NoDQ.com > Columns > ViRTUE's RAGE: WWE Elimination Chamber Review Posted by ViRTUE on 02/12/2017 at 11:34 PM
February 12, 2017
Let’s cut to the chase and get right into my WWE Elimination Chamber Review for the SmackDown Live brand…
Pre-Show: Well, it was Curt Hawkins Vs Mojo Rawley for the Enhancement Talent Pre-Show Championship. After they bored the crowd to death for five minutes, Mojo defeated Hawkins by pinfall to become the new...LOL! Regarding the panel: I could only understand every other sentence from Booker T; I now realize why Sam Roberts is on the radio; and I would have rather watched Carmella slap the taste out of James Ellsworth’s mouth, and then have her go over and make friends with Renee Young. Now it’s time for the Elimination Chamber. Here we go…
Becky Lynch Vs Mickie James: First thing is first. This should have been a #1 Contender’s Match for a future shot at the SmackDown Women’s Championship. Oh well! Both ladies looked exquisite this evening. As I anticipated, the match was very back and forth as one might expect with such talented female wrestlers. I definitely have to give Mickie the edge over Becky regarding ring gear. Mickie’s attire was very shiny and made her look like a star. And of course, Becky won best hair with her fiery, bright orange locks. The crowd was somewhat decent for this match, counting along with the referee on multiple occasions. Or, perhaps they just wanted it to end. Becky was eventually able to score the pinfall victory after she reversed a rollup from Mickie into one of her own. Match Grade = B
Apollo Crews/Kalisto Vs Dolph Ziggler: This was officially supposed to be a 2 on 1 Handicapped Match; however, Ziggler attacked Kalisto during his entrance before the match started to even up the odds. I have to admit, EC already seemed like just an episode of SmackDown Live by this point. Nothing felt meaningful and important, which is a shame because Ziggler’s current heel character has all the potential in the World to make his matches seem more captivating. Kalisto finally made his way back to the ring and into the match, and within about a minute, Crews landed a spinning power bomb on Ziggler for the pinfall victory. After the match, Ziggler went nuts and took out Kalisto yet again, and then proceeded to go after Crews’ ankle with a steel chair. Okay, so it appeared WWE just wanted to continue Ziggler’s Rage as a sore loser. Match Grade = B-
Tag Team Turmoil (Gauntlet) Championship Match: Heath Slater/Rhyno Vs Tyler Breeze/Fandango started the match. I remember this girl that once stalked me at a bar. Unfortunately, she looked like Rhyno. I was always afraid I would get gored and raped. Luckily, I did not. Rhyno/Slater advanced after Rhyno landed a gore on Fandango. The Vaudevillians came out next. WTF happened to these guys? Thanks Vince! Slater DDT’d Aiden English pretty quick to advance once again. Up next, the Uso Thugs! After a superkick to Slater, the Usos advanced. Next out was the SmackDown Tag Team Champions, American Alpha. As usual, all the wrestlers have definitely worked their asses off tonight, but everything has seemed so formulaic and status quo. Come on damn it! It’s WrestleMania season! At least WWE tries to find ways to get everybody on the show. Alpha eliminated the Usos when Chad Gable pinned Jey Uso, but then Usos went “Dolph Ziggler” on Alpha and beat them up afterwards. The Ascension finally came out last, but somehow was not able to capitalize. Alpha landed the Grand Amplitude to score the pinfall victory and remained SmackDown Tag Team Champs. In my opinion, this was way too cumbersome of a match. I miss classic tag team feuds and psychology! Match Grade = C++
Nikki Bella Vs Natalya: This feud could get very interesting if WWE wanted it to; however, I think it will just be a stepping stone to put Nikki over for a SmackDown Women’s Championship match at WM33. Poor Nattie! For some reason, Nikki looked like Victoria tonight. It must have been the long jet black hair. Nattie was definitely doing her best to play a legit heel. That is something I can definitely get behind. Nattie ended up locking on the Sharpshooter; however, Nikki reversed it into some type of reverse chin lock. Both Nattie and Nikki ended up getting counted out (lame finish). After the match, Nattie continued to pummel on Nikki. As Nattie tried to leave ringside, Nikki was able to chase her down for a brief moment, until Nattie finally got away. Match Grade = C++
Randy Orton Vs Luke Harper: Now this should be a solid match! I really like Luke Harper and kind of hope his rift against Wyatt/Orton is just a work to help get the title on Wyatt later in the show. Imagine if Wyatt won the title tonight thanks to the help of Harper. Then Tuesday on SmackDown, Wyatt and Harper could turn on Orton to set up the WM33 bout. Oh well, it is just another fantasy booking idea I had in the back of my mind, stashed away with all the other great ideas. It does not seem like all that long ago, I watched Luke Harper perform in the Indys as Brodie Lee near Cleveland, Ohio. Man, time sure flies. This has been a rather slow paced match; however, that is a good thing sometimes, as it makes the high spots seem more special, especially the finish. Although it is not saying much, this match has definitely been the best one of the night. Finally, after an RKO “Outta Nowhere”, Orton defeated Harper via pinfall.
