The show opened with Triple H and Stephanie McMahon announcing that Becky Lynch had seen her doctor and conferred with the WWE’s doctors, meaning the WrestleMania match with Ronda Rousey is still on and Lynch’s suspension is lifted… pending Lynch apologizing to them before the end of the night. Lynch didn’t want to apologize, as you might’ve guessed. Triple H tells Becky that she has to decide before the end of the night if she’ll apologize or give up her dream to show the world that she is The Man at WrestleMania. “The choice is yours,” he said. They left. Fans chanted “Becky!”
- I don’t know what made Becky look worse – refusing to see doctors last week or refusing to say she’s sorry this week. The stakes for a title match at WrestleMania are high, so just say you’re sorry and move on. She can even cross her fingers. This whole segment felt like it was not what they planned last week when they did the whole ordeal of her refusing to see WWE doctors and then attacking Steph and Hunter. It feels made up on the fly and nobody is looking particularly good from it.
Nia Jax and Tamina Snuka defeated Bayley and Sasha Banks, and Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan. This was to determine which team would start the Elimination Chamber match. Banks was once again injured before she could compete, leaving Bayley to fight alone. Jax pinned Bayley after a Samoan drop, meaning Bayley and Sasha will have to start in the Chamber.
Elias was interrupted several times by backstage segments and video packages. Eventually Lucha House Party interrupted him and said they wanted to “walk” with him. Kalisto briefly played guitar, so Elias smashed one over his back and bailed.
Finn Bálor defeated Drew McIntyre by disqualification when Bobby Lashley interfered. Kurt Angle made the save, which brought out Baron Corbin, and eventually Braun Strowman.
Finn Bálor, Kurt Angle, and Braun Strowman defeated Drew McIntyre, Bobby Lashley, and Baron Corbin. Lashley pinned Bálor, but Bálor had his foot on the rope. The referee re-started the match, and Bálor was able to win with a Coup de Grace on Lashley.
Kevin Owens will be returning in “about a month.” He filmed a selfie video of him bowling with his family and getting a gutter ball.
- Hmmm. That seemed like a “regular guy babyface” character. Why now if someone is injured is it now known what brand they’ll return on. Does that apply to everyone who misses time? When did this become a rule? There are way too many arbitrary and inconsistent rules in WWE these days.
Ronda Rousey told Becky Lynch to “man up” and apologize, or she’s admitting she’s a coward.
Ruby Riott defeated Nikki Cross. Riott won with the Riott Kick.
- They haven’t had time to create any sense that Riott has a real chance to win the Raw Title at EC. The way Rousey is talking to Becky, Rousey is more worried about not facing Becky at WrestleMania because Becky won’t apologize than she is losing to Riott on Sunday.
Seth Rollins cut a promo about taking six F-5s from Brock Lesnar and still standing. Paul Heyman interrupted and teased Lesnar appearing, but he wasn’t there. Rollins says he’ll make a deal with the devil and burn in hell if it means Lesnar doesn’t leave WrestleMania as Universal Champion. Dean Ambrose randomly showed up and told Rollins he hopes he “slays the beast.”
Dean Ambrose defeated EC3. Ambrose won with a roll-up.
- What a flat flat way to debut EC3 character this has been. A fluke win last week, a fluke loss this week, no mic time, and a low energy match with low energy announcing.
Raw Tag Team Championship Match: The Revival defeated Bobby Roode and Chad Gable (c). The Revival caught Gable jumping out of the corner with a Shatter Machine to win the championship.
- This would have been so much more special if they didn’t just throw it on late in the third hour with a tired crowd without any build up at all. It’s stunning how flat this was at the beginning. The wrestlers worked hard and earned the crowd’s interest late. Cool to see The Revival get the titles, but I wish WWE was enthusiastic about building to this match for two hours.
In the final segment, Triple H and Steph came out followed by The Man. Becky Lynch apologized, and things looked like they were going to be fine … but then Vince McMahon interrupted, said he “doesn’t like bad attitudes,” declared himself The Man, and suspended Becky Lynch for 60 days. That means she’ll miss WrestleMania. Vince replaced her with Charlotte Flair.
- This is a really dangerous game WWE is playing. Becky vs. Ronda vs. Charlotte isn't as promising as Becky vs. Ronda, but let's not kid ourselves. All three competitors are capable of five star-matches, there is a still a lot of intrigue about which trigger they will pull and we will have enough time to deal with the disappointment over losing Becky vs. Ronda, that by the time Mania rolls around this match will still be an extremely strong main event. If they have any sense at all, they'll book the match as Ronda refusing to work the match unless Becky is added. Perhaps they wanted to get heat off Ronda so they add Charlotte? But it certainly seems like everyone's having issues with this storyline, so I guess we shall see how it all pans out.
End of show.