We continue the road to WrestleMania 37 with the Elimination Chamber PPV. This is the 2nd consecutive weekend with a WWE PPV seeing NXT held their Takeover Vengeance Day last week. Drew McIntyre defended his WWE championship inside the chamber. A.J. Styles, Sheamus, Kofi Kingston, Jeff Hardy and Randy Orton were his opponent. In the other Elimination Chamber, match the winner would face Roman Reigns for the Universal title. Daniel Bryan, Cesaro, King Corbin, Sami Zayn, Kevin Owens and Jey Uso fought for the right to face the champ. Sasha Banks & Bianca Belair teamed up to go after the Women’s Tag titles against Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler. Bobby Lashley defended his United States Championship in a triple threat match against Riddle and John Morrison. Lacey Evans is pregnant, so her match against Asuka was called off. Morrison replaced Keith Lee by winning a Fatal 4-Way on the preshow.
We kicked off the Elimination Chamber PPV with the SmackDown Elimination Chamber match. Daniel Bryan and Cesaro started things off in this match and they didn’t disappoint. They battled each other with both getting advantage over the other during their time in the ring together. Corbin was the first guy out of the pod, and he went to work on Cesaro and Bryan. Corbin worked on Bryan’s knee while Cesaro was down. Corbin took Cesaro down and went back to focus on Bryan. Sami Zayn was next out of the pod, but he would not come out as he yelled at Corbin. While Zayn shut the door and yell at Corbin, Cesaro came from the other side and began beating him down. Cesaro continues to target Zayn as Sami climbed the Elimination Chamber. After knocking Zayn down off the chamber, Cesaro done a couple pull-ups from the top of the cage.
Cesaro came down and he & Corbin went after each other. They tangle and Corbin gets sent into the ring post in the corner. Cesaro with the big corkscrew uppercut from the middle turnbuckle. Cesaro with the Cesaro Swing to Corbin now. Cesaro goes right into the Sharpshooter and Corbin taps out. Corbin has been eliminated. The timer counts down and the next man let into the match is Owens. Sami tries to talk Owens into teaming up with him for old times’ sake, but Owens rams him into the pods a few times. Owens went after Bryan and then Cesaro, but Zayn interrupted, and they went at it again. After more action between these four as we waited for Jey Uso to come out.
Sami comes and hits a big suplex on Owens. Cesaro with a huge uppercut to Sami. Bryan with a big running knee to Cesaro. Owens with a Pop-Up Powerbomb to Bryan. All four Superstars are down now. Uso finally joined the match and Owens went immediately after him. Cesaro and Bryan are going back at it again. Zayn attacks Uso, but Cesaro grabs Sami and slammed him into the steel wall. Bryan and Uso trade strikes. Owens climbs to the top of a pod and hits a huge moonsault, taking the other 4 Superstars down on the platform. Owens with a Stunner to Bryan, then a Stunner to Cesaro. Sami misses a Helluva Kick and Owens drops him with a Stunner for the pin. Sami has been eliminated. Uso attacks Owens and slams the Chamber door shut on his arm after Sami leaves.
Owens screams out in pain as his arm is trapped. Uso unloads with superkicks while he’s trapped. Officials finally free Owens but Uso superkicks him to the mat again. Uso goes to the top and hits a big Frogsplash, covering Owens for the pin. Owens has been eliminated. Uso, Bryan and Cesaro and the last three remaining in the Elimination Chamber match. Bryan with a kick to the side of the face to put Cesaro down. Bryan goes to the top Cesaro runs and uppercuts him. Cesaro with another big uppercut, and another as he unloads now. Cesaro climbs up and gets Bryan on his shoulders. Cesaro with the super Gutbuster from the top. Cesaro goes right into the Cesaro Swing on Bryan but Uso nails a huge superkick out of nowhere, knocking them both down. Uso with a Frogsplash on Cesaro for the pin. Cesaro has been eliminated.
