WWE Monday Night Raw comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Feb. 19, 2018) from the Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona, featuring the go home show to the upcoming Elimination Chamber pay-per-view (PPV) scheduled for this coming Sunday night in Nevada.
Advertised for tonight: A Gauntlet match, a six-woman tag team match, and more!
Come right back here at 8 p.m. ET when the Raw live blog kicks off once the show starts on USA. It will be below this line here. (REMINDER: NO GIFS OR PICS ARE ALLOWED IN THE COMMENTS SECTION. OFFENDERS WILL BE BANNED.)
WWE RAW RESULTS AND LIVE BLOG FOR FEB. 19
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The show opens with a moment of silence to pay respect to the victims of the recent shooting in Parkland, Florida.
Roman Reigns makes his entrance and is interviewed in the ring before his gauntlet match. He says he has no worries about tonight, but he’s concered about the Elimination Chamber match. He’s never been in the match before, but he sees how brutal is, but not only that but he’s going to be facing the best, toughest guys in the world. All those guys have one thing in common-- they can’t beat Brock Lesnar, but he can.
Enter Seth Rollins, ready to start the gauntlet, Shield brother against Shield brother.
Braun Strowman vs. Elias vs. Finn Balor vs. John Cena vs. Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins vs. the Miz (Gauntlet Match)
Circling, collar and elbow, Reigns forces Rollins into the corner and breaks clean at referee John Cone’s command. Back to the lockup, Roman with a wristlock, Seth rolls through but the Big Dog is able to grab a side headlock and take him down. The Architect posts on a knee and to his feet, Roman takes him back down, headscissors escape, Reigns right back out and into another side headlock takeover!
Shot off, the Big Dog knocks him down with a shoulder block, drop down, leap frog, Rollins with an arm drag into La Casita, no good, backslide attempt, gets two, kick to the gut, off the ropes but Reigns gets in his face as we go to break.
Back from commercial and Reigns again has Rollins locked down with a side headlock. Seth gets up, runs the ropes, right into an elbow, and Roman presses the attack into the corner with punches. Backed into the ropes, Rollins gets boots and elbows up, pops up, diving blockbuster, duck the lariat, Sling Blade connects, Seth’s knee is bugging him but he’s rolling.
Up and over in the corner, springboard elbow, and he clotheslines the Big Dog to the floor. Going for a dive, Roman cuts him off with the big slicing right and follows it up with Drive-By on a staggered Rollins. Back inside, off the ropes with a lariat, corner lariats to follow, finishing the sequence with a Mafia kick. Superman Punch denied, ripcord knee countered with a headbutt!
Trying the Superman Punch again, countered with a superkick... BUCKLE BOMB! BUT ROMAN USES HIS MOMENTUM TO HIT THE SUPERMAN PUNCH AND SEND US TO BREAK WITH BOTH MEN DOWN AND OUT!
Back from commercial, Rollins perches atop the turnbuckles, looking for a Frog Splash but Reigns rolls to the side! Slowly back to their feet, Seth throwing forearms unanswered for a while, Roman returns them but ends up dumped outside and hit with the suicide dive! A second time to try and seal the deal! Looking to springboard back in, Superman Punch... ROLLINS BARELY KICKS OUT!
The Big Dog lies in wait and howls but Seth counters the spear with a knee! Superkick, looking for Blackout, trading pins, Rollins gets the momentum...
Seth Rollins eliminates Roman Reigns by pinfall with a folding press.
Reigns offers a fist bump but before Rollins can return it, John Cena’s entrance hits. We get a quick view of the fist bump and Cena goes to work.
Seth with a lariat out the gates, only good for two and we go to break.
Back from commercial and Cena has an arm-trap side headlock applied, wrenching it back into a neck crank, taking Seth back down when he tries to escape the first time. Rollins gets out, off the ropes, right into a wicked right from the 16-time world champion! Back on his feet, another right, hammer whip puts him hard into the turnbuckles, and John grabs a reverse chinlock.
Adding a bodyscissors, trying to grind the life out of the Architect but he’s able to pry his legs apart and try to escape. Cena holds on and adjusts his grip but Rollins is able to get to his feet, so he clubs him with a forearm and comes off the ropes with a boot to the head before dumping him to the floor and into the barricade. Seth takes his time coming back in but beats the count, and John clobbers him with a boot to the head.
