Event: WWE Monday Night RAW
Airdate: Monday, May 2nd, 2016 (USA Network)
Location: The Scottrade Center in Saint Louis, MO
Results by Mike Tedesco of Wrestleview.com
“Then. Now. Forever.” The WWE video leads us into the show.
A video recaps the events of last night’s WWE Payback event. Vince McMahon decided that Shane and Stephanie McMahon would both have equal power over Monday Night RAW. During the main event, they each made changes to the match by making it no count-out and disqualification. Even with interference from Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson, Roman Reigns defeated AJ Styles to retain the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Shane and Stephanie then made the rematch for Extreme Rules.
The RAW video plays, and we’re brought into the arena to see a big pyrotechnics display.
Stephanie McMahon’s music hits, and she makes her way to the ring holding a red gift bag. She is one-half of the power of Monday Night RAW, which is exactly how it’s announced by Eden Stiles and not Lilian Garcia tonight. She greets St. Louis before going to say, “Welcome to Monday Night RAW,” but she’s immediately interrupted by Shane McMahon. Shane makes his way to a great reception. Shane and Stephanie run over each other with their lines as a “Shane O’Mac” chant breaks out. Shane then greets St. Louis before welcoming them to Monday Night RAW. Stephanie says in the seven years that he’s been gone when he quit on the people, she learned how to get a lot accomplished in business. She can be a great business partner. Like it or not their father made them both in charge of RAW. As a result, she has a peace offering to show that she wholeheartedly embraces this partnership. She hands him the gift bag. Shane brings out of the bag the picture of Vince and Shane McMahon that Vince smashed weeks ago in the lead-up to WrestleMania. Stephanie says she knows how it hurt him when Vince destroyed the picture.
Stephanie says she wants to hear what Shane has planned for RAW. Shane says he’s moved by the gift, so he wants to hear her plans first. She then gets the crowd to want to hear Shane’s plans. Shane goes to start speaking, but Kevin Owens interrupts him! Owens says this is a lovely sight to see them both in the same ring on RAW. Owens mockingly says it’s nice to see them getting along. Owens says he has an idea for them, and he’s going to tell them whether they want to hear it or not. Owens says the first decision to be made tonight should be to give him an Intercontinental Championship match that he rightfully deserves. Last night at Payback, he decimated Sami Zayn and proved that he’s better than him. Now that it’s done and over with, it’s time to refocus. Owens says he wants an Intercontinental Championship match tonight. Owens say with the way Shane has been running RAW these last few weeks he has no faith in him doing the right thing. Stephanie is a smart businesswoman and knows the right moves. Besides, it’s in his contract that he’s owed a title match and has yet to receive it. Shane and Stephanie agree that it’s a valid point.
Cesaro’s music hits, and he comes out with his James Bond entrance. Cesaro says last night at Payback, he had Miz beat in the middle of the ring. Cesaro had the Intercontinental Champion tap out. Unfortunately for him and everyone in the Cesaro Section, the resident whiner and complainer stuck his nose where it didn’t belong. Owens says that he’s right that Sami Zayn did that, but that’s obviously not who Cesaro was talking about. Cesaro says this is very much about him because if it wasn’t for Owens, he’d be standing here as the Intercontinental Champion. Shane says he doesn’t know how things were done in the old era, but in the new era business is settled in the ring. Owens and Cesaro will face each other to see who will be the #1 Contender to the Intercontinental Championship. This match is next.
The Miz and Maryse are on commentary for this next match.
Kevin Owens vs. Cesaro
The bell rings, and Cesaro immediately starts the uppercut train on Owens. Cesaro sends him back and forth into the turnbuckles and hits uppercuts. Cesaro then hits the ropes a few times and takes him down with a dropkick for a one count. Owens immediately rolls out of the ring to catch his breath. Cesaro follows him out, jumps to the top of the barricade, and takes Owens out with a summersault senton. Cesaro throws him into the ring and goes to the top rope. Cesaro connects with a cross-body block for a two count. Cesaro goes to the Cesaro Swing, but Owens kicks him in the injured shoulder. Cesaro quickly stops his momentum with a double stomp for a two count. Owens reverses a whip to the corner, but he runs into a back elbow. Cesaro hits the ropes, but Owens takes him out with a superkick. Owens then flattens him with a senton splash for a near fall. Owens goes to work on the injured shoulder, as he stomps it and slams it off the mat. Cesaro comes back with some chops, but Owens kicks him and gives him a DDT for a near fall. Owens shouts at the referee in frustration. Owens drops a knee on the shoulder before dropping a leg on it. Owens taunts the crowd before twisting it around the ropes. Owens talks trash to Michael Cole before eating a boot from Cesaro. Cesaro uppercuts him before having a whip reversed on him. Owens takes him down with a back elbow before going to the top rope. Cesaro stops him with a running uppercut before going for a superplex, but Owens head-butts him off. Cesaro quickly comes back with a dropkick before giving him a gutwrench superplex for a near fall! Owens reverses a whip, but Cesaro twists to the apron. Owens quickly blocks a boot and snaps the shoulder off the top rope. Owens then snaps him off the top rope to get him to the floor. Owens then gives him a frog splash off the apron to the floor!
We come back from the break to see both men down. Replays are showed of the impressive frog splash that happened before the commercial break. Cesaro comes back with some uppercuts before having a whip to the corner reversed. Cesaro hits the turnbuckle sternum first before Owens takes him down with a German Suplex. Owens immediately connects with a cannonball in the corner for a two count. Owens sends him into the ropes, but Cesaro holds on and boots him back. Cesaro then connects with a springboard flying uppercut. Owens quickly rolls out of the ring to recover, but Cesaro charges out there and uppercuts him down. Cesaro quickly runs into the crowd to celebrate. Owens quickly elbows him in the head and grabs the Intercontinental Championship, but Miz grabs it. Cesaro uppercuts him down before giving Miz an uppercut.