May 20, 2019
Times Union Center
Albany, New York
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Transcription by Josh Lopez
Brock Lesnar, Paul Heyman, Seth Rollins and Kofi Kingston In-Ring Segment:
Heyman can hear the hatred and paranoia permeating through the room. Think of the conspiracy theories running through your heads. Supposedly Brock Lesnar hatched this plan once Sami Zayn got Braun Strowman out of the ladder match. How do you sneak Brock Lesnar into an arena? Somehow, Zayn was lured, beaten up, and hung upside down. Then someone with the right political advantage was able to negotiate to add Brock as the eighth man in the ladder match. With these conspiracy theories, you give us too much credit. Why not blame his client for the Kennedy assassination? This is how it goes. When Seth Rollins or Kofi Kingston show up at a WWE event, they are vulnerable to the greatest assassin in WWE who literally has a contract on their championship reigns. Rollins has to be paranoid that Brock will jump him.
Heyman’s father told him that just because you are paranoid, doesn’t mean that the whole world is against you. Brock has a contract that demands that Rollins must defend the title any time he wants to. Seth Rollins walks down to the ring. Rollins should be in a great mood because he was in the fight of his life last night against AJ Styles. That’s not the case because he has to come out and see this. Brock Lesnar with the Money in the Bank contract. He’s out here to be a champion who inspires people. A champion that Brock never had the guts to be. Rollins can’t do that when Brock has that contract over his head. Rollins conquered The Beast at WrestleMania and he can do it again, but he doesn’t want to wait. Rollins wants Brock to cash in his money in the briefcase right here and right now. That leads us to a major standoff.
Heyman doesn’t want the WWE Universe to encourage this proposition. Rollins sitting here like the sword of Damocles is over your head but this is Brock’s game of anticipation. Which means Rollins has to wait until Brock feels like cashing in the briefcase. He should be used to waiting. It’s like waiting around 7 hours at WrestleMania for your girlfriend to main event the show that you dreamt of main eventing. Rollins is pissed. Quick shoving contest. Rollins wants to get his hands on Heyman. Is Rollins even worthy of getting in the ring with his client again? Maybe Brock wants a new challenge. Maybe it is a new day for Brock Lesnar. What about Brock Lesnar versus Kofi Kingston? Kofi Kingston joins the conversation.
Kofi is not here to steal Rollins thunder. He’s out here to cement his legacy as WWE Champion. When it is all said and done, he wants to be remembered as one of the best WWE Champions of all time. He cannot do that unless he beats the best night in and night out. Kofi congratulates Brock on becoming Mr. Money in the Bank. If Brock was thinking of cashing in that briefcase tonight, he wants Brock to cash it in on him. How about this? We have the Universal Champion and WWE World Heavyweight Champion auditioning to have a main event match with his client. Heyman reminds Rollins and Kofi that they have a tag team match later on tonight. His client and the contract ain’t going anywhere. Stay tuned, the beast is yet to come.
Seth Rollins, Kofi Kingston and Triple H Backstage Segment:
First Match: Braun Strowman vs. Sami Zayn
— WWE (@WWE) May 21, 2019
Strowman chases Zayn around the Times Union Center. Zayn continues to run for his life in the backstage area. Strowman is confronted by Bobby Lashley. Zayn delivers a nasty haymaker. Zayn with clubbing blows to Strowman’s back. Strowman tells Lashley that he’ll deal with him later. Zayn is trying to crawl away from Strowman. Strowman carries Zayn down to the ring. Strowman goes for a Running PowerSlam, but Zayn lands back on his feet. Zayn repeatedly shoves Strowman into the steel ring post.
Strowman slings Zayn back first across the ringside barricade. Strowman rolls Zayn back into the ring. Zayn sends Strowman shoulder first into the steel ring post. Zayn wants the referee to ring the bell. Zayn goes for a Helluva Kick, but Strowman counters with a Running Clothesline. Strowman targets the injured ribs of Zayn. Strowman dumps Zayn out of the ring. Strowman with a Running Shoulder Block on the floor. Strowman plants Zayn with The Running PowerSlam to pickup the victory.
