WWE Monday Night Raw comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Feb. 8, 2021) from the ThunderDome at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida, featuring all the latest build to the upcoming Elimination Chamber pay-per-view (PPV) scheduled for later this month at the very same venue.
Advertised for tonight: WWE Champion Drew McIntyre takes on Randy Orton in non-title action in a match that was announced just yesterday. The promotion had previously announced McIntyre would respond to Sheamus turning on him last week. Elsewhere, Charlotte Flair and Lacey Evans will have a face-to-face confrontation over their recent issues. Plus, more!
Come right back here at 8 p.m. ET when the Raw live blog kicks off once the show starts on USA. It will be below this line here. (REMINDER: NO GIFS OR PICS ARE ALLOWED IN THE COMMENTS SECTION. OFFENDERS WILL BE BANNED.)
WWE RAW RESULTS AND LIVE BLOG FOR FEB. 8
No use talking ‘bout if they’ll last, where they’re goin’ or about their past. They’re just the result of our society, so frustrated just like you, and me? I’m just here to liveblog this here pro wrestling show for you, folks.
The show opens up with a graphic in memory of the late, great “Hacksaw” Butch Reed.
Thence to a recap of the disintegration of the friendship between Sheamus and Drew McIntyre.
Five-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion Adam Pearce is in the ring, and he introduces Shane McMahon in his return to Raw.
He says it’s great to be back in the ThunderDome and the road to WrestleMania is his favorite time of the year. He’s here to make a blockbuster announcement about the main event of Elimination Chamber— Drew McIntyre will be defending the WWE Championship inside of the chamber! And what’s more, all of the entrants are former WWE Champions— Randy Orton, Jeff Hardy, AJ Styles, the Miz, and Sheamus.
McMahon congratulates Pearce on the main event he’s put together and takes his leave.
Enter AJ Styles and his Big Buddy Omos.
He wants a minute of Adam’s time and says he’s been doing an amazing job. He waxes poetic about the Elimination Chamber match that was just made and says it’s the perfect time for him to become a 3-time WWE Champion. He “whispers” that he’s always thought Pearce a bit of a dumbass, but maybe he’s wrong. Now he wants Adam to leave because he’s about to give everyone a taste of the chamber match.
Jeff Hardy makes his entrance and we go to break before the match.
Back from commercial, we get a recap of the Elimination Chamber announcement, because Raw is three hours long. (And also to be fair it’s pretty momentous.)
Shane McMahon is about to leave the arena when Drew McIntyre rolls up for a chat.
He says he would have appreciated a little bit of a heads-up and he expected that it was going to be him and Sheamus in a singles match at Elimination Chamber. Shane says that’ll happen, but they needed something bigger, and this is just the match to prove his mettle as a fighting champion.
AJ Styles vs. Jeff Hardy
Circling, collar and elbow, Hardy with a wristlock, overhead elbows, but Styles gets the ropes! Go-behind, standing switch, Jeff with a side headlock, shot off, shoulder block, AJ down and out in the corner. Styles clubbing Hardy into the corner, forearms and kicks, the Charismatic Enigma sidesteps and puts him into the corner for shoulder thrusts.
Snapmare, basement dropkick, cover for one! Into the corner, whip across, shoulder thrust, Hardy with a falling elbow, only a nearfall. Smashing Styles’ face into the turnbuckles, another two count, back heel trip, AJ throws him to the floor and chop blocks him against the announce table! He picks Jeff up and swings him foot-first into the ringpost and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Styles is going to town working on Hardy’s leg in the ring. Leg kicks, leg pick, Jeff gets an enzuigiri off and gets some separation. Hobbling over, AJ hooks him, Calf Killer applied! Wrenching it in, Hardy posts on his hands to try and get some relief, reaching and crawling... HE GETS THE ROPES! Calling for the Phenomenal Forearm, but Jeff runs into the ropes and knocks him down!
Manhattan Drop to the double leg drop to the basement dropkick to the falling elbow... NOPE! Leg-feed solebutt, kick to the gut, sit-out gourdbuster! Back to his feet, still unsteady, the Charismatic Enigma draws AJ up and takes a leg kick to turn the tide! Styles Clash blocked, Twist of Fate connects! Headed up top... NOBODY HOME ON THE SWANTON BOMB!
Back to the Calf Killer, in the middle of the ring...
AJ Styles wins by submission with the Calf Killer.
Backstage, Matt Riddle and Keith Lee are chatting.
Riddle says Bobby Lashley got the best of him last week but he’s feeling better because he watched the entire Air Bud franchise. Lee asks if he’s sure he wants to keep going after the United States Championship given that he gets the crap kicked out of him every time, but Matt says that people didn’t believe a dog could play basketball, but Bud kept going, so he’s going to keep going.
