Wrestlenewz brings you live play-by-play coverage and viewing party for tonight’s WWE Monday Night Raw broadcast. Pre-show starts at 7:50 pm EST and the main show at 8 pm EST. The Bar defends its tag titles against Seth Rollins & Jason Jordan. Also Roman Reigns takes on Bray Wyatt in an Elimination Chamber qualifier. Finally, John Cena, Braun Strowman and Elias square off in a triple threat match to determine the final entrant into the Chamber match. Tweet and follow @wrestlenewz on Twitter.
Monday Night Raw: 8 pm EST
Elimination Chamber Qualifier: Roman Reigns vs. Bray Wyatt
Bell sounds and they tie up. Bray grabs a side headlock. Irish whip and Reigns levels Bray with a clothesline. Reigns grabs a side headlock now. Bray is whipped into the corner but Bray gets control of himself and hangs his head back and upside down. Reigns charges at him and Bray directs him shoulder-first into the ring-post. Bray pins Reigns for a 2-count. Then he puts Reigns in a rear chin-lock and wrenches on it as Reigns grimaces.
Reigns manages to get to his feet and he lays Bray out with a couple clotheslines and then a jumping one. The crowd is a mix of boos and some cheers. Bray rolls outside and Reigns goes out after him. Reigns goes for a dropkick but Bray nails him with a devastating clothesline of his own. Commercial break.
Back again and Bray has Reigns in a rear chin-lock. Woken Matt Hardy watches on a monitor backstage and makes his characteristic facial expressions. Reigns gets to his feet and puts Bray down with a Samoan drop. The ref starts to count as they get to their feet slowly. As they do, Reigns lands a series of clubbing blows. Bray suddenly counters, and as they each bounce off the ropes, Bray connects with a flying elbow.
Bray pushes Reigns back into the corner and sets him up on the top rope. Bray sets up for a superplex. He attempts it but Reigns blocks. Reigns pries Bray off of him and knocks him back but Bray runs back up and gets control. Bray tries again but Reigns counters, slides out the backdoor and hits Bray with a sitout powerbomb for a near-fall. Both men sell and are slow to rise. Reigns is first up and stalks for the Superman Punch.
Reigns goes for it but Bray catches him and hits a yurinagi, followed by a senton. He pins but Reigns gets hi shoulder up. The crowd chants, “Let’s go Bray!” Bray goes for Sister Abigail but Reigns rolls him up for a 2-count. They scramble to their feet and Reigns delivers a Superman Punch. He pins but Bray kicks out. Reigns stands up and starts to signal for the Spear. The arena erupts with boos.
Reigns charges for the Spear but Bray counters with Sister Abigail. He pins. 1-2-… but Reigns kicks out. The crowd chants, “This is awesome!” Bray has a crazed look in his eyes as he thinks about what to do. Then he jumps on Reigns and lands some wild shots. Bray sets up for Sister Abigail again but Reigns muscles out it. They scramble and Reigns lands the Spear flush. He pins and gets the 3-count. Reigns is in the Chamber match.
Winner: Roman Reigns
Seth Rollins is with Jason Jordan backstage and he tells him this is their last chance to face The Bar for the titles. Rollins says Jordan can’t be going out there, getting injured, and tagging himself out and avoiding the fight like he did before. Jordan gives him a pseudo-sincere look and says that Rollins has nothing to worry about. He’s ready to go.
Singles Match: Finn Balor vs. Scott Dawson
Balor and The Club come out and then The Revival makes their entrance. They challenge Balor to a tag team match instead and Balor chooses Karl Anderson as his partner.
Tag Team Match: Balor Club vs. The Revival
Bell sounds and Anderson ties up with Dawson. Dawson pushes Anderson back into the corner and lands some shots. Anderson fires back and then Dash Wilder rushes in. Balor comes in as well and their is a scramble, resulting in the Revival being cleared out to ringside with Balor and Anderson standing tall in the ring. Commercial break.
Back again and Dawson has Balor in a submission. The Revival is cutting the ring off. Balor manages to throws Dawson out of the ring. Balor starts to crawl to his corner. Wilder throws his partner back inside and tags in. He stops Balor before he can reach the corner. The Revival cuts the ring off again and cycles tags as they deliver offense. Balor finally makes some space and tags Anderson who comes in hot.
Anderson lands a series of offensive moves and lets out a primal yell. Balor tags in and hits a slingblade to Dawson as Anderson hits a flip over the top rope and out onto Wilder at ringside. Balor hits the Coup De Grace on Dawson for the win.
Winners: Balor Club
Sasha Banks is backstage watching her loss to Asuka from last week. She countenances dismay when the finish plays. Bayley comes in and tells her to stop beating herself up. Sasha says she has to be hard on herself to get better. Bayley is facing Asuka tonight and asks if Sasha has any tips for her but Sasha says she’s keeping her tips to herself. Sasha says she’s going to be the one to end Asuka’s undefeated streak and Bayley says she plans to do the same thing. Sasha scoffs. Bayley says she knows she can beat Sasha, so if Sasha can beat Asuka, so can she. Bayley walks off as Sasha crosses her arms and frowns.
Cruiserweight Tag Team Match: Cedric Alexander & Mustafa Ali vs. Tony Nese & Drew Gulak
Bell sounds and Nese starts things off against Ali. Nese whips Ali into the corner but Ali hits a counter and gains control of the match. Cedric tags in and tries to mount some offense but Nese gets back in it and tags Gulak. Nese crotches Cedric on the top rope and then Gulak clotheslines him off. Nese and Gulak cycle tags and cut the ring off. Nese puts Cedric in a scissor-lock.
Cedric manages to escape and crawls to his corner to tag Ali, who comes in hot. Ali nails Gulak with a drop kick and then a tornado DDT. He pins but Nese breaks it up. Nese is knocked out of the ring and Cedric hits a huge flip over the top out onto him. Ali levels Gulak and then tags Cedric, who comes off the top rope with a flying clothesline. Cedric closes it out with a Lumbar Check for the pinfall.
Winners: Cedric Alexander & Mustafa Ali