NYK Review of WWE Raw and Play by Play Results: May 25, 2020

We start off with a video package for Memorial Day.

The Kevin Owens show kicks us off, and he spotlights the NXT superstars that are serving as the crowd tonight. He announces that he’ll take on Angel Garza later tonight, but he’d also like to discuss the number 1 contender’s match for the RAW Women’s Championship. He brings out Asuka.

Asuka comes out and she’s cheering for Becky still, and plugs Becky’s new merchandise. Owens wants Asuka’s reaction to last week. Asuka speaks in Japanese before Charlotte Flair comes out. She says that she has something she wants to get off her chest. She says the RAW Women’s Championship should have been handed to her, and reminds Asuka she has never beaten her and to manage her expectations. Natalya comes out afterwards.

Natalya says she’s here to apologize to the Kevin Owens show crew for her temper tantrum last week. Flair says Natalya sucking up to Owens won’t help her win the match and that she’s irrelevant. Nia Jax comes out afterwards and declares she’s going to be the next RAW Women’s Champion. Owens leaves the ring. Nia reminds Asuka of what she did to Kairi and it’ll only be a taste of what will happen to her at Backlash. Kevin tells Asuka to not hit Nia in the face, and Asuka does just that, and Natalya and Flair brawl. Nia retreats.

Backstage, Apollo Crews is interviewed and is asked if she’s mentally ready to defeat Andrade tonight. Apollo says tonight will be the greatest night of his professional career because he will become the US Champion.

Andrade (C) vs. Apollo Crews – United States Championship

Andrade accidentally hit Zelina during the beginning of the match. In addition, Angel Garza is interviewed backstage during the match and says having a match is like making love to a beautiful woman. Crews wins the championship by hitting the standing shooting star press.

Winner: Apollo Crews

After the match, Apollo says he never quit himself and he always believed in his abilities after 11 years.

Andrade throws a fit backstage and throws around equipment.

Seth Rollins says tonight is a night for celebration because he’s better than he’s ever been, and that’s because of Rey Mysterio. He says Mysterio presented himself to him in a time of need and was chosen to be sacrificed. He fulfilled his duty to the greater good in a valiant manner. He can’t imagine the pain that Rey went through. He also doesn’t know what the future holds for Mysterio, but if that was his final act, it was a courageous one because it allowed everyone to move into the future. He introduces his newest disciple, Austin Theory. He calls Murphy and Theory underutilized and underappreciated, but under Seth’s leadership, their ceiling is limitless.

Murphy says he needed a mentor and a leader to lead him into the future, and he thanks Seth. Austin says that when he came to RAW, he thought he had friends. But when they abandoned him, and he thanks Seth for being his friend. Rollins says both of them are welcome, but the journey isn’t over because they will make examples out of Humberto Carrillo and Aliester Black.

Charlotte Flair is interviewed backstage, and she thought about the possibility of becoming a dual champion at Backlash. Flair says it doesn’t matter how many titles or wins she has, she’s consistently raised the bar and no one else compares. Asuka dances with the title during her interview and speaks in Japanese. She says red isn’t her color.

The IIconics are out and Peyton wants to apologize to Billie for costing them the titles, but Kay wants to apologize because she slapped her and let her emotions get the best of her. She reminds her they’ve come so far together, and they remind themselves that they signed their WWE contracts and won their first titles at WrestleMania together. They also say that they should still the women’s tag team titles and they were never allowed to defend their titles. They call Bliss and Cross frauds.

Bliss says The IIconics took cheapshots to get their opportunities, and they blew it. Peyton tells Nikki she doesn’t get to speak. Cross says she’s done the same things that Bliss has done to earn the titles, and that she had to scratch and claw for everything and she had nobody until she had Bliss. Cross also says they are the champions because Alexa keeps her focused and she doesn’t know anything more “iconics” than that. The IIconics jump them and take Cross and Bliss out. They pose with the titles.

MVP is approached by Lana backstage. Lana says they need to talk. MVP says they don’t.

MVP is out for the VIP Lounge and he brings out Drew McIntyre. McIntyre removes all the furniture as soon as he gets in and asks MVP where Lashley is. MVP says you don’t have to worry about an ambush as he goes by the motto of “no contract, no contact”. MVP says the physicality will be saved for Backlash.

MVP says he tried to be a friend to Drew the last time he was on the VIP Lounge and being thanked with a Claymore Kick. Drew says to just call it a Claymore because it’s obviously a kick. MVP says there were thoughts going through his mind. He knew that when he last hosted Drew on the VIP Lounge, he would be WWE Champion, and when he lost it, he himself would play a role in that outcome. MVP reminds Drew that it’s been 13 years since Lashley got his last WWE Title match.

Drew says it took him 19 years to get his first WWE Title match, and it was at the main event of WrestleMania by beating Brock Lesnar in 5 minutes. Drew also says that he remembered the last time he was on the VIP Lounge, and he remembers saying that he doesn’t need anyone kissing his ass or speaking for him. And he says the only way Lashley will get the title is by prying it from his cold, dead hands. MVP says that can be arranged and out comes Bobby. As Lashley is coming out and MVP introduces him, Drew Claymores MVP from behind and Lashley retreats with him.

