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Raw 5/24/2021: Women's Tag Titles Main Event; McIntyre vs. Kofi; Charlotte vs. Asuka; More!



Here's what's on tap for tonight’s Raw:

  • Riddle vs. Xavier Woods

  • WWE Women's Tag Team Championship Match: Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler vs. Natalya & Tamina (champs)

  • The fallout from WWE Champion Bobby Lashley's open challenge

We're in the ThunderDome for Raw and kicking off the show with MVP in the ring. It's his honor to present to us the WWE Champion Bobby Lashley! Lashley makes his way down to the ring in a suit with the ladies again. We get highlights of last week including MVP issuing the open challenge with Drew McIntyre trying to accept and Kofi Kingston getting a pinfall victory over Lashley. MVP wants an energy change and he wants everyone to give a round of applause to Lashley. MVP says he always looks out for Lashley and we got exciting news. MVP hypes that live fans return in July so we can see Lashley in person. MVP says they have a dark cloud that is hanging over them and it's Drew McIntyre. MVP asks Lashley how he feels about McIntyre. Lashley reminds us he beat McIntyre at WrestleMania and then beat McIntyre and Braun Strowman at WrestleMania Backlash. Lashley says he's done with McIntyre. MVP brings up Kofi stepping up in the open challenge and then the dark cloud came back. HERE COMES DREW MCINTYRE!! McIntyre says they had to know he would walk out eventually because their business is his business. McIntyre still plans on getting the WWE Championship. McIntyre wants a one-on-one rematch and he thinks Lashley secretly wants it too to prove he's number one. Maybe not though because maybe Lashley knows he can't measure up. McIntyre questions whether or not Lashley has balls. Lashley blames his loss to Kofi on McIntyre. Lashley calls McIntyre desperate. HERE COMES KOFI KINGSTON AND XAVIER WOODS!! Kofi says they both make credible points but last week Kofi pinned Lashley! Kofi says it one more time in case we didn't hear him! BAAYYYYBBEEEEE!!! Lashley asks if Kofi thanked McIntyre. Kofi tells McIntyre he didn't ask for his help because he didn't need it. Kofi says he answered the challenge because he never got a rematch when he lost the title. Kofi says McIntyre has had too many rematches and he needs to go to the back of the line. ADAM PEARCE IS OUT NOW!! Pearce makes Kofi Kingston vs. Drew McIntyre with the winner facing Bobby Lashley for the WWE Championship at Hell in a Cell. MVP says he, Lashley, and the ladies will watch from the VIP Lounge!




Braun Strowman is here for a promo where he talks about the return of live fans. He calls himself the conductor and says anyone who gets in his way will get these hands.


#1 Contenders Match

Winner faces Bobby Lashley for the WWE Championship at Hell in a Cell

Drew McIntyre vs. Kofi Kingston

Lashley, MVP, and the ladies are watching from the ramp in the "VIP Lounge". They lock up and McIntyre backs Kofi into the corner. Clean break. Kofi comes out and McIntyre forces him back into the corner before allowing to come out. Lock up again in the middle of the ring. They jockey for position. Go behind by Kofi but McIntyre gets in control of Kofi's arm. Kofi goes off the ropes and McIntyre knocks him down with a shoulder block. Leap frogs by Kofi and he tries another but McIntyre catches and throws him down. McIntyre in control now. McIntyre tries a dead lift suplex but Kofi knees his way free. Kofi with a Russian leg sweep and a splash. McIntyre catches kick and hits Kofi with a chop. Another chop takes down Kofi and McIntyre stomps his hand. McIntyre looks for a power bomb but Kofi counters with a ran that sends McIntyre to the outside. Kofi dives over the top to take out McIntyre. They each counter Irish whips. Kofi gets on the shoulders of McIntyre and delivers punches but McIntyre counters with a reverse Alabama Slam that sends Kofi into the apron. McIntyre and Lashley talk trash to each other as we go to a break.


We're back with McIntyre in control of Kofi. McIntyre with a snap suplex. Belly to belly throw by McIntyre now and then McIntyre kicks Kofi out of the ring and then sends him into the barricade. Back in the ring, McIntyre hits a dead lift suplex where he points at Lashley in the process. Near fall for McIntyre. McIntyre works a submission but Kofi fights to his feet. McIntyre sends Kofi to the corner but Kofi runs up to the middle rope and hits McIntyre with a drop kick! Chops by Kofi followed by a drop kick. Kofi tries a guillotine but McIntyre powers out with a suplex for a near fall. McIntyre throws Kofi into the corner. McIntyre charges into a double kick by Kofi. Kofi with punches now in the corner. McIntyre reverses and Irish whip but runs into a kick by Kofi in the corner. Kofi goes to the top but McIntyre cuts him off and goes up with him. Kofi blocks a superplex and knocks McIntyre off to the mat. Kofi with a cross body but McIntyre rolls through. MCINTYRE HITS A MICHINOKU DRIVER!! 1...2...NO!! McIntyre points at Lashley who's taking off his jacket and walks closer to the ring. We head to another commercial.


