Raw made a stop in Hollyweird, this week. Speaking of weird, Betty White was this week’s Special Guest. Not sure why, but I don’t book for the WWE. I am a huge fan of Betty White but she has about as much in common with the WWE as Sheamus does with a sun tanning booth. Randy Orton was set to battle John Cena in the Elimination Chamber Gauntlet Series.
The show opened with a memorial for Frank Bullock. He has been a member of the production team for many years. My sympathies go out to his friends and family.
Justin Roberts brought out Betty White. She is pushing a new TV show. Big Show escorted Betty from the back. She looked great, especially since she’s past 90. Betty was touched by the chants from the fans. Betty said she was thrilled to be a guest on the show. Big Show asked Betty what they were going to do. She told him “I’m going to kick some *ss”. Fiesty old bird, that Betty.
HHH and Stephanie came out to meet Betty. Stephanie with a big hug for Betty. HHH wanted to clarify what The Authority said last week. They said if Daniel Bryan beat Randy Orton, they would reconsider him for the spot as Face of the WWE. He said they were also considering John Cena, Sheamus, Christian and Antonio Cesaro.
HHH was cut off by the arrival of Randy Orton. Michael Cole reminded the fans that Randy lost to Daniel Bryan but did defeat Christian. Stephanie couldn’t believe that Randy came out to interrupt them, again. She suggested that he go back to the back and get ready to fight John Cena. Randy said he decided to come out and apologize to The Authority. Randy said he had been childish and foolish in recent weeks. Randy said it was time to unleash his Viper persona. Stephanie wasn’t sure if they could trust Randy. He said his feelings were coming directly form his heart. The fans were deafening with their chants for Daniel Bryan. Randy said he earned the position of Face of the WWE. Randy said he waned to make good on a promise to him. He wanted to be the full Face of WWE perks, including his face on cereal boxes, interviews, etc… Randy claimed to be the heart and soul of the WWE.
Daniel Bryan’s music hit and the crowd completely lost it. Jerry Lawler mentioned how loud the crowd just got as the Yes Movement rose to Level 11. Daniel questioned Randy’s claim of being the Heart and Soul of the WWE. Daniel felt Randy was another body part. Stephanie went off on both men for interrupting them. From now on, all Superstars and Divas will have to make appointments through Kane (Director of Operations). Randy reminded everyone that he beat Randy Orton, last week. Daniel demanded a match against Kane, tonight. Stephanie explained that Daniel did attack Kane, first. Kane is under a one-week suspension. Daniel mocked Kane’s punishment as being light. Daniel wondered who The Authority answered to? Randy tore into Daniel for such disrespect. Randy said Daniel should kiss the ground that The Authority walk on. Daniel suggested that Randy had a thing for Stephanie. He brought up a kiss from years ago. HHH said Randy didn’t need to beat on Daniel Bryan. HHH said Daniel would face “The One”. HHH then said Daniel would get the night off, instead. The fans were ticked that they weren’t going to see Daniel. Daniel told HHH that the fans wanted to see him wrestle.
Rey Mysterio, Goldust and Cody Rhodes vs Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper and Erick Rowan
Six Man Tag Team Match
I still think The Wyatts have the best entrance music in the business, today. Cody started against Erick. Rowan with a kick and Clubbing shot. Cody with the Goldustin Uppercut. Tag to Goldust. Dust with a Side Headlock. Push Off and Erick knocked down Dust. Dust ducked under and punched away. Tag to Luke. Luke with a Whip but Goldust with the Goldustin Uppercut. Boot by Goldust into the Goldyrana and Cody with the Springboard Dropkick. Tag to Rey, who flew out of the ring. The Wyatts were on the floor as Raw went to break.
Erick Rowan twisted Goldust’s neck. Dust tried to fight back but Erick just beat him silly. Luke pulled Erick back and slapped his own partner. Cody prevented the pin. Tag to Bray. Bray with Full Mount Punches. Dust stated punching back. The two with wild punches until Bray tagged out to Erick. Kneedrop to Goldust’s shoulder. Erick with straight punches and a hard Whip. Erick with the Boot Slide to Dust’s face. Handspring Elbow by Dust. Dust dove for his corner but Erick stopped him. Low Bridge sent Erick to the floor. Luke rolled Erick in and tagged himself in. Luke blasted Cody but fell to a Snap Powerslam. Tag to Rey.