Keith says he has what it takes to beat Bobby Lashley and he’s going to beat Riddle tonight to chart a course for the United States Championship. Matt wishes him luck and moves along.
New Day make their entrance, they’ll be in action against Retribution, after the break.
Back from commercial, five-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion Adam Pearce is walking backstage when Sheamus accosts him.
He’s also upset about losing out at his singles chance at the WWE Championship and takes offense at the notion that he’s not a draw. He says Drew McIntyre might be the shiny new toy, but he’d be nothing without him. You wanna stack the odds against him, fine, but remember, Pearce will be responsible for all the violence that the Celtic Warrior dishes out on the other entrants.
New Day (Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods) vs. Retribution (SLAPJACK & T-Bar)
SLAPJACK and Woods to start as Mustafa Ali joins the commentary booth. Mat grappling early, back and forth, into striking, tag to Kingston! T-Bar in soon enough, Kofi punching away but he can’t shake the big man! Off the ropes, catch the crossbody, fireman’s carry, Kingston slips out, shove into the corner, up and over, off the ropes, drop down, leapfrog, caught, slip out, but T-Bar just drags him up and slams him down face-first!
Taking Retribution out, sending them to the floor, New Day dive and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Woods is fighting back against T-Bar with strikes only to get shoved hard into the corner and hammered with elbows! SLAPJACK in, scoop and a slam, repeated kicks but Xavier fires up and fights back! SLAPJACK shifts gears, reverse chinlock, Woods out but the tag is made and T-Bar takes Kingston off the apron with a boot! Big lariat lays Xavier out... NOPE!
Woods gasping and choking, T-Bar with the goozle, pulling him up, tag to Slapjack, combo back suplex / chokeslam! No good, Woods with a victory roll pin for two and the tag! Kingston in hot with kicks, duck a lariat, leaping lariat and Kofi’s fired up! Boom Drop, Trouble in Paradise connects but SLAPJACK is legal! Tag to Woods, in with a kick, quick tag, backbreaker...
New Day win by pinfall with Daybreak on SLAPJACK.
“Nature Boy” Ric Flair makes his entrance, followed shortly thereafter by Lacey Evans, sending us to break.
Back from commercial, we get some hype for the football men what won the football thing yesterday.
Damien Priest and Bad Bunny (who’s wearing a slick Doraemon shirt) are chatting backstage, and Bunny confirms he’ll be in Priest’s corner tonight against Angel Garza later tonight.
Ric Flair and Lacey Evans are in the ring together.
Ric gets on the mic to start and says people want to know why he wants to be back, and the answer is that he doesn’t take orders from any woman, especially not his daughter, and he’s not staying at home. He says Lacey Evans has everything it takes to be a star, and she just needs some wisdom and guidance, and he’s training her. It’s a casual relationship, and if she’s overwhelmed by his charm, that’s to be expected.
They’re serving notice to Asuka that they’re coming for the title and Lacey is going to be the next champion.
Evans gets on the mic and says if you think you know what’s going on, you’ve got no idea. She thinks he’s quite cute (straight girls, whatcha gonna do?), but she respects him and thinks he’s the greatest of all time, and that makes Charlotte a fool for passing up his wisdom.
Enter Charlotte Flair.
She says if Lacey really wanted to learn she’d go back to the Performance Center, but instead she latches onto her dad? Evans tries to interrupt and Charlotte tells her to shut up before moving on to Ric. She says she never said she didn’t want his help, and she’s been trying to protect and add on to the Flair legacy. Ric isn’t aware of how he looks, and she just doesn’t want him to take her down with him.
Evans says she doesn’t want to take his place, she just wants to learn, and says they should be allies, and in fact she’d be a better partner than “that feral animal” Asuka. Charlotte says she didn’t come this far to come this far, and she’s been trying to prove that she can do it on her own, and Asuka is her tag partner. Lacey says WWE officials have promised her a title shot if she can beat Charlotte, and bickering quickly turns into her hitting Flair with a microphone!
They go to the floor, she puts Charlotte into the steel steps, and accepts the match!
And so we go to break.
Back from commercial, Angel Garza gets a brief and inconsequential segment backstage.
Charlotte Flair vs. Lacey Evans
Evans in hot, working Flair’s injured shoulder over, whip to the corner, Flair Flip, shoulder thrust, slingshot, roll-through into a kick, dropkick, but Lacey trips her up and hits a slingshot elbow drop into rough forearms! Charlotte lays her out, leg pick, Evans gets the ropes and kicks her in the leg! Flair hobbles briefly, Lacey with a wristlock, wrenching, tripping her up, Charlotte kips up and Evans puts her down with a mat slam!
