Sami Zayn claims that Bobby Lashley hasn’t been completely truthful about his past. In order to expose The Dominator to the WWE Universe, Sami is inviting Lashley’s three older sisters to the show. Read the detailed WWE Monday Night Raw Results & Review below.
Date: May 21, 2018
Location: Times Union Center, Albany, NY
Clash of Company Cornerstones
(Roman Reigns def. Kevin Owens via DQ after Jinder Mahal attacked Roman)
(Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins def. Kevin Owens and Jinder Mahal)
RAW was off to a great start. A talking opening segment that was business throughout, followed by two great matches that happened for a reason – all we ever needed for a show-opener, but oh so rare do we get it.
As much as we are slowly taking Kurt Angle on RAW for granted, it is still a welcoming sight to see him talking, because you know he is not one to ramble. Tonight, he went straight to the announcements, doing his job as a General Manager. It might be a tad boring, but keeping things short and sweet for him saves precious TV time for other wrestlers. Or Stephanie McMahon, of course. She returned tonight and right away emasculated our lovely Kurt, continuing a worrying trend that everyone has been complaining about – running down regular on-screen talent. See, we are already calling Olympic-winner Kurt Angle “lovely”.
With the authoritative figures being slightly sub-par tonight, the 3 segments would not have worked without the wrestlers. The Maharaja continued to display his vicious streak tonight, and Seth Rollins was still running hot. Roman Reigns held himself well in this segment, staying anti-authority without turning himself into a whiny pug. And seeing Kevin Owens in a segment involving Stephanie McMahon proved to dispel the rumors of KO being ordered to lose weight to keep his spot.
But hell, if Kevin’s performances tonight were any indication, he really does not have to lose weight at all. He looked great in both matches, and the fact that he finished TWO matches in a row should be more than telling about his cardio.
This Is Your Cringe
WWE, you have failed miserably with Alexa Bliss’ attempt to recreate Mick Foley’s attempt to recreate the famous “This Is Your Life” trope. Why, why, WHY do you feel the need to recreate it again tonight? Writers, you really gave your wrestlers a tough week.
Sami Zayn is usually very funny. Unorthodoxly funny, but funny. Here, however, he was just lame. He probably died inside a bit doing this.
Lashley’s reactions to all this was just as cringeworthy as the segment itself, but we understand. Poor him, going from an absolute destroyer to whipping his “sister” with a towel (ew). TNA BOOKED HIM BETTER THAN WWE DID. There, we said it. Change our minds.
When Mickie Failed to Help
(Ember Moon def. Alexa Bliss)
A pretty standard match between Ember and Alexa, with the former using the Eclipse to finish the latter, extinguishing hopes of a tainted win for Five Feet of Fury. It was worth noting that Alexa could not win, even with the interference from Mickie. This could potentially be another crack in the Bliss-James “friendship”, but we will have to wait and see. As for now, congratulations on a big win for Ember Moon, establishing her legitimacy as a competitor in the MITB match.
(Baron Corbin def. No Way Jose)
Baron very decisively defeated No Way Jose. Wow such strong, very dominance. Now what?
This rubber feud has dragged on for waaaay too long.
THE STREAK CONTINUES
(B-Team def. Breezango, extending the streak to 2-0)
This match was more entertaining than the one preceding it. Dallas and Axel are definitely getting over, and it will not be too outrageous to predict they will walk out of Summerslam as the RAW Tag Team champions. Okay, that was a bit too outrageous, but it is undeniable that these guys are growing in popularity, and you never know what is going on in WWE’s creative meetings. So for now, we will jump on the bandwagon and buy their team T-shirt.