09th Feb2021

WWE Raw – Feb 8th 2021: Results & Review

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s Monday Night Raw review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and Edge is back here to tease his WrestleMania prize fight, while Peter Noone is wearing Bobby Sherman’s pants backwards to make room for his big, throbbing… This episode of Monday Night Raw, which is being recorded by our resident TalkTech program Jonjo… Jonjo: I’mma f—kin’ Dell! Me: …will have Ric Flair involved in a promo with Charlotte Flair and Lacey Evans, as well as Martin Scorsese b—ching about Avengers: Endgame being so lousy, even though The Irishman was just Goodfellas on Valium. By the way, every Avengers movie sucked. Don’t bull-s— me, ass-hole. You know they suck. The third and fourth one are a lot of fun to watch, but they needed better writers. A time heist? That’s so stupid. The snap? Kiss my ass. If you’re going to write about time travel, then at least put some effort into it. Now, I shall show Hollywood how to do it. I shall go back in time and…kill me before I wrote this prologue! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!! (time travel) Me: Hello me! Me (back then): …but I’m not me! (rips off a mask that reveals the exact same face) I’m you! BLAYGAHANAHAGAH!!!!!!! Me: That’s impossible! (rips off mask that reveals the exact same face) …because I’m you! BLAYGAHANAHAGAH!!!!!!! Me (Both): BLAYGAHANAHAGAH!!!!!!! BLAYGAHANAHAGAH!!!!!!! BLAYGAHANAHAGAH!!!!!!! BLAYGAHANAHAGAH!!!!!!! BLAYGAHANAHAGAH!!!!!!! BLAYGAHANAHAGAH!!!!!!! Raw starts now. BLAYGAHANAHAGAH!!!!!!! BLAYGAHANAHAGAH!!!!!!! BLAYGAHANAHAGAH!!!!!!!

Match #1: AJ Styles def. Jeff Hardy

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Former WWE Champions and fierce opponents Jeff Hardy and AJ Styles squared off in contest for momentum ahead of the Elimination Chamber showdown in two weeks. Early in the high-stakes matchup, the Charismatic Enigma injured his left knee, a misfortune that The Phenomenal One was happy to exploit throughout. Hardy fought back with tremendous resilience and hit the Twist of Fate. When he climbed to the top rope to following up with the Swanton Bomb, however, his injury caused him to take too much time. As a result, he missed his mark and opened the door for Styles to lock in his second Calf Crusher of the night and make his extreme opponent tap-out.

My Opinion: 6 out of 10

Match #2: The New Day def. RETRIBUTION’s T-BAR & SLAPJACK

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Joining SmackDown commentary as his RETRIBUTION minions T-BAR & SLAPJACK took on The New Day, a very angry Mustafa Ali shouted off on his contempt for Kofi Kingston, WWE as a whole and all Superstars who had kept him and his vicious cohorts from eating. With the power of positivity united, though, Kingston & Woods ultimately overcame the brutality of RETRIBUTION and hit Day Break for the victory.

My Opinion: 5 out of 10

Match #3: Lacey Evans def. Charlotte Flair by disqualification

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Prior to the promoted face-to-face between Charlotte Flair and Lacey Evans, two-time WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair acknowledged his daughter’s greatness, but said he still refused to take orders from anyone by staying home. Instead, he explained that he had a “casual” relationship with The Sassy Southern Belle with the goal of helping her defeat Raw Women’s Champion Asuka – sentiments that Lacey was more than happy to support. The emerging Charlotte Flair told Lacey to shut her mouth and insisted that she was trying to protect the Flair legacy rather than shut her father out. She rejected Ric and Lacey’s tag team offer outright and make it clear to “Charlotte 2.0” that she already has a tag team partner in Asuka. She also said she didn’t care who her dad trained as long as they didn’t bring her down with them. In return, Lacey shared her feeling that if she could beat Charlotte, WWE officials were sure to make her the next in line for a Raw Women’s Title Match. After suggesting they have a match right there and then, Charlotte turned her attention to her father. As she did, Lacey clocked The Queen with a cheap shot and hurled her into the steal steps to injury her shoulder. In the subsequent match between the two Superstars, both The Nature Boy and Lacey antagonized Charlotte as Evans targeted the injured shoulder whenever possible. Then, when Lacey attempted to apply the trademark Flair Figure Four Leg Lock, a humiliated Charlotte snapped and unleash an onslaught on her opponent, pushing the referee in the process and bringing an end to the contest by disqualification.

My Opinion: 4 out of 10

Match #4: Damian Priest def. Angel Garza

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After emerging victorious in his Raw debut last week against The Miz, Damian Priest took on Angel Garza with the resourceful Bad Bunny once again in his corner and the Dirt Sheet pair supporting his opposition. Throughout the matchup, Miz & Morrison caused constant distractions and interference just out of the official’s view. That all changed thanks to the efforts of Bad Bunny. In the genius move, the international sensation suddenly grabbed away the Money in the Bank briefcase from the disrupt Miz & Morrison and tossed it into the ring. When Morrison climbed in and retrieved it, the referee catch sight of his presence and opted to send Miz & Morrison away. An outraged Garza turned his attention to Bad Bunny and ended up paying for his loss of focus with the devastating Reckoning.

