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WWE Raw Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from Feb. 10

Ryan DilbertWWE Lead WriterFebruary 10, 2014

WWE Raw Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from Feb. 10

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    Credit: WWE.com

    The Feb. 10 edition of WWE Raw featured glimpses of greatness in between long stretches of sputtering.

    Betty White hosted an episode that saw talent go unused, the Diva division spin its wheels and a main event that couldn't match last week in terms of emotion or energy. The Emmy Award-winning comedian joined Emma and Dolph Ziggler as the night's wasted stars.

    On the positive side, the tag teams were the highlight of the show whether it was Sheamus and Christian's unexpected pairing flourishing or The Wyatt Family and The Shield building beautifully toward their Elimination Chamber meeting.

    Triple H made Batista vs. Alberto Del Rio at that event official after those men collided on Monday's Raw.

    WWE chose Lita as the next member of the Hall of Fame and honored Bobo Brazil. As for the in-ring action and storylines, the following is a breakdown of what happened, what worked and what made fans' eyes roll.

Opening Segment

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    Big Show walked Betty White out to the entrance ramp. She promised to kick some a-- Monday night before Triple H and Stephanie McMahon strode past her and focused the attention on themselves instead. 

    Triple H said that he is considering Daniel Bryan as the face of WWE as promised, but he's also considering Christian, Sheamus and everyone competing inside the Elimination Chamber.

    Randy Orton refused to hear anymore of this talk and paced down the aisle to face The Authority.

    Calling himself foolish and childish, he apologized to his bosses. He tried to talk about being "The Viper" once again, but the fans in the Staples Center chanted for CM Punk and Daniel Bryan too loudly to hear much of his speech.

    Bryan then entered, providing dynamite for the crowd's fire.

    The bearded fan favorite demanded a match with Kane. McMahon said that she already dealt with him by putting a letter of reprimand in his file. Bryan insulted Triple H and McMahon, Orton barked at him and "The Game" gave Bryan the night off. 

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    Fans chant "Betty White!"

    "I want this face to be on every cereal box and billboard and everything in between"—Orton to The Authority.

     

    Grade

    C+

     

    Analysis

    The fans provided the majority of the highlights here with the reactions for White and Bryan.

    Everything else was uneven and uninteresting. Trotting Orton out to begin every Raw is a formula that hasn't worked. At times, it feels as if WWE is telling the same chapter to the same story.

    White is sure to be used elsewhere, but her brief appearance far from maximized her abilities. 

    Add to that the fact that Triple H effectively robbed last week's main event of its significance by dismissing his earlier "face of the WWE" promise, and there is a lot to criticize. The emotion the audience showed made up for some of that, upping the grade some.

The Wyatt Family vs. Rey Mysterio, Cody Rhodes and Goldust

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    A frenzied Erick Rowan began the battle for his team. Cody Rhodes, Goldust and Rey Mysterio used their speed advantage to avoid their bruising foes and kept The Wyatt Family off balance for a few moments.

    Rowan seized back control, bashing Goldust in the corner with forearm smashes.

    Bray Wyatt took his turn. He briefly slugged it out with "The Bizarre One" before letting Rowan and Luke Harper punish him further. Goldust powerslammed Harper which allowed him just enough space to tag Mysterio.

    Mysterio managed to get both Wyatt and Harper set up for the 619, but he never hit "The Eater of Worlds" with the move. Wyatt slammed the luchador's face against the apron and hit a vicious Sister Abigail's Kiss on him for the win.

    Wyatt then sat in his rocking chair and called out The Shield, cackling and panting.

     

    Result

    The Wyatt Family win via pinfall.

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    Harper slaps Rowan to get him psyched.

    Rhodes dives to the outside on Wyatt.

    Wyatt delivers Sister Abigail's Kiss to a running Mysterio.

    "You are the tiny, little toy soldiers in a war that was not meant for you"—Wyatt to The Shield.

     

    Grade

    B+

     

    Analysis

    Both the post-match promo and the in-ring action were a bit too short. Wyatt excelled in both instances, however.

    The bout showcased The Wyatt Family's viciousness well and allowed Mysterio and Goldust to offer up some heroics. Rhodes seemed limited by his leg injury and was not part of the battle for long. Mysterio's new role seems to be to take the pinfall in six-man matches.

    WWE is clearly building up Wyatt and his clan as a destructive trio before their clash with The Shield. The company accomplished that here, even if it was in a match that won't be remembered forever.

