We’re live from the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA as Michael Cole welcomes us. He’s joined by Corey Graves and Jonathan Coachman. They hype tonight’s show and send us to a replay of Ronda Rousey’s contract signing at Elimination Chamber with Triple H, RAW Commissioner Stephanie McMahon and RAW General Manager Kurt Angle.
In the Arena:
RAW Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss heads to the ring with Mickie James. Highlights of Bliss retaining her title inside the first ever women’s Elimination Chamber is shown.
Michael Cole notes that Asuka will be the challenger for Bliss at WrestleMania 34 after Nia Jax was unable to defeat Asuka at Elimination Chamber last night.
Back live, Bliss has a mic in hand. “What a historic moment. And you know just when you thought it was impossible, I amaze myself.” Bliss said you have no idea how amazing it feels to retain her title in the first ever women’s Elimination Chamber match. She talks about setting a new standard and how they will be taking about her accomplishments for the next 10, 20 and even 50 years. Bliss wants to give credit when it is due. She introduces Mickie James at her side and how James showed the world why she is a 6-time Women’s Champion and future Hall of Famer. Bliss understands they have had a rough friendship, but she talks about learning so much from her and how the girls in the back can learn from her as well. She addresses Absolution and how they have a bright future…just not while she is champion. Bliss addresses Sasha Banks and Bayley. She calls Bayley a “sad situation.” Bliss says she capitalized on Banks’ massive ego. She says RAW is her show and this is why she is going to WrestleMania, pointing at the sign. Bliss says she will break Asuka’s streak and wonders if she will be 100 percent after what Nia Jax did to her.
Here comes Asuka. Asuka walks quickly to the ring and confronts Bliss and James. Anaheim starts a loud “ASUKA’S GONNA KILL YOU” chant. Bliss says Asuka isn’t fooling anyone walking out here like nothing is wrong. She talks about Nia Jax crushing her last night because she watched it live. Bliss says Jax deserves to be in the title match. She mocks Asuka’s bad English and calls her “cute.”
Nia Jax walks out next. Asuka takes out Bliss and James. Jax is in and takes out Asuka. Jax lifts up Asuka, but Asuka gets her down in a triangle. Bliss and James run in attacking Asuka. Bayley and Sasha Banks hit the ring going after James and Bliss. Jax then levels Bayley and Banks with a clothesline. Asuka is attacking Jax. Bliss drops Asuka with a big right hand. Bliss and Jax stand tall and leave together.
– Still to come, John Cena will be here to discuss WrestleMania. We go to commercial.
Alexa Bliss, Nia Jax and Mickie James vs. Sasha Banks, Bayley and Asuka
We are back live with a six woman tag team match in progress.
Bayley turns it around and drops a leg for a 2 count. Mickie brings Bayley out of the corner with the hurricanrana. Mickie with more offense and a 2 count. Jax tags in and decks Bayley while Mickie holds her. Jax splashes Bayley in the corner and manhandles her a bit. Bliss tags in for the double team. Bliss unloads with kicks in the corner now. Bayley drops Bliss face first into the turnbuckle and slams her repeatedly into the pad. Bayley with a 2 count.
Bayley with more offense and another 2 count. Banks tags herself in and Bayley doesn’t look happy. Banks with offense and a pin attempt on Bliss. Bliss comes back and drops Banks but Banks rolls her up for a 2 count. Sasha catches Bliss with a kick and delivers double knees in the corner for another 2 count. Bliss regroups with Mickie on the floor but Banks kicks them both through the ropes. Banks brings Bliss back into the ring but Jax floors Banks on the floor while the referee isn’t looking. Bliss brings Banks back into the ring for a 2 count. Bliss slams Banks’ face into the mat and keeps control of her.
Bliss sends Banks back to the corner and works her over. Banks rolls to the floor and is down on her back as we go back to commercial.
