After months of rumors the WWE finally announced the first ever all-female elimination chamber two ago on the Raw following the Royal Rumble. The following week, the company announced the six competitors for the match and the announcement raised some eyebrows among fans.
Most notable for Nia Jax’s absence, the match is set to feature reigning champion Alexa Bliss, Sasha Banks, Bayley, Sonya Deville, Mandy Rose and Mickie James. With the first ever Women’s Royal Rumble having been a huge celebration of all things women wrestling, and a pleasant trip down memory lane, the company are likely to want to get down to business inside the Chamber and will no doubt use the match to establish several key feuds heading into Wrestlemania.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at four things that should happen inside the first ever women’s elimination chamber, and their implications heading into Wrestlemania 34.
1: Bayley Eliminates Sasha/ Sasha Turns Heel
Since the Royal Rumble, it has become increasingly clear that the WWE is toying with the idea of a Sasha Banks heel turn. If that is the case, then the Elimination Chamber is the perfect time to pull the trigger. After an exceptional 2016, Banks stalled somewhat in 2017 and a change to her character could really help regenerate her career in the WWE.
The best way to execute this turn? Have Bayley return the favour from the Royal Rumble and eliminate Sasha mid-way through the match. An enraged Sasha, one who is already reeling from her loss to Asuka a few weeks ago on Raw, can then return to the ring and beat down her former friend. This attack could then lead to Bayley’s elimination and, in turn, spark a rivalry between the two which can culminate in a match at Wrestlemania.
Bayley Vs Sasha has been a match fans have been dying to see since both women have been on the main roster, and a match for the two at Wrestlemania would also be a pretty big moment for the women’s division in general- with the company finally start to build feuds that don’t just focus on the women’s title.
2: Nia Jax Makes Her Way Into the Chamber
The recent announcement that Nia Jax would not be in the Elimination Chamber and would instead face Asuka for her Wrestlemania title match was a baffling one. Rumours have been circulating in recent weeks that Nia is set to face Alexa Bliss for the Raw Women’s Title at Wrestlemania and if that is the case, having her in a match which she is clearly going to lose, a little over a month before the big event, seems a strange decision.
There is every chance, however, that Nia could well find her way into the match despite being in a bout earlier in the night. If the company were to book Nia to look strong against Asuka, perhaps even having a double count-out finish or something along those lines, then an enraged Nia, having lost her chance at a Mania spot, could easily attack one of the other women on the way to the ring and force herself into the match.
This has been done in a chamber match before, and it’s not like the match would be any worse off without either Sonya Deville or Mandy Rose, as great as an opportunity as it is for those two young stars. Sacrificing one of them for Nia would be the perfect way for Jax to get into the chamber.
3: Nia Jax Finally Turns Face
If the rumours are true, and Nia is set to face Alexa Bliss on the grandest stage of them all, then she will need to finally turn face before doing so.
Nia is becomingly increasingly popular with the fans and she is looking more and more like the Braun Strowman of the women’s division each week. Her incredible feats of dominance and her excellent social media presence have really endeared her to fans over the last few months and she does look to be the perfect candidate to dethrone Alexa Bliss and end her reign of dominance.
The elimination chamber will provide the perfect opportunity for Jax to turn face, and also, possibly, for Mickie James to turn heel. This past week on Raw we saw Alexa save Mickie from an attack by Absolution and this could lead to an unlikely alliance between the two women. Watching Mickie turn on Nia and help Alexa to overcome her would be a smart way to turn both women and would really build something for Nia as she heads on her quest to take the belt in New Orleans.
4: Alexa Bliss Retains
When all the dust has settled on yet another historic match for the WWE women’s division, Alexa Bliss should be the last women left standing. Bliss has been the star of the women’s division on Raw for some time now, and the WWE should repay her work by giving her this big moment.
Bliss is the perfect heel for whoever the WWE choose to dethrone her at Wrestlemania, and having her survive one more month as women’s champion will only benefit the women who eventually defeats her.
There are plenty of ways the WWE can have Bliss retain here, despite having all the odds stacked against her. Bliss is not the type of heel who will win clean and her recent attempt to win the loyalty of Mickie James on Raw could be the thing that saves her in this match.
Alternatively, we have also seen Bliss manipulate Nia Jax on several occasions, and if Jax finds her way into this bout, then don’t be surprised to see the champion try and pull one more trick on her ‘friend’.
Whether rumours are correct and Nia is facing Alexa at Mania, or whether Asuka decides to stick around on Monday nights, Bliss deserves to be in the title match at this year’s Wrestlemania, and a victory inside the chamber will go one step further to cementing her place as one of the best women’s champions in recent memory.