The WWE Elimination Chamber pay-per-view took place last night. In the main event of the show, Randy Orton retained the WWE world heavyweight championship defeating Daniel Bryan, John Cena, Christian, Sheamus and Cesaro. We also a six-man tag match that was an early candidate for the match of the year between The Wyatt Family and The Shield.
WWE.com has released its preview for tonight’s edition of WWE Raw so here is what you should expect on the show.
Randy Orton walked out of last night’s Elimination Chamber match still the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. Orton defeated Daniel Bryan to retain the title thanks to the help of the WWE Director of Operations, Kane. Orton now heads to the WrestleMania 30 main event against Batista. Would assume that we will see a confrontation between the two stars.
Bryan coming off a devastating loss to Orton will be looking for retribution against Kane. Will Bryan get revenge tonight against “The Big Red Machine”? Will be interesting how Bryan is used on the show tonight. Would think we would see a match tonight or somehow gets inserted into the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match at Wrestlemania.
We will see the return of former WWE champion Hulk Hogan on the show. What will Hogan’s role on the show be? Would think we will see Hogan give a big boot to a fellow WWE superstar.
John Cena lost his chance at the WWE World Heavyweight Championship when the Wyatt Family attacked Cena, who got pinned by Orton. It will be interesting to see how Cena reacts to losing his opportunity to main event Wrestlemania.
Would also think we will start to get more clarity of the top matches for Wrestlemania. Also it is rumored that Brock Lesnar and The Undertaker will be on the show, so it will be intriguing how they get to the expected between the superstars.
On the latest Between the Ropes LIVE podcast, Michael and Steve discuss everything that happened at WWE’s latest pay-per-view, including a great match between The Wyatts and The Shield, Jack Swagger vs Big E for the Intercontinental Championship, and the Elimination Chamber match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
Elimination Chamber Kickoff Show:
The 2014 WWE Elimination Chamber Kickoff pre-show starts with Josh Mathews welcoming us to the Target Center in Minneapolis as fans continue to find their seats. Mathews is joined by The Miz, Mark Henry and Rey Mysterio. Miz shows off his wedding ring. We have a new panel setup tonight. The panel talks about tonight’s matches. Henry is looking forward to the Chamber match the most. Miz hypes Big E vs. Jack Swagger and The New Age Outlaws vs. The Usos. Mysterio said he’s most looking forward to The Shield vs. The Wyatt Family. They talk about the pre-show match and Miz predicts The Brotherhood will win. Henry says there hasn’t been this much excitement in the tag team division since the Attitude Era.
We go backstage to Renee Young in the social media lounge. Tonight’s hashtag is #WWEChamber. Renee shows us some Chamber predictions from fans on Twitter. Zeb Colter was shown backstage with The Real Americans. Colter says tonight will be the night that America gets fixed. JBL, Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler make their entrances. They show us a highlight package of the WWE Network.
Elimination Chamber Kickoff Match: Cody Rhodes & Goldust vs. Curtis Axel and Ryback w/Larry “The Ax”Hennig
Goldust and Axel start off before Cody and Ryback come in. Ryback takes control on Cody and drops him with an elbow to the face. Ryback with thrusts Rhodes in the corner before tagging in Axel. Fans chant for Axel as Cody turns it around. Cody sends Axel and Ryback to the floor. Cody and Goldust both leap out to the floor and take Ryback and Axel out. We cut to a commercial.
Back from commercial break, Ryback stomping Goldust in the corner, then Axel slingshots himself over the ropes and elbows Goldust on the apron. Axel dropkicks him and Ryback hits him a few times, then Goldust comes back with a hurricanrana off the turnbuckles before backdropping Ryback outside. Cody gets the hot tag and kicks Axel in the face, following with a moonsault for two before hitting an Alabama Slam. Ryback pulls him outside but Cody hits a Disaster Kick off the steps, then he goes for a springboard dropkick but Axel knocks him down and gets a near fall. Rhodes and Axel counter each other’s finisher attempts, then Ryback runs in but hits the floor, and Goldust slams him into the barricade as Cody hits Cross Rhodes for the win.
Winner: The Rhodes Brothers
Byron Saxton interviewed The Usos, they talked about how much the WWE Tag Team Championship means to them and their family. The Usos says they have two words for The Outlaws…. It’s Over!
End of The Kickoff Show!
First Match: WWE Intercontinental Championship~ Big E (c) vs. Jack Swagger w/Zeb Colter
They lock up and go to the corner, then to the next corner. They lock up again and Swagger hits a big knee to the gut. Swagger with shoulder blocks. They run the ropes and Big E nails a flying shoulder tackle. Swagger goes to the floor for a breather and the crowd boos. Swagger comes back in and works Big E over. E turns it around and hits a big belly to belly suplex. Big E nails another big throw and a spear in the corner. Swagger rolls back out to the floor.
Big E follows through and sends Swagger into the steps. Zeb distracts Big E, allowing Swagger to attack Big E from behind. Big E fights back and thrusts Swagger back into the steps. Big E brings Swagger back in the ring for a two count. Swagger ends up pulling Big E to the floor and throws him down. Swagger with a big clothesline on the floor. Swagger brings it back in the ring for a two count. Swagger with a running knee in the corner. Swagger levels Big E with a big boot and drops a leg for 2. They both collide with clotheslines in the middle of the ring.
Big E misses a big thrust in the corner and hits the ring post. Swagger rolls him up for a 2 count. Swagger nails a big spinebuster for a two count. Big E blocks a Swagger Bomb. Big E struggles but Swagger ends up on the apron. Big E runs the ropes and spears Swagger from the apron to the floor. They both land hard and the fans chant “holy s–t.” Big E brings it back in for a two count. Big E runs the ropes and nails a big splash for another two count. Big E goes to the top rope but Swagger cuts him off.
Swagger climbs up but Big E sends him to the mat. Swagger runs back up and throws Big E to the mat for another 2 count. Swagger takes out Big E’s knee and goes for the Patriot Lock. E rolls through but Swagger locks it in again. E breaks the hold and they trade shots. Swagger takes the knee out again. Big E blocks a gutwrench but runs into a big kick. Big E runs over Swagger and drops his straps. Swagger with another Patriot Lock as the crowd pops. Big E breaks it with an enziguri to the face of Swagger. Big E nails the Big Ending for the win.
Winner: Still WWE Intercontinental Champion Big E Langston
After the match, Bad News Barrett comes out and says the United States once again choked in the olympics and they will have to wait another four years just to end up being disappointed again. They show us a promo of Hulk Hogan returning to Monday Night RAW tomorrow night.
Byron Saxton was shown backstage interviewing Daniel Bryan. Saxton ask Bryan what his mindset is heading into the Chamber Match tonight. Bryan says whether he’s 100 % or not, he will win the Chamber match tonight and will main event WrestleMania XXX.
Second Match: WWE Tag Team Championship~ The New Age Outlaws (c) vs. The Usos
Billy Gunn starts off with Jimmy Uso. Gunn drops Uso with an elbow. Gunn stalls before they lock up again. Road Dogg finally tags in as does Jey Uso. Dogg dances around to a pop. Dogg with a kick to the gut. Uso comes back with a headbutt and some dancing of his own to a pop. Dogg runs into a big kick from the corner but launches Uso with a hip toss into the corner. Uso lands bad and looks to hurt his leg. Dogg struts and tosses Uso out to the floor. Gunn with a big clothesline on the floor. Gunn brings it back in the ring for a two count.
A big CM Punk chant starts up as Road Dogg comes back in the ring and keeps control of the match. Dogg with more offense and a pin attempt on Uso. Jimmy Uso and Gunn come in at the same time. Uso unloads. Dogg comes in but gets tossed to the floor. Uso barely hits a Samoan Drop on Gunn. Dogg pulls Gunn out and saves him from the splash int he corner. Jimmy runs the ropes and leaps out, taking both of the Outlaws out. Gunn comes right back with a big clothesline. Jimmy and Gunn come back in. Uso ducks a Fameasser and nails a superkick for a close two count. Uso goes to the top for a Superfly Splash.Jey Uso goes at it with Dogg on the floor. Back and forth. Dogg catches a superkick. Gunn rolls Uso up for the win.
Winner: Still WWE Tag Team Champions The New Age Outlaws
After the match, Bad News Barrett appears and says Daniel Bryan won’t be winning tonight and for that, fans will turn on him. Barrett chants “yes” while the fans chant “no.”
Third Match: Darren Young vs. Titus O’Neil
Darren Young is out first as we see footage of their break-up. Titus O’Neil is out next. The bell rings and they go at it. Titus drops Darren when he’s arguing with the referee. A we want “Lesnar” chant starts up.