Back live, Jax cuts off a tag out attempt by Banks. Tag to James who hits a snapmare and boot to the face combo on Banks. James tosses Banks face first to the corner and tags in Bliss who kicks away at Banks in the corner. Bliss keeps Banks grounded in a headlock. Bliss cuts off Banks with a clothesline and then gets in a cheap shot on Asuka. Banks jumps to tag in Bayley. Bayley jumps down and backs up staring down Banks. Banks counters a finisher attempt by James and tags in Asuka. Asuka with a dropkick to James, strikes and then a leaping shot off the ropes. Asuka with a kick to Jax knocking her down. Asuka with a big knee to James and big kicks. Asuka with a shot to Jax knocking her back and Asuka with a kick to James. Bliss breaks up the pin. Bayley takes out Bliss jumping back in. Asuka gets the armbar applied on James. James quickly taps out.
Winners: Sasha Banks, Bayley and Asuka
After the match, we see Bayley smiling on the outside. She turns and stares down an upset Sasha Banks who is just starting to recover at ringside.
– Cole shows us how somber John Cena was on RAW Talk last night after the Chamber. Still to come, Cena will address the WWE Universe. Back to commercial.
In the Arena:
We are back and John Cena makes his way to the ring.
John looks at the Wrestlemania sign and then he says last night he failed. In a moment of failure and in the finale of it all, he was rushed into a room and put in front of microphone and he was demoralized. Failure is tough. You can tell that you go through failure alone. He knows where he is at. A person’s character is not judged on when you rise to the top. You are judged when your back is against the wall. That time is now.
He says he spent five minutes last night feeling sorry for himself and then he moved forward. John says he will figure it out and he is talking about his Road to Wrestlemania, as he points to the sign. John says he thought it would be the Royal Rumble, but he failed. He did not give up. He thought it would be the Elimination Chamber, but he failed. No one else will come into the ring in front of everyone and say ‘I Failed’.
When you say you failed, the disappointment is on you. It is your fault and you go through failure alone. Failure made John who he is today. You can stay down or get up and John says that he is up because he figured it out. John says he has to do something he should have done a long time ago.
John says he will put out a Wrestlemania challenge… to The Undertaker!
Thirty nine Wrestlemanias between the two of us and we have never stood face to face in the ring. If you want Wrestlemania, that is Wrestlemania. Cena says that match is not happening. He says he doesn’t make the matches and he’s been told that the match won’t be happening because it’s impossible. Now you understand the disappointment of failure. You can stay down or get up. John says his road to Wrestlemania goes through Smackdown. John will go to Smackdown, not to beg, but to do whatever it takes to earn a spot at Wrestlemania.
– The announcers plug Reigns vs. Lesnar. They will come face to face later tonight. Back to commercial.
Bray Wyatt vs. Heath Slater (with Rhyno)
Bray attacks Rhyno before the bell and then Slater with punches. Wyatt with a cross body tackle to Slater and then he hits a uranage on Rhyno. Bray drops the mat and does the crab walk. Bray with a clothesline into the corner followed by punches. Bray dances around with Slater and then hits Sister Abigail.
The match never officially started.
Bray takes a mic and he relaxes in the corner. He tells Matt to look at what he made him do. He made him hurt these innocent men. You led them to slaughter. The great war is far from over. You will face him again. He will make sure that Matt’s woken eyes are shut forever. Bray tells Matt that he is coming for him. He tells Matt to run.
– Miz walks in the back as we go to commercial.
– We are back and we take another look back at Ronda Rousey’s contract signing.
In the Arena:
WWE Intercontinental Champion The Miz heads to the ring with The Miztourage.
The Miz has a mic and talks about how we are on the road to WrestleMania. He wonders why it stops in Anaheim. Miz talks about how Los Angeles is 45 minutes away, but instead he’s here in Anaheim. He says Kurt Angle takes his stars for granted. Miz says in 62 days, he will become the longest reigning Intercontinental Champion of all time. He will go on to be the best – not HBK, Bret Hart, Pedro Morales, Edge, Chris Jericho or Roman Reigns.
