After the WWE Elimination Chamber Kickoff saw Gallows & Anderson defeat The Miztourage in tag team action, WWE Elimination Chamber gets underway with the first ever Women’s Elimination Chamber Match as Alexa Bliss would defend the RAW Women’s Championship inside the unforgiving structure against Bayley, Mandy Rose, Mickie James, Sonya Deville, and Sasha Banks. In the Women’s Elimination Chamber Match, two Superstars would start the match with the other four competitors locked inside their respective pods and, every five minutes, a pod will open at random to allow another Superstar into the match and this will continue until all four pods have been opened. Elimination can occur at any time by either pinfall or submission and the winner of the match will walk out of the Elimination Chamber as the RAW Women’s Champion.
Before the match gets underway, RAW Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss, Sasha Banks, Mickie James, and Absolution’s Mandy Rose would be locked in their respective pods, meaning that Bayley and Absolution’s Sonya Deville would be starting the first ever Women’s Elimination Chamber Match. Early on in the match, Bayley and Sonya Deville battle out of the ring to the floor of the Elimination Chamber with both Superstars doing their best to avoid contact with the steel chain that makes up the walls of the Chamber with Bayley managing to send Sonya into the steel. Shortly after this, Bayley comes off of the top rope with an elbow drop to Sonya on the outside before the countdown begins and Mandy Rose is released from her pod as Bayley would do her best to combat the two Absolution members. The numbers game would catch up to Bayley as Mandy & Sonya double team Bayley, sending the former champion into the steel chain wall on the outside. However, the sides would be evened up once Sasha Banks is freed from her pod as “The Boss” immediately goes after Mandy & Sonya.
Similar to Bayley, Sasha Banks would take it to the two Absolution members before the numbers game catches up to “The Boss” but, with Bayley back to her feet, Sasha and Bayley would work together, isolating Sonya Deville and sending Sonya into the steel chain before Mandy Rose rejoins the fight. Shortly after this, Mandy Rose hits the Bed of Roses on Sasha but would not go for the pinfall and that would end up costing Mandy as Sasha locks Mandy in the Bank Statement, making Mandy tap out as Mandy Rose is the first Superstar eliminated from the match just before Mickie James joins the match.
Mickie would take it to the other three competitors in the match before Mickie decides to climb the side of the Elimination Chamber and Bayley climbs up to join Mickie. However, the veteran knocks Bayley to the floor before Mickie climbs on top of one of the pods, diving off with a huge Thesz Press onto Sonya Deville, keeping Sonya down for the three-count to eliminate Sonya from the match. Shortly after this, Bayley hits Mickie with the Bayley-to-Belly, pinning Mickie to eliminate Mickie from the match. With Alexa Bliss still in her pod, this would pave the way for Bayley and Sasha Banks to face off one-on-one! However, the best friends would decide to focus on the champion before focusing on each other but, when Alexa Bliss’ pod opens, the champion does everything she can to keep her distance from Sasha and Bayley, even scaling the Chamber and making it to the top of one of the pods. Sasha and Bayley then finally trap Alexa on the top of the pod with Sasha taking it to Alexa. Sasha then acts like she is going to help Bayley up to the pod but instead kicks Bayley down to the floor!
Now back on the Chamber floor, Sasha would stalk Alexa but an enraged Bayley would retaliate against Sasha, taking “The Boss” down before Alexa catches Bayley with a hard forearm. Now in the ring, Alexa would focus on her longtime rival Bayley before Bayley battles back. Sasha then returns to the fight with ferocity as Sasha and Bayley continue their fight before Alexa gets involved, delivering a superplex to Bayley before Sasha looks to take advantage with a frog splash, but Bayley kicks out. Shortly after this, Bayley scores with the Bayley-to-Belly off of the top rope to Sasha but Alexa Bliss is quick to capitalize by surprising Bayley with a roll-up to eliminate Bayley from the match, leaving it to Alexa and Sasha in the Elimination Chamber with the RAW Women’s Title on the line. After Sasha misses a kick and gets her leg hung up in the steel chain wall of the Chamber, Alexa would take advantage with a vicious knee to the back of Sasha’s neck.
Alexa then climbs to the top of a pod to hit a stunning Twisted Bliss but, when the champion tries to roll “The Boss” back into the ring, Sasha traps Alexa in the Bank Statement before both competitors roll into the ring with Alexa able to get free of the submission. Sasha then tries to climb the pod for one more big move but Alexa is able to take advantage, dropping Sasha face-first into the pod before planting “The Boss” with a DDT off of the top rope, pinning Sasha to successfully retain the RAW Women’s Championship inside the Elimination Chamber! After the match, Alexa is interviewed about her victory as a humbled Alexa Bliss tells everyone to “dream and dream big” before showing her true colors by saying that none of them will ever accomplish their dreams. Alexa then says that she proved tonight that there is “no one better” than her, saying that none of them believed that she could win and she just proved that there is only one true “Goddess” in WWE. As Sasha Banks sits on the outside with the disappointment clear on her face, Alexa Bliss stands tall, raising the RAW Women’s Title high as “The Goddess” now looks ahead to defending the title on “The Grandest Stage of Them All” WrestleMania.
