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WWE Raw 2/15: Rating and Ranking Every Match

With the WWE Elimination Chamber less than a week away, WWE Raw moved full speed ahead. A preview of the Elimination Chamber in the form of a gauntlet match is set for the main event. A big 6-man tag match is also on the card.

Each match on WWE Raw will be given a brief review and analysis. Then each match will be given a rating and be ranked from worst to best.

Matches Ranked from Worst to Best

5) Shayna Baszler defeats Lana w/Niaomi
Shayna Baszler uses her submission background and power to overwhelm Lana to start. Lana attempts a comeback but is quickly cut off as Baszler takes her to the top rope. Lana fights it off and hits a crossbody for a two count. Baszler absorbs a kick from Lana before delivering one of her one Niz Jax then runs down to the ring to attack Naomi but it backfires. Baszler then hits a running knee before Lana gets choked out.

Match Analysis: Basic and quick WWE Raw TV match. The Raw women’s division seems stagnant and this was nothing to see. Take a Pass. *

4) Charlotte & Asuka vs Peyton Royce & Lacey Evans 
Peyton Royce starts things off with Asuka who gets the match under her control before tagging in Charlotte. Charlotte whips Royce into the corner and calls for Lacey Evans who refuses to enter. Asuka tags back in as she delivers dueling chops with Charlotte. Royce is able to reverse the momentum until Asuka hot tags Charllote who keeps her focus on Evans. Royce makes a quick tag to Evans who isn’t thrilled about it. Evans heads to the outside and claims she is pregnant and can’t wrestle. Ric Flair celebrates on the outside and does his Flair strut. The match is ruled a no-contest.

Match Analysis: Match-wise this was nothing special. It was strictly about advancing the story between Charlotte and Evans, with Ric Flair getting time to shine. Take a Pass. *

WWE Raw: 6-man tag action

3) Riddle & Lucha House Party defeated The Hurt Business (MVP, Shelton Benjamin & Cedric Alexander)
The Hurt Business get the early advantage and use their size to overpower Lince Dorado. Grande Metalik gets the hot tag and goes off as he usually does. Cedric Alexander cuts him off as we go to break. After the commercial, The Hurt Business remain in control. Multiple tags from The Hurt Business keep the offense on their end until Riddle gets the tag in. The match quickly falls apart as Dorado hits a springboard splash to the outside. Riddle connects hits a knee to MVP and then the Floating Bro for the win. After the match, Lashley takes out the Lucha House Party and Riddle.

Match Analysis: Despite the talent involved, this fell short of being as good as it should’ve been. A few decent spots but nothing worth going out of your way to check out. Skim It. **

WWE: Elimination Chamber up for grabs

2) Kofi Kingston defeats The Miz
If Kofi wins, he’s in the Elimination Chamber match. If The Miz wins, John Morrison gets the nod. Chain wrestling to start as Kofi frustrates The Miz with several kicks. Kofi with a two count after a top rope chop as The Miz rolls to the outside. Kofi heads to the top and connects with a double ax handle. Back in the ring and The Miz reverses Kofi and lands a knee to the gut. The Miz then hits a neck breaker on the apron and another on the flood as we head to commercial break.

Back from commercial and The Miz continues his offense on WWE Raw. The action shifts back and forth until Kofi hits Trouble in Paradise for the win.

Match Analysis: The Miz catches a lot of heat, but when he’s motivated and with the right opponent he can deliver. This was a solid TV match that’s Worth a Watch. ***1/4

Gauntlet Match

1) Sheamus defeated Drew McIntyre, AJ Styles, Randy Orton, Jeff Hardy and Kofi Kingston
AJ Styles and Kofi Kingston kick off the WWE Raw main event. AJ gets the early advantage until Kofi hits a standing back senton to the outside. Xavier Woods mocks AJ by playing the trombone but gets taken out by a chokeslam from Omus. The ref exits Omus from ringside. AJ works Kofi’s knee as we head to commercial. Back from the break and AJ continues to work the leg and despite Kofi’s effort, AJ gets the win after the Phenomenal Forearm.

Drew McIntyre enters at #3 and quickly takes out AJ, including a big boot to the face on the apron to the floor. AJ eventually makes his comeback but it’s cut off by McIntyre who hits reverse Alabama Slam. Styles cuts off a Claymore attempt with a dropkick and continues the offense. AJ is then whiplashed into the rope and eliminated after a Claymore. Jeff Hardy is up next at #4 and he quickly attacks the champion, taking it to the floor with an apron closeline. McIntyre makes a comeback, suplexing Hardy on the floor. Hardy goes for a Swanton but McIntyre gets his knees up. Claymore finishes off Hardy. Randy Orton is in at #5.

WWE Raw: McIntyre’s marathon

Randy Orton goes to work on Drew McIntyre but is then counted out after a cinematic distraction from Alexa Bliss. Sheamus is the last entrant and blindsides McIntyre and beats him down on the outside of the ring. McIntyre is able to make a comeback but it falls short as Sheamus gets the win with a BroKick.

Match Analysis: Really good WWE Raw main event that let Drew McIntyre seem like a beast who was just too exhausted to finish. Sheamus comes out with a win over the champion with a prime spot at the Elimination Chamber. Worth a Watch. ***1/2

Robby Steven

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