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WWE Raw live results: Triple threat number one contender's match

Date: May 25, 2020
Location: WWE Performance Center in Orlando, FL 

The Big Takeaway -- 

The first Raw with wrestlers in the audience was a very talk-heavy show. 

Apollo Crews won the US Title, Nia Jax became the number one contender for the Women’s title, Angel Garza beat Kevin Owens in three minutes, the Street Profits beat the Viking Raiders in mini-putt, and the main event ended in a DQ. 

They announced that Rey Mysterio would have a retirement ceremony next week.

Show Recap -- 

The show began with a Memorial Day video. 

I could be wrong but Becky Lynch appears to be gone from the Raw intro. 

Various NXT/PC wrestlers were in the arena cheering as the show began. Kayden Carter and Shotzi Blackheart were among them. Tom Phillips said everyone has been tested. He didn’t say what they were tested for. There’s also plexiglass separating them from the Raw wrestlers. 

KO Show 

Kevin Owens said the wrestlers around ringside were the future of the business, particularly the ones wearing KO t-shirts. Jessamyn Duke was shown wearing a KO shirt. 

Owens introduced his guest, Asuka. She entered and chanted for Becky. Owens noted that “The Mom” shirts were available for purchase and also congratulated Asuka on becoming champion. Owens showed clips from last week. Asuka wasn’t happy with Nia Jax. 

Charlotte Flair interrupted. Owens let us know that he didn’t invite her. Charlotte had something to get off her chest. She thought the Raw Women’s championship should have been handed to her. Charlotte said Asuka has never beaten her, not at WrestleMania or on SmackDown. 

Natalya interrupted. This prompted Owens to put away props from his set (Natalya destroyed some stuff last week). Natalya said she wasn’t here to cause trouble and apologized to Owens for last week. Charlotte told Natalya that sucking up to Owens won’t help her. 

Jax interrupted. She was universally booed (Charlotte got a mixed reaction). Owens went on the apron. Jax threatened to bulldoze Asuka at Backlash. Owens sarcastically asked Asuka not to hit Jax in the face. Asuka hit Jax with a back fist, then Charlotte and Natalya brawled to the outside of the ring. Natalya and Charlotte separated, then Jax bailed as the segment ended. 

Kayla Braxton interviewed Apollo Crews. He called tonight the greatest night of his professional career because he would beat Andrade to become the new US champion. 

The announcers are now positioned at ringside (they were previously by the stage). The plexiglass goes all the way along the barricade around the ring and up the ramp. 

Apollo Crews defeated Andrade (w/Zelina Vega) to become US Champion (8:24) 

Crews used a delayed vertical suplex but Andrade followed with a back elbow for an early nearfall. Crews was distracted by Vega but avoided a charge by Andrade. Crews gave Andrade an enziguri and he fell into Vega, who fell off the apron. Andrade checked on Vega and apologized to her. 

After a very quick break, officials were now checking on Vega. The officials wanted to take Vega away but she refused to leave ringside. 

Andrade hit a double foot stomp off the top. They cut backstage to Angel Garza who was watching on a screen. Braxton asked him his thoughts on the match. Garza compared a great match to making love to a woman and explained in great detail. Andrade hit a running double knee strike for two. 

Crews came back with a press slam, standing moonsault and standing shooting star press for the pinfall win. Kind of an abrupt finish. The audience cheered as Crews celebrated. They said this was Crews’ first title win in WWE. 

Charly Caruso interviewed Crews in the ring. Crews said people close to him doubted him when he said he wanted to be a WWE superstar. After 11 years of hard work, dedication and discipline, he can finally say he’s won his first title in WWE. After he got hurt, he never quit on himself and now he can tell the world that he’s the new United States champion. 

They cut to the back where Andrade tossed some equipment around. 

