WWE Elimination Chamber 2018 2/25/2018
Two Elimination Chamber matches take place as WWE heads to WrestleMania. Plus, Ronda Rousey signs her WWE contract. Nothing could possibly go wrong, right?
World Wrestling Entertainment presents Elimination Chamber
From: Las Vegas, NV
Opening Contest: RAW Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss vs. Bayley vs. Mandy Rose vs. Mickie James vs. Sasha Banks vs. Sonya Deville in an Elimination Chamber match: Bayley and Deville start off the first ever women’s Elimination Chamber match. Bayley drives Deville down with a running bulldog early on to get the early advantage. Deville stops Bayley with a shot to the midsection. Deville tries to catapult Bayley into the cage, but Bayley climbs up the cage instead. Bayley ends up tossing Deville into the cage. Bayley drops Deville face first over the top turnbuckle and connects with a side suplex for a near fall. Bayley comes off the top with an elbow drop onto Deville outside the ring and gets a two count.
Mandy Rose is the third entrant into the match and Bayley quickly goes after Rose dropping her over the middle rope. Bayley does the same to Deville as she tries to fight off Absolution. Bayley spears Deville in the corner followed by a strike. Rose avoids a splash and Bayley hits the corner but backdrops both women to the outside. Rose nails Bayley with a strike and Deville hits a spear. Rose and Deville ram Bayley back first into the cage several times. Bayley continues to be worked over by Rose and Deville but won’t stay down for a three count. Deville traps Bayley against the cage and Bayley is worked over with strikes and kicks.
Sasha Banks is the fourth entrant into the match. Banks goes right after Deville and Rose with strikes. Banks sends Rose face first into a pod and pummels her with right hands. Deville sends Banks into the cage but that offense doesn’t last as Banks delivers more strikes. Banks drops Deville with a double knee strike. Banks comes off the ropes with a double knee strike for a two count. Banks sends Rose face first into the second turnbuckle before hitting a double knee strike on Deville for another near fall. Deville sends Banks face first into the middle turnbuckle leading to a near fall. Deville shoulder rams Banks in the corner several times followed by a kick to the chest. Bayley drives Deville back first into the post. Banks and Bayley work together to send Deville into the cage a few times.
Rose drops Banks with a wheelbarrow facebuster. Rose plays to the crowd and attempts a double under hook but Banks counters and hits the Bank Statement. Bayley prevents Deville from making the save and Banks forces Rose to submit. Mandy Rose has been eliminated.
Mickie James is the fifth entrant. James cleans house with clotheslines and attempts a DDT on Bayley, but Banks nearly rolls James up. James plants Bayley with a neckbreaker. James plants Banks with a flapjack. Deville knee lifts James but James sends Deville into the cage. Deville drives James back first into the cage a few times. James uses the cage to take Deville down with a head scissors.
Mickie kicks Banks on the chin and climbs the cage to get on top of a pod. Bayley comes over as well and they both climb the cage trading strikes. James is able to kick Bayley off the chamber and stands on top of the pod. Mickie leaps off and hits a Thez Press on Deville. James has the cover and gets a three count. Sonya Deville has been eliminated.
Banks quickly hits James with a Bank Statement and Bayley connects with the Bayley to Bayley leading to a three count. Mickie James has been eliminated.
Alexa Bliss is the final entrant. Bayley and Banks stalk towards the pod and Bliss tries to avoid them by climbing up the cage and has to fight them off before climbing back down. However, Bliss climbs back up the cage and is stuck on top of a pod. Banks kicks Bayley off the pod to prove that she’s in it for herself.
Bayley gets up and sends Banks face first into the middle turnbuckle. Bliss decks Bayley and gets a two count back in the ring. Bliss drives Bayley face first onto the canvas a few times. Bliss stomps away on Bayley for a two count. Bayley takes Bliss over with a back suplex. Banks pummels Bayley in the corner with right hands but Bayley puts her in a tree of woe. Bayley stomps away on Banks in the corner. Bliss comes over and grabs Bayley to hit a superplex. Banks hits a splash off the top, which was NOT a frog splash, and nearly pins Bayley. Banks sends Bayley into the corner and lays her over the middle rope, but Bayley counters only to get her face driven into the middle turnbuckle. Bayley hits a middle rope Bayley to Bayley suplex, but Bliss is able to rollup Bayley to get a three count. Bayley has been eliminated.
