WWE Raw

Opening Segment 

 

Stephanie McMahon made her way out to the ring to kick things off.

She quickly recapped last night’s Royal Rumble event, and then introduced Asuka.

McMahon asked Asuka if she was ready to announce which champion she would be facing at WrestleMania, but suggested she wait to see who would be the Raw Women’s Champion after the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view. While she was at it, she announced that this will feature the first all-women Chamber match for the title.

Sasha Banks came out before The Empress of Tomorrow could give us her answer and laid out a challenge for later in the evening, which Asuka accepted.


 

Elimination Chamber Qualifier

Last Man Standing Match

Braun Strowman vs. Kane

 

 

Up next was our first men’s Elimination Chamber qualifying matchup, with Last Man Standing rules, between Braun Strowman and Kane. The winner of the men’s Chamber match will go on to face Brock Lesnar for the Universal Championship at WrestleMania.

The two monsters brawled around the arena before they making their way over to the announcers’ area near the stage.

Strowman then flipped over the announce table, as well as the entire structure underneath, on top of Kane, which got a huge reaction from the live crowd.

Kane was incapacitated, pinned down by the weight of the structure, which led to a victory for Strowman.

Winner: Braun Strowman 


 

Braun Strowman/Kurt Angle Backstage Segment

 

Backstage, a very upset Kurt Angle approached The Monster Among Men and demanded to know why he always had to take things too far.

Strowman said that Angle used the phrase ‘last man standing’, which is what he was. He then said that, not only would he would be the last man standing at the Elimination Chamber PPV, he was going to conquer The Beast, Brock Lesnar, at WrestleMania as well.


 

Elimination Chamber Quialifier

Elias vs. “Woken” Matt Hardy

 

Elias got the victory via the Drift Away after Matt Hardy was distracted by Bray Wyatt’s music. He’ll be joining Strowman in the Chamber match.

After the bout, Wyatt appeared on the tron and laughed at Hardy for about 15 seconds or so.

Winner: Elias 


 

WWE Intercontinental Championship:

The Miz (c) vs. Roman Reigns

 

These two had a fantastic match last Monday on Raw 25, and this week was no different.

Tonight’s bout had tons of false finishes, brawling outside of the ring, and near-falls. Everyone in the arena knew what the finish was going to be, but the match was so good, it was impossible not to get invested.

The Miz got the win after Reigns was distracted by the Miztourage.

Winner: The Miz


 

The Revival vs. Heath Slater and Rhyno

 

The Revival got the victory via the Shatter Machine on Rhyno in an uneventful, but fun matchup.

After the bout, Dash and Dawson cut a promo accusing the fans of living in the past, specifically mentioning the Philly crowd’s obsession with ECW.

These two are something special and we can’t wait to see what 2018 has in store for them.

Winner: The Revival 


 

The Dudley Boyz WWE Hall of Fame Segment

 

A video package aired highlighting the careers of Bubba Ray and D-Von, The Dudley Boyz.

They may be the best tag team in the history of this business, and we couldn’t be happier to see them going into the HOF this year.


 

Sasha Banks vs. Asuka 

 

This. Was. Awesome.

These ladies beat each other senseless from bell to bell. Sasha Banks took a nasty spill outside of the ring on a dive, but came back strong and kept going. She’s tough as hell.

Asuka was locked in the Bank Statement, but managed to reverse it into the Asuka Lock for the win. Excellent match.

Winner: Asuka 


 

WWE Rag Tag Team Championship

The Bar (c) vs. Titus O’Neil and Apollo Crews 

 

This went a tad too long, but was far from bad.

Apollo Crews got another opportunity to show how badass he is, and he did not disappoint. Let’s hope he can do more on TV in 2018.

The Bar retained, but the most eventful thing that happened was a spot where Cesaro leap-frogged Crews over his head and into Sheamus, but Crews landed awkwardly and appeared to have been shaken up. Hopefully he’s okay. 

Winner: The Bar


 

Ronda Rousey Royal Rumble Recap

 

The last segment before the main event match was a video recap highlighting “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey’s debut from last night’s Royal Rumble pay-per-view.

We understand she’s filming a movie, but it felt like a missed opportunity to not have her in the arena tonight. She’s got a lot of steam right now, and needs to be on TV as much as possible.


 

Elimination Chamber Qualifier

Finn Bálor (w/ The Club) vs. John Cena 

Another solid match. The crowd was hot for this one from the get-go, which helped make this feel as big as it truly was.

Bálor kicked out of one AA, but eventually fell victim to the super-AA from the top rope. Cena is headed to the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view.

Winner: John Cena