Last night’s show opened exactly where I feared it would: with Betty White walking out to the ring. Luckily, Big Show stepped up to be the world’s largest arm candy. And this whole charade quickly ended when The Authority came out. Thank goodness. Too bad it didn’t signal Betty White’s final appearance on the show. [Read more...]
WWE World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton comes out to resounding boo from the LIVE audience in Omaha, Nebraska. Randy Orton says it’s a understatement that the Authority is trying to strip him of the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. He ask the crowd how many times does he have to beat John Cena, Daniel Bryan, Christian, Sheamus and Antonio Cesaro. He tells the crowd he got some bad news that he will still be the champion after the Elimination Chamber PPV is over.
Randy Orton says he will go on to beat the muscle bound freak Batista. He brings back some memories of their Evolution days. The Authority comes out, Stephanie McMahon comes out to tell Orton that don’t bite the hands that feeds you. Randy Orton doesn’t care about what the corwd thinks. Triple H beginnings to wonder why they decided to let Orton be the face of the WWE. Stephanie McMahon says over the next few weeks he will face the man that are in the chamber match. She says tonight Randy Orton will fight Daniel Bryan.
Triple H leads a YES! Chants. Michael Cole shows us a replay of the WWE Tag Team Championship match from the Royal Rumble Kickoff Show as to preview for tonights rematch inside a Steel Cage. The New Age Outlaws will face The Rhodes Brothers in a rematch.
1.) 6 Man Tag Team Match~ The Shield vs. Big E Langston, Kofi Kingston, and Rey Mysterio
Big E Langston and Dean Ambrose start off the match. Michael Cole and JBL talk about how the fact Dean Ambrose never defends his WWE United States Championship. Seth Rollins and Kofi Kingston tags into the match, Rollins brings Kingston to the Shield corner and Ambrose tags in. Ambrose grounds Kingston and tags in Roman Regins and continues the quick tags as Seth Rollins comes into the match.
Kofi Kingston tries to build more momentum, but Rollins knocks down Kingston and tags in Ambrose. Dean Ambrose continues to attack the ribs of Kofi Kingston and Seth Rollins tags into the match. Kofi Kingston comes tags in Rey Mysterio, Mysterio picks up the speed of the match and does series of highflying moves. Seth Rollins puts on top of his shoulders and Regins tags in and gives Kingston the Superman Punch. This 6 Man Tag Team Match heads into commercial break.
Back from break Dean Ambrose applies a headlock and Rey tries to build momentum, but Dean charges toward Rey to the turnbuckle Rey reverse. Off the hot tag Big E Langston bulldozes Roman Regins, Langston does a impressive back suplex and hits the splash. The Shield stop 2 count Kingston comes in attack Kingston. Roman Regins throw Kingston to ringside. Roman Regins hit the Superman Punch and was setting up for the spear, but Ambrose tags himself in to the match and hits the front face DDT to pickup the victory. Great 6 Man Tag Team Match. The Wyatts appear on the screen. Bray says he understands The Shield and got their blueprint stuck in his head. Bray Wyatt says The Shield moment is coming closer than they think. Luke Harper says was it worth it. Erick Rowan says run.
Winner: The Shield
BAD NEWS BARRET SEGMENT:
Wade Barrett says last night Super Bowl was the highest rated show in US History. He mentions that the people stuff their face with all the junk food in their stomach and they probably won’t make it to the next year game. Jerry Lawler interrupts and says he has some bad news. Lawler tells him that he hopes that Barrett doesn’t make it to RAW next week.
Michael Cole shows a preview for the new WWE Countdown show on the WWE Network whichs comes out in 3 weeks. Cole also mentions that for $120 dollar a year you can get alll of the PPV’s. It was also announce that Batista will be on the show later tonight
2.) Christian vs. Jack Swagger w/Zeb Colter
Jack Swagger lock up and early into the match Christian launches Swagger over the top rope. Christian attempts a suicide dive he stops on the apron as Swagger ducking out and then Swagger knocks Christian off the apron on to the floor. Jack Swagger throws Christian back into the ring. Jack Swagger throws Christian around the ring and applies a shoulder lock on Christian. Christian counters and kicks Swagger in the face, Christian charges to Swagger but he picks him up and slams him down to the mat. A let’s go Christian chant from the Omaha crowd starts and Swagger lands a series of punches to Christian face.
