Raw is War
Des Moines, Iowa
February 5, 2018
“Then. Now. Forever.” The WWE video leads us into the show.
Bray Wyatt is shown in a backstage promo. The Elimination Chamber is upon us, the home of his greatest victory when he won the WWE Championship last year. Standing in his way is his nemesis, Roman Reigns. Reigns has fallen so far down that the world no longer recognizes him, but he does. Reigns lost the Royal Rumble and the Intercontinental Championship, but he still shows bravado. Wyatt knows Reigns is a failure waiting patiently to be put out of his misery. Wyatt is happy to oblige him. Tonight, Reigns will find out that waiting for him at the bottom of the spiral is something worse than failure: Wyatt.
Roman Reigns is shown elsewhere backstage. Reigns says failure is someone who can’t deal with adversity. A failure gets knocked down and stays down. Reigns has had his fair share of ups and down, but that’s not a failure. It’s the mark of a great journey. His journey will put him in the Elimination Chamber and onto Suplex City at WrestleMania. Bray Wyatt can’t stop him, and neither can Brock Lesnar.
The bell rings, and they circle the ring before locking up. Wyatt powers him to the corner and gives a clean break before taunting him. They lock up again, and Wyatt hooks a side headlock. Reigns whips him off and follows him into the ropes to surprise him with a shoulder block. Reigns applies a side headlock, but Wyatt fights out and puts him in the corner. Reigns sidesteps a splash, but Wyatt quickly arks his back to startle him. Wyatt boots him before going to the second rope, but Reigns cuts him off. Reigns gets him on his shoulders, but Wyatt elbows out before sidestepping him and sending him into the ring post shoulder-first. Wyatt forearms him in the face for a near fall. “WOKEN” Matt Hardy is seen watching backstage. Wyatt applies a chin lock, but Reigns fights up and fights out. Reigns hits a pair of clotheslines before ducking a clothesline and hitting a leaping clothesline. Wyatt quickly rolls out of the ring to recover. Reigns goes for a Drive-By Dropkick, but Wyatt clotheslines him down on the apron. Wyatt then sends him into the ring steps.
We come back from the break to see Wyatt applying a knee to the back chin lock. During the commercial break, Wyatt gave Reigns a DDT on the apron. “WOKEN” Matt Hardy is seen gleefully watching backstage. Reigns fights up and connects with a Samoan Drop. Reigns gets him in the corner and starts his clubbing blows, but Wyatt blocks one and goes for a one-armed slam. Reigns gets out and hits the ropes, but Wyatt annihilates him with a body block for a near fall. Wyatt gets him in the corner and puts him on the top rope before giving him an uppercut. Wyatt goes for a superplex, but Reigns blocks it and punches him down. Wyatt quickly chops the chest with Reigns still on the top rope. Wyatt says, “Anyone but you, Roman. Anyone but you.” Reigns stuns him with some wild head-butts before sliding down and hitting a sit-out powerbomb for a near fall. Reigns slowly gets to his feet and sets up in the corner. Wyatt counters a Superman Punch into a uranage before immediately following up with a senton splash for a near fall! Wyatt is so stunned he kicked out that he cannot do anything but laugh.
Wyatt sets up for Sister Abigail, but Reigns counters into a roll-up for a two count. Reigns quickly floors him with a Superman Punch for another two count. Reigns gets to his feet and sets up in the corner. Reigns goes for a Spear, but Wyatt kicks him in the face and hits Sister Abigail, but Reigns kicks out! A “This is awesome” chant picks up. Wyatt wildly forearms him in the back of the neck a few times before pulling him up to his feet. Wyatt goes for another Sister Abigail, but Reigns powers out. Reigns ducks a clothesline and hits the Spear for the win.
Roman Reigns joins Braun Strowman, Elias, and John Cena in the Elimination Chamber Match. The winner will go on to face Brock Lesnar for the Universal Championship at WrestleMania 34.