Natalya is interviewed backstage and she gets a phone call from her husband Tyson Kidd. She says she apologized and that people have temper tantrums. Natalya returns for her interview but she’s told they are out of time.

Kevin Owens comes out for his match against Angel Garza, but Garza attacks Owens’ knee and slams it on the entrance ramp before it can begin. But Owens is insistent to continue.

Kevin Owens vs. Angel Garza

Owens went for the pop-up powerbomb, but the knee gives out and Garza hits the Wing Clipper for the win.

Winner: Angel Garza

After the match, Garza continues the assault.

The Street Profits and The Viking Raiders go golfing. Both get kicked off the course because The Viking Raiders had too many chicken breasts. The Profits won 2-1.

Backstage, Lana brought something for MVP and he’s sorry for what Drew did. It’s an ice pack. MVP says Lana ruined Lashley’s career, and says that they need to send a message to Drew McIntyre after McIntyre sent his message.

Humberto Carrillo and Aliester Black vs. Murphy and Austin Theory (w/Seth Rollins)

Theory gets the win for his team by hitting the ATO on Carrillo from behind.

Winners: Murphy and Austin Theory

After the match, Theory and Murphy jump Black. Seth Rollins says Humberto needs to learn and Theory and Carrillo hold Carrillo right next to the steel steps just like Rey Mysterio. Black approaches Rollins with a chair and he says not to take another step or Humberto will lose an eye. He also orders to remove the chair out of the ring. Seth tells Black to not make him sacrifice the two of him like Mysterio. Theory and Murphy let Carrillo go.

Edge is backstage and says that Orton caught him flat-footed and that he may have been still basking in the glory of his WrestleMania victory. He went for the bait. Now he finds himself doubting his ability as to whether or not he could hang. He was retired for 3,212 days and in that time, Orton competed in 1,126 matches. Now, he realizes that he has to prove himself to himself. Strangely, he wants to thank Orton because he made him contemplate things.

Edge watched The Last Ride and he was wondering when it’s time to hang up the boots, even when he was retired. Now, here he is. Edge has hung hold for hold and toe for toe with Undertaker, Kurt Angle, Rey Mysterio, William Regal, Mr. Perfect, Davey Boy Smith, Shawn Michaels and more and he adapted while raising the bar and putting people up to his level. He was a five tool workhorse for the WWE. Everything he’s saying is in the past tense because he doesn’t know if he can do those same things any more. But at Backlash, he’s going to dig the very depths of his soul to try. Because that’s all he can do.

The Street Profits and The Viking Raiders are backstage, and The Raiders say they let The Profits win again, just like in basketball. The Street Profits suggest another challenge. The Viking Raiders suggest gator wrestling, but Angelo quickly declines. The Viking Raiders then suggest bowling.

MVP and Lashley are backstage and they say The Street Profits are more concerned with bowling than being great and call them clowns. Angelo asks MVP how his face his because he took a trip to Claymore Country. MVP says if they’re up to it, it’ll be him and Lashley against the Profits tonight. And if they’re up for it, to bring the smoke with them.

Charlotte Flair vs. Nia Jax vs. Natalya – RAW Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s Match

Nia Jax wins when she hits the leg drop on Flair and the Samoan Drop to pin Natalya.

Winner: Nia Jax

Drew is backstage and he said that he didn’t plan to Claymore MVP, but that he was asking for it. McIntyre is told about the tag match with Lashley, and he says while he was almost leaving, he may have left something in the locker room and may not find it until Lashley’s match is over. He walks back.

R-Truth warns Gronk that he’s coming for the 24/7 Title. Gronk responds by saying that he’s a nice guy and wants to provide him with the necessary intel about him. He says Truth may have had a lot of memories with the title, but that’s the past, and he’s prepared to fight any challenges as he’s built for this, and he has eyes in the back of his head.

MVP is asked why he wants to compete in a match after getting hit with a Claymore. He points at Lashley and says that’s why.

Ric Flair is asked his opinion on the Edge/Orton match, and he says Orton will win because he’s the best ring performer since he retired.

We get a clip of Undertaker: Last Ride.

We get a Liv Morgan promo, and she says that she never felt good enough, but also remembers what life had in store for her because she felt like she was floating around and hit the sun or crash and burn. But she finally found what she was missing in the WWE. She doesn’t have all the answers because life constantly changes all the questions, but what she does know is that she’s alive and will fulfill who she’s been destined to be. She’s living her best life.

Aliester Black vs. Seth Rollins and a Rey Mysterio retirement ceremony is announced for next week.

The Street Profits vs. MVP and Bobby Lashley

The match is thrown out when Lashley illegally gets the Master Lock in on Montez Ford.

After the match, Drew McIntyre arrives and the two brawl. Some of the crowd comes out to break it up. Eventually, Lashley hits a Spear, but Drew keeps fighting and sends the trainees flying. Eventually, more and more guys separate Drew and Lashley as RAW goes off the air.

WWE RAW Rating for 25th May, 2020: 7/10

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