Jack Swagger goes on the tope rope he jumps off and recieves a drop kick from Christian. Christian does the missle drop kicks and starts building his momentum, but Swagger catches him off guard again with the knee to chest. Christian gives Swagger a right hand to Swagger on the apron. Christian gets caught and gets put into the Patriot Lock, a series of reversals and counters lead to Swagger getting school boyed and Christian picks up the victory.
Coming up next the it’s WWE Tag Team Championship Steel Cage Match between the champs The New Age Outlaws taking on The Rhodes Brothers. It was announced that Betty White will guest star on Monday Night RAW next week.
3.) Steel Cage Tag Team Match for the WWE Tag Team Championship~ The New Age Outlaws (c) vs. Cody Rhodes & Goldust
Road Dogg and Goldust start off the match, Goldust applies the headlock to Road Dogg. Goldust does some old school getting in the head tactis to Road Dogg he then tags in Billy Gunn. Goldust and Billy Gunn have a stare down and they do their traditional signature poses. Cody Rhodes tags into the match and Cody tries to school boy Billy Gunn, but he kicks out at 2. New Age Outlaws look flustered in the early start of the match.
Road Dogg tags into the match and starts attacking the injured arm of Cody Rhodes. Massive CM Punk chant starts. The Outlaws starts applying a series of quick tags in the match. Cody Rhodes starts stomping on Road Doggs arm, and Cody Rhodes tags in Goldust. Goldust brings Road Dogg to the corner does the 10 punches to the face. It was shown that the Steel Cage Match is the Number 1 Trend in the World.
Back from commercial break, The Outlaws are still in control of the match. Billy Gunn comes off the tag and continues to slice the ring away from Cody Rhodes and Goldust. Billy Gunn kicks Goldust in the face. Road Dogg comes into the match and Road Dogg does the shake rattle and roll and Goldust knocks him down. Cody Rhodes comes in off the hot tag and Cody Rhodes throw Road Dogg to the steel. Cody Rhodes hits the Disaster Kick to Billy Gunn, but he kicks out at 2. Cody Rhodes goes on top of the Steel Cage. Rhodes hits the top rope moonsault on Road Dogg then Billy Gunn hits the famasser to Rhodes to pick up the victory.
Winners: Still WWE Tag Team Champions The New Age Outlaws.
4.) Titus O’Neil vs. Zack Ryder
Zack Ryder starts punching O’Neil. Titus knocks Ryder to the ringside and throws Ryder to the barricade. Titus O’Neil gives Zack Ryder a bear hug. The Miz comes out and complains about how Zack Ryder has a match, but The Miz doesnt. Titus charges toward Ryder, but Ryder counters and O’Neil kicks out at 2. Zack Ryder gives O’Neil the boot to the face. Titus gets back up and hits the Clash of the Titus on Ryder to pick up the victory.
Winner: Titus O’Neil
5.) Santino Marella vs. Fandango w/Summer Rae
Santino proposes a dance off between the Summer Rae against a member of the audience. Emma was shown in the audience #Emmalution. Santino brings her into the ring. Santino polls the audience and Emma picks up the victory over Summer Rae.
Michael Cole shows us a preview of the WWE Legends House show which will air on the WWE Network.
6.) Sheamus vs. Curtis Axel w/Ryback
Sheamus and Curtis Axel lock up, Sheamus out wrestles Axel which makes him frustrated. Sheamus applies the head lock, but gets trap in the corner and Axel starts applying the pressure to Sheamus. Sheamus gets Axel on the apron and does the Celtic Chops to the chest of Axel. Sheamus bangs Axel head on the announce table. Axel rams Sheamus elbow through the ring post. Curtis Axel continues to attack the recently repaired arm of Sheamus, Sheamus starts building momentum but Axel continues to ground Sheamus.
Curtis Axel applies a armlock to Sheamus and continues to ground the Celtic Warrior. Sheamus lands a couple of rights and hits the Brouge Kick to pick up the victory.
