Originally Written: April 21st – Finished April 23rd (1am)
Update:So just to give you guys a heads up, I watched all of the matches that took place yesterday in the Shields Final Chapter event, but I went back and rewatched everything over so I could give my thoughts to everything properly because watching it Live it’s hard to keep up……
A lot of the early stuff already written I went back and changed some things and added more to it, as well as wrote out the rest of my thoughts on the event. The first part that you’re about to read is the only original reaction that I kept and didn’t change, but the rest of what I wrote that’s all changed and added stuff.
So I thought this was going to be some kind of documentary on the Shield and their journey, but maaan was I wrong…….it turns out it’s a whole wrestling event, well it was WWE Live, i’ve never watched one of these before so this should be interesting.
Elias speaks about how he’s happy that this is the Shield’s final chapter and never having to see them again then talks about how Roman Reigns will pay for what he did to him and Mr McMahon last week and then we get a song from Elias, about the Shield……
He then of course insults the crowd while singing his song, because it wouldn’t be an Elias song if he didn’t, but it also wouldn’t be an Elias song if he didn’t get interrupted in the middle of it either.
If you’re wondering who interrupted Elias, well it was non other than the Intercontinental Champion Finn Balor, Elias of course unhappy at the fact asks Balor why he felt the need to interrupt his performance and Balor tells him how much of a fan he is of his and how he wants to Walk With Elias,
Elias not bothered to hear that Balor is a fan, tells Finn that since he’s a fan of his, he’ll let him sing with him and then Elias sings his famous song “When I Say I Love Elias, You Say Yes I Do”
The crowd didn’t really sing along at first, we then had Finn join in on the song, but decides he wants to change up the lyrics to it a bit, singing how much Elias sucks instead, gotta say Finn doesn’t have a bad voice, that was pretty good!!
Well I thought it was, Elias on the other hand did not like it, which lend him to attack Finn, starting up the match between the two.
Finn Balor Vs Elias (Intercontental Championship)
This was a good match, I had to rewatch this of course, but it was real good, both Finn and Elias did really well, both are extremely talented in the ring, they both had an equal amount of momentum going for them of there were a few nice moments during the match,
One moment was when Balor went up on the top corner ropes outside of the apron, to set up for his finisher, but Elias hits him, causing Finn to stumble off the top rope and back on the the ring apron, Elias then hits Balor with a few punches to the face……
Almost knocking him off the apron completely and on the announcers table at one point, which by the way i’m not really sure why it was that close to the ring anyway, but it was…….
Elias tried going for another attack on Finn, but Balor countered the attack, going for a sunset flip pin, almost gets the win, but was only able to get a 2 count, Finn then goes for some kind of cradle pin move, gets the whole 3 count, wins the match and retains his Intercontinental Championship.
Thoughts:This was a very well done match between the two, there was a few times where Elias was close to winning, but in the end it was Finn who made sure that title didn’t go anywhere, but well done to both Finn Balor and Elias for putting on a good performance in this matchup, I enjoyed it!!
Post/Pre Match Segment: Elias not to happy about his lost to Finn Balor, talks how Balor got lucky and then just tries to turn his focus back on his performance, but ends up getting interrupted again before he could even begin his performance when the Riott Squad heads on down to the ring……..and what do you know, they too are huge fans of Elias, ain’t that something!!
They even go out of their way to ask him if they could be the Elias Squad even though they’re known as the Riott Squad, Elias was all in for that idea of course, they even sang Elias’s song with him……well for a min, but they ended up changing the lyrics to “We Love The Riot Squad” not bad, but I think personally they could’ve rehearsed that better, but you know it was okay…….
Bayley & Ember Moon Vs The Riot Squad
I was pretty excited to see Ember get back in the ring after being out for so long, I know she was in the Women’s Battle Royal at Mania, but I didn’t watch it, but watching this match back, Ember, goodness gracious she’s something, the Riott Squad too are quite the pair as we all know, taking advantage any chance their given.
Liv Morgan especially, she did everything she could to make sure her team stayed in control of the match and it worked for the most part, until towards the closing parts of the match when she was caught red handed trying to help Ruby win, by holding her legs on the ropes as leverage after Ruby tried to use a dirty pin towards Ember to win the match, causing her to be banned from ringside.
She was not happy of course and neither were the Riott Squads’s Ruby Riot and Sarah Logan……on a good note, Liv being sent to the back after she was caught cheating gave Ember the advantage to capitalize on Ruby hitting her with her finisher the Eclipse from off the top rope, pinning her and wins the match for her and Bayley.
Thoughts:The match was pretty alright, I thought Bayley and Ember worked really well together, the Riot Squad did well too, even though I wouldn’t normally say this……
Liv Morgan, although she wasn’t apart of the match, she did a good job helping Ruby and Sarah stay in control of the match, although it wouldn’t be long before her dirty tactics played up against her leaving her to get caught red handed and then banned from ringside afterwards,
However for some parts of the match I thought Ruby and Logan, both held their own real nicely, Ember she’s amazing, Bayley is also great and overall the match was just really enjoyable!!
The Shield Final Disclosed Location Promo:
Now we’ve come to the closing parts of the Shields Final Chapter, first we got one last classic old Shield promo from a disclosed location where they talk about everything they’ve done as the Shield for the past 7 years with wanting to create a legacy of their own injustice, but how in the process of it all they ended up just starting a whole new culture in the WWE on their own terms……
Had the whole world thrown at them, but that there wasn’t anything they haven’t been through together and that come hell or high water they will go out there for their last match together and do things their way and when the Shield tell you that they will do things their way Believe That and Believe in the Shield…….
On to the Main Event…….
The Shield Vs Drew McIntyre, Bobby Lashley & Baron Corbin
The Shields final match and the final chapter to this story……..first I just want to say that watching this match a second time, I still feel the same about it like I did yesterday……….
I thought it was really great match, both teams put on one heck of a performance, Baron Corbin, Bobby Lashley and Drew McIntyre I gotta say worked extremely well together, did I appreciate them ganging up on Dean, no I did not, but as heels they did what they were supposed to do and it is what it is, although they were talking a lot of smack about how they were going to beat the Shield and become the new stable of WWE…..I will say I am impressed with the way they work as a team during this matchup,
They did gave Dean, Roman and Seth one heck a fight and stood toe to toe with them, however it’s not like we’ve never seen both teams face off before (Fastlane) but even though we watched another match between the Shield and Drew, Corbin and Lashley, each time they’ve faced off, it’s been great, so i’ll give them that one, but just that one…..
Yes they’re they’re pretty great and all when working together, but I wouldn’t call them Shield level great, they’re good, but they aren’t better than the Shield, Drew, Corbin and Lashley are teammates, while Dean, Roman and Seth are brothers. They get each other, they know each other’s strengths and weaknesses, they know how to bring out the best in each other in a way that is just incredible and that’s why they’re the best!!
Corbin, Drew and Lashley TRIED to put them in the past, but the Shield you can’t take them down, especially when they are on the same page and have the mindset to take on everyone and destroy, that all being said though of course the Shield won in the end.
We had Dean land his dirty deeds finisher and he could’ve pinned Corbin right then and there, but he ended up tagging Roman in, who tagged in Seth where they then delivered their famous Triple Powerbomb tag team finisher move for the last time and Seth pinned Corbin, giving them the win. I couldn’t be happier, it would’ve had be wrong had they given Corbin, Lashley and Drew the win, i’m glad they didn’t though.
I was real happy seeing Dean fly and just go all out and everywhere in the ring and give the fight back to Corbin, Lashley and Drew, even when they were tag teaming against him outside of the ring and trying to make everything impossible for him, he still stood his ground and kept on rolling with the punches and i’m just real proud of him, i’m proud of all of them!!
Roman and Seth, I love how they always have Dean’s back and are always keeping a look out for him……..The Shield, yeah they’re all different, but each one of them bring so much to the Shield, they understand each other, they know how each other work and that’s because they just have this connection and bond that you can’t break.
It doesn’t matter if they’re on opposite teams or not, that kind of thing doesn’t go away and no matter what anyone says there’s no Shield without Seth, there’s Shield without Roman and there’s definitely no Shield without Dean……..yes they had different paths and backgrounds to how they started, but each and every one of them all walked the same grounds, even if they didn’t know it at the time.
We all saw the kind of destruction they brought to the WWE and just the way they turned everything upside down and inside out, we all saw what they brought with them and just how they were, be it when it happened or seeing the highlights of their careers looking back at it.
