WWE Raw Results – February 26, 2018

February 26, 2018
Honda Center
Anaheim, California

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Transcription by Josh Lopez

Alexa Bliss, Mickie James, Asuka, Nia Jax, Bayley, and Sasha Banks In-Ring Segment: 

Bliss never seems to amaze herself especially when a major obstacle is put a front of her. She talks about how it feels to be the first women to win The Women’s Elimination Chamber Match. The WWE Universe will talk about her victory for the next ten, twenty, or fifty years. On February 25, 2018, Bliss changed the game then, now, and forever. She’s not a selfish person, so she wants to give credit where it is due. Mickie James showed why she’s a six time champion and a future Hall of Famer. Bliss has learned so much  from her.

For Absolution, they have a bright future, but not while she’s champion. When it comes to Bayley, she had some harsh words. Bayley is a sad situation. Bliss also took advantage of Sasha’s biggest asset, her ego. That’s why she’s going to WrestleMania. Bliss will break Asuka’s streak. Following what happen last night, Bliss cannot wait to finish the job that Nia started at WrestleMania. Asuka comes out to interrupt Bliss and Mickie. 

Asuka is acting like she is 100% healthy, but that’s not true. Bliss says that Nia Jax is the one who deserves an opportunity at the Raw Women’s Championship. One tiny mishap and she loses. Bliss points out the fact that Asuka is not good at speaking english Asuka wipe that smile off your face before Bliss does. Nia Jax makes her way to ring. Asuka attacks Bliss and Mickie. Nia runs through Asuka with a Body Avalanche. We have a 3-on-1 beatdown in the center of the ring. Sasha Banks and Bayley are trying to make the save, but it’s to no avail. 

First Match: Alexa Bliss, Nia Jax, and Mickie James vs. Asuka, Sasha Banks, and Bayley in a 6-Woman Tag Team Match 

Bayley and Mickie will starts things off with rapid fire haymakers. Bayley applies a wrist lock. Mickie responds with a side headlock. Mickie drops Bayley with a shoulder tackle. Bayley bounces Mickie’s head on the top turnbuckle pad. Mickie delivers a Spinning Heel Kick. Bayley bodyslams Mickie. Bayley follows that with an Elbow Drop for a two count. Mickie decks Bayley with a Back Elbow Smash. Mickie lands a Head Scissors TakeOver. Mickie tags in Nia. Nia attacks the shoulder of Bayley. Nia HeadButts Bayley. Nia connects with a Body Avalanche. Nia drags Bayley to the corner. Nia tags in Bliss.Bliss repeatedly stomps on Bayley’s chest in the corner. Bliss is choking Bayley with her boot. Bayley is ramming Bliss face across the top turnbuckle pad. Bayley with the cover for a two count. Bayley with a Sliding Lariat for a two count. Bayley applies a front facelock.

Sasha tags herself in. Sasha rolls Bliss over for a two count. Sasha with a Double Knee Strike for a two count. Bliss drops Sasha with a Straight Right Hand. Sasha responds with a Rolling Crucifix for a two count. Sasha levels Bliss with a SlingShot Double Knee Strike for a two count. Sasha follows that with a Double Wrecking Ball Dropkick to Bliss and Mickie. Nia runs through Sasha with a Shoulder Block on the floor. Bliss with the lateral press for a two count. Bliss applies a rear chin lock. Sasha gets back to a vertical base. Bliss throws Sasha shoulder first to the middle rope. Bliss kicks Sasha out of the ring.

Coming out of the commercial break, Nia has Sasha in a Half Nelson Chin Lock. Sasha creates distance with a JawBreaker. Nia drives Sasha back first into the turnbuckles. Nia tags in Mickie. Following a snap mare takeover, Mickie lands a Running Boot for a two count. Mickie is wearing down Sasha with the rear chin lock. Mickie with a Knee Lift to Sasha. Mickie tags in Bliss. Bliss repeatedly bounces Sasha’s head on the canvas for a one count. Bliss applies the third rear chin lock of the match.

Bliss with a Forearm Smash to Asuka. Sasha responds with a Snap Vertical Suplex. Bayley hops off the ring apron before Sasha can make the tag. Sasha rolls Mickie over for a two count. Sasha tags in Asuka. Asuka dropkicks Mickie. Asuka follows that with a Running Hip Attack. Asuka knocks Nia off the ring apron. Mickie SuperKicks Asuka. Asuka responds with a High Knee Strike. Asuka dishes out clubbing RoundHouse Kicks. Asuka with a Leg Lariat for a two count. Bayley takes out Bliss with a Saito Suplex. Mickie goes for a DDT, but Asuka counters with the Jumping Arm-Bar which forces her to tap out.

