Chelsea Green that Liv Morgan isn’t medically cleared for the tag title defense. Deville and Green complain. Raquel Rodriguez tells them both to get over it, but if they want a fight, she’ll take on Green tonight. Pearce says he likes it and makes it official.
Intercontinental Championship Number One Contender’s Battle Royal
During his entrance, Matt Riddle walks over to Gunther and the rest of IMPERIUM and kicks his flip-flops off at them. Gunther is incredulous. The field starts to think quickly as there are several eliminations. After being tossed over the top by Von Wagner, Dolph Ziggler gets attacked by JD McDonagh, who was also already eliminated. McDonagh sends Ziggler into the ring steps. Several referees eventually pull McDonagh away.
After the break, the field attacks Reed after he eliminates Otis and Ivar at the same time. Everyone lands a big move. Apollo Crew kicks Elias off the apron, eliminating him. Reed uranage suplexes Ricochet onto Gargano. Riddle floors Reed with a Floating Bro. Riddle tosses Moss. Gargano charges in, and Riddle sends him over the top. Riddle ends up on the apron. Kaiser and Vinci try to attack Riddle on the apron, but he fights them off.
Reed knocks Riddle off the apron to eliminate him. Mustafa Ali and Ricochet try to lift Reed over the top. Reed ends up on the apron. Ricochet dives off the top, but Reed catches him on his shoulders. Ali dropkicks them both off the apron for the win!
Winner and NEW Number One Contender, Mustafa Ali!
In-Ring Segment: Becky Lynch
Lynch says being The Man still means she goes through stuff. She has been going through stuff for a while now. Sometimes, when it becomes overwhelming, you must know when to ask for help. That’s what she did. She reached out to two legends who had lost gone through some stuff. Lita was great, and Trish Stratus hasn’t skipped a beat. She let Stratus get too close. She didn’t see the snake in the grass. Lynch says, thank you, Trish. When Stratus hit her, she awakened something that had been dormant for a long time. If Stratus wants it, she can have it. Lynch wants Stratus at Night of Champions.
Backstage, Natalya interrupts Ripley and chastizes her for attacking Dana Brooke after she was already beaten. Natalya tells Ripley she is the most dominant SmackDown Women’s Champion ever, but she needs to give the women in the locker room the respect they deserve. Ripley tells Natalya she knows she didn’t stick her nose in her business because she is trying to make herself relevant. If Natalya steps in Ripley’s way again, she isn’t going to boost her career, she’s going to end it.
Xavier Woods vs. Dominik Mysterio w/Rhea Ripley
Dominik and Woods trade arm drags and pin attempts. Woods sends Dominik into the bottom rope. Woods dropkicks Dominik in the back. Dominik goes low on Woods and takes control. Woods pulls Dominik into a spinning suplex out of a double-knuckle lock. Dominik rolls out of the ring. Woods follows, but Ripley steps in front of him. Ripley and Woods jaw at each other as the show cuts to commercial. After the break, Woods lands a missile dropkick off the top.
Woods lays in a flurry of strikes. Dominik ducks the Honor Roll and sends Woods into the corner. Dominik charges in and eats a boot from Woods. Honor Roll by Woods. Kick out by Dominik. Dominik sends Woods out of the ring. Dominik pulls Woods back into the ring and lands the three amigos. Woods gets his knees up as Dominik tries a frog splash. Popup gut buster by Woods. Dominik kicks out. Woods tries the Limit Breaker, but Ripley pulls Dominik out of the ring. Woods sends Dominik back into the ring. Ripley clubs Woods from behind. Dominik rolls up Woods for a quick three count.
Winner- Dominik Mysterio
Indus Sher w/Jinder Mahal vs. Local Talent
Veer and Sanga eviscerate their opponents in less than a minute. Veer and Sanga finish the match with their version of Demolition Decapitation.
Winners- Indus Sher
After the match, Mahal grabs a mic and cuts a promo in Hindi. Mahal leaves the ring and tells Graves and Patrick that they run Monday Night Raw.
