After Rollins vs. Miz. Rollins stands tall until the music interrupts and out comes Finn Balor. Balor does his entrance as Rollins stares at him, apparently not happy about Balor interrupting his celebration. Rollins marches to the back and we go to commercial.
The Miz vs. Finn Bálor
Back from the break and The Miz is being forced to compete in another non-title match by Kurt Angle. The match falls apart due to interference from The Miztourage but Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson make the save and chaos breaks out.
Angle appears on the big screen and announces that Gallows, Anderson and The Miztourage are banned from ringside. Angle says this match will continue and there will be a winner or Miz won’t make it to WrestleMania. The bell hits again and Miz unloads with a corner clothesline, then a big DDT for a 2 count. Miz mounts Balor and unloads with rights. Miz takes Balor to the floor and follows but Balor fights back and sends him into the steel ring steps.
Balor rolls Miz back into the ring and goes to cover but Miz kicks him. Miz with more offense and another 2 count on Balor. More back and forth between the two. Miz with another 2 count as we return to commercial.
Back from the break and we see Rollins backstage watching the match. Balor hits a jawbreaker and then drops Miz with an overhead kick. Miz tries to keep control but Balor mounts offense, going from corner to corner. Miz goes to the top but Balor kicks him in the head. Balor drops Miz again and covers for another 2 count. Miz turns it back around but misses a roundhouse kick. Balor comes back with kicks now. Balor keeps control and covers for 2.
Miz goes to the floor for a breather but Balor follows. Balor with the big dropkick into the barrier. Balor brings Miz back into the ring and hits a Slingblade. Balor with another corner dropkick. Balor goes to the top for Coup de Grace and he hits it. Balor covers for the non-title win.
Winner: Finn Bálor
After the match, Balor stands tall as his music hits. We see Rollins backstage watching as Renee Young approaches for comments. Rollins doesn’t know what Balor is trying to prove by beating the man he just beat. Renee asks about coming up short in the Chamber and asks where that leaves him for WrestleMania. Rollins says he did come up short but he’s learned there’s more than 1 way to WrestleMania and he knows how to pave his own way. Rollins announces that he wants Miz and the Intercontinental Title at WrestleMania. We go back to the ring as Balor continues his celebration.
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Elimination Chamber for a WWE Universal Title Shot: Elias vs. John Cena vs. Seth Rollins vs. Finn Balor vs. Roman Reigns vs. The Miz vs. Braun Strowman
We go to the Elimination Chamber and JoJo goes over the rules. The winner of this will face WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar in the main event of WrestleMania 34. The spotlight turns on and Elias is in the Chamber with a guitar. Fans cheer as he starts playing. Elias talks about how he’s going to win tonight and go to WrestleMania. He also knocks Las Vegas for the heel heat and talks about the strategy he has at entering the match last tonight. He goes on with the heel act before beginning his latest song. The music finally interrupts and out comes Braun Strowman. Elias immediately enters a pod. Braun enters his pod as fans pop. John Cena is out next, taking a look at Braun and Elias in their pods. Roman Reigns is out next. Reigns enters the Chamber and also stops at each pod to stare down the other participants. Reigns hits the turnbuckle in front of Elias and poses. WWE Intercontinental Champion The Miz is out next. Miz gets shook a bit by Braun. Seth Rollins is out next to a big pop. Finn Balor is the last man out.
Rollins, Balor and Miz start things off as we get the bell. Miz tries to talk Rollins into a partnership as Balor looks on but he has no luck. Miz tries to “too sweet” Balor next but Balor isn’t interested. Rollins turns to Balor next and proposes a partnership. Miz attacks them but they both kick him. Rollins kicks Miz and Balor tosses Miz over the top to the steel. Rollins rolls Balor up for a 2 count. Balor and Rollins go at now. They break and circle each other before locking up again. Balor decks Miz as he tries to get up and back into the ring, sending him back to the steel. Rollins takes Balor down to the mat again. Rollins decks Miz as he tries to get up again, sending him back to the steel once again. Balor runs the ropes and dropkicks Rollins. Miz comes in with a thrust to Balor’s gut. Miz with a sunset flip to Balor but it’s countered. Balor with a basement dropkick to Miz for a 2 count.
