In a weekend that has been absolutely jam packed full of big wrestling moments, Raw had an awful lot to live up to. That raucous Philadelphia crowd had already seen the arrival of Ronda Rousey, Shinsuke Nakamura winning the Royal Rumble, and not to mention the double heartache suffered by Johnny Gargano at NXT Takeover. Clearly WWE knew that all eyes were on them this past Monday though as they rode the momentum brought about by the weekend's events all the way into Raw as you can see from the big moments listed below.
5. Shatter Machine!
A couple of weeks ago The Revival had hardcore fans loving them even more than they already did by referring to themselves as pro wrestlers live on Raw. Despite being on a pro wrestling show that is one of Vince McMahon's biggest no-nos. Clearly their punishment came in the form of having to suffer a strew of finishers last week and now all is well with Dash and Dawson once again. A win for them over Anderson and Gallows on the Royal Rumble kick off show and another victory on Raw this week versus Heath Slater and Rhyno. What's more is they picked up that win thanks to perhaps the best looking tag team move in wrestling today, the Shatter Machine.
4. A BIG Spear
Roman Reigns became a Grand Slam Champion when he defeated The Miz for the Intercontinental Championship. Well perhaps an even more impressive feat was when The Awesome One won it right back last week to mark the beginning of his eighth reign with the tenured title. That reign was almost just seven days long though. On Monday night The Big Dog invoked his rematch clause and when The Miztourage went scampering back to the locker room the path seemed clear for a Reigns win. Unfortunately The Miz's minions returned later in the match and amid all the distractions The A-Lister picked up the win. That wasn't before Reigns delivered a spear to Bo Dallas that looked capable of breaking the poor man in half had there been any more power behind it.
3. Super Attitude Adjustment
The final of three Elimination Chamber qualifying matches took place in Monday night's main event as Finn Balor and John Cena squared off for the first time ever. Of all the qualifiers this was the one that was probably the hardest to predict the outcome. If picking six Raw Superstars to go inside the chamber then both these men would have likely been on most fans' lists. Unfortunately one of them had to fall by the wayside, and it was Balor. In typical Cena fashion the 16 time World Champion looked increasingly more surprised that none of his regularly scheduled moves were enough to keep the Irishman down. One of them was though. A super Attitude Adjustment from the second rope. Now what's next for Finn Balor?
2. What Is Sasha Banks Made Of?
me: "2018's gonna be my year!"— Brandon Stroud (@MrBrandonStroud) January 30, 2018
Asuka's undefeated streak in WWE has lasted well over two years now. She even won the Royal Rumble. On Raw this past Monday she arguably faced her toughest task to date though as she went one on one with Sasha Banks.The Boss lasted almost an hour in the Rumble after entering at number one. Needless to say this first time meeting between the two of them on Raw was a hard hitting affair. In fact there was one spot in particular that had the WWE Universe collectively holding its breath as the referee checked on Banks. The Boss attempted a suicide dive and was kicked out of the air a little prematurely by Asuka. The former Women's Champion went head first from the second rope to the floor below like a lawn dart and by some miracle was completely unharmed.
1. Kane Gets Crushed
While there will be an Elimination Chamber for the Raw Women's Championship next month, the men's equivalent will merely decide who gets to face Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 34. On Raw this past Monday there were three qualifying matches for that bout, the first of which was of epic proportions. A last man standing match between Braun Strowman and Kane. The Monster Among Men likely blamed his opponent for his loss the night before in their triple threat for the Universal Title, and boy did he punish him for it. Strowman made extremely short work of The Big Red Machine, finishing him off by pushing over the stage that the announce table is on right on top of him. Not only did Kane fail to answer a ten count, but he was carted off to hospital on a stretcher after the match.
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