WWE Raw Results and Takeaways, May 4: AJ Styles Returns, Murphy Takes on McIntyre

WWE Raw Results and Highlights

The show kicked off with yet another MVP Lounge, this time with the Women’s MITB participants joining the talk show. Asuka and Shayna Baszler teamed up to kick Nia Jax out of the ring, as MVP interfered to prevent a fight between the two.

Gauntlet Match for the final MITB spot

  • Bobby Lashley def. Titus O’Neil: Lashley took out Titus in quick fashion with a brutal spear.
  • Bobby Lashley def. Akira Tozawa: Lashley continued his reign of terror by destroying the former Cruiserweight Champion with another Spear.
  • Bobby Lashley def. Shelton Benjamin: Benjamin endured some damage outside the ring and dodged a spear but eventually fell prey to Lashley.
  • Humberto Carrillo def Bobby Lashley via DQ: A long battle ended when Lashley got DQ’d for beating the hell out of Humberto Carillo and pushing the referee.
  • Humberto Carrillo def Angel Garza: Carrillo took down his cousin Angel Garza, followed by Garza’s teammate Austin Theory in succession.
  • Humberto Carrillo def. Austin Theory: Theory and Carrillo went at it for quite some time, but Carrillo sneaked a pin out of nowhere to eliminate the former EVOLVE champion.
  • AJ Styles def. Humberto Carrillo: AJ Styles entered last, making his big return to RAW after getting buried alive by The Undertaker in a Boneyard Match at WrestleMania 36. Styles applied the Calf Crusher for the win, and cut a promo, continuing his aggressive persona and promised to win the MITB ladder match on Sunday.

Seth Rollins made his way to the ring for an interview and repeated what he said last week. He felt that McIntyre isn’t ready to carry the burden of being a champion, and he will free Drew of his duties at MITB.

  • Brendan Vink and Shane Thorne def. Cedric Alexander and Ricochet: Under the guidance of their new leader MVP, the Australian stars from NXT took down the high flying duo, after a big boot from Vink onto Ricochet.
  • The Viking Raiders def. The Street Profits: The former RAW Tag Team Champions secured a non-title victory over the current champs after a decent encounter which saw Dawkins take the Viking Experience.

Aleister Black cut a haunting promo and asked Styles how it felt to face the darkness. Black said if Styles throws him off the building, he’ll climb back up and bury Styles once again.

  • Charlotte Flair def. Liv Morgan: Flair’s promo was interrupted by Morgan, who challenged the NXT Women’s Champion. Flair initially shooed her away but later hesitatingly agreed for the match. The non-title match saw a hard-fought victory for the Queen over the rising star of Monday Night RAW, with the Figure Eight submission.
  • Drew McIntyre def. Murphy: Rollins watched at ringside as Drew took down Murphy with the Claymore Kick. Murphy tried to go for a Claymore of his own but instead ate the devastating maneuver to end the match.

Post-match, Rollins attacked McIntyre, but the WWE Champion recovered and both the competitors stared down each other to end the show.

WWE Raw Takeaways

1. Lively Performance

Liv Morgan has been hailed as the next big thing on the RAW side for quite some time now, and WWE are finally using her in proper matches. Morgan was initally pegged to be the next challenger for Becky Lynch, but it seems like she will be dangling with the Queen for now.

Morgan didn’t get a win against Flair but had a great showing, which is clear indication of a big push coming for the former Riott Squad member. She has improved leaps and bounds from her initial Harley Quinn-esque personality, and the dark persona is doing wonders for her career.

Morgan showing up at NXT to cost Flair her title against Io Shirai will be a good touch, but it seems unlikely that Flair drops the title in just one month.

2. Master vs Protege Soon?

WWE has slowly been sowing the seeds for a Murphy-Rollins feud for quite some time now. The master-protege is feud is currently going on over at Smackdown, and it seems like another one could be building on Monday nights. Murphy has been playing the second fiddle in the excellent Rollins-McIntyre feud, and could eventually find himself in a feud with Rollins down the line.

WWE isn’t going to put an end to this feud soon, but when it does, Rollins could build towards a feud with his protege. Murphy’s promo was a great way to build towards a feud in the future, and hopefully, it wasn’t just a random promo by the former Cruiserweight Champion.