There were new champions crowned at Sunday’s Elimination Chamber and the pay per view as a whole was pretty good. Here’s a report on each match from Elimination Chamber with a grade attached. Don’t agree with a grade, then feel free to score the show.
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WrestleNewz has Elimination Chamber play by play. This was truly nothing special. The 30 second backstage clip creating Mojo Rawley vs. Curt Hawkins was better than the match. Hawkins is clearly the joker of SmackDown and Mojo is lost without Zack Ryder. Hopefully, WWE has other storylines for both wrestlers heading forward.
Grade: C We have a new SmackDown Women’s Champion with time to spare before WrestleMania. The two styles worked well together and Naomi finally winning the title gave a special feel. This needed a better storyline if the strap was changing hands.
Grade: B- Originally, two faces taking on a heel didn’t make sense. Then, Dolph Ziggler somewhat changed the match by (temporally) taking Kalisto out on the ramp. Once Kalisto returned, the numbers were too much. Props to Ziggler for the post-match blowup.
Grade: B- It seemed like these two generally hate each other based off their aggression. The biggest issue is certainly the ending. WWE was hyping this as the end of the feud and it seemed likely as WrestleMania is approaching. A DQ can work; it just didn’t work here.
Grade: B- With females superstars working three matches, they had to open the pay per view. WWE went with the veteran vs. an up and comer trying to still find her place. This was the best of the three and it showed why WWE had Mickie James return.
Grade: B The placement of the entrants was a little off. Once The Usos were eliminated, everyone was sure American Alpha would retain. If The Ascension didn’t take five minutes to join the match, they could be tag champions right now. The match showed how WWE is currently looking at SmackDown’s tag team division.
Grade: B+ This Elimination Chamber match was like no other as the design made the difference. Besides better camera angles, the outside steel was turned into canvas. It allowed for more bumps. Bray Wyatt pinning John Cena and then AJ Styles was the right conclusion.
Grade: A- Luke Harper vs. Randy Orton
People probably weren’t thinking Luke Harper or Randy Orton could deliver like they did. The match was hard-hitting with those table spots and continued in the ring with several spots. It was like they’ve wrestled 100s of times before and gave fans one of their best performances on Sunday.