Charlotte Flair, the new No.1 Contender for the RAW Women’s Championship at WrestleMania, kicked off SmackDown LIVE on a buoyant and confident note. The Queen addressed the past happenings on Monday Night RAW and also declared that she would be in the front row for Ronda Rousey’s title defense this Sunday at Elimination Chamber.
Naomi & Carmella vs Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville vs The IIconics
The stakes were set for this triple threat as the loser would enter the Elimination Chamber first in the Women’s Tag Team Championship match this Sunday. While The IIconics had very involvement, the action was intense among the rest of the four superstars.
Naomi was desperate to get her hands on Mandy Rose and eventually got to her as she eliminated the threat of Sonya Deville and landed her finisher on Rose for the three count.
McMiz TV with The Usos
The Usos stated that Shane McMahon and The Miz were a wannabe tag team trying to imitate them, to which Shane O’Mac replied that they were instead the Best Tag Team in the World.
Things become heated between the two counterparts soon after the ‘tag team test’ and when the Usos looked to retreat, they stunned Miz and McMahon with a superkick and exited the ring.
Six-Man Gauntlet Match to determine the last entrant at Elimination Chamber
Daniel Bryan vs Kofi Kingston
With Mustafa Ali out injured, one member of The New Day was awarded his spot in the Elimination Chamber. Kofi Kingston obliged and had the upper hand in the early stages before a melee broke out ringside between Big E, Xavier Woods and Rowan.
Daniel Bryan regained momentum and looked to put away his opponent with the running knee but Kofi countered it with the trouble in paradise for the pinfall and progress further on for the next bout.
Kofi Kingston vs Jeff Hardy
In a back and forth contest between these two superstars, an exhausted Kofi Kingston eventually came up triumphs as he landed the SOS on Jeff Hardy for the three count.
Samoa Joe vs Kofi Kingston
Samoa Joe was in full control right from the onset and locked in the Coquina Clutch, but to his dismay, Kofi managed to reverse it into a pinning combination and claimed another huge upset pinfall.
Kofi Kingston vs AJ Styles
Nearly an hour into the Gauntlet match, Kofi Kingston was purely running on adrenaline at this point. AJ Styles tried to persuade his opponent to stop but Kofi shoved the Phenomenal One in the face and remained adamant to carry on.
It looked all over when Kingston was sent crashing outside the ring by the steel post, yet he was able to recover and beat the 10 count. Fatigue ultimately caught up to him as Styles locked in the calf crusher and Kofi had no choice but to tap out.
Randy Orton was the final entrant. The Viper struck AJ from behind and delivered an RKO out of nowhere for the pinfall and confirmed his spot as the final entrant this Sunday inside the Elimination Chamber for the WWE Championship.