Raw Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss now knows the five opponents she will be facing at Elimination Chamber on Feb. 25.
Raw General Manager Kurt Angle ran down Bliss’ five adversaries: Bayley, Mandy Rose, Mickie James, Sonya Deville and Sasha Banks.
Last week, Raw Commissioner Stephanie McMahon announced the first Women’s Elimination Chamber bout with Bliss defending the Raw Women’s title. If Bliss wins the match, she will go on to defend the Raw Women’s title at Wrestlemania – making it the second consecutive year she has defended a championship at the Showcase of the Immortals. Last year Bliss defended the Smackdown Women’s Championship in a six-pack challenge, which was won by Naomi.
It’s not a surprise to the particular five aforementioned wrestlers added to the Elimination Chamber match. Bliss has been in notable programs – good or bad depending how a fan looks at it – with Bayley, James and Banks. All three wrestlers are capable of putting on a good match with Bliss, as well as each other, and this match could be a good stop on the road to Wrestlemania.
It makes sense to add Deville and Rose to boost up Absolution’s profile before Wrestlemania. This will be the second big match for Deville and Rose on the main roster, the first being the Royal Rumble.
However, unlike the Royal Rumble both Deville and Rose will have more time in the ring with their opponents. This gives them the opportunity to showcase how they have progressed since being called up from NXT.
There are different stories to be told in this match. Everyone will be gunning for Bliss, but fans could see Deville and Rose working together – or turn on each other during the match.
There’s also a chance Banks could come full circle with her heel turn and cost Bayley the match, or blame her if she loses, setting up their feud for Wrestlemania.
As for the Chamber itself, fans shouldn’t expect the women’s match to be as brutal as the men’s. It’s unlikely any of the pods will break like previous Elimination Chamber matches.
That said, the wrestlers could use the structure to pull off some impressive moves. Bliss could land a Twisted Bliss from the top of one of the pods.
The Raw Women’s title match isn’t the only bout for the women’s division scheduled at the event.
On Raw, Angle added another match to Elimination Chamber. Nia Jax will face 2018 Women’s Royal Rumble winner Asuka. If Jax wins the match, she will be added to the Raw Women’s title bout at Wrestlemania 34 – making it a triple threat match.
Speaking of Elimination Chamber, Roman Reigns qualified for the Elimination Chamber after he defeated Bray Wyatt on Raw. Reigns now joins John Cena, Elias and Braun Strowman. Cena, Elias and Strowman earned the opportunity to enter the match after winning their respective qualifying matches. There are still two open spots left in the men’s Elimination Chamber bout.
The winner of the men’s Elimination Chamber match will challenge WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania 34.
WWE Smackdown vs. Raw: Who won this week? September 17, 2018
For Raw, Dean Ambrose versus Drew McIntyre was a great opening match to start off Raw. These two went back and forth and McIntyre ended up getting the victory after hitting a Claymore Kick. The rivalry between the Shield and McIntyre, Ziggler, and Strowman will possibly end at the Super Showdown so matches like this help elevate this rivalry.
For Smackdown, the segment we got from Randy Orton was one of the best pieces of his work. After defeating Jeff Hardy at Hell in a Cell, Orton was in the back at the production truck and he was harassing one of the workers to watch all of his assaults against Hardy. Orton then states that it will be nothing compared to his next victim. Things are looking up and really interesting for Orton going forward.
For Raw, we got a filler match between Bayley and Dana Brooke and it wasn’t much. Last week, Dana Brooke decided to go on her own and it doesn’t make a difference because she lost to Bayley in a few minutes. Along with that, apparently creative has nothing in mind for the team of Bayley and Sasha Banks since the Riot Squad is dealing with the Bella Twins.
For Smackdown, they are deciding to have Naomi and Asuka be a team moving forward. While it probably would be better to have them face off against each other, WWE has decided to have them go against the IIconics next. Maybe the rumor of women’s tag team championship at Evolution are true and that’s why they keep forming women teams?
The Final Verdict
Fresh off of Hell in a Cell, both shows needed to show where they were going next. The Super Showdown does have lots of matches with implications on it and both brands are focused on that. But, Raw also introduced the Crown Jewel PPV, which will take place later this year and include Brock Lesnar getting his rematch for the Universal Championship. In regards to what show had more meaning and was better, Smackdown definitely took it this week. We got a great match between AJ Styles and Andrade Almas, Rusev Day unfortunately is broken up for good, and we got a great ending segment with Becky Lynch as the new champion. In conclusion, Smackdown is providing solid shows and storylines week after week while Raw does have some interesting angles, not everything they are trying is clicking.
