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WWE Raw live results: Money in the Bank fallout, new title revealed

Date: May 20, 2019
Location: Times Union Center in Albany, New York

The Big Takeaway --

The new title belt is a “24/7” title, which is an ugly belt and is being fought over in comedy segments by the low-card male wrestlers. There have been three champions already.

Brock Lesnar sort of teased cashing in his contract, but obviously didn’t. It sounds like we’ll learn when he’s cashing in next week.

Show Recap --

Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman came out to start the show. Lesnar got a strong heel reaction. He came out holding the Money in the Bank briefcase like it was a boombox, bobbing his head as happy as can be. Michael Cole said Lesnar may have delivered the biggest shocker in the history of MITB and they aired a video recap.

Heyman called Lesnar the “purveyor of paranoia” as Lesnar continued to bob his head to the briefcase. Heyman heard the rumours that hey concocted this plan last week when they saw Sami Zayn of all people squeeze his way into the MITB match in place of Braun Strowman.

They also heard the rumours that they were helped by some connections in the back to sneak Lesnar into the building, but Heyman noted how impossible it would be to sneak someone like Lesnar into an area.

Heyman said both Seth Rollins and Kofi Kingston were vulnerable to the most dangerous man in WWE history. He issued a warning to Rollins and told him he’d be better off having the whole world against him than Lesnar. That brought out Rollins.

Rollins said he should be in a great mood after having the fight of his life against AJ Styles and winning. However, he was not in a good mood looking at Lesnar and the briefcase. Rollins wanted to be an inspirational champion, one that Lesnar had no guts to be. Rollins didn’t want to wait around and told Lesnar to cash in tonight. The crowd popped huge.

Heyman said they would all have to wait for Lesnar to cash in. He said Rollins should be used to waiting around, just like he waited around for seven hours at WrestleMania to watch his girlfriend main event the show. Rollins was about to go after Heyman but Lesnar stepped in his way. They shoved each other and argued.

Heyman told Rollins he shouldn’t even think he’s worthy, that maybe it was a new day and we would see Brock Lesnar vs. Kofi Kingston. The New Day’s music hit and the crowd popped as Kingston entered.

Kingston didn’t want to steal Rollins’ thunder but he wanted to establish his legacy as champion and wanted to be known as one of the best WWE Champions of all-time. Kingston knew he couldn’t do that unless he defended against the best. Kingston challenged Lesnar to cash in against him tonight.

Heyman thought it was funny that the two champions were auditioning to face the reigning, undisputed champion of the box office. Heyman heard that Rollins and Kingston had other plans this evening, which meant Lesnar and the contract weren’t going anywhere. Heyman told us to stay tuned. They left.

Mick Foley was shown arriving to the building, greeted by Zack Ryder, Curt Hawkins, Titus O’Neil, Dana Brooke and Drake Maverick.

Elsewhere, Sami Zayn pleaded for Bobby Lashley’s help tonight, despite their history together. Lashley said no and wished him luck. 

Kingston and Rollins approached Triple H backstage. (Before they got to him, Rollins warned Kingston about Lesnar. Kingston said he knew what he was getting himself into.) Hunter wanted to tell them before they went out there that he was impressed by them last night and they would be teaming up tonight to face Lashley and Baron Corbin.

Braun Strowman defeated Sami Zayn (0:45)

Before the match could start, Zayn bailed and sprinted to the back. Strowman chased after him. Strowman saw Lashley which distracted him long enough for Zayn to hit a sucker punch. Strowman recovered quickly and tossed around Zayn. Strowman stared down Lashley as Zayn crawled away saying, “Bobby, do something!”

Strowman told Lashley he would deal with him later, then picked up Zayn and carried him back toward the ring. Zayn dodged a charge and Strowman went shoulder first into the post. Zayn convinced the referee to start the match and he went for a Helluva kick, but Strowman knocked him down with a clothesline. Strowman followed with a running shoulder tackle and powerslam for the quick win. 

Charly Caruso in-ring interview with Lars Sullivan

Caruso mentioned all the damage done by Sullivan, then aired a video package as they both stood there and watched. After the video, she asked what his goals were in WWE. Before he could say anything, Lucha House Party came out. They surrounded him like the Shield and attacked. All three hit dropkicks, knocking him down and out of the ring.

