WWE Elimination Chamber Review! Elimination Chamber match for the WWE Championship
- Show: WWE Elimination Chamber
- Location: Toyota Center in Houston, Texas
- Date: Sunday February 17, 2019
- Review by: Amin Ajani
Elimination Chamber Match for the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship: Bayley & Sasha Banks vs. Carmella & Naomi vs. Liv Morgan & Sarah Logan vs. Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville vs. Nia Jax & Tamina vs. The IIconics (Billie Kay & Peyton Royce)
- Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 2/4
Banks delivered a flying crossbody to Deville and Rose for a near fall. The Riott Squad entered next as Sarah delivered a running knee strike to Banks. There was a Tower of Doom spot as The Riott Squad delivered a Superplex to Bayley as Mandy and Sarah delivered a Powerbomb to Liv and Sarah. The IIconics entered as Royce delivered a knee strike to Bayley but Banks made the save. Royce delivered an assisted senton to Banks and Bayley on the floor as Carmella and Naomi entered next. Carmella delivered a Superkick to Sarah as Naomi followed up by delivering a split-legged moonsault to Deville but Mandy made the save. Bayley delivered a Saito suplex to Carmella. Royce delivered a Gory Special to Banks. Mandy delivered a reverse Exploder to Royce. Sarah delivered a Fisherman’s Buster to Mandy. Deville speared Sarah. Carmella delivered a Superkick to Deville. Carmella placed Deville in the Code of Silence but Many broke it up. Naomi delivered a springboard Rear View to Mandy. Royce delivered a Sunset flip as Billie applied a bridge and pinned Naomi. Nia and Tamina entered last as they delivered stereo Samoan Drops to Bille and Royce and eliminated the IIconics. Liv and Sarah delivered flying crossbody to Nia and Tamina. Nia delivered a Super Samoan Drop to Liv. Tamina delivered a Super Splash to Liv and Sarah as they were eliminated. Bayley moved as Nia went crashing into the chamber pod. Banks delivered a flying double knees to Tamina and then Bayley followed up by delivering a Diving Elbow Drop. Bayley pinned Tamina as she eliminated her and Nia. Banks delivered a back cracker as Bayley followed up by delivering the Bayley-to-Belly to Deville but Mandy made the save. Deville speared Bayley into the chamber pod. Mandy delivered the Angel Wings but Banks kicked out for a close near fall. Deville accidentally tackled Mandy. Banks applied the Bank Statement on Deville and got the submission win.
- Winner: Bayley & Sasha Banks won the WWE Women’s Tag Team Titles
–Charly Carusso interviewed Bayley and Sasha Banks who were overjoyed with emotions. They got a big reaction for their win as the fans chanted “You deserve it.”
(Amin’s Analysis: The first half was dull. The second half was really good as there was some nice creative spots. It was predictable but this was the right decision for Bayley to Sasha to win because they are terrific wrestling and an awesome team.)
SmackDown Tag Team Championship Match: Shane McMahon & The Miz vs. The Usos
- Rating:⭐️⭐️ 2/4
Jimmy delivered a running clothesline to Miz in the corner. The match slowed down as The Usos worked over Miz. Shane got the tag and delivered tornado DDT’s to Jey and Jimmy for a near fall. Shane delivered the Coast-to-Coast to Jimmy. Shane went another Coast-to-Coast to Jey caught him with a Superkick. Jey delivered an Uso Splash to Shane but Miz made the save. Miz delivered a snap DDT to Jey for a near fall. Miz placed Jey on the announcers table as Shane delivered the Leap of Faith through the announcers table. Jimmy delivered a Superkick, went for a Uso Splash but Miz countered by getting his knees up. Miz delivered the Skull Crushing Finale to Jimmy for a near fall. Jimmy countered Miz’s pin attempt with a bridge into a backslide for the win.
- Winners: Jey and Jimmy won the SmackDown Tag Team Titles
(Amin’s Analysis: This was a fine match. It’s still amazing to see Shane do his crazy spots.)
Handicap Match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship: Bobby Lashley & Lio Rush vs. Finn Balor
- Rating: ⭐️⭐️
Balor backdropped Lashley to the floor, went for a flip dive but Lio grabbed his foot. Balor chased Lio around the ring. Lashley rammed Balor into the barricade. Lashley delivered a flatliner for a near fall. Lashley delivered a running shoulder tackle into the corner and then delivered a choke slam. Lashley was setting up for the spear but Lio tagged himself in. Lio went for the Frog Splash but Balor moved. Balor delivered a double stomp to Lio and a sling blade to Lashley. Balor delivered a flip dive to Lashley and Lio on the floor. Balor delivered a Woo dropkick to Lio and then followed up by delivering the Coup De Grace for the win which got a big reaction.
- Winner: Finn Balor won the WWE Intercontinental Title
(Amin’s Analysis: The match was fine. Finn Balor was the highlight as his comeback was awesome. The fans were completely behind Balor and they wanted to see a title change.)
