After a Royal Rumble pay-per-view that was considered a huge success by many fans in the WWE Universe, the January 29 episode of Raw was a well executed follow up which featured some high-profile matches and set the stage for the upcoming Elimination Chamber pay-per-view.

Things started with a bang as Stephanie McMahon announced another first for the women of WWE. From there, qualifying matches took place for the men who were trying to punch their ticket to WrestleMania through the chamber match. Finally, Asuka battled Sasha Banks with The Miz defending against Roman Reigns in two main event-worthy matches.

Not everything we perfect and there were a couple people who walked away from Raw in an unenviable position, but for the most part, Raw was a win in many ways. Here are your winners and losers for Raw, January 29, 2018.

Winner: The Coach

After a long time away from WWE, Jonathan Coachman (The Coach) is back and in the WWE on a regular basis. He’s taking over for Booker T on the main announce team of Raw and while there will be a contingent of fans who want Booker T back and will miss his insane ramblings, in the long run, this is the best thing for WWE.

Coach has a wealth of experience and brings more credibility to WWE with a greater mainstream reach. His connections alone are a win for WWE and it should be a step toward the trio of announcers focusing more on the action than each other and the crazy things they say.

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Winner: Sasha Banks

She didn’t get the win against Asuka, but for the first time since her run in NXT, Banks appears to be in the proper spot when it comes to her WWE main roster run. She’s a much better heel character than a babyface and getting to play up her “Boss” persona is the right play for WWE. That she took it to Asuka before finally falling in defeat, brought herself up to a new level and walked away unharmed from some scary but memorable moments in a match that could elevate her status.

From the start of the show where the women’s first-ever Elimination Chamber match was announced to Banks stepping up and playing with the heel side of her character to a dream match rocking the house, the whole segment was well done.

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Loser: Matt Hardy

It was the right choice to have Elias move on to a spot in the Elimination Chamber, but how many matches can Hardy lose in a row before people don’t care about his new character and he’s viewed the same way Bray Wyatt is now (a very popular enhancement talent)?

It looks like Hardy and Wyatt are actually perfect for each other because neither appears to have the full confidence of WWE. They have enough to get a story and some valuable airtime, but not enough to have it properly followed through on. It will likely wind up the two become a team before this all said and done.

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Winner: Braun Strowman

After suffering a loss at the Royal Rumble (even though he wasn’t the one pinned), Strowman needed to come back and prove he was still the monster of WWE. There couldn’t have been a bigger statement made and at the same time, he put to rest a character in Kane that was ready for his exit.

When Strowman flipped the entire announcer’s station, he gave fans another memorable moment in a long line of firsts. When asked why he would do that, he simply said, he was doing his job and has no intentions of letting up until he’s the champion.

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Loser: The Revival

If the WWE is trying to make The Revival a throwback team to the days of “the original” tag teams who bruised, cut the ring off and cheated as many heel teams used to do, having them defeat guys like Rhyno and Heath Slater then cut ineffective promos is probably not the right way to go about things.

The team can do all their talking in the ring through their matches and it will have a far greater impact than having a guy like Dash Wilder try and rundown the Philly-crowd for their love of ECW. Less talking and more wrestling is the best plan of action for The Revival.

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Winner: The Miz

To get a victory — despite how it happened — over Roman Reigns has to be declared a win for The Miz. It was a fantastic match that he and Reigns put on and he now gets to move on from Reigns and get into another storyline with a new challenger for the Intercontinental Title.

It wasn’t just a straight beating by Reigns on The Miz either. WWE subtly pushed The Miz by allowing him to take a real chunk out of the Shield member by kicking out of major moves, making Reigns limp and almost getting pins prior to some help from the Miztourage.

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Loser: John Cena

He’s moving on to the Elimination Chamber, but he probably shouldn’t be. Cena looks like he’s got one foot out the door and he wasn’t great in his match against Finn Balor which seems to be a pattern in his more recent performances. It’s almost like the less Cena wrestles, the rustier he gets (a concept that makes sense). It’s either that or the fact that there are only so many times Cena can act surprised his finishers are working the way they used to.

Still, it wasn’t a terrible match but it left Balor a bit directionless again. This all came after a phone selfie of Cena walking through an arena hallway telling the WWE Universe he was “just trying to get to WrestleMania!” It was a precursor to being disappointed that Balor was going to suffer a loss.

NEXT: JOHN CENA COMMENTS ON JOINING THE BULLET CLUB AND THE YOUNG BUCKS RESPOND

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