WWE Monday Night RAW Results
May 30, 2016
Green Bay, Wisconsin
Results by: Mike Tedesco of Wrestleview.com
“Then. Now. Forever.” The WWE video leads us into the show.
The entire WWE roster is on the stage. Lilian Garcia asks the crowd to be silent as they toll the bell ten times for the fallen heroes on Memorial Day. They ring the bell ten times and go to a Memorial Day video with the superstars reading quotes from Ronald Regan’s speech in 1982.
Shane McMahon’s music hits, and he comes out to a big reception from the Green Bay crowd. Shane gets in the ring, and Stephanie McMahon’s music immediately hits. She asks if he was planning on doing this without her. She welcomes the crowd to Monday Night RAW, and the crowd cheers. Shane mentions that she’s the same old Stephanie. She’s doing a lot of talking when she should be being quiet. Shane then welcomes the crowd to Monday Night RAW, and they cheer louder. Shane talks about the momentous news of Smackdown going live every Tuesday on the USA Network on July 19. Shane mentions the shows will be better, better opportunities, better match-ups and better for everybody. Stephanie says that’s Smackdown, but we’re on Monday Night RAW. Tonight, we’ll see the return of the one and only John Cena, which gets a mixed reaction from the crowd.
“OHH TITLETOWN – DON’T YOU DARE BE SOUR! CLAP FOR YOUR WORLD FAMOUS TWO-TIME CHAMPS AND FEEL THE POWER!”
The New Day comes out to a nice reception. They talk about how the announcement of the Smackdown going live shocked them. They talk about being excited about the possibility of bringing the power of positivity to RAW and Smackdown live. They then started to become paranoia because of a brand extension. Shane and Stephanie say that each show will have unique rosters. The crowd completely died during the segment. The New Day comes to the realization that they could be broken up by the brand extension. They ask some more questions, but Stephanie dodges them. They haven’t decided what the rosters will be yet or who will run the shows. Big E insinuates that a sibling rivalry is brewing. They then challenge them to a dance off. Shane dances to cheers from the crowd. Stephanie goes to dance, but The Vaudevillains come out to absolutely no reaction. They’ll face The New Day next.
The New Day vs. The Vaudevillains
We join the match in progress. Kofi Kingston and Big E are representing The New Day. Kingston wrenches Aiden English’s arm and hits the shoulder. English reverses a whip to the corner and goes for a monkey flip, but Kingston lands on his feet. Kingston kicks him to the corner and connects with a monkey flip. They then begin the Unicorn Stampede. The stampede ends with Big E whipping Kingston into English with a dropkick. The New Day then gyrates as the crowd chants, “New Day rocks.” Simon Gotch goes for a cheap shot, but Kingston takes him out. Kingston elbows English away, and Gotch grabs his ankle. English then takes Kingston down. English stomps him before tagging in Gotch. Gotch knees him in the head for a two count. Gotch uppercuts him and tags in English. English jabs him and picks up a two count. English rips at his face and knees him in the back for another two count. Gotch is tagged in, and he head-butts Kingston for a one count. Gotch applies a chin lock, but Kingston fights out. Gotch stops him from making a tag. Kingston flips out of a back suplex and goes for a tag, but Gotch again holds him back. English grabs Kingston, and Kingston elbows him away. Gotch then clotheslines him over the top rope.
We come back from the break to see Kingston fight up from a chin lock applied by Gotch. Kingston fights out, but Gotch punches him back. During the commercial break, English superkicked Kingston out of mid-air at ringside. Gotch goes for a body slam, but Kingston counters out. Big E and English are tagged in. Big E hits two belly-to-belly overhead suplexes on him before shouldering him in the midsection and connecting with a Belly-To-Booty Suplex. Big E connects with a Big Splash and starts clapping. Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows attack Xavier Woods at ringside. Kingston runs out to help, and they overtake him.
Winners by Disqualification: The New Day
Match Rating: 3/4 *
The Vaudevillains overtake Big E and leave him at the feet of Anderson and Gallows. They then give him the Magic Killer. Anderson and Gallows stand over Big E as their music plays.
