29th Jul2015

‘WWE: Elimination Chamber 2015’ Blu-ray Review

by Paul Metcalf


There are plenty of rumours about why the Elimination Chamber has been removed from the normal pay-per-view list, but it did not stay away long. WWE: Elimination Chamber 2015 became a WWE Network special but here in the UK we also get a DVD release. Read on for my thoughts…

The timing of the Elimination chamber event was interesting. It is important to look at where this came in the evolution of WWE, and that is when things were starting to change for the better. NXT is paying off as a place of development and integration of new Superstars and some impressive talent coming through; this showed a lot in WWE: Elimination Chamber 2015. Just looking at John Cena vs. Kevin Owens proved this.

The NXT Champion (at that time) proved he could stand tall in the WWE ring, and he could fight against the so-called Superman of the squared circle, John Cena. What is impressive about their battle at this event and ones that come in future events is that Cena has upped his game. I’m not a fan but he has noticeable increased his move count and found a fighting opponent that truly brings out some of the best qualities in his fighting style. Some of their battles could potentially be candidates for match of the year

The same can’t be said about the Diva match that was included with WWE: Elimination Chamber 2015. To be fair to the women wrestlers though at least WWE have finally woken up to what they need to do recently and the women’s division is going through a welcome transformation… just not on this DVD.

The two Elimination Chamber matches featured a Tag Team Championship match, which saw New Day vs. The Lucha Dragons vs. Tyson Kidd & Cesaro vs. The Prime Time Players vs. The Ascension vs. Los Matadores. Yet again, this organised chaos threatened to steal the show. The talent in the ring was obvious and if you can forget The Ascension were in this match for some reason, it showed the best of the tag team division doing what they do best.

The second Elimination Chamber match was for the Intercontinental Championship featuring Ryback vs. R-Truth vs. Sheamus vs. King Barrett vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Mark Henry and was entertaining enough. Not as good as the tag team match; it still had its stand out moments that made it at least an above average match.

Moving to the main event of Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose, I’d love to see these two have a match without the constant intervention of the Three Stooges (J&J Security and Kane) but this was actually one of the better matches of the night. It did show some of the worst of scripted wrestling though, and if wrestling is ever to evolve it really has to do away with the badly scripted referee moments.

WWE: Elimination Chamber 2015 was a non pay-per-view event that went and did what many of the major shows have not done this year and be one of the better events of the year. Coming when the NXT talent were slowly trickling into the main roster and WWE were actually creating some good stories, if you’ve not seen WWE: Elimination Chamber 2015 yet this is well worth a watch.

****½  4.5/5

WWE: Elimination Chamber 2015 is out on DVD and Blu-ray in the UK now from FremantleMedia.

Review originally posted on PissedOffGeek

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