RAW Women’s Championship Match: Ronda Rousey vs. Ruby Riott
- Rating: ⭐️
Charlotte Flair came out before the match and gloated about being in the main event of WrestleMania. Ruby tackled Rousey as the match began. Rousey delivered a judo throw and then followed up by delivering Piper’s Pit. Rousey applied an arm bar on Ruby and got the submission win.
- Winner: Ronda Rousey retained the RAW Women’s Title via Submission
–Charlotte and Ronda had a stare down as Becky Lynch appeared through the crowd. Becky attacked Charlotte with crutch. Becky handed a Rousey a crutch and convinced her to attack Charlotte. Becky then attacked both Charlotte and Rousey with a crutch. The fans loudly chanted “Becky” as she was escorted out by security.
(Amin’s Analysis: A short match just to build Rousey up as dominant champion The post-match angle was great as Becky Lynch felt like a superstar as the build continues to a Triple-Threat match for the RAW Women’s Championship at WrestleMania.)
No Disqualification Match: Baron Corbin vs. Braun Strowman
- Rating: ⭐️ 1/4
Strowman delivered his Merry-go-Round running shoulder tackle to Corbin into the barricade. Corbin attacked Strowman with the steel steps. Strowman delivered a running powerslam to Corbin through a table as Drew McIntyre’s music played. Lashley appeared from behind as he and McIntyre attacked Strowman with a chair. Lashley delivered a spear and then McIntyre delivered a Claymore Kick to Strowman. Corbin, Lashley and McIntyre delivered a Triple Powerbomb to Strowman who went crashing through two tables. Corbin pinned Strowman and got the win.
- Winner: Baron Corbin
(Amin’s Analysis: This match was long and dull. I guess the idea was let’s create a new heel faction as Corbin needed weapons and help from Lashley and McIntyre to beat Strowman.)
–Lacey Evans music played as he sauntered up and down the entrance ramp. (This was lame.)
Elimination Chamber Match for the WWE Championship: Daniel Bryan vs. A.J. Styles vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Jeff Hardy vs. Randy Orton vs. Samoa Joe
- Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 2/4
Joe delivered leg kicks and then applied a knee bar but Bryan grabbed the ropes. Joe delivered a Powerbomb for a near fall and then transitioned into the Boston Crab. Joe applied a STF and then transitioned into the crossface. Kofi came in next, delivered a springboard double sledge to Bryan and then followed with a flying crossbody to Joe for a near fall. Bryan draped Kofi on the top rope and then delivered a flying knee for a near fall. Kofi delivered a Nestea Plunge to Bryan and Joe. Joe delivered a running back senton to Bryan and then delivered a snap suplex to Kofi for a near fall. Styles delivered the Phenomenal Blitz to Joe. Styles delivered a combo reverse DDT to Bryan and a straight DDT to Kofi. Styles delivered a slingshot Phenomenal Forearm to Joe. Bryan went to climb the chains but Styles stopped him by delivering a Phenomenal Forearm. Styles delivered the Ushigorishi to Kofi for a near fall. Joe applied the Coquina Clutch on Kofi who broke free by delivering a jaw breaker. Styles delivered the Phenomenal Forearm and pinned Joe. Hardy came in next, delivered an atomic drop, a leg drop and a basement dropkick to Styles for a near fall. Hardy went for the Twist of Fate but Styles countered by delivering a Pele Kick. Styles was draped on the turnbuckle as Hardy delivered a Swanton Bomb. Bryan delivered the Busaiku Knee and pinned Hardy. There was Tower of Doom spot as Bryan delivered a Superplex to Kofi as Styles who was placed in the tree of woe delivered a German suplex to Bryan. Orton entered the match, as he delivered clotheslines to Bryan and Kofi. Styles delivered a combo backbreaker/STO to Kofi. Styles went for the Phenomenal Forearm but Orton caught him delivered an RKO and pinned him. Orton delivered a draping DDT to Kofi. Orton went for the RKO but Kofi countered by delivering the Trouble in Paradise and pinned him. Bryan delivered kicks, went for a roundhouse kick but Kofi countered by delivering a S.O.S for a near fall. Bryan delivered multiple kicks to Kofi in the corner and then followed up by delivering running dropkicks. Bryan charged but Kofi countered by delivering a double stomp for a close near fall. Kofi went for a running bulldog but Bryan countered by ramming him into the chamber pod. Bryan delivered his Busaiku Knee but Kofi kicked out for a great near fall. Bryan charged but Kofi countered by delivering the Trouble in Paradise for another close near fall. Bryan then applied a small package but Kofi kicked out for a near fall. Bryan applied the LeBell Lock but Kofi grabbed the ropes. They battled on top of the chamber pod as Kofi delivered strikes. Kofi went for a Super Splash off the chamber pod but Bryan moved. Bryan delivered the Busaiku Knee to Kofi for the win.
- Winner: Daniel Bryan retained the WWE Championship
–Big E and Xavier Woods came out to check on Kofi Kingston. The fans chanted “Thank you Kofi.” as the New Day walked up the entrance ramp.
(Amin’s Analysis: It started slow but this turned into a great chamber match as there were lots of great creative spots. Bryan and Kofi were just awesome as the finishing moments of the match was terrific. Would be nice to see Kofi Kingston more chances to showcase himself a single’s wrestler.)
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