Replays are shown of Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows attacking The New Day.
Renee Young catches up with Anderson and Gallows. She asks why they attacked The New Day. Anderson says they did that to show they can inflict just as much damage without AJ Styles by their side. Styles is going his way, and they’re going their way. Gallows says that was all about putting The New Day, the tag team division, and the entire WWE roster on notice that they have arrived and aren’t going anywhere. Anderson says they’re just getting started. They then walk off.
Replays are shown of Sheamus attacking Apollo Crews last week on RAW.
Apollo Crews is working out and pops up in fear asking if this person has a problem with the New Era. Big Show is shown to be that person. Big Show says he’s been knocking out people since the Jurassic Era. Big Show says the arse kicking he wants to give is to Sheamus. Crews says he does. He doesn’t know why he picked on him, but he’ll regret it. Big Show says he likes him – not much, but he likes him. Big Show says he’s got potential and determination. Sheamus is in panic mode. He doesn’t want anything to change. He’ll scratch, claw, and dig to keep the status quo the same. Sheamus is a bully, and that’s what bullies do. The reason Sheamus picked on him is because he thinks Crews will back down. The question is if Crews will.
The Golden Truth makes their way to the ring. R-Truth remixed his song for the new tag team. The Golden Truth will be on commentary, next.
The Usos vs. Breezango
Jimmy Uso dodges an attack from Tyler Breeze and punches away at him. Jimmy knocks Fandango down and tags in Jey Uso. Jey forearms Breeze in the corner and goes for a running hip toss, but Fandango pulls him out of the way. Fandango is tagged in, and he punches away at Jey. Fandango chops the chest and punches away at him. Fandango shouts at The Golden Truth, and Jey kicks him. Jimmy then superkicks Breeze at ringside. Jey then rolls Fandango up for the win.
Winners by Pinfall: The Usos
Match Rating: 1/4 *
Breezango is angry in the ring as The Golden Truth laughs at them. Breezango approaches them and pushes Goldust. The Golden Truth lays them out at ringside, culminating with Goldust giving Breeze a powerslam on the floor.
Still photos are shown of Seth Rollins attacking Roman Reigns at WWE Extreme Rules. Coming up next, we’ll hear from Roman Reigns for the first time since the Rollins attack according to Michael Cole.
Roman Reigns’ music hits, and the WWE World Heavyweight Champion comes out to a very light, mixed reaction from this awful crowd. Reigns gets in the ring, and the boos get louder. Two years ago, Seth Rollins sold out and broke up The Shield. Since then, he’s called himself the man, but that’s funny to him. How can you call yourself the man when you’re constantly running from THE guy? He’s not a good guy, he’s not a bad guy, but as long as the title is on his shoulder, he is THE guy. If Rollins is a man, he can come out here and prove it.
Seth Rollins’ music hits, and he comes out a decent reception. Rollins starts to make his way down the ramp, but then hesitates. Rollins starts to charge the ring, but he stops and wags his finger at Reigns before walking off. Rollins goes to the top of the ramp and grabs a microphone. Rollins doesn’t speak and just looks at the crowd. They’re booing him. Rollins take a lot of time before dropping the microphone and going down the ramp. Rollins laughs at Reigns and walks off again. Rollins turns, runs toward the ring, and then stops again. Rollins wastes a lot of time before going back to the stage and picking up the microphone. Rollins waves off the crowd, drops the microphone, and walks off to boos. Reigns music plays as the crowd continues to boo.
Rollins all of a sudden runs down the stage and goes to the apron, but smiles at Reigns and backs up before walking off. Rollins says we’ll do things his way around here. Reigns holds up the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, and the crowd boos. Rollins then walks off.
John Cena returns tonight on RAW. We’ll also see Dean Ambrose, Cesaro, and Sami Zayn team up to take on Chris Jericho, Alberto Del Rio, and Kevin Owens.
Lana introduces Rusev to the ring. The WWE United States Champion makes his way to the ring.