Balor with a big chop to Rollins in the corner, then Miz in another corner. Balor with offense on both now. Balor kicks Rollins and covers for a 2 count while Miz is down in the corner. Rollins drops Balor with a knee to the gut and covers for a pin attempt. Balor with a roll up on Rollins from behind. They all trade roll ups now. Rollins slams Balor over his knee. Rollins charges in the corner but Miz dumps him to the steel. Rollins springboards in with a clothesline and nails it. Rollins with the suplex into a Falcon Arrow to Miz. Miz kicks out at 2. Rollins superkicks Miz and goes for the stomp. Rollins blocks a Skull Crushing Finale. Miz runs into a boot in the corner. Balor gets involved now. Rollins hits a double Blockbuster and covers Balor for a 2 count, then Miz for a 2 count. The timer counts down and the first man released from a pod is Cena.
Finn Bálor, “Woken” Matt Hardy, Apollo Crews and Bray Wyatt — four Superstars who failed to qualify for the Men’s Elimination Chamber Match in recent weeks — will collide in a Second Chance Fatal 4-Way Match on Raw. The bout will decide the final Superstar to compete in the perilous clash inside the structure on Sunday, Feb. 25.
Bálor and Crews have made clear their intent to make the most of this unexpected opportunity, while the escalating rivalry between The Woken One and The Eater of Worlds adds an air of instability to the high-stakes match with WrestleMania implications. When the bell rings, you won’t want to take your eyes off the action.
The music interrupts and out comes The Balor Club – Luke Gallows, Karl Anderson and Finn Balor, to a bit of a mixed reaction.
The Balor Club faces off with DX in the middle of the ring as a “too sweet” chant breaks out. They all meet in the air and touch “too sweets” with each other. Gunn goes to do the “if you’re not down with that…” line but the music interrupts and out comes The Revival, Dash Wilder and Scott Dawson. They stare everyone down and enter the ring.
The Revival vs. Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson
The bell rings as The Revival attacks Gallows and Anderson from behind. The referee restores order and calls for he bell.
Wilder goes to work on Anderson, taking him to the corner. Dawson comes in and keeps up the attack. DX and Finn Balor watch from ringside as Dawson talks some trash to Gallows and keeps control of Anderson. More double teaming by The Revival as Dash tags back in. Dash keeps Anderson grounded now. Dawson comes back in but Anderson nails a leg lariat to finally create an opening. Another “too sweet” chant starts as Gallows tags in with Dash and they go at it.
Gallows keeps control of Dash and tags in Anderson for a double team. They hit the Magic Killer and cover Dash for the easy win out of nowhere.
Winners: Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson
After the match, DX and Balor enter the ring to give props to Gallows and Anderson. They all raise “too sweets” in the corner. Dawson comes over and grabs Hall, talking trash to him. Hall flicks his toothpick in Dawson’s face. Waltman comes over and hits the X-Factor on Dawson. Dogg unloads with strikes to Dawson. Gunn follows up with the Fame-asser on Dawson. Dash takes a Sweet Chin Music from HBK and then a Pedigree from The Game. Everyone chants for Finn as he goes to the top. DX points at Balor as he comes off the top with a Coup de Grace on Dash. Gunn does the “suck it!” line as DX celebrates with The Balor Club.
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Finn Balor and Sasha Banks makes their entrances as Renee Young and Byron Saxton welcome us to the show from the ringside position. They throw it to the announce team that includes Michael Cole, Corey Graves, and WWE Hall of Famer Beth Phoenix.
We get all the social media video promos from both teams.
