WWE RAW Rundown 5-29-17

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May 29, 2017

From the Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, SC

Your hosts are Michael Cole, Corey Graves, and Booker T

 

Before the live show begins, John Cena narrates a video package on Memorial Day.

 

The live show starts with The Miz & Maryse coming out to the ring for a “Miz TV” segment. The announcers talk about Miz’s match against Dean Ambrose at Extreme Rules where the Intercontinental Title can change hands on a disqualification. He accuses Ambrose of being a thief who stole the title from him and how two weeks ago, intentionally disqualified himself so he demanded a rematch where Ambrose could not break the rules again. We are shown a clip of Miz purposely costing Ambrose his match last week against Elias Samson when he attacked Samson for the DQ then after some gloating by the hosts, Cesaro & Sheamus come out as guests. Miz tells his guests  that no one works harder than them and the Hardy Boyz stole their big moment from them at WrestleMania when they showed up unannounced to steal the titles. Sheamus accuses the crowd of turning their backs on Cesaro when the Hardy Boyz showed up as he says they do not have any loyalty, comparing the Hardy Boyz to a new toy. Sheamus says they will break that toy at Extreme Rules and once again become RAW Tag Team Champions. Miz then talks about himself and promises us a comeback tour when he once again becomes the Intercontinental Champion but Ambrose comes out to interrupt. Ambrose says he does not always make great decisions and that he came out to shut the mouths of the “buttheads” in the ring. Miz says to do the math in that its 3 vs. 1 so Ambrose waits until the Hardy Boyz come out and they all charge the ring. Miz bails as Ambrose & The Hardy Boyz clear the ring right before the break.

A bland segment designed to set up a six-man tag, which you could clearly see would happen the second Ambrose came out. 

 

The Miz w/ Maryse & Cesaro & Sheamus vs. Dean Ambrose & The Hardy Boyz

This match started during the break. The Hardy Boyz work over Cesaro for a bit as the announcers hype up Extreme Rules Tag Title steel cage match. Cesaro knocks Matt into the ropes with an uppercut as Matt gets worked over in the corner. Sheamus gets two with a clothesline then grabs a chinlock. Matt rolls onto the apron where Sheamus hits the Beats of the Bodhran. Cesaro cuts of a comeback then knocks Jeff off of the apron but Matt fights back and tags out as Ambrose runs wild. Ambrose takes out Miz with a pescado then things break down and get a bit messy until Sheamus cuts Ambrose off of the top rope with a knee smash as we head to break. The action returns with the heels neutralizing Ambrose in their corner. Cesaro lands outside after missing a charge in the corner then Ambrose tries for the tag but Miz yanks the Hardy Boys off of the apron. Sheamus tags in and Ambrose gets hit with an assisted White Noise as that gets two. Sheamus tries for a super White Noise but Ambrose ends up knocking Sheamus off of the top and hits an elbow smash as oth men are down. Sheamus is able to tag out but Ambrose catches Cesaro with a rebound clothesline then tags Jeff, who runs wild on The Miz. Matt tags in and hits the Side Effect on Miz but Sheamus breaks up the pin then the match breaks down until Matt hits Miz with the Twist of Fate then Jeff hits a Swanton Bomb for the win (12:44) **1/2. The Hardy Boyz & Ambrose celebrate with their belts.

Thoughts: This was sloppy and disjointed at times but it still had a lot of energy and the crowd was invested into the match.

 

After the match, we see the announcers as Graves suddenly removes his headset and heads backstage.

 

Tonight, Alexa Bliss will present Bayley with a “This is Your Life” segment.

 

We return from commercial as Corey Graves approaches Kurt Angle, who has apparently received some sort of disparaging text message saying he’s a crappy GM and a disgrace as an Olympic Gold Medalist. Graves sucks up to Angle and said he wanted him to see this because he loves the job he’s been doing and that he got this info because the other superstars confide in him. Looks like this is going to set up a conflict with Angle at some point but the introduction here was rather poor if you ask me. If that’s the way they are going, anyway.