After the match was over, we have the crowd give Dean and the rest of the Shield a standing ovation for just everything they’ve done in the WWE and as the Shield, the crowd chanting for them and trying to plead with Dean not to leave, which Seth let’s them know that they’ve already tried that, but once Dean’s mind is made up it’s made up………..
We then get some very heartfelt words from Seth, talking about his journey and becoming Universal champion and how him being champion wouldn’t have been possible without the Shield, the WWE Universe and The Brotherhood of the Shield……..he then let’s Dean and Roman know how much he loves them and how he’ll always love the Shield and how the Universal Championship isn’t just for him, it’s for all of them as a team.
We also got one heck of a inspirational speech from Dean, that made me tear up a bit the first time I heard it, I just smiled the second time watching it, he just talked about never taking no for an answer……
Saying if you work hard enough and you continue to fight through the obstacles in your way you can do anything you put your mind to and if anyone tries to tell you otherwise just stick the middle finger in the air and tell them the Shield said so……….i’m gonna leave it for you guys to watch because it Dean says it a whole lot better than I could.
Final Thoughts:You know I still can’t believe that there isn’t going to be anymore Shield and I especially can’t believe that we’re not going to get anymore Dean Ambrose in the WWE……….
I honestly feel it’s just going to be so odd without Dean around, but at the same time I understand and respect Dean’s decision to leave, again i’ve said this before, but at the end of the day, all I want is to see Dean happy and if he’s happy, it’s only right for us fans who love and respect as well as support, to be happy for him, it doesn’t mean we won’t miss him,
Of course we’re going to miss him, he brought so much to the WWE and gave us entertainment as well as shared with us his love for pro wrestling and let us be apart of his career with him, it’s just gonna be weird not seeing him wrestle or him giving us promo’s to look forward to…….
Dean is one of a kind and there isn’t going to be anyone who can fill his shoes, sure we have other talents that we can support and who is also good on the mic and in the ring and who kinda relate to Dean……actually scratch that, there’s no one that’s like Dean Ambrose, because again there’s just only one Dean Ambrose and like I said before people can try, but there isn’t a presence like Dean’s, he has something to him that no one can match.
I’ve always seen greatness in Dean and I know that’s he’s going to do well wherever he goes and with whatever he does, like I said I just hope Dean happy and is doing well…….I also wish the best for not only Dean, but Roman and Seth as well as they’re stepping in to a new journey with their careers too, not sure we’re they’re going to be heading next, but I look forward seeing where that is……….
Overall though everything was good, I enjoyed the Shield’s Final Chapter, i’m sad knowing we won’t get to see them in the ring together again and about Dean leaving and all, but at the end of the day, I just wish them all the very best in everything they do, but that was The Shield’s Final Chapter……
Let me know what you guys thought of the event if you’ve watched it and let me know your favorite moments were of it all!!
Originally Written March 7th 2019 – Finished March 9th 2019
Update:I wrote majority of this review on the day of WrestleMania, I finished writing everything last night and added the pictures today. Also this review is a little different because I wrote it as I was watching it so a lot of the stuff written was my reaction to what was happening and me slightly commenting it, along with giving my thoughts on the match too.
Talk about an opener, Yolanda Adams at WrestleMania singing America The Beautiful!?………nice!! I don’t know how they got Yolanda to be there, but that’s pretty cool I won’t lie.
Disclaimer: I’m watching WrestleMania a little later, it’s about 8:30pm my time as i’m watching, it won’t be when this goes up but yeah……also i’m skipping the kickoff, hopefully it was good, i’ll probably go back to it later and watch, but let’s continue on with the show!!
Main Show: Opener
Alexa Bliss has arrived to Mania, letting us know that on a night like this we don’t need a host, we need a goddess and that if she wants a WrestleMania moment she can just get one with a snap of a finger.
and with a snap of a finger (Bliss’s finger) we get a surprise appearance from Mr Hulk Hogan, well alright then, not a bad surprise…….it was nice seeing you Hogan
After Hogan “messed up the name” of the arena and said what he wanted to say, he and Bliss do his famous Hulkamania poses and then we get the advocate of Brock Lesnar walking down the long WrestleMania ramp heading to the ring……..you know I gotta say Heyman walking to the ramp to Hulk Hogan’s theme, was actually pretty funny and his walk actually went with music, just wanted to point that out.
A livid Heyman, isn’t quite too happy about his client Brock Lesnar not being the main event of the show……..stating that him and Brock will get on a jet to Las Vegas and find appreciation there.
Looks like we’re getting the Universal Championship title match first, very interesting……..also Seth’s titantron effect for Brock Lesnar, the whole “Beast Slayer thing” was pretty great, nice effect!!
Seth Rollins Vs Brock Lesnar (Universal Championship)
Brock Lesnar wastes no time he goes straight after Seth once he gets close to the ring………Lesnar starts the match in control, giving him an F’5 outside of the ring, he then launches Seth onto the apron LED lights……the match still has yet to start, he also sends him over one of the announcers table……..
Not even giving him time to recover as Seth’s tossed all around the outside of the ring, Brock even launching him towards one of the german announcers……..so far this match is looking more on the side Brock and less on the side of Rollins…………
Rollins is being badly beaten and bruised as Lesnar hits 3 German suplex’s, Lesnar tries to go for an F’5 Seth escapes and pushes him towards the ropes where Brock collides with the ref, having him fall outside of the ring, giving Rollins the chance to take advantage and how does he take advantage you ask!? He does so with a low blow to Lesnar, which I knew the moment the ref was out of the ring, he’d do………..
Rollins then catches Brock with a kick and 3 Black Out Stomps…….WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAT, NO FLIPPING WAY (I had to go back and watch that all again because I was just so…….I couldn’t believe it) HOLY SMOKES, 3 BLACK OUT STOMPS TO THE BEAST THAT IS BROCK LESNAR, SETH FREAKING ROLLINS SLAYED THE BEAST, WHAT!!
Thoughts:I mean Seth said whether he leaves WrestleMania in one piece or he couldn’t stand and what not he was not leaving WrestleMania without the Universal title and what do you know……..he pulled through on that promise…………..
AMAZING OPENER, FINALLY!! NO MORE OF THE LONG WAIT TO SEE THE MAIN TITLE OF MONDAY NIGHT RAW………i’m speechless, seriously can’t believe that happened and i’ll tell you as well, neither did Paul Heyman or the Beast Brock Lesnar HAHA!!
AJ Styles Vs Randy Oron:
Nice start on the match between Styles and Orton, Randy tries to end the match early by attempting and early RKO, which Styles avoids. Outside of the ring Styles catches Randy with a forearm smash.
Randy later gains control of the match for a good while, Styles comes back with a good amount of momentum, soon taking control of the match, Styles tries to go for a Styles clash, but Randy escapes it, Randy then tries to hit an RKO, but AJ dodges it, he then comes off the ropes and gets caught with a power slam by Orton.
Styles locks in his calf crusher to Randy, who tries to avoid it, but ends up getting caught with it anyway, he then struggles to get out of it for a bit, but eventually does when he grabs the ropes of the ring forcing Styles to break the submission.
Style with the target on Randy’s knee, he then goes for his Phenominal forearm finisher, but stops and senses Randy as he tried to attempt his RKO on him, Styles then goes for a 450 splash, goes to pin Randy, but he kicks out, Randy with a superplex to Styles.
Randy catches Styles with an uppercut almost knocking him out of the ring………Randy sets up for his RKO after chatting up with the crowd, doesn’t land it the first time, but goes for it again and you think he would’ve gotten the 3 count, but Styles kicks out of it…….
Styles with a pale kick to Orton after escaping from what looked like was an attempt at a serious RKO from the tope rope. Styles hits a Phenomenal forearm to Randy outside of the ring, back in thr ring, Randy goes for an RKO, Styles escapes it then hits his the Phenomenal forearm off the apron to win the match.
Thoughts:Not a bad match, I thought both Styles and Randy performed well, there were some nice moments along with some surprising, but overall it was quite a decent match, I enjoyed it.
The Usos Vs The Bar Vs Rusev & Shinsuke Vs Ricochet & Aleister Black (Smackdown Live Tag Team Championships)
Match is underway, a lot is happening everyone’s getting some shots in on each other, Ricochet with an impressive launch to Cesaro, I can’t even describe what it was to you guys, but it was pretty cool though, Cesaro catches Ricochet with an uppercut to Ricochet then goes on a swing spree with him, while Sheamus hits every opponent who tries to get involved in the match with forearm chest hits, pretty good moment.
