zero of 9Credit: WWE.comThe Raw model is constructing towards WWE Elimination Chamber on February 25, and Monday night time, it delivered a broadcast rife with pay-per-view implications.John Cena defeated The Miz to make sure The Hollywood A-Lister is the primary Superstar to enter the unforgiving metal construction, whereas Braun Strowman dealt ache, punishment and a cello throughout the again to the person who will enter the match final, Elias.The sixth and ultimate spot within the match was up for grabs in a blockbuster Fatal 5-Way match between Apollo Crews, Woken Matt Hardy, Bray Wyatt, Finn Balor and Seth Rollins, who campaigned Raw basic supervisor Kurt Angle for the chance earlier within the night time.The controversy surrounding that match leaves the marquee gimmick bout shrouded in uncertainty.Find out what else went down on an explosive night time of motion that additionally included one of many best girls’s rivalries of all time revisited, as Sasha Banks battled hometown hero Bayley, with this recap of the February 12 broadcast.1 of 9John Cena kicked off Monday’s episode of Raw, drawing an enormous response as he entered the world in San Jose, California.Cena mentioned the importance of WrestleMania, one thing that has been drilled into the minds of followers for the final three many years, earlier than intercontinental champion The Miz and his Miztourage interrupted.Cena laughed off the concept Miz might be a respectable and credible opponent to common champion Brock Lesnar, going as far as to say the one method Miz has an opportunity is that if Lesnar doesn’t present up.Miz reminded Cena that he beat him at WrestleMania.Eventually, Cena challenged Miz to a match through which the loser could be the primary Superstar to enter the Elimination Chamber on February 25.The Miztourage attacked Cena, drawing out Angle, who made the match official however banned Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel from the ringside space. GradeB AnalysisThis was a superb sufficient opening section, however one should query the choice to level out simply how few of the Superstars on right now’s roster would stand a snowball’s likelihood in hell in opposition to Lesnar in a battle.Still, the section arrange a big opener for the present that includes two former WWE champions, so it definitely served a objective.2 of 9The Miz tried to place Cena at an amazing drawback at Elimination Chamber, beating him and forcing him to enter the gimmick bout first.Cena evaded a Skull-Crushing Finale, solely to search out himself trapped in a Figure-Four. Cena escaped and locked Miz in an STF, however the intercontinental champion made it to the ropes.At one level, Cena delivered the Attitude Adjustment, however a resilient Miz shot his shoulder off the mat, stopping a fall. Miz reapplied the Figure-Four, however Cena once more countered into the STF.Miz landed the Skull-Crushing Finale off a Cena blind cost, however the franchise kicked out at two.An overconfident Miz tried his finisher from the highest rope, however Cena countered and delivered an excellent Attitude Adjustment to attain the win and guarantee Miz enters the upcoming Elimination Chamber match at No. 1. ConsequenceJohn Cena defeated The Miz GradeB+ AnalysisThe ghost of WrestleMania 27 lingers over each Cena and Miz to the purpose that it’s simple to overlook the in-ring chemistry they’ve. This was a robust match, simply considered one of Cena’s higher latest performances, and a high-profile method to kick off this week’s present.In most instances, it could be simple to complain about Cena going over, however Miz is such a robust talker and character that he can simply reduce a promo later within the night time or on subsequent week’s present that regains him any warmth this will likely have value him.three of 9The group of Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows has been waging struggle with The Revival in latest weeks, and Monday night time, it appeared as if they might do battle as soon as extra.Instead, Dash Wilder and Scott Dawson attacked Gallows and Anderson, chopping the knee out of the previous and leaving the freshly turned babyfaces fired up forward of the bell.After a livid flurry by the Good Brothers, The Revival seized management heading into the break, taking Gallow’s knee out for the second time.The Revival continued to work over the knee till a sizzling tag to Anderson appeared to show the tide within the favor of the previous Raw tag group champions. With his associate down at ringside, although, Anderson fell prey to the tag group abilities of the heels and fell in defeat courtesy of The Shatter