On his feet again, one belly-to-belly suplex, another, a third, only good for a nearfall and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Cena with the fireman’s carry, Seth slips out, kick to the gut, DDT... only a nearfall! Desperate right hands, John ducks a lariat, World’s Strongest Slam clutch swung out into an Ace Crusher! Rollins pulling himself up and asking for more while Cena looks on, a single straight right drops the Architect back to his knees. Another punch, referee Dan Engler checks on Seth but he’s not giving up.
John fired up, runs a literal circle around Rollins, weaves away from a punch, right hand, cover... OUT AT ONE! Seth fired up, shoving, we got a slugfest, punch for punch in the middle of the ring but Cena wipes him out with a back elbow for another nearfall! Off the ropes, a back elbow knocks Seth to the floor and John seems happy to take the count-out victory.
Rollins crawling desperately for the apron, he barely beats the count as we go to break.
Back from commercial and Cena stands over a fallen Rollins. He kneels down and has a few words with Seth, who slowly gets back to his feet. Off the ropes, shoulder block, shoulder block, duck the lariat, Rollins counters the slam, to the apron, springboard knee... CENA PICKS THE LEG MID-AIR AND COUNTERS TO THE STF! Trying to pull him back center, Seth throws him off, Slingblade, only good for two!
Stinger splash, straight suplex, roll it through but Cena reverses to a small package for two! The fall-forward Blue Thunder Driver connects this time, “You can’t see me!”, Seth counters with a kick! Kick to the gut, Avada Kedavra... NOT ENOUGH! Cena to the apron, Rollins tries to suplex him in but John reverses him to the apron. Sidestepping a charge, Seth eats post but is able to get out of the way and Cena goes hard into the steps himself!
Referee Dan Engler counting... BOTH MEN BARELY BEAT THE COUNT! Cena blocks a punch and returns a few of his own, duck the lariat, fall-forward Blue Thunder Driver, “You can’t see me!”, Five Knuckle Shuffle, fireman’s carry, reversed to a sunset flip... NOT ENOUGH! Rollins takes him down, arm-trap crossface applied in the center of the ring!
Reverse that to the fireman’s carry, Attitude Adjustment but Seth lands on his feet, enzuigiri, climb up top, Frog Splash lands true... NO GOOD! Seth from behind, looking for the ripcord knee, John counters, Attitude Adjustment... SETH ROLLINS KICKS OUT AT THE ABSOLUTE LAST POSSIBLE FRACTION OF A SECOND! Cena up top, Rollins runs up to meet him, superplex, roll through, Falcon Arrow... BUT IT CANNOT DO THE DEAL!
Lying in wait, looking for Blackout but Cena picks the leg and reverses to the STF! Rollins out, trying to come off the ropes, John picks the leg again, STF applied, rolling around, trying to suffocate the life out of him but Seth is able to break free and roll to the floor! Cena collects him and heads up top, fireman’s carry, the Architect stiff fighting, elbows, to the mat!
Cena with a crossbody, Rollins catches him, rolls through, fireman’s carry... ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT ON JOHN CENA BUT IT’S NOT ENOUGH TO END THE MATCH! Seth up top, ragged breaths, trying to collect himself, Phoenix Splash comes up empty! Fireman’s carry, Attitude Adjustment, Cena rolls through to do another but Rollins hits the ripcord knee, a few kicks, off the ropes... BLACKOUT! CENA’S ELIMINATED!
Seth Rollins eliminates John Cena by pinfall with Blackout.
Elias runs down as the fourth man and makes the cover but Seth has fight left in him! Samson with stomps and a knee, still not able to put Rollins away! Whip off, back elbow, another cover and another nearfall to send us to break!
Back from commercial, Elias has a half-crab locked on in the middle of the ring.
Cena is interviewed picture-in-picture style and puts Rollins over but says he made a sympathetic mistake and forgot that Seth only has to focus on wrestling and he has to balance his various responsibilities. He reiterates that he needs to win at Elimination Chamber to have a path to WrestleMania.
Elias legs go and referee John Cone checks on Seth for a moment. The drifter on the leg, stomping at the knee, Rollins tries to counter a double leg by popping onto his feet and his legs give out from under him and Elias has the opportunity to wrench his knee over the middle rope! Trading chops in the corner, Seth is able to get the momentum and clobber the Drifter with forearms, but one kick to the knee sets him down.