Winner: Asuka, Sasha Banks and Mickie James via Submission 

John Cena In-Ring Segment: 

Last night, Cena failed. In a moment of failure and in the finale of it all, he was rushed into a room and put in front of microphone and he was demoralized. Failure is tough. You can go through failure alone. Cena knows where he’s at. A person’s character is not judged on when you rise to the top. You are judged when your back is against the wall. That time is now.

Cena spent five minutes last night feeling sorry for himself and moved forward. Cena will figure it out his Road to WrestleMania. Cena thought it would be the Royal Rumble, he failed. He didn’t give up. He thought it would be the Elimination Chamber, he failed. No one else will come into the ring in front of the WWE Universe and admit their failures. Failure made Cena the man he is today. Cena has to do something he should’ve done a long time ago.

Cena will put out a WrestleMania challenge  to The Undertaker. 39 WrestleMania’s between the two of them and never stood face to face in this ring. That match is not happening unfortunately. Cena doesn’t make the matches.  Now you understand the disappointment of failure. You can stay down or get up. Cena’s road to WrestleMania goes through SmackDown Live. Cena will go to Smackdown, not to beg for symapthy, but to do whatever it takes to earn a spot at WrestleMania.

Second Match: Bray Wyatt vs. Heath Slater w/Rhyno 

Bray knocks Rhyno off the ring apron before the bell rings. Slater is throwing haymakers at Bray. Bray runs through Slater with a Running Shoulder Block. Bray follows that with a Uranage Slam to Rhyno. Bray starts spider walking. Bray with a Corner Clothesline to Slater. Bray is mauling Slater int he corner. Bray is dancing with Slater. Bray plants Slater with The Sister Abigail.

Match Result: No Contest 

The Miz In-Ring Promo

We’re on the road to WrestleMania and it stops in Anaheim? 45 minutes away from LA, a city with star power and entertainment industry cache. Miz could see Jennifer Lawrence while trying to pitch his next movie to Michael Bay. Anaheim is a glorified suburb. Anybody could stand in line with someone dressed like Donald Duck. Kurt Angle takes his stars for granted.

In 62 days, Miz will become the longest reigning Intercontinental Champion of all time. In 62 days, there will be no argument. Miz will be the greatest Intercontinental Champion of all time. Not Shawn Michaels, Bret Hart, Pedro Morales, Edge, Roman Reigns, or Chris Jericho. Miz is bigger than anyone. His star shines brighter than any supernova.

Miz plugs his upcoming reality series on USA Network. He doesn’t have merchandise. Look for his t-shirts. Miz should be going to the main event of WrestleMania so he could be the first Intercontinental and Universal Champion. Yet, Kurt Angle forced him to start the Elimination Chamber match with two men who shouldn’t have been there in the first place. Angle handed Finn Balor and Seth Rollins an opportunity they did not deserve. Miz is sick and tired of the disrespect.

Miz made the Intercontinental Title more prestigious and relevant than the Universal Title.  What is Miz doing what at WrestleMania? Kurt Angle told him that his opponent tonight might determine who he’ll face at WrestleMania. Might? Really? Miz has carried Raw on his back  Miz has been in WWE for 12 years and this is the treatment he receives. His opponent will be catching a beating of a life time. It’s Seth Rollins everybody! 

Third Match: The Miz w/The MizTourage vs. Seth Rollins 

Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Miz applies a side headlock. Miz drops Rollins with a shoulder tackle. Rollins leapfrogs over Miz. Rollins lands a Hip Toss. Rollins goes for The PK, but Miz ducks out of the way. Back to the Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Miz ducks a clothesline from Rollins. Miz leapfrogs over Rollins. Following a snap mare takeover, Rollins delivers a Running Knee. Rollins clotheslines Miz over the top rope.

The MizTourage distracts Rollins. Rollins rolls Miz back into the ring. Miz sends Rollins crashing shoulder first to the ringside barricade. Miz with the lateral press for a two count. Miz with a series of back elbow smashes to Rollins. Miz applies the rear chin lock. Rollins creates distance with a Jaw Breaker. Miz responds with a Knee Lift. Miz connects with The IT! Kicks. Rollins dodges a leg lariat from Miz. Rollins rolls Miz over for a two count. Rollins is lighting up Miz’s chest. Miz launches Rollins out of the ring.

