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Build up to elimination chamber reaches a peak as the road to Wrestlemania hits a pot hole

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Raw continues to be the flagship of the wrestling week with Becky Lynch again kicking off the week, her storyline captivating the wrestling world. Women continued their strong run essentially carrying the first hour of Raw with a three way tag match determining the order for the Raw side elimination chamber match. Kurt Angle continues getting built up as a babyface towards what looks to be his final Wrestlemania moment with a tag match with him, Braun Stroman and Finn Balor against the current pool of villains of Raw, Bobby Lashley, Baron Corbin and Drew Mcintyre.

Raw was otherwise a relatively calm week with Dean Ambrose seemingly burying the hatchet with Seth Rollins continuing to tie up his loose ends seemingly on his way out the door after Wrestlemania. The big finale did sort of blow up the built storylines with Vince McMahon rejecting Becky's apology and seemingly announcing Charlotte Flair will be in her place at Wrestlemania.

Smackdown continued on that shock moment with Charlotte seeming to turn full heel in the ring, arguing with the audience and declaring herself the new Raw Women's champion. With the apparent injury to Mustafa Ali, The New Day's Kofi Kingston has been given his spot in the Smackdown Championship match at Elimination Chamber. Smackdown did its best to sell this weekend's pay per view by having a gauntlet match with all of its main event's participants, which meant a lot of longtime veterans putting on a mediocre show, and the predictable Randy Orton out of nowhere with the RKO to end the match came as Smackdown went off the air.

This pay per view may have some interesting matches but it feels like WWE is counting on the crowning of a women's tag team to carry what is otherwise a rather stale pay per view card, but Sunday is looming and Wrestlemania not too far behind it.

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The Texans should swing for the fences. Composite image by Jack Brame.

With each passing day, the Deshaun drama thickens. It's progressed to Mayor Sylvester Turner tweeting, basically humbling himself to Deshaun.

A city that a few short weeks ago offered up mega star power across the board, has now seen James Harden, Russell Westbrook, and George Springer all depart for a variety of reasons. The impact of Deshaun leaving would be irreversible guaranteeing the Texans resting comfortably in the bottom of the AFC South for the next decade, wallowing in futility.

The saga will only intensify in two weeks should Patrick Mahomes collect another Lombard Trophy. As 2017 draft class contemporaries, Deshaun is comparing his career to #15. Another ring would place Mahomes up 2-0 in that discussion with Watson.

Perhaps the Texans should take a play from the Oilers playbook and inquire on Dabo Swinney. In the pursuit of securing the services of Warren Moon, the Oilers made a power play and secured the services of Moon's former CFL coach, Hugh Campbell. I've attended several luncheons and engagements in which Deshaun served as the keynote speaker. In many of those venues, a short video presentation would include personal greetings and feel good overtures directed to Deshaun from Dabo. The end result was Deshaun lighting up like a Christmas tree. There's a viable relationship in place there.

At the end of the day, Deshaun is a competitor. Losing DeAndre Hopkins was a major loss, but not to the degree that you might think. Deshaun still went out and threw for over 4,000 yards this season, and with a sub-par supporting cast, even pulling guys off of the practice squad in late December contests to fill out the receiving corps. The issue for Watson is trust, and culture. Hence, the recent headlines surrounding the Jets as a future home make very little sense. The Jets in 4 of their last 5 seasons have had double-digit losing seasons. Until the recent resurgence of the Browns, the Jets far and away have held the title of the "laughingstock" of the NFL.

The biggest challenge for the Texans is who could persuade Deshaun to stay? Could team President Jamey Rootes calm down the noise? It certainly won't come from Texans Ring of Honor recipient Andre Johnson. If I were Cal McNair, I would place a call to 105 Sikes Hall in Clemson, SC and ask for Dabo's office. That's as good of a place to start as any other.

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