2-10-14 Monday Night Raw- Betty White is Raw!

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!

Opening Segment

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!

Winner- Fandango 

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.

Sheamus Interview

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

Batista Segment.

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 Promo

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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2-3-14 WWE Monday Night Raw- The New Face of the WWE?

Hello everyone and welcome to my review of the February 3rd edition of WWE’s Monday Night Raw! Monday Night Raw is the only live show the WWE puts on TV every single week, and is the mos important show in WWE’s weeks. So without further to do, lets get started!

Opening Segment

Randy Orton (c) heads down to the ring to start of the show, by talking about the upcoming Elimination Chamber match for his WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Orton complains about the match and questions how many times does he have to beat Cena, Bryan, Christian, Sheamus and Cesaro. He than goes on to say he will retain his title and than go on to defeat Batista at Wrestlemania, than The Authority (Triple H & Stephanie McMahon) comes down to the ring and points out that all Orton does is complain. They also state that Orton will be in a match tonight against one of his opponents of the Chamber, and if this man can defeat Orton, he will be considered to be the New Face of the WWE, and that man is none other than Daniel Bryan

The Shield (Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, & Dean Ambrose (c) ) vs. Rey Mysterio, Kofi Kingston & Big E Langston (c)

Mysterio, Kingston and Langston are set to take on The Shield in our first match of the night. The match is what we have come to expect from The Shield, and there was really no question on who was going to win this one. The match itself was decent nothing incredibly special just a stander Six Man tag match. The only thing really worth pointing out in this match is how it ended. Roman Reigns was ready to take Rey out with his vicious spear, but Dean Ambrose tagging himself in, and hits the Headlock Drivers on Rey for the win. The only reason why I point this out is because it shows the dissension between The Shield and teases a Break Up between The Hounds of Justice! Afterwards The Wyatt’s showed up on the screen and hyped there match against The Shield at Elimination Chamber!

Winners: The Shield 

Rating- 7/10: The match was honestly nothing to impressive. It wasn’t a bad match, but as I said nothing incredible. The only thing to really take note of in this match is the fact that The Shield is going to break up soon, possibly as soon as The Elimination Chamber

Bad News Barrett Promo

Wade Barrett tells the WWE Universe that they wasted there time stuffing there face watching The Super Bowl last night, and they won’t live to see next years Super Bowl, than Jerry “The King” Lawyer decided to stand up and tell Barrett some bad news.  Honestly I’m not in love with Wade Barrett’s gimmick right now. This man should be in the Upper Mid Card area, but something went wrong. Now he is stuck with a character that gives him heat, but heat is only good when you use it to elevate your career. I hope something big happens for Barrett, because this man deserves it!

Christian vs. Jack Swagger w/ Zeb Colter & Antonio Cesaro

Christian returns to Monday Nights, and his first match back is a rematch from Friday Night Smackdown. Christian was able to defeat Jack to earn a spot into the WWE World Heavyweight Championship Chamber match, but join Christian in that Chamber match is Swaggers Tag Team partner Antonio Cesaro. The match was decent. I’ve seen these two put on better match, but I’ve never seen them put on a bad match. This match did do its job and that is making Christian looking good for the chamber and further show the a split is on the way for The Real Americans, and the is something I don’t agree with at all. We have already seen the split of The Prime Time Players, its assumed Rhodes and Goldust are going to split soon, The New Age Outlaws aren’t going to be around forever, and its pretty much guaranteed The Shield is going to split soon. The WWE tag Division is looking good right now, but if The Real Americans split the only real teams we will have are The Usos, The Wyatt Family Rybaxel, Los Matadores and 3MB. The tag division is not looking good!

Winner: Christian

Rating- 6/10: The match was decent and showcased what it needed to, no matter how much I disagree with it.

Steel Cage Match for the Tag Team Championships- The New Age Outlaws ( Road Dogg Jesse James & Bad Ass Billy Gunn (c) ) vs. Goldust & Cody Rhodes 

Its not often we are treated to a title match on free TV, and its not often we are treated to a Steel Cage match on TV, so when i heard were going to get both in the same match I was excited, and I have to say I was not disappointed. Even though the match was slow at times, but still a great match. We saw Road Dogg question why they were in there adding more proof that the only reason they were given a tag title shot was because of the friendship with Triple H, and we even saw a death defying moonsault from Cody Rhodes for a top of the Steel Cage! It was honestly a great match, my only complaint is how it was handled. Why did they have to tag in and tag out? I’ve never seen that before and why were they not aloud to escape the steel cage?

Winner: The New Age Outlaws (c)

Rating- 7/10: A great match showing off that the Tag Division is not dead. As I said before the only thing I can complain about is they had dome weird rules. I can’t recall ever seeing a Tag Cage Match where you had to tag in and out, its usually a Tornado Tag Match, and I just don’t like it when you can’t escape from the cage, if you were to ask me that’s the point of a cage match, to escape! but either way a great match between these two teams. Still no sign if The Rhodes Brothers are going to split though.

