25th Feb2014

WWE RAW Results & Review (24.02.14)

by Chris Cummings

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We are twenty-four hours removed from WWE Elimination Chamber, the show that ended with Randy Orton retaining his WWE World Title in a chamber match against five opponents, including Daniel Bryan. Tonight has a lot of hype about it, with the launch of the WWE Network in the US, and the return of Hulk Hogan to WWE, it should be an interesting night for WWE fans as we continue on the Road to WrestleMania XXX.

The quick results of the matches tonight:

  • Alberto Del Rio defeated Batista after a distraction from Randy Orton
  • Big E retained his I-C title against Cesaro via a DQ
  • Sheamus pinned Christian
  • Daniel Bryan defeated Kane in one-on-one action
  • Emma beat Summer Rae via submission
  • The Uso’s quickly defeated The New Age Outlaws in a non-title match
  • Bray Wyatt beat Roman Reigns via DQ

The show was average, considering the potential and the rumours that surrounded it, but there is some major advancement in the storylines. We saw Hulk Hogan open RAW and cut a fairly messy promo about his return, he then announced that he would be the Official Host of WrestleMania XXX. The fans popped for Hogan, but it wasn’t the loud and manic reaction that we’ve seen Hogan receive in the past. Hulk did look happy to be back though.

Batista cut a short promo after losing to Alberto Del Rio via a distraction from Randy Orton. He said that he is fine with the fans booing and cheering because they have a voice. It is the same route that Cena has taken for years in terms of his being booed, and it is a lame way to ignore things. I can only hope this eventually results in a heel turn from Batista because this, as the main event of Mania, will be heavily buried by fans.

John Cena came out and cut a promo about The Wyatt Family costing him his chance at headlining Mania XXX. The Wyatt’s then came out and attacked Cena, leaving him laying and holding his knee. They stretchered Cena off and is unknown at this point whether or not he suffered a legitimate knee injury, or if he was just, shock-horror, selling the beating. Time will tell.

Daniel Bryan, who fans have wanted to be added to the WWE World Title main event of WrsetleMania XXX, challenged Triple H to a match at Mania, which fans cheered and booed in equal measure. I hope this is the start of an angle that will see Bryan slotted into the title match, but at this point I am unsure whether that will happen. Again, time will tell. The fans popped loudly for Bryan, as usual. Triple H didn’t answer the challenge.

Finally, in the closing segment of RAW, Brock Lesnar, along with his advocate Paul Heyman, made their way to the ring. Heyman talked about Lesnar wanting to be a part of history at Mania and it looks like Triple H and Stephanie are ignoring him. Heyman said that Brock wouldn’t compete at Mania. Suddenly, The Undertaker made his return to WWE, slowly making his way to the ring and non-verbally challenging Lesnar. Brock agreed and signed a contract that was awaiting him. Undertaker responded by stabbing a pen into Lesnar’s hand and choke-slamming “the beast-incarnate” through a table. The show ended with the fans popping loud for ‘Taker.

The RAW did do a fair bit in terms of setting things up for WrestleMania XXX, which is just over a month away, but it was still boring at times and disappointing too. If they don’t add Bryan to the main event of Mania then WWE are missing the chance at a wonderful moment that the fans are dying to see. The Undertaker’s return was nice and the fans liked it. The rest of what happened was expected and didn’t exactly pump me up for next week’s show, but this is the most interesting time of year for WWE, so… until next week.

RAW: Best Match: Kane vs. Daniel Bryan

RAW: Best Talker: Paul Heyman

RAW: Dud of the Night: Batista in general

RAW: Surprise Moment: The Undertaker returns

RAW: Honourable Mentions: Christian, Sheamus, Roman Reigns, Bray Wyatt

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