Bliss tries to cover Banks but can’t get a three count. Bliss goes for a twisting splash off the top, but Banks got her knees up to block it. Banks kicks Bliss outside the ring and knee strikes Bliss several times. Banks gets caught in the cage and Bliss hits a backbreaker. Bliss climbs the cage and goes to the top of a pod. Bliss hits a twisting dive! Banks seemingly no sells it with a Bank Statement and they roll back into the ring. Bliss fights out of the hold.
Banks kicks Bliss in the corner and heads to the top rope. Bliss prevents Banks from reaching the pod and sends her face first into the pod. Bliss plants Banks with an elevated DDT for the win. (***1/2. It’s a good chamber match and I enjoyed the match much more when Rose and Deville were eliminated. I’d have to think this match is leading to a match between Banks and Bayley at WrestleMania, which should outshine any other women’s match at the show should that happen. The performance by Alexa Bliss showed her as being one of the best wrestlers in the company and I’m sold on her in-ring after this.)
Alexa Bliss is interviewed after the match and she does a great job of being positive and talking about dreams coming true. It sounded as if she was going to turn face, but then she changed her tune and told everyone that they will never realize their dreams. Bliss is a great promo.
Braun Strowman cut a cellphone promo saying he’s going to win the Chamber match tonight.
Second Contest: RAW Tag Team Champions Cesaro & Sheamus vs. Apollo & Titus O’Neill: Cesaro and Sheamus attack the challengers before the match even starts, but Apollo and Titus send the champs to the floor. Apollo comes off the top to hit a crossbody onto the champs on the floor. Titus and Cesaro legally start the match with Titus delivering a scoop slam. Apollo comes off the top with a splash for a two count but is sent to the floor. Sheamus runs over Apollo with a clothesline. Sheamus and Cesaro continue to work over Apollo in the corner. Cesaro tries for a cover but Apollo easily kicks out at two. Apollo is knocked down by the champs and Sheamus keeps control. Apollo fights back on Sheamus with right hands but can’t escape to his corner. Apollo backdrops Cesaro but Sheamus is able to quickly enter and prevent a tag to Titus. Apollo continues to be worked over in the corner with kicks to the midsection. Apollo sends Cesaro to the floor but Sheamus again prevents a tag. Apollo gets the corner but Titus was knocked off the apron. Apollo nearly pins Sheamus with a rollup. Sheamus hits the post shoulder first. Apollo tags in Titus as Cesaro also tags in.
Titus cleans house with clotheslines and tosses Cesaro into the corner followed by strikes. Titus tosses Cesaro across the ring and plays to the crowd. Titus splashes Cesaro in the corner and follows up with a boot for a near fall. Titus catches Cesaro in midair, but Cesaro kicks Titus and Sheamus gets tagged in. Sheamus drops Titus over the top rope and comes off the top rope but Titus hits the Clash of the Titus for a near fall. Apollo takes the champs out with a somersault dive to the floor! Apollo goes to the top and nearly pins Sheamus with a crossbody. Sheamus blocks a standing moonsault with his knees for a two count. Titus is sent into the post. Cesaro tags in and the Bar wins by driving Apollo down to the mat. (*1/2. I was mostly bored by this largely because I didn’t believe Apollo and Titus were going to win the match. The TV feud had me hoping for a title change, but in reality, it just wasn’t really going to happen. I don’t know who the champs feud with going to Mania season.)
Asuka has been undefeated for 873 days and has 246 victories. We get a video promoting Asuka and the match with Nia Jax.
