Rousey puts Trips through a table, Alexa, Roman prevail in Elimination Chamber
Robert O’Neill: It’s Elimination Chamber time! Well, almost. I want to start this off with the excellent Wrestlemania video package WWE showed near the end of the preshow focusing on the seven guys in the men’s chamber match, because it was fantastic.
Chris Novak: Looks like we’re getting a Chamber match to start. The question is, which?
Robert O’Neill: The women! Had to kinda figure, especially since the Rumble main evented and Braun is probably going to do some spots later where he destroys the chamber.
Chris Novak: Alright, so Bayley is starting. Interesting spot for her. Could prove to be intriguing. Could prove to nuke her. Who’s to say?! No, but this should be fun. I like all of these girls’ gear.
Robert O’Neill: Mandy being the first person out of their pod so her and Sonya and team up against Bayley is good storytelling. Bet Sasha is next.
Chris Novak: Well… obviously!
Robert O’Neill: Hey I was right! And now Sasha and Bayley are using their advantage and Sasha eliminated Mandy. And Mickie eliminated Sonya by diving off the pod! That was cool. And Bayley took out Mickie! Chaos!
Chris Novak: Okay. That was SO GOOD. SO GOOD. Everyone played their parts extremely well. Bayley’s looking like a strong babyface. She got caught after the second-rope B2B, but that’s okay! Alexa’s smart like that. Sasha looked awesome (as always). The top of the pod Twisted Bliss into a Bank Statement was SO COOL.
Oh, wow. Are they babyfacing Alexa? Well, I mean, she’s super popular. She has a lot going for her. And… OH, YOU SNAKE! Alexa’s so good on the mic. So good. THAT is why they didn’t take the title off her.
Robert O’Neill: Alexa and Sasha and Bayley had their best showing in… quite some time. That was the point of this match. Also Sasha and Bayley are gonna have an Eddie Guerrero/Rey Mysterio WM21 match at Mania this year and it’ll be a blast.
Chris Novak: Hey, here comes The Bar and… damn. A cooldown match AGAIN?
Robert O’Neill: I feel bad for The Bar. They’ve been in the cooldown match at like three straight PPVs and while each match has been good, you can tell the crowd hasn’t been into it. This was a fine match where they won to retain, but the tag division needs some direction, and the likely multi-team match at Wrestlemania probably won’t help.
Chris Novak: Nia-Asuka is quite great here. Probably one of Nia’s best performances so far, I’d say.
Robert O’Neill: Holy crap this post-match beatdown from Nia is fierce. She threw Asuka through the barricade!
Chris Novak: Well, they’re heating Nia up for… something.
Robert O’Neill: I’m not talking about Bray Wyatt and Matt Hardy. Chris, if you want to, go for it. But I’m out. This is unfathomably stupid.
Chris Novak: At least Hardy salvaged it at the end. Here comes the Rousey contract signing…
Robert O’Neill: Trips and Steph are here with Angle? I smell shenanigans!
Chris Novak: And then there were… no shenanigans. Huh.
Robert O’Neill: Alright so, Ronda’s not great on the mic. That’s to be expected, plus nerves could have been a factor. But Angle being an instigating shitheel, Triple H getting put through a table by Ronda, and Stephanie being a full-blown heel and slapping Ronda really saved the segment. It started rough, but certainly recovered.
Chris Novak: Yeah, that got effective late. Ronda has charisma. She just may have had stage fright. Or, she needs to work out the kinks. I’m not surprised that she had trouble speaking publicly. Anyways, here’s the Elimination Chamber match.
Robert O’Neill: Alright this has been interesting so far. The pace is much slower than the women’s match, but it started to pick up after Miz’s elimination. It’s just odd that we’re currently right at the 10 PM CT mark and this match is nowhere near ending, but such is life in the WWE Network era. Overrun no longer matters.
Chris Novak: That it doesn’t… as evident by when this PPV ended!
Robert O’Neill: Miz and Elias have both been eliminated by Braun Strowman so far. He’ll probably be in the final two. And now Strowman eliminated Cena. It’s pretty clear how they want Strowman to look. Finn Balor got eliminated by… Braun Strowman! Seth Rollins looked good and also did a frog splash off the top of the pod but got eliminated by Braun Strowman! So we’re down to Roman and Braun, and Roman just threw him through the pod!
Chris Novak: And, unsurprisingly, Roman defeats Braun with two Spears and a few Superman Punches. That was a very good Chamber Match, #AsExpected.
Robert O’Neill: This was a fine show that was highlighted, in my opinion, by the women’s matches. Both were predictable but I liked the stories that were told, and I think both chamber matches themselves were pretty good despite the men’s one being a bit plodding at times. All in all, I’m very interested to see what happens on Raw, which is the point of a PPV.
Alexa Bliss d. Bayley, Sasha Banks, Mickie James, Mandy Rose, and Sonya Deville to retain the Raw Women’s Championship
The Bar d. Titus Worldwide to retain the Raw Tag Team Championships
Asuka d. Nia Jax
Matt Hardy d. Bray Wyatt
Roman Reigns d. Braun Strowman, Seth Rollins, John Cena, Finn Balor, The Miz, and Elias to become the #1 Contender for the WWE Universal Championship