Here it is ladies and gentleman. The Elimination Chamber PPV. A PPV with a lot of buzz and anticipation about it. Six men beating the hell out of each other in an all-out faction war. Six men beating the hell out of each other for the richest prize in the WWE. This was going to be a hell of a show and it certainly started out that way. I already did about Jack Swagger vs Big E Langston in an earlier blog today and that was a sensational opener to the show but then we progressed on with the Tag Team Championship match between the New Age Outlaws and The Usos.
New Age Outlaws vs Usos
Not a bad match. It was a hurt by the great contrast in styles from both teams. The Usos are really fast paced while the veterans the Outlaws were slow and steady. So when the Usos were picking up the pace, the Outlaws could barely keep up. It was still entertaining though and I’ve loved the consistently good PPV Tag Title matches that we’ve had for the last year now. A bit of humour in it and the fans were really into it (might have been helped from the match before like). The Usos were unfortunate not to win, but their time will eventually come. Hopefully it’ll come at Wrestlemania, but probably not since they’ve already lost once. If they had not lost clean, then they’d have a legit excuse for a rematch. However they did. I do wonder if not the Usos, then who’ll be the number one contenders for the titles heading into Wrestlemania 30?
Titus O’Neil vs Darren Young
Titus O’Neil vs Darren Young. I’m not going to lie… not that interesting of a match. I mean it was nice to see these two lock up on a PPV and they truly deserve it, but it wasn’t anything special really. To be honest, it was just getting these two on the PPV that was important and not the match. But it might have helped the match a little bit if the announcers were actually paying attention and not making references to Ric Flair the entire match. -.-
The Shield vs The Wyatt Family
You know if you have bought the WWE Network or are going to purchase the WWE Network, go back to this PPV and just reply this match over and over and over again. You want to talk about epic. This is the personification of epic. These two factions have been building up to this day for so long. The battle of supremacy between the top two stables in the company had finally arrived… and it more than lived up to the hype!
22 minutes this match went on for… and the fans were already chanting “This Is Awesome” before the match started. Myself and the fans were so amped up for this all out war between The Shield and The Wyatts. And it started off exactly as you’d expect… total anarchy. The two came to blows before the bell even rang. Instigated by Dean Ambrose, the two clashed before being restrained and the six man tag team match would begin.
The intensity of this match was so evident. This hardly resembled a wrestling match as it did a FLAT OUT FIGHT! I loved all the brawling and the fighting the two did in this match. Dean Ambrose was really good in that department as he’s a great scrappy fighter. Just wild fists flying. The psychotic nature of his character was played out really well especially when you’ve got the crazy-ass Wyatt Family in the ring with them.
One person that really impressed me in this match is Seth Rollins. Despite his high-pitched voice making him as convincing of a bad guy as Bugs Bunny, Seth was really on top of his game. I loved it when Seth landed on his feet after Luke Harper attempted a top rope german suplex. The athletic ability of this guy is off the charts and the fans were buzzing for this as well as the reminder of that particular 30 second segment involving Seth. He was quality through-out but that one in particular was amazing. If you go back and watch this match, you’ll get the segment that I’m on about.
Luke Harper was really good in this match too. Because of all the hype Bray Wyatt gets, you forget about Harper and Rowan of the Wyatts. These two were as good in the ring, if not better, than Bray Wyatt. Luke definitely was. Especially when he did the suicide dive to the outside, which was followed by Seth Rollins dive to the outside which were both really well coordinated!
It’s just the wild nature of this match that made it so awesome. The match direction and pace would change in such a heartbeat that the cameramen couldn’t even keep up! It was quality seeing Bray Wyatt and Dean Ambrose spill out into the crowd which was a nice added touch. Harper and Rowan chokeslamming Rollins through the announce table was really well done. And the finish as well.
Roman Reigns did his best to overcome the Wyatts on his own after Ambrose and Rollins were out of the equation. Superman punches and spears were dished out left and right, but it was Bray Wyatt who got the last laugh with the Sister Abigail for the win!