Titus runs over Darren with a big shoulder. Young with a big right hand and a dropkick. Young clotheslines Titus out to the floor. Young goes to the top and nails a flying clothesline for 2. Titus turns it around and whips Young hard to the floor. Young fights out of a bearhug and comes off the top but Titus catches him with a backbreaker. Titus tosses Young across the ring. Titus applies abdominal stretch on Young. Young makes a comeback and gets some offense going. Young with a neckbreaker on the apron for a 2 count. Titus blocks a move and nails a kidney shot. Titus nails Clash of the Titus for the win.
Winner: Titus O’Neil
After the match, Bad News Barrett appears again. His podium isn’t working and he’s now speaking from the stage. He rips Minnesota’s electricians and football teams. Barrett brings up Hulk Hogan returning and says his spotlight will be forever dimmed by the charisma of Bad News Barrett.
Fourth Match: The Shield vs. The Wyatt Family
Before The Wyatts even enter the ring a “this is awesome” chant starts up. Both teams face off with the referee in between them. Bray and Ambrose have words. A “let’s go Wyatt/let’s go Shield” chant starts. Ambrose attacks Bray and here we go. They all start brawling before the bell can even ring. The Shield clear the ring as the referee tries to restore order. More dueling chants from the fans as Bray talks with Rowan and Harper. The bell rings and it’s going to be Rowan starting off with Rollins.
They go at it. Rollins with a big dropkick from a block. Reigns tags in and they beat Rowan down in the corner. Rollins tags right back in but Rowan shoves him away. Rowan with a massive clothesline. Harper tags in for some double teaming. Harper turns it around in the corner and tags in Bray. Bray takes Rollins to the corner and works him over. Rollins ducks a clothesline and tags in Reigns. The crowd pops as Reigns stares down Bray. They go at it. Bray tags back in Harper for some double teaming. Harper tries to suplex Reigns but can’t. Reigns nails a suplex and beats Harper to The Shield’s corner. Ambrose comes in for some double teaming. Rollins tags back in as does Reigns for a triple team move. Reigns with a two count on Harper.
Ambrose tags back in and nails a double dropkick. It’s Rollins and Harper going at it now. Rollins with a headbutt as Ambrose tags back in. Quick tags from The Shield here. More back and forth. Harper nails a big dropkick on Ambrose. Bray tags back in and beats down Ambrose. Bray taunts The Shield and tags back in Rowan. Reigns with a big slam and a vise on Ambrose’s head. Harper comes back in and steps on Ambrose’s head. Ambrose and Harper trade shots now. Harper with a big suplex and a two count. Ambrose turns it around with a neckbreaker and a tag to Rollins. Rollins unloads on Harper. Rollins with a big leaping right hand in the corner. Rollins goes to the top and knocks Rowan away. Harper runs up and cuts Rollins off. Harper climbs up with a huge super throw on Rollins but Rollins lands on his feet. Rollins sends Harper to the floor and nails a suicide dive. They come back in and Rollins hits a top rope knee to the head. The crowd goes nuts. Rollins misses a knee and Harper nails a big sideslam for a two count.
Bray comes back in and turns it around on Rollins. More dueling chants from fans. Rowan tags in and keeps Rollins down. Rowan with a forearm shot to the kidney and another two count. The fans chant for tables now. Harper tags back in for a big right hand to the face of Rollins. Harper boots Rollins in the face and taunts him. Harper with a big slap to the face. Harper takes Rollins to the corner for more offense. Harper with the running knee in the corner. Harper catapults Rollins under the second rope. Bray tags back in and drops a knee on Rollins. Bray with a headlock now.
Bray runs into a big boot and goes down. Bray catches Rollins with a chokeslam for a two count. Harper runs in and sends Ambrose flying with a boot. Harper tags in and stomps on Rollins. Rollins counters Harper and rallies for a tag now. Reigns tags in as does Rowan. Reigns takes Rowan and Bray out. Reigns with a big Samoan Drop on Rowan. Right hands for Rowan now. Harper tosses Reigns to the floor. Reigns runs around the ring and hits the apron dropkick on Rowan’s head. Reigns comes back in and slams Rowan for a two count as Bray breaks the pin. Dean tackles Bray and unloads on him. Harper pulls Ambrose off but Ambrose decks him. Ambrose dropkicks Bray off the apron. Harper leaps out with a suicide dive on Ambrose. Rollins leaps over the top and takes out Harper. Reigns with a close roll up on Rowan. They both collide with clotheslines and go down. Fans pop.
Rollins sends Harper into the ring post. Rollins takes apart the Spanish announce table but Bray stops him. Ambrose makes the save for Rollins as they prepare to put him through a table. Bray and Ambrose tumble over the barrier and brawl in the crowd. Roman and Rowan are still in the ring. They trade shots in the middle of the ring now. Rowan with a knee to the gut before tossing Reigns into the ring post. Rowan yells at Reigns and slaps him. Reigns nails a Superman punch for a two count. Rollins and Harper go at it on the floor now. Reigns uses a monitor but Bray runs back over the barrier and drops Rollins. They take apart the normal announcers table now. Harper and Bray put Rollins on top of it and work him over. In the ring, Rowan with a big fallaway slam on Reigns that sends him to the floor. The Wyatt Family stands tall.
Rowan and Harper stand on top of the announce table with Rollins. Bray looks on as they double chokeslam him from one announce table through the Spanish announce table. A huge “holy s–t” chant starts. Rollins landed hard. Ambrose is nowhere to be seen. Reigns gets cornered by The Wyatts in the ring now. Bray comes in but Reigns attacks. Rowan beats Reigns down. Harper double teams Reigns in the corner with Rowan. Harper nails a massive big boot on Reigns. Bray tags in and turns upside down in the corner with a smile on his face. Bray kisses Reigns’ head and goes for Sister Abigail but Reigns powers out. Bray hits a headbutt. Reigns powers into a big Samoan Drop. Harper runs in but Reigns tosses him to the floor. Reigns with a Superman punch for Rowan. And one for Bray. Reigns stands tall by himself now. Harper runs in and catches a spear. Bray nails Reigns and hits Sister Abigail for the win.
Winner: The Wyatt Family
Fifth Match: WWE Divas Championship~ AJ Lee (c) w/Tamina Snuka vs. Cameron
Cameron hits AJ with her pom poms before the bell. Cameron takes AJ to the mat first for a two count. Cameron with another move before skipping around and mocking AJ. Cameron drops AJ and hits the split leg drop for a two count. Cameron runs into a kick for a two count. AJ with a neckbreaker and another two count. AJ keeps control and skips around. Cameron rolls her up for two. Cameron with clotheslines. Cameron with a dropkick for another two count. They end up on the floor. Cameron ducks a shot from Tamina and AJ gets knocked out. Cameron goes for a two count and Tamina breaks the pin. Cameron comes to the floor to argue and Tamina runs her over with a clothesline for the disqualification.
Winner: Cameron by DQ
Sixth Match: Batista vs. Alberto Del Rio
Del Rio comes out in regular clothes, wearing a neck brace and using a crutch. Del Rio says he can’t compete tonight due to Del Rio putting him through a table on RAW. Del Rio kicks Batista while he’s talking to the referee and beats him down with the crutch. Del Rio takes off his warmup suit and is in his wrestling gear. Del Rio wails away with the crutch. Del Rio smiles and the fans boo him. Del Rio with more crutch shots to the knee. Fans chant “si!” as Del Rio tells them to ring the bell. Batista gets up in the corner and says he’s ready to go.
Batista fights back on one leg and the fans boo. Del Rio with offense as the crowd cheers. They start a “Bootista” chant up. Del Rio with a cross armbreaker on the second rope as fans cheer again. Del Rio with stomps now. Fans chant for Daniel Bryan. Del Rio goes back to working on Batista’s arm. Fans chant for CM Punk now. Batista fights back and the fans boo big time. Del Rio drops Batista’s arm over his knee and the fans cheer. The announcers are pointing out now that the fans are cheering for Del Rio instead of Batista. A chant for Chris Jericho starts now. Batista sends Del Rio into the ring post.
Fans continue cheering for Del Rio when he hits Batista. A Rob Van Dam chant starts up. Del Rio with an enziguri for a close two count. Fans boo as Batista gets his foot on the bottom rope. Another 2 count by Del Rio. Del Rio dropkicks Batista to the floor. A chant for Brock Lesnar starts up now. Batista brings it back in the ring but Batista nails a spear as the crowd boos. 2 count for Batista. More back and forth with Del Rio taking control. Del Rio misses a shot from the top rope and lands hard. Batista with a spinebuster to boos. Batista tries to get hype on the ropes but fans boo him. Del Rio blocks a Batista Bomb and takes out the knee. Del Rio with a kick to the head and a 2 count. Del Rio points up at the WrestleMania XXX sign to a mixed reaction. A “si!” chant goes again. Batista counters and shoves him into the exposed turnbuckle. Batista nails a Batista Bomb for the win.
