Remember the Miz Participation Award!? Yeah so do I, those was some good times, even though the first person to ever receive one was one of my favorite wrestlers Dean Ambrose and if you’re wondering why he gave it to Dean, well………it was because Dean came up short getting the Intercontinental Championship from the Miz at TLC (2016)
It was still a good time though, yes it was, but Dean wasn’t the only one to receive a participation award, no he was not, there were a few others: Apollo Crews was another nominee, a WWE referee was apparently another receiver of the award for some reason………
Heck even Miz himself got his very own Miz participation award, ironically from the same person, Miz gave the award to, Dean Ambrose.
Now that was a funny moment, seeing Miz’s face when he was given his own award that he created back to him………ahhhh priceless!!!
As a nice dedication to the Miz, I wanted to talk a few superstars who I feel could use a Miz participation award, but before we get to that, let me just briefly explain what this is, for those who may be lost at what i’m talking about………
Summary:The Miz Participation Award is an award where…….okay let’s just say it how it is here, these awards are for those who were brave enough to step up to a challenge and go for it, buuut didn’t quite get it in the end…….that’s pretty much all that it is…….
So without further ado, I welcome you to the first ever Annual Miz Participation Award Ceremony, dedicated to the must see WWE Superstar on TV The Miz……..here are my top 3 superstars who I feel need a bit of a pick me up with the way their being or have been used in the WWE so far……….
The 1st Participation Award Goes To *Drumroll*
The Modern Day Maharaja…………Jinder Mahal
Sooo Jinder Mahal……..remember when he was this big thing!?…….Yeah well those times are over……..it’s crazy to think that 2 years ago Jinder Mahal had just become the WWE Champion at Backlash defeating Randy Orton for it and was actually holding that title pretty well for a good while, even causing a huge uproar for it, because no one wanted to see him as WWE Champion…….
I didn’t even want him as champion, that’s how much of a reaction he caused when he won the title……….no one liked Jinder Mahal, well i’m sure some did, but the majority of people did not………everyone could not wait for the WWE Championship title to be off him……….
Everyone sang in harmony and jumped for joy, when AJ Styles defeated Jinder Mahal becoming the new WWE Champion and where not only Jinder’s reign ended, but also when he started slowly going down the card as a top superstar and off the main event scenes, to now being someone not many people care too much about………
Now that being said Jinder did have a nice match against Ricochet last week, it was the first time we’ve seen him in a long time, but he did hold his own against Ricochet, who we all know is pretty quick on his feet and who is coming up really quickly on the main roaster.
However in his last minute tag match with Lashley going against Finn in a 2 on 1 handicap match this past Monday………well………it could’ve been better, not the match, because I actually enjoyed it, i’m talking Jinder’s in ring performance. He barely got a move in on Finn, all he got was an attempt roll up, only to be kicked in the face by Finn.
He had a better match last week then he did this past Monday and he was in a tag match!! Lashley could’ve just fought Finn himself with the performance Jinder put on, the Singh Brothers did more than he did, they should’ve been in that match if that was the case!!
Now you might think i’m upset about this, but i’m not, i’m just trying to understand why he didn’t put the same effort he did going against Ricochet, in this match, don’t get it!? Not a huge fan of Lashley, but I can kinda get why he attacked Jinder after the match was over, it’s just crazy to see him go from WWE Champion to now jobber…………
I’m not the biggest fan of Jinder either, but I do feel bad that this is where he’s currently at, at the moment in the WWE, but hey for his troubles and going out there and teaming with Lashley in this match.
I present Jinder Mahal with this here Miz Participation Award, because………he tried, well more last week then this past week, but hey at least he………participated in the match, that’s what counts………
Okay I thought about it and looking back on the match, Jinder did well making Finn look good so i’ll give him that, but he’s still getting this award.
The 2nd Participation Award Goes to………..Dana Brooke
So we all know Dana, she was with Charlotte for a good while, then she got a really nice push when she was paired up with Titus O Neal and Apollo Crews forming Titus WORLDWIDE!! However I never really knew what exactly Titus Worldwide was about, I can’t remember why they were formed in the first place……
They were just there one minute and then wasn’t the next, but they were used and got a good amount of attention, it took a bit, but eventually people sorta got behind them……….
After they went their own ways, we didn’t really see that much of Dana Brooke for a good while, well in all fairness I did go off wrestling for a while so she might’ve been used then………but when I did see her back on the show, it was when she teamed with Natalya to get a chance at the then new Women’s tag team championship at Elimination Chamber, didn’t quite go well because they lost to Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan in the qualifying match……….
