For a show that took place just over a week after the last PPV in WWE, Elimination Chamber had less build, which led to many doubting the overall performance of the show. However, as is the case with several PPVs nowadays, Elimination Chamber ended up delivering from top to bottom, and a small card ensured a smooth flowing PPV.
With a total of seven matches on the main card, the show was one of the shortest in recent times, which came as a major surprise. Both the world titles were off the show due to two part-timers holding it right now.
Two EC matches, some intriguing singles encounters, and a major title change ensured that the PPV ended up being better than it had any right to be.
We look at the WWE Elimination Chamber 2020 results and highlights and give our thoughts and analysis on how things went down in the last PPV before WrestleMania.
Event: WWE Elimination Chamber
Date: March 8, 2020
Venue: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
Kick-Off Show: The Viking Raiders vs Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder
A late addition to the card saw the two former RAW Tag Team Champions battle it out in the first match of the evening. Erik started off in dominating fashion, but Ryder and Hawkins worked their way back into the match.
A hot-tag to Ivar put off the former EdgeHeads’ momentum, which led to Ryder inadvertently hitting Hawkins with the Rough Ryder. It was followed by the Viking Experience by the two big men for the pinfall victory.
Result: The Viking Raiders def. Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder via pinfall
Analysis: There was nothing substantial in this randomly thrown together match. The match could have taken place on RAW, and was not a PPV worthy bout by any means. Ryder hitting the Rough Ryder on Hawkins could be a possible sign of the duo breaking up soon, but it’s too early to say anything.
Daniel Bryan vs Drew Gulak
The match started off with Daniel Bryan and Drew Gulak exchanging moves before Gulak delivered a Fireman’s Carry which was a bit surprising for the former WWE Champion. The two master technicians showcased their wide range of technical moves and later took part in a kicking contest.
Daniel Bryan eventually made his comeback despite Gulak’s attempts to keep him down with his slow defensive style, and reversed a Gulock into the Yes Lock, forcing the referee to stop the match.
Result: Daniel Bryan def. Drew Gulak via submission
Analysis: The match was a solid encounter between two of the best wrestlers on the blue brand. Daniel Bryan shifting down to the mid-card for this feud was a bit shocking, but it helped to elevate Gulak, who came off as a strong performer post this match. Gulak held his own against one of the top faces in WWE, and it will be interesting to see where these two individuals head next, with WrestleMania on the horizon.
United States Championship: Andrade (c) vs Humberto Carrillo
After a technical masterpiece, we headed straight into a deeply personal rivalry featuring two Latin superstars. Andrade was taken out by Carrillo in kayfabe, which sowed the seeds for this matchup.
Andrade brought out his aggressive self to start the match and hit Carrillo with a spinning elbow in the opening moments. Carrillo tried to work his way into the match, but Andrade kept the upper hand for most of the bout.
Carrillo hit a super hurricanrana which almost got him the victory, but it only got him a two-count along with a ‘This is Awesome’ chant.
Andrade went for the Hammerlock DDT on the concrete but was unsuccessful. After trading pinning combinations, Andrade got the victory with a roll-up, grabbing a handful of Carrillo’s tights.
Result: Andrade def. Humberto Carrillo via pinfall to retain the US title
Analysis: A fast-paced match is always on the menu when these two guys collide, and they continued their streak of impressive encounters.
Carrillo lost a US title match yet again, and it is clear that WWE won’t be putting the title on a guy who lacks the promo skills. Carrillo needs a manager at this point, which would help him look like a bigger deal.
Andrade continued to be the shining star of RAW’s mid-card, and hopefully, we get a Fatal Four Way at WrestleMania, also involving Rey Mysterio and Carrillo’s cousin, Angel Garza.
Elimination Chamber Match for the Smackdown Tag Team Championships: John Morrison and The Miz (c) vs The Usos vs The New Day vs Dolph Ziggler and Bobby Roode vs Lucha House Party vs Heavy Machinery
The match started off with long-time rivals The New Day and The Usos. Lucha House Party entered the match next and upped the ante with their fast-paced aerial offense. The ring started to fill in with superstars as the champs followed by Heavy Machinery entered the ring.
Tucker hit a flying plancha from top of the pod, and Lince Dorado swung from the top of the chamber to hit a Shooting Star Press on everyone else.
Heavy Machinery eliminated LHP, and tensions rose between them and Ziggler-Roode, who were still inside their pods. A mistake by Otis cost his team, as Tucker was pinned by Roode-Ziggler.
Roode-Ziggler were busy taunting the Heavy Machinery, which led to New Day and The Usos teaming up to eliminate the duo. The alliance didn’t last long, which led to the champs pinning the New Day. The Usos tried their best to overcome the heels, but Miz used the ropes to help Morrison pin the twins and retain the titles.
Result: The Miz and John Morrison win the Elimination Chamber match to retain the titles
Analysis: This was a perfect Elimination Chamber match with all the six teams getting their time to shine in the ring. The story between Heavy Machinery and Roode-Ziggler continued in the match, and is most likely heading towards a WrestleMania bout between Ziggler and Otis.
