February 19, 2018
Talking Stick Resort Arena
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Transcription by Josh Lopez
— WWE (@WWE) February 20, 2018
First Match: Roman Reigns vs. Elias vs. John Cena vs. The Miz vs. Seth Rollins vs. Finn Balor vs. Braun Strowman in a 7-Man Gauntlet Match
Reigns and Rollins will start things off. Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Reigns backs Rollins into the turnbuckles. Rollins with a Waist Lock Go-Behind to Reigns. Reigns applies a wrist lock. Rollins reverses the hold. Reigns responds with a side headlock takeover. Rollins with a HeadScissors Leg Lock to Reigns. Reigns drops Rollins with a shoulder tackle. Rollins leapfrogs over Reigns. Rollins lands a deep arm-drag. Reigns kicks out the Modified Inside Cradle. Rollins follows that with a BackSlide Cover for a two count. Rollins thrust kicks the midsection of Reigns. This leads us to a standoff in the center of the ring. Reigns has Rollins in a rear chin lock. Rollins gets back to a vertical base. Rollins creates distance with a JawBreaker.
Reigns decks Rollins with a Back Elbow Strike. Reigns delivers multiple haymakers in the corner. Rollins kicks Reigns in the face. Reigns responds with a Tilt-A-Whirl PowerSlam for a two count. Rollins kicks Reigns in the chest. Rollins levels Reigns with a Back Elbow Smash. Rollins connects with a BlockBuster. Rollins ducks a clothesline from Reigns. Rollins hits The SlingBlade. Reigns launches Rollins to the ring apron. Rollins with a right hand to Reigns. Rollins lands a SpringBoard Clothesline. Rollins clotheslines Reigns over the top rope. Rollins goes for The Suicide Dive, but Reigns counters with The Drive By.
Reigns tosses Rollins into the ring. Reigns fires up with The Never Ending Story. Reigns drops Rollins with a Big Boot. Rollins goes for The Kings Landing, but Reigns counters with a HeadButt. Rollins BuckleBombs Reigns. Reigns fires back with The SuperMan Punch. Rollins ascends to the top turnbuckle. Rollins goes for a Frog Splash, but Reigns rolls out of the way.
Rollins and and Reigns are trading back and forth shots. Rollins launches Reigns over the top rope. Rollins lands Two Suicide Dives. Rollins rolls Reigns back into the ring. Rollins goes for a SpringBoard Clothesline, but Reigns counters with another SuperMan Punch for a two count. Rollins blocks The Spear. Rollins kicks Reigns in the gut. Reigns avoids The BlackOut. Reigns with an O’Connor Roll for a two count. Rollins school boys Reigns to score the first pinfall of the match.
Rollins starts things off with a quick clothesline for a two count. Cena is grounding Rollins with the side headlock. Cena has yet to take his t-shirt off. Rollins finally gets back to his feet. Rollins with a straight right hand to Cena. Cena clotheslines Rollins. Cena throws his shirt into the crowd. Cena with the lateral press for a two count. Cena whips Rollins back first across the turnbuckles. Cena is trying to wear down Rollins with the rear chin lock. Cena transitions into a Body Scissors Hold. Cena delivers a clubbing blow to the shoulder blades of Rollins. Cena kicks Rollins in the face. Cena throws Rollins out of the ring. Rollins gets back in the ring at the count of eight.
Cena with a Running Boot to Rollins. Cena follows that with a series of Side Belly to Belly Suplex’s for a two count. Cena goes for The Attitude Adjustment, but Rollins counters with a DDT for a two count. Rollins with a Chop/Haymaker Combination to Cena. Cena responds with a PopUp Stunner for a two count. Rollins wants to Cena to bring it. Cena clocks Rollins with a massive right hand. Cena is talking smack to Rollins. Cena with the cover for a one count. Rollins shoves Cena. Following a long striking exchange, Cena delivers a Back Elbow Strike for a two count. Cena knocks Rollins off the ring apron. Rollins avoids the referee’s ten count.
