By Ryan Clark on February 23, 2014
Event: WWE Elimination Chamber Pay-Per-View
Airdate: Sunday, February 23rd, 2014 (Pay-Per-View)
Location: The Target Center in Minneapolis, MN
Results by Matt Boone
WWE Elimination Chamber Kickoff Show
The Kickoff Show opens with Josh Mathews welcoming us to a “frigid” Minneapolis, Minnesota. We see a shot of fans filing into the arena and then the camera swings from inside the arena over to the Kickoff Show expert panel. The panel for tonight’s event consists of Mark Henry, The Miz and Rey Mysterio. Miz jokes about the new Kickoff Show set being a nice wedding gift.
All three guys talk about which matches excite them most on tonight’s card. A small “Sexual Chocolate” chant breaks out as Henry runs down his thoughts on some of the matches on tonight’s card. The guys also talk about the tag-team division and how strong it is. Henry stumbles over his words pretty badly when running down his thoughts.
We shoot over to the social media lounge, where Renee Young informs us how to interact via Twitter, etc. She reads some tweets from the “WWE Universe.” She mentions that we should use the hashtag “#WWEChamber” to chat about the show on Twitter.
Now we’re back to the expert panel where Josh Mathews runs down the rules of the actual Elimination Chamber match itself. He then introduces some video packages highlighting the story lines surrounding Randy Orton and his WWE World Heavyweight Championship leading into the Chamber matchup tonight.
The gang talks about how dangerous the Elimination Chamber match is. Once again, Henry is having an awful time trying to put coherent sentences together. The guys talk about who they feel the favorites are in tonight’s Chamber match.
We shoot backstage and Zeb Colter is giving The Real Americans a pep-talk. He tells them that tomorrow night they’ll be able to say the Cesaro is the WWE World Heavyweight Champion and that Jack Swagger is the new WWE Intercontinental Champion. He finishes with the usual hand-over-your-heart speech.
After that segment concludes, JBL’s theme music hits and he makes his way out to the commentary table. The fans in Minneapolis give JBL a nice reception. As JBL makes his way to the announce booth, we see some video highlights detailing the history of the Batista and Alberto Del Rio feud.
Another light “Sexual Chocolate” chant breaks out as the Batista-Del Rio video wraps up. Out next is Jerry Lawler. “The King” makes his way to the commentary table to a great reaction and a smattering of “Jerry, Jerry” chants. As he makes his way to ringside, a WWE Network video package airs.
Once the WWE Network video finishes up, we shoot back live into the arena. At the commentary table at ringside, Michael Cole talks about how historic tomorrow night is with the official launch of the WWE Network. JBL and Jerry Lawler talk about how great a deal it is to purchase a WWE Network subscription. We get a closeup shot of Lawler on his iPad pointing out how easy it is to navigate through the WWE Network. He plays a clip of an old SummerSlam pay-per-view.
Goldust & Cody Rhodes vs. Ryback & Curtis Axel (with Larry “The Axe” Hennig)
Now that the WWE Network plugging is done, it’s time for our Kickoff Show match of the evening. Goldust’s theme music hits and out he comes with Cody Rhodes. They make their way to the ring as we get ready for the first match of the evening. After Goldust and Rhodes finish their entrance, Ryback’s music hits and out he comes with Curtis Axel and Axel’s grandfather, Larry “The Axe” Hennig, who is from the Minneapolis area. Hennig gets a nice pop and a decent “Larry, Larry” chant from the Minneapolis fans.
The bell sounds and our first match is officially underway. The action is insanely fast-paced early on. Goldust ends up hitting a crazy dive out to the floor on Ryback and Axel. On that note, we head to a mid-match commercial.
When we return from commercial, Ryback is pounding away on Goldust in the corner of the ring. Ryback stomps away at Goldust on the mat a bit and then tags Axel in. Axel picks up where Ryback left off. We see a shot of Larry Hennig watching on from outside the ring. Hennig has a big smile on his face as his grandson Curtis Axel continues to work over Goldust.
Axel tags Ryback back into the ring. The two hit a double-team move on Goldust in their corner and then Axel heads back out to the apron. Ryback hoists Goldust up for a suplex and holds him up in the air for several seconds before slamming him down to the mat. He tags Axel back in. Goldust starts fighting back now as the crowd rallies behind him. Both guys double-clothesline each other down. Axel is able to get to his feet first and he makes the tag to Ryback.
Ryback beats up Goldust a bit, but Goldust still has some fire left in him. He hits a huricanrana on Ryback and then sends Ryback over-the-top and out to the floor. Both guys make the tag to their respective partners. Rhodes takes the hot tag and is flying all over the place, beating Axel from one side of the ring to the other. Rhodes hits a big moonsault off-the-top on Axel. Rhodes hits an Alabama Slam on Axel. Ryback yanks Rhodes out to the floor but Rhodes hits his disaster kick.
Rhodes jumps off the top-rope to come back into the ring. He was looking to connect on Axel with a missile dropkick but Axel caught him coming in and powerbombs him. All four guys get involved briefly, ending with Rhodes hitting the Cross Rhodes for the 1-2-3. The Rhodes Brothers get the win.