DAMN! That was an awesome match. I highly doubt there will be a better match than that this year. Just for the craziness that the match provided is more than enough for me! I love unpredictability and it had it. I love a good old fight and we saw a HELL of a fight! This will be hard to top by anyone this year! So worth the hype and I would replay this over and over again if I could, because that was freaking awesome. And you can now with WWE Network! Which we were reminded about, every 5 minutes of the PPV! -.-
AJ Lee vs Cameron
You want to talk about an awkward match. God. This was just so painful to watch. I mean AJ tried her best, god bless her. But this seemed so awkward. Even ending was awkward with Tamina nearly costing AJ the title. It’s hard to find anything positive to say about this match. Somehow after that amazing match between the Wyatts and Shield, the WWE were able to completely kill the mood of the night. And it ended the streak of actually decent matches. This was just dud all over it. God WWE, just get some more divas in the division will you? And no, I’m not talking about the woman with the worst dance moves of all time, Emma. -.-
Batista vs Albertoooooooooooooooooooooooooooo Dddddddeeeeeelll Riiiiiiiiooooooooooooo!
I actually liked this match. It was a lot better than I expected it to be. And trust me, I never had that high of expectations for this match. Del Rio actually looked like a legit threat to Batista which is good. Even if he did do a pre-match attack on Batista beforehand. Del Rio looked stronger than you’d expect against someone like Batista. I really wished Del Rio would’ve won. But that was never going to happen. As much as I wasn’t a fan of Batista’s performance, Del Rio’s performance was outstanding. He made this match worthwhile and was very good in carrying Batista during that match. Another thing I wanted to point out is Batista is so loud when it comes to calling spots. I’m not sure if anyone noticed this, but I remember Batista bellowing out “REVERSE” just before Del Rio reversed his Oklahoma slam! Christ! Anyway Batista won….
Elimination Chamber Match – Randy Orton vs Sheamus vs John Cena vs Daniel Bryan vs Antonio Cesaro vs Christian
It actually wasn’t a bad chamber match. It was anything that special like, but it was really good considering the wrestlers involved. I loved the exchanges Sheamus and Cesaro where having during that. Uppercuts and blows all through the match. It seemed like a proper brawl between those two. One thing for certain is that they were two tough old birds. I’d love to see a feud between these two because I loved them just beating the hell out of each other during that chamber.
Christian had a nice little showing in the chamber, possibly having the spot of the match with his splash off the top of a chamber pod onto Sheamus eliminating him. There were rumours that Christian was going to be taken out of the chamber but I’m kinda glad that he wasn’t. It was good having him in the chamber, but I’m a bit pissed that he didn’t last longer and was eliminated easily by Bryan.
One thing I didn’t like was the fact that made the smashes through the plastic seemed so hard-hitting and brutal when it clearly wasn’t. You had like Cole and Lawler treating it as if it were a car wreck when all they did was go through plastic. I remember when I think it was Cesaro that picked up a piece of broken plastic and rammed Sheamus with it and I was just thinking “Was that actually supposed to hurt him more?”. It looked weak as piss.
Anyway, it came down to the final four. Loved that Cesaro stared off the chamber and lasted longer than Sheamus. For a rising star like him that is a big claim to fame. However, I kinda wished he made it to the end or the final three. However, John Cena had something to say about that. It was a bit underwhelming to see the same old three people (Cena, Bryan and Orton) in the final three who had been feuding for the title ever since Summerslam of last year.
The Wyatts interrupted the match and helped eliminate Cena. It’s nice that they asserted themselves as the top faction of the WWE now by getting involved in the main event of the PPV. They attacked Cena and they’re probably going to feud with him. This is very GOOD news for the Wyatts.
And it came down to Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan. And of course, it was Corporate Kane that had the last word in the chamber by assisting Orton in eliminating Bryan from the match and retaining his title. Right decision having Orton win the match… but why was Kane the one who screwed Daniel Bryan and not Triple H? It was a really good point made by Aaron Bower of Bleacher Reporter in this article. If Bryan’s fighting Triple H at Wrestlemania, than surely he should be the one getting his hands dirty?
Anyway. Great PPV. A good build for Wrestlemania. A lot of people are going to be bummed about Bryan not winning, but Orton needed to win that chamber match. Orton vs Batista is happening. Triple H vs Bryan is happening. If you don’t like it… tough. But I’m sure Daniel Bryan will be winning the WWE World Title soon after Wrestlemania so just have a little patience.
On a side note, marked out every time Bad News Barrett showed up last night! He was on form big time here!
This was a really good PPV. Quality matches throughout the show. Great opener and a phenomenal six man tag team match between the Wyatts and the Shield. Definitely a match of the year candidate! I’d seriously recommend watching this again on the WWE NETWORK! XD