Seth Rollins promo 

Seth Rollins was shown in the back holding Rey Mysterio’s mask. After a break, Rollins said tonight was a night for celebration because he is better than he has ever been and he had Mysterio to thank for that. Rollins was in a dark place after MITB but Mysterio presented himself to him and sacrificed himself for the greater good. 

Rollins couldn’t imagine the pain that Mysterio and his family went through. He thought about Dominick who couldn’t be there to help his father. If that was Mysterio’s final act in his career, it was a courageous one, because it allowed us to move further into the future. Austin Theory and Murphy entered the frame and Rollins introduced us to his newest disciple. 

Rollins said their ceilings were limitless with his guidance. Murphy said he needed Rollins’ guidance and thanked him. Theory said he thought he had friends on Raw but they abandoned him and Rollins found him. Theory thanked him. Rollins said they would make examples of Humberto Carrillo and Aleister Black tonight. 

Caruso interviewed Charlotte who called herself the most consistent and prolific champion in WWE. She raised the bar for every female in WWE and no one compared. Asuka danced in front of her while showing off her title. Asuka told Charlotte, “red is not your colour.” 

The IIconics promo 

Peyton Royce apologized to Billie Kay for last week. Kay apologized to Royce for slapping her. Kay said they’ve come so far together. They recalled coming up together, signing their WWE contracts together, and winning the tag titles together. 

They said they never had the opportunity to defend their titles and had opportunities stripped away. They said they should still be champions and they weren’t going to let the crazy lady and the office’s favourite blonde hold what’s theirs. 

Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross entered. Bliss laughed at the “favourite blonde” comment. Bliss said they’ve had plenty of opportunities. Cross began speaking but The IIconics stopped her and said she wasn’t allowed to talk. 

Cross snapped back and told them she took a long road to get here. She came a long way from Scotland and scratched and clawed to get where she is. Cross said she and Bliss were the champions and she thanked Bliss for keeping her focused. 

The IIconics attacked them as the audience booed. They launched Bliss shoulder-first into the post and gave Cross their new double team finisher. 

Lana approached MVP in the back. She stared him down for a moment and said, “we need to talk.” He replied, “no, we don’t,” and left. 

[Second hour] 

They aired a tribute graphic for Shad Gaspard. 

MVP’s VIP Lounge with guest Drew McIntyre 

MVP let the trainees around ringside know that their tabs were on him tonight. He invited McIntyre to the ring. 

McIntyre came out and tossed his furniture around. McIntyre wanted to know where Bobby Lashley was. MVP told him not to worry about Lashley tonight. MVP wanted McIntyre to recall the last time he was in the VIP Lounge. MVP had offered to help him but McIntyre knocked him out with a kick. 

MVP knew that McIntyre would go on to become WWE Champion. MVP also knew he wanted to be responsible for him losing it. MVP said Lashley was finally getting a WWE title match after 13 years and it was because of him. 

McIntyre said it took him 19 years to get his opportunity. Not only did he win the title, he beat Brock Lesnar in five minutes. McIntyre said Lashley could take the belt from out of his cold dead hands. MVP said that could be arranged. 

Lashley marched out but before he could get in the ring, McIntyre wiped out MVP with a Claymore Kick. Lashley helped MVP as McIntyre dared him to get in the ring. Lashley left with MVP. This was pretty good. 

Caruso attempted to interview Natalya but she stopped the interview to take a call. The call was from TJ Wilson/Tyson Kidd. Natalya told “TJ” that she apologized for her tantrum and it was all she could do. She then told him she didn’t have time for this because she had a match later. Natalya returned to Caruso but she said they were out of time. 

Angel Garza (w/Zelina Vega) defeated Kevin Owens (3:31) 

Garza attacked Owens from behind during his entrance and targeted his left knee. After a break, the match started after Owens demanded the referee ring the bell. Garza immediately dropkicked the knee and worked it over from there. Owens hit a DDT and made a comeback but pulled up lame when attempting a cannonball. Garza followed with a superkick for two. 

