Ruby Riott was the default challenger for Ronda Rousey's RAW Women's Championship, with much of the roster either tied up in the "inaugural" WWE Women's Tag Team Title match, or out injured - and thus, much work had to be done to frame her as a viable challenger. WWE opted to do no work at all, beyond a token win over Nikki Cross, who incidentally, in losing, completes the most hapless generation of NXT acts since 2010. As if to acknowledge how actively tedious a proposition Braun Strowman Vs. Baron Corbin was, WWE simply tacked on a No Disqualification stipulation. This at least enabled Strowman to hurt him more. We thought.
Finn Bálor and Bobby Lashley feuded last year, and we were left to presume that they still weren't fond of one another. It's little wonder WWE didn't run a video package ahead of their match, because it would have just seen Lio Rush shout "Lashley, Lashley, Lashley" for three minutes. Some teams had to earn entry into the Women's Tag Team Title Elimination Chamber match, others didn't. The plot hole isn't an inconvenience, because you can simply live harmoniously in underground tunnels at this point.
Everything Captain Planet Daniel Bryan orbits is the exception, and Kofi Kingston's excellent, rangy gauntlet Iron Man performance heightened intrigue on the go-home SmackDown.