Back from the break, both men are battling in the corner and MCINTYRE HITS KOFI WITH BACK SUPLEX OFF THE MIDDLE ROPE!! 1...2...NO!! Lashley and MVP are both ringside. Both men trade rights. McIntyre gets the upper hand. Kofi counters the Future Shock DDT with a jackknife cover for a near fall. McIntyre hits a spine buster for a near fall! McIntyre with a sit out power bomb for another near fall! McIntyre sends Kofi into the ropes but Kofi with a head scissors. Kofi goes to the corner. McIntyre charges but Kofi side steps and McIntyre goes shoulder first into the ring post. Kofi goes up to the top and FROG SPLASHES MCINTYRE'S BACK!! 1...2...NO!! Both men are up. McIntyre charges and Kofi sends him over the top to the outside. McIntyre stares down Lashley and Kofi dives off the top knocking McIntyre into Lashley!! Back in the ring, SOS BY KOFI!! 1...2...NO!! LASHLEY AND MVP GET IN THE RING AND ATTACK BOTH MEN!!! A really good match that was ruined by a crappy finish.

W: Double DQ @ 21:52


Woods comes in and tries to help he gets taken out. KOFI HITS LASHLEY WITH TROUBLE IN PARADISE AND MCINTYRE HITS LASHLEY WITH A CLAYMORE!! Commentary says there was no definitive winner.


Highlights of last week when Asuka defeated Charlotte Flair after Rhea Ripley got involved. Charlotte was backstage when Ripley approaches her. Ripley wishes Charlotte luck against Asuka. Charlotte says Ripley is jealous of her. Charlotte says she'll be facing Ripley at Hell in a Cell. NIKKI CROSS INTERRUPTS! Nikki claims she can beat both Charlotte and Ripley. Charlotte says she could beat Nikki in under two minutes but she's facing Asuka. Ripley takes the challenge instead.


A Eva Marie vignette airs. She talks about wanting to be a hero and be the star that little girls look up to. The Eva-Lution is coming soon!


Beat the Clock Non-Title Match

Rhea Ripley (WWE Raw Women's Champion) vs. Nikki Cross

Two minutes on the clock. Ripley immediately throws Cross to the mat. Cross goes for a leg of Ripley and Ripley sends her to the mat again. Cross tries a running cross body but Ripley catches her. Cross slides off her back. Jaw breaker by Cross. Cross goes to the top and HITS A FLYING CROSS BODY!! 1...2...NO!! Cross with a clothesline in the corner but Ripley blocks a bulldog. Drop kick by Ripley and she beats on Cross in the corner. RIPLEY CONTINUES TO POUND CROSS IN THE CORNER AND THE TIME EXPIRES! Dumb on Ripley's part to not even pay attention the the clock. The champ needs to be smarter than that.

W: Nikki Cross via time expiring @ 2:00


Post match, Ripley stands in the ring as Charlotte's music hits and she makes her way to the ring. Charlotte laughs at Ripley as Nikki continues to celebrate. Charlotte vs. Asuka is next!


A vignette hypes the return of fans!


Damian Priest cuts a promo in Spanish hyping the fans returning.


Commentary talks about the controversial finish to the Kofi/McIntyre match. They claim that Lashley still has no opponent for Hell in a Cell.


Adam Pearce is on his phone backstage when both Kofi and McIntyre barge into his locker room. Pearce says they have a rematch next week for the same stakes. Kofi tells him to find a way to keep Lashley and MVP.


Charlotte Flair vs. Asuka

They lock up and Charlotte takes Asuka to the mat. Asuka counters and they fight for positioning. Charlotte is able to back Asuka into the corner. Clean break. Charlotte tries a cheap shot but Asuka avoids it. Go behind by Charlotte and standing switch by Asuka. Asuka goes for the Asuka Lock but Charlotte quickly gets to the ropes. Charlotte goes for a leg but they counter each other again. Charlotte with a take down and a body scissors. Charlotte flips with Asuka in the body scissors. Asuka escapes and hits a kick to the midsection of Charlotte. Asuka sends Charlotte face first into the turnbuckle. Asuka with a hip attack! Asuka goes for another one and Charlotte counters with a chop block! Charlotte targets the left leg of Asuka now and ties her up in the ropes. Charlotte taunts and plays to the crowd before going back to the leg work. Charlotte locks in an ankle lock but Asuka counters and sends Charlotte into the ropes. Charlotte goes to the outside. Asuka leaps off the apron and appears to tweak the leg even more when Charlotte moves. Charlotte picks up Asuka and drops her knee first on the steps as we go to a commercial.


