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Becky invited again, Rollins response to Lesnar, Balor’s IC Title prospects, Ronda vs. Ruby announced, Dana vs. Natalya?, Next up for Kurt –

Becky invited again, Rollins response to Lesnar, Balor’s IC Title prospects, Ronda vs. Ruby announced, Dana vs. Natalya?, Next up for Kurt -
Kurt Angle (art credit score Travis Beaven © PWTorch)

WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW PRIMER
FEBRUARY 11, 2019
GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. AT THE VAN ANDEL ARENA
AIRS ON USA NETWORK, eight:00PM EST
BY FRANK PETEANI (@FrankPeteani), PWTORCH SPECIALIST

Announcers: Michael Cole, Corey Graves, Renee Younger

Area, and Gadgets Advertised by WWE

Tonight, WWE Raw emanates from the Van Andel Area in Grand Rapids, Michigan as we prepare for Elimination Chamber which takes place in slightly below every week.  The world performed host to Uncooked in June of final yr and has hosted wrestling events way back to 1996, including WCW Monday Nitro in the thick of the Monday Night time Wars.

Right here’s what’s advertised by WWE.com subject to change because the day goes on:

  • Becky Lynch invited to Uncooked again by the McMahon Family after her controversial actions final week
  • How will Seth Rollins respond to Brock Lesnar?
  • Did Finn Balor earn his Intercontinental Championship Match?
  • Ruby Riott units her sights on the Uncooked Ladies’s Championship
  • Will Dana Brooke go one-on-one with Natalya?
  • What’s subsequent for Kurt Angle?
  • McMahons Invite Becky Lynch to Raw

The place do we start with Becky Lynch after final week?

Becky was invited to Raw by Stephanie McMahon following her 2019 Royal Rumble victory and difficult of Raw Ladies’s Champion Ronda Rousey at WrestleMania.  Stephanie advised Becky she needed to see a physician and get medical clearance to be allowed to participate in the match (which is happening in two months).  Becky refused, saying “I’m the glitch in your plan (probably assuming they want Rousey vs. Charlotte but the McMahons haven’t done anything to indicate as such), but here I am and I’m not moving for anyone.”  She then referred to as out Stephanie for being a daddy’s woman and not having to wrestle for anything.

They continued to go at it and Stephanie even asked the followers in the event that they needed to see Becky vs. Ronda, after which Stephanie informed Becky to see the doctor due to her wrestling injured being a liability.  When Becky refused, Stephanie suspended her till she sought medical consideration.  Becky attacked Stephanie, and put her within the Disarm-he however she couldn’t hold the move.  As officials have been making an attempt to keep order, Becky went after Stephanie again but Stephanie fended Becky off with a kick.  We later discovered she kicked Becky in her “bad knee.”  Right here’s the WWE YouTube clip of that phase:

The subsequent night time on Smackdown, Becky invited herself to interrupt Charlotte Flair’s opening promo.  She was interrupted by Triple H.  “Trips,” as he’s referred to as sometimes, interrupted and politely requested Charlotte to depart.  He proceeded to re-emphasize that if Becky received cleared by a physician, the suspension would go away and she or he would have her match with Ronda, to which Becky still refused.  He referred to as her out for being self-damaging, happening a “suicide mission” when she invaded Uncooked a number of months in the past, and being afraid of being cleared by the docs.  Becky handled Triple H to a slap.  Right here’s the clip of that phase:

You’ll be able to’t have considered one of my primers with out “Twitter wars”:

Hey Steph, don’t overlook to ask your husband how his day went in work. #idonttrustnoneofyou

— The Man (@BeckyLynchWWE) February 6, 2019

Going to RAW once more this week. Hope I’ve another certainly one of these particular moments with Ronnie. pic.twitter.com/PF7VeunIW6

— The Man (@BeckyLynchWWE) February 9, 2019

You stayed out too late final night time but have an exam this morning? You faking a knee damage however have #Wrestlemania looming in your future? Whenever you need to suck it up and deal with enterprise, I personally prescribe this shirt to ease your pains, b*tch!https://t.co/8MzPVhH9KW

— Ronda Rousey (@RondaRousey) February 9, 2019

Ice and Advil [email protected] https://t.co/9V8tr4Fvbr

— Ronda Rousey (@RondaRousey) February 5, 2019

In any case of that, the McMahon family has invited Becky to Raw.  She was in all probability coming anyway, right?

