5/20 WWE Raw Results: Powell’s review of WWE Money in the Bank fallout with men’s winner Brock Lesnar, Mick Foley introduces a new WWE title belt

By Jason Powell, ProWrestling.net Editor (@prowrestlingnet)

WWE Raw on the USA Network
Aired live on May 20, 2019 from Albany, New York at Times Union Center

[Hour One] Michael Cole welcomed viewers to the show and was joined on commentary by Corey Graves and Renee Young. Mike Rome was the ring announcer…

Brock Lesnar’s music played and he walked out while holding the Money in the Bank briefcase before passing it off to Paul Heyman. Cole said Lesnar may have pulled off the biggest shocker in the history of MITB. A recap video aired of Lesnar winning the men’s MITB ladder match. Lesnar took the briefcase back and acted like he was listening to a boombox (a/k/a a portable radio for some of you younger readers).

Heyman said that if he were the WWE Champion or WWE Universal Champion, he’d be a very paranoid man right now. Heyman said they are vulnerable to the greatest assassin in WWE history who now has a contract on their title reign. He said Seth Rollins has to be paranoid whenever he enters an arena because Lesnar could strike at any time.

WWE Universal Champion Seth Rollins made his entrance while Cole noted that he defeated AJ Styles at MITB. Lesnar and Heyman laughed when Rollins entered the ring. Rollins said he should be ecstatic that he won the fight of his life over Styles. Rollins said he’s not in a good mood because he has to come out and see Lesnar holding the MITB contract. Rollins said he’s trying to be a champion to inspire people and to be the type of champion that Lesnar never had the guts to be.

Rollins said he beat Lesnar at WrestleMania and he’s sure he can beat him again, but he doesn’t want to wait around to find out. Rollins encouraged Lesnar to cash in his contract tonight and face him for the championship on the spot. Lesnar went face to face with Rollins. Heyman said it’s a game of patience and Rollins has to wait until Lesnar feels like cashing in the contract.

Heyman said Rollins should be used to waiting because he waited around seven hours at WrestleMania to see his girlfriend main event the show. Rollins stepped forward and Lesnar cut him off, which led to the two of them jawing at one another. Heyman pulled Lesnar back and asked Rollins who said he’s even worthy to face Lesnar again. Heyman said it might be a new day and perhaps they are envisioning Lesnar vs. Kofi Kingston.

The New Day entrance theme played and WWE Champion Kofi Kingston made his entrance. The broadcast team noted that the wild card rules are in effect. Kingston told Rollins that he wasn’t trying to steal his thunder, he was trying to establish his legacy as WWE Champion. Kingston said he wants to be remembered as the best WWE Champion of all time and he can’t do that unless he faces the best night after night. Kingston told Lesnar that if he cashes in tonight, he needs him to cash in on him.

Heyman said the WWE Universal Champion and the WWE Champion were auditioning to defend their title against the reigning and defending heavyweight champion of the box office. Heyman said the MITB winner didn’t have to come to them, they came to him. Heyman said he had inside word that Rollins and Kingston weren’t finished this evening. Heyman teased that Lesnar and the MITB contract aren’t going anywhere. “Stay tuned, The Beast is yet to come,” Heyman concluded to end the segment…

Powell’s POV: A very strong segment to open the show. I’m not a fan of Lesnar’s surprise MITB win, but they played this perfectly by teasing that he could cash in on either champion tonight. Heyman’s mic work was solid and I like that both babyface champions stepped up and encouraged Lesnar to cash in tonight. My guess is that this leads to nothing more than a tease, but it’s still a nice hook for the remainder of the show.

