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Wrestlemania Shaping Up to be a Good Show on Raw’s End

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Last night’s WWE Elimination Chamber was a predictable, but fun show that saw Raw’s Wrestlemania plans taking shape. While the match outcomes and predictions have come true, that doesn’t mean the Raw side of Wrestlemania is any less exciting.

For starters, Roman Reigns won the men’s elimination chamber match to challenge Brock Lesnar for the WWE Universal Championship at Wrestlemania.

Fans have known the plan of Reigns-Lesnar II for quite some time. It wasn’t a surprise to see Reigns win, however after a dominant performance by Braun Strowman – where he eliminated all but Reigns – the Big Dawg’s victory was underwhelming to some fans.

However, their match at Wrestlemania 31 was brutal and physical – up until Seth Rollins cashed in his Money in the Bank briefcase – and this year’s Wrestlemania bout will be just as physical.

Alexa Bliss retained the Raw Women’s Championship to seemingly solidify her spot on the card. I write seemingly because it is unclear if 2018 Women’s Royal Rumble winner Asuka will challenge her at the Showcase of the Immortals.

If the Empress decides to challenge Charlotte Flair for the Smackdown Women’s title, it will have Bliss without a challenger for the event.

There is speculation that Bliss will face Nia Jax for the title while Asuka will face Charlotte. Had Jax defeated Asuka at Elimination Chamber, she would have earned a spot at Wrestlemania. There is still a chance Jax could win a match of some sort where the stipulation is a Raw Women’s title shot.

Then there’s the 900 pound gorilla that is Ronda Rousey’s Wrestlemania debut. The former UFC women’s bantamweight champion signed her WWE contract at Elimination Chamber. During the segment, she tossed Triple H through a table and was slapped by Stephanie McMahon. Prior to being Rousey’s throwing dummy, Triple H said Rousey would have a match at Wrestlemania, but it would not be for either the Raw or Smackdown women’s titles.

The segment set up what will probably be a mixed tag team match between Triple H and McMahon against Rousey and a partner of her choice. Potential partners for Rousey include Raw General Manager Kurt Angle, WWE Legend The Rock and former world champion Seth Rollins.

There are a few other Wrestlemania bouts in the works. Intercontinental Champion The Miz will potentially face Strowman. The seeds for the feud were planted when they teamed together for WWE’s TLC event. Things have escalated in the last couple of weeks after Strowman eliminated Miz in both the gauntlet match on the Feb. 19 episode of Raw and the Elimination Chamber.

John Cena doesn’t have his Wrestlemania match at the moment, but there’s a chance he could face The Undertaker or Finn Balor.

There is also the finals of the 205 Live WWE Cruiserweight championship tournament. While 205 Live is a seperate show, the cruiserweight division is exclusive to Raw.

Wrestlemania is a month away and Raw’s creative staff have more than enough time to give good build up to all of these matches.

As for Smackdown Live, only one match is confirmed so far – Shinsuke Nakamura challenging for the WWE title. Whether he faces current champion A.J. Styles or one of the other four men challenging the Phenomenal One at Fastlane – Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, Dolph Ziggler or Baron Corbin – remains to be seen.

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Chicago Host City for 2019 Survivor Series

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Chicago will be the host city for next year’s WWE Survivor Series event and will host 4 events at the Allstate Arena, according to a report from the Chicago Tribune who was quoting WWE’s Executive Vice President of Special Events

  • SmackDown Live (Friday, Nov. 22)
  • NXT Takeover (Saturday, Nov. 23)
  • Survivor Series: (Sunday, Nov. 24)
  • Monday Night Raw: (Monday, Nov. 25)

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Enzo Amore Kicked Out of Survivor Series

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Former WWE superstar Enzo Amore made his presence known at WWE Survivor Series, but not in a good way, as he caused such a commotion that he was promptly kicked out, and ultimately banned from the arena during Sunday’s show.

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Shawn Michaels Talks Crown Jewel, In Ring Future

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WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels was a recent guest on E&C’s Pod of Awesomeness and discussed a number of topics including his work down at NXT with the younger superstars and his recent in-ring return at Crown Jewel.

“I’m glad to say that I did it, but I don’t want to try it again.” Michaels said regarding his match earlier this month.

Michaels also refuted the idea that he did it for the payday.

“I didn’t want to be put in that position because I’m good with the performances that I’ve had at WrestleMania. I wanted to end those the way that I ended them” Micheals said, saying that all 4 men in a tag match was like KISS and the Rolling Stones playing their greatest hits.

Michaels also said that he is happy he returned, but does not want to get back in the ring again.

 

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