WWE Raw Review – May 13, 2024

WWE Raw Review – May 13, 2024

Kicking off this week’s Raw with Drew McIntyre said maybe if they were in Atlanta or Charlotte but CM Punk only makes the big towns and wouldn’t show up in Greenville.

McIntyre brought up the line about the greatest trick the devil played was convincing the world that he did not exist. McIntyre said Punk looks like a drug addict even though he’s never done drugs. McIntyre said that if you’re a CM Punk fan then you are stupid.

McIntyre accused Adam Pearce of giving Punk inside scoops regarding his schedule. McIntyre said he will get his hands on Punk and then Punk will beg him to tear his tricep. Until then McIntyre said he wouldn’t waste his time on a guy who won’t be cleared for 20 years. McIntyre said his target is the World Heavyweight Title and that paper champion Damian Priest.

Judgment Day entrance theme interrupted McIntyre. World Heavyweight Champion Damian Priest made his entrance and joined McIntyre inside the ring. Priest said McIntyre had serious issues. McIntyre said Priest has an inspirational story and worked his ass off. McIntyre said Priest deserves all the success in the world he just doesn’t deserve to be world champion.

McIntyre said it’s a case of the title making the man. McIntyre labeled it the Raw title and said it needs him in its infancy. Priest calls McIntyre delusional and said he blames everyone else for his fails. Priest told him to find a mirror, look at the reflection and then blame that asshole.

Priest said McIntyre just had to grab his wife’s hand after winning the World Heavyweight Title and go enjoy his moment but he saw Punk and made him more important than himself the title, and his wife. Priest mocked McIntyre for getting his ass whooped by a one armed man. Priest said if McIntyre wants a shot at the title then he has it.

Priest said McIntyre could call him a paper champion all he wants but he’ll eat those words once he’s finished with him. Now you all can rise to that Priest said before tossing the mic and making his exit.

We get a recap of the 1st Round matches.

Shayna Baszler & Iyo Sky jawed at one another until Baszler shoved Sky. WWE producers quickly intervened.

Quarter Final Match Of The 2024 Queen Of The Ring Tournament
Shayna Baszler vs. Iyo Sky

Iyo Sky posed on the ropes then Shayna Baszler showed up and dumped her to the floor.

Baszler attacks Sky and was pulled off by referees heading into a commercial break.

After the break Baszler targeted the left arm of Sky then wraps the arm around the frame of the ring post then kicked the arm.

Back inside the ring Sky caught Baszler with a kick but Baszler came right back with an Eat Defeat on the arm rather than the head.

Baszler got Sky on the ropes and joined her.

Sky stuffed a suplex attempt and then landed on her feet and shoved Baszler & she ended up tied up in the ropes until referee Shawn Bennett freed her.

Sky hits an Asai moonsault on Baszler going into a 2nd break.

After the 2nd break Baszler applied a Kirifuda Clutch but Sky escaped and applied a crossface.

Baszler got to her feet and hits a backbreaker then blasted Sky with a knee strike before covering her for a two count.

Sky came back with a Meteora then hits Over The Moonsault to get the win.

Winner: Iyo Sky (9:58)
Rate: 6

After the match Jackie Redmond entered the ring and asked Sky about her potential opponents. Sky rips the microphone away and spoke in Japanese briefly.

Damian Priest entered the Judgment Day dressing room to find Carlito talking with Dominik Mysterio, Finn Balor & JD McDonagh. Carlito made his pitch to work with the group. Priest said it was up to Mysterio, Balor & McDonagh if they want to work with him but he did not belong in their clubhouse. Carlito assumed that Priest did not trust him which Priest confirmed. Carlito spoke of someday changing Priest’s stubborn mind.

After the break we go backstage where Chad Gable spoke with Maxxine Dupri, Otis, and Akira Tozawa. Gable said Dupri blew her opportunity and embarrassed Alpha Academy. Gable announced that Otis would face Sami Zayn. He said he didn’t want funny man Otis because he needed him to soften up Zayn for his Intercontinental Title match. Gable told Tozawa he would face Bronson Reed and warned him not to blow it or do his dance.

Ivy Nile showed up after they left and asked Dupri why she didn’t ask her to help train for the Queen Of The Ring match. Dupri said Gable didn’t want her training outside of Alpha Academy. Gable returns and sent Dupri away. Gable said Nile had potential and told her to stop wasting her time with Taylor Not So Swift.

A video package recaps the King Of The Ring 1st Round matches.

Cathy Kelley interviewed New Day & Kofi Kingston said his match was about payback for what Gunther did to Xavier Woods. Kingston said his match with Rey Mysterio reminded him that there is no room for fear in the ring. Woods spoke about how winning King Of The Ring brings honor.

