Raw Winners And Losers: Big Main Event Match Set For Next Week
This week’s Raw saw a video return, a debut and a finish that sets up a huge main event for next week between Drew McIntyre and Lashley.
This week’s Raw included the return to action for AJ Styles and Omos, plus a video return for Eva Marie. All the while, the red brand ran with a storyline that there’s real trouble brewing between officials Sonya Deville and Adam Pearce, while putting a few faces we haven’t seen in a while in the ring.
Braun Strowman faced off with Bobby Lashley, Cedric Alexander dumped Shelton Benjamin, Charlotte was added to the Raw Women’s Championship match at WrestleMania Backlash and Mansoor debuted, getting immediately pushed into the US Title scene.
Here are your winners and losers for Raw, May 3, 2021:
Winner: Omos and Styles Return, Destroy New Day
This week’s show opened as AJ Styles and Omos returned and bragged about their victory at WrestleMania. Asking if the WWE Universe had missed them, they said they were away partying and celebrating their win. This brought out New Day who threw shade at the champions for running off right after winning the titles.
The match didn’t go the way of the New Day. Omos was dominant again and Styles landed a Phenomenal Forearm off the shoulders of his giant partner to put Xavier Woods away.
The promo work from three of four men was well done. Omos didn’t get a chance to talk much, but he did deliver a few lines and didn’t look terribly out of place, even if he wasn’t completely comfortable. He also didn’t looked polished in the ring, but that doesn’t really matter as WWE books him to make a huge impact with a smaller move set.
It will be interesting to see if anyone can take the titles off the current champions. One of the most decorated teams in WWE history never stood a chance.
N/A: Eva Marie Returns
Some fans are going to hate this. Others will be open to seeing how much she’s improved in the ring, but Eva Marie is back in WWE. A vignette aired on Raw, where Marie said she was back to start the Eva-Lution.
It appears WWE is going to promote her looks as she was shown posing like a model on an expensive sports car. If WWE continues to do so and tries to steer clear of her getting the ring and showing off how she’s improved, this won’t go over well. If she’s much better in the ring, she’ll likely win people over quickly.
Winner/Loser: Charlotte Defeats Brooke, Is Added to Raw Women’s Title Match
There was nothing special about the Charlotte vs. Dana Brooke match. It was short and uninspired and teased that Mandy Rose will take on Charlotte next week. Still, that wasn’t the takeaway from this segment. This was a means to an end to bring out Sonya Deville and sell the fact that Charlotte has used the power struggle between Pearce and Deville to her benefit.
Charlotte and Deville’s exchange was a bit clunky but it got the job done. Rhea Ripley and Asuka coming out and taking issue with Deville’s decision was predictable. The conversation breaking down into fisticuffs was even more predictable.
Winner: Damian Priest
WWE is clearly pushing Priest as a force that is going to be hard to handle. He’s now battled The Miz and John Morrison and dispatched of both men with relative ease. Morrison looked good in the loss — he may be the best at this in WWE — and he did his job helping get Priest over.
Winner: Cedric Alexander Dumps Shelton Benjamin
While it’s still hard to accept the duo has been kicked out of The Hurt Business faction, that WWE has chosen to make a storyline out of Cedric Alexander and Shelton Benjamin’s struggles is a huge plus versus continually having them job out to lesser competition week after week.
After losing the The Lucha House Party, Alexander snapped, calling Benjamin the weak link and saying he refused to waste his prime years trying to keep Benjamin’s career alive. “Like you, this team is done,” said Alexander as he stormed away.
Hopefully WWE follows through on this and that Alexander gets the chance to use this break as a way to elevate his singles career.
Winner: Garza Gives Gulak A Rose Enema
This may go in a very odd direction in a hurry, but it’s fair to give it a couple weeks to see how WWE tries to play this out. The match between Garza and Gulak was strong for how short it was, but the memorable moment here is that Garza seems to be taking a page out of Ted DiBiase’s book by embarrassing his opponents after the match. Instead of shoving a dollar bill in his opponent’s mouth, he’s shoving a rose up his opponent’s a$$.
On the surface, this seems really silly and unnecessary. If done right, it could make Garza stand out and a real heel on the red brand. What are the odds WWE does this right?
One thing seems clear. WWE is going to give Garza a series of wins so he can pull this move out after the bell. If you’re a Garza fan, I suppose that’s good news.
Signing his Raw contract earlier in the evening, Mansoor made his debut on the same night against the US Champion in a non-title match. He showed a lot of heart, but the match ultimately ended in a DQ when Humberto Carrillo came in and attacked Sheamus. In the end, it was The Celtic Warrior who was left standing but he realized he’d been in a fight.
Winner: Riddle and Orton
Raw takes away one tag team (Alexander and Benjamin) and further develops another in Riddle and Randy Orton. These two teams couldn’t be more different and neither can the members of WWE’s newest duo. This is an unlikely pairing that is sure to capture the hearts of the WWE Universe.
We’ll see how long it takes before WWE creative decides to put the titles around the waist of these two. In the meantime, a good portion of the Riddle haters are likely going to be converted to Riddle supporters.
Loser: Lana and Naomi
This match started with positive signs that Lana and Naomi might actually win. Unfortunately, it was all for not as Nia Jax distracted Lana long enough to see Shayna Baszler applied her finisher for the win.
Winner: Lashley Defeats Strowman
The best way to describe the final segment of the night was organized chaos. Strowman looked strong to start things out but the moment McIntyre came to the ring to get a better view of the action, it was clear The Monster was distracted.
When Strowman and McIntyre got into a pushing contest on the outside of the ring, all it took was a momentary lapse for Lashley to pounce with a spear for the win. With that, McIntyre will face Lashley next week in a huge main event.
It’s likely going to lead to Strowman costing Drew the win next week and returning the favor.