WWE Raw Results – 5/9/22 (Theory vs. Cody Rhodes for the WWE U.S. Title)

WWE Raw Results

WWE Raw Results
May 9, 2022
Hartford, Connecticut (XL Center)

Commentary: Jimmy Smith, Corey Graves, and Byron Saxton
Results by: Mike Tedesco of Wrestleview.com

“Then. Now. Forever.” The WWE video leads us into the show.

A video kicks off the show highlighting The Bloodline defeating Raw Tag Team Champions RK-Bro and Drew McIntyre last night at WrestleMania Backlash.

Raw Tag Team Champions RK-Bro make their way to the ring to a huge reception. Randy Orton welcomes everyone to Monday Night Raw. Unfortunately, they lost to The Bloodline last night at WrestleMania Backlash, even though they gave it everything they had. They lost the battle, but before it’s all said and done, they will win the war. It was The Usos’ idea for the match to be a Tag Team Unification Match, but that didn’t happen. Nothing was on the line last night because a few weeks ago on SmackDown, “The Big Dog” Roman Reigns tore up the contract because he knew his cousins, The Usos, couldn’t hold a candle to RK-Bro. Orton and Riddle want the Tag Team Titles. They want to unify them to become the Undisputed Unified Tag Team Champions of the world.

Riddle says since The Usos can’t make any decisions on their own and Reigns needs to do it for them, they’re going to SmackDown this Friday. They’re going up to The Tribal Chief and demanding that Tag Title match. If Reigns says no, then it shows that he has no confidence in his cousins. Riddle will show up with his scooter and Randy will show up with just Randy because he’s The Legend Killer.

The Street Profits cut them off. Montez Ford sarcastically says it was a tough loss for RK-Bro last night. Angelo Dawkins says The Bloodline is a tough squad, but they’re not the ones they need to worry about. They are. Ford says they think they have unfinished business with The Bloodline, but they’re reminding RK-Bro that they’re next. The Street Profits will unify the Tag Team Championships. They get in the ring. Dawkins is insulted that RK-Bro didn’t mention their names. In a few minutes, they’re challenging for the Raw Tag Team Titles. Ford says when the smoke clears, not only do they want the titles, but they want the smoke.

Riddle says, “RK-Bro 420 says we just smoked your asses.” Orton says they’ll do it with the three most dangerous letters in sports entertainment: R-K-O.

-Commercial Break-

Raw Tag Team Championship
RK-Bro (Randy Orton and Riddle) (c’s) vs. The Street Profits (Montez Ford and Angelo Dawkins)

The bell rings. Montez Ford starts against Riddle. Ford rolls Riddle up for a two-count. Ford gets an inside cradle for another two-count. Ford rolls him up again for a two-count before rubbing Riddle’s head in a disrespectful fashion. Riddle gets up and takes Ford down with an armbar attempt. Ford rolls him over, but Riddle gets out. Riddle rolls Ford up for a two-count before patting him on the head. Riddle poses, and Ford is not happy. They lock up, and Riddle quickly goes to a side headlock. Ford gets out and takes him down with a dropkick. Angelo Dawkins tags in and shoulder tackles Riddle down for a two-count. Riddle fights back with a gutwrench attempt, but Dawkins gets out and hits a spinning elbow. Riddle avoids an avalanche and kicks him to his corner.

Randy Orton tags in, and he uppercuts Dawkins in the corner three times. Orton bounces Dawkins in the corner twice before starting the 10 punches. Riddle tags back in. Orton hits a snapmare on Dawkins and helps Riddle hit a standing Floating Bro. Ford blind tags in. Riddle gets Dawkins out of the ring with a head-scissor takeover. Dawkins quickly knocks Riddle off the apron, and Ford absolutely wipes him out with a WILD somersault senton!

-Commercial Break-

We come back from the break to see Ford stopping Riddle from making a tag and hitting a short-arm clothesline. Ford goes for a suplex, but Riddle flips through before hitting a Ripcord Knee.