Uso goes up and hits the Frogsplash on Bryan but he kicks out. Uso can’t believe it. Uso climbs to the top of a pod now. Uso leaps for the Frogsplash but Bryan gets his knees up and Uso lands hard. Bryan with a running knee to Uso for the pin to win the match. Winner and New #1 Contender to the WWE Universal Title: Daniel Bryan
Match Rating: 3.75/5- Awesome match! My picks coming into this match was either Bryan or Cesaro. After the match, Bryan laid in the ring damn near motionless. The music of Roman Reigns hit and he made his way to the ring as the chamber was being raised.
Roman Reigns vs. Daniel Bryan
The bell rings as Reigns enters and Bryan tells the referee he’s ready. Reigns immediately charges with a Spear, but Bryan gets the Yes Lock applied. Reigns finally breaks it and mounts Bryan with big right hands in the middle of the ring. Reigns powers up and slams Bryan in the middle of the ring, then pounds on him some more. Fans chant “you suck!” for a second time at Reigns. Reigns applies the Guillotine submission on Bryan and the referee quickly calls the match as Bryan fades out. Winner and Still Universal Champ: Roman Reigns
Match Rating: 2.5/5- This wasn’t much of a match as Bryan was exhausted and beat down from the Elimination Chamber match. Reigns stood over Bryan and held up the title but was met with a Spear from Edge. Edge pointed to the WrestleMania sign to indicate he’s challenging Reigns for the belt. Roman Reigns versus Edge has been confirmed to take place at WrestleMania 37.
Bobby Lashley defended his United States Championship against John Morrison and Riddle. As mentioned earlier, Morrison won a Fatal 4-Way to earn the spot because Keith Lee was pulled. Lashley pummeled Riddle to start the match as Morrison watched. Morrison tried to take advantage of a fallen Riddle, but Lashley attacked him. Lashley dominated this match until Morrison and Riddle decided to work together. After taking out Lashley, Morrison and Riddle went after each other. Morrison grabs one of MVP’s crutches and brings it in to use on Lashley. Lashley applies The Hurt Lock instead, manhandling him. Riddle breaks it up with crutch shots to send Lashley out of the ring. Riddle with the Bro Derek on Morrison for the pin to win the title. Winner and New United States Champ: Riddle
Match Rating: 3/5– Congrats to Riddle on winning his first championship in the WWE.
We had Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler defending their Women’s Tag Titles against Sasha Banks & Bianca Belair. Coming into this match, I’m thinking the WWE would put the belts on Banks & Belair. We are anticipating that Belair will challenge Banks at WrestleMania. The match wasn’t too bad as all four ladies did their thing throughout the match. The turning point was when Reginald comes down with a bottle of champagne and a glass. Banks is almost distracted, but she drops Jax into a Banks Statement. The hold is finally broken. Reginald hands Banks the bottle and she’s confused. The referee sees this and snatches the bottle from her. Jax takes advantage of the distraction and drops Banks with a Samoan Drop for the pin to retain. Winners and Still Women’s Tag Champs: Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler
Match Rating: 2.5/5
We have the main event for the WWE Championship as McIntyre defended against five former champions. They were A.J. Styles, Randy Orton, Jeff Hardy, Sheamus and Kofi Kingston. With his win on Raw, we knew that Sheamus would come out of the pod last. Jeff Hardy and Randy Orton started the match against each other. With their long history, we knew they would go after each other and they definitely did. During this time, Hardy blocked the RKO while Orton stopped Hardy’s Twist of Fate. Drew McIntyre was the first out of his pod and he went right after Orton. McIntyre went after Hardy also and he took both out really quick. Drew goes on and launches Hardy into Kofi’s pod like a lawn dart, almost taking a camera man out. Orton grabs Drew and hits the draping DDT for a close 2 count.
