WWE RAW Results, winners, and grades, 9 May 2022: Alexa Bliss finally returns


We start with the RAW results, winners, and grades.

Cody Rhodes takes on Theory for the United States Championship. We might also hear Rhea Ripley explain why she chose to join The Judgement Day.

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RK-Bro kicks things off

Randy Orton and Riddle came to the ring and the former said that they were supposed to have a tag team unification match at WrestleMania Backlash until Roman Reigns tore up the contract. The Viper claimed that Reigns new The Usos could not hold a candle to RK-Bro and that is why he canceled the match. Riddle said that The Usos are incapable of making their own decisions so RK-Bro will head to SmackDown this week to demand a tag team titles unification match and if the Tribal Chief denied it, it would mean that he has no confidence in The Usos.

The Street Profits came to the ring and told RK-Bro that they need to focus on them first. Montez Ford also predicted that he and Angelo Dawkins will be the ones to unify the titles. They said they wanted the smoke and RK-Bro were ready to provide it and some.

RK-Bro (c) versus The Street Profits – Raw Tag Team Championships on the line

Riddle and Ford started proceedings. The two extremely athletic superstars went back and forth before Ford managed to make the tag to his partner. Dawkins came in and dropped Riddle with a running elbow. Riddle, however, managed to make the tag to Orton to a huge pop from the fans.

The Legend Killer started assaulting the big man. A few seconds later, Ford took out Riddle outside the ring after jumping over the top rope. When we returned from a commercial break, Ford was wearing down Riddle in the middle of the ring. Riddle managed to make the tag to Orton and the veteran started picking up the pace. Orton hit powerslams on Ford and Dawkins and dropped Dawkins with a DDT.

Outside the ring, Riddle went for a moonsault on Ford, but he sidestepped and Orton got hit with the move in a rare miscommunication from the champions. The Street Profits looked to take advantage as Dawkins dropped Riddle with a spine buster and Ford followed it up with the Frog Splash but Orton saved the match for his team. In the end, Ford once again went up on the top rope and attempted another Frog Splash but Riddle met him with the RKO to pick up the victory.

Winner -RK-Bro

Grade – B

Theory was interviewed and he gave his opinion on Cody Rhodes saying that he was in his diapers when the American Nightmare was in WWE before returning at WrestleMania 38. He said he does not care about Rhodes as he believes to stay in the future and the future is none other than himself.

The Judgment Day make their way to the ring

Edge, Damian Priest, and Rhea Ripley came to the ring. Edge said they formed The Judgement Day so that they don’t stay as sheep like the fans. The Rated-R Superstar said that no one could touch The Judgement Day. Priest said that individually he and Edge was capable of beating all the fan favorites but together they are unstoppable.

The Archer of Infamy introduced Rhea Ripley and she said that she was tired of signing autographs. She said she was done being used. Ripley said she has some unfinished business with Liv Morgan and claimed she will beat her up later on the show. Edge revealed that he had a conversation with Ripley a few weeks ago and influenced her to leave Liv 4 Brutality. Liv Morgan interrupted and came to the ring to face her former tag team partner.

Liv Morgan versus Rhea Ripley

A slugfest ensued as the match got underway. Ripley tossed Liv across the ring on a couple of occasions. The Nightmare set up Liv on the top rope but it backfired as the latter delivered a hurricanrana. Ripley, however, came back with a big boot to lay out Morgan. The former RAW Women’s Champion slammed liv’s face onto the mat and began wearing down her former tag team partner.

Liv struggled to muster up any offense as Ripley attempted to finish the match with a Riptide but the former managed to counter and drop the Judgment Day member with a DDT and followed it up with another unique maneuver for a near fall. Ripley sidestepped a dropkick from Liv and locked her in a painful-looking submission hold to get a submission victory.

Edge and Priest entered the ring. The leader of the heel faction nodded to Ripley and she once again locked in the submission hold to make Liv tap once again. Finn Balor’s music hit and he made his way to the stage area. He wasn’t alone as AJ Styles joined him. The Prince will be facing Priest after the commercial break.

