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WWE Monday Night Raw: 2/14/2022

credit from: WrestleInc

It’s the final Raw before the Elimination Chamber payperview this Saturday at Saudi Arabia! And wow, what a way to hype things up for Saturday’s show on the red brand side of things. With no delay, here’s what happened on this great episode of Raw!

Segment 1: Eat, Sleep, Suplex, Selfie, Repeat

We kick off the show with the WWE champion, the Almighty Bobby Lashley to address his thoughts about this Saturday’s Chamber match for his championship. Of course he said he would destroy every other man in there until he was interrupted by Seth Rollins, who in turn says that Lashley will lose to the Architect/ Monday Night Messiah. Riddle followed by Austin Theory and AJ Styles also made their ways to the ring and got up in the champion’s face, up until a familiar guitar riff played. It’s Brock Lesnar, and immediately went toe to toe to Lashley and declared himself as the next WWE champion, up until Theory jumped on Brock’s back and tried to choke him out. With a few german suplexes and an F-5, Lesnar absolutely obliterated Theory; but before Brock could leave, he took Austin’s phone and took a selfie with the prone body of the rookie. Really fun way to open the show as it gave each man a chance to shine and convince the fans that there’s a slim possibility that there may, in fact, be a new champion. It really is anyone’s game!

Match 1: United States Championship Match; Damian Priest (c) vs AJ Styles. (Rating: 4/5)

The fact that these two dudes have only wrestled twice yet have such incredible chemistry with one another truly is phenomenal. Although it was shorter compared to last week’s encounter, this really benefited Priest a lot as he managed to roll up Styles after he successfully dodged AJ’s Phenomenal Forearm for the three count. Hopefully Priest remains champion up until WrestleMania so he could put on yet another classic! Who knows, maybe the feud with Styles is far from over.

Segment 2: Contract Signing.

Speaking of final face offs, this was the final face off between Raw Women’s Champion Becky Lynch and WWE Hall of Famer, Lita. After the two women got physical with each other last week with Lita standing tall, it only made sense that there would’ve also been an attack on either woman which would’ve resulted in one going through the table. Unfortunately that didn’t happen but it still does add to the level of excitement that this match is going to have. Lita should win, honestly. Even if she’s just a transitional champion, her becoming a five time women’s champion would certainly be an incredible accolade for her hall of fame career.

Match 2: Women’s Gauntlet Match. (Rating: 4/5)

Wow, what an incredible sequence of not only matches but also dominance shown by former champion Rhea Ripley. This match was to determine which woman was going to be appearing last in the Elimination Chamber match for contender-ship for the Raw Women’s title. Ripley came out first, followed by Nikki ASH. Rhea was able to handle Cross relatively quickly without much of a problem, and the next entrant was Liv Morgan. This went on for quite a while and it did appear Morgan was going to advance, however one Riptide later she was gone. Next up was Doudrop whom, again, was taken care of by Ripley with no problem. The final participant of this gauntlet match was Bianca Belair and with one KOD, she picks up the win and will in fact be the last woman to enter the Elimination Chamber match. Speaking of the said match, it gets revealed later on in the night that the final woman that will be competing in this match will be Alexa Bliss.

Main Event: Randy Orton vs Seth Rollins. (Rating: 3.5/5)

A really solid main event match to close the show tonight. Rollins and Orton haven’t competed in a singles match together since 2015, so it definitely has been a while. Both men really clicked with one another, and their chemistry, again; is unbelievably amazing. Rollins definitely worked as the heel in this one, which honestly wasn’t that bad of a decision but due to how he was booked as a tweener in his feud with Reigns, I would’ve thought that he’d still keep up playing both sides of heel and babyface. After a distraction by Alpha Academy and Riddle, Seth picked up the win after connecting with a Curb Stomp to Randy Orton for the victory.

Final rating: 3.75/5