WWE Raw Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from Jan. 27

Ryan DilbertWWE Lead WriterJanuary 27, 2014

WWE Raw Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from Jan. 27

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    The post-Royal Rumble episode of WWE Raw had fans thrilled for what's to come rather than lament what didn't happen.

    Daniel Bryan's booking at the Rumble led to an uproar both at the Consol Energy Center on Sunday and on the Internet. WWE responded by booking a championship match with overflowing intrigue, announcing Jake Roberts' coming induction into the Hall of Fame and teasing a stable vs. stable feud fans have been pining for.

    Brock Lesnar added to his list of victims. The New Age Outlaws defended their newly won titles.

    How well did these matches entertain? How much did the company satisfy fans' anger over the Rumble? The following is a a look at those answers in a recap of Monday's Raw, complete with results, grades and highlights.

Opening Segment

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    Stephanie McMahon could barely get three words into her speech when the fans began to drown her out with chants for Daniel Bryan. She and Triple H tried to play up how great the Royal Rumble was to a booing audience.

    McMahon announced that Orton would defend his title inside the Elimination Chamber.

    Bryan's music hit and he entered the ring to a raucous reaction. He jokingly told the crowd to stop chanting. When Bryan asked why he wasn't in the Rumble, McMahon said that he's been through a lot and The Authority wanted to protect his health.

    Bryan implored them to listen to the crowd and to put him in the Chamber match.

    He and Triple H then stood centimeters apart, glaring at each other. The Shield soon surrounded Bryan, who even with a steel chair couldn't fend them off. He didn't have to for long, though.

    Sheamus and John Cena charged in with fists flying. The fan favorites took little time to clear the ring.

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

     

    "Did someone not get what they want?"Triple H to fans.

    "It was a good little effort"Triple H on Bryan vs. Wyatt at the Rumble.

     

    Grade

     

    A

     

    Analysis

     

    The segment was proof of how much WWE does listen to angry fans ranting on the Internet. WWE knew what many took issue with about the Royal Rumble and addressed it in the opening segment.

    The Authority mocked fans rather than pacify them. The result was husband and wife churning up hatred, a performance that resided somewhere between being a magnificent heel and turning people off to the product.

    The high grade comes courtesy of WWE at least partially giving fans what they want by teasing that Bryan will be in the Chamber match, and for the powerful, moving response from the Cleveland fans. The crowd did well to represent how passionately many feel about Bryan and his position.

     

The Real Americans vs. Sin Cara and Rey Mysterio

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    Sin Cara's speed and agility kept both Jack Swagger and Antonio Cesaro off-balance. Swagger charged at the luchador only to tumble over the top rope and crash into the announce table.

    Zeb Colter barked at Swagger and slapped him in the face to motivate him. The former world champ then became more aggressive, clobbering Sin Cara on the outside with a clothesline.

    Cesaro yanked Mysterio off the apron before slamming Sin Cara to the mat. The Real Americans dominated for a stretch, but Sin Cara eventually slipped away.

    Mysterio buzzed around the ring, knocking Cesaro down with an array of his trademark, high-flying moves.

    It then looked as if the fan favorites would win as Mysterio hit a 619 and Sin Cara went for the swanton bomb. Cesaro dodged it, though, and soon caught the masked dynamo with a mid-air uppercut. The Neutralizer and a three-count followed.

     

    Result

     

    The Real Americans win via pinfall.

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

     

    "That's a different nationality. It's a third-world country"John "Bradshaw" Layfield on Oklahoma.

    "Worked for Bobby Knight"JBL on Colter slapping Swagger. 

     

    Grade

     

    B

     

    Analysis

     

    A few sloppy moments keep this match from getting a higher grade, but there was plenty to get excited about here. Colter slapping and hollering at his team adds a new, intriguing dimension. Is this how the group eventually splits, when either Cesaro or Swagger get fed up?

    Cesaro excelled in bursts during the bout, especially the end when the crowd was fully behind him and his beautiful uppercut. The time to turn him babyface is now; this kind of reaction is growing commonplace for him.