Winner – Rhea Ripley

Grade – C

Finn Balor versus Damian Priest

Damian Priest hit a devastating clothesline to Balor and dropped The Prince with a Broken Arrow. Balor attempted to pick up the pace but Priest planted Balor face-first. Priest started wearing down Balor in the middle of the ring.

The first-ever Universal Champion finally managed to muster some offense kicking Priest and then connecting with the double stomp. Balor nailed a Sling Blade and was about to launch himself off the top rope and outside the ring to take out Priest but Ripley got in the way.

Back in the ring, Edge speared Balor and the match ended via disqualification. Styles attacked Edge and Priest tried to intervene but he felt the wrath of Styles as well. Ripley once again got involved and Styles was almost about to hit her but controlled himself only to get speared by the Hall of Famer Edge. The Judgement Day exited the ring after laying waste to Balor and Styles.

Winner – Finn Balor via disqualification

Grade – C

The Alpha Academy and Kevin Owens were backstage. Chad Gable said the cup they had confiscated from Ezekiel last week has been sent to his friends at the DNA lab. Next week they’ll get proof that Ezekiel is actually Elias.

Owens revealed that he has a brother named Ken Owens and he is coming to fight Ezekiel later on in the show.

MVP and Omos on the VIP Lounge

MVP and Omos came to the ring for a segment of the VIP Lounge. The former 48-year-old demanded the WWE Universe showed their respect to Omos who dominated Bobby Lashley at WrestleMania Backlash. Cedric Alexander interrupted as he came to the stage area saying, “we did it.”

MVP was not pleased to hear the “we” and was about to continue but Lashley came to the stage area and took out MVP’s security team and Cedric Alexander and entered the ring. He clotheslined Omos over the ropes and outside the ring. Alexander came once again to try his luck against Lashley but found himself locked in the Hurt Lock.

Sonya Deville asked Adam Pearce backstage who her opponent was for her match that was to follow. The former Absolution member, however, stopped Pearce and said it didn’t matter who she was facing and made her way to the ring.

Sonya Deville came out to the ring and waited to find who her opponent was. Pearce came to the stage area and informed Deville that WWE higher-ups have come to a conclusion regarding their investigation of her. They have found that Deville has abused her power and therefore her contract as a WWE official has been terminated.

Pearce, however, informed Deville that she is still a WWE Superstar. Her opponent for the night was revealed and it was none other than Alexa Bliss.

Bliss was greeted with “welcome back” chants from the fans as she made her way to the ring with Lily.

Alexa Bliss versus Sonya Deville

Deville was still distraught after hearing her contract as a WWE official was terminated. Bliss dropped her with a DDT and followed it up with a Twisted Bliss to win her comeback match. Deville was in tears outside the ring and Bliss celebrated with Lily.

This ended up being a squash match in the end but fans do not care as Alexa Bliss is finally back to WWE.

Winner – Alexa Bliss

Grade – D

Ezekiel versus Ken Owens

Kevin Owens came to the ring sporting a wig. Owens said that he is no elder brother of Kevin as he is Kevin himself. He demanded Ezekiel reveal his true identity but he did not get what he wanted.

Owens attacked Ezekiel but the latter fought back. Alpha Academy made their way to the ring and the heel trio took out Ezekiel to end the segment.

Adam Pearce was speaking to Asuka about giving her a chance to become the No. 1 Contender for Bianca Belair’s Raw Women’s Championship. Becky Lynch came to confront them and told Pearce that he can’t just hand Asuka a title opportunity. Pearce said he was not handing Asuka a title match. The Empress of Tomorrow will have to beat Bianca Belair in a match later on and a win will make her the No. 1 contender.

Becky said she was the one who handed the title to Asuka but Pearce said that was two years ago. Asuka said she gave her the title as she was set to become a mother but now she was acting like a baby. An irate Lynch left the scene.

Veer Mahaan versus Frank Loman

Frank Loman was interviewed by Byron Saxton before the match. Loman was asked if he had any concerns about getting in the ring against the dangerous Veer.

He said he has his fears but he has a family to feed so he is ready to fight for them. Loman tried to muster some offense early on but Veer soon started his domination. He delivered a Million dollar arm clothesline and locked in the Cervical Clutch to pick up another victory.