Winner: Braun Strowman via Pinfall
Lars Sullivan & The Lucha House Party Segment:
— WWE (@WWE) May 21, 2019
Second Match: Ricochet vs. Cesaro
Cesaro launches Ricochet back first into the turnbuckles. Ricochet is throwing haymakers at Cesaro. Cesaro drives his knee into the midsection of Ricochet. Cesaro with a Massive Back Body Drop. Ricochet is trying to regain his stamina on the outside. Ricochet sends Cesaro face first into the steel ring post. Ricochet with a Running Triangle MoonSault. Cesaro catches Ricochet in mid-air. Cesaro PowerSlams Ricochet on the ring apron. Cesaro is applying pressure to the lower back of Ricochet.
Ricochet decks Cesaro with a JawBreaker. Ricochet with two haymakers. Ricochet moonsaults off Cesaro’s chest. Ricochet ducks a clothesline from Cesaro. Ricochet with a Tilt-A-Whirl HeadScissors TakeOver. Ricochet hits The Space Fly Tiger Drop. Ricochet rolls Cesaro back into the ring. Ricochet ascends to the top turnbuckle. Cesaro uppercuts Ricochet in mid-air. Cesaro with a BackBreaker. Cesaro plants Ricochet with The Neutralizer to pickup the victory.
Winner: Cesaro via Pinfall
AJ Styles & Baron Corbin Backstage Segment:
Roman Reigns, Shane McMahon and Drew McIntyre In-Ring Segment:
Shane McMahon immediately interrupts Roman Reigns before he speaks. Shane reminds Roman that the yard is this small, compared to the best in the world. Shane proved his point in a brutal steel cage match where he had his hand held high in victory. He’s officially done with The Miz. That means his focus is going somewhere else and it’s on Roman. Shane cannot get out of his mind what Roman did to the Chairman of this company, Vincent K. McMahon. What type of man hits another man’s father in cowardly fashion like that? It disgusts him. Roman hates spoiled rich kids.
Shane said a whole lot of crap, but we heard that he’s done with The Miz. Since Roman is done with Elias, his schedule is wide open. Shane informs Roman that he’s not done with Elias. One fluke victory doesn’t end it. If Shane has a beef with him, then they can squash it tonight. Does Roman understand the torture Shane’s body went through last night? Let’s not leave it up to them, leave it up to the crowd. Would the WWE Universe want to see Shane McMahon vs. Roman Reigns. Shane takes off his jacket. It is not happening tonight.
You’re right, Shane is a spoiled rich kid and he controls his own destiny. Shane does what he wants when he wants. He’s Roman’s boss and he’s in control. Drew McIntyre appears on the stage. McIntyre is the new lackey for the McMahon Family. Shane accepts the challenge, however it will happen at Super Showdown. The last thing Roman will be hearing after waking up from being unconscious is that Shane is the winner of the match and the best in the world. Roman tells Shane that after their match is over, Shane will say what everyone says, they just got their ass kicked by Roman Reigns. Believe That.
Third Match: The Usos vs. The Revival
— WWE (@WWE) May 21, 2019
The Revival attacks The Usos before the bell rings. Wilder repeatedly stomps on Jimmy’s chest. Wilder tags in Dawson. The Revival hits their BackBreaker/Flying Leg Drop Combination for a two count. Dawson dumps Jimmy out of the ring. The referee is trying to calm down Jey. Wilder clotheslines Jimmy on the floor. Dawson tags in Wilder. The Revival shoves Jimmy into the ringside barricade. Wilder rolls Jimmy back into the ring. Wilder with a straight right hand. Wilder uppercuts Jimmy. Wilder tags in Dawson. Assisted Suplex for a two count. Dawson talks smack to Jey. Dawson fish hooks Jimmy. Dawson blasts Jimmy with a knife edge chop. Jimmy is throwing haymakers at Dawson. Jimmy reverses out of the irish whip from Dawson. Jimmy ducks a clothesline from Dawson. Jimmy decks Dawson with a back elbow smash. Jimmy tags in Jey. Stereo Thrust Kicks to the midsection of Dawson. The Usos dumps Dawson out of the ring. The Usos clotheslines Wilder over the top rope.
