The Raw creative team seem to have been holding themselves to a higher standard as of late. Ever since the Royal Rumble and the look of WWE's flagship show was overhauled the action within the three-plus hours has been markedly better. It's hard to deliver big, memorable moments week in week out though. Here are five from this past Monday night that we think lent themselves to Raw being extremely watchable once again.
Raw opened this week with a familiar sight, John Cena and The Miz going back and forth on the mic. The rivalry between these two has been going on for seven years. Both men will step inside the Elimination Chamber on Feb. 25, 2018, for a chance to take on Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 34. The match between the two of them to open Raw this week would decide who would have the unenviable task of being the first man to step inside the Chamber in a little under two weeks. Both men did absolutely everything they could, but without his precious Miztourage at ringside, the Intercontinental Champion came up short. It did take a massive Attitude Adjustment from the second rope to keep The Miz down though. He'll need to show more endurance inside the Elimination Chamber now that he will be entering at number one.
Cena wasn't the only Raw Superstar that needed to perform their finisher from the top rope in order to keep their opponent down for a three count on Monday night. Good friends Sasha Banks and Bayley have been going back and forth on Twitter all week arguing about which one of them is the better wrestler. Well, despite The Boss eliminating Bayley from the first ever women's Royal Rumble, after Raw this week it's advantage to The Hugger. As touched upon though it took a big move from Bayley to finish off her friend, a Bayley to Belly suplex from the second rope.
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A lot of big names clashed in the main event on Raw as five men battled it out to be the last entrant into the Elimination Chamber. The match made for some interesting clashes and two men who couldn't keep their hands off each other were Bray Wyatt and Matt Hardy. Clearly, the two of them have unfinished business and were both more focused on one another than anyone else in the match. It was The Eater of Worlds who got the last laugh though, at least when it came to him and Hardy. The man who won last year's Elimination Chamber slammed The Woken One headfirst into the floor outside the ring via a devastating Sister Abigail. That was the last we saw of Hardy in the match.
Aside from actually winning the Raw Tag Team Titles alongside him on Christmas Day Jason Jordan has proved to be something of a liability for Seth Rollins. Last week, he cost him and Roman Reigns a Tag Team Championship match against The Bar. Well, Reigns didn't need to worry about interruptions from Jordan this week as he looked to gain some revenge on Sheamus as the GM's kayfabe son will be out of action for a while following neck surgery. That meant the only issue The Big Dog has to deal with outside of his actual opponent was Cesaro who was lurking at ringside. The Swiss Cyborg did try to get involved but Reigns made short work of him and returned his focus to The Celtic Warrior. The match ended with a huge, painful looking spear to Sheamus who was caught by Reigns in mid-air as he leaped from the top rope.
Who wants to walk with Elias? Judging by the reaction he got in San Jose on Monday night the fans in California certainly do. Unfortunately for The Drifter, he likely thought the louder reaction shortly after was for his singing whereas it was actually a response to Braun Strowman setting up a stage of his own. The Monster Among Men is far too big for just a normal guitar though and brought a massive cello with him to play. As you have likely already guessed, Strowman didn't just come to Raw to play a song. Elias smashed a guitar over his back last week and Raw's Resident Monster was looking for revenge. He got it too. Elias attempted to crawl away after suffering a beatdown at the hands of Strowman but didn't quite make it out of harm's way. At the top of the entrance way Strowman wielded the aforementioned cello and smashed it unmercifully across the back of a prone Elias.
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