Event: WWE Monday Night RAW
Airdate: Monday, May 16th, 2016 (USA Network)
Location: The Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, NC
Results by Mike Tedesco of Wrestleview.com
“Then. Now. Forever.” The WWE video leads us into the show.
The RAW video plays, and we’re brought into the arena to see a big pyrotechnics display. The Usos will face Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows tonight.
AJ Styles’ music hits, and the not released Lilian Garcia introduces him to the ring. A replay is shown of last week’s stalemate between AJ Styles and Roman Reigns with a steel chair. The crowd chants, “AJ Styles.” Styles says he wants to set the record straight because he is tired of Roman Reigns calling him a liar. It’s not just Reigns. He’s heard it everywhere. People seem to think that his friendship with Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows was some kind of master plan he thought of so he could become the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. Styles then has some tweets shown of people talking about him with The Club. Styles says this may be the New Era of WWE, but this isn’t new to him. He’s headlined the Tokyo Dome in front of 60,000 people. He’s been a champion all over the world. For those in the WWE Universe that don’t know him, they don’t call him “Phenomenal” for nothing.
Roman Reigns’ music hits, and the WWE World Heavyweight Champion makes his way out to the stage to massive boos. Reigns gets in the ring and looks at his opponent at Extreme Rules. Reigns says Styles has headlined all over the world and won championship after championship after championship, but none of that matters unless you’re winning THE championship. A “We want Rollins” chant breaks out. Reigns says you’re not getting Rollins. You’re getting AJ Styles and Roman Reigns in the main event. Styles is phenomenal at lying. He’ll be in The Usos’ corner tonight. Is he going to be in The Club’s corner? Styles says he will be. He’ll be wherever Reigns is until he gets that title. Reigns begins to speak, but Styles cuts him off and says everyone knows he’s THE guy… that he’s going to beat at Extreme Rules this Sunday. Reigns asks if Styles really thinks this is a wrestling match. This is the big time. It’s Extreme Rules. If he wants to put Styles through a table or the barricade, he will. If he wants to take a steel chair and beat him within an inch of his life, he will. It means he’ll beat Styles’ ass at Extreme Rules. Styles can’t beat him one-on-one, so The Club will be out there. That means Anderson and Gallows will be out there. The Usos will be with him as well. Then the three of them will figure out the hard way that The Bloodline is stronger than The Club. Styles says we’ll find out this Sunday.
Anderson and Gallows’ music hits, and they make their way to ringside. They then notice The Usos standing behind Reigns. Styles runs into a right hand and falls out of the ring. Anderson and Gallows hold Styles back. The crowd boos as Reigns holds the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in the air.
Dean Ambrose will call out Chris Jericho later tonight. We’ll also see Charlotte and Natalya have a contract signing for their match at Extreme Rules. Coming up next, we’ll see Sami Zayn take on Cesaro.
The Miz’ music hits, and the WWE Intercontinental Champion makes his way to the ring with his wife, Maryse. He’ll be on commentary for the next match.
Kevin Owens joins The Miz on commentary, but he sits on the opposite side of the stage.
Sami Zayn vs. Cesaro
Replays are shown of Kevin Owens defeating Cesaro on Smackdown. Michael Cole says that Miz has a 25% chance of keeping his title at Extreme Rules.
They circle the ring and lock up. Cesaro applies a side headlock, but Zayn whips him off. Cesaro counters a leapfrog into a powerslam for a two count. Zayn goes to the apron and shoulders him in the midsection. Zayn slingshots over him, ducks a clothesline, and takes him out of the ring with a head-scissor takeover. Zayn goes for a dive, but flips back into the ring when Cesaro moves. Cesaro sits on the barricade and taunts Zayn. Zayn just looks back at him and waits for him to get in the ring. An “Olé” chant breaks out.
Kevin Owens grabs The Miz out of his seat and throws him down. Owens begins to walk off with the Intercontinental Championship, but Miz attacks him. Their brawl spills into the ring, and everyone begins brawling. The referee calls off the match.
Match Rating: 1/2 *
Shane McMahon’s music hits, and he comes out to a massive pop. Shane says the four of them will compete on Sunday (he’s interrupted by a “Shane O’Mac” chant), but tonight, right here in Greensboro, North Carolina, they’ll fight in a tag team match. Owens will team with The Miz to take on Cesaro and Sami Zayn. Owens screams that Miz is the worst one. Stephanie McMahon’s music hits, and she comes out to the stage to stand alongside her brother. Shane asks if she doesn’t think he could handle this. Stephanie says given what happened on Smackdown, the better teams would be Miz teaming with Cesaro against Owens and Zayn. Shane says that is better. A “YES” chant breaks out. Stephanie says if Owens walks off on Zayn, then he can bother not showing up on Sunday. Maybe this match will rekindle their friendship. Shane says that match will start right now.
Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn vs. The Miz and Cesaro
We join this match in progress. Owens has a side headlock on Cesaro. Cesaro whips him off, but Owens shoulder blocks him down. Owens hits the ropes, and Cesaro leapfrogs him before clotheslining him down. Cesaro goes for the Cesaro Swing, but Owens grabs the bottom rope. Owens gets to his feet and looks at Zayn derisively clapping for him. Owens gives him a hard tag and tells him to do better. Zayn angrily stares at him before getting in the ring. They lock up, and Zayn wrenches Cesaro’s bad shoulder. Cesaro twists out and kips up a number of times before taking Zayn down with an arm back. Zayn is shot into the corner, but he slingshots over him and gives Cesaro an arm drag. Zayn keeps the arm bar applied, but Cesaro fights up and body slams him down. The Miz trash talks Zayn. Cesaro delivers a running uppercut, and Miz blind tags in. Miz stomps Zayn before giving him a suplex for a two count. Miz applies a side headlock, but Zayn fights up. Owens blind tags in. Zayn body slams Miz, and Owens immediately gives him a senton splash. Owens tells Zayn that he’s legal and picks up a two count. Owens talks trash to Zayn, and Miz rolls him up for a two count. Owens punches Miz down and slaps Zayn to tag him in. Zayn chops Miz’ chest and stares at Owens. Zayn sends Miz to the corner, but he gets dropped on the apron. Zayn forearms him back, but Maryse distracts him. Miz then clubs him off the apron.