WWE Raw: Review February 17th

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The final Raw before Elimination Chamber came to us live from Denver, Colorado and opened with John Cena cutting a promo about the pay-per-view in six days.

The former champ talked about Randy Orton and called him a “thumb sucking baby” before he was interrupted by the newly named Cesaro who said he wanted to become the new “face of America.”

John belittled Cesaro’s win on Smackdown saying it was because Randy is on a losing streak and on Sunday he has to face another five men, before getting in his face. Then Sheamus interrupted.

The Irish brawler threatened them both with the Brogue kick at Elimination Chamber, before Christian came out and talked about the Brogue Kick and how he received a kick from him last week before threatening Sheamus and being interrupted by the actual face of the WWE, Randy Orton. He said he underestimated Cesaro on Friday and he would beat Sheamus tonight.

Daniel Bryan seemed to take exception to that as he made his way to the ring. He involved the audience and talked about how important Sunday is and how it’s the last stop on the ‘Road to Wrestlemania’, the WWE universe started the “YES” chants before Kane headed to the ring to tell Daniel that he was in charge for the night and made the matches of John Cena vs. Cesaro, Daniel Bryan vs. Christian and Sheamus facing Randy Orton in the main event.

The director of operations then said he would stay at ringside and watch as Daniel’s match was happening right now.

Daniel Bryan vs. Christian

The match was due to start before Christian ambushed Daniel and threw him to the outside and began the beat down, it seemed Christian was making a heel turn as he threw Bryan into the steel steps.

Raw returned with both men back in the ring and Daniel looked to have the upper hand before Christian found an opening and locked in the arm bar. Christian worked the shoulder for most of the match with Daniel failing to find any form of momentum as Christian hit the DDT from the top rope.

Bryan did find an opening when he threw Christian to the outside and followed it up with his succession of kicks before landing the one to the head and going for the flying head-butt but Christian reversed to land a near fall.

Christian went for the kill switch but Daniel managed to reverse it into a roll up pin for the win.

After the match Kane told Bryan that it was a hard fought victory but he neglected to mention that he had another match tonight and corporate Kane climbed in the ring and threw Bryan out.

Kane vs. Daniel Bryan

Raw returned with Kane continuing the assault on Daniel Bryan’s shoulder. Kane used the turn-buckle to add to his assault as the crowd chanted “You sold out” aimed towards Kane.

Bryan managed to hit the missile drop kick and a few kicks before Kane looked like he was going to go for the choke-slam but he threw Bryan to the outside and at the barricade before being disqualified after failing to break an arm lock hold around the steel post.

Kane then took the mic and said “Yes, I know I’m disqualified” before exiting, leaving Daniel Bryan on the floor.

BACKSTAGE: The Shield joined Renee Young and Dean talked about the beating he gave Mark Henry last week before Roman reminded him that he lost. Dean said he would see if he won tonight and Roman said he will. Seth then talked about Elimination Chamber and that for The Wyatt Family, they are all on the same page.

Fandango vs. Santino Marella

Fandango gained the upper hand early on when Santino tried to perform the speed walk and received a knee to the gut.

But Fandango went up high to deliver a knee drop, Santino moved and went for the Cobra, Summer provided the distraction so Emma hit a shoulder spinning move to Summer before Santino came out to check Emma was ok.

The two began to flirt outside the ring and Fandango took advantage of the distraction, hitting the sit-out suplex slam for the win.

BACKSTAGE: Mark Henry was with Renee Young and talked about tonight inducting Roman Reigns into the hall of pain because “That’s what he does”

Roman Reigns vs. Mark Henry

Following the spear he hit on Mark Henry last week, this match was made as a chance for Henry to get revenge.

Roman started the match up landing the punches on Henry’s head but Henry hit the big boot and followed up with a shoulder to the gut in the corner.

Roman locked in a side neck lock before Henry fought out and Roman hit the Samoan Drop for a two count. Roman then hit the superman punch followed by the spear for the win.

Dean Ambrose continued the assault on Mark Henry after the match before Roman asked him what he was doing.

The Wyatt’s broke it up by cutting a promo about their “day of reckoning” building closer and the fact that they were excited about it. Bray then asked “In the end was all of this worth it? Are you willing to die for this, because if you’re not you have already lost.”

Roman then responded by asking them to come outside, Bray Wyatt accepted before Rowan muttered "RUN!"

The Wyatt’s entered the ring and both teams stood toe to toe with The Shield urging The Wyatt’s to come closer but they backed away and made their exit.

BACKSTAGE: Goldust and Cody were playing with WWE’s lego ring before Dust talked about how he used to take the wings off of butterfly’s and glue them to his hamster to see if it could fly. Bad News Barrett interrupted and destroyed their play-set.

Jack Swagger vs. Kofi Kingston

The number one contender to the Intercontinental Championship went one on one with the African superstar. Swagger found the opening after a wheelbarrow slam to Kofi. Swagger used his technical ability to ground the high flyer, but Kofi hit a perfectly timed missile drop kick to build some momentum of his own before delivering a variation of a Bulldog from the top rope.

