19th Feb2019

‘WWE Elimination Chamber 2019′ PPV Review

by Nathan Favel

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Welcome to this review of WWE’s Elimination Chamber Pay Per View, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have two Elimination Chamber matches, as well as the debut of the WWE Women’s Tag Team Titles. Let’s get right to it.

Buddy Murphy (still champion) defeated Akira Tozawa – WWE Cruiserweight Championship Match

My Take: 3.5 out of 5 – This was pretty damn good. It’s a shame that this thoroughly entertaining was stuck on the pre-show. The action was a good back and forth and it got screwed over by the old WCW method of cutting to the back for an interview while they were still wrestling. Over-all, this was some-thing that deserved the full PPV treatment, but got this instead.

Bayley & Sasha Banks defeated Nia Jax & Tamina, Liv Morgan & Sarah Logan, Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville, The IIconics and Naomi & Carmella – Elimination Chamber Match For The WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship

My Take: 3.5 out of 5 – This was a good debut for these titles that got really good in the finale. The women held their own in the big cage and if they can do that, then having a women’s tag division ought to be just fine. The right team won the titles and I think a lot can be done with them in this position.

The Usos (new champions) defeated Shane McMahon & The Miz – SmackDown Tag Team Titles Match

My Take: 2.5 out of 5 – The Usos and Shane did their spots, but that wasn’t enough to get this horse to run right over the finish line. The Usos deserve to be champions, so this worked for that reason, but it makes me wonder why we can’t just have one men’s tag division, like the women?

Finn Balor (new champion) defeated Bobby Lashley and Lio Rush – Handicap Match For The WWE Intercontinental Championship

My Take: 2.5 out of 5 – This was like a mower being choked over and over again to just get it to stay on for more than half a second. However, this match was fun in its way and Finn winning was a great moment.

Ronda Rousey defeated Ruby Riott – Raw Women’s Championship Match

My Take: 3 out of 5 – This was too short, but it worked for what it got to work with. Ronda and Ruby had some chemistry and the whole thing had a bit of an attitude to it, which really made this thing stick out from the crowd. Ronda winning was the way to go, but it would have been nice to see Ruby get a true championship length match.

Baron Corbin defeated Braun Strowman – No Disqualification Match

My Take: 2.5 out of 5 – They smacked the $#!@ out of each other in a solid match. This was a brawl and while it wasn’t anything fancy, it was fun while it lasted. The finish worked for extending this whole feud, but I’m not a fan of a wrestler getting a win just so the bigger star can get it back later. Is Corbin getting a title shot that makes this win necessary?

Daniel Bryan defeated Kofi Kingston, Samoa Joe, Jeff Hardy, Randy Orton and AJ Styles – Elimination Chamber Match For The WWE World Heavy-Weight Championship

My Take: 3.5 out of 5 – This was an excellent main event that benefited from having six men who all could have won and made the crowd happy. Kofi was the star here and while the crowd seemed content with any one of the six winning, Kofi was getting a little some-thing extra thanks to his fantastic wrestling from Smackdown this past Tuesday. The finale worked like a charm and had a great climax between Kofi and Bryan. Bryan won in grand fashion and Kofi looked spectacular in defeat, while the rest just looked great. Over-all, the wrestling was a bit more timid than you’d like from a big stipulation match, but it was always of a good quality.

News Of The Night:

  1. Bobby Lashley and Lio Rush are in a sadomasochistic relationship, where Rush gets punished making Lashley lose, like he did tonight.
  2. Becky Lynch beat the hell out of both Charlotte Flair and Ronda Rousey to the acclaim of the people.

Final Verdict: 3/5

This was a good night that needed a bit more life to it to make it great. Think of a cut of meat having no seasoning and being slightly overcooked and that is about what this card was.

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