WWE Raw live from Omaha, Nebraska opened with the World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton heading down the ramp, with Michael Cole informing the audience that ‘The Viper’ was not in a good mood.
The ‘CM Punk’ chants began as soon as Randy started to cut his promo, Orton didn't let him phase him and he continued to talk about how the Authority are forcing him to defend his title against five other men at Elimination Chamber, he then went on to insult Batista and told him he would beat him at WrestleMania because he is just better than him.
Triple H and Stephanie then interrupted and told Randy to calm down from the top of the ramp, Stephanie then told him about everything The Authority have done for him and told him that he had a history of self-destruction.
Triple H then told him that his complaining is not what he would expect to see from “The face of the WWE” before Stephanie plugged the Elimination Chamber match and told Orton he would face all five of the men he would be facing at the pay-per-view in singles competition over the next few weeks and he would start against Daniel Bryan tonight, and if Bryan won The Authority would seriously rethink their face of WWE.
The Shield v Rey Mysterio, Kofi Kingston and Big E Langston
Big E and Dean started the match up before Langston got the quick tag out to Kofi, who used his quickness against Ambrose and the work horse of the group Seth Rollins was tagged in and Kofi his a monkey flip on the smaller guy before he then tagged back out to Roman Reigns who used his brute force to ground Kofi and tag out to Seth.
The quick tags allowed The Hounds of Justice to alienate Kofi from his partners and it looked like their plan was working until Kofi fought out of Rollins grasp and tagged in Rey Mysterio, who used his quickness to swift the momentum and take it to Seth.
Reigns made the blind tag whilst Rey was up on Seth’s shoulders and hit a devastating clothesline forcing Kofi to break up the pin attempt. Raw returned with Reigns completely dominating Rey, dragging him across the ring with one hand.
Ambrose tagged in and Rey managed to fight out to tag in Big E who took Reigns down before hitting a belly to back suplex and Roman looked to be bleeding profusely from the eye, all four participants then fought it out in the ring whilst the ref checked on Reigns.
Reigns jumped up and hit the Superman punch on Big E before Ambrose got the blind tag, hit his finisher and got the win for his team.
After the match Dean and Roman then faced up to each other after the match and Seth had to break them up, before the Wyatts interrupted.
Bray was on the screen and he talked about how The Shield are pawns, who always move forward, never backward, all in the name of a king, before Luke Harper told them that Bray had always been the king and Rowan told them to run.
Bad News Barrett was out when Raw returned and he talked about The Superbowl and how much food that people consumed during the game, and Jerry then interrupted to say that hopefully Barrett wouldn’t be around next week.
Christian v Jack Swagger
In a rematch from their Elimination Chamber qualifying match on Smackdown, Swagger came out fighting but Christian looked like he had an answer to all of Jack’s offence.
Swagger claimed a near pin following a hip toss, before locking in a submission manoeuvre but Christian fought out only to be slammed again, but the veteran countered a splash attempt and began his fight back with a missile drop kick and a neck-breaker for a two count.
Christian went for a high risk manoeuvre from the top which Swagger countered into the Patriot lock but Christian fought out tried to hit the Kill Switch, and Swagger went for the Swagger Bomb and Christian got roll up pin.
Cesaro looked disappointed at ring-side and Zebb and Jack looked to be embroiled in an argument afterwards.
Cody Rhodes and Goldust v The New Age Outlaws (Tag Team Championship)
The steel cage re-match for the tag team titles that was made following Brock Lesnar’s interruption to the original match last week.
Goldust and Road Dogg started the match-up with the new champion trying to unlock the g=cage door and head out.
Billy Gunn came in off the tag and had a stare down with Goldust before the strange superstar took the momentum and tagged in his brother Cody. Rhodes hit the sunset flip for a two count then followed up with another roll-up but Gunn kicked out.
Road Dogg was tagged back in and took it to Rhodes as the “CM Punk” chants began again from the crowd. The superstars looked un-phased and continued to fight it out.
Goldust hit the slam on Road Dogg before he was thrown onto the wall of the steel cage, and Cody thought he had it won with the Disaster Kick to Billy Gunn but the veteran kicked out at two.
Cody then tried to climb the cage, followed by Road Dogg, but Cody knocked him down and stood on the roof of the cage to hit the moonsault which barely touched Road Dogg, and Billy Gunn picked up the pieces, hitting the Famouser for the win.
Cody looked legitimately injured from what seemed like a botch from Road Dogg after the match.
Zack Ryder v Titus O’Neil
After the break-up of The Prime Time Players on Smackdown, Titus’ heel turn continued this week on Raw as he took on Zack Ryder in a rare appearance.
Titus began the match by throwing Ryder to the outside, as The Miz then walked down to the ring and talked on commentary about how Titus was allowed to wrestle on Raw and he wasn’t.
Titus put Ryder in a bear hug but the smaller guy fought out, as more CM Punk chants were heard from the crowd, Zack looked for a splash from the second rope, but was caught and Titus hit “Clash of the Titus” for the win.
After the match WWE talked about this month being Black history month.