The RAW Tag Team Titles would then be on the line at WWE Elimination Chamber as “The Bar” Cesaro & Sheamus would defend the RAW Tag Team Titles against Titus Worldwide, with Dana Brooke in their corner. Despite an impressive effort by Titus Worldwide, “The Bar” would ultimately hit the double team White Noise on Apollo with Cesaro pinning Apollo to successfully retain the RAW Tag Team Titles.
With her destiny set for WrestleMania after winning the Women’s Royal Rumble Match, Asuka would still face a major roadblock on her Road to WrestleMania as “The Empress of Tomorrow” would go one-on-one with “The Irresistible Force” Nia Jax with the stipulation that, if Nia Jax defeats Asuka and ends her undefeated streak, then Nia will be added to whichever Women’s Title match Asuka is a part of at WrestleMania. During the match, Nia Jax would power out of Asuka’s signature armbar before Asuka is able to use her speed advantage to roll “The Irresistible Force” up, pinning Nia Jax for the win, ensuring that Nia Jax will not be a part of her title match at WrestleMania as Asuka remains undefeated, bringing her record to 241-0. However, there would be no time for celebration as Nia Jax would ambush Asuka after the match, kicking “The Empress of Tomorrow” out of the ring. On the outside, Asuka would try to fight back against Nia Jax but Nia was unphased as Nia sends Asuka into the steel ring post before charging at Asuka, sending “The Empress of Tomorrow” crashing through the barricade! Nia Jax then storms to the back as referees help Asuka to her feet, helping Asuka walk to the back.
The most bizarre rivalry on RAW would bring its latest chapter to WWE Elimination Chamber as “Woken” Matt Hardy would go one-on-one with “The Eater of Worlds” Bray Wyatt. Before the match begins, Bray Wyatt would try to get a jump on his opponent by appearing in the ring but, when Bray does so, he only finds the jacket of “Woken” Matt Hardy. Matt’s voice can then be heard in the arena, singing to Bray, “you’re going to fade away and classify yourself as obsolete” with an enraged Bray Wyatt leaving the ring, looking around ringside for Matt before looking under the ring. When Bray gets back to his feet, Matt would dive off of the steel steps, taking “The Eater of Worlds” down before both competitors enter the ring as the match officially gets underway. In the end, it was “Woken” Matt Hardy avoiding Sister Abigail before hitting Bray Wyatt with the Twist of Fate, pinning Bray to pick up the win.
Following her surprise appearance at the Royal Rumble last month, it was time for “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey to make her arrival in WWE official as the former UFC Bantamweight Champion would have her official RAW contract signing in Las Vegas at WWE Elimination Chamber. To do the honors on behalf of Monday Night RAW, RAW General Manager Kurt Angle would make his way to the ring with contract in hand before Kurt is joined by two special guests as RAW Commissioner Stephanie McMahon and her husband and WWE COO Triple H make their way to the ring. Stephanie says that they are all about to be a part of history before Triple H says that they scour the globe looking for “the elite” competitors in the world before saying that he cannot recall the last time an athlete of this caliber walked into WWE. The COO then says that says, in the world of MMA, Ronda Rousey has “paved the way” for young women around the world, saying that this individual has earned the right to be called “The Baddest Woman on the Planet”. Triple H then introduces “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey as WWE’s newest signee makes her way to the ring to make her arrival official.
Stephanie says that the fans in Las Vegas are making it clear that they want to hear from Ronda Rousey herself. Ronda says that it is truly an “honor” to be in the ring with an accomplished Hall of Famer like Kurt Angle. An emotional Rousey says that she wouldn’t be there if it wasn’t for the legendary “Rowdy” Roddy Piper and she just wants to make Piper and his family proud and she wants to earn the “respect” of the fans. Triple H then says that they’re going to get down to business with Triple H pointing out that Ronda did not want any sort of “perks” put it into her contract with Rousey confirming that she doesn’t want to be treated differently than anyone else. Triple H then announces that, when Ronda Rousey signs the contract before her, she will not only be invited to WrestleMania, but she will be competing at WrestleMania! The COO mentions that the match at WrestleMania will not be for a title and Rousey says that she is okay with that, saying she wants to “earn” a title match before thanking Triple H, Stephanie, and Kurt for the opportunity.
