Raw is continuing to roll toward WrestleMania, but it first
has a pit stop in less than two weeks with the Elimination Chamber PPV, which
is slowly shaping up. However, one match that was supposed to be finalized got
a little more complicated Monday night.
The men’s chamber match has five slots filled, with the six
supposed to be filled on Raw in a four-way second chance match. Then it became
a five-way bout. And then that match ended inconclusively, leaving that slot
unfilled for now.
Meanwhile, the women’s chamber match has been set, and WWE
seems content to play around with the relationships of the women inside the
match, with best friends squaring off, and rivals teaming up. And then there’s
Nia Jax and Asuka, who are set to tangle in a match that could potentially end
a two-plus year undefeated streak in an effort to put Jax over.
Beyond that, we don’t really have a clear picture of what
else is coming at Elimination Chamber, nor are we any closer to locking down
any new WrestleMania matches.
The one piece of news worth noting that didn’t make the
ups/downs list is that Ronda Rousey will formally sign her Raw contract at the
PPV, though it’s unclear whether she will immediately begin a feud with
Stephanie McMahon or disappear into the ether for a couple more weeks as she
did after the Royal Rumble.
Scott is a former journalist and longtime wrestling fan who was smart enough to abandon WCW during the Monday Night Wars the same time as the Radicalz. He fortunately became a fan in time for WrestleMania III and came back as a fan after a long high school hiatus before WM XIV. Monday nights in the Carlson household are reserved for viewing Raw -- for better or worse.