The Revival are cutting the ring in half during the commercial break. Wilder applies a rear chin lock. Jimmy gets back to a vertical base. Wilder goes for a Belly to Back Suplex, but Jimmy lands back on his feet. Jimmy kicks Wilder in the chest. Wilder tags in Dawson. Jimmy drops Dawson with a Spinning Enzuigiri. Jey and Wilder are tagged in. Jey with two clotheslines. Jey thrust kicks the midsection of Wilder. Jey follows that with The Samoan Uppercut. Jey ducks a clothesline from Wilder. Jey delivers Two Samoan Drops. Jey is fired up. Jey plays to the crowd. Jey lands The Running StinkFace. Wilder launches Jey to the ring apron. Jey with an Apron Enzuigiri. Jey with a Flying Crossbody Block for a two count. Wilder with a nasty haymaker. Jey has Wilder perched on the top turnbuckle. Jey slaps Wilder in the chest.
Jey goes for a SuperPlex, but Wilder blocks it. Dawson made the blind tag. PowerBomb/Flying Elbow Drop Combination for a two count. Dawson argues with the referee. Dawson tugs on Jey’s hair. Dawson and Jey are trading back and forth shots. Jey kicks Wilder off the ring apron. Dawson goes for a BackSlide Cover, but Jey lands back on his feet. Dawson with a big haymaker. Jey tags in Jimmy. The Usos with Stereo SuperKicks for a two count. Wilder responds with a Tornado DDT off the ringside barricade. Jimmy lands The Suicide Dive. Dawson with an inside cradle for a two count. Dawson with a straight right hand. Jimmy SuperKicks Dawson for a two count. Jimmy dives over Wilder. Jimmy with a Back Body Drop to Wilder. Dawson rolls Jimmy over with hand full of tights to pickup the victory.
Winner: The Revival via Pinfall
Episode 5 of The Firefly Fun House
Moment Of Bliss with Special Guests: Becky Lynch, The Iconics, and Lacey Evans
Tonight is going to be a big one. Bliss didn’t want to risk losing her luggage again so she came prepared. Bliss wants coffee, Nikki. Two cups of coffee are brought out. Bliss introduces her special guest, The Man, Becky Lynch. Nikki is standing over her shoulder. Bliss tells Nikki to move. Bliss wants to know how it feels to no longer be Becky Two Belts anymore? The Iconics cackle onto the stage. Hey everybody we can call her Becky One Belt now. Becky looks so sad. Peyton says they still have their two belts. Becky tells them to shut their faces. Becky defended her title more in one night than they have since WrestleMania. She no problem becoming Becky Three Belts right now.
Lacey Evans joins the conversation. Typical man. Never knowing where to give proper credit. Becky is no longer Becky Two Belts because of her. Becky says that Evans can talk about wearing her granny’s clothes all she wants, but the lady got tapped out. Evans couldn’t get the job done when she could only give half of her attention. Now that she only has the one title, she can devote her whole time to slapping her around. Becky can slap all three of them around. Nikki tells Becky she will be her partner. They’re still one too short, sweethearts. Bliss will be the obvious third tag team partner. Becky tells Bliss that she just needs to stand there and look pretty.