Rusev vs. Zack Ryder
Ryder ducks a right hand and punches away at him. Rusev quickly knees him in the midsection and gives him a gutwrench suplex. Rusev gives him another gutwrench suplex and stomps him. Rusev stomps away at him against the ropes before sending him to the corner for an avalanche. A “USA” chant breaks out. Ryder punches back at him, but Rusev takes him out with a clothesline. Rusev then applies a chin lock. Ryder fights up and punches out. Rusev knees him in the midsection, but he runs into Ryder’s knees. Ryder gives him a missile dropkick and forearms him in the corner. Ryder connects with a pair of Broski Boots, but Rusev kicks out at one. Rusev counters out of a Rough Ryder and viciously bends him with the Accolade for the win.
Winner by Submission: Rusev
Match Rating: 1/2 *
Rusev says Zack Ryder is just like every other American. They think they’re entitled to everything even after they lose. Rusev says he is what America should be all about. He is a true American hero because he’s a better American than everyone in Green Bay.
Titus O’Neil’s music hits, and he comes out to not much of a reaction. O’Neil says Rusev has some nerve. This is Memorial Day. Rusev is not a great American. Great Americans fight. A “USA” chant breaks out. They fight. O’Neil says he’s not a Bulgarian brute – he’s a Bulgarian blowhard. O’Neil then punches him out of the ring. Rusev quickly retreats from him.
We’ll hear superstar reactions on what Charlotte did to her father, next.
The Shining Stars are back talking about Puerto Rico. They talk about all the beautiful sights on the island. Epico says the WWE Universe is begging them to bring life and colors to the ring.
A video showcases Charlotte telling Ric Flair off last week and kicking him out of the ring. Flair left the ring in tears. Some WWE Superstars talk about what they thought of this. They’re mixed on how they feel.
Earlier today, Stephanie McMahon confronted Charlotte. Charlotte said she made an impact by kicking her father out of the ring. Stephanie says she’s embarrassed to have her as the WWE Women’s Champion. Stephanie says she’s a spoiled little brat. Charlotte says she is one to talk. Stephanie says Charlotte is not a champion – she’s a waste of talent.
Natalya will face Dana Brooke later tonight.
Enzo Amore and Big Cass make their way to the ring to a nice reception. Enzo goes through his whole shtick as the crowd chants along. Enzo says The Dudleys want to come out acting Extra like the bubble gum, but they’ll go upside their noodles with the whole kit and caboodle and have those curds curled up in this ring like a cheese doodle. Big Cass says he’s serving size-16 boot sandwiches with all the fixings. Enzo says they’re in Wisconsin, so what kind of cheese? Big Cass runs through a whole bunch of cheeses (how you doin’?). Enzo says they’ve got some sauce. The Dudleys have a problem they can’t solve. Big Cass says there’s only one word to describe The Dudley Boyz, and he’ll spell it out for them: S-A-W-F-T!
Enzo Amore and Big Cass vs. The Dudley Boyz
Bubba Ray Dudley will start against Big Cass. They lock up, and Bubba puts Big Cass in the corner before shoving him. Bubba says all Big Cass does is talk. They lock up again, and Bubba gets him in his corner. D-Von Dudley tags in, and he punches away at Cass. Bubba tags back in, and they miss a double clothesline. Big Cass clotheslines D-Von and shoulder blocks Bubba. Cass then gives Bubba a body slam. Cass throws Enzo into D-Von, and they clear the ring of The Dudleys.
We come back from the break to see Enzo trapped in a neck vice applied by D-Von. Enzo fights up, but D-Von takes him out with a spinning back elbow for a two count. D-Von body slams him and tags in Bubba. Bubba drops an elbow for a two count. Bubba pulls the hair and gives him a crossface. Bubba puts him in the corner, but he runs into a boot. Bubba prevents a tag and tags in D-Von. D-Von stops Enzo from making a tag and gives him a suplex for a two count. D-Von applies a chin lock, but he fights up. D-Von takes him down with a right hand and tags in Bubba. Bubba mocks Enzo and jabs away at him. Enzo then dropkicks him down.