Batista comes out to a big pop and Alberto Del Rio comes right before Batista starts talking. Alberto Del Rio says before Batista puts the crowd to sleep about how he is going to WrestleMania. Batista says he doesnt know what the issue with Del Rio is. Alberto Del Rio says u being famous doesn’t make u the champion. Alberto Del Rio says that Batista is afraid of him. Alberto Del Rio punches Batista, Batista gets back up and tries to give Del Rio the Batista bomb, but Del Rio countered and ran out of the ring.
7.) Dolph Ziggler, R-Truth, and Xavier Woods vs. The Wyatt Family
Back from the break and out comes The Wyatt Family. Rowan starts things off with Woods and beats him down after a pep talk from Bray Wyatt. Woods counters a move and starts kicking and chopping Rowan. Rowan grabs him but Truth tags in and they double team Rowan and finally bring him down. Truth drops a leg drop for a 2 count. Rowan slams Truth back into the corner and Luke Harper tags in. Truth fights them off but Rowan whips Truth into a big boot from Harper.
Bray tags in and unloads on Truth. Bray taunts Ziggler and turns around to splash Truth in the corner. Harper comes back in and does the gator roll on Truth. Fans chant for Ziggler to come in. Harper drops Truth with a headbutt but Truth nails a heel kicl. Ziggler comes in and unloads on Harper. Ziggler with a big dropkick and right hands in the corner. Ziggler nails a neckbreaker and a big elbow drop for a 2 count. Ziggler drops Harper again but Rowan breaks the pin at 2. Rowan tosses Ziggler into the corner. Woods dropkicks Rowan out of the ring. Bray chokeslams Woods. Truth kicks Bray out. Harper nails a big clothesline on Ziggler. Harper tags in Bray. He turns upside down in the corner before hitting Sister Abigail on Ziggler for the win.
-After the match, The Shield appears on the big screen. Ambrose says they’re not afraid of all the monster talk and sheep masks. Rollins says Bray is so delusional, a figment of his own imagination. Rollins says they can’t hang with The Shield. Reigns says they are in The Shield’s yard and they don’t play games. Playtime is over at Elimination Chamber. Bray laughs at them in the ring. Bray says he welcomes the war and tells The Shield to bring it to him.
A promo was shown of NXT Superstar Alexander Rusev and his manager Lana.
8.) The Funkadactyls vs. Aksana and Alicia Fox
Back from the break and Aksana waits in the ring with Alicia Fox as Cameron and Naomi make their way out. Before they get started, Divas Champion AJ comes out with Tamina Snuka. AJ joins commentary as Tamina stands guard.
Naomi and Aksana go it back and forth. Naomi smacks her own rear and takes Aksana down. Naomi rolls around the ring with Aksana in a leg lock. Naomi with a 2 count. Aksana counters and slams Naomi on her face. Aksana stomps away on Naomi’s knee. Aksana with a suplex and a 2 count. Aksana with more offense and another 2 count. Aksana with a chinlock now. Naomi makes a comeback but Aksana cuts her off with a knee to the face and a 2 count. Aksana pounds the mat in frustration. Naomi trips Aksana on her face. Naomi with a split-legged moonsault in the corner for the win.
-After the match, Alicia Fox attacks Naomi but Cameron makes the save. Cameron whips Alicia into a Rear View from Naomi for the win.
9.) Randy Orton vs. Daniel Bryan
Back from the break and Orton vs. Christian is announced for SmackDown. Fans chant for Bryan. They go at it and Orton goes out. Orton comes back in and attacks but Bryan drops him. Bryan works on Orton’s arm now. Fans chant for CM Punk now as Orton drops Bryan and stomps on him. Orton yells at fans as they chant for Bryan. Orton drops him with a shoulder tackle and poses to more boos.
Bryan comes back with a takedown and tries to stomp on Orton in the corner but is backed off by the referee. Bryan wraps Orton’s leg around the ring post and slams it. Bryan runs and dropkicks Orton’s knee into the ring post. Bryan comes back in and continues working on Orton’s leg. Orton bites Bryan to get him to let go of his leg. Orton with uppercuts now. Bryan backslides Orton out of nowhere for a 2 count. Bryan goes back to work on Orton’s hurt leg.
