WWE Raw results, recap, reactions (Feb. 22, 2021): Bait and switch

I didn’t just like the shut of Elimination Chamber. After cooling down, I considered what the profit was to having Lashley on the market serving to Miz. It was positively to get Lashley a title match.
As it seems, that’s precisely what the plan was. Good! Lashley’s been tremendous protected for months and he actually deserves a title match. He actually deserves to be champion.
They began with that on this show, aaaaand then shenanigans and bait and switch galore. Braun Strowman needs to be concerned, Shane McMahon needs to be concerned, and now Bobby has to struggle to get what he’s owed.
Oh and now Bobby will face Miz subsequent week. Only downside is – that is wrestling. You know what’s taking place subsequent week. More bait and switch! Someone’s interfering. They have to pull it out and lengthen it to Fastlane.
So if you wish to have the match at Fastlane, simply… announce it for Fastlane. But what’s going to they do in the event that they don’t do bait and switch, interferences, and disqualifications? That’s simply the simple and lazy method of doing it. Bleh.
Let’s get to the primary hits and misses of this show. For a full rundown of Raw, take a look at the stay weblog by Rev. Claire Elizabeth!

Bobby Lashley is MY WWE Champion
WWE Champion Miz got here out to begin Raw.
He talked about how folks thought he can be fired inside three months in WWE 16 years in the past. Name dropped Batista, Cena, Rock, and Bobby Lashley as lower than his longevity. Then MVP and Lashley got here out and MVP talked about the deal they lower final evening. Miz tried weaseling his method out of it and Lashley gave him an hour to make his resolution.
This was simply Bobby Lashley’s finest promo since returning to WWE. To be trustworthy, I’d completely watch the “How Lashley despatched me to the Emergency Room” actuality show. Did you SEE that swimsuit? My God, y’all. As quickly as he walked out I stated “that’s MY WWE Champion!” Dude regarded unbelievable. Miz performed his position properly right here. I truly was not irritated by him, and I didn’t thoughts the promo.
By the way in which, Miz’s “facet plates” had been the generic WWE facet plates that include the primary titles simply reversed to appear like M’s. That’s fairly sensible.
Then it was time for Miz to disclose his resolution, to which he simply determined he wanted extra time. Lashley didn’t like that, however neither did Braun Strowman as a result of he determined to return out. He tried to sturdy arm Adam Pearce right into a title match for himself, however then Shane McMahon got here out and stated that if he beats Lashley later, he’ll get added to the title match subsequent week.
Lashley and Strowman hossed it up and beat the crap out of one another. Lashley tried to get the Hurt Lock in however couldn’t attributable to ya know… It’s Strowman. Strowman was in a position to get Lashley within the powerslam and Lashley kicked out. Lashley speared Strowman and gained. Miz tried to assault and bought chokeslammed and speared for his troubles.
A fantastic and dominant efficiency by Lashley, and I already know what’s taking place subsequent week. As an evil wealthy bastard would say, there’s “no probability in hell” Lashley is strolling out subsequent week with the title. He doesn’t have Braun within the match, however that doesn’t imply Braun gained’t be there! Also, Drew was nowhere this week so you’ll be able to wager he’ll seemingly show up subsequent week as properly.
This is predictable, and not the great variety.

The best pairing in trendy historical past
Bad Bunny and Damian Priest had been backstage and Priest noticed Truth in a nook with a referee.
Truth tried taking part in it off, and then stated “my unhealthy, Bunny” which made me howl. The funniest I’ve felt Truth had been in months.
Priest clotheslined Garza and bought a close to fall instantly. Garza ripped off his pants and threw them at Bunny. How dare he. Garza drop kicked Priest within the face and began taunting Bad Bunny.
Garza was sporting Priest down, however he regarded like he was nearly having fun with the ache along with his facial features. But my God is he vicious when he’s indignant. I assumed the match was going to be over fairly fast, however they had been establishing a Garza/Bunny face-off and not of the Travolta/Cage kind. Priest took benefit of the distraction and bought the victory.
Then some 24/7 acquainted faces ran all the way down to the ring and Priest took out two of them, whereas Bunny threw Gulak excessive rope.
Yeah, I don’t need Bad Bunny off my tv display any time quickly. The 24/7 title is at its most prestigious, and in all probability won’t ever attain this standing once more when it will definitely comes off the star.
Unless like… I don’t know Beyonce or Taylor Swift are available and wins it.

