Here is my recap/thoughts on the February 6th 2012 edition of Raw.
Big Show defeated Daniel Bryan in a non-title match.
– I didn’t mind this match so much. AJ came down in support of Daniel Bryan and nearly got run over again by the Big Show. This time he was able to hold up before she got squished. After that incident Bryan escorted her from ringside and they took off. Big Show won by count-out. Bryan claimed that AJ was more important then any match.
Sheamus defeated David Otunga.
– This was basically just a filler match. Sheamus didn’t really show anything new like he did Friday night on Smackdown. It was nice to see Otunga get some offense in. He even looked strong in some spots, but he is no Cody Rhodes. The match ended with a Brogue Kick. This to me really didn’t do anything for Sheamus.
The Great Khali & Randy Orton defeated Wade Barrett & Intercontinental Champion Cody Rhodes. *MOTN
– A Smackdown tag team match featuring four of the six contestants in the Elimination Chamber match. I thought this match was well done, it flowed well. I liked how Rhodes and Barrett were teaming together as a unit, while Khali and Orton didn’t appear to be on the same page. The chop to Randy’s chest from Khali was quite amusing (what a way to get tagged). The ending worked for me as Khali tagged himself in and finished off Cody Rhodes after Rhodes tried for a “Beautiful Disaster” only to get it turned into a Khali Chop in mid-air to the head.
Kelly Kelly, Eve, Alicia Fox & Tamina defeated Beth Phoenix, Natalya and The Bella Twins.
– This was a rematch from the Royal Rumble eight days ago. It had about the same match length. It even had Beth tag in one of the Bella’s aggressively with a hard chop to Brie’s chest. This time however we seen Tamina hit a Superfly Splash from the top rope and getting the victory. It appears that they’re trying to set up some feud with Tamina and Beth Phoenix.
[Main Event] Chris Jericho defeated WWE Champion CM Punk, Dolph Ziggler, Kofi Kingston, R-Truth and The Miz
– This was a six pack challenge with all the Raw participants in the Elimination Chamber match. The winner of this is going to be the last entrant released from the pod in the Chamber match. This was an interesting match with everyone wanting to see Chris Jericho against CM Punk, it was teased only to have The Miz and Dolph intervene. The match also saw R-Truth get injured after taking a nasty spill to the outside. It appeared that The Miz had sidestepped Truths somersault dive and his head smacked the back of the floor with a whiplash effect. It was not a pleasant sight, Truth went to the back and never returned. The ending saw Punk hit Dolph with the GTS but before Punk could get the 1,2,3, Jericho pulled him out of the ring threw him over the announce table and then pinned Dolph for the win.
News & Notes
– The show saw Triple H come out and address the Undertaker’s challenge at Wrestlemania 27. He declined but before he could leave the ring we saw a video package from the Undertaker claiming “it’s not over”.
– John Cena was named honorary starter at the Daytona 500 by Nascar driver Carl Edwards.
– John Laurinaitis job was on the line, as the board of directors announced this morning (Tuesday February 7) at 10 am that he will remain the Raw General Manager.
– John Laurinaitis announced that John Cena would face Kane in an Ambulance match at the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view. He also announced that Shawn Michaels will be at Raw next week.
– R-Truth suffered what appeared to be a concussion in that six-pack challenge. It was noted by Joey Styles twitter account that he is doing ok. Which is obviously great news.
– Kane harassed Eve some more just before Raw went off the air. In the locker room he told her that he is “afraid of himself”
– This Raw was definitely full of promos and video packages. A lot of them were well done, including the ones with Undertaker. I just felt that the show itself relied on them too much through out the night and that took away from a lot of the in-ring competition. I kind of expect this from Raw but tonight’s was a bit much.
– There was lot of Smackdown Superstars at Raw. The first three matches were all Smackdown guys, besides David Otunga.
– Most of the matches I didn’t care for. They were short and some weren’t even needed.
After all was said and done I’d give this edition of Raw a 5.5 out of 10.