*Before I get started with the review, I’d like to apologize to all of the WNZ regulars who come to the site in order to read my Nutshell reviews. Last week I was extremely busy and I know that you guys look forward to the articles, so, I apologize for not being able to write up a review for Raw last Monday night.
WWE Elimination Chamber 2014, the last PPV before WrestleMania 30, took place at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota and featured a total of eight matches (including the pre-show). There were two highly anticipated matches – the Six-Man WWE World Heavyweight Title Elimination Chamber match and the Shield vs. Wyatt Family – and neither bout disappointed. Here are the overall highlights and lowlights from WWE Elimination Chamber 2014:
Best Match: There were two absolutely outstanding matches tonight, the main event Elimination Chamber match and the Shield vs. Wyatt Family Six-Man Tag. However, the clear-cut favorite for the best match of the night award goes to the Shield and Wyatt Family who stole the freaking show with one of the best tag team matches in WWE history. All six participants in the match shined and there were multiple incredible moments. These six talented superstars are the future of the WWE and the future looks pretty bright if you ask me.
Worst Match: Without a doubt, the worst match of the night was AJ Lee vs. Cameron. AJ Lee is always great in the ring and a pleasure to look at, but tonight, I felt she was selling way too much and was trying very hard to make Cameron look good in the ring, even though she is nowhere near as talented as her Funkadactyl counterpart Naomi. The match was very dull and Tamina got involved causing a disqualification victory for Cameron.
Crowd Chants of the Night: During the Kickoff match the crowd chanted “Curtis Axel”. During Jack Swagger vs. Big E. Langston the crowd chanted “we the people”. During the Tag Team Title match the crowd erupted into a big “CM Punk” chant. During Titus O’Neil vs. Darren Young the crowd chanted “we want Ziggler”. Before the match even started, the crowd chanted “this is awesome” and “let’s go Wyatts”, “let’s go Shield”. The crowd chanted “holy sh**” after Harper and Rowan slammed Rollins into the announce table. During Alberto Del Rio vs. Batista the crowd chanted “Boo-Tista”, “Daniel Bryan”, “CM Punk”, “Y2J”, “RVD” and “we want Lesnar”. During the Elimination Chamber match, the crowd chanted “YES”. When Randy Orton was the last superstar let out of the pod, the crowd chanted “boring”. When Orton locked himself into the pod, the crowd chanted “pussy”.
Fan Sign of the Night: This is the part of the review where readers can comment on what their favorite crowd signs were. What were some cool, funny and clever signs that you saw during the Elimination Chamber PPV.
Jobber of the Night: There weren’t any real jobbers tonight at the Elimination Chamber. However, since I have to choose one, I’ll give the award to Darren Young after losing to Titus O’Neil in about six minutes. It wasn’t a horrible match and Young put forth a decent performance, but compared to the other superstars and matches on the card, I’d say Young deserves the jobber of the night award. From this point on, I will not be awarding Jobber of the Night awards to Divas, like I’ve done in the past, because that I’ve realized that that is just cruel.
Upset of the Night: Match wise, there were no clear-cut upsets, but something that was upsetting to me was the inclusion of Kane in the Elimination Chamber match. Kane cost Bryan the WWE World Heavyweight Title by pulling the referee out of the ring after Bryan hit Orton with his finisher. The main event of WrestleMania is now set, which is going to be Randy Orton vs. Batista, which will get shit on by the fans there. Unless the WWE include Bryan into the main event and make it a Triple threat, I can guarantee that the fans are going to turn on that main event and make it one of the worst in WWE history.
Holy Sh** Moment of the Night: It’s impossible to pick any one particular holy sh** moment of the night after watching the Shield take on the Wyatt Family. It was one hell of a match that showcased multiple spots that resulted in the crowd standing on their feet from start to finish. Luke Harper going for a top turnbuckle backdrop onto Seth Rollins looked like it was going to be devastating, but Rollins countered the maneuver by doing a back-flip in midair and landing perfectly on his feet, which prompted the crowd to pop like crazy. Another moment that was awesome was the double Choke Slam (not sure if it was a Choke Slam or Double Spine Buster) that Harper and Rowan gave to Rollins through the announce table. Both Wyatt Family members stood on top of announce table slammed the Shield member into the Spanish announce table.
Logic Fail of the Night: You know, it may not be that illogical, but are the New Age Outlaws heels or faces? Clearly they are being booked as bad guys and they turned their backs on CM Punk about a month ago, but they still do there New Age Outlaws “shtick” at the beginning of every match, which is a very “good guy” thing to do. What do you guys think, am I being too nit-picky or is this a legit gripe?
LOL Moment of the Night: There weren’t really any humorous moments tonight, but something that I found funny was the crowd chants during the Batista and Alberto Del Rio match. There were chants of random superstars, but the best chant of the night was “Boo-Tista”, which is something I have never heard before and is actually quite clever.
Tweets of the Night:
Of course it would be on our last ever PPV that we realize to give people their money’s worth with matches #WWEChamber
— WWE Creative Humor (@WWECreative_ish) February 24, 2014
I hope Hogan cuts a promo about taking WWE to the next level, brother. It just won’t be the same if he doesn’t. #WWEChamber
— Greg Parks (@gregmparks) February 24, 2014
I wouldn’t mind if Bad News Barrett showed up at the end of each match. #WWEChamber
— The Fans Podcast (@TheFansPodcast) February 24, 2014
— Bryan (@BryanIsWWE) February 24, 2014
The end is near……….. pic.twitter.com/B5WfKo4VDJ
— Triple H (@TripleH) February 24, 2014
— WWE Creative Humor (@WWECreative_ish) February 24, 2014
Commentary Lines of the Night: “You need to win championships like those guys did instead of talking about your body parts” – JBL talking about Ryback. “I bet you know where Hidden Valley Ranch is” – Jerry the King Lawler.
Noteworthy Moments: Both Rhodes Brothers vs. Rybaxel and Titus O’Neil vs. Darren Young were decent matches, but they weren’t anything groundbreaking. They were neither lowlights nor highlights. The thing that made Titus O’Neil vs. Darren Young slightly more underwhelming was the incredibly silent crowd. I thought the match was pretty decent, but I guess the Minneapolis crowd did not.
During Batista vs. Alberto Del Rio, the crowd was firmly behind Alberto Del Rio and cheered every time Del Rio attacked Batista and booed every time Batista attacked Del Rio. Throughout the match, the crowd chanted “Daniel Bryan”, CM Punk, Y2J, RVD, we want Lesnar and my personal favorite “Boo-Tista”.
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Overall Lowlights: WWE Network explanations; AJ Lee vs. Cameron; Jobbers and Emma playing with toys backstage; Batista vs. Alberto Del Rio.
Overall Highlights: The Minneapolis, Minnesota crowd; Big E. Langston vs. Jack Swagger; Bad News Barrett; Hulk Hogan returns to WWE tomorrow night; New Age Outlaws vs. The Usos; The Shield vs. Wyatt Family video package; The Shield vs. Wyatt Family; Bryan gets screwed again.