He then locks in a sharpshooter to Ricochet, Jimmy now in the ring catches Cesaro with a super kick, breaking the submission. Aleister with a nice moonsault to Rusev, goes for a pin, but the pin gets broken up by Shinsuke………Ricochet with a shooting star press to Shinsuke to save Aleister from being pinned.
The Bar I have to admit have been pretty impressive in this match, the moment they get advantage they are on top of it!! We just got a whole lot of superstars in the ring after what looked like a superplex powerbomb or something happened and for some reason Ricochet is the only one not affected by it, how in the world!? I have no idea, but it was very impressive. (Moment)
Oh my goodness, that was SUPER CLOSE!!! Ricochet almost won the tag team titles for him and Black…………I got a delayed reaction to it, because I wasn’t sure if it was happening or not, but everyone came in to stop that from happening.
Also Cesaro with a nice uppercut to Jey Uso, Jimmy with a nice superkick to Cesaro, Rusev with a kick to Jimmy, Black with his finisher Black Mask to Rusev, Nakamaura with his finisher Kinshasa to Black and everyone is just having a good ole time!! In the end, The Usos retained, not even mad, it was either them or Ricochet & Alesister Black.
Thoughts:I enjoyed it, everyone performed great in this match, so much happened and it was good, i’m glad one of my favorites were the victor in this match.
We then take a little break from the show to congratulate all of the inductees in this years WWE Hall Of Fame 2019, congratulations to everyone that was inducted.
The Miz Vs Shane McMahon (Falls Count Anywhere Match)
Shane isn’t making it easy for Miz as he playing chase around the ring, using Miz’s dad as bait to get him off his guard. Shane in control of the match at the moment, hitting him with a tv monitor, he then goes for his famous tope rope announce table jump, but Miz’s dad gets involved and challenges him to a fight!?……..
He seriously steps into the ring with Shane not really knowing what he was getting into, Shane as expected doesn’t make it easy for him and of course attacks him, which Miz does not take lightly as he goes after Shane and just lays it to him………
In the crowd now, Shane delivers a DDT to Miz, Miz launches Shane off the small ramp in the crowd. Miz is not playing around with Shane now as he continuously attacks him with a steel chair to his back as well as targeting his leg. Miz has gone mad, he doesn’t care who’s in his way, his main focus is inflicting pain on Shane.
Ooooh my goodness, Miz just launched Shane over the other side of the arena, kinda when Shane lands on top of a gulf cart and onto the floor……..then Miz lands his finisher the Skull Crushing Finale onto the tech area and Shane kicks out of that somehow………Shanes going up a high place, which means daredevil Shane or I don’t know whats going to happen…….HOLY SMOKES MIZ JUST SUPERPLEXED SHANE FROM 15 FEET IN THE AIR………..in the end though Shane somehow still won……….what a crazy match!!
Thoughts:I don’t have any, that was an insane match between Shane and Miz, but both did really great out there, really great!!
The Hug Connection (Sasha Banks & Bayley) Vs Nia Jax & Tamina VS The IIconics Vs Divas of Doom (Natalya & Beth Phoenix) (WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship)
Everyone’s going mad in the ring as it goes underway, the IIconics with a nice double team to Sasha…….Beth with a double suplex to the IIconics. Sasha with a nice transition into the Bank Statement to Beth, Natalya with a double sharpshooter to both Bayley and Sasha……..pretty good (moment) Nia and Tamina in control of the match here, both try to attempt a superfly splash, Beth knocks Nia off the tope rope. Sasha with a tribute to Eddie Guerrero using a frog splash to Beth Pheonix……….
Closing parts of the match, Beth Pheonix delivers a glam slam to Bayley, she goes for a pin, but Billie Kay with a sneaky tag in, taking out Beth, not only taking advantage of Beth’s finisher to Bayley, but also picking up the win and becoming the New Women’s Tag Team Championship…………congratulations girls you earned it!!
Thoughts:Not the greatest match, but it wasn’t that bad, it was alright, but the IIconics picking up the win in the end I think that made the match a little bit better than alright, I was super happy they won, I think they earned it and deserve it, even though this wasn’t the greatest match, I still enjoyed it.
Daniel Bryan Vs Kofi Kingston (WWE Championship)
Kofi goes flying and he sticks the landing too, Daniel catches Kofi with a submission…….Kofi kicks Daniel out of the ring, goes for a dive to Daniel, but just eats the announce table when Daniel steps out of the way, giving Daniel control of the match.
Daniel hit his corner kicks to Kofi, Kofi launches himself goes to land a stomp to the chest of Bryan, but ends up getting caught with a Boston Crab submission, Kofi struggles for a bit, but eventually escapes from it.
This match is getting heated, you can tell both Daniel and Kofi want this and i’m loving every single moment of the back and forth their giving us!! This is the kind of match that you don’t want to take your eyes away from nor miss a second of………..Kofi hits his SOS to Daniel, so close man, but Daniel kicks out of it.
No matter how many times Daniel lands hit after hit, kicks after kick, Kofi continues to ask for more letting him now he’s not done nor will quit so he can keep on bring all the attacks he’s got on him………also not sure what he did, but Kofi just pulled some impressive move on Daniel.
Rowan then tries to get involved, Xavior and Big E help out to keep Rowan from getting too involved by landing their tag team finisher to him outside of the ring. Daniel lands his finisher, after dodging Kofi’s Trouble In Paradise finisher, he goes for the pin, but Kofi kicks out…….
He then later locks in the Lebell lock to Kofi, trying to get him to fade with it, but Kofi soon escapes and just lays in with the punches on Daniel. Closing parts to the match Kofi sets up his corner finisher, hits Trouble In Paradise, pinning Daniel and becoming the NEW WWE CHAMPION!!!!!! He so deserves that maaan!!!
Thoughts:KOFIMANIA BABBYYYYYY!!!!! THAT NEW CHAMPIONSHIP LOOKS SOOO GOOD, I LIKE IT!!! REALLY GREAT MATCH THIS WAS, ONE OF MY HIGHLIGHT MATCHES!!
Update:It’s been a while since we saw the original WWE title and so I forgot what the original title looked like and so my brain thought it was new, but it never changed haha, well it did, but you know what I mean, I guess I got so used to Daniel’s title that my brain completely discarded the original design.
Rey Mysterio Vs Samoa Joe (United States Championship)
Thoughts: Well this match didn’t last long, did it!?………well then congratulations to Joe for retaining………Mysterio did well in the start he just fell short in getting the title as he was put to sleep with Joe’s Coquina clutch submission………
Roman Reigns Vs Drew McIntyre:
Woooah how awesome is that, McIntyre got a Scottish band to play his theme at WrestleMania……..pretty cool, but that was for the moment, now it’s time to get serious as we get ready for the big dog to arrive………..and he has arrived the big dog.
Match is underway in 3……..2…….1……LET’S GO!!
Roman starts off the match in control, delivering a samoan drop to Drew……..Drew catches Roman with a spin buster, he goes for a pin, but Roman kicks out. Roman goes for a drive by move, but is left hitting air when McIntyre moves out of the way and goes for a few attacks on him on the apron……….back in the ring McIntyre delivers quite an Alabama slam to Roman.
McIntyre was about to attempt Dean’s dirty deeds finisher onto Roman, but Roman quickly counters that one. Roman goes for his superman punch, McIntyre dodges and hits him with a headbutt, Roman uses the momentum of the headbutt and lands the superman punch, he then sets up for his finisher, spears Drew, pins him and wins the match.
Thoughts:I’m just glad Roman won, also the match was pretty alright, I enjoyed it!!
Ladies and Gentalmen Elias:
Elias finally gives us the performance that we’ve all been waiting for, accompanied by the Elias band………pretty good performance there, I gotta say, I thought Elias did really well on the drum, Elias on the piano was pretty good too, oh but Elias on the guitar, yeah that was impressive………nothing like a nice groovy, mellow chilled out, kind of music to go with the evening of WrestleMania.
Elias with the White Stripes niiiice, every time I hear that song the first thought that comes to mind is Football (soccer) that’s the theme to me of football haha, but that awesome, also the crowd with Elias name in lights, that that was incredible, real nice!!
