WWE RAW episode of May 16, 2022, is all set to feature a vicious steel cage match between two powerhouses in the form of Omos and Bobby Lashley. The forthcoming episode will also start the buildup for Hell in a Cell 2022 PPV. The event will air live from the Scope Arena, Norfolk, VA.
Bobby Lashley and Omos will settle their dispute in a steel cage match whereas Chad Gable will present the result of Ezekiel’s DNA test. We can also expect to see more of Cody Rhodes & Seth Rollins rivalry and Becky Lynch and Asuka rivalry.
Read below to check the complete details on WWE Monday Night RAW May 16, 2022 episode.
Match Card & Results
- Bobby Lashley defeated Omos in a Steel Cage match.
- Veer Mahaan defeated Mustafa Ali in a singles match via pinfall.
- Riddle defeated Jimmy Uso in a singles match via pinfall.
- Finn Balor & AJ Styles defeated Los Lotharios(Humberto & Angel) in a tag team match via pinfall.
- Alexa Bliss defeated Sonya Deville in a singles match via pinfall.
- Ezekiel defeated Chad Gable in a singles match via pinfall.
- Asuka defeated Becky Lynch in #1 Contender match for RAW Women’s Championship match via pinfall.
The show opens with a recap of the storyline between Omos and Lashley. The steel cage is already down on the ring. MVP enters with Omos for the match. MVP takes the mic and hypes Omos for a while until Lashley makes his entrance. Lashley comes down the ramp but Cedric Alexander attacks him from behind. Lashley starts to fight back but Omos comes out to brawl with him. Crew breaks them up and we cut to commercials.
Bobby Lashley vs Omos – Steel Cage Match
The bell rings as we return from the break. Omos starts with big blows to the back. Lashley jumps on his back for a sleeper. Omos overpowers him to come out of it. Omos hits a big shot at the chest to drop Lashley to the floor. MVP puts his cane through the cage and hits it on Lashley’s eyes. Omos whips Lashley to the corner and hits a big blow. Omos hits a running elbow next. MVP tries to rake Lashley’s eyes and Lashley catches his hand to slam him to the cage. Lashley ducks Omos and hits a spear for a near fall. Lashley puts on the Hurt Lock.
Omos breaks free by putting Lashley in the corner. Lashley hits a big boot as Omos charges. Lashley goes to climb the cage. Omos tries to stop him when he reaches the top rope, but Lashley fights him off. Cedric Alexander climbs from the outside and meets Lashley nearly at the top. Lashley drops him inside the cage. Lashley goes for a crossbody on Omos but Omos catches him and drops him to the mat. Omos picks up Lashley again and slams him on the cage. The cage wall breaks and Lashley lands on it outside. He gets up and steps on the floor to win the match.
Winner- Bobby Lashley
Austin Theory comes out after a recap of his rivalry with Mustafa Ali. After the break, Ali makes his entrance. Theory tells us that he has a special guest referee for this match. He brings out the Miz. Then, Theory says the first thing that he learnt from Mr. McMahon is to expect the unexpected. So, he has arranged a match for Ali to prove that he is a worthy challenger. Theory introduces Veer Mahan as Ali’s opponent.
Mustafa Ali vs Veer Mahan
Ali hits a couple of dropkicks to start. Veer hits a body press to cut him off. He sends Ali to the corner but Ali ducks him. Ali unloads in the corner. Veer hits a big blow to drop him. Veer slams him to the mat and hits an elbow drop. He goes for a military press but Ali slips out and hits back to back superkicks. Veer misses a running tackle and lands on the floor. Ali was going for a suicide dive but Miz gets in between pretending to be counting down. Ali argues with him and Veer comes in time to drop Ali with a lariat. Veer puts on the cervical clutch and gets the submission.
Winner- Veer Mahan
After the match, Theory gets into the ring and tells Veer to put on the cervical clutch again for the selfie. Veer puts on the clutch again. Miz also come in for the selfie. Theory tells Veer to clear the announce table next. Veer goes to the floor. The Mysterios music hits and they come out. They knock Veer off the apron. Veer catches Dominik’s crossbody. Rey hits a senton to drop him on the mat. The Mysterios stand tall in the ring while Veer seethes on the floor.
