WWE Elimination Chamber Review: Rousey strikes as the Road to WrestleMania begins
Below is my review and star ratings for the WWE Elimination Chamber pay-per-view which took place from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
WWE Elimination Chamber PPV Main Card (8 P.M. on WWE Network)
Alexa Bliss def. Sasha Banks, Bayley, Mandy Rose, Mickie James & Sonya Deville in the first-ever Women’s Elimination Chamber Match to retain the RAW Women’s Title
- Rating: ***3/4
Alexa Bliss, Mandy Rose, Mickie James and Sasha Banks are locked in the pod. Bayley and Sonya Deville started the match. Bayley with a running bulldog. Bayley with a side suplex for a near fall. Bayley with an elbow drop to Deville as Rose enters the match. Deville spears Bayley on the mat. Deville and Rose sends Bayley into the cage. Deville wth a sliding knee and Rose with a jumping knee from the middle rope for a near fall. Banks enters the match next. Banks with sliding double knees for a near fall. Banks with a double knees to Rose. Deville with shoulder tackle to Banks in the corner. Banks and Bayley send Deville into the cage. Rose with a face buster but doesn’t go for a cover. Bayley delivered a running knee to Deville. Banks applied the Bank Statement as Rose tapped out. James enters next and delivers a flapjack to Banks. James delivered a super kick to Banks. James delivered a thezz press from the top of the pod and eliminated Deville. Banks delivered a back stabber and Bayley delivered the Belly-to-Bayley and eliminated James. Bliss delivered a hard punch for a near fall. Bayley delivered a side duplex to Bliss. Bliss delivered a superplex to Bliss. Banks delivered a frog splash to Bayley for a near fall. Bayley delivered a middle rope Bayley-to-Belly to Banks. Bliss rolled up Bayley and eliminated her. Bliss attempted the Twisted Bliss but Banks got her knees up. Bliss delivered a Twisted Bliss from the top of the pod. Banks applied the Banks Statement but Bliss escaped. Bliss slammed Banks into the pod and delivered a hanging DDT from the top rope for the win.
- Rose and Deville were just there but Bliss, Bayley, Banks and James did a good job. They had some nice creative spots in the match.
In-Ring: Renee Young interviewed Alexa Bliss
Bliss said this victory meant everything to her and was tearing up. Bliss said this wasn’t about her but was about any little girl at home or in the audience who ever dreamed big. She said the win was proof that you can be anything you want to be and that you can dream big. Bliss then said no one in the crowd could accomplish their dream. Bliss was so great. Bliss said the ods were stocked against her but still won. Bliss proved there is one true Goddess in WWE. (Alexa Bliss was awesome here)
Cesaro & Sheamus def. Apollo & Titus O’Neil (w/Dana Brooke) to retain the RAW Tag Team Titles
- Rating: **
Cesaro and Sheamus attacked Titus before the match. Apollo delivered a top rope cross body to to Cesaro and Sheamus. Apollo delivered a splash to Cesaro as Sheamus broke it up. Sheamus delivered a knee drop for a near fall. Titus got the tag and delivered strikes to Cesaro. O’Neil with a big boot for a near fall. O’Neil delivered a Clash of the Titus but Cesaro broke it up. Apollo delivered a flip dive. Cesaro made the blind tag and delivered a double team springboard White Noice to Apollo for the win.
- A fine tag team as everyone worked hard. But the crowd wasn’t into this match and didn’t think that Apollo and O’Neil would win.
Asuka def. Nia Jax
- Rating: **2/4
Asuka with strikes. Jax with a hip toss. Jax with back breaker and hip attack in the corner. Jax countered a knee bar and applied a torture rack. Jax countered a guillotine and delivered a jackhammer. Asuka delivered a shining wizard. Jax delivered a Samoan drop. Jax missed a Bonzai Drop. Asuka delivered a flying armbar but Jax countered by ramming Asuka into the turnbuckle. Asuka rolled up Jax for the win.
- Jax attacked Asuka after the match and rammed her through the barricade. A fine match as Asuka looked good and her offence was crisp. But this was the Nia Jax show and way to make her look like a power house heading into WrestleMania.
Backstage: Renee Young interviewed Alexa Bliss
Bliss said Jax was disappointed that she didn’t tonight but wasn’t disappointed about what Nia did to Asuka. Bliss then mocked Asuka by saying “No one is ready for Alexa!”
Backstage: Chary Caruso interviewed Roman Reigns
Reigns said he didn’t care about about what someone who comes to work like 10 times in a year has to say. Reigns said he will win the Elimination Chamber match. Reigns said this is a spoiler alert. He will beat Brock Lesnar and become the new Universal Champion at WrestleMania.
‘Woken’ Matt Hardy def. Bray Wyatt
- Rating: *1/4
Wyatt appeared in the ring but Hardy wasn’t there. Hardy delivered a DDT for a near fall. Wyatt planted Hardy on the ring apron. Hardy delivered a tornado DDT from the middle rope. Matt delivered a Side Effect for a near fall. Matt delivered a middle rope elbow drop. Wyatt countered the Twist of Fate and delivered a uranage and back senton for a near fall. Crowd chanted “Rusev Day” Wyatt delivered a big boot but Matt countered by delivering the Twist of Fate for the win.
- This was a really boring and dull match.
