As noted, Randy Orton won the Gauntlet Match main event of this week’s WWE SmackDown to earn the final entrance in the WWE Title Elimination Chamber match on Sunday at the Chamber pay-per-view in Houston. Orton will do battle against champion Daniel Bryan, Kofi Kingston, AJ Styles, Samoa Joe and Jeff Hardy, with the title on the line.
Above is post-show video of Kayla Braxton talking to Orton about the advantage he has going into the Chamber. The WWE veteran said, “Well, of course it’s a big advantage but I’d say an even bigger advantage is going into that Chamber as Randy Orton. See ya Sunday.”
– There was no dark main event after this week’s WWE 205 Live tapings in Toledo, OH, despite two matches being advertised. Matches advertised locally were AJ Styles vs. WWE Champion Daniel Bryan and a Triple Threat with Charlotte Flair vs. Becky Lynch vs. SmackDown Women’s Champion Asuka. Our correspondent in attendance for the tapings noted that fans weren’t happy about Asuka and Lynch not appearing. Our correspondent also noted that many fans left the tapings before 205 Live was finished.
Andrade and Zelina Vega were set to appear on this week’s WWE SmackDown to further the feud with Rey Mysterio but they did not appear. As seen below, WWE did tweet this backstage segment with Andrade and Vega during the show. Vega said she gave Andrade the night off but he will be watching Sunday’s WWE Elimination Chamber pay-per-view very closely. She also revealed a new gameplan for the feud with Mysterio.
“Well, after a long day of collecting intel, I’ve decided to give Andrade the night off,” Vega revealed. “Because I myself, have my movie ‘Fighting with My Family’ coming out next week, that the critics are already raving about, no doubt due to my performance, of course. But Andrade will be watching Elimination Chamber very closely because it seems to me that Rey Mysterio is just getting…”
That’s when Andrade interrupted Vega and called Mysterio a coward. Andrade said he sent a message to Rey in the ring last week, but Rey is still hiding from him. Vega added, “Maybe, just maybe attacking Rey physically isn’t enough. Hear me out. I say we expand. We expand and hit Rey where it really hurts because I don’t think it’s a coincidence, Rey, that all of a sudden now is when you decide to call on the power of your mentor. We will use what Rey considers strength, as his weakness, and destroy him from the inside out.”
— WWE (@WWE) February 13, 2019