Relive the best moves from Raw's gauntlet match which this week became the longest televised match in WWE history
We are on the eve of the final Raw exclusive pay-per-view on the Road to WrestleMania as preparations conclude for Elimination Chamber, live on Sky Sports Box Office on Sunday night.
After this weekend we will finally know who will be main eventing this year’s ‘Showcase of The Immortals’ alongside Brock Lesnar, and who will be walking into WrestleMania as Raw women’s champion.
Raw definitely turned a few heads this week as they allowed their pre-announced gauntlet match to go on for 101 minutes, the longest in the history of Monday Night Raw.
It was definitely a risky decision for WWE but one that paid off in the build-up to Elimination Chamber.
The SmackDown roster is busy currently gearing up for Fastlane and three more Championship matches were announced for the March pay-per-view this past week.
Good WeekBraun Strowman (Raw)
All of the headlines following Monday Night Raw were about Seth Rollins – the fact that he managed to last for 65 minutes in the incredible gauntlet match and in that time eliminated both Roman Reigns and John Cena.
Rollins did not win the match though, as that accolade went to Braun Strowman, who was the final man out and only had to defeat The Miz to set the tone for this weekend’s Elimination Chamber match.
Braun has never been part of a Chamber match, but it seems that the Monster Among Men being locked inside a cage could be the worst nightmare for the other six men who will be keeping him company.
He is the man who takes a confidence-boosting win into this weekend’s pay-per-view and has to be seen as one of the favourites to walk out victorious.
Ruby Riott (SmackDown Live)
Ruby Riott has only been on the SmackDown roster since November and already she is fighting for the women’s Championship in her first singles pay-per-view match at Fastlane on March 11.
Riott is the only member of the Riott Squad who has not yet been defeated by champion Charlotte and it could lead to an interesting confrontation between them if Riott is able to defeat Charlotte’s other ally Naomi next week on SmackDown.
SmackDown did seem to be a little underwhelming this week, but at least the women’s storyline continues to keep some pace.
Velveteen Dream (NXT)
Velveteen Dream has certainly enchanted the NXT fans over the past few months and after winning rivalry of the year for his part in the feud with Aleister Black in 2017, there are huge things expected from the charismatic star this year.
He stepped up against No Way Jose this week on NXT and even as a heel he was more over than the popular star as the crowd were behind him every step of the way.
A picture-perfect Purple Rain Maker allowed him to defeat his rival and push forward as he gets closer to his deserved shot at the NXT Championship.
Bad WeekMandy Rose (Raw)
You have to feel bad for Mandy Rose, who has faced some severe criticism on social media after main eventing Raw alongside the other five women who will be part of the Elimination Chamber match this weekend.
The former Total Divas star’s timing seemed to be off on this occasion and she ended up on the losing side, although it was the champion Alexa Bliss who tapped out.
After the incredible gauntlet match that the WWE fans had witnessed earlier in the night, this definitely took the tone down at the end of the show and now leaves Mandy in a tough position heading into her first chamber match in just three days time.
Jinder Mahal (SmackDown Live)
Jinder Mahal has been around the United States championship picture for the past few weeks and many of the WWE Universe predicted it would be a triple threat match for the Championship at Fastlane, but this week on SmackDown Shane McMahon announced Bobby Roode would defend against Randy Orton and completely omitted the former World Champion from the match even though he was part of the segment only moments before.
Daniel Bryan tried to put Mahal into the match but it seems that the issues between the commissioner and the general manager are continuing to cause problems for the SmackDown locker room and this time they have managed to cost Jinder a title shot he deserved because of their bickering.
Johnny Gargano (NXT)
Even his wife Candice Le Rae seemed a little taken back when Johnny Gargano announced his intentions to leave NXT if he does not win the NXT title, but it seems he will follow through on his word and after a hard-fought match with Andrade ‘Cien’ Almas means he will be forced to end his tenure with NXT.
Gargano seemingly had the match won when he locked in the Gargano Escape, but referee Drake Younger had been knocked out and Tomasso Ciampa then made his way to the ring and once again attacked Gargano with a crutch.
Almas then picked up the scraps as he hit his hammerlock DDT to secure the pin and make it official the former NXT tag team champion would be forced to leave the company.