Raw Results From Grand Rapids, Michigan - Samson Debuts, Heyman Returns

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WWE Raw Results
Monday, May 22, 2017
From the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan
Report by Kendra Bunyon of WrestlingNewsWorld.com

Raw Starts

Raw this week starts with Bray Wyatt to the ring to command the fans with his voice. Reigns out to face Wyatt, then Angle out to make a match between them for right now. Calls for a ref.

1) Roman Reigns def. Bray Wyatt by DQ Back and forth work between the two before Joe's music and he's to the ring, trying to decide who to attack. He locks onto Reigns who wins via DQ. Wyatt attacks Reigns, and Joe locks onto him. Rollins to the ring onto Joe until he flees. Reigns with a superman punch on Wyatt leaves Rollins and Reigns alone in the ring.

Backstage Reigns and Rollins get cranky about helping each other, so Angle puts them in a tag match. The Drifter comes up playing his guitar, Angle acknowledges his existence. Angle makes his first match, against Ambrose. The Drifter thinks on this, then back to playing his guitar.

2) Akira Tozawa def. Ariya Daivari The Brian Kendrick watches backstage and talks smack about Tozawa. Tozawa defeats Daivari with a back senton off the top. Back to The Brian Kendrick who talks smack again and mentions his scheduled Street Fight with Tozawa on 205 Live this week.

Backstage Sasha is asked about her rubber match with Foxy. Foxy and Dar mock Banks for being all alone.

3) Elias Samson def. Dean Ambrose by DQ Samson sings in the ring to heat from the fans in attendance. Miz and Maryse are on announce. Much back and forth before Miz rushes the ring to attack Samson, costing Ambrose the match by DQ. After the bell Samson attacks Ambrose to leave him laid out on the mat.

Backstage Cass is pissed, demanding to know what happened. They come upon Enzo who is face down on the cement floor, clothing askew, and he's not moving at all. Cass demands answers and help for his friend.

Backstage Enzo has no clue who attacked him from behind. Angle said they will find out who did it. Cass tells Angle that they better find who did it before Cass does!

Heyman gives Balor props for not being an underdog, and that everyone else is underestimating him, but not Heyman. Heyman called him the most talented performer in the WWE today.

4) Finn Balor def. Karl Anderson Balor dominated this match, both in and outside the ring, both Anderson and Gallows. Balor defeated Anderson after taking out both members of The Club by flying outside the ring onto them. The Club is left seething in the ring.

5) Sasha Banks def. Alicia Fox w/ Dar Dar quickly gets involved in the match, making things much harder for Banks. Quickly Banks turns the match around for the three. Dar into the ring to argue with Banks and is slapped to the mat for it, giving Fox time to attack Banks from behind.

Backstage Kalisto gets in Crews' face about letting O'Neil fight his battles for him, then asked if Crews attacked Enzo. Crews says O'Neil is helping him, and he's keeping his options open. O'Neil in and thinks Kalisto wants to be in the Titus Brand. An upset O'Neil said tonight Crews will teach Kalisto some respect in the ring.

6) Kalisto def.Apollo Crews w/ O'Neil After a short match O'Neil's yelling at Crews is enough of a distraction for Kalisto to get the win.

7) Choose The Stipulation (at Extreme Rules) Match – Matt Hardy w/ Jeff def. Sheamus w/ Cesaro Through chants of 'Brother Nero' and 'DELETE' they both worked hard in the ring and out, going back and forth. Their intensity kept the fans in attendance highly involved in the match, and very reactive to their biggest moves, and many pinfall attempts, but in the end Sheamus eats a twist of fate and Matt gets the three. Matt was left with welts and bruises all up the left side of his torso. Matt announces that the stip will be a Steel Cage Match.

8) Austin Aries def. Tony Nese Aries all over Nese from the start of the match, using his moves and holds to keep control over the younger wrestler. Nese tried to fight back but ended up having to tap out to A Double. Neville attacks Nese and locks on the Rings of Saturn, staring up the ramp at Aries the whole time.

9) Alexa Bliss def. Mickie James All of their issues came out from the start of this match. They were all over each other from word go, not holding back, and really making it look like a fight, not just a wrestling match. Not always the cleanest in every move, but hard hitting. Bliss with a DDT for the win over Mickie. Bliss was slightly bleeding from the nose and got mad about it and used a kendo stick on Mickie. Bayley to the ring grabs the kendo stick. Bliss flees the ring.

10) Samoa Joe & Bray Wyatt def. Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns. They all worked hard in a match where the back and forth was constant until Joe locked on his conquida clutch on Rollins. Rollins didn't tap out, he passed out.

Backstage segment where Balor asked to be in the main event next week with one of those guys. Angle puts him in a Triple Threat Match with two of them. Balor vs Joe vs Wyatt. And Reigns will be facing Rollins next week as well, to round out the five!

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