Seventh Match: Elimination Chamber Match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship
Randy Orton (c) vs. John Cena vs. Cesaro vs. Sheamus vs. Christian vs. Daniel Bryan
The bell rings and Cesaro dropkicks Sheamus. Cesaro stomps away and sends Sheamus out to the steel. Cesaro tries to slam Sheamus into the steel chains but Sheamus clotheslines him back into the ring. Back and forth in the ring now. Cesaro with a big uppercut. Fans chant “we the people” as Sheamus lands out on the steel. Cesaro runs the ropes but Sheamus nails a battering ram for a two count. Sheamus with a kick to the back and a neckbreaker for a two count. Sheamus with a big shoulder thrust in the corner and a high knee. Sheamus clotheslines Cesaro out to the steel. Sheamus goes for the forearm shots to the chest but Cesaro fights him off. Sheamus finally gets the forearm shots in.
Sheamus with a big clothesline. Sheamus goes for a suplex but Cesaro fights it. They fight on the steel now. Cesaro sends Sheamus into the post of Orton’s pod. Cesaro with a stomp to the chest from the second rope as Orton looks on. Cesaro works Sheamus over in front of Cena’s pod now. Cesaro mocks Cena. Sheamus tells Cesaro to bring it. Cesaro drops him with a huge uppercut. Sheamus pulls himself to the top rope but Cesaro nails another big uppercut. Cesaro with a headbutt. Cesaro climbs up but Sheamus knocks him off and hits a shoulder tackle. The timer goes off and the next man in is Daniel Bryan to a big pop.
Bryan with a missile dropkick on both men. Bryan unloads and takes them both out again. Bryan with kicks to both men now. Fans chant “yes!” with every kick. Bryan nails a roundhouse on Cesaro. Sheamus kicks Bryan and uppercuts him. Bryan counters a move and hits a drop toe hold on Sheamus. Bryan with a submission on Sheamus. Cesaro comes over but Bryan suplexes him into a pin while Sheamus is still in the submission. two counts for Bryan. Bryan comes off the second rope but Cesaro catches him in a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker for a two count.
Sheamus goes back to work on Cesaro now. Cesaro fights back with knees. Cesaro clotheslines Sheamus out to the steel. Cesaro presses Sheamus’ face into the steel. Bryan with an uppercut on Cesaro. Bryan sends Cesaro into the chains. Cesaro whips Bryan through his empty pod and he hits shoulder first, going through the plexiglass. Sheamus with uppercuts on Cesaro now. Cesaro with uppercuts of his own as they trade them. Sheamus with a big slam on the steel. Sheamus with a two count. Bryan goes for a superplex on Sheamus but gets sent to the mat. The timer goes off and the next man in is Christian. He pushes Sheamus to the steel and stomps on Bryan as fans boo.
Christian unloads on Bryan’s injured shoulder. Christian slams a pod door on Bryan’s arm. Christian goes to the top and nails a tornado DDT on Bryan for a two count. Sheamus takes control but Sheamus plants him on the steel. Cesaro gets kicked into the chains by Christian. Cesaro blocks Killswitch. Christian leaps up to the chains to block an uppercut. Cesaro pulls him down and they trade holds. Cesaro powerbombs Christian into plexiglass on the pod and nails a big uppercut for a two count. Cesaro puts a piece of plexiglass on Sheamus and uppercuts it into him. Cesaro with a big gutwrench slam on the steel. The timer goes off and the next man in is John Cena.
Cena comes in to boos and throws Christian into Cesaro. Bryan hits a hurricanrana on Cena from the top. Bryan with kicks to Cena’s chest now. Christian blocks the roundhouse and nails Killswitch on Bryan for a two count. Cesaro grabs Christian for a Cesaro Swing but Cena nails Cesaro and then slams Christian. Fans boo Cena. Sheamus stops a Five Knuckle Shuffle and hits White Noise on Cena for a two count. Sheamus and Cesaro go at it again. Cesaro and Christian double team Sheamus. Sheamus blocks a Neutralizer. Sheamus gets sent to the steel. Christian with a tornado DDT on Cesaro for a two count. Christian goes for Killswitch but stops to swing at Cena. Cena grabs him and slams him into the chains. Cena enters the ring with a shoulder tackle on Cesaro. Cesaro counters with a huge uppercut for a two count.
Cesaro, Bryan and Cena go at it now. Christian gets knocked back into the chains. Bryan saves Cesaro from an Attitude Adjustment. Bryan unloads with kicks on Cesaro in the corner. Bryan and Sheamus go at it now. Sheamus rams Bryan into the post and chains, Bryan goes down. Cesaro suplexes Sheamus into the ring for a two count. The timer goes off again and here comes Randy Orton. Orton stomps on Cesaro and goes after Cena. Orton stomps on Sheamus and then Bryan. Orton knocks Cena back down and fans chant “boring” then boo. Orton poses to more boos. Orton points at the WrestleMania XXX sign. He goes for the punt kick on Bryan but Bryan moves. Everyone has Orton cornered now. Orton goes back into his pod and shuts the door. The other Superstars fight while Sheamus taunts Orton from outside his pod. The crowd chants “p—y” and Orton laughs.
Sheamus turns around and Brogue Kicks Orton through the pod, breaking the plexiglass. Sheamus sends Orton into the chains and clotheslines him into the ring. Cena slams Orton and Sheamus goes down. Cena hits the Five Knuckle Shuffle on Orton. Cesaro comes in and tosses Cena out to the steel. Cesaro drops Orton and does the Cesaro Swing. Cesaro does 30 rotations and the crowd pops. Bryan takes advantage and lays out Cesaro. Sheamus runs over Bryan. Sheamus slams Christian next. Sheamus poses. Christian ducks a Brogue Kick but it hits Sheamus. Christian rolls up Sheamus for two. Christian covers Cena for two. Sheamus backs Christian to the steel. Sheamus goes for a big slam on the steel but Christian slides out and climbs to the top of the pod. Orton climbs up and fights with Sheamus. Orton superplexes Sheamus to the mat. Christian nails a big splash from the top of the pod to Sheamus. Christian pins Sheamus and he is eliminated.
Trainers help Sheamus out of the Chamber as Christian backdrops Orton to the steel. Bryan with the flying knee on Christian for the pin. Christian is eliminated. Christian is also helped out of the Chamber. It’s down to Cena, Cesaro, Bryan and Orton. Cena and Cesaro go at it while Orton and Bryan do. Cena dropkicks Cesaro to the steel and throws him into the chains. Bryan sends Orton into a pod. Cena and Bryan lock eyes and meet in the ring. Bryan and Cena go at it trading shots. Bryan goes for the Yes Lock but Cena powers through. Bryan kicks him away. Cena goes for an AA on Bryan but Cesaro comes from behind and hits a German on both of them. Cesaro with a two count on Cena. Cesaro with a big boot to the face on Orton. Cena drops Cesaro for the STF but Cesaro counters. Cesaro with a big gutwrench move but Cena counters with a hurricanrana. Cena goes for the AA again and nails it onto the steel. Cesaro lands hard. Cena drags him back in the ring and goes for the STF. Cesaro taps and is eliminated.
Cena goes for the STF on Orton. The lights go out and it’s The Wyatt Family. The lights finally come back on and The Wyatts are in the Chamber. Orton decks Cena from behind. Luke Harper runs over Bryan. Harper and Rowan beat Cena down. Bray joins in. Harper whips Rowan into Cena with a big splash. Rowan throws Cena into a Harper clothesline. Bray turns upside down in the corner before hitting Sister Abigail on Cena. A “thank you Wyatts” chant starts. The Wyatt Family leaves the Chamber. Orton slides over and covers Cena. Cena is eliminated.
The Wyatts stand outside of the Chamber but Kane comes out and makes them leave. A “you sold out” chant starts at Kane. Kane enters the Chamber to check on Cena as trainers help him out. Bryan leaps and takes out Kane with a flying knee. Orton sends Bryan into the pod and takes him up top. Bryan counters and turns Orton upside down in the corner. Bryan unloads with kicks. Bryan with three running dropkicks to the face. Fans chant Bryan’s name as he takes Orton up top for a super side suplex and nails it. Bryan with a close two count. Bryan goes to the top but Orton cuts him off. Orton with a second rope draping DDT. Orton readies for the RKO. Bryan blocks it. Bryan nails the flying knee but Kane pulls the referee right before the three count. Bryan drops Kane with a kick to the head. Orton nails the RKO but Bryan barely kicks out. A huge “yes!” chant starts but Orton says no. Bryan with a roll up for two. Bryan with a kick to the head and Orton goes back down. Kane decks Bryan with a big right hand and Orton nails the RKO for the win.