We're back with Charlotte continuing to work on the left leg of Asuka. Charlotte ties Asuka's leg up in the ropes and drop kicks it. Near fall for Charlotte. More leg work by Charlotte and she locks in a Boston Crab. Asuka counters into a pin for a near fall. Asuka with a take down and she tries to lock in an arm bar. Charlotte has it blocked and is able to roll into the ropes. Asuka with kicks to Charlotte with her good leg. Asuka tries a hip attack again but Charlotte catches her and hits her with a shin breaker. Charlotte with stomps to the leg of Asuka before putting her on the top turnbuckle. Charlotte hangs Asuka in the tree of woe and kicks the bad leg. Asuka falls to the mat. Charlotte tries a moonsault from the top but Asuka moves. GERMAN BY ASUKA! Asuka with a hip attack in the corner and follows with a knee strike to the face of Charlotte! Back fist and a kick by Asuka who then hits another hip attack to the face. ! 1...2...NO!! Charlotte rolls to the apron and hangs up Asuka. CHARLOTTE SLAMS ASUKA'S LEG INTO THE RING POST MULTIPLE TIMES! Asuka gets free and hits a sliding knee from the apron. Charlotte bounces Asuka off the announcer's table as we go to another break.


We come back to Charlotte hitting Asuka with chops. Asuka counters a big boot from Charlotte by hitting her with a knee. Asuka wants the arm bar again but Charlotte blocks. Asuka tries the Asuka Lock but Charlotte backs her into the corner. Asuka comes right back and tries it again. Charlotte rolls outside and Asuka goes out with her to the floor. Both ladies beat the count. They trade right hands from their knees. Asuka gets the better. Charlotte misses boot but hits Asuka with an elbow for a near fall. Charlotte puts Asuka's leg across the bottom rope and jumps on it. Charlotte tries another but it's countered. Boot by Asuka. They go to the corner where Charlotte hits a back breaker to stop the rally. Charlotte goes up to the top rope and tries a moonsault. Asuka rolls out of the way but Charlotte lands on her feet. Charlotte hits a standing moonsault! 1...2...NO!! Charlotte is frustrated. ASUKA GOES FOR THE ASUKA LOCK BUT CHARLOTTE COUNTERS IT INTO A PINNING BRIDGE TO GET THE WIN!! Really awesome stuff from these two!

W: Charlotte Flair via pin @ 21:24



Backstage in the VIP Lounge, the ladies are rubbing Lashley's shoulders. Someone comes in to tell Lashley that Pearce would like to see him.


Mandy Rose and Dana Brooke are backstage saying how excited they are for the fans to be back.


Lashley and MVP go to talk to Pearce. Pearce asks if this is the kind of champion Lashley is going to be. Lashley says Kofi and McIntyre shouldn't be champ and he was doing Pearce a favor. Pearce says he's already made the rematch. If Lashley interferes next week, he'll be suspended 90 days with no pay. Lashley gets pissed and MVP holds him back.


A video package shows us the history between Shelton Benjamin and Cedric Alexander.


Shelton makes his way to the ring for their match. Cedric gets a mic before the match and tells Shelton they had something together. He talks about the Hurt Business. He says Shelton was no one before MVP took him in. Cedric blames Shelton for them getting kicked out of the Hurt Business. Cedric claims he was collateral damage. Cedric says he's in his prime and questions how many years Shelton has left. Cedric says Shelton got lucky in their last match. Cedric claims he has evolved and tonight ends with his arm being raised. Cedric says Shelton will be gone for good after this match.


Shelton Benjamin vs. Cedric Alexander

The bell rings and Cedric gets out of the ring right away. We go to a commercial.


