Howdy folks! It’s time for Elimination Chamber 2017, live from Arizona. We’ve got a few titles on the line, one of which will be contested in the very big, very heavy, very unforgiving Elimination Chamber structure itself. It’s fixing to be a busy and action-packed evening, so let’s dive right in and see how things unfold.
Best Match of the night:
On most any other night, Harper and Orton might very well be the best of the night. That was a strongly booked match which the crowd loved, and which still made Harper look awesome in spite of the losing effort.
But, like I said…”on any other night”. And tonight was not that. Tonight, we had the Elimination Chamber. And it was a very good, if not great Chamber match. The fans were into it from the opening, and having Cena out before the final elimination seemed to make folks happy. Putting Wyatt over finally was a unique way to send the fans home happy.
Worst match of the night:
I was not really loving the women’s championship match, outside of the result. I mean, it was an alright match, but not as good as I’d hoped. But, not the worst.
For that, I will pick on Mojo versus Curt. It went on first for a reason. I think they need to get Mojo like a rental tag team partner, because he and Ryder were really getting some traction there, and the tag team ranks are weak. But as for a singles match, this did nothing.
Crowd Chants of the Night:
Thank you Ziggler
He’s got kids.
Let’s go Harper
This is awesome
You deserve it
John Cena Sucks
Let’s go Ambrose
Star of the Night
Has to be Bray Wyatt, for winning his first WWE title in a brutal but exciting Elimination Chamber match. The main event at WrestleManiajust got a whole lot more interesting.
Spot of the Night:
Orton nailed a heck of a superplex.
Ambrose, with a flying elbow from the top of his pod.
Cena, with a double German on AJ and Ambrose.
Out of the corner, Ambrose powerbombs Bray, who also had a bit of an overhead Suplex on AJ. Sick spot.
Cena, leaping off the top of the pod to take out Wyatt and Styles.
Jobber of the Night:
Hmm….sort of a stretch here, perhaps, but I will say this one goes to one of two tag teams. The Vaudevillains, who were a quick elimination for Beauty and The Man-Beast. Or, The Ascension, who were delivered American Alpha on a silver platter, and lost.
Maybe a bit of a reach? Sure, fine, but those were the closest examples of it this evening.
Upset of the Night:
Holy Sh** Moment of the Night:
Seems to be a night for post match, or post elimination, attacks.
Ziggler, again, went off after losing to Kalisto and Crews. And The Usos, following their elimination, once again destroyed Jordan and Gable. And that, right there, was about the best chance The Ascension have had since they joined the main roster. So of course, they weren’t able to win.
And Corbin, after being first man out, snapped on Ambrose. He put Dean through a pod, which we knew had to happen eventually.
Wyatt, eliminating Cena for the fourth of five eliminations from the Chamber. Nice move to completely take Cena out and eliminate any doubt.
Botch of the night:
Mr. Mauro Ranallo. “How about the Hell In A Cell match, featuring six Superstars…”. His colleagues let him have it, and rightfully so.
Commentary of the night:
In Kentucky this year, 2017, is the year of the Red Dragon
Wake up Mauro!
Can we have a sobriety check for when you come out here, Mauro?
That put Ziggler in Airplane Mode
Most people are afraid of the Chamber. Ambrose gets in and he’s like a kid in a candy store.
LOL Moment of the night:
JBL, changing his “pick for the match” about five times during the tag team turmoil match. I think every team that had won or was ahead was his favorite, until they lost.
Ellsworth repeating Carmella, practically word for word.
I must have missed it before, but this was a brand new Elimination Chamber this year. I haven’t looked into it, but I’d venture to guess it had something to do with the limitations on newer arenas not being able to handle the older structure (much was said about that last time when the Chamber PPV was brought back).
Also noteworthy, Cena and Styles started the Chamber match off.
We had two new champions tonight, each one a first-time holder of singles gold in WWE (main roster). Congrats to Naomi and Bray Wyatt.
There is a reason why, at the moment, the SmackDown women will be inferior to RAW, even if you think they shouldn’t be. Look at how a RAW women’s championship match goes on a PPV. Charlotte has been a fixture, and she elevates things, of course, but the contenders are better too. Tonight’s blue brand women’s title match wasn’t even close to RAW’s standards. One more reason why, once Asuka comes up, she needs to land here.
The Ascension. It was a cruel way to lose. I actually, silly me, thought their fortunes might have finally been changing.
No issues with Alpha retaining, and how it was done should only boost their status.
I don’t know why it took so long, but WWE finally gave Naomi a shot. Thank you.
And, I don’t know why this one took as long as it did, but Bray finally climbed the mountain and is holding the WWE Championship.
After the final bell:
Well, what’s not to like? Two new champions, and both fairly deserving. It will be interesting how the next forty plus days unfold, because you’ve gone from a money main event draw in Cena, to an unproven, yet popular entity in Bray Wyatt. It could go very well for the show, or fans could revolt. I somehow doubt fans revolt, considering how fans love Wyatt.
The Road to WrestleMania just got a whole lot more interesting.