My Opinion: 3 out of 10

Match #5: Keith Lee def. Riddle

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In recent weeks. Riddle proved he will stop at nothing for an opportunity to be the new United States Champion. After being rendered unconscious by three Full Nelsons from the brutal Bobby Lashley last week, Riddle is still ready for more. Nevertheless, Keith Lee also was convinced he could take Bobby Lashley and is willing to go through the Ultimate Bro to get there in a one-on-one showdown – with MVP scout the competition from SmackDown commentary. Despite the unrelenting resilience and amazing athletic prowess of Riddle, the earth-shattering power of Lee ultimately reigned supreme in the hard-fought matchup with the Spirit Bomb.

My Opinion: 7 out of 10

Match #6: Lana def. Nia Jax – Tables Match

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After an injury caused her to lose her opportunity to compete for the WWE Women’s Tag Team Titles back at WWE TLC, Lana and reemerging Naomi joined forces in pursuit of Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler’s titles. After the hopeful tandem scored a victory in a Triple Threat Tag Team Match to win a future opportunity at the gold last week, Lana stepped into a Tables Match against the woman who put her through the announce table nine times. Although Lana was quite simply tortured throughout the contest, Nia Jax made the critical mistake of turning her back on her opponent when she was outside the ring. Lana quickly capitalized by charging at her foe and sending her flying into the table for the win.

My Opinion: 2 out of 10

Match #7: Naomi def. Shayna Baszler

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With a return last week and her new tag team partner Lana, Naomi’s support of her companion partner led to an impromptu match against the ruthless Shayna Baszler. When Baszler made the mistake of turning her attention to Lana outside the ring, Naomi took advantage and hooked her opponent into a small package for the three-count.

My Opinion: 1 out of 10

Match #8 (Main Event): Drew McIntyre vs. Randy Orton (No Contest)

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In the wake of the announcement that WWE Champion will defend his title against five different Superstars inside Elimination Chamber, Drew McIntyre rekinded his longstanding rivalry in the Raw main event, Randy Orton – one of the Superstars who will face him inside the dreaded structure. The battle lived up to the hype from start to finish with a highly physical showdown. Although Sheamus emerged with the distraction his former friend mid-match, that still couldn’t take away from the classic nature of the contest between the two absolute warrior throughout. Then, in the final moments of action, Sheamus attempted to seize his own moment, entering the ring to try hit a Brogue Kick on McIntyre for the second week in a row. Instead, he caught The Viper and paved the way for Drew to get some payback on The Celtic Warrior with the Claymore Kick. Although the match ended without a clear winner, in the end it was WWE Champion Drew McIntyre who was standing tall en route to WWE Elimination Chamber.

My Opinion: 5 out of 10

Final Verdict: 5/10

Brad Britch is back! I reviewed AEW Dark! More Dark reviews coming soon! Wrestling! WRESTLING!!!!!! I mean…Nathan won’t let me review Dark, because I’m crazy…ABOUT WRESTLING!!!!! WRESTLINGGGGGGGG!!!!!!!! I… Me: Brad… Brad Britch: Damn it. Fine! Me: Okay. There’s really only one match that did well, which is Lee/Riddle. Those guys knocked the snot out of each other in a bout that was not quite the classic it sounds like, but it was one hell of a taste of how good the goods can be. AJ Styles and Jeff Hardy were hindered by one of those story matches that the dinks think are good, but usually just let all of the air out of the balloon. Brad: Charlotte and Lacey stunk up the joint! The joint stinks! Roach clip! Roach clip! Me: Brad! Brad: Damn it! Me: Charlotte carried Lacey to a passable bout. Lacey is getting better, but she still should not be on TV yet. Lana got a split-second victory of Nia after she screamed about her hole being hurt. Naomi got a token victory over Shayna in a match that felt less like a match and more like a commercial for…Lysol? Why not let these two have some time to wrestle? Damien Priest and Angel Garza had little time to have the kind of match they were capable of, but Priest looked great in his defeat of the equally intriguing Garza. Brad: Wrestling! Me: Calm down… Brad: Wrest…ling! Me: Stop it… Brad: Talk about Randy O-Tan! He’s boring! My favorite! Now! Me: Randy and Drew had a decent match that served to remind us all of how much better these matches were a few months ago. It’s a shame that this ended with Sheamus getting involved, but at least it was…happening. Bobby Lashley has a US Title match with Riddle and Keith Lee for Elimination Chamber, Asuka defends against Lacey Evans and Drew McIntyre goes into the Elimination Chamber against AJ Styles, Randy Orton, The Miz, Sheamus and Jeff Hardy. The idea of this was that every-one is a former champion. Why not have Braun Strowman or Kofi Kingston fill The Miz’s spot, since he already has the MITB contract? Brad: The Miz is shizzzzzzznazzzzzzzz!!!!!! Me: You like The Miz? Brad: No! Me: Well, then you likely enjoyed seeing Edge berate The Miz for not being passionate enough about being champion, as opposed to just stealing it with the MITB briefcase. Edge cut a fantastic promo on needing to be the World Champion and said that he was going to wait to decide on who he would fight at ‘Mania until after Drew McIntyre fought in the Elimination Chamber. I found this show to not be quite as satisfying as the Edge promo, the Ric Flair promo or the Lee/Riddle bout, but it didn’t fall apart either. A lack of ambition in certain parts and a lack of time in others is what kept this show from enjoying the fruits of the wrestlers’ labor. I hope Vince gets it in his head that he has some strong momentum for this year’s WrestleMania season, because this kind of show will bring it to a screeching halt if this is the way he keeps booking and promoting. Brad: Goldberg?! Me: No, he wasn’t here. Brad: AHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!! Me: Well, while he cries over…whatever…I’ll wrap this up and wish you well until we meet again.


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