Orton stomps away on Drew in the corner now as fans boo. Orton then puts a boot to Hardy’s face, keeping him down on the steel as the boos get louder. Orton comes back in but Drew fights him off. Orton with a neckbreaker to Drew for a close 2 count. The timer starts up and the next man let into the match is Kofi as Orton hits another draping DDT to Drew. Orton and Kofi unload on each other now. They tangle and Kofi pins Orton out of nowhere for the shocker pin. Orton has been eliminated. Orton is pissed now. He comes right back with the RKO on Kofi, then Hardy. We suddenly see Omos ripping AJ’s pod door off the back. He frees AJ and AJ looks to be leaving. He stops and stares at Orton as Orton is leaving the Chamber.
AJ runs inside the Chamber instead, entering early, and he tries to pin Hardy and Kofi, but they kick out. Adam Pearce comes out and yells in Omos’ face, ejecting him to the back. AJ tries to argue from the Chamber, but Pearce sends Omos to the back. Styles, McIntyre, and Kingston continue to battle for a long time until Sheamus is released. Sheamus enters the ring and gets in Drew’s face. Drew rocks him and they unload on each other with lefts and rights. They brawl into the corner. Sheamus with body shots and Drew with knee strikes. Sheamus takes it back into the corner and wails away with forearms. Kofi and Hardy get involved now. Drew sends Hardy to the steel and Sheamus sends Kofi down so Drew and Sheamus can brawl each other again. Drew clotheslines Sheamus over the top rope to the steel.
They all continue to battle until Hardy and AJ bring Drew and Sheamus to the mat with a big four-man move. Fans chant “this is awesome!” now. AJ and Hardy both make pin attempts but Sheamus and Drew kick out at 2. We see Kofi standing up on the pod now. He runs and leaps, taking down Sheamus, Drew, AJ, and Hardy for a big pop. Kofi covers Sheamus for 2, then Hardy for 2. Kofi crawls to Drew for a 1 count. Kofi and Sheamus went at each other as Styles and McIntyre stayed down. Sheamus catches Kofi from the top as he leaps. They tangle and Sheamus nails a Brogue Kick on Kofi. Sheamus covers for the pin and Kofi has been eliminated. Hardy hit the Twist of Fate on McIntyre, Sheamus and Styles, then hit a corkscrew on Sheamus and Drew on the steel.
Hardy goes over and drops AJ now, then goes to the top rope for a Swanton. Drew immediately levels Hardy with a Claymore Kick. Drew covers Hardy for the pin and Hardy has been eliminated. The remaining three continued to battle and get the advantage over one another. Drew charges for a Brogue but Sheamus jumps over it and connects with a big Brogue instead to take Drew down. AJ follows up with a Phenomenal Forearm on Sheamus for the pin. Sheamus has been eliminated. Styles waits for Drew to get up but he’s slow. AJ goes for the Phenomenal Forearm but Drew knocks him out of the air with a big Claymore Kick. Drew covers for the pin to retain. Winner and Still WWE Champ: Drew McIntyre
Match Rating: 4/5- Awesome match! My favorite one of the night and there was more to come. As McIntyre finally gathered himself, Lashley hit the ring and attacked him. Lashley tossed Drew to the floor and beat the hell out of him on the floor. After tossing him back in the ring, Lashley beat on him some more and applied the Hurt Lock. Lashley manhandles Drew some and then drives him into the mat. Lashley stands tall as The Miz’s music hits now. Miz runs down with his Money in the Bank briefcase and a referee. The bell rings and Miz charges with a kick. Miz then drops Drew with the DDT but Drew kicks out at 2. Miz can’t believe it. Miz nails the Skull Crushing Finale for the pin to win the title. Winner and New WWE Champ: The Miz
Overall Rating: 6.5/10– Both of the Elimination Chamber matches delivered and had noteworthy moments. We had Edge choose Reigns to face at WrestleMania by spearing him after Roman defeated Bryan. We saw the Miz cash in his Money in the Bank contract after McIntyre went through a physical match and Lashley attack.
My Top 3 Matches
- Raw Elimination Chamber Match
- SmackDown Elimination Chamber Match
- Bobby Lashley© vs. Riddle vs. John Morrison
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