7 Ups And 5 Downs From Last Night's WWE Raw (Feb 5)

Elimination Chamber matches take shape while Asuka shines.

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Give WWE some set goals with a deadline, and you’ll be amazed at what can transpire.

Presumably, the company knows basically what it wants its WrestleMania card to look like, so the writers are spending the two remaining months building toward that with various matches and angles to set things up. In some cases, this is working out pretty nicely. In others, you might still scratch your head.

But with Elimination Chamber just a few weeks away, we saw several matches Monday night that carried stakes for the upcoming PPV, with two more slots in the six-man chamber match filled, and it determined who will enter the match last. We also saw the competitors for the women’s chamber match announced, though they were simply named rather than having to earn a spot.

We saw Jason Jordan continue his inability to do anything right. We saw the Revival continue to butt heads with Balor Club. We saw the women get a lot of screen time, including another solid singles match from Asuka as she continues her march toward WrestleMania. And we saw a surprise win in the main event from an unlikely competitor.

With that saw, let’s find out what soared like an eagle and what crashed and burned. Let’s get to it…


Scott is a former journalist and longtime wrestling fan who was smart enough to abandon WCW during the Monday Night Wars the same time as the Radicalz. He fortunately became a fan in time for WrestleMania III and came back as a fan after a long high school hiatus before WM XIV. Monday nights in the Carlson household are reserved for viewing Raw -- for better or worse.