Samantha Irvin introduced Lilian Garcia and asked her to help introduce the next match. Garcia said she would and then told Irvin she is doing an incredible job. Garcia & Irvin hugged and then Garcia introduced Kofi Kingston as we go to a break.

After the break Raw General Manager Adam Pearce spoke with R-Truth about a plan for the World Tag Team Titles. The Miz enters the room and told Truth to talk to him before he puts the titles on the line. Pearce said they were actually talking about coming up with new #1 Contenders.

Kiana James entered the room and said she spoke with Pearce on the phone and meant what she said about being under his tutelage and said she would leverage her opportunities and show why she’s the 1%. She said she does not hesitate, she adjudicates. Truth didn’t understand and asked about it happening in the workplace while saying he didn’t know if that was PG.

Quarter Final Match Of The 2024 King Of The Ring Tournament
Gunther vs. Kofi Kingston

Gunther was dropkick off the apron by Kofi Kingston then hits Gunther with a suicide dive.

Kingston dropkicks him into the side of the ring.

Kingston slams Gunther’s right knee against the LED board on the apron then kicks the knee several times.

Gunther battled back briefly but Kingston hit him with a flying knee from the middle rope.

Gunther enters the ring and then Kingston wrenched his knee over the apron then slams it against the ring post casing.

The referee pulls Kingston away from Gunther but Kingston hit a running kick on the bad knee.

Kingston hits a top rope Boom Drop for a two count then Gunther rolls to the floor and cut off Kingston’s offense.

Gunther dumps Kingston on the broadcast table.

Gunther climbs onto the broadcast table and put Kingston in a Boston Crab.

Gunther released the hold when the referee yells at him then put him in a half crab as we go to a break.

After the break Kingston picks up a one count.

Gunther got up and blasted Kingston with a boot to the face.

Gunther hits a backbreaker and then sold his knee before Kingston avoids a short arm clothesline but then Gunther avoided his SOS attempt.

Kingston hits a top rope crossbody before Gunther came right back with a Boston Crab.

Kingston rolls over and kicks his way free then Kingston hits SOS for a two count.

Kingston went up top but Gunther avoided whatever Kingston was going for and then dropkicked him from behind.

Gunther turned Kingston inside out with a clothesline and covered him for a two count.

Gunther stood on the floor and wrenched Kingston’s back around the ring post before pulling him to the floor. Kingston used a hurricanrana to send Gunther into the ring post.

Kingston hits Trouble In Paradise on the floor then Kingston returned to the ring at 7 and then Gunther got back at 9. Gunther avoided Trouble in Paradise.

Gunther powerbombs Kingston then rolls him over and forced him to submit to a Boston Crab

Winner By Submission: Gunther (13:50)
Rate: 6

Highlights aired from last week’s Raw of Liv Morgan bailing on Becky Lynch and letting Damage CTRL attack her until Lyra Valkyria made the save.

Backstage Lyra Valkyria was interviewed by Jackie Redmond. Valkyria said last week was the perfect way to kick off her run on Raw. She said Damage CTRL better get used to seeing her on Raw. She said she would be there if Lynch needed backup.

Women’s World Champion Becky Lynch enters the picture and spoke briefly about how happy she was to have Valkyria on Raw. After Lynch walks away Liv Morgan shows up and asked Valkyria if Lynch has always been such a b*tch. Valkyria told Morgan to ask her herself. Morgan turned around and Lynch was there. Lynch drops Morgan with a punch and said I’m not the one who is afraid of a face 2 face fight b*tch then walked away.

Karrion Kross greeted Kofi Kingston in the backstage area. Kross told Kingston it was a tough loss then told him there’s always time to turn things around. Xavier Woods showed up after Kross exited and asked Kingston what Kross wanted. Kingston said he didn’t know.

Bronson Reed vs. Akira Tozawa

Akira Tozawa had an offensive flurry to start the match.

Tozawa hits a missile dropkick then stops to tear his shirt off which upset Chad Gable.

Reed caught Tozawa when he went for a top rope move and hits a Death Valley Driver.

Reed followed up with Tsunami to put Tozawa away.

Winner: Bronson Reed

After the match Gable enters the ring and scolded Tozawa while Reed heads to the back..

Cathy Kelley tried to interview Gunther but Ludwig Kaiser chastised her for bothering Gunther right after a match. Kelley questioned Kaiser about his involvement. Kaiser said Sheamus is delusional if he thinks he had anything to do with his loss to Gunther. Kaiser said he would expose and embarrass Sheamus next week.

