WWE Raw started with John Cena coming out to address the crowd. There was a recap of the previous night’s show, wherein the main event John Cena had been taken out by Braun Strowman before he was disposed of by Elias. Elias would go on to pin Cena and claim the 6th entrant spot for the Men’s Elimination Chamber Match.
Cena came out to talk about the fact that he needed to win the Elimination Chamber Match, as he had no other way to get to Wrestlemania. He was going to win the most unwinnable match to face the most unbeatable champion. Miz came out to dismiss John Cena’s skills and said that there was no way he would not win.
He said that Miz was ready to face Brock Lesnar at the main event of Wrestlemania, and he was confident of his ability to beat him. Cena decided to take him up on his word, and tried to get him to accept a match. Cena challenged him, saying that the person to lose that match would be the first to enter the Elimination Chamber Match. The Miz attacked Cena and hit him with the Skull Crushing Finale, laying him out before accepting the challenge for the match.
Kurt Angle came out with a referee and sent him into the ring to start the match, while also banning Curt Axel and Bo Dallas from ringside.
In this write-up, we will rate each segment in a range between +5 to -5.
John Cena vs The Miz: [Loser starts the Elimination Chamber Match] +4
Cena started the match by getting almost pinned by The Miz, but he was able to kick out and then the two squared off. The Miz seemed to have the better of Cena and dominated him for the beginning of the match. Cena came back slowly, and the absence of the Miztourage from ringside helped him a lot.
He hit Miz with a Tornado DDT, but soon found himself in a Sleeper Hold. Miz found himself in a predicament, when Cena locked in the STF on him, as he was dominated. Miz was just able to reach the ropes. Cena was about to hit Miz with the Attitude Adjustment, but the Miz countered and brought him down for the near fall. Cena hit Miz with the Attitude Adjustment, but Miz was still able to kick out.
Miz locked in the Figure Four Leglock, and this time Cena countered with a Crossface, just making it to the ropes. Miz hit Cena with the Skull Crushing Finale, but Cena was still able to kick out. Miz took Cena to the top rope, and it looked like he was about to hit him with the Skull Crushing Finale from there. Cena reversed that and hit Miz with an Attitude Adjustment from the Top Rope and won the match.
The Cenation Leader rekindles his rivalry with The A-Lister in a bout with major Elimination Chamber implications. Get your first month of WWE Network for FREE: http://wwenetwork.com Subscribe to WWE on YouTube: http://bit.ly/1i64OdT Visit WWE.com: http://goo.gl/akf0J4 Must-See WWE videos on YouTube: https://goo.gl/QmhBof
Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson vs The Revival: +3
Gallows and Anderson were about to enter the match, when they were attacked from behind by Dawson and Wilder. They were knocked down, and then came into the ring, as they face off, with Anderson and Gallows furious about what had happened.
Dawson and Wilder looked like they were in trouble at the hand of Anderson and Gallows, but a sneak attack by Dawson on Gallows, changed that. Wilder put a lot of pressure on Gallows’ leg and specifically his knee. They continued their domination of the The Club before finally The Revival hit them with the Shatter Machine to win the match.
The Good Brothers take on Team Red’s “Top Guys.” Get your first month of WWE Network for FREE: http://wwenetwork.com Subscribe to WWE on YouTube: http://bit.ly/1i64OdT Visit WWE.com: http://goo.gl/akf0J4 Must-See WWE videos on YouTube: https://goo.gl/QmhBof
Kurt Angle announcement: +3
Kurt Angle came out to make the announcement about the coming Elimination Chamber pay-per-view. He announced that Rousey would be signing her WWE Raw contract at the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view.
He then went on to make another announcement that his son Jason Jordan would not be a part of Wrestlemania, and that his surgery would keep him out of action for a long time.
Seth Rollins came out to say that Jason Jordan’s injury was unfortunate and he felt sorry for him. He then went on to say that he no longer wanted to be a part of Raw, but wanted to be the mainstay of Raw. He asked Angle to add him to the Qualifying Match for the final spot at Wrestlemania. Angle hesitated, and then put the question to the crowd whether the match should be a Fatal Fiveway.
The crowd answered and the match was made, by adding him to the match.
After Raw General Manager Kurt Angle announces that Ronda Rousey will become a Raw Superstar at WWE Elimination Chamber, Seth Rollins has some announcements of his own.
Bayley vs Sasha Banks: +3
Bayley and Sasha Banks faced each other in a match after weekend banter on Twitter where their rivalry rose to the surface. Sasha went after Bayley, and both the stars looked extremely fierce with neither of the women seemingly remembering their friendship.
Bayley looked extremely hardcore as she went after Sasha with a vengeance. She hit Sasha with a couple of big knee strikes and neckbreakers. She went for the elbow from the top rope, but Sasha was not there. Sasha locked in the Bank Statement, but Bayley was able to reach the rope.