Fourth Match: Becky Lynch, Nikki Cross, and Alex Bliss vs. Lacey Evans & The Iconics in a 6-Woman Tag Team Match
Ever thought you'd see THESE Superstars team up for a #6WomanTag? 👀
— WWE (@WWE) May 21, 2019
Becky and Billie will start things off. Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Becky applies a side headlock. Becky drops Bille with a shoulder tackle. Billie tags in Royce. Back to the collar and elbow tie up. Becky goes for a Bodyslam, but Royce lands back on her feet. Royce pulls Becky down to the mat for a one count. Becky drops Royce with a Spinning Back Kick. Royce scrambles to the corner. Becky floats over into a front face lock. Becky tags in Cross. Royce shoves Cross. Cross trips Royce. Cross dropkicks Royce. Cross whips Royce back first into the turnbuckles. Cross with a Body Avalanche. Cross follows that with a Running Bulldog for a two count. Bliss is chilling on the outside drinking her coffee.
Cross creates distance with a shoulder block. Billie is trying to distract Cross. Cross kicks Billie in the gut. Cross with a Basement Dropkick. Cross with a Flying Crossbody Block for a two count. Billie continues to run interference. Royce attacks Cross from behind. Royce tags in Billie. The Iconics are double teaming Cross. Iconic Pose. Bille with a forearm smash. Evans tags herself in. Evans repeatedly stomps on Cross chest. Evans throws her napkin at Becky. Evans with a Bronco Buster. Royce tags herself in. Royce with the cover for a two count. Royce applies an arm-bar. Royce brings Cross to the corner.
Royce tags in Evans. Evans walks over Cross’s back. Evans taunts Becky. Evans applies an arm-bar. Royce continues to tag herself in. Royce with a Forearm Smash. Cross side steps Royce into the turnbuckles. Becky and Billie are tagged in. Becky with two clotheslines. Becky with a single leg dropkick. Evans heads to the backstage area. Billie rolls Becky over for a two count. Becky hits The BexPloder. Becky with a Running Forearm Smash. Becky delivers a Missile Dropkick. Becky knocks Royce off the ring apron. Becky kicks Billie in the chest. Becky connects with The Flying Leg Drop to pickup the victory.
Winner: Becky Lynch, Nikki Cross, and Alexa Bliss via Pinfall
The Reveal Of The WWE 24/7 Championship
Twitter moans (shocker) about the design of the belt. There’s something missing from Raw. It’s time that we revisit those three letters RAW. We need to make Monday Nights raw again. For those superstars looking to step up from experience, it takes a lot to make a mark and be a champion in WWE. Titles is what you breathe, think about, covet, love, and are willing to sacrifice. That is how a legend is born. It’s an obsession that consumes you throughout the day. Every single moment of every single hour. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Mick Foley brings out the WWE 24/7 Title.
This title is to be defended anytime, any place, anywhere. You don’t have any time off with this title. As long as a referee is on the scene, there can be a match. Falls really count anywhere. Starting tonight, the third hour of Raw is about to get mean and nasty and a little dirty. Starting tonight, we are going to crown our first 24/7 Champion. There will be a scramble. This title is open to every superstar on Raw, Smackdown, 205 Live, NXT, and NXT UK rosters. Maybe there will be a visiting legend battling for this championship. He who retrieves it achieves it and destiny is looking you straight in the eye.
Fifth Match: Mojo Rawley vs. Cedric Alexander vs. Karl Anderson vs. Luke Gallows vs. Eric Young vs. EC3 vs. Titus O’Neil vs. Drake Maverick vs. No Way Jose in a Scramble Match For The Inaugural WWE 24/7 Championship
Pure chaos ensues once Foley makes the announcement. Superstars are running over each other trying to retrieve this championship. We have multiple surrounding the ringside area. Alexander is raining down haymakers. Alexander repeatedly stomps on Young’s chest. EC3 drags Anderson out of the ring. Alexander drives Titus back first into the ringside barricade. Gallows HeadButts Jose. Titus throws Alexander into the barricade. Rawley delivers The Pounce. Alexander responds with a SpringBoard Clothesline. Alexander stops Young in his tracks. The Good Brothers engages in a tug of war. EC3 shoves Gallows into Anderson. EC3 and Jose are trading back and forth shots. Both men tumbles to the floor. Drake Maverick comes out from under the ring. Titus sends Maverick crashing into the other superstars on the outside. Titus goes on to pickup the victory.