Stephanie then offers the contract for Ronda to sign but, when Rousey spots Triple H and Kurt Angle having a private discussion off to the side, Ronda asks if Kurt has something to say. The visibly nervous RAW General Manager says that he doesn’t have anything to say, saying that he is just in “awe” of how great Triple H & Stephanie are. Kurt then says that Triple H & Stephanie have been talking about Ronda Rousey ever since he came back to WWE before the GM reveals that WWE’s premier power couple have been scheming to try and “manipulate” Rousey ever since Rousey and The Rock embarrassed Triple H & Stephanie back at WrestleMania 31! Much to the chagrin of Triple H & Stephanie, Kurt recounts how Ronda flipped Triple H on his back and how Ronda nearly broke Stephanie’s arm before saying that Triple H & Stephanie wanted to keep Rousey down. Kurt then recalls Triple H telling him, “three years in the making and we own this bi—“ before Triple H cuts Kurt off, telling the GM to “shut up”. Triple H then insists that this is not about them, this is about Ronda Rousey before claiming that Kurt isn’t feeling well and that he was in the hospital with the “flu”.
Triple H then asks Stephanie to finalize the deal before saying that he’s going to get Kurt out of there and take the GM to the doctor. As Triple H and Kurt Angle head to the back, Stephanie says that they have wanted Ronda Rousey to be a part of WWE ever since WrestleMania 31 before urging Rousey to sign the contract. However, Kurt wasn’t done exposing Triple H & Stephanie, saying that Stephanie told him that Ronda is a “has-been” and that even Stephanie could take her! Triple H then continues to try and get Kurt to keep quiet and go to the back as Stephanie is left with a look of shock on her face while Rousey looks none too pleased. Rousey then gets in the face of Stephanie as the RAW Commissioner tries to backtrack before Triple H comes back to the ring to try and calm things down. However, Ronda then gets right in the face of Triple H as well, showing that she fears no one, man or woman!
Rousey then stares Triple H & Stephanie down as it looks like the power couple were set to leave the ring. However, with Stephanie on the apron, Triple H would decide to confront Rousey and this is when Ronda when unload on “The Game”, grabbing Triple H and putting the COO through the table with a belly-to-belly! This brings a shocked Stephanie into the ring as the RAW Commissioner slaps Rousey across the face and Ronda responds by staring a hole through Stephanie and Stephanie is quick to realize her mistake, booking it out of the ring. Ronda then stares right at Stephanie before signing her RAW contract, tossing the contract on Triple H before walking to the back, making it clear that she’s not to be messed with as Stephanie tends to her husband in the ring, helping Triple H to his feet as “The Game” flips the broken table over in anger.
Then it was time for the main event as “The Monster Among Men” Braun Strowman, Elias, sixteen-time former World Champion John Cena, “The Big Dog” Roman Reigns, Intercontinental Champion The Miz, Finn Balor, and “The Kingslayer” Seth Rollins would compete in the first ever seven-man Elimination Chamber Match as three Superstars would start the match with the other four competitors locked inside their respective pods and, every five minutes, another competitor will be released from their pod into the match. This would continue until all seven men have entered the match and elimination can occur at any time by either pinfall or submission with the winner of the match earning the right to challenge Brock Lesnar for the Universal Championship at WrestleMania. Before the match begins, Elias would address the crowd in Las Vegas before singing a song that he dedicates to himself, growing frustrated when the crowd wouldn’t let him sing his song in peace before the song is interrupted by Braun Strowman.
Having earned the advantage of entering the match last, Elias would quickly get into his pod as Braun Strowman makes his way to the ring, staring Elias down before “The Monster Among Men” takes his spot in his pod. This is followed by Elimination Chamber veteran John Cena coming out and being locked in his pod before the last pod is occupied by “The Big Dog” Roman Reigns, meaning that Finn Balor, Seth Rollins, and the man who lost a match to John Cena to have to enter the match first, Intercontinental Champion The Miz, would start the seven-man Elimination Chamber Match. As Finn, Rollins, and The Miz all battle for supremacy in the early going, the first pod would be opened and John Cena would enter the Elimination Chamber Match.
This would pave the way for a face-off between familiar rivals John Cena and Seth Rollins before their words turn to action. With all four men down in the ring after dueling superplexes, the second pod would open as Roman Reigns enters the Elimination Chamber Match for the first time in his career. The melee would then come to a halt with the entrance of Braun Strowman as “The Monster Among Men” first clobbers Seth Rollins before waylaying Roman Reigns. Braun then takes down Finn and Cena with The Miz doing his best to stay away from Strowman. John Cena and Seth Rollins then try to work together to take Braun out with a double team suplex to no avail before Strowman uses Finn Balor as a weapon to take out Roman Reigns. Braun then sets his sights on The Miz as the Intercontinental Champion tries to climb the Chamber to escape “The Monster Among Men” but Braun catches up with The Miz on the top of a pod, slamming The Miz’s face into the Plexiglas before tossing Miz off of the top of the pod onto several Superstars below! Strowman then takes a moment to glare at Elias before resuming his dominance of the opposition, methodically wearing down the other five men in the ring while making sure to keep his focus on Elias.