Fast Forward after Elimination Chamber and we are now in a Raw segment with Ronda Rousey the night after Fastlane and after Ronda finishes with her segment, we get not only a surprise appearance, but also an impressive promo done by Dana Brooke, challenging Ronda Rousey to a match for a chance at the Raw Women’s Championship.
I thought that she’d be able to hold her own against Ronda and that this match would be a good one, buuut that match did not turn out well for Dana, because Ronda is rogue at the moment and well in that match Ronda broke Dana’s arm with her armbar submission…….
At least it looked like she did during their match, if security and the ref’s didn’t come out to help Dana, Ronda would not have let go of Dana’s arm………as much as I kinda feel bad doing this……..I present Dana Brooke with the Miz participation award, for that impressive promo that she did after the Fastlane PPV and also for putting herself out there with a rogue Ronda Rousey, she sure did try……….
I do hope she’s recovered or is recovering alright with that arm of hers, hopefully Ronda didn’t break it, but either way get well soon Dana………..
It’s all come down to this people, the moment we’ve been waiting for, the 3rd and final participation award of the evening……. Now I gotta admit this was a tough one………..okay not really, I was just going for a dramatic effect here, but no more stalling, it’s time for the results………the first person to ever be presented this award, aaaaand this being the second time he’s received one of these……….
The 3rd……..and final Miz Participation Award goes to * long drumroll……………………*DEAN AMBROSE………(sorry Dean)
Here me out here okay, I didn’t want to add him on here, but if i’m gonna be fair and add Jinder and Dana, I have to add one of my favorites, even though it hurts, I gotta add Dean here………..
Now there’s so much I could say about Dean, like seriously, but let’s just skip over to the Raw after Fastlane when the Shield disbanded and when Dean goes to get revenge on Drew McIntyre, who attacked Roman Reigns earlier in the night, when he was mean’t to have his first match back after recovering from Leukemia against Baron Corbin.
However that didn’t happen and Dean was livid at McIntyre so he ended up demanding a match against Drew to Triple H telling him to make it a falls count anywhere match and that’s exactly what Triple H did, now I was happy because we were getting an angry Dean Ambrose again and when Dean’s angry, sometimes you gotta watch out. I really wanted this match to be a really good one…….
Dean hasn’t been having the best of matches in a good while and I was hoping to see a change in this match, the match wasn’t all that bad, it was pretty alright, buuuut Dean’s attempt at settling the score with McIntyre to get payback for what he did to Roman……didn’t quite go well as Drew put him through a stair railing by the announcers table and hit his finisher to Dean………
Having McIntyre be victorious instead………..now even though McIntyre was victorious, doesn’t mean that Dean didn’t fight back, he always fights back, that’s one of my favorite things about him, but I really thought he should’ve won that match…………
So even though it hurts me to do it………I present this Miz Participation Award to Dean Ambrose for………just everything, he’s been doing this for so many years and to see the way his WWE career has been lately even after he returned……..
It’s just a little disappointing to see, not that it’s his fault, because it’s not, but at this point he pretty much is just participating and not really being taken seriously like he use to be, he just deserves better and I think even he is starting to realize that…….
And those are all the awards I have for today, originally I was going to do 5 superstars, but I just decided to do 3 instead, also I just want to point out that this was all in good fun, I had this idea to write who I thought should get a Miz participation award after I watched Jinder team up with Lashley and lose the match……….
I then remembered Dana & Dean’s match that happened after Fastlane and wanted to add them in it too, but this was just for fun, I actually do think these 3 superstars deserve more than what they’re giving, even Jinder Mahal and I don’t really like him, but no one deserves more than Dean at the moment, he really deserves better, as for Dana…….she too should be given more of chance.
I’ll write about them in another post soon, but with all that, thank you all for joining me during this Miz Participation Award Ceremony, I really do appreciate it!!
Let me know in the comments below on who you think should get a Miz Participation Award for their troubles and with that, I will see you guys next time with another one……..hopefully, have a lovely people………uhhh day, have a lovely day or evening whatever time it is where you guys are!!!
Originally Written March 11, 2019———–Finished March 13, 2019
Fastlane 2019 the last stop before WrestleMania, took place in Cleveland Ohio……..quite a show we had this past Sunday a lot went down, there were some very interesting matches that happened that weren’t originally on the card and we also had a few surprising moments happen too, not that bad of a show I gotta say, but let’s get straight into the matches and moments that went down at Fastlane…………
Disclaimer:Just a heads up we were meant to have two matches on the kick off show, but the second match ended up getting moved up to the main card later in the PPV, so we’re only discussing this one match……….