Luke pushed Rey and got sent into the post bu a Hurancanrana. Seated Senton by Rey. Tilt-a-Whirl DDT by Rey but Bray made the save. Rey with the Drop Toe Hold on Bray and Dropkick to Luke’s knees. Rey with the 619 to Luke. Bray had slid out of the ring. Cody flew into Bray and then Erick sent Cody into the barrier. Goldust with the Barrel Roll on Erick. Bray with the Blind Tag and he nailed a Running Sister Abigail on Rey Mysterio. Wow.
Your Winners: The Wyatt Family
Raw Ranking: 3.5 out of a possible 5
Bray cut a promo and said the “Tiny Little Toy Soldiers” would fail, jus tin time for his next game to begin. Follow the Buzzards.
The announcers talked about he Road to Wrestlemania. They praised Roman Reigns for his incredible performance at Royal Rumble. He should have won that match. He did set he new record by eliminating 12 people. Roman was interviewed backstage, along with his Shield brothers (Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins). Roman told Renee Young that actions speak louder than words. Seth said The Shield speak in absolutes. Renee then mentioned that Dean hadn’t defended his US title in some time. Roman was amused that Dean didn’t’ defend. Dean said there was no one with the guts to face him for the title. Dean put an Open Challenge on the table for the U.S. Title.
Elsewhere, Betty White chatted with the Divas. Vickie Guerrero came up and talked with Betty. Natalya mentioned that Betty’s new show was all about playing pranks on others. Billy Gunn and Road Dogg came up and said they would protect her from pranks. Whatever.
The announcers then discussed the years-long feud between John Cena and Randy Orton. At Breaking Point 2009, Cena made Randy submit in an “I Quit Match”.
Santino Marella came out with Emma. She’s a serious babe, if not a bit odd. She does fill out a t-shirt nicely.
The WWE Rewind focused on Santino choosing Emma as his Dance Off Partner, last week. Emma did a weird nerdy dancer and yet still won.
Santino Marella vs Fandango
Summer Rae was with Fandango. The bell sounded and they went into a Collar and Elbow. Fireman’s Carry by Santino. Whip reversed by Fandango. Fandango blasted Santino in the back of the head. The fans chanted for JBL. The Miz came out and interrupted the announcers. Miz trash talked both Santino and Fandango before walking off. Back Drop Suplex by Santino. Splitz into the Hip Toss. Santino went for the Splash but Fandango got he knees up. Fandango knocked Santino off the ropes and nailed the Perfect 10.
Your Winner: Fandango
Raw Ranking: 2.5
Byron Saxton interviewed Sheamus. Byron got the call up from NXT. Byron asked Sheamus about facing Christian and others. Sheanus said he and Christian had been good friends and better enemies. Sheamus said Elimination Chamber was the last chance to earn the Main Event spot at Wrestlemania. Sheamus said he would kick the teeth in of anyone who got in his way and take the WWE World Title.
Christian and Sheamus vs Antonio Cesaro and Jack Swagger (The Real Americans)
Christian talked, through an insert video, about being the Face of the WWE. Christian said he might not be Poster Boy Material but he was looking to be a 3 time champion.
Zeb Colter demanded that the music be cut. He trashed both Sheamus and Christian about being non-Americans who had to sneak back across the border and to sneak into the WWE. Antonio took the stick and said it would not matter who else was in the match as he planned to become the first Real American WWE World Champion.
Antonio started the match against Christian. Go Behind by Christian but Antonio with the Standing Switch. Gut Wrench Suplex by Antonio as the fans chanted “We the People”. Christian took the fight to Swagger, who had tagged in. Christian with the Pendulum Kick to Jack’s face, followed by a Missile Dropkick. Tag to Sheamus. Clubbing Blows by Sheamus. Suplex by Sheamus. 2 count. Antonio tagged back in and sent Sheamus to the ropes. Short Arm Clothesline by the Celtic Warrior. Funk Neckbreaker by Sheamus. Antonio kicked out. Ax Bomber by Christian. Arm Yanks by Christian. Tag back to Sheamus. Antonio with a knee and then the men went back and forth with European Uppercuts. Cesaro really toe into Sheamus but the Irish Man came back with hard shots. Battering Ram by Sheamus for a two count. Jack tried to attack Sheamus and Antonio sent Sheamus off the apron. Raw took a break.
Cesaro with a Kneelift and Kick on Sheamus. Irish Curse Backbreaker by Sheamus. Tag to Christian. Captain Charisma with he Twisting Sunset Flip for two. Hard right hand by Christian. Over the Ropes Uppercut. Morningstar Uppercut by Christian. Antonio blocked ht KillSwitch and hit the Flying European Uppercut for a two count. Tag to Swagger. Jack pounded on Christian and applied the Front Face Lock. He did a modified Alligator Roll on Christian. It was announced that SumemrSlam would be in L.A. Jack prevented the tag and hit the Swagger Bomb. Antonio with the tag and Leap Frog Stomp. 2 count. Christian blasted Jack and dove for Sheamus. Cesaro Swing! Damn, that makes me dizzy.
