WWE Monday Night RAW Results
May 2, 2016
St. Louis, Missouri
Report by: Mike Tedesco of Wrestleview.com
“Then. Now. Forever.” The WWE video leads us into the show.
A video recaps the events of last night’s WWE Payback event. Vince McMahon decided that Shane and Stephanie McMahon would both have equal power over Monday Night RAW. During the main event, they each made changes to the match by making it no count-out and disqualification. Even with interference from Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson, Roman Reigns defeated AJ Styles to retain the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Shane and Stephanie then made the rematch for Extreme Rules.
The RAW video plays, and we’re brought into the arena to see a big pyrotechnics display.
Stephanie McMahon’s music hits, and she makes her way to the ring holding a red gift bag. She is one-half of the power of Monday Night RAW, which is exactly how it’s announced by Eden Stiles and not Lilian Garcia tonight. She greets St. Louis before going to say, “Welcome to Monday Night RAW,” but she’s immediately interrupted by Shane McMahon. Shane makes his way to a great reception. Shane and Stephanie run over each other with their lines as a “Shane O’Mac” chant breaks out. Shane then greets St. Louis before welcoming them to Monday Night RAW. Stephanie says in the seven years that he’s been gone when he quit on the people, she learned how to get a lot accomplished in business. She can be a great business partner. Like it or not their father made them both in charge of RAW. As a result, she has a peace offering to show that she wholeheartedly embraces this partnership. She hands him the gift bag. Shane brings out of the bag the picture of Vince and Shane McMahon that Vince smashed weeks ago in the lead-up to WrestleMania. Stephanie says she knows how it hurt him when Vince destroyed the picture.
Stephanie says she wants to hear what Shane has planned for RAW. Shane says he’s moved by the gift, so he wants to hear her plans first. She then gets the crowd to want to hear Shane’s plans. Shane goes to start speaking, but Kevin Owens interrupts him! Owens says this is a lovely sight to see them both in the same ring on RAW. Owens mockingly says it’s nice to see them getting along. Owens says he has an idea for them, and he’s going to tell them whether they want to hear it or not. Owens says the first decision to be made tonight should be to give him an Intercontinental Championship match that he rightfully deserves. Last night at Payback, he decimated Sami Zayn and proved that he’s better than him. Now that it’s done and over with, it’s time to refocus. Owens says he wants an Intercontinental Championship match tonight. Owens say with the way Shane has been running RAW these last few weeks he has no faith in him doing the right thing. Stephanie is a smart businesswoman and knows the right moves. Besides, it’s in his contract that he’s owed a title match and has yet to receive it. Shane and Stephanie agree that it’s a valid point.
Cesaro’s music hits, and he comes out with his James Bond entrance. Cesaro says last night at Payback, he had Miz beat in the middle of the ring. Cesaro had the Intercontinental Champion tap out. Unfortunately for him and everyone in the Cesaro Section, the resident whiner and complainer stuck his nose where it didn’t belong. Owens says that he’s right that Sami Zayn did that, but that’s obviously not who Cesaro was talking about. Cesaro says this is very much about him because if it wasn’t for Owens, he’d be standing here as the Intercontinental Champion. Shane says he doesn’t know how things were done in the old era, but in the new era business is settled in the ring. Owens and Cesaro will face each other to see who will be the #1 Contender to the Intercontinental Championship. This match is next.
The Miz and Maryse are on commentary for this next match.
Kevin Owens vs. Cesaro
The bell rings, and Cesaro immediately starts the uppercut train on Owens. Cesaro sends him back and forth into the turnbuckles and hits uppercuts. Cesaro then hits the ropes a few times and takes him down with a dropkick for a one count. Owens immediately rolls out of the ring to catch his breath. Cesaro follows him out, jumps to the top of the barricade, and takes Owens out with a summersault senton. Cesaro throws him into the ring and goes to the top rope. Cesaro connects with a cross-body block for a two count. Cesaro goes to the Cesaro Swing, but Owens kicks him in the injured shoulder. Cesaro quickly stops his momentum with a double stomp for a two count. Owens reverses a whip to the corner, but he runs into a back elbow. Cesaro hits the ropes, but Owens takes him out with a superkick. Owens then flattens him with a senton splash for a near fall. Owens goes to work on the injured shoulder, as he stomps it and slams it off the mat. Cesaro comes back with some chops, but Owens kicks him and gives him a DDT for a near fall. Owens shouts at the referee in frustration. Owens drops a knee on the shoulder before dropping a leg on it. Owens taunts the crowd before twisting it around the ropes. Owens talks trash to Michael Cole before eating a boot from Cesaro. Cesaro uppercuts him before having a whip reversed on him. Owens takes him down with a back elbow before going to the top rope. Cesaro stops him with a running uppercut before going for a superplex, but Owens head-butts him off. Cesaro quickly comes back with a dropkick before giving him a gutwrench superplex for a near fall! Owens reverses a whip, but Cesaro twists to the apron. Owens quickly blocks a boot and snaps the shoulder off the top rope. Owens then snaps him off the top rope to get him to the floor. Owens then gives him a frog splash off the apron to the floor!
