January 29, 2018
Wells Fargo Center
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Transcription by Josh Lopez
Stephanie McMahon, Asuka and Sasha Banks In-Ring Segment:
Welcome to Monday Night Raw. It’s been a historic week for WWE. Last week they celebrated 25 year of Raw. Tonight, they kick off 25 more. We saw the first ever Women’s Royal Rumble Match. Sasha Banks lasted almost an hour. Nia Jax proved why she’s indeed the unmovable force. We saw WWE Hall of Famers return like Lita, Jacqueline, Beth Phoenix, and Trish Stratus.
Pardon the pun, the game changed when we had the surprise entrance of WWE’s newest superstar, Ronda Rousey. Tonight is about the winner of the historic Rumble match. Stephanie introduces The Empress of Tomorrow, Asuka. This would be the time where we find out who Asuka would face at WrestleMania. Alexa Bliss will be defending her Raw Women’s Championship in the first ever Women’s Elimination Chamber Match.
Asuka will become the champion at WrestleMania because, no one is ready for Asuka. Sasha Banks joins the conversation. She apologizes for the interruption but she has something to get off her chest. Last night a dream came true and women got to main event the Royal Rumble. Sasha wants to congratulate Asuka on her victory. Sasha says that she can go the distance and she’s ready for Asuka. Sasha and Asuka are locking horns. Stephanie makes the match official.
First Match: Braun Strowman vs. Kane in a Last Man Standing Elimination Chamber Qualifying Match
Strowman brings out a collection of tables and steel chairs before the bell rings. Strowman goes for the Running PowerSlam on the outside, but Kane lands back on his feet. Kane drives Strowman face first across the steel ring post. Kane hits Strowman in the hamstring with a Kendo Stick. Kane uppercuts Strowman. Kane and Strowman starts brawling in the crowd. Strowman drives his knee into the midsection of Kane. Strowman HeadButts Kane.
Strowman bounces Kane’s head on a production table. Strowman delivers a stiff chair shot. The brawl spills to the staging area. Strowman rams a production crate into Kane’s shoulder. Strowman dumps the entire announcing platform on top of Kane to pickup the victory. After the match, Kane is receiving medical attention. Corey Graves is interviewing Strowman. Strowman says that he’s The Last Man Standing because that’s what he does.
Winner: Braun Strowman
Elias Philadelphia Performance:
Second Match: #WOKEN Matt Hardy vs. Elias in a Elimination Chamber Qualifying Match
Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Elias backs Hardy into the ropes. Referee Shawn Bennett forces a clean break. Hardy delivers a big haymaker. Elias applies a side headlock. Elias with a HeadLock TakeDown to Hardy. Hardy gets back to a vertical base. Hardy with two bodyshots to Elias. Hardy connects with a Belly to Back Suplex. Hardy kicks Elias in the ribs.
Hardy goes for The Side Effect, but Elias blocks it. Hardy side steps Elias into the turnbuckles. Hardy lands a series of knife edge chops. Hardy drops Elias with a NeckBreaker for a two count. Hardy locks in the Cravate. Hardy and Elias are trading back and forth shots. Elias blocks The Twist of Fate. Elias clotheslines Hardy. Elias is mauling Hardy in the corner. Elias repeatedly drives Hardy’s shoulder across the steel ring post.
Elias is talking trash to the Philadelphia crowd. Coming out of the commercial break, Elias continues to apply pressure to the left shoulder of Hardy. Hardy kicks Elias in the chest. Hardy dishes out multiple HeadButts. Hardy decks Elias with a Back Elbow Strike. Hardy follows that with a Side Russian Leg Sweep for a two count.
Hardy bounces Elias head on every turnbuckle pad in the corner. Hardy with a Corner Clothesline to Elias. Hardy goes for the Running BullDog, but Elias blocks it. Hardy lands a Flying Double Axe Handle Strike. Hardy connects with the Side Effect. Hardy is distracted by Bray Wyatt. Elias drops Hardy with the Bicycle Kick. Elias plants Hardy with The Drift Away to pickup the victory.
Winner: Elias via Pinfall
Third Match: The Miz (c) w/The MizTourage vs. Roman Reigns For The WWE Intercontinental Championship
Reigns starts things off with a straight right hand. Reigns HeadButts Miz. Reigns is mauling Miz in the corner. Reigns drops Miz with another HeadButt. Reigns talks smack to The MizTourage. Miz kicks Reigns in the jaw. Miz with a series of knife edge chops, but it’s to no avail. Reigns clocks Miz with a clubbing haymaker. Reigns launches Miz over the top rope. Reigns drives Miz shoulder first to the steel ring steps. Reigns rolls Miz back into the ring. Reigns clotheslines Miz over the top rope. Reigns grabs a steel chair.