Winner: Still WWE World Heavyweight Champion ~ Randy Orton
- After the match, Orton takes his titles as Bryan recovers in the Chamber. Orton poses on the ramp as Cole rants about how Bryan got screwed again. We see a lot of sad fans in the crowd. The show goes off the air with Orton celebrating on the ramp.
JPOV: This was the best Chamber PPV out of the five. Besides the Cameron and AJ Lee Match and Darren vs. Titus, this show was off the charts. The Shield vs. The Wyatt Family match was epic that is all that needs to be said. Batista had a solid outing with Del Rio despite a very disrespectful crowd. Loved the chamber match sorry folks Bryan shouldn’t have won the title at the chamber PPV.
Josh’s Grade for the Elimination Chamber PPV: 8.5/10
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The WWE Elimination Chamber pay-per-view takes place tonight from the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The main event features the Elimination Chamber match with Randy Orton defending the WWE world heavyweight championship against Cesaro, Christian, Daniel Bryan, John Cena and Sheamus.
The first Elimination Chamber match took place at the 2002 Survivor Series. Tonight’s match will be the 17th chamber match in WWE history. Chris Jericho has competed in the most chamber matches at eight and Triple H has the most victories at four.
We are now going to take a look at the top matches inside the Elimination Chamber.
3) No Way Out 2009: Edge walked into this event as the WWE champion. The Smackdown chamber kicked off the night as Edge defended the title against Triple H, The Undertaker, Jeff Hardy and Big Show and Vladimir Kozlov. The champion didn’t last long as he was pinned by Jeff Hardy about 2:30 into the match. The match came down to Undertaker and Triple H with HHH winning the match to become the WWE champion.
The former champion wasn’t done for the night as the main event of the show was the Raw chamber match featuring John Cena defending the world heavyweight championship against Chris Jericho, Kane, Mike Knox, Rey Mysterio and Kofi Kingston.
As Kingston was making his way to the cage, Edge attacked him from behind and threw him into the ringside steps and then grabbed hit Kingston over the head with a chair. Edge then ran into one of the chamber pods and inserted himself into the match. Cena ended up being the third man eliminated as he was speared and pinned by Edge. The match came down to Edge and Mysterio. Edge threw Mysterio through the pod glass and put Mysterio back into the ring, speared him and became the new world heavyweight champion. Edge was the only WWE superstar to ever compete in two chamber matches in one night.
2) No Way Out 2008: The Undertaker is nearing the end of his Hall of Fame career. The Undertaker has only competed in three chamber matches in his career. Taker was in the 2008 match with Batista, MVP, Big Daddy V, Finlay and Great Khali to determine the number one contender for the world heavyweight championship. The final two participants were Taker and Batista. In a unique ending, Batista was on the outside with his back to the ring and Taker lifted Batista over the ropes for tombstone piledriver and the pinfall victory. That was The Undertaker’s lone chamber victory.
1) Survivor Series 2002: This was the first time that the match ever took place. The match featured HHH defending the world heavyweight championship against Shawn Michaels, Rob Van Dam, Booker T, Chris Jericho and Kane. One of the highlights of the match was Van Dam doing a five star frog splash and landing on HHH and causing a severe throat injury. The ending of the match came down to HHH and Michaels with Michaels back body dropping HHH from a pedigree and landing “Sweet Chin Music” to capture the title in a thrilling match.
Let us know what you think. You have any matches that differ from ours.
Michael and Steve are back for the latest podcast as the guys recap WWE Friday Night Smackdown. The show saw two Daniel Bryan matches and a Christian vs Sheamus main event.
The guys then preview the Elimination Chamber main event, the WWE return of Hulk Hogan, CM Punk at UFC 170 last night and the health of Jake “The Snake” Roberts.
As we stated earlier the WWE held their fourth quarter conference call today. The company during the call released their quarter numbers and revenues for pay-per-view.
-October’s Battleground drew 114,000 buys.
-October’s Hell in a Cell drew 228,000 buys compared to the 199,000 buys in 2012, 182,000 buys in 2011, 210,000 buys in 2010, and 283,000 buys for the same event in 2009.
-November’s Survivor Series pay-per-view produced 177,000 buys compared to 208,000 buys in 2012, 281,000 buys in 2011, 244,000 buys in 2010, and 235,000 buys in 2009.
-December’s TLC drew 181,000 buys compared to 175,000 buys in 2012, 179,000 in 2011, 195,000 buys in 2010, and 228,000 buys in 2009.
It was the first time that Battleground had been a PPV. Hell in a Cell this year headlined by Daniel Bryan vs Randy Orton for the vacant WWE championship inside the cell with Shawn Michaels as the special guest referee. That event also marked the return of John Cena, who was out with an arm injury.
Survivor Series was headlined by Orton vs The Big Show for the WWE championship and TLC was headlined by Cena vs Orton in a title unification bout.
Are the numbers where you expected them to be?
Adam Cole On Headlining The 12th Anniversary Show For Ring Of Honor And How CM Punk Made Him “Fall In Love” With ROH
We talk to the current Ring of Honor World Champion Adam Cole who headlines the company’s 12th anniversary show against Chris Hero on Friday night at the Pennsylvania National Guard Armory in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Cole discusses what headlining this show means to him, how CM Punk got him hooked to Ring of Honor, his crush on UFC star Ronda Rousey, the rise of Daniel Bryan and much more.
The WWE held their Smackdown tapings last night in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The show will air on Friday night on the SyFy channel starting at 8 p.m. ET. Here is what happened at the tapings.
-Smackdown started and it looks like we’re getting The Wyatt Family vs. Cody Rhodes, Goldust, and Rey Mysterio at some point. Colorado Springs went nuts for Daniel Bryan. This is the first live show since the wildfires prevented the WWE from making it to Colorado Springs.
-Daniel Bryan beat Jack Swagger. Vickie Guerrero and Kane-assigned Bryan with another match immediately against Cesaro.
-Daniel Bryan defeated Cesaro by DQ. We got some Swagger and Zeb Colter shenanigans. They were ejected. Kane came out to “watch.” We got some great back and forth wrestling. Bryan went for 20 spins on the Cesaro Swing. Bryan hit the running knee. Kane came in and chokeslammed Bryan for the DQ. Cesaro hits Bryan with the Neutralizer after the match.
-The Wyatt Family defeated Rey Mysterio, Cody Rhodes, and Goldust. An excellent six-man tag. Bray hit a crazy running block on Goldy, then hit Sister Abigail for the win. Great match. The Wyatts are legit creepy.
-Emma beat Summer Rae in a dance-off. Summer Rae danced and was booed. Emma danced and was cheered. Emma won. Fandango attacked Santino Marella. Emma pushed Fandango over Santino. There was more Emma and Santino kissing hijinx.
-Dolph Ziggler beat Titus O’Neil. Dolph won by pinfall. Darren Young was out for commentary. Titus was on his way to a win when Darren interjected, allowing Dolph to roll up Titus for the win.
-Jimmy Uso defeated Road Dogg.
-Sheamus defeated Christian. Good match. They worked a slow pace with Christian working over Shaemus’s left arm. Shaemus ended up winning with White Noise. No post show dark match. Christian attacked Sheamus, who cleared the ring to end the taping.
-The Wyatt Family attacked Sheamus, causing Daniel Bryan to come out. Kane then came, which brought out the Usos. The babyfaces cleared the ring except for Erick Rowan, who ate the Usos double superkick, a Brogue Kick, and Bryan’s running knee. The babyfaces celebrated, we all go home happy.
Just wanted to note that a “CM Punk” chant broke out, but it was cut off by them cranking some music.
Results were courtesy of ProWrestling.net.
A few more matches were announced on Raw completing the card for this Sunday’s WWE Elimination Chamber PPV. Here is the complete card for that show:
- Elimination Chamber for WWE World Heavyweight Championship: Randy Orton vs. Daniel Bryan vs. Cesaro vs. Sheamus vs. John Cena vs. Christian
- The Shield vs. The Wyatt Family
- Batista vs. Alberto Del Rio
- WWE Intercontinental Championship: Big E. vs. Jack Swagger
- WWE Tag Team Championship: The New Age Outlaws vs. The Usos
- Darren Young vs. Titus O’Neill
- Kickoff Show match: Cody Rhodes and Goldust vs. Curtis Axel and Ryback
First Segment: John Cena comes out to start tonights Monday Night RAW. They show a highlight package of Cena beating Randy Orton in main event of last weeks RAW. Cena says that you can tell by the energy in the building that tonight is Monday Night RAW. Cena mentions Orton’s big losing streak. Cena says this sunday there will be a new WWE World Heavyweight Champion.
Zeb Colter and Cesaro come out and interrupt John Cena. Colter says we’re looking at the next WWE World Heavyweight Champion. Cesaro takes the mic and says he will become the new face of WWE and the new face of America. Cesaro enters the ring and gets in the face of John Cena. Cena says Cesaro beat Orton on SmackDown, but that doesn’t mean Cesaro is on a winning streak, it means Orton is on a losing streak.
