Raw is War
February 19, 2018
There is a moment of silence for the victims and families of the Parkland school tragedy. They completely turn off the crowd microphones during this.
“Then. Now. Forever.” The WWE video leads us into the show.
Roman Reigns makes his way to the ring. Footage is shown of Kurt Angle announcing that Seth Rollins and Finn Balor would both be in the Elimination Chamber after a double pin. There will be seven men for the first time ever in the Elimination Chamber. Charly Caruso says Kurt Angle picked Reigns first for the 7-man Gauntlet Match. Is he concerned about this grueling match just days before Elimination Chamber? The crowd loudly boos Reigns. Reigns isn’t concerned. What he is concerned about is the Elimination Chamber match. Reigns has never been in one before. Reigns has seen how rough it is, but he’s going against the toughest competition in the world like John Cena, Seth Rollins, The Miz, Elias, Finn Balor, and Braun Strowman. All those guys have one thing in common – they cannot beat Brock Lesnar. It is Reigns’ time now because he can beat him. Reigns tells them to watch WrestleMania when he last faced Lesnar. Reigns would have beat him.
Seth Rollins’ music hits, and he’ll face Reigns first in this Gauntlet Match. The winner of this head-to-head faces the next guy and this goes on until there is a winner.
The bell rings, and the crowd is buzzing for this match. A “Burn it down” chant picks up. They lock up, and Reigns powers him to the corner. Reigns gives a clean break. Rollins applies a waistlock, but Reigns powers out and wrenches the arm. Rollins twists out, but Reigns quickly hooks the head. Rollins tries to whip him off, but Reigns controls him with a headlock takeover. Rollins tries to fight up, but Reigns takes him down with another headlock takeover. Rollins fights up and whips him off, but Reigns shoulder blocks him down. Reigns stands over him before hitting the ropes. Rollins leapfrogs him and connects with an arm drag before catching him with la magistral for a two count. Rollins gets him with a backslide pin for a two count. Rollins kicks him in the midsection and hits the ropes, but he puts the brakes on when Reigns stands straight up and looks at him.
We come back from the break to see Rollins trapped in a chin lock. Rollins fights up and hits a jawbreaker. Rollins hits the ropes, but Reigns floors him with a back elbow. Rollins takes a few moments to get his bearings straight. Rollins gets to his feet and boots him back. Rollins charges, but Reigns floors him with a tilt-a-whirl slam for a near fall. Reigns stalks Rollins as his Shield mate gets up. Reigns sends him into the ropes, but he lowers his head and eats a kick. Rollins elbows and boots him back before coming off the second rope with a blockbuster. Rollins connects with a Sling Blade and charges, but Reigns puts him on the apron. Rollins punches him back and springboards off the top rope with a clothesline. Rollins then clotheslines him over the top rope. Rollins goes for a suicide dive, but Reigns cuts him off with a right hand. Rollins is hung up on the middle rope, so Reigns hits him with a Drive By Dropkick. Reigns puts him in the ring and hits a clothesline. Reigns then clubs away at Rollins ten times in the corner before big booting him down. Rollins cuts him off trying a Superman Punch. Rollins goes for a Ripcord Knee, but Reigns gets out. Rollins counters another Superman Punch into a turnbuckle powerbomb, but Reigns pops out of the corner with a Superman Punch. Both men are down.
We come back from the break to see Rollins come off the top rope for a Frog Splash, but Reigns moves. They’re both down again. They slowly get to their feet and punch away at each other. Reigns comes out on top before Rollins sidesteps him and throws him over the top rope. Rollins then hits him with a suicide dive. Rollins gets back in the ring and hits a second suicide dive! Rollins gets him in the ring and springboards off the top rope, but Reigns connects with a Superman Punch for a near fall! Reigns gets to his feet and gets the crowd going before signaling for the Spear. Rollins kicks him in the face and goes for the Curb Stomp, but Reigns sidesteps it. Reigns rolls him up, but Rollins kicks out. Rollins rolls up Reigns and pins him to eliminate him from the Gauntlet Match!