So apparently, the performance didn’t happen yet, but it is now……..wait……no it’s not……..for some weird reason we’re getting a black and white video of the world series with Babe Ruth!?
Sooo the world series just finished and we got a another surprise, Mr Thuganomics in the house, well alright then, holy smokes…….that’s insane he came out with everything he used to wear back when he had this gimmick.
This is both interesting and kinda weird at the same time, he does his whole rhyming thing and gives Elias a few words and ruins his performance………with insults……….well that was something, glad to see Cena bring back his old Thuganomics gimmick for the night.
Thoughts:I’m speechless and I don’t have much to say, I just know that that was a really unexpected surprise, it was good though real good!! Sorry about your performance Elias…….your one man band though, that was cool!!
Triple H Vs Batista (No Holds Barred, if Triple H loses he has to retire)
I gotta say Triple H always has the best WrestleMania entrances……..he sure has got himself quite a ride to get him to the ring, that’s awesome!!
Well this match has definitely started……..Batista throws Triple H over the announcers table, then over the barricade. Triple H then throws a tool box at Batista, then attacks him with some chains. He then tries to break his fingers with some channel lock tool, hits him with a steel chair and rips his nose ring out with some pliers……….lovely!!
Batista in control of the match now………Triple H gains back momentum a bit, goes for the pedagree to Baista, he counters and lands a move, goes for a pin, but Triple H kicks out. Outside of the ring, Batista goes for his Batista bomb, off one of the announcers tables on top of the steel steps, Triple H counters and tosses him over another announce table, he then sends him a DX Crotch chop and drives him through the announce table.
Both Triple H and Batista recover after that drive through the announcers table, Triple H outside of the ring, Batista inside of the ring, as Batista is recovering in the ring, Triple H goes on search for his famous old friend that is the sledgehammer as he heads back into the ring to try and do some more damage on Batista he ends up being met with a spear from the animal who then goes for the win, but doesn’t quite get it when Triple H kicks out of it.
Batista now with the Sledgehammer, goes for the attack, Triple H counters, Triple H then goes after Batista but gets caught with a spin buster, he then catches Triple H with his Batista bomb finisher. Batista tries to get Triple H to land on the bottom of the steel steps, but Triple H ends up countering it and powerbombing him onto the steel steeps, Triple H then lands his pedigree finisher to Batista goes for the pin, Batista kicks out………
Batista with a DDT onto the steel steps as Triple H was trying to hit him with the sledgehammer, both men down and what do we have here a well Ric Flair trying to help out and encourage Triple H in the match, Ric goes over to Batista and taunts him, getting him super hyped, Triple H uses the steel steps as leverage to land his attack to Batista using the sledgehammer, he then hits the pedigree and wins the match.
Special guest appearance by Ron Simmons………DAMN, that never gets old!!
Kurt Angle Vs Baron Corbin (Kurt’s Farewell Match)
Match is underway, Angle goes straight after Corbin, Corbin later gains momentum and control of the match, Angle delivers a few German suplexes, Corbin catches Angle with his deep six move, goes for a pin, Kurt kicks out, we then later get an Angle lock submission to Corbin, who struggles to get out of it for a bit, but eventually gets out of it.
He then mocks John Cena’s “You Can’t See Me” line Kurt catches him with a nice hook to the face, then hits 3 German suplexes to him, goes up to the top rope, Kurt with a nice moonsault, however he misses the mark, giving Baron Corbin the control of the match and letting him take advantage as he hit his end of days finisher and pins Angle, winning the match………….
Thoughts:Kurt Angle’s farewell match, ended the tour with Baron Corbin pinning him……….I thought this was going to happen, I had a feeling this would happen and the crazy part is, Corbin did not cheat, he legitamally won just by hitting the end of days and pinning Angle cleanly, could Kurt possibly have passed over the torch to Corbin as a nod that he respects him as a superstar!?
I don’t know……….but to talk about the match………..it was alright………..it was enjoyable to me for what it was, I don’t think you can really complain too much, I mean okay yeah Kurt lost his farewell match, but if you look at it this way, all he did was put over a younger talent, I mean if it wasn’t for the whole Kurt and Angle feud,
We really wouldn’t be talking about Baron Corbin, it’s been a while since he’s been a little bit of the talk in the locker room and town and him beating Kurt Angle, not just at WrestleMania, but during his farewell match, that kind of achievement, yeah that’ll get people talking about him again, at least for a bit anyway…….
I’m sure they’ll set it up saying that he put Kurt on the shelf and got him to retire or something like that, but yeah…….wow he actually beat Kurt, a little surprising, but also not that surprising at the same time. Kurt losing his farewell match that’s not gonna change anything and that’s not going to define his 20 year career,
He’s got a whole lot of matches and moments that we will look back on and say, that was a really good moment, this too will be a moment, but it doesn’t mean that it’s going to be a bad one, but overall, I thought the match was okay.
Thank You to Kurt Angle for sharing his wrestling career with us and giving us the chance to be apart of it for the amount of years that he was doing it for, you went out there, put everything you had on the line and gave us something we will remember, I hope when you look back on your career, you remember it all with a smile and all, once again Thank You Kurt, it was a pleasure watching you perform.
Finn Balor (The Demon) Vs Bobby Lashley (Intercontinental Championship)
Finn Balors entrance and attire are amazing!!! Match starts off in Finn’s favor, when he takes complete control of the match, not even thinking of stopping……..Lashley now with the control on Finn who just attacks from left to right and at every angle of the ring. Outside of the ring, Finn catches Lashley with a slingblade and follows it with a shotgun dropkick launching him toward the barricade.
Back in the ring for a moment, where Lashley just spears the heck out of Balor through the ropes off the apron and back outside of the ring…….Balor with a nice powerbomb to Lashley, followed by his finisher the Coup De Grâce, pinning Bobby not only winning the match, but also winning and becoming the New Intercontinental Champion as well………….niiiiice!!
Thoughts: The match was decent, could’ve been a little better, but I thought it was still enjoyable, i’m glad Finn won so yeah, although I gotta admit Lashley did have a few good offenses towards Finn, but in the end it was The Demon who took home the gold and I couldn’t be happier about that.
A Metlife Stadium record: 82,265 attendees……..wow……that’s a lot of people!! Also Alexa Bliss’s wardrobes (outfits) their nice, I like the blue dress not related or anything but I just wanted to say that, also that dance break between Carmella and R-Truth……..very long and weird haha, but fun too…..by the way congratulations to Carmella for winning the women’s battle Royal, didn’t watch it, but congrats to her on winning it.
MAIN EVENT TIIIIIIIME!!!!
Charlotte Flair Vs Becky Lynch VS Ronda Rousey (Winner Take All, Triple Threat Match For The Raw & SDL Women’s Championship)
Charlotte on a helicopter………….I thought she was going to jump out of it, she didn’t……….still a nice entrance though. Joan Jett at Mania that’s so cool, I thought the performance was alright, Joan Jett’s cool…….also I don’t know how Ronda’s able to go from smiling one minute and then all of a sudden go straight serious, that’s talent.
Back to the entrances as the Queen has arrived………but that’s over it’s time to stand and greet The Man that is Becky Lynch!! Let’s go Becky you got this, it’s your time………..IT’S GO TIME!!!
This match just got serious………and it just started…….Ronda goes after Becky and Charlotte, inside and outside the ring. Becky and Charlotte back in the ring giving each other a fight. Ronda with a double armbar over the ropes to both Charlotte and Becky, Becky escapes, leaving Charlotte to take a little more damage.
Becky then knocks Ronda out of the ring……….Becky and Charlotte back at it to each other again, Becky locks in her disarmer submission to Charlotte, Ronda heads back into the ring and breaks the submission……….
Charlotte with a submisson to Ronda, Becky breaks it with a bulldog to Charlotte then hits a double DDT to both Ronda and Charlotte. Becky with a Bexplex to Charlotte, Ronda with a double crossbody to both Charlotte and Becky, she then locks in a double submission armbar, Becky and Charlotte double team on Ronda.
Becky trying so hard to submit Ronda……..Charlotte gets back in the match and later delivers a Spanish fly off the tope rope. This match is pretty intense, so much is happening and i’m loving it!! That figure 4 submission to Ronda by Charlotte off the ring post………goodnesss (Moment) Becky breaks the submission…….
Back in the ring, Charlotte again attempts the figure 4, transitions it into a figure 8, Becky with the break of the submission with a leg drop off the top rope. Becky sets up a table in the ring, Ronda flips the table not giving in to what the fans want, Charlotte with the double spear to both Ronda and Becky, tries to pin them, but they both kick out, leaving The Queen frustrated……….