 

Elias Samson is in the ring and sings a song

 

Elias Samson vs. Zac Evans

The announces put over Samson’s debut last week as he immediately beats down his opponent. He then works the arm for a bit. Samson goes back to beating Evans down and rams his head against the ring apron a few times then yells at the referee before stretching Evans out against the ropes. Samson goes back in and hammers away until he hits a reverse swinging neckbreaker for the win (2:40). After the match, Graves returns and sits right down.

Thoughts: Samson put in a dominating performance here. I’d like to see him get a better finishing move but he’s starting to get some heel heat now and on the road to being more than a backstage comedy gag.

 

Backstage, Samoa Joe is watching Finn Balor’s entrance on the monitor. Charly Caruso comes up and asks how he prepared for his triple threat match tonight. Joe says its easy as he has seen Balor’s weaknesses and he has broken his body before and will do so again. He then talks about Bray Wyatt but the screen goes back and we cut to Bray, who appears on the monitor. Bray says he sees “The Beast” and for everyone else to give into their fear and run. We then see Balor make his entrance as what we saw before apparently was from another time then we head to break. A jumbled mess of a segment.

 

Finn Balor vs. Samoa Joe vs. Bray Wyatt

Wyatt rolls outside then Balor attacks Joe. They mix it up for a bit as Joe beats Balor down in the corner. Balor fights back then looks at Bray clapping on the floor but Joe heads out to roll Bray back inside. Bray charges at Balor, who was ready and lands some kicks. Joe breaks up a pin attempt but Balor fights off both guys until Bray takes him down with a tackle. Joe sets up to superplex Balor but Bray gets underneath for the Tower of Doom spot. Bray tries to hit Balor with the Sister Abigail but Joe puts him in the Coquina Clutch. Balor breaks that up then flies out with a tope con hilo to take out both men that wakes up the crowd as we head to break. We return with both men beating on Balor. They stay in control and cut off Balor’s comeback as Cole notes this is an “alliance of convenience.” Balor fights back again but its quickly knocked down. Bray then clothesline Joe but soon after that Balor comes back with a Pele Kick as both men are down with Joe on the outside. Balor runs wild on Bray until Joe clotheslines him down. Joe hits Bray with an enziguiri in the corner but Balor uses his momentum to shove him outside. Balor takes down both men outside as we get a “This is Awesome” chant. Back inside, Joe catches Balor with an uranage in the corner but Balor rolls through a clutch and hits a double stomp. Balor then escapes from a Sister Abigail to hit him with a double stomp  but Joe catches him with an overhead suplex. Bray scares Joe off with the spider walk then hits the Sister Abigail as Joe rolls outside. Balor attacks Bray from behind after he was on the top rope then ran off for the attack. Balor dropkicks Bray down in the corner and hits the Coup de Grace but Joe tosses him out then covers Bray himself and gets the win (16:46) ***1/2.

Thoughts: Really good match. Balor was positioned well as a face and Joe got revenge on Bray by pinning him. With Bray, they are pushing him hard on RAW but the more it happens the less I care. Its a character that they’ve done everything they can with at this point and also hurt him with poor booking. The work here was well and Balor was over as a face as they protected him well. I think he’s winning the Fatal Five Way.

 

Mike Rome is backstage with Seth Rollins and asks him about his match tonight against Roman Reigns. Seth says there is no one on RAW he is more familiar with than Reigns and they had some great times and not so great times but whenever they face off its a war because they both want to be the very best in the business. Seth also says he “owns” Reigns and what will happen tonight isn’t going to be personal as he is sending a message out to everyone that he is about to change history again.

 

Rich Swann and Sasha Banks are backstage

 

Noam Dar w/ Alicia Fox vs. Rich Swann w/ Sasha Banks

These four will be facing off in a mixed tag match at Extreme Rules. Dar attacks Swann from behind to start and stays on the attack. He then works the arm while taunting Sasha before he sends Swann down with an uppercut. Dar goes back to the arm for a while then Swann fights back in the corner. Swann runs wild and gets two with a somersault kick to the back of Dar’s neck. Swann heads up top as Fox is on the apron but Sasha yanks her off then Swann hits a Phoenix Splash for the win (2:52) *. After the match, Sasha dances at the request of Swann, who joins in himself.

