WWE Raw is in Los Angeles, CA this evening, and is shaping up to be an... interesting show.  John Cena and Randy Orton will battle it out, as The Authority forces Orton to run the gauntlet of his opponents before Elimination Chamber.  Also appearing, Betty White.  Why?  Well, why the hell not.

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- We start the show with a memoram to Frank Bullock, long time audio technician for WWE.  

- Betty White comes out to the stage, accompanied by The Big Show.  I know there are people that like this.  I don’t.  Sorry.   

- Betty says she’s going to kick some ass tonight, but The Authority interrupts.  They head to the ring, Betty White not included.

- CM Punk chants early on, but they’re kind of weak.  

- Triple H addresses his comments about Daniel Bryan from last week - they’re “reconsidering” Daniel Bryan, but they’re also reconsidering Sheamus, Christian, Cesaro, and even John Cena.  Before he can finish, he’s interrupted by Randy Orton.

- Steph tells Orton to head backstage and prepare for his match.  Orton says he wants to apologize for his actions.  He wants to apologize to The Authority directly, says he’s been childish, foolish and selfish.  He understands that if he wants to get what he wants, he has to give them what they want.  It starts tonight with John Cena.

- This is mirroring real life.  Orton reportedly blew up backstage at the Royal Rumble and is in the doghouse.

- Orton talks about winning Money in the Bank and standing in the ring united with them.  He wants to make good on a promise that was made.  He wants the talk shows, the billboards, and everything in between.  He wants to be THE face of the company.

- Daniel Bryan interrupts.  Naturally, the place goes nuts.  Bryan stands in the ring, smiling.  He addresses Orton - “You think you are the heart and soul of the WWE?”  He says he’s a different body part entirely.

- Steph says she doesn’t appreciate being interrupted, so going forward, everyone needs to make an appointment with Kane, the Director of Operations.  Lovely.

- Bryan says last week, Kane failed, and he beat Randy Orton.  Lots of Yes chants for that.

- Daniel Bryan wants a match with Kane.  Steph doesn’t condone his actions, so he’s on administrative leave, and he has a “strongly worded letter” in his file.  

- Bryan wants to know who does her performance approval, because he thinks they are a combination of arrogance and stupiditiy.

- Orton cuts Bryan off and chews him out.  Suck up, suck up, suck up.  Bryan calls him out on his BS.  Triple H says they’ve decided that Daniel Bryan will face… no one.  They’re doing what’s best for business, which is what’s best for Daniel Bryan.  What’s best for him is to give him a “well deserved night off.”  The fans do not like it.

- Bryan leads the audience in a No! chant.  The Authority walks out.

- Mark Henry returns tonight, plus later Randy Orton vs. John Cena, but up next, Rey Mysterio & Goldust & Cody Rhodes vs. The Wyatt Family!

- After break, Rey Mysterio comes out, followed by Goldust & Cody.

- The Wyatt Family interrupts their intro.  It’s been months and this intro is still creepy as hell.

- Rowan and Cody Rhodes start things off.  Cody stole his brother’s drop punch.

- Nice tag action.  Cody, Goldust, and Rey use their size and speed to get the advantage.  We go to break after some nice spots, with Rey doing a sliding splash onto Harper outside the ring.

- After the break, Goldust is getting beat down by Rowan and Harper.  Tag in to Wyatt, who continues to attack.

- Goldust pulls down the top rope, sending Rowan over the top, but he’s unable to make the hot tag.  Harper is in.  Goldust hits a powerslam out of nowhere.

- Red hot crowd tonight, they’re chanting for Goldust.  He tags in Mysterio.  All hell breaks loose.  Rey sets Wyatt and Harper up for a 619, but Wyatt slips out of the ring and yanks Mysterio off the apron.  Cody goes flying off the top rope.  I can’t keep up with this.  Everyone is everywhere.

- Back in ring, Meysterio goes for another 619, but Wyatt tags himself in and hits a running Sister Abigail.  Looked pretty cool.  Wyatt’s get the win.

- Exciting match, high intensity.  The Wyatt’s are really coming together as a unit.  

- After the break, the announcers start putting over Roman Reigns and his incredible performance at The Royal Rumble.

- Backstage, Renee Young asks The Shield about their match against The Wyatt Family.  Roman Reigns calls her “Baby girl.”  Cute.  It seems as if The Shield are being positioned as faces in this match, but long term, it’s Reigns.

- Renee asks Dean Ambrose why he hasn’t defended the United States title in some time.  He starts up with some BS excuse, but Reigns interrupts him and calls him out.  Dean says he’ll put out an open challenge to anyone.  My money is on Reigns challenging him.

- Backstage, the Divas are chatting up Betty White.  The New Age Outlaws interrupt.  Blood is trickling out of my nose right.

- They’re putting over John Cena and Randy Orton’s long term rivalry, showing a title match from 2009.  I like videos like this.

- Coming up later, Sheamus & Christian vs. The Real Americans.  But first?  Santino and Emma.  Emma does the Santino strut, looks like she’s just in his corner. Santino is facing Fandango, after the break.

