The Road to WrestleMania continues after the Royal Rumble and it’s the Elimination Chamber. The big news the day after is that DX will headline the 2019 WWE Hall of Fame. Daniel Bryan defended his WWE title against A.J. Styles, Randy Orton, Samoa Joe, Kofi Kingston and Jeff Hardy in the cage. Ronda Rousey put her Raw Women’s Championship on the line against Ruby Riott. Finn Balor went after the Intercontinental Championship in a handicap match against Bobby Lashley and Lio Rush. The Miz & Shane McMahon defended their SmackDown Tag titles against the Usos. With Jimmy being arrested, this match was intriguing heading into this one. We finally get to see who’ll become the first ever Women’s Tag Champs inside the Elimination Chamber also. For the umpteenth time, we get Baron Corbin taking on Braun Strowman. Let’s see how things played out.
We started things off with the Elimination Chamber match to crown the inaugural Women’s Tag Champs. Bayley, Sasha Banks, Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville started the match out. Coming into the match, the team of Nia Jax & Tamina and Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville were my favorites because of the pushes that Rose & Jax have received. Sasha Banks & Bayley was the top choice because they make a great tag team and deserve it. The match was great as the fans were behind the match the entire time and chanted “This is Awesome”. Despite starting the match, Banks, Bayley, Rose and Deville were the last two teams in the match. These four did their damn thing as Rose & Deville worked on the injured shoulder of Banks after ramming Bayley into one of the pods. Banks picked up the win after locking in a modified Banks Statement. Winners and New Women’s Tag Champs: Bayley & Sasha Banks
Match Rating: 3.75/5- Awesome way to kick off the PPV and congrats to Bayley & Sasha Banks on winning the titles.
We had the Miz & Shane McMahon defending their SmackDown tag titles against the Usos. Before the match started, Maryse announced that her and Miz were expecting their second child. The match was pretty slow as Shane McMahon worked most of the match. Unlike most Uso matches, this one was really slow, but it had its moments throughout the match. Surprisingly, the Usos picked up the win by rolling up the Miz after he hit the Skull Crashing Finale. With the arrest of Jimmy Uso, this definitely wasn’t the finish many people saw. Winners and New SmackDown Tag Titles: The Usos
Match Rating: 2.75/5
Bobby Lashley defended his Intercontinental Championship with the help of Lio Rush against Finn Balor. I’ll admit, Bobby Lashley is really boring and he’s clearly not the same Lashley we’re used to. Lio Rush on the other hand has a bright future ahead of himself. Finn Balor hit the Coup De Grace on Lio Rush to win the Intercontinental Championship. After the match, Lashley attacked Rush and this could mean a face turn for Rush. Winner and New Intercontinental Champ: Finn Balor
Match Rating: 2/5
Ronda Rousey put the Raw Women’s Championship against Ruby Riott. This was a match that I was looking forward to because Riott is really talented. Unfortunately, Riott was used to advance the storyline between Charlotte and Rousey as Flair sat at ringside. Rousey beat Riott quickly, which prompted Charlotte to confront Ronda. Becky Lynch made her way to the ring on crutches through the crowd. Lynch entered the ring and attacked Charlotte with the crutch. Rousey picked up the other crutch and Lynch told Rousey to attack Charlotte too. As Rousey went to attack Charlotte, Becky attacked Ronda beating the hell out of her also. Winner and Still Raw Women’s Champ: Ronda Rousey
Match Rating: 3.5/5- The match was a squash but the action afterwards more than made up for it.
We had Braun Strowman taking on Baron Corbin in a No DQ match again. Drew McIntyre and Bobby Lashley eventually helped Corbin beat down the Monster. Afterwards, Lashley, Corbin and McIntyre beat him down and power bombed him through a couple of tables. Winner: Baron Corbin
Match Rating: 1/5
We had the main event for the WWE Championship inside the Elimination Chamber. As we all know, Kofi Kingston replaced the injured Mustafa Ali who suffered a concussion. This match was a terrific way to end the night because the match was awesome. It’s crazy how management treat Samoa Joe as he was the first to be eliminated. Jeff Hardy was next after being RKO’d after Hardy hit a sick Swanton Bomb. Randy Orton struck again by hitting the RKO on Styles as he was setting up for the Phenomenal Forearm. Kofi Kingston eliminated Randy Orton with the Trouble in Paradise. Daniel Bryan and Kofi Kingston were the last two and they put on a classic. The crowd was behind Kingston all the way as it seemed like he was going to finally capture the championship. In the end, Kofi made one mistake and Bryan capitalized with the running knee for the win. Winner and Still WWE Champ: Daniel Bryan
Match Rating: 4.25/5
Overall Rating: 7/10- This PPV definitely exceeded expectations as the Elimination Chamber matches were really good. Below are my top 3 matches of the night.
- Daniel Bryan© vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Randy Orton vs. A.J. Styles vs. Jeff Hardy vs. Samoa Joe
- Women’s Tag Title Match
- Ronda Rousey© vs. Ruby Riott- Because of the post-match stuff
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