Is Randy Orton okay?
Look this was a wild promo the place Orton was simply speaking about being distracted.
Not distracted by The Fiend, no, distracted by Alexa Bliss. Orton threw to a video bundle of Bliss in her Fiend revival from final week.
And then the blood got here.
What made this epic was truly the announcers response once they lower to ringside. HOWLED, y’all. That shit was hilarious.

The Rest
Riddle defeated John Morrison
Morrison went for a standing capturing star press, and Riddle ducked it for a triangle submission. Gut wrench suplex to Riddle couldn’t put him away. Morrison had this nasty submission however then they spilled exterior and Morrison’s knee regarded prefer it gave out. Riddle suplexed Morrison on the toughest a part of the ring. Riddle has nice sprints in his matches the place each motion issues. Morrison’s Spanish Fly bought him a close to fall, however he fell to a Bro Derek. Morrison and Riddle have nice ring chemistry with one another.
New Day defeated RETRIBUTION
T-Bar began off with Woods and Woods didn’t get a lot offense. Mace and Kingston took cost and had the identical outcome. Mace and T-Bar double chokeslammed Kingston, and then Ali tried to get them to do it once more however he hit Trouble in Paradise on each males and bought the pin on T-Bar. Ali bought the mic after and berated the group for failing him time and time once more. Interested to see the place this goes. To be trustworthy I wouldn’t thoughts Ali dropping one in every of extra of those members and recruited one or two new ones?
Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler defeated Charlotte Flair and Asuka
Asuka began with Baszler and you could possibly simply see Flair of their nook completely out of it. They had been in a position to double workforce the champions and it began to appear like she was snapping out of it. Baszler was torturing Asuka twisting her arm and Jax continued the hurting. Flair lastly bought tagged in once more and bought some offense in on each ladies. They had been in a position to isolate Charlotte however she fought again and Charlotte had a determine 4 on Baszler damaged up by Jax. Flair tagged Asuka and cleared home however shenanigans ensued. Asuka bought kicked within the head by Flair and misplaced the match. I assumed Charlotte was lastly turning on her “buddy” however they’re teasing Asuka turning. No please.
Charlotte noticed her father backstage and they did critical injury management on that complete factor by making it clear Ric just isn’t the daddy and he was simply doing Ric Flair issues final week. He stated he wished to raise the ladies’s division by being behind the Raw ladies’s title image and Charlotte had a good promo telling him to go residence and that she desires to be on her personal.
AJ Styles defeated Ricochet
Ricochet was lit on hearth to begin this match. Styles’ snap suplex within the nook regarded nasty. Ricochet is a good vendor. Ric bought mad and beat up on Styles however Styles hit him within the throat. He bought hit within the face and then bought put in a Styles Clash and my God the promoting of all of this was unbelievable. Omos grabbed Ricochet’s limp physique and picked him up actual excessive and dropped him. Man Ricochet is unbelievable. That blue gear too… *chef’s kiss* Quick win for Styles and sturdy exhibiting for Omos. I simply have to simply accept that that is what Ricochet’s WWE profession shall be.
The Hurt Business defeated Lucha House Party
We had a twister tag this time round, which was good for persevering with to sow the seeds of dissension when MVP was attempting to get them centered. LHP nearly pinned Benjamin however Alexander was taking part in round and making MVP upset. Benjamin ended up hitting pay grime to win. Because they gained, MVP misplaced his irritated demeanor once they gained, however everyone knows they’ll proceed this storyline.
Sheamus defeated Jeff Hardy
Sheamus did Sheamus issues. Jeff Hardy did Jeff Hardy issues. This isn’t a slight on each performers. This match simply bought the “Drew’s consideration has formally wandered elsewhere” therapy. I’ve seen this TOO MANY TIMES.
Grade: C+
What had been your ideas, Cagesiders?

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