WWE Monday Night Raw: John Cena beats Finn Balor in Elimination Chamber qualifier

John Cena beat Finn Balor to qualify for the Elimination Chamber on a match-packed episode of Monday Night Raw.

In the first match between the two, Cena picked up the victory with an avalanche Attitude Adjustment to book his place in the main event of the Sky Sports Box Office spectacular on February 25.

With Royal Rumble winner Shinsuke Nakamura electing to face WWE champion AJ Styles at WrestleMania, it has been confirmed that the winner of the Chamber will take on Brock Lesnar at the April event.

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Braun Strowman also qualified on Raw after winning a brutal last-man-standing match against Kane which featured several chair shots and ended when the Monster Among Men pulled a commentary desk down onto his opponent.

Kane was taken away for medical treatment and was reported by the commentary team as having difficult breathing.

Elias became the third qualifier for the Elimination Chamber with a victory over Matt Hardy, who appeared to be suffering from an injury prior to the match.

Hardy competed well for long periods of the match but was distracted by the appearance of his nemesis Bray Wyatt on the big screen, allowing Elias to pick up the win.

The Miz defends his title

Roman Reigns invoked his rematch clause against The Miz after dropping the Intercontinental title to the A-lister on the Raw 25th anniversary show but again came up short.

Reigns, who was limping after going all the way in Sunday night’s Royal Rumble, saw his leg targeted by the Miz throughout the match and also had to contend with regular interjections from the Miztourage duo of Curtis Axel and Bo Dallas.

It was one such instance of interference from the pair which led to Miz getting the win, rolling up Reigns and grabbing a handful of tights to cement the victory and a successful title defence.

Asuka overcomes Banks in classic

Sasha Banks, steeled by the confidence of her superb Royal Rumble performance, challenged Rumble winner Asuka to a match, claiming that – contrary to the popular expression – she is in fact ready for Asuka.

The Boss was ready, and came close to a huge victory over the unbeaten Empress of Tomorrow with a succession of Banks Statement submission attempts in a match which was brilliantly brutal at times.

But it was one such attempt which was transitioned by Asuka into her Asuka Lock for a tap-out victory which preserves her winning streak.

WWE Monday Night Raw is repeated in full on Sky Sports Arena at 9pm every Tuesday.

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