Monday Night Raw Results – May 8th, 2023

SmackDown Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley vs. Dana Brooke

We go back to the ring for a non-title match as SmackDown Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley makes her way out with Dominik Mysterio. We see stills from Ripley’s win over Zelina Vega at WWE Backlash. Dana Brooke is out next. We see an interview from earlier today where Brooke says she asked for this opportunity, and welcomed it even more when she found out her opponent was Ripley. Brooke says she belongs here and tonight we will see her untapped potential.

The bell rings and Brooke dropkicks Ripley into the corner. Brooke stays on her but Ripley drops her with ease. Ripley stands over Brooke and works her over while talking trash and posing to mostly cheers.

Brooke takes the knee out and keeps fighting Ripley off. Brooke blocks a slam with a Bulldog. Brooke leaps off the middle rope but Ripley grabs her in mid-air with a Gutbuster as Dominik applauds from ringside.

Ripley nails a Riptide in the middle of the ring but she doesn’t go for the pin. Ripley then rag-dolls Brooke with the Prism Lock to get the submission win.

Winner: Rhea Ripley

After the match, Ripley stands tall with the title as the music hits. Dominik joins her. The referee checks on Brooke but Ripley grabs her and delivers another Riptide, then another Prism Lock. The music interrupts and out comes Natalya. Ripley keeps the hold locked on Brooke while staring Natalya down on her way to the ring. Ripley and Natalya face off now. Dominik whispers something to Ripley, and they laugh, then exit the ring as the music starts up.

Byron Saxton is backstage with Rhea Ripley and Dominik Mysterio. He asks if she’s feeling any extra pressure. Ripley says she welcomes it, it comes with running a division and… they stop when we hear Xavier Woods and Akira Tozawa laughing nearby. Dominik steps to them and tells them to show respect when Mami is talking. Woods says Dominik looks like he got his whole outfit from lost and found. Dominik says it won’t be funny if he punches Woods in the face. Woods says he just got to RAW and is looking for a fight, so how about tonight? Ripley steps in between them and Tozawa immediately walks away. Rhea says Dom-Dom accepts the challenge. Woods says that’s cool. He waves them both way, then looks around for the missing Tozawa.

Xavier Woods vs. Dominik Mysterio

We go back to the ring and out comes Xavier Woods to a pop. Back to commercial.

Back from the break and out comes Dominik Mysterio with SmackDown Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley. The bell rings and they go at it, trading holds and shots. Woods takes control and ends up having words at ringside with Ripley.

Woos comes back in but Dominik decks him to boos. Woods comes back with a dropkick and some showing off. Woods with lefts and right body shots in the corner, then a big right to the face. Woos beats Dominik into another corner but Dominik counters and puts him down. Dominik keeps Woods down but blows a kiss to Ripley, allowing Woods to hit him. Dominik quickly turns it back around and we get a 619 attempt but it’s blocked. He goes for it but gets tripped into the ropes.


Woods comes back and nails a top rope crossbody for 2. Woods unloads in the corner now, beating Dominik back down until the referee warns him. Woods charges but Dominik back-drops him over the top rope, and his face apparently hits the steel ring steps on the way down. Woods is laid out on the floor as Ripley taunts him and we go back to commercial.

Back from the break and Woods rocks Dominik in the middle of the ring. Dominik blocks a suplex and hits a forearm. Fans boo as Dominik delivers the Three Amigos suplexes now while Ripley cheers him on. Woods kicks out at 2 and Dominik shows some frustration, as does Ripley.

Dominik grounds Woods with a headlock now. Woods fights up and out with chops into the ropes. Woods ducks several attempts by Dominik and levels him with a big shot. Woods with running strikes in the corners, then the rolling clothesline. Woods fights back in from the apron and rolls into the tornado DDT for a close 2 count.

Fans rally for Woods with “New Day, rocks!” chants. Woods fights back and charges but Dominik nails a flying corkscrew elbow in response. Dominik wastes some time on the apron, so Woods takes his feet out to send him to the floor. Woods has Dominik draped over the top rope now. Woods flies off the middle turnbuckle with a dropkick for a close 2 count.

Woods goes back to the top, walks the rope but then misses the flying elbow drop as Dominik moves out of the way thanks to Ripley pulling him out to the floor. Dominik immediately rushes back in and cradles Woods to get the pin to win, using his trunks for leverage.


Winner: Dominik Mysterio

After the match, Dominik stands tall as the music hits. We go to replays. Mysterio and Ripley celebrate the win as Woods looks on.

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