The seven competitors from Sunday's upcoming Elimination Chamber Match met in a Gauntlet Match Monday night on Raw that began with Shield brothers Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns. This has been the prevailing prediction for a little over a year now and has somewhat taken away any suspense from what could happen in the first ever seven man Elimination Chamber match.
Dave Meltzer speculated on today's installment of Wrestling Observer Radio that Rollins going over Reigns in the match will eventually lead to a feud between the two sometime in the future and that's the reason they booked the gauntlet the way they did. The Big Dog almost won the opening round when he caught Rollins mid-air with a Superman Punch, but it wasn't enough.
We've known for almost a year that Roman Reigns would challenge Lesnar for the title in the WrestleMania 34 main event, and this is how the Shield member is going to get his opportunity. Reigns goes for a spear and Rollins kicks him in the face, Rollins misses a Fade To Black and he still manages to roll up Reigns for the three count.
Things have certainly changed for former WWE World Heavyweight Champion Jack Swagger.
Rollins, not wanting to quit, put it all on the line and continued to use Cena's moves when he delivered an Attitude Adjustment of his own for a close two count. This left Cena open for the Curb Stomp which Rollins nailed for the victory. Finn Balor followed up and attacked Elias' battered ribs and finished off the job with a Coup de Grace.
Gauntlet Match: Match #5: The Miz (with The Miztourage) def. Finn Balor by pin following the Skull Crushing Finale to advance.
All seven gauntlet participants will feature in the Elimination Chamber on Sunday, where the victor will face Universal Champion Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania. Soon enough, a Running Powerslam got the job done.
Braun Strowman defeated Elias, Finn Balor, John Cena, Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, and The Miz (w/Bo Dallas & Curtis Axel).