We come back from the break to see both men down. Replays are showed of the impressive frog splash that happened before the commercial break. Cesaro comes back with some uppercuts before having a whip to the corner reversed. Cesaro hits the turnbuckle sternum first before Owens takes him down with a German Suplex. Owens immediately connects with a cannonball in the corner for a two count. Owens sends him into the ropes, but Cesaro holds on and boots him back. Cesaro then connects with a springboard flying uppercut. Owens quickly rolls out of the ring to recover, but Cesaro charges out there and uppercuts him down. Cesaro quickly runs into the crowd to celebrate. Owens quickly elbows him in the head and grabs the Intercontinental Championship, but Miz grabs it. Cesaro uppercuts him down before giving Miz an uppercut.
Cesaro and Owens get back in the ring. Cesaro quickly takes him down and goes for the Cesaro Swing, but Miz attacks Cesaro to cause a disqualification.
Winner by Disqualification: Cesaro
Match Rating: ** 1/4
Owens asks Miz what he’s doing and they get into a shoving match. Cesaro starts fighting them both, but they overtake him. Sami Zayn’s music hits, and he makes his way to the ring to a big reception. Zayn takes Miz down before turning his attention to Owens. Miz grabs him for a Skull Crushing Finale, but Zayn gets out and gives him an exploder suplex into the turnbuckle. Zayn catches Owens with a Helluva Kick. Zayn goes for one on The Miz, but Maryse pulls him out of the ring. Zayn then picks up the Intercontinental Championship and holds it up. Miz and Maryse look at this furiously from the ramp. A loud “YES” chant breaks out as Zayn’s music starts.
Stephanie McMahon is walking backstage when she sees Dean Ambrose. She asks what he’s looking at. Ambrose says he doesn’t buy it because he thinks she’s the same old Stephanie McMahon. She doesn’t know what he means, but she thought he’d be more open-minded. Stephanie says she’ll be his guest on the Ambrose Asylum tonight, and he can ask her whatever he wants.
Tyler Breeze is backstage checking his appearance on his selfie stick. R-Truth has his phone taped to an actual stick and is saying they should be a tag team called Beautiful Truth. R-Truth says this easier with Goldust. Goldust walks up and calls them Average Looking Truth. Breeze gets angry. Goldust says he’ll stick he selfie stick with the phone don’t shine. R-Truth asks if he’s trying to make him jealous. Fandango walks up and will be Goldust’s partner. Goldust will face Tyler Breeze tonight.
AJ Styles is talking with Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson backstage. Styles says he doesn’t know what he’d do without them. Gallows says Styles showed the world what he could do. Anderson says he was great last night. Actually, he was phenomenal. Styles says he got beat last night. Anderson says he took Roman Reigns to the limit last night and was so close to becoming the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. Styles says that makes him want it even more. Gallows says in an Extreme Rules match, anything goes. Anderson says there is no way Reigns leaves that show as the champion. Reigns asks if that’s so as he enters the room. The crowd boos. Reigns says he has a lot of respect for Styles after last night, but he has no respect for Anderson and Gallows. Their interference proves that they don’t think Styles can beat the guy on his own. Reigns then asks if the three of them can beat his three, and The Usos walk in. Styles says at Extreme Rules, he’ll beat him and take his title all on his own. Tonight, they’ll give him a little taste of what he can expect before accepting the challenge. Reigns and The Usos walk off.
Goldust makes his entrance alongside Fandango. Goldust will face Tyler Breeze, next.
