WWE Raw Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from May 2

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    Welcome to Bleacher Report’s coverage and recap of WWE Raw on May 2.

    With WrestleMania Backlash coming up on Sunday, just about every segment on this week’s show was devoted to building up one of the matches on the pay-per-view card.

    The Bloodline made another trip to the red brand this week ahead of the group’s big six-man tag match against Riddle, Randy Orton and Drew McIntyre this weekend.

    With Asuka and Becky Lynch both returning to Raw last week, and Rhea Ripley turning heel and going solo again, Bianca Belair has found herself with multiple people eyeing the Raw Women’s Championship. 

    Let’s take a look at everything that happened on Monday’s show. 

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    The go-home episode of Raw before WrestleMania Backlash opened with Roman Reigns, Paul Heyman and The Usos heading to the ring. 

    After Heyman and Reigns finally said a few words, Orton and Riddle appeared from out of nowhere to hit both Usos with RKOs. They kept Reigns at bay until McIntyre joined them in the ring. 

    The two powerhouses started brawling until The Usos tried to make the save. RK-Bro went after them and all six men fought until the ring filled with referees trying to break it up. The show went to a commercial as they were being pulled apart.

    Usually when we return after a break, WWE picks right back up with a followup match, but we came back to see the ring cleared and everything done. It was abrupt, but what we saw before the break did a good job making this feud seem more personal.

    Had they cut a few minutes from Reign’s entrance, they could have done even more. 

    Grade: B-


    Notable Moments and Observations

  • Every title reign has a shelflife. It feels like Reigns needs to let somebody else carry the torch for a little while. 
  • It took eight minutes before anyone in the ring said a word. The Bloodline’s entrance is way too long and has been for a long time, but it feels like it keeps getting longer. 
  • The Tribal Chief is excellent at telling you exactly how he feels with facial expressions. 

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    Kevin Owens teamed up with Otis and Chad Gable to take on Ezekiel, Montez Ford and Angelo Dawkins in a six-man tag match. Dawkins and Gable started things off with a quick exchange before Ford took over for his partner. 

    This was a relatively standard six-man tag layout. The heels controlled most of the action until the babyfaces made the occasional comeback. 

    Even when you can kind of tell what is going to happen before it happens, having six talented competitors in the ring helped keep things entertaining. Everybody knew their assignment and performed well. 

    KO and Alpha Academy were able to steal the win after KO tripped Ezekiel so Gable could roll him into a pin. Having the heels win was the right call. 

    Grade: B


    Notable Moments and Observations

  • Owens and Ezekiel came out with their respective partner teams instead of having their own entrances. Little things like that save on time so we end up getting more action in the ring. 
  • One of these days, everybody is finally going to see how good Gable is. Let’s just hope it’s not too late to do something big with him. He could be a Bryan Danielson-level underdog babyface if WWE gave him a chance. 
  • The triple dropkick from Ezekiel and the Profits to Otis looked really good. It’s hard enough for two people to sync up, so three is even more impressive. 
  • WWE has done a good job telling a background story of how almost nobody can take Otis off his feet. We’ll see if it ever leads to a payoff. 

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    After a brief backstage interview with AJ Styles and a short conversation between Adam Pearce and Sonya Deville, Veer came to the ring for his next squash match.

    Burt Hanson gave a short interview before the match with Byron Saxton. He got a cheap pop mentioning a local restaurant where he used to work before Veer made quick work of him to score another easy win. 

    In fairness, Veer did more with this guy than he has with most of his opponents. It wasn’t just two moves and his finisher. He decimated Hanson. It was kind of fun. 

    Grade: C


    Notable Moments and Observations

  • There should be a limit of three squash matches when building up a new talent. After that, WWE should figure out how to use him properly. Seeing a guy destroy a bunch of nameless jobbers only works for so long, especially these days. 
  • Veer moves around well for his size. He can probably do some things we haven’t seen yet that he is saving for a big match. 

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    Damian Priest took on AJ Styles with a stipulation that said if Styles won, Priest would be banned from ringside during Sunday’s match between Edge and Styles. 

    The Phenomenal One went after Priest as soon as the ref signaled for the bell. He got in some good shots before The Archer of Infamy took him down with a big boot. 

    This match was given enough time to require two commercial breaks, so both men had plenty of opportunities to shine. Styles and Priest have already proved they can put on good matches together, so nobody should be surprised that this one was entertaining. 

    Even though he is a former world champion, Styles did a great job making himself look like the underdog. Priest, as usual, was good at using his size to dominate his opponent. 

    Styles won with a rollup and Edge immediately ran into the ring to attack. Finn Balor ran down to make the save and cleared the ring to end the segment. 

    Grade: B+


    Notable Moments and Observations

  • When Edge and Priest attacked Styles last week, they did it with a lights-out surprise in the locker room. The fact that AJ still got the first punch off makes no sense. He never should have gotten his arm up. They had the drop on him. 
  • Getting rid of Edge’s very slow-moving throne was a good move. That entrance last week was not as good as WWE wanted it to be. 
  • Styles somehow manages to hit the Phenomenal Forearm perfectly almost every time. It doesn’t matter if he is doing it in the ring or on the floor. It always looks good. 
  • Balor and Styles doing the Too Sweet gesture to each other got a nice little pop. 

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