Kofi thought he had got the win off the SOS but Swagger had the ring presence to put his leg on the bottom rope, Kofi went for the splash off the top rope for another near fall but Swagger locked in the Patriot Lock and Kofi tapped.

After the match Swagger’s opponent Big E made his way to the ring and the two had a stare down.

Big E vs. Jinder Mahal & Drew Macintyre

Big E had the upper hand over the two jobbers before Zeb Colter, who had remained at ringside with Jack Swagger, tried to distract him.

Big E was the victim of a two on one assault and the champion’s mouth started to bleed. Drew was thrown out of the ring, and Jinder received a belly to back suplex before hitting a double splash to both opponents and then hitting successive shoulders to the guts. Finally he delivered the Big Ending to both opponents.

After the match Big E told Zeb that “I hope they make diapers your size because after this Sunday your mouth won’t be the only thing full of crap.”

BACKSTAGE: John Cena was with Renee Young and he talked about the WWE World Heavyweight Championship and how Randy Orton doesn’t deserve it. If he wins at Elimination Chamber then all future champions will go through him.

John Cena vs. Cesaro

Both men seemed to have a rivalry heading into this match and Cesaro took the upper-hand following a tilt-a-whirl back breaker before hitting the upper cut. Cesaro then locked Cena in a submission manoeuvre.

Cesaro hit a variation of the Northern Lights suplex for a two count before Cean attempted to go for the five knuckle shuffle but Cesaro countered into the swing, only for Cena to counter again into the STF but Cesaro fought out.

Cesaro landed a massive flying upper cut for another two count and then went for the swing, but Cena countered into a DDT. One half of the Real Americans then hit a variation of a super-plex before locking Cena in the Cesaro swing for a two-count.

Cesaro then went for the Neutraliser but Cena countered into the AA, Cesaro landed on his feet and hit the uppercut, but Cena hit the clothesline and rolled through into the AA for the win.

BACKSTAGE: Triple H and Randy Orton were talking about how many people Orton has lost to in this gauntlet match and ‘The Viper’ said that things are different now and he appreciates everything he has done, and is about to do, for him. Randy then talked trash about Batista before ‘The Animal’ appeared behind him, Batista then called him an ass and he wandered off. Del Rio then appeared and told him he is an Animal, and this Sunday he will make him pay. Batista then shoved Del Rio and wandered off.

Darren Young vs. Titus O’Neil was added to Elimination Chamber.

BACKSTAGE: Titus was talking to Renee and making her feel dumb, he said that Darren Young had become a road block to him becoming a champion.

Los Matadores & Sin Cara vs. The Wyatt Family

Los Matadores returned to Raw after being missing for months and what awaited them was not pretty, The Wyatt’s completely dominated the smaller high flyers.

Sin Cara got the hot tag and quickened the pace of the match with a head-scissor take down. Harper took hold of the Bull after he tried to interfere and Sin Cara tried to take advantage with a roll-up pin for a two count.

Cara then went for a high risk manoeuvre from the top rope but Harper moved and hit a variation of the clothesline from hell before tagging in Bray, who hit Sister Abigail for the win.

Jay Uso vs. Billy Gunn

Jimmy and Road Dogg were on commentary as their partners went one on one, with Jay throwing Billy out of the ring and Dogg went over to make sure he was alright.

Jay tried to fly but Billy moved and hit a clothesline that turned him inside out. Billy then went for the famouser but Jay countered into the roll-up.

After the match Jimmy super-kicked Road Dogg outside the ring before Jay flew outside on top of both New Age Outlaws and the brothers celebrated after the match.

BACKSTAGE: Sheamus was with Byron Saxton, he talked about tonight’s match against Orton and how he could taste the main event of Wrestlemania 30.

Sheamus vs. Randy Orton

Randy started the match, pointing to the Wrestlemania sign, before he rolled out of the ring, and back in to a collar and elbow tie up.

Randy rolled out of the ring, Sheamus followed and was thrown into the steel post. Raw returned with Orton on top before Sheamus countered a headlock into a side-slam and threw Orton out of the ring.

Randy was then driven into both side barricades before he countered and sent Sheamus into the steel steps. Orton then picked Sheamus up and put him through the announce table.

Orton hit the neck breaker followed by his vintage DDT through the ropes before setting up for the RKO but Sheamus countered, hitting three backbreakers and going for the Brogue Kick before he was attacked by The Shield.

John Cena then made the save, Daniel Bryan followed with a taped shoulder before Cesaro attacked Cena and finally The Shield and The Wyatts faced off and an all-out brawl ensued.

What a great way for WWE to build up Elimination Chamber, Christian seems to be a heel, Cesaro is in the middle of a massive push, Randy Orton looks strong heading into Sunday, but who will leave the chamber champion and go on to face Batista at Wrestlemania? And who will come out on top in the War between the Wyatts and The Shield…we will find out on Sunday!

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