Winner: New WWE 24/7 Champion, Titus O’Neil
Sixth Match: Titus O’Neil (c) vs. Robert Roode For The WWE 24/7 Championship
Titus celebrates on the stage. Titus poses with the championship. Roode attacks Titus from behind. Roode rolls Titus over to pickup the victory. The Raw Locker Room starts running after Roode.
Winner: New WWE 24/7 Champion, Robert Roode via Pinfall
Seventh Match: Drew McIntyre w/Shane McMahon vs. The Miz
— WWE (@WWE) May 21, 2019
Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Miz side steps McIntyre into the turnbuckles. Miz ducks a clothesline from McIntyre. Miz applies a side headlock. Miz goes for a side headlock takeover, but McIntyre blocks it. Miz kicks the left leg of McIntyre. Miz with rapid fire haymakers. McIntyre unloads two knife edge chops. Miz dives over McIntyre. McIntyre goes for a Vertical Suplex, but Miz lands back on his feet. Miz decks McIntyre with a JawBreaker. Miz kicks McIntyre in the chest. McIntyre is pissed. Miz launches McIntyre to the ring apron. Miz slides under McIntyre. Miz dumps McIntyre face first on the apron. Miz slams the left leg of McIntyre on the ringside barricade. Miz stares at Shane McMahon. Miz goes for a rollup, but McIntyre holds onto the top rope. McIntyre launches Miz to the corner. Miz dropkicks the left knee of McIntyre.
Miz with Southpaw Haymakers. McIntyre shoves Miz. McIntyre goes for a Belly to Back Suplex, but Miz lands back on his feet. Miz kicks McIntyre in the face. Miz hits The Awesome Clothesline. McIntyre responds with an OverHead Belly to Belly Suplex. McIntyre with a vicious foot stomp. McIntyre follows that with a Vertical Suplex. McIntyre with a thunderous chop. Miz avoids the shoulder block. Miz goes for a Sunset Flip PowerBomb, but McIntyre blocks it. Miz with a leg sweep on the ring apron. McIntyre decks Miz with a back elbow smash. McIntyre dumps Miz crotch first on the barricade. McIntyre sends Miz crashing into the crowd. McIntyre with a Vertical Suplex on the floor. McIntyre goes for an Avalanche White Noise, but Miz counters with a Sunset Flip PowerBomb. Miz is building momentum.
Miz repeatedly kicks McIntyre in the ribs. Miz with Two Running Meteora’s. Miz sends McIntyre shoulder first into the steel ring post. Miz plays to the crowd. Miz delivers another Awesome Clothesline. Miz with a SpringBoard Double Axe Handle Strike for a two count. Miz with clubbing IT! Kicks. McIntyre goes for a PowerBomb, but Miz counters with a Hurricanrana. McIntyre negates The Skull Crushing Finale. McIntyre with a Running Elbow Smash. McIntyre follows that with The Reverse Alabama Slam for a two count. Miz side steps McIntyre into the turnbuckles. Miz wisely goes back to targeted the injured leg of McIntyre.
Shane delivers a cheap shot behind the referee’s back. McIntyre drops Miz with The SpineBuster for a two count. Miz avoids The ClayMore Kick. Miz gets McIntyre trapped in The Figure Four Leg Lock. McIntyre chops his way out of the hold. Miz dumps McIntyre out of the ring. Miz with a Wrecking Ball Dropkick. Miz runs after Shane. Miz throws McIntyre into the ringside barricade. Shane clotheslines Miz behind the referee’s back. Shane rolls Miz back into the ring. McIntyre connects with The ClayMore Kick to pickup the victory. After the match, McIntyre drags Miz to the corner. Shane prepares for The Coast to Coast. Roman Reigns storms into the ring. Reigns drops McIntyre with The SuperMan Punch. Shane runs for his life.
