Each edition of Monday Night Hayden presents a new problem – how do I capitvate an audience with an opening sentence? Humour? Deep, introspective social comments? Nostalgia?
Or, do you skip the preamble and dive directly into the article? Thank God I have the power to do whatever I’d like. So, coming off of a disappointing Elimination Chamber PPV, we take a look at the (mostly unchanged) landscape of Monday Night RAW, and look forward to the main event of Wrestlemania we all guessed was coming. Without further ado…
A Quick (Elimination Chamber) Recap
- The Club (Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows) def. The Miztourage
- Alexa Bliss def. Sonya Deville, Mandy Rose, Sasha Banks, Bayley, Mickie James to retain RAW Women’s Championship
- The Bar (C.) def. Titus Worldwide to retain RAW Tag Team Titles
- Asuka def. Nia Jax
- Matt Hardy def. Bray Wyatt
- Ronda Rousey signs RAW Contract – puts Triple H through a table
- Roman Reigns def. The Miz, Braun Strowman, John Cena, Seth Rollins, Elias, Finn Balor to win Men’s Elimination Chamber – will face Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania
This Week’s Predictions
Elimination Chamber was fairly predictable – as with most things WWE. Our contributors here at WinColumn gave our predictions, and lo and behold, were more or less on the money.
Hopes and dreams were smashed when a certain Big Dog won last night’s Elimination Chamber. With his victory over 6 other men, Roman Reigns will be heading to WrestleMania 34’s main event in a repeat of WrestleMania 31’s marquee match – facing off against current Universal Champion Brock Lesnar. Fellow WinColumn writer, podcast co-host, and huge Bon Jovi fan Spencer Love and I discussed this in the last edition of Over the Top Rope and, while few looked forward to Reigns winning the Chamber match, I can say that I’m eagerly anticipating the forthcoming rematch. Lesnar has a sparkling track record (bar his WrestleMania 32 match) and Reigns has improved markedly since their last singles encounter (bar concussing the ever loving hell out of SmackDown commissioner Shane McMahon). Lesnar is making a rare appearance tonight – one can only wonder what will happen.
The Cenation seems like it’s been bitten in the ass by a certain Monster among Men – Braun Strowman’s performance last night will go down as the stuff of legend. Eliminating every competitor aside from the eventual winner, Braun’s dominance is matched by none (aside from The Big Red Machine and Hulk Hogan, brother nothingbutlove HH). Each man can take the loss – The Miz still holds a firm grasp on the Intercontinental Title, Seth Rollins is still on fire following a string of phenomenal performances, Elias will find his way onto the Grandest Stage of Them All one way or another, Finn Balor’s rockstar aura has never been diminished – but the leader of the Cenation, John Cena has no clear path to WrestleMania 34. His neon green and purple Ford Fiesta was run off the road by the monster truck of Braun Strowman (will Cena be sued by Ford for that as well?) leaving Cena despondent and in despair. Who will Cena face? The very man that defeated him last night? Or a certain Phenom?
The Women’s Aisle
Conversely, first ever Women’s Elimination Chamber winner and RAW Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss outlasted 5 other women to retain her aforementioned title. With that, it seems clear she will walk into Wrestlemania 34 with the belt around her waist – but her opponent (s) still remain unclear. Last night, Asuka convincingly defeated Nia Jax, retaining her right to face a champion of her choosing at WrestleMania; but is Bliss still her target? That remains unclear. The women’s division is shockingly complex heading into WrestleMania; whether that’s good or bad is subjective.
The most recent addition to the Women’s division is creating the biggest waves. After being coaxed on by RAW General Manager and my Olympic Hero Kurt Angle, Ronda Rousey put COO Triple H through a table – crazy, hey?
It’s been a long time in the making, but the rumour mill has had Triple H & Stephanie McMahon facing Ronda Rousey & (The Rock, Kurt Angle, Braun Strowman, Hulk Hogan) facing off at a Wrestlemania since her first appearance at WrestleMania 31. It’s a marquee match, no doubt – the only question is, will the ‘E pull a fast one and switch styles? Who knows. Tune in tonight to find out!
That’s it for this article; but what are your thoughts? Let us know. See you next week, and as always, thanks for reading!
WWE: Last Five
- Elimination Chamber Preview and Predictions
- Fry and the Guy: Episode Three
- Smackdown Live Preview: February 20th
- Monday Night Hayden: Predictions for the 19/02/18 RAW
- Over the Top Rope: Episode Two