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RAW: Kurt Angle Reveals Women’s Elimination Chamber Participants

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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.

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WWE Smackdown vs. Raw: Who won this week? April 16, 2019

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The Good

For Raw, they got the best addition from the shakeup to their show, which was AJ Styles. After Styles really made his mark on Smackdown, it seemed like WWE creative was running out of ideas of what to do with Styles on Smackdown. So, having him on Raw is really intriguing now and it should be interesting to see what the future holds for him on Raw.  

For Smackdown, their biggest addition from the shakeup was Roman Reigns and the way they introduced him to the show was entertaining. After Vince McMahon announced that the “biggest addition in Smackdown history” was Elias, Roman Reigns interrupted and ended up clearing out the ring and declaring that Smackdown is his yard now. Reigns needed a change of scenery after being on Raw for few years, so this is something the WWE universe should be excited for.

The Bad

For Raw, while it was great to see an NXT tag team called up, the name they gave him is horrible. Formerly known as the War Raiders, who are the current NXT tag team champions were called up to Monday nights. But, they decided to change their name to the Viking Experience, which is one of the worst name changes in WWE history.

For Smackdown, they had a match between Carmella and Charlotte Flair and this felt like filler. After all the new names that they brought onto Smackdown during the shakeup for the women’s division, they could have had one of them in this match instead of putting them all together in the 8-women tag match that was featured on the show later. 

The Final Verdict

For these being the superstar shakeup episodes, both shows felt a little underwhelming. While we are able to think of the possibility of matchups that we will see in the future because of this shakeup, the introduction of these new names felt like they should have been a bigger deal. Along with that, it seemed like WWE either was confused on how to handle some of these shakeups or they purposely wanted to confuse the fans. A prime example is how Finn Balor went to Smackdown with the Intercontinental championship. Since this was introduced to us on Smackdown, is there no secondary belt now on Raw? Or did Samoa Joe just automatically move to Raw because he currently was holding the original secondary belt on Smackdown? Overall, as to who had the better show, I will have to say that Raw had the better show. The additions of the Miz, the Usos, Rey Mysterio, Andrade, AJ Styles, and Naomi are all new faces that were due for this. In conclusion, while the shakeup could’ve been handled better, the future should be intriguing as WWE prepares to fully move on from Wrestlemania.

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Ronda Rousey Scheduled for Surgery

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Former WWE RAW Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey is scheduled to undergo surgery on her broken hand, which she suffered during her main event match at WrestleMania 35, on Tuesday, according to Fightful’s Sean Ross Sapp.

WWE officials are hopeful she can return either later this year or in early 2020, and she is penciled in for a clash with Becky Lynch at WrestleMania 36 in Tampa Bay, Florida.

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WWE Smackdown vs. Raw: Who won this week? April 9, 2019

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The Good

For Raw, there was a surprise appearance by the Undertaker during Elias’ segment and it was an exciting moment. After not seeing the Undertaker at Wrestlemania, there was speculation that he wasn’t going to be around WWE for a while again. But, he shocked the WWE universe by showing up on Raw and ended up standing tall in the ring after attacking Elias. You never know when the Deadman will show up, so it is always a positive experience when he does.

For Smackdown, we have new tag team champions! After the Usos won their fatal four way match at Wrestlemania, they ended up defending the championships again, but this time only against the Hardy Boyz. While this match in itself should’ve been at Wrestlemania, it was still a pleasure to finally see these two teams face off against each other. The Hardy Boyz ended up winning and becoming the new champions, which questions what is ahead for this division.

The Bad

For Raw, the main event was going to be a blockbuster type match between Kofi Kingston and Seth Rollins to unify both of their recently won championships. But, in the middle of the match, the Bar interfered and ruined the match. The main issue with all of this is, what was the motive of the Bar? They had no issues with either superstar recently. This event led to your standard tag match to close out the show and it overall just halted all the momentum that was going into the ending of the show.

For Smackdown, their main event wasn’t that very good as well. It was the Bar and Drew McIntyre versus the New Day and this felt similar to the Raw main event. It was just a standard tag match and in the closing moments of the match, Drew McIntyre and Xavier Woods were no where to be found. 

The Final Verdict

With both of these being the post Wrestlemania shows, there was a lot to process and a lot to learn as to what is next for WWE. They did announce that a superstar shake up was occurring in the next week so we will see new faces in new places. With that being said, Raw had the better show this week. A surprise Undertaker appearance, a world where Brock Lesnar is not the Universal Champion anymore, and the final goodbye to Dean Ambrose were some reasons why Raw was able to put on a better show. After the superstar shake up, the WWE universe will get a much better layout of what WWE has for the rest of 2019.

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