Orton and Dawkins tag in. Orton hits a pair of clotheslines before hitting a snap powerslam. Ford also runs into a snap powerslam. Orton hits a draping DDT and gets the red hot crowd even hotter. Dawkins shoves off an RKO and punches him. Riddle blind tags in and knees Dawkins in the face. Ford runs in, but Riddle sends him out of the ring. Riddle gets on the apron and hits a kick to Ford. Riddle goes for a springboard Floating Bro, but he hits Orton when Ford moves! Ford gets Riddle in the ring, and Dawkins hits a huge spinebuster. Ford follows up with a big frog splash and covers, but Orton breaks it up at the last possible moment!

Orton and Dawkins brawl outside the ring. Ford stuns Riddle with an enzuigiri and goes to the top rope. Ford dives off the top rope, but Riddle hits him with an RKO from out of nowhere for the win!

Winners by Pinfall and still Raw Tag Team Champions: RK-Bro

At 10 o’clock Eastern, Theory will defend the WWE United States Championship against Cody Rhodes.

Kevin Patrick is standing on an old-school promo platform in the crowd and introduces WWE United States Champion Theory. Theory walks up to the platform. Patrick asks how he’s preparing to face a worthy opponent in Cody Rhodes after he defeated Seth “Freakin” Rollins twice. Theory says he’s just scratching the surface of his greatness. Theory was basically in diapers since the last time Rhodes was in WWE (it was six years ago). Theory doesn’t care about the past. It’s all about the future, and that’s Theory.

Video Package: Rhea Ripley joins The Judgment Day to help Edge defeat AJ Styles

The Judgment Day, consisting of Edge, Damian Priest, and Rhea Ripley, make their way to the ring. We’ll hear from them next.

-Commercial Break-

Edge, with his newly cropped hair, says they formed Judgment Day to stop being sheep like them. What did it get them? It got Edge a Hall of Fame ring, but big deal. He’s bigger than the Hall of Fame. Point to any limb on his body and there’s a surgery attached. Does anyone really care? No. They sit there with their anger and morals before going home to make asinine comments online. They hold the mirror up and make them look at each other. People don’t like that because they’re ugly. All the morons here in Hartford, along with AJ Styles, don’t understand that nothing and no one can touch them.

A loud “You suck” chant picks up. Damian Priest says the truth hurts. Individually, they’re capable of destroying all their favorites, but together they’re more. Together, they’re something else. If they thought that was bad and dangerous, imagine adding an instrument of brutality. Rhea Ripley smiles and poses. Priest demands the crowd get up for the newest member of The Judgment Day, Rhea Ripley.

Ripley says joining The Judgment Day was the easiest decision of her life. She saw the two of them change for the better and she wanted that for herself. She’s done signing autographs at the airport for the little kids saying they want to be just like her when they grow up. The next day, she goes online and sees those same autographs for sale on eBay. She’s done being used. That’s why she joined The Judgment Day. Speaking of being used, she has unfinished business with Liv Morgan. Morgan no longer rides her coattails. Tonight, she’ll give her a reason to cry when she absolutely destroys her.

Edge says this is about unrealized potential. These two were ships without a rudder. Edge is their rudder and direction. They are now his Saints of Fate. A few weeks ago, he pulled Ripley aside and told her that Liv Morgan was holding her down. Morgan was an albatross in the shape of a LOL Doll. Edge is the reason their favorite tag team split up. Edge saw wasted domination in this woman. Edge saw a juggernaut living in the slow lane rather than running everything over. Edge’s movement isn’t done. They’re looking for more.

Liv Morgan’s music hits, and she comes out to the stage to interrupt Edge. She’ll face Ripley next.