Goldust w/ Fandango vs. Tyler Breeze w/ R-Truth
R-Truth hands Breeze a do-rag, and Goldust gets jealous. Goldust does the stanky leg before being attacked by Breeze. Goldust quickly uppercuts him and turns his attention back to R-Truth, but R-Truth won’t look at him. Breeze backs Goldust into the corner and stomps him down. Breeze sends him into the corner, but Goldust comes back with a springboard back elbow. R-Truth and Fandango go back and forth with dance moves at ringside to distract Goldust. Breeze then rolls up Goldust for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Tyler Breeze
Match Rating: 1/4 *
The New Day are seen walking backstage. They will address the #1 Contender’s Tag Team Tournament, next.
“AW ST. LOUIS! DON’T YOU DARE BE SOUR! CLAP FOR YOUR WORLD FAMOUS TWO-TIME CHAMPS AND FEEL THE POWER!”
The New Day makes their way to the ring to a huge reception. The New Day will put the WWE Tag Team Championships on the line against The Vaudevillains at Extreme Rules later this month. Kofi Kingston says, “St. Louie ain’t booty.” For some serious news, the WWE #1 Contender’s Tag Team Tournament, sponsored by Booty O’s, came to an abrupt and premature end when Enzo Amore suffered a concussion at Payback. A slow motion video is shown of the scary moment at last night’s show. Big E says that was U-G-L-Y, but he did have an alibi. They have a tweet that will put a smile on the faces of everyone and their woes. Xavier Woods says if his phone wasn’t dead, he’d show all the nasty tweets he got from Beyoncé. Kingston and Big E say that never happened. However, they have this: a tweet of Enzo Amore being discharged from the hospital. A loud, “How you doin’” chant breaks out. They say he will be ok soon. In the meantime, they sent him a box of Booty O’s and a dash of unicorn magic. When Amore is ready to come back, they’ll give him an opportunity. However, they’re going to keep the positivity train going.
The Vaudevillains interrupt to no reaction. Aiden English says what happened last night was just tragic. This is a tough business and tough things happen. A real man would have got back up. Real men like them that represent the skills and values of a bygone era. These real men are #1 Contenders to those WWE World Tag Team Championships (he sang that portion of it). Simon Gotch says they made Enzo Amore the realest guy in the emergency room. Gotch asks just how Amore is really doing. They have left zero doubt…
The Dudley Boyz interrupt him. Bubba Ray Dudley asks what they are talking about. They didn’t beat anyone last night. The referee had to stop the match. All they did was stand there and twirl their mustaches like the Monopoly man. As far as they’re concerned, the tournament needs to restart. D-Von says if anyone deserves the opportunity, it’s them. They are the baddest tag team on the planet. What the hell have they ever accomplished?
Colin Cassady makes his way to the ring to a big reception. Colin calls The Vaudevillains “Simon and Garfunkel.” They need to tell Mrs. Robinson they’re going to be late for dinner. He’s been listening to them run their mouths about taking out Enzo. Enzo is his family. They messed with his family, so he’ll have to finish what they started last night. As for the Dudleys, they already knocked them out of the tournament. There is only one word to describe them, and he’ll spell it out for them: S-A-W-F-T! Cassady goes right for the Vaudevillains, and a brawl breaks out.
The New Day and Colin Cassady vs. The Vaudevillains and The Dudley Boyz
We join this match in progress. Xavier Woods has Aiden English in an arm bar. Woods quickly takes him down with a head-scissor takeover. Gotch is tagged in, and Woods catches him with a snapmare. Kofi Kingston is tagged in, and he kicks Gotch. Big E is tagged in, and he catches Gotch with a big splash for a two count. Big Cass is tagged in, and he punches away at Gotch in the corner. The New Day then starts a unicorn stampede on Gotch. Big E then sends Kingston into Gotch with a dropkick. Woods plays the trombone as The New Day gyrates and dances. Kingston knees Gotch in the face before tagging Woods back in. Woods kicks him in the midsection and chops him. Bubba blind tags in, and he big boots him down. Bubba talks trash to the Vaudevillains and demonstrates how to beat them down. D-Von is tagged in, and they hit a sidewalk slam/leg drop combination for a two count. D-Von punches away at Woods in the corner before tagging in English. English punches away at him before Woods punches him back. English quickly takes him down before tagging in Bubba. Bubba applies a chin lock, but Woods gets out. Bubba jabs him a few times, but Woods takes him down with an enzuigiri. Bubba holds Woods back and tags in D-Von. D-Von drops an elbow and goes for a diving head-butt, but Woods moves.