Miz refers to himself as the new television sensation along with his wife Maryse. He repeats himself and demands the crowd cheer. Miz says those booing will be watching anyway. He says despite all the accolades, he still isn’t treated like a star. Miz talks about a lack of merchandise and how his photo isn’t on any kind of promotional material. “I should be going to the main event of WrestleMania.” Miz repeats himself.
He talks about Kurt Angle forcing Finn Balor and Seth Rollins on everyone inside the Elimination Chamber and how he was “punished” for winning his qualifying match. Miz is sick of being taken for granted and is sick of the disrespect. He says despite it all, he still has his championship and he wants the fans to take a good look at it. Miz says this is the more prestigious championship in all of WWE. He talks about walking into Kurt Angle’s office and wants to know what the Intercontinental Champion is doing at WrestleMania. Miz asks if they want to know what he’s doing at WrestleMania. He adds Angle booked him against an opponent tonight who “might” determine his opponent at WrestleMania. Miz talks about carrying RAW on his back in the last year and how he has made his title more relevant than the Universal Championship. He talks about being here for 12 years. Miz says whoever comes out is going to get a beating and wonders who it is.
Here comes Seth Rollins out on stage. We go to commercial.
Seth Rollins vs. The Miz
We are back as they lock up and Miz with a side head lock and shoulder tackle. Rollins with a hip toss and snap mare but he misses the running kick when Miz moves out of the way. They lock up again and Miz backs Rollins into the corner. Miz misses a punch and so does Rollins. Rollins with a shoulder tackle and he blocks a hip toss. Rollins with a knee and snap mare and this time he hits the running kick to the chest and he clotheslines Miz over the top rope to the floor. Rollins sets for a suicide dive but Miz moves out of the way.
Rollins goes to the floor and Bo and Curtis try to block for him. Miz misses a punch and Rollins sends Miz into the ring. Bo distracts Rollins on the apron and Miz knocks Rollins off the apron and Seth hits the ringside barrier. Miz hot shots Rollins on the ringside barrier. They return to the ring and Miz gets a near fall. Miz with elbows to the collarbone and upper chest. Miz with a reverse chin lock.
Rollins with a jawbreaker but Miz with a knee to the midsection. Miz sets for kicks to the chest but he misses the round kick. Rollins with a rollup for a near fall. Rollins with chops. Miz avoids a kick and then he back drops Rollins over the top rope to the floor.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Miz with a punch. Rollins punches back. They go back and forth with punches. Miz with a kick and Rollins with punches, chops, and kicks. MIz sends Rollins to the apron and Rollins with a forearm. Rollins sets for a springboard clothesline and he hits it. Rollins with Slingblade and a boot in the corner followed by a Blockbuster for a near fall. Rollins goes up top and Miz rolls to the other side of the ring. Miz sends Rollins into the ropes and Miz hits a DDT for a near fall. Miz with a running drop kick into the corner and then he hits a second one. Miz with an Awesome Clothesline and then he goes to the turnbuckles.
Rollins crotches Miz and sets for a superplex and Miz blocks it. Miz sends Rollins to the mat and Rollins leaps up and hits a Superplex into a Falcon Arrow for a near fall. Rollins sets for a super kick and he hits it. Rollins goes for Black Out but Axel grabs the leg. Rollins avoids a Skull Crushing Finale and gets a near fall with a rollup. Rollins with a suicide dive to Axel and then he sends Miz to the floor. Rollins with a suicide dive onto all three men at ringside.
Rollins with the V Trigger and then he goes up top and hits a frog splash three quarters of the way across the ring for the three count.
Winner: Seth Rollins
After the match, Rollins stands tall until the music interrupts and out comes Finn Balor. Balor does his entrance as Rollins stares at him, apparently not happy about Balor interrupting his celebration. Rollins marches to the back and we go to commercial.
We are back and apparently Kurt Angle has now booked Finn Balor against The Miz.
