The final WWE RAW before this Sunday’s Extreme Rules wasn’t headlined by WWE World Heavyweight Champion Roman Reigns and No. 1 contender A.J. Styles as you might have expected. Instead, Monday Night RAW ended with Stephanie and Shane McMahon overseeing the contract signing for the WWE Women’s Championship Match set for WWE Extreme Rules 2016. No. 1 contender Natalya had a few things to say to champion Charlotte and her legendary father, Ric Flair. With the recent slip in WWE’s Monday night ratings, the WWE could be testing whether the WWE Divas like Charlotte and Natalya should be headlining RAW rather than someone like Roman Reigns.
Aside from The Family and The Club interacting throughout Monday Night Raw, Dean Ambrose challenged Chris Jericho to an Asylum Match at Extreme Rules, Dana Brooke was on her own as Emma dealt with an injury, and The New Day showed the WWE Universe their new time machine.
— WWE (@WWE) May 17, 2016
The full results for last night’s WWE Monday Night RAW and the updated match-list for the WWE Extreme Rules 2016 card are below. This week’s episode of WWE RAW was taped in Greensboro, North Carolina.
WWE Monday Night RAW results
The following includes all of the matches and their results from WWE RAW on May 16.
- Sami Zayn vs. Cesaro ended in a No Contest when Kevin Owens and The Miz got involved. Shane came out to change it to a tag team match, although Stephanie ended up switching the arrangements.
- Sami Zayn & Kevin Owens defeated Cesaro and The Miz after Zayn hit Miz with the Helluva Kick. Post-match, Owens attacked Zayn as Cesaro and Miz laid outside the ring.
- The Shining Stars defeated Scott Jackson and Brian Kennedy in their “debut” match. Their finishing move is also called “The Shining Star.” The crowd seemed about as interested as the last time Primo and Epico competed without their masks.
- Dana Brooke pinned Becky Lynch. It was a clean win and Brooke wasn’t even accompanied by Emma, who was recently injured.
- Breezango (Tyler Breeze & Fandango) defeated The Golden Truth (Goldust and R-Truth) after R-Truth accidentally kicked Goldust, allowing Tyler Breeze to get the pin. Prior to the match, a video package was shown documenting the interactions between Goldust and R-Truth leading to their teaming up in this match. Backstage, Truth made amends with Goldust for losing the match.
- The Usos defeated Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows cleanly. Post-match, The Family and The Club continued to mix it up, with AJ Styles standing tall after hitting Roman Reigns with the Styles Clash on a steel chair.
- Alberto Del Rio defeated Kalisto after Rusev caused a distraction by attacking Sin Cara. After the match, Rusev attacked Kalisto.
Other updates and storyline progressions:
- WWE RAW kicked off with AJ Styles talking about being accused of having a “master plan” that included Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows helping him win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at Extreme Rules. Roman Reigns came out, which eventually lead to The Usos, Gallows and Anderson joining. It all set up the tag team match for later in the evening, in which Stlyes and Reigns would be in their faction’s respective corners.
- Renee Young asks Chris Jericho backstage if he’s going to give Dean Ambrose the chance to talk like the Lunatic Fringe has requested. Jericho agrees, wanting an apology for his jacket. Rather than an apology, Ambrose challenges Y2J to an “Asylum Match,” which is essentially a Steel Cage Match with an assortment of weapons hanging from above.
- The “smart phone” video package from SmackDown was played, featuring Darren Young and Bob Backlund.
- The New Day did a skit with a time machine in the ring. It was interrupted by the Vaudevillains, who tore down the props and left The New Day laid out in the ring.
- In a match set up by Shane and Stephanie McMahon, Big Cass defeated Devon Dudley in rather short fashion.
- In the final segment of the evening, it was announced that if Ric Flair tries to come to the ring at Extreme Rules, Charlotte will forfeit the WWE Women’s Championship. The segment ended with Stephanie slapping Ric Flair and Natalya attacking Charlotte.
— WWE (@WWE) May 17, 2016
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Updated WWE Extreme Rules Match-List
- WWE World Heavyweight Championship: Extreme Rules Match — Roman Reigns (c) vs. AJ Styles
- WWE Women’s Championship: Submission Match — Charlotte (c) vs. Natalya (Ric Flair is banned from ringside)
- WWE Tag Team Championship Match — The New Day (c) vs. The Vaudevillains
- WWE Intercontinental Championship: Fatal 4-Way Match — The Miz (c) vs. Cesaro vs. Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn
- WWE United States Championship Match — Kalisto (c) vs. Rusev
- Asylum Match — Dean Ambrose vs. Chris Jericho
- No Disqualification Match — Baron Corbin vs. Dolph Ziggler (WWE Extreme Rules Kick-off Show)
Unless otherwise noted, matches were confirmed at WWE’s official Extreme Rules preview page.
Where To Watch
WWE Extreme Rules 2016 airs live on the WWE Network on Sunday, May 22, at 8/7c. The WWE Extreme Rules Kick-off Show begins at 7/6c.
— WWE (@WWE) May 17, 2016
WWE Monday Night RAW airs live on the USA Network at 8/7c. Replays of WWE RAW aren’t made available on the WWE Network until several weeks after the original air date. However, a 90-minute version of Monday Night RAW is available to stream on-demand the following day with a Hulu Plus subscription.
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