Raw General Manager Kurt Angle comes out to the ring. He says that history was made last week with the first-ever women’s Royal Rumble match. He’s proud to say that Asuka was the winner. History will be made again this month with the first-ever women’s Elimination Chamber match. Angle starts announcing the competitors: Raw Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss, Bayley, Mandy Rose, Mickie James, Sonya Deville and Sasha Banks.

Angle says that Nia Jax will also be taking on Asuka in a singles match. If Jax wins, she will be added to the WrestleMania match, making it a triple threat involving Jax, Asuka and whoever the champion is after the Chamber match. Bliss, who has been adamant about remaining champion until Mania, storms out to the ring. She tells Angle this has to stop. Angle is getting way out of control. How dare he mention the women’s evolution with the kind of stuff he’s pulling.

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Bliss asks Angle if the women aren’t supposed to be equal to the men. Angle says they are. Bliss asks why the title is on the line in the women’s Chamber match but not the men’s. Is it because she’s just a woman? Why doesn’t Brock Lesnar has to defend his Universal Title? Angle says that Lesnar defended his title successfully last month and Bliss hasn’t defended hers for months.

Bliss says she doesn’t make the matches and this just isn’t fair. She thinks this is sexist. Angle says he thinks she’s just trying to weasel out of the match, but he’ll let the audience decide. Angle asks the crowd if they want to see Bliss defend her title in the Elimination Chamber. The crowd roars their approval and Bliss calls them all sheep before stomping away from the Angle and the ring toward the back.


Singles Match: Asuka vs. Bayley

Bell sounds and the two women feel each other out in the early going. Asuka lands a leg kick and starts to swarm Bayley. She gets Bayley in a rear chin-lock but Bayley reverses into a hammer-lock. Asuka transitions and gets an arm-lock on Bayley now but then Bayley gets a side headlock. Irish whip and the two run into each other, neither giving way and then they start to move through some moves and counters.

Bayley gets a side headlock. Asuka gets Bayley down and lands some kicks to her spine. Asuka whips Bayley, who reverses and sends Asuka into the corner. Asuka jumps up on the turnbuckle but then Bayley strikes her and Asuka tumbles to the floor. Bayley goes to the apron and hits a hurricanrana to Asuka on the floor. Bayley throws Asuka back in the ring. As Bayley steps up to the apron, Asuka runs into her, knocking her back down. Asuka goes for a high-risk move to the outside but Bayley catches her with a shot on the way down. Commercial break.

Back again and Bayley is focusing her attack on the lower back of Asuka. She drops some elbows and then puts on a body-lock. Asuka gets back in it and starts making her comeback. She lands an explosive kick to Bayley and pins for a 2-count. Bayley holds her body and rolls around. Asuka goes to the top rope and leaps off for a dropkick but Bayley evades, causing Asuka to crash to the mat.

Bayley lands some shots but Asuka gets an Asuka Lock from the apron. Bayley knocks her to the floor and then jumps out at her from the turnbuckle but Asuka cracks her on the way down. They both sell and then get back in the ring. Asuka lands some kicks but then Bayley hits a jackknife cover for a 2-count. The two scramble and Bayley almost gets another surprise pinfall but Asuka transitions into an armbar. Bayley is forced to tap out.

Winner: Asuka

After the match, despite some tension, the two women shake hands before going their separate ways.


Intercontinental Champion The Miz comes out with the Miztourage. Miz tells everyone to go outside tonight and look at the sky because the constellation will look a lot like this: Miz holds his title belt in the air. Miz says that the stars have aligned ever since he came back. He won the IC Title on his first match back against Roman Reigns. And Reigns is a world-class athlete, one of the best to step into the ring, and he still couldn’t handle the tide that was Miz.

Miz even takes credit for the Eagles winning the Superbowl last night. And for Miz’s next trick, he will qualify for the Elimination Chamber match and earn his shot at the Universal Champion Brock Lesnar. To top it all off, then Miz’s daughter will be born just in time to witness him become the first-ever Intercontinental & Universal Champion simultaneously. Apollo Crews’ music hits and he comes out for their match.

Elimination Chamber Qualifier: The Miz vs. Apollo Crews

Back from commercial and Crews lands a standing vertical suplex. The two scramble and exchange pin attempts. Miz tries to get away but Crews drags him back and lands a shot for a 2-count. Miz gts some space and goes for a moe off the top rope but Crews catches him with a dropkick on the way down. He pins but Miz kicks out. Crews delivers a press slam. Then he goes for a standing moonsault but Miz gets his knees up.

Miz puts a scissor-lock on Crews’ body. Crews starts to stand up. He fights Miz off and levels him with a kick. Both men sell in the middle of the ring. Crews gets fired up and lands a series of strikes. He plants Miz with a dropkick and pins for a near-fall. Crews stalks. He goes for a belly-to-back suplex but Miz backflips and lands on his feet. Crews is knocked into the corner and Miz runs in with a jumping clothesline.

Crews catches him and puts Miz down, following up with a standing moonsault for 2-count. Miz baits Crews into attacking again and Miz goes for a Skull-Crushing Finale. Crews avoids it and there’s a scramble but Miz ultimately does hit the Skull-Crushing Finale for the finish. The Miz will enter the Elimination Chamber match.

Winner: The Miz


Seth Rollins is walking backstage and he sees Jason Jordan holding his neck, surrounded by officials and Angle. Jordan explains that he felt okay but then he was warming up and something didn’t feel right. He got checked out by doctors and now he can’t compete. Rollins is dismayed and looks confused about what to do. Then Roman Reigns enters the scene and the replacement is apparent.

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