PWInsider.com is reporting that WWE Superstar Ryback has been indefinitely pulled from WWE programming. The initial story is that the situation is due to a contract dispute.
Early word is that Ryback himself asked to be pulled from television. The report further states that his contract is set to expire this summer, and that both he and WWE have been at odds as of late regarding negotiations over a new contract.
– Kevin Owens vs Cesaro: No Winner
– Tyler Breeze def. Goldust
– New Day and Big Cass def. Vaudevillains and Dudley Boyz
– Emma def. Becky Lynch
– Rusev won Battle Royal to become #1 Contender for the US Championship
– AJ Styles, Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows def. Roman Reigns and The Usos
MONDAY NIGHT RAW – MAY 2, 2016
Video: Hightlights from last night’s WWE Payback PPV
Welcome to Monday Night Raw and Raw is live from the Scottrade Centre in St. Louis, Missouri and we kick things off with the Powers Of Monday Night Raw coming out to the ring
Stephanie says in the seven years Shane’s been away she’s learned to be a good business partner and last night Vince McMahon put them both in charge of Raw and she has a peace offering for Shane.
Shane opens the gift and it’s a photo of Vince and Shane and Stephanie says the people would love to hear his ideas but Shane says they want to hear her ideas.
Stephanie insists Shane go with his ideas. Kevin Owens interrupts and says it’s nice seeing brother and sister in the ring together on Raw and it’s so touching and they’re arguing back and forth about ideas. He has a great idea of his own and the first decision of the night should be what is rightfully his. A rematch for the Intercontinental Title especially after last night when he decimated Sami Zayn and proved to the world he’s better than Zayn. And now that that’s over it’s time to focus and he wants his rematch tonight
Owens says he has no hope of Shane doing the right thing but he has faith in Stephanie and says he’s owed a rematch it’s in his contract. Shane agrees that it’s a valid point. Cesaro comes out and says Owens is talking about last night but last night he had the Intercontinental Champion tapping out. Unfortunately for him and everyone in the Cesaro Section was interrupted by the resident whiner.
Cesaro points blame at Owens and Shane says he doesn’t know about how things worked in the old era but in the new era they settle things in the ring and up next it will be Cesaro vs Owens in a #1 Contenders Match for for the Intercontinental Championship
KEVIN OWENS VS CESARO
The Uppercut Train taking off early on in the match as he delivers one uppercut after another to Owens. Dropkick to Owens and Owens rolls to theoutside
Cesaro from the barricade rolls through mowing down Owens. Cesaro off the top rope with a crossbody onto Owens. Cesaro sets up for the Cesaro Swing. Double boots to the mid-section. Irish whip reversed by Owens. Owens runs into an elbow. Kick by Owens to Cesaro, running senton by Owens.
Owens plants Cesaro with a DDT. Legdrop to Cesaro, Owens with a right haand and a chop. Cesaro blocks an Irish whip and Owens runs into a boot. Back elbow by Owens. Owens to the top rope gets cut off by Cesaro. Cesaro hooks Owens up but Owens connects with a headbutt knocking him off the top rope. Cesaro with a dropkick to Owens. Gutwrench Suplex from the top rope by Cesaro. Cesaro on the apron delivers a kick. Owens hangs Cesaro out on the top rope and Cesaro falls to the outside. Owens executes a frog splash from the apron as Raw goes to break
Back from break Owens and Cesaro back in the ring and Cesaro unloads with uppercuts. Owens counters with a german suplex. Cannonball in the corner by Owens.
Cesaro with a flying uppercut and Owens rolls out of the ring. Cesaro follows and delivers another uppercut and celebrates with the Cesaro Section. Elbow by Owens, Owens looking to use the Intercontinental Championship but is stopped by Miz. Uppercut to Owens and Cesaro with an uppercut to Miz.
Miz runs in and attacks Cesaro resulting in the referee calling for the bell. The match turns into a triple threat and out runs Sami Zayn who goes after Owens and connects with a Helluva Kick. Maryse pulls Miz out of the ring before Zayn can deliver a Helluva Kick to him and looks down at the Intercontinental Championship. He picks it up and looks at it, raising the title above his head.
