Charlotte Does Some Useless Gloating
Charlotte Flair opened the show going over the various reasons why she is the much better option when it comes to facing Rousey at WrestleMania. She called Becky Lynch a flash in the pan and told everyone that Charlotte is the much better option for business which is why she was chosen.
Becky Lynch surprisingly did not make any appearance and this segment was met with some of the most boisterous boos ever.
Our Take From It: Inserting Charlotte into the match between Rousey and Lynch was never a great idea to begin with and the way WWE is going about it has made the entire enterprise utterly unappealing.
It tarnishes the magnitude of a Royal Rumble win and more importantly kills of any momentum the Rousey-Lynch matchup had. In a couple of days, the main event at WrestleMania for the ages has been reduced to another empty spectacle. A poor start to tonight’s show.
SmackDown Women’s Tag Division Tries To Be Relevant (Carmella and Naomi vs Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville vs The IIconics)
This was a rather strange match that was quite short. Not much of note happened during this match except for Mandy Rose trying to run away out of fear of retribution from Naomi. Eventually Naomi managed to get Mandy Rose in the ring and picked up the win by hitting a split legged moonsault.
This means that Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville will be the other team that starts the Elimination Chamber match against Sasha Banks and Bayley. The faces got attacked by the IIconics post match.
Losers and starters of Elimination Chamber match: Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville
Our Take From It: Clearly a team from RAW is going to win the title as everyone here seemed to be going through. Apart from that finishing move, nothing stood out which is a shame as the first ever women’s tag title Elimination Chamber match should feel a lot more important.
The Debut Of McMiz TV
The first episode of the McMiz TV started with The Miz announcing the new name of his “must-see” talkshow followed by The Usos coming on as guests. The Usos poked fun at the validity of the Co-besties’ title run.
They played a game of asking one partner about the other in which the Co-besties cheated. Things got heated up when Mandy Rose was mentioned and The Miz and Shane McMahon ate synchronous superkicks from the Usos.
Our Take From It: While this wasn’t the the greatest edition of a WWE talkshow, it felt like a welcome relief after the previous two segments. Also, this feud isn’t the best thing for the tag division, it is probably the next best thing as The Bludgeon Brothers have no imminent plans of getting together. This was a pretty decent segment as a whole.
An Awesome Gauntlet Match For The Ages (Winner enters the Elimination Chamber last)
Daniel Bryan and Kofi Kingston started off the match. Quite a lot of technical wrestling was on display and this first part of the gauntlet match went on quite long and that explains why the rest of the show felt so rushed.
Kofi put up quite the stiff resistance and at one point the rest of the New Day and Eric Rowan got into an altercation. They got thrown out from ringside by the referee. Some nice counters followed before Kofi hit Trouble in Paradise to eliminate a shocked Bryan.
Daniel Bryan eliminated
Jeff Hardy was up next and this part was short. A few quick paced moves took place before Kofi hit the SOS for the win. The crowd started getting behind Kofi Kingston.
Jeff Hardy eliminated
Samoa Joe was up next and the match took a more brutish turn. A tired but focused Kofi managed to rally multiple times. There were a few nearfalls before Kofi sent the crowd into a frenzy by rolling up Joe for the win. This of course did not go down well with Joe who beat up Kofi before Styles, who was the next man in, made the save.
Samoa Joe eliminated
AJ Styles tried to reason with an almost broken up Kofi Kingston to accept the hard fact and forfeit but Kofi did not want anything along those lines. The match that followed showed Kofi Kingston wrestling purely in adrenaline and determination.
There were a couple of times where you would really feel bad for Kofi and at one point he let out a guttural scream that seemed too genuine. In the end he tapped out to a calf-crusher after fighting in the match for over an hour.
Kofi Kingston eliminated
Randy Orton was the last man in and immediately hit an RKO out of nowhere for the win and the privilege to enter the chamber last.
Winner and last to enter Elimination Chamber: Randy Orton
Our Take From It: This was going so well and WWE went ahead and screwed it up royally. It is pretty much a given that Bryan is going to walk out of Elimination Chamber as the champion which means that all of this is just a formality.
Even if someone else wins the championship and unless that someone happens to be Kofi himself, everything he did was an utter waste. A performance of this magnitude coupled with so many years of selfless service should get a solid reward at some point and it seemed like the perfect opportunity to do so.
That being said, this was an immensely entertaining match and a great way to end the show with a bang.
Overall Review: This was a show of extremes where the gauntlet match was super awesome and the McMiz TV was enjoyable to a certain extent. The rest of the show sucked hard and had no place to be on the card.
The biggest gripe remains though that the Becky Lynch situation only keeps getting worse and worse with each passing day.
Moment of the Night: Kofi Kingston rolling up Samoa Joe
Overall Rating: 3.2/5