WWE Monday Night Raw Recap: The Rock Returns and Elimination Chamber Hype

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WWE Monday Night Raw Recap: The Rock Returns and Elimination Chamber Hype
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The Monday night, Feb. 11 edition of WWE Raw, which was live from Nashville, Tenn., opened with a video package featuring The Shield's recent actions and hyping The Rock vs. CM Punk at the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view.

Paul Heyman is in the center of the ring to a chorus of boos from the audience. Heyman announces that he will not be back in the WWE. Heyman claims he is a victim and will not play that role in the company. He begins to discuss his past history with ECW and how he turned around Brock Lesnar's career.

After discussing Lesnar, Heyman goes on and talks about Punk's most recent success as the WWE champion. Heyman predicts that there will be damage done to the WWE in the near future. He quickly becomes upset at the reaction from the audience. Heyman says he will not stand in Punk's path and tells the audience that his career is finished.

However, Punk, who is in shock, comes out to the ring.

Punk asks Heyman why he is leaving the WWE. Heyman blames Vince McMahon and his dealings with The Shield, Brad Maddox and Lesnar. Punk points to the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view as a time when things get back to normal. Heyman suddenly changes his attitude, telling Punk he will defeat The Rock to regain the WWE Championship belt.

Punk and Heyman embrace in the ring.

CM Punk and Paul Heyman hug it out on Raw. (Photo credit: WWE.com)

 

Match No. 1: The Great Khali vs. Mark Henry

Your winner via pinfall: Mark Henry. An extremely slow-paced match, as it was clearly shown that the WWE is pushing the returning star heading into the Elimination Chamber. Unfortunately for the Great Khali, he doesn't have much of anything on the WWE roster.

Match Rating: 2/5.

 

Backstage, Teddy Long and Booker T talks with Chris Jericho on qualifying him for the Elimination Chamber match. Booker T books him in a match with Daniel Bryan. If Jericho wins, he is in the match at Elimination Chamber.

Heyman, who meets with Vickie Guerrero in her office, talks about the match rules with McMahon between The Rock and Punk for the WWE Championship.

The Wall of Jericho on Daniel Bryan. (Photo credit: WWE.com)

 

Match No. 2: Daniel Bryan vs. Chris Jericho

Your winner via pinfall: Chris Jericho. After a weak opening match, Jericho and Bryan helped erased that with an impressive match. It was an all-around match with plenty of good action.

Match Rating: 3.5/5.

 

Match No. 3: 3MB vs. Sheamus, Ryback and John Cena

Your winners via pinfall: Sheamus, Ryback and John Cena. The end result of this match was quite predictable, as 3MB should not be taken seriously as a tag team.

Match Rating: 3/5.

 

After the match, Ryback, Sheamus and Cena offer their frustrations against The Shield. All three of them challenge The Shield to face them in the ring.

The Big Show arrives to the ring after a commercial break. WWE announcer Matt Striker, who attempted to ask the former World heavyweight champion a question, quickly received a knockout punch by the Big Show. 

Now standing alone in the ring, the Big Show struggles to talk to the microphone in his right hand. After slamming the microphone on the ring mat, the Big Show walks toward the backstage area.

 

Match No. 4: Zack Ryder vs. Jack Swagger

 Your winner via submission: Jack Swagger. At least Ryder was not used to lose quickly against Swagger. However, Swagger is beginning to rebuild his WWE career after another victory.

Match Rating: 2.5/5.

 

Backstage, Booker T inserts Swagger into the Elimination Chamber match. Dolph Ziggler enters the picture and demands to be in the match. Booker T tells Ziggler he must defeat Kane to qualify for the match.

 

Match No. 5: The Miz vs. Cody Rhodes

No-contest match. Antonio Cesaro, who joined WWE announcers Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler, attacked The Miz outside the ring. A pretty decent match while it lasted. WWE is doing right by having The Miz feud with Cesaro, at it makes for an intriguing match to watch.

Match Rating: 3/5.

 

Match No. 6: Primo and Epico vs. Brodus Clay and Tensai

Your winners via pinfall: Brodus Clay and Tensai. Clay and Tensai could certainly make for a very interesting tag team. Although this was a short match, both Clay and Tensai should find themselves in more meaningful battles in the future.

Match Rating: 2.5/5.

 

The Shield's music plays, as the members of the group head toward the ring. The group tells Cena that he is poised to fail once more. After the lights dim, Cena, Ryback and Sheamus attacked The Shield, which forced them to retreat. 

Sheamus, Cena and Ryback gain control of The Shield. (Photo credit: WWE.com)

 

Match No. 7: Damien Sandow vs. Alberto Del Rio

Your winner via submission: Alberto Del Rio. An easy victory for Del Rio, as Sandow struggles to gain any offense in this match. This match simply helped Del Rio grow stronger heading into the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view.

Match Rating: 2.5/5.

 

Backstage, Bo Dallas attacked Wade Barrett, who was heading to the ring for his match.

 

Match No. 8: Kofi Kingston vs. Wade Barrett

Your winner via pinfall: Wade Barrett. Barrett used the ring apron to cover up Kingston and deliver the knockout move for the win. The match did not live up to its fullest potential but did its job leading up to the main event on Raw.

Match Rating: 3/5.

 

Match No. 9: Kane vs. Dolph Ziggler

Your winner via pinfall: Kane. With the victory, Kane becomes the sixth member to enter the Elimination Chamber match. A decent main event, as it featured a powerhouse in Kane against a technical wrestler in Ziggler. No surprise here to have Kane come out with the win.

Match Rating: 3.5/5.

 

WWE champion The Rock arrives to the ring. After a very loud and cheerful ovation from the audience, The Rock begins to express a story. He mentions his history as a 15-year-old teenager living in Nashville. After remembering his past, Punk and Heyman come out and stand by the entrance way.

The Rock tells Punk he will defeat him at the Elimination Chamber and challenges the former WWE champion to the ring for a battle. However, Punk, who is consulting with Heyman at ringside, walks away but quickly turns around and runs into the ring.

After The Rock gained early control, Heyman grabbed the WWE champion's legs, allowing Punk to recover and deliver the GTS. Punk grabs the WWE Championship belt, heads up the entrance ramp way and walks backstage as Monday Night Raw closes. 

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