Coming out of the commercial break, Cena still has control of this match. Cena with Two Shoulder Tackles to Rollins. Cena goes for the Spinning Side Slam, but Rollins counters with a Deep Arm-Drag. Rollins goes for the SpringBoard Clothesline, but Cena counters with The STF. Rollins finds a way to break the submission. Rollins connects with The SlingBlade for a two count. Rollins with a Running Forearm Smash. Rollins goes for The Roll Through Falcon Arrow, but Cena counters with the inside the cradle. Cena delivers The Spinning Side Slam. Rollins negates The Five Knuckle Shuffle.
Rollins SuperKicks Cena for a two count. Cena sends Rollins shoulder first into the steel ring post. Rollins returns the favor by side stepping Cena into the ring steps. Cena and Rollins nearly avoids the referee’s ten count. Cena hits The Five Knuckle Shuffle. Cena goes for the Attitude Adjustment, but Rollins counters with a rollup for a two count. Rollins gets Cena trapped in the Crippler CrossFace. Rollins fights out of the third AA attempt by Cena. Rollins dropkicks Cena. Rollins lands The Frog Splash for a two count. Rollins goes for The King’s Landing, but Cena counters with The Attitude Adjustment for a two count.
Rollins with a SuperPlex to Cena. Rollins follows that with The Falcon Arrow for a two count. Rollins goes for The BlackOut, but Cena counters with the STF. Rollins crawls to the bottom rope to create separation. Cena avoids a Step Up Enzuigiri from Rollins. Rollins is trying to regain his composure on the outside. Rollins delivers The Roll Through Attitude Adjustment for a two count. Rollins misses on The Phoenix Splash. Cena goes for the Attitude Adjustment, but Rollins counters with The King’s Landing. Rollins kicks Cena in the chest. Rollins plants Cena with The BlackOut. Cena is officially eliminated.
Elias goes for a quick cover, but Rollins kicks out. Elias is stomping out Rollins in the center of the ring. Elias with a Back Elbow Strike to Rollins for a two count. Elias applies a Single Leg Boston Crab. Rollins desperately reaches the bottom rope. Elias kicks the back of Rollins hamstring. Rollins starts favoring his left knee. Elias repeatedly stomps on Rollins chest. Elias is mauling Rollins in the corner.
Following a long chopping exchange, Rollins dishes out a flurry of forearm shivers. Rollins SuperKicks Elias for a two count. Rollins follows that with a SlingShot Crossbody Block. Rollins rolls Elias back into the ring. Rollins kicks Elias in the chest. Rollins goes for The BlackOut, but Elias counters with a Big Boot. Elias drops Rollins with a Jumping Knee Strike. Elias connects with Drift Away to score his first pinfall of the match. Finn Balor is the next entrant.
— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) February 20, 2018
Balor ducks a clothesline from Elias. Balor and Elias are throwing clubbing haymakers at each other. Balor turns a Sunset Flip into a Basement Dropkick for a two count. Balor with a knife edge chop to Elias. Balor decks Elias with a Step Up Enzuigiri. Balor goes for The Coupe De Grace, but Elias rolls himself out of the ring. Elias applies an arm-bar. Following a snap mare takeover, Elias delivers a knee drop. Elias applies a hammer lock. Elias sends Balor shoulder first to the top turnbuckle. Elias goes for a PowerSlam, but Balor lands back on his feet. Elias connects with The Shoulder Breaker for a two count. Elias follows that with a Flying Double Axe Handle. Elias drives Balor’s shoulder to the ring apron. Elias with the cover for a one count.
Elias continues to apply pressure to the shoulder of Balor. Elias and Balor are trading back and forth shots. Balor drops Elias with an Over Head Kick. Balor fires up with multiple haymakers. Elias creates distance with a Back Elbow Smash. Balor levels Elias with a Step Up Enzuigiri. Balor with a ShotGun Dropkick which sends Elias crashing into the ringside barricade. Balor hits The SlingBlade. Elias responds with a Clothesline for a two count. Elias with a SitOut PowerBomb for a two count.