The New Day Vs Shinsuke Nakamura & Rusev (Kickoff Show)
Before we get to the match, there was a backstage interview with Kevin Owens where they were talking about his match that would take place later in the night against Daniel.
After his interview, The New Day went up to Kevin and Kofi told him there wasn’t any bad blood between them, with Owens taking his spot and facing Daniel for the title………he then wishes him luck, shakes his hand and then goes to head out with the other two members of the New Day for their match against Rusev & Shinsuke.
As they were walking and heading towards the stage to get to the ring, some guy stops them and tells Kofi that the McMahon’s wanted to see him in their office to talk about the WWE Championship………..Remember I said Kofi & WWE Championship, because we’re going to get back to that a little later in this review……………..let’s talk about the match now……….
So we had New Day members Xavior Woods & Big E facing off against newly formed team Shinsuke & Rusev, based off what I watched, the match was actually pretty alright……….I learned that the winners of the match ended up being Big E and Xavior Woods with their tag team finisher, which is good because I predicted that they’d win!!!!
Now let’s get to the main card because a whooole lot of stuff happened there………….first match Shane & The Miz Vs The Usos (SDL Tag Team Championships)
So we open the PPV off the main card with Shane & Miz taking on The Usos for the SDL Tag Team Championships in Miz’s hometown of Cleveland OH, in my predictions I stated that this match would go two different ways and it went one of the ways I said it was going to go, however it was in a way that I didn’t call or think would happen, but we’ll get to that soon………..I thought this match was a nice opener for the Fastlane PPV, I mean who better to open the main card in Cleveland then the Miz right!?
We had Shane start off the match with Jimmy Uso, Shane starts off strong and in control of the match, Jey Uso later comes in and Shane hits him with a really nice DDT. There was a moment in the match where Miz jumped from off the ring post, landing on the Usos outside the ring, mind you Miz doesn’t normally do high jumps or anything like that, the only move he does where he has to fly a bit, is a dive between the ropes, so for Miz to take it up a notch like that is quite impressive!!! We then had a moment in the match where Jey Uso caught Miz with a pop up samoan drop.
Miz hit Jimmy with his Skull Crushing Finale finisher, he went for a pin, but the ref was occupied with Shane who saved Miz from getting pinned by the Usos, had the ref not been occupied with Shane, Miz would’ve probably gotten the 3 count and won the titles back, but by the time the ref got to him, he was only able to gain a 2 count from that pin, which left Miz in disbelief.
One of the highlight moments for me in this match was when Shane was attempting to hit his coast to coast to Jimmy who was in the corner, Jey then goes up the top rope letting him know that if he tries to hit coast to coast he’ll hit the samoan splash to Miz, both stay on the top rope for a bit, both then go flying and end up colliding a bit into one another……..
Closing parts to the match, Miz after all of that, heads towards the top rope to try and do another high jump requested/suggested by his father and well………he goes for a frog splash, but gets caught by Jey who brings up his knees then rolls Miz up for a pin, wins the match and retains the SDL tag team titles………..
This is where it gets unexpected………..so after the match…….Miz being disappointed because they lost and didn’t get the titles back, he tends to Shane to make sure he doing alright, because he was a little out of it after the match………they both head to where Miz’s father was in the crowd, Miz and his dad hug each other and as Miz and him start to head on backstage Shane ambushes Miz and attacks him, turning heel…………
I should have called this, but I didn’t………I know a whole lot of other people did though, I on the other hand, was genuinely shocked!!!!
I seriously did not see Shane turning heel on Miz coming, if anything I would’ve expected Miz to be the one to turn, but Shane turning on Miz……..now that was crazy!! Shane decimated Miz, he was brutally attacking him, didn’t even give him a chance to recover a bit……
I mean he already lost their match in his hometown, which I thought would be one of things that happened (him losing) for Shane to add more salt to the wound, as well as adding insult to injury on top of that wound, that’s mad………and then he goes and puts his hands on Miz’s father and makes him sit there and watch as he’s hurting his son………
Whether people saw it coming from a mile away or was like me and didn’t see it coming like that, it was still a very intense moment, overall though, I enjoyed the match, congratulations to The Usos for retaining the SDL tag team championships, as for Miz………..hope he’s doing alright………..
Mandy Rose Vs Asuka (SDL Women’s Championship Match)
I gotta say this match up between Asuka & Mandy Rose wasn’t actually that bad, it was quite alright actually, Asuka tried to win earlier on in the match by locking Mandy with a submission, but Mandy escaped in the end.