Seth Rollins defeated Roman Reigns in the Gauntlet Match
The match will continue right away. Reigns laughs realizing that Rollins caught him. Rollins and Reigns shake hands. John Cena is out next.
Rollins attacks Cena during his entrance with a clothesline for a near fall.
We come back from the break to see Rollins trapped in a chin lock. Cena really cinches in the move. After a little while, Rollins fights up and hits the ropes, but Cena clotheslines him down. Cena removes his shirt to cheers from the ladies and covers Rollins for a two count. Cena whips him hard to the corner and gets another two count. Cena then goes back to the chin lock. Cena holds it on for a while again and clubs him as he fights up. Cena kicks him in the head and throws him out of the ring. Cena is looking for a count-out victory to keep himself fresh for his next opponent. There are still four men left to go. Rollins gets back in at nine. Cena kicks him in the face and yells at Rollins to stay down. Rollins slowly gets to his feet, and Cena takes him down with a trio of belly-to-belly side suplexes for a near fall.
Returning from the break, we see Cena try for an Attitude Adjustment, but Rollins slides off and DDTs him for a near fall. Rollins chops and punches Cena before Cena ducks a clothesline. Cena holds him up and hits a modified stunner for a near fall! Cena looks at Rollins in disgust. Rollins crawls to the corner and pulls himself up. Cena punches him down. A “Let’s go Cena/Cena sucks” chant fires up. Rollins slowly gets to his feet, and Cena punches him down again. Cena taunts him saying there is a bunch of guys to go still and he feels great. Cena runs laps around Rollins while he slowly gets to his feet. Rollins misses a punch, and Cena floors him with a right hand. Cena picks up a one count. Rollins gets fired up and shoves Cena a bunch of times. They exchange punches until Cena floors him with an elbow for a near fall. Rollins pulls himself up on the apron, and Cena knocks him off to the floor. Cena looks for a count-out again. Rollins barely makes it back in at nine again.
We return from the break to see Cena standing over Rollins, shaking his head. Cena waits for him to slowly get up before hitting the ropes for a pair of shoulder tackles. Rollins counters a back suplex powerbomb into a headlock takeover. Cena quickly drops him onto the apron. Rollins knocks him back and goes for a springboard clothesline, but Cena counters into an STF. Rollins crawls to the bottom rope, but Cena drags him back. Rollins kicks Cena back and hits a Sling Blade for a near fall. Rollins has been in this match over 45 minutes. Rollins limps to the corner and hits Cena with a running forearm. Rollins hits a suplex and rolls into a falcon’s arrow attempt, but Cena rolls him up for a near fall. Cena hits a back suplex powerbomb and plays to the crowd. Rollins kicks him in the face before kicking him in the midsection. Rollins superkicks him down for a near fall. Cena quickly rolls to the apron. Rollins tries to suplex Cena back into the ring, but Cena pulls him onto the apron. Cena then sidesteps him, and Rollins hits the ring post shoulder-first. Cena charges him, but Rollins moves. Cena hits the steel ring steps shoulder-first. The referee starts counting, but they both manage to beat the count with one second remaining.
Both are down in the ring. Cena and Rollins exchange punches before Cena lays him out with a back suplex powerbomb. Cena hits a 5 Knuckle Shuffle before trying for an AA, but Rollins counters into a roll-up for a near fall. Rollins then takes him down and applies a crossface. Cena fights up and tries for an AA, but Rollins lands on his feet and hits an enzuigiri. Rollins quickly goes to the top rope for a Frog Splash, but Cena kicks out! Rollins has been in this match 50 minutes now. Both guys slowly get to their feet. Cena then hits an emphatic AA… but Rollins kicks out! The crowd cannot believe it and starts up a “YES” chant. A “Burn it down” chant picks up now. Cena goes to the top rope, but Rollins cuts him off with a superplex before rolling into a falcon’s arrow for a near fall! The crowd is back into this thing. Rollins slowly gets up and goes for a Curb Stomp, but Cena moves and applies an STF. Rollins gets to the bottom rope somehow. Cena counters an enzuigiri attempt into another STF. Rollins tries to roll out, but Cena keeps it applied. Rollins nearly taps, but grabs the bottom rope at the last moment. Cena breaks the hold, and Rollins rolls out of the ring. Rollins slowly pulls himself up onto the apron. Cena pulls him to the top rope and tries for a super AA, but Rollins elbows out. Cena hits a cross-body block, but Rollins rolls through and connects with an AA on John Cena… and Cena kicks out! The crowd is stunned! This is close to the longest match in RAW history according to the commentators. There are still four more men that have to enter this match. Rollins pulls himself up and claws his way to the top rope. Rollins goes for a Phoenix Splash, but Cena moves. Cena hits an AA and goes for a second one, but Rollins slides off and knees him in the face! Rollins kicks him in the midsection and hits the Curb Stomp to eliminate John Cena!