Kalisto tried a dive but Sullivan caught him and dropped him on the apron. Lince Dorado and Gran Metalik hit suicide dives, but Sullivan recovered and tossed them around. Sullivan gave Dorado a Freak Accident. Sullivan was about to give him a powerbomb, but Metalik and Kalisto pulled him to safety. As the three members of LHP retreated, Cole said they put up a fight. 

They aired a recap of Rollins vs. Styles. 

Cesaro defeated Ricochet (6:46)

Cesaro has new music. They showed a clip of Drew McIntyre launching Ricochet over the top through a ladder. They also showed a clip from earlier today of Cesaro mocking Ricochet as he was being checked out by the trainer. Cesaro advised the trainer to give Ricochet the night off. Ricochet got in his face and said he wasn’t too hurt to compete tonight.

Cesaro targeted the back and was control before and after the break (which came 85 seconds into the match). Ricochet made a comeback and did a spot where he stood on Cesaro’s shoulders, which popped the crowd, then followed with a hurricanrana. They then aired the most ill-timed in-set commercial for an animated movie as Ricochet nailed a dive to the outside.

After that in-set commercial, Ricochet came off the top but Cesaro caught him with an uppercut then followed with a backbreaker and Neutralizer for the pinfall win. Three referees checked on Ricochet afterwards. They showed a few replays of Ricochet’s offense in case you blinked and missed it. 

Caruso interviewed Styles, asking him what was next. Styles said he was back to square one and had hard work ahead of him. Styles liked hard work and looked forward to it. He said he can beat Rollins, but Rollins beat him last night and he had no problem admitting it. Corbin showed up to mock his speech.

Styles reminded him that he failed as Mr. Money in the Bank and got fired as GM. Corbin reminded him that he pinned Rollins on Raw, which Styles couldn't do. Corbin said it was a slap in the face that he got the title shot. Styles showed him what a slap in the face was and smacked him right in the face. The crowd liked that. Corbin said he’d pay for that and left.

They showed Kingston and Foley speaking backstage. 

Roman Reigns came out. A handful of people booed but it wasn’t loud. I think he came out for a promo, but before he could say anything, Shane McMahon entered. He called himself best in the world and said he was now done with The Miz. His new focal point was Reigns. He noted what Reigns did to Vince McMahon.

Reigns said he hates spoiled rich kids. Reigns said he was done with Elias so his schedule was wide open. Shane said he wasn’t and called his win a fluke. Reigns said Elias wasn’t there and challenged Shane to a match. Shane asked the crowd if they wanted to see it. They said yes, so he feigned going to the ring, then stopped. Shane brought out McIntyre.

Shane then accepted the challenge against Reigns, but at SSD. Shane said he would still be able to call himself best in the world after their match. Reigns said Shane would only be able to say what everyone else does, that he just got his ass kicked by Roman Reigns. This was lame. This was the top-of-the-hour segment for 9pm.

(I had to rewind it to figure out why Shane brought out McIntyre, but I guess McIntyre is his hired protection now.)

Becky Lynch was shown hanging out backstage, as were Heyman and Lesnar. 

Tomorrow on Smackdown, Bayley is the new Women’s Champion, Reigns faces Elias, and New Day welcome back Big E.

The Miz confronted Shane backstage. McIntyre told him they were done. Miz was content to go through McIntyre to get to Shane. Miz said he’d see McIntyre in the ring.

The Revival defeated The Usos

They made sure to replay the embarrassing Revival clips from weeks ago. Corey Graves criticized the Usos for their actions. Cole told Graves that he had to admit it was funny and called it was locker room humour. Graves said that kind of humour was funny until you turn six years old.

The Revival attacked the Usos before the match started. At least, that’s what it seemed since the bell never rang and the Usos were still taking off their shirts. However, Revival hit a double team move and went for a cover and the referee counted to two.

