Elimination Chamber is officially in the record books, and we finally found out the answer as to who will face Lesnar at WrestleMania. Roman Reigns, as many expected, ended up winning the chamber match, lasting pinning Braun Strowman. Right up until the end, it was the Braun Strowman show; The Monster Among Men set a new record, eliminating five other Superstars during the match!
Alexa Bliss cemented her legacy as one of the most dominant RAW Women’s Champions, by lasting till the end of her chamber match. The champion was at a distinct disadvantage, but as the bout played out, Bliss managed to hang on to the title, last pinning Sasha Banks to retain her championship. With Asuka winning her match against Nia Jax, Alexa and Asuka are now on a collision course.
Last but not least, Ronda Rousey’s contract signing did not go as planned, as Triple H and Stephanie McMahon incurred her wrath, thanks to Kurt Angle. With Kurt blowing off some steam, revealing true intentions of Stephanie and Triple H, Ronda put Triple H through the table!
There were a lot of combustible elements going into this week’s show. So what transpired on RAW? Let us take a closer look.
Alexa Bliss talks about beating Asuka; Bayley turns on Banks
This week’s RAW kicked off with Alexa Bliss and Mickie James making their way out. Bliss talked about making history at Elimination Chamber, and wasn’t shy about boasting. Alexa said she would be remembered for years to come, before talking about Asuka, and facing her at WrestleMania 34.
This brought The Empress of Tomorrow to the ring, and after Bliss mocked her, Nia Jax made her way out. Asuka knocked Bliss and Mickie out of the ring, but Jax steamrolled her. Sasha and Bayley came out to make the save, but the heels got the better of the exchange, leading to a six – woman tag team match.
During the bout, the heels worked on Sasha, and just when Banks got the chance to make the tag, Bayley jumped off the apron! Asuka came out like a house on fire, and Bayley returned in time to take out Bliss, while Asuka locked James in an armbar, forcing her to tap. Bayley and Banks then stared each other down to end the segment.
John Cena calls out The Undertaker; to force his hand on SmackDown Live
The 16 – time world champion made his way out, and immediately talked about how he failed to get a high – stakes match at WrestleMania. For months, Cena has been alluding to the fact that this year’s WrestleMania might provide him with his final opportunity to compete in a marquee bout, but with John failing to win the chamber match, he won’t get to face Brock Lesnar.
Cena talked about perseverance and rising through failures, and said he might even challenge The Undertaker! As the fans burst into ‘Yes’ chants, Cena played down the possibility of the match happening. John said he doesn’t book the matches, but announced that he would be on SmackDown Live to try and find someone, for him to take on at WrestleMania 34.
Bray Wyatt attacked Rhyno and Slater on RAW, and beat both men down. He then said that his issues with Matt were far from over.
The Miz blames his loss at the Elimination Chamber on Kurt Angle
The A – Lister made his way out, along with the Miztourage. Miz then laid into everyone involved in the Elimination Chamber match, and the General Manager of RAW, and put himself over. Miz’s rage led to Seth Rollins making his way out, as both men competed in a non – title match.
Seth and Miz went back and forth, with Rollins taking out Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel. The Kingslayer battled back from a disadvantageous position, and nailed Miz with a frog splash to pick up the victory! However, Finn Balor made his way out, and both men sized each other up.
Balor was scheduled to face The Miz in his second bout of the evening, but Axel and Dallas jumped Finn. This led to Gallows and Anderson making the save, but Angle ordered both teams to be removed from ringside.
After some solid back and forth action, Balor defeated The Miz. It is likely that the three men will compete in a triple threat match at WrestleMania for the Intercontinental title.
Roman Reigns lays into Brock Lesnar
Just 24 hours prior, Reigns booked his ticket to WrestleMania, by winning the chamber match. On RAW, ‘The Big Dog’ came out to a mixed reaction, and immediately set his sights on Lesnar and the Universal Championship.
Reigns said Lesnar doesn’t respect the business, and talked about Brock not turning up to RAW. Roman then brought up the fact that Lesnar would rather hang out with Dana White and the UFC officials, than come to WWE’s PPVs. Reigns called Lesnar a ‘b*tch’, and said he wasn’t afraid of him.
Roman ended the promo by saying he would accept whatever punishment WWE would give him, because he respects the place.
The Bar defended the RAW Tag Team titles in a 2 out of 3 falls match on RAW against Apollo and Titus O’Neil. The champions won two falls after a decent match to retain the titles. Post match, Sheamus and Cesaro cut a promo, wondering who would step up to them next.
Braun Strowman faced Elias in a singles match, and the monster had complete control over his opponent, until Elias used a fire extinguisher to spray in Braun’s eyes, resulting in a disqualification. Braun however regained control, and almost put Elias through the announce table, only for Elias to rake Braun’s eyes and high tail to the back. Strowman chased Elias out of the arena, while shouting at him that he wasn’t done with The Drifter!
Triple H takes a cheap shot at Kurt Angle
Stephanie McMahon and Triple H made their way out, as WWE aired replays of what happened at the Elimination Chamber. The duo spoke about there being a miscommunication, and invited Rousey to the ring to set the record straight.
Before Ronda could hit the ring, Kurt Angle came out and stopped the former UFC women’s champion. Angle took responsibility for what happened on Sunday, and said he lied. Kurt said he was suffering from pneumonia, and imagined Stephanie knocking Rousey.
Ronda told Stephanie to apologise, and Stephanie was more than willing to offer her apology. Just as it looked like things had settled down, Triple H took a cheap shot at Kurt, as the power couple got out of the ring. Ronda tended to the General Manager as the show faded.