Coming out of the commercial break, Miz and Rollins are trading back and forth shots. Rollins decks Miz with a straight right hand. Rollins lands a SpringBoard Clothesline. Rollins follows that with a SlingBlade. Rollins hits The BlockBuster for a two count. Rollins drags Miz to the corner. Miz drives Rollins face first to the middle rope. Miz with the Implant DDT for a two count. Miz dishes out two Corner Dropkicks. Miz takes down Rollins with The Awesome Clothesline. Rollins has Miz perched on the top turnbuckle. Rollins goes for a SuperPlex, but Miz counters with a HeadButt.

Rollins responds with a SuperPlex. Rollins with The Roll Through Falcon Arrow for a two count. Rollins thrust kicks the midsection of Miz. Curtis Axel trips Rollins behind the referee’s back. Miz goes for the Skull Crushing Finale, but Rollins rolls him over for a two count. Rollins clotheslines Miz over the top rope. Rollins takes out the entire MizTourage with a Suicide Dive. Rollins drops Miz with The Revolution Knee Strike. Rollins lands a Frog Splash to pickup the victory.

Winner: Seth Rollins via Pinfall 

Fourth Match: The Miz vs. Finn Balor 

Miz starts things off with an Awesome Clothesline. Miz follows that with an Implant DDT for a two count. Miz transitions into a ground and pound attack. Miz with the lateral press for a two count. Miz throws Balor out of the ring. Balor fires back with a chop/haymaker exchange. Balor sends Miz crashing back first to the steel ring steps. Miz kicks Balor in the gut. Miz levels Balor with a Big Boot. Miz with a Snap Vertical Suplex for a two count. Miz follows that with another Implant DDT for a two count. Balor is throwing haymakers at Miz. Miz drops Balor with a Running Knee Strike for a two count.

Coming out of the commercial break, Miz has Balor in a rear chin lock. Balor creates distance with a Jaw Breaker. Balor decks Miz with an Over Head Kick. Balor kicks Miz in the face. Balor follows that with a running haymakers. Balor with a Standing Double Foot Stomp to Miz. Balor is lighting up Miz’s chest. Balor with a Step Up Enuzigiri to Miz. Balor connects with a Reverse DDT/Lariat Combination. Miz blocks The SlingBlade.

Balor rolls Miz over for a two count. Miz delivers his Neck/Back Breaker Combination for a two count. Balor thrust kicks the midsection of Miz. Balor mocks Miz with World Famous IT! Kicks !! Miz wisely rolls himself out of the ring. Balor drives Miz into the ringside barricade with a Shot Gun Dropkick. Balor rolls Miz back into the ring. Balor drops Miz with a SlingBlade. Balor follows that with another Shot Gun Dropkick. Balor lands The Coupe De Grace to pickup the victory.

Winner: Finn Balor via Pinfall 

Roman Reigns In-Ring Segment: 

Reigns is a man of his word. He said he was going to win the Elimination Chamber Match and he did. When Reigns says that he’s going to defeat Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania, he’s telling the truth. The truth is a funny word. Reigns doesn’t know why he is covering for this guy. The truth is that Brock Lesnar is not here tonight. Up until about 30 minutes ago, Brock didn’t show up to Raw. Nobody will say this back there, but Reigns will.

Brock is an entitled piece of crap who hides behind his contract. We’re six weeks from WrestleMania and The Universal Champion is not here. Brock was too busy taking pictures with Dana White. Brock doesn’t respect the fans or the boys in the back. They go all over the world and bust their ass, but Brock shows up only when the money is right or the city is right.

It doesn’t matter how big the town is,  Reigns will be there because he said he will be there. Paul Heyman will say that they are businessmen, but Reign was born in this business. He was taught at any early age that there is a fine line between business and respect. Reigns doesn’t respect Brock Lesnar and he doesn’t fear, that bitch. Reigns is done speaking and he will go to the back to take his ass chewing like a man because he respects this place.

Fifth Match: The Bar (c) vs. Titus Worldwide w/Dana Brooke in a Two Out Of Three Falls Match For The WWE Raw Tag Team Championship 

Cesaro distracts Titus. Sheamus lays out Titus with The Brogue Kick to score the first pinfall of the match. The Bar are celebrating on the outside. Titus tags in Apollo. Cesaro kicks Apollo in the gut. Apollo knocks Sheamus off the ring apron. Apollo with a Flying Crossbody Block to Cesaro. Apollo follows that with a series of pinning variations. Cesaro tags in Sheamus. Apollo dropkicks Sheamus for a one count. Apollo tags in Titus. Sheamus is begging for mercy. Sheamus drives his knee into the midsection of Titus. Sheamus tags in Cesaro.