Off the ropes, Rollins catches him square in the mush with a superkick for a nearfall! Elias heads outside and Seth hits a plancha but again lands on his knee and regrets it! Back inside, duck a lariat, low kick, Elias with a kick to the face and a jumping knee strike...
Elias eliminates Seth Rollins by pinfall with Drift Away.
Finn is out, right into forearms on the Drifter, hammering him in the corner. Elias gets a knee off, whip reversed, sunset flip, Balor rolls out and hits a dropkick for two. Back into the corner with a chop, whip reversed, Finn sidesteps, enzuigiri from the apron, he climbs up top but Elias heads outside for a breather as we go to break.
Back from commercial, Elias has a kneeling armbar in and Finn stands up, so he snapmares him and drops a knee on the arm.
Seth Rollins is interviewed picture-in-picture, he says he beat two of the best in the world tonight but that doesn’t mean anything if he doesn’t win at Elimination Chamber.
Elias hurls Finn into the turnbuckles before grabbing a top wristlock and wrenching it in. He scoops him up after a bit, Finn slips out and jockeys for position but gets caught on his shoulder again and dropped into a shoulderbreaker! The Drifter heads up top, diving double axehandle, he takes Balor to the apron and snaps his arm over the corner of the ring shortly after.
Clawing at Finn’s face, backhammer into the turnbuckles, keeping the pressure up but he can’t put Balor away. Back to the armbar, standing this time, Finn fights to his feet but Elias takes him right back down. Again Balor to his feet, he gets free, off the ropes, trading forearms, Pele kick connects and both men are laid out on the mat. Finn to the corner, shaking life into his arm, boot up, running forearms, whip reversed but a flying forearm wipes Samson out!
Chop in the corner, whip across but Elias gets an elbow up and perches up top. Finn hits a gamengiri that knocks him to the floor! Balor outside, fired up, fighting through the pain, shotgun dropkick into the barricade! Back inside, Sling Blade connects but Elias clocks him with a lariat when he tries to follow up! Electric chair, Samson spins it around and powerbombs Finn as we go to break.
Back from commercial, Finn sends Elias outside and hits the Penalty Kick off the apron. Bulldog headlock follows, the Drifter shoots him into the ringpost and takes the action back insdie. Elbow drop comes up empty, Balor with a schoolboy for two and Elias takes him into a Fujiwara armbar on the kickout! Adjusting his positioning and clubbing Finn’s arm for good measure, Samson pushes back but Balor is almost able to reach the ropes!
Trying to maneuver him and grab the hold again but Finn breaks free and drops him! Arm wringer, Finn ducks a lariat, Sling Blade connects, shotgun dropkick, headed up top...
Finn Balor eliminates Elias by pinfall with Coup de Grace.
Miz is out sixth, using the Miztourage as a distraction and attacking Finn from behind! Basement DDT connects... NOPE! Front chancery again, letting him think about it before hitting a second basement DDT... STILL NO! Another quick cover comes up empty, the A-Lister circles and sits Balor up before coming off the ropes with a boot to the face! Another one, followed by a third, he still can’t put Finn away!
Finn with right hands, whip reversed, kitchen sink knee and Miz throws him outside and poses for the crowd! Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel circle around but think better of it and referee John Cone warns them off. Miz puts Balor into the barricade before setting him on the apron and wrenching his arm over the ropes... AND FALLING BACK TO SNAP IT OVER THE BOTTOM AS WE GO TO BREAK!
Back from commercial, Miz has a kneeling armbar locked in as Elias is interviewed picture-in-picture.
He says he’ll have a clear cut advantage and there will be five Rollins out there, and he’ll pick up the scraps before giving his greatest performance on the greatest stage of all and show everyone what WWE stands for.
Finn escapes but Miz is able to get him on his knees for the Daniel Bryan chest kicks, but Balor ducks the buzzsaw finale and lands a chop. Punch combos, rolling solebutt, off the ropes for a dropkick, inverted headlock elbow drop... only a nearfall! Charging chops, corner to corner, the A-Lister gets a boot up, full nelson, Finn slips out, pin, nearfall, Miz with the arm wringer to take control again!
Off the ropes, Balor ducks a boot, another nearfall but he gets stuck in the full nelson and has to grab the rope to break. Miz jaws with referee John Cone and Bo gets a cheap shot in! Roll-up nearfall, Balor ducks a punch, off the ropes... TOPE CON GIRO ON THE MIZTOURAGE! Gamengiri catches Miz as he enters the ring again, shotgun dropkick, looking to head up top but he has to fend off the Miztourage and that gives Miz time to recover and crotch him when he gets on top of the turnbuckles!
