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Random Thoughts on WWE Elimination Chamber 2017

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Elimination Chamber is in the history books and I’m here to share my random thoughts on the event. If you haven’t seen the show yet please look away now as this post contains spoilers.

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Becky Lynch def. Mickie James via pinfall

Apollo Crews & Kalisto def. Dolph Ziggler via pinfall

WWE Smackdown Tag Team Titles – Tag Team Turmoil match: American Alpha © def. The Ascension, The Usos, Heath Slather & Rhyno, The Vaudevillians, and Breezango to retain the titles

Nikki Bella & Natalya fought to a double count-out

Randy Orton def. Luke Harper via pinfall

WWE Smackdown Women’s Championship: Naomi def. Alexa Bliss © via pinfall to become the NEW Smackdown Women’s Champion

WWE World Championship – Elimination Chamber match: Bray Wyatt def. AJ Styles, John Cena ©, The Miz, Dean Ambrose, and Baron Corbin to become the NEW WWE World Champion

*Random Thoughts*

Bray Wyatt is the new WWE World Champion. Over the moon for the fella. He’s finally reached the top after so many stop-start pushes in his career. He deserves to be in the spot he’s in. The win wasn’t a surprise by any means. I’m just glad that it finally happened.

The main event was outstanding. It was given a ton of time to tell the story of Wyatt outlasting everybody to win the title. I liked the story with Cena and Styles having to outlast everybody, but they couldn’t do it. I also thought it was right to have Wyatt pin Cena and Styles. It put him over in a huge way because he beat the two former WWE Champions in one night (like a certain Mr. Jericho did back in 2001). It gives Wyatt credibility immediately. They did a good job of utilizing Miz, Corbin, and Ambrose in the match as well because it set up Corbin and Ambrose for a feud. Again, I’m so happy for Wyatt. I’m interested to see how he handles himself as champion.

The handicap match is further proof that the crowd has no reason to care for Apollo Crews. That’s just said because he’s a hard worker and a talented performer. The fact that the crowd was chanting “Thank you Ziggler” during a post-match beat down typified that. The match was below average. Once Kalisto got in there the crowd woke up a bit, but that’s also when the match came to an end.

It’s hard to rate the tag team turmoil match compared to other matches because it was a bunch of short matches within a match if that makes sense, but I thought the entire presentation was good. It was enjoyable. I enjoyed the American Alpha/Usos sequence because I hope it leads to a feud between those teams. Their matches have always been good, but they haven’t had a chance to really have a major feud. Now they can do that.

With three women’s match on one show, let’s begin with Lynch v James. It was acceptable for an opener. It serves its purpose to hype up the crowd (sorry, Mojo). Mickie was working on the arm of Lynch to try to weaken her and dominating most of the match. It prevented Lynch from going for her arm submission, which influenced into the finish. Lynch got the win with a counter instead of her submission, so it doesn’t hurt James too much to lose in close fashion like that. James showed that she is still one of the best women’s wrestlers in the world and I’m so happy that she is back in a WWE ring where she belongs. I would have had Mickie win here because I felt like she needed some momentum in her first singles PPV match, but they went with Lynch instead and I have zero problem with that.

Next up, Nikki Bella v Natalya. It was a very physical match that felt more like a fight. Like I mentioned in my predictions, I liked this feud. They have made it personal and they wrestled that match like it was personal as well. The crowd was behind Nikki every time she made a comeback. I thought Nikki would win because count-out finishes aren’t booked that often, but that’s what they went with because WWE must want to keep the feud going. Natalya is in her element as a heel. She trash talked a lot and sold Nikki’s comeback. The only negative was her persistence of the whole “you can’t see me” taunt. It started to become off-putting at times.

Just like with the main title, we also have a new Women’s champion too in Naomi. I said in my predictions blog that the title change could happen, but I thought they wouldn’t take the title away from Alexa just yet. I’m happy for Naomi winning the title because she’s had a tough time getting to that level in the past. I get why they did it because Naomi has reached a new level of popularity with the cool entrance that she has. My gripe is that I would have had Bliss have a longer reign because it was so brief. Can’t push everybody at the same time. That’s WWE.

Let’s end things with Randy Orton vs. Luke Harper. A match that I enjoyed from start to finish. The crowd was a little slow to get into it, but once the guys started doing some near falls the fans really bought into it well. Harper’s offense is as good as any big man wrestler I’ve ever seen. I’m not saying he’s the best big man wrestler. I’m just saying he’s very believable in everything that he does. It’s great that Harper was in a featured match that went that long because it doesn’t happen enough for him. He proved how good he was. As for Orton, this was his best singles match in a while. He’s always capable of a match like this and I think Harper is one of his better opponents.

Overall Show Rating (out of 10): 8

Solid outing by the Smackdown brand. The main event achieved its purpose of elevating Wyatt. Harper/ Orton was the longest match of the night and it showed how talented Harper can be. The three women matches all told different stories, and everything else wasn’t that great or memorable. I did enjoy this show. It shows how talented the Smackdown roster is.

PPV Rankings

Royal Rumble – 8

Elimination Chamber – 8

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