Owens headbutted Garza off the top and hit a senton. Owens went for a pop-up powerbomb but his knee buckled, then Garza slipped out and hit a Wing Clipper for the relatively quick win. Some of the wrestlers in the audience appeared confused. Garza attacked Owens again after the match. The announcers called this the biggest win of Garza’s career. 

The Street Profits / Viking Raiders golf segment 

The Street Profits and Viking Raiders were shown arriving at the first hole on the golf course. The Profits were excited to see that the Raiders brought a cooler with drinks. The Raiders said there were no drinks. They pulled out a large turkey leg from the cooler instead. Two club employees were there to remind them of the etiquette in the game of golf. 

This led to a montage of golf hijinx. After hitting another golfer with the ball, they all attempted to escape, but the golf cart holding the Raiders had a tire collapse under their weight. The club employees demanded they leave. 

The two teams went to a mini-putt course instead. They all danced together upon arriving. When it was over, Montez Ford read off the final score. The Raiders thought they won, but Ford explained that, in golf, the lower score is the winning score, so the Profits actually won. There was some more “comedy” involving Ivar pulling an endless number of things out of a hole. 

Lana approached MVP and Lashley. She seemed to feel bad about what happened earlier and offered MVP a bag of ice. MVP wasn’t buying it and blew her off. She freaked out again. 

Almost 100 minutes into this show, there have been two matches totalling approximately 12 minutes of wrestling. 

Murphy & Austin Theory (w/Seth Rollins) defeated Humberto Carrillo & Aleister Black (4:20) 

I thought this match might get some time. It didn’t. Black hit a series of strikes on both opponents and tagged in Carrillo. Murphy chucked Black off the top. Carrillo went for a moonsault but landed on his feet when he saw Theory roll away. Carrillo kicked Murphy off the apron, then Theory gave Carrillo an ATL for the pinfall win. 

Murphy and Theory grabbed Carrillo after the match as Rollins directed them. They held his face/eye over the corner of the ring step. Black grabbed a chair but Rollins demanded that he stay where he was and put the chair away or else Carrillo would lose an eye. 

He warned them that if they didn't listen to him, then Mysterio’s sacrifice would have been in vain. He also warned that he would sacrifice them as he did Mysterio. They dropped Carrillo and left. Black checked on him. I liked the post-match. 

Edge sit-down promo 

Edge said Randy Orton caught him flat-footed and tongue-tied on Raw a few weeks ago. He said that doesn’t happen often and now he found himself doubting his own ability. Edge said he was out of action for 3,212 days and in that time Orton competed in 1,126 matches. “I did the research.” Edge thanked Orton for making him want to prove himself to himself. 

After Orton challenged him, he went home and watched The Last Ride documentary. He watched himself on the doc pontificating about the right time to hang it up. He understood what Undertaker was going through. 

Orton was doubting his wrestling ability, but Edge has hung with the Undertaker, Shawn Michaels, Kurt Angle, Eddie Guerrero, Rey Mysterio, Owen Hart, Mr. Perfect, Christian, William Regal, and Davey Boy Smith. The list went on and on. He adapted to every style and brought guys up to his level. He was a five-tool workhorse. 

Edge admitted that everything he just said was in the past tense. He didn’t know if he could do those things anymore, but at Backlash, he would dig into the depths of his soul to try. “It’s all a man can do.” 

[Third hour] 

The Raiders and Profits spoke backstage while still wearing their golf attire. The Raiders said they let the Profits win in golf just like in basketball. Ford told them to pick the next challenge. Ivar was about to say “gator wrestling,” but Angelo Dawkins said anything but that. The Raiders challenged them to bowling (which I almost typed as “boring”). 

After the Raiders left, MVP and Lashley approached the Profits. MVP called them another waste of talent. Ford mocked them, so MVP challenged them to a tag match tonight. 

