WWE Raw Results - May 3, 2021: 2 Title Matches, Bobby Lashley Vs. Braun Strowman
Mansoor's WWE Raw debut and the latest from R-K-Bro too
After three weeks of largely terrible Raws since WrestleMania 37, the red brand finally produced a fine show.
This week's Raw opened up with a coin toss between Braun Strowman and Drew McIntyre from earlier in the day. The Monster Among Men came out on top and he would go one on one with Bobby Lashley in the main event.
The broadcast then returned to the present for the Raw Tag Team Championship match between AJ Styles and Omos and The New Day.
Before the match, though, we had 10 minutes of promos from both teams but the in-ring action eventually got underway. The bout was similar to their WrestleMania 37 clash and The New Day cut the ring in half and worked over Styles while The Phenomenal One tried to make the hot tag to Omos.
Styles eventually managed to do so and similar to WrestleMania, Omos absolutely demolished Xavier Woods and Kofi Kingston and the champions picked up the win after Styles connected with a Phenomenal Forearm from Omos' shoulders.
Following a commercial break, a vignette confirmed Eva Marie was indeed returning to WWE. Reports from all the way back in October noted All Red Everything was coming back and she has finally arrived.
WWE then took some time getting back to the ring. We first had a backstage interview with MVP and Bobby Lashley and this was followed by Elias and Jaxson Ryker throwing tomatoes at The New Day. They accidentally pelted Randy Orton with the fruit, though, and The Viper's anger would come into play later in the show.
The broadcast then headed back to the ring for Charlotte Flair vs. Dana Brooke. The two Superstars had a fine four-minute match and Charlotte forced Brooke to tap out with the Figure Eight. The segment didn't end there, though, and Mandy Rose immediately levelled Flair after the match, which brought out Sonya Deville.
After another break, Rose and Brooke had disappeared but Deville was in the ring with Flair and she told The Queen she could make a proposal. Flair then put herself in the Raw Women's Title match at WrestleMania Backlash, making it a Triple Threat.
This announcement brought out an irate Rhea Ripley who told Charlotte nobody likes her. Asuka followed a few moments later and The Empress Of Tomorrow called Flair a "whiny little b*tch." The three women then had a short scuffle and Asuka stood tall to end the segment.
Following this, Sheamus attacked Humberto Carrillo while the luchador was being interviewed by Kayla Braxton, continuing their short feud.
It was then time for the next match and John Morrison went one on one with Damian Priest. A split between The Miz and Morrison looks to be on the horizon as The A-Lister distracted the official by mistake while Johnny Drip Drip had Priest in a small package. This allowed Priest to kick out at one once the referee noticed the pin and The Archer Of Infamy followed up with Hit The Lights for the 1-2-3.
After that match, Mansoor signed a Raw contract alongside Adam Pearce. Sheamus then appeared and after a brief exchange, The Celtic Warrior said there's no better way for Mansoor to introduce himself to the WWE universe than by answering his open challenge. If the 49-0 Superstar could continue his winning streak came into play later in the show.
Next up was Cedric Alexander & Shelton Benjamin vs. Lucha House Party, which was already underway after the show returned from a commercial break. The former Hurt Business men had the upper hand for much of the short match, but Lucha House Party fought back and Gran Metalik pinned Benjamin for the win after connecting with a Ropewalk Elbow Drop. An irate Cedric then screamed at Benjamin after the match and walked out on their tag team.
Shelton would then be interviewed backstage and the multi-time champion said he had seen countless wrestlers come and go and he will make Alexander respect him.
A backstage segment then led to the next match on the show. Drew Gulak called over Angel Garza and pointed out he is a terrible ladies man with an abysmal win-loss record. Gulak then challenged the third-generation wrestler to a match. Garza accepted and promised to shove a rose up Gulak's ass after he wins.
Garza was then a man of his word and he emerged victorious from the battle of the former Cruiserweight Champions after two minutes with the Wing Clipper. The Lethal Lothario then shoved a rose down Gulak's tights after the match and booted it up his arse.
Next up was a funny backstage segment involving Riddle and Randy Orton. The Original Bro continued to irritate The Apex Predator, but Orton invited him to the ring for their second match as R-K-Bro.
The 14-time world champion and Riddle faced off against Elias and Jaxson Ryker, following on from earlier events. The match followed the same pattern as last week as Riddle made the hot tag to Orton, who ran roughshod over Elias and Ryker. The Apex Predator then left Elias lying with a Draping DDT and Riddle finished him off with the Floating Bro. The Viper seemed less bothered about Riddle's antics during the post-match celebration this week.
Sheamus then headed to the ring for his latest open challenge that was answered by Mansoor. The commentary team put over the Saudi Superstar's heart and desire during the four-minute match but Sheamus looked to have the match won when he was attacked from out of nowhere by Humberto Carrillo, drawing the DQ. With the disqualification, Mansoor's 49-0 streak is over.
Carrillo and Sheamus then repeated the Suicide Dive spot from last week, but The Celtic Warrior managed to escape a beatdown and he put Humberto out of commission with a Brogue Kick. Sheamus wasn't done there, though, and he left Mansoor lying after a Brogue Kick.
After another commercial break, we were presented with the latest edition of Alexa's Playground. The skit was kept short and Bliss said Lily had her eyes on someone in the women's division.
The second title match on Raw was next and Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler defended the Women's Tag Team Championship against Lana and Naomi. The contest only lasted two minutes but the four women made the most of the time they had as Lana and Naomi hit a Double Facebuster on Baszler and looked to have the match won. Reginald rolled into the ring, though, and distracted the official while Lana made the cover. This allowed Baszler to recover and kick out once the official noticed the pin and The Queen Of Spades followed up with the Kirifuda Clutch to pick up the win.
It was then time for the main event and Bobby Lashley and Braun Strowman clashed in a meaty contest. Both men fought back and forth for much of the bout, but the tide was turned in The All Mighty's favour after Drew McIntyre headed to the ring to sit on commentary, which for some reason distracted Strowman.
Lashley had the upper hand for the next several minutes but Braun eventually managed to fight back with an Electric Chair Drop. The Monster Among Men then tried to capitalise with the Strowman Express but he went ploughing into McIntyre, which led to a brief scuffle between both men.
Strowman and McIntyre then continued to trade words as Braun re-entered the ring and the distraction allowed Lashley to connect with a Spear for the 1-2-3.
The WWE Champion had no time to celebrate his victory, though, and McIntyre climbed into the ring and left both of his WrestleMania Backlash opponents lying with two Claymores. Corey Graves then announced The Scottish Warrior will go one on one with Lashley on next week's show as Raw went off the air.
Check out the full results from WWE Raw below:
• AJ Styles & Omos def. The New Day - Raw Tag Team Championship
• Charlotte Flair def. Dana Brooke
• Damian Priest def. John Morrison
• Lucha House Party def. Cedric Alexander & Shelton Benjamin
• Angel Garza def. Drew Gulak
• R-K-Bro def. Elias & Jaxson Ryker
• Sheamus def. Mansoor by Disqualification
• Shayna Baszler & Nia Jax def. Lana & Naomi - Women's Tag Team Championship
• Bobby Lashley def. Braun Strowman