WWE Elimination Chamber
February 17th, 2019 | Toyota Center in Houston, Texas
Cruiserweight Championship Match: Buddy Murphy (c) defeated Akira Tozawa. Admittedly, I wasn’t too thrilled with Tozawa getting this title shot. He’s just never been a guy who stood out to me. However, he faced Buddy Murphy and Murphy ranks among the best wrestlers in the world right now. His role as the juggernaut was on display in this one. He played the Goliath of sorts and it was a clear problem for Tozawa. The challenger fought hard with plenty of hope spots. Their counters were top notch and that arguably had the spot of the night when Murphy hoisted Tozawa up only to get hit with a super rana. Of course, Murphy retained in 13:18 in a banger. [***¾]
Elimination Chamber Match for the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship: The Boss ‘n’ Hug Connection defeated Nia Jax and Tamina, Fire and Desire, Naomi and Carmella, The IIconics, and The Riott Squad. Naomi and Carmella were eliminated when the IIconics rolled up Naomi. Jax and Tamina eliminated The IIconics and The Riott Squad. Jax crashed through a chamber pod, which allowed Bayley to hit a top rope elbow on Tamina and eliminate them. Finally, Banks was able to tap out Sonya Deville with a variation of the Banks Statement to win the match. Bayley and Sasha Banks are your first WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions. One of the better Chamber matches I can ever recall. Other than a few sloppy moments, they nailed mostly everything else. Good action, great storytelling, and smart booking. [****¼]
The Miz and Maryse announced that they’re having another baby.
Smackdown Tag Team Championship Match: The Usos defeated Shane McMahon and The Miz (c). McMahon put Jey Uso through the announce table with a top rope elbow drop. Jimmy Uso then pinned Miz with a crucifix to win the match and the Smackdown Tag Team Champions. Good tag formula with some cool spots and it kept building the angle. I dig it. [***¼]
Handicap Match for the Intercontinental Championship: Finn Bálor defeated Bobby Lashley (c) and Lio Rush. Bálor hit Rush with the Coup de Grace to win the match and the Intercontinental Championship. After the match, Lashley attacked Rush. The match itself was fine, but nothing I couldn’t get on an episode of Raw. [**½]
Charlotte Flair cut a promo about how Becky Lynch sucks, then stayed at ringside for the Women’s Championship match.
Raw Women’s Championship Match: Ronda Rousey (c) defeated Ruby Riott. Rousey showed up dressed as Sonya Blade from Mortal Kombat 11 and won easily with an armbar. After the match, Becky Lynch showed up on crutches and beat down Flair and Rousey before being escorted away by security. Aww, poor Ruby. [NR]
No Disqualification Match: Baron Corbin defeated Braun Strowman.Drew McIntyre and Bobby Lashley attacked Strowman with chairs, and the heels triple-powerbombed him through double-stacked tables for the pinfall. I didn’t care and I don’t think anyone else did. [½*]
Backstage, Miz got upset that he let everyone down. Shane McMahon sent him home, and said he’d see him on Tuesday.
Lacey Evans showed up, walked down the ramp, then walked back up. And that was it! (?)
Elimination Chamber Match for the WWE Championship: Daniel Bryan (c) defeated Samoa Joe, Jeff Hardy, AJ Styles, Randy Orton, and Kofi Kingston. Styles eliminated Joe first with a Phenomenal Forearm. Hardy hit a Swanton from the top of a chamber pod onto Styles draped across the top turnbuckle, but walked into a running knee from Bryan and was eliminated. Orton countered a Phenomenal Forearm into an RKO to eliminate Styles. Kingston countered an RKO with Trouble in Paradise to eliminate Orton. Bryan and Kingston fought each other with all they had, but Kingston missed a splash from the top of a pod and got hit with a running knee for the loss. An incredible match that rivals the best Chambers ever. Phenomenal action, a hot crowd, and a stellar performance from Kingston and Bryan. Outstanding. [****½]
Overall rating: B+
That’s three straight WWE Pay-Per-Views that have been very solid. The two Chamber matches rank in my top 5 ever (in no order it’s these two, 2002, 2017, and 2005). That would be enough to make this a recommended show. Throw in a very good Cruiserweight Title match, very fun Smackdown Tag Title match, Finn Balor winning the IC Title, and a great Becky Lynch segment to top it all off. That Corbin/Strowman stuff dragged, but skip it and enjoy the rest.