Bad News Barrett

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    From his elevated podium, the echo of his gavel banging still ringing, Bad News Barrett trashed a Miz vs. Dolph Ziggler match scheduled for later in the night. He took the opportunity to also take a jab at Cleveland.

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

     

    "Cleveland is a town inhabited exclusively by losers"Barrett.

     

    Grade

     

    C+

     

    Analysis

     

    Barrett's bits are fun and he seems born to play the role. Unfortunately, this was one of the least memorable of the Bad News Barrett segments yet.

    He usually tosses in more jokes and finds multiple ways to affect the audience. This was a one-dimensional segment, but one that clearly points to Barrett having another feud with The Miz in the near future.

Fandango vs. R-Truth

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    Xavier Woods watched on from the announce table as his friend R-Truth forced Fandango to retreat early. Woods claimed that someone stole his Royal Rumble number before the event.

    Fandango scurried around the ring and used Summer Rae as a human shield, hitting a distracted R-Truth with a clothesline.

    The ballroom dancer took control and had R-Truth in position for his flying leg drop. "The Suntan Superman" rolled out of the way and nailed Fandango with the What's Up for the win.

     

    Result

     

    R-Truth wins via pinfall.

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

     

    Emma from NXT made another appearance in the crowd.

    "East Carolina is the Harvard of the South"John "Bradshaw" Layfield.

     

    Grade

     

    C+

     

    Analysis

     

    Few fans will remember R-Truth and Fandango's clash after Raw is over. There was nothing special in the outcome, aftermath or the action itself.

    It's odd that Woods is not wrestling more often while his ally gets all the ring time. One has to wonder if he's injured.

Contenders Surround the Champion

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    Randy Orton faces two of his many challengers.
    Randy Orton faces two of his many challengers.WWE.com

    Brad Maddox introduced Randy Orton, who meandered to the ring with his championships in hand. 

    He bragged about beating John Cena before griping about having to defend his title in the Elimination Chamber. Moments later, Batista interrupted him. "The Animal" had to raise his voice to be heard over the fans chanting for Daniel Bryan. 

    Not long after Batista promised to walk out of WrestleMania as the world champ, Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman slipped into the ring. Heyman demanded that Maddox set up either an Orton vs. Lesnar title bout or a Batista and Lesnar showdown.

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

     

    "I'm just an advocate"Heyman.

     

    Grade

     

    A-

     

    Analysis

     

    As expected, Lesnar and Batista zeroed in on Orton with bad intentions. Heyman's ultimatum pushed the narrative, giving it an immediate boost.

    The segment created tension and brightened the spotlight on the WWE title picture. None of Heyman's proposed matches took place, but it looks as if Lesnar is set to step foot into the Elimination Chamber, which will be mighty compelling.

The Miz vs. Dolph Ziggler

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    Billed as "The Battle of Cleveland," Dolph Ziggler, wearing a Cavaliers jersey, and The Miz, wearing a Browns jersey, locked up in the center of the ring. Miz knocked Ziggler down with a knee to the gut to slow "The Show Off" down.

    Ziggler recovered, kicked Miz in the mouth and climbed atop him with a sleeper hold snapped on.

    Each man failed to gain much momentum before the other sent him to the mat. They darted out of each other's holds until Miz put Ziggler in the figure-four. The submission hold had Ziggler howling and reaching for the ropes.

    Not long after he managed to escape, Ziggler hit Miz with the Zig Zag and pinned him for the win.

     

    Result

     

    Ziggler wins via pinfall.

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

     

    "LeBron James left Cleveland when he heard that these two guys were from it"John "Bradshaw" Layfield on Ziggler and Miz.

    Ziggler sells the figure-four like it was as painful as unanesthetized surgery. 

     

    Grade

     

    B

     

    Analysis

     

    The fun, quick-paced match allowed both guys to look good at times. It was counter-heavy and showed off Ziggler and Miz's athleticism, but wasn't anything special.

    Ziggler punctuated his return with a win. He just needs a rival and a storyline now for when the next WWE show is not in his hometown.

The Usos vs. Ryback and Curtis Axel

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    Angered by Jimmy Uso's right hands, Ryback clubbed his foe before letting Curtis Axel deliver punishing forearms and bite the high-flyer's forehead.