-Commercial Break-

Rhea Ripley w/ The Judgment Day vs. Liv Morgan

The bell rings, and Ripley viciously attacks Morgan. Ripley throws her across the ring and smothers her in the corner. Ripley throws her again. Morgan strikes back, but Ripley shakes it off and shoulders her in the midsection in the corner. Ripley puts her on the top rope and clubs the chest. Ripley goes for a superplex, but Morgan fights her off and leaps off the ropes with a hurricanrana. Morgan dropkicks her down and charges, but Ripley viciously big boots her down. Ripley continues to take it to Morgan and clubs her spine. Edge smiles at ringside. Ripley chokes her on the ropes. Ripley applies a body triangle, but Morgan twists into a pin attempt. Ripley gets out and viciously clotheslines her down. Ripley playfully covers for a two-count. Ripley digs her boot into Morgan’s spine. Ripley goes for a Riptide, but Morgan slides off and forearms her back. Morgan hits a bicycle kick and an enzuigiri before hitting a floatover DDT. Ripley quickly gets up, so Morgan hits a springboard double knee attack for a near fall. Ripley comes back with a snap kick to the face. Morgan quickly elbows her back and goes for a missile dropkick, but Ripley avoids it. Ripley applies the Prism Trap for the submission.

Winner by Submission: Rhea Ripley

Ripley stands tall with The Judgment Day in the ring. Edge looks at Ripley and nods. Ripley goes over to Morgan and puts the Prism Trap back on. Morgan screams in pain, and Edge smiles widely.

Finn Bálor’s music hits, and he makes his way to the ring. Bálor is dressed to compete. Bálor brawled with Damian Priest last night at WrestleMania Backlash. AJ Styles’ music hits, and he soon joins Bálor. Bálor will face Priest next.

-Commercial Break-

Damian Priest w/ The Judgment Day vs. Finn Bálor w/ AJ Styles

The bell rings, and Bálor quickly wrenches the arm. Priest fights out and takes Bálor down. Priest attacks him in the corner and charges, but Bálor kicks at the legs. Bálor twists the knee, but Priest gets out with an ear clap. Priest clotheslines him down and kicks away at him in the corner. Priest hits a Broken Arrow for a two-count. Priest applies an armbar, but Bálor gets out with a jawbreaker. Bálor boots him back, but Priest quickly plants him with a flapjack for a two-count. Priest applies a rear chin lock and throws him down for a two-count. Priest then applies a chin lock. Bálor fights up, but Priest knees him in the midsection. Priest sends him into the ropes for a slam, but Bálor twists into a side leg sweep. Bálor kicks Priest a few times. Priest reverses a whip, but Bálor takes him down with a dropkick to the knee. Bálor punches away at Priest and hits a double stomp to the midsection. Bálor chops the chest and shoulders him in the midsection. Priest goes for South of Heaven, but Bálor counters into a roll-up for a two-count. Bálor connects with a Sling Blade and clotheslines him out of the ring. Bálor goes for a plancha, but Ripley stands in his way.

A frustrated Edge gets in the ring and hits Bálor with a Spear. The referee calls for the bell.

Winner by Disqualification: Finn Bálor

AJ Styles takes Edge down and punches away at him. Priest pulls him off, so Styles punches him. Ripley spins Styles, and Styles stops himself from hitting her. Edge sends Styles into the turnbuckle hard. Edge and Priest hit a Spear/leg sweep combo. The Judgment Day stands tall.

Video Package: Omos defeats Bobby Lashley at WrestleMania Backlash

Omos will be a guest on MVP’s VIP Lounge next.

-Commercial Break-

Kevin Owens is backstage talking with Alpha Academy. Owens says his brother, Ken Owens, is coming from Canada to beat the truth out of Ezekiel… no, Elias!

The VIP Lounge w/ special guest Omos

MVP welcomes everyone to The VIP Lounge, even though it’s better than you. MVP wants to introduce the man that beat Bobby Lashley and tells them to show respect to Omos. Everything MVP has said for weeks is the gospel truth. MVP made Bobby Lashley into the All-Mighty. Lashley let the success get to his head and wanted WrestleMania all to himself while the man that made him left him at home to watch.

Cedric Alexander’s music hits, and he comes out to the stage. Alexander says he’s proud of Omos. Everything MVP said about Omos is true. A security guard stops Alexander, but MVP allows him in. With Omos’ power and his technical expertise… MVP stops him and asks him what he’s talking about.