Frank’s Analysis:  Phew!  I’m drained just composing this part.  The issue with this entire state of affairs is that Becky doesn’t make sense.  What’s her concern with the McMahons?  It’s true that the McMahon characters have been underhanded via the years, but they haven’t finished something to point out Becky is going to get screwed out of this match.  The only thing Becky could possibly be probably calling on is after she earned the title match with Carmella at this past SummerSlam, Charlotte was given a chance to get into the match after coming off the injured listing.  That never sat properly with Becky.  As we recall Charlotte earned it, gained the title that night time, and obtained treated to a submit-match assault by Becky which began the swell of her reputation.  If Charlotte is going to be cherry-picked into this match at WrestleMania, WWE’s greatest guess is to make the followers consider they administration needs her in and doesn’t want Becky, however then Becky one way or the other will get back in late on.  The problem is, management has not indicated a want to remove Becky.

Seth Rollins Response to Brock Lesnar

Two weeks ago we discovered that 2019 Royal Rumble winner Seth Rollins will problem Brock Lesnar for the Common Championship at WrestleMania.  This will probably be their second televised one-on-one encounter for a world championship.  They last went at it at Battleground in 2015 when Rollins was WWE World Heavyweight Championship.  That match ended when the Undertaker returned and attacked Lesnar, setting up their SummerSlam important event for that yr.

That in fact was then and this is now, and we’ve got the obstacle of Seth Rollins dealing with a again damage that isn’t recognized to be critical.  He was treated to six F5s a couple of weeks in the past and was not on Uncooked last week.  A video package deal was shown.

Tonight, Rollins addresses Lesnar as they prepare for their championship match coming up at WrestleMania.

Frank’s Analysis:  You simply hope that there’s fact to the Rollins damage not being critical and may go at WrestleMania.  It might be clever not to wrestle him as a lot within the run-up to the show, however with low scores and the quantity of individuals at present on the shelf they could not have a selection.  They’ll want to get him working as quickly as sensible.  Given Rollins’ promo pre-Rumble, ought to he defeat Lesnar at WrestleMania will probably be a particular moment and we will anticipate his victory promo the night time after to be just as great.  We should always train caution given last yr’s sudden Lesnar victory over Reigns and hope that doesn’t happen right here.

Finn Balor’s Intercontinental Championship Pursuit

Final week, Finn Balor was to challenge Bobby Lashley for the Intercontinental Championship.  It was not initially advertised as a championship match.

Coming off Balor coming up brief towards Brock Lesnar for the Common Championship, Lashley made his approach out to the ring together with his supervisor Lio Rush.  He stated he might beat Lesnar in his sleep, and thus Balor had no probability towards him.  He advised him if he can beat Lio, and entertain him sufficient, he would earn a championship match.  The match was on between Lio and Balor, underneath Lashley’s approval, but not before Lashley attacked Balor.

Balor defeated Lio together with his Coup de Grace, and acquired out of the ring as Lashley made his method in.  Tonight, we find out if Balor has earned his Intercontinental Championship.

Frank’s Evaluation:  It’s all the time better to build in the direction of a championship match.  It’s preferable to have them at a PPV, nevertheless it’s understandable to have them on TV as nicely.  In the event that they’re making an attempt to construct in the direction of a title match it’s great, however Lashley being able to determine he doesn’t need to defend his title is downright absurd.  Where was the good McMahon regime to weigh in on this choice?  Wrestlers can just back out of matches every time they want?  They might have been better served to promote Lio vs. Balor ahead of time and construct up that match through the show and weave that into a future title match.  They did accomplish planting a seed for a attainable Lashley vs. Lesnar match down the line, in the event you’re wanting for the constructive out of this.

Uncooked Ladies’s Championship Introduced: Ronda Rousey (champion) vs. Ruby Riott

Last week, Uncooked Ladies’s Champion Ronda Rousey defeated Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan back to back.  She defeated Morgan in underneath a minute, after which referred to as out the fans for booing her and needed someone to “do something.”  She then took on Sarah Logan, and defeated her in about five minutes.

