RAW Results: May 9, 2022
  May 16th, 2022

At 10 o’clock Eastern, Theory will defend the WWE United States Championship against Cody Rhodes.

Kevin Patrick is standing on an old-school promo platform in the crowd and introduces WWE United States Champion Theory. Theory walks up to the platform. Patrick asks how he’s preparing to face a worthy opponent in Cody Rhodes after he defeated Seth “Freakin” Rollins twice. Theory says he’s just scratching the surface of his greatness. Theory was basically in diapers since the last time Rhodes was in WWE (it was six years ago). Theory doesn’t care about the past. It’s all about the future, and that’s Theory.

WWE United States Championship Cody Rhodes vs. Theory (c)

The bell rings, and Rhodes grabs the leg. Theory quickly hobbles to the corner and gets a break. Theory shoves Rhodes as he walks by him. Rhodes grabs the arm, but Theory pulls away. They lock up, and Rhodes applies a hammerlock. Theory turns it on him, so Rhodes takes him down for a Figure Four Leglock. Theory gets out before it’s close to being applied and gets to the ropes. They lock up, and Theory applies a side headlock. Rhodes whips him off, but Theory shoulder blocks him down. Theory does a Stardust cartwheel and pose to mock Rhodes. Rhodes kicks him in the midsection and drops down for an uppercut to get a two-count. Rhodes rolls him up for another two-count. Theory holds the ropes and elbows Rhodes in the eye. Rhodes fights back and drops Theory on the apron. Theory snaps Rhodes off the ropes and hits a rolling thunder dropkick for a one-count. Rhodes holds his eye.

Theory takes Rhodes down with a snapmare and hits a double stomp for a two-count. Theory applies a chin lock, but Rhodes throws him off. Theory quickly grounds him with a back elbow and pins him with a foot on the chest. Rhodes is furious and swings hard at him. Theory quickly whips Rhodes into the turnbuckle, and Rhodes collapses. Theory attacks the knee and hits a textbook suplex. Theory continues to attack Rhodes and tries for another suplex, but Rhodes blocks it. Rhodes hits a front suplex and dropkicks Theory down. Theory rolls to the apron, so Rhodes knocks him to the floor with a springboard kick to the head. Theory blocks a kick from the apron and sweeps the feet. Theory then pulls the cover off the commentary table. Theory pulls Rhodes out of the ring, but Rhodes viciously fights back with nasty chops and punches. Rhodes has him on the table, but Theory escapes and gets back into the ring.

We come back from the break to see Theory taking it to Rhodes. During the commercial, he turned Rhodes inside out with a clothesline. Back to live-action, Rhodes fights out. They each go for a running cross-body and crash and burn. Rhodes fights back and hits a flying forearm. Rhodes hits a snap powerslam for a near fall. Rhodes goes to the top rope and hits a moonsault block for another near fall. Rhodes is fired up. Theory fights back and hits a fisherman’s neckbreaker on his knee for a near fall. Rhodes is in a lot of pain.

Theory lifts Rhodes, but he slides off. Rhodes hits a Disaster Kick followed by a Cody Cutter. Rhodes sizes Theory up, but Seth “Freakin” Rollins attacks him from behind. The referee calls for the bell.

Winner by Disqualification: Cody Rhodes

Rollins viciously attacks Rhodes and shouts that he’ll never take anything from him again. Rollins bounces him off the table a few times before hitting a Stomp on the table! Rhodes is unconscious.

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