Back from the break, Shelton pounds on Cedric in the corner and sends him hard into the opposite corner. Shelton with a big shoulder block that flips Cedric! Shelton continues the beat down with strikes. Cedric fights back but runs into an elbow. Shelton talks trash as he stomps Cedric. Shelton sends Cedric to the outside and follows. Shelton sends Cedric hard into the barricade. Back in the ring, Cedric begs off. Cedric avoids a scoop slam. Shelton charges and Cedric throws him over the ropes but Shelton skins the cat. Cedric wants a nueralizer but Shelton blocks. Shelton wants a T-Bone but Cedric blocks and hits a kick. They fight to the top turnbuckle. Shelton gets Cedric on his shoulders but Cedric counters with a rana off the top for a near fall. Cedric mounts Shelton and hits multiple punches. Side head lock by Cedric and more punches. Shelton gets back to his feet but Cedric hits a knee strike and a drop kick for a near fall. Cedric delivers elbows to the back of Shelton before locking in a submission. Cedric taunts Shelton with kicks while talking trash. Shelton gets pissed. Shelton turns him inside out!! Shelton builds momentum and hits a spine buster!! Cedric counters Pay Dirt but Shelton hits a spin kick! Shelton stalks Cedric and GERMAN BY SHELTON!! SECOND GERMAN! Cedric blocks a third with elbows. Shelton rolls through and tries a third but CEDRIC POKES HIM IN THE EYE!! CEDRIC HITS SHELTON WITH THE NUERALIZER FOR THE WIN!!

W: Cedric Alexander via pin @ 11:53




We see highlights of what's happened between the New Day and R-K-Bro in recent weeks.


John Morrison with a promo backstage about fans returning to see Johnny Drip Drip.


Riddle vs. Xavier Woods

Woods backs Riddle to the corner and they trade counters before a clean break. They lock up again and Riddle with a take down. Back up and Woods backs Riddle to the corner. Another clean break. Woods with a go behind and he takes Riddle to the mat. Riddle counters and looks for the Bromission but Woods quickly gets to the ropes. Double leg but Woods but Riddle looks for a guillotine. Riddle then looks for a triangle but Woods gets to the ropes. Riddle with a gutwrench suplex followed by another. Riddle charges but Woods avoids him. Palm strike by Woods follows by a suplex. Woods hits spring board suplex and holds on to his grip. Riddle fights it and tries an arm bar. Woods counts and lifts Riddle for a suplex. It was impressive! Near fall for Woods. Riddle counters a back suplex and lands on his feet. Kicks by Riddle in the corner now. Both men throw haymakers now and take each other down with a double clothesline. Woods charges and Riddle sends him to the floor. They battle on the apron now and WOODS PLANTS RIDDLE WITH A DEATH VALLEY DRIVER ON THE APRON!! We go to a commercial.


We're back with Riddle hitting Woods with forearms in the corner before launching Woods across the ring. Riddle misses a PK and goes for a Broton but Woods gets the knees up. Woods with a series of strikes now. Head scissors take down by Woods followed by a back body drop. Woods goes to the middle rope for a missile drop kick! 1...2...NO!! Riddle is able to hit a Ripcord knee!! Riddle wants Bro Derek by Woods counters. Riddle recounters and Woods counters again and hangs Riddle in the tree of woe. Running drop kick by Woods. Military press by Woods and he drops Riddle on Woods' knees for a gut buster! 1...2...NO!! Woods goes up to the top but Riddle cuts him off. Head butt by Woods sends Riddle down. Woods on the apron but Riddle with a knee strike. RIDDLE STANDS ON THE MIDDLE ROPE AND LIFTS WOODS FROM THE APRON TO HIT A GERMAN!!! WOW!! 1...2...NO!! Riddle goes to the top but misses a Floating Bro. Woods with a kick. WOODS AVOIDS A BRO DEREK BUT RIDDLE HITS WOODS WITH A RKO FOR THE WIN!!

W: Riddle via pin @ 12:49


Highlights of last week's match between AJ Styles and Elias when Jaxson Ryker got involved. Styles vs. Ryker is next!


Commentary tells us that Charlotte Flair will face Rhea Ripley at Hell in a Cell for the WWE Raw Women's Championship.


AJ Styles (WWE Raw Tag Team Champion) vs. Jaxson Ryker

Ryker charges into a drop kick right away. Styles with a clothesline in the corner and then a neck breaker for a near fall. Ryker fights back and focuses on the midsection of Styles. Ryker takes down Styles with a clothesline. Sling shot suplex by Ryker gets a near fall. Ryker lifts Styles for a bear hug. Styles escapes. Ryker tries another sling shot suplex but Styles avoids it and sends Ryker to the outside. Baseball slide by Styles before sending Ryker back in the ring. ELIAS HITS STYLES WITH A KNEE IN THE BACK THAT THE REF DOESN'T SEE. RYKER BEATS STYLES WITH A SLAM BACK IN THE RING! I don't like that result at all.

W: Jaxson Ryker via pin @ 2:04


Post match, Omos runs down to the ring and finally catches Elias and sends him into the LED board.


A video package shows the history in recent weeks between Sheamus and Humberto Carrillo. They meet in a match next!


