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WWE Raw Results: News And Notes After AJ Styles Returns

Alfred Konuwa

WWE Raw featured the return of AJ Styles, who won a Gauntlet Match for the right to compete in the men’s WWE Money in the Bank Ladder Match.

Last week’s Raw drew continued its bottomless decline with 1.187 million viewers.

WWE Raw Viewership—Last Five Weeks

  • April 27, 2020—1.817 million viewers
  • April 20, 2020—1.842 million viewers
  • April 13, 2020—1.913 million viewers
  • April 6, 2020—2.118 million viewers
  • March 30, 2020—1.924 million viewers

WWE Raw Key Competition

  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) Mainstream News Coverage
  • The Bachelor Presents: Listen to your Heart

From the Forbes WWE Vault

WWE Total YouTube Viewership for WWE Raw Last Monday

6,593,606 views (Down from 6,687,699)

  • Most-Viewed: Drew McIntyre and Seth Rollins Brawl During Wild Contract Signing (1,737,830 views) 
  • Least-Viewed: The Street Profits Challenge The Viking Raiders for Next Week (108,318 views)
  • Median Viewership: 473,431 

WWE Raw: Monday, May 4, 2020

Opening Segment Featuring Women’s Money in the Bank Superstars

This was essentially identical to the opening segment from last week except with women and, of course, an Asuka promo.

MVP wouldn’t make a bad translator for Asuka if WWE ever decides she needs one.

AJ Styles Returns, wins Last Chance Money in the Bank Gauntlet Match

The way Bobby Lashley was booked in the first three matches of this gauntlet is exactly how he should have been booked during the first three weeks of his return.

In quite possibly the worst nickname you’ll hear all month, Austin Theory also responds to “The Real Superstar”

Congrats to AJ Styles on clinching Money in the Bank. Great to see WWE finally doing something this kid after being buried by spending only 511 days as WWE champion, and having to feud with Jericho, a McMahon and Undertaker at WrestleMania.

It’s kind of ironic that AJ Styles is 42 years old, because 42 was Jackie Robinson’s number and Money in the Bank is the opposite of Jackie Robinson. 

Seth Rollins Addressed Drew McIntyre

Seth Rollins always seems like he’s trying so hard to make this character work, and the fact that I can tell he is, is a problem.

Seth Rollins said a lot during this promo. He also said absolutely nothing.

Ricochet and Cedric Alexander vs. Shane Thorn and Brandon Vink

I was certain that Ricochet and Cedric Alexander would be aligning with MVP by now, but not only did that not happen, they freaking lost. To this point, Ricochet’s career feels like if the Kansas City Chiefs messed up Pat Mahomes.

The Viking Raiders def. The Street Profits

I swear from the first time I ever saw Montez Ford do the Cashout, he only got higher and still has yet to peak.

Angelo Dawkins wore a “Pause” headband tonight and, since I’m immature, I found it hilarious.

Charlotte Flair vs. Liv Morgan

Pre-Match Thoughts: Unless the plan is for Liv Morgan to score an upset, she should not be the one in the Charlotte tune-up match.

If the bald referee in this match had a full head of hair, he would have pulled all of it out while yelling at Charlotte to stop breaking the rules.

Liv Morgan’s offense makes me want to play as her in a video game. WWE really could do a Cody-Darby Allin thing with Charlotte Flair and Liv Morgan, where Morgan gets a little closer every time, and really get Liv over. Unfortunately, they'll forget this match even happened by the time they get on the plane.

Drew McIntyre def. Murphy

This match had a great finish. Murphy counted from three to one and got Claymored. How Seth Rollins didn’t corpse is beyond me.

Has Seth Rollins ever needed The Shield more?

Drew McIntyre is being booked like Ivan Drago if Rocky IV ended halfway through the movie.

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I've been a pro wrestling columnist and video blogger for a leading national sports website since 2010. I graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with…

I've been a pro wrestling columnist and video blogger for a leading national sports website since 2010. I graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a major in business economics, an emphasis in accounting and a minor in sports management. As a lifelong wrestling enthusiast with a background in business, I often cover the unassumingly robust financial side of WWE's global entertainment empire. I also hosted my own Podcast, The PodNasty Wrestling Podcast. Past guests include the likes of current WWE World Heavyweight champion Seth Rollins, the Iron Sheik, Kevin Owens, Neville and current NXT champion Finn Balor. Follow me on Twitter @ThisIsNasty.