Cass and D-Von are tagged in. Cass shoulder blocks him down before giving him a clothesline. Cass avalanches him in the corner and gives him a body slam before dropping the Empire Elbow. Bubba distracts him on the apron, but Cass elbows him down. D-Von clubs the back and tags in Bubba. They hit 3-D II for a two count. Bubba goes to the top rope, but Enzo distracts him. Cass slams Bubba off the top rope and big boots D-Von. Enzo is tagged in, and he gets on Cass’ shoulders for a Rocket Launcher to pick up the win.
Winners by Pinfall: Enzo Amore and Big Cass
Match Rating: * 1/4
Dean Ambrose, Sami Zayn, and Cesaro are talking strategy backstage. Ambrose says Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho can’t be trusted and are Canadians. Zayn is a Canadian and is offended. As for Alberto Del Rio, at least he’s not Canadian. Zayn mentions he is a Canadian. Ambrose says that explains so much and walks off.
John Cena will return to Monday Night RAW, next.
John Cena’s music hits, and he makes his way to the ring to a nice reception from the crowd. Cena stands in the ring, and now the boos start cutting through. A light “Welcome Back” chant fires up. Cena says, “Let every nation know, whether they wish us well or ill, that we will pay any price, we will bear any burden, we will meet any hardship, we will support any friend, we will oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.” A “USA” chant fires up. There are many brave heroes who have fallen, proving those words to be absolutely true. Memorial Day is a celebration of that sacrifice. Cena says he’s very grateful to finally be back home. On this day, it is with the utmost respect that he honors the friends, families, and heroes that have paid the ultimate price to keep our liberty intact. Liberty is freedom, and freedom is our pulse and lifeblood. It is what makes us feel. You can dress how you want, look how you want, listen to what you want. It’s freedom that lets him stand in the ring and say loud and proud that he is back on Monday Night RAW.
Now that poses a whole new question. The question is if he still belongs here. A “YES” chant breaks out. Cena says in his absence, a New Era has arrived. That means new names and faces. They all think his best days are behind him. In their minds, it’s only a matter of time before they move up and he moves down. Cena says he will not go quietly into the night. If the future is indeed upon us, the face that runs the place says this: the future damn sure must go through him.
AJ Styles’ music hits, and he comes out to a good reception. The commentators talk about how it has been a rough week for Styles. Styles lost to Roman Reigns and then lost a Money in the Bank Qualifying Match the next night to Kevin Owens. Styles gets in the ring, and the crowd is booing. An “AJ Styles” chant then breaks out. An “AJ Styles/Let’s go Cena” chant breaks out. Styles smiles and is enjoying this. This goes on for a few minutes. Finally, Styles says he has been waiting for this moment for a long time. Cena says judging from the sound of it, so has everyone else. Styles says Cena has kind of a bad rep, which he doesn’t understand. He’s always been told that Cena was first to the arena and the last to leave. He’s seen what he’s done in the ring. Cena has busted his tail day in and out. The things Cena has done for the company is unheard of. They’ve been in two different worlds, but here they are right now in this very ring. Styles says he respects Cena’s hard work. Styles says he wants to be the first one out to say, “Welcome back.” Styles extends his hand, but Cena is hesitant. Cena then shakes hands with him as the crowd gives them a round of applause.
Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows then come out to the stage. Gallows says they agreed to go their separate ways. Styles saw the way they went earlier with The New Day. Now it looks like the way Styles is going is sucking up to John Cena. Anderson says he thought that was beneath Styles, but apparently it’s not. They’re not here to kiss ass – they’re here to kick it. Anderson says that includes Styles. They approach the ring as Cena and Styles prepare to fight. Styles then punches Cena! Styles, Anderson, and Gallows then triple-team Cena. Gallows big boots Cena down as they continue the triple-team. The Club then holds their hands up and do The Bullet Club hand signal. The crowd is loudly buzzing over this. They leave the ring, but Styles turns around and punches away at Cena some more. Anderson and Gallows says that’s the AJ they love. They leave the ring again, but Styles once again charges the ring and punches away at Cena. Styles then leaves the ring and goes up the ramp with The Club. Referees run down to help. Styles once again charges the ring and punches away at Cena. Styles then leaves the ring and says he’s doing the world a favor.