Kingston is tagged in, and he connects with a springboard clothesline before dropkicking him down. Kingston connects with a leaping clothesline before hitting the Boom Drop. English distracts him, and D-Von throws Kingston over the top rope. English then sends Kingston into the ring post.
We come back from the break to see Kingston trapped in a chin lock applied by English. Kingston gets out with an arm drag, but English quickly takes him down with a superkick. Gotch is tagged in, and he uppercuts Kingston down for a two count. D-Von tags himself in, and he punches Kingston. Kingston fights back, but D-Von takes him down with a spinning back elbow. Gotch is tagged in, and he punches Kingston. The crowd is completely dead for this match so far. Kingston fights out of a chin lock, but Gotch knocks him back to the corner. English attacks Kingston and waits for him to get up. English punches him down for a two count. D-Von tags back in, and he drops an elbow. D-Von connects with a suplex for a two count. Gotch tags in, and he drops a knee before clubbing the chest. The Vaudevillains knock Big E and Woods off the apron. Kingston then dropkicks them down.
Big Cass is tagged in, and he hits a shoulder tackle on English before hitting two body slams. Big Cass then knocks the Dudley Boyz off the apron before hitting a fall-away slam on English. Cass connects with a big splash in the corner before hitting a big boot. Cass catches him with the Empire Elbow, but Bubba breaks up the pin. Woods runs in and knocks Bubba out. Gotch then knocks Woods out. Cass then puts Gotch on the apron and big boots him into Big E’s arms. Big E then gives him a belly-to-booty suplex on the floor! D-Von then knocks Big E out at ringside. Bubba is tagged in, and he gives Cass a back suplex for a two count. D-Von tags in. The Dudley Boyz set up for a 3D, but Kingston takes out Bubba. Cass then hits the East River Crossing on D-Von for the win.
Winners by Pinfall: The New Day and Colin Cassady
Match Rating: * 1/4
Later tonight, we’ll see a battle royal to determine the #1 Contender for the WWE United States Championship. We’ll also see Stephanie McMahon on The Ambrose Asylum.
WWE wishes The Rock a happy birthday.
They play a video package of last night’s main event from WWE Payback. They’re doing a different style of video package tonight, which is heavy on live narration. A replay is shown of the confrontation between Roman Reigns and AJ Styles earlier in the night.
Shane and Stephanie McMahon have made it official. Roman Reigns and The Usos will take on AJ Styles, Karl Anderson, and Luke Gallows later tonight.
Another video package showcases the Women’s Championship match from last night. They did the old Montreal Screw Job finish on that one. They then show highlights of Charles Robinson, the referee for that match, wrestling as “Little Naitch” in WCW. That was amazing. Charlotte will address the controversy later tonight.
Becky Lynch makes her way to the ring. She’ll face Emma, next.
John Cena returns to RAW on the Memorial Day edition of the show.
Becky Lynch vs. Emma
They lock up, and Emma powers her to the corner. Becky turns her around, and Emma slaps her. Becky quickly takes her down before connecting with a pair of arm drags and a dropkick. Emma quickly rolls out of the ring to recover. Becky takes her out with a diving forearm off the apron. Becky puts her back in the ring and picks up a two count. Emma kicks her in the head before running into a back elbow. Emma then rips her off the second rope before punching away at her. Emma picks up a two count. Emma catches her with a snapmare before kicking her in the back. Emma then rips at the hair. Becky tries to fight back, but Emma stops the momentum. Emma connects with a double-arm suplex for a two count. Emma applies an arm bar, but Becky fights out. Emma comes back with a dropkick that clearly misses. Emma puts her in the corner and connects with the Emma-mite sandwich for a near fall. Emma slaps her again, and Becky punches away at her. Emma cuts her off, but Becky comes back with a pair of clotheslines and a dropkick. Becky finally gets the crowd going before hitting a running forearm in the corner. Becky kicks her down before hitting an exploder suplex for a two count. Emma surprises her with a roll-up, but Becky kicks out and slams her on her face. Becky goes for the Dis-Arm-Her, but Emma gets out of the ring. Emma pokes her in the eyes and connects with a Michinoku Driver for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Emma
Match Rating: *
Stephanie McMahon will be on The Ambrose Asylum, next.
