It's that time of year again, Elimination Chamber is almost upon us, so here's a rundown of what to expect.
The show broadcasts from T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada. The events start at 7:00 p.m. with the Kickoff Show available to watch on YouTube, while the actual pay-per-view begins at 8:00 p.m. available on the WWE Network.
Here's what to expect.
Men's Elimination Chamber Match
This Sunday, for the first time ever, seven competitors will step inside the Elimination Chamber instead of six. Finn Balor and Seth Rollins both pinned Bray Wyatt at the same time on Raw in the match to decide who would fill the final spot, and adding both of them was Kurt Angle's inventive way around that issue. Those two men plus five others are all vying for a spot opposite Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 34. If Monday night's Raw was anything to go by, then Rollins and Braun Strowman are the ones with the best chances of walking out victorious on Sunday night, although it's hard not to think that Roman Reigns will win and start the beginning of the end of WWE's year-long plan to have him defeat The Beast Incarnate.
Women's Elimination Chamber For The Raw Women's Championship
A seven-man chamber won't be the only first taking place in Las Vegas on Sunday night. The other history-making match taking place will be the first-ever women's Elimination Chamber. This match also has a spot at WrestleMania up for grabs, but this time, it's in the form of becoming Raw Women's Champion. Alexa Bliss will be in the match defending her title and her chances look pretty slim. Absolution will both be inside the structure, likely working together whenever they can, and even Sasha Banks and Bayley might help each other out. Bliss will have to rely on her new found friend Mickie James but if it comes down to it the veteran will want the title more than a new friendship.
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Nia Jax vs Asuka
What happens with the women inside the Elimination Chamber will not be the only match on Sunday night that could impact WrestleMania. Two of Raw's women who aren't competing for the title, Asuka and Nia Jax, will be going one on one. If Jax can be the first Superstar in WWE to defeat The Empress of Tomorrow then she will be added to Asuka's title match in New Orleans on April 8, 2018. Once these two women's matches are done the Raw Women's Championship match will be a lot clearer. It could be a triple threat featuring Jax otherwise whoever the champ is will have to go head to head with Asuka.
Bray Wyatt vs Woken Matt Hardy
Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt have been battling each other ever since the former went into his Woken state. When it first happened, the majority of the WWE Universe were pretty excited. Now, it has been more of the same over and over again and fans seem to have lost interest. If the build had been better and this was the first time this match had happened during the rivalry then it might be a little more interesting. These two have been going back and forth in the ring for a while now though and this merely feels like more of the same between the two of them.
Titus Worldwide vs The Bar For The Raw Tag Team Championships
For weeks now, The Bar has been coming up short to the most unlikely of rival teams, Titus Worldwide. Normally, when someone beats a challenger in a non-title match they get a shot at the championship. With that logic applied Titus O Neil and Apollo deserves a number of title shots against Sheamus and Cesaro. They will finally get that title shot on Sunday though when they face off against the four-time champions. They've beaten them before on numerous occasions, one more win and they will get the gold. Dana Brooke better get to crunching those numbers because clearly, it has worked well up until this point.
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Ronda Rousey's Contract Signing
Last, but certainly not least, is the event that has managed to cause fireworks before it has even taken place, the contract signing of Ronda Rousey. The Rowdy One showed up at the Royal Rumble and we haven't seen her on WWE television since. That will all change on Sunday when Rousey signs her contract live on pay-per-view in order to officially become a Raw Superstar. Apparently, the signing was supposed to take place on an edition of Raw but WWE shuffled the deck in order to sell more Elimination Chamber tickets. Pretty much every other woman on Raw will be busy prepping for their Elimination Chamber match or otherwise so the whole thing may go off without a hitch. We are talking about WWE though so be prepared for someone to confront Rousey on day one.
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