The Miz vs. Finn Balor
The bell rings and here we go. Finn Balor charges Miz in the corner. The Miztourage jump inside the ring and immediately begin attacking Balor. The referee calls for the bell.
Winner via DQ: Finn Balor
After the match, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson run down and go after Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel in the ring. Gallows tosses Dallas out, while Anderson tosses Axel out. Axel with a forearm to Anderson. The Miz is standing up and walking back to Finn Balor. Kurt Angle shows up on screen. He kicks Luke Gallows, Karl Anderson, Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel from ringside and orders Miz vs. Balor to resume. Angle announces the match must resume or Miz will not compete in a match at WrestleMania.
The Miz vs. Finn Balor
The bell rings and here we go. Miz with an Awesome Clothesline and DDT for a near fall. Miz with punches and a kick to the head for a near fall. Miz sends Balor to the floor and Balor with chops and then he sends Miz into the ring steps. Miz is sent into the ring by Balor and Miz kicks Balor. Miz with a boot to the head. Balor with a near fall. Miz with a DDT for a near fall. Balor with a forearm and Miz with a knee and a flying knee for a near fall. We go to commercial.
We are back and Seth Rollins is watching the match from the back. Balor with a jaw breaker but Miz with a punch. Balor with a Pele Kick and both men are down. Miz runs into boots in the corner and Balor with running forearms and a double leg take down and double stomp. Balor with a chop in the corner. Balor with an Irish whip and running chop into the corner. Balor with an Irish whip but he runs into a boot. Balor with an enzuigiri and then Balor with a standing elbow drop for a near fall. Miz goes for the Skull Crushing Finale but Balor counters with a rollup for a near fall.
Miz with Reality Check for a near fall. Balor with a back heel kick and then he hits a series of kicks to the chest. Balor with a drop kick for a near fall. Balor with a running drop kick to send Miz into the ringside barrier. Balor with Slingblade and then he hits the running drop kick to send Miz into the turnbuckles. Balor goes up top for Coup de Grace and hits it for the three count.
Winner: Finn Balor
After the match, Seth is asked about Finn’s victory. Seth says he does not know what he is trying to prove. That is not how you make your mark. You do what he does by wrestling 65 minutes last week. Renee asks Seth what it means after Sunday night. Seth says there are many roads to Wrestlemania and he knows how to get there. He demands a match against Miz for the Intercontinental Title at Wrestlemania.
– We take a look at Stephanie McMahon’s comments from Raw Talk after the Elimination Chamber.
– Ronda Rousey and Kurt Angle are talking in Kurt’s office. We go to commercial.
In the Arena:
We are back and Roman Reigns makes his way to the ring.
Roman looks around and he sees the Wrestlemania sign. Roman says he is a man of his word and he said he would win the Elimination Chamber and he did. When he says he is going to Wrestlemania and he can beat Brock Lesnar, he is telling the truth. The truth is a funny word. He says he doesn’t know why he is covering for this guy. Roman says the truth is that Brock Lesnar is not here tonight. Up until about 30 minutes ago, he thought Brock was going to be here but he didn’t show. Nobody will say this back there, but Roman will say it. Brock is an entitled piece of crap who hides behind his contract.
We are six weeks from Wrestlemania and the Universal Champion is not here. Last night, we were in Las Vegas and Brock was there, but he was not at the Elimination Chamber. He was taking pictures with Dana White. Brock does not respect any of you and he does not respect anyone in the back. Roman says they go all over the world and bust their ass but Brock shows up only when the money is right or the city is right. It does not matter how big the town is, Roman says he will be there because he said he will be there.
Brock and Paul will come out and say they are businessmen, but Roman says he was born in this business. He says he was taught at any early age that there is a fine line between business and respect. Roman says he does not respect Brock Lesnar and he does not fear that bitch.
Roman says he is done speaking and he will go to the back to take his ass chewing like a man because he respects this place.
– We get a backstage Twitter video from Braun Strowman, who says he’s going to perform a symphony of destruction on Elias tonight and it will be a smash hit.