Full nelson applied...
The Miz eliminates Finn Balor by pinfall with Skull-Crushing Finale.
Only one man left and Miz knows it...
Braun Strowman comes down and Miz begs off before bailing and making a break for it but Braun is right behind him! He catches up to him in the production area and drags the A-Lister back towards the ring, dumping him over the barricade before we go to break.
Back from commercial we get a hype reel for tomorrow’s Mixed Match Challenge before getting back to the action.
Braun is in control, bieling Miz across the ring! A kick to the ribs sends the A-Lister flying as well and Strowman hits another biel after, posing for the crowd. Miz dodges a body avalanche, throwing desperate kicks, dropkicks on dropkicks... BRAUN RETURNS A MIGHTY DROPKICK OF HIS OWN!
Finn Balor is interviewed picture-in-picture and points out the Miztourage aren’t allowed in the Elimination Chamber and Miz will be alone. He’s gonna win and go on to face Brock Lesnar.
Clubbing Miz down but the A-Lister is able to low bridge him to the floor and dropkick him into the barrier. Miz follows around... and Braun runs him over like a freight train! Stalking after Curtis Axel, warning him back, Strowman throws Miz back in the ring, Miztourage with the distraction... SKULL-CRUSHING FINALE! BRAUN KICKS OUT SO HARD THAT MIZ GOES FLYING INTO THE MIZTOURAGE AT RINGSIDE!
Back inside, Strowman destroys Miz with a lariat and scoops him up...
Braun Strowman wins, last eliminating the Miz by pinfall with a running powerslam.
Braun is interviewed on the stage about his mindset on Sunday. He says he doesn’t fear the unknown, the unknown fears him! Just like the results of this gauntlet match, Elimination Chamber will be the same and then he’ll come after Brock! He asks Beasty Boy if he hears him, because he’s not finished with him, and at WrestleMania he’s gonna get these hands. He asks Charly to excuse him to attend to some unfinished business...
Back in the ring... running powerslam on Axel! One for Dallas as well! Miz makes a break for it and Strowman follows him to the back! Moments later, Miz flies back through the entry, followed by the monster among men. He gets the A-Lister back in the ring... RUNNING POWERSLAM! He goes to leave, but of course, he’s not finished with them yet! One more running powerslam for Miz!
Braun wipes the sweat off his brow and flings it at the Miz, what a man.
Commentary hypes up a six-woman tag for later and we cut to see Asuka walking backstage. This is followed by a Hall of Fame video package on Jeff Jarrett.
Asuka makes her entrance to send us to break.
Back from commercial, Asuka is interviewed about her match against Nia Jax on Sunday. She says she controls her own destiny, which is to win the championship at WrestleMania. She says Jax had strong words for a strong woman but she didn’t look great after their last match when she limped away from the ring. As far as Nia talking about messing her face up, she likes to talk, but on Sunday she’s not gonna be talking, she’ll tap out.
Jax tries to blindside Asuka but she’s ready and brings it with the kicks. Nia manages to get her in the corner, fireman’s carry... Samoan drop! Off the ropes, one leg drop, a second, Asuka rolls over and a third hits the back of her neck!
Commentary tosses to a recap of Ronda Rousey’s debut at the Royal Rumble and hype up her contract signing at Elimination Chamber to send us to break.
Back from commercial, the Bar make their entrance.
The Bar (Cesaro & Sheamus) vs. Titus Worldwide (Apollo & Titus O’Neil)
O’Neil and Cesaro to start, Titus delivering the heavy chops and tagging Crews in. Double back elbow, cover comes up empty, Apollo gets the Swiss Superman in the corner and makes the tag. O’Neil with the slam, trying a quick tag but Cesaro lands an elbow and starts walking when Titus tags Crews in. Apollo knocks Sheamus outside with a dropkick, but Cesaro takes advantage to knock Crews to the floor and the Celtic Warrior beats on him.
Quick tags, double kick to the midsection, Cesaro grabs a reverse chinlock and back to the quick tag, whereupon Sheamus drops a knee across his throat and locks the top wristlock on. Apollo nearly escapes, tag to Cesaro, double axehandle off the top, uppercut, cover gets two and a tag back to Sheamus. Crews fighting back, he gets over for a tag but the Bar are able to knock Titus down first! Pressing the attack, Apollo is able to scoop him up...