Becky Lynch is backstage trying to convince WWE Official Adam Pearce to scrap 6 pack challenge. She says Sasha and Naomi have left the building and she should be made the #1 contender since she never got her rematch. Pearce tells her that the #1 contender match will be there, but it will only be between Becky and Asuka.
Riddle vs Jimmy Uso
The bell rings and Jey runs a distraction. Jimmy attacks Riddle from behind. He keeps Riddle in the corner. Riddle hits a body kick and a gutwrench suplex. Jimmy hits an uppercut to drop Riddle. Jey takes another cheap shot while the referee contains Jimmy. Riddle takes Jimmy to the floor with headscissors. He goes for a penalty kick but Jey takes the hit on himself. Jimmy hits a big shot on Riddle and then hits him with a suicide dive. Riddle is sent into the steel steps. Jey stands on top of the steel steps with the title belts to take us to the break.
Back from the break, Jimmy sends Riddle into the corner with a kick. He follows with a hip attack. Riddle fights back from a chinlock. Riddle gets back to his feet and hits a Pele kick. Riddle hits running forearm strikes in the corner. Jimmy blocks the exploder once but Riddle hits in the second try. Jimmy gets his knees up on a senton.
They trade strikes while they are still on their knees. Jimmy hits a pop-up Samoan drop. Jimmy goes to the top. Riddle follows him but Jimmy drops him back to the mat with a headbutt. Jimmy goes for the splash but Riddle gets his knees up. Jey trips Riddle as he was running the ropes. Jimmy goes for a pin with a cradle and gets an assist from Jey. The referee catches Jey interfering and boots him from ringside. Riddle counters with a small package to get the pin and the win.
Finn Balor & AJ Styles vs Los Lotharios(Humberto & Angel)
Humberto pushes AJ to the corner. AJ hits chops in the corner. Balor comes in for a double team attack, ending with a basement dropkick. AJ tags back and Humberto sends him to the corner. Angel comes in and keeps control for a while. AJ tags out and Balor sends both opponents to the floor for a suicide dive. We cut to a break.
Los Lotharios are in control as return against AJ. Angel puts on half crab. Humberto tags in and AJ kicks him away. Balor tags in and hits quick moves on both opponents. Angel puts on small package and gets a close two-count. He knocks AJ from the apron. Balor counters wing clipper with a slingblade. Humberto tags in and drops Balor. He goes for a moonsault but Balor gets his legs up. Balor hits a shotgun dropkick. AJ cuts off Angel with Phenomenal Forearm. Balor hits Coupe de Grace on Humberto to get the pin.
Winner- Finn Balor & AJ Styles
Kevin Owens is backstage with Alpha Academy who will reveal DNA test results for Ezekiel. Owens goes to check the results which says that the sample was contaminated by barbecue sauce. Owens gets angry at Otis over this. Owens asks Gable if he is going to let Elias make him look like an idiot. Gable says he will expose Ezekiel as a fraud next week, but tonight he is gonna beat him.
We get the replay of how Sonya Deville was removed as a WWE Official and how Alexa Bliss defeated her in a squash match. Sonya makes her entrance for the match.
Sonya Deville vs Alexa Bliss
Sonya takes a shot at Bliss to start. Bliss fires back with her own shots. She drops Deville with an STO. She hits a standing moonsault next. Sonya hits a running knee to get a two-count. Sonya hits a clothesline before putting on a chinlock. Bliss hits a jawbreaker to break free. Sonya hits a sliding knee to get another two-count. Sonya slams her to corner. She goes to untie the turnbuckle, but the referee stops her. Sonya hits a spinebuster but the referee was busy putting back the turnbuckle and could not get in time for the pin. Bliss hits back with a DDT to get the pin.
Winner- Alexa Bliss
After the match, Bliss celebrates and exits. Sonya starts arguing with the referee and slaps him before exiting.
Cody Address Seth
Cody takes the mic and says Seth is not here but he hopes he is listening. He asks Seth what has he taken away from him – winning bonus, a momentary spotlight? Cody goes back to 2012 when Seth debut with the Shield, became tag champion, WWE Champion and broke the glass ceiling.
