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Charlotte Flair to replace Becky Lynch at WrestleMania as Seth Rollins gets set to take on Brock Lesnar


THIS Sunday WWE stages one of its most exciting events of the year and the next stop on the road to WrestleMania – the dreaded Elimination Chamber.

Here are five big things we learnt from Raw last night.

Charlotte Flair will replace Becky Lynch at Wrestlemania

Becky Lynch is out of WrestleMania… and Charlotte Flair will replace her

After last week’s confrontations – Becky attacked Stephanie McMahon and slapped Triple H – Steph and Trips confirmed Becky has now seen a doctor for her injured knee so her suspension was lifted.

But if she still wants to face Ronda Rousey and WrestleMania there’s a catch – they demanded Becky apologise to them.

Becky refused and said she doesn’t trust them or Vince McMahon because they’ve been “screwing people for decades”.

Becky pondered her decision backstage all night – should she apologise or not? – and took advice from various Superstars, even from her rival Ronda Rousey (Ronda said: “It’s time for The Man to man-up.”)

Becky Lynch is hoping to find a way to claw her way back into the match

Back in the ring at the end of the night, Becky swallowed her pride and apologised to Triple H and Steph. But in true McMahon style, Vince came out and screwed her out of the match anyway.

He suspended Becky (again) for 60 days for having a “bad attitude” – meaning she’ll miss Mania – and introduced Charlotte as Becky’s replacement in the match.

Ronda – who was at Becky’s side – looked just as incensed by the decision.

The whole apology storyline was a weird dampener for the re-hot Becky, but the final twist was effective.

Vince McMahon suspended Becky Lynch for 60 days

And it should mean the WrestleMania main event will end up as a Ronda v Becky v Charlotte triple-threat once Becky finds a way to fight and claw her way back into the match.

Seth Rollins is back

The last time we saw Seth Rollins he took six F-5s from Brock Lesnar – the night after Seth had won the men’s Royal Rumble.

Last night “The Architect” returned to address his upcoming match with Brock at WrestleMania.

Seth said: “The pain I endured from those six F-5s was like nothing I’ve ever felt in my entire life. The good news is that I took six F-5s and I’m still here.

Paul Heyman came out to give Seth Rollins a warning ahead of the showdown with Brock Lesnar

“If I can stand I can fight. And if I can fight I can stomp. And if I can stomp I can beat Brock Lesnar.”

Paul Heyman came out to warn Rollins that facing Brock is a suicide mission.

But Rollins told Heyman he doesn’t care – Brock’s held the title hostage for too long and promised he’d burn in hell to stop Brock Lesnar from leaving WrestleMania as Universal Champion.

Rollins had unexpected support from Dean Ambrose, who came out and said: ‘I’ve only got one thing to say to you… slay the Beast.”

The Revival take down Chad Gable in incredible fashion

The Revival are the new Raw Tag Team Champions

After almost two years or trying and being treated like comedy losers, The Revival finally won the Raw Tag Team Championships.

They defeated Bobby Roode and Chad Gable in a stellar matchup – the kind of high energy bout that made The Revival such an exciting prospect in NXT.

The Revival – AKA Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder – used heelish double-team tricks and landed some classic tag team maneuvers such as the Demolition Decapitation and Doomsday Device.

They finally got the win with a Shatter Machine from the ropes.

Here’s looking forward to a tag title feud between The Revival and the now-reunited Zack Ryder and Curt Hawkins.

The Revival are the new Raw Tag Team Champions

Braun Strowman, Kurt Angle and Finn Balor make a monster team

Balor took on Drew McIntyre in singles action but in ended in chaos with run-ins from Bobby Lashley, Baron Corbin, Kurt Angle, and Braun Strowman.

The match was restarted as a six-man tag – Balor, Angle and Strowman v McIntyre, Corbin, and Lashley.

It was a hard-fought and exciting matchup and ended (or so we thought) when Lashley dropped Balor from his shoulder face-first and got the pin.

But Balor’s foot was on the rope and a second referee ran down to get the match restarted.

Finn Balor lands an incredible enziguri

The heels punished Balor but he eventually got the tag to Strowman, who charged through Bazza, McIntyre and Lashlely on the outside.

Back inside the ring Braun nailed Lashley with the running powerslam and tagged in Finn to hit the Coup de Grace and get the win.

It feels like all these men are killing time before WrestleMania season kicks in proper – but expect Balor to take Lashley’s Intercontinental Championship very soon.

Nia Jax gets the win with a Samoan Drop

Nia Jax and Tamina Snuka have the momentum going into Elimination Chamber

This year’s history-making Chamber match will see six teams compete for the new Women’s Tag Team Championships.

Ahead of that match, the three teams from Raw – The Boss ‘n’ Hug Connection, Nia Jax and Tamina, and Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan of the Riott Squad – battled it out in a three-way tag match, with the loser getting the dubious honour of starting the Chamber match.

Sasha Banks was taken out of the match – fuelling rumours she’s legtimately injured – and Nia Jax pinned Bayley with a thunderous Samoan drop.

But usual WWE booking logic means it’s probably a case of misdirection and Bayley and Sasha will win the titles on Sunday.

Elsewhere, Riott Squad leader Ruby Riott beat Nikki Cross to pick up some momentum going into her title match with Ronda Rousey this Sunday – even though she’s got absolutely zero chance of defeating the “Baddest Woman on the Planet”.

Tamina Snuka misses a top rope splash



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