RAW Reaction 02.17
Randy Orton and Matt Hardy
For the second week in a row, Orton smashed Hardy with the chair more times than the first one. Orton Left Hardy for dead as the picture of Hardy trended through social media. Because of Orton's action, you would think the Authority would be involved. Eliminating Edge and now Hardy, would we see Jeff Hardy to defend his brother's honor and challenge Orton? That would be a great scenario. RAW has been the same show for weeks and nothing new has happened after the Royal Rumble. Who can stop Orton right now?
Aleister Black defeated Erick Rowan
Finally, the two superstars have legit competition. Rowan maintained with Black's quickness and looked very good. However, Black hit a pair of Black Masses for the win. I really enjoyed this match as it can be a preview for Super SHowdown.
The title is really a back burner with no weight. I thought R-Truth moved on and gave others the opportunity to chase the title. R-Truth, Mojo Rawley and Riddick Moss had a triple threat match. Moss got the win and remained the 24-7 champion.
Drew McIntyre defeated MVP
Becky Lynch and Shayna Baszler exchange words for their promo.
I do not understand how the RAW brand has the Women's Elimination Chamber. The winner will face Becky Lynch at WrestleMania. But, we have Baszler drawing first blood. This match should be a lock. Smackdown Women need the elimination chamber more than any other brand. There is not a logic to schedule this match but it is confirmed.
Angel Garza and Bobby Lashley defeated Humberto Carrillo and Rusev
The best thing that came out of this was before the match. Lana knows how to speak without thinking. Zelina Vega had to remind Lana twice that she is not in a relationship with Garza and it is only strictly business. Could Vega and Lana have a storyline? Or will the writers squash it. Maybe it is a set up for when Andrade returns from Saudi Arabia. Andrade and Garza have too much ego for them to be together.
Kairi Zayne defeated Natalya by count out.
There is no indication on who will challenge the Kabuki Warriors and the tag team titles. Will Natalya return and have a partner? Asuka is involved in the Elimination Chamber.
Seth Rollins interferes with the 6 man tag match. AOP and Buddy Murphy versus Viking Raiders and Kevin Owens. With the in-ring action and what seem to be the Messiah on the rise, Street Profits come into the rescue. Kevin Owens has the last laugh on this segment.
I do not know what direction this storyline is heading. It seems as though the same players of this storyline are stuck. The Messiah has not done anything else to convince the Universe that he is the leader of RAW.