Thoughts: The action was dull but primarily designed to build up to this Sunday’s mixed tag match at Extreme Rules. I guess they are trying to use Sasha to get more people to tune into “205 Live” as she was announced as appearing this week but if they want to do that, just let the guys cut loose in the ring.

 

Charly Caruso is backstage with The Revival. She mentions they’ve not been in action for a while as Dash shows his jaw wired suit. She then asks if they laid out Enzo Amore last week as Dawson accuses her of “gotcha” journalism. Charly then shows us video of The Revival in the background last week as Enzo was being tended to backstage. Scott says they’ve been here weekly since Dash’s injury and they would never waste their time with “bottom feeders” like Enzo Amore as they are focused on the top guys. Good, insincere heel promo from Dawson.

 

Clips of last week’s street fight between Akira Tozawa and The Brian Kendrick, which took place on “205 Live.” After that airs, Big Cass comes out pissed off and asks Graves why he is stirring up rumors that he took out his own partner. Graves swears he hadn’t and that Angle is working on the situation as we speak. Cass shakes his hand then storms off. So we get another angle involving Graves tonight in which he’s been accused of stirring things up.

 

Kalisto vs. Titus O’Neill w/ Apollo Crews

Before the match, we are shown Titus telling Crews to watch and learn what he does tonight. Titus toys with Kalisto but ends up getting kicked in the face. Kalisto dropkicks Titus into the corner then hits a spike hurricarana but Titus blocks a victory roll and grabs the tights for the win (1:21). After the match, Titus takes a selfie with Crews.

Thoughts: Titus messed up the finish of this match. He’s not bad as a character but is one of the worst in the ring currently on the main roster. His pairing with Crews continues.

 

Alexa Bliss comes out to the ring, which is all decorated with Bayley’s pictures and other things. She talks about how she is facing everyone’s favorite “sock puppet” at Extreme Rules in a Kendo Stick on a Pole Match. She laughs at the notion that Bayley can get “extreme” and jokes she’ll try to hug the stick. She starts getting the “what” treatment from the crowd before starting the “this is your life” segment. Alexa takes Bayley’s first doll then tosses it over her shoulder as she claims Bayley still plays with it then makes fun of her “Best in Sportsmanship” trophy. We then get to Bayley’s High School yearbook as she was voted “Most Likely to Apologize” then finally introduces the people standing in the ring. Her 4th grade teacher, Mrs. Flapper, tells us Bayley was a really nice girl with perfect attendance who sat in the front of the class….right next to her father. She says Bayley would cry if away from her dad for too long. Her friend Tracy then gets mad that Bayley wanted to watch wrestling instead of hanging out with her as Alexa makes a joke about being sick of hearing its Bayley’s childhood dream to be a WWE wrestler. Her ex-boyfriend Phil is introduced next as Alexa wants to know what happened on their first date as she apparently brought her dad along with her everywhere they went. He couldnt even get a kiss as he closed his eyes and opened them up and her dad was right there then says he only dated Bayley to get close to Tracy as these two start making out then Bayley comes out as she has had enough and she mixes it up with Alexa and ends up hitting a Saito suplex. Bayley then points and smiles at the kendo stick on a pole and tries to grab it but Alexa pulls her down and grabs a stick from underneath the table in the ring and whacks her and poses with the stick.

This was absolutely horrendous and something that makes you embarrassed to watch wrestling. It dragged on and on with bad jokes and some dumb romantic subplot between Bayley’s first boyfriend and friend. The crowd crapped all over this and did not react when Bayley got revenge. This segment made me never want to see these two in the same ring ever again. Worst segment on RAW since the “Old Day” segment from this past Summer. 

 

Back from commercial, Enzo is laid out once again. Cass is there and wants Angle to get The Revival as he believes they are behind this but Angle said he personally saw them leave. Cass says they could have came back and did this as tends to his partner and claims he will never leave his side again while Angle says he will handle the situation.

