Time for another stop on the road to Wrestlemania with the Elimination Chamber PPV featuring two Chamber matches as the inaugural Womens Tag Team Champions are crowned and Daniel Bryan defends his Eco-friendly WWE Championship.
Kick-off Match: Cruiserweight Title Match: Buddy Murphy (c) vs. Tozawa
Really good cruiserweight match. Just some straight up very fun back and forth action that flowed really nicely and had quite a few big moves going on. Tozawa comes close to winning with a senton to the back, but in the end Murphy’s Law takes him down for the pinfall. Very entertaining, should have kept it on the main show in all honesty.
Winner: Murphy (via Murphy’s law) ***3/4
Match 1 – Women Tag Team Title Elimination Chamber Match: Sasha Banks/Bayley vs. Sonya Deville/Mandy Rose vs. Liv Morgan/Sarah Logan vs. The Iconics vs. Naomi/Carmella vs. Nia Jax/Tamina Snuka
This was very good, yeah it had it’s rough and sloppy bits but I thought that everyone did pretty well in this with Iconics, Deville and Rose having some of their best showings. They had some good little spots too including liv/Sarah diving off a chamber pod and Jax running full force through one of them. Banks/Bayley and Deville/Rose are the teams that start and end up being the final two teams left.
They have a couple of nice nearfalls and at the end Banks who has been nursing a shoulder injury utlilises her leg to lock in the bank statement to make Sonya tap out and become the first ever Women’s tag champs with Bayley.
A solid choice for you first champs. So yeah I really enjoyed this overall and thought it delivered nicely.
Winners: Sasha/Bayley (via Bank Statement) ***3/4
Match 2 – Smackdown Tag Team Title Match: Shane Mcmahon/Miz (c) vs. the Usos
Solid match, a little formulaic at first with Uso’s taking control but then it got some fun bits going on including Shane doing his usual shtick like the coast to coast and the leap of faith through the announce table.
By the end Miz hits the Skull crushing Finale and goes for the cover but Uso manages to counter it into a crucifix pin to win his team the belts yet again.
So trying to fight the police doesn’t get you penalised after all. Would have thought that Shane/miz would have held the belts til ‘Mania but obviously they have other plans. I wasn’t all that invested in their team anyway so curious to see where it goes from here.
Winners: Usos (via crucifix hold) ***1/4
Match 3 – Intercontinental Title Handicap match: Lashley/Lio Rush (c) vs. Finn Balor
This was ok. Lashley/Rush control the majority of it and it gets kinda boring honestly. At the end Lio tags himself in as Lashley is setting up for the spear. He tries the frog splash but misses, so from there Balor makes a come back and pins Rush with the Coup De Grace to win the title.
Happy to see Balor finally have a singles belt but match itself weren’t all that interesting.
Winner: Balor (via Coup De Grace) **1/2
-after the match Lashley turns on Lio and I’m not sure they should be doing that so soon but oh well.
Match 4 – Raw Women’s title Match: Ronda Rousey (c) vs. Ruby Riott
Poor Ruby gets squashed quickly, shame that she was put in that position but that’s the problem when you’ve got Wrestlemania looming around the corner and things pretty much set in motion.
Winner: Ronda (via armbar) SQUASH
-After the match Charlotte goes face to face with Ronda in the ring, Becky Lynch then comes through the crowd on crutches and beats the crap out of both women with them before being escorted out by security. Lovely stuff, crowd were loving it.
Match 5 – No Dq Match: Baron Corbin vs. Braun Strowman
Thought I was watching Raw for a second when this popped up, forgot it was even a thing and I’ll forget it was even a thing pretty quickly. Not necessarily bad but the whole thing just seems to have no point lacks my investment.
Corbin and Strowman basically fight for a bit but then Drew Mcintyre and Lashley come out to attack Strowman and all 3 of them plant him through stacked tables with an shield style assisted powerbomb giving Corbin the win.
The table spots were fun, everything else meh.
Winner: Corbin (via Powerbomb through two tables) **
Main Event – WWE World Title Elimination Chamber Match: Daniel Bryan (c) vs. Samoa Joe vs. Randy Orton vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Jeff Hardy vs. AJ Styles
Up to a point this match was very good. It had some solid action on the go and a few nice little spots including Jeff draping Styles over the top turnbuckle and hitting a Swanton from a pod onto him, which was a main highlight.
Then Bryan and Kofi end up as the final two and the match turns awesome. The crowd were super behind Kofi and my goodness did he put in a helluva of an effort, showing great spirit and determination which lead to some real good nearfalls.
At the end though after pushing Bryan off top, Kofi misses a splash from the top of a pod and Bryan hits a second running knee to successfully retain. Just a tremendous final stretch and I’d be more than happy to see them just have Kofi beat Bryan for the title at ‘mania. It probably won’t happen but what a week it’s been for Kofi at least and really hope they do something with his momentum.
Winner: Bryan (via running knee) ****1/4
This PPV was all about the chamber matches and they pretty much delivered. the rest of it felt like filler that would have fitted better on Raw rather than a PPV, making it pretty skippable, though at least we had some new champs crowned and progression in the Ronda/Charlotte/Becky situation.
I do think the Cruiserweight title match is also worth checking out though, just a shame they kept it to the kick-off show.
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