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Good, Bad and Ugly: WWE Raw (02/11/2019)

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Bobby Fernandes reviews WWE Raw for 2/11/19 in the Good, Bad, and Ugly format. How did the show rank?

With Elimination Chamber approaching, Raw is tightening up everything.  Recent trends say there will be a lot to watch tonight although it doesn’t seem like any surprises are in story, anything can happen in the WWE.  Elimination Chamber could have some major changes headed toward WrestleMania.  There is a lot of time left before the big show.  Will they go on auto-pilot, or will they hit us with a stunner? 

GOOD

Stephanie McMahon and HHH w/ Becky Lynch

This according to everyone is being sold as a carbon copy of Stone Cold vs The McMahon’s Part 2.  There are a lot of similarities and of course an easy bridge between the two.  It is also appropriate as Becky Lynch, much like Stone Cold has become a firebrand for the current roster and carrying a huge burden by leading the pack as the overall beloved #1 Fan Favorite.  There are no better villains than the McMahons.  Anyone and everyone can get knocked down by them.  The Man loves the fight and her new enemies will oblige.  Lynch doesn’t just poke the bear, she slaps it in the face.  Her knee is cleared per HHH.  She is no longer suspended and will face Rousey at Wrestlemania.  But, she will have to apologize to HHH and Stephanie McMahon if she wants her shot.  The Man will not apologize and in fact will fight anyone who wants otherwise.  She will give her final answer by the end of the show.  Either she goes to Wrestlemania or it’s gone, and only an apology in her way. 

(Loser Enters Chamber First) Sasha Banks and Bayley vs. Nia Jax and Tamina Snuka vs. Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan

With the Tag Team Championships being a reality, we will see more and more Women’s action which isn’t a bad thing.  They are really pushing Nia Jax right now, and the other wrestlers are playing along.  They are intimidated and love to instigate.  Sarah Logan looks Good in there.  She really has a lot of energy and a decent style.  Honestly though, it will be plain shocking if Bayley and Sasha Banks lose the whole thing, they were made for those titles but they have to surprise us somehow.  That is of course if Bayley doesn’t have to go at it alone the entire time.  The Riott Squad really dominated toward the end of this match but Jax and Tamina overpowered them.  No one could take over, until Bayley not only regained herself but then destroyed all comers, until Nia Jax finally finished her for the win.  Nia Jax and Tamina Snuka Win!  Sasha and Bayley are now 1st team in the Elimination Chamber. 

Finn Balor vs. Drew McIntyre

IC Champion Bobby Lashley with Lio Rush made their way down to ringside before the match to scout his opponent at Elimination Chamber, Finn Balor.  McIntyre and Balor are just insanely Good, and everytime they fight, there is potential for a classic.  McIntyre dominates, and Balor fights back with everything he has.  It is a proven method.  Of course we all knew Balor would get some of Lashley and Rush as he owed them.  Lashley went too far and got McIntyre DQ’d.  McIntyre and Lashley then destroyed Finn Balor until Hall of Famer, Kurt Angle ran in for the save.  Angle took full control but was blindsided by rival Baron Corbin.  Braun Strowman had enough and stormed the ring.  The wrestling Gods have spoken and we sense a 3 on 3 coming. 

Nikki Cross vs. Ruby Riott

Here we go!  We have ourselves some potential here.  A nice little NXT like match that is fun and different with some good raw talent.  It was a little disappointing that they cut to a Rousey/Lynch showdown.  Ruby Riott is just amazing and goes hard in there.  Nikki Cross has been nothing but impressive and seems to be able to go with anyone. Ruby being a great opportunist hit a sudden “Riott Kick” for the Win!  Good, solid match. 