Whip reversed, Lacey struts, Flair hits a suplex and sends her to the floor! Kip-up, slingshot, Charlotte stops short and Evans trips her up to send us to break!
Back from commercial, Lacey wrenches Flair’s shoulder in the corner, drop toehold blocked, jawbreaker connects, and she follows it up with the old-school seated armbar! Charlotte with stomps, Evans refuses to break the hold and drops a knee on her shoulder! Hard whip, Flair stops herself short but gets dropped with an elbow for two! Swinging neckbreaker gets Lacey a two count, Evans going for a moonsault but nobody’s home and she comes up lame!
Flair taking the momentum, big boot, Lacey to the floor and Charlotte jaws at her dad. Evans takes advantage, hard arm wringer, back inside, Flair gets a spear! Charlotte in, stomps in the corner, referee Shawn Bennett counts and has no choice...
Lacey Evans wins by disqualification via castigo de excesivo, although no finish is announced.
Flair keeps hitting her after the bell until Ric gets in the ring and pulls her off!
Commentary promises us Edge, after the break.
Back from commercial we get a Black History Month video package.
Edge makes his entrance and gets on the mic.
He says he has a massive decision to make as to which champion he challenges at WrestleMania. He says he went to every show last week to be able to make his decision, but then the landscape changed and now Drew McIntyre has to defend against five former champions at Elimination Chamber and he doesn’t know who’s going to leave as champion. He has to be a realist at this point in his career, and he doesn’t like Drew’s odds of leaving as champion.
So it doesn’t make sense to make a decision now, and he’s gonna wait for the dust to settle.
Enter the Miz, flanked by John Morrison and Angel Garza.
He says that was a great speech and it reeked of awesomeness, but Edge has always been more of an opportunist and he a strategist, so he wants to talk strategy. No matter who wins at WrestleMania, he’s going to cash in and leave as champion, you see. Edge says he’s the guy that put Money in the Bank on the map and he knows a thing or two. He knows as soon as he raises the title over his head he needs eyes in the back of his head.
He’s the master manipulator keeping three champions on high alert and Miz is gonna tell him what to do? He needs to worry about the Chamber, Damian Priest, and Bad Bunny first. Miz is playing Go Fish while everybody else is on high stakes poker, and Edge *needs* to be champion.
And so we go to break.
Angel Garza vs. Damian Priest
Priest with strikes out the gates, whip across, Garza with a front kick but he runs right into a spinning wheel kick for two! Angel turns the tide, chokes in the ropes, referee John Cone distracted and Miz and Morrison get a cheap shot! Garza throws his pants at Bad Bunny and goes to work with a deathlock! Damian fights to his feet, repeated elbows, chest kicks, rolling elbow!
Lariat follows it up, firing an imaginary arrow, running back elbow! Miz and Morrison on the apron for interference, Angel clotheslines Priest to the floor and his pals put boots to him! Bunny grabs the Money in the Bank briefcase and bangs it on the steel steps briefly before throwing it in the ring! Miz slides in after it and Cone ejects him and Morrison!
Priest boxes Garza’s ears...
Damian Priest wins by pinfall with the Reckoning.
Drew McIntyre is interviewed backstage.
He says it’s WrestleMania season and he has to expect the unexpected. He’s been thinking about the Sheamus situation and it comes down to this— why end a friendship when you could just ask for a title shot? In any case, his focus tonight is on Randy Orton, because if he doesn’t have 100% of his attention on him Orton’s gonna jack him up.
Matt Riddle makes his entrance to send us to break.
Back from commercial, we’re informed that Asuka will defend her Raw Women’s Championship against Lacey Evans at Elimination Chamber.
Bianca Belair is interviewed about her choice of champion to challenge and she runs down the pros and cons real fast and says she knows she has to beat the best to be the EST of WrestleMania.
Asuka rolls up to congratulate her on winning the Royal Rumble, but that doesn’t mean she’s ready for Asuka. Belair says she’s definitely ready for Asuka, but Lacey Evans isn’t.
Keith Lee vs. Matt Riddle
Montel Vontavious Porter is on commentary for this one.
Circling, Riddle goes right for a flying armbar but Lee blocks and deadlifts him off the mat! Matt tries to wrench it in but Keith hosses him up and throws him aside! Gutwrench toss, circling, sleeper applied but Lee throws him off and to the floor! Back in, Riddle with the charging corner forearm but Keith catches him with a goozle! Matt breaks it, chest kicks... POUNCE!