Asuka did lock Mandy with another submission later on in the match with an ankle lock, but Sonya Deville used a distraction on Asuka, breaking the submission, then things got a little weird for some reason……….there was a moment in the match where we had Sonya looking under the ring for something not sure why exactly, but it was a really odd moment………..
Asuka hit Mandy with a sliding knee and then we had Mandy catch Askua with a pump knee strike while Asuka was in between the ropes, which I gotta say is a really nice, but quite brutal move that Mandy uses.
Closing in towards the ending of this match, where Sonya again, looks under the ring for something only it’s on the other side. She then grabs a kendo stick for some reason even though she never uses it, Mandy tries to throw Asuka towards the ropes, but she counters and instead it’s Mandy that is thrown towards the ropes which causes her to slip on the apron sheet, giving Askua the chance to capitalize and pin Mandy, retaining the SDL Women’s Championship……….
Now i’m happy because I predicted Askua would retain and I know I didn’t want Mandy to win the title, however I felt the match could’ve went on for a few more minutes then it did, but overall the match was alright, the ending to the match though that was weird, I didn’t quite get why that happened!?
Now maybe they are trying to set up Mandy Vs Sonya and if that’s the case you know they’re going to be splitting up pretty soon, especially with how pissed off Mandy was at Sonya………..
Kofi Kingston Segment:
So we had a small little segment with the New Day & Vince McMahon, The New Day (Big E & Xavior Woods) were trying to convince Vince to make Daniel Bryan VS Kevin Owens for the WWE Championship match a Triple Threat Match and add Kofi to it because he deserves it……….
Vince takes it into consideration, then decides he will make the match between Owens & Daniel for the title a triple threat match let’s Kofi know that he should head to the ring, but tells Big E & Xavior they are barred from ringside so they wouldn’t be able to accompany Kofi to the ring, which they were completely fine with.
The New Daniel Bryan VS Kevin Owens Vs Kofi Kington (WWE Championship)
Remember when I said, keep Kofi Kingston & WWE Championship in mind!? Yeah well………here it is, so Kofi heads to the ring, ready for his Triple Threat Match against Daniel Bryan & Kevin Owens for the title, the ring announcer announces the match, which we’re all excited for……………
While everyone’s waiting for Daniel and Owens to get to the ring, the ring announcer is then told that the Triple Treat Match for the WWE Championship, will be taking place later in the night and that Kofi’s match will be a 2 on 1 HANDICAP MATCH against THE BAR (Sheamus & Cesaro) instead………..how great is that!!?
Kofi Kingston Vs The Bar (2 on 1 Handicap Match)
No, but seriously, I don’t even know why, I was so surprised by that, I had a feeling it wasn’t going to be what he said it was going to, I even said it out loud while watching………..I should’ve known we’d be swerved and fooled and that’s exactly what went down this past Sunday………….why would Vince give us what we want, why would he, last minute, add Kofi to that match!? i’d say I was disappoint and surprised…….but I wasn’t……….okay maybe disappoint, but that’s because I really wanted to see that match happen.
Now you know why they always say never get your hopes up, you can’t trust a McMahon……….let’s just talk about this match, shall we!? This wasn’t even a match if i’m being honest here, it was more of a beatdown set up by Vince to Kofi………Kofi thought he was competing for the WWE Championship only to be fooled and baited into a handicap match against the Bar……..even Kofi knew he should’ve saw that coming………..
Now I will say that Kofi did try and fight back, but in the end he was just outnumbered by The Bar, even though they were told they were barred from ringside, Big E & Xavior Woods did try and come to Kofi’s aid, only to be ambushed and attacked by their kickoff opponents Rusev & Shinsuke Nakamura………you can probably guess who won that matchup…………
Ricochet & Alesiter Black Vs The Revival Vs Chad Gable & Bobby Roode (Triple Threat Match For The Raw Tag Team Championships)
This match was awesome!!! I enjoyed every single moment of it, a lot of moments went down, it was little crazy this match!!! First i’m just going to say Aleister Black & Ricochet are a really great team, same with the Revival and after watching them in this matchup this past Sunday, Gable & Roode work pretty well as a team as well!! I still think they’re a bit of an odd pairing, especially when their doing Roode’s entrance together, I feel like Gable just stands out so much doing that, but on to the match………
The Revival throughout the match had control over Ricochet, Ricochet however gained back momentum a bit hitting Dawson with a double knee, Aleister landed that really great moonsault that he does to Bobby Roode, every time I watch it it’s just great!!
