WWE Raw Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from February 13

Doc-Chris Mueller @ @BR_Doctor Featured Columnist IV February 14, 2023

WWE Raw Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from February 13

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    Brock Lesnar.
    Brock Lesnar. WWE

    Welcome to Bleacher Report's coverage and recap of WWE Raw on February 13.

    This was the go-home episode before Saturday's Elimination Chamber pay-per-view, so WWE was trying its best to hype the show and continue all of the big storylines.

    For non-wrestling segments, Bobby Lashley and Brock Lesnar met to sign a contract for their bout, and Seth Rollins appeared on Miz TV.

    As far as matches went, WWE booked Mustafa Ali vs. Bronson Reed, The Miz vs. Rick Boogs, and a six-woman tag contest with the competitors who will appear inside the Elimination Chamber to fight for a shot at the Raw Women's Championship at WrestleMania 39.

    Let's take a look at what went down during Monday's show.

The Street Profits vs. The Judgment Day

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    Raw opened with Becky Lynch arriving in the ring to talk about Elimination Chamber and WrestleMania 39.

    The Man asked WWE official Adam Pearce to give her a chance to earn a spot in the women's Chamber match, but before he could answer, Bayley came out to interrupt.

    Bianca Belair joined them and Pearce booked a Triple Threat match. If either Bayley or Lynch won, they would get a spot in the Chamber. If The EST of WWE won, neither woman would get a place.

    After a quick backstage interview for The Judgment Day, Montez Ford and Angelo Dawkins made their way to the ring to face Finn Bálor and Damian Priest.

    The crowd began to chant "We want Mami" as The Archer of Infamy overpowered Ford to take control right away. The Judgment Day kept the upper hand through a commercial break, but Dawkins began to make a comeback as we returned.

    However, Bálor ended up getting the win with a Coup de Grace to Ford. This was a decent match, but it wasn't as good as we know it could have been. These teams are both great, but this felt like a bit of filler.

    Edge and Beth Phoenix saved the Profits from being beaten down after the match, but Ripley came out of nowhere to save Dominik and deliver a Riptide to The Glamazon.

    Winners: The Judgment Day

    Grade: C+

    Notable Moments and Observations

    • The crowd booed when Lynch mentioned Pearce.
    • Mysterio calling Rhea Ripley "Mami" is always going to be weird and slightly creepy for some reason. That might even be what he is going for. The crowd chanting for Mami was funny, though.
    • Priest was so close to not breaking up a pin that saved Bálor. He made it at the last possible moment.
    • The combination blockbuster and doomsday device should be the Profits' finisher.

Contract Signing

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    Lesnar was out first for his contract signing with Lashley ahead of their match at Elimination Chamber. He tossed his chair out of the ring and stood waiting for The All Mighty.

    A bunch of security guards lined up in the aisle and set up a table on the stage just for Lashley. As The Beast Incarnate tried to make his way through the guards to get to Lashley, he fell right into the trap that was set for him.

    The All Mighty took him out, signed the contract and left it on top of Lesnar before heading to the back.

    We always knew this would end in a fight, but the way WWE did this at least made it interesting.

    Contract signings are tricky because there are only so many ways to book two people inking a piece of paper. This was a good way to make a predictable formula more fun.

    Grade: B-

    Notable Moments and Observations

    • As soon as all of the security guards lined the aisle, you knew they would get wiped out.
    • Lesnar's accent is entirely dependent on which hat he decides to wear that day.
    • The bump The Beast took in the aisle looked kind of painful.

Piper Niven vs. Mia Yim

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    The next match featured Piper Niven battling Mia Yim. Both women failed to qualify for the Elimination Chamber, so they were looking to take out their frustrations on each other.

    Niven pounced on Yim as soon as the bell rang. Michin tried to lift her opponent for a bodyslam but fell and was forced to kick out of a pin.

    The match started hot, but it quickly cooled down when they slowed the pace. Niven ended up scoring a quick win with a black hole slam.

    This match had a couple of good moves, but as a whole, it was uneventful and forgettable. Both women probably could have put on a banger if they were given more time, but it is what it is. WWE can't give every match 15-20 minutes unless it wants to limit how many it features on the show.

    Winner: Piper Niven

    Grade: C-

    Notable Moments and Observations

    • Yim hit a nice tornado DDT that Niven sold perfectly.
    • The bit of face paint the Scot wore in this match was a nice touch.
    • Corey Graves made a nice reference to Abyss after Niven hit his old finisher from TNA.

Sami Zayn Promo, Cody Rhodes vs. Baron Corbin

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    As Baron Corbin was giving an interview backstage, Sami Zayn jumped into the ring unexpectedly with a mic. He asked Cody Rhodes to join him.

    The American Nightmare obliged and asked what he wanted to talk about. Zayn wanted to know if Rhodes was being truthful when he said The Master Strategist could beat Roman Reigns.

    Zayn questioned whether he could defeat The Tribal Chief and talked about how he has watched Reigns take down so many people during his run as champion. Rhodes tried to pump up his ego by saying the crowd knows he can win on Saturday.

    The crowd ate this segment up and chanted several times. Everything about this was done perfectly and helped follow up on what happened last week with Rhodes and Paul Heyman.

    Grade: A

    As Rhodes was making his way to the back, he overheard Corbin talking trash about him and Dusty Rhodes. The American Nightmare beat him all the way to the ring and demanded a ref to turn this into a match.

    Rhodes hit a suicide dive and threw The Modern Day Wrestling God into the timekeeper's area. Corbin was able to get in a bit of offense, but it was barely enough to make his opponent slow down.