Seth Rollins defeated John Cena in the Gauntlet Match
Elias runs down with his ribs taped and pins Rollins for a near fall. Elias stomps away at him and drops a knee for a two count. Elias knocks him down again for another two count.
We come back from the break to see Rollins trapped in a single leg crab. Renee Young is backstage with John Cena, who is shown picture in picture. She asks how Cena will pick up the pieces heading into Sunday. Cena gives respect to Rollins and says his focus is on being Mr. Monday Night. It’s globally known that Cena is trying to balance a lot of things at once. Rollins can focus solely on this, but he can’t. Cena says this is a call of action to himself. Cena needs to win the Elimination Chamber or he won’t have a road to WrestleMania. Cena has to gather his focus.
Elias has been attacking the knee of Rollins. Rollins tries to land on it, but he collapses in pain. Elias stomps him in the corner and twists the knee around the middle rope for four legal seconds. Five would cause a disqualification. Rollins fights out with some wild punches and chops. Elias quickly kicks him in the knee and hits the ropes, but Rollins superkicks him down for a near fall. Elias rolls out of the ring after quietly asking Rollins if he’s ok. Rollins responds, “Yeah.” Rollins slowly gets to his feet and hits a plancha. Rollins rubs his injured knee and puts Elias back into the ring. Rollins kicks him and hits the ropes, but Elias boots him back. Elias then knees him in the face before hitting Drift Away to eliminate Seth Rollins!
Elias defeated Seth Rollins in the Gauntlet Match
Seth Rollins fought in this match for one hour and five minutes. The crowd gives him a great round of applause as he slowly rolls out of the ring.
Balor gets in the ring and clubs away at Elias. Elias punches him back and sends him into the ropes. Balor rolls through a roll-up and dropkicks him for a two count. Balor chops him to the corner. Elias reverses a whip to the corner, but Balor sidesteps him going to the apron. Balor then kicks him back and goes to the top rope, but Elias gets out of the ring.
We come back from the (you guessed it) break to see Elias take Balor down and drop a knee on the arm. Elias asks who wants to walk with him. Renee Young is backstage with Seth Rollins, who is shown picture in picture. She asks what he can take away from this to apply to Elimination Chamber on Sunday. Rollins says he pinned two of the all time greats back to back, but it doesn’t mean anything if he doesn’t win the Elimination Chamber on Sunday. Balor fights up from an arm bar and punches Elias. Elias hits a shoulder breaker for a near fall. Elias comes off the middle rope with a club to the shoulder. Elias pushes him into the ropes and continues to attack the surgically repaired shoulder of Elias. A “We want Strowman” chant picks up. Elias applies a hammerlock and sends him shoulder-first into the turnbuckle for a near fall. Elias applies an arm bar, but Balor fights up. Elias whips him into the ropes, but he lowers his head and eats a kick. Balor kicks him back before hitting an overhead kick to take him down. They’re both down, and the shot shows the WrestleMania sign looming over them. Balor gets up in the corner and boots him back. Balor hits a pair of running forearms before hitting a running clothesline. Balor gets him in the corner and chops him. Balor sends him to the opposite corner, but Elias boots him back. Elias goes to the top rope, but Balor kicks him off to the floor. Balor goes outside and hits a running dropkick into the barricade. Balor gets him in the ring and hits a Sling Blade. Balor goes for a running dropkick, but Elias connects with a stiff clothesline for a near fall. Elias gets him on his shoulders in electric chair position before spinning him into a sit-out powerbomb for a near fall. This match has been going nearly an hour and a half, by far the longest match in RAW history.
