IN RING SEGMENT
Kurt Angle comes out to announce the contenders in the first ever women’s Elimination Chamber match.
Bayley, Mandy Rose, Mickie James, Sonya Deville, and Sasha Banks will join Alexa Bliss to battle for the WWE Raw Women’s Championship. He says that it’s conspicuous that Nia Jax is not in the match, but he has another match for her. Nia Jax will be facing off against Asuka at Elimination Chamber, and if Nia Jax wins, she will be added to the match at WrestleMania, effectively making it a triple threat match.
WWE Raw Women’s champion comes out and she is angry. She says that that what Kurt is being unfair and asks Kurt that if in the WWE the women are equal to the men. Kurt says of course. She then asks why Brock Lesnar gets to sit on the sideline, while she has to defend the women’s championship at Elimination Chamber. She says that what Kurt is doing is sexist. She says that she and Brock should be on equal playing fields and asks Kurt if he values Brock more than he values her. Kurt is at a loss for words and says that he feels she is trying to weasel her way out of the match. So he is not going to make the decision, the WWE Universe will. He asks if they want to see Alexa defend her championship at the Elmination Chamber PPV. The crowd gives a resounding YES chant and Alexa leaves angrily.
John Cena says that everyone has a different path to WrestleMania. He says that he had to accomplish several steps. 1. Qualify for the Elimination Chamber match. Check. 2. Win his match tonight to come out last in the Elimination Chamber match and have the best chance of winning. To do that, he has to beat Elias and Braun Strowman, and he says that that is no problem.
ASUKA vs. BAYLEY
Bayley gets early control by wrenching on Asuka’s arm, but Asuka reverses by sending Bayley into the ropes, and then pushes Asuka, but Asuka gets angry and hits Bayley with several strikes and then knocks Bayley down. Asuka hits several kicks to the spine of Bayley. Bayley gets up and reverses an Irish whip from Asuka, and Asuka quickly climbs the top rope and Bayley hurries in and knocks Asuka hard to the outside. Asuka gets up and Bayley charges at her, seemingly going for a baseball slide, but instead locks in a head scissors and sends Asuka flying into the barricade.
They get back in the ring and Asuka tries to hit her booty bump onto Bayley, but Bayley catches her and hits a belly to back suplex on Asuka. Bayley goes for the cover but Asuka kicks out. Bayley starts to hit multiple elbows on Asuka’s midsection, but Asuka fights her way to her feet and then delivers a sickening knee to the face of Bayley. Bayley gets up and Asuka runs at Bayley and hits her with her backside, and then gets up again and hits shining wizard to the face of Bayley. Asuka climbs up to the top rope and tries for a dropkick, but Bayley sidesteps and then runs off the ropes and hits Asuka in the face with a kick, knocking her to the apron.
Bayley tries to hit a neck breaker from the apron to the inside, but Asuka reverses it into the Asuka Lock, and the referee starts counting since Asuka is using the ropes to help her, but Bayley reverses into a stunner, sending Asuka off the apron into the barricades. Bayley gives chase and goes for an axe handle, but Asuka hits a big knee. Both women get in the ring. Bayley tries to hit a Bayley to Belly, but Asuka reverses for the Asuka lock, but Bayley rolls through and puts Asuka in a pinning predicament, and legitimately it couldn’t get any closer 3 than that. Both women get up and Asuka quickly locks in an arm bar out of nowhere and locks it in deep, forcing Bayley to tap out.
After the match, Asuka extends her hand to Bayley and the women shake hands.
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