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WWE Monday Night Raw Live from San Jose, California

Monday, February 12th, 2018

Commentators:  Michael Cole, Jonathan Coachman, and Corey Graves

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In-Ring Promo:  John Cena


Last week, Elias stole the pin and defeated John Cena.  But John says the past is the past, we are on the road to Wrestlemania.  The fans and the superstars know about Wrestlemania.  Wrestlemania can make a career out of a superstar.  It can bring back someone from the dead, we all live for Wrestlemania.  So tonight, Cena is here to face the truth.  The truth is in 2 weeks, Cena has to win the Chamber match.  Now he understands the mixed results, but if he loses in 2 weeks, he is unsure if he has a path to Wrestlemania.  So allow Cena to explain his path to Wrestlemania.  In 2 weeks, he has to win the one match he has yet to win in 15 years.  Now some may be against that, but if you are then you know Cena thrives on proving the impossible.  In 2 weeks, he will win the Chamber match, and go on to main event Wrestlemania against Brock Lesnar.


You’re going to go on and win Wrestlemania?  John, this is not 2013, this is 2018.  The year of The Miz.  Miz asks if Cena will face Brock Lesnar?  Cena is the founding father of Suplex City.  The Miz is going to Wrestlemania, and face Brock Lesnar, and showcase this IC Title, where it belongs.  In the spotlight at Wrestlemania.  Cena tells Miz he has no shot, he might have a chance, but that could be Miz’s last match.  Miz tells John he didn’t beat Brock because he tried to beat him at his own game, The Miz would never do that.  He would use his brain, he would do things John Cena never would do.  He beat Roman Reigns for this IC Title.  Cena tells him he sounds like someone who has already won the Chamber match, and Miz said why wouldn’t he be, he has already won at Wrestlemania, and beat John Cena.  John likes The Miz because he can talk, and sometimes he can back it up.  So why don’t we do it like this.  How about The Miz Vs John Cena tonight, and the loser gets the first entrant into Elimination Chamber.  Miz said why would he do that?  He isn’t stupid, and The Miztourage attacks Cena.  Why would he do that?  Because he knows he can.  Get a referee out here now.  Enter Kurt Angle.

Kurt likes the idea of Cena vs The Miz, and the loser will be the first entrant of the Chamber match.  But Bo and Curtis is banned from ringside.

Match Number 1:  The Miz (WWE IC Champ) Vs John Cena

Cean pulls off the win with a Super AA, off the top rope, pinning The Miz.  Predictable finish, but another great match with these two.  Now The Miz will enter the Chamber first.  Nothing wrong with that, make him more determined.  The Miz is the best performer in WWE today, and he proved this tonight.

Winner:  John Cena, by pinfall

Tonight:  Sasha Banks Vs Bayley

Tonight:  Second Chance Fatal 4-Way For Elimination Chamber Match

Screen Promo:  “Woken” Matt Hardy

Matt has talked with the 7 deities, and the other three superstars chances at Elimination Chamber is OVAAHHHHH, and Matt will turn them into obsolete.  He shall delete them, and call The Chamber match The Deletion Chamber.


Match Number 2:  The Revival Vs The Good Brothers

The Revival picks up the win with Shatter Machine.  Luke Gallows might have tweaked his leg, after The Revival worked on it, Dawson pins Anderson.

Winners:  The Revival, by pinfall

Last Monday:  Tag Team Title Match

Jason Jordan had been suffering from a serious injury.

