WWE Raw advertised Bianca Belair vs. Asuka and The Usos vs. Riddle and Shinsuke Nakamura, with the challengers becoming No. 1 contenders if they win. Raw also featured Cody Rhodes and Seth Rollins brawl ahead of their Hell in a Cell Match and a contract signing between Omos and Bobby Lashley.
WWE Raw last week garnered an average viewership of 1.732 million.
WWE Raw Ratings, Last Five Weeks
- May 23, 2022 | 1.732 million
- May 16, 2022 | 1.736 million
- May 9, 2022 | 1.652 million
- May 2, 2022 | 1.581 million
- April 25, 2022 | 1.613 million
WWE Raw Ticket Sales
- WWE Raw Venue: Wells Fargo Arena (Des Moines, Ia.)
- WWE Raw Tickets Distributed: 5,958
- WWE Raw Tickets Available: 95
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WWE Raw Total YouTube Viewership Last Monday—6,896,941
- Most-Viewed: Bobby Lashley vs. MVP (1,207,262 views)
- Least-Viewed: Lashley Challenges Omos (290,135 views)
- Median Viewership: 605,999 views
WWE Raw Results| Monday, May 30, 2022
Bianca Belair def. Asuka
If the brief brawl between these three women is any indication, this Triple Threat match is about to be lit.
I was surprised to see Asuka lose clean to Bianca Belair this early into her return, but unless you’re Roman Reigns or Cody Rhodes, nobody is impervious to 50/50 booking.
Ezekiel and The Mysterios def. Kevin Owens and Alpha Academy
Once again, Ezekiel really connected with this crowd, even as an old-school babyface. People need to start giving credit where it’s due when it comes to the performer behind Ezekiel/Elias.
Ezekiel vs. Kevin Owens is fine and all for this weekend, but this storyline seems due for a tease of an Elias appearance.
Kevin Owens and Alpha Academy aren’t even a stable, and by the end of this match, they were already teasing a split.
Cody Rhodes and Seth Rollins Brawl
WWE no longer has a Cody counter, instead they did a countdown to The Usos vs. Shinsuke Nakamura and Riddle.
While referencing Cody Rhodes’ sojourn to AEW, Seth Rollins dismissed the group as “you and your little friends.”
Seth Rollins appeared in the crowd for his promo, which was reminiscent of his days in the Shield.
Cody Rhodes and Seth Rollins brawled to “this is awesome!” chants as this feud has succeeded in reaching a fever pitch.
Alexa Bliss def. Doudrop
Maybe add Alexa Bliss to the short list of WWE Superstars aren’t victimized by 50/50 booking. She has now won three matches in a row.
It feels like WWE has no direction for Alexa Bliss, so they’re just using her as the person who benefits when other wrestlers struggle as part of a storyline. Sonya Deville lost to Alexa Bliss right after getting fired from her post, and Doudrop has lost while struggling to instill confidence in Nikki A.S.H.
MizTV with the Street Profits
Montez Ford has put on some muscle, and the fact that Corey Graves pointed this out tells me Vince McMahon has noticed as well.
This match quickly degenerated into a singles match for the WWE 24/7 title with the Street Profits seated in the director chairs. For those who care, Tamina defeated Dana Brooke, only to be swindled out of the title by Tozawa.
Mustafa Ali def. Tommaso Ciampa by DQ; Theory def. Mustafa Ali
Mustafa Ali took a scary dive where he narrowly avoided both landing on top of his head and crashing into the table headfirst.
Mustafa Ali received a title shot if he won this match, which he did. Unfortunately, Ali won by disqualification when Theory attacked him, and then had to compete immediately after.
In a bad omen for this match, fans were chanting “CM Punk” coming out of the break.
Theory might be on to something by calling the United States Championship “the future.” Positioning the U.S. Title as a showcase for future top stars will give it something it hasn’t had in years—a purpose.
Mustafa Ali did not come off as a valiant babyface for accepting this match under these conditions. He came off as somebody complicit with a corrupt title picture.
Riddle and Shinsuke Nakamura def. The Usos by Disqualification
If Riddle can revitalize Shinsuke Nakamura’s career the way he did for Orton, Timothy Thatcher and Tommaso Ciampa before him, he belongs in the wingman Hall of Fame.
For the second time in less than an hour, somebody became a No. 1 contender with a disqualification victory. WWE continues to do a terrible job building up their secondary titles.
Liv Morgan def. Rhea Ripley
These poor women had to follow a standing ovation for Memorial Day after a long video package.
Though the positioning of this match didn’t bode well, Liv Morgan and Rhea Ripley got plenty of time and ended up having a pretty good match.
The finish of this match was botched as the referee did not count to three despite Rhea Ripley not kicking out.
Omos vs. Bobby Lashley Contract Signing
There were a lot of patriotic themes throughout this Memorial Day show, including Corey Graves’ shirt and, in this segment, Adam Pearce’s tie.
MVP had a great line when he said “I got you things you didn’t even know you wanted.”
MVP’s promos have remained strong, but he’s been getting terrible “what” chants a lot lately.
Bobby Lashley noted that the contract he signed says his match against Omos this Sunday is a handicap match, but he said it so dismissively I don’t think anybody in the arena picked up on it.