The Shield Interview

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    Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose stood backstage with Renee Young.

    Reigns called Young "baby girl," and Rollins dismissed The Wyatt Family's mind games. When Young brought up Ambrose's lack of United States title defenses, he said there was too much paperwork involved. That response earned a chuckle from his teammates.

    Reigns asked him what kind of champion he was. That led Ambrose to pledge that he would issue an open challenge later that night.

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    "The Wyatts love to speak in riddles. We don't. We speak in absolutes"—Rollins.

     

    Grade

    B+

     

    Analysis

    The Shield and The Wyatt Family's rivalry is the most consistently entertaining element of WWE right now. Each team throws out memorable barbs, and the tension between them grows, despite their lack of physical confrontations as of late.

    WWE wisely addressed Ambrose not defending his championship in what seems like forever.

    The company turned it into an opportunity to expose more cracks within The Shield. The promise of a title match against a mystery opponent was a wise way to maintain viewer interest going forward.

Betty White Segments

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    The Divas doted on Betty White. The New Age Outlaws soon charmed her and invited her to drink tea with them.

    Road Dogg offered her some orange pekoe. When the tag champs weren't looking, White switched her tea with Billy Gunn's. As we later found out, hers was apparently spiked with some sort of laxative.

    White later introduced the main event.

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    None

     

    Grade

    D

     

    Analysis

    WWE wasted White's appearance. Someone as funny as her should have produced more laughs.

    It seemed as she was heavily scripted and given toothless lines. One can't help but imagine what chaos she would have caused in the Attitude Era. As it stands, the company showed her face, but it didn't take advantage of her skills much at all.

    No one was expecting to see her take a powerbomb through a table a la Mae Young, but there was nothing memorable offered in any of her segments.

Santino Marella vs. Fandango

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    Emma accompanied Santino Marella to the ring. She had to watch Fandango stomp on her friend's head and chop him to the mat.

    The Miz grabbed a headset and complained about not being in action instead of "a guy whose act is older than Betty White" as he called Santino.

    The Miz stormed off as Santino and Fandango continued their fight, one that the ballroom dancer dominated. After a few moves, Fandango soared from the top turnbuckle with his flying leg drop. 

     

    Result

    Fandango wins via pinfall.

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    "It looked she was having some kind of seizure," John "Bradshaw"—Layfield on Emma's dancing.

     

    Grade

    D+

     

    Analysis

    The choice of wrestlers involved, the action and the result all failed to impress. This was a case of comic relief that was not funny enough to justify its place on the card.

    Why not have Emma compete or at least get more involved?

    The only thing of note here is that The Miz continued his newest angle. His disgruntled state is on the cusp of being intriguing and should get there once he starts doing something violent about it.

The Real Americans vs. Sheamus and Christian

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    Byron Sexton interviewed Sheamus before the match, asking him how he felt about teaming with a former foe like Christian. "The Celtic Warrior" said he respected him and would perhaps share a pint with him afterward to celebrate.

    Zeb Colter instructed Antonio Cesaro to start the match.

    Jack Swagger soon entered the fray and charged at Christian. "Captain Charisma" evaded him and then made way for Sheamus to club Swagger. Cesaro attempted to best the Irishman, but he found himself taking shots to the ribs.

    The two then traded uppercuts to the delight of the crowd.

    A distraction from Swagger allowed Cesaro to knee Sheamus off the apron. The Real Americans then took over, zeroing in on Christian. Cesaro hit him with a double stomp to the chest and began spinning him with the Cesaro Swing.

    The heels worked seamlessly together until Christian flung Swagger out of the ring and tagged Sheamus.

    Sheamus took down both men, clubbing their chests and tossing them around until the action turned chaotic. As Christian and Cesaro battled outside, Sheamus hit the Brogue Kick to end the bout.

     

    Result

    Sheamus and Christian win via pinfall.

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    "An Irishman and a Canadian walk into a bar on Hollywood Boulevard. Kind of sounds like the start of a bad joke"—Sheamus.

    "We the people!" chants echoed through the Staples Center.

    "This is turning into a European brawl"—Michael Cole.

    Cesaro uppercuts Christian in midair.

    "Cesaro is a dark horse, and Sheamus is a white horse"—John "Bradshaw" Layfield.

     

    Grade

    A-

     

    Analysis

    A frenetic pace and a charged-up crowd powered this fantastic match. The wrestlers all provided plenty of highlights. The fans made every move feel significant.

