It may have only been a little more than a week ago but the Royal Rumble feels like a distant memory now. On Raw it's all about the next stop on the road to WrestleMania, the Elimination Chamber. Heading into Monday night we already knew four of the twelve competitors that will be stepping inside the demonic structure and naturally this week we found out a fair few more. That news plus a championship match and a unique triple threat closing out the night made for a pretty entertaining evening.
Heading into this week's Raw we already knew three of the men that will be entering the Elimination Chamber later this month. The opening match of the night was to decide who would fill spot number four. Old foes Bray Wyatt and Roman Reigns renewed their rivalry so they could battle it out for a place inside the demonic structure. You could tell that the two of them are still very familiar with one another as every time one of them tried to finish things off their opponent was right there with a reversal. Eventually though The Eater of Worlds got hit with a spear and The Big Dog continued his predictable road to Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania.
There were announcements aplenty on Raw when it came to the brand's women's division. First up Kurt Angle announced the five women that will be joining Alexa Bliss inside the Elimination Chamber, then noted the absence of Nia Jax from that match. That's because she will be facing Asuka at the PPV in a 'win and you're in' type scenario for the WrestleMania Raw Women's Championship match. A tough task for The Empress if she wants to keep her undefeated streak intact, but before that she had to face Bayley on Monday night. These two are no strangers to one another as Bayley was the one who Asuka took the NXT Women's Championship from. It was another win for the Japanese star of course but it seems that Raw's Resident Hugger earned The Empress's respect.
Roman Reigns booked his place in the Elimination Chamber earlier in the evening, and a little later on it was time to decide who would be taking slot number five. The Miz took on Apollo Crews with the Intercontinental Champion giving a spirited promo prior to the match about how he intends on becoming the first man to ever hold the IC and Universal Titles simultaneously. Well he is now one step closer to making that bold statement a reality. The Awesome One picked up a win against Crews and actually did so without using much in the way of underhanded tactics. Five spots filled, one more to go.
There have been rumors since the Royal Rumble that Jason Jordan is struggling with a real life neck injury. Well what happened on Raw this week will have only compounded those rumors. He and Seth Rollins were supposed to take on The Bar for the Raw Tag Team Titles, but as part of an angle Jordan was pulled from the match at the last second. Lucky for Rollins his Shield brother Roman Reigns was on hand to step in despite having already had a match earlier in the evening. When things looked a little shaky for Rollins and Reigns, Jordan came to ring side for moral support. Unfortunately though he would unintentionally be their downfall. Cesaro and Sheamus tried to escape with the belts and when Jordan headed them off at the ramp way, he got suckered in to a fist fight, thus getting the challengers disqualified in the process. Oops.
The three men who had already qualified for the Elimination Chamber heading into Raw this week had to compete against each other in Monday night's main event. A triple threat match with the winner earning the right to enter the chamber last on February 25th. Despite John Cena and Elias having a pretty strong dislike for one another right now it didn't take them long to realize that they would need to work together to take out Braun Strowman. For a while that plan worked, however keeping The Monster Among Men down is easier said than done. The closing stages of the match saw Strowman deliver a running powerslam to Cena and then Elias threw the monster out of the ring. The Drifter then covered Cena to steal the win. Naturally Strowman was irate and Elias received a few powerslams of his own post match as retribution for what he had just done.
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