Coming out of the commercial break, Balor throws Elias out of the ring. Balor connects with the PK. Elias whips Balor shoulder first across the steel ring post. Elias rolls Balor back into the ring. Balor avoids an Elbow Drop from Elias. Elias locks in The Fujiwara Arm-Bar. Balor responds with a Standing Double Foot Stomp. Balor drops Elias with The SlingBlade. Balor follows that with The ShotGun Dropkick. Balor lands The Coupe De Grace. Elias is officially eliminated.
Balor is distracted by The MizTourage. Miz attacks Balor from behind. Miz transitions into a ground and pound attack. Miz levels Balor with two Implant DDT’s for a two count. Miz is pissed at the referee. Miz kicks Balor in the chest. Miz delivers two Running Boots for a two count. Miz drops Balor with a Knee Lift. Miz throws Balor out of the ring. Referee John Cone is yelling at The MizTourage. Miz drives Balor shoulder first into the ringside barricade. Miz with a Clubbing Arm-Ringer on the bottom rope.
Miz applies an arm-bar. Balor with forearm shivers to Miz. Miz decks Balor with a Back Elbow Smash. Miz with a series of IT! Kicks. Balor dodges a leg lariat from Miz. Balor hits his lighting quick offense. Balor with a Reverse DDT/Lariat for a two count. Balor starts lighting up Miz’s chest. Miz kicks Balor in the gut. Miz goes for The Skull Crushing Finale, but Balor counters with a Victory Roll for a two count.
Miz rams Balor’s shoulder into the canvas. Balor fights out of the Full Nelson. Bo Dallas attacks Balor behind the referee’s back. Miz with an O’Connor Roll for a two count. Balor takes out The MizTourage with a SomerSault Plancha. Balor drops Miz with an Enzuigiri from the ring apron. Balor connects with The ShotGun Dropkick. Balor clotheslines Axel. Balor is distracted by Dallas. Miz knocks Balor off the top turnbuckle. Miz plants Balor with The Skull Crushing Finale. Balor is officially eliminated.
Strowman chases Miz around the Talking Stick Resort Arena. Strowman launches Miz over the ringside barricade. Strowman delivers Two Biel Throws. Strowman kicks Miz in the gut. Strowman continues to toss Miz around the ring like a rag doll. Strowman stares at The MizTourage. Miz side steps Strowman into the turnbuckles. Miz repeatedly kicks Strowman in the ribs. Miz dropkicks Strowman.
Strowman responds with a Running Basement Dropkick. Strowman delivers a Sledgehammer Punch. Miz lowers the top rope which sends Strowman crashing to the outside. Miz lands a Wrecking Ball Dropkick. Strowman responds with a Running Lariat on the floor. Strowman rolls Miz back into the ring. Axel trips Strowman. Miz connects with The Skull Crushing Finale for a two count. Strowman levels Miz with an Inside Out Lariat. Strowman plants Miz with The Running PowerSlam to pickup the victory. After the match, Strowman destroys The MizTourage.
Winner: Braun Strowman via Pinfall
"I don't fear the unknown, the unknown FEARS ME… At #WrestleMania, you're going to GET THESE HANDS!" @BraunStrowman sends a message to @BrockLesnar after standing tall in the #GauntletMatch! #RAW @HeymanHustle pic.twitter.com/E35KLLnTRf
— WWE (@WWE) February 20, 2018
Ain't he great?
— WWE (@WWE) February 20, 2018
Asuka & Nia Jax In-Ring Promo:
Second Match: The Bar vs. Titus Worldwide w/Dana Brooke
Cesaro and Titus will start things off. Collar and Elbow Tie Up. We have a quick stale mate in the corner. Cesaro shoves Titus. Titus slaps Cesaro in the chest. Titus tags in Crews. Titus WorldWide with a Double Back Elbow Strike for a two count. Titus Worldwide are double teaming Cesaro. Crews with a Corner Spear to Cesaro. Titus follows that with a PowerSlam. Crews dropkicks Sheamus out of the ring.
