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Elimination Chamber 2018 is an upcoming professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event and WWE Network event produced by WWE for the Raw brand. It will take place on February 25, 2018, at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. This will be the eighth event under the Elimination Chamber chronology and the first to include a women's Elimination Chamber match.

Background

Elimination Chamber will feature professional wrestling matches that involved different wrestlers from pre-existing feuds, plots, and storylines that played out on WWE's primary television programs. Wrestlers portrayed villains or heroes as they followed a series of events that built tension and culminated in a wrestling match or series of matches. The card will be highlighted by two Elimination Chamber matches, one of which will be the first to involve women.

At the Royal Rumble, Shinsuke Nakamura won the men's Royal Rumble match and decided to stay on SmackDown to challenge for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania 34. This left Brock Lesnar, who at the same event retained his Universal Championship in a triple threat match against Braun Strowman and Kane, without an opponent at WrestleMania. In response, Raw General Manager Kurt Angle scheduled an Elimination Chamber match to determine the number one contender for the Universal Championship at WrestleMania. Six qualification matches were scheduled. The first three were contested on the January 29 episode of Raw. In the first, Strowman defeated Kane in a last man standing match to qualify. Kane was taken to a local medical center after the match. Elias then qualified by defeating "Woken" Matt Hardy after a distraction from Bray Wyatt, and John Cena defeated Finn Bálor to qualify. Roman Reigns and Intercontinental Champion The Miz qualified the next week by defeating Wyatt and Apollo Crews, respectively. That same episode, Elias earned the right to be the sixth entrant into the chamber by defeating Cena and Strowman in a triple threat match. The final qualification match was scheduled for the following week in a second chance fatal four-way match between Bálor, Wyatt, Hardy, and Crews.

On the January 29 episode of Raw, Commissioner Stephanie McMahon convinced Asuka, who won the inaugural women's Royal Rumble match the previous night at the Royal Rumble, to wait until after Elimination Chamber to pick which championship to challenge at WrestleMania 34, as Raw Women's Champion Alexa Bliss was scheduled to defend her title in the first-ever women's Elimination Chamber match. The following week, General Manager Kurt Angle announced that Bayley, Mandy Rose, Mickie James, Sasha Banks, and Sonya Deville would be the other competitors in the Elimination Chamber match. He also announced that Nia Jax would face Asuka at Elimination Chamber and if she were to defeat Asuka, she would be inserted into the Raw Women's Championship match at WrestleMania. Bliss came out and questioned Angle as to why she had to defend her title in the Elimination Chamber match while Universal Champion Brock Lesnar did not and accused Angle of sexism. Angle retorted that Lesnar retained his title at the Royal Rumble, but Bliss had not defended her title since TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs in October.

On the January 15 episode of Raw, Asuka defeated Nia Jax after the referee stopped the match, deeming that Jax could no longer continue. Both then competed in the inaugural women's Royal Rumble match at the Royal Rumble, which Asuka won for the right to challenge for either the Raw Women's Championship or SmackDown Women's Championship at WrestleMania 34. On the February 5 episode of Raw, General Manager Kurt Angle announced that Nia Jax would face Asuka at Elimination Chamber and if she were to defeat Asuka, who would still receive her championship opportunity at WrestleMania, Jax would also be inserted into the Raw Women's Championship match at the event.

Match Preview

Men's Elimination Chamber Match Preview
Female Elimination Chamber Match Preview
Asuka vs. Nia Jax Preview

Matches

Numbers in parentheses indicate the length of the match.
(c) refers to the champion(s) heading into the match.
  • If Nia wins, she will be added to the WWE Raw Women's Championship match at WrestleMania 34

Elimination Chamber match (Men)

Eliminated Wrestler Entered Eliminated by Method of elimination Time

Elimination Chamber match (Female)

Eliminated Wrestler Entered Eliminated by Method of elimination Time

Other on-screen talent

Commentators
Ring announcer
Interviewers
Pre-show panel
Referees

Also See

DVD release

  • Amazon [ Elimination Chamber 2018 on DVD]

External links

Elimination Chamber 2018 previews

Asuka v Nia JaxFemale Elimination Chamber MatchMen's Elimination Chamber Match

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