The go-home episode of WWE Monday Night Raw (Feb 15) ahead of Elimination Chamber was focused on the pre-announced gauntlet match for the sixth place in this Sunday’s WWE Championship match.
The Miz Removes Himself From Elimination Chamber Match
The Miz kicked off the show with an episode of Miz TV where WWE Champion Drew McIntyre was his guest. John Morrison was a notable absentee but Miz explained that he was busy securing a Bad Bunny dis track.
McIntyre got fed up of Miz and the fact that he liked the sound of his own voice after a few minutes in the ring and headbutted Mr. Money in the Bank before throwing his briefcase up the entrance ramp.
After McIntyre left the ring, The Miz once again teased a cash-in at Elimination Chamber, before dropping the bombshell that he was withdrawing himself from the Elimination Chamber match.
Riddle and Lucha House Party def. MVP, Shelton Benjamin, and Cedric Alexander
Ahead of Riddle’s United States Championship match this weekend at Elimination Chamber, the former NXT star was forced to go through The Hurt Business. The Lucha House Party was on hand to even the odds and it was Riddle who was able to gain momentum heading into this Sunday’s pay-per-view when he secured the victory with The Floating Bro to MVP.
After the match, Bobby Lashley took out The Lucha House Party on the ramp before locking Riddle in The Hurt Lock.
Backstage: Bad Bunny and Damian Priest were backstage in an interview when R-Truth and Akira Tozawa brought their fight to them. Tozawa was able to win the title before Priest took out the Champion and allowed Bad Bunny to pin him and become the 24/7 Champion.
Charlotte Flair and Asuka vs. Peyton Royce and Lacey Evans Ends in a No Contest
Ahead of her Women’s Championship match at Elimination Chamber on Sunday, Evans failed to get in the ring with Charlotte Flair, before she dropped the bombshell that she was pregnant with Ric Flair’s baby.
Kofi Kingston def. The Miz
Earlier in the night, it was announced that The Miz would face off against Kofi Kingston with Elimination Chamber implications. If Kingston wins he goes into the Chamber while if The Miz wins, John Morrison takes the vacant slot. The two men put on one of the matches of the night before Kingston was able to secure his spot with a Trouble In Paradise.
Backstage: Alexa Bliss was seen backstage showing off her more demonic side when she was seen sitting inside a pentagram.
Shayna Baszler def. Lana
Naomi and Nia Jax were at ringside offering their support after Lana was able to defeat Nia Jax in a tables match last week. Lana proved that she had improved in the ring in recent weeks but was unable to overcome The Submission Magician and tapped to the Kirofuda Clutch.
Braun Strowman returned to Raw and wasn’t impressed that he had been overlooked for the Elimination Chamber match.
Elimination Chamber Gauntlet Match | Sheamus def. AJ Styles, Kofi Kingston, Drew McIntyre, Randy Orton, and Jeff Hardy
The winner of the match would enter Elimination Chamber in 6th position and the match kicked off with Kingston vs Styles. After Omos attacked Xavier Woods and threw him over the barricade, he was ejected from ringside. Styles was able to eliminate Kingston with a Phenomenal Forearm before Drew McIntyre made his way to the ring.
AJ Styles put up a good fight but fell to The Claymore, which signaled Jeff Hardy’s arrival. McIntyre’s trusty finisher was enough to eliminate Hardy before Randy Orton was added to the bout. Orton and McIntyre battled it out before Alexa Bliss took over all the screens in the ThunderDome and led to The Viper being distracted and counted out. While Orton tried to re-enter the match, he received a Claymore for his troubles.
Sheamus was the final entrant in the match and despite taking several moves from the WWE Champion including A Futureshock DDT, Sheamus was able to hit The Brogue Kick to pin the Champion and earn the Elimination Chamber advantage.