Roode caught Aleister with a spinbuster, Gable hit a nice german suplex to Aleister a little bit later in the match. Everyone was just flying, throwing shots and going back and forth with hits and splashes and all that jazz to each other, it was wonderful………….then we had what I would say is a nice highlight moment, where Ricochet lands a hurricanerana to Dawson, who hits the apron sending everyone crashing down towards the ringside mat all at once……..talk about a chain reaction!!!
Then we had another moment where Ricochet went flying over the ring post takes out Roode and as he went in the air, Gable tagged himself in, went for a crossbody to Dawson went for a small pin, but Dawson counters that pin with his own pin almost gets the 3 count, but not quite………..
Closing parts of the match, Gable goes for a roll-up pin to Dawson, who gets out of it, he then puts Gable on his shoulders, drops him onto the ropes, picks him up and both him and his tag team partner Wilder hit their tag team finisher the Shatter Machine, pins him and retains the Raw tag team championships………….
Everyone then goes at it a bit after the match with Bobby Roode hitting his finisher the Glorious DDT to Dawson, Alesister hits Roode with his finisher Black Mask, Wilder tries to go after Black, but gets caught with a knee to the face and then Ricochet hits a move to Wilder then follows that move with his finisher 630………….really enjoyed this match!!
My Prediction: The Revival would win or Ricochet & Alesiter Black would become the new Raw tag team champions…….
Samoa Joe Vs R-Truth VS Andrade Cien Almas VS Rey Mysterio (United States Championship)
Originally this match was set to take place on the kickoff show and it was meant to be Rey Mysterio Vs Andrade Cien Almas, but it was changed last minute and was made into a Fatal 4 Way match for the United States Championship involving Mysterio, Samoa Joe (Champion), R-Truth & Andrade, which I gotta say wasn’t a bad call at all!!
Now, because it was changed last minute I obviously didn’t have a prediction on this match, so if you go looking for this match on my prediction post for Fastlane it won’t be on it, neither will Kofi’s 2 on 1 handicap match against The Bar (just to give you guys a heads up there) anyway let’s get to the match………a lot of different moments happened throughout this match, Rey Mysterio hit a double hurricanerana to both R-Truth and Andrade, Samoa Joe locked in his Coquina Clutch to Truth.
While Samoa Joe had his submission locked in on Truth, Rey Mysterio hit Joe from behind, breaking the submission. Samoa Joe then later went for a powerslam to Rey, but he countered it and switched it to a DDT, which was really nice, there was also a really nice moment from Rey when he caught Andrade with a hurricanerana from R-Truth’s shoulders.
You also had Andrade’s manager Zelina Vega go after Truth, which then lead Carmella to get involved and go after her for it, while Carmella & Zelina were going at it, Samoa Joe almost picked up a win over Rey Mysterio only to have the pin to be broken by Truth & Andrade in the end.
Closing moments of the match, R-Truth used John Cena’s five knuckle shuffle on Samoa Joe and then later in the match Samoa Joe locked in his Coquina Clutch to Rey Mysterio putting him to sleep and retaining the United States Championship………
Now I gotta say, although this match was added a little later on the main card, it was really good, you would think that maybe Samoa Joe would just kinda finish off the match quickly, but I thought everyone in this match really held their own and this match turned out to be pretty entertaining.
Sasha Banks & Bayley Vs Nia Jax & Tamina (WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship)
I went back and rewatched this match, because I couldn’t remember whether I enjoyed it or not, but after rewatching it, I thought it was pretty alright. Not a lot happened, but it was still pretty decent for a title match, a few moments happened, Nia hit Sasha with a Samoan drop, then we had Bayley help Sasha on the ropes so she could do a dive, Bayley then after did her own dive between the ropes, taking everyone out………
Then we had the closing moments of the match where Sasha hit Nia with a double knee from the middle rope, Bayley then followed by doing her finisher almost picking up a win on Nia, Tamina from outside the ring breaks the pin, by trying to drag Bayley out of the ring, Bayley fights her off, Sasha then tries to go after Tamina, but she catches her with an attack……
Bayley then bounces Tamina off the ropes having her escape outside the ring, Nia goes looking for a move to Bayley, but Bayley counters it and gets Nia with a roll up pinning her and retaining the tag team titles…….
Nia & Tamina not thrilled on the results of the match attack Bayley & Sasha, Tamina superkicks Bayley, after Bayley tried to stop both Nia & Tamina from going after Sasha. Nia then throws Sasha over the announcers table, where she just goes flying behind it……….things become a little more interesting when Beth Phoenix who was on commentary, went face to face with Tamina, both her and Beth go back and fourth a bit……..