Fandango and Summer Rae v Santino Marella and Emma (Dance Off)
Santino said he would pick someone from the audience to compete in a dance-off with Summer Rae.
Marella picked Emma and Summer got the dance off under way. Emma then danced to her NXT theme. Santino then asked the audience who they thought was the winner, and they all cheered for Emma.
Fandango and Summer stormed out of the ring as Santino and Emma continued to dance in the ring.
Sheamus v Curtis Axel
Sheamus returned at The Royal Rumble after six months out, and since has fought on both Raw and Smackdown and qualified for the Elimination Chamber match last week, but this was the Irishman’s first singles match since his return.
He took on one half of Rybaxel this week and Sheamus looked like he had taken the upper hand after a running knee followed by a thunderous clothesline.
Axel was then knocked out of the ring and Ryback came round to check he was ok, but Sheamus bounced him off the announce table, back inside the ring Axel countered a flip attempt with a kick to Shemaus’ injured shoulder before throwing him shoulder first into the steel post.
Axel started to pound away at Sheamus, aiming a lot of the assault at Sheamus’ injured shoulder. Sheamus fought out and hit white noise before he hit The Brogue Kick for the win.
Batista was shown backstage heading to the ring.
Raw returned with Batista in the ring presumably about to talk about the championship match he would be involved in at Wrestlemania, but Alberto Del Rio interrupted before he had a chance and told ‘The Animal’ they should talk about their unfinished business.
Batista then told Del Rio he didn’t have an issue with him and him coming back has nothing to do with him. Del Rio then talked about how he had been here the whole time Batista has been at home and he was going to hurt him until he hears him plead.
Batista then reiterated that he has no issue and Del Rio hit got the cheap shot but took too much time and Batista kicked him in the face and he retreated.
Dolph Ziggler, R-Truth and Xavier Woods v The Wyatt Family
Eric Rowan and Xavier Woods started the match up with Rowan hitting a clubbing blow to the smaller man, before the tag in to R-Truth and the double team took the big man down.
Luke Harper took the blind tag in and used his strength over R-Truth before tagging in the leader of the group Bray. He rained down punched on R-Truth before another quick tag out to Harper.
R-Truth finally managed to fight out with a drop kick and tagged in Ziggler who took down Harper with a DDT for a two count before Rowan saved the match up.
Rowan threw Dolph at the turn-buckle before Xavier kicked him out of the ring, Bray then slammed Woods to the mat before Dolph saved him with a drop kick.
The legal men of Ziggler and Harper remained in the ring, Ziggler went for the ZigZag but Harper used the ropes to knock Ziggler off and hit a thunderous clothesline before tagging in Bray to hit Sister Abigail for the win.
After the match The Shield interrupted on the screen, telling Bray that they didn’t live in his fantasy world and he was a figment of his own imagination. Before telling them that play time was over at Elimination Chamber.
Naomi v Aksana
Divas Champion AJ Lee came to the ring with Tamina to distract Naomi, and went onto commentary. Aksana tried to lock Naomi in the corner of the ring but Naomi fought out and slammed Aksana.
Aksana hit a suplex and grounded Naomi but one half of The Funkadactyls fought back with her own unique offence and picked up the win after a springboard moon-sault.
After the match Alicia Fox tried to get involved and Cameron made the save with a drop kick before Naomi hit the rear view. The Funkadactyls then danced in the ring as AJ and Tamina watched from ringside.
Daniel Bryan v Randy Orton
With the ‘Face of WWE’ on the line, this match was built up as somewhat important to both men just three weeks shy of Elimination Chamber where they would be joining four other men inside Satan’s structure.
Collar and elbow lock up began the match as Randy rolled to the outside to pander to the fans, the crowd then chanted for Daniel Bryan as the bearded superstar locked Orton in an arm bar.
Randy fought back with a standing suplex for a two count before Bryan fought back with a leg drag and bounced Orton’s left knee off the ring post.
Bryan continued to work on the knee as the master of the submission manoeuvre locked in yet another one to prolong Orton’s pain.
The fight boiled over to the outside and Bryan threw Orton over the announce table where he took out Michael Cole before dragging Orton back into the ring.
Bryan claimed another two count after the quick slam, he then locked in the surfboard to add further pain to Orton’s legs.
When Raw returned Orton had found an opening in Bryan’s shoulder and began to pick the smaller man apart bouncing his shoulder off the steel post twice before claiming his own two count.
Orton hit the DDT from the second rope and then went for the RKO but Bryan countered and hit the running knee to the face for the win.
Bryan had finally pinned the WWE World Heavyweight champion but as he celebrated Randy Orton climbed back into the ring accompanied by Corporate Kane and the two on one assault began before Kane hit a chokeslam and the two stood tall at the end of Raw.
So, we are three weeks shy of Elimination Chamber, the face of the WWE could be changing, John Cena was out this week with an eye injury, and the universe hardly missed him. CM Punk is still nowhere to be seen but the fans chanted for him in almost every match.
Will Punk return? Will the face of WWE change? Or will Randy Orton even make in to the Elimination Chamber? There’s only one way to find out…
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