Backstage New Catch Republic approached Adam Pearce while he was being interviewed by Jackie Redmond. Tyler Bate thanks Pearce for giving them an opportunity. Pete Dunne drags Bate away by the arm. Pearce announced New Catch Republic vs. Authors Of Pain vs. Creed Brothers vs. Judgement Day in a Fatal 4 Way for a shot at the World Tag Team Titles.

Redmond asked Pearce why Bron Breakker was not included in the King Of The Ring tournament. Pearce said he explained to Breakker that the wrestlers on the Raw side of the King Of The Ring bracket have earned it at the highest level. Pearce said he didn’t want to shove Breakker in the deep end.

Bron Breakker entered the picture. Breakker said his opponents would have been in the deep end with him and he would have shoved them underwater and watched them drown. Breakker said should have been in the tournament and then walked away.

Quarter Final Match Of The 2024 Queen Of The Ring Tournament
Lyra Valkyria vs. Zoey Stark

Lyra Valkyria took offensive control to start but Zoey Stark came back with a clothesline at ringside as we go to a break.

After the break Stark hits a springboard missile dropkick for a near fall.

Valkyria came back and hits a crossbody from the ropes.

Valkyria put Stark down with a DDT and covered her for a two count.

Stark caught Valkyria with a kick then suplexed her before getting a two count of her own.

Stark slaps Valkyria & she returned the favor.

Stark connected with a kick but Valkyria blocks Z360 & hits Night Wing for the win.

Winner: Lyra Valkyria (9:00) (She will face Iyo Sky in the Semi Finals)
Rate: 6

After the match Jackie Redmond entered the ring and spoke with Valkyria & asked if Redmond wanted to know why she’s so confident. Valkyria spoke in Gaelic and then said everyone would find out what that means. Valkyria said she’s a former NXT Women’s Champion and she only travels as the crow flies straight to the top.

A video package recaps Jey Uso & Ilja Dragunov winning their 1st Round matches.

Jey Uso cuts a promo in the backstage area. Uso said Finn Balor got a yeet down. He welcomed Dragunov to Raw and said he would get one too. Jey said Gunther would get one next week and then he would become King Of The Ring.

Non Title Match
Intercontinental Champion Sami Zayn vs. Otis

Otis got Zami Zayn down and then started gyrating for the Caterpillar.

Chad Gable climbed onto the ring apron and told him not to do it.

Otis hits the move anyway before Gable yells at Otis to hit World’s Strongest Slam.

Otis went for the move but Zayn moved & hits Helluva Kick for the win.

Winner: Intercontinental Champion Sami Zayn

After the match Gable yells at Otis and shoved the side of his head. Zayn returned to the ring and gave Gable an exploder suplex. Zayn set up for Helluva Kick but Gable avoided it. Otis tried to drag Gable away but Gable stops him. Gable told Otis that it was his fault and then slaps him.

Backstage Braun Strowman wished Creed Brothers good luck while Ivy Nile stood by. JD McDonagh showed up and told Strowman to consider himself warned about sticking his nose in Judgment Day business. Strowman laughed with Nile & Creed Brothers about being warned by Judgment Day.

Non Title Match
Women’s World Champion Becky Lynch vs. Dakota Kai

Iyo Sky & Kairi Sane provided distractions which allowed Kai to go on the offensive.

Becky Lynch & Dakota Kai were both down heading into a break.

After the break Kai stuffed a Manhandle Slam attempt and caught Lynch with a pump kick that led to a near fall.

Lynch eventually came back and put Kai in the Dis Arm Her before Sky & Sane ran in and attacked Lynch for the DQ.

Winner By DQ: Women’s World Champion Becky Lynch

After the match Sky & Sane continued to beat up Lynch until Lyra Valkyria ran out for the save. Valkyria took out Kai and Sane, then ducked a clothesline from Sky & was dropped by a Lynch clothesline. After Damage CTRL was cleared from the ring Liv Morgan enters the ring behind Lynch & Valkyria and ran Lynch through the ropes and into the ring post.

Ilja Dragunov was interviewed by Jackie Redmond & Dragunov said he will make an impact night in and night out and said it starts with him becoming Czar Of The Ring. Dragunov said he would bring the fight to Jey Uso. Dragunov said Uso will bring the fight but waiting on the other side is a different type of enemy.

Dragunov said he beat Gunther and they have a long history together that is not over. The camera pulled back and showed Gunther looking at Dragunov & he stopped talking. Gunther smirked at Dragunov and then walked away.

World Tag Team Titles #1 Contenders Fatal 4 Way Match
New Catch Republic (Pete Dunne & Tyler Bate) vs. Authors Of Pain (Akam & Rezar) vs. Judgement Day (JD McDonagh & Finn Balor) vs. Creed Brothers (Julius & Brutus)

JD McDonagh was an punching bag for New Catch Republic, Authors Of Pain & Creed Brothers.

