Last night (Mon. February 19, 2018) featured one of the best opening matches in the history of Monday Night RAW.
WWE decided to put on a Seven-Man Gauntlet match featuring the men scheduled to compete in this weekend's Elimination Chamber match on pay-per-view (PPV). Those men include Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, John Cena, Elias, Finn Balor, The Miz, and Braun Strowman.
The winner of the Chamber match will go on to WrestleMania 34 to challenge Universal Champion Brock Lesnar. Before we get there, however, the seven competitors put on an amazing contest to open the show.
Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns opened up the night with an excellent back-and-forth contest. Rollins eventually won the match with a rollup victory and out came John Cena.
Cena and Rollins put on, arguably, the best match of the night within the Gauntlet and "The Architect" was able to pick up the win. Elias then came out to take advantage of the exhausted Rollins and defeated him.
Finn Balor came out next and was able to defeat the man formerly known as "The Drifter," opening up the door for Intercontinental Champion The Miz to come out and - thanks to some assistance from his cronies Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel - defeat the inaugural Universal Champion.
Finally Braun Strowman came out and absolutely destroyed Miz to win the entire match. The entire Gauntlet match broke the WWE record for longest match of all time at 1 hour and 50 minutes.
That surpassed the former record holder of Bruno Sammartino vs Waldo Von Erich back in 1964 from Madison Square Garden. That match lasted 1 hour and 20 minutes.
It also broke the record for longest match in WWE TV history. The match itself was actually pretty entertaining and if you haven't already seen it, you definitely should.
Sammartino vs Von Erich actually ended in a draw after it was stopped due to a curfew at Madison Square Garden.
What are your thoughts on the Seven-Man Gauntlet match from last night's RAW being the longest match in WWE TV history? Did you actually enjoy the match or did it drag on far too long to maintain your attention? And who do you think will win the Elimination Chamber match this weekend and punch their ticket to face Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania? Have YOUR say in the comments section below, and the fourth episode of GiveMeSport’s WWE podcast is here!
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