WWE Raw: Seth Rollins defeats Randy Orton in main event

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Elimination Chamber is coming up on Saturday, but before the WWE Universe can get there, they had to make it through another edition of WWE Monday Night Raw. There was a lot that needed to happen between now and then, but everything set the path for this weekend’s event on Peacock.

The night started off with Bobby Lashley staking his claim to being the favorite to win this weekend’s Elimination Chamber. But before he and MVP could go through their complete cases, the other members of the chamber match made their way down to the ring to argue their points.

The first match of the evening brought out The Street Profits to take on Dolph Ziggler and Bobby Roode in tag team action, while Tommaso Ciampa was at ringside. While most of the action went on inside the ring, it didn’t take long for Ciampa to get involved. Doing so distracted Roode and the Street Profits set him up for a big frog splash from Montez Ford to get the victory.

The Street Profits defeated Dolph Ziggler and Bobby Roode via pinfall.

AJ Styles was up next and he had a big match against Damian Priest for the United States Title.

Styles starts off with the offense, landing a takedown but Priest quickly responds. He transitions to attacking Styles’s neck, but Styles gets back to his feet. Priest lands a big forearm but Styles answers with strikes of his own. They continue to go back and forth with strikes, but neither man can maintain an advantage.

The ending of the match came quick off a surprise roll-up. Priest was able to avoid the Phenomenal Forearm, using the opportunity to roll up Styles for the victory.

Damian Priest defeats AJ Styles via pinfall to retain the WWE United States Championship.

Omos was in a 2-on-1 situation against The Hurt Business, but the two men were at the disadvantage.

Both Cedric Alexander and Shelton Benjamin attempted to get in some offense but neither found any success. It would be Alexander who took a chokeslam from the top rope and was pinned.

Omos defeated The Hurt Business via pinfall.

Becky Lynch and Lita were face-to-face for a contract signing, but Lynch didn’t want to go through with it because of what she would have to do to Lita to keep the title.

The women scheduled for the Elimination Chamber match were set for a gauntlet match with the winner to enter last.

Nikki Ash and Rhea Ripley were out first. The two tag partners were battering each other through a commercial break. Nikki was in control for much of the early going, grounding Ripley to keep the bigger woman on the defensive. Ash attacked her knees to keep the bigger woman down.

That strategy worked until Ripley was able to get back to her feet, quickly overpowering the smaller woman. Nikki was able to avoid the Riptide and went to the middle turnbuckle. Ripley caught her with ease and went into the Riptide to eliminate Nikki.

That brought out Liv Morgan as the next opponent.

Back from the commercial and Morgan attempted to go for quick pinfall attempts against Ripley. Ripley was able to avoid those pinfalls but couldn’t stop the knees in the corner that dropped the former champion. That was working until Ripley planted Morgan out of an electric chair for a two count.

Morgan countered another move to drop Ripley on her face but was unable to get the pin. Ripley locked in a submission, but Morgan used it to send Ripley into the bottom buckle. Morgan landed on her feet but took a superkick that Ripley turned into the Riptide to eliminate Liv Morgan.

Doudrop was the third woman in the gauntlet.

Doudrop was able to match Ripley’s power, keeping her at bay. Ripley had the first advantage, but Doudrop did not give her the space to breath, backing her into the corner. Ripley was able to fight out of the corner, laying her out with a drop kick but still couldn’t get the pinfall. But she could get Doudrop up for the Riptide to get the victory, moving on.

Bianca Belair was the next woman out.

The two women locked up and they were at equal strength, neither able to take control. But it was Belair to get out to the early advantage over the drained Ripley. Ripley continued to dominate out of the commercial break, stopping all of Ripley’s offense with ease.

Belair hit a suplex and tried to roll into another but Ripley blocked. She could stop Belair from lifting her up hit for another vertical suplex for a two count. Ripley was finally able to get a big of offense on Belair, but even after the handspring splash, Ripley was still able to kick out at two. The match ended up outside the ring where Ripley pushed Belair into the steel steps.

Both Ripley and Belair avoided their finishers, but Ripley made the mistake of going to the top rope. Belair slammed Ripley off the top but was countered when she went for the handspring splash again. Ripley went for a submission but Belair countered with the spinebuster and went right into the KOD to eliminate Rhea Ripley.

Bianca Belair wins the gauntlet match and enters the chamber last.

Alpha Academy ended up in a tag match against Los Mysterios.

Coming back from commercial and Rey Mysterio was being managed by Otis. Otis toyed with Mysterio, hitting a big splash on him before tagging Gable back in. Mysterio was able to pick up the pace and use it to avoid Gable’s offense. Gable was able to get back to Otis, but even Otis ran into issues dealing with Rey.

Rey was finally able to tag in his son who went to work on Gable, landing multiple suplexes before Gable counterdeed with a double underhook suplex for a two count. The fight ended up outside the ring where the Mysterios laid the Alpha Academy out on the floor.

Back from commercial and Gable was back in control over Dominick. Rey was back in the match and landed offense on Gable to attempt a pinfall. Gable hit a wheelbarrow suplex for a two count. Rey landed a kick that set up Los Mysterios to hit the 619. The Miz attempted to get involved, but he did just enough to Gable to roll through on the pin attempt by Dominick and get the victory.

Alpha Academy defeated Los Mysterios.

Randy Orton and Seth Rollins were up next for the main event.

Orton started out the match in control, but Rollins forced him to fall out of the corner and used it as an opening to stomp the downed man. Rollins kept Orton on the back foot, even landing a double-axe handle to the former champion.

Orton was able to fight out of the corner, eventually landing a series of clotheslines before knocking Rollins over the top. He then bounced Rollins off the table and tossed him back into the ring. But they ended back up outside the ring, with Rollins picking Orton apart, even landing a dive that knocked Orton over the announce table.

Orton followed that up with a big Superplex from the top rope. Rollins was back to his feet and they continued to throw shots back and forth. Rollins rushed at Orton out of the corner but was planted with a big powerslam. Orton couldn’t get the pin but was met with a superkick then forearms to both his face and the back of his head.

Rollins went for the Pedigree but Orton countered it, hitting the draping DDT and the RKO, but Alpha Academy ran down to the ring. Matt Riddle ran out to attack and Orton went to make the save. But as he slid back in the ring, Rollins hit the Curb Stomp and picked up the victory.

Seth Rollins defeated Randy Orton via pinfall.