Sheamus comes out and interrupts John Cena and Cesaro. Sheamus says he’s going to Brouge kick both of their teeth in at the Chamber but he’s saving his Brouge for Randy Orton tonight. Christian music hits and forgives Sheamus for Brouge Kicking him on SmackDown, and says what happens to Sheamus in the Chamber Match won’t be a accident. Randy Orton comes out and thanks The Authority for giving him the opportunity to beat everybody in the Chamber Match. Orton admits he underestimated Cesaro on SmackDown, but says that won’t happen again. Orton enters the ring and was interrupted by Daniel Bryan who gets a massive pop.
Bryan says everyone came out to do a bunch of talking, but the fans are doing the talking for him. Bryan says the winner of the chamber leads them to the main event of WrestleMania XXX. Bryan says he’s worked too hard to let this opportunity slip through his fingers. Bryan says there will be one chant after the Chamber Match is over and that chant is YES!. Pyro hits and Corporate Kane comes out. Kane says that The Authority has given him a chance to rectify the mistakes he’s made in the last couple of weeks by making him in charge of Monday Night RAW tonight. Kane announces that Sheamus will take on Randy Orton, Cesaro will take on John Cena, and Daniel Bryan will take on Christian. Kane announces that the match between Christian and Bryan will start now. Christian attacks Daniel Bryan before the bell rings as we head into commercial break.
Also announced for tonights Monday Night Raw, Mark Henry will take on Roman Reigns and The Wyatt Family will take on Sin Cara and Los Matadores.
First Match: Christian vs. Daniel Bryan
Back from commercial break Christian continues to work on Bryan’s injured shoulder. Bryan turns it around with a knee to the gut. Byran gives Christian a couple of uppercuts. Bryan knocks Christian out of the ring and goes for the suicide dive, but Christian stops his momentum by landing a big right hand as Bryan was in the air. Christian slams Bryan to the mat and continues to work on Bryan injured arm.
Christian hits Bryan with a shoulder block and goes for a pin, but Bryan kicks out at 2. Christian mocks Bryan and continues working on the injured shoulder. Christian lands another shoulder block and goes for another pin attempt and Bryan kicks out at 2. Christian mounts Bryan with right hands and Bryan turns it around and gives Christian a half-crab, but Christian rolls through and takes cotrol of the match again. Bryan gets back up and hits a big dropkick on Christian. Bryan goes for another dropkick, but Christian lands a big boot. Christian hits Bryan with a elbow off the second rope. Bryan blocks the Killswitch attempt by Christian. Bryan tries to lock Christian in the Yes Lock, but Christian breaks out of it. Christian shoves Bryan into the corner, but as he was going for another Killswitch attempt Bryan blocked it again and rolls up Christian to pick up the victory.
Winner: Daniel Bryan
After the match Kane congratulates Bryan for victory over Christian. Kane regrets to inform Bryan that he has another match tonight and its against Kane.
Second Match: Daniel Bryan vs. Kane
Back from commercial break Kane is beating up Bryan around the ring. Kane lands a big suplex on Bryan from the ring apron. Kane keeps control of the match and whips Bryan arm first into the corner. Bryan comes back and hits a missile dropkick. Bryan tries to fight back, but Kane pushes him over the top rope. Kane goes out and whips Bryan into the barrier. Kane wraps Bryan’s shoulder around the ring post and won’t let go. Kane gets disqualified. After the match Kane continues his assault on Bryan and grabs the mic and says he knows that he got disqualified.
Winner: Daniel Bryan by DQ
Renee Young was shown backstage interviewing The Shield.She asks Reigns about Mark Henry, but Dean Ambrose speaks up and is surprised Henry showed up tonight after the beating he gave him last week. Reigns says Ambrose lost. Ambrose says he softened Henry up for Reigns. Ambrose says Reigns acts like he can do better. Reigns says he can. Rollins says they are always on the same page and will beat The Wyatt Family because they are made for war. Ambrose says The Wyatts are an illusion. Reigns says they don’t experience fear and they don’t back down.
Third Match: Fandango w/Summer Rae vs. Santino Marella w/Emma
They show us a video package of Emma’s history in NXT. A very short match, Santino jokes around the ring with Fandango and Summer Rae and Emma get into a argument. Emma gives Summer Rae a airplane spin and drops her down to the mat. Santino checks on Emma who’s dizzy at ringside they start flirting with each other. Fandango brings Santino back into the ring and hits the encore to pickup the victory.
Renee Young was shown backstage interviewing Mark Henry. Young ask Henry how he feels about being screwed out of the United States Championship last week. Henry says he should be the United States Champion right now. Young ask Henry for his opinions on tonights match with Roman Regins. Henry says this match isn’t bout winning or losing, its about inducting Regins into the Hall of Pain.
Fourth Match: Roman Regins vs. Mark Henry
Reigns starts the match with right hands and headbutts. Henry sends Reigns to the corner and splashes him. Reigns turns it around and takes Henry to one knee. Henry fights to his feet but Reigns nails a big Samoan Drop for a 2 count. Reigns hits the Superman Punch and hits the Spear to pick up the victory. After the match The Wyatt Family are shown on the titantron.
Bray Wyatt cuts a promo and says the clock is ticking. He says their bones will pave the streets of his kingdom. Harper asks if they’re willing to die for this. Bray says if they’re not, they’ve already lost. He laughs some more and turns his back. Reigns tells them to come out here and talk that noise. Wyatt says they were thinking the exact same thing. Rowan tells them to run. The lights go out again and the music hits.
The Wyatts enter the ring and they have a big stare down with The Shield. The Wyatt Family back off and got out of the ring.
Winner: Roman Regins
Back from commercial break Michael Cole announces that on the Elimination Chamber Kickoff Show The Rhodes Brothers will take on Curtis Axel and Ryback. The Rhodes Brothers were shown backstage playing around with some WWE action figures and the new WWE Stack Down play set. Bad News Barrett comes out and kicks the toys off the table he laughs at The Rhodes Brothers then leaves.
Fifth Match: Kofi Kingston vs. Jack Swagger w/Zeb Colter
Swagger starts the match mauling Kingston and sends him to the corner. Kingston tries a counter in the corner, but Swagger dumps him into the mat for a 2 count.Kofi tries to make a comeback but Swagger whips him hard into the corner and nails a Swagger Bomb for a 2 count. Swagger lands more big power moves on Kofi. Kofi nails a missile dropkick from the corner. Kofi with a kick to the head and a big springboard clothesline. More back and forth. Kofi nails a SOS but Swagger’s foot hits the bottom rope to break the pin. Kofi lands a big crossbody for another 2 count. Swagger rolls through and makes Kofi tap with the Patriot Lock.
Winner: Jack Swagger
Sixth Match: Big E vs. Jinder Mahal and Drew McIntyre
Big E hits Mahal a few times, then McIntyre joins in and Zeb stays at ringside with Swagger and starts to talk trash on the mic. Big E whips McIntyre outside and drops Mahal with a backbreaker, then McIntyre kicks Big E in the face and drops a knee. Big E takes a bit more punishment after some knees and a double suplex, then McIntyre whips him and Mahal kicks him in the face for a near fall. Big E shoves them back and backdrops Mahal, then he throws McIntyre on the floor and clotheslines Mahal. Big E follows with some more clotheslines and a belly-to-belly, then he splashes them both and tackles McIntyre in the corner. Big E goes to the opposite corner and tackles Mahal, then he suplexes Mahal into McIntyre and hits both with a Big Ending for the win.
Winner: Big E
Back from commercial break they show us a history package of WWE Hall of Famer Ron Simmons in honor of Black History Month. They also shows us a history of the Elimination Chamber Video Package.
Renee Young was shown backstage interviewing John Cena. Cena talks about the Elimination Chamber Match and also talks about the change thats coming to the WWE. Cena says tonight we’ll find out what Cesaro is made out of as their match is up next.
Seventh Match: Cesaro vs. John Cena
The bell rings and they lock up. Cesaro quickly rolls up Cena. They lock up again and trade holds and go to the mat.More back and forth action between Cesaro and Cena. Cesaro takes Cena down with a headlock. Cena overpowers Cesaro and slams him. Cena charges but Cesaro dumps him over the top and to the floor. Cesaro tosses Cena into the barrier. Cena comes back in the ring and drops Cesaro’s neck over the top. Cena runs into a big dropkick and Cesaro cover for 2. Cesaro with another 2 count. Cena fights out of another headlock. Cena slides off his shoulders and drops Cena’s neck over the top rope now. Cena with a neckbreaker for a 2 count. Cesaro whips Cena hard into the corner and he goes down. Cesaro kicks Cena out of the ring. We go to commercial with Cesaro in control.