– Cole leads us to a Black History Month video. Back to commercial.
WWE Raw Tag Team Titles
Two Out of Three Falls Match
The Bar vs. Titus O’Neal and Apollo
Back from the break and out comes Titus Worldwide – Dana Brooke, Apollo and Titus O’Neil. The bell rings and Cesaro provides a distraction, allowing Sheamus to immediately nail a huge Brogue Kick to Titus for the first pinfall. The Bar celebrates big time at ringside.
Apollo helps Titus up and Cesaro faces Apollo. Cesaro with a knee but Apollo with a kick and cross body for a near fall. Apollo with a series of rollups for near falls. Cesaro with a punch and Sheamus tags in. Sheamus with an Irish whip but Apollo floats over and hits a drop kick for a near fall. Titus tags in and he sends Sheamus into the corner but Cesaro is tagged in. Titus with a shoulder tackle. Titus picks up Cesaro and connects with a chop. Apollo tags in and he sends Cesaro into the corner with a shoulder. Titus with a slam and Apollo with a leaping elbow drop for a near fall.
Titus tags in and they hit a double shoulder tackle. Titus with a hard Irish whip. Apollo tags in and he punches Cesaro. Apollo presses Cesaro over his head and then he hits a standing shooting star press for a near fall. Apollo kicks Sheamus off the apron and he hits a moonsault from the apron onto Sheamus and Cesaro.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Apollo punches Cesaro and tries to make the tag. Apollo with more punches and then he back drops Cesaro over the top rope to the floor. Sheamus tags in and he goes for a slam but Apollo escapes and he tags in Titus. Titus with a shoulder tackle and clothesline. Titus with punches in the corner followed by a biel. Sheamus with a boot but Titus with a power slam. Titus barks and hits a splash into the corner. Titus with a power bomb for a near fall. Apollo tags in and he hits a frog splash for a near fall. Titus sends Cesaro to the floor and Sheamus sends Titus to the floor.
Apollo with a rollup for a near fall. Apollo with an enzuigiri followed by a standing moonsault for a near fall. Cesaro pulls Titus off the apron but Titus with a clothesline. Sheamus hits Titus from behind and sends him into the ringside barrier. Apollo with a pescado. Cesaro tries to stop Apollo on the turnbuckles and Sheamus kicks Apollo to the mat. Cesaro tags in and they hit the Spike White Noise for the three count.
Winners: Sheamus and Cesaro
After the match, Sheamus and Cesaro are interviewed in the ring. Sheamus says they had their number tonight and it was zero. Cesaro says two men walked into The Bar… Sheamus says nobody walks into The Bar and nobody gets up. They run through the teams that have fallen to them. Sheamus asks how does his hair look. Sheamus mentions Jason Jordan and Cesaro asks ‘who’. Sheamus says everyone wants to be part of Wrestlemania. They are going to be punished because they are so dominant. Who is there left if there is no one to beat.
– It is time to announce the recipient of the Warrior Award, who will be inducted at the Hall of Fame. Back go to commercial.
In the Arena:
Elias wants to know who wants to walk with Elias. Elias says the feeling you are feeling is the feeling of being around greatness. Last night did not go as he planned. Elias says he has been down so many roads in his life and he will make it to Wrestlemania when people will know WWE stands for Walk with Elias. Elias says he was not going to treat you to a performance and focus on his match. Then he heard Braun call his music ‘noise pollution’. You criticize him because Braun wants to be him. Elias says that he is everything that you want to be. What you did two weeks ago was noise pollution. Every word uttered from Corey Graves’ stupid face, that is noise pollution. Every time you open your mouths, that is noise pollution.
The music of Braun Strowman hits and he marches down to the ring. Back to commercial.
Elias vs. Braun Strowman
They lock up and Braun biels Elias. Elias goes to the floor. Elias returns to the ring and he kicks Braun but Elias goes back to the floor. Braun chases Elias around the ring and Elias with kicks and punches when they get back into the ring. Braun with a clothesline. Elias with boots to Braun but Braun with a double sledge to Elias followed by a biel. Strowman with a splash into the corner. Braun with a short arm clothesline.