Mick Foley arrived in the parking lot carrying a title belt in a case. He was greeted by Zack Ryder, Curt Hawkins, Titus O’Neil, Dana Brooke, and Drake Maverick…

Backstage, Sami Zayn asked Bobby Lashley to help him since he knows Lashley is facing Braun Strowman in a couple weeks. Lashley rejected his request and wished him luck. Sami Zayn made his entrance and sold rib pain from the attack at MITB. Braun Strowman was shown staring into a camera backstage. Cole said Strowman vs. Zayn was coming up after the break… [C]

Rollins and Kingston talked as they walked backstage where they ran into Triple H, who booked them in the tag team main event against Bobby Lashley and Baron Corbin…

Powell’s POV: I like the idea of saving Rollins and Kingston’s tag match for the main event, but what will it take for them to realize that viewers are not buy Corbin as a main eventer?

Braun Strowman made his entrance. Zayn ran and Strowman chased him backstage. Strowman approached Lashley backstage, then Zayn sucker punched Strowman. Braun got the better of Zayn immediately, then told Lashley he’d deal with him later. Strowman went after Zayn and ended up carrying him back onto the stage and down to ringside. Zayn slipped away and ran Strowman into the ring post twice. Zayn tried to do it a third time, but Strowman tossed him into the barricade.

1. Braun Strowman vs. Sami Zayn. Strowman charged Zayn, who moved, causing Strowman to crash into the corner of the ring. The referee called for the bell. Zayn set up for his Helluva Kick finisher, but Strowman clotheslined him. Strowman followed up with a running powerslam and pinned Zayn…

Braun Strowman defeated Sami Zayn in 0:45.

Powell’s POV: Zayn is a terrific pest heel, but WWE already has a pest heel who always gets put in his place (see Elias). In other words, I wish they would have stretched this out by giving Zayn another fluke win over Strowman rather than giving Strowman his revenge so quickly.

Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross were shown talking backstage while Graves hyped A Moment of Bliss with Becky Lynch as his guest… Lars Sullivan was shown walking backstage. Cole hyped Sullivan speaking in the ring for the first time for after the break… [C]

Charly Caruso stood in the ring and introduced Lars Sullivan for an exclusive interview. Sullivan walked to the ring while Cole referred to him as one of the most destructive forces in the history of WWE. Once Sullivan was in the ring, Caruso set up a video package on his “path of destruction” that was shown on the big screen. Caruso asked Sullivan what his goals are in WWE.

The Lucha House Party entrance theme played before Sullivan could answer. Kalisto, Lince Dorado, and Gran Metalik came to the ring and performed multiple dropkicks. A triple dropkick cleared Sullivan from the ring. Kalisto dove onto Sullivan, who caught him and slammed him on the apron. Dorado and Metalik dove at Sullivan and he stumbled, then regrouped and roughed up both men. Sullivan set up for a powerbomb on Dorado, but Kalisto and Metalik grabbed Dorado and pulled him to ringside. Sullivan’s music played while the LHP trio backed up the ramp…

A video package recapped Rollins defeating AJ Styles to retain the WWE Universal Championship at MITB… AJ Styles was shown talking with a production crew member backstage. Cole said Styles would be featured in an interview coming up shortly…

Ricochet made his entrance for a match against Cesaro… [C] Footage aired of Ricochet crashing through a ladder at MITB. New footage aired of Cesaro approaching Ricochet in the trainer’s area and mocking him for hurting. Ricochet said he would do it again. Cesaro told him to smarten up…

2. Cesaro vs. Ricochet. Cesaro came out to new entrance music. Ricochet had his back heavily taped, and Cesaro tried to exploit the injury. [C] Ricochet rallied and they went to a split screen ad for roughly 10 seconds while he performed a flip dive onto Cesaro. Ricochet went for a top rope move and ended up eating an uppercut. Cesaro followed up with a nice backbreaker and a Neutralizer that led to him scoring the clean pin. Ricochet continued to sell his back injury afterward…

Cesaro pinned Ricochet in 6:50.

Powell’s POV: A good match and a nice win for Cesaro. Meanwhile, Ricochet had the out for losing the match due to the injuries he played up going into the match, and the broadcast team did a good job of framing this as a ballsy outing despite the loss.