Back from commercial break Cesaro and Cena land a couple right hands.Cesaro hits a big fallaway slam on Cena. Cena fights back but Cesaro applies a sleeper hold. Cesaro ends up running over Cena with a big clothesline for 2. Cena comes back with shoulder tackles and the crowd boos. Cesaro counters the big slam for a 2 count. Cesaro goes for the Cesaro Swing but Cena turns it into a STF and the crowd boos. Cesaro counters it and hits a gutwrench slam for a 2 count. More back and forth. Cena with the big slam and the Five Knuckle Shuffle as fans boo. Cesaro slides out of an Attitude Adjustment and nails the big uppercut in mid-air. Cena kicks out at 2. Cesaro grabs Cena for a Cesaro Swing but Cena counters and turns it into a DDT for a 2 count. Cena goes to the top but Cesaro runs up and knocks Cena to the floor with a big uppercut.
Cesaro suplexes Cena from the apron, over the turnbuckles and nails a big superplex for a 2 count. Cesaro finally hits a Cesaro Swing on Cena and drops him for a close 2 count. Cesaro goes for the Neutralizer but Cena counters as the fans boo. Cesaro lands on his feet from the AA and runs over Cena. Cesaro runs again but Cena nails a big clothesline. Cena rolls over and stands up with Cesaro on his shoulders. Cena nails the AA for the win.
Winner: John Cena
Back from commercial break Randy Orton was shown backstage talking to Triple H. Orton says he appreciates everything that the Authority has done for him over the years. Orton tells Triple H “Can you picture Batista being the face of the WWE?” Batista was standing right behind Orton. Batista says Orton isn’t the face of WWE, he’s the ass. Orton storms off. Alberto Del Rio walks up wearing a neck brace. He’s going to make Batista pay on Sunday. Del Rio says he’s going to break Batista’s arms and rip them off. Batista shoves Del Rio into a scissor lift. Triple H looks pissed off and Batista storms out.
Renee Young is backstage and reveals Darren Young will take on Titus O’Niel at Elimination Chamber. Titus comes over and plays the heel role. Titus says Darren has been a roadblock in him becoming champion. Titus says he will drop that dead weight on Sunday.
Eight Match: Los Matadores and Sin Cara vs. The Wyatt Family
Short match The Wyatt Family was controlling the entire the match. Bray Wyatt hits the Sister Abigail on Sin Cara to pickup the victory
Winner: The Wyatt Family
Ninth Match: Jey Uso vs. Billy Gunn
Back from commercial break and the WWE Tag Team Champions The New Age Outlaws are out. Jimmy Uso and Road Dogg are on commentary. Back and forth to start the match. Jey sends Gunn out to the floor and Road Dogg runs to check on him. Gunn runs over Jey with a big clothesline and covers for a 2 count.Gunn keeps control of the match and has Uso grounded with a headlock. Uso ends up getting the win with a roll up.
Winner: Jey Uso
- After the match, Jimmy lays Road Dogg out with a kick. The Usos lay The Outlaws out at ringside.
- Byron Saxton is backstage with Sheamus. Sheamus talks about his aggressive side and says Orton will get to see that side tonight. Back to commercial.
Tenth Match: Randy Orton vs. Sheamus
They lock up and go to the corner.Orton comes back in but Sheamus sends him right back out for another breather. Orton comes back in and strikes, taking Sheamus to the corner with an uppercut and a headbutt. Sheamus fights back with right hands and uppercuts of his own. Sheamus drops Orton and keeps up the attack in the corner. Sheamus hits a suplex. Orton goes back to the floor for another breather.
Sheamus comes out and they brawl on the floor. Sheamus slams Orton’s face into the announcers table. They come back in and Sheamus drops knees on Orton’s head. Sheamus with another uppercut. Sheamus misses a Brogue and lands on the top rope. Orton takes control and sends Sheamus flying into the ring post. Back to commercial.
Back from the break and Orton is in control but Sheamus fights out and sends him to the floor. They brawl on the floor again. Orton gets sent into the barrier. Orton turns it back around and brings it in the ring. Orton stomps away on Sheamus. Orton climbs up for a superplex but Sheamus knocks him to the mat. Sheamus nails a battering ram. Orton goes out for a monitor from the announce table but Sheamus follows. Orton sends Sheamus crashing through the announce table and a “holy s–t” chant breaks out.
Sheamus makes it back in at the 9 count but Orton starts stomping. Orton lands big powerslam and goes for another pin attempt. Orton goes for the second rope draping DDT but Sheamus dumps him to the apron. Sheamus with the big forearm shots to the chest now. Sheamus still can’t get the pin. Orton with the second rope draping DDT now. Sheamus blocks the RKO and hits the Irish Curse backbreaker, and another, and a third. Sheamus readies for a Brogue Kick but The Shield hits the ring and beats him down for the disqualification.
Winner: Sheamus by DQ
After the match a massive brawl breaks out with all the members of the Elimination Chamber Match and the 6 Man Tag Team Match as Raw goes off the air.
JPOV: WOW! Raw really delivered with this being the last Raw before Elimination Chamber. Alot of progression for storylines heading into the chamber and couple of new matches booked for the ppv that have to do with the current storylines. 10 wrestling matches tonight on RAW there was only 2 matches I didn’t like so thats telling something. Cesaro and Cena match was awesome. Just another fun night of wrestling.
Josh’s Grade: 10/10
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WWE.com has released its preview for tonight’s edition of WWE Raw so here is what you should expect on the show.
WWE World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton will square off against Sheamus in the final one-on-one-match he will have against his opponents at the Elimination Chamber PPV on Sunday. So far, Orton is 1-3 in the matches including a loss to Cesaro on “Smackdown”. WWE is doing everything it can to show that Orton’s title reign is in big jeopardy but they are really just diminishing their champion and the gold around his waist.
A match will officially be announced for Sunday’s PPV pitting the Usos against the New Age Outlaws with the tag-team titles on the line. The Outlaws have been leery of the match but somehow they will get forced into it.
More Jack Swagger who is now the #1 contender for the Intercontinental Championship after beating Kofi Kingston, Rey Mysterio and Mark Henry to earn the spot. He’ll square off against Big E at Elimination Chamber for the title. It will be interesting to see if WWE actually does something with Swagger since he was positioned as the out man out of the Real Americans with Cesaro getting pushed into a world title shot.
Expect at least a confrontation between Daniel Bryan and Kane on the show as well. In fact, I’d say there is a good chance the former tag-team champions will face off in a match. On a side note, have you see Daniel Bryan’s new t-shirt?
Look for Alberto Del Rio to go after Batista after getting beaten up silly by the Animal on last week’s show including his eating a Batista Bomb through the announcers table. Good luck getting this feud on track and create doubt on who will win the match at Elimination Chamber.
Name changes to a someone who is on the WWE main roster is unheard of, especially with someone who will be main eventing an upcoming WWE pay-per-view.
Starting at last night’s Smackdown tapings, Antonio Cesaro will be simply known as Cesaro. No reason for the name change is known at this time. You can see the name change on Cesaro’s WWE.com profile and Twitter page.
Cesaro will be in the main event of the Elimination Chamber PPV that takes on Sunday, Febraury 23 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Cesaro will be competing in the Elimination Chamber against WWE World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton, John Cena, Daniel Bryan, Sheamus and Christian.
The WWE held their Smackdown tapings last night in Ontario, California. The show will air on Friday night on the SyFy channel starting at 8 p.m. ET. Here is what happened at the tapings.
-Smackdown opened with Daniel Bryan coming out. Huge cheers. A six man tag was introduced between Daniel Bryan, Christian, and Sheamus vs The Shield.
-The Shield defeated Daniel Bryan, Sheamus, and Christian. Great back and forth action between all men. The crowd was crazy for Daniel Bryan and The shield. The Shield got the win after Sheamus gave Christian the accidental Brogue Kick, and Rollins pinned him.
-Vickie Guerrero cut a promo with Zeb Colter where he asked her to be his Valentine. She set up a Four-Way match for the IC title.
-Jack Swagger beat Mark Henry, Rey Mysterio, and Kofi Kingston in a Four-Way to become No. 1 contender to the Intercontinental Title. Henry was tossed aside early to make way for the other three taking turns beating on each other. Henry came back in and cleared the ring. Swagger did an awesome double suplex with Kofi and Mysterio. Swagger tossed Mysterio from the ring and then put the Patriot Lock on Kofi and he tapped.
-Eva Marie beat Alicia Fox. The crowd was pretty flat for this besides booing when Eva when she came out. She won with a cheap roll up.
-Bad News Barrett was out next making fun of American women eating chocolates on Valentine’s Day. He called them fat pigs. Funny.