The winner of the match: None
Backstage: Stephanie is walking and Dean Ambrose is looking at her and says he doesn’t buy this new Stephanie. Stephanie laughs and asks if Shane didn’t give Ambrose his own talk show The Ambrose Asylum. Ambrose says yes and Stephanie says well tonight it’s an open forum, he can ask any question he wants because she’ll be his guest. Ambrose says now they’re talking, we’re going to have fun
Backstage: R-Truth is with Tyler Breeze and Goldust walks in and Truth accuses him of stirring up trouble. Goldust says he’s got himself a tag team partner and in walks Fandango
Backstage: AJ Styles is talking to Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows and they say last night he was phenomenal. Styles says the fact is he got beat last night. But at Extreme Rules he’s going to beat Roman Reigns.Reigns walks in and says after last night he respects Styles but doesn’t respect Anderson or Gallows at all. Reigns challenges Anderson, Gallows and Styles to a six man against him and his two partners, enter The Usos
GOLDUST (W/FANDANGO) VS TYLER BREEZE (W/R TRUTH)
Apparently this is singles, not a tag match. The crowd was so quiet that one guy shouting “Tyler Breeze, you suck!” could be heard as loud as the announcers. Truth gave Breeze a doo-rag, then Breeze walked right up to Goldust like a dolt and took a punch to the face. Goldust kept trying to impress Truth, but he no-sold Goldust. Fandango randomly walked over to Truth, then Breeze eventually rolled up Goldust for the pin and the win.
The winner of the match: Tyler Breeze
Backstage: WWE tag champions New Day walked up to wrestling artist Rob Schamberger to get a sign. They kept walking and got a p.a. to dance, then shooed him aside. The tag title situation is addressed next.
New Day come out to the ring and cut a promo on the #1 Contenders match from last night. The Vaudevillains walk out proud of what they did and say a real man would have gotten back up. The Dudleys come out.
Back from break, New Day made their way to the ring. Cole relayed that The Vaudevillains were awarded the match victory last night against Enzo Amore & Big Cass following Enzo’s injury, so it will be New Day vs. the Vaudes at Extreme Rules in three weeks. That was an anti-climatic announcement.
In the ring, Kofi Kingston wanted to get serious talking about last night’s #1 contender tournament finale. Kofi said Enzo Amore suffered a concussion last night at Payback. WWE showed a replay of Enzo being injured, then taken to the hospital last night. Back in the ring, Kofi, Big E., and Xavier Woods sold concern. Big E. said they have a tweet to accentuate the point. The tweet was Enzo posing in a hospital gown outside of the hospital. “How you doin’” chant from the crowd. “He’s okay!” Xavier shouted.
Xavier continued that when Enzo is ready to come back, New Day will be waiting for their Tag Title shot. But, as for tonight, the show goes on with the WWE tag champions keeping the positivity train rolling —
The Vaudevillians’s music interrupted to bring out Aiden English and Simon Gotch. They slowly walked down to the ring selling sadness. Aiden said this is a tough business and tough things happen. And, a real man would have gotten back up. Aiden said real men like them represent the skills and values of a bygone era. He reminded New Day that they are #1 contenders to the WWE Tag Titles (which Aiden sang).
Simon Gotch spoke that last night they made Enzo Amore the realest guy in the emergency room. “How are you doing?” Gotch asked. He said they have left zero doubt as to —
Suddenly, The Dudleys’s theme music interrupted. Bubba Ray and Devon marched out on-stage, then stopped at ringside wondering what those two carnies are talking about. Bubba said they didn’t beat anyone last night; the referee had to stop the match. All they did was stand there and twirl their mustaches.
Bubba said as far as he and Devon are concerned, they need to restart this whole tag tournament right now. New Day wasn’t sure about Bubba taking over their tournament. Devon said if anyone deserves this title shot, it’s them.