Authors Of Pain tossed McDonagh over the top rope and onto all of their opponents on the floor as we go to a break.

After the break Julius Creed hits a superplex on Balor for a near fall.

AOP hits Super Collider on Judgement Day then New Catch Republic cleared Rezar from the ring but then Akam clears them from the ring. Brutus suplexed Rezar.

Brutus went up top but Bate tags him before he hits Brutus Ball on Authors of Pain & Julius on the floor.

Bate clotheslined Rezar and then hits an airplane spin before Balor rolls up a dizzy Bate for a two count.

Bate tags in Dunne then they hits Birminghammer on Balor and had him pinned but McDonagh broke it up. Bate took out McDonagh at ringside.

Dunne threw a bunch of punches at McDonagh on the broadcast table.

Carlito ran out and hit Dunne with a Backstabber on the desk.

McDonagh tossed Dunne back inside the ring & Balor hits Coup De Grace on Dunne for the win.

Winners & #1 Contenders To The World Tag Team Titles: Judgement Day

Backstage Speed Champion Ricochet entered Ilja Dragunov’s locker room and said they had a hell of a fight and the result of their next match will be different. Ricochet wished Dragunov good luck.

After the break Damian Priest spoke with Dominik Mysterio inside the Judgment Day clubhouse and asked if he & Rhea Ripley were good. Mysterio seemed to indicate that things are good but Carlito, Finn Balor & JD McDonagh were celebrating as they entered the room.

Carlito noticed that Priest wasn’t celebrating and said he would leave because he knew when he was not wanted. Priest stops Carlito and told him that what he did was cool. Priest asked Carlito if he plans to take care of his business with Rey Mysterio. Carlito said of course. Priest said that’s good because they don’t hang with cowards.

Quarter Final Match Of The 2024 King Of The Ring Tournament
Ilja Dragunov vs. Jey Uso

Jey Uso hits Ilja Dragunov with an early suicide dive that sent Dragunov into the broadcast table.

Dragunov came back with a leaping kick then cleared the broadcast table and put Jey on top of it.

Dragunov went to the barricade behind the table and went for H Bomb but hit hits the table when Jey rolls out of the way.

Jey returned to the ring to break the referee’s count then rushed back to the floor and speared Dragunov over the table.

After the break the back & forth action continued.

Dragunov powerbombed Jey then followed up with H Bomb for a near fall.

Dragunov went to his corner and signaled for Torpedo Moscow.

Dragunov charged Jey but he caught him with a spear then followed up with an Uso Splash for the win.

Winner: Jey Uso (13:15) (He will face Gunther in the Semi Finals)
Rate: 6

After the match Gunther came out and enters the ring. Gunther approached a clapping Jey & said it would be me and you before yelling yeet to close out this week’s Raw.

Remanding Quarter Finals

King Of The Ring 

May 17th

Randy Orton vs. Carmelo Hayes

LA Knight vs. Tama Tonga

Queen Of The Ring

May 17th

Nia Jax vs. Women’s Tag Team Champion Jade Cargill

Tiffany Stratton vs. Women’s Tag Team Champion Bianca BelAir

Semi Finals

King Of The Ring

May 20th

Gunther vs. Jey Uso

May 24th

Randy Orton or Carmelo Hayes vs. LA Knight Or Tama Tonga

Queen Of The Ring

May 20th

Lyra Valkyria vs. Zoey Stark

May 24th

Nia Jax or Women’s Tag Team Champion Jade Cargill vs. Tiffany Stratton or Women’s Tag Team Champion Bianca BelAir

Next Week’s Raw

Semi Final Match Of The 2024 King Of The Ring Tournament
Gunther vs. Jey Uso

Semi Final Match Of The 2024 Queen Of The Ring Tournament
Iyo Sky vs. Lyra Valkyria

Non Title Match
Intercontinental Champion Sami Zayn vs. Chad Gable

Updated King & Queen Of The Ring Card (May 25th)

Finals Of The 2024 King Of The Ring Tournament
Gunther or Jey Uso vs. TBD

Finals Of The 2024 Queen Of The Ring Tournament
Iyo Sky or Lyra Valkyria vs. TBD

Women’s World Title Match
Becky Lynch (c) vs. Liv Morgan

Intercontinental Title Triple Threat Match
Sami Zayn (c) vs. Bronson Reed vs. Chad Gable

Champion vs. Champion Match
Undisputed WWE Champion Cody Rhodes vs. United States Champion Logan Paul