The MizTourage starts hightailing it out of the Wells Fargo Center. Referee John Cone tells Reigns to put the chair down. Reigns breaks up the referee’s ten count. Miz whips Reigns face first across the steel ring post. Coming out of the commercial break, Miz has Reigns in a rear chin lock. Reigns connects with a Samoan Drop. Reigns and Miz are trading back and forth shots. Reigns fires up with a collection of clotheslines. Reigns drops Miz with a Big Boot. Reigns goes for The Spear, but Miz counters with a ChopBlock.
Miz lands the world famous IT KICKS! Reigns blocks the Leg Lariat. Reigns goes for a SitOut PowerBomb, but Miz counters with a Figure Four Leg Lock. Reigns reverses the hold. Miz crawls to the bottom rope to create separation. Miz attacks the injured knee of Reigns. Reigns rolls Miz over for a two count. Reigns follows that with the SitOut PowerBomb for a two count. Miz is trying to rip off the middle turnbuckle pad. Miz pokes Reigns in the eye. Miz connects with the Skull Crushing Finale for a two count.
Miz is picking up dead weight. Miz sends Reigns shoulder first to the steel ring post. Reigns lands the SuperMan Punch for a two count. Curtis Axel is distracting Reigns. Bo Dallas drags Miz out of the ring. Reigns uppercuts Dallas on the floor. Miz eats a right hand from Reigns. Reigns hip tosses Dallas into the ring. Reigns delivers another SuperMan Punch which sends Axel crashing face first on the announce table. Reigns Spears Dallas. Miz rolls Reigns over to pickup the victory.
Winner: Still WWE Intercontinental Champion, The Miz via Pinfall
Fourth Match: The Revival vs. Heath Slater & Rhyno
Wilder and Rhyno will start things off. Rhyno applies a side headlock. Rhyno drops Wilder with a shoulder tackle. Rhyno tags in Slater. Slater lands a flying axe handle strike. Slater connects with the arm-ringer. Slater decks Wilder with a Flying Forearm Smash in the corner. Wilder rolls himself out of the ring. The Revival are talking strategy on the outside.
Wilder drives Slater to the canvas. Wilder transitions into a ground and pound attack. Wilder tags in Dawson. The Revival are double teaming Slater. Dawson connects with a Belly to Back Suplex. The Revival are cutting the ring in half. Wilder applies an arm-bar. Wilder with a knee lift to Slater. Slater responds with a NeckBreaker.
Slater makes the tag to Rhyno. Rhyno with a Back Elbow Strike to Dawson. Rhyno knocks Wilder off the ring apron. Rhyno lands a Flying Shoulder Block. Rhyno follows that with a Side Belly to Belly Suplex. Slater and Wilder are brawling on the outside. Dawson ChopBlocks Rhyno. Wilder whips Slater back first across the LED Board. The Revival plants Rhyno with The Shattering Machine to pickup the victory.
Winner: The Revival via Pinfall
Fifth Match: Sasha Banks vs. Asuka
Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Sasha shoves Asuka. Sasha rolls Asuka over for a two count. Asuka applies an arm-bar. Asuka drops Sasha with a shoulder tackle. Asuka goes for a Hip Toss, but Sasha counters with a deep arm-drag. Sasha applies an arm-bar. Sasha repeatedly stomps on Asuka chest in the corner. Sasha bounces Asuka head on the top turnbuckle pad. Asuka kicks Sasha in the chest. Asuka has Sasha dangling on the middle rope. Asuka delivers a Running Hip Attack which sends Sasha crashing to the outside.
Asuka is choking Sasha with her boot. Asuka connects with the arm-ringer. Asuka is working on her joint manipulation game. Asuka eats a back elbow strike from Sasha. Sasha drops Asuka with a Big Boot. Sasha follows that with a Running Double Knee Strike for a two count. Coming out of the commercial break, Asuka delivers a series of buzzsaw kicks. Sasha gets Asuka tied in the tree of woe. Sasha with a Rebound Double Knee Strike for a two count. Sasha drives her knee to the back of Asuka. Sasha applies a SurfBoard Submission Hold.
Sasha connects with the hair whip. Sasha follows that with a Snap Vertical Suplex for a two count. Following a snap mare takeover, Sasha slaps Asuka in the face. Asuka starts paint brushing Sasha. Sasha locks in the Bank Statement. Asuka with a BackSlide Cover for a two count. Sasha goes back to the Bank Statement. Sasha tosses Asuka out of the ring. Sasha goes for a Suicide Dive, but Asuka counters with a Big Boot in mid-air.
Asuka delivers a series of forearm smashes. Asuka with a Pop Up Knee Strike to Sasha. Asuka drops Sasha with a Spinning Heel Kick. Asuka lands the Sliding Knee Strike. Asuka connects with a Corner Hip Attack. Asuka follows that with a Missile Dropkick for a two count. Asuka locks in the Cross ArmBreaker. Sasha rolls Asuka over for a two count.
