Here is my recap/thoughts on the February 13th 2012 edition of Raw.
Chris Jericho defeated Kofi Kingston.
– A match that started immediately after the “debate” Kofi blindsided Chris Jericho and nailed him with a Trouble in Paradise. The match then officially started after commercial break. It was a solid match with Kofi really having the upper hand throughout a lot of it. The finish seen the ref pull Kofi away from Y2J on the ropes and then it led to a poke in the eye to Kingston. Y2J hit him with the Codebreaker for the win. This was a solid match, while Kofi looking strong.
Randy Orton defeated Big Show by disqualification.
– This was the Smackdown representative match, that continued over from last Friday’s Smackdown. The roles were reversed a little as Daniel Bryan was sitting outside the ring instead of the Big Show. The match wasn’t that great at all, it even seen Randy Orton botch an RKO towards the end, so they had to set it up again. Bryan then slid into the ring and hit Randy with the World Heavyweight Championship and then Big Show.
R-Truth defeated Dolph Ziggler. *MOTN
– This was a silly but fun match as you would expect from these two. I really like R-Truth and his crazy gimmick. The match ended with Dolph showboating a little too much and after he tried doing another headstand while in a headlock, R-Truth turned it into an inside cradle for the win.
Tamina Snuka defeated Brie Bella.
– This was another quick match, as usual with the Divas division lately. Tamina Snuka she is now going by. She picked up a win over Brie Bella with the Superfly Splash. Beth Phoenix was on commentary for the brief match, “scouting” her opponent at Elimination Chamber.
[Main Event] WWE Champion CM Punk defeated The Miz.
– After the botch last week from The Miz he got another chance on the main event for Raw. This time battling WWE Champion CM Punk in a singles match. The match wasn’t too bad, back and forth action. The end seen Punk go for the GTS for the second time only for the Miz to counter it and try a clothesline, punk avoided it and locked in the Anaconda Vice. The Miz tapped out and CM Punk won again.
News & Notes
– The show kicked off with Kane claiming someone will leave in an ambulance tonight.
– We seen a “debate” with all six participants in the Raw Elimination Chamber match. It was a cluster of talking but, it was very humorous especially the part with R-Truth saying he would trade Dolph and Vickie to Smackdown for a Hornswoggle and a box of spiders.
– Shawn Michaels called out Triple H expecting him to say yes to the Undertaker. He was wrong as Triple H told Shawn to his face “NO”. It was a great moment between those two in the ring. HBK left disappointed in Triple H.
– We seen another video package from the Undertaker. This time he claimed he wanted vengeance and he proceeded to cut his hair with a straight razor. This will explain his new look when he appears on Raw again.
– It was announced that Divas Champion Beth Phoenix would take on Tamina Snuka for the Divas Championship at Elimination Chamber pay-per-view.
– After another video package from the Rock, John Cena was supposed to give his reaction on it, only to be stopped by screams in the back from Eve. We see Eve led into the ambulance and Kane locks it up. Starts up and takes off but JUST before he does, Eve escapes the back jumping out into Cena’s arms. She then plants a BIG kiss on John. Zack Ryder rolled up on his wheel chair and witnessed it first hand. He had Valentines gifts for her.
– This lead to Cena coming out apologizing for the incident. Ryder came out on crutches walked to the ring and slapped Cena. Cena then blocked his next shot and nearly hit Zack. Ryder fell to the ground and went back to his wheel chair. Kane congratulated Cena for embracing the hate and said he was sick for what he did to Ryder. Kane then came out and pushed Zack off the ramp in his wheel chair. Ryder landed very awkwardly and appeared to be in pain as Raw went off the air.
– It was reported that due to the head shot he took from Daniel Bryan, Randy Orton has a concussion and will not be able to compete in the Smackdown Elimination Chamber match.
– I thought this Raw was rather strong for the “go home show” before Elimination Chamber. I was fully invested in most of it. The matches weren’t so hot, again this is what seems to happen on Raw (Bryan vs. Punk match aside).
– The Triple H and HBK segment was fantastic, really heated. Then Undertaker finishing it off was great.
– This was the third week in a row that United States Champion Jack Swagger hasn’t appeared on Raw. It’s sure not helping the United States Championship at all.
– The Kane, Cena, Ryder and Eve segments were very interesting. It started the show and ended the show. That kiss Eve laid on Cena was a lot bigger then most I’ve seen in WWE. I felt bad for Ryder, as it may appear that Ryder will embrace the hate. An interesting note, Eve got some boos when she came out after to see if Ryder was ok.
After all was said and done I’d give this edition of Raw a 7.5 out of 10.