Winners: Goldust & Cody Rhodes
Byron Saxton Interviews The Usos
Backstage, Byron Saxton introduces The Usos. The Usos talk about how their relatives have held the same exact WWE Tag-Team Championships that they are going to compete for tonight. They talk about how they respect The New Age Outlaws and everything they’ve accomplished, but tonight is a new era. They say they have two words for them, “it’s over.”
Renee Young In The Social Media Lounge
We go back to the social media lounge where Renee Young reads off some more tweets from the WWE Universe.
Final Check-In With The Expert Panel
We shoot back to the expert panel where Josh Mathews asks the guys for their predictions on tonight’s Elimination Chamber match. Henry, Miz and Mysterio talk about some of the guys they think has the chance to win tonight before Mathews wraps up the Kickoff Show. We fade away and we’re now just moments away from the start of the WWE Elimination Chamber pay-per-view!
WWE Elimination Chamber 2014
The usual kick-ass video package airs to kick-off the pay-per-view portion of tonight’s WWE Elimination Chamber 2014 event, which emanates live from Minneapolis, Minnesota. The focus of the video package is strongly centered around the WWE World Heavyweight Championship and Randy Orton, as well as “the face of WWE” stuff involving The Authority, and then the actual Elimination Chamber itself.
The video package wraps up and the pyro explodes. Michael Cole welcomes us to the final pay-per-view stop on the road to WrestleMania XXX. He talks about the building in Minneapolis being sold out for tonight’s show where we will determine the main event for WrestleMania. The bell rings and it’s time to get right to the action.
WWE Intercontinental Championship
Big E. (c) vs. Jack Swagger (with Zeb Colter)
Lilian Garcia announces that our opening contest is one fall and is for the WWE Intercontinental Championship. The Real Americans’ theme music hits and out comes Jack Swagger and Zeb Colter. Colter asks for the music to be cut off. He talks about the “E” in “Big E.” standing for “enough.” He runs down Big E. some more as they make their way down the aisle and to the ring. He finishes with his “we the people” tag-line as we get a glimpse of the commentary team. Cole, JBL and Lawler talk about how ridiculous Colter’s comments were as Big E.’s theme music hits. The WWE Intercontinental Champion makes his way to the ring as we are quickly introduced to the Spanish announce team for tonight.
We see Colter giving some final advice to Swagger before the bell rings. The bell sounds now and our first PPV match of the evening is officially underway. Big E. muscles Swagger into the corner. The two break. He does it again and this time Swagger blasts Big E. in the mid-section with a big knee. Both guys hit the ropes and Big E. blasts Swagger with a big shoulder tackle. Swagger rolls out to the floor to recover. Colter tells Swagger to “do what we talked about.”
Swagger rolls back into the ring and starts firing away at Big E. with punches. Big E. reverses Swagger and hits him with a huge belly-to-belly suplex. And another. Big E. whips Swagger into the corner and once again Swagger rolls out to the floor. This time, however, BIg E. follows him out. Big E. bounces Swagger’s head into the steel steps. Colter gets in Big E.’s face to distract him. The distraction almost works, but ultimately doesn’t as Big E. reversed Swagger’s cheap-shot attempt and threw him into the steps.
Back in the ring. Swagger eventually starts to mount some offense. Swagger yanks Big E. off the apron and Big E. crashes shoulder-first onto the ground. Back in the ring, Swagger continues to work over Big E. Big E. tries to make a comeback, but when he comes off the ropes, Swagger blasts him with a big boot to the face. Swagger appears to be firmly in control of the I-C champ at this point.
Both guys knock each other down and the referee begins his double-count. Swagger makes it back to his feet, as does Big E. Big E. charges after Swagger but Swagger moves and Big E. goes shoulder-first through the turnbuckle and smashes into the ring post. Swagger puts the boots to Big E. as a loud “we the people” chant breaks out. It gains momentum and now everyone in the building seems to be chanting it.
Big E. starts fighting back with a couple of kicks. He follows those up with a few big clotheslines. Big E. seems to be gaining momentum until Swagger catches Big E. coming off the ropes with a big spinebuster.
Swagger works over Big E. for a couple of seconds, but out of nowhere, Big E. spears Swagger through the ropes and the momentum was so great that both guys went out to the floor. Back in the ring, Big E. hits a big splash on Swagger for a near fall.
Big E. goes to the top rope. Swagger cuts him off. Big E. knocks Swagger off. Swagger runs up and in one motion hits a belly-to-belly suplex off the top, ala Kurt Angle. Swagger nails Big E. with a big boot. Swagger locks BIg E. in the Patriot Lock submission hold. Big E. tries to escape but Swagger keeps it on. Finally, Big E. powers out of the hold. With both guys back on their feet, Big E. runs through Swagger. Big E. pulls the straps down, calling for the Big Ending. Before he can do anything, Swagger grabs his leg from the ground and re-applies the Patriot Lock. Big E. eventually escapes again and immediately counters and hits Swagger with his Big Ending finisher. 1-2-3. Big E. wins and retains the WWE Intercontinental Championship.
