Hell everyone and welcome to my review of the 2-10-14 episode of Monday Night Raw. All week it has been not only heavily hyped that Randy Orton (c) will take on John Cena in our main event, but we even have special guest host Betty White! So without further to do, lets get started!
We are introduced to Betty White as she comes out of the entrance way on the arm of The Big Show, Betty waves to the fans and talks a bit about the show tonight and even says she is here tonight to kick some ass! The Authority (Triple H & Stephanie McMahon) comes out and greets Betty, I will say I loved the stare down between Big Show and Triple H showed that there is still some tension between the two, but any way The Authority walks down to the ring and comments on how the said they would consider Daniel Bryan to be the face of the WWE if he defeated Randy Orton last week, but they also commented saying that they would consider Christian, Sheamus, Cesaro and even John Cena! Orton (c) shortly came out there and actually apologized to Triple H and Steph, and expressed how much he wanted to be the face of the WWE and even called himself the heart and soul of the WWE! Daniel Bryan’s music hits after Orton (c) claimed to be the heart and soul, and bragged about how he beat Orton (c) last week and how he wanted Kane tonight. The Authority ended up responding by giving Bryan the night off claiming it was Best for Business!
Rey Mysterio, Goldust & Cody Rhodes vs. The Wyatt Family (Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper & Eric Rowan)
The first match of the night see tag team action, as Mysterio, and the Rhodes Brothers team up to take on the dangerous Wyatt Family. The match it self was nothing special honestly and its a shame to say that since both The Wyatt family and The Rhodes Brothers have been putting on some great matches! I mean the match wasn’t bad, but it felt slow to me. There was some high spots especially The Sister Abigail at the end when he caught Rey in mid air and hit him with it! Bray cuts a promo on The Shield afterwards, and I’ll be completely honest with you guys I really don’t remember what he said!
Winners- The Wyatt Family
Rating- 5/10: I’m honestly pretty disappointed with this match. I had high expectations going into this one given the past matches that both The Wyatts and The Rhodes Brothers have had in the past. The match just felt really sluggish to me, and I feel it could of been better, but it accomplished its goal and that was to make The Wyatts look strong heading into the 6 Man Tag Match against The Shield at Elimination Chamber!
The Shield Interview
Before the interview began, we got a nice video package showing of Roman Reigns permanence at The Royal Rumble! The Shield briefly talks there match with The Wyatts, but it quickly turns against Dean Ambrose (c) as Renee Young comments on how long it has been since Dean (c) has defended his United States Championship. Ambrose (c) goes on by saying no one is worthy of facing him, and Roman laughs at him and asks is that the kind of champion he wants to be. Dean (c) gets frustrated and announces he will hold an open challenge tonight for his United States Championship! I will say one thing about this interview, it further the tension between Ambrose (c) and Reigns! and it would appear The Shield will break soon!
Betty White Segment #1
All the Divas are backstage with Betty White talking about how The Older Generation likes to prank the young generation. Vickie Guerrero came in at some point and said to Betty “From one Cougar to another, I’m glad your here”, than the New Age Outlaws (c) (Road Dogg Jesse James & Bad Ass Billy Gunn) came in and told Betty they believe the Younger girls are looking to prank her tonight, and that they will protect her, and than The Outlaws (c) walk off with Ms. White.
Santino Marella w/Emma vs. Fandango w/ Summer Rae
So at first I thought this was going to be a Mixed Tag Match, but no instead were getting a match between Santino and Fandango. Summer Rae was at Fandango as always, but Emma accompanied Santino down to the ring. The match it self was okay, nothing to special. It was honestly just a filler match that saw Fandango dominate, while Santino got little offense in. At one point in the match The Miz came down to the ring, as he did last week and jumped on commentary to comment on the fact the Twinkle Toes (Fandango) and the guy with an act that is older than Betty White (Santino Marella) can get on Monday Night Raw, but he can’t. The match ended when Fandango his his Flying Leg Drop on Santino for the three!
Rating- 5\10: It would seem that Emma is in a feud with Fandango and Summer Rae, which would make sense given the fact that all three of them have a dancing gimmick, and it would seem that The Miz is also getting a new gimmick since this is the second week in a row he came down during a match to express his frustration with the WWE.
Byron Saxton joins the team this week, and the first person he gets to interview is none other than The Celtic Warrior, Sheamus! Sheamus talks about his friendship with Christian, talking about how they are great friends, better enemies and will work well together as a team tonight. He than goes on to say how he is going to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship ion the Elimination Chamber. It was just your basic Sheamus interview, but I do want to say something. I don’t feel Sheamus get enough credit int he mic section. Sheamus is no doubt a great wrestler who defiantly can get the crowd behind him, but he is pretty good with a mic in his hands too!
