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WWE Monday Night Raw Live From Phoenix, Arizona

Monday, February 19th, 2018

Commentators:  Michael Cole, Jonathan Coachman, and Corey Graves

If you missed last week’s Smackdown Live, click here WWE Smackdown Live 2/13/18 Full Results (Ziggler Vs Corbin)

JoJo asks the crowd to stand in silence to honor the people who lost their lives, and their families in Parkland High School.

Match Number 1:  7-Man Gauntlet Match


In-Ring Interview:  Roman Reigns

Charly Caruso asks Roman since Kurt Angle chose Roman to start the Gauntlet match tonight, is there any concern about tonight’s match, setting up the Elimination Chamber?  Roman answers no, but he is concerned about the Chamber match itself.  He has never been in an Elimination Chamber match, and he will be in the ring with the very best.  John Cena, Seth Rollins, Elias, Finn Balor, The Miz, and Braun Strowman, but he is the one who can beat Brock Lesnar, while none of them can.  Just go back and watch Wrestlemania when he has a chance to beat him.

Roman Reigns Vs Seth Rollins

In a grueling 20+ match, Rollins picks up the win, rolling up Reigns.  We had multiple tries at spears, Superman Punches, but Seth survives.  After the match, both men did The Shield symbol, which leads us to….

Winner:  Seth Rollins, by pinfall

Seth Rollins Vs John Cena

What a match, what a story here.  It was the veteran vs the present, who wants to be “THE MAN”?  Rollins nails an Attitude Adjustment, Cena kicks out.  John then nails an AA himself, but doesn’t go for the pin.  Seth takes that punishment, nails the kick, then hits a Curb Stomp for the pin.  Seth Rollins has been in the ring for 58 minutes, and that continues.

Winner:  Seth Rollins, by pinfall

Seth Rollins Vs Elias

Rollins was selling his knee in this match, and Elias went after him continuously, nails Drift Away for the win.  Seth Rollins lasted 1 hour, and 5 minutes.  During the match, Cena was interviewed by Renee Young, and it seemed he was giving us excuses as to why he lost.  He has so many things on the plate, all at the same time, while Seth just is concerned about being Mr. Monday Night.  Interesting.

Winner:  Elias, by pinfall

Elias Vs Finn Balor


Elias was wearing tape all over his ribs, they are bruised from last week, and Seth Rollins gave us an interview, where he said while what he did was cool, but if he doesn’t win this Sunday inside Elimination Chamber, then it means nothing.  Balor wins with Coup De Grace.

Winner:  Finn Balor, by pinfall

Finn Balor Vs The Miz (WWE IC Champ)

The Miztourage helped Miz a bit, and Skull Crushing Finale, Miz pins Balor….But who is next?  BRAUUUUUUUNNNNN!!!

Winner:  The Miz, by pinfall

The Miz (WWE IC Champ) Vs Braun Strowman

The Miz had no chance, Braun nails a Powerslam, and continues his dominance in WWE.  Who can stop him this Sunday?  What a series of matches for the Gauntlet Match.

Winner:  Braun Strowman, by pinfall

In-Ring Interview:  Braun Strowman

Charly shows up, and tells Braun what a dominant victory, but does the fact that he has never been in an Elimination Chamber match derail his confidence?  Braun says the unknown does not fear him, he scares the unknown.  He will go on, and win Elimination Chamber and then head to Wrestlemania, and face “Beastie” Brock Lesnar.  He has some unfinished business with him, and he will take care of him, and become the new WWE Universal Champion.  Now if you excuse him Charly, he has some unfinished business.  Braun goes after The Miztourage, takes care of both of them, focuses his attention with The Miz.  The Miz runs to the back, but Braun brings him back, which is funny.  He nails a Powerslam.  Braun is ready for “Beastie Boy” at Wrestlemania.

Tonight:  6-Woman Tag Team Match

Next:  Asuka

WWE Hall of Fame Inductee:  Jeff Jarrett

I love these videos, such a great honor for Jeff.

In-Ring Interview:  Asuka

Renee asked Asuka if Nia beats you this Sunday, her match at Wrestlemania will be turned into a Triple Threat.  Asuka said her destiny is to win the Women’s Championship at Wrestlemania  Renee says Nia is not afraid of Asuka, and she will beat her this Sunday, and Asuka’s response was she did look so strong when she was limping after her match when she beat Nia.  Renee asks another question, and before Asuka was able to answer the question, Nia Jax shows up, Asuka fights her off, but Nia reversed it, and set up 2 Leg Drops off Asuka’s neck.  This Sunday, Nia Jax Vs Asuka.

Video:  “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey

Ronda will be at Elimination Chamber, signing her WWE Monday Night Raw Contract.

Match Number 6:  The Bar (WWE Tag Champs) Vs Titus Worldwide in a non-title match

Apollo and Titus pick up the win, when Apollo cradles Cesaro, so the champs lose, and this more than likely is a match at Elimination Chamber.

Winner:  Titus Worldwide, by pinfall

Tonight:  6-Women Tag Team Match

Elimination Chamber PPV Rundown

Video Promo:  Bray Wyatt

Some say the end is near.  Personally, I hope they are right.  Not just for all of you, but especially for Matt Hardy.  His end comes at Elimination Chamber

Matt Hardy shows up, and says their battle started many moons ago, and it’s just starting this Sunday at Elimination Chamber.  Matt is a liar, says Bray.  Bray is a liar says Hardy, now he must be obsolete.  A “Woken: Matt Hardy would be Bray’s nightmare.  At Elimination Chamber, Matt Hardy will be burned.  At Elimination Chamber, Bray Wyatt shall be DELETED!!

Match Number 7:  Alexa Bliss (WWE Raw Women’s Champ) and Absolution Vs Sasha Banks, Mickie James, and Bayley

Sasha, Mickey, and Bayley pick up the win when Sasha made Alexa tap out to the Bank Statement.  Mandy and Sonya attack Bayley and Sasha, then sets their sights on Alexa.  But Mickie helps Alexa, and they nail a double DDT, ending the show.

Winners:  Sasha Banks, Bayley, and Mickie James, by submission

Kevin’s Thoughts:

This was a very good show tonight, featuring 2 hours of fantastic action.  They made Seth Rollins into a threat tonight, pinning both Roman Reigns and John Cena, in the same night.  Sunday night will be fun to watch, and Elimination Chamber is a 2 match show.  You add Ronda to the mix, it will set off Wrestlemania very well.  What were your thoughts on tonight’s show?  Let me know.

WWE Raw Quick Match Results

**Seth Rollins def Roman Reigns, by pinfall (Gauntlet Match)

**Seth Rollins def John Cena, by pinfall (Gauntlet Match)

**Elias def Seth Rollins, by pinfall (Gauntlet Match)

**Finn Balor def Elias, by pinfall (Gauntlet Match)

**The Miz (C) def Finn Balor, by pinfall (Gauntlet Match)

**Braun Strowman def The Miz (C), by pinfall to win Gauntlet Match

**Titus Worldwide def The Bar (C), by pinfall in a non-title match

**Sasha Banks, Mickie James, and Bayley def Alexa Bliss (C) and Absolution, by submission