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WWE sends mixed signals this week between elimination chamber and Wrestlemania

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With Elimination Chamber looming, this is usually when the WWE shifts into high gear to get everything firing on all cylinders with their biggest event of the year looming- Wreslemania.

Raw opened up with Becky Lynch who has gone from kicking off Smackdown to kicking off Raw and she's not even on this show. Stephanie McMahon and her cut a promo basically tabling Becky Lynch from competition the next few weeks while she's "suspended indefinitely" coming up to Wrestlemania where she is scheduled to face Ronda Rousey. Kurt Angle looks to be building up to one more big Wrestlemania moment, and with no John Cena, no HHH, no Shawn Michaels and no Undertaker seemingly, this may be the big nostalgic touch for this year's Wrestlemania, possibly in a tag match. Speaking of nostalgia, for some reason Jeff Jarrett and the Road Dogg are still hanging out with WWE for a second week in a row and they rolled out a second match with Elias, where they couldn't even break a guitar on him properly. Finn Balor continues blazing a path back to a main event and it seems like there's going to be a great match in his very near future and EC3 had a solid introduction to the WWE Universe which is nice since Lars Sullivan is alleged to have had anxiety issues and still hasn't debuted on the main roster after several weeks of promos.

Over on the sister show Smackdown, HHH made a rare appearance and flexed some of that VP power with Becky Lynch, continuing the build up for a great Wrestlemania main event. Gallows and Anderson made a rare appearance in a subpar tag match versus Rusev and Nakamora, as Smackdown struggles to find its rhythm since the return of the McMahons and the promised change of direction. Build up for Elimination Chamber seems to be left primarily to Smackdown as the main event is comprised of six of their stars including the Planet's Champion, Daniel Bryan. Overall this match isn't exactly stacking up for a great main event as most of the players involved aren't exactly headliners right now with the exception of AJ Styles and Daniel Bryan. Consider in 2018 the line up was Cena, Rollins, Balor, Elias, The Miz, Roman Reigns and Strowman but this year its AJ Styles, Daniel Bryan, Randy Orton, Samoa Joe, Jeff Hardy and Mustafa Ali, it's not really a great comparison is it? Building up for the tag team women's championship elimination match has been a little better though, as the women's matches have been high points on both Raw and Smackdown thus far.

Elimination Chamber looks to be a confusing PPV event with half of the WWE roster talking about Wrestlemania and pointing at the sign in the stadiums, while the other half is talking about an event coming up much sooner.

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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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