The ref started counting Christian out. Christian dove in at 9 plus. Slingshot Powerslam Double Team by the Real Americans. Tag back to Antonio. Jack threw Antonio into the corner. Christian sent Jack flying out of the ring. Tag to Sheamus. Sheamus sent Jack into the corner and hit the Mr Wrestling II Kneelift. Celtic Plunge on Jack. In Ropes Crossfaces on Swagger. Sheamus prepped himself for the Brogue Kick. Antonio jumped Sheamus and ended up getting some Crossfaces, as well. Patriot Lock by Swagger but Christian with a High Crossbody. Christian took out Antonio with a Floor Tornado DDT. Brogue Kick on Swagger.
Your Winners: Sheamus and Christian
Raw Ranking: 3.0
Zeb Colter looked ready to explode on his men for losing, especially Jack Swagger.
Renee Young interviewed John Cena. Renee brought up the history between Randy and John. Cena said he and Randy have been the top two men in the WWE for the past decade. Cena said change was coming to the WWE. Cena showed respect to Daniel Bryan and to the “New talent”. Cena said tonight’s match was a chance to close his rivalry with Randy Orton. Cena promised to beat Randy Orton in front of everyone. Cena said anyone who wanted to be the Face of the WWE would have to go through him to reach the top spot.
The announcers discussed Batista. They sent it to a YouTube video of The Animal. JBL talked about how painful it was to get Batista Bombed onto ring steps.
Dolph Ziggler vs Alberto Del Rio
Michael Cole talked about Alberto Del Rio’s issues with Batista. He sent it to a video, from last week. Del Rio with the cheap shot on Batista Del Rio took off to avid the Batista Bomb. I expect them to battle at Elimination Chamber.
Del Rio with a kick and several punches. Whip by Del Rio but Dolph held the ropes and gyrated. Dropkick and the Heart Stopper Elbow Drops by Dolph. Del Rio still managed to kick out. Del Rio blocked the Sleeper. Famouser by Dolph. 2 count. Flying Arm Bar by Del Rio into the Superkick. 1-2-3.
Your Winner: Alberto Del Rio
Raw Ranking: 2.0
Del Rio started to leave but returned to put Dolph in the Cross Armbreaker. Del Rio refused to release…until Batista showed up. He was dressed to fight. Spear by Batista. The two ended up on the floor and Batista sent Del Rio into the ring steps. Batista dismantled the announce table. Batista threw Del Rio into the barricade. Batista dragged Del Rio over and hit the Batista Bomb, sending Del Rio through the table! Hell, that’s been the best action of the night, so far.
Batista picked up a monitor and threatened to crack Del Rio with it. The medics asked him not to and he dropped the broken monitor and walked to the back.
The Bella Twins discussed how fans can get the WWE Network. You can learn how to connect to the Network by going to WWE.com. I’m thinking seriously about getting myself a Tablet so I can take the WWE with me, no matter where I go.
Time for another Hall of Fame Member announcement. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for who goes in. I have my strong hope for a certain Macho Man but there are a few others that would be satisfactory, as well.
Batista walked backstage. HHH stopped him to talk. HHH said Batista just couldn’t go off on talent, like he just did on Del Rio. HHH reminded Batista if something went wrong, it was HHH’s neck on the line. Batista said Del Rio was his current business. HHH said he would allow Batista to face Del Rio at Elimination Chamber. That was so obviously coming.
Joining the Ultimate Warrior and Jake “The Snake” Roberts will be…Lita. Trish Stratus said she expected Lita to go in, this year. Vicious and Delicious. I’m ok with them choosing her. She has to be the most talented all around female wrestler of all time, in my humble opinion. Congrats to Miss Dumas.
I also want to send out my hardiest congratulations to another future female Hall of Famer, Beth Phoenix. She recently gave birth to her first child. Congrats also goes out to the new papa, Edge.
The New Age Outlaws shared tea with Betty White. Road Dogg drugged the tea as Billy showed off his tag belt to Betty. Betty had the Outlaws go get some lemons as she changed the tea cups. Billy got the Mickey, I think. This is going to be good.
Ryback and Curtis Axel waited in the ring. The tag champs were at the announce position. Billy seemed to be suffering from the effects of the spiked tea.
