There was really only one thing on the agenda heading into Monday Night Raw this week and that was Elimination Chamber. The pay-per-view named after the demonic structure is less than two weeks away and there is still a lot of business to be taken care of before it arrives. The men's match had a spot left to fill and Kurt Angle had a groundbreaking announcement about a certain signing taking place at the event. Check out more on those and a few other Huge Takeaways from this week's Raw below.
A few rivalries will likely be renewed inside the Elimination Chamber in a little under two weeks time, but perhaps none older and more storied than the one between The Miz and John Cena. The men who headlined WrestleMania XXVII together opened this week's Raw when Cena challenged the interrupting Awesome One to a match. The loser of said match would have to enter the Elimination Chamber first when WWE rolls into Las Vegas on Feb. 25, 2018. The Intercontinental Champion had his Miztourage beat down Cena before accepting the challenge but thankfully Raw GM Kurt Angle was on hand to hold things up and sent Miz's cronies back to the locker room before the match got underway. That gave Cena enough time to recover and after a gruelling match with The A-Lister the 16 time World Champion managed to keep him down for a three count following a Super Attitude Adjustment from the second rope.
At the Royal Rumble Ronda Rousey shocked the wrestling world as she showed up in WWE and made it pretty clear that she wants a match at WrestleMania. Despite news filtering through that Rousey has signed a full-time contract with WWE we haven't seen her in a wrestling ring since. Kurt Angle revealed on Monday night that will all change at Elimination Chamber. The Rowdy One will return on Feb. 25, 2018, for her official contract signing. With the first-ever women's Elimination Chamber and Asuka versus Nia Jax happening on the same night you'd have to imagine that Rousey will be clashing with someone before she makes it out of the building.
It feels like a WrestleMania worthy match and it may well be one we see again in New Orleans, Bayley versus Sasha Banks. The two supposed best friends went one on one on Raw this week after going back and forth on Twitter about which one of them is truly the best. Well, if you're only as good as your last match then the better of the two is currently Bayley who picked up the win on Monday getting revenge on The Boss for being eliminated by her in the Royal Rumble. That momentum may swing back inside the Elimination Chamber but for now, both women will want to get their hands on Nia Jax. Jax stormed the ring after the match and took out both Banks and Bayley in an attempt to send a message to her chamber opponent Asuka.
Last week, Elias managed to defeat both John Cena and Braun Strowman in the night's main event. That victory means he will be the last man to enter the Elimination Chamber on Feb. 25, 2018, giving him the best odds of winning the thing. Well, that is if he has recovered from what happened to him this past Monday by then. The Drifter took to the ring to sing the Elimination Chamber blues but it turns out Strowman had a song of his own. The Monster Among Men appeared in the entrance way with a bass and sang what was ultimately a warning to Elias. A vicious beating followed which ended with the massive bass being brutally broken over Elias's back. Officials pretty much had to scrape him off the ramp.
Much of this week's Raw revolved around building to the Elimination Chamber as you might have guessed. The biggest match of the night was the one that would decide who the last entrant into the men's chamber match will be. Initially, a fatal 4-Way that was changed to five after Seth Rollins convinced Kurt Angle to give him a spot in the match due to him having no chamber plans. The Architect is one of the two men who ended Raw with a legitimate claim to that spot. Both he and Finn Balor covered Bray Wyatt for the three count and the show went off the air with the two of them arguing over who actually won the match. After Raw, the GM cleared things up via social media by declaring that both men will enter the chamber. How that will work exactly we're not sure.
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