    Beyond the in-ring excellence here, the biggest takeaway was how the crowd reacted to Cesaro. Were a new fan to tune into Monday's Raw, he or she would think that Cesaro was a fan favorite not a villain.

    The time to turn him babyface is upon us.

    The commentators again pointed out the issues between The Real Americans, mostly Swagger, being jealous of Cesaro. The Elimination Chamber may be the end of the duo and the dawning of Cesaro's new journey.

Dolph Ziggler vs. Alberto Del Rio

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    For a moment, it felt like it was June 2013 again as Alberto Del Rio cracked Ziggler in the head with a succession of right hands.

    Ziggler's speed got him out of trouble early. He hit a number of moves—including the Fameasser—on Del Rio, but the match ended quickly. Del Rio kicked "The Show Off" in the head and pinned him.

    Del Rio decided not to leave after the victory, instead clamping on the cross armbreaker. Batista charged in, hit his foe with a spear and tossed him into the ring steps.

    He finished off his attack with a Batista bomb through the announce table.

     

    Result

    Del Rio wins via pinfall.

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    Batista breaks a table with Del Rio.

     

    Grade

    "C" for the match, "B+" for Batista's attack

     

    Analysis

    Making Del Rio look strong in his win is one thing, but it's ill-advised to make Ziggler look so easy to overcome.

    Kudos to both men for cramming an impressive amount of excitement into such a brief bout. It is disappointing, though, to see someone with Ziggler's skills essentially play a jobber.

    Fans booed Batista when he entered, but once he started prepping the announce table, many folks started cheering. His attack was intense and attention-grabbing. 

    He looked more destructive than he had in a long time.

The Usos vs. Curtis Axel and Ryback

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    The New Age Outlaws provided extra commentary as The Usos looked to show that they should be the No. 1 contenders for the Tag Team Championships.

    Curtis Axel and Ryback overpowered the brothers early on. That didn't last, though. The Usos kicked, soared and dodged their way to the win. 

    They were a blur on the screen before pinning their foes.

    Billy Gunn said nothing as he clearly felt ill. Road Dogg chattered on enough for the both of them.

     

    Result

    The Usos win via pinfall.

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    "For once in your life, you do not look good"—Road Dogg to Gunn.

    Jey made the tag as he dove to the outside.

     

    Grade

    B-

     

    Analysis

    The Usos impressed in a one-sided affair. They have had far better matches, but there were enough bursts of athleticism to please the crowd here.

    Placing the tag champs at ringside and mentioning The Usos' title aspirations is a clear sign that WWE will soon book them for a championship match. Will Cody Rhodes and Goldust join them, or will the high-flyers get a crack at the champs alone?

    WWE also continued its history of making potty jokes, as Gunn appeared to have diarrhea thanks to the tea that Betty White slipped him. The point of adding that element is unclear.

Dean Ambrose United States Championship Open Challenge

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    Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins followed behind Dean Ambrose as he stomped his way down to the ring.

    The champ then waited in the ring for his challenger. When Mark Henry's music hit, Ambrose's eyes widened in fear.

    Henry pushed the champ around, frustrating him with his immense power. He threw him into the corner and slammed him to the mat.

    Ambrose went after Henry's injured left elbow, tearing off the brace and wrenching the arm in an awkward position.

    That method of attack worked for a while, but when Ambrose tried to finish things with his headlock driver, Henry instead delivered the World's Strongest Slam. When the referee closed in on a three-count, Rollins slid into the ring to break up the match.

    The Shield united to thrash Henry.

    The Wyatt Family came down to ringside, staring down their black-clad foes. Both groups stood on opposite ring aprons, tension flooding the arena. Bray Wyatt and crew backed down first and retreated.

     

    Result

    Henry wins via disqualification.

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    "Somebody needs to go rescue Dean Ambrose right now"—Jerry Lawler.

    Reigns hits a spear on Henry and gives his trademark roar.

     

    Grade

    B+

     

    Analysis

    The match itself was mostly drab, but both the story of The Shield's issues and the upcoming trio vs. trio match received a boost.

    Henry and Ambrose's chemistry was off; the two men are a poor fit as rivals. There was little spark to their clash, but that was more than made up for by the staredown between The Shield and The Wyatt Family. 

    WWE was wise to hold off from having those two groups fight and just let anticipation build. The energy that moment created speaks to how great that match at Elimination Chamber is going to be.

