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WWE Monday Night Raw Live From Anaheim, California

Monday, February 26th, 2018

Commentators:  Michael Cole, Jonathan Coachman, and Corey Graves

If you missed last night’s Elimination Chamber, click here WWE Elimination Chamber Live Results 2/25/18 (2 Elimination Chamber Matches)

Video:  Elimination Chamber

Tonight:  Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar Face To Face

Tonight:  Ronda Rousey’s Raw Debut

Last Night:  Ronda Rousey’s Contract Signing

In-Ring Segment:  Mickie James and Alexa Bliss

 

What a historic moment, and Alexa Bliss amazes herself.  It feels so good to make history last night, and the WWE Universe will be talking about Alexa Bliss’ victory last night, and 10 years from now, they will be saying Alexa Bliss set the bar for the Raw Women’s Championship now, then, and forever.  And now she owes this victory from Mickie James.  We all know Mickie is going to be a future Hall of Famer, she has learned so much from Mickie.  Now on to her other opponents from Elimination Chamber.  Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville, from Absolution.  You 2 are the future, just not when Alexa is around.  And Bayley?  She said some harsh words about her, but well she was right all along.  Which brings her to Sasha Banks, she allowed to show Sasha’s greatest weakness, her ego.  Alexa showed she is the BOSS.  This just isn’t Sasha’s year since Alexa came into Raw.  And now she is going to Wrestlemania.  And that brings her to Asuka.  Alexa will break Asuka, and that brings Asuka to the ring, no-selling her injury.  Alexa brings that up, she watched her match last night.  Nia owned Asuka last night, but she made one little mistake, we all know Nia belongs in that Wrestlemania match.  Asuka says nothing, and Alexa explains it very slowly, and here comes Nia Jax.  Asuka kicks Alexa and Mickie, but Nia catches up to Asuka.  But here comes Bayley and Sasha Banks, trying to help Asuka.  So Mickie James is a heel, again?  Nia gets the clothesline on Sasha and Bayley, and when Asuka lays some kicks on Nia, Alexa nails a DDT from behind, with Mickie, Alexa, and Nia all leave.

Tonight:  John Cena’s Path to Wrestlemania?

Match Number 1:  Alexa Bliss (Raw Women’s Champ), Nia Jax, and Mickie James Vs Asuka, Sasha Banks, and Bayley

This was an interesting factor here, Bayley helped Asuka, but when Sasha needed a tag from Bayley, she jumped off the apron, and refused to tag.  Again, going by what we saw last night, this needed to happen.  Asuka took over in the end of the match, making Mickie tap out to the Armbar.

Winners:  Bayley, Asuka, and Sasha Banks, by submission

Last Night:  John Cena

Next:  John Cena’s Path To Wrestlemania

In-Ring Promo:  John Cena

Last night I failed, and in the moment of failure, he was rushed in a room, and he felt demoralized.  And going by the crowd here tonight, you go through failure alone.  Trust me, your character is put to the test when your back is against the wall.  And for Cena, that time is now.  He spent five minutes feeling sorry for himself, then he had to think ahead.  He said last night he will figure it out, and that was his road to Wrestlemania.  Cena thought it was the Royal Rumble, he failed.  He thought it was at Elimination Chamber, he failed.  And this is why there is nobody else who can say this in front of you, because he failed.  And you can hear it at home, because when you say you fail, the disappointment is on you.  And you go at it alone, and failure has given Cena drive.  Because when you fail, you have 2 choices, you either stay down, or stand up.  He is doing something he should have done a long time ago, and that is to put out a Wrestlemania challenge….to THE UNDERTAKER!!

The crowd loves this idea, 39 Wrestlemanias between the two of them, and they never went face to face at the grandest stage of them all.  You want Wrestlemania, that is Wrestlemania.  And that match isn’t happening.  Cena doesn’t make the matches, and as obvious as it seems, Cena does not make the matches.  Because that match is impossible.  Cena has shown us, you either stand down, or you get your ass back up.  So Cena says his road to Wrestlemania goes through Smackdown.  Cena reminds us he is a free agent.  He won’t beg, he will do whatever it takes to earn his spot at Wrestlemania.

Match Number 2:  Bray Wyatt Vs Heath Slater

The match never takes place, Wyatt attacks both men, and nails Sister Abigail on both.  Bray puts the blame on Matt Hardy.  He is responsible for taking these men to slaughter.  The Great War is just beginning, Bray is coming for Matt.  Run!!