Winner and STILL WWE Intercontinental Champion: Big E.
After The Match: Bad News Barrett
After the match ends, we see some highlights of what was actually a pretty good little match. As Big E. celebrates in the ring, Bad News Barrett pops up on hs podium. He tells us that he’s afraid he’s got some bad news for “us Americans.” He talks about how Russia has won more gold medals than us in the Olympic games. He says we’re going to have to wait for four years to do anything about it. He says Europe proves once again that they have superiority over Americans in sports.
Hulk Hogan Return Hype
A quick video package airs promoting Hulk Hogan’s return to WWE on tomorrow night’s RAW. A lot of the media attention his return announcement generated is shown, ending with a plug for his return on RAW.
Byron Saxton Interviews Daniel Bryan
Backstage, Byron Saxton is with Daniel Bryan. Bryan’s shoulder is heavily taped up, as we saw clips from RAW and SmackDown of Kane injuring Bryan’s shoulder were just shown. Saxton asks Bryan about tonight’s match. Bryan asks a series of questions, all of which end with the answer “Yes!” The fans in the arena are popping and chanting “Yes!” with him. He finishes by leading them in a “Yes!” chant.
WWE Tag-Team Championships
The New Age Outlaws (c) vs. The Usos
“Oh you didn’t know?” Road Dogg and Billy Gunn make their way to the ring. Road Dogg does his usual thing on the mic. It’s almost time for tonight’s WWE Tag-Team Championship match. After Road Dogg finishes up his usual stuff, The Usos music hits and they make their way to the ring. The bell sounds and our second PPV match of the evening is officially underway.
Billy Gunn starts things off with Jimmy Uso. Gunn is getting the better of Jimmy early on. Gunn continues to get the better of Jimmy as the fans try and rally behind The Usos with “Us-O” chants. Jimmy starts using his speed and it helps him get the upper-hand on Gunn. The Usos both end up in the ring with Gunn and Road Dogg out on the floor. The Usos run to do their usual dive, but Road Dogg and Gunn cleverly get out of the way.
Road Dogg is the legal man for the New Age Outlaws now and Jey Uso immediately starts working him over. Uso mocks Road Dogg’s juke-and-jive type punch-spot. Road Dogg ends up taking out the leg of Jey and now The Outlaws are back in control of the offensive flow of the contest. Road Dogg messes with Jimmy on the apron and then mocks them with a strut. Road Dogg throws Jey out to the floor and Gunn beats him up some outside of the ring.
Road Dogg tags Gunn back into the match. Road Dogg yells “that’s old school, punk!” He screwed up with that one, because as soon as the Minneapolis fans heard the word “punk” they immediately broke out into a defeaning “CM Punk, CM Punk” chant. Meanwhile, Road Dogg is back in the ring as the legal man now and has Uso on the mat in a headlock. Gunn tags back in, but Uso makes the tag to Jimmy.
Jimmy Uso takes the hot tag and is now hitting anything that moves. Road Dogg and Gunn join up outside the ring to regain their composure. Jimmy flies over the top and hits a big splash on The Outlaws on the floor. Back in the ring, Uso and Gunn are the legal men. After some interference, Gunn is able to roll Uso up out of nowhere for the pinfall. 1-2-3. The New Age Outlaws retain the gold.
Winners and STILL WWE Tag-Team Champions: The New Age Outlaws
After The Match: Bad News Barrett Part 2
After the match, Bad News Barrett pops up again. His podium doesn’t raise this time, however, leading Barrett to point out that he’s down at our level to deliver some bad news to Daniel Bryan fans. He says that Bryan won’t be winning the WWE World Heavyweight Championship tonight, and because the fans are fickle fans they’ll turn on him and start chanting “No! No! No!” again. They boo him and that’s pretty much it for that segment.
WWE Network Tutorial
The announce team run down another WWE Network tutorial. They have Lawler again demonstrate via his iPad how easy the WWE Network is to navigate. As they’re running down the plug, the fans in Minneapolis break out into another “CM Punk, CM Punk” chant.
Darren Young vs. Titus O’Neil
After the Network tutorial is done, Darren Young’s theme music hits. He comes out to pretty much no reaction as video highlights are shown breaking down the history of the Darren Young and Titus O’Neil feud. After the video is finished playing, Titus O’Neil’s theme music hits and he makes his way down to the ring. The ref has to hold Young back inside the ring as O’Neil makes his entrance, as Young is ready to get at him.
The bell sounds and the two aggressively lock up. The guys struggle in a lock up, pushing and pulling each other all over the ring. The ref breaks them up, but during the break up, O’Neil hits Young with a cheap shot. A loud “we want Lesnar” chant breaks out as O’Neil continues to use his superior power to manhandle Young.
Young catches O’Neil with a big right hand out of nowhere, and then follows it up with a dropkick to the legs of O’Neil. Young knocks O’Neil out to the floor and follows him out to continue the beatdown on the floor. Back in the ring, Young comes off the top-rope and nails O’Neil with a flying clothesline for a near fall. O’Neil ends up launching Young out of nowhere over the top rope.