Match Grade = B++
SmackDown Women’s Championship Match: Naomi Vs Alexa Bliss- My oh my, this should be called Elimination Chamber: Girls Night Out (you’re welcome Absolute Intense Wrestling). This is the third women’s match of the show. Uh oh, the crowd seemed very dead for this match! Not a good sign for either woman going forward. I suspect that the SmackDown Women’s title is going to go to Nikki, Nattie, Becky, or Mickie very soon. Again, I will admit that the wrestlers worked hard in this match, but the end did get a bit sloppy. Wow! In somewhat of a shocker, Naomi scored the pinfall victory to become new Champ. She definitely has to be just a placeholder for the title heading into WM33, if she even gets there with the title. Match Grade = C++
Elimination Chamber Match for the WWE Championship: Bray Wyatt Vs Miz Vs AJ Styles Vs Dean Ambrose Vs Baron Corbin Vs John Cena- The EC structure does look quite impressive. I think the evolution of the cage in WWE is pretty dramatic. Blue monkey bar cage –chain link fence cage-Hell in a Cell-Elimination Chamber. I am not going to count the Punjabi Prison cage, ugh! The match started out with AJ Styles Vs John Cena. How cliche of WWE! Dean Ambrose’s pod was the first one to open. The next pod to open was Bray Wyatt. The third one was Baron Corbin, and finally the last pod to open was the Miz. Before the Miz even came out of his pod, Ambrose rolled up and eliminated Corbin. Corbin then went all “Dolph Ziggler” on Ambrose and annihilated him before he finally left the chamber. Miz finally got in the ring and was the one to pin Ambrose. Miz then did his usual Daniel Bryan “Yes” kicks to insult the crowd. Cena ended up catching Miz in an Attitude Adjustment and eliminated him. That was probably the first time in years the AA beat anybody. The final three came down to Cena, Styles, and Wyatt. I want to point out that the ten-knuckle shuffle Cena did to Wyatt and Styles looked so cheesy. Holy shit! Wyatt just gave Cena the Sister Abigail and eliminated him. The final two: Wyatt Vs Styles! This is awesome, clap-clap-clap-clap-clap! Naturally, there were several false finishes near the end of the match. In the end, Wyatt caught Styles in a Sister Abigail and scored the pinfall to become new WWE Champion. And he did it CLEAN! Match Grade = A (an EC match with a clean finish with a deserving wrestler going over as new Champ will do that)
Overall Elimination Chamber Grade = B, There is nothing more to it than it was an overall status quo show, but with an incredible ending. Follow the buzzards!
PPV Grades for 2017
NXT TakeOver: San Antonio = B++
WWE Royal Rumble = B
WWE Elimination Chamber = B
Grading Scale (16 point system): As an example, a
B++ is equivalent to 12/16 or a 3.75/5, 7.5/10
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