- We come back after break and they show a recap of Emma’s debut from last week.  They REALLY sweetened up the audio there.

- Michael Cole plugs NXT’s debut on the WWE Network.  I hope they plug the network more, otherwise they won’t hit that 1 million subscriber mark.

- Out of nowhere, A Miz Appears!  He cuts a brief promo on commentary, then leaves.  I’m ok with the way they’re reintroducing him, if it goes somewhere.

- Fandango nails the top rope leg drop for the win.

- There really was nothing to this match.  At all.  Just a backdrop for, well, killing time.

- Byron Saxton is backstage interviewing Sheamus.  Sheamus says he’s excited to be back, and he’s excited to be teaming with him, and maybe after the match they can go share a pint together, but at Elimination Chamber, he’ll kick the teeth in of anyone that’s in his way, and win the WWE Heavyweight Championship.

- Good to see Sheamus’s character has developed during his time away…

- Back from break, Christian is in the ring.  They cut to an inset video - Christian’s eve is pretty banged up.  He says maybe he can be the face of WWE.  He’s a two time champ, but he could make it three.

- Sheamus comes out next, then The Real Americans.  Cue your Irish/Canadian jokes.  Zeb lays into both of them, saying they both sneaked back across our borders and into WWE.  Cesaro gets the mic and says at Elimination Chamber, he’ll become the first Real American World Heavyweight Champion.  Cesaro got a hell of a pop once the mic got handed over.

- The bell rings, and Zeb has Cesaro start out against Christian.

- The audience is chanting “We the people.”  Love it.  

- Tag in to Swagger, Christian gets the momentum.  I’m starting to see signs of Swagger vs. Cesaro at Wrestlemania here.

- Cesaro and Sheamus are in the ring going at it.  This could be a headlining match of a pay-per-view in a few years.

- Cesaro and Sheamus trade European Uppercuts.  They get the boo/yay treatment, with Cesaro getting the yays.

- Sheamus gets the upper hand and a near fall.  

- Swagger nearly tears Sheamus’ tights off on the apron and distracts Sheamus long enough for Cesaro to get a boot to the face in.  We go to break.

- Back from break, it’s still Cesaro and Sheamus.  Christian gets a tag.  After some offense, he goes for a Killswitch, but can’t get it.

- Cesaro hits a lifting European Uppercut.  Impressive.  Near fall.

- Swagger and Christian at it.  Christian goes for a tag to Sheamus.  Swagger drags him back.  Nice teamwork from Swagger and Cesaro.

- Cesaro swings Christian!  10 revolutions!  He tosses Christian out of the ring and the ref starts counting.  

- After some nice teamwork in the ring, Cesaro misses a tandem move in the corner.  Hot tag to Sheamus, and he’s on fire.  Sheamus clubs the hell out of Swagger’s chest.  Out of nowhere, Cesaro attacks Sheamus, but nearly ends up with the same fate.

- Swagger locks on The Patriot Lock, but Christian makes the save.  Sheamus hits the Brogue Kick for the win.

- A very, very good tag match, enhanced by a really hot audience.  The Real Americans are over, especially Cesaro.  

- Renee Young is backstage with John Cena.  She covers the history with Randy Orton.  Cena touches base on the WWE Network during his promo.  He says tonight he closes his chapter with Randy Orton, and that the future of WWE will need to go through John Cena.  The promo sort of meanders all over and really doesn’t make much sense, to be honest.

- After the break, we get a brief recap of Betty White, then the announcers start talking about Batista.  We are almost half-way through the show, and we’re finally getting something about Batista.

- Dolph Ziggler comes out to the ring, and he’s pissed when Alberto Del Rio’s music interrupts him.

- They recap Del Rio’s encounter with Batista last week, and it leaves me wondering… where will Del Rio be come Wrestlemania?

- I can’t call this a squash match because it’s not, but it’s certainly quick.  Del Rio hits a side kick to Ziggler’s head and gets the pin.  Remember all those concussions Ziggler had?  Yeah.

- After the bell, Del Rio attacks Ziggler with the cross arm breaker.  Batista interrupts and heads out to the ring.  He spears Del Rio and tosses him into the steps.  He tears apart the announcer’s table, launches Del Rio into the barricade, then Batista Bomb’s Del Rio through the table.  

- Doctors attend to Del Rio as Batista stands tall.  He threatens to continue the attack, then turns and walks away.

- The Bella Twins introduce instructions on how to get set up for the WWE Network.  I feel insulted.

- The newest inductee for the WWE Hall of Fame is about to be announced!

- After the break, Batista is backstage and approached by Triple H.  Trips says he can’t just “go off” on Del Rio like that.  He says things have changed and they’re a “publically traded company” now.  He makes a match for Batista and Del Rio at Elimination Chamber, but says they have to keep the rivalry in the ring.  Batista is disappointed with Triple H.

- The announcing team introduces the newest inductee to the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2014… Lita!  Very happy to see her inducted.  She definitely earned it and deserves it.

- Backstage, The New Age Outlaws are still drinking tea with Betty White.  When she turns her head, Road Dogg puts something in her drink.  She’s the wiser though, and swaps cups with Billy Gunn when they walk away to get lemon.  Stupid.  I’m thrilled they put the titles on these two.