Orton goes to the floor for a breather but Bryan meets him and unloads. Bryan tosses Orton over the announcers table and into Michael Cole. Bryan brings it back in the ring and takes him to the corner. Bryan takes Orton to the top and climbs up for a big hurricanrana. Bryan covers for a 2 count. Bryan with a modified surfboard submission now before stomping on Orton’s leg. Bryan keeps control and applies a single crab. Orton crawls for the ropes but Bryan drags him back. Orton finally makes it to the rope and breaks the hold. Orton rolls to the floor and sells the knee injury. Bryan comes out but Orton kicks him and slams him on top of the fan barrier. Orton brings Bryan back in and covers for a 2 count. Orton starts stomping now. Orton unloads in the corner but Bryan turns it around with kicks. Bryan counters and ducks a clothesline but Orton nails a powerslam. We go to commercial.
Back from the break and Bryan is kicking away. Orton blocks a kick and nails a big throw. Bryan lands on his shoulder. They go back to the floor and Orton whips Bryan into the steel steps. Orton brings it back in for a 2 count and gets frustrated. Orton goes back to working on the arm. Orton keeps control but Bryan kicks out of another 2 count. Fans chant for Bryan as Orton focuses on the arm. Orton climbs up for a superplex but Bryan counters and blocks it. Bryan sends Orton to the mat with headbutts. Bryan nails a missile dropkick but lands on his bad shoulder.
More back and forth. Bryan finally gets the Yes Lock applied. Orton gets his foot on the ropes and breaks the hold. Bryan with dropkicks in the corner. Orton blocks the third with a dropkick of his own. Orton nails the draping DDT but Bryan blocks the RKO. Bryan nails the top rope headbutt but Orton kicks out at 2. Kane comes out and gets on the apron but Bryan takes them both out. Kane charges but Bryan sends him into the steel steps. Bryan nails the flying knee on Orton and covers him for the non-title win.
Winner: Daniel Bryan
-After the match, Kane and Orton beat Bryan down. Kane chokeslams Bryan as the fans continue to boo. Kane makes the ring explode and his music hits. Orton stands alongside Kane and raises his titles as RAW goes off the air.
JPOV: Decent RAW some matches were good some were not. I like the progression of the heel character of Titus O’Neil. It’s great to see Sheamus back in the ring like a breath of fresh air. Didn’t have much a problem with the Batista segment Del Rio said he had issues with Batista and dealt with his issues with Batista like a man sending a message to Batista. 2 great 6 Man Tag Team Match tonight.
I think Triple H needs to be get off his leash from Stephanie McMahon, but that just my opinion who running the show Stephanie or HHH? No John Cena kinda of surprised. Nice to see Christian back in the ring. I didn’t like the Santino segment. The cage match was slow to start off, but I thought the match was good.
The Main Event was fantastic a good old school wrestling match with Orton and Bryan. Nice to see Bryan win the match cleanley one questioned I have tho is why are the authority still sticking their nose in bryan business and helping orton even tho at the start of the show they were giving Orton a warning. Like I said I saw better Raws, but this was one ok no major issues.
Josh’s Grade for RAW: 7.5/10
Wanted to thank everybody who join on tonights play by play hope u guys liked it. Tomorrow we will have the audio podcast with Steve and Brian as they give their opinions on bevy of topics. Then on Thursday’s show, The Flagship show with Brian, Steve, and Michael. If you guys want to get into contact with me, just follow me on Twitter @JoshLopezCSR.
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After a surprisingly decent Survivor Series, last night’s WWE RAW was a mixed-bag of mediocrity. Some of it worked. Some of it didn’t. Still, at least El Torrito wasn’t featured heavily – or maybe I Just fell asleep during that portion of the show. [Read more...]
Raw opened with, surprisingly enough, an actual wrestling match – CM Punk defeated Luke Harper in a good enough segment. I’m still not sold on Luke Harper as a future singles star (size doesn’t necessarily equal success), but I think he stepped up his game quite a bit here. Then again, CM Punk can make pretty much anybody look like a star… that is, anybody except for Ryback. It’s nice to see The Wyatt Family matter again. It’s also nice to see WWE mix in some lower-to-mid card talent with the main event boys. [Read more...]
Brian and Steve look back at WWE Raw from Monday night including The Authority getting angry, the Rhodes family winning gold, the Big Show getting involved despite not working there, a new match at Hell in a Cell and more. Plus, they talk about Goldberg getting mentioned on the broadcast, Ryback’s problem with the Internet, Hulk Hogan’s status and Jim Ross’ recent comments.