6 Takeaways From WWE RAW (2/12)

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The February 12th episode of WWE RAW aired live from the SAP Center in San Jose, CA. Here are 6 takeaways from this week’s show:

6The Miz Will Be The First Entrant In The Elimination Chamber Match

John Cena kicked off this week’s episode of WWE RAW. Cena pumped up the crowd by bringing up that they are now on the road to WrestleMania. Cena noted that WrestleMania can make a Superstar’s career, bring a legend back from the dead and be the most important moment in the life of a WWE Superstar.

Cena added that the truth is that he has two win the Elimination Chamber match. Cena stated that if he doesn’t win the match, for the first time in 15 years he would not be sure if he has a road to WrestleMania. Cena vowed to win the Elimination Chamber match and go on to make history against Brock Lesnar in the main event of WrestleMania.

Intercontinental Champion The Miz interrupted and came down to the entrance ramp alongside Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel. The Miz mocked Cena for thinking that he is going to main event WrestleMania. Miz stated that it is not 2013, this is 2018 and it is the year of The Miz.

The Miz called Cena the “founding father of Suplex City” and then vowed to go on and main event WrestleMania. The Miz held up the IC Title and stated that he will become the first person to hold the IC Title and the Universal Championship at WrestleMania. Cena claimed The Miz wouldn’t have a chance against Brock Lesnar.

The Miz stated that he matches up much better against Brock Lesnar than Cena ever did. Miz said that he wins in WWE because he does whatever it takes. The Miz brought up outsmarting Cena in the main event of WrestleMania in the past. John Cena responded to that by challenging The Miz to a match tonight.

Cena added the stipulation that the loser of the match has to enter the Elimination Chamber match first. The crowd chanted “yes!” as Miz chuckled into the microphone. The Miztourage attacked Cena and slammed him to the canvas. The Miz removed his ridiculous robe and accepted the challenge. The Miz demanded that a referee come down to the ring to start the match. RAW GM Kurt Angle then came down to the entrance ramp and made the official after telling Bo Dallas & Curtis Axel to leave ringside.

The match started with The Miz trying to go for a cover right away but Cena kicked out at two. Miz bashed Cena in the face a few times and went for another cover but Cena kicked out once again as RAW went to a commercial break. When RAW returned, The Miz was still in control. The Miz knocked Cena out of the ring and followed him out to the entrance ramp. Miz launched Cena into the barricade and brought Cena back to the ring.

The Miz controlled the next few minutes of the match but Cena finally battled back by connecting with a Tornado DDT for a two count. The Miz quickly responded with a Sleeper Hold and brought Cena back to the canvas. John showed off his incredible strength by powering to his feet but Miz was resilient and didn’t let go of the hold. Cena fell back to the mat as Miz had the Sleeper Hold locked back in as RAW went to another commercial break.

When RAW returned, Miz went for the Skull Crushing Finale but Cena countered with an Arm Drag. The Miz quickly locked in the Figure Four in the middle of the ring. Cena countered into the STF in the middle of the ring. The Miz was able to get to the bottom rope to break the hold.

The Miz climbed up to the top rope and went for a Crossbody but Cena caught him and rolled through. Cena went for the Attitude Adjustment but The Miz broke free and connected with a DDT for another two count. The Miz charged at Cena but John was ready and connected with an Attitude Adjustment for a two count.

Miz once again applied the Figure Four in the center of the ring. Cena once again reversed it into the STF but Miz was able to get to the bottom rope to break the hold. The Miz then connected with a Skull Crushing Finale and went for the cover but Big Match John kicked out at two. Cena and The Miz battled on the turnbuckle. The Miz went for a Skull Crushing Finale but Cena countered it into an Attitude Adjustment off the second rope for the pinfall victory. The Miz is now the first entrant in the Elimination Chamber match.

Cena and The Miz put on a very good match to kick off this week’s episode of RAW. The Miz will now enter the Elimination Chamber match first and Elias will be the last entrant. Roman Reigns and Braun Strowman are also in the match. The final entrant will be determined later tonight when Finn Balor, Bray Wyatt, Matt Hardy and Apollo Crews face off in a Fatal 4-Way match.

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