Third Contest: Nia Jax vs. Asuka: Jax grabs Asuka by her throat early on but Asuka breaks free and kicks Jax in the corner. Jax is able to toss Asuka to the mat and tosses Asuka across the ring. Asuka avoids a charging Jax and sends Nia to the floor. Jax stops Asuka on the apron and delivers a knee strike to her back. Jax drives Asuka face first into the mat with a curb stomp followed by a backbreaker. Jax splashes Asuka in the corner. Jax comes off the ropes to connect with an elbow drop for a near fall. Asuka tries to get a knee bar on Jax, but Jax counters and drives Asuka chest first into the corner. Jax has a torture rack on Asuka, but she breaks free quickly an gets a choke hold on Jax. Jax lifts Asuka up and hits a jackhammer!
Asuka stops Jax with a jawbreaker followed by several kicks to her chest. Jax stops Asuka with a Samoan Drop. Asuka battles back with several strikes to stagger Jax and nails her with a kick to the face a few times. Asuka goes for the cover but Jax kicks out at two. Asuka tries to powerbomb Jax out of the corner, but Jax avoids it. Jax attempts a sit down splash but Asuka rolls out of the way. Asuka runs into Jax and crashes to the mat. Jax attempts a senton splash, hitting Asuka on her legs as Asuka tried to roll out of the way. Asuka takes Jax down to the mat and has an armbar locked in. Jax drives Asuka back first into the corner with one arm. Jax attempts a powerbom but Asuka counters with a hurricanrana and holds on for a rollup and gets the pin! (**1/2. I’d say it was a solid enough match and enjoyable. Jax looked good in there and still looks strong despite the defeat. For a moment I thought Asuka may lose.) After the match, Nia Jax attacks Asuka and spears Asuka through the barricade. Alexa Bliss is seen watching on television and she’s happy to see what has happened.
RAW Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss is interviewed and says nobody is ready for Alexa, even Asuka.
Backstage, Roman Reigns is interviewed regarding WrestleMania and Elimination Chamber. Reigns talks about Paul Heyman being a guy who shows up to work maybe ten days a year. Reigns believes he’ll win the chamber and then win the Universal Championship at WrestleMania.
A video promoting the feud between Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt is aired.
Fourth Contest: Bray Wyatt vs. Matt Hardy: Wyatt appears in the ring after the lights go out but Hardy has vanished and his jacket is left in the ring. Hardy begins to sing Jeff Hardy’s song. Wyatt goes to the floor and begins to look for Hardy. Wyatt looks under the ring and can’t find Hardy. Hardy is on the ring steps and axe handles Wyatt on the floor. Hardy hammers away on Wyatt in the ring followed by a side Russian leg sweep. Wyatt sends Hardy into the corner but misses a splash and does his taunt. Hardy responds by clapping which confuses Wyatt. Hardy plants Wyatt with a DDT for a two count. Wyatt comes off the ropes with a forearm shot. Wyatt pummels Hardy in the corner with strikes to chest. Wyatt connects with a DDT of his own for a near fall. Wyatt drops Hardy with a headbutt strike. Wyatt and Hardy trade blows on the apron until Wyatt plants Hardy with a DDT on the apron. Fans are chanting “we want beach balls”. Wyatt clotheslines Hardy on the floor to maintain control of the bout before returning to the ring.
Wyatt drops Hardy with a short arm clothesline. Hardy boots Wyatt in the corner and connects with a tornado DDT. Hardy rams Wyatt head first into the corner and hits a clothesline. Hardy plants Wyatt with the Side Effect for a two count. Hardy elbows Wyatt coming off the middle rope. Hardy is slammed by Wyatt followed by a senton splash for a two count. Wyatt stands on the middle rope and misses a senton splash. Wyatt avoids the Twist of Fate and hits a splash. Hardy fights out of Sister Abigail. Hardy connects with the Twist of Fate for the win. (*1/2. I wasn’t interested in the match nor have I been interested in the feud. I’m not sure I’d even consider this a good win for Hardy. His character hasn’t translated well since leaving Impact Wrestling.)