Winner: Drew McIntyre via Pinfall
— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) May 21, 2019
— WWE (@WWE) May 21, 2019
Samoa Joe Promo:
Eight Match: Robert Roode (c) vs. R-Truth For The WWE 24/7 Championship
It was fun while it lasted, @RealRobertRoode.
— WWE (@WWE) May 21, 2019
Roode sprints towards the Times Union Center parking lot. He’s trying to hide from the rest of the Raw Locker Room. Truth takes part of the act and puts Roode in the truck. Truth leads the other superstars in another direction. Truth asks Roode if he’s okay. Truth is willing to give Roode a ride. Wait a minute, Truth has his own special referee. Truth kicks Roode in the gut. Truth slams Roode’s head on the hood of the trunk. Truth with the cover to pickup the victory.
Winner: New WWE 24/7 Champion, R-Truth via Pinfall
Ninth Match: Seth Rollins & Kofi Kingston vs. Baron Corbin & Bobby Lashley in a No Disqualification Tag Team Match
— WWE (@WWE) May 21, 2019
Corbin attacks Rollins from behind before the bell rings. Corbin drives his knee into the midsection of Rollins. Corbin transitions into a ground and pound attack on the stage. Lashley drives Kofi back first into the LED Board. It’s a complete mugging here in Albany. Corbin rolls Rollins back into the ring. Rollins is throwing haymakers at Corbin. Corbin hits Deep Six for a two count. Lashley dumps Kofi out of the ring. Lashley throws Kofi into the ringside barricade. Corbin delivers a gut punch. Rollins with a Step Up Enzuigiri. Rollins tags in Kofi. Kofi with a SpringBoard Tomahawk Chop. Kofi ducks a clothesline from Lashley. Kofi with a Jumping Clothesline. Kofi follows that with The New Day Boom Drop. Kofi plays to the crowd. Kofi knocks Corbin off the ring apron. Lashley goes for a Belly to Back Suplex, but Kofi lands back on his feet. Kofi kicks Lashley in the jaw. Kofi with a Flying Crossbody Block for a two count. Corbin drops Rollins with a straight right hand. Lashley tags in Corbin.
Corbin and Lashley throws Kofi and Rollins into the barricade. Corbin with a Running Haymaker to Rollins. Lashley is choking Kofi with his boot. Corbin delivers another Running Haymaker. Rollins hits The SlingBlade. Lashley continues to run interference. Rollins goes for a Suicide Dive, but Corbin counters with a ChokeSlam on the ring apron. Corbin launches Rollins into the time keepers area. Corbin buries Rollins under a collection of chairs. Lashley with a Corner Spear. Corbin with The ChokeSlam BackBreaker for a two count. Corbin and Lashley puts Kofi on the top turnbuckle. Corbin and Lashley goes for a Double SuperPlex, but Rollins gets in the way. Rollins unloads multiple chair shots. Rollins with an Apron Enzuigiri. Rollins follows that with a SpringBoard Knee Strike.
Rollins ducks a clothesline from Lashley. Rollins with a Step Up Enzuigiri. Rollins with Two SuperKicks. Rollins is burning Albany down. Lashley drags Rollins out of the ring. Lashley goes for The SpineBuster, but Kofi counters with a Back Body Drop over the top rope. Kofi sends Corbin tumbling to the floor. Rollins lands The Suicide Dive. Kofi follows that with The Trust Fall. Kofi rolls Corbin back into the ring. Kofi dives over Corbin. Corbin goes for The End Of Days, but Kofi lands back on his feet. Kofi connects with The Trouble In Paradise to pickup the victory. After the match, Lashley delivers Two Spears. Lashley grabs a steel chair. Rollins SuperKicks Lashley. Brock Lesnar walks around the ring with the Money In The Bank Briefcase. However there will be no cash in tonight. Brock plays mind games with Kofi and Rollins to close the show.
Winner: Seth Rollins & Kofi Kingston via Pinfall
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