Machine. ConsequenceThe Revival defeated Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows GradeB AnalysisThe tag group psychology right here was sturdy, as is often the case when The Revival is concerned.The query following this bout is whether or not this system will proceed. The underhanded ways by Wilder and Dawson previous to the match appear to recommend that would be the case, however solely time will inform.Regardless, each groups would make phenomenal high contenders to Sheamus and Cesaro’s Raw Tag Team Championships.Four of 9Angle addressed the viewers, saying Ronda Rousey will signal her Raw contract at Elimination Chamber. Then he revealed his son, Jason Jordan, suffered a neck harm and can miss WrestleMania.He went on to inform the jubilant followers they need to be ashamed of themselves.Seth Rollins interrupted, reliving his unforgettable WWE Championship victory at WrestleMania 31 in San Francisco and the heartache he endured by lacking WrestleMania one yr later.He advised Angle he wished to make it Monday Night Rollins as soon as once more by successful the WWE title.He finally satisfied the overall supervisor to make the scheduled Fatal Four-Way match for later within the present a Fatal 5-Way through which the winner will fill the ultimate spot within the upcoming Elimination Chamber bout. GradeB+ AnalysisRollins advised a narrative WWE might simply milk for a giant WrestleMania run, even when all indicators at the moment level to Roman Reigns headlining WrestleMania in opposition to Brock Lesnar.With that stated, Rollins delivered a robust promo and had the followers on his facet in a method they haven’t essentially been all through the length of his babyface run.More storytelling like that, somewhat than trotting him out to have a terrific match each week with out character growth, will profit him in the long term.5 of 9A social media battle between finest associates Bayley and Sasha Banks boiled over into the ring Monday night time, as two of the unique Four Horsewomen of NXT battled within the former’s hometown of San Jose.Banks confirmed the primary trace of frustration, unloading on Bayley with a collection of onerous rights following a collection of holds and counter-holds early.Heading into the night time’s first business break, she focused the taped-up shoulder of the loveable hometown hero, seizing management of the bout.Banks continued to focus on her opponent’s injured joint, however vanity on her half allowed Bayley to grab a gap and fireplace off a passionate comeback.Bayley tried her top-rope elbow drop however missed, and Banks utilized the Bank Statement. Bayley made it to the ropes and despatched Banks face-first into the turnbuckle.The girls finally fought to the highest turnbuckle, the place Bayley delivered an excellent Bayley-to-Belly for the upset victory.After the match, stress between the Superstars was teased, however earlier than there was any decision, Nia Jax hit the ring and laid each of them out. She vowed to interrupt Asuka’s streak at Elimination Chamber. ConsequenceBayley defeated Sasha Banks GradeA AnalysisBanks and Bayley are incapable of getting a foul match at this level.They have such in-ring chemistry, like The Rock and “Stone Cold” Steve Austin or Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels that even their weakest effort remains to be fairly rattling good. That was the case right here, as the 2 labored a lesser model of their TakeOver: Brooklyn match, but it surely completed precisely what it got down to: It teased Banks’ heel flip, gave Bayley and large victory and spotlighted Nia Jax after the bell.Jax has quietly developed into one of the crucial over feminine Superstar on Raw proper now.A high quality section that put warmth on the upcoming Elimination Chamber match.6 of 9Alexa Bliss cited the necessity to maintain Absolution from successful the Raw Women’s Championship as the rationale she got here to the help of Mickie James. Monday night time, she teamed together with her former rival to battle Absolution’s Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville in one more preview of the upcoming Elimination Chamber.The heels remoted James for almost all of the bout, however the veteran fought her method again into the match and delivered a neckbreaker to Rose.Before she might make the tag, although, Deville pulled Bliss off the apron.Rose would decide up the victory for her group with a double underhook facebuster to James.After the match, Bliss broke up a beatdown and stared Absolution down to finish the section. ConsequenceSonya Deville and Mandy Rose defeated Alexa Bliss and Mickie James GradeC+ AnalysisDeville