Suddenly, Enzo’s music played. Big reaction and out came Big Cass to represent Enzo and himself. From the stage, Cass said he’s tired of listening to The Vaudevillains running their mouth about taking out his family. Now, he’s going to have to finish what they started last night. Gotch was unimpressed. As for the D-d-d-d-d-dudleys, they already knocked them out of the tournament. So, there’s only one way to describe all of them – S-A-W-F-T!
Big Cass charged the ring to fight the Vaudes, then New Day fought the Dudleys. Chaos broke out in the ring as Raw faded to commercial. Eight-man tag on the other side of the break?
NEW DAY AND CASS VS THE DUDLEYS AND VAUDEVILLAINS
Simon Gotch found himself in the wrong corner taking the unicorn stampede from Big Cass and the WWE tag champs over and over. Xavier eventually warmed up his trombone to sing a tune as New Day punished Gotch. Bubba eventually tagged himself into the match, getting Gotch the heck out of the ring. Bubba smashed Xavier to the mat to allow the heels to take over the match. Bubba gave the Vaudes some instructions on how to work a match.
Devon pounded Xavier, then yelled at Aiden to do something. Aiden worked on Xavier, then tagged in Bubba to punish Xavier. Bubba lost focus wanting to go Stan Hansen on Xavier, who kicked him in the head. Tag to Kofi, who dropped Devon before hitting the Boom Drop. But, the Vaudes knocked Kofi to the floor and posted him. Kofi sold facial pain as Raw cut to break.
Back from break, the heels were working over Kofi. Gotch tagged in and yelled at him what to do. Again, is this Raw or a training session at the Performance Center? Gotch eventually wrestled Kofi into the corner and tagged in English after being yelled at by the Dudleys and told what to do by English.
The heels continued to wear down Kofi as the crowd tried to make some noise instead of sitting on their hands. Eventually, Big Cass took a tag and cleaned house. Chaos broke out, then Cass dropped Devon with the East River Crossing as the announcers sold excitement. Cass scored the pin for the win. Afterward, New Day celebrated with Cass as the heels booked it to the back.
The winners of the match: New Day and Big Cass
EMMA VS BECKY LYNCH
Emma quickly knocked Becky to the floor and posed over her international foe. Back in the ring, Emma took over. Becky came back and teased going for the Dis-arm Her, but Emma had it scouted and rolled across the ring to avoid. Becky took the bait and walked into an eye-poke. Emma then dropped Becky with a Michinoku Driver for the pin.
The winner of the match: Emma
Dean Ambrose walks out for Ambrose Asylum and welcomes his special guest Stephanie McMahon. Stephanie walks out and thanks Ambrose for having her and calls the set palatial. Ambrose says this whole “nice” Stephanie is not the Stephanie he knows
After last night she has to be just a boiling pot about to explode. Stephanie says she’s happy. Ambrose turns attention to the Titantron and asks what words Stephanie has to describe Roman Reigns spearing her at Wrestlemania.
Stephanie says obviously she was arguing with the referee and Reigns speared her and taught her a valuable lesson. Ambrose says after 7 years, Shane returns and everyone loves Shane. He comes back and after one week he’s running Raw better than The Authority ever has. Stephanie says that speaks to the loyalty of the WWE Universe
Ambrose says Stephanie’s been here forever and think of all the hours of meetings and the loyalty to this company and how many birthdays she’s missed. Shane never had to do that and it must be eating her up inside. Stephanie says her father taught her a valuable lesson. Ambrose has been running the Ambrose Asylum for three weeks and Shane introduced The Ambrose Asylum so Stephanie is going to cancel it
Ambrose says it’s a hard lesson he thought he’d be the next Jimmy Fallon. Hosting a talk show is hard work anyways. Stephanie says she’s not going to leave Raw with an empty hole and re-introduces The Highlight Reel. Chris Jericho walks out and a brawl erupts between Ambrose and Jericho which ends with Jericho laying Ambrose out with a Codebreaker. Jericho then lays Ambrose out again by hitting him with the potted plant
BATTLE ROYAL – #1 CONTENDER FOR THE US CHAMPIONSHIP
Sandow is eliminated and a Brogue Kick eliminates Baron Corbin. Apollo Crews takes out Stardust. Axel and Dallas are eliminated next and all three members of League Of Nations are still in the match. Sheamus with a right hand to Zack Ryder. Del Rio and Sheamus double team Sin Cara.