Backstage, IMPERIUM walks in on Owens and Zayn. Gunther tells them he won’t stand for the disrespect Owens and Zayn gave his men (Vinci and Kaiser) last week. Owens scoffs and tells Gunther if they want a fight, they can fight, but they have a match tonight, so they will beat his guys again next week.
In-Ring Segment: Cody Rhodes
Rhodes asks Greensboro what they want to talk about. He knows this arena. This is the fabled, very first home of Starrcade. Rhodes noted that Brock Lesnar opted not to be here tonight. Rhodes tells the story of the scorpion and the frog. Lesnar is a hunter. But if he is a hunter, how’s his face? Rhodes stared down the biggest bully in this company. Lesnar is always on top because he is 99.9% better than every other superstar.
At Backlash, Lesnar wasn’t better than Rhodes. Lesnar called it a cheap win. It was a wrestling move in a wrestling match; go figure. This is about who is the big thing on Raw. Lesnar used to be called the next big thing. What happens when they just say, “Next?” Rhodes needs Lesnar to step aside because he isn’t the next big thing, he’s just in Rhodes’ way.
Backstage, Zoey Stark craps on Nikki Cross for losing to her last week. Candace LeRae barges in and tells Stark to leave Cross alone. Stark asks where LeRae’s weirdo family is. LeRae tells Stark not to take about her family. If she wants a fight, they can settle it in the ring. Stark agrees. She’ll see LeRae next week.
Chelsea Green w/Sonya Deville vs. Raquel Rodriguez
Rodriguez tosses Green around the ring. Green surprises Rodriguez with a backstabber. Green works over Rodriguez. Rodriguez fires up and hits her powerbomb for the win.
Winner- Raquel Rodriguez
Rodriguez celebrates on her way up the ramp. Ronda Rousey appears out of nowhere and kicks Rodriguez in the gut. Shayna Baszler attacks Rodriguez from behind. Rousey says Rodriguez will have to defend the tag titles with or without Morgan. Rousey holds Rodriguez in place as Baszler levels her with a running knee.
The Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn vs. The Judgement Day (Finn Bálor and Damian Priest)
Bálor takes Zayn down and rides his back. Bálor paint brushes the back of Zayn’s head. Zayn grabs an armbar. Bálor tries to escape but is taken down by Zayn. Zayn transition into a hammerlock. Bálor elbows Zayn in the head to break the hold. Bálor hits the ropes and runs into a series of arm drags by Zayn. Zayn locks in a wrist lock. Bálor tags in Priest. Zayn floors Priest with an elbow off the second rope. Owens tags in and lays in a few strikes.
Priest kicks Owens in the face as he telegraphs a back body drop. Owens lands an enziguri. Priest is sent out of the ring. Dominik and Ripley stomp to the ring and stand with Bálor and Priest. After the break, Bálor and Priest are working over Zayn. Owens lands a senton outside the ring on before sending Priest back into the ring for a KO cannonball. Owens hits the ropes, and Dominik trips him. The referee sees it and ejects Ripley and Dominik from the ringside area.
As Dominik is walking up the ramp, Xavier Woods attacks him. Both men fight to the back. Paul Heyman walks out on the stage. Priest floors Owens with a lariat. Priest sees Heyman and smiles. Heyman is talking on his Bat phone to Reigns as he watches the match. After the break, Priest and Bálor take turns beating down Owens. Owens and Priest fight up top. Owens knocks Priest down and lands an earth-shattering swanton. Priest and Owens tag out simultaneously. Zayn springboard leapfrogs over Bálor and lands a Michinoku driver. Kick out by Bálor.
Bálor counters Zayn’s offense with a sling blade. Bálor calls for the Woo dropkick. Zayn reverses that with a blue thunder bomb. Bálor kicks out. IMPERIUM appears at ringside. Bálor lands the final cut on Zayn. Priest rolls in the ring and hits South of Heaven on Owens. Owens drops Priest with the Stunner. Zayn lands the Helluva Kick. Kaiser and Vinci distract the referee. Zayn calls for another Helluva Kick. Gunther grabs Zayn’s leg. Bálor lands the Woo dropkick in the confusion. Bálor lands the Coup de Gras for the win.
Winners- The Judgement Day
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