Due to a lot of delays and since I didn’t cover Royal Rumble 2014, here’s RAW in case you missed it:
From The Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio:
Hosted by John “Bradshaw” Layfield (JBL), Michael Cole and WWE Hall of Famer Jerry “The King” Lawler.
The Authority (Principal Owner of WWE Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley and Triple H/Hunter Hearst Helmsley) praised Royal Rumble 2014, but Hunter knew that the crowd wasn’t happy. Stephanie announced that WWE World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton will defend the title at the Elimination Chamber, but was interrupted by Daniel Bryan who urged everyone not to chant “Yes!” because The Authority hates it. Daniel stated that people asked why he wasn’t in the Rumble Match, and that he asked to be in it. Stephanie told him that he was kept out of the match because she “cared about his health”. She also expressed concern about his time with The Wyatt Family (Bray Wyatt, Erick Rowan and Luke Harper, but he mentioned battling them and The Shield (WWE United States Champion Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns).
Daniel demanded to be in the Chamber Match, and refused to leave until it was met. The Shield arrived as Daniel was ready to fight with a steel chair. Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns assaulted him until Sheamus, who returned during the Rumble Match and John Cena fought them off.
1. TAG TEAM MATCH: Sin Cara and Rey Misterio, Jr. vs. The Real Americans (Antonio Cesaro and Jack Swagger) with Zeb Coulter.
THE WINNERS: THE REAL AMERICANS.
#Bad News Barrett announced that Cleveland citizens The Miz and Dolph Ziggler will be in a match that he called “The Battle of Cleveland”. He stated that he’s happy that the match isn’t “The Battle For Cleveland”, because he views all of Cleveland as losers.
2. Fandango with Summer Rae vs. R-Truth with Xavier Woods.
Xavier Woods served as the Special Guest Commentator for this match.
THE WINNER: R-TRUTH!!!
RAW General Manager Brad Maddox introduced WWE World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton as he spoke about retaining the title, and was furious from being told that he had will face five opponents in the Elimination Chamber next month. He asked Brad if it was an idea of his, or The Authority, but was interrupted by 2014 Royal Rumble Winner Batista!!! He congratulated Randy on his victory, but reminded him that he came back for the title, and that he doesn’t care who he has to face. He vowed that he will leave Wrestlemania 30 with the title. After that, Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman appeared!!! Heyman demanded that Orton face Lesnar for the title, and that Batista face Lesnar!!!
This went into the first six minutes of Hour 2.
3. THE BATTLE OF CLEVELAND: Dolph Ziggler vs. The Miz.
THE WINNER: DOLPH ZIGGLER!!!
4. TAG TEAM MATCH: RyBack and Curtis Axel vs. The Usos (Jimmy and Jey).
THE WINNERS: THE USOS!!!
5. Kofi Kingston vs. Alberto del Rio.
THE WINNER: ALBERTO DEL RIO.
6. WWE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP REMATCH: The New Age Outlaws (Road Dogg and “B.A.” Billy Gunn/Champions For The First Time Since 1999) vs. Goldust and Cody Rhodes (Challengers/Former Champions).
THE REFEREE STOPPED THE MATCH WHEN BROCK LESNAR F-5’D GOLDUST AND CODY RHODES. PAUL HEYMAN ANNOUNCED THAT THE AUTHORITY REJECTED BROCK’S DEMANDS, AND HE ASSAULTED GOLDUST AND CODY WITH A STEEL CHAIR.
THIS MATCH ENDED IN A NO CONTEST.
This went into the first 11 minutes of Hour 3.
7. EIGHT-DIVAS TAG TEAM MATCH: The Bella Twins (Brie and Nikki), and The Funkadactyls (Naomi and Cameron) vs. WWE Divas Champion A.J. Lee, Tamina Snuka, Alicia Fox and Aksana.
THE WINNERS: THE BELLA TWINS AND THE FUNKADACTYLS!!!
The next inductee into the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2014 will be: Jake “The Snake” Roberts.
8. A SIX-MAN TAG TEAM ELIMINATION CHAMBER MAIN EVENT QUALIFIER: John Cena, The Returning Sheamus and Daniel Bryan vs. The Shield.
THE WINNERS VIA DISQUALIFICATION: JOHN CENA, THE RETURNING SHEAMUS AND DANIEL BRYAN!!!
The Wyatt Family caused the disqualification when they assaulted John Cena, and Sheamus and Daniel Bryan helped fight them off.
Match #’s 5, 6 and the main event are the Five-Star Matches of the Night!!!
Kofi Kingston, Alberto del Rio, The New Age Outlaws, Goldust, Cody Rhodes, John Cena, Sheamus, Daniel Bryan and The Shield are the Wrestlers of the night!!!
The return of Sheamus and Jake “The Snake” Roberts going into the Hall of Fame are the Highlights of the Night!!!
ANALYSIS: Slightly better.