There were all kinds of action inside the ring in this match, which made for great viewing, and Miz-Morrison retaining the titles was the right move. The champs won the title last week at Super ShowDown, but have been pinned in non-title matches twice post that.
Aleister Black vs AJ Styles
The two gentlemen from the upper mid-card of RAW competed in this No Disqualification Match, which saw a flurry of offense from both the individuals to start things off. Styles tried to take the Black Mass out of the equation by focusing on his Dutch opponent’s leg.
With the No DQ stipulation in full force, Styles used a kendo stick on his opponent. Styles went for a Tombstone, mocking the Undertaker, but was countered and sent into a steel chair.
A Meteora by Black led to all hell breaking loose, as all three members of the OC joined forces and started beating him up. The Undertaker appeared, took out Gallows and Anderson, countered a Phenomenal Forearm into the Chokeslam, leading to Black hitting the Black Mass for the win.
Result: Aleister Black def. AJ Styles via pinfall
Analysis: Black and Styles are tremendous athletes, and know how to tell a story inside the ring. Both the competitors brought out their A-game to the picture, and the intriguing match went to a predictable end with the Undertaker appearing to take out Styles.
This was Black’s first major win on the main roster, and should help him get into the top of the card soon. As for Styles, he is set to have a date with the Undertaker at WrestleMania in a dream match, and that encounter will be a mouth-watering sight for the fans.
RAW Tag Team Championships: The Street Profits (c) vs Seth Rollins and Buddy Murphy
The Street Profits, who were recently crowned as the champs, took on the team whom they took down on RAW to become the champs. The former NXT Tag Champs had the upper hand initially, but a tag to Seth Rollins slowed things down in the favour of the challengers.
The Viking Raiders made their way out to even the odds by brawling with the AOP. A distraction by a popcorn eating Kevin Owens led to Montez Ford delivering his beautiful Frog Splash onto Murphy for the win.
Owens hit a Stunner on Rollins for good measure, and threw his popcorn on Murphy after the match.
Result: The Street Profits def. Seth Rollins and Buddy Murphy to retain the titles
Analysis: The match was marred by outside shenanigans, and the two teams weren’t able to replicate the quality of their original match. The whole AOP, Viking Raiders, Owens, Rollins, Murphy, Street Profits angle is still in search of a proper endgame, and should find one soon. Otherwise, it will keep getting repetitive, with both sides trying to interfere in each other’s matches and take the fun out of it.
3-on-1 Handicap Match for the Intercontinental Championship: Braun Strowman (c) vs Sami Zayn, Shinsuke Nakamura and Cesaro
The whole match revolved around Braun Strowman and Sami Zayn’s ongoing rivalry, and the Monster Among Men desperately tried to lay his hands on the Underdog from the Underground. The heels kept the big man in check, but the numbers disadvantage didn’t deter the champion from bursting out his usual power moves.
Zayn was finally tagged in and hit a Helluva Kick with some help from Nakamura and Cesaro to pin Strowman and win his first title on the main roster.
Result: Sami Zayn def. Braun Strowman to become the new Intercontinental Champion
Analysis: The match was never going to be an in-ring wrestling classic, rather focusing on the story between Zayn and Strowman. Strowman hasn’t been able to attack Zayn for weeks now, and Zayn added to Strowman’s desperation by taking his title.
How WWE handles Zayn (who is presumably yet to be cleared for in-ring action), is going to be really interesting heading into Mania. Zayn winning the title was a shocking moment, and a pleasant surprise, as it was great to see one of the most talented superstars finally get some recognition after five years on the main roster.
Elimination Chamber Match: Shayna Baszler vs Liv Morgan vs Ruby Riott vs Sarah Logan vs Natalya vs Asuka
The match opened with Natalya and Ruby Riott, followed by Sarah Logan entering the fray for the standard back-and-forth. The match picked up pace after the dominating Shayna Baszler entered the match next, and quickly took out all the three superstars in the ring with her devastating Karifuda Clutch.
Standing alone in the ring, Baszler anticipated her next victim, and it was Liv Morgan, who had to suffer the wrath of the former NXT Champion. Baszler locked her in the Karifuda Clutch, and once again stood alone in the ring, waiting for Asuka. Baszler and Asuka exchanged words while Asuka was still inside the pod.
Asuka and Baszler went at it, with Asuka giving her a bigger challenge than the rest of the superstars. But it didn’t last long as Baszler once again locked in the Karifuda Clutch to punch her ticket to WrestleMania.
Result: Shayna Baszler wins the Elimination Chamber match
Analysis: The match served a single purpose, of announcing Baszler as the new tough girl in town. Baszler’s performance was impressive, but it came at a cost of destroying the purpose of the EC match. EC matches are meant for hard-hitting brutal action, but this ended up being a one-sided encounter.
WWE could have built towards a Natalya-Asuka rivalry or a match between the three Riott Squad members, but it was all thrown aside to build Baszler as the next challenger for Lynch.
The result was rather predictable, but WWE could have done a better job of giving the win to Baszler.