With the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view just one week from this Sunday, RAW was all about the chamber match we are about to witness. What RAW wasn’t about, however, was having matches on their very own show. In fact, there wasn’t a single women’s match this week which is one down from the one last week.
What they did have though was a six-woman contract signing. This segment started with five out of the six competitors for the Elimination Chamber match ready in the ring. The sixth – Shayna Baszler, didn’t make her way out with the others. Prior to the women putting ink to paper, Asuka cut a promo in mostly Japanese. Afterward, the signing started first with Sarah Logan and then with Natalya.
Once Liv Morgan signed her name she hand delivered the contract to her foe, Ruby Riott. Riott would sign it but the feathers started to get ruffled. As Asuka does her signature, Baszler’s music hits and she makes her way to the ring through the crowd.
After Baszler signs the contract, she gets in Natalya’s face which starts the breakdown between the competitors. Asuka would then get in Baszler’s face and after yelling in Japanese, she says “bite me.” Asuka would then attack Natalya while Morgan would leap over the desk and take out Riott. Logan tried to be the peace keeper and pulled Morgan off Riott.
Baszler kept away from the chaos even though she is the one that started it. Becky Lynch‘s music hit and then Baszler had no choice but to be involved. Both ladies had to be pulled back from officials and security as they attempted to break the fight apart.
As mentioned earlier, there were no matches this week. This could have easily been fixed by having two matches earlier in the night. It actually would have built up the animosity during the contact signing if done that way. They could have saved the big clashes such as Riott and Morgan by having had Logan face Riott earlier on. There is so much they could be doing, and they are missing it.
Let’s get into the Winners & Losers of the week:
Asuka really carried this contact signing as a whole. There were other good parts, but she really shined as usual. The “bite me” line to Baszler was great and she adds that comical aspect to her heel persona. There is very little chance of anyone else winning this chamber match other than Baszler, but at least Asuka brings some excitement to it. After this, they really need to build up the tag team division.
This could be a reach, but Beth Phoenix will be at RAW next week to update everyone on Edge’s medical condition. If this could potential lead to Phoenix and Natalya challenging the Kabuki Warriors for the tag titles at WrestleMania, I am here for it.
WINNER: Liv Morgan
Liv was the other person who made this segment good. She is really hyping up her revenge on Ruby and it is fun to watch. Now if we can only get more invested in it as a whole. She is doing the best she can with what time they are allowing her to utilize. Her leap at Ruby was a highlight.
LOSER: Sarah Logan
It really feels like they just threw in Sarah into this Elimination Chamber match in order to have enough people. The story is there to have a complete break down between the former Riott Squad members, but they are only touching on it. Hopefully in the actual chamber match will show more of this. Until then, Sarah continues to be somewhat of an afterthought.
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