Winner:  No Contest

Next:  The Miz

Last Night:  Ronda Rousey

Tonight:  Ronda Rousey Raw Debut

Tonight:  Lesnar and Reigns, Face to Face

In-Ring Segment:  The Miz

We are on the road to Wrestlemania, and it stops in Anaheim?  45 minutes away from Los Angeles, with star power.  He can be on the road, and see Jennifer Lawrence, and pitch an idea to Spielberg.  But he is not surprised, because Kurt Angle takes his superstars for granted.  In 62 days, Miz will be the longest reigning Intercontinental Champion of all time.  Not Shawn Michaels, me.  Not Pedro Morales, me.  Not Bret Hart, me.  Not Chris Jericho, me.  Not Roman Reigns, me.  Miz is hot in Hollywood, he has performed in 4 Marine movies, and he stars with his wife in the newest reality TV show, Miz and Mrs.  All of these accolades, and Miz is still treated horrible.  Look at the merchandise, look at his face, he should be going to the main event of Wrestlemania.  I repeat, I should be main eventing Wrestlemania to face Brock Lesnar, and becoming the first ever Universal and Intercontinental Champion.  But then Kurt forced Miz to go in first against 2 men who never should have been included in the match, he qualified his match to get into the Chamber, with ease.  Miz should be treated with respect.  He doesn’t care what happens to the other participants, because he is going to Wrestlemania, because of this.  Take a good look at this, the IC Title is the most prestigious championship in WWE.  And he walked into Kurt Angle’s office, and asked who he will be facing at Wrestlemania.  His response was his opponent tonight MIGHT determine who he faces at Wrestlemania.  Might?  He has made this title more relevant than the Universal Championship?  Might?  He has been here for 12 years, and he says might?  Miz doesn’t care who comes out here, you are going to get a beating of your lifetime.

Match Number 3:  The Miz (WWE IC Champ) Vs Seth Rollins, in a non-title match

 

Another incredible performance by these two men.  Seth Rollins, injured hip and all found a way to win, and he did it with a Frogsplash.

Winner:  Seth Rollins

Here comes Finn Balor, stealing the moment from Seth Rollins.  We come back from a commercial break, we are about to have a match between Balor and The Miz, but The Miztourage attacks Balor, and here comes Gallows and Anderson to counter.  Kurt Angle orders Miz Vs Balor, and there must be a winner.  Or else, Miz isn’t going to Wrestlemania, and both parties of the respected men are banned from ringside.

Match Number 4:  The Miz (WWE IC Champ) Vs Finn Balor in a non-title match

Just not a good night for The Miz, he was pinned with Coup De Grace, where do we go from here?

Winner:  Finn Balor, by pinfall

Backstage Interview:  Seth Rollins

Renee Young asks for Seth’s opinion what we just saw with Balor.  Rollins thinks Balor wanted to steal that spotlight, but that is not how you do it.  If you want to see how to do it, just be in the ring for an hour, like Rollins did last week.  That is how you make it Monday Night Rollins.  But last night he failed, so he will make his Wrestlemania moment, he wants to face The Miz for the Intercontinental Championship, at Wrestlemania.

Last Night:  Stephanie McMahon

Stephanie wants Kurt, Ronda, herself, and HHH to air their dirty laundry, tonight.

Tonight:  Ronda Rousey and Kurt Angle

Next:  Reigns and Lesnar goes face to face

Wrestlemania 34 is 41 days away

In-Ring Promo:  Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar

Roman is a man of his word, he said he would win the Elimination Chamber, and he did.  So when Roman says he is going to Wrestlemania, and he is going to beat Brock Lesnar, he is telling the truth.  The truth is a funny word, Roman doesn’t know why he is covering for him.  You want to know the truth?  Brock Lesnar isn’t here tonight.  Up until 30 minutes ago, he thought Brock was going to be here, but the truth is Brock is an entitled athlete who is hiding behind his contract.  Brock was in Vegas last night but he wasn’t at the Elimination Chamber, he was taking pictures with Dana White last night.  Brock doesn’t respect us, he doesn’t respect the fans.  They have busted his ass for you guys, and he doesn’t care, he just wants his money.  Roman, when he tells you he is here, he will be here.  And they will come out and say it’s business, but Roman was born in this business, he has family in this business, and one thing he will always remember is to respect this business.  So Roman doesn’t respect Brock, Brock is just a bitch.  And he will beat his ass at Wrestlemania.  That is all he has to say, he is going to go in the back, take an ass chewing, because he respects this business.

2 Weeks Ago:  Braun Strowman and Elias

Selfie Promo:  Braun Strowman

He will lay a symphony of destruction, tonight.

Tonight:  Braun Strowman Vs Elias

Video:  WWE Honors Black History Month

Match Number 5:  The Bar (WWE Raw Tag Team Champs) Vs Titus Worldwide in a 2 out of 3 Falls Match for the Raw Tag Team Championship

The Bar picks up the win very quickly with a Brogue Kick, pinning Titus.