Monday Night Rollins

The Beloved, King Slayer is one of the most over talents in the Professional Wrestling World.  He is to battle the Beast, the Champion, Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania.  The un-accomplishable feat.  Rollins is hyping his uphill battle, pleading his case.  Truthfully, it is always better to see Rollins fight rather than talk.  The Advisor faked out everyone, as Lesnar was a no-show as usual.  Heyman always has something to say and everyone unapologetically listens.  Heyman hyped as he always does, Rollins stood and waited for his moment.  He again restated his case and got the crowd loudly behind him. 

Dean Ambrose then came out w/ Rollins still in the ring.  Anytime Ambrose and Rollins are involved with each other, there is tremendous potential.  It was quick this time around though with Ambrose grabbing a seat at ringside. 

Dean Ambrose vs. EC3

EC3 is going to always be a welcome Superstar on Raw.  The more the better, this guy needs a big push.  What better person than Dean Ambrose who has as much décor and clout as anyone.  Ambrose went right at him as he lost last week.  EC3 fought back though and would not be denied.  EC3’s reputation and history from Impact is well known and respected across the board.  He is a star and needs to be used that way.  EC3 got ahead of himself and Ambrose recovered.  Ambrose got the quick “small package” for the big rebound victory. 

Raw Tag Team Championship Match- Bobby Roode and Chad Gable (C) vs. The Revival

Ever since The Revival voiced their discontent, they have had a lot of TV Time.  The nostalgic, tag team specialist are a plus almost every time.  Roode and Gable are mega talented, Roode being a potential locker room leader if used more.  Being the Tag Team Champions isn’t Bad but he should be doing bigger things.  Tag team wrestling at its purest, this was textbook action.  Gable and Roode rallied hitting a series of offense.  These guys make the hot tag look so Good.  Gable came in and went hard against the challengers.  Both teams had close falls and a lot of back and forth action.  After Gable got worked over Roode was ready to go but was pulled off the apron.  Revival still couldn’t finish Gable.  Roode finally back in took out The Revival.  Again though back and forth near falls.  It was just insane how many false finishes there were.  Then just when you thought it was over, The Revial hits a huge “Shatter Machine” on Gable to win the Raw Tag Team Championships!  Big Win!  Great Match!  Good Team!

Becky Lynch Apology?

What will “The Man” do?  HHH is a presence himself and with his wife, the “Billionaire Princess” he is even more dangerous.  Becky has aggressively provoked both of them even striking them last week.  She made the smart move and apologized.  Becky made the best move and still stood her ground.  HHH and Stephanie then congratulated her and Lynch took over hyping what will be a showdown.  Rousey then stormed down belt in tow.  This was getting red hot, even Mr. McMahon came out.  Vince is “The Man.”  Vince then suspended Becky Lynch for 60 days which takes her out of Wrestlemania.  He then interjected Charlottle Flair into the Raw Women’s Championship Match in her place.  Charlotte is Vinnie Mac’s Champion.  This is obvious and shocking at the same time.  Speechless.

BAD

Braun Strowman, Kurt Angle and Finn Balor vs. Bobby Lashley w/ Lio Rush, Baron Corbin and Drew McIntyre

There is a lot of beef in that ring.  Tons of fight, guts and talent.  The pace was a little off at times but nothing completely detrimental early on.  A lot of back and forth leaning toward the heels having control.  Bobby Lashley has been impressive and continues going in that direction.  He has taken control and looks sharp in there.  This match was a safe bet.  It showcased a ton of talent in a compacted setting including the Intercontinental Champion, and kept them all fresh due to having a tag setting.  The power stuggle was awesome all around.  McIntyre and Strowman clashing, Lashley dominating, and Finn Balor fighting back.  Lashley got the pin even though Balor had his foot on the rope.  Referee Chad Paton came out and explained what happened and the match restarted. 

This has been a long match, and not smooth sailing considering the talent and format.  Again Finn Balor got beat down and grouped up on.  Lashley vs Balor is shaping up to be pretty Good.  Perfect timing, Strowman recovered, tagged in by Balor and let loose.  Complete Demolition of his opponents.  Strowman killed Lashley and tagged in Balor to finish the job with a “Coupe De Grace.”  This was okay but leaned toward the Bad side. 