Ronda Rousey signs her “Monday Night RAW” contract
Kurt Angle came out as the crowd chanted “You suck” Triple H and Stephanie McMahon came out after as the crowd chanted for Triple H. Triple H did a great job by put Rousey over and then called her out. Rousey came out to “Bad Reputation” and good a pretty good reaction. Fans chanted her name. Stephanie said the fans didn’t want to her speak but wanted to hear what Rousey had to say. Rousey said that it was hard to even know what to say. It’s not often that she is speechless, but to be in the ring with them, especially an Olympic champion like Angle, she appreciates the magnitude of all of this. She said it was an honor. The crowd chanted for her and looked legitimately touched. She said she wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for Roddy Pipper and wanted to make him proud. Triple H asked for Rousey to sign the contract and mentioned she wanted no special treatment. Triple H mentioned she wasn’t getting a title match right away. Rousey went to sign but noticed Angle’s reaction. Rousey wanted to know what Angle was thinking? Angle said he was thinking that Triple H and Stephanie were brilliant because they were going to be able to own and manipulate her for everything Rousey did to them at WrestleMania 31. Triple H tried to stop him, but Angle said that earlier Triple H said, “It took three year but now we own the bit**” Triple H said this wasn’t about us. Rousey had her UFC death stare on at this point as the crowd popped. Triple H said Kurt isn’t feeling well, he was hosptialized with the flu and is having a relapse and he’s going to get Kurt to the doctors. Stephanie got on the mic and said they have been talking about her since WrestleMania 31, you did embarrass us but you also impressed us. Angle said Stephanie called her a “has-been” and said even she could take her. Rousey had that look in her eye and backed Stephanie against the ropes. Triple H retuned and pulled Stephanie away. Rousey got in Triple H face and slammed in through the table which got a huge reaction. Stephanie freaked out and slapped Rousey. The crowd chanted “You F***ed Up” at Stephanie. Rousey had that stare again as Stephanie backed out and left the ring. Rousey signed the contract and placed it on Triple H.
- This segment was so awesome and was the highlight of the show. Rousey sounded nervous on the mic but you can’t blame her as felt emotionally touched by the crowd’s reaction. Rousey looked great by slamming Triple H through the table. Triple H sold it great and Stephanie was also awesome in this segment. Looks like it’s Rousey and Angle vs. Triple H and Stephanie at WrestleMania 34.
Roman Reigns def. Braun Strowman, John Cena, Seth Rollins, Finn Balor, The Miz and Elias in a 7-Man Elimination Chamber match and will challenge Brock Lesnar for the WWE Universal Championship at WrestleMania 34
- Rating: ****1/4
Braun Strowman, Elias, John Cena and Roman Reigns are in the pod. Finn Balor, Seth Rollins and The Miz started the match. Balor and Rollins toss Miz to the mat. Balor with a dropkick to Rollins and a basement dropkick to Miz for a near fall. Rollins with a knee to the midsection of Balor for near fall. Rollins with a back breaker to Balor. Rollins delivered a springboard clothesline to The Miz. Rollins delivered a suplex and transitioned into a Falcon Arrow on The Miz for a near fall. Rollins delivered a double blockbuster to Balor and Miz. Cena enters the match next. Cena delivered shoulder tackles to Rollins. Cena blocked a rainmaker knee and delivered a double 5 Knuckle Shuffle to Miz and Rollins. Balor delivered a foot stomp to Cena and a sling blade to The Miz. Miz delivered a neck breaker to Rollins for a near fall. Balor delivered stomps to Cena. Cena and Rollins delivered double super plex to Balor and Miz. Reigns enters next. Mix delivered a snap DDT to Rollins for a near fall. Miz delivered his “It kicks” to everyone in the match. Reigns delivered clothesline to Miz. Reigns delivered a flying clothesline to Balor for a near fall. Reigns delivered a power bomb to Balor and Samoan drop to Cena for a near fall. Reigns delivered a sit-out power bomb to Miz for a near fall. Strowman enters the match next and attacks everyone. Strowman delivered a double suplex to Cena and Rollins. Strowman slammed Miz into the glass and then tossed him onto everyone. Strowman delivered a running power slam and eliminated The Miz. Everyone gangs up on Strowman. Everyone delivered the Shield Powerbomb to Strowman who kicked out. Braun kicked out of an AA at the count of one and a Spear from Reigns at the count of two. Rollins delivered The Stomp and Balor delivered the Coup de Grace to Strowman. Cena delivered an AA to Reigns who kicked out. Elias delivered a flying elbow drop to Rollins for a near fall and a sit-out power bomb to Reigns for a near fall. Strowman delivered a running power slam and eliminated Elias. Rollins delivered a springboard knee and Balor delivered a Woo drop kick to Strowman. Cena went for a cross body but Strowman caught him delivered a running power slam and eliminated Cena. Balor delivered two Woo drop kicks and a Coup de Grace to back of Strowman for a near fall. Balor delivered a 1916 to Rollins. Balor delivered a Woo dropkick and Coup de Grace to Reigns. Strowman delivered a running power slam and eliminated Balor. Rollins delivered a buckle bomb and Reigns delivered a Superman Punch. Rollins delivered a frog splash from the top of pod but Strowman kicked out. Rollins delivered two super kicks went for The Stomp but Strowman caught him delivered a running power slam and eliminated him. Reigns delivered a flying cross body to Strowman. Strowman goes crashing though the pod. Reigns delivered three Superman Punches and back-to-back spears for the win.
- After the match, Strowman delivered two running power slam to Reigns and tossed him through the pod glass after the match. This was a very good yet predictable match. There were some nice creative spots and everyone worked hard. This was easily the best match on the show. Strowman was the highlight of the match.
WWE Elimination Chamber was a good show. The Women’s Elimination Chamber match was solid. The main event was fun and the best match of the night despite the predicable finish. The post-match angle after the Men’s Elimination Chamber match was interesting as WWE is teasing a possible triple-threat match for the Universal Title at WrestleMania 34. Enjoyed the Rousey angle and it was the highlight of the show for me.
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