Winner of fall one:  The Bar, by pinfall

This was a fun fall here, with Titus Worldwide showing some fire, but Apollo made a key mistake, The Bar used the double team White Noise for the win, and retain their titles.

Winner of second fall, and STILL Raw Tag Team Champions:  The Bar, by pinfall

In-Ring Interview:  The Bar

Charly is with The Bar talking about their successful night.  Cesaro tries to tell us a joke about 2 guys walk into a bar, Charly wants the punchline, but as Sheamus says nobody walks into a bar, they can’t get up.  Just ask The New Day, just ask The Hardy Boyz, just ask Ambrose and Rollins.  Sheamus brings up they have no competition in the tag team scene, because nobody can beat them.

Tonight:  Ronda Rousey

WWE HOF Inductee:  Jarius “JJ” Robertson (Warrior Award)

Next:  Braun Strowman Vs Elias

In-Ring Concert:  Elias

Hello, I am Elias.  And I have on question for everybody here tonight.  Who wants to walk with Elias?  You feel that?  Hold onto that feeling, because that is what it feels like to be with greatness, something we have no idea about.  Last night did not go to according to plan, but that dream hasn’t failed, because on that night of Wrestlemania, we will know that WWE represent Walk with Elias.  Now he was not going t perform tonight, but rather concentrate on his match tonight, but then Braun talked about his music being noise pollution.  Braun, you want to be like Elias, but that music 2 weeks ago Braun gave us was noise pollution.  Corey Graves opening his moth is noise pollution.  The fans opening their mouth is noise pollution.  So with that being said, keep your moths shut, silence your cellphones, and hold your applause, while Elias plays for us.  He was singing about Braun, but here he comes.

Match Number 6:  Braun Strowman vs Elias

Elias is a desperate man, and desperate men do desperate things.  Elias uses a fire extinguisher, for the DQ.  But Braun isn’t done.  Elias runs out of the building, and Braun screams he is not through with him.

Smackdown Live:  John Cena

Next Week:  Asuka Vs Nia Jax

In-Ring Promo:  Ronda Rousey

Last night was supposed to be the highlight of their executive careers, but the actions of one man, things went absolutely wrong.  Perhaps it was the flu he had?  Ronda for some reason believed every word he said,  and reacted the way she would in her MMA world, but that is not how we do it in the WWE, so we see the footage again.

Stephanie is here to remind Ronda of the higher hierarchy here in the WWE.  Because she is the commissioner of WWE, which means Kurt Angle answers to her, which means as of last night, Ronda Rousey answers to Stephanie.  And that means WWE owns Ronda Rousey.  So now is the time for both to come out, and explain that situation to them while Wrestlemania is right around the corner.  She just wants to hear an apology from Kurt Angle.

Out comes Ronda Rousey, and Kurt Angle stops her.  You coming to the WWE is the best decision she can ever make.  Ronda tells Kurt she meant every word she said last night.  But she has never been slapped before, and refuses to be disrespected.  She is nobodies property.  Kurt tells Ronda she has to work within the system, Kurt also tells her he needs this job.  Kurt lied, he doesn’t know why he did, Kurt has been sick for a few weeks.  He apologizes to Stephanie, she tells Ronda they aren’t horrible people, this all was just a misunderstanding.  They understand why she reacted that way, so let’s move on and make you the superstar you deserve to be.

As they walk away, Ronda says they have addressed everything except that slap.  Stephanie needs to apologize to Ronda.  If she doesn’t, she will rip her arm sockets.  Stephanie is terribly sorry, she can understand the situation, when Ronda put her husband through a table.  She is so sorry, Ronda welcome to the WWE.  Steph leaves the ring, and HHH decks Kurt, and we end the show here.

Kevin’s Thoughts:

Well, this was a noteworthy show, especially with WWE advertising Brock would be there, but never was.  And John Cena teasing his match with The Undertaker.  You have to think that match is happening.  Seth Rollins was the star again, but he had help.  And Bayley even showed some fire tonight.  I just want to see the “badass” Kurt Angle, not the “idiot” version.  I think that will change.  I did like Ronda here though.  What were your thoughts tonight?  Send them to me.

WWE Raw Quick Match Results:

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

**Bray Wyatt Vs Heath Slater ends in a no contest

**Seth Rollins def The Miz (C), by pinfall

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

**The Bar (C) def Titus Worldwide in 2 out of 3 Falls Match, to retain Raw Tag Team Titles, by pinfall (2-0)

**Braun Strowman def Elias, by DQ