Title This: WWE Raw Reaction 2-11-13

Josh Isenberg

Dolph ZigglerAlberto Del Rio defeated Damien Sandow. This match really frustrated me. This was a match exactly the same as Del Rio vs. Ryder when he was a heel, just to boost Del Rio up. Sandow is so much better than this, and this made him look EXTREMELY weak losing so quickly and tapping out within 5 seconds. I was hoping to see some good wrestling between the two men, but we did not get that. We received a one sided affair with Sandow being squashed. Sandow can put on great matches with Sheamus, but he is completely overmatched by Del Rio? It just shows you that the road to Wrestlemania is all about the main event matches, and everyone else falters. Grade: C-

Wade Barrett defeated Kofi Kingston in a non-title match with some good action. Wade kicked Kofi in the head and stomped him in the corner, then he used his knees in his face before using a clothesline to take him down. This was excellent aggression from Barrett to gain the upper hand. He is booked to be a fighter, and this was a great way to showcase that.  Kofi breaks a chinlock and connects with a dropkick. Kofi hits a top rope crossbody block for a near fall, then he heads back up top and hits a second before going for a springboard move. Wade had his number, connected with the Bullhamer, and picked up the victory. This did enough for Barrett after a few down weeks, but I still want to see a feud for Wade. This feud with Kofi was over with, so find new blood for him to compete with. Grade: B-

Kane defeated Dolph Ziggler to earn the final spot in the Elimination Chamber match. Once again, Kane works with a smaller and more athletic guy, but keeps up with him step for step. The match was given enough time, worked well with the in ring chemistry and psychology of each character, and had Kane win without having Dolph look weak. I absolutely love the DDT Ziggler connects, and looked good tonight once again. As he almost knocked AJ to the floor, he was stopped for just a second to have Kane Chokeslam him and pick up the win. This told me that Dolph should and will cash in on Sunday. There are too many faces in the Elimination Chamber match, and I do not buy Del Rio vs. Mark Henry or Del Rio vs. Jack Swagger at Mania. I also do not see Big Show being World Heavyweight Champion either, especially since he dropped the title a little over a month ago. Grade: B+

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