After a break, Jey Uso and Scott Dawson traded fists and I’m pretty sure Jey yelled, “come on, bitch!” Dash Wilder took out Jey on the outside with a tornado DDT, then Jimmy took out Wilder with a suicide dive. Dawson caught Jimmy in a small package for two, then Jimmy hit a superkick for a nearfall. Jimmy went to the top but had to avoid a charge from Wilder. Dawson then rolled up Jimmy while holding the tights for the pinfall win.

Backstage, Nikki Cross approached Alexa Bliss. Bliss was happy for Cross that she was able to take her place in MITB, except for one problem: she lost. Bliss mentioned her talk show as the Revival showed up celebrating their victory. Wilder spat as he spoke and his spit landed on Bliss. He thought they should be the next guests on a Moment of Bliss. She was grossed out. 

A Moment of Bliss with guest Becky Lynch 

Cross came out with Bliss. Bliss said she asked for a coffee, then a stagehand showed up with two cups. She combined the two cups and gave the empty one to Cross. Bliss introduced Becky Lynch who got a big reaction. Bliss asked Lynch about MITB, but before she could answer, The IIconics interrupted. They mocked Lynch and said we can’t call her Becky Two Belts anymore.

Lynch told them to shut their faces. She said she defended her title more times last night than they have since WrestleMania. She threatened to drag them to the ring and become Becky Three Belts. Lacey Evans interrupted. The crowd chanted “Becky Two Belts” and the IIconics acted confused. Lynch said The Lady came around and got tapped out.

Lynch threatened to slap the heads off all three of them. They laughed at her. Cross offered to be Lynch’s partner. Evans said they were still one short. Lynch motioned toward Bliss and said, “she’ll do.” Bliss said she didn’t agree to any of this. Lynch told her to just stand on the apron and look pretty while The Man took care of it. Bliss went to the ring with her giant coffee cup. Lynch was good here.

6-woman tag match: Raw Women’s Champion Becky Lynch, Nikki Cross & Alexa Bliss defeated Lacey Evans & Women’s Tag Team Champions The IIconics (5:39)

Bliss stood outside the ring drinking her coffee. The heels worked over Cross until she made the hot tag to Lynch, who ran wild on Billie Kay. As she did, Evans left as Lynch yelled at her. Kay caught her in a roll-up, but Lynch kicked out and hit an Exploder. Lynch kicked Peyton Royce off the apron, then hit Kay with a diving leg drop off the second rope for the pinfall win.

Lynch and Cross celebrated the win. Bliss joined them, but as soon as she did, Lynch grabbed her belt and left on her own. I liked the presentation of Lynch here, and that she won with something other than the Disarmer. 

Mick Foley unveils new championship title / new champion crowned  

Foley said there’s been something missing on Raw, and it was time to start getting “raw” again. He said a title wasn’t just something to be defended, it was something to live and breathe. Foley unveiled the new belt, called the 24/7 title belt. It had a dark green strap and gold plates.

The crowd booed his announcement. They seemed excited as he built up the reveal, probably anticipating a “hardcore” title, but it wasn’t that.

Foley no-sold the reaction and kept going. He said falls would count anywhere. He laid the belt down and they were going to crown the newest champion right now. He said he asked the superstars to line up in the back. He clarified that the title was open to anyone from Raw, Smackdown, 205 Live, NXT or NXT UK (the mention of NXT got the biggest reaction).

Foley left the belt laying in the ring. He called for the bell as Cedric Alexander, Eric Young, Mojo Rawley and EC3 ran down and tackled each other on the way. Karl Anderson, Luke Gallows, Titus O’Neil and No Way Jose ran out next. Rawley tackled O'Neil in the ring, then Alexander took him out with a forearm.

The belt was just sitting there and I guess whoever picks it up first is the champion. Anderson and Gallows both jumped for the belt. They both held on to it, then EC3 knocked them down. The ring cleared, then Drake Maverick tried to grab it, but O'Neil tossed him from the ring and grabbed the belt instead.

O’Neil is the first champion. As he celebrated on the ramp, Robert Roode knocked him down from behind and covered him for the win. Roode is the second champion. All the guys chased Roode to the back.

After a break, Roode ran around backstage and hid in a corner. Everyone involved in the previous segment ran past him, then he popped out and went in the opposite direction.