Returning from the break, Balor sends Elias out of the ring and kicks him in the face from the apron. Elias comes back by sending him face-first into the ring post. Elias gets him in the ring and misses an elbow drop. Balor quickly rolls him up for a two count. Elias then quickly goes to an arm bar. Balor tries to get to the bottom rope, but Elias pulls him to the middle of the ring and reapplies the arm bar. Balor gets out and hits a double stomp.
Both are down and slowly get to their feet. They exchange blows before Balor hits a Sling Blade. Balor then viciously dropkicks him into the corner. Balor goes to the top rope and hits the Coup de Grace on Elias’ bad ribs for the win.
Finn Balor defeated Elias in the Gauntlet Match
The Miz’ music hits, but The Miztourage comes out instead. They start running down. The Miz then attacks Balor from behind and punches away at him! Miz hits a kneeling DDT for a near fall. Miz DDTs Balor again for a two count. The Miz argues with the referee over the count. Miz kicks away at Balor. Miz continues kicking until Balor gets to his feet. Miz quickly reverses a whip and turns him inside out with a knee to the midsection. Miz then throws him out of the ring. The Miztourage slowly approaches, but the referee warns them not to. Miz goes outside and sends Balor shoulder-first into the barricade. Miz then twists the arm around the ropes and hits an arm breaker.
Back from the break, Miz is applying an arm bar to Balor. Renee Young is backstage with Elias, picture in picture. She talks about the advantage he’ll have entering the Elimination Chamber last. Elias says he’ll pick up the scraps and give the greatest performance of a lifetime on the grandest stage of them all. Everyone will know what WWE stands for.
Miz starts up the “IT” Kicks on Balor, but Balor ducks the big kick and chops away at him. Balor quickly kicks him down and delivers a falling elbow for a near fall. Michael Cole mentions the longest single performance in WWE history was Bruno Sammartino against Waldo Von Erich in 1964. That was over 80 minutes. Balor chops away at him before Miz boots him. Miz goes for a Skull Crushing Finale, but Balor counters with a roll-up for a two count. Miz quickly drives the shoulder into the mat and goes for a kick, but Balor rolls him up for a two count. Miz goes for the Skull Crushing Finale, but Balor grabs the ropes. The referee backs up Miz, and The Miztourage takes advantage of the distraction to snap Balor’s arm off the ropes. Balor hits the ropes, ducks a clothesline, and hits The Miztourage with a summersault senton! Balor kicks Miz in the face and viciously dropkicks him into the corner. Balor gets on the apron and forearms Curtis Axel to the floor. Balor then boots Bo Dallas to the floor. Miz then crotches Balor on the top rope. Miz hits the Skull Crushing Finale for the win!
The Miz defeated Finn Balor in the Gauntlet Match
The Miz celebrates and points at the WrestleMania sign. The crowd is buzzing knowing who is coming out next. A “Strowman” chant picks up, and Miz’ smile turns into fear when he realizes that Strowman is next. Miz looks devastated as Strowman’s music hits to a big reception.
The Miz quickly leaves the ring as Braun Strowman gets on the apron. Strowman wildly chases him into the crowd and clubs him. Strowman brings him back through the crowd and throws him over the barricade and back to ringside.
We come back from the supposed final break of this Gauntlet Match to see Strowman knock Miz down and throw him across the ring. Strowman turns him inside out with a kick to the midsection. Strowman then picks him up and throws him across the ring again. Strowman then raises his arms in victory. The Miztourage backs up when Strowman looks at them. Miz sidesteps an avalanche and kicks away at him, but Strowman shoves him away. Miz snaps Strowman off the top rope and dropkicks him to the corner. Renee Young is backstage with Finn Balor, who says The Miztourage will be locked out of the Elimination Chamber. This Sunday, he’ll go on to face Brock Lesnar and beat him at WrestleMania.
