Welcome to The Wrestling Kennection's LIVE PPV coverage of WWE's 2019 Elimination Chamber, hosted by "Your Kennection to Wrestling Worldwide" Ken Hill!
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WWE Cruiserweight Championship Singles Match "The Juggernaut" Buddy Murphy (c) vs. Akira Tozawa
RESULT: Buddy Murphy wins via pinfall; Murphy countered the Iron Octopus into Murphy's Law for the three count.
THOUGHTS: A hot opener to kick off the PPV festivities with Tozawa bringing his A-Game against Muprhy, including his underrated strength and submission game, showing off a deadlift German Suplex and the not-often-seen Iron Octopus stretch. Murphy, however, lived up to his nomenclature of "The Unstoppable", proving to be just a little too indomitable for Tozawa's fighting spirit to overcome. Murphy's reign stays strong going into WM 35.
EC 2019 STANDINGS Dan - 1 pt Ken - 2 pts (LOCK)
WWE Women's Tag Team Championship Elimination Chamber Match Riott Squad vs. Nia Jax & Tamina vs. Boss n' Hug Connection vs. Sonya Deville & Mandy Rose vs. The IIConics vs. Fabulous Glow
RESULT: NEWWW Women's Tag Champs The Boss N' Hug Connection win via submission; Sasha last eliminated Sonya Deville with a modified Banks Statement.
THOUGHTS: I have to admit, to my chagrin, that Bayley and Sasha winning was a great moment, especially with the call-back to their critical spot in last year's RAW Women's Chamber match. They went coast to coast, survived five other teams (including my favorites to win, Nia and Tamina, whose elimination came earlier and a little more anticlimactically than I had anticipated), and came out on top in what came off as a big, emotional win for the two friends, bringing their roller-coaster relationship of the past year to a satisfying conclusion.
While I felt like Sasha and Bayley chasing the titles and coming out with a win at Mania over a team like Tamina and Nia would've been a better scenario, this was nonetheless an awesome moment. Congrats to the Boss N' Hug Connection.
EC 2019 STANDINGS Dan - 2 pts (2nd pick - 1pt) Ken - 2 pts
Smackdown Tag Team Championship The Miz & Shane McMahon (c) vs. The Usos
RESULT: NEWWW Champions The Usos win via pinfall; Jimmy Uso reversed Miz's pin attempt off the Skull-Crushing Finale into a crucifix for the three count.
THOUGHTS: I've stated very vociferously, many times over, that I'm not a fan of Shane-O taking up the spotlight, but he and Miz came off very well here as the cocky upstart team looking to play mind games with and undermine the veteran team in the Usos, who quickly regrouped and isolated Shane.
Shane's risk-taking, as always, came off as a double-edged sword. His Coast-to-Coast and Leap of Faith heaped a lot of damage on the Usos, but it took him out of the end of the match, with Miz seemingly closing in on a win off the SCF, only to get rolled up by a savvy Jimmy Uso for the pinfall and the loss. I suppose the extended walk of shame was meant to tease us for a heel turn from either Shane or Miz, so perhaps we'll have to wait until this Tuesday to get any indication where the two co-besties go from here.
EC 2019 STANDINGS Dan - 3 pts Ken - 3 pts
WWE Intercontinental Championship 2-on-1 Handicap Match "The All Mighty" Bobby Lashley (c) & Lio Rush vs. Finn Balor
RESULT: NEWWW Champion Finn Balor wins via pinfall; Balor won after pinning Rush off of the Coup de Grace.
THOUGHTS: Rush's pre-match overconfidence pretty much set the title change in motion before the bell even rang. Balor endured typical 2-on-1 handicap offense, with Lashley powering Balor down and Rush getting in the cheap shots.
The ending was no shock, with Lio's previous overconfidence costing him the match and costing Lashley the title. Lashley would proceed to drop Rush like a bad habit post-match, and now hopefully Bobby can continue his 2019 unabated while Rush slinks back to 205 Live.
EC 2019 STANDINGS Dan - 4 pts Ken - 4 pts
RAW Women's Championship Singles Match "Rowdy" Ronda Rousey (c) vs. Ruby Riott
RESULT: Ronda Rousey wins via submission; Rousey hit the Piper's Pit and locked in an arm bar for the tap out.
THOUGHTS: This was nothing but a big angle to further the Ronda-Becky-Charlotte feud going into WM 35, with Becky laying waste to Charlotte, only to set her sights on Ronda immediately after to remind the champion and everyone else that Ronda's not guiltless in Becky's eyes. I feel for Riott, but the outcome here was never in doubt. Becky gets the big pop, her vengeance on both women, and the gears are set in motion for the vaunted triple threat.
EC 2019 STANDINGS Dan - 6 pts (LOCK) Ken - 5 pts
No-DQ Singles Match Braun Strowman vs. Baron Corbin
RESULT: Baron Corbin wins via pinfall; Corbin pinned Strowman after a triple powerbomb through two stacked tables.
THOUGHTS: I certainly understand why this match got the "cooldown death" spot between Becky's big pop and the WWE Title main event, but ten minutes is too long for my liking. If Lashley and McIntyre had come out from the get go and jumped Strowman, that would be all well and good. As it was, it felt dragged out and like no one seemed to care. In that regard, I can't blame the audience, as I felt like Strowman had gotten his revenge and already moved on from Corbin.
EC 2019 STANDINGS Dan - 6 pts Ken - 5 pts
WWE World Championship Elimination Chamber Match "The New" Daniel Bryan (c) vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Jeff Hardy vs. AJ Styles vs. Randy Orton vs. Samoa Joe
RESULT: "The New" Daniel Bryan wins via pinfall; Bryan hit Kofi with the Solid Knee-Plus off of a missed splash for the three count.
THOUGHTS: The one thing that makes a good Chamber match great is when everyone involved has a role to play, big or small. Joe and Orton's respective vicious streaks are best in short bursts, so that worked, especially Orton's catching of Styles with a top-rope RKO. Between that and Orton blindsiding AJ in the gauntlet match, they've done a relatively effective job of transitioning Styles from Bryan to Orton. Hardy had his big moment with a smooth-looking Swanton off of a pod to the back of a prone Styles on the turnbuckle. Styles had the unfortunate role of "Chamber test dummy", but he pulled it off excellently and made everyone's offense seem as painful as it looked. Bryan looked every bit the desperate champion, using every shortcut (hiding in and on top of the pods, dodging and outrunning his opponents) he could to outlast the other opposition, and it eventually boiled down to himself and Kofi Kingston.
Kofi was the real star of this match. While his crusade here is remarkably similar to that of Santino Marella in 2012 (Replacing an injured competitor, inconceivably ending up in the final two versus a heel champion Daniel Bryan), the big difference lies in the performance. Whereas Santino had a few fleeting moments where we thought for a split second he'd pull it off, Kofi went above and beyond to remind us that, hey, he's been at this for over 10 years and he'll be damned if we all forget just how great he is, not only kicking out of the Knee-Plus, but coming within an eyelash of unseating Bryan for the WWE Title. Thanks to his performance in the Chamber tonight, no one will ever forget just how great Kofi Kingston is.
All in all, this was a great PPV for WWE's first quarter of 2019; two great Chamber matches, a fun CW Title match, Balor's first piece of gold in two-and-a-half years, and a solid Smackdown Tag Title match. Aside from the dragging Strowman-Corbin match, I give this PPV a solid thumbs up.