Cesaro attacks Crews from behind. Sheamus clotheslines Crews on the floor. Sheamus drives Crews shoulder first to the ringside barricade. Sheamus uppercuts Crews. Sheamus rolls Crews back into the ring. The Bar are cutting the ring in half. Sheamus with a Running Knee Drop for a two count. Sheamus applies an arm-bar. Cesaro lands a Flying Double Axe Handle.
Cesaro levels Crews with an European Uppercut for a two count. Cesaro tags in Sheamus. Crews is targeting the midsection of Sheamus. Sheamus applies a front facelock. Sheamus knocks Titus off the ring apron. Sheamus tags in Cesaro. Crews sends Cesaro shoulder first to the steel ring post. Crews lowers the top rope which sends Sheamus crashing to the outside. Crews rolls Cesaro over to pickup the victory.
Winner: Titus Worldwide via Pinfall
— WWE (@WWE) February 20, 2018
Third Match: Sasha Banks, Bayley and Mickie James vs. Alexa Bliss & Absolution in a 6-Woman Tag Team Match
Bliss and Mickie will start things off. Bliss tags in Deville. Deville with a waist lock takedown to Mickie. Mickie floats over into a front facelock. Mickie tags in Sasha. Sasha kicks Deville in the chest. Sasha applies a wrist lock. Deville drives Sasha to the corner. Deville tags in Rose. Rose dishes out multiple strikes. Rose goes for a BodySlam, but Sasha lands back on her feet. Sasha tags in Bayley. Bayley applies a wrist lock. Rose cartwheels out of an Leg Scissors TakeOver. Rose Hair Whips Bayley. Bayley repeatedly stomps on Rose chest. Bayley connects with an Exploder Suplex. Rose rolls herself out of the ring.
Coming out of the commercial break, Rose has Bayley in a rear chin lock. Rose with a cover for a one count. Bayley kicks Rose in the gut. Rose dumps Bayley face first on the top turnbuckle pad. Bayley decks Rose with a Back Elbow Smash. Rose with a Reverse Mat Slam for a two count. Rose transitions into a ground and pound attack. Rose goes for another cover, but Bayley kicks out. Rose tags in Bliss. Bliss bounces Bayley head on the top turnbuckle. Bliss is putting the boots to Bayley in the corner. Bliss slaps Bayley in the face. Bliss kicks Bayley in the ribs. Bliss tags in Deville.
Deville delivers a stiff bodyshot for a two count. Deville applies a Body Scissors. Bayley drops Deville with a JawBreaker. Absolution are cutting the ring in half. Referee Dan Engler didn’t see the tag which would have allowed Sasha back into the ring. Bayley tags in Mickie. Mickie with a Running Boot to Rose. Mickie knocks Deville off the ring apron. Mickie connects with a FlapJack. Mickie follows that with a Flying Seated Senton. Mickie with a NeckBreaker to Deville. Mickie with a Spinning Heel Kick to Rose. Mickie takes out Deville with a Wrecking Ball Dropkick. Rose levels Mickie with a Jumping Knee Strike.
Out of frustration, Rose goes back to the ground and pound attack. Rose applies a Modified Abdominal Stretch. Rose connects with a Inverted Gut Wrench Suplex for a two count. Rose tags in Deville. Deville attacks Mickie’s back. Mickie with a Flying HeadScissors TakeOver. Absolution goes for a Double Suplex, but Mickie counters with a Double NeckBreaker. Sasha and Bliss are tagged in. Sasha dropkicks Bliss. Sasha levels Bliss with a Knee Strike. Sasha lands a Flying Double Knee Strike off the ring apron.
Sasha bounces Bliss head on the top turnbuckle. Sasha delivers another Flying Double Knee Strike for a two count. Bayley with a Saito Suplex to Rose. Following a quick pinning exchange, Bliss rams Sasha’s head across the middle turnbuckle. Bliss goes for The DDT, but Sasha counters with The Bank Statement which forces her to tap out. After the match, a pier six brawl breaks out. Deville with a Sliding Knee Strike to Sasha. Absolution are cornering Bliss. Mickie makes the save. Mickie and Bliss drops Deville with a Double DDT.
Winner: Sasha Banks, Bayley and Mickie James via Submission
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