AJ Styles was interviewed by Caruso backstage. Styles said he lost, but he feels he can beat him. Baron Corbin clapped as he walked onto the interview set. Corbin taunted Styles for failing. Styles pointed out that Corbin squandered his MITB contract and was fired as general manager. Corbin noted that he pinned Rollins on Raw and was bothered got the title match instead of him. Corbin referred to it as a slap in the face. Styles gave him a real slap in the face. Corbin told Styles he’d pay for it…

Roman Reigns made his entrance… [C]

[Hour Two] Mick Foley was shown talking with Kofi Kingston in the backstage area…

Reigns stood in the ring. Before he could speak, Shane McMahon’s entrance music played. Shane danced onto the stage with a mic. Shane said Reigns was using the wild card rule. Shane boasted that he’s the best in the world. He said he won a brutal cage match and now he’s finished with The Miz. Shane said he’s turning his attention to Reigns because he can’t get out of his mind what Reigns did to Vince McMahon.

Reigns said he hates spoiled rich kids. He said Shane is done with Miz and he’s finished with Elias. Shane said Reigns isn’t finished with Elias. Reigns said that since he didn’t see Elias, he and Shane could meet in the ring. Shane said Reigns was making the challenge because he knows Shane was in the brutal cage match. Shane left it up to the crowd, which cheered the tease of Shane vs. Reigns.

“Well, that’s not happening tonight,” Shane said. He added that he does what all spoiled rich kids do – what he wants and when he wants. Shane said he’s in control and offered to show Reigns what control is. McMahon introduced Drew McIntyre, who came out and stood next to Shane on the stage. Shane announced that he will face Reigns at WWE Super ShowDown…

Powell’s POV: I guess the idea is that Shane has hired McIntyre to be his muscle? It wasn’t made very clear, but I assume this means McIntyre will be in Shane’s corner at Super ShowDown.

A shot aired of Becky Lynch looking at the Raw Women’s Championship belt while Graves hyped her appearance on Alexa Bliss’s talkshow… Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman were shown backstage. Heyman was cleaning the MITB briefcase… The Usos made their entrance for a match against The Revival… [C] A Smackdown ad hyped Big E’s welcome back celebration, and Roman Reigns vs. Elias…

Backstage, Shane was asked about insinuating that McIntyre would be with him at Super ShowDown. Shane said he wasn’t insinuating anything. The Miz showed up and asked Shane if he really thinks he’s done with him. McIntyre said that if Miz had a problem with Shane then has a problem with him. Miz said that once he finished with McIntyre he was coming after Shane again…

3. Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso vs. “The Revival” Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder. Prior to the match, footage aired of the back shaving and Ucey Hot nonsense. The Revival attacked one of the Usos and ran him into the barricade. Cole wasn’t sure if the bell rang, but the ref counted an early pin attempt, so the match was underway. The Usos got took control going into a break. [C]

Dawson tagged himself in. Wilder powerbombed Jey, then Dawson performed a top rope elbow drop that led to a two count. The teams traded more near falls. A “this is awesome” chant broke out. In the end, Dawson rolled up Jimmy and held his tights while getting the win…

The Revival defeated The Usos in 10:40.

Powell’s POV: It’s crazy that Cole kept talking about the back shaving and Ucey Hot bits throughout the match. It’s as if no one in WWE realizes that it made the Usos look like dicks even though they are the babyface characters. The match was entertaining, but I just couldn’t shake the feeling that the first Raw match between these teams could have been so much bigger with a real build rather than the humiliating sports entertainment garbage.

Backstage, Alexa Bliss told Nikki Cross that she did a good job of replacing her in the MITB ladder match, but the problem is that she didn’t win. Bliss said it’s okay because she has her own show. The Revival entered the picture and celebrated their win in an over the top way. Wilder said they should be on A Moment of Bliss…

Cole hyped the FireFly Fun House segment for after the break… [C]

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