Zack Ryder vs. Titus O’Neil 

As I mentioned earlier The Prime Time Players are no more! Last Friday on Smackdown Titus O’Neil turned his back on Darren Young and brutally beat him down. Tonight he looks to do the same thing to Zack Ryder. That match itself was actually pretty good. I never have seen what the IWC (Internet Wrestling Community) sees in Titus O’Neil, until tonight. Titus showed extreme aggression as he tossed Ryder around. At some point in the match The Miz walked down to the ring and got on the announce team and said that a guy who Barks and a guy who calls him self the Internet Champion can get a match on Raw, but he can’t so maybe were going to finally see something good out of The Miz, because he deserves it. Anyway the match itself was your basic jobber match that showed of That Titus O’Neil is really a Big Deal!

Winner: Titus O’Neil

Rating-5\10: This was a decent match for it being a jobber match. Its a shame to see Ryder fall further down the totem pole, but it did what it needed to do and that’s make Titus look good! and the added bonus of what seems to be a new character for The Miz defiantly caught my attention!

Dance off between Fandango & Santino Marella

Fandango and Santino were going to compete in a dance off, but Santino felt bad that he was going to destroy Fandango so he proposed a dance off between Summer Rae and a member of the crowd, and that member of the crowd just so happened NXT’s Emma. Emma and Summer danced. The crowd voted for Emma. I’m not sure if this counts as a debut, but I’ll accept it. I’m kinda nervous for Emma, because she is suck a great wrestler but I don’t think her dancing gimmick will get over. So here is to hoping Emma proves me wrong!

Sheamus vs. Curtis Axel w/Ryback 

Ever since Sheamus returned at The Rumble he has looked great, and tonight was no exception. Sheamus battled the son of Curtis Axel in a pretty good match. Nothing really to add here in this one, the only thing it needed to accomplish was to make Sheamus look good, and that’s what it did! I will say it does say something about Sheamus that he was gone for so long and was able to come back and still remain popular with the WWE Universe!

Winner: Sheamus

Rating- 8/10: Sheamus has looked great since coming back, and is definitely looking like a threat in the chamber, I’m almost positive he won’t win which makes me wonder who he will face at Mania. Ryback?

Batista & Alberto Del Rio Segment

So Batista came down to the ring to cut what I’m going to assume to cut a promo on Randy Orton, but I will never know because Alberto Del Rio came down to the ring, and further told Batista that he doesn’t like him. This was actually not a bad segment. Batista was actually cheered, that caught me off guard. Del Rio cut a decent promo, but they way he always talks is just annoying. Batista tried explaining to Del Rio that he has no problem with him, but Del Rio seems to have a problem with Batista! Del Rio stiffed Batista and the two began to brawl, so it looks like at the Chamber were going to see Batista vs. Del Rio

Dolph Ziggler, R-Truth & Xavier Woods vs. The Wyatt Family (Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper & Eric Rowan)

So earlier in the night we saw the Shield in action, and now its time for there opponents to have a match. This match was honestly pretty quick and kinda one sided. The Wyatts dominated the entire time and Bray ended up picking up the win for his team after hitting Sister Abigail on Ziggler for the three, but it was happened after the match that caught my attention. Similar to how Bray and his family cut a promo on The Shield, The Shield does the same for the Wyatts and it was brilliant. Ambrose, Rollins and Reigns spoke about not living in Wyatts make believe world, and at the end when Wyatt laughed at The Shield made it even better! I’m excited for there match at Elimination Chamber.

Winner: ThWyatt Family

Rating- 6/10: The feud between The Shield and The Wyatts has heated up tonight! The match was decent, but the after match promo really helped further this feud, and I can’t wait for these 6 men to clash at the Chamber!

Alexander Rusev Video

A nice video package hyping the debut of Alexander Rusev, and let me be the first to say I’m excited for him. When he made a surprise appearance in the rumble match I marked out! He was defiantly the highlight entrant of the night, and I’ve seen what he can do on NXT and I feel he is going to become a big time start in the WWE, I just hope he doesn’t end up like most of WWE’s attempt at monster heels!

Naomi vs. Aksana   

So it seems like Naomi may be next in line at shot at the Divas championship. Aj Lee (c) was on commentary for this match, and she was kind of distracting honestly. The match itself was decent, Aksana seems to have improved in the ring. So as long as the Divas get more time and improve in the ring, we may get a good Divas Division, and it may just start with Aj & Naomi

Winner: Naomi

Rating-5/10: It was a good match for the Divas, I just hope that if/when Aj defends against Naomi they actually get time, and not just a quick match because I believe if these two are giving a good amount of time they can be one of the matches of the night!

Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton (c)

The main event of the night is between two of the WWE’s best superstars! Bryan despite all the grief I give him is an amazing wrestler, as is Orton. They both may not be great on the mic, and Bryan may not look the part, but when you let these two go at it they can steal the show, and that’s what they did tonight! Back and forth action between the two, and I for one was really expecting Orton to walk away with the pin, but WWE gave it to Bryan. I don’t think this means he is going to win the title, but it defiantly makes you think. Bryan right now as of this review is being rumored for two different matches at Mania. One is a one on one match between himself and Triple H and the other is a triple threat match between Himself, Orton and Batista with the title on the line. After the match ended Kane and Orton beat up on Bryan, so who knows how things will turn out!

Winner: Daniel Bryan

Rating- 9/10: They stole the show here tonight as they tend to do. The WWE is making you think Bryan is walking out of the Chamber, and while I’m not buying it yet, I can see it happening. The beat down could go anyway, it could lead to the match between Triple or Orton so who knows.

Superstar of the Night: Daniel Bryan

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