    Ryback mocked Jimmy before peppering him with punches. The heel team dominated, keeping Jimmy in their corner and having fun beating on him.

    A failed attempt at a shoulder block allowed Jimmy to tag his brother in. Jey released his pent-up energy on Axel before both Usos kicked Ryback in the teeth. Jimmy hit a splash on Ryback to finish him off.

     

    Result

     

    The Usos win via pinfall.

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

     

    Ryback tumbles out of the ring in-between the ropes.

    The Usos' deliver a series of nasty thrust kicks.

    Jey gets impressive height on a dive to the outside.

     

    Grade

     

    A-

     

    Analysis

     

    The Usos' roll continues. With a short amount of time to work with, the brothers dazzled at the end of the match and played the victims well in the early part of it.

    Ryback and Axel both looked good as bullies delighting in their victim's pain. While it's unclear where that team is headed from here, the safe bet is on The Usos getting a tag team title shot in the very near future. 

Alberto Del Rio vs. Kofi Kingston

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    An aggressive Alberto Del Rio found a foe who was not going to let himself be dominated. Kofi Kingston punched, kicked and dove his way to claiming the advantage.

    Del Rio shifted things back his way with a nasty kick to the head.

    The villainous former champ slowed the pace of the bout, sending Kingston crashing to the barricade and yanking on his hair. The crowd's attention wandered as fans chanted for each of the announcers.

    A German suplex had Kingston's eyes go glassy. He had enough left to hit a tornado DDT and chop Del Rio in the chest. 

    The fan favorite went on a tear, pulling out a wealth of moves from his repertoire. The SOS nearly got him the win, but Del Rio's foot was on the bottom rope.

    Del Rio took his turn on the offensive, but a backstabber and a double stomp to the chest weren't enough to get a three-count. The superkick was a different matter, though.

     

    Result

     

    Del Rio wins by pinfall.

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

     

    "He's not going to make it to WrestleMania"Del Rio on Batista.

    Del Rio barks at John "Bradshaw" Layfield for playing to the crowd and distracting from his match.

    Kingston sells the backstabber like he's been studying film of Dolph Ziggler.

     

    Grade

     

    B+

     

    Analysis

     

    The last third of this bout was fantastic. Both wrestlers played their part extremely well, but it's hard to get excited about them going to battle when they have done so as often as they have.

    Kingston's winning streak ends, but the thing worth noting is how much the fans got behind him toward the end of the match.

    As for Del Rio, it looks as if he will get a showdown with Batista. The announcers talked about Batista and Del Rio's Royal Rumble confrontation at length, and Del Rio also gave a short pre-match promo calling out "The Animal" once more.

The New Age Outlaws vs. Cody Rhodes and Goldust (Tag Team Championship)

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    Cody Rhodes and Goldust didn't wait long to demand their rematch. Rhodes tried to pin Road Dogg early and often. The veteran fled the ring once Rhodes reached the top rope.

    Rhodes and Road Dogg slugged it out. Goldust then took his turn reddening Road Dogg's face with right hands.

    "The Bizarre One" took it to Billy Gunn as well, but Gunn hit a big boot to slow the Rhodes brothers' momentum. When Rhodes reentered, he sent both Outlaws flying. He was on a major roll when Brock Lesnar came in to everyone's surprise. 

    Paul Heyman explained that because The Authority didn't give him what he demanded, "The Beast" was going to take out his anger on the former tag champs. Lesnar destroyed the Rhodes boys with steel chair shots just as he did to Big Show at the Royal Rumble.

    Scowling, Lesnar left the ring, a pair of writhing men behind him.

     

    Result

     

    Rhodes and Goldust win by disqualification.

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

     

    "If I could have got my cuff links on, I would have won that thing"John "Bradshaw" Layfield on the Royal Rumble.

    Rhodes hits a double missile dropkick.

    Lesnar breaks a chair on Goldust's back.

     

    Grade

     

    A-

     

    Analysis

     

    The tag match was underwhelming for the most part, a slow pace dragging it down, but few folks will be talking about the bout itself after Raw.