Beth not really liking Tamina being in her face, attacks her, Nia then ambushes Beth from behind and both Nia and Tamina attack Beth Phoenix , Natalya then comes down to the ring to try and help out Beth, but they end up just being too much for them in the end……..now the match again was alright, but the highlight for me in this match was Bayley!!!
She was on fire throughout the whole match, everyone did well, I won’t take it away from them, but Bayley in my opinion was the best thing that whole match, I don’t know she just stood out to me during the whole thing, overall though I enjoyed the match!!
Kevin Owens Vs Daniel Bryan (WWE Championship)
This match has changed so many times throughout the build up, it’s ridiculous!!!! originally it was meant to be Kofi Vs Daniel for the title as we all know, but Vince replaced him with Kevin Owens, then we were made to believe that Kofi would be added to this match, but was swindled because Vince likes playing with peoples emotions……….
Then we learn that this match would indeed still be a Triple Threat Match, only it wouldn’t be Kofi coming to the ring, but someone else and that someone else happened to be none other then Mustafa Ali……..we all know that Mustafa returned on last Tuesday’s episode of Smackdown Live to help even the odds when The New Daniel Bryan & Rowan were attacking Kevin Owens, now I don’t hate Mustafa Ali, I actually really like him,
I was a bit surprised when he was the one added to make it a triple threat, I wasn’t expecting him to be apart of this match, even though it kinda maybe should’ve been expected………if you really think about it, it actually makes sense that they set it up like this, Mustafa returns to Smackdown Live a few days BEFORE the PPV, to then be the 3rd competitor in this matchup and it’s ironic that even though we all wanted Kofi to be the 3rd person in this match, in the end it was Mustafa who took that spot………..
So in way, technically, not really, he took Kofi’s spot……….the same way Kofi took his spot in the Elimination Chamber match due to Mustafa being injured………now had Kofi not been taking out by The Bar during his handicap match, I feel he could’ve probably still been the 3rd person in that triple threat match, but let’s talk moments that happened in this match……….
A lot went down of course, in the beginning of the match, we had Owens & Ali go after and attack Daniel who was telling them, how they didn’t deserve to be in the match with him, then there was a moment when Mustafa went for a top rope move, but ended up getting caught when Daniel hit him with a running knee sending Mustafa flying outside the ring into the barricade, Owens drops Mustafa on Bryan landing a double senton.
Another nice moment was when Mustafa hit an inverted hurricanerana to Owens, and then catches Daniel with his standing Spanish fly move from off the top rope, which was pretty insane. Owens catches Mustafa with a Stunner almost picks up the win, but Daniel breaks it up, he then tries to go for his finisher move, but Owens catches him with a pop-up powerbomb. Mustafa landed his 450 splash move on the apron to Daniel……..
Closing parts to the match………..we switch over to outside the ring, where you have Mustafa running after Owens and gets caught with a pop-up powerbomb off the apron, Owens then goes to capitalize, but is stopped by Rowan who attacks Kevin, throws Daniel back into the ring so he could get the pin and then throws Owens into the time keepers area.
Daniel tries to pin Mustafa, he kicks out, then Daniel taunts him by telling him he doesn’t deserve to be in the ring, Mustafa fights back a bit and then goes for a top rope move, but is caught mid air by Daniel with his running knee finisher, pinning Mustafa and retaining the WWE Championship……
My Prediction:Originally I couldn’t decide on who I thought would win, I said it could go two ways, with Owens either winning it or Daniel retaining with Rowan in his corner, I also mentioned Mustafa Ali, didn’t think he’d be added to the match though, I thought he’d show up somehow, aligning himself with Owens, but that didn’t happen……..
However, I did read back my prediction for this match and I did say that if I had to go with someone, i’d go for Kevin Owens, so technically I chose someone and Kevin lost so this prediction was wrong………
Charlotte Flair VS Becky Lynch (If Becky wins she’ll be added to the match at WrestleMania, making it a triple threat match for the Raw Women’s Championship)
This match……..it actually wasn’t all that long, it was just Charlotte mocking and continuously targeting Becky’s injured knee to weaken it more, Becky fighting back against her, Charlotte locking in a few submissions to her……….there was a moment in the match where Charlotte goes to set up for her moonsault, but gets shoved off the top of the ropes by Becky, having Charlotte hit the barricade, then we go to the closing parts of the match where Charlotte has Becky locked into her figure 4 submission………
Becky struggles to get out of it, but refuses to tap out and before Charlotte can transition the figure 4 into a figure 8, we get a nice surprise when Ronda Rousey heads to the ring and attacks Becky, having the match end in a DQ…………with Charlotte getting disqualified.