Miz charges for a dropkick, but Strowman dropkicks him down! Strowman then holds him back and clubs him down. Miz tries to beg him off and covers up to avoid being hit. Strowman gets him to his feet and head-butts him. Miz pulls the top rope down to get him out of the ring. Miz baseball slides him into the barricade. Miz charges, but Strowman clotheslines him down on the floor. Strowman chases Curtis Axel back before putting Miz in the ring. The Miztourage distracts Strowman, allowing Miz to hit a Skull Crushing Finale! The power of Strowman’s kick-out sends Miz out of the ring and into The Miztourage. Miz charges into the ring, but Strowman kills him with a clothesline. Strowman then hits a Running Powerslam to end one of the longest matches in WWE history!
Charly Caruso interviews Braun Strowman on the stage. She asks if his mindset will change despite never being in an Elimination Chamber match. Strowman doesn’t fear the unknown. The unknown fears him. This Sunday at Elimination Chamber, it’ll be the same thing. Then he’s going to WrestleMania to beat “Beastie Boy” Brock Lesnar because he’s not finished with him. At WrestleMania, Brock Lesnar is gonna get these hands. Strowman then excuses himself to handle some unfinished business.
Strowman goes down to the ring. The Miztourage is trying to pull Miz out of the ring. Strowman pulls Miz and The Miztourage back in with one hand. Strowman punches them and hits Axel with a Running Powerslam. Strowman then hits a Running Powerslam on Bo Dallas. Miz runs away, and Strowman chases him backstage. After a few moments, Miz is thrown onto the stage. Strowman gets Miz in the ring and hits an emphatic Running Powerslam. Strowman goes to leave, but he stops. The crowd is loving this and chanting “One more time.” Strowman then hits Miz with a huge Running Powerslam to the delight of the crowd. Strowman laughs and throws some sweat onto Miz before leaving the ring.
Later tonight, we’ll see a 6-Woman Tag Team Match with Bayley, Sasha Banks, and Mickie James taking on Alexa Bliss, Mandy Rose, and Sonys Deville.
Asuka will be in action, next.
Video Package: Jeff Jarrett is the next inductee into the WWE Hall of Fame: Class of 2018
Asuka makes her entrance. She’ll be in action, next.
Renee Young is in the ring with Asuka. Asuka says she controls her road to WrestleMania. Renee asks about the bold things Nia Jax has said about her. Asuka says Nia didn’t look so good after their last match when she was limping away from the ring. Asuka says Nia likes to talk, but on Sunday, she won’t be talking. She will tap out. Nia Jax gets in the ring, but Asuka felt her coming and hits some strikes on her. Asuka boots her back and goes to the top rope, but Jax pulls her off for a Samoan Drop. Jax then drops three legs on Asuka. Jax then leaves Asuka in the ring holding her neck.
Video Package: Ronda Rousey will sign with RAW at Elimination Chamber
Titus O’Neil will start the match against Cesaro. They lock up, and Cesaro powers him to the corner before shoving him. O’Neil throws Cesaro to the corner and clubs him. Apollo is tagged in, and they sloppily send Cesaro into the ropes for a double back elbow. O’Neil tags back in and slams Cesaro before taunting Sheamus. Apollo tags back in and attacks. Cesaro quickly gets up and throws Apollo out of the ring. Sheamus clotheslines him on the floor. Sheamus tags in and attacks Apollo outside the ring. Sheamus gets him in the ring and tags in Cesaro. They hit a double-team kick to the midsection and taunt the crowd. Cesaro applies a chin lock. Apollo fights up, but Sheamus tags in and they take him down. The Bar taunts the crowd. Sheamus drops a knee for a two count before applying an overhead wristlock. Cesaro tags back in and comes off the second rope with a club for a two count. Sheamus tags back in and stomps Apollo before applying a front facelock. Apollo gets out, but can’t tag O’Neil who has been knocked off the apron. Apollo then rolls Cesaro up for the win.
Titus Worldwide celebrates their big win on the ramp. The Bar looks disgusted.
Bayley, Sasha Banks, and Mickie James will take on Alexa Bliss, Mandy Rose, and Sonya Deville later tonight.