Bobby Lashley’s music hits, and an upset All-Mighty former WWE Champion marches down to the ring. The security guard charges and takes a clothesline. Lashley takes another guard and hits an INSANE spinebuster on the floor! Wow! A third security guard gets driven headfirst into the ring post. The first guard charges and takes a back body drop on the floor.

Lashley gets in the ring and clotheslines Omos out of the ring. Lashley turns toward MVP, but Alexander jumps on his back. Lashley slams Alexander off, but MVP runs away. Lashley throws Alexander away with a Hurt Lock and stares at MVP and Lashley.

WWE Officials Adam Pearce and Sonya Deville are talking backstage. Deville is upset about the investigation and wants to know who she’s facing tonight. Deville then decides she doesn’t care and walks off.

Sonya Deville makes her entrance. She’ll be in action next.

-Commercial Break-

WWE Official Adam Pearce comes out to the stage and says the formal investigation into Sonya Deville’s conduct has concluded. Deville has abused her power and it is his responsibility to tell her that her contract as a WWE Official is terminated! As for who she’s facing tonight, it’ll be Alexa Bliss!

Alexa Bliss comes out to her old music carrying the Lilly Doll, but the ridiculous makeup and schoolgirl outfit are gone. Bliss does her old poses as well.

Sonya Deville vs. Alexa Bliss

Bliss immediately attacks Deville and hits a big spike DDT. Bliss goes to the top rope and connects with the Twisted Bliss for the quick victory.

Winner by Pinfall: Alexa Bliss

Sonya Deville screams and cries at ringside as Bliss happily poses.

Video Package: Cody Rhodes defeated Seth “Freakin” Rollins at WrestleMania Backlash

Cody Rhodes will challenge Theory for the WWE United States Championship at 10 o’clock Eastern.

Ezekiel makes his way to the ring. He’ll face “Ken Owens,” Kevin Owens’ older brother, next.

-Commercial Break-

Kevin Owens comes out in a wig and going by Ken Owens, Owens’ older brother. Owens introduces himself, and Ezekiel says hello to Ken. Owens says he’s just making a point. No one is buying that he’s Elias’ younger brother. This is Elias, not Ezekiel. Owens asks the crowd to raise their hands if they believe this is really Ezekiel. The crowd raises their hands, so Owens screams that they’re liars. Ezekiel tells him not to raise his voice because Kevin wouldn’t like that. Owens rips off the wig and says he is Kevin. Ezekiel says he should have his older brother come out and sing Owens a lullaby to calm down.

Owens viciously attacks Ezekiel and stomps away at him. Ezekiel makes a comeback until Alpha Academy runs down to even the score. Owens drops Ezekiel with a Stunner. Owens and Alpha Academy stand over the fallen Ezekiel.

Replays are shown of Asuka returning to Raw two weeks ago and challenging Becky Lynch.

WWE Official Adam Pearce is backstage with Asuka and gives her a match against Bianca Belair. Becky Lynch comes up and is upset that Asuka is being handed things. Asuka says Lynch left to be a Mommy, but she’s acting like a baby. Lynch is furious and walks off as Asuka mocks her.

Veer Mahaan makes his entrance.

-Commercial Break-

Frank Loman is in the ring with Byron Saxton. Saxton asks why he wants to face Veer Mahaan. Loman says he has a wife and triplets at home that expect him to provide for them. Loman has to do this for his family.

Veer Mahaan vs. Frank Loman

They lock up, and Veer hits a waistlock takeover. Veer hits a second takeover, but Loman soon elbows out and big boots him. Veer is rocked a bit. Loman hits the ropes, but Mahaan takes him down with a leaping avalanche. Mahaan hits a sidewalk slam before whipping him to the corner. Mahaan slams him into the corner and hits a Million Dollar Arm. Mahaan jumps on his back and applies the Cervical Clutch for the submission.