and Rose proceed to develop as in-ring staff and have been offered as stars thus far by WWE Creative.Their victory right here, isolating one opponent and stopping the recent tag by way of nefarious means, is the stuff of a way more seasoned group. It will assist with incomes them warmth and constructing their standing within the coming weeks and months.7 of 9Elias tried to play his music for the WWE Universe, however its collective boos interrupted him on a couple of event, incomes it his scorn.Braun Strowman interrupted, the highlight shining immediately on him. He produced a stool and an unlimited cello. He broke the strings taking part in it and proceeded to march towards the squared circle, threatening to apply it to Elias.He finally delivered the working powerslam on Elias, drawing a giant pop.As The Drifter tried to flee, Strowman broke the cello over his Elimination Chamber opponent’s again. GradeB AnalysisIt is in opposition to character for Strowman to have interaction Elias in a comedy section, however each he and the sinister songster have been so good in latest months that they made this work when it mustn’t have.Strowman is a beast, a enjoyable monster of a person who makes each section higher. Elias is a high quality heel whose finest days are forward of him.For a throwaway section, this was entertaining shlock.eight of 9Credit: WWE.comOne of the highest rivalries of 2015 was revisited Monday night time, as Roman Reigns battled Sheamus. Though it was a singles match, The Big Dog was pressured to maintain his eye on Cesaro at ringside.Sheamus earned management of the match simply earlier than the primary break, delivering a rolling senton on the world ground that left Reigns writhing in ache.The Celtic Warrior wore Reigns down, using the Irish Curse and a Cloverleaf in an try and put away his resilient opponent.Reigns fought his method again into the match, delivering a giant Superman Punch. On the world ground, he obliterated Cesaro with a Superman Punch that despatched The Swiss Cyborg into the stands. Sheamus, alert, blocked Reigns’ try at a Drive-By.He scaled the ropes and got here off…immediately right into a spear by Reigns, who scored the hard-fought victory. ConsequenceRoman Reigns defeated Sheamus GradeB AnalysisNot on the extent of earlier bouts between the 2, Reigns vs. Sheamus was nonetheless a strongly structured match that showcased Reigns and gave him a giant win forward of Elimination Chamber.It is at all times debatable as as to if tag group champions must be shedding singles bouts and thus devaluing their title reign, however Sheamus and Cesaro are arguably probably the most established group on Raw and may get better simply superb from The Celtic Warrior’s loss to WWE’s present franchise star.9 of 9Credit: WWE.comApollo Crews, Seth Rollins, Finn Balor, Bray Wyatt and Woken Matt Hardy battled Monday night time in an explosive Fatal 5-Way match for the chance to enter the Elimination Chamber on February 25 and perhaps, simply perhaps, earn a visit to WrestleMania and a date with Brock Lesnar.The motion was quick and livid, every of the 5 Superstars having the chance to showcase their signature strikes and finishers.At one level, Rollins delivered the Blackout to Balor and practically scored the win, just for Crews to interrupt up the pin. What adopted have been a number of minutes through which Crews shined, delivering standing moonsaults and Shooting Star Presses to Rollins.The Kingslayer survived, although, whereas Bray Wyatt leveled Hardy on the surface with Sister Abigail.The end got here when Balor and Rollins grabbed ahold of Wyatt, who delivered a superplex to Crews in a Tower of Doom spot.Both Balor and Rollins proceeded to pin Wyatt for the win.The present went darkish with commentators Michael Cole, Corey Graves and Jonathan Coachman speculating as to which Superstar truly received the match. ConsequenceNo-contest GradeA AnalysisThis was a nonstop, action-packed conclusion to the present that demonstrated simply how fascinating that ultimate spot within the Elimination Chamber is. It made the chance to endure hell for a shot at championship glory really feel that rather more important, and in consequence, followers have been extra invested within the contest.All 5 males turned in a hellish efficiency, however for the third week in a row, it was Crews who stood out, performing up to date.The end will divide the viewers, some believing it was a superb cliffhanger for subsequent week’s present whereas others will discover fault with the corporate for not delivering a decision.Regardless, it was a refreshing change of tempo and a robust function bout.