Welcome everyone to the Raw live coverage and chat, this week Raw takes place in San Jose, California. John Cena will open the show tonight. Matches announced are a fatal four way in an Elimination Chamber qualifier. This will see Bray Wyatt, Finn Balor, 'Woken' Matt and Apollo Crews battle for the final spot. In addition Sasha Banks will take on Bayley. Also please feel free to join our Raw Chat below in the comments section.
We open Raw tonight with John Cena to his usual loud, mixed reaction. Cena mentions we are on the road to Wrestlemania. Cena states he doesn't have an obvious road to Wrestlemania, besides Elimination Chamber. Cena does drop a line and says "Wrestlemania brings legends from the dead". Cena says he will main event and win the title at Wrestlemania. Cena is interrupted by The Miz and Miztourage. Miz states Cena was the founding father of suplex city. Also he adds he will win Elimination Chamber and face Brock Lesnar. Miz and Cena is set for tonight with the loser entering the match first.
Miz vs. John Cena (Loser enters Elimination Chamber First)
The Miztourage attack Cena and the match is made. Miz attempts a couple of quick Pinfalls, however Cena kicks out. We come back from commercial with Cena down on the outside. Miz connects with a double axe handle for a two count. Miz continues to have the upperhand, ground Cena. Cena finally connects with a reversal and then a tornado DDT. Miz regains control with a sleeper hold. We come back from commercial with a Skull Crushing Finale counter. Miz then counters an AA attempt into a figure four. Cena breaks free and counters into a STFU. Cena catches Miz and rolls through for another AA attempt that's reversed into a DDT. Miz kicks out of an AA, and Cena missed a top rope maneuver. Miz and Cena trade submission moves yet again with Miz getting a rope break. Miz connects with a Skull Crushing Finale however Cena kicks out at two. Miz attempts a top rope Skull Crushing Finale however Cena counters into a top rope AA. Cena wins and celebrates with a fan ringside.
Winner: John Cena
"Woken" Matt Hardy cut a promo on his opponents for tonight's fatal four way. He calls the Elimination Chamber the deletion chamber.
Anderson & Gallows vs. The Revival:
Before the match begins the Revival attack Anderson and Gallows. Anderson and Gallows finally enter the ring and Dash and Dawson take a powder. Gallows and Dawson start the match with Gallows having control. Gallows lays in punches in the corner and throws Dawson across the ring. Wilder distracts Gallows and takes a nasty over the top rope bump. This allows Dawson to chop block Gallows and take control. We come back from commercial to Dawson and Wilder attacking the leg of Gallows. Gallows is able to break free of the double team attack and tag Anderson. Anderson comes in hot and kicks Wilder right in the face. Anderson connects with a mid rope neckbreaker and a beautiful spinebuster. The Revival hit the Shatter Machine for the win.
Winners: The Revival
Kurt Angle is out to make a major announcement. Angle announces that Rousey will he signing an official Monday Night Raw contract. Angle announces his son had major neck surgery. Angle says to the crowd if you cheer for injuries to a superstar, then you aren't kind. Rollins interupts Angle and says he knows what it's like to miss Wrestlemania. Rollins says he wants a path to Wrestlemania. Rollins says he no longer wants a tag team and he wants the Universal Title. Rollins wants to be added to the second chance Elimination Chamber match. Angle asks the audience and they cheer loudly for him to be added. Rollins has been added to the fatal four way.
Sasha Banks vs. Bayley:
Banks and Bayley starts with mat wrestling with the crowd hot for Bayley. The women go with some good chain wrestling with Banks gaining early control. Banks attempts a quick pin after double knees and a pinfall. Banks sends Bayley to the outside and then drop kicks her back to the outside. We come back from commercial with Banks working on Bayley's shoulder. Bayley takes multiple double knees from Banks in the corner. Banks taunts Bayley and misses her in the corner. Bayley gets a near fall on Banks and his a big sidekick on Banks. Bayley misses a top rope elbow and Banks locks in the Bank Statment, however Bayley gets to the ropes. Bayley attempts a superplex but Banks counters however Bayley hits the Bayley to Belly from the top rope. Bayley gets the pin for the win.