Loud “DELETE” chants pick up as “WOKEN” Matt Hardy appears behind Wyatt. Wyatt angrily turns and tries to blindside him, but Hardy kicks and hits him with a Twist of Fate.
Jason Jordan is seen warming up backstage when Seth Rollins walks up. Rollins asks if he’s 100% due to his neck and shoulder issues. Rollins says this is their last time facing The Bar and can’t have Jordan tagging out and sitting on the steps like at the Royal Rumble. Jordan says he feels fine. Jordan talked to his dad and has been cleared by the doctors. Rollins says this isn’t about either of them. It’s what they can do together. Tonight, they need to go out there and win back their Tag Team Championships.
Seth Rollins and Jason Jordan will face The Bar for the RAW Tag Team Championships later tonight. We’ll also see Braun Strowman versus John Cena versus Elias with the winner being the last person in the Elimination Chamber.
The Balor Club makes their entrance.
The Revival comes out next with microphones. Scott Dawson says in case the crowd hasn’t been paying attention since they came back to Monday Night RAW, they are The Revival. As The Revival, they are tag team specialists. Dawson suggests they make this a tag team match. Dash Wilder says if Finn Balor wants to choose one of his Club buddies as a partner, they’ll show them how it’s done. Balor consults with Gallows and Anderson before picking Anderson.
Dash Wilder starts against Karl Anderson. Anderson tries for a tie-up, but Scott Dawson quickly tags in. They lock up, and Dawson gets him in the corner before punching him. Dawson puts him in the corner and chops him before punching him. Anderson reverses a whip to the corner, but Dawson stops the momentum. They hit the ropes, and Anderson hits an arm drag and a back elbow. Wilder runs in, and Anderson hip tosses him. Balor comes in, and they hit stereo back body drops on The Revival. Balor and Anderson do the “Too Sweet” hand signal.
We come back from the break to see Dawson applying an arm bar to Balor. Balor fights up, but Dawson gets him in the corner. Balor fights The Revival off, but Wilder tags in and stops the tag to Anderson. Dawson tags back in and yanks away at the injured arm of Balor. Dawson takes him down and applies a Fujiwara arm bar. Balor fights out and double stomps him. Anderson tags in and hits a clothesline and a back elbow on Wilder. Anderson dropkicks him down and knocks Dawson off the apron. Anderson knees Wilder in the face and hits a flying neckbreaker. Wilder gets out of a body slam, and Dawson holds him to avoid a dropkick. Anderson hits Dawson with a spinebuster, but Wilder breaks up the pin. Anderson knocks Wilder out of the ring and tags in Balor. Anderson then hits Wilder with a summersault plancha. Balor hits Dawson with a Sling Blade before dropkicking him into the corner. Balor then hits the Coup de Gras for the win.
Kurt Angle will reveal the competitors in the First Ever Women’s Elimination Chamber. Alexa Bliss will defend her title inside the chamber. We’ll also see Bayley take on Asuka.
Sasha Banks is watching a replay of herself tapping out against Asuka last week. Banks looks upset. Bayley says she needs to stop punishing herself. Banks says she needs to remind people that she’s still The Boss. She knows she’s ready for Asuka and knows how to beat her. Bayley asks for tips, but Banks declines. Banks says if she’s in the chamber match, she’ll walk out as champion and end Asuka’s undefeated streak. Bayley says she was thinking the same thing. Banks asks if Bayley really believes she can beat Asuka. Bayley says she knows she can beat Banks. If Banks is good enough to beat Asuka, so is she.
Drake Maverick, the General Manager of WWE 205 Live, is on commentary for the next match.
