Welcome to the WWE Raw live coverage on this OK May 22, 2023. We're coming straight from the pulsating heart of the GIANT Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania! As the anticipation builds for WWE Night of Champions on May 27, heavyweights Brock Lesnar and Cody Rhodes are scheduled for a final face-off on this 'go-home' episode of Raw.
Their burgeoning feud has been a spectacle, beginning with Lesnar's shocking betrayal of Rhodes on April 3's Raw segment. The audience is still abuzz from their last encounter when Lesnar, aka 'The Beast Incarnate,' robbed 'The American Nightmare' Rhodes of his chance in the World Heavyweight Championship Tournament.
Night of Champions: Lynch-Stratus Contract Signing
On the topic of Night of Champions, two of the industry's fiercest competitors, Becky Lynch and Trish Stratus, will make their match official tonight. They'll sign the contract for their upcoming Premium Live Event face-off.
Lynch has been eagerly awaiting a shot at Stratus, who last month betrayed her after a failed defense of the Women's Tag Team Championship. In another exciting match-up, Sami Zayn, Kevin Owens, and Matt Riddle have joined forces to take on GUNTHER and his Imperium companions, Ludwig Kaiser, and Giovanni Vinci.
After some regrettable comments a few weeks ago, the three found themselves on the wrong side of the longest-reigning Intercontinental Champion. Meanwhile, Shinsuke Nakamura and Finn Balor are set to square off in a singles competition for the first time since their Intercontinental Championship face-off during the Extreme Rules Kickoff Show in 2019.
As we go live, our commentators, Corey Graves and Kevin Patrick, warmly greet the audiences at home.
Backstage, Cody Rhodes seems on edge, wandering around, only to be ambushed by Brock Lesnar. In a surprise attack, Lesnar viciously assaults Rhodes, throwing him into road cases and barrels and finally crushing his arm between a barrel and a garage door. As Rhodes crumples in agony, the scene leaves the audience stunned. Stay tuned as the drama continues to unfold.