Sasha tosses Asuka out of the ring. Sasha lands a Flying Double Knee Strike off the ring apron. Back in the ring, Sasha fires off her fourth knee strike of the match. Sasha blocks the Asuka Lock. Sasha connects with a BackStabber. Sasha gets Asuka trapped in the Bank Statement. Asuka responds with the Asuka Lock which forces Sasha to tap out.
Winner: Asuka via Submission
Sixth Match: The Bar (c) vs. Titus WorldWide w/Dana Brooke For The WWE Raw Tag Team Championship
Sheamus and Crews will start things off. Crews rolls Sheamus over for a two count. Sheamus quickly heads to the outside. Sheamus kicks Crews in the gut. Sheamus goes for a PowerSlam, but Crews counters with a rollup for a two count. Sheamus decks Crews with a back elbow strike. Sheamus applies a side headlock. Sheamus drops Crews with a shoulder tackle. Crews leapfrogs over Sheamus. Crews dropkicks Sheamus for a one count. Crews tags in Titus.
Titus WorldWide with a double back elbow strike to Sheamus. Sheamus uppercuts Titus. Titus slaps Sheamus in the chest. Sheamus responds with a kick to the gut. Sheamus tags in Cesaro. Cesaro with rapid fire uppercuts to Titus. Titus drives Cesaro back first into the turnbuckles. Titus repeatedly slaps Cesaro in the chest. Titus connects with a Biel Throw. Titus follows that with a Stinger Splash. Titus bodyslams Cesaro. Titus with the cover, but Sheamus breaks up the pin attempt.
Coming out of the commercial break, Cesaro has Titus in a side headlock. Titus hits the Belly to Back Suplex. Sheamus knocks Crews off the ring apron. The Bar lands Stereo Lariats for a two count. Titus levels Cesaro with a Big Boot on the floor. Titus slaps Sheamus in the chest. Titus whips Sheamus sternum first across the ropes. Titus clotheslines Sheamus. Titus tags in Crews. Crews with two clotheslines to Cesaro. Crews delivers a side kick. Crews with a Flying Crossbody Block for a two count.
Crews shows off his athleticism. Crews with a Leaping Lariat to Cesaro. Crews follows that with a Standing Shooting Star Press for a two count. Crews dodges a Double Hip Toss. Sheamus sends Crews crashing to the ropes. Crews rolls Sheamus over for a two count. Crews decks Sheamus with a Step Up Enzuigiri. Crews lands another Standing Shooting Star Press for a two count. Cesaro makes a blind tag. Cesaro goes for a Flying Crossbody Block, but Crews rolls him over for a two count. Cesaro sends Crews shoulder first to the steel ring post. The Bar plants Crews with their Diving Clothesline/White Noise to pickup the victory.
Winner: Still WWE Raw Tag Team Champions, The Bar via Pinfall
Seventh Match: Finn Balor w/Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson vs. John Cena in a Elimination Chamber Qualifying Match
Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Cena backs Balor into the turnbuckle. Cena is distracted by the Philly crowd. Cena applies a top wrist lock. Balor reverses the hold. Balor applies an arm-bar. Balor lands two deep arm-drags. Balor is applying pressure to the left shoulder of Cena. Cena drops Balor with a shoulder tackle. Cena applies a side headlock. Cena with a headlock takeover to Balor.
Balor responds with a head scissors leg lock. Cena is trying to regain his composure on the outside. Test of strength in the center of the ring. Beach Ball Mania has invaded Philly. Remember folks, #PhillyIsTRASH. Balor kicks Cena in the gut. Balor rolls Cena over for a two count. Cena decks Balor with a big haymaker.
Coming out of the commercial break, Cena takes down Balor with a back elbow strike. Cena bodyslams Balor for a two count. Cena whips Balor back first across the turnbuckles. Balor kicks Cena in the jaw. Balor fires off two axe handle strikes. Balor with a Standing Double Foot Stomp to Cena. Cena responds with two flying shoulder tackles. Cena follows that with the Spinning Side Slam. Cena goes for the Five Knuckle Shuffle, but Balor ducks out of the way. Balor mocks Cena.
Balor clotheslines Cena for a two count. Balor blocks the Attitude Adjustment. Balor and Cena are trading back and forth shots. Cena thrust kicks Balor. Cena lands the Five Knuckle Shuffle. Cena goes for the Attitude Adjustment, but Balor counters with an Over Head Kick for a two count. Balor connects with the SlingBlade. Balor kicks Cena in the jaw. Cena connects with the Attitude Adjustment for a two count.
Cena ascends to the top turnbuckle. Balor decks Cena with a Step Up Enzuigiri. Balor delivers the ShotGun Dropkick. Balor goes for the Coupe De Grace, but Cena ducks out of the way. Cena locks in the STF. Balor crawls to the bottom rope to create separation. Balor heads back to the top turnbuckle. Cena plants Balor with the Avalanche Attitude Adjustment to pickup the victory.
Winner: John Cena via Pinfall
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