Tony Nese powers Ali into the corner before counting his abs. Ali comes back with a running hurricanrana before tagging in Cedric Alexander. Alexander and Ali take down Nese with dropkicks. Nese snaps him off the top rope and clotheslines him down. Drew Gulak tags in and clubs Alexander in the back for a one count. Gulak puts him on the top rope and clotheslines him off. Alexander legitimately nearly lands on his head. Nese is tagged in and applies a body scissor. Alexander fights out and boots him back. Ali and Gulak are tagged in. Ali hits a pair of shoulder blocks before hitting a dropkick. Gulak reverses a whip, but Ali comes back with a back elbow. Ali hits a tornado DDT, but Nese breaks up the pin. Alexander knocks Nese out of the ring and hits a summersault senton. Ali hits a cross-body block, but Gulak kicks out. Gulak turns Ali inside out with a clothesline. Alexander manages to tag in and hits Gulak with a Lumbar Check for the win.
Kurt Angle is seen talking to RAW Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss. Angle will announce her Elimination Chamber competition, next.
Kurt Angle makes his entrance. Angle says history was made last Sunday with the Women’s Royal Rumble. RAW’s Asuka was the winner. The Women’s Evolution continues with the first-ever Women’s Elimination Chamber match (Angle had a hard time remembering the name of the match). Alexa Bliss will face Bayley, Mandy Rose, Mickie James, Sonya Deville, and Sasha Banks inside the Elimination Chamber. Conspicuous by her absence is Nia Jax. She’ll face Asuka. If Jax wins, she’ll be entered into the title match at WrestleMania, making it a triple threat.
Alexa Bliss angrily makes her entrance and says this needs to stop. What Angle is doing is not only wrong, but unjust. She can’t believe he had the nerve to mention the Women’s Evolution with what he pulled. This is against company policy. Men and women are on equal footing. How come in the women’s match, the title is on the line, but not in the men’s? His champion Brock Lesnar gets to sit on the sidelines and see who wins? Why doesn’t she get that same courtesy? Is it because she’s a woman? Angle says she hasn’t defended the title since TLC in October. She says she doesn’t make the matches. Angle does. Bliss says Angle is sexist. Angle says she is trying to weasel her way out of the match, so he’ll ask the crowd. Do they want to see Alexa Bliss defend her title in the Women’s Elimination Chamber match? They loudly cheer. Bliss is angry and demands respect before leaving.
John Cena is shown on a handheld video promo. Cena says he is making his way to WrestleMania and will beat Elia and Strowman tonight.
The Miz will take on Apollo Crews in an Elimination Chamber Qualifying Match later tonight. We’ll also see Seth Rollins and Jason Jordan take on The Bar for the RAW Tag Team Championships. Asuka will take on Bayley next.
WWE Superstars are shown at the National Civil Rights Museum for Black History Month.
They circle the ring and try for a lock up, but Bayley scurries back. Asuka quickly takes her down and applies a chin lock. Bayley gets out and applies a hammerlock. Asuka fights out, but Bayley hooks a side headlock. Asuka whips her off and no sells and shoulder block. Bayley punches her, but Asuka punches harder and takes her down. Bayley quickly hooks another side headlock. Asuka whips her off and blocks a hip toss. Asuka then hits a hip toss and kicks her in the back a few times. Bayley reverses a whip to the corner, but eats a boot. Asuka goes to the second rope, but Bayley knocks her off and to the floor. Bayley then hits a baseball slide into a hurricanrana on the floor. Bayley gets her in the ring, but Asuka quickly comes to and knocks her to the floor. Asuka gets out of the ring, but Bayley throws her into the barricade in desperation.