This was the dumbest Raw segment in a long time, and I was way more embarrassed watching this than any of the Revival stuff. 

(I neglected to mention a Bray Wyatt segment earlier. It wasn't a full Firefly Fun House segment, more of a tease to remind us what happened last week.)

Drew McIntyre (w/Shane McMahon) defeated The Miz (13:07)

After a break, Miz mounted a comeback after hitting a powerbomb bringing McIntyre down off the middle rope. Credit to Miz, the crowd got behind him despite this coming after that previous segment. Miz hit It Kicks but McIntyre caught the last one, the Miz used a hurricanrana (sort of) to bring him down. McIntyre followed with a reverse Alabama Slam for two.

Miz went for the Figure Four, but Shane caught him with a sucker punch as the referee was somehow distracted. McIntyre followed with a spinebuster but Miz kicked out, then applied the Figure Four. McIntyre used chops to fight out of it.

Miz chased after Shane who ran away through the crowd. Miz launched McIntyre into the barricade, then tossed him back in the ring. With the referee again not paying attention, Shane flew in and attacked Miz from behind. McIntyre then gave him a Claymore kick for the pinfall win.

Afterwards, Shane set up Miz for a coast-to-coast dropkick but Reigns ran out for the save. He gave McIntyre a superman punch, but Shane bailed. Shane grabbed McIntyre and they left. Miz thanked Reigns and they shook hands. 

Backstage, Roode bumped into Corbin and Lashley, who just stared at him. Roode ran off as all the others ran after him. Corbin and Lashley had no interest in this new belt.

Caruso interviewed Kingston and Rollins. This ended with Kingston swivelling his hips, calling himself WWE Champion. He wondered why Rollins wasn’t swivelling his hips. Rollins chuckled and left.

They showed a replay of Rey Mysterio crushing Samoa Joe’s nose, then winning the match and title despite Joe’s shoulders not being down. Joe cut a promo, saying we all saw what happened. He wasn’t worried, because he knew Mysterio was a noble man. He knew that Mysterio wouldn’t allow the travesty to continue. He knew that Mysterio would do the right then and hand back the US Championship and set a good example for Dominick. If he didn’t, “just imagine the example I will set for you.”

Roode ran to the parking lot and asked R-Truth for help. Roode hid in the trunk of Truth’s car. The group ran toward Truth, but Truth told them Roode ran the other way. Truth let Roode out of the trunk, then a referee came out of his passenger seat. Truth attacked Roode and pinned him. Truth is the third 24/7 champion. Truth drove away. 

They’ve changed the aesthetics somewhat for the third hour of the show. Instead of red lights on the crowd, the lights are off, and the lighting on the stage is mostly off as well. The graphics were in black and white.

No Disqualification tag match: WWE Champion Kofi Kingston & Universal Champion Seth Rollins defeated Baron Corbin & Bobby Lashley (10:28)

The ring announcer said this as a no disqualification match, which is the first we heard this information. The commentators wondered who made this call and Cole noted how unfair this was with Lesnar lurking. Corbin attacked Rollins during his entrance, then the match started once everyone got to the ring.

Cole explained that Lesnar could cash in on either title because of the wild card rule. The heels were in control before and after a break. Corbin and Lashley were about to give Kingston a double superplex but Rollins saved him using a steel chair on both guys. Rollins followed with a suicide dive on both opponents, then Kingston followed with a trust fall dive on both guys as well. Kingston followed that with a Trouble in Paradise on Corbin for the pinfall win.

As soon as it was over, Lashley speared both Kingston and Rollins. Lashley grabbed a chair but Kingston ducked and Rollins kicked the chair in Lashley’s face.

Lesnar’s music hit and he came out with Heyman. Both Kingston and Rollins grabbed their title belts and waited for Lesnar to make a move. Lesnar circled the ring, feigned getting in the ring, then backed away. Heyman told Lesnar that he’s in their heads, exactly where he wants to be. He said they would show up next week to announce who he was going after.  

Final Thoughts --

I think Lesnar should win the 24/7 title, then just sit around backstage and see if anyone even bothers to challenge him.