Finn Bálor & Sasha Banks vs. Shinsuke Nakamura & Natalya
The ladies start the match but Banks traps Nattie in her own corner and ducks the ropes to break the attack. Tag made to Nakamura, so Balor joins him. Still no intergender wrestling in this one. Balor and Nakamura go move for move for a stalemate early on. Balor cinches in the side headlock and doesn’t let go after hitting the ropes. Nakamura fights Balor to the ropes and plays a little mind game as he drapes over his opponent. Finn with a slap and Shinsuke says “come on!” Nakamura makes the tag and the ladies are back in.
Collar elbow tie up that Banks gets the best of and shows off a bit. The claws are out as we go to Natalya’s forte, cat fighting. Nattie showing the mean streak and puts Banks in the corner. Sasha gets the boots up off a charge and traps Natalya in the ring ropes for a double knee. The Queen of Harts goes outside to regroup with her partner. Banks goes for a dive but Nakamura catches her and places her gently back on the apron. Not impressed, Banks goes for it again. Nakamura ducks and the cross body connects near the barricade. Back in the ring and Natalya in control with a rear chin lock. Sasha goes for a tag but Nattie intercepts.
Tag made to Balor and Nakamura hops in only to be met with several strikes. Balor with a charge but Nakamura gets the knees up in time. Balor doesn’t skip a beat and hits an enziguri that knocks Nakamura off the ropes. We’re going shot for shot now as both men hitting their signature strikes including the Nakamura high knee while Balor is draped over the top rope. DDTs and throws reversed until Nakamura connects. Balor pops up and counters a Kinshasa with a Sling Blade. Front drop kick by Balor, who heads up top. Natalya hits the ropes to knock Finn down where it doesn’t feel so great. Nakamura covers but Banks breaks it up. Nakamura calling for the big knee again and Finn sends him into the ring post. Banks calling for the tag and it’s made. Sasha hits the diving double knees to the outside. A little double team offense as Banks and Balor hit the “Too Sweet.” Sasha hits the Banks Statement and Natalya has no choice to tap.
Winners via Submission: Sasha Banks & Finn Balor
After the match, we kick it back to Renee and Byron to view some other promos from the participating teams. They thank us for joining as Finn Bálor and Sasha Banks celebrate in the ring as we head off the air.
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The groundbreaking WWE Mixed Match Challenge Tournament begins tonight with an explosive showdown pitting Finn Bálor & Sasha Banks against Shinsuke Nakamura & Natalya, immediately following SmackDown LIVE at 10 ET/7 PT, exclusively on Facebook Watch.
Whether competing in the historic WWE Iron Man Match against Bayley at NXT TakeOver or inside Hell in a Cell against Charlotte Flair, the innovative Banks is the very definition of a trailblazer. And with the distinction of being the first-ever Universal Champion and the longest-reigning NXT Champion in history, Bálor is definitely cut from the same cloth as the four-time Raw Women’s Champion. Add to the mix their larger-than-life personas and you have a fierce combination capable of taking any team to task in WWE Mixed Match Challenge.
The explosive pairing of The Artist with The Queen of Harts will truly prove to be something special. A graduate of the infamous Hart Family Dungeon, as well as a former SmackDown Women’s and Divas Champion, Natalya has shown time and time again that her technical expertise is second-to-none. Mixed with the charismatic Strong Style of the two-time NXT Champion, this combination promises to unleash a tag team arsenal so dynamic, so explosive, that it could arguably rival that of the original Hart Foundation.
The winner of this inaugural tournament contest will advance to go head-to-head in the second round of WWE Mixed Match Challenge with the winner of the Week 2 match pitting The Miz & Asuka vs. Big E & Carmella.
In the weeks leading up to this landmark event, the 12 tandems of the Mixed Match Challenge have taken to social media to express their excitement. Most recently, The Queen of Harts presented The King of Strong Style with the jacket of her father, Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart, which he wore when he won the Tag Team Championship.
