WWE Raw

Elimination Chamber Qualifier

Bray Wyatt vs. Roman Reigns 

 

The show started off with in-ring action, which is always a pleasant change of pace.

The match itself was quite good; it even drew a “this is awesome” chant from the crowd. Reigns got the victory via the Spear.

After the match, Matt Hardy hit Bray Wyatt with the Twist of Fate.

Winner: Roman Reigns 


 

Seth Rollins/Jason Jordan Backstage Segment

 

Backstage, Rollins questioned Jordan, specifically about his health and if he was ready for tonight’s match with The Bar. Rollins mentioned that this was their last shot at The Bar and the Raw Tag Team Championships.

Jordan said he was ready, willing, and healthy for tonight’s match.


 

Finn Bálor and Karl Anderson vs. The Revival

 

Initially, this match was announced as Finn Bálor vs. Dash Wilder, but Dash and Dawson talked Bálor into turning it into a tag match.

These four did not have a ton of time, but they worked extremely hard and made the most out of what they had.

Bálor got the win via the Coup de Grâce.

Winner: Finn Bálor and Karl Anderson


 

Sasha Banks/Bayley Backstage Segment

 

Backstage, Sasha Banks was watching tape from her match with Asuka last week.

Bayley entered the room and told her that she should let last week’s match go. The two then got into a small spat about who was better, and more specifically, which of the two would be the one to defeat the undefeated Asuka.

Perhaps we’re finally getting Banks/Bayley on the main roster?


 

Cedric Alexander and Mustafa Ali vs. Drew Gulak and Tony Nese 

 

Hot action and spots for days, which is par for the course when it comes to the Superstars of 205 Live.

Alexander got the win for his team via the Lumbar Check, which may be the best finishing move in WWE currently.

Winner: Cedric Alexander and Mustafa Ali


 

Kurt Angle In-Ring Segment

 

Kurt Angle came out to the ring and introduced the participants for the first ever women’s Elimination Chamber Match. Alexa Bliss will be defending her Raw Women’s Championship against Bayley, Mandy Rose, Mickie James, Sonya Deville, and Sasha Banks.

He went on to announce Asuka versus Nia Jax, which will take place at the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view as well. If Jax wins, she’s added to the Raw Women’s Championship match between Asuka and Alexa Bliss at WrestleMania, which isn’t really announced as official yet, so that’s kind of strange.

Alexa Bliss came out and saved the segment (Kurt was struggling). She claimed that Kurt was being sexist, as Lesnar didn’t have to defend his title in the Chamber. She had a point, and Kurt didn’t know what to say, which was awkward.


 

Asuka vs. Bayley

 

This match was great.

Asuka is extremely over, and her matches are some of the best stuff on Raw lately.

She got the win over Bayley via the flying cross armbar. After the match, she embraced Bayley and shook her hand.

Winner: Asuka 


 

Elimination Chamber Qualifier

The Miz vs. Apollo Crews

 

Before the match, The Miz cut an amazing promo, which included a bit where he mocked Paul Heyman’s infamous introduction for Brock Lesnar. He’s been gold for quite some time now.

The Miz got the win via the Skull Crushing Finale in a solid match. Apollo Crews continues to impress each and every time he’s on TV, which is a good sign. He’s getting better all the time.

Winner: The Miz


 

Seth Rollins/Jason Jordan Backstage Segment No. 2

 

Backstage, Jason Jordan and Kurt Angle informed Seth Rollins that Jordan was not going to be able to compete tonight. His neck started to hurt while he was warming up for tonight’s match with The Bar and the medical staff would not clear him for action.

Angle told Rollins that he was going to have to forfeit the match, but Roman Reigns stepped in, and those two (Rollins and Reigns) would take on The Bar later in the evening.


 

WWE Raw Tag Team Championship

The Bar (c) vs. Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns

 

Another great match. The in-ring action tonight was fantastic.

The Bar retained via DQ when Jordan got physical with Cesaro and Sheamus at ringside. He quickly realized what he had done and tried to apologize, but Reigns and Rollins were not having it.

Winner: The Bar


 

Seth Rollins/Jason Jordan Backstage Segment No. 3

 

Backstage, Rollins called Jordan a selfish son of a bitch, which got a nice pop from the crowd. Yay curse words.

Jordan tried to defend his actions, but Angle told him to go home and not come back until he was cleared to wrestle.


 

Nia Jax vs. Vanessa Floyd

 

Squash match.

Nia Jax got the win in a minute or two.

After the match, Jax said that she was the only woman in the Raw locker room that didn’t fear Asuka. She closed by saying that Asuka was going to be the Empress of Yesterday when she was through with her.

Winner: Nia Jax


 

Sonya Deville vs. Mickie James 

This match was booked to show off Sonya Deville’s striking ability, which was cool. The bout had the vibe of an MMA fight, which is something I’d love to see Deville continue to do in the future.

Mickie James got the victory with a rollup. After the match, Absolution started to put the boots to James, but Alexa Bliss came out to drag her out of the ring.

Winner: Mickie James


 

Braun Strowman vs. Elias vs. John Cena

 

Main event time.

This match had a ton of brawling outside of the ring, which is always fun.

Cena and Elias teamed up to take down Strowman outside of the ring, but it wasn’t enough, as he came back soon after to take out Cena in the middle of the ring. Elias followed up by tossing Strowman out of the ring and pinning Cena to get the win. He’ll enter the Elimination Chamber match last as a result.

After the match, Strowman laid out both Elias and Cena to close the show.

Winner: Braun Strowman