    The shock of Lesnar's attack made this a compelling scene. His anger and destructive nature felt real. He made fans pay attention and gave them a violent show once their eyes were pointed toward him.

    Any Superstar with nagging injuries is set to take some time off thanks to Lesnar's version of the Hall of Pain.

8-Diva Tag Team Match

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    The Bella Twins and The Funkadactyls took on Tamina Snuka, AJ Lee, Aksana and Alicia Fox.

    Cameron and Brie Bella double-teamed Aksana before Nikki charged into the action. The crowd voiced their approval for AJ when she entered and smashed Nikki with knees to the torso. Aksana and Tamina beat on Nikki next.

    Tamina clubbed her with a Sheamus-like forearm, but Nikki stunned her with a quick kick. Naomi and AJ collided for a few moments before every Diva entered the fray. Following the chaos, Naomi pinned AJ following the Rear View.

    Her teammates then celebrated with some dancing.

     

    Result

     

    The Bellas and The Funkdactyls win via pinfall.

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

     

    Naomi does a booty-jiggle hold of some sort.

    Three Divas were suplexed at once.

     

    Grade

     

    B-

     

    Analysis

     

    Naomi gets another non-title victory over AJ, making it even clearer that she will be getting the next shot at the Divas Championship. 

    As for the match itself, it had enough fun spots to somewhat make up for its flaws. These matches are always too hurried and don't give the Divas enough time to tell much of a story. 

    Naomi's confidence is growing and she's entertaining even if she's not yet a complete wrestler.

     

The Shield vs. Daniel Bryan, John Cena and Sheamus

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    For one team, victory meant that all three members earned a spot in the Elimination Chamber match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.

    Seth Rollins tried to cool a hot-headed Dean Ambrose before tangling with John Cena. Rollins squeezed his foe in a headlock before Cena powered out and knocked him on his back with a punch.

    Roman Reigns received a loud chant when he entered. The powerhouse banged heads with Cena for a moment before Sheamus took his turn at bat.

    "The Celtic Warrior" had his brief dominance ended with a shot to the knee from Rollins.

    Daniel Bryan stepped between the ropes and quickly wowed the crowd with a hurricanrana and a surfboard submission hold. He and the fan favorites made Rollins their punching bag for several moments.

    Reigns then had Cena hurting after a front dropkick and a Superman punch. The big man hurt his knee when he tumbled outside, but still had control over Cena. Rollins and Ambrose took turns clobbering the Cenation leader.

    With Cena groggy, barely able to stand, Ambrose hit a DDT that only earned a two-count. Cena managed to tag Bryan, who went on a rampage. Bryan kicked Reigns, Rollins and Ambrose off their feet with the crowd roaring their support.

    A slew of finishers had Sheamus, Cena and Reigns momentarily out of the action. That left Rollins and Bryan to battle it out. Their excellent chemistry was on display once again.

    Once those men were too drained to lift themselves, Cena clamped the STF on Reigns. 

    The Wyatt Family ambushed the babyfaces, causing a disqualification.

    Once The Shield realized that The Wyatt Family had robbed them of an opportunity, all three members lost it, tearing apart the announce table and screaming with their veins bulging.

     

    Result

     

    Cena, Sheamus and Bryan win by disqualification.

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

     

    Reigns hits a front dropkick to Cena's head.

    "Eccentric is just a nice way to say that this guy is nuts"John "Bradshaw" Layfield on Ambrose.

    "You know when you watch a Shield match, about 80 percent of that match is going to take place in their corner"Jerry Lawler.

    Bryan throws Rollins across the ring with a belly-to-back release suplex.

     

    Grade

     

    A

     

    Analysis

     

    An electric energy, high stakes and a collection of stars powered the clear match of the night. It was not as fast-paced or exciting as The Shield's best work, but the great climax made up for a sluggish middle.

    Beyond that, though, it looks as if fans are getting what they want. For one, Bryan is entering the Chamber match and has a shot at the WWE title. The surprising second development is that The Shield don't appear to be breaking up at all.

    They are instead headed for a collision with The Wyatt Family. Simply put, that is what is best for business.