The road to Wrestlemania 35 continues with the annual Elimination Chamber PPV. We have two big Elimination Chamber matches tonight, one is to crown the first ever WWE Women’s Tag Team champions and the other one is for the WWE Title. We have a decent card set up and this should be a fun show so let’s get this thing started.
Elimination Chamber Match For Tag Team Women’s Titles
Sasha Banks and Bayley Vs. The Riot Squad Vs. Fire and Desire Vs. Nia Jax and Tamina Vs. The IIconics Vs. Carmella and Naomi
1. Sasha Banks & Bayley
2. Fire and Desire
3. Riott Squad
4. The IIconics
5. Naomi and Carmella
6. Nia Jax and Tamina
1. Naomi & Carmella Eliminated By The IIconics
2. The IIconics Eliminated By Nia Jax & Tamina
3. The Riot Squad Eliminated By Nia Jax & Tamina
4. Nia Jax & Tamina Eliminated By Sasha Banks, Bayley, Fire & Desire
5. Fire & Desire Eliminated By Sasha Banks & Bayley
Sasha Banks and Bayley win WWE Women Tag Team Titles.
After the match, they get a standing ovation and a loud and long “You Deserved It” chants from the fans.
I came into this match not knowing what to really expect. Sasha Banks and Bayley might have been predictable, but it was the right choice to make the titles mean something. The match itself was well put together, Naomi and Carmella getting eliminated quickly after entering made sense after the bad week they have had in their personal lives,. The IIconics had a great showing and played the heels properly until Nia Jax and Tamina destroyed them. Nia Jax and Tamina dominated this match for nearly 5-7 minutes and I really thought they might win those titles. The ending of the match was well crafted and made stars out of both teams, and I expect to see more good matches in this division.
Before the next match, The Miz comes out to congratulate Sasha Banks and Bayley and get his babyface pop. The Miz would go on to bring out his wife Maryse as they reveal they are having their second child, which gets a loud reaction.
Tag Team Match For Smackdown Tag Team Titles
The Miz and Shane Mcmahon Vs. The Usos
The Usos win via roll-up on The Miz and win Smackdown Tag Team Titles
The first half of this match was meh to me, but the second half really told a good story. Shane took himself and one of the Usos out with a diving elbow drop through the table. The rest of the match seemed to be all about The Miz getting the win which ended in him getting pinned. After the match, the facial expression told the story of Miz letting down Shane Mcm]Mahon, which I expect that story to become further developed on Smackdown later this week. This match was a well-done story with good action, however, I am not invested in this Shane/Miz story.
2 On 1 Handicap Match For IC Title
Bobby Lashley and Lio Rush Vs. Finn Balor
Finn Balor wins via Coupe De Grace on Rush and wins IC Title. After the match, Lashley throws a fit and starts blaming Rush for the loss and he lays out Rush, which gets him massive cheers.
The match itself was boring. I get the story of the match but it just took too long to get to the finish. Balor pinning Rush makes sense as it protects Lashley and helps Balor gain some momentum heading into Wrestlemania. However, I would rather have the match on Raw. The post-match did intrigue me as it finally let Lashley be a destroyer, which he should of have been since day one. Rush has a good spot on 205 Live and I expect great things, but his hype man thing ran its course.
Singles Match For Raw Women’s Title
Ronda Rousey Vs. Ruby Riot (Charlotte Flair at Ringside)
Ronda Rousey wins via Armbar and retains Raw Womens Title.
After the match, Charlotte Flair comes in the ring and has a big staredown with Rousey, and Becky Lynch comes through the crowd on crutches as she gets in the ring and attacks Flair with the crutch while Rousey just watches. Flair is crawling in pain, meanwhile, Becky Lynch stares down Rousey and hands her the crutch. Now Rousey corners Charlotte and Lynch hit Rousey with crutches.
Grade: No Grade
The match was a squash match that lasted less than 3 minutes. The real story is in Becky Lynch making a point by laying out Flair and Rousey. This is the best story going into Wrestlemania and that is by a landslide. I haven’t been this interested in a story from WWE since Wrestlemania 30. Keep this going WWE, you got me hooked.
No DQ Singles Match
Baron Corbin Vs. Braun Strowman
Baron Corbin wins via Triple Powerbomb through two tables.
I understand that they are trying to push the trio of Corbin, Lashley, and Mcintyre, but why not just save this whole thing for Raw? This is just pointless to have on a PPV and I personally am getting tired of seeing Strowman Vs. Corbin.
Elimination Chamber Match For WWE Title
Daniel Bryan Vs. Kofi Kingston Vs. Somoa Joe Vs. Randy Orton Vs. Jeff Hardy Vs. AJ Styles
1. Daniel Bryan
2. Samoa Joe
3. Kofi Kingston
4. AJ Styles
5. Jeff Hardy
6. Randy Orton
1. Samoa Joe Eliminated By AJ Styles
2. Jeff Hardy Eliminated By Daniel Bryan
3. AJ Styles Eliminated By Randy Orton
4. Randy Orton Eliminated By Kofi Kingston
5. Kofi Kingston Eliminated By Daniel Bryan
Daniel Bryan wins and retains WWE Title.
After the match, the New Day comes out to check on Kofi as the fans give him a standing ovation and start a “Thank You Kofi” chant.
This match was down right amazing. The whole show was pretty good with only a few bad moments. This match was well done as it told two stories, Daniel Bryan’s obsession with being champion and the rise of Kofi Kingston. Kofi eliminating Randy Orton was such a cool thing to see knowing their history from over a decade ago. This match gave me everything I wanted and more and I really hope we see more like this from Kofi Kingston as this week he has proved how talented and underrated he really is.
Show Final Grade: B+
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