Big Title Match And More Set For WWE Elimination Chamber
Triple H announced on tonight’s WWE SmackDown that WWE Champion Daniel Bryan will defend his title inside the Elimination Chamber against Randy Orton, Samoa Joe, AJ Styles, Jeff Hardy and Mustafa Ali. The Usos won an Elimination Match over The Bar, The New Day and Heavy Machinery on tonight’s .
In other Chamber news from SmackDown, Sonya Deville and Mandy Rose have declared their spots for the Chamber match to crown the first WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions.
The Elimination Chamber pay-per-view takes place on February 17 from the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. Below is the current card:
Elimination Chamber for the WWE Title Randy Orton vs. Mustafa Ali vs. AJ Styles vs. Samoa Joe vs. Jeff Hardy vs. Daniel Bryan (c)
Elimination Chamber for the WWE Women’s Tag Team Titles Sarah Logan & Liv Morgan vs. Nia Jax & Tamina Snuka vs. Sasha Banks & Bayley or Alicia Fox & Nikki Cross vs. Sonya Deville & Mandy Rose vs. two more SmackDown teams TBA SmackDown Tag Team Titles Match The Usos vs. Shane McMahon and The Miz (c)
Finn Balor: “I Won’t Be The Demon At The WWE Royal Rumble PPV!”
During a recent interview with ESPN, Finn Balor commented on using his “Demon” gimmick during his match with Brock Lesnar at Sunday night’s WWE Royal Rumble pay-per-view event. Balor shot down a potential Demon King appearance. You can check out some highlights from the interview below:
On why he doesn’t plan to come out as “The Demon” at the Royal Rumble: “I feel like maybe I leaned on the demon too much there in the past as a crutch, and I can assure you that the man who faces Brock Lesnar at the Royal Rumble will be Finn Balor, the man.”
On his plan for the Royal Rumble match: “Honestly, this match just kind of came about so fast that I haven’t had much time to think about it. I don’t have any new gear, I don’t have any new looks, I don’t have any new ideas right now, but you know, we’re still six days away, so I’m sure I’ll come up with something.”
On not appearing as the Demon at WrestleMania 34: “I think a lot of people were surprised when I came out at WrestleMania not in demon paint but I feel like I had a bigger message to spread that day — one of equality and acceptance.”
Asiad Gold Medallist Vinesh Phogat Says Foreign Coaches Needed for Better Olympic Preparation
While Indian athletes are talking about their aspirations for the upcoming Olympics in 2020, Asian Games Gold medallist Vinesh Phogat has said that Indian coaches are not good enough to help achieve the targets.
“Indian coaches are giving results. But for an event like the Olympics, where the level of competition is very high.
we need foreign coaches who can plan each day and discuss every aspect of our game like speed, stamina and strength besides technique,” Vinesh said at the sidelines of a felicitation ceremony organised by the Sports Authority of India. Vinesh, who was injured in the first round at the Rio Olympics, is one of India’s top medal prospects for Tokyo. This year Vinesh has won Gold at both the Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games, and is now on the lookout for a personal coach as she prepares for 2020. “Hungarian Waller Ako helped me fill the gap (before the Asian Games) and gave me some useful lessons. Those instructions mattered a lot in Jakarta. I feel that in order to win an Olympic medal, I’ll need the help of a personal coach like Waller.
“Before the Asian Games, I went to Hungary and overcame the shortcomings. My Gold at the Spanish Grand Prix was the result of that training. If I get the same training over the next two years, I will certainly win an Olympic medal,” said Vinesh. While speaking about her exit at Rio, Vinesh said she had learnt a lot. “I used to play aggressive, and I paid the price for it in Rio. Now, I know how to challenge a rival. Even in the final at the Asian Games, I held myself for long in crunch situations.”
Vinesh further went onto to speak about how she had almost given up due to the tough training regimen. “Several times, I thought of quitting the sport after a tough training session. But I did not want to let people down who had faith in my abilities… so I started training with passion and zeal.”
For now, Vinesh is concentrating on bringing back her maiden medal at the World Championships which begin on October 20th in Budapest and finish the season on a high. “I would like to win my first gold at Budapest and finish the season in style. This is my biggest aim for the season,” Vinesh signed off.
Asian Games: First Doping Case is Turkmenistan Wrestler Nazarov
The first doping case of the Asian Games has been registered against a wrestler from Turkmenistan. The Olympic Council of Asia issued a statement Friday saying Rustem Nazarov, who lost in the quarterfinals of the 57-kilogram division, was disqualified from the games after testing positive for the banned diuretic furosemide in a pre-games test.
The OCA says the 24-year-old Nazarov’s urine test taken the day before the Asian Games opening ceremony showed the presence of furosemide, which can be used as a masking agent. There were six doping cases at the last Asian Games held at Incheon, South Korea, in 2014. The 2018 edition, being co-hosted in Jakarta and Palembang, runs through September 2.