12th Feb2019

WWE Raw – Feb 11th 2019: Results & Review

by Nathan Favel

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Welcome to this week’s Raw review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have more of The McMahon family talking, so tuck your head between your legs and kiss your ass good-bye.

Match #1: Nia Jax & Tamina def. The Boss ‘N’ Hug Connection and Liv Morgan & Sarah Logan — Sasha Banks & Bayley will enter first into the Elimination Chamber

The following is courtesy of WWE.com:

If The Boss ‘N’ Hug Connection are the sentimental favorites to become the first-ever WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions, the betting odds might no longer be in their favor: Thanks to a Triple Threat loss on Raw, Sasha Banks & Bayley drew the dreaded No. 1 entry into the Elimination Chamber this Sunday, meaning they’ll have to walk the longest, hardest road possible to reach the historic benchmark. Similar to last week, Bayley had to go it alone when The Riott Squad united to cheap-shot Sasha to the sidelines, but her heroics were a lot less effective in Triple Threat rules: Tamina broke up a would-be pinfall with a superkick to the face of the former Raw Women’s Champion moments after The Huggable One had Bayley-to-Bellied Liv Morgan. The Sultress of Savagery hauled the limp Morgan to Jax for a tag, and it was all elementary from there, as The Irresistible Force planted Bayley with a Samoan Drop to send her to the starting line of the Elimination Chamber. Of course, adversity is nothing new to Sasha & Bayley. As they mentioned in a pre-match interview, they’ve put each other through the ringer to get to this moment, but they might find the hill harder to climb with five other teams standing in their way.

My Take: 2.5 out of 5 – This was a solid match that didn’t get to go too far in quality, but it worked out enough that you got a feel for what the three tag teams can offer.

Match #2: Finn Balor def. Drew McIntyre By Disqualification

My Take: 2 out of 5 – This was a a little bit of wrestling and a lot of bull-$#!@, but it was just an excuse to have the next match.

Match #3: Braun Strowman, Finn Bálor & Kurt Angle def. Intercontinental Champion Bobby Lashley, Drew McIntyre & Baron Corbin

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Take one Intercontinental Title rivalry that’s gaining steam, add four Superstars with months and months of unfinished business, and you get a combustible stew where anybody and everybody has an equal chance at coming out with the win. That was basically the story of Raw’s big six-man blowout, which began as Finn Bálor vs. Drew McIntyre and exploded into a multi-man confrontation when Bobby Lashley’s interference opened the doors for Braun Strowman, Kurt Angle and Baron Corbin to join the fray. The interference also earned Finn a disqualification victory against The Scottish Psychopath — not that the former Universal Champion had any interest in resting on his laurels. Bálor (who’ll challenge Lashley in a Handicap Match where a victory over him or Lio Rush will land the Irishman the Intercontinental Title) bailed Angle out of trouble and narrowly saved the match by getting his foot on the bottom rope during a Lashley pinfall, which forced a restart after the ref mistakenly counted him down. As if those heroics weren’t enough, the Irishman also ended the match, piggybacking off a last-minute surge from Strowman with a bout-concluding Coup de Grâce to the belly of The All Mighty.

My Take: 3 out of 5 – This was given some time, but it felt a bit like a paint by the numbers deal. The wrestlers worked hard and did what they needed to do, but it felt like these guys were being wasted in this match. The action was just fine, but you feel like you could guess most of it. Overall, this was a good match for the card, but on it’s own it was a disappointment.

Match #4: Ruby Riott def. Nikki Cross

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Surviving Ronda Rousey on two weeks’ notice is a near-impossibility for any Superstar, but now we know that Ruby Riott can, at the very least, handle an unfamiliar situation. The ringleader of The Riott Squad got a win over Nikki Cross, who mangled and mauled Ruby across the ring like some ill-fated plaything. That Ruby earned the win despite all this was due in large to excellent timing: After Cross trapped Riott in the ring apron and pummeled her like a heavy bag, she ascended the top rope for a high-risk maneuver, and Ruby booted her down to earth, following up with a deciding Riott Kick to claim the win. So now we know Ruby can handle herself against a Superstar who’s at least as unpredictable as she is. Whether that’s enough to prepare her for Rousey is a matter for six days’ time.

My Take: 3 out of 5 – This was a good little match that should have gone a lot longer. These guys have enough personality to stuff a silo with and if you can…there was a farming joke here somewhere that I lost interest on. Cross and Riott could be a very interesting feud if Vince ever allows it…it won’t happen.

Match #5: Dean Ambrose def. EC3

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After a rough couple of weeks, Dean Ambrose did quite a bit to save face — and maybe get his groove back — with a score-settling victory over young stallion EC3, who shocked the former WWE Champion in his debut match last week on Raw. The Top One Percent was clearly feeling himself as a result of his hot start, perhaps too much: The Lunatic Fringe caught EC3 with a small package to secure a quick-strike pinfall, leaving the new arrival stunned in the ring and Ambrose vindicated … at least until a potential Round Three.

My Take: 2 out of 5 – This wasn’t much of a match, but Dean came across well as a face and he seems to have been booked to be ambiguous until he leaves after Wrestlemania.

Match #6: (Main Event) The Revival def. Bobby Roode & Chad Gable to become the new Raw Tag Team Champions

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Save for the most stringent of haters, it’s been painfully clear for a while now that The Revival’s ascension to championship status was a matter of when, not if, and the two-time NXT Tag Team Champions finally made good on their promise to dethrone Bobby Roode & Chad Gable in a 25-minute showcase that saw them employ all of their (extensive) tag team acumen and become Raw Tag Team Champions for the first time. It was a clinic in every sense of the word, but don’t think that Roode & Gable were schooled. The champs hung tough with Dash & Dawson at every turn; three months of championship matches will, of course, give you a leg up when it comes to knowing your opponents’ tendencies, and Gable in particular seemed to be dishing out suplexes at will to anything that moved. But The Revival had been learning from their losses as well: Dawson saved Wilder from a brutal-looking neckbreaker-German suplex combo at the last possible second, and thanks to a timely tag, they were lying in wait for Gable to go high-risk. When he did, they caught him mid-flight with the Shatter Machine to win the titles. The match was a classic, and the “Top Guys” won. Just the way they like it.

My Take: 3.5 out of 5 – This started off slow and good and got going on the way to great and while that didn’t quite happen, the match was still very strong. The Revival was a bit cumbersome here, but they looked excellent as a team anyway. Chad Gable was the big deal here and he looks more like Curt Hennig and Kurt Angle all the time. There is a lot of technical wrestling here that worked out great for these two teams and I would say that this is a match that should be revisited throughout 2019. Overall, the big victory for The Revival worked out really well and it’s about time.

News Of The Night:

  1. Becky Lynch was unsuspended, suspended and lost her Raw Women’s Title Match to Charlotte Flair.
  2. Paul Heyman and Seth Rollins had an excellent promo where Rollins promised to beat Brock Lesnar at any cost.
  3. Dean Ambrose appears to be a face/hero again.
  4. Kevin Owens will be back in a month, but he’s not sure for which brand.
  5. Ric Flair’s 70th birthday party is in two weeks on Raw.

Final Verdict: 2.5/5

The main event saved a simple show that had big storyline stuff, but didn’t offer too much in great wrestling.

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