Next:  Kurt Angle

In-Ring Promo:  Kurt Angle

Kurt is here to make some big announcements.  In 2 weeks, Ronda Rousey will be at Elimination Chamber, signing her Raw contract.  Kurt is also here to announce that he went with his son Jason Jordan at the hospital last week after Raw.  Jason had to have neck surgery, and he is out at Wrestlemania.  The crowd loves to hear this, and Kurt is here to say that Jason is a WWE superstar, and if you cheer for anyone getting hurt, you should be ashamed of yourself.  He just wishes people would wish him get well.  And here comes Seth Rollins.  Seth reminds Kurt he was at Wrestlemania at Levi Stadium, cashed in his Money in the Bank briefcase, and shocked the world, becoming the WWE Championship.  Seth hurt his knee, and missed the next Wrestlemania.  He knows what that is like, and he talks about how you never know when you miss your chance.  He wants his Wrestlemania moment, he doesn’t even have an Elimination Chamber match.  Kurt says they can find him a tag team partner.  Seth said he remembers when Kurt first became Raw General Manager, and Kurt told Seth he can be a major part of Raw, but he doesn’t want that, he wants to be Monday Night Raw.  Let’s bring back Monday Night Rollins.  He wants to face Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania, he wants to win The Universal Championship.  Kurt says he has the Fatal 4-Way match tonight, he can’t just give that spot to Rollins.  Seth wants to earn that opportunity.  Make the Fatal 4-Way into the Fatal 5-Way, and give him a chance.  Kurt said it’s unfair to the guys, and Seth says he doesn’t want any favors, he just wants to take the opportunity and make the best out of it.  He asks the fans if they want Seth in, they all say yes.  So tonight, it’s a Fatal 5-Way for the right to get in Elimination Chamber.

And we cut right to….

Screen Promo:  Bray Wyatt

Now Seth Rollins has joined our little game, and he doesn’t deserve a second chance.  Neither does Finn Balor, neither does Apollo Crews, or that “dimwit” Matt Hardy.  Picture this, Matt was the one who attacked Bray last week, and he had the nerve to call him “Vile”, and that is funny.  Just a man in desperate need of help, and bray knows how to fix it.  Bray knows how to fix it all, just some fish stuck in deep-sea.  Bray is a shark, and he is starving.  Bray won last year’s Elimination Chamber, and he will do it again to slay the beast.  And when he does, he will have the whole world in his hands.

Match Number 3:  Sasha Banks Vs Bayley


A very physical match between the two, Sasha worked on Bayley’s shoulder, and even mocked her.  But Bayley shows some fire in front of her hometown fans, and picks up the win with a Bayley to Belly off the middle rope for the pinfall.  Bayley even broke out of a Bank Statement.

Winner:  Bayley, by pinfall

The two women have a stare down, and Nia Jax shows up from nowhere, attacking both women.  Nia Jax Vs Asuka in 2 weeks, at Elimination Chamber, making a statement.  Charly asks Nia why did she interject herself in their moment, and Nia said both of those women took Asuka to the limit, but she destroyed those two in seconds.  And at Elimination Chamber, there is someone who can take Asuka’s streak, and you’re looking at her.

Backstage Segment:  Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns

Reigns talks about Seth coming into the match tonight.  It won’t matter, because Reigns will just eliminate Rollins again, like the Rumble.  They share a good laugh about that, and The Bar shows up.  They make fun of sending Seth’s last two partners in the hospital, maybe they are rehabbing together.  And Seth has no chance, since he has failed a few times lately.  Reigns talks about Cesaro’s teeth, and Sheamus look.

Moments Ago:  Nia Jax

Video:  Asuka’s Streak

Asuka is special, and this video proves it.  Inside the numbers over Asuka’s streak.

Elimination Chamber:  Asuka Vs Nia Jax

Backstage Interview:  Titus Worldwide

Renee Young gives us Apollo Crews.  He has a chance to put himself into the Elimination Chamber.  Titus interrupts, and asks Apollo if he is ready to be deleted by Matt Hardy?  He is ready to be the creator.  Bray Wyatt calls himself a shark, is he going to take that?  Bray can’t digest Apollo.  Is he ready to be burnt down by Seth Rollins?  Apollo is a fire extinguisher.  Is Apollo going to stand in line to be a member of The Balor Club?  Titus Worldwide is the only club Apollo wants to be a part of.  Dana Brooke went over the calculations, and Apollo can’t lose.  Apollo is ready to take a small step for himself, and a giant step for Titus Worldwide.  Apollo can’t lose.

Backstage Segment:  Mickie James and Alexa Bliss

Mickie and Alexa are teaming up tonight, and Mickie wants to know why Alexa helped her last week.  Alexa said she apologizes for everything she had said, Alexa is jealous of Mickie because she looks great, and is a mother, doing a great job of it.  They need to be on the same page, because Absolution will team together inside Elimination Chamber, and if they win the Women’s Title, they will take it all for themselves.  Mickie said she will work together tonight, but in 2 weeks, she is coming for Alexa’s title.