UGLY

Walk With Elias

Strangely Elias was immediately interrupted by Lynch on the big screen having a promo with Finn Balor.  Balor and Lynch go way back and are always gold in any capacity but what a weird placement.  Follow that up with a commercial break/promo for Seth Rollins and you have horrible production value.  Interrupting Elias is a thing, granted we know and expect it but to do it as if we aren’t watching and paying attention, just mangling content together haphazardly is rough to watch.  Third times a charm, except this time he is interrupted by Lucha House Party.  Overkill much.  Elias’ Grammy Snub was the last straw.  LHP wants to Walk With Elias.  Elias is such a pure heel but he is over, and the inner struggle amongst the fans is intense.  Lucha House Party led by Kalisto had their fun with Elias but was hit by a guitar for their trouble.  Elias got out of harm’s way.  This was not Good by any standards.  Even a bit Ugly. 

FINAL

  • Good – 8
  • Bad – 1
  • Ugly – 1

By the numbers and the action, we all had a pretty Good Raw.  This week flew by, and had a great amount of action, twist, turns and craziness.  Honestly, WWE took the audience for a spin and got our attention.  Successful week so far, and a slam packed Monday Night. 

SmackDown is slated next.  The 2-hour action packed “better” brand of WWE.  They seem to be on the Good side of things almost always and followed the next night by the spectacular NXT Brand.  There is a lot of action left on the agenda this week setting up everything for the big upcoming PPV’s, what will happen next?


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Cook’s Top 5: Miz Moments

Cook brings the most must see Top 5 of the week! Is it obvious or a MIZtery?

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This week is all about our new WWE Champion, The Miz!

Let’s be honest, Miz might not hold the Championship for too long. He’s got a big match with Bobby Lashley next week. We wish him luck, and maybe something unlikely will happen resulting in Miz holding on to the title longer than anybody expects. Still, I feel the need to get this particular edition of the Top 5 out there as soon as possible.

Here are the Top 5 Miz Moments!

5. Main Eventing WrestleMania

The match itself…not so great. Miz was obviously the third most important person in the match. He also suffered a concussion. But the guy still main evented WrestleMania and beat John Cena, which is something that not too many other people can say. This will remain Miz’s biggest WrestleMania match unless they get Bad Bunny to wrestle him this year.

4. A Ladder Match with Dolph Ziggler

Miz & Ziggler have quite a bit in common. Both hail from the Cleveland area. Both prefer to think of themselves as being from Hollywood. They’re both egotistical characters that make up for what they might lack in size with ego. They’ve been in WWE forever with limited changes to their character, pretty much on the same level of the card. Naturally, they get along pretty well & have good chemistry.

2016 saw the best incarnation of their on-screen issues, with Miz & Ziggler trading the Intercontinental Championship back & forth. The Ladder Match ending the feud at TLC is considered by most to be Miz’s best match. I don’t have a ton of other options off the top of my head, so we’ll go with that.

3. The First MITB Cash-In

You always remember your first. At this point in time, much like here in 2021, Miz wasn’t seen as the most believable choice to be WWE Champion. However, the man had a briefcase, and, importantly, this was back before the briefcase gimmick was completely run into the ground. So when Miz ran down at the end of Raw to cash in on Randy Orton, it got a tremendous reaction.

People were either really happy or really angry. I was on the angry side of the spectrum, especially since I had a cold and was writing a news column during all of this. Man, I remember when the week or so a year I would a cold was the only time I really felt like crap.

What can I say, Miz has grown on me over the years.

2. Feuding with The King

A lot of old school wrestling fans found it hard to believe that The Miz had become WWE Champion when more deserving wrestlers from their childhood never had been. Heck, Jerry Lawler, a God of Memphis rasslin who piledrove Andy Kaufman into oblivion, had never even gotten a shot at that title, even though he’d worked for WWE for nearly twenty years. Seemed wrong to a lot of people, but nobody expected that wrong to be addressed.