Ruby Riott teased getting into the ring and thought higher of it, leaving to go to the again together with her Riott Squad women.  They have been interviewed by Dasha Fuentes in Gorilla, and Riott revealed she didn’t get in the ring as a result of her women need her.

On Friday, WWE announced that Riott will problem Ronda for the Uncooked Ladies’s Championship at Elimination Chamber.  Right here’s Ronda on Twitter:

A one lady riot is only a crazy woman operating round on the street – @rubyriottwwe wanting forward to seeing what you’re product of with out your minions @yaonlylivvonce and @sarahloganwwe See… https://t.co/uhMFDvdngc

— Ronda Rousey (@RondaRousey) February 9, 2019

Frank’s Evaluation:  It’s fascinating to see that the booing is getting to Ronda.  What doesn’t assistance is her yelling at Becky for attacking Stephanie McMahon prior to going out for the match with Morgan.  Didn’t Ronda have a combined tag match and a feud with Stephanie upon her arrival into WWE final yr?  When did things get all patched up?  It additionally doesn’t help that now that WWE is teasing Becky not being within the WrestleMania match, the fans could possibly be taking it out on Ronda.  There’s also the thought that “it’s getting old” with Ronda, and followers want to see their individuals have success.  We’ve seen common individuals like CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, Finn Balor, Seth Rollins, and Becky Lynch get crushed down via the years in favor of whom the corporate needed to push. Individuals have sufficient after a while.  Take a look at the scores.  

So far as this match with Ruby, you’ll be able to’t anticipate her to win the title, so it’ll be fascinating to see what WWE tries to accomplish with this match.  They have worked together earlier than on TV where Ruby had a great displaying.  It wouldn’t be shocking to see the gang favor her over Ronda.

Dana Brooke vs. Natalya?

Two weeks in the past, Dana Brooke teamed with Natalya and came up brief towards Liv Morgan & Sarah Logan of their qualifier for the Ladies’s Tag Workforce Championship match at Elimination Chamber.

Final week, Dana attempted to apologize to Natalya, but was given the silent remedy.  She then stated she would ask the McMahons for a match together with her to prove she’s a greater competitor.  As Dana walked out of the room, Natalya took off her AirPods and thus she probably didn’t hear Dana in any respect.

We’ll find out tonight if this match takes place.

Frank’s Analysis:  Teasing this as a phase signifies they could assume something of Dana Brooke; nevertheless, we’ve seen them begin & stop with so many people by way of the years (see Mojo Rawley) it’s exhausting to generate any enthusiasm for one thing like this. If she will’t reduce it in the ring, then discover one thing else for her to do.

Next for Kurt Angle

Last week, Kurt Angle came out to talk about what has been occurring him lately.  To recap he misplaced a match decisively to Drew McIntyre simply earlier than the vacations last yr, was unceremoniously eliminated from the Royal Rumble after being in for a short time period, and lost a match to Baron Corbin in about 4 minutes.  He discussed dwelling by the three “I’s” (Intensity, Integrity, and Intelligence).  Given how things have gone just lately, he stated he has been been stricken by the three “D’s” (Defeat, Doubt, and Melancholy).

He mentioned there was one opponent he couldn’t defeat and that was Father Time.  Baron Corbin interrupted followed by Drew McIntyre.  Corbin stated Angle should have made this speech at the Hall of Fame two years in the past and went away.  Drew stated he sees worry in Angle’s eyes as opposed to the warrior he once noticed.  As they approached the ring to assault Kurt, Braun Strowman’s music hit.  Strowman threw few into the ringpost whereas Angle threw Corbin out of the ring.  Corbin and Drew would retreat while Strowman and Angle would stand together.

In the primary event (is the last phase even the primary occasion anymore?), Strowman & Angle teamed to face Drew and Corbin.  Drew and Corbin would win by way of DQ when … sure this happened … Strowman, the illegal man in the ring attacked Drew after being warned by the referee.  Thoughts you, Drew broke up a pin try by Angle on Corbin, and thus Drew was unlawful too.

Tonight, we start to find out what’s next for Angle.