We come back from the break to see Bayley applying a bear hug. Asuka fights up and elbows out. Asuka hits the ropes and goes for a running hip attack, but Bayley counters into a belly to back suplex for a near fall. Bayley punches away at Asuka for a two count. Bayley goes back to the bear hug, but Asuka fights out and boots her back. Asuka then knees her in the face. Asuka kicks her in the midsection before kicking her in the neck. Asuka hits a running hip attack and follows up with a sliding knee to the face for a near fall. Bayley sidesteps a dropkick and kicks her in the head for a near fall. Bayley puts her on the apron and goes for a neckbreaker off the ropes, but Asuka counters with an Asuka Lock. Bayley quickly snaps her off the top rope and knocks her to the floor. Bayley comes off the apron into a knee from Asuka. Asuka gets her in the ring for a near fall. Asuka kicks away at her before Bayley counters into a jackknife pin for a two count. Asuka gets out of Bayley-To-Belly and tries for an Asuka Lock, but Bayley counters into a pin for a close near fall. Asuka then hooks on the arm bar for the submission.
Asuka gets to her feet and extends her hand. Bayley reluctantly shakes it before clutching her arm again.
The Bar talks about how there is no cohesion with Jason Jordan and Seth Rollins. They’ll kick off both their heads tonight because they don’t just set the bar. They are The Bar!
The Miz will face Apollo Crews in an Elimination Chamber Qualifying Match, next.
The Miz makes his entrance with The Miztourage. Miz puts his hand up and tells the crowd to keep their mouths shut. Miz tells them to go outside and look at the constellations because they look like the Intercontinental Championship. The stars have aligned and 2018 is the Year of The Miz. In his first match back at RAW 25, he won back his WWE Intercontinental Championship from Roman Reigns. That RAW was the highest rated RAW in three years because of him. The very next week, he defeated Roman Reigns again. Reigns is a world class athlete and one of the best in the WWE ring of all time. Reigns still couldn’t contend with the overwhelming tide of momentum that is him. Doug Peterson showed his match to the Eagles, which led them to the Super Bowl. The best is yet to come. Tonight, he will qualify for the Elimination Chamber and go on to face Brock Lesnar (Miz does a good Paul Heyman impression). At WrestleMania, the cameras will be rolling for his show “Miz and Misses.” His daughter will be born just in time to see her father win the Universal Championship.
Apollo Crews makes his entrance with Titus Worldwide.
We join the match in progress to see Crews hit Miz with a delayed vertical suplex. Crews is getting the better of The Miz until Miz snaps him off the top rope. Dana Brooke is taking statistics at ringside. Miz comes off the top rope, but Crews dropkicks him in the face for a near fall. Miz quickly turns him inside out with a knee to the midsection. Miz hits the ropes, but Crews military presses him and drops him down. Crews goes for a standing moonsault, but Miz gets the knees up for a near fall. Miz then applies a body scissor, but Crews fights out and dropkicks him down. Crews kicks him in the head and clotheslines him down before kipping up. Crews hits an enzuigiri for a near fall. Miz flips through a back suplex and goes for a his patented clothesline, but Crews counters into a suplex. Crews hits a standing moonsault followed by a standing shooting star press for a near fall. Crews cannot believe it. Miz holds the bottom rope to keep him back. Miz kicks him in the knee and goes for a Skull Crushing Finale, but Crews rolls him up for another two count. Miz counters a slingshot and crotches him on the top rope. Miz then hits the Skull Crushing Finale for the win.
The Miz joins Roman Reigns, Elias, John Cena, and Braun Strowman inside the Elimination Chamber. The winner will face Brock Lesnar for the Universal Championship at WrestleMania 34.
Seth Rollins is walking backstage when he sees Jason Jordan holding his neck with his father. Jordan says he can’t compete tonight. Jordan was warming up, but his neck didn’t feel right. The medical staff won’t let him compete. Jordan apologizes. Rollins asks Angle what he’s supposed to do. Angle says he’ll have to forfeit the match. Rollins turns, and Roman Reigns walks up to him. Rollins signals to Angle, and he just smiles and nods.