O’Neil follows Young out to the floor. He picks him up in a body slam position and smashes him back-first into the ring post a few times. He rolls Young back in the ring and tries to pin him, but Young manages to kick out at two. O’Neil slaps on a bear-hug to Young and is squeezing away at the back he just worked on outside the ring. Young breaks free and climbs to the middle rope. He comes off looking for a cross-body splash, but O’Neil catches him and slams him down.
O’Neil puts Young in an abdominal stretch. Young tries fighting his way out of it. O’Neil slams Young back-first into the turnbuckle. A light “we want Ziggler” chant breaks out as both guys knock each other down to the mat. Young is firing up on offense for a comeback, but the crowd is absolutely flat for it. They seem like they couldn’t care less about Young for most of this match.
Regardles of the crowd being hot for Young’s little comeback attempt or not, O’Neil cuts it short. O’Neil simply blasts Young with his Clash Of The Titus finisher. 1-2-3. That’s all she wrote. Titus O’Neil wins.
Winner: Titus O’Neil
After The Match: Bad News Barrett Part 3
Bad News Barrett pops up after the match. He taps on his little podium and tells us that he’s afraid he’s got some bad news. He said it was announced on Friday that “The Immortal” Hulk Hogan will be returning to WWE and will be hosting WrestleMania XXX. Barrett says his limelight will be dim compared to the charisma and ability of Bad News Barrett. He thanks us very much.
Checking In With The Expert Panel
After the third Bad News Barrett segment of the evening, we shoot back to the Elimination Chamber expert panel. Mathews introduces each guy individually. They all talk about some of the matches on tonight’s card. Mathews wraps up by introducing a video package highlighting the history of The Wyatt Family and Shield feud. That six-man tag-team match is up next.
The Shield vs. The Wyatt Family
After the video package, The Shield make their way to the ring through the crowd as usual. Out next is The Wyatt Family. When the lights come back on and The Wyatt’s are at ringside, the fans immediately break out in a loud “this is awesome” chant before anything even happens. This does feel big, by the way. The Wyatt Family finally enter the ring, where The Shield are standing. All six guys stand across from each other. A loud “let’s go Wyatt” and “let’s go Shield” dueling chant breaks out. The Shield and The Wyatt Family all clash and the crowd erupts. The Wyatt Family duck out the back door and The Shield stand tall in the ring.
As The Wyatt Family stands outside the ring, another incredibly loud “let’s go Wyatt’s” and “let’s go Shield” dueling chant breaks out. Finally the bell rings and Seth Rollins and Erick Rowan start things off. Rollins gets Rowan in The Shield corner and tags in Roman Reigns.Reigns stomps away at Rowan a bit and tags Rollins back in. Rowan ends up rag-dolling Rollins across the ring. He tags Luke Harper in.
Luke Harper manhandles Rollins a bit and now he has him in The Wyatt Family corner. Harper tags Bray Wyatt in. Wyatt enters the ring and stomps away at Rollins. Rollins makes it to his corner and tags in Roman Reigns. The crowd explodes as they realize we’re about to see Reigns and Wyatt clash in the ring. Reigns slowly approaches Wyatt as Wyatt has a big ass smile on his face. Reigns bullies Wyatt into the corner and starts firing away with punches. Wyatt blasts Reigns back with a big shot of his own. Reigns knocks Wyatt down. Wyatt gets back up and goes back to work on Reigns. Wyatt knocks Reigns down and tags Harper back into the match.
Harper grabs Reigns and goes for a suplex. He tries three times to get him up, but Reigns blocks it each time. Reigns counters and nails Harper with a suplex of his own. Reigns tags Dean Ambrose in. Ambrose fires away at Harper with punches in The Shield corner of the ring. Ambrose tags in Rollins. All three members hit a big sopt together. Reigns tags in and beats up Harper for just a second or two before tagging Ambrose back in.
Ambrose blasts Harper with a big clothesline for a near fall. Ambrose tags Rollins back in. Rollins headbutts Harper in the mid-section and quickly tags back out. Ambrose takes the tag and he picks up where Rollins left off with Harper. The Shield are utilizing quick tags to keep a fresh guy on a beaten down Harper. Out of nowhere, Harper throws a huge dropkick and floors Ambrose. Harper tags Wyatt back in.
Wyatt comes in and goes right to work on Ambrose with punches in the corner. Wyatt beats up Ambrose for a few more seconds and then tags in Rowan. Rowan picks up where Wyatt left off with Ambrose. The Wyatt Family seems to be doing the same thing with Ambrose that The Shield did with Harper a few minutes ago. An insanely loud “let’s go Wyatt’s” and “let’s go Shield” dueling chant breaks out again. The crowd is really, really hot for this big six-man tag-team match. Meanwhile, The Wyatt Family continues to utilize quick-tags to keep fresh guys on a beaten up Ambrose. Harper nails Ambrose with a big suplex for a near fall.