Charlotte sets up the table in the corner and continuously rams Ronda’s face against it, Charlotte spears Becky, she goes for the pin, but Becky kicks out……..Charlotte goes through the table a bit……..now it’s just Becky and Ronda left in the ring as Charlotte rolls out of the ring………….it’s the Man’s time I feel it!!!
Ronda with the piper’s pit finisher to Becky, Becky somehow, don’t know how exactly gets Ronda’s shoulders to stay on the mat, pinning her and becoming both the Raw Women’s Champion and the Smackdown Live Women’s Champion!!!
Thoughts:I’m soooo happy for Becky, she totally deserved that win, although it’s going to be seen as controversial, buuut hey she won so it doesn’t matter. We got ourselves, KofiMania and WrestleMANia (quoting Michael Cole here) in the same night, what a night and evening (cause I had to catch up on some matches) i’m so happy, my reaction is a little different today, compared to last night, but i’m still happy knowing that Kofi won, Becky won and so many others that I predicted would win, congradulations Becky Lynch you absolutely deserved every bit of that celebration when winning the titles!!!
Final Thoughts:I enjoyed WrestleMania, there were some pretty great matches, as well as special appearances and all that jazz, there were so many good moments, of course certain matches could’ve been better, but even if they weren’t the greatest I still enjoyed it, KOFIMANIA, HECK YEAH!!!!
The Man, yes please (both Becky and Seth) The IIconics winning was nice, Roman, it’s always good to see Roman, glad he won!! that SDL tag match with The Usos, Ricochet & Aleister Black, Rusev & Shinsuke and The Bar, that was pretty good, really good, I was happy to see The Usos won that match, although I wouldn’t have mind if Alesister and Ricochet won it either………..
There’s so many different things to WrestleMania that I enjoyed, overall it was a good PPV, nice 2002 I think Cole said Cena appearance, that was surprising did not expect that at all, WrestleMania 35…………you’re on my good list!!!
Annnnd with that, we now come to a close to this blog post, that was WrestleMania 35 with a lot of surprises and title changes, also Finn Balor winning and just him as a whole, with that entrance and attire of his………..Niiice, real nice!!!!
If you guys watched WrestleMania let me know your thoughts on it, what were your favorite matches, moments, attires, feel free to share your thoughts on the PPV in the comments below!!
Disclaimer: I’ve been writing this review all week (started writing it Monday…….last Monday) and that’s why you’re going to be reading it now (well in a bit) I finished writing everything down yesterday (Feb 23) but I had to look everything over and edit a couple of things.
Elimination Chamber what a show this PPV was!!! So many incredible moments happened especially during both Elimination Chambers which I look forward to talking about to you guys.
Now I know i’m a little late reviewing it, I was trying to figure out a way to write about this, so what I did was, I ended up just going back and rewatching some of the matches just to get a little bit of a refresher so that way when I wrote everything down, it would be my natural reaction of it or at least close to what my natural reaction was when I watched it the first time if that makes any sense, hopefully it does………
Originally, I wanted to do a build up around the Elimination Chamber first before I wrote an actual review, but as I was writing it, I didn’t know if I was building it up alright, so I decided to just review the PPV without the build up, but without further ado let’s talk the Elimination Chamber PPV.
Disclaimer #2: I didn’t watch the kickoff so i’m not gonna talk about it, however I did hear that the cruiserweight match was actually pretty good but on to the main show.
Nia Jax & Tamina Vs Carmella & Naomi Vs The Riot Squad’s (Liv Morgan & Sarah Logan) Vs Sasha Banks & Bayley Vs Sonya Deville & Mandy Rose Vs The Iconics (The Women’s Elimination Chamber Match for the first ever Women’s Tag Team Championships)
Alright so we start off with the very first match off the main card, The Women’s Elimination Chamber match for the new WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships………What can I say about this match except for it surely did not disappoint!! We all know this match could’ve went 2 ways, it was either going to throw the ball out the park oooor it was going to be a lackluster kind of performance……….luckily it wasn’t lackluster and they did throw the ball out of the park, heck out of the park isn’t even the word!!!!
Every single tag team in this match tore the house down, I loved watching this match, when I was trying to write down what was happening I could barely keep up with it, so much was happening all at once, but it was awesome, I would watch it again!! A whole lot of moments went down during this Elimination Chamber match, the two teams that started were Sasha Banks & Bayley along with Sonya Deville & Mandy Rose.
The other teams would be locked inside some chamber pods until it was their turn to come out. Sonya Deville nearly pinned Sasha in the beginning of the match with some kind of brutal move, if she would’ve gotten that pin after the move she did, Bayley & Sasha would’ve been out of the Chamber right then and there, but they stood in it which was good.
There was another moment where the two starting teams were outside the ring going at it and Mandy, I guess went for a move to Bayley, Bayley must’ve dodge it, causing Mandy to get her foot stuck in the Elimination Chamber chains, which then lead to Bayley landing a neckbreaker to her while she was stuck which just look so painful to me.
After a bit the Riot Squad (Sarah Logan and Liv Morgan) entered the chamber, there was a moment where everyone was in the ring, Bayley went for a corner move, Sonya & Mandy followed and tried to go for a tag team suplex, Sarah & Liv soon then followed after and well………everyone came crashing down after what looked like a pretty crazy powerbomb suplex, leaving everyone a little scattered around the ring.
Then we had the IIconics soon enter the chamber hoping to capitalize on what just happened, but everyone kept kicking out when they tried to put someone away which was funny!! Naomi & Carmella soon entered the chamber, getting a few hits in on their opponents and of course when the chance was given, Naomi went after Mandy, who’s been a little bit of a thorn in her side for quite some time………also there was a nice superkick to Sarah Logan by Carmella outside the ring.
Everyone continued to get some real impressive and some brutal moves in to each other Naomi as she was going after Mandy landed her finisher the rear view, although that was nice and a little well deserved to Mandy…………
This was the part that kinda upset me a bit, the IIconics rolled up Naomi into a pin afterward and just to make sure she couldn’t kick out they doubled teamed against her, pinning Naomi, having Carmella and Naomi the first team eliminated from the chamber………I was so upset, because I love both Naomi & Carmella, they were one of my picks to win it, but it is what it is……
To speed up the rest of this part, last team to enter the chamber were non other than Nia Jax & Tamina, once they came out all hell broke loose………they went after the IIconics and eliminated them after they tried to run and hide from everyone………The Riot Squad jumped off the chamber pod landing on Sonya & Mandy as well as Nia Jax & Tamina………..not too long after though, both Nia & Tamina eliminated Sarah Logan and Liv Morgan with a Samoan Drop by Nia and a Superfly Splash by Tamina.
Now this part is a crazy moment, Nia tossed Bayley out of the ring, she then tried to ram her into the Chamber pod, but Bayley side steps it and Nia ends up going through the pod instead, giving everyone the chance to go after Tamina easier and weeeell, you can probably guess what happened next……..
Nia & Tamina ended up getting eliminated, which was a little shocking, because i’m sure a lot of people (including myself) thought they would win the chamber because of how dominate they’ve been building up to the elimination chamber, but it seemed as though everyone was happy once they were eliminated, they even sang them a song while they were leaving.
We’ve come down to the last remaining two teams, the two teams that actually started the Elimination Chamber match together Sasha Banks & Bayley Vs Sonya Deville and Mandy Rose…………..it was such a close call during the ending parts of this Elimination Chamber match. Bayley & Sasha were close to putting Mandy & Sonya away with Sasha hitting her backstabber move and Bayley landing her finisher Bayley to Belly, Mandy nearly put Sasha away with her finisher, which I was super nervous about.
In the end though, the match turned around when Sonya accidentally speared Mandy Rose, giving Sasha the chance to lock Sonya in her submission the Bank Statement, although she was having a bit of trouble because she couldn’t use her shoulders, she ended up locking the bank statement, using her legs forcing Sonya Deville to tap out.
Not only did Sasha & Bayley gain victory over Sonya & Mandy, as well as everyone else who was apart of the chamber, but they also made history by becoming the first ever inaugural Women’s tag team Champions!!! I was super happy they won, but I also had a moment where I realized the title went to Raw and not Smackdown……….but overall, I was still very happy for them, they deserved it, I mean they fought very hard out there.