Frank’s Evaluation:  Until they are going to implement this rule where a workforce is DQ’d when the unlawful man interferes, what they did final week was downright silly.

So far as Angle is worried it’s onerous to understand why they’re making his state of affairs so depressing.  Until they’re going to have him win some huge match at an upcoming PPV and show he’s “still got it,” doing this doesn’t make plenty of sense.  An outdoor-the-box thought can be to type a workforce with Strowman and Angle and have them win the tag titles soon and even at WrestleMania.  WWE.com has an article up displaying Angle’s tag workforce companions by means of the years, which might be foreshadowing a partnership with Strowman that’s more than a “one-off.”

[email protected] has had a number of rare #TagTeam partnerships in his day. https://t.co/VuJEMF8WK6

— WWE (@WWE) February 10, 2019

Different Potential Gadgets for Tonight

  • Zack Ryder and Curt Hawkins talked about dropping of their first match together a number of weeks in the past.  Hawkins alluded to his long dropping streak whereas Ryder discussed how they didn’t even spell his identify proper on TV.  Ryder stated collectively they will stop being losers, and develop into winners.  Given the Revival gained a deadly 4-approach tag match to earn another shot at champions Bobby Roode & Chad Gable, it’s arduous to know the place they’ll get these guys a “W.”  Might Jinder Mahal & one of many Singh Brothers be good fodder to give Ryder & Hawkins a MAJOR victory?  ;o)
  • One other Moment of Bliss phase become a circus act.  Alexa Bliss’s guest was EC3.  Alexa teased coming onto EC3 a bit of, however was interrupted by Nia Jax and Tamina.  They have been then interrupted by Dean Ambrose, who alluded to Nia having a crush on him.  He then asked EC3 what happened to EC1 and a couple of.  After not allowing him to converse, EC3 went after Ambrose which lead to a match.  EC3 gained in about three minutes with a leverage pin.  It seems Ambrose is within the “job-out” position now, so look for a rematch tonight or maybe one thing at Elimination Chamber.  Ambrose was scheduled to work an inter-gender match with Nia at a home present, but it’s now off.  It has been speculated, however exhausting to know in the event that they’ll be doing an inter-gender match on TV/PPV sooner or later.  EC3 vs. Ambrose on the Elimination Chamber kickoff show, a rematch tonight, or both for that matter wouldn’t be severely sudden.
  • Mojo Rawley was seen speaking to himself within the mirror once once more.  He stated being a workforce participant hasn’t helped.  We’ll see if he admits that he came in with too much “hype.”
  • Elias defeated Jeff Jarrett accompanied by the Street Dogg.  Street Dogg performed his Roadie character signing “With My Baby Tonight” whereas additionally enjoying his DX character.  Jarrett hit Elias with a guitar after Elias gained together with his Drift Away.  It’s doubtless this nostalgia act is over, as fans were not shopping for.  Even my spouse, who tends to be very observant, requested if anyone cares concerning the Jeff Jarrett act while we have been watching this phase.  Look for this story to finish and what’s next for Elias.
  • Bayley and Sasha Banks certified for the Ladies’s Tag Staff Championship Elimination Chamber match by defeating Alicia Fox & Nikki Cross.  Fox & Cross attacked Bayley & Sasha prior to the match, however it happened anyway with Bayley doing a lot of the work.  This is due to Sasha presently being injured; nevertheless, she is predicted to compete at Elimination Chamber in the intervening time.  Look for something tonight involving the Uncooked teams that competed to be in the match.  Alicia and Nikki have been none too happy with one another after dropping to Bayley and Sasha final week.

Begin Time & Matches Marketed on the Area Website

The Van Andel Area website is advertising a start time of seven:30 p.m. local time.  They present the following matches, which clearly exhibits things haven’t been up to date, as is the case lately with many arenas’ websites as of late:

  • Intercontinental Championship: Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins (obviously incorrect as Lashley is IC champ and Rollins is harm).
  • Braun Strowman vs. Baron Corbin (potential)
  • Ronda Rousey vs. Nia Jax (Ronday just isn’t a typo, that’s how they’ve it)
  • Additionally they advertise Bobby Lashley showing.

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