The Bellas and Cameron vs. AJ Lee, Aksana and Alicia Fox

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    Nikki Bella has apparently learned some things from John Cena. She lifted AJ Lee up in Cena-like fashion. She later did "The Worm" before dropkicking Aksana, which is perhaps her version of the Five-Knuckle Shuffle.

    Brie Bella did some dropkicking of her own before Aksana and Alicia Fox kept her in their corner and slammed her to the mat.

    Fox bent Brie backward before Cameron entered and steamrolled over her opponents. The Funkadactyls put Fox away with a vicious DDT.

     

    Result

    Cameron and The Bellas win via pinfall.

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    "This Bella looks a lot better than Scotty 2 Hotty"—John "Bradshaw" Layfield on Nikki doing "The Worm." 

     

    Grade

    C

     

    Analysis

    This was far more hard-hitting than most Divas matches, but a few sloppy moments and a lack of story took away from the match.

    WWE continues to stick AJ into these tag matches where she gets little time to perform. The women from Total Divas win a disproportionate amount of these bouts, taking away the suspense. 

    There is not the same build toward the climax that we see from six-man bouts with The Shield either. The company seems to be mailing in the Divas division more than ever lately.

Kane's Statement

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    Kane told fans that he accepted responsibility for his attack on Daniel Bryan and announced he'd be going on administrative leave. Daniel Bryan ended that speech early, rushing into the ring with his knees flying at his former tag team partner.

    The Director of Operations tried to chokeslam Bryan, but his foe slipped from his grasp.

    Bryan dove out of the ring onto Kane who retreated into the crowd.

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    Bryan's stunning flight out of the ring.

     

    Grade

    B-

     

    Analysis

    After getting chokeslammed twice, Bryan finally gets some revenge on Kane. It didn't come in a particularly creative segment, but it was still fun to watch the hero chase the villain away.

    Whatever WWE has planned for Bryan, it's clear that he'll have to first go through Kane. 

    The Director of Operations continues to stay that he is acting on his own. One has to expect that The Authority will be revealed as the puppet masters eventually. In the meantime, Bryan got to look powerful without having to put much ring time in.

John Cena vs. Randy Orton

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    Before these two faced off once again, John Cena told Renee Young backstage that WWE was in the middle of a great change, and any young star wanting to rise to the top would have to go through him.

    The promo lacked passion even if the words themselves were loaded with emotion. There was something uninspiring about his delivery.

    Once the match started, Randy Orton tried to keep Cena down early with a brain-squeezing headlock. Cena countered with his own headlock.

    Orton slipped out of the ring several times, seemingly adjusting his strategy in his head.

    "The Viper" attacked Cena's leg and the back of his neck. He gloated after each offensive move and soon moved Cena to the outside where he slammed his rival into the security barricade outside the ring.

    Every time Cena seemed on the verge of taking control of the match, Orton had something ready for him, be it a ring-rattling DDT or backbreaker.

    Orton drove Cena's head into the mat and went on a red-faced rant directed at the fans. He was frenzied, unstable and apparently unfocused.

    Cena used the moment to attempt a submission with the STF.

    After escaping that move, Orton later hit the RKO, but Cena kicked out. It was then Orton's turn to kick out of the Attitude Adjustment.

    Moments later, Cena hit the finishing move, and this time it was enough for the victory.

     

    Result

    Cena wins via pinfall.

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    "Tonight I close with my rivalry with Randy Orton"—Cena.

    Orton dodges Cena's shoulder tackle and flashes him a knowing grin.

    Orton hits his rope-hung DDT with Cena's feet on the top turnbuckle.

    "They are emptying the toolbox"—John "Bradshaw" Layfield.

     

    Grade

    B+

     

    Analysis

    It's difficult to grade Cena and Orton's recent battles. For every great moment, there is a period of dullness; for every spurt of energy, there is something predictable.

    The match began slowly and took too long to shift gears.

    At times, Orton was brilliant as a slimy, slippery villain. Other times, he slowed the bout's pace by glaring at the crowd.

    Orton and Cena's matches often feel formulaic, since they've clashed so often. They've seemingly just run out of stuff to do.

    In terms of storyline, Cena's winning serves to make Orton look more vulnerable in the Elimination Chamber match and to make himself look like a major threat. Both of these elements existed in surplus beforehand, though, so little was added here. 

    Both men are talented and work extremely hard to entertain. They just need their rivalry to officially close. Its energy has already dissipated. 

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