Making Becky Lynch the winner of the match, meaning Becky not only goes to WrestleMania to face off against Charlotte & Ronda for the Raw Women’s Championship, but the match is now a triple threat match at Mania, which we all know Charlotte tried to prevent………..
Thanks Ronda, appreciate it!! ^_^
We now come down to our last match of this review, which is the MAIIIIIN EVENT!!! With Baron Corbin, Drew McIntyre & Bobby Lashley VS The Shield for one last time……….but before we get to that match, there was a moment that happened where Elias sang a song, Lacey Evans showed up walking down and back up the ramp for a good few weeks now……….then we had Randy Orton show up landing his RKO to Elias and then had AJ Styles hit Randy with his Phenomenal forearm finisher.
Now we get to the last match of the night, The Shield Vs Baron Corbin, Bobby Lashley & Drew McIntyre
So it just hit me that this was the Shield’s last match as a team and I don’t know how to take that in………….but let’s get to the match and talk about my thoughts on the Shield a little later……….okay this match was actually pretty great, a lot of incredible moments happened, in the beginning of the match The Shield were in control of Corbin, Lashley & McIntyre.
Both teams then picked up the pace in the match, where McIntyre catches Rollins with a boot when going for a top rope move, then we had Dean head on over to the corner ropes, jumps off the ring post landing an elbow to McIntyre, a little later after that happened Lashley catches Dean with a brutal spear.
McIntyre tries to capitalize on it, but Roman comes in with a save breaking the pin. Dean almost gets counted out after Drew hit it him with a boot to the face, Dean later hits a nice neckbreaker to Lashley, Roman hits Corbin with his drive by move. Then we go flying with Seth & Dean, Roman goes to fly over the ropes as well, but gets caught by Corbin with his deep six signature move, which was planted well i’ll say………..
This is where everything starts to heat up, you have Rollins & Dean in the crowd attacking McIntyre & Lashley, while Roman is handling Corbin in the ring, Roman catches Corbin with a sit-out powerbomb, we go back into the crowd with Rollins & Dean, where Seth does his signature dive from the crowd taking everyone out………..
Back in the ring with Roman we go, where he tries to land his superman punch to Corbin, who then catches him and tries to hit him with choke slam, Reigns escapes landing the superman punch afterwards……
Closing parts of the match, Corbin hits his end of days to Roman, where it looks like he’s about to get pinned, but he gets saved when Dean comes in and breaks the pin. Then we get a moment where Corbin, Drew & Lashley go for the Shield powerbomb to Roman, but Dean & Seth come to his aid, Seth hits his Black Out Stomp to Lashley, Roman spears Corbin and The Shield take out McIntyre and we get the famous Shield powerbomb!!
They then go after Corbin where Seth hits a superkick, Roman hits his superman punch and Dean hits his dirty deeds, the crowd goes wild, Seth yells one more time………and we get one more Shield powerbomb, Roman pins Corbin and the Shield wins their last match as a team together………….
When this moment happened, it didn’t hit me right then and there, I was just super excited about the Shield and I was excited they won, but really thinking about it now……….this was the Shield’s last match as a stable and now they’re disbanding for good this time………..I knew this was going to happen at some point, but i’m just really going to miss them as a stable.
We all know that the Shield made their debut at Survivor Series back in 2012 and to see how far they went as team and then separately, it’s crazy!! Now i’ll be honest I didn’t watch wrestling when the Shield made their debut, but i’ve seen clips of when they debut, but for those who did see them first head on to the scene, you remember that moment, you remember when they first came on and that goes with any wrestler……….
I remember when I watched the Shield for the first time and that was when they were going against Evolution (Triple H, Batista & Randy) at Extreme Rules back in 2014, that was crazy and that was my first time ever watching them live as well as Extreme Rules being the first ever PPV we ever went to.
As much as I don’t want them to disband, I know that it’s time for new stables to break into the WWE, but just because they disband as a team doesn’t mean they won’t go down in WWE history as one of the best stables in WWE, they came in and turned the wrestling industry inside out, taking out everyone and letting everyone know that wherever they stand, it’s their yard and it will always be their yard when their in it………sending a huge thank you and a lot of love to Roman, Dean & Seth (a.k.a The Shield)
And that was Fastlane for you guys……………it took me two days to write this review and an extra day to look it over, but we got it and we finished it!!!
