An insane night of wrestling ended with the biggest shock. Elimination Chamber was a fun night with excellent matches and two huge title changes.
Both the Chamber matches delivered in quality, but there were some poor booking decisions. Let’s take a look at how WWE’s second PPV of the year unfolded.
The SmackDown Elimination Chamber match featured six talented Superstars but had two ideal winners. Cesaro and Daniel Bryan kicked off the match with a brilliant display of hard-hitting wrestling, and neither superstar hesitated to brutalize the other.
Cesaro even picked up the first elimination of the night, making Baron Corbin tap out to the Sharpshooter.
Uso also pulled off the shocking elimination of Cesaro, who was in superb form. The Swiss Superman seemed destined to win, but a splash from Uso ended his hopes.
Jey Uso tried to end Daniel Bryan with a splash, but it yielded a nearfall. He took it one step further, attempting a splash from the top of the pod, but Bryan countered. A running knee from the American Dragon led to his second Elimination Chamber win.
Beating Roman Reigns was going to be a Herculean task for Bryan. Having survived a hellacious Elimination Chamber match, Bryan was a sitting duck for the Tribal Chief. Reigns swaggered to the ring full of confidence, but Bryan had a surprise for him.
Bryan countered a Spear into the Yes Lock and almost made the Tribal Chief submit. However, Reigns pummeled Bryan and locked in the guillotine for the easy win.
He said he’d wait till the dust cleared at the Elimination Chamber, and that’s exactly what he did. As Roman Reigns celebrated his win, Edge delivered a thunderous Spear to the Tribal Chief.
This confirmed Edge’s WrestleMania match, which will definitely be the main event of WrestleMania 37.
Bobby Lashley defended his US Championship at the Elimination Chamber PPV against Matt Riddle and John Morrison. Notably, Morrison replaced Keith Lee in the match after the big man suffered an injury in the run-up to the PPV. Morrison won a fatal four-way match against Ricochet, Mustafa Ali and Elias to qualify for the match.
Riddle and Morrison had to team up to keep Lashley down, but the Almighty kept fighting back. Lashley locked the Hurt Lock on Morrison, but Riddle broke the hold with a crutch shot to the back. After knocking the champion to the outside, Riddle hit Morrison with the Bro Derek to win his first championship on the main roster.
The Women’s Tag Team Champions retained their gold against the impressive team of Bianca Belair and Sasha Banks. Royal Rumble winner Belair and SmackDown Women’s Champion Sasha Banks looked to add more gold to their cabinets, but the champions were too strong to overcome.
Reginald, the acrobatic assistant of Carmella, played a big role in the challenger’s loss. After the Banks Statement couldn’t make Nia Jax submit, he rolled a champagne bottle into the ring, which Sasha refused to use.
The distraction allowed Nia to smash Banks with a Samoan Drop for the win. With a win over the Boss, Nia Jax is probably next in line for a title shot.
The star-studded main event featured some prime points and a few low points. It was a satisfying win for the WWE Champion, who persevered and emerged victorious. He picked up two eliminations in his first Elimination Chamber win.
Randy Orton and Jeff Hardy kicked off the match. McIntyre joined the fray soon, taking the fight to Orton and Hardy. Kofi Kingston leapt out of his pod and picked up a quick elimination, sending his longtime rival Randy Orton to an early shower. Omos ripped off the plexiglass wall of AJ Styles‘ pod to release him before the timer signalled his entry.
Sheamus entered the match last and went straight for Drew McIntyre. He brawled with the champion, before eliminating Kofi with a devastating Brogue Kick.
McIntyre eliminated Jeff Hardy with the Claymore after he hit Sheamus with the Swanton Bomb. This was a piece of quality storytelling, with McIntyre wanting Sheamus to himself.
Styles ruined fans’ wishes of seeing McIntyre vs Sheamus as the final two, eliminating the Celtic Warrior with the Phenomenal Forearm. He looked to eliminate McIntyre but had his face smashed in with a beautiful Claymore in mid-air.
As Drew McIntyre celebrated, Bobby Lashley attacked him from behind. Lashley makes a fine challenger for McIntyre at WrestleMania, but that wasn’t what WWE had in store for us.
After the attack by Lashley, Miz ran to the ring with a referee and his MITB contract. He cashed in the contract and hit Drew with a DDT and the Skull Crushing Finale to win his second WWE Championship.
The Elimination Chamber PPV started with a bang, and ended with a tremendous shock, making the road to WrestleMania a little more complex.