Cody says his story is a little different. He scratched his way, painted his face with a smile, became dead inside and looking at the lights most nights. But, he endured and learnt from his loss, adapt and reinvent. He learned that he is never gonna be the American Dream, so why not embrace the Nightmare? He asks Rollins if his embarrassment at losing two matches outweigh Rhodes’ quest for vindication?
Cody says he will not take his second chance for granted, and if Seth is gonna try deny him, he will have to kill him. Cody will give Rollins his chance inside of Hell in a Cell. Rollins appears on the big screen and is laughing maniacally. Rollins says this is the biggest mistake Cody will ever make because everybody that steps in the cell with him is changed forever. Rollins says he is going to exploit every one of Cody’s insecurities and expose him for the fraud that he is.
Asuka is interviewed backstage. She calls Becky a big baby for crying. She says she is gonna give Becky a reason to cry because she is ready for RAW Women’s Championship but Becky is not ready for her.
Ezekiel vs Chad Gable
Ezekiel pushes Gable to the corner. Gable goes for a waistlock. Ezekiel hits a flying shoulder tackle. Gable hits an armdrag. Ezekiel puts on a chinlock. Gable goes for crossface but Ezekiel counters with a chinlock. Gable hits a back suplex to get a two-count. Gable hits a knee to midsection and unloads with punches. Ezekiel puts on Gory Special submission. Gable escapes.
Ezekiel goes for an ankle lock but Gable grabs the ropes. Ezekiel is sent to the floor and knocked off the apron. Otis tackles him while the referee was busy with Gable. We cut to a break.
Gable hits a suplex as we return. He puts on a shoulder stretch. Ezekiel gets back on his feet but Gable slams him to the corner. Gable misses a moonsault. Ezekiel sends him to the corner and then hits a spinebuster. Ezekiel puts Gable on the top and hits chops. Gable headbutts him to send him back to the mat. Gable jumps from the top and Ezekiel counters him with a knee midair for a two-count. Gable hits a double ax-handle and a moonsault for a two-count.
Gable hits forearms. Ezekiel hits back with forearms and chops. A donkey kick send Gable flying to the corner. Ezekiel hits a stinger splash in the corner. He knocks Otis off the apron. Gable tries to roll him up but Ezekiel counters with a lateral press to get the pin.
Becky Lynch vs Asuka – #1 Contender for RAW Women’s Championship
Becky ducks a swing but Asuka hits her with double knees. Becky back body drops her to the floor. Asuka hits her with a hip attack from the apron. Becky hits a bexploder into the barricade to take us to the break.
Becky flicks at Asuka’s face as we return. Asuka hits a roundhouse kick to Becky’s face. They trade strikes. Asuka ducks strikes and fires back with a spinning back kick. A knee to the chin and a German suplex follow. A sliding knee gets Asuka a two-count. Becky counters with a roll-up for a two-count. Asuka counters manhandle slam. Becky sets up Asuka for a leg drop and hits it to get a two-count.
Asuka counters a disarmher with a roll-up. She puts on Asuka lock. Becky rolls over for a pin attempt. Becky hits a couple of kick from the apron. Asuka puts on the armbar but Becky gets her legs to the ropes. Becky drops Asuka’s neck on the ropes. Becky goes and mocks Bianca near the commentary table. Asuka comes from behind.
Becky slams Asuka to the apron and then sends her into Bianca. She sends Asuka back to the ring and kicks at Bianca now. Becky gets back to the ring and Bianca tries to follow her. The referee deals with Bianca. Becky gets Asuka’s umbrella and goes to attack her with it. Asuka spits green mist on Becky hits her with a roundhouse kick to get the pin.
Winner- Bianca Belair
Bobby Lashley vs Omos – Steel Cage Match: Bobby Lashley wants no outside interference when he faces Omos in a trilogy match. As a result, the two giants will collide inside a steel cage to settle their differences.
Chad Gable to Present Ezekiel’s DNA Test Result: Ever since Ezekiel debuted on Raw, Kevin Owens and others have been claiming that he is not Elias’ younger brother but Elias himself. Now, in order to find out the truth, Chad Gable will show Ezekiel’s DNA test results to everyone.