WWE United States Champion Sheamus makes his way to the ring. We go to a break.


Jeff Hardy hypes the return of fans in a quick promo.


Non-Title Match

Sheamus (WWE United States Champion) vs. Humberto Carrillo

Sheamus goes on the attack right away and throws Carrillo to the outside. On the outside, Sheamus sends Carrillo into the barricade. Back in the ring, Sheamus continues the attack and pounds Carrillo in the corner. Big suplex by Sheamus followed by a knee drop. Sheamus works a submission as he talks trash. Carrillo fights to his feet with forearms but runs into a shoulder tackle from Sheamus. Sheamus pounds the chest of Carrillo and says that one was for Graves haha. More trash talk by Sheamus and Carrillo fights back. Sheamus lowers his head and eats a kick. A drop kick by Carrillo sends Sheamus outside. Suicide dive by Carrillo. Back in the ring, Carrillo hits a back elbow off the top for a near fall. Sheamus back drops Carrillo the the apron. Carrillo gets back in but SHEAMUS IS ABLE TO ROLL HIM UP AND USE THE TIGHTS FOR THE WIN!!

W: Sheamus via pin @ 3:44


Post match, Sheamus beats down Carrillo until RICOCHET MAKES THE SAVE!! Ricochet and Carrillo try to one up each other with different high flying moves to Sheamus. Sheamus bails. Ricochet and Carrillo stand tall.


Highlights of last week's women's tag match are shown including Alexa Bliss' involvement. Then we see Smackdown highlights with Shayna Baszler making Natalya tap out. Backstage, Sara Schreiber asks if they plan to regain the titles. Baszler blames Jax for getting distraction by Reginald. Jax says they're still an unstoppable force. Baszler tells her to prove it. Baszler wants Reginald to stay in the back and threatens to give him real nightmares if he shows his face.



We get another Eva Marie vignette. The Eva-Lution is coming soon!


WWE Women's Tag Team Championship Match

Natalya & Tamina (champs) vs. Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler

Nia and Tamina start as Reginald watches backstage. Shayna wants to start so she tags in. Shayna with a shot to Natalya. Natalya wants in so Tamina tags her in. Natalya takes down Shayna but Shayna is back up and tries to work the arm of Natalya. Natalya counters and we get a stand off. Shayna with a kick to the arm of Natalya followed by a shoulder tackle. Both ladies trade near falls. Shayna looks for a hammer lock but Natalya counters with a take down. Natalya wants a knee bar but Shayna kicks her way free. SHAYNA LOCKS ON THE SHARPSHOOTER!! Natalya escapes. Shayna with a take down and targets the arm. Nia tags in and leg drops the arm of Natalya. Nia takes Natalya to the challengers corner and tag to Shayna. Shayna is in control and HERE COMES REGINALD. Shayna is pissed. Natalya avoids a stomp by Shayna and hits Shayna with a German as we go to a commercial.


We're back with Shayna continuing to work on the arm of Natalya. Reginald is at ringside now. Natalya escapes and slams Shayna. Nia and Tamina both tag in. Tamina gets the better and hits an uppercut. Nia lefts Tamina but Tamina floats over and hits a kick for a near fall. Tamina goes up to the top but Nia hits a right to stop her. Nia wants a Samoan drop but Tamina escapes. Nia gets a near fall before tagging Shayna. They beat on Tamina in the corner. Shayna tags Nia back in and splashes Tamina in the corner. Shayna comes back in and gets a near fall. Tamina knocks Nia off the apron and fights back against Shayna. Shayna turns to Natalya but Tamina slams Shayna. NATALYA SLING SHOTS SHAYNA INTO A TAMINA SUPER KICK!! Nia breaks up the pin. Nia and Tamina fight on the outside where Nia back drops Tamina over the barricade. Natalya hits Shayna with a discus clothesline in the ring. Natalya wants the Sharpshooter but Reginald gets on the apron. Shayna cradles Natalya and has her beat but the ref is with Reginald. SHAYNA ARGUES WITH REGINALD!! HE WALKS BACK UP THE RAMP AND THERE'S A FIRE EXPLOSION!! NATALYA CRADLES SHAYNA FOR THE WIN!!

W: Natalya & Tamina via pin @ 11:44


Post match, Shayna checks on a blinded Reginald and demands answers from him. She tells him she's tired of him and wants a match with him next week! End show!


Next Week:

  • WWE Championship #1 Contender's Match - Winner faces Bobby Lashley at Hell in a Cell: Kofi Kingston vs. Drew McIntyre

  • Reginald vs. Shayna Baszler?

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