    The men's Royal Rumble winner was able to score a quick win with Cross Rhodes.

    While this was quick and basically a squash, the crowd was having fun. Credit to Corbin for always being willing to do the job and put someone else over like this.

    Was this a "good" match? It wasn't long enough to be much of anything, but it was entertaining and that's what matters.

    Winner: Cody Rhodes

    Grade: C

    Notable Moments and Observations

    • WWE is definitely going to monetize the catchphrase "So what do you want to talk about?"
    • If there was ever a time to call an audible with a storyline, it's this. The crowd clearly wants Zayn to be in the main event of WrestleMania 39 with Rhodes and Reigns.
    • Wrestling in a suit never looks fun. Those pants are not made for durability.

Rodriguez, Morgan and Natalya vs. Asuka, Carmella and Cross

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    The six-woman tag team contest was both a Raw vs. SmackDown bout and a preview for Saturday's women's Chamber match involving these six competitors.

    Liv Morgan, Raquel Rodriguez and Natalya took on Nikki Cross, Asuka and Carmella. Cross and Rodriguez started for their teams, but they were quick to tag out to Mella and Nattie, respectively.

    This was the usual six-woman tag bout as far as the setup goes. Everyone got some time in the ring and both teams had a few close calls before one finally got the win.

    After a little while, Asuka started taking out everybody, including her own teammates. She ended up getting the win over Morgan with an armbar, but Cross and Carmella were too hurt to have their hands raised by the ref at the end.

    Most of the match was paint-by-numbers, but the way it ended was great. Booking Asuka to be an unstoppable badass is the right way to go.

    Winners: Carmella, Asuka and Nikki Cross

    Grade: C

    Notable Moments and Observations

    • Cross just rushing past Carmella to get to the ring was funnier than it should have been.
    • Asuka attacking her own partners was awesome.
    • Carmella seems so much more comfortable in this version of her character.

Bronson Reed vs. Mustafa Ali

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    After a backstage confrontation last week, Bronson Reed and Mustafa Ali met for a singles match on Monday's show.

    Ali did his best to put up a good fight, but the Australian kept overpowering him at every turn. He tossed him into the timekeeper's area onto a pile of chairs before bringing him back in the ring.

    The former 205 Live regular countered a powerbomb and hit a DDT for a one-count, but that was the last bit of offense he was able to hit. Reed took him out with a splash from the top rope for an easy win.

    This was short, but it didn't need to be longer than what it was. This was designed to make Reed look like a beast before he enters the Elimination Chamber on Saturday, and it did just that. It wasn't a clinic or a classic, but it was effective.

    Winner: Bronson Reed

    Grade: C-

    Notable Moments and Observations

    • Ali has been putting in some work at the gym. He has put on a bit of muscle.
    • The shoulder tackle Reed hit from the apron to the floor was a cool spot. Ali took that hit like a champ.

The Miz vs. Rick Boogs

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    The Miz was out after a break to host another edition of Miz TV, and he welcomed Seth Rollins as his guest to talk about the Elimination Chamber.

    The segment started friendly enough, but it ended with The Visionary taking out The A-Lister before Austin Theory tried to attack him from behind. Miz and the United States champion had the last laugh.

    The Miz recovered during the break just as Rick Boogs came out for their scheduled match. The A-Lister tried to back out of it because he was hurt, but the ref called for the bell anyway.

    Boogs threw him around with ease to show off his impressive power before getting the win.

    This was short and simple. In fact, it was probably the shortest match of the night. It didn't need to happen, but if WWE is going to give Boogs a real chance to succeed, matches like this will probably be commonplace for a few months.

    Winner: Rick Boogs

    Grade: D+

    Notable Moments and Observations

    • Rollins wearing huge red boots was only the third-funniest part of his outfit. The Miz's line about The Visionary being a clown and having the boots to match it was pretty funny.
    • For some reason, Rollins calling The Miz "Mike" was hilarious. It's his real name, but we almost never hear it used on WWE TV.
    • Boogs is playing more into his giant physique and seems to have ditched the guitar for now. It will probably benefit his character.

Bianca Belair vs. Bayley vs. Becky Lynch

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    Just one week after their grueling cage match, Bayley and Lynch were back in the ring together, but this time they had Belair as a third dance partner.

    While both Belair and Lynch both wanted to take out Bayley first, they weren't working together in any way. As soon as The Role Model was out of the ring, The Man and The EST of WWE went at each other.

    When you have three performers of this caliber in the ring together, it's almost impossible to get a bad match without intentionally booking it that way. This bout was paced well and allowed everyone to be in control at different points. This was easily the best performance of the night.

    Since there are no disqualifications in a Triple Threat, Dakota Kai and Iyo Sky interfering on Bayley's behalf was completely legal. In fact, it's shocking they didn't just get in the ring and help their leader beat up Lynch and Belair sooner.

    Several other women showed up at ringside, but Belair took all of them down by throwing Sky into them from the ring. After Lynch hit Bayley with the Manhandle Slam, The EST grabbed her for the KOD and dropped her right on top of Bayley for the win.

    Winner: Bianca Belair

    Grade: A-

    Notable Moments and Observations

    • The crowd loves Belair. The camera had shots of tons of different people dancing during her entrance.
    • The EST was really selling her knee after Bayley had her in a figure four.
    • Lynch is an underrated striker. Her forearms and punches always look great.
    • Belair's vertical suplex is a thing of beauty.