Winner by Submission: Veer Mahaan

Kevin Patrick is backstage with Cody Rhodes. Rhodes says the chapter on Seth “Freakin” Rollins is closed in his opinion. As for Theory, he is brimming with potential. Potential is like gold in that you have to dig for it. Theory will have to do a lot of digging to beat him.

Cody Rhodes makes his entrance.

-Commercial Break-

Video Package: Cody Rhodes defeated Seth “Freakin” Rollins at WrestleMania Backlash last night

WWE United States Championship
Cody Rhodes vs. Theory (c)

The bell rings, and Rhodes grabs the leg. Theory quickly hobbles to the corner and gets a break. Theory shoves Rhodes as he walks by him. Rhodes grabs the arm, but Theory pulls away. They lock up, and Rhodes applies a hammerlock. Theory turns it on him, so Rhodes takes him down for a Figure Four Leglock. Theory gets out before it’s close to being applied and gets to the ropes. They lock up, and Theory applies a side headlock. Rhodes whips him off, but Theory shoulder blocks him down. Theory does a Stardust cartwheel and pose to mock Rhodes. Rhodes kicks him in the midsection and drops down for an uppercut to get a two-count. Rhodes rolls him up for another two-count. Theory holds the ropes and elbows Rhodes in the eye. Rhodes fights back and drops Theory on the apron. Theory snaps Rhodes off the ropes and hits a rolling thunder dropkick for a one-count. Rhodes holds his eye.

Theory takes Rhodes down with a snapmare and hits a double stomp for a two-count. Theory applies a chin lock, but Rhodes throws him off. Theory quickly grounds him with a back elbow and pins him with a foot on the chest. Rhodes is furious and swings hard at him. Theory quickly whips Rhodes into the turnbuckle, and Rhodes collapses. Theory attacks the knee and hits a textbook suplex. Theory continues to attack Rhodes and tries for another suplex, but Rhodes blocks it. Rhodes hits a front suplex and dropkicks Theory down. Theory rolls to the apron, so Rhodes knocks him to the floor with a springboard kick to the head. Theory blocks a kick from the apron and sweeps the feet. Theory then pulls the cover off the commentary table. Theory pulls Rhodes out of the ring, but Rhodes viciously fights back with nasty chops and punches. Rhodes has him on the table, but Theory escapes and gets back into the ring.

-Commercial Break-

We come back from the break to see Theory taking it to Rhodes. During the commercial, he turned Rhodes inside out with a clothesline. Back to live-action, Rhodes fights out. They each go for a running cross-body and crash and burn. Rhodes fights back and hits a flying forearm. Rhodes hits a snap powerslam for a near fall. Rhodes goes to the top rope and hits a moonsault block for another near fall. Rhodes is fired up. Theory fights back and hits a fisherman’s neckbreaker on his knee for a near fall. Rhodes is in a lot of pain.

Theory lifts Rhodes, but he slides off. Rhodes hits a Disaster Kick followed by a Cody Cutter. Rhodes sizes Theory up, but Seth “Freakin” Rollins attacks him from behind. The referee calls for the bell.

Winner by Disqualification: Cody Rhodes
Austin Theory remains WWE United States Champion

Rollins viciously attacks Rhodes and shouts that he’ll never take anything from him again. Rollins bounces him off the table a few times before hitting a Stomp on the table! Rhodes is unconscious.

-Commercial Break-

Replays are shown of the vicious attack Seth “Freakin” Rollins perpetrated on Cody Rhodes.

WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions Naomi and Sasha Banks make their way to the ring.

Non-Title Match
WWE Women’s Team Champions Sasha Banks and Naomi vs. Doudrop and Nikki A.S.H.

Naomi starts against Doudrop. Naomi dropkicks her, but Doudrop doesn’t go down. A second dropkick sends Doudrop to the corner. Doudrop puts the brakes on a whip and knocks Naomi down. Naomi taunts Doudrop and kicks her back. Naomi goes for a sunset flip, but Doudrop hits a cannonball on her chest for a near fall. Doudrop knees Naomi and punches her in the head. Doudrop applies a chin lock, but Naomi fights up and hits a jawbreaker. Doudrop throws Naomi down and avalanches her in the corner. Doudrop goes for a slam, but Naomi slides off and hits an enzuigiri. Naomi drives Doudrop into the corner and tags Sasha Banks in. Banks goes to the top rope and goes for a cross-body block, but Doudrop catches her and hits a scoop slam.