Lawler was celebrating his sixty-first birthday the week after Miz defeated Randy Orton for the WWE Championship. One thing led to another, and Lawler got his very first WWE Championsgip opportunity. In a TLC match! They got the fans believing that Lawler could win the title…until that pesky Michael Cole kept Lawler from climbing further up the ladder.

It was nice to see the King get another important run on WWE television long after we thought it was possible. A large part of the reason it was possible? The Miz. He portrayed himself as just beatable enough that the title change could happen. Also held up his end of the bargin in the promos, which was never easy for Lawler’s opponents.

I know everybody likes a title change, but this was the best work Miz did during his first WWE Championship reign by a wide margin.

Honorable Mention: Marrying Maryse

You knew I had to mention this, right?

1. Talking Smack to Daniel Bryan

I’ve always been a Daniel Bryan guy. Back when he was Miz’s “rookie” on NXT, I thought the idea that Miz would have something to teach him was a bit outrageous. It was an interesting pairing though, and the Miz/Bryan relationship/rivalry has provided plenty of compelling moments over the years.

None moreso than the night where Miz did something that a lot of people didn’t think was possible: make himself seem right & Daniel Bryan seem wrong. The way Miz defended himself in this tirade was pretty much impossible to argue with. Maybe Miz doesn’t wrestle the way that hardcore wrestling fans would like, but he is pretty much the prototypical WWE Superstar of his era. He always works hard, is never hurt, and you don’t have to worry about him embarrassing himself or the company.

This promo raised Miz’s character to another level at the time, and definitely added some fuel to the fire for Bryan’s eventual return. If you want to see one Miz promo that sums up who he is & was, this would be it.


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Bodeen’s Top 5 Moments: WWE Elimination Chamber 2021

Bodeen Green is back with your look at his Top 5 Moments from WWE Elimination Chamber!

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Bodeen Green is back with your look at his Top 5 Moments from WWE Elimination Chamber!

Due to the short build between the Royal Rumble and Elimination Chamber, there was a general lack of excitement from fans heading into the Elimination Chamber Pay-Per-View, especially with the lack of established matches on the card. Despite this, the Elimination Chamber was still a solid show to watch, mainly due to both chamber matches being fun to watch, with the last chamber match, having a shocking but awesome twist.  So as we leave the Elimination Chamber and take yet another step forward on the Road to WrestleMania, let us look at the top 5 moments that stood out on this short but solid show.

5. Riddle becomes United States Champion

Heading into this match, it seemed highly unlikely that Riddle would beat the United States Champion, Bobby Lashley. Even though the match was a triple threat match and Riddle did not have to pin Lashley to win the title, fans had seen Riddle lose to Bobby time and time again, making it seem the only real threat to Lashley’s title reign in the match was Keith Lee. However after Lee was taken out and John Morrison won a match on the pre-show earlier in the night, things seemed somewhat possible for Riddle.

All three men looked good in this match, as Lashley dominated the start of the match, helping fans get their breath back from the opening Elimination Chamber. This would force Riddle and John Morrison to team up on Lashley, despite being teamed up on Lashley would fight back and seemed to have things won as he put the hurt lock on John Morrison, only for Riddle to attack Lashley with the crutch belonging to MVP and pin John Morrison to become United States Champion

Yet again, special credit has to be given to MVP as a manager, he serves a purpose and actually looks like he’s being effective in helping Lashley. An example of this was MVP encouraging Lashley to stay outside the ring to recover as Riddle and Morrison treaded blows inside the ring.

4. The Tribal Chief reigns supreme for now

Instead of defending the Universal Championship inside the Elimination Chamber, Roman Reigns would use his power to face the winner of the SmackDown Elimination Chamber match, straight after the match. This was yet another great heel move from Roman as it once again showed how much power he has backstage due to his bloodline and role as a main-event player.

