WWE Raw: John Cena, Braun Strowman qualify for Elimination Chamber

By Wade Sheridan  |  Jan. 30, 2018 at 6:58 AM
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Jan. 30 (UPI) -- The top WWE Superstars from Raw competed for a chance to enter the Elimination Chamber Monday as the Road to WrestleMania continued.

The Elimination Chamber match will take place on Feb. 25 and feature six Superstars competing to find out who will challenge Universal Champion Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania following The Beast's victory at the Royal Rumble against Kane and Braun Strowman.

Kane and Strowman were given another chance to battle Lesnar as they faced off in a brutal Last Man Standing Match in order to qualify for the Elimination Chamber. The two towering competitors used a kendo stick, steel chairs and fought outside the ring towards the announce table during the violent encounter.

The Monster Among Men won the bout after he tossed the announce table onto Kane who was unable to get up after the count of ten.

A second Elimination Chamber qualifying match took place between Elias and Woken Matt Hardy with The Woken One losing the match following a distraction from his rival, Bray Wyatt.

Wyatt had gruesome imagery flash across the jumbo tron which distracted Hardy enough for Elias to nail him with the Drift Away for the three count.

In the main event, John Cena faced off against Finn Balor in order to secure a spot in the Elimination Chamber. The two competitors enjoyed a fierce battle the night before as they were among the final six contestants in the men's Royal Rumble match.

Cena appeared at times to be distracted by the vocal Philadelphia crowd as he attempted to put the leader of The Balor Club away. The 16-time champion also seemed frustrated after Balor kicked out of his patent Attitude Adjustment.

Cena recovered, however, and took advantage of Balor hurting his knee after a failed Coup de Grace to deliver a Super Attitude Adjustment from the top rope for the victory. The Elimination Chamber match will now feature Strowman, Elias and Cena with three more spots open in the match.

Other moments from Raw included Women's Royal Rumble winner Asuka defeating Sasha Banks with the Asuka Lock after The Boss challenged The Empress of Tomorrow at the start of Raw; Intercontinental Champion The Miz retaining his title against Roman Reigns thanks to a distraction from his Miztourage consisting of Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel; The Revival defeating Heath Slater and Rhyno; and Raw Tag Team Champions Cesaro and Sheamus defeating Titus Worldwide.

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