Raw results: May 16, 2022
Bobby Lashley def. Omos – Steel Cage Match
Bobby Lashley had found himself the focus of Omos, MVP and Cedric Alexander in recent weeks, but when the steel came down it was only The All Mighty and The Nigerian Giant locked inside. A Steel Cage Match usually keeps away the interference, but the craftiness of MVP still allowed him to land a number of cane strikes through the wiring. The disrespect continued until Lashley nearly pulled his former Hurt Business CEO’s arm through the cage and then landed a thunderous Spear on Omos. The colossal Superstar would put his strength on display and a toss of The All Mighty broke the Steel Cage, but Lashley secured the win in an unconventional fashion the second he put his feet on the ground.
Veer Mahaan def. Mustafa Ali
Mustafa Ali thought he was finally going to get his hands on Theory, but the United States Champion had a surprise in mind. With The Miz once again serving as guest official, Theory tabbed the ferocious Veer Mahaan to do battle with Ali. After a flurry of offense left The Lion of Monday Night Raw wounded on the outside, Ali was set to take flight until The A-List official blocked his takeoff and threw him to the ground to allow Veer to lock in the decisive Cervical Clutch. As Theory and The Miz took a painful group selfie, The Mysterios came running to the ring to stand up to Veer’s path of destruction.
Riddle def. Jimmy Uso
Just days ahead of a huge Winner Take All Tag Team Title Unification Match between RK-Bro and The Usos, Riddle and Jimmy Uso slugged it out to earn momentum heading into Friday. A pop-up Samoa drop nearly did in the Original Bro, and a later assist from Jey Uso was caught by the official and ejected the SmackDown Tag Team Champion from ringside. The red brand champion would respond with a timely cradle that delivered a hard-hitting message for the entire Bloodline.
AJ Styles & Finn Bálor def. Los Lotharios
As Los Lotharios offered up a Kiss Cam cameo for Liv Morgan, AJ Styles & Finn Bálor presenting a more appealing opportunity of joining forces against Judgment Day. The Phenomenal One and The Prince were in sync with a pair of crossbody splashes to lay out both Humberto & Angel. As the handsome devils tried to pull out their tricks, but Bálor would cap an impressive performance with a skyscraping Coup de Grace to Humberto.
Alexa Bliss def. Sonya Deville
It was a blissful return last week for the Twisted Superstar, but Sonya Deville came into this week with a gameplan to get back on track as a competitor. Deville appeared poised for a pin, but the official caught the former WWE Official’s underhanded approach. Alexa Bliss would take advantage of the opportunity and plant Deville with a DDT to clinch the win in back-to-back weeks.
Ezekiel def. Chad Gable
A failed attempt at a DNA test didn’t lead to Kevin Owen’s long sought-after exposure of Ezekiel’s “true identity.” Otis’ rib obsession contaminated the sample, but Chad Gable tried to right those wrongs in the ring. Gable got rolling during the match, but a reverse cradle allowed Ezekiel to continue his befuddlement of KO & Alpha Academy.
Asuka def. Becky Lynch – Winner earns Raw Women’s Title opportunity
After the originally slated Six-Pack Challenge was derailed, Becky Lynch and Asuka’s rivalry went into overdrive with a Raw Women’s Title opportunity on the line. Big Time Becks spent much of the match preoccupied with Bianca Belair, as she took her eyes off The Empress of Tomorrow on multiple occasions. Lynch eventually would rush back into the ring and look to land a wing of her opponent’s umbrella, but Asuka was ready with a green mist surprise that punched her ticket for a Raw Women’s Title Match at WWE Hell in a Cell.