Other Thoughts: I was so happy for this match, I specifically watched Elimination Chamber because of this match to be honest and i’m really glad it didn’t disappoint!! I use to always say how I thought WWE should make a tag team division for the Women’s division and the fact that we now have that, is amazing!! I know I missed a lot of wrestling, but that being said, I think I picked an alright time to get back into it.
I’ll be honest though I got teary eyed after the match, I wanted to cry, but I didn’t cry, yet it still made me feel emotional……..I think it’s because of how big that moment was for the Women’s division, knowing how much they had to fight through just to get to that moment……….it’s like how could you not want to feel and take in something like that with them!? They made history and that’s a very proud moment.
Watching matches like that for the first time from home is one thing, watching it in person is a different story, but actually being apart of a moment like that………that tops both those feelings combined!!!
The atmosphere and reactions to everything were super high, you could just feel it, i’m really glad that match turned out well, Brava to each team in that Chamber match, they all did great out there and they really did put on a great performance Sunday night, also congratulations to both Bayley & Sasha for winning the first ever Women’s tag team championships, again they really did deserve it!!!!
After the match was over Bayley & Sasha were interviewed about their win, they were extremely speechless and emotional after capturing the titles, you know trying to soak everything in, unable to really find much words, which I completely get………..Sasha did end up saying a few words though.
She said she was lost for words and that we have no idea how hard they’ve fought to get the titles (in general) they don’t just do what they do for themselves, they do it for us (The WWE Universe) and for everyone who’s apart of the women’s division. It’s just the beginning with more change to come, that they’re here for a purpose and they will continue to do what they love and what they do best.
Pre Match Segment
Before the next match started there was a small pre match segment with Miz, congratulating that match and Sasha & Bayley for becoming the first ever Women’s Tag Team Champions, we also were brought an announcement by Miz and his wife Mayrse who told us they were pregnant and were expecting their second child.
The minute he said announcement and Maryse came out, I knew what it was going to be about, but congratulation to both Miz & Maryse, I wonder if it’s going to be a another girl or a boy!? It’s crazy because they just had their daughter Monroe last year…………how times flies right!? anyway on to the next match.
Miz & Shane Vs The Usos (Smackdown Live Tag Team Championships)
So i’m going to be honest here, I had to do some recapping with this match, i’m actually going back and forth watching it a bit and writing about it as I go along……….Shane started the match pretty strong, getting a lot of hits in and just going straight after the Usos.
I gotta say when I was watching Elimination Chamber last Sunday, watching Shane fight, you can see that he’s improved a lot in my opinion, not saying he was never good in ring, because he’s always been pretty good in ring, but you can tell that he has improved a lot more in his matches, which is good.
Shane and Miz actually have good in ring chemistry, they really do work well together as team. It’s always nice to see two people working well together, especially when you’re not really sure on the pairing, but with Miz & Shane it works in a weird way which I like.
Shane had a few moments that were really nice during this matchup, he did a twist around DDT to both Jimmy and Jey, he also did a coast to coast to Jimmy, tried to do the same to Jey, but was met with a superkick stopping his momentum and giving Jey the chance to try and close out the match by hitting his finisher and pinning Shane after landing it, but Miz came in with the save last minute. We also get a really impressive jump by the Miz when he was heading in the ring, even Miz was surprise by it, it’s not an important moment, but it is a nice moment to appreciate because of his reaction.
We move on to the ending of the match where Shane goes for his leap of faith move from the top corner ropes, onto the announce table to Jey Uso outside the ring, after Miz set it up for him…………I tell you Shane really loves jumping off of things, he pretty much lives for it.
Now although Miz & Shane went out there and gave the Usos a fight, in the end the winners of the match ended up being The Usos, with Jimmy using Miz’s pin against him, after he hit his finisher to Jimmy, so not only did the Usos win the match, but they also took the titles from Shane & Miz, making them the New SDL Tag Team Champions and I think also becoming 6x tag champs in the process as well…………
Other Thoughts: Although I was happy, the Usos won the tag titles, I actually did feel bad for Miz, he dedicated his match to his wife and kids and for him to then lose after doing that………..I felt bad.
There was even a segment that you’ll read about later, where he was super upset with the way the match went that he just went on a mad one for a bit………..but I mean the Usos we’re the better team that night……….although I get the frustration, Miz and Shane can come back from this, it was just one night off, they can get it back……………..the Usos are the best though!!!
Finn Balor Vs Bobby Lashley & Lio Rush (2 on 1 handicap match for the Intercontinental Championship)
This match……..it was okay, I really don’t have a lot to say with this match, it wasn’t the greatest to me, but it wasn’t bad either, it was alright………..i’m not really sure why it had to be a 2 on 1 kind of match though, it didn’t really need to be a 2 on 1 match, but it was.
A few nice moments happened though, Balor went for a dive to Lashley outside the ring, Rush stopped him, which then lead Finn to chase him around the ring, luring Balor to Lashley who picks him up and rams him towards the barricade and once more off the ring apron hurting Balor before tossing him back into the ring. We now close in towards the ending of the match where Bobby Lashley goes for his finisher I believe, but Rush gets his ego all in a bunch, tagging himself in before Bobby could hit his finisher to Finn.
He then goes for a frog splash and misses big time, giving Finn the chance to recover a bit and gain some momentum back. Rush then tries to get away from Finn, but Finn gives him no leeway, he then attacks Lashley, sending him off the apron to then turn his attention back to Lio.
Lashley tries to help out, but Finn hits him with his sling blade move and then send him out the ring again, Lio Rush then follows, Finn does a dive over the ropes to them, brings Lio back in, hits his signature and finisher, pins Lio and becomes the New Intercontinental Champion for the first time in his career!!!
Post match moment: After the match was over Lashley tried to go after Finn, but Finn escaped before he got the chance, with a huge smile on his face. Lashley was not happy with Lio Rush losing him his Intercontinental Championship, Rush tried to apologize and plea with him, at first it looked like Lashley was going to let it slide, but yeah no it didn’t happen like that at all, Lashley grabbed him and body slammed him to the mat and while a frustrating Lashley left the ring…..Lio Rush was left alone, laying in the ring.
Pre Match Segment Interview: This segment left me very upset, we get a recap of I believe Monday Night Raw, where we learn that Becky Lynch won’t be facing Ronda at Mania, thanks to Vince McMahon who suspended Becky for 60 days, which runs out 5 days AFTER WRESTLEMANIA and guess who he chose to replace her………..yep Charlotte Flair……….
Don’t get me wrong, I love Charlotte, she’s one of my favorites, but she should’t be facing Ronda Rousey at WrestleMania, Becky should be facing her………I mean she’s the one that won the Royal Rumble after all which makes it her opportunity, I don’t want Charlotte main eventing Mania, we’ve seen it before, why would they have Charlotte take Becky’s place instead….why!?
As you can tell, i’m still very upset about this, but I may also have some kind of theory on what they could possibly be doing and I hope that Becky ends up in it somehow, but anyway………there was a segment with Charlotte, where she talked about Becky Lynch and how life is good when you’re Charlotte Flair and talks going to WrestleMania, she stated how Becky panders for our attention and that she needs our approval.
Saying how unlike Becky, when she looks in the mirror her reflection give her all the love and approval she needs and that she knows in her heart she’s the best on Raw, on Smackdown & in the WWE and then the match started…….
Ronday Rousey Vs Ruby Riot (WWE Raw Women’s Championship)
This match……….was not long, but i’ll sum it all up for you, Ronda was in control of the whole match, Ruby kept away from Ronda in the beginning of the match, got a few hits in after a bit, but Ronda took over the rest of the match by hitting Pipers pit and then landing her submission the arm bar afterwards, tapping out Ruby Riot and retaining the Raw Women’s Championship, which means she will go on to face Charlotte at WrestleMania……..again it was just a quick, simple, dominate kind of match.
Post Match Segment
After the match was over, Ronda & Charlotte ended up having a bit of a stare down with each other, not long after we got a surprise appearance, by the Man herself Becky Lynch, who was walking on crutches towards the ring. When she got to the ring she had a small stare off with both Ronda & Charlotte, she then throws one of her crutches to Charlotte, hits her and then attacks her with the other crutch, which was quite brutal…………
Becky went on a mad spree attacking Charlotte with her crutch……….after she finished attacking Charlotte, she look up at Ronda, who grabbed the other crutch that was on the ground to stay on guard against Becky, both Becky and Ronda have a stand down as well as another stare off.
