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Kofi Kingston replacing Miz in WWE title Elimination Chamber match

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A change has been made to the lineup for Sunday's WWE Championship Elimination Chamber match.

Kofi Kingston has been added to the WWE title Elimination Chamber match, replacing The Miz. Drew McIntyre will defend his WWE Championship against Kingston, Sheamus, Randy Orton, AJ Styles, and Jeff Hardy at Sunday's Elimination Chamber pay-per-view.

The Miz, who holds the Money in the Bank briefcase, announced on tonight's Raw that he was removing himself from the Elimination Chamber match. The Miz wanted John Morrison to take his place, but Kingston approached WWE authority figure Adam Pearce and said he hoped Pearce wasn't taking Miz's suggestion seriously. Pearce made a match to decide who would replace Miz.

Kingston defeated Miz to take his spot in the Elimination Chamber match. If Miz won, Morrison would have been added to the match instead.

McIntyre was the guest on a Miz TV segment earlier on tonight's Raw. It ended with McIntyre headbutting Miz and throwing Miz's Money in the Bank briefcase toward the stage. Miz then announced that he was removing himself from the Elimination Chamber match, saying the Money in the Bank briefcase means he isn't under the same pressure McIntyre is. Miz said there are so many things that could go wrong for the Elimination Chamber participants, but he only needs one thing to go right.

Miz said that -- whether he cashes in his briefcase at Elimination Chamber or not -- he wants everyone vying for the WWE Championship or the Universal Championship to be on notice. Kevin Owens, Daniel Bryan, Cesaro, Jey Uso, Sami Zayn, and Baron Corbin are also facing off in an Elimination Chamber match on Sunday, with the winner challenging for Roman Reigns' Universal Championship later that night.

An Elimination Chamber match was part of Kingston's road to winning the WWE Championship at WrestleMania 35 in 2019. Kingston lasted until the end of that year's WWE Championship Elimination Chamber match before being defeated by Daniel Bryan. Kingston went on to win the title from Bryan at WrestleMania.

Kingston returned to the ring on Raw last week after being out of action for more than a month due to a jaw injury.