The May 21st episode of WWE RAW aired live from the Times Union Center in Albany, NY. Here are 11 takeaways from this week’s show:
11Stephanie McMahon Returned To RAW
This week’s episode of WWE RAW kicked off with RAW GM Kurt Angle coming down to the ring for some major announcements. Angle stated that Ronda Rousey and Nia Jax will have a contract signing tonight for their title match at WWE MITB.
Angle was about to announce a Fatal 4-Way qualifying match for the women’s MITB Ladder Match, but was interrupted by RAW Commissioner Stephanie McMahon. Stephanie called their match at WrestleMania water under the bridge and claimed to have forgiven Angle. Stephanie added that she is a leader and will always do what is best for business.
The crowd chanted “you tapped out!” and Stephanie admitted that she did. Steph stated that she wanted to see Angle’s growth as a leader continue. Stephanie McMahon said that she will be presiding over the contract signing tonight and not RAW GM Kurt Angle.
Angle said that he could always use more room for guidance. Stephanie claimed that Kurt has been giving Roman Reigns far too much latitude and that needs to end tonight. Roman Reigns joined the party and entered the ring.
Reigns was greeted with “Roman sucks!” chants as Roman asked Stephanie to say what she has to say to his face. Stephanie stated that she doesn’t understand Reigns’ tone and threatened that Roman is going to need to find another line of work because of his “Samoan temper”.
Roman threatened to go backstage and destroy all Stephanie’s favorite Superstars is she doesn’t show him some more respond. Stephanie said that she doesn’t play favorites because she is in charge of a bunch of revenue streams and that is beneath her. Roman told Stephanie to cut the corporate crap and to speak the truth to him. Reigns said that Stephanie doesn’t want him anywhere near the Universal Championship or the MITB contract.
Stephanie said that Roman lost his shot and that if he wants to go take that up with someone, he should go take it up with Jinder Mahal. Reigns said that he already did that and then Kevin Owens came down to the entrance ramp. Owens claimed that him winning the MITB contract is what is best for business.
Kevin stated that Roman needs to know the truth about how everyone really feels about him. Owens admitted that he really likes Roman Reigns and asked the crowd to chant “thank you Roman!”. The crowd didn’t and Owens told Reigns that he tried. Owens said that Stephanie is correct about her not playing favorites because he has had issues with her brother and father, yet Stephanie still positioned him as the cornerstone of RAW.
Owens put his arm on Stephanie’s shoulder and Steph told him to never to do that again. Stephanie once again said that she doesn’t play favorites and announced that Owens will battle Roman Reigns right now.
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