Becky tries to convince Ronda to go after Charlotte and get even with her, Ronda heads towards Charlotte with the other crutch backing her into the corner ropes, She then glances at Becky, then proceeds to turn her attention back to Charlotte, giving Becky the chance to strike and soon attack Ronda, which she definitely did, i’ll tell you that………..after going crazy on Ronda & Charlotte Becky was later escorted out of the arena, proud!!
This was quite a segment……..however I really liked Becky’s gear it was quite badass, really nice!!! I’ll be honest watching Becky attack both Charlotte & Ronda I was kinda enjoying it a bit, until I saw that she actually hurt them, especially Ronda, boy did she have a bad gash on the side of her head, I felt really bad for them afterwards seeing them hurt………..this segment gave me mixed emotions, I both loved and enjoyed it, but I also felt slightly bad too……….although it was pretty brutal, I still enjoyed it.
I love Becky Lynch and I was so excited when she showed up at Elimination Chamber, despite being suspended and all, I just gotta say though any frustration she was feeling then, she sure let it all out that night alright, no security or ref could stop her, I do hope Ronda and Charlotte are doing alright though after the attack Becky unleashed on them last Sunday……….
Prediction Time: I might have a theory on how I think they’re trying or are going to do it………I feel right, that they’re going to wait until Becky Lynch is medically cleared and once they find out whether she is or not, if she is medically cleared, I think they might make the match at WrestleMania a triple threat. Having it be Ronda Vs Charlotte Vs Becky and maybe, just maybe having Becky win at Mania or they’ll try and make sure she doesn’t, but she’ll still ends up winning the title anyway somehow!?
I’m really hoping that they do make this a Triple Threat match because I really want to see Becky main event Mania and win it………..however if this doesn’t happen, Becky could still possibly show up at Mania and cost Charlotte the title, because Charlotte took her spot, but we’ll see……….no spoilers!!
Braun Strowman Vs Baron Corbin (Anything Goes Match)
Braun Strowman Vs Baron Corbin, anything goes………yeah like that’s not going to include people coming out and making a mess of things, of course not, I mean why would that be a thing at all!?………….no, but in all seriousness this match was alright, it wasn’t that bad, I don’t really think i’m going to have a lot to say about it, I thought it was a decent length of a match, not too long, but also not too short either.
There was some moments that stuck out to me, one being when Braun told Corbin he didn’t need a kendo stick to hurt him pretty much, after Baron Corbin kept attacking him with one…………also Corbin threw a chair at Strowman, well more like attempted, Strowman caught the chair, well kinda…………he didn’t let the chair hit him in the face is what i’m trying to say.
After Corbin tried throwing a chair at him, Strowman went after Corbin to try and run through him, but Corbin side stepped him, causing Braun to hit the steel steps, Corbin then grabbed them and repeatedly attacked Braun with it……..moving on to the closing parts of the match though, Braun grabs a table and power slams Corbin through it and as he goes to pin him, surprise surprise……………Drew Macintyre comes down to the ring holding a steel chair.
While Braun was waiting for Macintyre to get into the ring, not too long after Bobby Lashley shows up, ambushes him and attacks him with his own steel chair, Macintyre soon joins him and they both go on an attack spree towards Braun. Strowman tried to fight back against them, but in the end the winner of the match ended up being Baron Corbin with the help of Macintyre & Lashley who helped SHIELD POWERBOMB Braun through two tables, to then pin him………..I know this match was an Anything Goes kind of match, so i’m not really surprised Macintyre showed up,
However I was a little surprised that Lashley joined the party, I mean I know they had that match against, Finn Balor, Kurt Angle & Braun Strowman, but I didn’t think he’d align with them again, but overall the match wasn’t that bad, it was kinda enjoyable.
Backstage Segment: We’ve now reach Miz’s segment with Shane as well who was getting looked at by one of the medical staffs, Miz was slightly pacing back and forth apologizing to Shane for losing the match, Shane tries to assure him that it was fine, but Miz was really outrage about the whole thing, so outrage he started trashing the medical room a bit, saying that he’s better than that and how he made a promise to his father, to Shane, Maryse (his wife), Daughter and unborn child, Shane then tells him to take the night off and relax, which was the right call, because he was livid, Miz.
The New Daniel Bryan VS Kofi Kingston Vs Randy Orton Vs AJ Styles Vs Jeff Hardy Vs Samoa Joe (Men’s Elimination Chamber Match For The WWE Championship)
The main event of the night, 6 men all fighting for the WWE Championship inside the Elimination Chamber, now before we get to the match, I just wanted to let you know, there was a bit of change with this match card, originally Mustafa Ali was mean’t to be apart of this match, but he ended up suffering a concussion somehow, not sure if it was during his match with Randy or when the build up happened……….due to him getting injured, a gauntlet match took place on Smackdown Live, Kofi who was in that match, lasted about an hour I believe in it and so i’m guessing based off that, he qualified and took Mustafa’s spot at the Elimination Chamber.
Although I was glad to see Kofi in this match, I do feel for Mustafa, to get a chance at the Elimination Chamber and then have to miss out due to an injury it sucks, it would’ve been pretty cool to see him in that match, but I do hope he recovers alright, but with that said let’s get on with the Men’s Elimination Chamber match!!!
Same as the Women’s Elimination Chamber match, it did not disappoint!! I’ll be honest though, I thought it started off a little slow at first, but it didn’t take long for it to pick up so that was good.
Before the match started The New Daniel Bryan came out with Rowan by his side, but was told he had to leave him behind, which he didn’t like, he then made a small speech telling everyone he doesn’t want to be known as a martyr, but that he was suffering for the greater good, saying we need him and the planet needs him and that he’ll still be the WWE Champion.
So many moments happened throughout this match, one i’ll talk about in my highlight post and a little bit here too…….the two competitors to start the match were Daniel Bryan & Samoa Joe. In the beginning Daniel tried avoiding Joe, after a long while though, Samoa Joe hit him with some brutal chops to the chest, then Daniel & Samoa Joe went back and forth with attacks to each other and then later Kofi Kingston entered the Chamber.
Kofi got a few hits towards Daniel & Joe, there’s a moment where Daniel escapes towards the top of the chamber pod, Kofi follows and then attacks Daniel from the top of the pod, then free falls off it landing on Samoa Joe and Daniel. AJ Styles soon enters the chamber and later does a Moonsault from the corner ropes, goes to set up Daniel for a DDT, Kofi tries to go after Styles, but Styles catches him and ends up hitting a double DDT to both Kofi and Daniel, a little bit later in the match Daniel tries to escape again………but Styles catches him with a phenomenal forearm to the back of his spine while climbing the chamber.
The first person to get eliminated was Samoa Joe, after tossing Styles into the ring, he went after Kofi and tried putting him to sleep with his coquina clutch submission, Kofi countered the submission by running on the ropes to flip Joe over, trying to use his submission to pin Joe, I guess the same way he did during the Gauntlet match. Joe kicked out, but continued to hold on to the submission afterwards. Kofi then escapes the Coquina Clutch, giving Styles the chance to catch Joe with his phenomenal forearm finisher, pinning him and eliminating Samoa Joe from the match.
Jeff Hardy then soon enters the chamber, but doesn’t really stick around for long, there were a few nice moments from Jeff that I liked, but the one moment that I really liked was when he hit his Swanton bomb move from off the top of the chamber pod to the back of Styles, who was laying on top of the ropes.
As Jeff was getting back to his feet again after landing his signature move, Daniel giving him no time to recover, takes advantage and catches him with a running knee, pinning Jeff and eliminating him from the match……..it kinda sucks that he wasn’t in the match for that long, but at least we got to see him for a bit.
After eliminating Jeff Hardy, New Daniel Bryan went after both Styles & Kofi, he puts Styles in the tree of woe, then brings Kofi over, tries to go for a Suplex off the top rope with AJ Styles still hanging in the corner, Styles then grabs Daniel, who is holding on to Kofi and delivers a German Suplex to both of them……..everyone down at this point, the clock counts down and the Viper (Randy Orton) is last to enter the chamber, which gives him the advantage as he goes after everyone that’s left in the ring.
Kofi tries to go after Randy, who throws him at Styles, then we had Daniel go after him, but Randy tries to catch Bryan with an early RKO, Daniel avoids it and goes for a pin to Randy who gets out of it.
