WWE Monday Night RAW took place from the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Here’s all the action that went down the night after the Royal Rumble.
Sasha Banks confronted Asuka
Monday Night RAW kicked off with a winner hitting the ring, as the Women’s Royal Rumble champion Asuka met up with RAW Commissioner Stephanie McMahon to discuss which title she’d challenge for at Wrestlemania. Stephanie suggested that Asuka be patient, as the new Elimination Chamber event that the women’s division would compete in could see current RAW champ Alexa Bliss dethroned before the showcase of the immortals.
While the night looked like it would belong to Asuka, Sasha Banks had other plans. Confronting the undefeated challenger, Sasha Banks had one thought on her mind: To prove that she was ready for Asuka.
Braun Strowman def. Kane in a Last Man Standing Match to qualify for the Men’s Elimination Chamber Match
With a select few spots available for the men’s Elimination Chamber main event, it was time to find some contenders. First up, it was the gift of destruction battling the devil’s favourite demon once again, to see which titan was truly the greatest in a last man standing match. Making full use of the match stipulation, Strowman delivered all manner of abuse to Kane before he finally knocked him with the entire RAW announce table.
With Kane down and the ref calling for the bell, it was Braun Strowman who punched the first ticket to the Elimination Chamber.
Elias def. “Woken” Matt Hardy to qualify for the Men’s Elimination Chamber Match
He may not have conquered the Royal Rumble, but perhaps Woken Matt Hardy could continue his great war in another event, yeeeeessssssss? Not quite, as Bray Wyatt stole Hardy’s opportunity to compete at the Elimination Chamber when he distracted the Woken Warrior with unsettling imagery on the Titantron, giving Elias the chance he needed to lock in the Drift Away and walk away with a shot at glory.
Intercontinental Champion The Miz def. Roman Reigns
Roman Reigns is not having a good 2018 so far. Eliminated by Shinsuke Nakamura at the Royal Rumble and having lost the Intercontinental Championship prior to that, the big dog activated his rematch clause and attempted to win back the coveted white belt. The Miz was more than ready for Reigns however, with knee-focused attacks and a Miztourage at ringside that resulted in the match ending with The Miz grabbing Reigns by the pants for the dirtiest of roll-up pins.
The Revival def. Heath Slater and Rhyno
Hard luck for Rhyno and his efforts to toughen up Heath Slater, as the duo lost again when Dash and Dawson of The Revival locked the Man Beast into a Shatter Machine finisher to claim victory.
Asuka def. Sasha Banks
The streak continues! Facing her most challenging opponent yet, Asuka faced an incredibly determined Sasha Banks who was hungry to break the undefeated streak of the Royal Rumble winner. Two and a half years into her WWE career, the streak was safe and sound as Asuka’s vicious arsenal saw the Boss tapping out to the Empress of Tomorrow’s Asuka Lock.
Raw Tag Team Champions Cesaro and Sheamus def. Titus Worldwide
With the gold back around their waists, Cesaro and Sheamus faced their first challenge in the ring as Titus Worldwide came knocking on their door. Full of drive and energy, Titus O’Neil and Apollo Crews looked set to dethrone the champs a day after they’d won back their titles, but a White Noise and top rope DDT combo from The Bar brought the dream team crashing back to reality.
John Cena def. Finn Bálor to qualify for the Men’s Elimination Chamber Match
In a battle between the leaders of the Cenation and the Balor Club, it was John Cena who came out on top. Having been eliminated at the Royal Rumble by Cena, Balor was ready for a showdown with the former multiple-time world champion. Their first ever singles match against one another, Balor busted out all the stops to put Cena down, surviving an Attitude Adjustment and an STFU in the process.
Deciding to finish the match with a memorable moment, Cena locked Balor into an Avalanche AA and executed it from the second turnbuckle, guaranteeing a three-count and a trip to the Elimination Chamber.
Last Updated: January 30, 2018