Braun with a punch to Elias and then connects with a forearm to the chest. Elias drops Braun on the top rope and he goes up top and hits a double sledge. Braun with a forearm to send Elias to the floor. Braun goes to the floor and he sends Elias into the ringside barrier. They return to the ring and Elias goes back to the floor. Braun stalks Elias as Elias crawls around the ring and he tries to go under the ring. Braun pulls Elias out and Elias sprays a fire extinguisher in Braun’s face and the referee calls for the bell.
Winner: Braun Strowman (by disqualification)
Elias sends Braun into the ring post and then he hits Braun in the midsection with the fire extinguisher. Elias with punches but Braun grabs Elias by the throat and then he connects with an uppercut that sends Elias to the floor. Braun knocks Elias down on the ramp. They head over towards the announce table. Braun tries to power slam Elias through the table but Elias rakes the eyes and runs away.
Braun chases Elias into the back and a limo shows up during the chase. Braun says he is not finished with him. We go to commercial.
– We are back and Asuka vs. Nia Jax is announced for next week.
In the Arena:
We go to the ring and out comes Triple H and RAW Commissioner Stephanie McMahon.
Stephanie says last night was to be one of the biggest nights of their professional careers as they were signing Ronda Rousey to a WWE contract. Stephanie says it was ruined by the actions of one man, RAW General Manager Kurt Angle. Stephanie says Angle flipped out in the ring, hallucinated with all these crazy ideas and is now suffering from double pneumonia, not the flu like she originally believed. She says Rousey took action, action that may have been fine in UFC but not here in WWE. They show us a video package on the segment at Elimination Chamber.
Stephanie says Rousey acted out of savage instinct from the way she was trained. Stephanie says she had to get physical with Ronda to remind her of the patriarchy here on RAW. Stephanie says Ronda now reports to her, which means WWE owns Ronda. Stephanie says she needs to call everyone out here and explain their roles, as a good boss, so everyone can understand their place as we move forward to WrestleMania 34. Stephanie calls Kurt Angle out first but the music hits and here comes Rousey. Ronda marches to the ring and she’s all business.
Angle comes right behind Rousey and tries to calm her. Triple H and Stephanie leave the ring as Rousey enters. Angle is in the ring now. Angle says coming to WWE is the best decision Rousey has ever made. She says she meant every word she said last night, she wants this more than anything, but she’s never been slapped before in her life and she refuses to be disrespected, and she is no one’s property. Angle understands why she’s upset but this is a different world than what she’s used to and she needs to work within the system. Angle says honestly he needs this job and he has to do what he has to do. Angle says he lied last night at Elimination Chamber. Fans boo.
Triple H and Stephanie come back into the ring now. Angle says he’s had pneumonia for a few weeks and doesn’t even now what he said last night but the statements weren’t true, he misunderstood what he heard them saying. Angle says he’s sorry. Stephanie thanks Angle for clearing the air. Stephanie tells Rousey they aren’t horrible people, despite what she reads on social media. Stephanie goes on and wants to put this all behind them, to make Rousey the Superstar she deserves to be. Stephanie thanks them again and they go to leave the ring. Rousey says they have addressed everything except the slap. Rousey says Stephanie needs to apologize to her if she wants to put this behind her, and if she doesn’t apologize, Rousey won’t hesitate to rip Stephanie’s arm out of the socket.
Stephanie marches up into Ronda’s face and says she’s so sorry, so terribly sorry. She reacted after Rousey put her husband through a table but that’s no excuse, she’s sorry. She welcomes Ronda to WWE and says they’re all good now. They go to leave the ring but Triple H drops Angle with a right hand first. Triple H and Stephanie head to the stage as his music hits. Rousey checks on Angle. Angle gets to his feet and looks on as RAW goes off the air.
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