We then had a moment where Styles catches Kofi with quite a backbreaker, he then throws Kofi in the corner, runs after him, Kofi dodges and throws him over his shoulder. AJ hits him with a forearm to the face, he then goes for his finisher move and as he goes for it, Randy catches him from off the apron and lands his finisher the RKO, pins Styles and eliminates him from the match……..that right there was nicely set up I gotta say, it was really nice!!!
Down to the last 3 competitors, Randy Orton, Kofi Kingston and The Champion The New Daniel Bryan………..
Kofi tries to immediately eliminate Randy as he was looking over at Styles leaving the chamber. Randy gets out of the pin, Kofi then tries to hit his trouble in paradise finisher to him, but Randy dodges it, then tries to run after Kofi in the corner, who catches him with a kick and just as Kofi starts building up momentum Randy stops him dead in his tracks, slowing down Kofi for a bit and letting Randy enter his zone where he waits to strike his opponents before hitting his finisher.
Just gotta say, Randy knows his spots and is very ring aware, he aims for Kofi, but Daniel tries to go after him and Randy catches him with a very nicely done power slam……….I say nicely done because Daniel just came out of nowhere and Randy caught him like *snaps* that!!! Randy tries to hit an RKO to Kofi, who avoids it, he then goes after him, but Kofi catches him with his finisher Trouble In Paradise, pins Randy and eliminates him……….now here comes the crazy part!!!
We now come down to our last two competitors, The New Daniel Bryan and Kofi Freaking Kingston (Sorry Seth) if you thought it was serious before……..well you might want to sit tight a bit more, because, it’s just getting started………..Daniel Bryan……..Kofi Kingston, we need another match with these two, because maaaan we’re they killing it in the closing parts of the Elimination Chamber match!!
These two were giving us what we wanted, without actually realizing we wanted it………I could write about all the flipping moments that happened during this part of the match, but i’m only going to share a few because I know this is already long as it is.
Kofi went for his trouble in paradise move, but Daniel dodged it and hit him with a low dropkick, stopping Kofi’s momentum………he then hits him with a few kicks, goes to hit him with his last one, Kofi avoids it and sends out an SOS to Daniel almost pinning him and winning the championship.
Daniel delivered a few running dropkicks to Kofi trying to put him away, but Kofi shows heart and doesn’t stay down no matter how many kicks are thrown at him……..the last running dropkick Daniel goes to do, Kofi launches out of the corner catching Daniel with a chest stomp and you would think just by that move when Kofi goes to pin him that would put him away……….but it doesn’t.
There was a moment where Kofi tried to go for what looked like a bulldog to Daniel, but Daniel pushed him towards the pod where Kofi hit against it instead. Back in the ring Daniel goes for his finisher the running knee, he connects with Kofi, thinking it’d be over at this point, Kofi not wanting to go out like that, gives Daniel a big NOPE and kicks out, surprising everyone, including Daniel himself………..
Daniel gets fired up and repeatedly stomps on Kofi, he then tries to go for his finisher again, but Kofi catches him with his finisher trouble in paradise, almost pinning him, only Daniel reverses the pin, but Kofi kicks out. Daniel then traps him with his Lebell Lock submission, after a bit Kofi breaks from it, forcing Daniel to break from the hold as well.
Now we come to the closing parts of the whole match, Daniel climbs up to one of the chamber pods, Kofi follows, both men go back and fourth on top of the pod, Kofi kicks Daniel until he’s back in the ring, the goes for a splash dive off the pod, Daniel avoids, then sets up his finisher one last time, lands it, pins Kofi and retains the WWE Championship………….
Talk about a crazy ending!! I mean the whole match was good, but that moment alone, between Daniel & Kofi, topped the whole chamber match in my opinion, everything that happened prior to that moment, was forgotten about for a good while, that’s how much they stole the show. Everything about that moment was just amazing, props to both Daniel & Kofi, because they put their hearts out there and fought incredibly hard in that match, like…………WOW!!!
Post Match Segment: After the match was over, both Big E & Xavior Woods came rushing down the ring, to comfort Kofi and let him know that despite him not winning he still did great out there, okay great out there maybe an understatement, he rocked the house Kofi, the crowd even gave him a stand ovation, that’s how much they enjoyed his performance.
It’s nice that Kofi, Xavior and Big E are so close, you can see that they all really care about each other whether they’re fighting as a team or individually, they always have each other’s backs and that’s great to see!!
Final Thoughts Of The EC: So many great and memorable moments happened throughout this PPV, I mean we had the first ever Women’s tag team match happen inside the Elimination Chamber, which did not disappoint, every tag team apart of that match did well…….yes even the IIconics, even though they eliminated one of my teams……but that aside……
I thought the match was great, really nice starter…….having Bayley and Sasha win the titles that was real good, I thought they deserved it, especially with the way they fought in their match. The Miz & Shane Vs The Usos was pretty good as well, at least I thought so………Shane with his daredevil antics and moves, to quote Miz’s dad, “Shane fears nothing” (I don’t think that’s exactly what he said, but it was along those lines)
The Usos, they are always on top of their game, with everything they do, they always put on great matches no matter who they’re facing and they’re just great Jimmy & Jey……….Miz is another great performer, great on the mic, great in the ring and just all around talented, whether you hate him or love him, when an opportunity strikes him, he uses it very well.
Now I know Shane & Miz didn’t retain their tag team title in their match with the Usos, but that doesn’t mean they don’t work well as a team. Based off the match they had you can clearly see that they are a good team, I hope they don’t separate as a team too soon because I feel they still have what it takes to continue to build as really great tag team!!
Finn is great, becoming the first ever Universal Champion at Summerslam (2016) and then having to relinquish it the next day due to a shoulder injury that he took at Summerslam…………i’m sure that was really hard on him, he was out for a good while because of it……..but with that said, he fought and fought and tried wining the title back, even facing off against Brock Lesnar (who is still the current champion…….) at this past Royal Rumble.
Although he didn’t win it, he sure gave Brock one hell of a fight to try and get it from him, which I would count as impressive!!! After going up against Brock Lesnar, he was put in a feud with Bobby Lashley and his manager/side kick Lio Rush, to then beat both of them in a 2 on 1 handicap match for the Intercontinental Championship at Elimination Chamber, this being his first time to ever hold the IC title………that right there, if anyone deserves the IC title, it’s Finn Balor, so i’m glad he won it in the end.
Then we had the moment of Ronda Rousey, Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch with Becky just brutally attacking both Ronda & Charlotte during the in ring segment, with her crutches at that………yeah that’s a stand out moment for sure, also I love Becky and Charlotte, but Becky will always be my favorite!!!
There was just so many stand out moments throughout this PPV, it was just really good, I enjoyed it, i’m not going to grade it because then i’ll be here for a long time trying to figure out what grade to give it……….i’m just going to say it was an all around great PPV, I didn’t hate anything, however I think certain matches could’ve been better, but because we had two great Chamber matches and a few regular matches that were pretty alright, it makes up for the ones that weren’t the greatest.
So yeah……..that’s the Elimination Chamber for you guys!!! Sorry this review took longer than expected, I was trying to get my natural reaction out on here, I even went back and looked it over to rewatch so I could get the feel of it again, I wrote a whole lot of stuff here, I tried making it shorter but it’s a review which means it’ll be long either way……..I just hope it makes sense.
Disclaimer #3: This part is an update from what I originally wrote in this review just to give you guys a heads up.
I’m still planning on doing my highlight moments for this PPV, only because I really enjoyed it, it will come a little bit later after this is posted, as for Raw & Smackdown………….well gotta catch up again, soooo i’m not going to be reviewing last weeks show, i’m just going to watch it, when it comes to this weeks show, i’m going to try to review it, I might recap the show prior when I review both Raw & Smackdown Live of this week, but we’ll see………
I think what I might have to do, if i’m going to continue to review wrestling is, I might have to watch them live at least when it comes to the reviewing part so that way I can be on time like I want, but if not I might just do highlights towards the end of the week and review the PPV’s instead, if I can’t do both Raw and Smackdown when it comes to reviews, I might just pick one show to review and then highlight both shows again at the end of the week.
Even though this is late, I hope you still enjoy it and as soon as I catch up, I will see you guys with another one hopefully on time or at least within when the shows happen and not a week after they’ve happen.
Anyway for those who watched Elimination Chamber, let me know what you guys thought of the show, did you enjoy it, did you not!? Let me know your favorite moments and matches in the comments below!!