WWE Smackdown vs. Raw: Who won this week? September 10, 2018
For Raw, the segment and match we got from Kevin Owens this week gave an idea of what they have going forward with him. After obliterating Tyler Breeze, he finally explained why he decided to come back after quitting. Basically, current General Manager Baron Corbin explained how much they needed somebody like him on their show and emphasized that they will let him do whatever he wants. This is a Kevin Owens we should all look forward to seeing.
For Smackdown, the number one contenders match for the tag team championship was really good. It was the Bar vs. Rusev Day to determine who would face the New Day at the PPV. Rusev Day ended up winning in a great back and forth match. We already have seen the Bar vs. the New Day multiple times, so it is nice to see something new for the tag division. Along with that, this is the first time Rusev Day has had a two vs. two championship match.
For Raw, the whole The Shield vs. Braun Strowman, Drew McIntyre, and Dolph Ziggler just isn’t clicking like it should. It was basically the same thing last week where they just brawl, then the Shield gets threaten to get thrown out of the building (this doesn’t work), and then they brawl all over again. This can work one week, but to do it all over again takes away the creativity to push the rivalries to make them more intriguing.
For Smackdown, the only problem Smackdown had going to this upcoming PPV is there is no challenger for Shinsuke Nakamura’s United States Championship. Since he has won it, he has only faced off against Jeff Hardy. Along with that, other than this week, we haven’t seen him on the show much. Hopefully, WWE can find something after Hell in a Cell because this championship should get more time than it does.
The Final Verdict
Overall, WWE did do a lot this week to build up Hell in a Cell. Both shows focused a lot on it, but Smackdown did a much better job of building up their matches than Raw did. With that said, Smackdown had the better show this week. Things are more exciting for Smackdown than Raw. Every rivalry has been well told and has gotten the proper time to build. In conclusion, the Hell in a Cell PPV should be fun to watch if it is a Smackdown match because the Raw matches do look good, but the buildup behind them doesn’t have the momentum they should.
WWE Smackdown vs. Raw: Who won this week? September 3, 2018
For Raw, we have new tag team champions! After we thought the Revival were going to face off against the B Team for the championship, Drew McIntyre and Dolph Ziggler decided to attack the challengers and take matters into their own hands. This led to Ziggler and McIntyre getting a championship match and they ended up winning. It was only a matter of time before the duo of Ziggler and McIntyre got tag team gold, so this isn’t too much of a shock. This would’ve felt bigger if there would’ve been proper buildup though.
For Smackdown, not only is the Miz vs. Daniel Bryan rivalry great for Smackdown, but the Charlotte Flair vs. Becky Lynch rivalry is hitting on all cylinders too, and this week proved it. They had a face to face interview between the two and they traded barbs back and forth. The crowd is clearly behind Becky Lynch, which makes things more interesting considering WWE is trying to book Charlotte as the good one in this rivalry.
For Raw, the Authors of Pain call up has made no sense. They get rid of Paul Ellering, stating that they can do things by themselves. But, a few weeks later, they bring in Drake Maverick as there manager? Along with that, he said that his goal was for them to win championships. But, wasn’t that what Ellering was there for to start with? Terrible booking for a team that was the dominant force in NXT.
For Smackdown, the only problem I had with the show this week was seeing R-Truth in the main event against the Miz. While he is great to have around, to be featured in the main event shouldn’t be applied to him. There were other matches worthy of getting that slot. The match overall was decent and it did help progress the Miz vs. Daniel Bryan rivalry further, but this could’ve been used at a different time in the show.
The Final Verdict
Right now, Raw seems confused what to build up while Smackdown focuses on Hell in a Cell. Raw is trying to promote Hell in a Cell, the Super Showdown in Australia, and Evolution all at once. Due to this, Raw has holes in their story lines and segments that just flat out don’t make sense. With that said, Smackdown clearly had the better show this week. They had lots of progression in all of the matches set for Hell in a Cell and they did a great job at it too. Overall, Smackdown is doing wonderful building up for the PPV, while Raw is getting lost in all of these promotions.
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