Cody Rhodes was interviewed at Gorilla. He was asked how his story with Seth Rollins will unravel from here on. The American Nightmare hailed Rollins but said he is done with the Visionary. His focus is on Theory and the United States Championship.

Cody Rhodes versus Theory (c) – United States Championship match

Both men went back and forth at the beginning of the match. Theory delivered a rolling dropkick and trapped Cody in a headlock. Rhodes tried to muster some offense but Theory seemed to be a step ahead of him every time. The champion kept on wearing down the American Nightmare.

A snap suplex for a near fall from Theory. Rhodes managed to hit a Disaster Kick to send Theory outside the ring. Vince McMahon’s protege, however, dropped Cody on the ring apron and exposed the announce desk. He was aiming to drop Rhodes through the table but the veteran almost dropped Theory instead.

Both superstars went for a flying crossbody in the ring and collided at the center of the ring. As both men got up, the former Legacy member started picking up the pace as he flattened Theory with a Powerslam. Rhodes delivered a moonsault from the top rope for a near fall.

Rhodes connected with a Disaster Kick and followed it up with a Cody Cutter and seemed to have the match won but Seth Rollins appeared out of nowhere to take the former AEW star out. Rollins slammed Cody’s head on the announce desk multiple times. The Architect followed it up with a Curb Stomp on the announce desk to end the segment.

Winner – Cody Rhodes via disqualification

Grade – B

Sasha Banks and Naomi versus Doudrop and Nikki A.S.H.

Naomi and Doudrop started the match. The latter used her power to take control of the match early on. Doudrop took her own sweet time to wear out Naomi. Naomi finally managed to get the tag to Banks after hitting a step-up enzuigiri. Doudrop managed to bodyslam Banks and was looking to take control but Nikki tagged herself in.

Nikki was in control of the match but Doudrop asked her to make the tag. Nikki, however, asked her not to worry but Banks managed to counter Nikki. The Women’s Tag Team Champions used a double-team maneuver to win the match.

Winner – Sasha Banks and Naomi

Grade – B

Tommaso Ciampa versus Mustafa Ali – Special guest referee – The Miz

The Miz took a microphone and said he was going to call the match right down the middle. Ali and Ciampa locked up in the middle of the ring. Miz obviously was playing the role of a heel special guest referee to perfection. Ciampa dropped Ali with a devastating knee and clotheslined his opponent inside out.

Ali got the cradle cover but Miz took a lot of time to start the count. Ciampa applied a headlock and kept on wearing down the former Retribution leader. Ali got back in the match after delivering a clothesline of his own and he followed it up with a dropkick and a rolling neckbreaker.

Ciampa got hit with a Superkick and Ali followed it up with a Tornado DDT. Ali went for the cover but a slow count helped Ciampa to kick out. Miz and Ali got involved in a war of words. Ciampa took advantage of the distraction and dropped Ali. He went for a cover and this time the A-lister counted very quickly to allow Ciampa to pick up the victory.

Winner – Tommaso Ciampa

Grade – B

Bobby Lashley cut a promo backstage where he challenged Omos to a Steel Cage match for next week’s episode of Raw.

Dana Brooke, Tamina, and R-Truth were backstage. Reggie and Akira Tozawa came to them with flowers in hand. Reggie gave a bouquet to Brooke but Truth handed a divorce notice on behalf of Brooke. Tozawa was also given the notice on behalf of Tamina but he did not accept it and ran away. Tamina told Truth that it’s not official until he hands Tozawa the divorce notice. Truth chased Tozawa. Reggie tried to make peace with Brooke but Tamina pulled her away.

Bianca Belair versus Asuka – Championship contender’s match

Becky Lynch joined in on commentary for this match. The match started at a great speed. Bianca was at her athletic best but Asuka showed no signs of ring rust.

Asuka applied an armbar but Belair used her strength to lift her opponent up and drop her. Lunch pulled Belair out of the ring and sent her against the steel steps.

‘The Man’ entered the ring and dropped Asuka with a ManHandle Slam and left the ring. Belair and Asuka looked on as Lynch stood at the stage area after taking out two of the best wrestlers in the women’s division at present.

So technically Bianca Belair won the match via disqualification.

Winner – Bianca Belair via disqualification

Grade – C

Overall show grade – C

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