WWE Elimination Chamber 2015 Reaction

reviewBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

 * Graphic by Emmanuel Gonzalez *

With Elimination Chamber all said and done in the record books, it’ll go down in WWE history as a show not remembered by its namesake, but rather one match.

One moment.

Yes – NXT Champion Kevin Owens cleanly pinning WWE United States Champion John Cena after 20 minutes of  grueling back-and-forth action that shattered already-high expectations for Owens’ in-ring main roster debut.

That’s what we’ll walk away from this night with carrying the most relevancy.

Let’s get through the rest of the card now, why don’t we?

 

 

 

(Aired 5/31/15)

The Breakdown

– The pre-show match between Zack Ryder and Stardust was presented mostly as an even affair. Both guys had some form of relevance in the past week; Ryder off of his open challenge loss to John Cena with the help of the cast of “Entourage,” while Stardust had a little quarrel with the “Arrow” TV star. Stardust actually pulled off a win with his finisher and the push towards the showdown with Stephen Amell looks to be on.

– The Miz TV segment with Daniel Bryan carried on Miz’s on-air return and he hasn’t missed a step. His comments about being a victim because of Bryan’s injury and taking credit for his success was good stuff. Bryan basically brushed it all off and introduced AxelMania/Macho Mandow, who laid Miz out. We can understand Mandow being a part of it tying into Miz, but the whole thing sort of fell flat with the crowd.

– The opening video displayed the brutal nature of the Elimination Chamber match and put over the torture of the overall structure and its impact on its temporary inhabitants.

– The Tag Team Championship Elimination Chamber match featuring The New Day (Champions), The Ascension, Los Matadores, The Prime Time Players, Tyson Kidd/Cesaro and The Lucha Dragons took a bit of time to come together but once Los Matadores came out, things got really exciting. Cesaro did some cool spots in the chamber, as did Kalisto dropping and hanging from the chamber roof. The Ascension eliminating The Lucha Dragons was not the most popular of decisions, but at least the Road Warrior wannabes had a good showing before being decisively eliminated by PTP. Why on earth would they have Darren Young eliminate Kidd/Cesaro with a surprise pin given they were both faces against the only heel team? That kind of took the crowd out of it now that it was just New Day against PTP. The final fall showed some fight from PTP, but New Day overcame it all, just like predicted.

– The Ziggler/Lana backstage segment had them push her backing of him without Rusev in the picture now. This was the only segment involving them here.

– The Triple Threat match for the Divas Championship between Nikki Bella, Naomi and Paige allowed no one at ringside per Authority rules. The match itself had a couple of rough spots like Bella getting thrown into the announce table. It tried to upped the ante on athleticism, but was pretty sloppy on all fronts. Bella going over was questionable at this point, as Naomi arguably was the best of the trio, right down to her glowing blue boots.

– The Champion vs. Champion match between John Cena and Kevin Owens was everything it needed to be and much more. Lots of props to the broadcast team for selling it as two men who just couldn’t beat each other, which especially helped the false finishes down the stretch. Owens also pulled out some stuff on the fly and it really added to the desperation of the match. Him beating Cena was sold as a big upset and rightfully so. Owens’ post-match promo was perfect heat, as he used Cena’s catchphrases to bring his point home. They did exactly what was needed to do to keep his momentum hot.

– The Neville-Bo Dallas match was followed by a decent Dallas promo that was more to the point than fancy. The match was everything expected, but nothing too memorable despite Neville looking good.

– The Triple H-Roman Reigns-Dean Ambrose backstage segment saw Trips set his foot down about Reigns causing Ambrose to get DQ’d if he were to interfere. Plot twist 2014 imminent.

– The Intercontinental Championship Elimination Chamber match between Sheamus, King Barrett, R-Truth, Ziggler, Ryback and Mark Henry suffered from a slow, plodding pace. Ziggler getting eliminated took the air out of things with the crowd, though Ryback was second favorite. Plus, what was with the lame locked pod for Sheamus? It almost looked like Sheamus deliberately stalled for more time by pretending to be stuck in his pod, but it looked to be legit. The final fall between Ryback and Sheamus was the best part of the match. Ryback going over made sense in this context. How awkward would it have been for Bryan to announce the guy who injured him as the new IC Champion? Everything came across well though in terms of the Championship’s presentation.

– The announcement of Cena-Owens II and the participants for the MITB ladder match at the aforementioned PPV was good for what it was definitely.

– The WWE World Heavyweight Championship match between Rollins and Ambrose was a fun main event in retrospect. That feud video was fantastic because of the Ambrose promo from a cell-like room thrown in. Where was this before? This was entertaining and went all over the place, as both guys worked hard to put on a good match. What was shocking here was the first decision for Ambrose to get the pinfall victory, which turned a lot of heads and further shocked people, but eventually got turned around to a DQ victory that kept the title on Rollins via Authority screwjobs. Ambrose holding on to the title going into the crowd was a decent way to end things headed into the following night, but it was still strangely booked, considering it mirrors a bit close to yet another former top WWE star. Ambrose still suffers from an identity crisis evidently.

 

 

 

 

Results

– Pre-Show – Stardust def. Zack Ryder via pinfall

– Tag Team Championships – Elimination Chamber – The New Day def. The Prime Time Players, Tyson Kidd (w/Natalya)/Cesaro, Los Matadores (w/El Torito), The Ascension and The Lucha Dragons to retain 

– Divas Championship – Nikki Bella (Champion) def. Paige and Naomi to retain 

– Champion Vs. Champion – Kevin Owens def. John Cena via pinfall

– Neville def. Bo Dallas via pinfall

– Intercontinental Championship – Elimination Chamber – Ryback def. Sheamus, Dolph Ziggler, King Barrett, R-Truth and Mark Henry to become new Champion

– WWE World Heavyweight Championship – Dean Ambrose def. Seth Rollins (Champion) (w/J & J Security, Kane) via DQ; Rollins retains 

 

Original Predictions Correct: 3/6

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About Nicholas Jason Lopez

Just a 25 year-old Brooklynite. Nothing more, nothing less. Currently Freelancing for The Bensonhurst Bean website in Brooklyn, he has also been published on sites such as Review Fix, College University of New York Athletic Conference, Dying Scene, Brooklyn News Service, All Media NY, BrooklynFans.com and Yahoo Voices. He has also interned for The Home Reporter/Brooklyn Spectator based out of Brooklyn, NY.

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