Ambrose is finally able to make a tag to Rollins. Rollins comes in and uses his speed to fly all over the place on Harper. Rollins goes to the top-rope. Rowan tries to knock Rollins off but Rollins hits him with a kick from the top rope. The distraction was enough for Harper to go up after Rollins. Both guys are on the top rope now. Harper goes for a belly-to-back suplex off the top but Rollins flips through and lands on his feet. Awesome. Rollins flies out to the floor on one of The Wyatt Family guys. I didn’t catch who. The crowd breaks out into a loud “this is awesome” chant.
Out on the floor, Rollins is down with Bray Wyatt stalking him. Bray runs, jumps and lands with his own back on Rollins’ body. Wyatt rolls Rollins back in the ring and tries to pin him, but Rollins manages to kick out at two. Another loud “let’s go Wyatt’s” and “let’s go Shield” chant breaks out. The crowd atmosphere in the Target Center in Minneapolis for this six-man tag-team match is off-the-charts awesome. Rowan is the legal man in the ring now and he continues to deliver the punishment to Rollins. Rowan tags Harper back in and the two doule-team Rollins before Rowan heads back to the apron.
Harper hits Rollins with a hard slap across the face. Harper blasts Rollins with some European uppercuts in the corner. He runs and blasts Rollins with a clothesline in the corner. Wyatt yells at Harper to tag him in. Harper does. Wyatt drops a big headbutt on Rollins on the mat. We see a closeup shot of Roman Reigns intensely looking on as Rollins tries fighting back with punches. Bray gets Rollins in the Wyatt Family corner and pummels him some more. He whips him into the opposite corner. Rollins hops up to the middle rope. When he comes off, however, Bray catches him by the throat and slams him down to the mat with a big chokeslam.
Bray drags Rollins lifeless body into The Wyatt Family corner and tags in Harper. Harper stomps away at Rollins and then goes over to taunt Reigns. A loud “this is awesome” chant breaks out. Rollins hops up out of the blue and nails Harper with a big spinning kick. Rollins used that opportunity to make the tag. He tags in Roman Reigns and the crowd explodes. Reigns takes the hot tag and is clearing house of all of The Wyatt Family members. Reigns hits a big move on Harper for a near fall but Bray runs in to break up the pin attempt. Ambrose runs in and knocks Bray down for interfering. Harper does a big dive out to the floor. Rollins follows up with a jumping flip dive out to the floor of his own.
Back in the ring, Reigns and Rowan are having a knockdown, drag-out fight. We see some replays of all the dives that just happened. Rollins clears off the Spanish announce table. Bray nails Rollins from behind. Some of the guys are fighting in the crowd, some are fighting on the floor and Reigns and Rowan are still in the ring trading haymakers. Rowan throws Reigns shoulder-first into the ring post from inside the ring. Rowan hits the ropes but Reigns catches him coming off the ropes with a flying clothesline. We see Harper and Rollins fighting near the Spanish announce table. Bray comes over to double-team Rollins with Harper. Now the guys are clearing off the U.S. announce table as well.
Back in the ring, we see Reigns and Rowan still duking it out. Rowan hits Reigns with a fall-away slam that sends Reigns out to the floor. Now we’re looking at Harper and Rowan standing on top of the U.S. announce table with Rollins. They double-chokeslam him all the way over to — and through — the Spanish announce table. Cue the “holy sh*t” chants.
We see Reigns crawling in the ring by himself. Rowan enters the ring. Bray hops up on the apron. Harper does as well. Reigns is by himself with all three members of The Wyatt Family approaching him. Reigns runs at Bray and knocks him down but Harper and Rowan jump on him from behind. Rowan throws Reigns into Harper, where Harper greets him with a big boot. The three-on-one attack on Reigns continues. Bray does his leaning backwards scream in the corner. Bray goes for Sister Abigail on Reigns, but Reigns uses pure strength to slowly peel the arms of Bray off of him. Reigns blasts Bray with a Samoan Drop. Reigns nails The Wyatt Family guys with Superman punches. He’s taking all three guys out by himself now.
Reigns sets Bray up for the spear. Harper runs in and Reigns nails him with the spear. This allows Bray to run over and blast Reigns. Bray picks Reigns up and hits him with his Sister Abigail finisher. 1-2-3. The Wyatt Family wins.
Winners: The Wyatt Family
Renee Young Interviews Christian
Backstage, Renee Young catches up with Christian. She points out that he was the only person who didn’t beat Randy Orton in singles matches on RAW and/or SmackDown leading into tonight’s Elimination Chamber pay-per-view. Christian says none of that matters because no one will remember those matches when he wins the Elimination Chamber tonight and becomes the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion. He dares everyone to underestimate him.
WWE Divas Championship
AJ Lee (c) vs. Cameron
AJ Lee’s music hits and out she comes with Tamina Snuka. She gets on the mic and talks abuot how she’s been our Divas Champion for 252 days. She said she’s the longest-reigning Divas Champion in history. She tells us it’s okay to cheer. She says she doesn’t know who her opponent is tonight, but it doesn’t matter because she’s going to win. She mocks Naomi for getting her face broken. The Funkadactyls music hits to cut her off. Cameron makes her way to the ring as Michael Cole explains the situation with Naomi, which AJ was referring to a few seconds ago.