Titus Worldwide win by pinfall with a schoolboy pin from Apollo on Cesaro.
Commentary hypes up the women’s trios match and we go to break.
Back from commercial, commentary runs down the Elimination Chamber card, including asking if Matt Hardy can “finally delete” Bray Wyatt in a freshly-announced match between them.
Bray Wyatt is in the smoky room. He says some say the end is near and he hopes they’re right. Not just for all of us, but for Matt Hardy, and his end will be at Elimination Chamber.
Cut to Hardy, he says he and Wyatt have engaged in battle since the dawn of time but they’re only just beginning.
They call each other liars, Bray says Matt is deeply disturbed and Matt says Bray is clouded and he has the power of illumination. Bray says Hardy must be silenced and Hardy says Wyatt must be rendered obsolete. Bray promises to turn Matt’s dream into a nightmare and Matt says he’s going to delete Wyatt.
Sasha Banks makes her entrance and we go to break on another Black History Month video covering part of WWE’s trip to the National Civil Rights Museum.
Back from commercial in time for the rest of our entrances.
Absolution get a handcam promo where they say their mission in WWE comes to a culmination at Elimination Chamber and when they ruin friendships it’ll be easier to become champion.
Absolution (Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville) & Alexa Bliss vs. Bayley, Mickie James, & Sasha Banks
Bliss and James to start, but when Alexa turns around and sees who she’s got she tags Deville in. Circling, Mickie keeping her distance before closing, drop toehold to a front chancerl, tag to Banks. Sasha in with a kick, arm wringer, Sonya reverses, right hands, Sasha throws a couple but Deville gets her in the corner and tags Rose in. The Boss slips out, gets her in the corner, tag to Bayley.
Turnbuckle face smash, nearfall, waistlock, Mandy picks a leg to escape but the Hugger grabs a headscissors and Rose cartwheels out. Hair whip, Bayley rams her in the corner and puts boots to her! Overhead exploder suplex sends Mandy scattering outside and us to break.
Back from commercial, Rose has Bayley locked down with a reverse chinlock but she’s able to turn it into a schoolboy for two. Trying to clear the apron, flapjack into the turnbuckles, crawling for the pin but Mandy has a wristlock. Whip to the corner, Hugger trying to counter but Rose drops her into mounted punches. Dragging her over, Alexa tags herself in and rams Bayley into the corner.
Repeated kicks to the midsection, Bayley blocks the face smash and puts Bliss in the corner but can’t get away before the champion gets back on her. Running slap in the corner, kick to the midsection, tag to Deville, cover gets two. Bodyscissors locks Bayley down, escape with a jawbreaker, desperate for the tag and Mandy pulls Bayley away! Tag made but referee Dan Engler didn’t see it and isn’t letting it happen!
Mickie gets the perfectly legal tag soon after, ducks a lariat, flying forearm, running boot, knocks Sonya off the apron and flapjacks Rose! Bliss begs off from the apron, James with the diving Lou Thesz Press, neckbreaker to Deville when she tries to come back in, but she’s too concerned with the followup and Mandy lands her wicked knee, only for the veteran to get in the ropes to stop the fall.
Abdominal stretch applied, a suplex, tag to Sonya, she smashes James into the corner, and gets Frankensteinered out of it! Deville blocks the tag, tags Mandy in herself, going for a double suplex but Mickie reverses to a double suplex! Crawling, crawling, tags made all around! Banks runs Bliss over with lariats, catches a kick, walks her around and kicks her square in the face!
Double knees get back dropped to the apron, the Boss makes lemonade... METEORA OFF THE APRON ON SONYA! Back to Alexa, slingshot double knees, Meteora off the top, Rose breaks up the pin! Bayley in to Bayley-to-Belly her, Sasha distracted, O’Connor rolls traded and Alexa smashes her face into the turnbuckles! Bliss looking to end it but Banks rolls her through...
Bayley, Mickie James, & Sasha Banks win by submission with the Bank Statement crossface from Banks on Alexa Bliss.
Absolution attack Sasha after and Bayley comes in to try and make the save but gets caught with a roundhouse / Face Eraser combo! Sliding knee from Deville takes the Boss out! Mickie and Alexa team up to take Sonya out with a double DDT!
James and Bliss leave up the ramp together, celebrating.
That’s the show, folks.