Christian & Sheamus vs. The Real Americans ( Jack Swagger & Antonio Cesaro) w/ Zeb Colter
So Sheamus teams up with one the men he will be facing at The Elimination Chamber to take on The Real Americans! During Christian’s entrance we were treated to a short video promo about Christian talking about the upcoming Chamber Match and how he could be The Face of the WWE, than during The Real American’s Entrance, Zeb Colter got on the mic and expressed how much he despises both Sheamus and Christian, and than allows Cesaro to take the mic and talk about the upcoming chamber match that he will also be competing in. Now the match was great, and Cesaro defiantly stole the show in this match, because he single handily carried this match, and that’s saying something when your in the ring with such talent like Christian and Sheamus. One thing I would like to say is I’m excited about the potential rivalry between Sheamus and Cesaro in the future, because those will be some great matches! The match also further showed that a split for The Real Americans may be coming, as Zeb continues to show Cesaro all the love, and continues to yell at Swagger for his mistakes. Sheamus got the win for his team when he ducked a clothesline from Swagger and hit a ferocious Brogue Kick for the win!
Winner- Christian & Sheamus
Rating- 8\10: Wow! What a match. I’m excited to see more matches between Sheamus and Cesaro, I’m still extremely against The Split of The Real Americans, but it seems like its going to happen soon.
John Cena Interview
Renee Young Interviews John Cena, ans ask him about his match against Randy Orton here tonight. Cena cuts a great promo as he says tonight he close the book on the feud between him and Randy Orton, and says the Christian, Sheamus, Cesaro and Bryan are all going to have to go through him if they want to be the face of the WWE.
Dolph Ziggler vs. Alberto Del Rio
Ziggler is set to go one on one against Mexico’s greatest Export, Alberto Del Rio. There was something that caught my eye that I want to comment on. Del Rio interrupted Ziggler’s entrance, and for a brief couple of second you could see an irritated look on the face of Ziggler. The reason I point this out is because there have been rumors that Miz and Ziggler are going to form a partnership based on how they currently feel there being over looked in the WWE! So the fact how Miz has been interrupting matches to vent his frustrations and now Ziggler showing some frustration in his excellent promo that you can check out on WWE.com. Anyway the match it self was nothing special. It was honestly pretty sloppy with quite a few botches, and it ended quick after Del Rio lands a stiff super kick right to the temple of Ziggler.
Winner- Alberto Del Rio
Rating- 4\10: A sloppy match, that just shows how far Ziggler has fallen. Last year he and Del Rio actually put on great matches, and now Ziggler is made to look like he and Del Rio don’t belong in the same ring together.
After Match Beatdown.
After the match Del Rio attempted and barley succeeded to put The Cross Arm Breaker on Ziggler, but Batista came down for the save and proceeded to beat down on Del Rio, by throwing him around the arena and hit him with the Batista Bomb through the announce table! Its good to see Batista is no longer Public Enemy #1 like he was after The Royal Rumble! The fans actually cheered for him tonight
Once we come back from commercial break, we see Batista walking in the back and Triple H comes up and approaches him, letting Batista know things have changed and he can;t have Batista doing what he did tonight and told him its not Best for Business. Batista replied by stating Del Rio is his business. Triple H than makes Batista and Del Rio official at Elimination Chamber
The Latest Inductee into the WWE Hall of Fame.
We are treated to a nice video package of the new Hall of Famer Lita! Lita more than deserve to go into the WWE Hall of Fame, but my personal opinion I wish they would of held onto this one. We just saw Trish Stratus get inducted last year, and it would of been nice if WWE went with the less obvious route, maybe induct someone like Medusa/Aludra Blaze or maybe even Sable, but either way I’m glad to see Lita getting her much deserved spot into the WWE Hall of Fame!
Betty White Segment #2
Betty White is backstage with both members of The New Age Outlaws (c) and there about to have some tea, Road Dogg brags about how the tea is his special blend, and Billy Gunn distracts Ms. White by showing her the tag title, and while Betty is distracted Road Dogg squirts something else in her drink. As they were all about to take a drink of there tea, Betty decided she wanted some lemon with her tea and sent The Outlaws to go get her some. While The Outlaws s were getting her lemons, Betty switched cups with Billy, and once they returned with her lemons they drank there tea!