It’s now time for the Ronda Rousey contract signing. Triple H, Stephanie McMahon and Kurt Angle are in the ring with her for the moment. Triple H and Stephanie are putting over Ronda big time while Angle looks to be disappointed or unhappy. Ronda notices this and asks if Angle has something to say. Well, Angle does have something say. Angle points out what Ronda did to Hunter and Stephanie at WrestleMania 31. Angle tells Ronda they are trying to manipulate her. He also mentions the various negative things that they have said about Ronda. Triple H and Stephanie try to shut Angle up but the damage has been done. Eventually, Ronda puts Triple H through a table with a belly to belly suplex! Stephanie slaps Ronda and then bails to the floor after Ronda stares her down.
Main Event: Braun Strowman vs. Elias vs. WWE Intercontinental Champion The Miz vs. Seth Rollins vs. Roman Reigns vs. John Cena vs. Finn Balor: Rollins, Miz and Balor start the match. What was the big deal about Miz starting off first when there’s two other guys? Miz wants to make a partnership but Rollins and Balor team up to take out Miz with strikes in the opening moments. Rollins tries to pin Balor ending their partnership rather quickly. Balor punches Miz into the cage and Rollins keeps control of Finn. Rollins also punches Miz into the cage after running the ropes. Balor nails Rollins with a dropkick. Miz attempts a sunset flip on Balor but is met with a dropkick. Miz misses a splash in the corner and Balor attempts a cover on Rollins. Rollins covers Balor but only manages a two count. Everyone tries to get rollups but each one is only a two count. Rollins drives Balor down with a backbreaker. Rollins drops Miz with a springboard clothesline, snap suplex and a Falcon Arrow for a two count. Rollins kicks Miz and attempts the Curb Stomp, but Miz avoids it. Rollins hits a double blockbuster on Balor and Miz for a two count on both men.
John Cena is the fourth entrant into the match and is met with mostly boos. Cena slowly enters the ring and stares down Rollins. They shove each other and Cena connects with shoulder blocks. Cena avoids a knee strike to slam Rollins to the mat. Cena avoids a kick to deliver another slam and does the same to Miz. Cena proceeds to hit a double Five Knuckle Shuffle. Balor double stomps Cena for a near fall. Balor gets a rollup on Miz followed by the Slingblade. Rollins cuts Balor off with a superkick. Rollins forearms both Balor and Miz in the corner. Cena attempts a double AA on Rollins and Balor, but Balor breaks free. Rollins lands on his feet and kicks Cena to the outside. Miz drives Rollins down with a backbreaker for a two count. Cena tosses Balor to the outside while Miz and Rollins are fighting. Rollins sends Miz face first into the cage. Balor is stomping away on Cena. Miz clotheslines Rollins in the corner while Cena has Balor on the middle rope. Rollins and Cena hit stereo superplexs.
Roman Reigns in the fifth entrant into the match and is met with mostly boos. Reigns slowly enters the match and drops everyone with right hands. Miz sends Reigns into Rollins and plants Rollins with a DDT for a near fall. Miz proceeds to deliver kicks to the chest of all four competitors in the ring. Reigns avoids a kick from Miz and drops Miz with clotheslines. Balor works over Reigns with strikes in the corner. Balor tosses Rollins to the outside while Reigns comes off the top to clothesline Balor. Reigns continues to beat on Balor with short arm clotheslines in the corner. Balor avoids a kick but Reigns is able to powerbomb Balor with one arm. Reigns drives Cena down with a Samoan Drop and powerbombs Miz for a two count.
Braun Strowman is the sixth entrant into the match and he’s met with mostly cheers. Braun grabs Rollins and sends him into the cage. Reigns is met with a right hand and Braun decks Balor and Cena. Miz is keeping his distance while Braun continues to work over everyone. Cena and Rollins double team Braun but Braun takes them over with a double suplex. Braun catches Balor coming off the ropes and tosses him into Reigns. Miz begs off from Braun and climbs up the cage and onto the pod. Braun catches Miz and rams him into the plexiglass. Braun tosses Miz off the pod onto everyone. Braun continues to control the match by striking everyone. Braun press slams Rollins gut first onto the outside. Braun grabs Miz and hits a powerslam to pin Miz. Miz has been eliminated.