After the match Nia Jax attacks both Banks and Bayley. Nia Jax says she will break Asuka's streak at Elimination Chamber.
Backstage Rollins and Reigns have a promo regarding Elimination Chamber. The Bar interupt however Reigns runs them down.
Raw airs a video package hyping Asuka's streak.
Titus Worldwide cuts a promo hyping Apollo Crews in the Chamber qualifier.
Alexa and Mickie have an exchange backstage getting on the same page. Mickie says after Elimination Chamber she's coming for the title.
Absolution vs. Mickie James and Alexa Bliss:
The match starts with Mandy Rose and Mickie James. Mickie with a knockdown and quick pin attempt. Rose tags out quick and Deville comes in and Mickie gains control. Bliss is tagged in and connects with the knees and moonsault pin attempt for two. James is tagged back in however Deville gains control. Rose is tagged in and applies an abdominal stretch. James hip tosses out and Bliss is knocked off the apron before a tag can be made. Rose connects with her finisher for the win.
After the match Absolution beats down James and Bliss makes the save.
Elias sings a song about the Elimination Chamber. Braun interupts with a song of his own. Braun goes to attack Elias however Elias hits Braun first. This doesn't last long as Strowman hits a powerslam and the crowd goes wild. After that Strowman hits Elias with a mega bass guitar.
Sheamus vs. Roman Reigns
Reigns is out to a decent pop and Reigns controls the match early. Reigns sends Sheamus to the outside and Cesaro gives a pep talk. Sheamus is back in but not for long as Reigns sends him back out. They battle outside and Sheamus sends Reigns into the barricade. We come back from commercial to loud Rusev Day chants. Sheamus has Reigns down and driving knees into Reigns chest. Reigns battles out and hits Sheamus with a trio of clotheslines. Sheamus regains control and throws Reigns shoulder first into the ring post. Sheamus locks in a Texas cloverleaf however Reigns counters and hits a Samoan Drop. Sheamus catches Reigns in mid air for an Irish Curse backbreaker. Reigns then counters the Brogue Kick with a Superman punch for a two count. Reigns connects with a sit out Powerbomb for a two count. Both men are slow to get up, Cesaro distracts Reigns and Sheamus gets a couple of near falls. Sheamus attempts a top rope shoulder tackle however Reigns spears Sheamus for the win.
Winner: Roman Reigns
WWE shows a video package for Ivory and her HOF nomination.
Seth Rollins vs. Finn Balor vs. Apollo Crews vs. Woken Matt vs. Bray Wyatt (Winner Receives Final Elimination Chamber Spot):
We come back from commercial with Crews hitting a backflip off the apron, onto Hardy and Wyatt. Balor sends Crews to the outside and attempts a pin on Wyatt. Wyatt kicks out and Balor attempts to setup Rollins for his finisher, Rollins counters with a sidekick. Rollins then drops Wyatt and gets another near fall. Rollins throws Balor to the outside and goes to the top rope. Crews stops Rollins and attempts a superplex, however Wyatt cleans house. Wyatt drops Crews with a uranagi for a two count. Balor and Wyatt are in the ring after the commercial break. Wyatt splashes Balor in the corner and then Hardy applauds Wyatt. Hardy hits a clothesline and a side effect on Wyatt. Balor is also caught with a Side Effect before Hardy is dropped by Rollins. Rollins clears the ring and hits a suicide dive on everyone but Crews. Crews kicks out of a Falcon Arrow by Rollins. Wyatt and Rollins are both down after a big clothesline from Wyatt. Balor dropkicks Crews on the outside, and then Wyatt in the ring. Rollins counters the Coup De Gras and attempts a Phoenix Splash. Wyatt and Hardy has a pin broken up by Balor and Rollins hits the Blackout for two. Rollins and Crews are now the only two in ring, Crews connects with the standing moonsault for two. Crews counters the rip cord knee and hits a kick of his own and then a standing 450 for two. Hardy meets Apollo at the top rope and Wyatt pulls him down. Wyatt drops Hardy with a Sister Abigail on the outside. Balor and Rollins both powerbomb Wyatt and pin him at the same time. The show goes off the air in controversy, as both men have pinned Wyatt.
Winners: Seth Rollins and Finn Balor