Cover for two, Matt out of the corner with chops but he gets put down by Grizzly Magnum! Arm wringer, hammer whip, Lee follows it up with a wicked elbow! Riddle fires back with forearms, Keith staggers him with a combo of elbows, German suplex, Bro lands on his feet and hits the Pele kick! Charging forearms, back on track briefly but Lee blocks the exploder and hits Grizzly Magnum!
Spirit Bomb attempt, no dice, jumping knee takes Lee down... NOT EVEN ONE! Off the ropes, Penalty Kick, crooked moonsault... KEITH LEE KICKS OUT! Sentons connect, Keith tries hossing him up but Riddle reverses to a triangle choke! Lee fades, down on his knees, Matt pulls his foot in but Keith is able to deadlift him for a short powerbomb! Choke still locked in, Lee powerbombs him into the turnbuckle!
Riddle with a knee strike, but Lee pops him up...
Keith Lee wins by pinfall with the Spirit Bomb.
Post-match, Bobby Lashley attacks Lee from behind! LASHLEY CHOKESLAMS KEITH LEE WITH EASE! He puts Riddle in the Hurt Lock and swings him around until he’s unconscious! Shoulder block knocks Keith off the apron, Bob follows around and drops him with a lariat! He throws Lee into a ringpost and grabs the steel steps before blasting him in the face with ‘em!
And so we go to break.
Back from commercial, we get a recap of what we just saw, because Raw is three hours long. (Three hours long.)
We get a video package for Drew McIntyre vs. Randy Orton.
Randy Orton cuts a promo about his unfinished business with Drew McIntyre and says he always ends his unfinished business, and he’s going to walk into WrestleMania as WWE Champion.
Nia Jax makes her entrance and we go to break.
Lana vs. Nia Jax (Tables Match)
Jax pushing Lana around, powerbomb connects, standing Stretch Muffler, wrenching it in while Lana screams agony! Swinging her into the turnbuckle, Lana is down and out, but able to evade some strikes in the corner, roundhouse kick connects, she rolls away from an apron leg drop and Nia is hurting and mad! She stumbles around ringside and Lana capitalizes...
Lana wins by shoving Nia Jax through a table leaned against a barricade.
Post-match, Naomi sends Shayna Baszler running and we go to break.
Back from commercial we get some hype for tonight’s episode of Raw Talk.
Naomi vs. Shayna Baszler
Naomi with an early blitz but Baszler takes her leg out from under her and goes for the bicep stomp! Naomi evades the first pass but Shayna takes her back down and stomps her bicep on the second try! Top wristlock applied, wrenching it in, but Naomi gets away, single leg dropkicks, duck a lariat, off the ropes with a tijeras! Big palm strike, sitout jawbreaker, whip reversed, pop-up kick out of the corner!
Stunner attempt, countered into the Kirifuda Clutch but Naomi gets the ropes! Back in the ring, Naomi catches her...
Naomi wins by pinfall with a side folding press.
We get an Elimination Chamber video package.
Randy Orton makes his entrance to send us to break.
Back from commercial, commentary tells us that Bobby Lashley will defend the United States Championship against Keith Lee and Matt Riddle.
Drew McIntyre vs. Randy Orton
Collar and elbow, pushing each other around the ring, Orton going for an early RKO, McIntyre going for an early Claymore, no dice, Randy goes to the floor! Drew fakes out going after him and nails the Viper with a knee strike before going for the hanging DDT! Orton slips out, whip to the corner, McIntyre with a lariat! Sheamus comes to ringside, Randy blasts Drew with a lariat from behind!
Putting McIntyre into the ringpost, sending him to the floor and us to break.
Back from commercial, Orton sends McIntyre to the floor and smashes his face into the announce table before back suplexing him into it! Back inside, cover for two, and Randy shifts into a reverse chinlock. McIntyre to his feet, trading strikes, Drew with an overhead belly-to-belly suplex! Jumping neckbreaker, Future Shock DDT blocked, jackknife pin for two!
Spinebuster into a jackknife pin from Drew, only two! Headed up top, jockeying for position, Randy hits that beautiful Orton superplex of his! McIntyre with the headbutt, to the apron, the Viper cuts him off, hanging DDT connects! Going to that special place, RKO blocked, Drew hits Future Shock! Sheamus comes in, Brogue Kick, Drew dodges and it hits Orton, referee Eddie Orengo calls it...
Randy Orton wins by disqualification, presumably, although no finish is announced.
Post-match, McIntyre hits a Claymore on Sheamus and stands tall.
That’s the show, folks.