Seth Rollins starts against Sheamus. Rollins quickly takes him down and grapevines the head, but Sheamus gets out. Sheamus applies a side headlock, but Rollins whips him off. Sheamus shoulder blocks him down and hits the ropes, but Rollins takes him down with a cross-body. Sheamus quickly gets away and tags in Cesaro. Cesaro quickly hooks the arm and wrenches it. Rollins twists out, but Cesaro knees him before delivering an uppercut. Sheamus tags in, and The Bar double stomps Rollins down. Sheamus tags in, and they hit stereo kicks on Rollins. Cesaro taunts Reigns. Rollins makes a tag to Reigns, and they take Cesaro down for a two count. Reigns tags in Rollins, and they taunt Sheamus. They then kick Cesaro down for a two count. Rollins punches Cesaro back and chops the chest. Reigns tags back in and whips Rollins into Cesaro. Rollins then whips Cesaro into a big boot from Reigns. Reigns punches Sheamus coming in, and Rollins clotheslines him over the top rope. Reigns sets up for a Superman Punch. Sheamus counters a suicide dive from Rollins into an Irish Curse Backbreaker on the floor. Reigns is distracted by this and eats an uppercut from Cesaro. Shemaus then takes Reigns and sends him into the barricade.
We come back from the break to see Cesaro tag in Sheamus, who uppercuts Reigns. A “We want Rollins” chant breaks out. This is Rollins’ home state. Sheamus knees Reigns in the back and applies a chin lock. Reigns fights up, but Cesaro tags in. They hit a double-team clothesline for a two count. Cesaro gets Reigns on the ropes and chokes him. The referee backs him up, and Sheamus kicks him in the face for a cheap shot. Cesaro hits a Very European Uppercut, but Rollins breaks it up. Sheamus pulls Rollins out of the ring and clotheslines him on the floor. Reigns gets Cesaro in the corner for the clubbing blows, but Sheamus breaks it up. Sheamus tags in while Reigns clotheslines Cesaro out of the ring. The Bar hits a double-team White Noise for a near fall. Cesaro tries for a Neutralizer, but Reigns counters into a Samoan Drop. Sheamus tags in and knocks Rollins off the apron. Sheamus then turns into a Superman Punch.
Jason Jordan runs down looking worried and helps Rollins up. Rollins and Cesaro are tagged in. Rollins hits a springboard clothesline on Cesaro before knocking Sheamus off the apron. Rollins boots Cesaro and hits a blockbuster before hitting Sheamus with a suicide dive. Rollins avoids Cesaro and leg drops him on the neck to get him out of the ring. Rollins then hits Cesaro with a suicide dive that sends him into the front row. Rollins gets Cesaro into the ring and hits a Sling Blade for a near fall. Rollins goes for the Curb Stomp, but Cesaro avoids it. Cesaro puts him on the top rope and uppercuts him. Rollins comes back with a suplex into a falcon’s arrow for a near fall. A “This is awesome” chant fires up. Jordan grabs Cesaro’s ankle, and Rollins rolls him up for a near fall. Rollins quickly kicks Cesaro, but Sheamus breaks up this pin. Reigns orders Jordan to go to the back. Reigns says they’ve got this. Rollins catches Cesaro with a Ripcord Knee and superkicks Sheamus coming off the top rope. Reigns tags in, but Sheamus pulls Cesaro out of the ring. They’re walking out on this match. Jordan tries to stop them and winds up punching them in front of the referee. The referee disqualifies Rollins and Reigns.
Rollins and Reigns are furious with Jordan. Jordan looks very upset.
Replays are shown from last Monday when Braun Strowman tipped the commentary table platform on top of Kane.
Braun Strowman says he’ll be the last one standing as the Universal Champion at WrestleMania. John Cena and Elias better be ready to get his hands because nothing will stop him.
Seth Rollins is yelling at Jason Jordan and calls him a “selfish son of a bitch.” Kurt Angle says his son is legitimately hurt. Rollins says he’s mad that he didn’t legitimately hurt Jordan himself. Angle orders Jordan to go home until he’s medically cleared.