Rybaxel (Ryback & Curtis Axel) vs. The Usos (Jimmy & Jey Uso)
Ryback and Axel are already in the ring, as The New Age Outlaws(c) are om commentary. The Usos put on a great match here tonight against Rybaxel, high flying action at its best. Road Dogg was really impressive on commentary and I think he could make a future out of it if he ever wanted to, most of the commentary was dedicated to two things, 1) The Usos challenge to the Tag Champs and 2) whatever The Outlaws put in Betty White’s tea i coming back to haunt them. It would appear that The Usos are set to challenge The Outlaws for the titles, but I for one feel its to soon. I was hoping for a rematch between The Outlaws and The Rhodes Brothers at The Chamber to set up for the break up and feud between Cody and Goldust, and I was also hoping to see The Outlaws defend and lost the Tag Titles to The Usos at Wrestlemania, it may be coming sooner rather than later it would appear!
Winner- The Usos (Jimmy & Jey Uso)
Rating- 7\10: Great match tonight, The Usos are quickly becoming the best team in the tag division and definitely deserve to be the top team in the division, and tonight showed it!
WWE United States Championship Match
Dean Ambrose (c) w/ The Shield (Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns) vs Open Challenge!
Dean Ambrose (c) come out with The Shield do host an open challenge for his United States Championship, he was over confident heading into the bout, but after he heard the music of his challenger. The World’s Strongest Man, Mark Henry returns to the ring and accepts Ambrose’s (c) challenge, now the match itself was actually a lot better than many would think. I’m not saying it was a show stealer, but the two worked around their different styles and were able to put together a decent match up. The match ended when Mark Henry hit Ambrose (c) with The World’s Strongest Slam, but was attacked by Rollins and Reigns once he pinned Ambrose, thus giving Henry the win, but not capturing the title. Henry tried to take the fight to The Shield, but the monster Roman Reigns proves to be to much as he takes Henry down with his Spear. As The Shield was leaving The Wyatt Family came out and we got to see a little bit of a tease for the match between the two team at Elimination Chamber!
Winner- Mark Henry by DQ, but still Champion Dean Ambrose (c)
Rating- 6\10: It’s nice to see Mark Henry return, but this is like the second time this year! The match was good, but I don’t think anyone thought Henry was going to win here tonight. Once again though Ambrose is made to look like the weak link of the group, and The Ambrose fan in me hates it, but the wrestling fan in me knows why they are doing it. The tease at the end of the match between The Shield and The Wyatts was nice, as it just makes me want to see the two groups face off already!
AJ Lee (c), Aksana & Alicia Fox w/ Tamina Snuka vs. The Bella Twins ( Brie and Nikki Bella) & Cameron w/ Eva Marie
Naomi is apparently out on an injury so AJ finds herself teaming up with Aksana and Alicia Fox to take on The Bellas and Naomi’s tag team partner Cameron. The match actually was not that bad. Nikki, Brie, Aksana and Alicia Fox have all improved in the ring. The only thing that cost this match was Cameron. Cameron is just not ready to be in the ring. She is sloppy and looks lost when she is in there, but she did mange to hit a DDT with she calls Bye Gurl! on Aksana for the win!
Winners- The Bella Twin (Brie and Nikki Bella) & Cameron
Rating- 5\10- Not a bad Divas match, but I hope the Naomi returns soon, and if she doesn’t I hope its not Cameron that takes her place in the hunt for Aj’s Divas Championship!
Alexander Rusev Video
Another short video is shown this week, hyping the debut of Alexander Rusev. Really nothing special here, but I’m still super excited to see The Bulgarian Brute debut!
Kane comes down to the ring to inform us that he has been reprimanded for his actions last week, but he can’t talk long as Daniel Bryan’s music hits and he rushes down to the ring and the two begin to brawl. Daniel ends up drop kicking Kane over the barricade and stands in the ring and leads the crowd into a “Yes!” Chant as Kane runs away.
Benny White Segment #3
Betty White’s final segment of the night is a short one, as she tells us how much fun she had tonight and announces that it is time for our main event!
John Cena vs. Randy Orton (c)
People are sick of Cena and Orton (c), but tonight they put on one hell of a match! They went in there and put it all on the line. It did start of very slow at first and I felt like this was just going to be another match that we have seen a million times, but tonight they changed it up and really stole the show. Numerous huge spots helped this match, but after a hard fought battle Cena hit an Attitude Adjustment on Randy Orton (c) to pick up the victory and close the book in the rivalry between Cena and Orton (c)
Winner- John Cena
Rating- 8\10- These two stole the show here tonight with the fantastic match up. I’m a little surprised to see Cena pick up the victory, but not angry. I strongly believe Orton will retain his title in The Chamber as does most of the WWE Universe, so WWE needs to do everything it can to make Orton look like he is going to have a tough time in the Chamber Match!
Superstar of the Night-John Cena
I had a hard time coming up with the Superstar of the night, tonight since no one did anything extremely impressive. Cena pulled out a huge victory over Randy Orton (c) tonight after giving such a great promo earlier in the night, and he did defeat the WWE World Heavyweight Champion, and that is always a good argument!
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