The Road to WrestleMania continued Sunday with Elimination Chamber establishing a WrestleMania showdown and giving followers a surprising ending.
That does not imply the present was superb, nonetheless.
Instead, it was comparatively ineffective with solely two moments price mentioning. And one among them was a feeble try at shock worth whereas the opposite produced the plain.
Roman Reigns squashed Daniel Bryan to retain the WWE Universal championship after the latter survived the primary Elimination Chamber of the night time. But then Edge got here down and hit Reigns with the Spear to formally announce his opponent for WWE’s largest occasion.
On the opposite aspect, The Miz cashed in his Money within the Bank briefcase and used some assist from Bobby Lashley to pin Drew McIntyre and declare the WWE championship. That end will certainly be met with criticism as a result of The Miz had little or no momentum whereas carrying the briefcase. But right here we’re.
Here’s the way it all went down.
- Daniel Bryan def. Kevin Owens, Jey Uso, Sami Zayn, Cesaro & Baron Corbin (Elimination Chamber)
- Roman Reigns def. Daniel Bryan to retain WWE Universal championship
- Riddle def. Bobby Lashley and John Morrison for United States championship
- Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler def. Sasha Banks and Bianca Belair to retain WWE ladies’s tag crew championships
- Drew McIntyre def. Jeff Hardy, Randy Orton, Kofi Kingston, Sheamus and AJ Styles to retain WWE championship
- The Miz def. Drew McIntyre for the WWE championship
Daniel Bryan def. Kevin Owens, Jey Uso, Sami Zayn, Cesaro & Baron Corbin (Elimination Chamber)
This match felt extraordinarily lengthy, and that hurts as a result of it wasn’t essentially dangerous. But with a lot filler time between rivals exiting the pod, it simply wasn’t significantly partaking.
Elimination Chamber matches are difficult to drag off if there are not any storylines between the rivals. And exterior of Owens vs. Uso and Bryan vs. Cesaro, there wasn’t numerous story to inform apart from Bryan preventing a knee harm. Strangely, that did not issue into the choice.
Eliminations began with Cesaro forcing Corbin to submit with a sharpshooter and Owens eliminating Zayn with a Stunner. Uso shockingly eradicated Owens after trapping his arm within the chamber and touchdown a bevy of superkicks earlier than a splash to get the pinfall.
That would possibly imply Owens and Uso can be concerned in a feud at WrestleMania. Cesaro’s momentum was floor to a halt when Uso eradicated him after a superkick throughout an enormous swing that was adopted by one other splash.
But Bryan bought the final chuckle by hitting Uso with the working knee to safe the pin after which problem Roman Reigns for the Universal title.
He had no probability in hell of profitable that match, which makes the whole first match a moot level. WWE had a chance to create a unique approach throughout this match however did not. Why? Who is aware of?
Roman Reigns def. Daniel Bryan to retain WWE Universal championship
This wasn’t a match. It was a automobile to get us to the principle occasion of WrestleMania with Edge lastly choosing his opponent.
With Bryan crushed down, Reigns instantly tried a spear however was reversed right into a Yes Lock. A recent Reigns was in a position to energy out of the maintain and obliterate Bryan with floor and pound. A powerbomb and a guillotine adopted to place an finish to the squash match.
But the actual story was Edge making his determination to problem Reigns at WrestleMania by spearing him afterward.
You cannot grade this. It was extra a narrative than a match.
Riddle def. Bobby Lashley and John Morrison for United States championship
This match had a last-minute change: Keith Lee was eliminated due to harm and changed by Morrison, who gained a deadly four-way match on the preshow. The bout suffered with out Lee, however now WWE has an opportunity to make Riddle the star he appears destined to be.
Riddle has spent the previous few weeks getting rag-dolled by Lashley and has been caught with an aloof persona that hasn’t finished a lot to indicate that he’s a wonderful wrestler. Maybe WWE will pull the set off now as a result of he definitely has “it.”
The match was wonderful for what it was and it protected Lashley by having Morrison eat the pin. Everything else was simply sort of there.
Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler def. Sasha Banks and Bianca Belair to retain WWE ladies’s tag crew championships
Why are we prolonging the inevitable Banks-Belair feud? And why is Reginald concerned on this Banks-Belair angle?
This match was one more automobile for storytelling. It turned apparent that Reginald would contain himself and price Banks and Belair, however why? Banks and Belair confirmed incredible chemistry in opposition to the champions, however as soon as Reginald — who inexplicably has break up from Carmella — appeared, the match was doomed.
Reginald made his approach to the ring with a bottle of champagne after which rolled it into the ring whereas Banks had Jax within the Bank Statement. Why? Nobody is aware of.
Banks turned again Reginald’s assist and was met with a Samoan Drop from Jax for the pin.
This was actually dumb.
Prior to this, Banks and Belair appeared like stars as they continued to whet the urge for food for his or her fairly apparent showdown at WrestleMania. But injecting Reginald into this and having Banks eat the pin was absurdly dangerous.
Drew McIntyre def. Jeff Hardy, Randy Orton, Kofi Kingston, Sheamus and AJ Styles to retain WWE championship
In the second Elimination Chamber match of the night time, McIntyre efficiently defended his title with a incredible end, intercepting Styles’ Phenomenal Forearm out of midair with a Claymore Kick.
The match had unusual ebbs and flows to it. There had been moments like Kingston eliminating Orton first and a few stable chemistry between Styles and McIntyre. But it additionally had moments that lacked logic, resembling Styles inexplicably coming into himself into the match to attempt to benefit from Orton RKO’ing Kingston and Hardy after being eradicated. It was additionally odd having Kingston and Hardy do little greater than soar off issues.
Earlier within the night time, we noticed The Miz conversing with MVP and it turned apparent that one thing would happen after the match. That little bit of information sucked any drama out of it.
Hardy met his demise after consuming a Claymore Kick from McIntyre, Kingston was despatched packing through a Brogue Kick by Sheamus, and Styles nailed Sheamus with the Phenomenal Forearm to slim the sphere to 2.
But, as talked about earlier, the end wasn’t doubtful. That did not make it any much less exceptional to see McIntyre’s Claymore Kick land as he retained the title.
But then we had what came about after the match . . .
The Miz def. Drew McIntyre for the WWE championship
Whew. So that is what it got here right down to?
The Miz yanked the Money within the Bank briefcase from Otis, misplaced it when he did not money in efficiently and inexplicably bought it again. It needed to be cashed in in some unspecified time in the future and WWE determined to do it at Elimination Chamber.
Bobby Lashley attacked McIntyre after the match after which The Miz waltzed in, hit the Skull Crushing Finale and have become the champion.
This is an absolute head-scratcher as a result of The Miz has finished little or no since getting the briefcase and has been feuding with music celebrity Bad Bunny. He hasn’t gained many matches so having him pin one of many extra dominant champions in recent times wasn’t one of the best ways to shut this present.
What does this imply for WrestleMania? Surely WWE can’t be hitching its wagon to The Miz carrying the title. There’s nonetheless one other PPV with FastLane and no matter deal there was between The Miz and MVP will definitely play out within the coming weeks. But this simply wasn’t enjoyable and it would not give us something intriguing heading into WrestleMania.