They air another video of Primo and Epico putting over Puerto Rico.
Dean Ambrose makes his way to the ring to a nice reception. Ambrose welcomes the crowd to The Ambrose Asylum and introduces his fake plant, Mitch. Ambrose then introduces Stephanie McMahon. She makes her way to the ring and says she’s honored to be here. Stephanie comments on the sparse set. Ambrose says this whole Stephanie McMahon being nice thing she has going on isn’t the Stephanie McMahon she knows. After what happened at Payback last night, she’s got to be boiling. Stephanie says he is paranoid and says Payback was the first PPV of the new era. She’s just happy about that. Ambrose says she had a spectacular WrestleMania moment, and shows a clip of Roman Reigns spearing her. Ambrose says Reigns speared her out of her Tina Turner boots. Stephanie says she got into the ring where she didn’t belong, and Reigns taught her a very valuable lesson. Ambrose says learning lessons can hurt.
Speaking of things that just have to hurt, after seven years away, her brother Shane returns to a hero’s welcome. Everyone loves Shane. A Shane O’Mac chant breaks out. Ambrose says that might bother her, but to make matters worse, a week later he’s running RAW better than The Authority ever did. She doesn’t agree with the second half of his statement. Regardless of the reason why he abandoned the WWE Universe seven years ago, they love him and showed loyalty. Loyalty means everything to her. Without the loyalty of the WWE Universe, where would the company be? Ambrose says she’s never left and mentions all the time and sacrifices she’s made. Because of her loyalty to her dad, WWE, and the business, how many school dances and recitals has she missed? She’s flown all over the world and sat in many meetings. Ambrose asks if she thinks Shane has made those kinds of sacrifices. It would burn him up if that happened to him after making all those sacrifices. Stephanie looks like she’s degenerating into anger. She then says her father taught her a lesson last night by saying things need to change. That’s why they both have control. She says she’s going to apply that to Ambrose. The Ambrose Asylum has been going for four weeks, so it’s time for a change. Stephanie says she’s officially canceling it. Ambrose looks angry. Ambrose says he thought he was going to be the next Jimmy Fallon or Jimmy Kimmel, but they had a good run. Hosting a talk show was pretty hard, so she can keep all the stuff. Ambrose then grabs Mitch, the potted plant, and goes to walk off. Stephanie says she doesn’t want to leave a hole in the show, so she introduces the host of The Highlight Reel, Chris Jericho.
Chris Jericho makes his way to the ring and angrily stares at Ambrose. They talk a little trash at the foot of the ramp before Jericho shoves him. They then start brawling. Jericho throws him into the ring, but Ambrose rebounds with a clothesline on the floor. Ambrose gets Jericho in the ring and punches away at him. Ambrose goes for Dirty Deeds, but Jericho counters with a Codebreaker. Jericho is bleeding form the nose. Jericho throws him out of the ring and grabs Mitch, the potted plant. Jericho then smashes it off Ambrose’s head and stands tall over his broken body.
Replays are shown of Chris Jericho assaulting Dean Ambrose with a potted plant to the back of the head.
Kalisto will be on commentary for the next match.
WWE United States Championship #1 Contender’s Battle Royal
Rusev vs. Sin Cara vs. Darren Young vs. Apollo Crews vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Zack Ryder vs. Viktor vs. Damien Sandow vs. Stardust vs. Curtis Axel vs. Bo Dallas vs. Alberto Del Rio vs. Titus O’Neil vs. Sheamus vs. Baron Corbin
This is Titus O’Neil’s first appearance since his suspension months back. O’Neil got a featured entrance. Replays are shown of the League of Nations breaking up on Smackdown.
The bell rings, and a massive brawl breaks out. Viktor is almost immediately eliminated. Sheamus and Axel try to eliminate Sin Cara, but he stays in. Shorty after Damien Sandow is eliminated. Crews drops Stardust onto the apron and tries to punch him off. Crews then dropkicks him off the apron. Axel and Dallas then eliminate Young. Ryder avoids being eliminated by Ziggler. Crews lifts Sheamus up, but he slides off and throws him to the apron. Sheamus then Brogue Kicks him off the apron. O’Neil then runs Sheamus over. Corbin is put on the apron, but he avoids being eliminated by Ziggler. Corbin gets in the ring and Ziggler eliminates him by dropkicking him over the top rope. Corbin viciously attacks him and throws him back into the ring. Rusev then easily eliminates Ziggler.