Match Number 4:  Alexa Bliss (Raw Women’s Champ) and Mickie James Vs Sonja Deville and Mandy Rose

Absolution picks up the win, Alexa didn’t even get in the ring, Sonya and Paige distracted her, while Mandy nails a Gutbuster to pin Mickie.

Winners:  Absolution, by pinfall

Next:  Elias in Concert

In-Ring Concert:  Elias

Hello, I am Elias, and I have one question for everyone here tonight.  Who wants to walk with Elias?  I gotta say, San Jose that was…pathetic.  I mean the best thing about this city is it’s one hour away from a real city, like San Francisco.  Who am I kidding, every city in California is a toxic dump.  Need I remind you I am the same man who defeated John Cena and Braun Strowman at the same time?  Which makes me the odds-on favorite to win the Elimination Chamber match, and head on to Wrestlemania.  And that means WWE will stand for Walk With Elias.  I like the sound of that, another sound I like is my own voice.  And I am going to sing a song for you, which means silence your cellphones, and shut your mouths, while he sings.

The crowd hates this song, and Elias warmed up his vocal cords, so he wants to sing.  They talk about the Elimination Chamber participants.  And here comes Braun Strowman.

Braun is on the other side of the stage, with a microphone, he has a HUGE guitar to play.  Braun is singing, and he is AWESOME!!  You may not realize it, but when this song is over, you’re going to get these hands, and well since he broke the strings, he can’t play it.  So Braun guesses there is just one thing he can do with it.  Elias is going to put his guitar down, Braun put his down, and they call it even.  But Elias goes right after Strowman.  But is caught with a chop.  And now, a Powerslam.  BRAAAAAAAUUUUUUNNNNN!!  Elias is crawling, and Braun has his guitar.  He breaks it over Elias, WOW!!  BRRRRRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAUUUUUUUNNNNNNN!!!!

Tonight:  Second Chance Fatal 5-Way To Determine The Last Spot In Elimination Chamber

Selfie Promo:  Finn Balor

Finn brings up how everyone wants something tonight, and all Finn wants is the same thing he has not lost, his WWE Universal Championship, which means he wins tonight.

Match Number 5:  Sheamus (Raw Tag Champ) Vs Roman Reigns

Reigns picks up the win after a vicious spear when Sheamus jumped off the top rope.  Cesaro tried to help, but Roman took him out of the equation too.

Winner:  Roman Reigns, by pinfall

2018 Hall of Fame Inductee:  Ivory

Next:  Fatal 5-Way

Match Number 6:  Bray Wyatt Vs “Woken” Matt Hardy Vs Apollo Crews Vs Finn Balor Vs Seth Rollins in a Second Chance Fatal 5-Way For Final Spot at Elimination Chamber

A wild match ends with a double pin.  Seth and Balor did a double Powerbomb on Wyatt, and both men pin Bray.  So who is going to the chamber?  Not even Michael Cole knows.  We end the show with confusion.

Winners:  Seth Rollins and Finn Balor, by pinfall

Kevin’s Thoughts:

I am not a fan of the ending, I guess Kurt will give us Balor Vs Seth next week, to determine who moves on to the Chamber match.  The first half of tonight’s show was great.  The last half wasn’t quite good as well.  Sheamus Vs reigns bored me.  It shouldn’t have, but it did.  Hopefully next week is better.  We are 13 days away from Chamber, and we still don’t have the full list of participants.  It needs to change.  what were your thoughts on the show?  Send them to me here.

WWE Raw Quick Match Results:

**John Cena def The Miz, by pinfall

**The Revival def The Good Brothers, by pinfall

**Bayley def Sasha Banks, by pinfall

**Absolution def Alexa Bliss (C) and Mickie James, by pinfall

**Roman Reigns def Sheamus, by pinfall

**Seth Rollins and Finn Balor def “Woken” Matt Hardy, Bray Wyatt, and Apollo Crews in a Fatal 5-Way Second Chance to Elimination Chamber Match