Winners, grades, reactions and highlights from February 14th

Welcome to the Bleacher Report coverage and recap of WWE Raw on February 14th. It may have been Valentine's Day, but that doesn't mean the men and women of WWE didn't hit each other like any other day...

USA About: #WWERaw Publish: 02/15/2022 Edit: 02/15/2022 Author: Gardener

February 14thBrock Lesnar and Lita both returned to Raw to discuss their upcoming matches at the Elimination Chamber event taking place on Saturday. Riddle throws himself, Randy Orton and a toga party to celebrate winning last week's quiz bowl, and AJ Styles challenged Damian Priest for the United States Championship. Let's take a look at everything that happened at WWE Raw. Bobby Lashley and MVP opened the show with a promo discussing the upcoming Elimination Chamber Match for the WWE Championship. Riddle came out on his scooter wearing a toga and claimed he was going to win the Chamber Match. Austin Theory joined them to talk about the lessons he learned from Vince McMahon. AJ Styles came out next and said his piece before Lashley verbally destroyed everyone in the ring. Theory tried to jump on Lesnar's back and shoot over him, so The Beast sent him through the air with a German suplex before finishing him off with the F-5. Whenever WWE has a big match with multiple participants on a pay-per-view, we always get at least one segment with all the Superstars speaking in the ring, and that usually happens during the go-home show before the event. They trott people out at regular intervals to say a few sentences. Knocking out Lesnar Theory was fun, but that's about it. Montez Ford and Angelo Dawkins heated up today's lineup before heading to the ring to battle Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode in tag team action. Tommaso Ciampa was a commentator to break this down after what happened between him and Ziggler last Tuesday had happened to check. Ford would have scored the win almost immediately, but Roode broke the pin and helped his partner take control. The showoff had the upper hand until Ford caught a kick to the head. Both men made the day and Dawkins brought it to Roode with a series of impactful moves. Ziggler was distracted by Ciampa while the Profits finished off his partner for the win. This was a short match that seemed designed to advance Ziggler's feud with Ciampa more than anything else. Luckily we had some fun moments in the few minutes of action. Winning the profits while Roode took the loss for his team all made sense, especially when WWE wants Ford and Dawkins to be in the tag title scene after RK-Bro and Alpha Academy to end their feud. After going head-to-head last week, Priest and Styles reunited on Monday's show for a rematch with the US title at stake. They started by trading some stiff punches which resulted in Priest taking control for a few moments. Styles delivered a small punishment before The Archer of Infamy hit him with a backbreaker. The Phenomenal One picked up some steam and hit a running forearm. Styles hits the Pele Kick out of nowhere before sending Priest clotheslined over the top rope. Priest was smart enough to dodge the Phenomenal Forearm before rolling Styles to victory. Everything we saw in that match looked good, it just wasn't enough of it. Styles shaking Priest's hand after it was over was a nice touch, but having Styles lose so quickly just days before entering the Elimination Chamber seemed like an odd call. If Priest had won a long, grueling match, Styles would have had an excuse for going off his game in the chamber. Instead, Styles is likely to lose this match, although he'll be relatively fresh when it happens. Cedric Alexander and Shelton Benjamin took on giant Omos in a handicap match that, despite the numerical advantage, still felt unfair to the duo. Omos initially pushed Alexander away easily, but Benjamin and Alexander attempted to take over with a double-team tactic. Omos caught Alexander on a springboard in the throat and hit the two-handed chokeslam for the win. Watching two talented dudes like Alexander and Benjamin like this will never be fun, but you have to admit it worked to make Omos look like a monster. WWE management clearly sees something in Omos, so we can expect to see him roll over more competitors before likely winning the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania 38. Gauntlet Match for Last Place in Elimination ChamberRhea Ripley and Nikki ASH performed just before a commercial break, so the first couple of minutes took place in the picture-in-picture window. Ripley seemed to control the pace for most of the break while Nikki just tried to keep her distance and use her wits to outsmart the powerhouse. They messed up a spot but quickly recovered, allowing Ripley to hit the Riptide for the win. Liv Morgan was the next competitor to enter the match. They waited until after another break to get going, giving Ripley some time to recover. Morgan and Ripley had a competitive exchange, but Ripley was able to get the win using Riptide to advance in the Gauntlet. Ripley didn't go down when she was hit by a shoulder tackle, but she was able to trip Doudrop with one. The two powerhouses each landed some good shots before Ripley hit her finisher to take down a third opponent. Ripley looked exhausted when they finished for the first time. The EST was fresh and able to dominate the commercial break, but Ripley didn't go down without a fight. They have several minutes for their portion of the game. Ripley dodged the KOD and hit a rocket dropkick for a close two count. A few moments later, Belair successfully hit the KOD for the pin and the win. Pitting contestants in a Gauntlet Match to see who enters the Elimination Chamber last is a good idea in theory, but it still means some people have an unfair advantage if they enter the Chamber later than others Enter Gauntlet. Given that WWE had to endure five women, it was a little surprising that Nikki and Ripley got so much time. It was nice to see their feud highlighted, even if the storyline was a bit patchy qualitatively. Ripley looked great throughout her 44 minutes in this match. She has matured into a versatile competitor who can think quickly and make her opponents look good. This is a pairing WWE should revisit for a title feud across the board. All in all, this was a well-booked Gauntlet match that really showcased Ripley's talents. Chad Gable gave a lengthy promo on why the Mysterios are cheaters before he and Otis took on Rey and Dominik Mysterio in a tag team match. The Miz and Maryse joined the commentary team to review it. The match started during the commercial. We returned from a break to see Otis controlling Rey with his size and power advantage. Every time Rey tried to create some space, Gable or Otis would land him with a submission or a slam. Dom finally got the tag and he hit Gable with a series of quick moves to knock him off balance. Gable countered the third suplex and hit his own for a near fall. Rey returned and helped his son take out Otis before obliterating Gable with a suicide dive. Coming back from another break, we saw Gable hit Dom with belly-to-belly suplexes left and right. Rey tagged in and brought down Gable with a headscissor takedown. Rey and Dom drove Otis into the ring post before hitting Gable with the 619. Rey took out The Miz while Dom hit a crossbody, but Gable rolled him into a pin. Everyone looks good every time they step into the ring. The Miz's involvement was necessary to his feud with the Mysterios and did little to affect the quality of the match, so it all worked out in the end.

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