At the Royal Rumble, it was the Asian takeover, as Shinsuke Nakamura and Asuka won the men’s and women’s Rumble match respectively. Nakamura is now expected to face AJ Styles at WrestleMania 34 for the WWE Championship, while Asuka is rumored to face Charlotte Flair for the SmackDown Women’s Championship.
On RAW, WWE laid plans for the Elimination Chamber PPV, with John Cena, Elias and Braun Strowman all winning their respective matches, and thus qualifying for the Chamber match. In the coming weeks, Roman Reigns is expected to be added to the match. Roman is currently the odds – on favourite to win the Chamber match, and headline WrestleMania 34 against Lesnar for the Universal Championship.
The past few days have given us more things to talk about. Here are the major talking points of the week.
The Dudley Boyz announced for this year’s WWE Hall Of Fame Class
Before this week’s RAW got under way, a special announcement was made. WWE then confirmed the news of The Dudley Boyz being inducted into the WWE Hall Of Fame this year on RAW. The Dudleys, who are two of the most decorated professional wrestlers – and one of the greatest tag teams of all time – will take their rightful place in the Hall Of Fame.
Bubba Ray and D – Von will join Goldberg in the Class of 2018. While WWE will be announcing more names as we get close to WrestleMania, it is already promising to be a grand spectacle, as legends converge under one roof the night before WrestleMania 34.
Jonathan Coachman returns to WWE full time
— WWE (@WWE) January 29, 2018
‘The Coach’ was the butt of many jokes during his first run with WWE. While he left the company to work for ESPN, WWE broke the news leading up to RAW that Coachman had agreed to join WWE on a full – time basis.
WWE further added that Coach would join the RAW broadcast team, with Booker T leaving the booth. The former Interim General Manager of RAW joined the announce team this week, while Booker T will resume his duties on PPV panels.
First ever women’s Elimination Chamber match announced
While the women created history at the Royal Rumble, it was just the beginning of bigger things to come, as we would find out on RAW. Stephanie McMahon congratulated the women for their display during the Rumble match, and dropped a bombshell.
Stephanie announced the first ever women’s Elimination Chamber match! The six women will compete to find who would go to WrestleMania 34 as the RAW Women’s Champion! Alexa Bliss will defend her title against five other women, and it is not clear if Asuka would be competing in the match. Asuka is rumoured to face Charlotte Flair at the ‘Showcase of the Immortals’, while Nia Jax is currently penciled in to face Alexa Bliss for the RAW Women’s Championship.
Alicia Fox injured, out for a few months
One notable absentee during the women’s Rumble match was the captain of the RAW women’s team for Survivor Series last year, Alicia Fox. Fox was announced as one of the participants for the Rumble match, and her conspicuous absence was explained by the General Manager of the red brand, Kurt Angle.
Angle revealed that Fox had suffered a broken tailbone while preparing for the Rumble match, and was pulled from the bout. Kurt further added that Alicia would miss a few months of in – ring action, and will return in the second half of 2018.