After Daniel Bryan survived a brutal chamber match, Roman Reigns would come out straight after the match, giving Daniel Bryan little time to recover. Roman would go to spear Daniel, only for Daniel to reverse it into the Yes Lock, making the impossible seem possible, only for Roman to counter and punish Daniel, locking in the guillotine for the win.

After holding the Universal Title, Roman would be hit with a spear by Edge, who seemed to copy Roman from earlier on SmackDown as he whispered in Roman’s ear, before pointing to the WrestleMania sign, giving fans his answer on who he’s gonna face at WrestleMania.

3. An Awesome finish

After The Miz won the Money In The Bank briefcase at Hell In A Cell against Otis, it seemed like every Pay-Per-View he would give Drew McIntyre a threat, stating he was going to cash in, however as time went on, it seemed more unlikely he would ever successfully cash in the Money In The Bank briefcase and win the WWE Championship from Drew McIntyre.

Each after he pulled out of the Elimination Chamber match, it still seemed unlikely Miz would cash in successfully, especially with it being so close to WrestleMania. However, after we saw backstage footage of The Miz talking to MVP backstage before the Elimination Chamber match for the WWE Championship, things started to become interesting.

After McIntyre had won the Elimination Chamber match to retain his WWE Championship, Bobby Lashley would come out and dominate Drew, leaving The Miz to cash in on Drew, allowing Miz to win the WWE Championship, putting a massive twist on the Road to WrestleMania.

2. McIntyre survives the Elimination Chamber   

The Elimination Chamber match was filled with heaps of sub feuds, especially with the WWE Champion, Drew Mcintyre who had old rivals in Randy Orton and AJ Styles, as well as a new feud with his former best friend Sheamus, despite this, Drew would keep a level head and dominate everyone in the match, before eventually hitting a claymore on AJ Styles to win the match and retain his title before The Miz would cash in.

Jeff Hardy and Randy Orton would start the match before Drew would come in and dominate both men. Kofi Kingston would come in next and hit Orton with a roll-up to score a shock elimination. Orton would RKO both Hardy and Kofi, allowing Styles to have an advantage as Omos helped destroy his pod, so Styles could enter early in the match. Kofi would be eliminated by Sheamus, as well as Hardy who was eliminated by Drew.

AJ, Sheamus and Drew would trade blows, with Sheamus hitting Drew with a Brogue kick, only for Styles to hit the Phenomenal Forearm on Sheamus to eliminate him. With Drew now battered and broken Styles would attempt a Phenomenal Forearm on Drew, only for Drew to hit a Claymore Kick in mid-air to survive and win a great Elimination Chamber match.

1. Daniel Bryan goes the distance 

Despite the Elimination Chamber match for the WWE Championship being a great match I personally found the opening chamber match earlier in the night much more enjoyable. It felt much more smooth and natural than the later chamber match with all 6 men involved looking strong with Daniel Bryan, being the clear MVP of the match as he entered the chamber first with fellow dark horse Cesaro and went on to win his third Elimination Chamber match.

Cesaro and Daniel would start things off slow as they entered the match first. King Corbin would then come out, followed by an irate Sami Zayn who could not believe we entered forth. Corbin would be the first eliminated after Cesaro put him the Sharpshooter. Kevin Owens and Jey Uso would then come out with Owens eliminating Sami. As Sami exited the ring Jey would trap Kevin’s arm in the Chamber door, superkicking him then eliminating him.

Cesaro would then mount a comeback only for Jey to ruin his momentum as he superkicked Cesaro and hit a splash to eliminate him. Jey would then attempt a splash of a wounded Bryan, only for Bryan to get his knees up and hit Jey with the running knee to win the Elimination Chamber match.

These were my top 5 moments from the Elimination Chamber. What were your top 5 moments and what did you think of both Elimination Chamber matches? Let us know in the comments below.

 

 


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