The Usos vs Ryback and Curtis Axel
Michael Cole asked the New Age Outlaws why they wouldn’t accept the Usos’ challenge. Arm Bar by Axel into a kick. Clubbing shot by Axel. Jey with wild punches on Axel and did a Flip, Flop and Fly to embarrass the Outlaws. Tag to Jimmy. Corner Splash. Dropkick by Axel. Shoulder Thrusts in the corner by Axel. Ryback tagged in and punched and kicked away. Shoulder Thrusts by Ryback. Hard Whip by Ryback. Axel tagged in and kicked away.
Axel with a Knee Strike off the Reversed Whip. Tag to Rybak. Stomp by Ryback. Ryback put Jimmy on the top rope and clubbed the back. Jimmy fought on the top rope and sent Ryback flying. Corkscrew Moonsault by Jimmy Uso. Tag to Jey and tag to Axel. Lfying Clothesliens by Jey. Leg Sweep by Jey. Corner Samoan Run intot he Samoan Drop. Ryback made the save. Ryback ended up into the post. Double Team by the Usos. Jey tagged as he flew over the ropes. Superfly Splash by Jimmy.
Your Winners: The Usos
Raw Ranking: 3.0
Jimmy clutched his pants and trotted to the back. Potty time for Mr. Gunn. The Usos laughed at Billy’s “Problem”.
Dean Ambrose vs ?
Open Challenge for the United States Title
Dean came down first. Seth Rollins and Roman were several steps behind him. Dean was about to let his mouth overload his behind. Dean had no idea who he was about to face. I have an idea but it turned out to be…
Dean Ambrose vs Mark Henry
US Tiel Match
Dean was lucky to be wearing dark pants. Seth tried to convince Dean that he would be able to defeat Mark. Mark grinned at his opponent. Dean was almost half the size of Mark Henry. Dean didn’t’ want to give up his title belt to the ref.
The Shield tried to motivate Dean. Dean with the Collar and Elbow but Mark shoved him away, several times. Dean went to the floor to break the momentum of Mark Henry. Mark backed Dean to the corner but Dean got free and focused on Mark’s hurt arm. Big Boot by Mark. Mark threw Dean into the corners, shoulder first. He then sent Dean into the ring post. Dean went to the apron but Mark Hip Tossed him back in. Dean with a kick and punches. Dean tried to uncover the bad elbow. Dean took off the protective brace. One Arm Hip Toss sent Dean out to the floor. Raw took a break.
Mark was down as Raw returned. Dean with an Arm Breaker. Mark ended up escaping and launched Dean. Clotheslines with the good arm into a Bulldog Bounce Powerslam. World’s Strongest Slam but Seth got involved.. Mark threw both Seth and Roman to the outside. Roman Speared Mark Henry, on the floor.
You Winner (by Disqualification): Mark Henry
Raw Ranking: 2.5
The Shield returned as The Shield stared to leave. The Shield stood its ground as the bizarre triad made their way back out. The crowd called for a fight and The Shield was ready to go. This was a serious Mexican Stand-off. The Shield climbed up onto the apron. The Wyatts followed suit. Hot Damn, we gonna have a fight, maybe. Roman stepped in the ring and told the Wyatts to bring it. Bray started to enter but stepped back. Harper and Rowan were told to stand down. Bray then joined them on the floor. The Shield kept walking forward as the Wyatts backed up. The lights went out. What a disappointment. I would have loved to see Bray Wyatt challenge Dean Ambrose and then take the US strap off the loud-mouth Ambrose.
Michael Cole sent it to a Black History Month tribute. Bobo Brazil was this week’s focus. My first wife, Linda, knew Bobo well and said he was an incredible man. Bobo went into the Hall of Fame in 1994.
Aksana, Alicia Fox and A.J. Lee vs Cameron and Nikki Bella and Brie Bella
Nikki went after Lee. Jaw Breaker on the knee by Nikki. Lee with a share of kicks. Nikki Dropkicked Lee’s knees. Nikki lifted Lee and spun her around. Lee escaped and went to the floor. Best wishes go out to Naomi (Uso/Fatu). She has an injury to the orbital bone. Tag to Aksana and Brie. Brie did the Worm and then tagged to Nikki. Nikki sent Aksana flying with a Missile Dropkick. Spinebuster by Aksana. 2 count. Fox tagged in and pulled Brie out of the corner. Fox with a Front Face Lock into a Tilt-a-Whirl. Brie spun through and almost pinned Fox. Rear Chin Lock by Fox into a stretch over the knees. Fox took a Dropkick by Nikki. Tag to Cameron. Cameron cracked A.J. and then dropped Fox into the ropes. Cameron looked so sloppy until she hit the Tilt-a-Whirl Headscissors. Fox blasted Cameron and tagged out to Aksana.
