Date: March 10, 2019 Venue: Quicken Loans Arena (Cleveland, OH) Commentators: Various
WWE moves into the Fastlane en route to next month’s WrestleMania tonight. It’s looking pretty good on paper, as Becky Lynch faces Charlotte Flair for the right to be in the RAW Women’s Championship match next month, Daniel Bryan defends the WWE Championship against Kevin Owens, The Shield reunites for possibly the final time (for now), and much more. Let’s goooo.
WWE CHAMPION: ‘The New’ Daniel Bryan
WWE UNIVERSAL CHAMPION: Brock Lesnar
WWE INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPION: Finn Balor
WWE UNITED STATES CHAMPION: Samoa Joe
WWE CRUISERWEIGHT CHAMPION: Buddy Murphy
WWE WOMEN’S TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The Boss ‘n’ Hug Connection (Bayley & ‘The Boss’ Sasha Banks)
RAW WOMEN’S CHAMPION: ‘Rowdy’ Ronda Rousey
RAW TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The Revival (Scott Dawson & Dash Wilder)
SMACKDOWN WOMEN’S CHAMPION: Asuka
SMACKDOWN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The Usos (Jimmy & Jey Uso)
The Usos [c] vs. The Miz & Shane McMahon for the SMACKDOWN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP (***)
Asuka [c] vs. Mandy Rose for the SMACKDOWN WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP (*1/2)
HANDICAP MATCH:Kofi Kingston vs. The Bar (NR)
TRIPLE THREAT MATCH:The Revival [c] vs. Bobby Roode & Chad Gable vs. Ricochet & Aleister Black for the RAW TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP (****)
FATAL FOUR WAY:Samoa Joe [c] vs. R-Truth vs. Andrade vs. Rey Mysterio for the WWE UNITED STATES CHAMPIONSHIP (****1/4)
The Boss ‘n’ Hug Connection [c] vs. Nia Jax & Tamina Snuka for the WWE WOMEN’S TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP (*3/4)
TRIPLE THREAT MATCH: Daniel Bryan [c] vs. Kevin Owens vs. Mustafa Ali for the WWE CHAMPIONSHIP (****1/4)
Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte Flair (*1/2)
The Shield vs. Baron Corbin, Drew McIntyre, & Bobby Lashley (***3/4)
Last night’s episode of RAW ended in controversy when Mr. McMahon came out and announced that not only was Becky Lynch suspended for the next 60 days, but she was being replaced in the WrestleMania main event by longtime rival Charlotte Flair.
Earlier in the show Becky had been given an ultimatum: apologize to Triple H and Stephanie McMahon for her actions the week prior or forfeit her match against Ronda Rousey at WrestleMania she earned by winning the Royal Rumble. After THREE HOURS of deliberation, in which everyone from mentor Finn Balor to sh*t-stirrer Alexa Bliss weighed on what she should do, Becky decided to quickly apologize, getting her suspension lifted and making her WrestleMania main event a go…until the head of the McMahon family, the true Authority in WWE, decided otherwise.
A lot of people clowned on WWE for this but I dig the story they’re telling; it gives Charlotte a ton of heat and also plays into the fans’ very justified fear they’re going to make Ronda/Becky into a triple threat match. I’m pretty sure WWE knows better and will keep it Becky/Ronda, with Becky fighting her way back into the spot closer to WrestleMania, but I don’t blame people for thinking otherwise. Either way this good fodder for a Charlotte promo tonight on SmackDown and I hope we get it.
WWE.com reports that ‘Rowdy’ Ronda Rousey will be defending the RAW Women’s Championship against Riott Squad leader Ruby Riott next weekend at Elimination Chamber. A riled up Rousey dispatched Riott’s two partners/friends, Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan, in short order last Monday on RAW but Riott managed to escape a similar fate…that is, until next Sunday. Rousey is currently slated to defend the Women’s Championship at WrestleMania against Royal Rumble winner Becky Lynch, but that’s currently up in the air storyline-wise due to Lynch’s ‘suspension’ that began on Monday.
Elimination Chamber takes place on February 17th live from the Toyota Center in Houston, TX and airing on the WWE Network.