Sasha was seemingly looking strong on the top rope, but Bayley jumped to the top and hit a Belly to Bayley on Sasha from the top rope to win the match.
After the match, Nia attacked Sasha and Bayley, leaving them laying in the ring.
Following a social media argument over their inability to defeat Asuka, best friends Sasha Banks and Bayley square off on Raw. Get your first month of WWE Network for FREE: http://wwenetwork.com Subscribe to WWE on YouTube: http://bit.ly/1i64OdT Visit WWE.com: http://goo.gl/akf0J4 Must-See WWE videos on YouTube: https://goo.gl/QmhBof
Mickie James and Alexa Bliss vs Sonia Deville and Mandy Rose: +2
Alexa and Mickie looked good working together. Their team efforts were almost enugh to defeat Rose and Deville. But the numbers advantage worked as Bliss was take out and Rose was able to pin James.
Absolution attacked Mickie after the match, but Bliss made the save.
Former rivals Mickie James & Alexa Bliss join forces against Absolution. Get your first month of WWE Network for FREE: http://wwenetwork.com Subscribe to WWE on YouTube: http://bit.ly/1i64OdT Visit WWE.com: http://goo.gl/akf0J4 Must-See WWE videos on YouTube: https://goo.gl/QmhBof
Elias Promo: +3
Elias came out to sing about the Elimination Chamber but was interrupted by Braun Strowman. Strowman came out with a huge Cello, and threatened Elias with it. He broke the guitar on Elias and then followed it up with the Cello.
The Monster Among Men hilariously mocks Raw’s treacherous troubadour in song. Get your first month of WWE Network for FREE: http://wwenetwork.com Subscribe to WWE on YouTube: http://bit.ly/1i64OdT Visit WWE.com: http://goo.gl/akf0J4 Must-See WWE videos on YouTube: https://goo.gl/QmhBof
Sheamus vs Roman Reigns: +4
Roman and Sheamus faced each other as the Big Dog looked to shut the Celtic Warrior up about him and his abilities.
Roman dominated the beginning of the match, as Sheamus found himself in dire straits. Sheamus came back and hit Roman with a Rolling Senton on the outside and put him in the Cloverleaf submission.
Roman hit Sheamus with the Samoan Drop and went for the Superman Punch, but Sheamus turned that into the White Noise. Roman tried again to take Sheamus out by countering the Brogue Kick with the Superman Punch. He went for the spear, but in the end it turned into the Sitout Powerbomb.
Sheamus came close to pinning Roman after a distraction from Cesaro. Roman hit Sheamus with a Spear in mid-air where Sheamus was taken out. Roman won the match.
The Big Dog locks up with The Celtic Warrior in an intensely brutal contest. Get your first month of WWE Network for FREE: http://wwenetwork.com Subscribe to WWE on YouTube: http://bit.ly/1i64OdT Visit WWE.com: http://goo.gl/akf0J4 Must-See WWE videos on YouTube: https://goo.gl/QmhBof
Finn Balor vs Apolo Crews vs Matt Hardy vs Bray Wyatt vs Seth Rollins: +4
The five wrestlers all faced off against each other, as they looked to make it into the final spot of the Elimination Chamber Match.
Each star got in their moves, and Bray went for the Sister Abigail. Rollins reversed and hit Wyatt with a Superkick. He went for a top rope move and Crew tried to Superplex him. Finn and Matt were looking to take out both, but Bray broke it up.
Hardy took control and delivered two Side Effects to Finn and Bray. Rollins hit a Double Blockbuster on Bray and Crews. He then hit a Suicide Dive on Finn and Hardy, followed by another on Bray. He went for Crews and hit him with two suplexes. Finn hit Wyatt with a Slingblade and then went for the Coup De Grace. Rollins joined Balor on the top rope and went for a Phoenix Splash on Wyatt. Hardy came in for a Twist of Fate on Wyatt, but the count was broken by Finn’s Coup De Grace. Finn was then taken out by the Curb Stomp, but it was Apollo who broke the pin. He went for Rollins and hit him with a Gorilla Press and a Standing Moonsault. Hardy tried a Side Effect on Crews from the top rope, but he was dragged down and taken out by a Sister Abigail on the outside. Wyatt went for a Superplex on Crew,but Finn and Seth hit a Double Powerbomb Superplex. They jointly pinned Wyatt and both won.
There was confusion as to who won the match and would enter the Chamber.
Seth Rollins, Finn Bálor, “Woken” Matt Hardy, Apollo Crews and Bray Wyatt battle for the final spot in the Men’s Elimination Chamber Match. Get your first month of WWE Network for FREE: http://wwenetwork.com Subscribe to WWE on YouTube: http://bit.ly/1i64OdT Visit WWE.com: http://goo.gl/akf0J4 Must-See WWE videos on YouTube: https://goo.gl/QmhBof
The night had a plot and each match was well reasoned. Raw got a rating of +26 out of a possible +40.