The Elimination Chamber PPV is in the record books, and while the card boasted of some solid matches, inevitably, the booking once again produced a weak show. The matches were predictable, and the endings were uninspiring. The entire show seemed to have been built on making a few people look formidable, while the others felt out of place.
The card had two chamber matches, with the women competing in their very first chamber match. The importance of the bout, whilst wasn’t misplaced, did not do justice to the talent involved. The second chamber match had seven Superstars compete, with the opportunity to main event WrestleMania dangling in front of them.
Matt Hardy faced Bray Wyatt on the main card, while Titus O’Neil and Apollo took on The Bar for the RAW Tag Team Championship. Last but not least, Nia Jax had the opportunity to make a statement against Asuka, with the stipulation that if she handed The Empress of Tomorrow her first loss, she would be added to the RAW Women’s Championship match at WrestleMania 34.
Here are the results from the PPV.
Kick – off show:
Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows defeated The Miztourage
Anderson and Gallows are so far away from the tag team title picture, that one has to wonder what it is that they had done, to irk the creative team. The once dominant team that wrecked havoc in Japan had to settle for an unimportant, pre – show match, with little to no implications.
The Good Brothers took the fight to Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel, and managed to pick up an easy victory. Post match, The Revival cut a promo backstage, putting Anderson and Gallows down. This rivalry will probably lead to yet another kick – off show match at WrestleMania 34; the silver lining potentially, is the fact that Anderson and Gallows will at least be featured at WrestleMania.
Alexa Bliss defeated Mickie James, Sasha Banks, Bayley, Sonya Deville and Mandy Rose in the Elimination Chamber match to retain the RAW Women’s Championship
The main card kicked off with the first of the two chamber matches. The women took part in the first ever all – women Elimination Chamber match, which was contested for the RAW Women’s Championship. Absolution worked together, to take on Sasha Banks and Bayley. However, Rose and Sonya were the first two Superstars to be eliminated, thanks to Sasha Banks and Mickie James.
Mickie soon found herself out of the match, which led to Bayley and Sasha focusing on Bliss. However, Sasha had other plans, as she turned on Bayley! Bayley managed to get back into the match, but was eventually eliminated by Sasha Banks. The Boss tried to get her hands on the gold, but Alexa had her wits about herself, and pinned Banks with a nasty DDT to retain the title.
Post match, Bliss cut a promo about achieving your dreams, but told the fans they couldn’t. Classic stuff from Miss Bliss.
Matt Hardy defeated Bray Wyatt
A year ago, this match would’ve given the fans everything they wanted. A gimmick similar to ‘Broken’ Matt Hardy, and him being paired against Bray Wyatt.
Unsurprisingly, the WWE creative team managed to take the emphasis and intrigue out of the match up, as both the Superstars squared off for the nth time. The theatrics surrounding the match were more interesting than the match itself, which Hardy won via Twist of Fate.
The Bar defeated Titus Worldwide (with Dana Brooke) to retain the RAW Tag Team Championship
The RAW Tag Team titles were up for grabs, with Sheamus and Cesaro taking on Titus Worldwide. Apollo once again showcased his agility and strength, while Cesaro matched him with his physicality and athleticism. Titus played his part as the physically imposing Superstar that got the hot tag, but the champions dominated the majority of the bout.
WWE could – and should use Apollo better, and this could’ve been Titus Worldwide’s last opportunity for the tag team gold. The Bar will likely move on to a different rivalry, and with rumours about Jeff Hardy’s impending return growing, we could see a Hardys – The Bar match up at WrestleMania for the titles.
Asuka defeated Nia Jax
With a win over Asuka, Nia would’ve faced Asuka and Bliss at WrestleMania 34 for the RAW Women’s Championship. Asuka has never been pinned or submitted in the WWE, and Jax was up to the task, manhandling Asuka like no one has done before in the promotion. The Japanese Superstar was completely dominated physically, as Nia used her strength to subdue her opponent.
Asuka tried to turn things around with her submission game, but Nia’s strength was too much for her to overcome. The Empress of Tomorrow however used her experience to roll up Jax to pick up the victory, which only further angered Nia Jax.
Post match, Jax continued the assault, and ran Asuka through the barricade, leaving her prone on the floor!
Ronda Rousey’s WrestleMania plans revealed
Kurt Angle, Stephanie McMahon and Triple H made their way out to welcome Ronda Rousey, as she was set to officially sign her WWE RAW contract. Triple H and Stephanie talked before giving Ronda the microphone, and Rousey got emotional while talking about Roddy Piper, and said she would make him proud.
However, before Ronda could sign the contract, Kurt dampened the spirits in the ring by revealing that Stephanie and Triple H only wanted to sign Ronda, to make her their employee, and control her actions. Triple H tried to usher Kurt backstage, but Kurt once again played spoilsport, uncovering the truth about Stephanie, and revealed that Stephanie believed she could take on Ronda herself!
Triple H came back to the ring to calm Ronda down, but was put through the table by Rousey for his troubles! Stephanie proceeded to slap Ronda, but immediately backed out and slid out of the ring, at the sight of a ticked off former UFC world champion! Ronda will likely team up with Kurt, and face Triple H and Stephanie McMahon at WrestleMania 34.
Roman Reigns defeated Braun Strowman, Finn Balor, Seth Rollins, John Cena, Elias and The Miz in the Elimination Chamber match, will face Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania
In the main event, seven Superstars entered the Elimination Chamber, to find the number one contender for Lesnar’s Universal title at WrestleMania. The Miz, Seth Rollins and Finn Balor started things off, with the other Superstars confined in the chamber pods. There were no eliminations until the final Superstar, Elias stepped out, but once Strowman got going, there was very little other Superstars could do.
All the Superstars at one point threw everything but the kitchen sink at Strowman, yet the Monster Among Men still kicked out. The Miz was the first one to be eliminated – in the match and by the monster, while Elias, Cena and Balor followed suit, in that order. Seth and Roman tried to work together, but The Architect proved that it was every man for himself, nearly eliminating Reigns.
Strowman however eliminated Rollins, thus eliminating five Superstars out of seven, before eating a couple of Superman Punches and two spears by Roman, which save the Samoan Superstar the victory.
Post match, Braun attacked Roman, and ran him through a pod! Strowman wasn’t impressed with Roman, and left him laying to end the PPV.