WWE Raw Results: Biggest Winners, Losers and Moments from February 5
WWE's flagship may have devoted itself to the continued build toward Elimination Chamber on February 25, but Monday's Raw featured a handful of performances that earned both "winner" and "loser" status.
There was the Raw women's champion Alexa Bliss, whose verbal performance introduced a potential new element to the entire division, thanks to accusations of gender bias.
There was Apollo Crews, who shined for the second week, potentially chasing increased television time for him and Titus Worldwide.
Neither Bayley nor The Revival was quite as lucky, earning recognition as losers for questionable booking Monday and the weeks leading into the broadcast.
Delve deeper into these Superstars and their stories with this recap of the February 5 show.
Winner: Alexa Bliss
Frustrated that she was being held to a different standard than universal champion Brock Lesnar, Raw women's champion Alexa Bliss confronted Raw general manager Kurt Angle about her title defense inside the unforgiving Elimination Chamber.
"Do you value Brock Lesnar more than me?" she asked her superior, even insinuating gender bias at one point.
The promo, one of the best of Bliss' still-young career, not only was convincing but brought a topical conversation to the broadcast.
Is the narrative likely to spin off into a weekly discussion on gender equality? Of course not, but it was nice to see WWE Creative take a topic people are passionate about in today's culture and script a promo around it, rather than being months or years out of date, as has been the case in the past.
Bliss, who has felt too scripted at times and at others wholly convincing, was pitch-perfect here as she stood toe-to-toe with Angle and never faltered. She was phenomenal, something she will have to be en route to the most important match of her career and on the road to what figures to be a high-profile WrestleMania match.
It is an indictment against WWE Creative that Bayley never once felt like a Superstar with a legitimate shot to beat Asuka Monday night. After months spent as an afterthought, fans do not react to the ponytail-wearing heroine the way they once did in NXT.
She has become something of an afterthought and despite some quality interactions with Sasha Banks over the last few weeks, she still feels like someone WWE Creative is not invested in.
This, despite her status as one of NXT's original Four Horsewomen.
She turned in her best in-ring performance in quite some time, an indicator that her desire to be the best has not diminished despite lackluster creative, but her fall from grace has been a disappointing and sometimes uncomfortable one to watch.
Bayley has earned better than her current treatment. Unfortunately, it does not appear as though WWE Creative has a high-profile position on the card prepared for her.
That is, unless that teased rivalry with Banks develops in the coming week.
Winner: Apollo Crews
For the second week in a row, Apollo Crews shined in defeat.
The NXT export battled intercontinental champion The Miz Monday night in an Elimination Chamber Qualifying match. Though Miz ultimately won, he did so in a way that screams "lucky."
Crews outwrestled Miz for the better portion of the match, using his mix of power and agility to offset his opponent's cunning.
He grabbed the spotlight and turned in a second straight television performance that suggests WWE Creative may have plans for the young Titus Worldwide competitor.
Those types of performances, in big TV spots, are exactly what he needs to build momentum for himself and connect with the audience.
Losers: The Revival
Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder followed up their Royal Rumble Kickoff Show victory and last week's win over Heath Slater and Rhyno Monday night by...losing to Karl Anderson and Finn Balor.
Just when it seems like The Revival builds momentum for itself, it is cut off by another questionable booking decision or an injury that derails their path to the tag team titles.
Monday's loss was a curious one, to say the least.
Their victory over Anderson and Luke Gallows prior to the Royal Rumble felt like the conclusion of their brief program. When there was no followup the next night, it looked like The Revival would focus their attention on the tag titles.
A loss Monday night to the team of Balor and Anderson, a duo that had never partnered up on television in a straight two-on-two tag team match, does nothing to help them.
It was a poor booking choice that will do more to discredit Wilder and Dawson than convince fans they are a credible threat to a team like The Bar.