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Alexa Bliss to Defend Title in First Women’s Elimination Chamber Match

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One night after WWE made history by holding the first Women’s Royal Rumble match, the promotion announced another first for their female competitors – the first Elimination Chamber match with the first competitor being Raw Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss.

On the Jan. 29 episode of Raw, Commissioner Stephanie McMahon announced that Bliss would defend her title at the Feb. 25 event – also named Elimination Chamber. The women’s match will be one of two Elimination Chamber bouts during the evening.

The other chamber match will feature six Raw superstars competing for the opportunity to challenge for the WWE Universal Championship at Wrestlemania 34.

Bliss’ opponents for the match are not confirmed at this time. One competitor who will not be in the match is the 2018 Royal Rumble winner Asuka.

On Raw, McMahon convinced Asuka to wait until after Elimination Chamber to challenge either the Smackdown women’s champion or the Raw titleholder, a right she earned after winning the first women’s Royal Rumble match.

WWE introduced the Elimination Chamber in 2002 as the brainchild of then-RAW General Manager Eric Bischoff, who likened the match a hybrid of Hell in a Cell, War Games and the Royal Rumble.

The Elimination Chamber match has six participants with two of them beginning the match. The remaining four are held within their pods and are released into the match at five-minute intervals. The object is to eliminate each opponent from the match by pinfall or submission. The winner is the last remaining participant after all others have been eliminated.

There have been 20 Elimination Chamber matches in WWE history with Triple H having the most victories (four), eliminations (six) and appearances (seven).

The match focused on the respective world championships – either by having wrestlers contest for a title or an opportunity to challenge for it at Wrestlemania.

On May 31, 2015, WWE held its first chamber match for the Intercontinental title, which was won by Ryback. That same night, there was the first WWE Tag team title Elimination Chamber match where both members of a tag team – or in the New Day’s case, three members – were in a match. The New Day retained the titles that night.

It’s not much of a surprise WWE would roll a women’s Elimination Chamber match so soon after a successful women’s Royal Rumble match. Fans would argue a chamber match featuring women is overdue.

It will be interesting to see how WWE lays out the groundwork for this match. Similar to WWE’s Hell in a Cell, the Elimination Chamber is touted as this brutal structure that is unforgiving to wrestlers competing inside of it.

Chamber matches are not usually five-star classic wrestling matches, but adding women competitors could bring a new dynamic.

As for the competitors, a heel Bliss could use the chamber as a way to outmaneuver her opponents. She could also use the structure as a weapon. The same could be said for Sasha Banks if she is in the match.

Having an Elimination Chamber bout is another step for women in WWE and this match could be one of the bright stops on the road to Wrestlemania.

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Bobby Lashley Discusses Turning Heel, Challenging AJ Styles

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WWE superstar Bobby Lashley has been a bit stale in recent weeks, and a heel turn is badly needed to reboot his character.

Lashley is all for a heel turn, and would like to set his sights on Smackdown’s WWE World Heavyweight Champion AJ Styles, who he has never stepped in the ring with despite both being under the Impact Wrestling (TNA) banner a few years back.

“He was going out while I was coming in and he was involved with these other things” Lashley said of Styles and TNA, during an appearance on The Big J Show (h/t Wrestling Inc).

Lashley believes he is the perfect heel compliment to Styles’ face character.

“The MMA part was to show people that I can do it, a lot of people look at me as such a nice guy, they don’t understand how dangerous I can actually be” Lashley said of being heel.

“The thing with AJ is a crazed good guy needs a crazed bad guy. When I flip that switch and you see that bad side of me like I had in TNA, I believe I’m a perfect person to AJ’s good.”

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Shawn Michaels Returning to Ring at WWE Crown Jewel

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Fans have been clamoring for it since the moment he retired at WrestleMania 26, and now it appears that Shawn Michaels will be coming out of retirement for a return to the ring at WWE Crown Jewel.

Michaels will be in the corner of Triple H as he takes on the Undertaker, who will have Kane in his corner, at WWE Super Show-Down, and that match will be used to set up what is likely to be a tag team match between the four men at WWE Crown Jewel.

According to our source, WWE is discussing the idea of Michaels’ in-ring return stretching past a one-off appearance, and would like to see him in 1-2 other high profile matches, ending at WrestleMania 35 where he would take on the Undertaker, for what would likely be the Undertaker’s final match.

 

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Ronda Rousey, Cris Cyborg Rumored for WrestleMania 35

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While the rumored opponent for Ronda Rousey at WrestleMania 35 has been Charlotte Flair for months now, it appears that Cris Cyborg is a name that is being mentioned as a potential opponent for Rousey at next year’s mega-show.

Cyborg spoke on the rumors, rather cryptically, during an appearance on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show, which you can see below:

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