The commentators run down the Elimination Chamber card. Matt Hardy vs. Bray Wyatt has been added to the card.
Bray Wyatt’s video flashes on the screen and he is shown somewhere backstage. Some say the end is near, and he hopes they’re right for Matt Hardy’s sake. His end will be at Elimination Chamber. Matt Hardy breaks into the feed and says he’s been engaged in a battle with Wyatt since the beginning of time. Wyatt says Hardy is a liar, and Hardy says the same about him. Wyatt says Hardy a twisted individual. Hardy says Wyatt must be rendered OBSOLETE! At Elimination Chamber, Bray Wyatt shall be DELETED! Wyatt laughs before growling at the camera.
Sasha Banks makes her entrance. The 6-Woman Tag Match is next.
WrestleMania is 48 days away.
A pre-taped promo is shown with Absolution. This Chamber will ruin friendships, so it’ll be easy for either of them to beat Sasha Banks and Bayley to go to WrestleMania as the RAW Women’s Champion.
Alexa Bliss will start the match against Mickie James. Bliss smiles at James and tags in Sonya Deville instead. They circle the ring a few times before locking up. James hooks the arm, but Deville gets out and takes her down. James gets out and takes her down before applying a front facelock. Sasha Banks tags in and kicks Deville before wrenching the arm. Deville gets out and wrenches the arm. Banks powers her to the corner and tags in Mandy Rose. Rose punches away at Banks before going for a body slam, but Banks slides off and slams her into the corner. Bayley tags in and bounces Rose off the turnbuckle. Bayley tries to give her a head-scissor, but Rose counters with a cartwheel. Rose shoves her twice and hits a hair whip to the face. Bayley angrily powers her to the corner and stomps her down. Bayley hits an exploder, but Rose quickly rolls out of the ring to recover.
We come back from the break to see Bayley fighting up from a chin lock applied by Mandy Rose. Bayley gets out and attacks the heel side before trying to crawl to her corner. Rose stops her, but Bayley fights it. Bayley tries for a slingshot, but Rose viciously slams her down for a near fall. Alexa Bliss blind tags in and clubs away at Bayley. Absolution isn’t happy about this. Bliss stomps Bayley in the corner, but Bayley makes a mini comeback. Bliss quickly shoves her to the corner and slaps her in the face. Bliss stomps her and tags in Deville. Deville punches Bayley in the ribs for a two count. Deville applies a body scissor and talks some trash. Bayley gets out and fights off Absolution before tagging in Banks, but the referee didn’t see the tag. Bayley shoves Rose into Banks. James tags in and hits a running forearm and kick on Rose. Deville is knocked off the apron. James then hits a flapjack and kips up. James goes to the top rope and hits a Thesz Press. James then hits a neckbreaker on Deville. James hits a bicycle kick on Rose and baseball slides Deville. Rose hits a knee to the face and covers, but James’ foot is under the bottom rope. Things get sloppy there for a moment or two. Rose then applies a terrible looking abdominal stretch. James gets out, and Rose hits her with a reckless inverted gutwrench suplex for a two count. Deville tags in, and James connects with a hurricanrana. James goes to tag Banks, but Deville cuts her off and slams her down. Rose tags in, and they go for a double-team suplex, but James counters into a neckbreaker on both women.
Banks and Bliss are tagged in. Banks hits a pair of clotheslines and a dropkick. Banks blocks a kick and points at the WrestleMania sign before kicking her in the face. Banks kicks Bliss back before coming off the apron with double knees on Deville. Banks hits Bliss with double knees, but Rose breaks it up. Bayley runs in and hits Rose with a side suplex. Bliss rolls Banks up, but Banks counters into a roll-up for a two count. Bliss then slams Banks into the turnbuckle. Bliss goes for a DDT, but Banks counters into the Bank Statement for the submission victory.
Absolution attacks Banks from behind. Bayley tries to make the save, but they viciously take her out. Alexa Bliss gets in the ring and looks pleased with this. She then realizes that she’s in danger. Absolution backs her to a corner, but Mickie James makes the save. Bliss and James then hit a double-team impaler DDT on Deville. Bliss and James then walk off.