Even though Braun Strowman won RAW's highly entertaining Gauntlet Match, it was Seth Rollins who stole the show.
Strowman was the seventh and final competitor to enter RAW’s Gauntlet match on the last episode before Sunday's Elimination Chamber. The Monster Among Men took full advantage of his lucky number and disposed of The Miz to earn his big victory. Then, came his victory lap, which saw him turn The Miz and Miztourage to roadkill.
"I don't fear the unknown, the unknown FEARS ME... At #WrestleMania, you're going to GET THESE HANDS!" @BraunStrowman sends a message to @BrockLesnar after standing tall in the #GauntletMatch! #RAW @HeymanHustle pic.twitter.com/E35KLLnTRf— WWE (@WWE) February 20, 2018
It’s worth mentioning that Strowman made a WrestleMania threat against The Miz and his boys. That’s a detail we’ll have to keep an eye in the coming weeks.
The Gauntlet Match was a smashing success as WWE advanced every character that entered the match. However, no one had an impact like Seth Rollins.
Rollins opened RAW by pinning Roman Reigns after
Rollins got a monstrous ovation for effort — his gutsy performance was magnetic to watch. With two massive wins in one hour, Rollins finds himself surging up WWE’s leaderboard. Later this year, we may point to this night as the starting point for Rollins' return to WWE’s biggest stages.
"THANK YOU SETH! THANK YOU SETH! THANK YOU SETH!"February 20, 2018
Other things to note include John Cena’s pending existential funk. After losing to Rollins, Cena hinted at how lost he’d be if he cannot win at Elimination Chamber. But don’t be fooled by his humility this is just a charade to make you think Cena will be left off the WrestleMania card — he’ll be meeting the Undertaker in New Orleans.
Elias had a fruitful evening as one of WWE’s hottest heels — he was the one to pop everyone’s ballon by pining Rollins. But his run ended shortly after as Finn Balor ended his evening.
The Miz would pin Balor, after help from the Miztourage. This could also be a potential WrestleMania match.
But in the end, it was Strowman who go the last laugh. However, this RAW will be remembered for Seth Rollins’ herculean effort.