Sin Cara springboards off an irish whip taking out both Sheamus and Del Rio. Ryder going after Sheamus. Ryder gets the boots up. Sheamus hits the Irish Curse backbreaker on Ryder. Del Rio lands on the apron and Sin Cara on the top rope gets shoved to the floor.
Del Rio and Sheamus both sent crashing from the apron to the floor and it’s down to Rusev and Ryder and Rusev eliminates Ryder to become the #1 Contender to the US Championship
The winner of the battle royal: Rusev
WWE Women’s Champion Charlotte and Ric Flair come out to the ring. Charlotte says last night Natalya pushed her to her limit but still managed to retain her championship. Charlotte talks about the “controversy” and Ric says there was no controversy. Charlotte says she’d hate for her victory to be tarnished and only one man could answer the question and calls out Charles Robinson
Charlotte thanks Robinson for coming out to the ring all she asks is for the truth. Charlotte asks Robinson if Natalya tapped. Robinson says not physically but she was screaming “Stop It!!” Charlotte says Robinson’s relationship with Flair has nothing to do with his decision and Robinson says absolutely not
One final question, Charlotte asks as the referee of their match if his decision is final and Robinson says yes it is. Natalya walks out and says this is not about Charles Robinson or Charlotte. It’s about Ric Flair. Last night, he paid a referee to screw her out of winning the women’s championship and with all this classy talk and garbage coming out of his mouth, everyone knows the truth. The Harts are the best there is, the best there was and the best there ever will be. A brawl erupts between Natalya and Charlotte and Natalya sends Charlotte to the outside. Ric takes off his jacket and Natalya nails Flair and locks him in the sharpshooter before Charlotte can pull Ric to safety.
Backstage: Ric and Charlotte are walking and Flair is holding his jaw and Stephanie asks what happened to him. That was embarassing and says the Figure Eight is way better than the sharpshooter and Charlotte will get to use the figure eight again in a rematch with Natalya at Extreme Rules in a submission match. However, Ric is banned from ringside.
THE USOS AND ROMAN REIGNS VS AJ STYLES, KARL ANDERSON AND LUKE GALLOWS
Reigns backs Styles into the corner. Styles with a roll up. Reigns with a side headlock take down. Reigns clotheslines Styles. Gallows tags in and unloads on Reigns. Reigns fires back driving Gallows into the corner. Samoan Drop to Gallows.
Jimmy in now delivering chops to Gallows. Enziguri by Jimmy. Jey tags in and Gallows floors Jey. Gallows throws Jey to the outside
Back from break and Anderson in control with a chinlock on Jey. Jey breaks the hold and Anderson delivers a spinebuster off the irish whip. Styles tags in putting the boots to Jey, Styles with a running clothesline. Gallows blasts Reigns and Styles gets superkicked by Jey. Reigns tags in and unloads with clotheslines on Anderson. Cheap shot takes out Gallows. Clothesline to Anderson. Drive by to Gallows and Reigns unloads with clotheslines on Anderson. Reigns with a right hand to Styles
Anderson with an irish whip, reversed by Reigns. Styles misses with the phenomenal forearm. Tilt o whirl by Reigns. Superman Punch to Gallows.Jimmy with a crossbody onto Styles. Right hand by Jimmy and a Samoan Drop. Reigns with a right hand clotheslines Anderson over the ropes. Gallows blasts Reigns from behind and picks him up on his shoulders. Boot of Doom to Reigns. Styles and Jimmy still the legal men in the ring. Styles connects with the phenomenal forearm for the three count
The winners of the match: AJ Styles, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson
Post Match: Gallows and Anderson order Styles to use the chair on Reigns but Styles throws the chair down. The Usos with a chair shot to Styles. The Usos clear the ring of Gallows and Anderson and Reigns hits Styles with the Superman Punch. Reigns throws Styles into the barricade. Reigns picks Styles up and powerbombs him through the announce table