 

Austin Aries & Jack Gallagher vs. TJP & Neville

We get some basic back-and-forth action to start then Neville bails after Aries tags in and we go to commercial. The match returns with Neville beating on Gallagher. He cuts off a tag attempt then taunts the crowd before dragging Gallagher by the hair to his corner. TJP is in now and works over Gallagher as Aries rallies behind his partner. TJP grabs a chinlock that Gallagher eventually escapes from but TJP knocks him down then takes Aries off of the apron. Gallagher remains in trouble as TJP goes back to the chinlock. Gallagher then comes back to knock TJP down and makes the tag as he runs wild on Neville. He tries for the Last Chancery but Neville breaks out. Aries sets up for the discus fivearm but TJP trips him up. Gallagher knocks TJP down then flies out to take Neville & TJP into the barricade with a tope. Aries sells his knee and heads up top where Neville avoids a missile dropkick. Neville poses then tries for a Phoenix Splash but misses that then Aries puts on the Last Chancery and Neville eventually taps (12:35) **.

Thoughts: I was really disappointed with this match. The action was boring until the end and it never got out of first gear. They are given Aries a win via submission heading into his match at Extreme Rules as he now as an edge on the champ. Gallagher and TJP were treated as complete afterthoughts here.

 

Rome is in the locker room with Reigns and asks him about Seth’s comments from earlier tonight. Reigns does not care about their past as he says no man on earth owns him and he will prove that he is in fact the Big Dog and this is his yard.

 

Backstage, Charly is with Neville. She asks him about losing to submission and if it concerns him heading into Extreme Rules. He is pissed and just storms off.

 

Goldust is shown in a taped promo where he quotes the film “Psycho” before saying his star shined too bright for a supporting role and that the end of Golden Truth will not be happy or sad, it will be golden as the “Golden Age” is back. We then get interrupted by R-Truth as he quotes “Pulp Fiction” as he will counter Goldust with his own movies and characters as he is coming for him. This might end up be mildly amusing as a lower card feud if they do not overdo things.

 

Seth Rollins vs. Roman Reigns

After mixing it up, Rollins hits a standing moonsault then Reigns rolls out to regroup. Reigns comes back in and ends up knocking Rollins down then heads out to ram him into the barricade. He ten hits the Drive By as Rollins goes into the post and takes his time as that allows Rollins to fight back and knock Reigns outside then fly out with a plancha as we head to break. The match returns with Reigns beating on Rollins outside of the ring as we see a clip from during the break where Reigns skied Rollins with a backdrop to the floor. They are in the ring now where Reigns trash talks Rollins, who is struggling to pull himself up. Rollins cuts off a Superman Punch attempt with a super kick then drives Reigns into the corner as both men are down. Rollins is up first but is too hurt to suplex Reigns. He kicks Reigns outside and flies out with a tope but back inside tries a springboard knee and gets hit with a Superman Punch as Reigns covers for a nearfall. Rollins avoids a spear and rolls up Reigns for two. He gets another pinfall with a kick to the face as both men are still down. Rollins goes up top but Reigns cuts him off and they fight until Rollins hits a buckle bomb but Reigns comes back with a Superman Punch on the rebound as both men are down. Reigns comes outside to charge at Rollins but gets shoved into the steps instead. Back inside, Rollins hits a blockbuster for a two count. Frog splash gets two. We get a dueling chant from the crowd as Rollins rolls through a Phoenix Splash but cuts off a spear. However, Reigns bounces back and ends up spearing Rollins as that gets the win (18:14) ***1/2.

Thoughts: Good main event to close out the show. I was expecting the other men involved in the match to run out but glad they did not. The announcers portrayed Reigns as the favorite after winning here.

 

Final Thoughts: Well, the matches involving the Fatal Five Way competitors were quite good. However, the rest of the show was rather poor. The angles and segments here did not make you excited for anything on the PPV and that “This is Your Life” segment never should have aired to begin with. The current creative team is bad at comedy but it still does not stop them from trying. I’m intrigued to see the Fatal Five Way at Extreme Rules but have a difficult time caring about the rest of the matches.