We come back from the break to see the same people still brawling in the ring. Sheamus grabs O’Neil and dumps him over the top rope with a German Suplex variation. Del Rio double stomps Axel before eliminating him. Sin Cara then eliminates Dallas. Ryder forearms Sheamus in the corner and tries to eliminate him. Rusev concentrates on Cara, but he can’t eliminate him. Cara takes Rusev out with a springboard cross-body. Del Rio and Sheamus temporarily team up, and Cara takes them out with a springboard moonsault block. Sheamus reverses a whip on Ryder, but he runs into a boot. Sheamus then flattens him with an Irish Curse Backbreaker. Cara drops Del Rio on the apron and boots Rusev. Cara goes to the top rope, and Del Rio eliminates him by pushing him off to the floor.
The final four are Sheamus, Rusev, Alberto Del Rio, and Zack Ryder. Sheamus throws Ryder into the middle of them, and Rusev starts stomping him. They then triple-team Ryder before throwing him to the apron. Rusev, Sheamus, and Del Rio then attack each other. Del Rio takes Rusev out with a Backstabber. Ryder then takes Del Rio out with the Rough Ryder. Rusev then takes him out with a spinning heel kick. Rusev sends Sheamus into the ropes, but he lowers his head and eats a kick. Del Rio clotheslines Sheamus over the top rope, but he lands on the apron. Del Rio then superkicks him to the floor to eliminate Sheamus. Rusev gets Del Rio on the apron, and Ryder dropkicks him to the floor. Rusev and Ryder square off. Ryder takes him down and forearms him in the corner. The crowd is really behind him as he hits a Broski Boot. Ryder goes to eliminate him, but Rusev turns it and sends him over the top rope.
Winner and new #1 Contender: Rusev
Match Rating: * 1/2
Lana makes her way down to celebrate with Rusev. Rusev calls Kalisto “Mexican Trash” as he celebrates in the ring. Rusev will face Kalisto for the WWE United States Championship somewhere down the line.
Charlotte will address the Payback controversy, next.
Sami Zayn will be on The Highlight Reel this Thursday on Smackdown.
Charlotte makes her way to the ring with her father, “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair. Charlotte tells Flair to give the crowd a “WOO,” and he obliges. Last night at Payback, Nattie and her Uncle Bret pushed her to the limit, but she retained her Women’s Championship. She was surprised about how people were talking about controversy after the match. Flair says there was no controversy because Natalya quit like all the Harts do. Charlotte says she’d hate for her Reign to be tarnished by any lingering questions. There is only one man that can answer the WWE Universe’s questions. Charlotte then calls for Charles Robinson to come to the ring.
Charles Robinson, my favorite referee of all time, makes his way to the ring. Charlotte says she just wants him to tell the truth. A light “Cheater” chant breaks out. Charlotte says the queen is talking. Charlotte asks if Natalya submitted to the Sharpshooter. Robinson says she didn’t physically tap out, but she was screaming for him to stop it. Flair corroborates the story. Charlotte mentions that Ric Flair is his idol. Charlotte asks if that has anything to do with his decision. Robinson initially says yes, but then switches to no. Another “Cheater” chant breaks out. As the referee of her match, the decision is final. Robinson smiles evilly and says that it is final. Flair calls him “Little Naitch” and dismisses him.
Natalya’s music hits, and she charges down to the ring. Natalya says this isn’t about Charles Robinson or Charlotte. This is about Ric Flair. Last night, he paid a referee to screw her out of the Women’s Championship. With all the flashy talk and garbage that comes out of his mouth, everyone knows the truth. With the Harts and the Flairs, the Harts are the best there is, the best there was, and the best there ever will be. Charlotte goes to attack, but Natalya quickly kicks her out of the ring. Natalya then turns to Ric Flair, and he angrily removes his jacket. Natalya then slaps Flair and puts him in the Sharpshooter. Charlotte pulls him out of the ring. Natalya puts on Flair’s Rolex and Hall of Fame ring and taunts them.
Roman Reigns and The Usos will take on AJ Styles, Karl Anderson, and Luke Gallows, next.
