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Random thoughts about Elimination Chamber 2015

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The 2015 edition of Elimination Chamber aired exclusively on the WWE Network last night. I think it’s a smart thing to have these exclusive shows as it encourages fans to sign up to this outstanding application. I was intrigued by the first ever tag team Elimination Chamber match and of course, John Cena vs. Kevin Owens. This post obviously contains spoilers so if you haven’t seen Elimination Chamber look away now.

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WWE Tag Team Championship – Elimination Chamber Match: The New Day © (Kofi Kingston, Big E & Xavier Woods) retained the tag team titles against The Prime Time Players, Tyson Kidd & Cesaro, Lucha Dragons, The Ascension and Los Matadores

WWE Divas Championship: Nikki Bella © defended the title against Naomi and Paige after pinning Naomi for the victory

Kevin Owens def. John Cena via pinfall

Neville def. Bo Dallas via pinfall

WWE Intercontinental Championship – Elimination Chamber Match: Ryback defeated Sheamus, Dolph Ziggler, Mark Henry, King Barrett and R-Truth to win the vacant WWE Intercontinental Championship

WWE World Heavyweight Championship: Dean Ambrose def. Seth Rollins © via disqualification

Random Thoughts

John Cena/Kevin Owens was amazing. Talk about a match of the year contender! As things stand it’s a toss-up between this or the Brock/Cena/Rollins match from the Royal Rumble, I just can’t decide. It’s the sort of match which reminds me why I watch and respect professional wrestling. A star making performance by Owens, and the fact that it was a clean victory over a top level guy like Cena makes it a huge deal. I’m still in shock by it. I was expecting Cena to win via disqualification, I guess the majority of fans were expecting the same, but a clean Kevin Steen victory? That was a bonus! How crazy was that moonsault Owens did? Very impressive. Don’t seem to be nitpicking but I felt Owens should have been more aggressive in his assault and Cena should have stayed down longer after the finish rather than quickly rolling out the ring. I was initially worried for Kevin when he first signed for WWE fearing that he would be repackaged with a lame gimmick. Not any more. His ring work is solid and his confident on the mic. He’s a guy who’s worked so hard to make it to the WWE and to see him being booked strongly in his main roster debut is encouraging. More of the same in the re-match please.

The tag team Elimination Chamber match was pleasing. Good work by everyone although it was hard to follow at times. I liked how strong the Ascension were booked, makes me wish they were booked like this when they got the call up to the main roster back in January. A cheap win by New Day since they had all three members involved in the match, makes sense for them to retain here.

I like how the commentators are berating New Day just because they had the added advantage of a third man yet they seemed to have no problem in allowing El Torito to help out Los Matadores. I guess you could say, it’s BULL-shit (see what I did there?)

The crowd was dead for the majority of the night and this was evident during the second Chamber match. I don’t blame them as the match was very average. I did like how Sheamus was able to jam his pod’s door with his celtic cross necklace, it was selling the idea that he could have got out at any time. He should have released himself as soon as Ziggler was eliminated so he could catch Ryback by surprise. Not a massive fan of Ryback but it’s nice to see him win his first singles title after dropping down the ladder in recent years.

Why do WWE continue to book Bad News Barrett like a jobber? His run as Intercontinental Champion at the beginning of the year did nothing for and it appears being KOTR isn’t either. What’s the point in making him King of the Ring is they’re not going to at least give him a decent push.

The girls in the triple threat match worked hate for the time they were allotted. Nothing like the NXT Divas matches, but you can see that progress is being made on the main roster. I thought Nikki was going to drop the title to Naomi so she can feud with Paige. Not sure what the plan is with Nikki’s reign going forward. It’s been pretty boring and both the Bella Twins aren’t very good as faces.

With Rusev being ruled out of the Intercontinental title match I thought they should have added a stipulation to the Neville/Dallas match where the winner takes Rusev’s place rather than randomly having Mark Henry make up the numbers.

The finish for the main event is bound to piss a lot of people off, but it’s an example of how WWE is going to think of different ways of keeping the title on Rollins. The finish is commonly known as the ‘Dusty Finish’ because when Dusty Rhodes was the head booker in the NWA during the 80’s he would come up with that finish all the time. People on social media were pissed off about it. That’s the whole point. They want you to get upset about it so you can watch next time. Personally I thought it was really well done because WWE doesn’t use that finish very often.

Overall show rating (out of 10): 8

From what I thought was going to be a throwaway show I enjoyed it. Owens & Cena might just end up as match of the year once I get round to doing the 2015 Rif Rasslin Awards in December, and Rollins vs. Ambrose was very good too. Out of the two Chamber matches the tag title match was better. They did some cool moves and it had a nice flow to it. From top to bottom, it’s my second favourite show after WrestleMania 31.

2015 PPV Rankings

WrestleMania 31 – 9.5

Elimination Chamber – 8

Payback – 7

Extreme Rules – 5

Fastlane – 4.5

Royal Rumble – 4

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