Naomi is now your new SD Women's Champion!
Baron Corbin DESTROYS Dean Ambrose!
All that and so much more, here is Super Mastodon's review of the Elimination Chamber 2017 PPV!
Mojo Rawley def. Curt Hawkins
Becky Lynch def. Mickie James
A great way to kick off the PPV, both women delivered a solid hard-hitting match! Mickie dominated most of the match, mainly working on Becky's arm which is pretty ironic.
She was able to pull off a Mick Kick but Becky's feet or arm (can't remember clearly) landed on the bottom ropes and the referee saw it so the count was interrupted, loved the old school rules touch there, you really don't see that happening often these days.
In the end Becky got the pinfall victory via a reverse rollup! I thought Mickie would win this considering it's her first singles PPV match on her main roster return, they could've booked Becky as an underdog almost but I'm fine with the result.
This feud is obviously far from over but I'm still unsure where both of them fit in the Mania card. We shall have to wait and see I guess.
2-on-1 Handicap Match:
Crews & Kalisto def. Dolph Ziggler
While Kalisto while making his entrance he got attacked in the back by Ziggler although he did return later on. I mean it was a decent match but it just doesn't interest me at all!
Crews & Kalisto got the victory thanks to their teamwork but they looked shit in the end when Ziggler went nuts and attacked both of them again playing this "sore loser" character. He even destroyed Crews' ankle with a chair, how dastardly!
Although I'm not so sure about Ziggler being a successful heel. The crowd is chanting "Thank You Ziggler!" when this happened, they should've booked him against other babyfaces in my opinion because at the moment as much as talented they are nobody cares about Crews and Kalisto.
They both have generic gimmicks, Kalisto being a Rey Mysterio 2.0 while Crews is just a bland athletic wrestler. If they want Ziggler to be a much more realistic heel and people actually booing him he needs to face other opponents.
I thought the storyline with Jerry Lawler would go further but I guess they stopped that, I would rather see Lawler against Ziggler actually. I know he had a heart attack and all but he still wrestles in the indies from time to time and can still go for a man his age, plus Lawler would play the role of a sympathetic babyface better than those two.
Just my 2 cents on this whole deal with Dolph Ziggler.
SD Tag-Team Championships - Tag-Team Turmoil Match:
American Alpha Retains
Slater & Rhyno made quick work against the fashion police men with Fandango taking a GORE to be the first ones eliminnated! The Vaudevillains come out next but they got eliminated too, I mean what do you expect?
Then The Usos came out. Much to the dismay of the fans they actually were able to beat Slater & Rhyno, with Heath taking the pin. Heath Slater is still very much over with the crowd with them chanting "Heath's Got Kids!" but this was when the momentum of the match started to tone down.
The champs: American Alpha were next and they had a decent back-and-forth with The Usos but in the end it was the Alphas who got the better of Rikishi's twin boys! But it didn't end there as The Usos beat up Gable & Jordan after the match, fueling a feud between the two teams, cool I guess?
The Ascension were the next and final tag-team to come out and I seriously thought they were gonna win there for a second after American Alpha got beaten up badly but through some miraculous Hulking up shit they were able to recover from the beating of The Usos and beat The Ascension, retaining their tag-team belts.
Like I said this match started great with Slater & Rhyno, the crowd obviously loved them! But it all went down to the shitter when they got eliminated. I would've preferred an American Alpha vs Slater & Rhyno for the final faceoff.
Both the tag-team divisions of RAW & SmackDown are really weak at the moment, I think it needs a little bit of "Revival" don't you think? *wink*
Natalya & Nikki Bella = Double Count Out
Natalya as we know is a great worker, you can put anyone against her and she'll have a good match with them! Nikki Bella on the other hand I know gets a lot of flack by the IWC but she's honestly improved in terms of her wrestling skills!
From what I've seen and heard from various dirt sheets that Nikki's neck isn't in the best of shape right now so more props to her for at least inserting effort into this match. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying her body of work is on a level of a Manami Toyota, I'm just saying she's been better than the last couple of years!
Now I thought this match would be the blowoff in Nikki & Nattie's feud which has been interesting actually but it ended in a double count out so obviously things are far from over between these two women. We all thought Nikki was gonna win and take some time off to heal her neck in preparation for WrestleMania.