Triple threat number one contender’s match: Nia Jax defeated Natalya and NXT Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair (15:11) 

Asuka joined commentary. Jax slammed Natalya on top of Charlotte, so Natalya was on top of Charlotte whose shoulders were down but the referee didn’t count. Charlotte recovered and she teamed with Natalya to throw Jax shoulder-first into the ring post. 

The fight spilled to the outside where Natalya and Charlotte teamed up again. They very carefully hoisted Jax onto their shoulders, walked her a few steps over to the announce table, and powerbombed her through it. 

After a break, Natalya and Charlotte collided with crossbody attempts. Asuka shoved Jax back in the ring. Natalya applied an armbar but Jax picked her up and hit a one-arm powerbomb. Charlotte tried to steal the pin but only got a two count. Charlotte hit (missed) a moonsault for two. They actually showed a replay despite the miss. 

Charlotte attacked Jax’s knee and applied the Figure Four but Natalya broke it up. Natalya put Charlotte in the Sharpshooter but Jax eventually broke it up. Charlotte booted Jax but Natalya broke up that cover. They did a tower of doom spot with Natalya powerbombing Jax and Charlotte. 

After a few more two counts, Charlotte put Natalya in the Figure Four but Jax legdropped Charlotte. Jax then gave Natalya a Samoan drop for the pinfall win. Jax faces Asuka at Backlash. Asuka was happy with the result. 

In the back, McIntyre told Braxton that he wasn’t planning on Claymore kicking MVP, he was just asking for it. She asked him if he knew that MVP and Lashley were facing the Street Profits. McIntyre said no, then said he forgot something in the locker room that he probably won’t be able to find until that match was over. 

The announcers reminded us that Rob Gronkowski was still the 24/7 Championship. R-Truth planned on going through any football man to get his title back. 

Gronkowski was shown in the gym inside the Performance Center (I think). He referred to R-Truth as “R-Lies” then warned him that he was ready for any challenge. Gronk said he had eyes on the back of his head and put his shades on the back of his head. 

Braxton asked MVP “why on earth” he’d want to fight the tag champions tonight after what happened earlier. He pointed at Lashley and said, “that’s why.” 

They aired a pre-taped Ric Flair promo, perhaps taped on his phone. Flair said people were asking him what he thought the outcome would be to what many are calling the greatest wrestling match ever. Flair excitedly called Orton the best wrestler in the world and would win the match. 

(There was a graphic that read, “The Greatest Wrestling Match Ever” on the screen next to Flair as he spoke. The announcers repeated the phrase throughout the show.) 

There was yet another promo, this time a sit-down promo by Liv Morgan. She said her biggest stumbling block in life was her own self-worth. She couldn’t remember a time ever thinking she was good enough. Even at six years old she wondered what her life would be. She finally figured it out when she got to WWE and got her first wrestling gear with her name on it. She still didn’t have all the answers but she would fulfill who she was destined to be. “I’m living my best life.” 

Aleister Black faces Seth Rollins next week. 

Also, they announced that Rey Mysterio would have a retirement ceremony next week. Phillips had a somber tone making this announcement. 

Raw Tag Team Champions The Street Profits defeated Bobby Lashley & MVP via DQ in a non-title match (11:18) 

Lashley drove Ford into the ring post and his team remained in control through a break. After a while, Ford dodged MVP’s running boot and made the hot tag to Dawkins who gave MVP a spinning back below, spinning splash and bulldog. Ford also drove Lashley into the barricade. 

Dawkins gave MVP a spinebuster and Ford followed with a frog splash. Before Ford could apply the cover, Lashley pushed Dawkins into the post and put Ford in the full nelson. Lashley, who was not the legal man, did not break the hold after five, so the ref called for the DQ. 

McIntyre came out and brawled with Lashley. The ref couldn’t stop them so he sent two of the wrestlers who were previously held behind plexiglass for the safety of everyone into the ring. McIntyre got rid of them quickly. About five other wrestlers jumped in the ring but it wasn’t enough, so about five more entered and they were finally able to separate Lashley and McIntyre.