See who reigns supreme in the explosive opening match in WWE Mixed Match Challenge, premiering tonight at 10 ET/7 PT, exclusively on Facebook Watch. Follow WWE Mixed Match Challenge on Facebook for more.
Finn Bálor vs. Seth Rollins
Back from the break and out first comes Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson. Finn Balor is out next as we get a sidebar promo from Balor. The Balor Club stands tall in the ring as we go to commercial.
Back from the break and the bell rings for this rematch of the first-ever WWE Universal Title match, which Balor won while suffering an injury. They lock up and trade holds. Balor with an arm drag and another to take Rollins down as Gallows and Anderson applaud. Rollins fights up and backs Balor into the ropes. Rollins turns it around as his partner Jason Jordan looks on from ringside.
Rollins takes Balor down in the corner and stomps away. Rollins has words with Gallows and Anderson as they “too sweet” him. Rollins takes Balor back down and keeps him grounded. They trade pin attempts as Balor fights back. Balor ends up kicking Rollins in the mouth from the apron, taking him down on the floor. Jordan checks on Rollins and we go back to commercial.
Back from the break and Balor has control of Rollins. Rollins with a boot in the corner and a Blockbuster. Rollins sells a knee injury and can’t get the pin. Rollins sends Balor back out over the top rope. Rollins runs the ropes for a suicide dive and rams Balor back into the barrier. They bring it back into the ring and Rollins hits a neckbreaker for a 2 count.
Rollins keeps Balor grounded now in the middle of the ring. Rollins keeps control and works on Balor’s neck as the referee checks on him. Balor gets up and fights back but Balor takes him back down with an elbow to the back of the neck. Balor counters a move but Rollins rocks him with an elbow. Balor mounts offense for a comeback now. Balor with a double stomp to the gut. Rollins gets up limping in the corner as Balor looks on. Balor with more offense into the corner. Balor runs into a boot. Rollins goes to the top but Balor kicks him. Balor drops Rollins with an elbow across the throat and covers for another 2 count.
Balor goes for a Slingblade but Rollins counters. Rollins nails a Slingblade of his own and covers for a close 2 count. The both get up in opposite corners. Rollins charges and nails Balor. Rollins charges again. He goes for another but Balor meets him in the middle of the ring with a Slingblade. Rollins floors Balor with a huge superkick for a close 2 count.
More back and forth offense between the two now. They trade enziguri kicks. Rollins goes down in the corner and gets up hobbling. Rollins goes to the top for a Phoenix Splash but has to land on his feet. Balor fires back with a dropkick in the corner. Balor goes back to the top but Rollins leaps up to the top with him. Rollins nails a superplex and rolls through for the Falcon Arrow. Balor still kicks out at 2. We get a replay of Rollins kicking Balor in the head, then hitting the superplex and Falcon Arrow. Rollins goes back to the top while Balor is down in the middle of the ring. Rollins goes for the Frogsplash but Balor gets his knees up. Balor with a very close 2 count. Everyone is shocked.
The music interrupts as The Bar comes down the ramp. Cesaro and Sheamus corner Jordan while Gallows and Anderson are on the other side. Jordan moves as a brawl breaks out between The Bar, Gallows and Anderson. Balor runs the ropes and leaps out, taking them all down. Rollins and Balor go at it in the ring now. Balor goes for Coup de Grace but has to roll through. Cesaro gets on the apron but Balor drops him. Jordan trips Balor while the referee has his back turned. Rollins takes advantage and nails a Curb Stomp on Balor for the pin.
Winner: Seth Rollins
After the match, Jordan hits the ring to celebrate with a surprised Rollins. They leave the ring and hit the ramp as we go to replays. Graves shows us how the referee may have botched his call. We get another replay as the RAW Tag Team Champions stand tall on the stage. Gallows and Anderson check on Balor in the ring. Balor is helped up as Rollins’ music stops. Fans pop for The Balor Club as Balor tries to regain his composure. A dazed Balor takes a few minutes and acts shaken up as RAW goes off the air.
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