Welcome to this week's edition of Raw Afterthoughts, where we talk about the top items from last night's show in more detail than we can in a show recap.  Be sure to comment below, or tweet your questions to us with the #AskRingRap hashtag so we can talk about them tomorrow night on RingRap Audio!  And with that, here's the top ten...

1. A Shift in Characters...

I was very pleased with the open of the show last night.  We got a solid 30-40 minutes of programming that focused on the Elimination Chamber match and its contenders, and it flowed right into setting up matches for the evening's broadcast.  They also did a good job of establishing a possible injury to Daniel Bryan going into the match, with both Christian and Kane focusing on his left shoulder.  This sets up an easy out for Bryan to be eliminated without taking heat off of him, or for him to be the ultimate underdog that wins it all.

I enjoyed Bryan and Christian's match together.  The big thing was the shift of character for Christian.  He definitely took advantage of Bryan and acted heelish along the way.

2. An Epic Confrontation...

WWE has really gotten the build for the Wyatts vs. The Shield right.  It's a simple and effective story and the teams are telling it well.  I liked the earlier interaction when the two teams nearly came to blows, only to have Wyatt call off his troops and retreat.  That left me wanting to see more of them, and at the end when the teams did hook it up in the show-ending brawl, the fans popped.  This will be the match I am most looking forward to of all things on the card Sunday.

3.  Possibly Quieting His Critics?

Fans really like to get on John Cena and tell him he can't wrestle, but last night he should have quieted some of those critics.  On top of that, Cesaro (as he is now called) followed up a strong effort with Randy Orton with another quality match with John Cena.  Cena parted from the normal moveset last night and pulled out a couple things we haven't seen him do before.  I was hoping that Cena would have done a better job of endorsing Cesaro's performance afterward.  Earlier in the night, he called Cesaro's win over Orton being more about Orton being on a losing streak than Cesaro being on a winning streak.

I am really anxious to see how WWE uses Cesaro in the Chamber.  He certainly is making the most of the opportunities he is being given at the moment.

4. Re-establishing a Warrior...

Let's be honest.  Sheamus hasn't exactly been clicking in his return.  It was an uneventful return at the Rumble for starters, and they haven't done that much with him since.  That left me surprised they closed with Orton vs. Sheamus last night.  All that aside, he and Orton had a physical match that came off well.  I wasn't a huge fan of the finish of the match with The Shield attacking, but it did feed into the hot show ending brawl.

5. Sloppy in the Mid-Card...

Big E taking on two thirds of 3MB was pretty sloppy and poorly done.  Big E blew his belly-to-belly suplex spot, just for example.  As good as Zeb Colter is (and I normally enjoy his banter), he wasn't working here either.  Denver just didn't care much about this match, and all of those factors combined just left us with a segment that overstayed its welcome.  Then when the Real Americans music hit again for Cesaro's match with Cena I cringed.

I'm worried that the mid-card Real Americans gimmick could really take away from Cesaro when (assuming) he breaks away from Swagger and Colter.  It's more of a comedic heel gimmick than a real one.

6. Just No Heat.

In last week's Afterthoughts, I found myself hoping that Batista and Del Rio would somehow put some heat on their story this week heading to Elimination Chamber.  What we got, well, was something completely different.  Batista threw him around like a rag doll, and Del Rio was wearing a neck brace in his only appearance.  Right now, the only reason fans have to care about this match is that it's Batista's first singles match since returning.  Otherwise, this just feels like a squash from the storyline perspective and I can't invest in it.

7. The Wrong Way to Introduce Her...

I really feel bad for Emma.  She has a gimmick that is really over with the NXT faithful, and could get over with the main roster fans as well.  The problem is, WWE just hasn't done a good job introducing her.  We got a video package last night that was more detailed on her stay in developmental, and that helped but it should have been done a week or two ago.  For me, this romance angle with Santino isn't working out.  I guess they could make something out of it, but it's not television I care to see.

8. Missing the Mark...

I can't help but say that the match between Jack Swagger and Kofi Kingston fell flat.  Swagger is heading to Elimination Chamber to contest for the Intercontinental Championship, but he ended up giving away too much offense to Kofi.  It was a time where he should have been showcased, not strongly contested.

9. Cut the Bull...

I have a hard time taking any match seriously that features El Torito and/or Los Matadores.  That said, Sin Cara got in a lot of offense against the larger opponents, which was surprising.  I would have assumed the Wyatts would have destroyed the three lucha-style stars heading into their match against The Shield on Sunday.

10. Old Age Setting In?

Billy Gunn and Jimmy Uso fell into a part of the show where things were just at a lull.  Their match, unfortunately, ended up continuing that trend.  Nothing felt like it was being accomplished at that point in the show.  This match does feed into the tag team championship at Sunday's Elimination Chamber pay per view, but it just fell flat in my eyes.

That's all for tonight.  Don't forget, tomorrow night is RingRap Audio, where we discuss Raw, the Elimination Chamber pay per view, your questions (#ASKRINGRAP!) and Matt Hester gives us all his wrong predictions for that show.  We'll also have live Elimination Chamber coverage next Sunday evening right here on the site.  Be sure to follow along both here and on Twitter!