Elias is the final entrant into the match. Elias decides to close the pod door and remain in the pod. Braun turns around and he’s attacked by everyone. Braun is pummeled down to the mat. Reigns wants to do the triple powerbomb. Braun is picked up and Reigns his the powerbomb but Braun kicks out despite everyone pinning him. Cena plants Braun with the AA! Braun kicks out at one. Reigns spears Braun but only manages a two count. Rollins curb stomps Braun and Balor comes off the top to double stomp Braun outside the ring. Cena hits the AA on Reigns but is kicked by Rollins. Rollins and Balor collide and with everyone down, Elias decides to enter the match. Elias tries to pin everyone but can’t eliminate anyone. Elias keeps control of the match working over everyone. Elias comes off the top to elbow drop Rollins for a near fall.
Elias has Rollins on his shoulders but Rollins gets out of it. Elias has Reigns on his shoulders and hits a sit-down powerbomb for a near fall. Braun is back up and misses a spear hitting the post. Elias goes to put Braun on his shoulders, but fails. Braun plants Elias with a powerslam and gets a three count. Elias has been eliminated.
Rollins comes off the top to knee strike Reigns and Braun is getting hit by everyone. Braun catches Cena hitting a powerslam for a three count. John Cena has been eliminated. Cena is dejected on the steps after his elimination.
Reigns steps up to Braun and is punched for doing so. Balor gets into the ring and stares down Strowman. Balor strikes Braun several times but Braun sends him into a corner. Balor kicks Braun several times before going to the top. Braun pulls Balor off the top and attempts a powerslam but Balor wiggles free and dropkicks Braun into a corner twice. Balor comes off the top hitting a double stomp to the back of Braun for a near fall. Balor kicks Rollins and plants Rollins with 1916 for a near fall. Reigns misses a clothesline and Balor connects with a Slingblade and dropkick. Balor comes off the top to double stomp Reigns! Braun comes in and drives Balor down with a powerslam for a three count. Finn Balor has been eliminated.
Rollins and Reigns try to double team Braun. Rollins dumps Braun to the outside and stomps away on him while Reigns pummels Braun with strikes. Braun is driven head first into the cage a few times. Rollins turns on Reigns sending Reigns into the cage and hits a springboard clothesline into the ring. Rollins misses a Curb Stomp and kicks Reigns in the gut. Rollins hits the Buckle Bomb but Reigns decks Rollins with a Superman Punch.
Braun grabs Rollins but Seth climbs the cage to break away. Rollins is on top of the pod while Reigns plants Braun with a Samoan Drop on the outside. Braun rolls into the ring and Rollins leaps off the pod to hit a frog splash. Rollins has the cover but Braun kicks out at two. Rollins has Braun but Braun fights both men off as Braun dropkicks Reigns to the outside. Rollins superkicks Braun several times and comes off the ropes but Braun hits a powerslam for a three count. Seth Rollins has been eliminated.
Braun wants Reigns to get in the ring. Reigns gets a few punches in but Braun flips Reigns over the top and back to the outside. Braun gets sent face first into the cage. Reigns leaps over the top to splash Braun against the cage. Braun charges towards Reigns but misses and crashes through a pod. Reigns decks Braun with a Superman Punch. Reigns delivers another Superman Punch and wonders what it takes to knock Braun down. Regins attempts a spear but Braun avoids it. Reigns delivers another Superman Punch and a spear. Braun gets up and is speared again and that’s good enough for the win. Braun Strowman has been eliminated. (***. The match lacked any real drama since there was no doubt as to who was going to win. Strowman eliminates everyone and that was just so Reigns can look even stronger for when he eventually pinned him. I’m at the point where I just want the title off Lesnar and hopefully the company finally pulls the trigger on that change. Reigns/Lesnar should be a good match.) After the match, Braun attacks Reigns and takes him out with a few powerslams. Reigns is also tossed into a pod.
Aside from the women’s Elimination Chamber, I thought it was a rather forgettable pay per view. Oh, and I suppose the Ronda Rousey segment was memorable and effective. So, aside from that it’s a forgettable pay per view.
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