Replays are shown of AJ Styles and The Club beating down John Cena.
Natalya vs. Dana Brooke w/ Charlotte
Natalya punches Dana to the corner and gives her a suplex. Dana goes to the ropes, and the referee pulls Natalya back. Dana clotheslines her down and chokes her on the bottom rope. Charlotte slaps Natalya in the face as the referee is distracted. Dana hits a cartwheel splash for a two count. Natalya fights her off and clotheslines her down. Natalya goes for the Sharpshooter. Charlotte gets on the apron for the distraction. Dana then hits a Michinoku Driver for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Dana Brooke
Match Rating: 1/4 *
Dana and Charlotte double-team Natalya before Becky Lynch runs down for the save.
JoJo is backstage with Dolph Ziggler. She shows Baron Corbin giving Ziggler a low blow at Extreme Rules to beat him. Ziggler challenged him to a technical wrestling match. Corbin got the best of him, but he didn’t get the best from him. Ziggler says he’s going to showcase what he learned from his days of amateur wrestling. Dean Malenko is the man of 1,000 holds. Chris Jericho has 1,004. Ziggler has 1,005. Ziggler pays tribute to the Jericho promo from nearly twenty years ago and walks off.
Photos are shown of Dolph Ziggler in his amateur wrestling days.
Baron Corbin vs. Dolph Ziggler
Ziggler puts on some amateur wrestling headgear on and uses a mouthpiece. Ziggler circles around him and kicks him in the groin.
Winner by Disqualification: Baron Corbin
Match Rating: N/A
Ziggler takes off the headgear and says he has been disqualified, but the loser of this match is still Baron Corbin. Ziggler then walks off.
Maryse is shown on a pre-recorded video. She presents The Miz, who appears on a Facebook video. Miz will be appearing in Marine 5: Battleground. Miz says a champion is always in demand, whether in the ring or out on the silver screen. The Intercontinental Championship is with him. Everyday he has his baby is another day he has successfully defended his Intercontinental Championship. Tomorrow is the first day of shooting, but they’ll be hearing from him each and every week he’s out here. Until then, remember he’s the Intercontinental Champion, he’s The Miz, and he’s awesome. Miz kisses the title.
Kevin Owens and Alberto Del Rio are arguing over who will start the match until Chris Jericho stops them. Jericho says he doesn’t like either of them, which surprises Owens. Del Rio says he’s won a Money in the Bank match, so they can follow his lead. Jericho says he invented the match. Jericho says there are tensions between them, but they have to focus on tonight. They need to focus on Zayn, Cesaro, and that stupid idiot Ambrose with his stupid idiot thumbtacks. This match is next.
Becky Lynch will face Charlotte this Thursday on Smackdown. We’ll also hear from The Club about their attack on John Cena.
Dean Ambrose, Cesaro, and Sami Zayn vs. Alberto Del Rio, Kevin Owens, and Chris Jericho
Charles Robinson, my favorite referee of all time, is the official for this match. Alberto Del Rio will start against Cesaro. Del Rio punches him and gives him a suplex. Cesaro comes back with an uppercut and starts the uppercut train. Kevin Owens gets in the ring, and Cesaro uppercuts him. Cesaro then dropkicks Chris Jericho off the apron. Del Rio drops Cesaro on the apron, but he punches him back. Cesaro then takes Owens out with a summersault senton off the apron before giving Jericho an uppercut. Cesaro goes to the top rope and jumps over Del Rio. Cesaro takes him down and goes for the swing, but Del Rio grabs the bottom rope. Del Rio kicks him and sends him out of the ring so Owens and Jericho can double-team him. The referee is distracted during this. Del Rio puts Cesaro back in the ring and gives him a double axe handle off the top rope. The crowd is absolutely silent. Cesaro fights up and punches out. Del Rio reverses a whip and connects with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker. Del Rio kicks him and tags in Jericho. Jericho chops the chest and talks trash. The referee backs Jericho up while Owens and Del Rio attack Cesaro. Cesaro uppercuts Jericho back, but Jericho takes him down with a dropkick. Jericho then knocks Ambrose off the apron. A light “stupid idiot” chant fires up. Jericho yells at the crowd before tagging in Owens. Owens punches away at Cesaro before kicking him. Del Rio is tagged in, and he connects with a step-up enzuigiri for a near fall. Cesaro then counters a suplex and powers Del Rio up for a suplex. Cesaro appears to have injured his shoulder.
