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Last night on RAW, Becky Lynch was suspended for another 60 days which means she will miss WrestleMania. That is when Vince McMahon brought out The Man’s replacement, Charlotte Flair. Needless to say, this hasn’t been very well received.
It does make a tad bit of sense seeing how Flair came in second in the Royal Rumble match though.
As the blue brand prepares for Elimination Chamber, fans have a huge gauntlet match set up with the competitors in this Sunday’s WWE Title match. However, there is likely to be a big change to that match as well.
Mustafa Ali is injured with a concussion and he can’t work the event. So expect Randy Orton to take some heat for injuring Ali. Not only that, but WWE needs to figure out a replacement.
We will also be treated to some momentum in Rey Mysterio and Andrade’s feud. There is a McMiz TV segment scheduled as well where they will interview their Elimination Chamber opponents, The Usos. We will also hopefully see something from the United States Title picture as well.
All that and more will go down when WWE kicks off SmackDown Live. In the meantime, please enjoy the following vastly underrated video from last night’s RAW.
Charlotte Flair came out and she is a heat magnet. She was very easy to hate as the crowd chanted “Becky.” She called herself a future Hall Of Famer while she pointed at the WrestleMania sign to make people shut up.
She said fans might not be happy with the decision for her to be in the Mania main event, but she guaranteed that people would be standing on their feet chanting “This is awesome. So boo me now… you’re welcome.”
Then she said she will dedicate her victory to Becky Lynch, then she “Wooed” and got a ton of “You Suck” chants from the crowd. She also said that she had a front row ticket to Ronda Rousey’s RAW Women’s Title match. So they are apparently selling tickets by the match now.
Then she said you never know if she might be facing someone else at WrestleMania implying that she could be facing Ruby Riott instead. As if there isn’t a perfectly good Women’s Title she could go for on SmackDown and take on Asuka for a second Mania…that might be fun to see. It might be nice to see Asuka at all.
Carmella & Naomi vs IIconics vs Fire & Desire
Carmella came out moonwalking next for a triple threat match. This match will decide which team has to start the Women’s Elimination Chamber match.
Before the match kicked off, they showed The New Day in the locker room. They were discussing which one of them will be replacing Mustafa Ali in the Elimination Chamber match.
During the triple threat tag team match, they dropped some serious hints that Sasha Banks isn’t cleared and you can stay tuned on that one.
Sonya and Mandy worked the best as a team because they have the most experience on the main roster as a tandem. Then Carmella showed Deville up with a spinning leg scissors and Mandy got the tag, but she didn’t want anything to do with Naomi.
Then Carmella distracted Mandy so Naomi could hit a dive on her. This was followed by some more abuse on Rose during the commercial break before Deville took the tag. Then Mella came back in. The IIconics hadn’t done much in this match. That might be their strategy because if they don’t get pinned then they won’t be the other two people at the beginning of the Chamber match.
As Naomi took her aggression out on Rose, the IIconics stayed on the apron the entire time. Carmella took Deville out with a kick and the Naomi hit a split-legged moonsault and won the match.
Winners: Fabulous Glow
While Carmella and Naomi were celebrating, the IIconics jumped them from behind and beat them down. Then WWE put this graphic up on the screen and for some reason, it comes off as super creepy to me.