-The Uso Brothers, Goldust, and Cody Rhodes defeated The New Age Outlaws, Ryback, and Curtis Axel in an eight-man tag. Road dogg started off by getting worked over, then one of the Uso’s got worked over by traditional heel style tag team. Ryback came in and the loud Goldberg chants started. He told us all to shut up. A small group of fans started a CM Punk chant that died after 15 seconds. Jimmy got the hot tag and cleaned house, then did the ass to the head of the Outlaws. There was some outside flying action on the heels and then the Uso’s double kicked Road Dogg, followed up with a top rope splash, and finished off Road Dogg.
-Darren Young beat Damien Sandow. Titus O’Neil came out for commentary. Darren pinned Sandow in under two minutes. Complete waste of time. After the match, Titus attacked Darren and they fought back and forth before Darren ripped off part of Titus’ pants.
-The Miz beat Fandango (w/Summer Rae). They both traded offense for a few minutes before Santino Marella and Emma came out. Summer Rae confronted Emma and then slapped her, which started a cat fight. Miz hit the Skull Crushing Finale off the distraction for the win. Emma did her dance afterward.
-Cesaro defeated Randy Orton in a non-title match. There were some signs planted in the audience that said “Cesaro Section.” Looks like they are starting to call Antonio Cesaro as just Cesaro now, as this is the second time they’ve called him that tonight. Fast back and forth action to start with Orton ducking out of the ring a few times. Strong cheers for Cesaro and loud We The People chants. Orton faked an injury outside and then roughed up Cesaro. Orton went for his hanging DDT, but Cesaro reversed it into the Cesaro Swing and he did 16 revolutions. The crowd went crazy. Great near fall, as Cesaro hit the uppercut. There were loud “this is awesome” chants and the crowd was loving this match. Cesaro hit a powerbomb off a reversal from the top rope and then hit The Neutralizer for the clean pin.
Kane came out and said Daniel Bryan disrespected him on Raw and he demanded an apology. Bryan came down and played the crowd before beating Kane down and celebrating with the crowd.
Results were courtesy of ProWrestling.net.
A lot of hype was surrounding last night’s edition of WWE Monday Night Raw. The main event of the show was WWE World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton facing John Cena. The show was also highlighted by TV star Betty White being the guest host of the show.
The difference was noticeable as Raw scored a 3.14 rating with an average of 4.33 million viewers. The rating is slightly down from last week as the rating was a 3.15, but the viewership was up as the show from last week averaged 4.21 million viewers.
The first hour averaged 4.50 million viewers that was highlighted by the opening segment featuring Betty White and then Daniel Bryan, Randy Orton, Triple H and Stephanie McMahon. The second hour averaged 4.34 million viewers that was featured by a tag match with Christian and Sheamus vs. Antonio Cesaro and Jack Swagger and Alberto Del Rio vs Dolph Ziggler, which featured a post-match attack by Batista.
The final hour of the show averaged 4.15 million viewers, which was featured by the aforementioned main event of Cena vs Orton.
Brian and Steve recap WWE Raw from Monday night including some very good wrestling matches including John Cena against Randy Orton, the Wyatt Family and The Shield ramping up their feud, Antonio Cesaro standing out, Daniel Bryan getting big reactions and more. Plus, they talk about the big returns of The Undertaker and Hulk Hogan reportedly set for the February 24th edition of Raw, WWE TV negotiations and plenty of your questions.
First In Ring Segment: RAW starts off with Betty White and Big Show coming out to a big pop. Betty White says she can’t express how excited she is to be a guest star on Monday Night RAW. Big Show ask her what is going to happen tonight and she said she is going to kick some ass. The Authority come out and interrupt Betty White and The Big Show.
Triple H says he would like to clarify a few things that happen on Raw last week. Triple H says that they would have to reconsider if Daniel Bryan, Christian, Sheamus, Antonio Cesaro or even John Cena will be the face of the WWE.Randy Orton comes to out interrupt the Authority. Stephanie McMahon says Randy Orton should go back and prepare for his main event match tonight on Raw. Randy Orton says he needs to bring back The Viper for the remainder of his title regin. Stephanie McMahon ask Randy if the Authority can trust him anymore? A massive Daniel Bryan and CM Punk chant starts from the Los Angeles crowd.
Randy Orton says he is the heart and soul of the WWE. Daniel Bryan comes out to interrupt Randy Orton. Daniel Bryan ask Orton if he is the heart and soul of the WWE. Stephanie McMahon says she doesn’t appreciate Orton or Bryan coming out and interrupting her and HHH especially on live TV. Stephanie says for the ongoing future all superstars will have to make an appointment with the Director of Operations. Daniel Bryan says thats the reason why he is out there and he wants to fight Kane tonight on Raw. Daniel Bryan says Triple H and Stephanie McMahon are the combination of ignorance and stupidity. Randy Orton tells Bryan to give them respect that they deserved. Orton ask permission to punt Bryan all the way to Seattle.
Triple H says that tonight Daniel Bryan will get a well deserved night off. Daniel Bryan says no to the Authority. Triple H says it doesn’t matter what the fans want.
It was shown that Mark Henry will return tonight. Coming up next The Rhodes Brothers and Rey Mysterio will take on The Wyatt Family.
1.) Rey Mysterio, Cody Rhodes and Goldust vs. The Wyatt Family
Erick Rowan and Cody Rhodes will start this match. Rowan starts clubbing Rhodes. Rhodes dragged Rowan to the corner and tag in his brother Goldust. Erick Rowan starts throwing Goldust around the ring and tags in Luke Harper. Harper starts charging towards Goldust, but Goldust ducks out of the way and tags in Cody Rhodes. Cody Rhodes hits a missle drop kick to Luke Harper. Cody sends Harper to the floor. Cody sends Rey flying out onto Harper. The Wyatt Family gets frustrated and we go to commercial break.
Back from commercial break Erick Rowan apply a chinlock on Goldust. Rowan continues to club Goldust and tags in Harper. Harper and Rowan double team Goldust. Luke Harper tags in Bray Wyatt he slaps Goldust and starts taunting him. Bray Wyatt and Goldust start exchanging blows and Wyatt tags in Erick Rowan who throws Goldust to the turnbuckle and falls down. Rowan steps on Goldust face and then gives him a headbutt. Goldust tries to make some seperation from Rowan he runs towards Cody and Rowan catches Goldust. Rowan starts charging to Goldust, but Goldust pulls down the rope and Rowan falls down. Rowan tags in Harper and Goldust make the sepeartion and tags in Rey Mysterio.
Rey Mysterio comes off the hot tag and puts Bray Wyatt and Luke Harper in position for the 619. Rey Mysterio hits the 619 on Harper, but Bray knocks down Mysterio. Cody Rhodes comes in and hits a suicide dive on Bray Wyatt. Bray Wyatt gets back up and tags into the match himself as Rey Mysterio was attempting the 619 he catches him and hits the Sister Abigail on Mysterio to pick up the victory for The Wyatt Family.
After the match Bray Wyatt says that The Shield are like little toy solidiers fighing in the war they want no part in. Wyatt says that the Shield will fall and then concludes by saying “Follow the Buzzards.”
Winner: The Wyatt Family
Back from commercial break Michael Cole shows us a highlight package of Roman Regins record breaking performance from this years Royal Rumble Match where he eliminated 12 men from the match a new Royal Rumble Match record.
Renee Young is backstage with The Shield and ask them if The Wyatt Family words are getting in the head of The Shield. The Shield says action speaks louder than words. Renee mentions that its been awhile since Dean Ambrose has defended his United States Championship and ask if he had any thoughts about that. Dean says he will put out a open challenge to anybody in the locker room that will step up and face him for the United States Championship.
Betty White is shown backstage with the stars of “Total Divas”, Vickie Guerrero tells Betty White from one cougar to another she welcomes her to Monday Night RAW. The WWE Tag Team Champions The New Age Outlaws interrupted the girls and tells Betty White they will like to have a cup of tea with her.
2.) Santino Marella w/Emma vs. Fandango w/Summer Rae
Santino and Fandango lock up and go at it. Fandango drops Santino from behind and goes to work on him. Fandango ends up going to the top but Santino climbs up. Fandango knocks him to the mat and nails the big leg drop for the easy win.
Sheamus was shown backstage being interview by Byron Saxton. Sheamus says he doesn’t care who gets in his way, he will Brouge kick them and go on to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
3.) Christian and Sheamus vs. The Real Amercians
Zeb cuts a promo on Sheamus, Christian and the fans. Cesaro speaks and says he will be the first Real American to win the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. Christian and Antonio Cesaro start off the match.Cesaro takes control of Christian. Swagger tags in. Christian blocks a double team and rolls Swagger up for 2. Christian nails a big missile dropkick for another 2 count. Sheamus tags in and goes at it with Swagger. Sheamus with a nice suplex for a 2 count. Swagger turns it around with a big knee to the gut and tags in Cesaro. Sheamus counters a move from Cesaro and nails a big clothesline for 2.
