24th Feb2021

WWE Raw – Feb 22nd 2021: Results & Review

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s Raw review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have…wrestling. What? I’m not smart enough to say anything else! It’s wrestling! They’re gonna wrestle! Shut up! You’re always acting smarter than me…because you are…putz. Okay. Let’s get to it before I kibitz my kibbutz like fibbits to fibbuts.

Match #1: Riddle def. John Morrison

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

One night as Riddle defeated John Morrison and Bobby Lashley in a Triple Threat Match to become the new United States Champion at WWE Elimination Chamber, The Shaman of Sexy went one-on-one with the Original Bro in a non-title contest to try and put himself back in title contention. In the final moments, Riddle caught Morrison as he was attempting Starship Pain and blasted his opponent with Bro Derek for a huge victory in his first match on Raw as United States Champion.

The Score: 7 out of 10

The Good:

  • These two work well together. There’s a freaky charm to these two together. The MMA of Riddle and the daring dives of Morrison made for a fabulous clash of styles.

The Bad:

  • Riddle still feels like a strange, disturbing presence for TV. The man was accused of rape by three women and is getting too much of a push during a time when he is still in judicial limbo. I don’t feel comfortable watching him yet, but he is here anyway.

The Verdict:

  • This was a good match that ended a few minutes earlier than it should have.

Match #2: The New Day def Retribution

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

In the latest installment of the ongoing rivalry between The New Day and RETRIBUTION, Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods stepped in the ring with MACE & T-BAR. Despite the Power of Positivity, Kingston entered the high-profile tag team bout just one day after being in the grueling WWE Title Elimination Chamber Match. After Mustafa Ali stopped his team from finishing the match when they had the opportunity, however, Kofi turned the tables and finished T-BAR with Trouble in Paradise for another big win. Once the victorious New Day took their leave, an irate Ali picked up the mic and furiously admonished his defeated faction.

The Score: 1 out of 10

The Good:

  • Not much

The Bad:

  • Too short.

The Verdict:

  • Crap.

Match #3: Hurt Business def Lucha House Party – Tornado Tag Match

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After Lucha House Party defeated The Hurt Business in the past, they looked to go double or nothing against the Raw Tag Team Champions in a non-title Tornado Tag Team Match in search of a future title contest. After Gran Metalik was neutralized with great force, Cedric Alexander hit the big knee on Lince Dorado and set up Benjamin with Paydirt for the three-count.

The Score: 7 out of 10

The Good:

  • Lince Dorado looked great in a match where all did well overall.

The Bad:

  • I suppose there were some lulls in the action and blah blah blah blah blah. This was good but not great. Good is still good though.

The Verdict:

  • This was yet another fine fight between these two teams.

Match #4: Damien Priest def Angel Garza

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Angel Garza tried his luck against Damian Priest in a one-on-one matchup, and the impressive new member of the Raw roster was once again accompanied to the ring by his friend, international sensation and 24/7 Champion Bad Bunny. Although Garza had a chance to overcome The Archer of Infamy after kicking out of the Broken Arrow, he made the mistake of turning his attention to Bad Bunny mid-match. This gave Priest time to regroup and finish him with Hit the Lights for another huge Raw victory. After the match, a series of Superstars including Drew Gulak targeted Bad Bunny’s 24/7 Championship. With Priest on the performer’s side, that proved easier said than done.

The Score: 7 out of 10

The Good:

  • They had a good bout once this got halfway through. Garza sold well for the tough-as-nails Priest. You get a lot of fast, fierce action from the both of these guys.

The Bad:

  • Coulda been longer.

The Verdict:

  • With more time, this could have been a classic. As it is, this was still excellent.

Match #5: Shayna Baszler and Nia Jax def Asuka and Charlotte Flair

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

After overcoming SmackDown Women’s Champion Sasha Banks & Bianca Belair at WWE Elimination Chamber, Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler returned to Raw to battle former titleholders Raw Women’s Champion Asuka & Charlotte Flair. For weeks, The Queen had been dealing with highly personal problems involving her father and Lacey Evans, issues that she would have to put aside against the titleholders. Charlotte accidently delivered a boot to the face of The Empress as she was attempting to strike Baszler. This opened the door for Nia to hit the leg drop and score the pin on the Raw Women’s Champion. When Flair attempted to help her partner, Asuka pushed her away, visibly upset about the mistake Charlotte made.

The Score: 5 out of 10

The Good:

  • Mia didn’t kill anybody.

The Bad:

  • This didn’t get a chance to breathe deeper.

The Verdict:

  • I like turtles.

Match #6: Sheamus def Jeff Hardy

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After clashing at WWE Elimination Chamber, longtime adversaries Jeff Hardy and Sheamus once again clashed in a brutal contest. Despite going through the career-altering mayhem, both competitors left it all on the canvas in a truly superhuman effort from start to finish. The Celtic Warrior rose above the fury when he connected with a knee to Hardy’s face that set up the triumphant Brogue Kick.

The Score: 7 out of 10

The Good:

  • They did it again. Jeff has an ability to work well with his polar opposites. Sheamus worked hard to make his slobbering of Jeff look like it hurt.

The Bad:

  • I just wanted more from it. Nothing in here was bad.

The Verdict:

  • This was another good bout between them. This also continues Sheamus’s streak of good matches.

Match #7: Naomi and Lana def Dana Brooke and Mandy Rose

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Still in line for a WWE Women’s Tag Team Title Match, Naomi and Lana gained a great deal of confidence with a win against Mandy Rose & Dana Brooke, working together to plant Mandy into the canvas for the three-count.

The Score: 1 out of 10

The Good:

  • Lana starts with an L.

The Bad:

  • I hate baseball cards.

The Verdict:

  • Pleh.

Match #8: AJ Styles def Ricochet

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After fighting down to the last two in the WWE Title Elimination Chamber Match on Sunday, AJ Styles battled Ricochet on Raw, overcoming the high-flying Superstar with the Styles Clash. After the bell, Styles invited his own personal colossus into the ring so he could pick up Ricochet and drive him into the canvas.

The Score: 6 out of 10

The Good:

  • These guys go well together, like peanut butter and nipples. The moves were crisp and direct. There wasn’t a false move here.

The Bad:

  • This was less than four minutes.

The Verdict:

  • Why was this so damn short?!

Match #9: Bobby Lashley def Braun Strowman

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

Although Braun Strowman was entering his first singles match since October and was chop blocked earlier in the night, he attacked his opponent with tremendous fury. Pitted against the absolute brutality of Lashley, it was a true clash of the titans from the get-go. Nevertheless, The Chief Hurt Officer overcame Strowman with an All Mighty Spinebuster into a devastating Spear to cement the victory and his one-on-one matchup for the gold against The A-Lister next Monday night. After the bell, Lashley laid waste to the defeated Strowman before taking out Miz and holding the title high in the air.

The Score: 7 out of 10

The Good:

  • Bobby Smash! Bobby Smash Good! Braun took his pummeling like a fish made of steel ass.

The Bad:

  • Braun is like a big-ass Michael Jackson, minus the boys. Shoulda been a longer bout.

The Verdict:

  • DAMN! This was okay.

Major News:

  1. The Miz defends the WWE World Title against Bobby Lashley, next week.

Final Verdict: 6/10

There were a lot of matches on this show that were a blast, but they were all too damn short.

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