This episode of Monday Night RAW opens with Michael Cole introducing a match for tonight, Roman Reigns versus Bray Wyatt. After that we see a promo from both wrestlers. We’re going right into our first match, believe it or not.
Bray Wyatt vs. Roman Reigns (Elimination Chamber Qualification Match)
Wow, I’m sort of impressed. We get a match in the very first segment of the show! Wyatt faces Reigns for a slot in the Elimination Chamber match. During this match we saw that Matt Hardy was watching the match backstage. Roman countered a Sister Abgail into a roll-up pin. After that he hit a Superman Punch, but Bray kicked out. A spear got reversed into another Sister Abgail by Bray Wyatt for a very close pinfall.
Roman Reigns eventually landed a Spear to win the fight. It was extremely predictable that he would win, but it was still a great match and segment. I think that starting the show with a really exciting match hype the crowd more than any talking segment would. The only downside to starting the show with a match is that if the match turns out to be bad, that deflates the crowd more than anything else can.
After the match, Matt Hardy appeared in the ring and did a Twist of Fate to Bray Wyatt. I expect those two to do a match at Elimination Chamber.
Backstage we see Seth Rollins motivate Jason Jordan about their tag title match tonight.
Finn Balor and Karl Anderson w/ Luke Gallows vs. The Revival
The two tag teams who are currently feuding, Balor Club and The Revival, both elect members to face each other in singles competition tonight. At least, that’s what was planned. The Revival offer to make this a tag match, with Finn Balor being able to choose who he wants to team with. He chose Karl Anderson. Honestly, don’t know why they did this, but whatever I guess.
Balor finished the match with a Coup De Grace onto Scott Dawson. The majority of the match was during the commercials, but what I saw was good.
Backstage, Sasha Banks is watching a replay of her loss against Asuka last week. Bayley says that she should stop being so hard on herself. Bayley asks for tips against Asuka since she is facing her tonight. Banks says that she won’t give any advice. Bayley acts hostile, saying that if Banks claims that she can beat Asuka, and Bayley is better than her, then she can too.
Cedric Alexander & Mustafa Ali vs. Drew Gulak and Tony Nese
Our first Cruiserweight match of the night is up next. Cedric and Mustafa team up against Gulak and Nese. Drake Maverick, FKA Rockstar Spud is on commentary for this match. Alexander won for the babyfaces with a Lumbar Check. This match was very quick.
Kurt Angle comes out to introduce the competitors for the first women’s elimination chamber match. The competitors are Alexa Bliss, Bayley, Mandy Rose, Mickie James & Sasha Banks. Also, Nia Jax will face Asuka in a singles match. If Nia Jax wins, she will be added to the Asuka Wrestlemania main event.
Alexa Bliss comes out, very annoyed by this announcement. Alexa Bliss complains that she has to defend her belt at the Elimination Chamber, while Brock Lesnar doesn’t. She claims sexism against Kurt. Kurt asks the crowd what they want. Alexa storms off in anger.
This made no sense, because Alexa is totally in the right. Even though she hasn’t defended since October, being in an Elimination Chamber match gives her a much slimmer chance of winning compared to a singles match. Also, the segment had no conclusion really, it just kind of ended. Alexa did a good promo, but I think that everything else was poorly executed.
Asuka vs. Bayley
The latest victim to Asuka will be Bayley. This match went way longer than I expected it would, but what didn’t surprise me is that Asuka won. She won the match via armbar.
The Miz vs. Apollo Crews (Elimination Chamber Qualifying Match)
Our next match is The Miz versus Apollo Crews. Winner gets added to the Elimination Chamber. Man, I wonder who will win this match? Oh yeah, it’s The Miz.
Backstage, Seth finds out that Jason Jordan can’t fight tonight. The medical team won’t let him fight tonight. Kurt Angle suggests that Seth forfeits the match. Roman Reigns walks into the frame. Without saying anything, you can piece together that they will team up in that fight.
Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns vs. The Bar (RAW Tag Team Title Match)
It’s now time for the previously mentioned match. As this match was wrapping up (which had the crowd unglued, I might add), Jason Jordan came to ringside. Rollins did a dive outside of the ring onto Cesaro, who went over the barricade into the front row. Jordan pulled the leg of Cesaro during this match, but it ended up not assisting them too much. Roman shouted at Jordan, telling him to go away. Seth hit his Knee move on Cesaro, Superkicked Sheamus, then tagged in Roman for a double powerbomb.
The Double Powerbomb did not hit, as Sheamus dragged Cesaro out of the ring. As The Bar tried to escape, Jordan attacked them. This DQ’d the fight, and obviously pissed off Rollins and Reigns. I thought this was good, except that Jordan didn’t have too much of a reason to attack them.
Nia Jax vs. Local
Nia Jax is in a squash match. She hit a leg drop for the win.
Mandy Rose vs. Mickie James
Mandy Rose is facing Mickie James in the next match. I can only assume this is to promote the Women’s Elimination Chamber match, which includes both of these wrestlers. Mickie James won, then got saved by Alexa Bliss from a beatdown which would have happened after the fight.
Elias vs. John Cena vs. Braun Stroman
The triple threat match tonight has big “sort of’ stipulations. The winner of this fight gets to enter LAST in the men’s Elimination Chamber match. During this match Cena did an AA to Stroman onto steel stairs. Stroman hit a Powerslam on Cena, but Elias was able to get Stroman out of the way and pin Cena instead. This gave Elias the win.
Stroman continued to attack both Cena and Elias after the match. This ended RAW. Wow, this was absolutely awful. I don’t think an episode of RAW has ended this awfully in a long time. First of all, Elias won the main event of the show. ELIAS! He was put over John Cena and Braun Stroman. On top of that, the beatdown by Stroman absolutely silenced the crowd. Just all-in-all an awful end to the show.
Well, let’s hope that Smackdown can top this show tomorrow. It’s not a tall order.