The Elimination Chamber event is merely days away, and the go-home episode of Raw disappointed yet again. There were some great moments, but this was a rather average show overall.
Let’s take a look at my takeaways from the final Raw before Elimination Chamber.
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5. Dean Pins EC3
Ambrose came out during a Seth Rollins/ Paul Heyman promo and simply told Rollins to “slay the beast”. One would assume this means a face turn is in the works for the former Shield member.
This match was very average, and Ambrose got the pin with a roll up. This is an example of 50/50 booking at it’s finest. EC3 got his win last week, now Dean needs to get the win for no apparent reason.
4. Sasha Banks and Bayley Will Enter the Chamber First
In a below average triple threat tag match, Bayley was pinned to end the bout. The result of this is having the team of Sasha Banks and Bayley enter the match on Sunday first. We will see who the second team will be on Smackdown.
This match was not good, but at least it had meaning, and there was an actual point to the contest taking place. I’m looking forward to seeing who the other team will be.
3. Ruby Riott Will Challenge Ronda Rousey At Elimination Chamber
It was announced that Ronda Rousey will defend her Raw Women’s title at the upcoming pay-per-view against Ruby Riott.
Obviously, Riott has no shot at actually winning the title, but I’m excited for it because this should be a very good match. It also gives both women something to do, leading into Wrestlemania.
2. The Revival Win the Tag Titles In An Excellent Match
WWE needs to know now just how much they’ve been holding the Raw tag team division back, with teams like A.O.P. and B-Team holding the belts over the past year or so.
The Revival had a great, hard hitting match with Bobby Roode and Chad Gable. After an awesome match, we got new tag team champions, and the crowd loved it. The Revival really needed this win, and hopefully this will create a spark for the Raw tag team division.
1. Charlotte Steals Becky’s Spotlight Again
Triple H and Stephanie McMahon opened the show by announcing Becky Lynch has been cleared by the doctors, and all she has to do is apologize to be reinstated into the main event. Throughout the majority of the program, we saw Lynch contemplating whether or not she should swallow her pride to get her match, including some cool segments with Finn Bálor, Alexa Bliss, and Ronda Rousey.
Becky eventually apologized, but Vince McMahon didn’t accept her apology, and suspended her for 60 days. He then brought out his hand picked replacement in Charlotte Flair, and said she will beat Rousey at Mania.
This makes zero sense, as they used up nearly an entire Raw to get to this conclusion. Now, I’m sure Becky will earn her way back in, and it will be a triple threat match (like many predicted in the first place), but to have the Royal Rumble winner swallow her pride and apologize, just to screw her anyway doesn’t make any sense to me.
Those were my takeaways for the go-home show of Monday Night Raw. What are your thoughts on the Revival winning the tag titles, and Charlotte replacing Becky? Let me know in the comments below, and thank you for reading!