The May 18, 2020 Edition of RAW was a Professional wrestling television show of the WWE's RAW brand which took place on May 12, 2020. It was originially scheduled to take place at KFC YUM! Center in Louisville, Kentucky, but was rescheduled for October 26 due to the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic.
While Randy Orton claimed that he saw fear and doubt in Edge’s reaction to his challenge for a “straight-up wrestling match” at WWE Backlash, The Rated-R Superstar said that he had worked too hard for too long to get back to the ring to turn down a challenge. On Sunday, June 14 at WWE Backlash, it will be Edge vs. Orton in what could become The Greatest Wrestling Match Ever.
When Humberto Carrillo came to confront The Monday Night Messiah for his brutal attack one week ago on Rey Mysterio, Seth Rollins’ disciple Murphy stepped up to take on Carrillo, even though he had a match with Aleister Black scheduled for later in the night. With a helping hand from Rollins, Murphy put Carrillo down for the three-count with Murphy’s Law. But when Murphy refused to stop the attack after the bell, Black rushed to the ring to start the fisticuffs a little early with Murphy. Rollins’ disciple ducked a Black Mass and escaped, opting to save himself for their upcoming match.
Just days before her Champion vs. Champion Match with SmackDown Women’s Champion Bayley on SmackDown, NXT Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair continued to show why she’s quite possibly the hardest-working Superstar in WWE. The Queen took on Ruby Riott, who put in an impressive performance but had to tap out once Flair locked in the Figure-Eight.
Kairi Sane threw a huge party for her tag team partner, Ms. Money in the Bank and the new Raw Women’s Champion, Asuka. It was a joyous occasion, with balloons, flowers and even a recorder solo from Sane, all in honor of Asuka becoming a Grand Slam champion. However, Nia Jax soon arrived to stake her claim to a title opportunity. But when Jax tried to intimidate the champion, Asuka showed she won’t be backing down, sending The Irresistible Force crashing to the floor with a flying hip attack.
The All Mighty was not in the mood for any of R-Truth or Pretty Ricky’s antics. Lashley caught Truth and smashed him into the ring post, then manhandled R-Truth on his way to a submission victory with his devastating Full Nelson. Seemingly impressed with Lashley’s aggression, MVP arrived after the match to applaud The All Mighty.
Billie Kay & Peyton Royce were out to capitalize on their big win over the champions last week. However, Royce, the illegal woman in the bout, repeatedly threw Bliss into the ring post, leaving the official with no choice but to disqualify Kay & Royce, ending their dreams of a second reign.
After last week’s loss to The Queen of Spades, Natalya wanted this Submission Match to show that the Sharpshooter is the superior submission hold. However, Baszler fought her way out of the hold and locked on the Kirifuda Clutch, leaving Natalya with no choice but to tap out. A second loss in as many weeks left Natalya disappointed and ready to unleash her anger on the set of “The Kevin Owens Show.”
While Zelina Vega and her crew have some dissention in the ranks, Kevin Owens had a surprise that made things even worse: the return of Apollo Crews, who went right after United States Champion Andrade. In the ensuing tag team match, Crews bulldozed through Angel Garza to pick up the victory. After the bell, Andrade & Garza took out their frustrations on Austin Theory, seemingly kicking him out of Vega’s group.
The Dutch Destroyer was out for retribution on Murphy, but the match came to a premature conclusion when Austin Theory interfered at the behest of Seth Rollins. The Monday Night Messiah was transfixed with Theory as he recovered from the attack by Andrade & Garza, then extended his hand to the 22-year-old. Theory hit Black with the ATL, then embraced The Monday Night Messiah. Has Rollins found another disciple?
The Street Profits seemed completely out of their element at first, as nearly all of their axes missed the target, giving The Viking Raiders the win. However, Montez Ford made the most of his final axe, hitting the bullseye, and Angelo Dawkins connected with a stunning no-look overhead toss as the police arrived to break up the fun.
Before this inter-brand match could even begin, Bobby Lashley & MVP arrived, with The All Mighty putting the WWE Champion on notice.
Despite the potential for Lashley & MVP to distract him, McIntyre absorbed everything King Corbin threw at him and fought back. The WWE Champion showed why he is the titleholder and not a “follower,” as Corbin claimed, putting the King of the Ring down with a thunderous Claymore. The WWE Champion stood tall at the end of the night, seemingly ready for the challenge that awaits him in the form of Bobby Lashley.
- Numbers in parentheses indicate the length of the match.
- (c) refers to the champion(s) heading into the match.
- Murphy (w/ Seth Rollins) defeated Humberto Carrillo (2:50)
- Charlotte Flair defeated Ruby Riott
- Bobby Lashley defeated R-Truth (2:25)
- Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross (c) defeated The IIconics (Billie Kay & Peyton Royce) by DQ to retain the WWE Women's Tag Team Championship (2:45)
- Shayna Baszler defeated Natalya in a Submission Match (3:45)
- Kevin Owens & Apollo Crews defeated Andrade & Angel Garza (w/ Zelina Vega & Austin Theory) (2:50)
- Aleister Black defeated Murphy (w/ Seth Rollins) by DQ (2:35)
- Drew McIntyre defeated King Corbin (9:10)
Other on-screen talent