Monday Night RAW is live this week from San Jose, California. The show starts with John Cena coming to the ring. Cena cut a promo on the Elimination Chamber match. The Miz came out to confront him on this topic. The Miz argues that after he wins the Chamber, he will beat Brock at Wrestlemania. Cena gets riled up and proposes a match against The Miz tonight, with the stipulation being that the loser enters the Chamber first.
As The Miz is contemplating, The Miztourage attack Cena. After the beatdown, The Miz tries to call out a referee. Kurt Angle comes out instead. Kurt Angle sets up this match to start now, with The Miztourage banned from ringside.
This doesn’t make much sense to me. I feel it would only be fair that John DOESN’T fight immediately after a beatdown. Kurt acts completely oblivious to a brawl ever happening. Also, we KNOW that banning people from ringside means nothing, because a couple weeks back The Miztourage came back after being banned, and they didn’t get in trouble for it.
John Cena vs. The Miz (Loser Enters Elimination Chamber First)
Oh yeah, did I mention that entering first isn’t at dramatic as it sounds? Entering second is just as bad. And it’s a 6 person match. The odds aren’t awfully against you if you enter in as the first ⅓ of the fight. Of course, John Cena overcame the odds. In an interesting spot, a Skull Crushing Finale off the top rope was countered into a Attitude Adjustment off the top rope.
This match had a lot of momentum, the crowd was very behind it. I liked the final spot. Although, the stipulation and prelude to the match made no sense, which took me out of it a little.
Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson vs. The Revival
Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson come to the ring. They get jumped by The Revival after LG&KA cut a promo on them backstage. A couple minutes later, the scheduled match between these two teams begins. Gallows was hit with the Shatter Machine to give The Revival the win. Makes sense that the team who talked shit lost.
Kurt Angle Talking
Kurt Angle is out here talking to us “as a father”. Angle expresses sympathy for Jason Jordan (his son in character) missing Wrestlemania. Seth Rollins interrupts Kurt Angle’s speech. Seth Rollins sympathises with Kurt, then states his own complaint: he has nothing for Wrestlemania either. Kurt offers Seth to do a tag match, but Seth wants something bigger. Seth wants to be in the Elimination Chamber match. Seth gets added to the fatal-four-way tonight, making it a fatal-five-way.
Sasha Banks vs. Bayley
Bayley and Banks are fighting each other. Bayley has the hometown advantage. Bayley got the upset and won this match via a Bayley-to-Belly off of the second rope. Very uncommon for WWE to actually give the hometown wrestler the win. This match was pretty good, I have no complaints about it. I don’t really know/remember why this match was booked, but cool.
After the match, Sasha was angry. They stare each other down, until Nia Jax comes out of nowhere and attacks both of them. This was BRILLIANT. This continued the suspense to what’s going to happen between Sasha and Bayley, AND tied the segment into the Chamber match.
Titus Worldwide cut a promo backstage about Apollo Crews’ match later tonight.
Alexa Bliss and Mickie James talk backstage. Mickie James is suspicious about how nice Bliss is being to her. James says that they can be friends now, but it’s every woman for themself in the Elimination Chamber match.
Mandy Rose and Sonya Devill w/ Paige vs. Mickie James and Alexa Bliss
Absolution beat James and Bliss clean. Even when Bliss and James try to team up, it seemingly doesn’t work. After the match, Bliss saves James from a post-fight beatdown.
Elias Performs Elimination Chamber Blues
Elias is here to perform another song. As Elias is wrapping his song up, Braun Stroman is introduced on the stage. He too has a mic. Stroman has a Cello. He tries to play it like a guitar, and ends up breaking it. Of course, they eventually brawl. Stroman pummels Elias. As you might have already guessed, Elias got a Cello broken over his back.
I did not like this segment. Sure, it was funny and stuff, but it’s completely out of character for Stroman. He never acts that goofy, singing and acting like a clown. He tried playing a cello like a guitar. The spot where the cella was broken over Elias was cool though.
Sheamus vs. Roman Reigns
The mid-card is in full effect. Sheamus is facing Roman Reigns in a random singles match. This match went a long time, and had a lot of near falls. As almost everyone guessed, Roman Reigns got the win. This match took a little too long.
Bray Wyatt vs. Matt Hardy vs. Seth Rollins vs. Finn Balor vs. Apollo Crews (Elimination Chamber Qualifying Match)
Our main event this evening is a five-way to decide who gets put in the Elimination Chamber match. Late in the match, Rollins did a Curbstomp to Finn for a near fall that got broken up by Crews. Wyatt Sister Abgail’d Matt Hardy outside the ring. It looked absolutely brutal. A 4 man Superplex happened quickly after. Both Rollins and Finn pinned Bray to win. They didn’t notice this at first, but the show goes off air with confusion.
I haven’t seen a show end with confusion like this in a long time, and honestly I love it. Like a soap opera or any other dramatic TV show, we get a big cliffhanger.
It was a rough show, but the main event was great. See you tomorrow for Smackdown Live.