Sami Zayn is tagged in, and he shoulders Del Rio before flipping in the ring. Zayn knocks Owens off the apron before clotheslining Del Rio. Zayn connects with a dropkick and punches him to the corner. Del Rio reverses a whip, and Zayn knocks Jericho off the apron. Zayn kicks Del Rio away and connects with a cross-body block for a near fall. Owens pulls Del Rio out of the ring before he takes a Helluva Kick. Del Rio and Owens argue at ringside. Jericho attacks Zayn from behind, and Ambrose clotheslines Jericho out of the ring. Jericho, Owens, and Del Rio argue at ringside. Zayn then takes them all out with a summersault plancha!
We come back from the break to see Zayn trapped in a chin lock applied by Owens. Zayn fights up, but Owens gives him a suplex on the top rope. Owens quickly follows up with a senton splash for a near fall. Owens kicks him in the spine and tags in Del Rio. Del Rio puts him on the top rope and ties him up in the tree of woe. Del Rio kicks him in the ribs a few times, and Zayn falls to the mat. Del Rio then applies a chin lock. Zayn fights up, but Del Rio ties him up in the ropes and tags in Jericho. Jericho kicks Zayn down and chokes him on the second rope. Jericho goes to splash him against the ropes, but Zayn moves. Jericho clutches his knee in pain. Jericho stops him from making the tag and says he’ll never get away. Jericho chops the chest, but Zayn fights back. Zayn reverses a whip to the corner and runs into a boot. Zayn then takes Jericho out with a Blue Thunder Bomb.
Ambrose is tagged in, and he forearms Jericho down twice before having a whip reversed on him. Ambrose takes him down and punches away at him before knocking Del Rio and Owens off the apron. Ambrose then gives Jericho a running forearm in the corner followed by a bulldog for a near fall. Ambrose chops the chest and puts him on the top rope. Jericho head-butts him off the ropes and jumps into a boot. Ambrose goes for Dirty Deeds, but Jericho gets out and connects with an enzuigiri. Jericho goes for a Lionsault, but Ambrose gets his knees up. Ambrose then clotheslines him over the top rope. Ambrose then takes Jericho out with a suicide dive. Owens tries to attack Ambrose, but he sends him into the barricade. Ambrose gets on the apron and snaps Jericho off the top rope. Ambrose goes to the top rope and connects with an elbow, but Del Rio breaks it up. Ambrose gets Del Rio out of the ring. Ambrose counters a Codebreaker, but Jericho kicks him in the face. Ambrose goes for a rebound clothesline, but Jericho surprises him with a Codebreaker. Owens tags himself in, but Ambrose kicks out. Jericho is furious and shoves Owens. Cesaro uppercuts Jericho from behind, and he knocks Owens out of the ring. Cesaro then gives Jericho the Cesaro Swing until Del Rio takes him out with a Backstabber. Zayn gives Del Rio a Helluva Kick before turning into a superkick from Owens. Zayn avoids a Pop-up Powerbomb from Owens. Ambrose then turns Owens around for Dirty Deeds to pick up the win.
Winners by Pinfall: Dean Ambrose, Cesaro, and Sami Zayn
Match Rating: **
Quick Match Results
* The New Day def. The Vaudevillains via DQ (non-title)
* The Usos def. Breezango
* Rusev def. Zack Ryder via Submission (non-title)
* Enzo Amore and Big Cass def. The Dudley Boyz
* Dana Brooke def. Natalya
* Baron Corbin def. Dolph Ziggler via DQ
* Dean Ambrose, Cesaro, and Sami Zayn def. Alberto Del Rio, Kevin Owens, and Chris Jericho
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