Nikki A.S.H. blind tags in and covers Banks for a two-count. Nikki punches away at Banks and applies an overhead wristlock. Nikki hits a rolling neck snapper for a two-count. Nikki goes for a DDT, but Doudrop wants to be tagged in. Banks gets out and tags Naomi. Naomi kicks Nikki in the head, and Banks knocks Doudrop off the apron. They hit Nikki with Rents Due for the win.

Winners by Pinfall: Sasha Banks and Naomi

Doudrop yells at Nikki A.S.H. after the match.

The Miz comes out in a referee’s outfit. He’ll referee the next match.

-Commercial Break-

The Miz says Mustafa Ali has been treated unfairly since he’s returned, so Theory went to his mentor, Mr. McMahon, and got The Miz to be the guest referee. Miz will be fair and impartial.

Mustafa Ali vs. Ciampa
Special Guest Referee: The Miz

Ali takes it to Ciampa early on, but Miz gets in his way constantly and won’t count pins. They go back and forth with Ali coming out on top multiple times, but Miz slow counts him. Ciampa hits a Reverse DDT and Miz does a quick count to give him the win.

Winner by Pinfall: Ciampa

Video: Lacey Evans explains her upbringing surrounded by addiction and abuse and her motivation to help others escape that life.

A furious Bobby Lashley is pacing backstage.

-Commercial Break-

Replays are shown of Bobby Lashley running wild on The VIP Lounge.

Bobby Lashley says the only reason Omos won at WrestleMania Backlash is because of MVP. Next week, Lashley wants Omos in a Steel Cage Match!

R-Truth is backstage with Dana Brooke and Tamina. He serves Reggie with divorce papers. Akira Tozawa runs away before he’s served.

Becky Lynch comes out to commentate on the next match.

-Commercial Break-

Bobby Lashley will face Omos in a Steel Cage Match next week on Raw.

Championship Contender’s Match
Asuka vs. Raw Women’s Champion Bianca Belair

We have 5 minutes left for Monday Night Raw as the bell rings. They lock up, and Belair rolls out of an arm wrench. Asuka absorbs a shoulder tackle, so Belair taunts her. Asuka takes Belair down and covers for a two-count. Belair takes Asuka down with a knee to the midsection and dances around. 3 minutes left. Belair slingshots over Asuka, but Asuka kicks her in the head and hits a sliding knee for a two-count. Belair hits a suplex and rolls through for another, but Asuka gets out. Asuka gets out of a slam and rolls her up for a two-count. Asuka transitions into an armbar, but Belair fights it. Belair powers her up and slams Asuka down. Belair goes for a handspring splash, but Lynch pulls her out of the ring and sends her into the ring post.

Winner by Disqualification: Bianca Belair

Lynch gets in the ring and kicks Asuka before dropping a leg. The crowd boos. Lynch hits Asuka with a Manhandle Slam and walks off.


Quick Match Results

— RK-Bro (Randy Orton and Riddle) def. The Street Profits (Montez Ford and Angelo Dawkins) to retain the Raw Tag Team Championship
— Rhea Ripley def. Liv Morgan via Submission
— Finn Bálor def. Damian Priest via DQ
— Alexa Bliss def. Sonya Deville
— Veer Mahaan def. Frank Loman via Submission
— Cody Rhodes def. Theory via DQ in a WWE United States Championship Match; Theory remains the United States Champion
— WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions Sasha Banks and Naomi def. Doudrop and Nikki A.S.H. (non-title)
— Ciampa def. Mustafa Ali (Special Guest Referee: The Miz)
— Raw Women’s Champion Bianca Belair def. Asuka via DQ

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