Speaking of Mania, later on Nikki was having an interview with Renee backstage and she got attacked by Nattie again! This time however, Maryse was present around where the two brawled and Nikki was thrown over to Maryse spilling make up or powder, whatever that is all over Maryse. Kind of a teaser for that rumored Cena & Nikki vs Miz & Maryse match for Mania which I hope doesn't happen to be honest...
Randy Orton def. Luke Harper
As expected these two wrestlers have delivered a great match! It's no Okada-Omega obviously but far from being a snoozefest.
Orton and Harper had some great back and forth even getting a table spot at one point! But in the end The Viper takes the victory, looking strong for his main event match at WrestleMania!
Harper fought valiantly though and didn't looked weak at all! I hope he gets involved in a title picture at some point as well. Both men just had one helluva match!
SD Women's Championship:
Naomi def. Alexa Bliss
Both women had a decent match although I still think Becky vs Mickie was better, the ending was kind of a shocker but I still kinda expected it with Naomi getting the victory and finally becoming a champion!
Now don't get me wrong, I love Naomi I think she's definitely deserving of a championship win but I thought this was a little done too soon. Bliss just won the title in December, she should've had a longer reign.
Naomi just returned few weeks ago due to injury, they could've had a much bigger "feel good" moment if Naomi won the title on her hometown of Orlando at Mania! Just my thoughts.
Nonetheless, I'm happy for Naomi that she finally gets a championship run! Hopefully she'll have a good lengthy run and I hope she can successfully defend it at Mania but we know how WWE loves to fuck with the hometown crowd!
WWE Championship - Elimination Chamber Match:
Bray Wyatt Wins
We started the match with John Cena & AJ Styles, as expected these two delivered as always! Then we had a No Mercy throwback when Dean Ambrose joined the fray as he was the first one to come out of the pods!
Ambrose hits the Lunatic Elbow from the top of his pod to Cena, cool spot there! Cena also did a double german suplex to both Styles & Ambrose, his Superman-esque strength doesn't cease to amaze me!
Bray Wyatt comes out next. Nice Fatal 4 Way feel between all those guys, still no eliminations yet! Baron Corbin is the second to the last to come out of the pods, he hits both Styles & Cena with the End of Days but didn't pin any of them which was kind of stupid.
Corbin looked hella strong in this match destroying all four competitors! Then The Miz "comes out" last but didn't really officially got out of his pod because Corbin is staring right at him, but while The Lone Wolf was destracted to The Miz, Ambrose took advantage and pinned him with a rollup and scored the first elimination much to the shock of many fans!
Afterwards Corbin went crazy and beat the living hell outta Dean Ambrose! The refs couldn't do shit about it, he threw Ambrose into one of the pods and just destroyed him like a ragdoll, concluding with the End of Days. This could very well mean that we might see a Corbin vs Ambrose feud for the IC Title leading up to Mania and I won't mind that at all!
Anyway, Ambrose is laid out in the middle of the ring, Miz took advantage and pinned a beat up Dean Ambrose getting our second elimination of the night!
Miz didn't last that long though, he did his usual Daniel Bryan tease by hitting the YES! kicks but in the end was on the receiving end of an AA from Cena and got pinned! See ya later Miz!
Now we're down to the final 3: Cena,Styles,and Wyatt. For a moment Styles & Wyatt team up on Cena, of course John Cena just being John Cena took out both of them for a moment and climbed one of the pods and jumped from it hitting both of the opposition!
AJ hits Cena with the Styles Clash at one point but Supercena kicks out! What he wasn't able to kick out off though was when Bray Wyatt hits him with the Sister Abigail, Cena loss his WWE Championship!
The finalists are Styles vs Wyatt for the WWE Championship! We've got some great back and forth between the two, Styles hits Wyatt with a 450 Splash only to a count of two, he then tried for the Phenomenal Forearm but got reversed into the Sister Abigail, 1...2...3.. we have a NEW WWE CHAMPION!
After many years of the title eluding him, "The Eater of Worlds" Bray Wyatt is now finally the WWE Champion! Very well deserving! Randy Orton stared at Bray but the patriarch of the Wyatt family didn't seem to care that much as he continued celebrating with his belt.
In my opinion this Chamber match is easily one of (if not the) best Elimination Chamber matches of all time! All 6 wrestlers put in their best here, yes the result might've been predictable but predictable doesn't always equal bad as we just saw from this match.
SmackDown did a good job building their way up to WrestleMania, we'll see how RAW will do on their own with FastLane coming up!
Feel free to leave your own thoughts about the Elimination Chamber 2017 in the comments down below!
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