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Asuka Builds Momentum Heading Into Elimination Chamber


Asuka picked up a big win against Liv Morgan on the Feb. 17 episode heading into the weekend. Tomorrow, Feb. 18 will be the fifth women’s Elimination Chamber Match in history which will include both Asuka and Morgan. The other four women in that match will be Carmella, Nikki Cross, Natalya, and Raquel Rodriguez.

On SmackDown, Carmella took to commentary while Asuka and Morgan squared up in the ring. The match was very equal between both women with each hitting some great spots. This included a codebreaker from Morgan to Asuka from the top turnbuckle.

With Carmella on commentary, the rest of the chamber participants had to emerge. First was Rodriguez who had heard enough of Carmella talking bad about her. Carmella complimented her big back to try and calm her down.

Cross would jump on the commentary desk and sit in the lap of Wade Barrett while asking if Michael Cole would be her best friend. Natalya would join and watch from the other side of the ring. Carmella wasn’t pleased with Barrett’s commentary so started doing it herself.

The final moments of the match had Morgan get caught up in the ropes going for ObLIVion but Asuka misses wildly with a kick. Morgan rolls up Asuka for a count of two but Asuka locks in a submission causing Morgan to tap.

Post-match, all members of the chamber match get involved in the ring. Carmella lands a superkick on Asuka before Natalya takes down Carmella with the lariat. Cross then executes a swinging neck breaker on Natalya before Rodriguez lands Cross on the mat with a Tejana Bomb. Rodriguez helps Morgan back up who is in the corner. As the two take a look up at the chamber that is hanging above the ring, Morgan takes out Rodriguez with a codebreaker. Asuka lands a roundhouse kick to Rodriguez as well. Both Morgan and Asuka lock eyes before Morgan leaves the ring.

The other women’s match of the night opened the show and it was a tag team match with Natalya teaming up with Shotzi to take on Ronda Rousey and Shayna Baszler. Both Nattie and Shotzi have unfinished business with Rousey and Baszler for attacking them in the past which is why they have joined up.

The final moments of the match had Rousey in trouble as she was in the Sharpshooter by Natalya for quite some time. Baszler distracted Natalya which made her break the hold. Baszler pulled Natalya out of the ring for Rousey to lock in a submission on Shotzi who tapped out.

B-Fab and Hit Row performed only to be taken out by Bray Wyatt and Uncle Howdy.

A Charlotte Flair and Rhea Ripley Segment is set for next week.

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