Braun then scores the first elimination of the match by squashing the Intercontinental Champion with the running powerslam, pinning The Miz to send The Miz packing. The timer then counts down to zero as Elias is due to exit his pod, but with Braun waiting, Elias would close his pod. Cena, Finn, Reigns, and Rollins would then turn their unified focus to Braun Strowman with all four men hitting Braun with the Shield powerbomb but “The Monster Among Men” kicks out! Cena then delivers a huge Attitude Adjustment to Strowman but Braun kicks out of that as well! Roman then sizes Strowman up before delivering his infallible Spear, but Braun kicks out of that too! Rollins then hits the Curb Stomp on Strowman with Braun rolling out of the ring. Balor then comes off of the top rope with the Coup de Grace on “The Monster Among Men” but, with Braun down on the outside and Elias still refusing to leave his pod, the other four competitors would do battle. Cena would hit Roman Reigns with the Attitude Adjustment before Rollins dispatches Cena with a pair of kicks. Balor and Rollins then take each other out and this is when Elias would decide to leave his pod, trying to pin every competitor in the ring with no luck eliminating any of them.
Elias would then have to contend with Braun Strowman but Elias would prove no match for “The Monster Among Men” as Braun plants Elias with the running powerslam, pinning Elias to score his second elimination of the match. The other four competitors would then take turns trying to take down Braun Strowman again with Cena being the last of them to try, but Strowman would catch Cena coming off of the second rope, planting Cena with the running powerslam, pinning Cena to eliminate the sixteen-time former World Champion! As Cena sits on the outside with the disappointment and disbelief clear on his face, Braun would stand tall in the ring, welcoming the fight that the remaining opposition has. After Braun takes down Reigns and Rollins, Finn would have an impressive flurry against the big man, even hitting a Coup de Grace to the back of Braun’s head, but Braun would kick out. Shortly after this, Finn Balor would get the better of Seth Rollins and then Roman Reigns, hitting Reigns with the Coup de Grace but, before Finn can pin Roman, Braun grabs Balor and hits Finn with the running powerslam, pinning Balor to eliminate Finn from the match.
Former Shield brothers Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns then decide to work together to try and take out Braun Strowman, beating “The Monster Among Men” down on the outside, repeatedly slamming Braun into the side of the Chamber. Rollins then picks his spot to attack Reigns with both men trading shots in the ring with Roman scoring with the Superman Punch, leaving both men down in the ring. Braun then gets back to his feet, bringing Rollins to the outside with Seth scrambling to climb the Chamber. Roman then gets underneath Strowman, delivering a Samoan Drop to Strowman on the Chamber floor. Braun then rolls into the ring before Rollins takes flight off the top of the pod with a huge frog splash to Strowman, but Braun kicks out! Rollins and Reigns then try for the Shield powerbomb to Strowman but Braun still has some fight left as Strowman avoids the Curb Stomp of Seth Rollins before planting Rollins with the running powerslam, pinning Seth to score his fifth elimination of the match!
It all then comes down to Braun Strowman and Roman Reigns inside the Elimination Chamber with a match against Brock Lesnar for the Universal Title at WrestleMania up for grabs. Desperate to do whatever it takes to topple Braun Strowman, Reigns would launch himself over the top rope onto Braun before sending Strowman crashing through a pod! Roman then catches Braun with the Superman Punch with Strowman falling back into the ring. Reigns then delivers a second Superman Punch to Strowman before sizing Braun up for the Spear but Braun counters, looking for the running powerslam, but Roman fights out before connecting with a third Superman Punch. Roman then sizes Braun up again, this time blasting Braun with the Spear but Strowman gets right back up so Reigns hits Strowman with a second Spear, this time keeping “The Monster Among Men” down for the three-count as Roman Reigns survives the Elimination Chamber and will now face Brock Lesnar for the Universal Title at WrestleMania!
However, Roman’s celebration would be short-lived as Braun Strowman would not take kindly to the loss, attacking Roman and planting Reigns with the running powerslam. Braun then picks Roman up again for a second running powerslam before Strowman ups the ante by bringing Roman to the outside, hurling Reigns through one of the Chamber pods! As Roman lays inside the broken pod, Braun hobbles away from the Elimination Chamber, having dominated the competition as never seen before but ultimately coming up short as Roman Reigns has punched his ticket to WrestleMania to face Brock Lesnar for the Universal Title.
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