Video Package: Nia Jax’s career of destruction
The bell rings, and Jax quickly throws her down. Jax sends her to the corner, and Floyd boots her back. Floyd punches her and hits the ropes before dropkicking her. Jax bounces off the ropes and avalanches her down. Jax throws her across the ring and avalanches her in the corner. Jax throws her again before military pressing her and dropping her. Jax leg drops her for the win.
Renee Young is in the ring with Nia Jax and asks for her thoughts on facing Asuka at Elimination Chamber. If Jax wins, she’s added to the WrestleMania title match. Jax says she doesn’t fear Asuka. Asuka cannot beat her. She’ll mess Asuka’s face up so badly that she’ll wear her mask permanently. When she’s done with her, she won’t be the Empress of Tomorrow. She’ll be the Empress of Yesterday.
Replays are shown of Elias hitting John Cena with a guitar on RAW 25. He’ll face John Cena and Braun Strowman in the main event.
Deville quickly takes James down a few times, but James responds with a slap. James hits a Thesz Press and forearms her down for a two count. James tries for a snapmare, but Deville botches it. James covers for a near fall. Deville may have hurt her nose. Deville reverses a whip, but takes a back elbow. Mandy Rose gets on the apron to distract James. Deville quickly takes James down. Deville knees away at her and lays in some stiff kicks for a two count. Deville hits the ropes and knees her down for a near fall. Deville continues to knee her, but James rolls her up for a win out of nowhere.
Absolution quickly double-teams her while Paige directs traffic. Alexa Bliss runs down and pulls Mickie James out of the ring.
Elias is strumming his guitar. The main event is next.
Next week on RAW, there will be a Fatal 4-Way “Second Chance” Match with Finn Balor, Matt Hardy, Bray Wyatt, and Apollo Crews competing for the final spot in the Elimination Chamber.
Elias is in the ring with his guitar. Elias wants to know who wants to walk with him. Elias then sings about his Elimination Chamber opponents before moving on to Brock Lesnar. Elias tried a few times to get the crowd to be silent to no avail. John Cena’s music then cuts him off.
The bell rings, and Elias quickly leaves the ring. John Cena is left in the ring with Braun Strowman. Cena unloads with some punches before eating a big boot from Strowman.
We come back from the break to see Cena try to lift Strowman, but he collapses under the weight. Elias breaks it up, but Strowman assaults him and sends him over the top rope. Both Cena and Elias are outside. Strowman exits to retrieve them. Strowman head-butts them both and puts them in the ring. Cena and Elias then gang up on Strowman and double clothesline him over the top rope. They go outside and send Strowman into the ring post twice before sending him into the steps. Cena grabs the top half of the steps and hits Strowman, but he’s still standing. Elia then smashes his guitar off Strowman’s back. Cena then gives Strowman an Attitude Adjustment onto the bottom half of the steel steps outside the ring!
Elias attacks Cena and gets him in the ring for a two count. Elias gets Cena to his feet, but Cena responds with some punches. Elias hits a modified backbreaker for a near fall. Elias goes to a chin lock, but Cena fights out. Cena hits a pair of shoulder tackles followed by a back suplex powerbomb. Cena then goes for the 5 Knuckle Shuffle, but Strowman gets in the ring and hits Cena with a Running Powerslam! Elias shoves Strowman out of the ring and pins Cena for the win!
Elias will enter the Elimination Chamber last.
Strowman immediately gets in the ring and hits Elias with a Running Powerslam. Strowman looks at the WrestleMania sign and goes to leave, but the crowd boos. Strowman then turns and gives Cena another Running Powerslam. Cena audibly tells Strowman to take his time. Strowman then takes his time giving Elias a Running Powerslam. Strowman gets on the turnbuckle and plays to the crowd. They gleefully egg him on. Strowman then gives Cena another Running Powerslam. Strowman then retrieves Elias and poses for the crowd. Strowman then hits Elias with a Running Powerslam before leaving the ring.