Charlotte and Ric Flair are walking backstage when Stephanie McMahon walks up and asks if they’re ok. Stephanie says Charlotte needs to prove once and for all that the Figure Eight is better than the Sharpshooter. The only way to do that is at Extreme Rules in a Submission Match. Stephanie says they go way back with Ric Flair. She knows he’ll understand when she says he’ll be banned from ringside. Some are saying that he’s becoming a distraction. What just happened out there is so embarrassing. They need Charlotte on her A-game. If he’s going to do that, he has to be banned. Stephanie asks for a “WOO,” but he just stares at her. Charlotte and Flair are fuming.
AJ Styles, Karl Anderson, and Luke Gallows vs. Roman Reigns and The Usos
Roman Reigns and AJ Styles will start the match. They circle the ring and lock up. Reigns powers him to the corner and gives a clean break. They circle the ring and lock up again. Styles rolls him up for a one count. Reigns quickly takes him down with a headlock, but Styles gets out. Styles kicks him in the midsection and applies a headlock, but Reigns whips him off and shoulder blocks him down to boos from the crowd. Luke Gallows tags in, and he punches Reigns to the corner. Reigns fights back and punches him to the corner before catching him with a Samoan Drop for a two count. Reigns twists the arm and tags in Jimmy Uso. Jimmy chops him, but Gallows knees him in the midsection. Jimmy slingshots over him and hits an enzuigiri. Jey Uso is tagged in, and they hit Gallows with running forearms. Jey jumps off the second rope into a big boot for a two count. Gallows then throws Jey over the top rope.
We come back from the break to see Karl Anderson punching away at Jey. Anderson applies a chin lock, but Jey fights up. Anderson quickly takes him down with a Double A spinebuster for a near fall. Anderson punches him in the face before tagging Styles in. Styles puts him in the corner and connects with a leaping clothesline for a two count. Styles applies a chin lock, and Gallows knocks Reigns and Jimmy off the apron. Styles tells Gallows to let him handle his business. Jey then superkicks Styles down.
Reigns and Anderson are tagged in. Reigns clotheslines him twice before knocking Gallows off the apron in what Michael Cole calls a “cheap shot.” Reigns then clotheslines Anderson down. Reigns hits Gallows with a Drive By Dropkick before getting in the ring and clubbing away at Anderson. Reigns then punches Styles off the apron. Anderson boots him and rolls him up with a handful of tights, but Reigns kicks out. Reigns big boots Anderson down. Styles blind tags in, but Reigns avoids the springboard. Reigns then hits a tilt-a-whirl powerslam. Reigns then takes Gallows out with a Superman Punch. Reigns goes for a spear, but Styles hits the pelé kick. Jimmy tags in and connects with a cross-body block, but Styles kicks out. Jimmy catches him with a Samoan Drop, but Anderson breaks up the pin. Reigns quickly clears Anderson with a clothesline. Gallows then attacks Reigns from behind. Gallows and Anderson then hit the Boot of Doom on Reigns. Styles boots Jimmy in the face, but Jimmy knocks him to the floor. Jimmy goes for a plancha, but Styles annihilates him with the Phenomenal Forearm for the win.
Winners by Pinfall: AJ Styles, Karl Anderson, and Luke Gallows
Match Rating: * 3/4
Gallows puts Reigns in the ring, and Anderson brings in a steel chair. Styles asks what they’re doing. Anderson tells Styles to hit Reigns with the chair. Anderson gives him the chair and screams at him to do it. Styles looks conflicted. Anderson and Gallows hold Reigns up, but Styles tosses the chair aside to boos from the crowd. Anderson and Gallows attack Reigns before Jimmy cracks Styles in the back with the chair. The Usos knocks Gallows and Anderson out of the ring, and Styles hits both Usos with a steel chair. Reigns sees this and is furious. Reigns floors him with a Superman Punch. Reigns throws him into the top rope before kicking him out of the ring. Reigns viciously attacks him at ringside before clearing the commentary table. Reigns then hits a release powerbomb through the commentary table. Reigns stands over the destroyed AJ Styles at ringside as the crowd boos him.
Quick Match Results
* Cesaro def. Kevin Owens via DQ
* Tyler Breeze def. Goldust
* The New Day and Colin Cassady def. The Vaudevillains and The Dudley Boyz
* Emma def. Becky Lynch
* Rusev won a Battle Royal to become the #1 Contender to the WWE US Championship
* AJ Styles, Karl Anderson, and Luke Gallows def. Roman Reigns and The Usos
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