The bell sounds and our WWE Divas Championship match is officially underway. The announcers talk about how Cameron has improved in the ring over the past several months. They promote the return of Total Divas on E! next month. Meanwhile, Cameron is getting the better of AJ Lee early on. The announcers continue to put over The Wyatt Family vs. Shield match that just ended as AJ Lee starts to fight back. The WWE Divas Champion is in control of this one now as the announcers continue to talk about The Wyatt Family and The Shield.
AJ Lee skips around and the fans pop. Cameron rolls AJ up out of nowhere but AJ manages to kick out at two and a half. Cameron nails AJ with a dropkick while AJ was on her knees. Cameron hits AJ with a Lou Thesz-press and screaches as she punches away at AJ. The fight spills out to the floor as a loud “CM Punk” chant breaks out and quickly dies down. AJ grabs Cameron’s pom-poms and dances around. Tamina goes to blast Cameron with a big kick, but Cameron moves and she accidentally hits AJ instead.
Cameron rolls AJ into the ring and tries to capitalize by pinning her. Tamina runs over and breaks up the pin attempt. Tamina pulls Cameron out of the ring and beats her up. The referee calls for the bell. Lilian Garcia announces Cameron the winner by disqualification. After a long pause, she continues, “however, but still WWE Divas Champion, AJ Lee!” AJ’s music hits and she and Tamina leave together while AJ holds her face selling the kick that Tamina accidentally blasted her with.
Winner and STILL WWE Divas Champion: AJ Lee
After The Match: Bad News Barrett Part 4
Bad News Barrett comes out again. He addresses the fact that his podium isn’t raising anymore. He says that gives him more time to deliver some bad news. He talks about the WWE Network. He says there will be so much great content that people won’t be able to turn it off. Because of that, adults will lose their jobs and kids will get kicked out of school. He talks a little more trash and that ends another Bad News Barrett segment, our fourth of the evening.
Backstage Segment: Santino, Emma, Los Matadores & El Torito and The Great Khali
Backstage, Santino Marella is playing with some WWE toys. Emma walks up. She asks if he’s playing with toys. He tries denying it. The Great Khali, Los Matadores and El Torito walk up. They all babble with one another about the toys. Long story short, they all start playing with the toys.
Batista vs. Alberto Del Rio
After the goofy backstage segment with the toys ends, we hear Batista’s theme music. “The Animal” makes his way to the ring. During his entrance, we see video highlights chronicling the history of the Batista and Alberto Del Rio feud. JBL gets his first “Mexico’s greatest export” reference out of the way during the video package. The video ends and we see Batista in the ring waiting for his opponent. Alberto Del Rio’s music hits and he makes his way out with a neck brace and crutches, in his street clothes.
As Del Rio limps his way to the ring with crutches, JBL gets his second “Mexico’s greatest export” line out of the way. Del Rio gets on the mic and talks about how Batista attacked him two weeks ago. He said because of that, he is not going to be able to compete tonight. Del Rio then drops the mic and cheap shots Batista with the crutch. He tears his street clothes off to reveal that he was wearing his ring gear all along. He continues to beat down Batista with the crutch. He takes the neck brace off as JBL drops his third “Mexico’s greatest export” references.
The fans chant for Del Rio attacking Batista and then break out into a “Si! Si! Si!” chant, the Spanish version of “Yes! Yes! Yes!” The ref calls for the bell and Batista goes after Del Rio. The crowd boo’s the hell out of Batista. Everytime Batista hits Del Rio, the crowd boo’s. Everytime Del Rio hits Batista, they cheer. The fans start chanting “Boo-Tista” over and over again. The announcers acknowledge the crowd reaction. Meanwhile, JBL drops his fourth “Mexico’s greatest export” reference. The crowd passionately chants “Daniel Bryan” again. Now they break out to an even louder “CM Punk” Chant. I think they’re making it pretty clear that they want no part of Batista in the WrestleMania main event.
The match continues, but the crowd is ignoring almost everything that they’re doing. They’re boo’ing Batista with a red-hot passion and chanting for random people. So far they’ve chanted “Boo-Tista” and chanted for guys such as Daniel Bryan, CM Punk, Chris Jericho, Rob Van Dam and Brock Lesnar.
Batista is finally starting to mount a bit of an offensive comeback. Anytime he does anything remotely resembling offense, the crowd boo’s the living crap out of him. At the same time, they are cheering for anything Del Rio does just to further show how much they hate Batista. They break out into another “Si! Si! Si!” chant as Del Rio goes to the top. Del Rio misses a big splash. Batista fires up and the crowd boo’s him insanely loud for it. Batista goes for the Batista Bomb and the crowd erupts with boo’s. Del Rio slides out the back door and avoids it, to which the crowd popped for enormously.