- In the ring, Curtis Axel and Ryback await their match against The Usos.  The New Age Outlaws are ringside.  Billy Gunn starts getting a tummy ache.

- The Goldberg chants hit as soon as Ryback steps into the ring.  Frankly, I’m bored of these.

- It’s a good tag match.  There’s an impressive flying tag as one of the brothers dives out of the ring.  The Usos pick up the win. Billy Gunn runs in back.

- Dean Ambrose will defend his title… next!

- After the break, Dean Ambrose and the rest of The Shield come out to the ring for Ambrose’s title defense.  I’ll be honest, I was expecting Roman Reigns to challenge him.  It ends up being Mark Henry.

- They give the match a big-match feel and announce the competitors while standing inside the ring.  Love it.

- Ambrose needs to regroup early on, and chats with his fellow Shielders.

- This is sort of a slow match.  Eventually Ambrose manages to pry the elbow brace off of Henry.  

- Nothing really happens and we go to break.

- Back from break, Henry starts picking up steam, but Rollins and Reigns interfere and cause the DQ.

- Outside the ring, Reigns spears the hell out of Henry.  The Shield get ready to head back, but The Wyatt Family interrupts.  They come back out with their full intro, surprisingly.  The two teams stare each other down, and The Shield comes back over the barricade and step onto the apron.  The Wyatts step up as well.  The crowd is super hot for this.  Roman Reigns is the first one to actually step into the ring.  Bray Wyatt teases it but steps back out.  

- Hot segment out of nowhere that definitely left the fans wanting more.  The fans have been dreaming about a match between these two teams for a while now.  The only way to make it more awesome is to put it in the Elimination Chamber itself.

- After the break, WWE acknowledges Black History Month and shows a package about Hall of Famer Bobo Brazil.

- In the ring, it’s The Bella Twins and Cameron vs. AJ Lee & Alicia Fox & Aksana.  Tamina is at ringside.

- Nikki Bella does a worm for no reason.  After watching that video about Lita earlier, it really puts into perspective how far things have fallen.

- I stopped paying attention after that.  Cameron gets the win.

- Stephanie does some corporate Be a Star stuff.

- A Tale of the Tape for Cena vs. Orton.  Ring of Honor does this for every match.  Every.  Single.  Match.

- Brief promo from Alexander Rusev.  They’re gonna push him hard if he can work in the ring.

- Kane heads down to the ring.  I thought he was hiding?  Whatever.  He admits he acted on his own volition last week, and The Authority had nothing to do with it.  

- Before he can finish, Daniel Bryan comes out.  He darts into the ring and attacks Kane!  Kane goes for a chokeslam, but Bryan reverses it.  The action spills outside and Bryan attacks non-stop.  Bryan kicks Kane over the barricade and sends him packing.

- We go into one more break as Daniel Bryan leads the crowd in a Yes chant.

- Betty White, who really hasn’t done much of anything on the show, introduces the main event from backstage.  Well, she doesn’t call it, Justin Roberts does.  She just says “It’s time for the main event.”

- Oron locks in a head lock early on.  Maybe we won’t get one later?  

- Even though these two have gone at it about one hundred times, this still has a big match feel.

- Part of me hopes that Brock Lesnar just shows up and destroys both men.

- These men are starting things off slow.  Orton poses as we go to break.

- After the break, Cena hits a back suplex.  Orton is on his feet first.  They trade punches.  They don’t get nearly as many yays or boos as Cesaro and Sheamus got.  Cena goes diving out of the ring.  Orton suplex him back into the ring.

- Orton locks in another headlock.  I doomed us.  

- Orton hits a DDT and Cena sells it like a champ.  Orton picks Cena apart with the Garvin stomp.  Cena is up magically.  

- The action picks up and these guys are taking it to the next level.  Orton is still dominant, but Cena gets bursts of energy.  Orton cuts out the legs from under him, then hits his DDT from the top rope.  

- Cena locks in a desperation STF.  Orton gets the ropes.

- Orton goes for the Punt, Cena dodges, goes for the AA, Orton reverses and hits the RKO.  Two-count.  Cena manages to hit the AA, Orton kicks out.

- Cena sets Orton up on the top rope.  Looks like a top-rope AA.  Orton fights out.  Cena kicks him in the jaw.  Top rope leg drop.  Another AA, this time Cena gets the win.

I’m disappointed in the finish, simply because Randy Orton is the champ, and I prefer seeing a strong champion heading into a major title defense than a weak champion.  I’d also like to see Cena sell the after-effects of the match a bit more.

- The show comes to a close with Cena playing up the crowd.  This was a very good main event.  Nice build, nice pacing.  I could nitpick, but for TV, it was good.  The rest of the show was mixed, but overall thumbs up.  Some really good action and matches on the card.  It wasn’t without its faults, but I liked more things than I didn’t.

- I would like to thank everyone for following along with me tonight, both here on the site, and on Twitter.  Tune in tomorrow for our Raw Afterthoughts, and later this week for Ring Rap Audio.  Thanks again!