Cesaro comes back and unloads on Sheamus with several uppercuts. Sheamus fights back with right hands. Sheamus ends up going to the top for a big battering ram and a 2 count. Swagger grabs Sheamus, allowing Cesaro to hit a big boot to the face that sends Sheamus off the apron. Back to commercial.
Back from the break and they’re going at it. Christian with the back elbow on Cesaro. Cesaro blocks Killswitch but Christian blocks that. Cesaro with a huge uppercut for a close 2 count. Cesaro with another pin attempt. Swagger tags in and stomps away on Christian. Swagger works him over and goes for another pin attempt. More back and forth. Cesaro tags in for some double teaming and another 2 count on Christian. Cesaro hits the Cesaro Swing on Christian.Christian comes back in but Cesaro covers for 2. Swagger comes back in for another nice double team move and pin attempt. Cesaro comes in and misses a double team move.
Swagger gets sent to the floor. Sheamus and Swagger tag in. Sheamus unloads and hits a high knee. Sheamus with a close 2 count. Sheamus with the forearm shots to the chest on the apron. Sheamus with a running powerslam on Swagger. Sheamus readies for the Brogue but Cesaro decks him. Cesaro takes forearm shots now until Swagger makes the save. Swagger with the Patriot Lock on Sheamus. Christian leaps off the top with a crossbody. Christian drops Cesaro on the floor now. Sheamus nails a Brogue on Swagger for the win.
Winner: Sheamus & Christian
Renee Young interviews John Cena. John Cena says change is coming soon with the WWE Network launching in two weeks. Also tonight he will close his rivalry with Randy Orton tonight.
4.) Dolph Ziggler vs. Alberto Del Rio
Alberto Del Rio kicks the leg of Dolph Ziggler and throws a couple punches to Ziggler face. Dolph Ziggler gains momentum of the match. He lands 10 elbows to the chest of Alberto Del Rio. Dolph Ziggler attempts to hit the Zig Zag, but Del Rio counters. Alberto Del Rio lands a vicious kick to the head of Dolph Ziggler to pick up the victory. After the match Del Rio goes back in the ring and puts Ziggler in the cross arm breaker.
Batista comes out and starts brawling with Alberto Del Rio. Batista throws Del Rio to the barricade. Batista gives Del Rio the Batista Bomb through the announce table.
Winner: Alberto Del Rio
The Bella Twins show us how to use the WWE Network. Announcement for the third member joining the Ultimate Warrior and Jake “The Snake” Roberts in this year WWE Hall of Fame will come next.
Back from commercial break it was announced that Lita will be inducted in this year WWE Hall of Fame.
Betty White is having tea with The Outlaws. She seems suspicious of them. Road Dogg has his own recipe of tea. Betty admires the tag titles. The Outlaws go to get some lemons and she switches their tea. They come back and everyone drinks up.
5.) Ryback and Curtis Axel vs. The Usos
Jey Uso and Curtis Axel lock up to start the match. Jey Uso throws a couple blows to Axel. The Usos double teams Axel. Curtis Axel regains momentum and tags in Ryback. Ryback sends Jey Uso to the corner and tags in Curtis Axel. Curtis Axel starts grounding Jey Uso and tags in Ryback.
Axel comes back in and nails a big running knee to the head. Axel with a knee drop and tag to Ryback. Fans chant “Goldberg” as Ryback takes control. Ryback takes Uso to the top and climbs up. Uso fights him off and sends Ryback to the mat. Uso with a big corkscrew move. Jey Uso tags in and unloads on Axel. Uso with a big clothesline and a Samoan Drop for a 2 count as Ryback breaks it up. He sends Ryback into the ring post and they double team Axel. Jey tags in Jimmy and dives out onto Ryback. Jimmy nails a Superfly Splash for the win.
Winner: The Usos
6.) WWE United States Championship Match
Dean Ambrose (c) vs. Mark Henry
Mark Henry starts throwing Ambrose around the ring to start the match. Dean Ambrose gets back in the ring and charges toward Mark Henry, but he countered and give him the big boot. Mark Henry throws Dean Ambrose arm first to the ring post. Dean Ambrose tries to attack the injured arm of Mark Henry. Mark Henry launches Dean Ambrose outside of the ring and we go to commercial break.
Back from break Ambrose continue to work on Henry injured arm. Mark Henry makes a comeback and catches Dean Ambrose and hits the World’s Strongest Slam. Henry goes for the pin but Seth Rollins breaks it up. Ambrose would be disqualified, but still retains his championship. After the match there was a staredown with The Shield and The Wyatts.
Winner: Mark Henry
7.) 6 Diva Tag Team Match
The Bella Twins and Cameron w/Eva Marie vs. AJ Lee, Aksana, and Alicia Fox
Typical Divas match a bunch of quick tags with both teams. Cameron came in off the hot tag and hit the girl bye DDT on Aksana to pick up the victory.
Winner: The Bella Twins and Cameron
In Ring Segment: Kane comes out and says he fully accepts the punishment The Authority gave to him. Kane says it was ill advised when he came out during Bryan’s match last week. Bryan comes out and starts brawling with Kane. Bryan hits the suicide dive on Kane and sends him over the barricade. Kane starts running away and Daniel Bryan leads the Los Angeles crowd in a YES! Chant.
It was announced on SmackDown there will be a big eight man tag team match pinning Rybaxel vs. The Usos vs. Cody Rhodes & Goldust vs. The New Age Outlaws. WWE World Heavyweight Champion will take on Antonio Cesaro.
8.) Randy Orton vs. John Cena
Orton starts off with a headlock. They run the ropes and Cena hits a hip toss for a 2 count. Orton goes to the floor for a breather. Cena with a headlock now. They trade holds and Orton goes back to the floor. Orton walks half-way up the ramp before heading back to the ring. Orton comes back in and beats Cena down. Cena fights back and hits a bulldog for a 2 count. Cena runs the ropes but Orton drops him with an elbow. Orton shows off.
Orton stomps on Cena. Cena with a suplex. Cena charges in the corner but Orton moves and Cena goes down. A CM Punk chant starts up but doesn’t get far. Orton beats Cena to the floor and slams his face into the announcers table, which they finally got fixed. Orton backdrops Cena onto the barrier. Orton brings Cena back in for a 2 count. Orton with right hands and a knee drop. Orton poses again as we go back to commercial.
Back from commercial break, Cena gives Randy Orton a body slam. Orton and Cena exchange blows. Orton puts Cena on the apron and gives him a suplex. Orton gives Cena the chin lock. Orton plants a vicious DDT on Cena. Orton gives the stomps to Cena. Cena comes from behind and school boy him for a 2 count. Cena goes for the 5 moves of doom and lands the five knuckle shuffle. Cena goes for the Attitude Adjustment but Orton counters. Cena launches Orton over the top rope.
Cena powers Orton for the Attitude Adjustment and once again Orton countered it. Orton puts Cena on the top rope and attempt the top rope suplex, Cena knocks Orton then Orton knocks Cena down and gives the vicious DDT from the top turnbuckle. Orton sets up the RKO and Cena counters and puts Orton in the STF and Orton gets back to the ropes to break up the submission. Orton gets back up and sets up the punt and Cena countered and try to give Orton the Attitude Adjustment, but Orton countered and gives Cena the RKO and Cena kicks out at 2.
Cena hits the Attitude Adjustment on Orton, but Orton kicks out at 2. Cena puts Orton on the top rope and attempts a top rope Attitude Adjustment. Cena hits a top rope leg drop and hits the Attitude Adjustment on Orton to pickup the victory.
Winner: John Cena
JPOV: A very good edition of Monday Night RAW. Alot of progression in storylines heading into the Elimination Chamber PPV. I enjoyed the six man tag team match with The Wyatt Family taking on Rey Mysterio and The Rhodes Brothers. Two other great tag team matches tonight with Sheamus and Christian beating Real Americans and The Usos beating Rybaxel.
Betty White as a guest star was really funny tonight one of the better celebrities that’s been on RAW in the last couple of years. Good to see Daniel Bryan getting more promo time tonight with The Authority. I’m excited to see the Daniel Bryan and Kane match. Good outing for Batista who shine tonight with his attack on Alberto Del Rio. Like seeing Batista being the big destructive monster instead the casual jacked up guy thats talk each time he comes out.
The John Cena and Randy Orton match wasn’t that bad either even though the fans in Los Angeles were trying to get their selves over. Overall a fun night on RAW which was needed on this road to the Elimination Chamber. Also congratulations to Lita who will be in the WWE Hall of Fame this year joining the Ultimate Warrior and Jake “The Snake” Roberts.
Josh’s Grade for RAW: 9/10
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