Del Rio winds up for the super kick, leading the fans in a “Si! Si! Si!” chant, but Batista avoids it. The crowd boo’s. Batista immediately counters into a Batista Bomb. The crowd boo’s. He hits it. The crowd boo’s. He pins Del Rio. 1-2-3. Batista wins. The crowd boo’s.
WWE World Heavyweight Championship
Elimination Chamber Match
John Cena vs. Christian vs. Randy Orton (c) vs. Daniel Bryan vs. Cesaro vs. Sheamus
John Cena comes out to his usual mixed-bag reaction from the fans. Out next is Christian. Then the WWE World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton makes his way out to the ring. Each guy enters their chamber, by the way, as soon as they get in the ring. Out next is Daniel Bryan. The next two men, who will be starting the match off, are Cesaro and Sheamus (who come out in that order).
The referee holds both the WWE Titles up to show everyone what they are fighting for. Sheamus and Cesaro are the first two to start off the Elimination Chamber match. Cesaro gets Sheamus down early and starts stomping away at him. Shemus rolls out of the ring and onto the metal flooring. Cesaro goes out after him, but Sheamus ends up clotheslining Cesaro back in the ring. Sheamus blasts Cesaro with a big European uppercut. The fans break out in a random “we the people” chant. Cesaro comes off the ropes and Sheamus catches him with a big shoulder tackle. Sheamus goes for a pin, but Cesaro kicks out at two.
Sheamus goes for his arm-pound spot with Cesaro draped across the ropes, but Cesaro starts headbutting him backwards. Sheamus regains his composure, however, and ends up pounding away at the chest of Cesaro anyway. Sheamus goes to suplex Cesaro back into the ring but Cesaro blocks it. They end up outside the ring and Cesaro rams Sheamus shoulder-first into the ring post. Cesaro takes Sheamus where he wants him and takes a moment to taunt Orton. Cesaro gets Sheamus into the corner of the ring in front of Cena’s chamber. Cesaro again takes a moment, this time to taunt Cena. A light “Ce-sar-o” chant breaks out as he continues to pummel Sheamus in the corner of the ring. The countdown clock hits and here we go. The first person to exit their chamber and join the match is Daniel Bryan. The crowd explodes and immediately breaks out into “Yes!” chants.
Bryan, who don’t forget, has his shoulder heavily taped up to sell the attacks from this past week, is a ball of energy. He’s flying all over the place, beating up both Cesaro and Sheamus. Both guys are on their knees and Bryan is taking turns blasting both guys with “Yes!” kicks. A loud “Daniel Bryan” chant breaks out as Bryan continues to control the action. Bryan hits Cesaro repeatedly with European uppercuts as the fans again begin to chant for Daniel Bryan. Cesaro finally slows Bryan down and now his crazy, early-match-entry energy seems to have died down. A light “we want Lesnar” chant breaks out from his hometown fans in Minneapolis as Cesaro throws Bryan through one of the pods. The announcers point out that he went through it shoulder-first, noting that the shoulder that went through the pod was the heavily taped up, injured one.
Meanwhile, Sheamus nails Cesaro with a big DDT on the steel floor. Bryan is still down selling the spot that saw him crash through the pod. Bryan is now in the ring and Sheamus is stomping away at him. A loud “let’s go Cena” and “Cena sucks” dueling chant breaks out. The countdown clock strikes again. Entering the match this time is Christian.
Christian comes in and immediately takes advantage of a grounded Bryan, stomping away at the shoulder that he helped injure at last Monday’s RAW. Christian tears some of the bandages off of Bryan’s arm and continues to focus his attack on the beat-up shoulder of D-Bry. Sheamus and Cesaro are still down and out on the outside of the ring as Christian beats up Bryan’s shoulder some more. Sheamus finally re-enters the picture and goes after Christian.
Outside of the ring, Christian goes for the Killswitch on Cesaro. Cesaro reverses and hits a running-powerbomb on Christian, slamming him back-first through one of the pods. Cesaro tries pinning Christian off of that spot, however Christian manages to kick out at two. Cesaro puts some of the plexiglass from the pod on Sheamus and then runs and smashes himself into it. Cesaro hits Sheamus with a big sidewalk-slam type of move on the steel floor.
The countdown clock strikes again. Entering the match this time is John Cena. As soon as Cena comes out of his pod, Christian comes flying off the top and tries to splash him. Cena catches him and uses Christian as a battering ram, beating Cesaro with Christian’s body. He throws Christian at Cesaro and they both go tumbling down. Bryan is back up and is firing up on offense, however Christian ends up catching him with the Killswitch. He tries pinning Bryan to eliminate him, however D-Bry kicks out at two.
Meanwhile, Cena re-enters the picture. He slams Christian down and calls for the Five Knuckle Shuffle. Sheamus stops him from behind and hits him with his White Noise move. Sheamus tries pinning Cena, but Cena manages to kick out before the three-count. A “let’s go Cena” and “Cena sucks” dueling chant breaks out. All of the guys are battling all over the place now, as there are bodies flying everywhere.