Whip by Aksana but she ate Cameron’s boot. Wicked Power Spin DDT by Cameron. Cameron calls the move “Girl Bye”. Dang, that was a nice move.
Your Winners: Nikki Bella, Brie Bella and Cameron
Raw Ranking: 1.5
Congrats and thanks to John Cena. He delivered is 400th Make a Wish wish, today.
Alexsander Rusev did another promo, all in Bulgarian. His valet talked in English.
Kane’s music and pyro exploded. Kane came out in street clothes. Kane was supposedly on administrative leave. Kane requested the microphone. Kane acknowledged that he was on administrative leave and did accept his (weak) punishment. Kane was cut off by the arrival of Daniel Bryan. Daniel got the crowd going. Daniel rushed the ring and tore into Kane with kicks and strikes. Uppercut by Kane. Kane ripped off his tie and jacket. Goozle by Kane but Daniel escaped and hit the Low Bridge and Suicide Dive. Daniel kicked away at Corporate Kane. Kane pushed Daniel away but Bryan Dropkicked Kane out into the fans. Kane backed away as Daniel got the crowd going with a huge “Yes!” chant.
Betty White was happy to be around shirtless men in tiny trunks. She threw it to the main event.
John Cena vs Randy Orton
Elimination Chamber Challengers Challenge Match #3
Side Headlock by Randy to start the match. John sent Randy to the ropes. Universal into a Hip Toss by John. Randy slid out of the ring. Cena took Randy to the canvas and grabbed a Side Headlock when Randy got back in the ring. Randy sent John into the ropes. John reversed the Hip Toss after another Universal. Randy bailed out, once again. Randy took his time getting back in the ring. Randy with a kick and Full Mount Punches. Orton Stomp to John’s chest. Cena exploded with fists and a Flying Bulldog. 2 count. Randy reversed a Whip into a Back Elbow Randy stomped Cena and then kicked him. Randy stomped on John’s neck but Cena still managed to kick out. The crowd was split with their chant for and against Cena. John with a Suplex. Randy side stepped Cena, who crashed into the corner. Randy took the fight to the floor. Randy bounced John’s head on the announced table, which was fixed back after Batista’s destruction. They got back in the ring and Randy hit several Crossfaces and a stomp. Raw went to break.
Randy stomped away on John as the crowd chanted “Boring”. I don’t know why. Scoop Driver by Cena, out of nowhere. The two traded punches and Headbutts as the crowd showed their support mostly for Cena. Cena went Vintage until Randy ducked he Flying Shoulder and John ended up on the floor. Randy Suplexed Cena back into the ring. Cena kicked out at two. Rear Chin Lock by Orton. Cena worked up to his feet. Cena almost got the Attitude Adjustment but Randy planted John with a High Impact DDT.
Orton Stomp. JBL called it by its real name “The (Ronnie) Garvin Stomp”. Randy took his eye of the ball to talk with the crowd. School Boy by John into Vintage Cena. Five Knuckle Shuffle. Randy converted the AA into the Twisted Sister Backbreaker. 2 count. Cena blocked the Rope Assisted DDT and sent Randy sailing over the ropes and to the floor.
Randy slid back into the ring and John caught Randy. Randy escaped the AA, again. He nailed the Snap Powerslam. 2 count, yet again. John rolled to the edge of the apron. John used the ropes to get to his feet. Randy rammed John’s face into the top turnbuckle. Randy climbed the ropes and brought John up. Cena powered out of the Superplex and pushed Randy off the ropes. Randy tripped John and nailed a Top Rope-Assisted DDT. Randy went into that “Other Place” as John lay crumpled near the corner. Randy slithered into position for the RKO. John tripped him and locked in the STF. Randy reached for the ropes and finally got them. John broke the hold.
Randy with a wicked Dropkick. The ref began to count both men. Randy got up first and stalked John. Randy pointed at the Wrestlemania XXX sign. Randy went for The Punt but John dodged it. RKO by Randy but Cena kicked out. Randy was at a loss that Cena kicked out. Cena with the Attitude Adjustment but Randy kicked out at two. Incredible. John checked to see if it was a 3 count. It wasn’t. Cena picked up Randy and took him to the corner. Cena put Randy on the top rope. Cena moved Randy into position but Randy got free. Cena with a Double Kick. Flying Guillotine into the AA. 1-23-.
Your Winner: John Cena
Raw Ranking: 4.75