We’re just a couple of weeks away from the Elimination Chamber PPV, and this week’s episode of RAW laid the foundations for the show. The number one contender for Brock Lesnar’s Universal title at WrestleMania will be revealed at Elimination Chamber, with six Superstars battling inside the daunting structure for the opportunity.
Last week, the first three spots in the Chamber match were filled, with Elias, John Cena and Braun Strowman all booking their place in the bout. This week, two more matches were scheduled, while Elias, Cena and Strowman faced each other in a Triple Threat match, with the winner getting to go last in the chamber!
Moreover, the remaining participants for the women’s Elimination Chamber match were also revealed on this week’s episode.
So without further ado, let us see what transpired on RAW this week.
Roman Reigns books his spot in the Elimination Chamber match
The Big Dog took on an old nemesis in Bray Wyatt to kick things off this week, with the winner going to the Elimination Chamber. Before the bout, Wyatt cut a promo, and talked about going to the Elimination Chamber PPV.
Reigns and Wyatt went back and forth, with Bray setting the pace early on. Reigns tried to mount a comeback, but the Eater of Worlds kept pegging him down. The action soon broke down, and Roman picked up the victory with a spear.
Post match, ‘Woken’ Matt Hardy appeared and laid out Bray Wyatt.
While a singles match was initially scheduled, The Revival convinced The Balor Club to compete in a tag team match instead. Finn and Karl took on Dash and Dawson, and after a back and forth match, defeated the former NXT Tag Team Champions.
Mustafa Ali and Cedric Alexander teamed up to face Drew Gulak and Tony Nese. With the General Manager of 205 Live, Drake Maverick on the commentary desk, the faces picked up the victory, with Alexander finishing things off with the Lumbar Check.
Kurt Angle announces the participants for the women’s Elimination Chamber match
The General Manager of RAW, Kurt Angle made his way down to the ring, and talked about the women’s Elimination Chamber match. The historic bout will see the women competing in an Elimination Chamber match for the very first time, and Alexa Bliss is scheduled to defend her RAW Women’s Championship inside the demonic structure.
Kurt announced Sonya Deville, Sasha Banks, Bayley, Mandy Rose and Mickie James as the five other competitors. He also mentioned that Asuka would face Nia Jax during the PPV, and if Nia won, she would be added to the RAW Women’s Championship bout at WrestleMania.
The RAW Women’s Champion, Alexa Bliss came out, and complained about having to defend her title inside the chamber. She said Kurt was sexist, but the fans rallied behind the GM, saying they wanted to see the title being defended inside the chamber.
Seeds planted for the rivalry between Sasha Banks and Bayley
Backstage, a visibly emotional Sasha Banks watched her loss to Asuka last week. Bayley tried to comfort her, but to no avail. Sasha said Bayley couldn’t beat Asuka, but Bayley reminded Sasha that she defeated her previously.
Bayley and Asuka went toe – to – toe in the ring, and the Empress of Tomorrow was put under pressure. However, the longest reigning NXT Women’s Champion caught Bayley in an armbar, and Bayley had to tap. Post match, both the Superstars shook hands.
The Miz joins the Elimination Chamber match
The WWE Intercontinental Champion made his way out with Bo Dallas, and bragged about his accomplishments in the company. Miz said he would win the Elimination Chamber match and head to WrestleMania, but had to go through Apollo Crews first.
Crews, with Titus Worldwide behind him took the fight to The Miz, as both men exchanged pinning predicaments. Both the Superstars had their moments in the match, with Crews coming ever so close to getting the upset victory. The Miz however persevered, and defeated Crews by sending him into the turnbuckle, and advanced to the chamber match.
Backstage, Seth Rollins confronted Jason Jordan, and called him an S.O.B in front of Kurt! Angle then sent Jordan home, until he was medically cleared.
Jordan costs Rollins and Reigns a shot at tag team gold
With Jordan out of the picture, Rollins had to choose a partner, and chose Roman Reigns to fight by his side against The Bar for the RAW Tag Team Championship. The champions got the upper hand in the first half of the bout, working on Seth and isolating him from his corner. They then took turns to overwhelm Reigns, firmly establishing their control.
Rollins however found his second wind, and mounted a comeback. Jason Jordan made his way down to the ring, and interfered physically, costing Rollins and Reigns their shot at the RAW Tag Team Championship.
Nia Jax faced and defeated an enhancement talent. She then cut a promo, and promised to defeat Asuka at Elimination Chamber.
Mickie James faced Sonya Deville in a singles match, with Absolution at ringside. After a back and forth exchange, James rolled Sonya up to pick up the victory! Post match, Absolution attacked Mickie, but she was saved by Alexa Bliss to her surprise.
Elias overcomes incredible odds, wins against Cena and Strowman
In the main event, John Cena, Elias and Braun Strowman faced off, with the winner entering the Elimination Chamber last.
Elias initially let Cena and Strowman destroy each other, before picking on what was left. Cena and Elias worked together briefly, trying to take out Strowman from the equation. However, Strowman proved too much for both men, and took Cena out. Elias found his opening, and took advantage of the situation, pinning Cena to win the match!
Post match, Strowman went berserk, taking out Elias and Cena, ending the show standing amongst the carnage.