Titus drops Cesaro with a Shoulder Tackle. Titus repeatedly slaps Cesaro in the chest. Apollo with a Corner Spear to Cesaro. Titus follows that with a BodySlam. Apollo finishes that sequence with a Running Elbow Drop for a two count. Titus Worldwide are double teaming Cesaro. Titus throws Cesaro back first across the turnbuckles. Apollo delivers a Military Press Slam. Apollo with a Standing Shooting Star Press for a two count. Apollo takes out The Bar with a Double Crossbody Block to the outside.

Coming out of the commercial break, Apollo is in the ring with Cesaro. Apollo dishes out clubbing forearm smashes. Apollo launches Cesaro over the top rope. Cesaro tags in Sheamus. Sheamus goes for a PowerSlam, but Apollo lands back on his feet. Apollo tags in Titus. Titus with a Shoulder Tackle to Sheamus. Titus is lighting up Sheamus chest in the corner. Titus connects with a Biel Throw. Titus follows that with a PowerSlam. Titus lands a Stinger Splash. Titus knocks Cesaro off the ring apron. Titus with a Reverse PowerBomb for a two count.

Titus tags in Apollo. Apollo with a Frog Splash for a two count. Sheamus drives Titus out of the ring. Apollo decks Sheamus with a Step Up Enzuigiri. Apollo with a Standing MoonSault for a two count. Titus clotheslines Cesaro on the floor. Sheamus attacks Titus from behind. Sheamus drives Titus shoulder first to the ringside barricade. Apollo fires off a SlingShot Crossbody Block. Cesaro distracts Apollo. Sheamus knocks Apollo off the top turnbuckle. The Bar plants Apollo with their Diving Clothesline/White Noise Combination to pickup the victory.

Winner: Still WWE Raw Tag Team Champions, The Bar 2-0 via Pinfall 

Sixth Match: Braun Strowman vs. Elias 

Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Strowman launches Elias to the corner. Elias rolls himself out of the ring. Elias gets back in the ring at the count of six. Elias kicks Strowman in the gut. Strowman chases Elias around the ringside area. Elias delivers multiple haymakers. Strowman responds with a Big Lariat. Elias kicks Strowman in the jaw. Strowman connects with a Biel Throw. Strowman follows that with a Body Avalanche. Strowman is mauling Elias in the corner.

Strowman takes down Elias with a Short-Arm Lariat. Strowman decks Elias with a Massive Haymaker. Strowman lands a SledgeHammer Punch. Elias bounces Strowman’s head on the top rope. Elias with a Flying Double Axe Handle. Strowman throws Elias sternum first into the ringside barricade. Strowman rolls Elias back into the ring. Strowman says that Elias can but he can’t hide. Elias ducks under the ring.

Elias uses the fire extinguisher to cause the disqualification. After the match, Strowman rocks Elias with a Clubbing Haymaker. Strowman attacks Elias on the stage. Strowman goes for a Running PowerSlam, but Elias lands back on his feet. Elias rakes the eyes of Strowman. Elias heads to the backstage area. Elias is trying to hightail it out of the Honda Center. Strowman tells Elias that he’s not finished with him.

Winner: Braun Strowman via Disqualification 

Ronda Rousey, Kurt Angle and The Authority In-Ring Segment: 

Last night was supposed to be the highlight of their executive careers, signing Ronda Rousey to WWE. Due to the actions of one man, Kurt Angle, it all went wrong. Angle started saying things that were not true. Ronda’s behavior may be okay in MMA, but not in the WWE. Ronda acted out of savage instinct, the way she was trained. Stephanie had to get physical with Ronda to remind her of the hierarchy. Ronda reports to her. That means that WWE owns Ronda Rousey. As a good boss and manager, she needs to remind everyone of their roles and responsibilities. It all starts with an apology from Kurt Angle. Ronda Rousey storms into the ring.

Angle is trying to calm Ronda down. Ronda coming to WWE was the best thing she could’ve done. Ronda wants this more than anything, but she has never been slapped before in her life. She refuses to be disrespected. She’s no one’s property. Angle understands Ronda’s frustration, but he needs this job. Angle admits that he was lying last night and he apologizes. The Authority are not horrible people despite what you see on social media. They understand why Ronda did what she did.

Now it’s time to make Ronda the Superstar she needs to be. Ronda demands an apology from Stephanie. If Stephanie does not apologize, she will rip Stephanie’s arm out of its socket. Stephanie apologizes and says that she had a bad reaction to her husband being put through a table. Stephanie welcomes Ronda to WWE. Triple H from out of nowhere lays out Angle with a big haymaker to close the show. 

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Author: Josh Lopez