Cesaro catches Cena with his trademark flying-European uppercut move. Not sure what to call it, but it’s the spot where he launches Cena up in the air and catches him coming down with a big European uppercut. Cena goes for the Attitude Adjustment on Cesaro but Bryan stops him by blasting him with repated “Yes!” kicks. All of the guys are down now.
The countdown clock strikes again. The buzzer sounds and now the WWE World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton officially enters the match. Orton goes after all of the guys. The crowd starts chanting “boring” immediately after Orton got out of his pod. Orton keeps knocking everyone down. He acknowledges the “boring” chants and does his pose to taunt the fans. Orton sets Bryan up for his punt. Everyone ends up getting up at once. They all stop and look at Orton. Orton runs and locks himself back in his pod. Sheamus can’t get to Orton now and he’s pissed. Orton taunts him from inside the pod. The entire arena starts chanting “Pussy! Pussy!” at Orton. Sheamus turns and finally stops and realizes what everyone is already expecting. He hits the Brogue Kick into the pod and smashes it open. He grabs Orton and starts beating him up.
Back in the ring, Cena goes for the Five Knuckle Shuffle on Bryan. Cesaro stops him. Orton ends up in the picture. Cesaro grabs Orton and starts doing the Cesaro Swing to him. He swung him a ton of times. According to Michael Cole it was 30 rotations. Bryan grabs Cesaro as soon as he finished the swinging, and dumped him on his neck with a big German suplex.
Sheamus is now in the center of the ring, pounding his chest and calling for the Brogue Kick. Christian ducks and Sheamus blasts Cena with the Brogue Kick. Christian tries rolling Sheamus up for a pin after that, but Sheamus manages to kick out at two. Christian and Sheamus battle up to the top of one of the pods. Orton goes up after him. Orton nails Sheamus with a big slam off of the pod. Christian leaps and comes flying off the pod and splashes onto Sheamus. He pins him. 1-2-3. Christian has eliminated Sheamus.
A light “this is awesome” chant breaks out. The doctors and trainers help get Sheamus out of the ring. Meanwhile, Orton gets Christian set up for his draping-DDT off the middle ropes. Christian ends up avoiding it. Bryan hits Christian out of nowhere with his running knee. He covers him — 1-2-3. Daniel Bryan just eliminated Christian. We’re down to just four guys in the match now — Randy Orton, John Cena, Daniel Bryan and Cesaro.
All four guys start to go at each other. When the smoke clears, Cena and Daniel Bryan are left alone and they notice each other. They slowly enter the ring and walk towards each other. Cena and Bryan start trading kicks. Now they trade punches. They’re fighting back-and-forth, tooth-and-nail. Bryan goes for the Yes! Lock on Cena but Cena reverses it into a STF attempt. Bryan avoids it. Cena goes for the A.A. on Bryan, but Cesaro breaks that up with an incredible show of strength, suplexing them. Cena ends up hitting Cesaro with the A.A. over the top rope. Cesaro crashes onto the steel floor outside the ring. Cena yanks Cesaro back into the ring and immediately locks him in the STF. Cesaro taps out. John Cena has just eliminated Cesaro.
We’re down to just Randy Orton, John Cena and Daniel Bryan now. John Cena locks Orton in the STF and out of nowhere The Wyatt Family cut-in happens. The arena goes dark. When the lights come back on, all three members of The Wyatt Family are standing in the Chamber. They clean house of everyone and then set their sights on Cena. They brutalize Cena, one-by-one. Bray hits Cena with his Sister Abigail finisher. They all leave as the fans in Minneapolis chant “thank you Wyatt.” Orton makes sure The Wyatt Family are gone and then slowly crawls over and pins Cena. 1-2-3. Randy Orton has just eliminated John Cena.
The Wyatt Family hang around right outside of the Chamber until Kane comes down in his suit and yells at them and orders them to leave the ringside area. Bray smiles and laughs and The Wyatt Family make their way to the back. The doctors and trainers are helping Cena exit the ring. Kane is still standing there. Out of nowhere, Bryan comes off the top rope and blasts Kane with a knee to the side of the head. Bryan has Orton hanging upside down off the top rope. He runs all over the place and dives into him with kicks over and over again. The fans start loudly chanting “Daniel Bryan, Daniel Bryan.”
Bryan goes to the top rope. Orton grabs Bryan by his beard and then nails Bryan off the top-rope with his draping-DDT move. Orton goes for the RKO. Bryan reverses it and nails Bryan with the running knee. Bryan covers Orton. 1-2…Kane grabs the referee and stops him from counting to three. Bryan is distracted by Kane. Bryan turns around right into an RKO. Orton covers Bryan, 1-2 …Bryan kicks out at two. The crowd explodes. Bryan rolls Orton up out of nowhere, 1-2….Orton kicks out at two. Kane ends up interfering again, setting up another immediate RKO by Orton. This time Orton pins Bryan and gets the 1-2-3. Randy Orton eliminates Daniel Bryan. Orton wins and retains his WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
Winner and STILL WWE World Heavyweight Champion: Randy Orton
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