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FINAL ELIMINATION CHAMBER COMPETITOR TO BE NAMED TONIGHT, NAKAMURA AUTOBIOGRAPHY UPDATE, ZIGGLER RETURN EXPLAINED (SOMEWHAT), FORMER ECW RING ANNOUNCER PENNING WWE BOOK AND MORE NEWS

By Mike Johnson on 2018-02-12 09:30:00

WWE returns tonight with a live broadcast for Monday Night Raw from San Jose, CA at the SAP Center featuring a second chance Elimination Chamber entrance bout with Matt Hardy vs. Bray Wyatt vs. Apollo Crews vs. Finn Balor with the winner entering the Chamber at the 2/25 PPV in Las Vegas.  WWE will also be taping Main Event before Raw goes live. 

Following Raw, the WWE Network will air a new episode of Ride Along featuring The Balor Club and Elias.

Smackdown has a live event tonight in Stockton, CA at the Stockton Arena.  Locally advertised main events are WWE Champion AJ Styles vs Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn in a handicap match and WWE Smackdown Tag Team champions The Usos vs. The Bludgeon Brothers vs. The New Day.

Tomorrow, WWE will broadcast Smackdown Live, Mixed Match Challenge and 205 Live from Bakersfield, CA at the Rabobank Arena.  Smackdown will feature Baron Corbin vs. Dolph Ziggler with winner being added to the Fastlane PPV, entering a Four Way with WWE champion AJ Styles, Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn.  On Twitter over the weekend, Ziggler somewhat explained his return by referencing that Shane McMahon finally gave Ziggler's agent what Ziggler wanted, a path to the main event of Wrestlemania.

Set for Mixed Match Challenge on Facebook Live is Elias and Bayley vs. Rusev and Lana.  Next week will be the final first round match, featuring Apollo Crews & Nia Jax vs. Bobby Roode & Charlotte Flair.

205 Live will feature the continuation of the tournament for the WWE Cruiserweight championship with Akira Tozawa vs. Mark Andrews (making his debut on the brand) and Tony Nese vs. Drew Gulak.

If anyone is attending the tapings or live events this week, we are always seeking live reports.  You can reach us by clicking on our names in the bylines.

This Wednesday's edition of WWE NXT on the WWE Network will feature Roderick Strong challenging Pete Dunne for the United Kingdom Championship, Shayna Baszler vs. Ember Moon for the NXT Women's Championship, Aleister Black and more.

Thursday night, WWE NXT is running Tampa, Florida at the University Area CDC Gym.

The English language translation of Shinsuke Nakamura's autobiographies from Japan will be released in one hardcover volume on 8/7, titled, "King of Strong Style: 1980-2014."

Insight Editions will be releasing a WWE Pop Trivia book on 10/23, authored by Eric Gargiulo, the former ECW ring announcer turned CZW lead commentator who now runs the Camel Clutch Blog website.  Having first met Gargiulo in an elevator back in 1993 at a John Arezzi convention when we were each just fans who began talking because of a mutual love of Faith No More, I am very happy to hear of his continued success and of the book.

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