WWE Monday Night Raw: Seven-man gauntlet match

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There will be a preview of things to come at Elimination Chamber on Raw this week, live on Sky Sports Action at 1am on Monday night.

All seven participants in the men’s Chamber match – Finn Balor, Braun Strowman, The Miz, Elias, Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns and John Cena – will compete in a gauntlet match in the final episode from the red brand before Sunday night’s Box Office event.

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The match will provide all seven with the opportunity to gain some momentum going into the weekend showdown, the winner of which will secure a shot at Brock Lesnar’s Universal title at WrestleMania.

The Miz has already attempted to gain a psychological advantage over one of his opponents in both matches, taking a social media pot-shot at Finn Balor.

“What’s the word for when you’ve done nothing for nearly two years so you keep reminding people you did something good once? Oh yeah, Finn Balor,” he wrote on Twitter, alongside a picture of Balor’s appearance on Miz TV.

Bliss joins up with Absolution

In a curious match, Alexa Bliss will be paired with the Absolution duo of Sonya Deville and Mandy Rose to face Bayley, Sasha Banks and Mickie James in a triple tag match.

All six will compete in the women’s version of the Elimination Chamber on Sunday night, with Bliss’ title on the line.

But that tells only part of the story. There are cracks showing in the friendship between Bayley and Banks, and Bliss has been a target for Absolution, both when they first arrived in WWE and more in recent weeks.

Throw in Bliss’ strange attempts to befriend James and the mix is likely to be a combustible one.

Asuka to send her own message?

The women’s Chamber match is not the only Box Office contest with title implications, with Nia Jax getting a chance to put herself in the Raw women’s title contest at WrestleMania if she overcomes Asuka on Sunday night.

To do that, Jax will have to end an undefeated streak which is now running at more than two years, but she has been keen to emphasise her capability to do so, wiping out Bayley and Banks last week before issuing further threats to the Empress of Tomorrow.

Nia Jax has been in dominant form on Raw in recent weeks

Asuka, in both NXT and on the main roster, has let her actions speak louder than words, so will she look to make a statement to Jax tonight?

Viewers are advised that tonight’s episode of Raw is on Sky Sports Action (channel 407) and should adjust their Sky planner accordingly.

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