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Rhea Ripley, Becky Lynch, Drew McIntyre shine

Elimination Chamber safely delivered everything you expected, and maybe even more.

With Drew McIntyre and Becky Lynch heading to WrestleMania, WWE got the winners of two chamber matches right. Finn Balor and Damian Priest make a strong defense of the Undisputed Tag Team Championship, and Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley takes on potentially babyface Nia Jax in one of her best title matches. They became one.

WWE gave us a look at why they’re laying the groundwork for a few more matches at WrestleMania 40 during a bright early morning show from Perth, Australia to the East Coast on Saturday morning.

Here are five takeaways from WWE Elimination Chamber.

Livelihood support

While the women’s indoor matches were better inside the ring, the men’s matches provided some great stories. That’s about as good as it gets for McKintree.

Randy Orton, who had just defeated Logan Paul by RKO, was unable to get up from the mat for McIntyre to deliver the Claymore. But when Orton tried, he connected with an RKO. However, Paul, who was not out of the ring, hit Orton with brass knuckles, robbing McIntyre of the victory.

Drew McIntyre celebrates his win at Elimination Chamber. WWE

For McIntyre to get more help on the road to WrestleMania after complaining that he’s been treated badly in the past is some kind of sold storytelling and a great way for the heel to win. And it feels like WWE is leaving the door open for Orton, Kevin Owens, or both to face Paul for the United States Championship at WrestleMania.

McIntyre received more assists during the match.

L.A. Knight rode the momentum and hit the Blunt Force Trauma finisher on Orton and McIntyre, seemingly defeating the Scottish Warrior. However, as an “injured” Bobby Lashley was being taken out, AJ Styles snuck in and hit Knight repeatedly with a chair. McIntyre took advantage of this and crawled on top of Knight, scoring his second elimination, but it looks like Knight won’t be in the United States Championship picture.

Immediately after his entrance, Orton hit a middle rope DDT on Owns in the apron area, appearing to hurt his lower back. Although Orton still appeared to be in pain, he slowly returned to the match and eliminated Owens by defeating him with an RKO. The commentary touted it as if it was an actual injury possibility, but it became a talking point for Owen in the match.

The match took a turn for the better when Paul came on as the last contestant. He and Owens chased each other. Paul puts Owens through the pod and then gets speared through the pod by Lashley. Lashley then took the Claymore from McIntyre in the apron area, once again becoming the first person to be pinned in the ring.

AJ Styles attacks LA Knight at Elimination Chamber. WWE

Tiffy’s lynching moment

On the women’s side, Becky Lynch won this match in style, but it was Tiffany Stratton who shined the brightest. Stratton, who received a very positive reaction from the audience, dominated Lynch and Naomi after being released from the pod first. Then the trend of being eliminated after big moves and moments started.

Naomi hit a sunset flip powerbomb from the top of the pod, but Stratton pounced and made her the first eliminated, immediately giving the former SmackDown Women’s Champion a sarcastic “Sorry”. Naomi then issued a tweet against Stratton, which could be the start of her first feud on the NXT Women’s Champion’s main roster.

Becky Lynch celebrates her win at Women’s Elimination Chamber. WWE

Rodriguez then came in and shoved Stratton into the cage before the other three women turned their attention to her.

Morgan hit Rodriguez with a seated senton from the top of the pod, but Stattron culminated his time in the chamber with a Swanton Bomb on Lynch and Belair shortly after being eliminated by Morgan. Rodriguez caught Belair’s KOD with a double bomb from Tejada and was eliminated.

The match ended in excitement. Lynch got out of a Bel Air KOD attempt and Morgan used the moment to surprise EST and stack her up for the pin. It felt like a weak way to eliminate Belair, but it protected her in a way because it allowed her to use her surprise as an excuse.

Immediately after the pin, Lynch immediately pounced on Morgan and hit a manhandle slam, earning her a ticket to face Rhea Ripley at WrestleMania. This was a very solid and entertaining match that boosted Morgan and Stratton’s stock while giving Lynch a learning moment and opportunity.

Tiffany Stratton did a great job at Elimination Chamber. WWE

perfect homecoming

The Man will take on Ripley in the championship’s best game in front of Ripley’s hometown fans and family. It’s a rare occasion to see Mami work from underneath her as a babyface, and given her main event effectiveness, one can’t help but wonder if this is the best course for her post-WrestleMania. Sho.

Jax, who seemed to have improved a lot, overwhelmed Ripley early on in a rarely seen manner, as the champion managed some big counters along the way. In the end, Ripley was able to take a Samoan drop and Jax’s Annihilator drop in the corner and kick out. It was Ripley’s turn to unload, and she hit a superplex off the top rope, lifting Jax for a Riptide and the fans were all on their feet for the win.

Rhea Ripley successfully defended her title in the main event. WWE

final judgment

The Undisputed Tag Team Championship Match will give you what you wanted. Tyler Bate and Pete Dunne made two believable changes to win this match. The first one was blocked from the outside by Dominque Mysterio, who pulled Dunne out of the pin, and the referee tossed Dunne from ringside. Despite Damian Priest kicking out in another close call, Mysterio’s absence kept Judgment Day looking strong throughout. Priest hit double South of Heaven on both Dunne and Bate, and Baylor hit the Coup de Grace to seal the victory and likely a date with DIY at WrestleMania.

ripple effect

While interesting in and of itself, The Grayson Waller Effect segment was a bit of a failure in terms of major new features and interactions due to the lack of any cast from The Bloodline. Rose simply presented the challenge of wrestling The Rock anytime, anywhere after getting slapped at the WrestleMania press conference. Rollins states that he is nearing a medical clearance and expresses his determination to stay by his side so that a tag team match is still possible before both men defeat Austin Theory, with Waller watching from the sidelines. did.

Note

  • The overhead camera shots and microphones in the pods were nice touches, but perhaps underused by the cast brought in. There was also a scene where Kevin Owens cheered as Drew McIntyre slammed Paul’s head into a pod.
  • Asuka and Kairi Sane defended the Women’s Tag Team Championship against Indi Hartwell and Candice LeRae on the kickoff show.

Biggest winner: Rhea Ripley, Tiffany Stratton

Biggest loser: naomi

Best match: female exclusion room

prediction: 4-0

School year: B+

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