Final Thoughts: A lot happened this past Sunday at Fastlane, matches were changed multiple times, matches were added later on in the card, we got swindled by Vince McMahon, baiting Kofi into a 2 on 1 handicap match, Mustafa Ali was later added into the WWE Championship match, Ronda made the triple threat match at WrestleMania happen for Becky Lynch which i’m happy about, we had Elias sing us songs every few hours……….
Then we had Randy RKO him and then got to see Styles hit Randy with his phenomenal forearm, we got an awesome tag team match from Raw a brutal beatdown from SDL to Miz in his hometown by Shane, The Usos retaining and let’s not forget the most important one, Lacey Evans showing up………kidding it’s the Shield, it’ll always be the Shield, however I do like Lacey Evans theme song……..
My favorite highlight moments in the PPV would have to be Bayley in the Women’s Tag Team Championship match, The Shield, Ricochet & Aleister in the tag match, Ronda helping Becky go to WrestleMania and Kofi because he deserves some love………overall I thought Fastlane was a pretty solid last stop PPV before WrestleMania, pretty enjoyable the show!!!
Let me know in the comments below what your favorite moments were from Fastlane and let me know whether you enjoyed it or not!?
Soooo today is the Fastlane PPV and i’m now all caught up with Raw & Smackdown so I now know all that is going down later today……..so with that said, I just want to share a few of my predictions on who I think are going to win and who I want to win in the last stop before WrestleMania PPV, there’s some pretty interesting matches on the Fastlane card so I look forward to sharing my thoughts with you guys on my predictions for it.
Let’s get to the predictions shall we!?
Match Card: All of these are not in any order just to give you all a heads up
Daniel Bryan Vs Kevin Owens (WWE Championship)
So this matchup was originally supposed to be Kofi Kingston going against Daniel Bryan for the WWE Championship instead, but thanks to Vince McMahon, Kofi was replace and put in his place was none other then the returning Kevin Owens……….now I don’t hate Kevin Owens, I think he’s actually a really great performer, I just don’t understand why Vince thought it was best to replace Kofi mid way of him signing the contract for the match to happen officially and tell Kofi someone deserves it way more than he does, mind you he’s been wrestling in WWE for 11 years………….
Anyway we’re talking prediction here so let me try and give you my prediction for this matchup……..okay so I always have a bit of trouble with giving predictions, but i’m going to do my best here.
Prediction:This ones actually a little tough to predict, only because it could go two ways here, with Kevin Owens returning last week on Smackdown Live (Feb 26, 2019) and how this past Tuesday went, I feel he could somehow win the title, however Daniel has been defending his WWE Championship very well since winning it against Styles, plus he has Rowan by his side so he has the advantage a little over Owens with that……..
With Mustafa Ali returning this past Tuesday though…….he could maybe possibly help Owens even the odds during the match, but it’s most likely going to be just Owens later today so……..I don’t know, it’s kinda hard to decide……..
If I had to choose though……..i’d probably go with Kevin Owens, that’s where my feeling is going for and I think WWE is going to set up a feud between Owens & Kofi somehow and what better way to set it up then having Owens win the title from Daniel and then Kofi still upset that Kevin Owens took his spot goes after Kevin for it……..
I know it might seems like a weird way to set up a feud, but I mean come there’s been weirder feud set ups before so this ones not that bad, but again this match could go two different ways Daniel could retain and maybe him and Mustafa feud or Kevin and him continue to battle it out or Owens wins tonight and him and Kofi face off or who knows maybe they’ll make it a fatal 4 way where it’s Daniel Vs Kofi Vs Owens Vs Mustafa at Mania, but we’ll see how this match plays out later tonight…..
The Shield Vs Baron Corbin, Bobby Lashley & Drew McIntyre:
This match was made this past Monday Night Raw, Roman was trying to get the band back together it took a little convincing for Seth and a little more convincing for Dean, but in the end we got the Shield once again and later tonight we will see them face off against Corbin, McIntyre and Lashley.
Predictions: This ones not as hard to decide, i’m going for the Shield to win this one, we all know when the Shield are together, they are pretty unstoppable, plus I don’t really want Corbin, McIntyre & Lashley winning so I know the Shield will bring it to them tonight and looking forward to watching that happen!!
Becky Lynch Vs Charlotte: If Becky Lynch Wins She’ll Be Added To The WrestleMania Match Making It A Triple Threat, But If She Loses She’s Out……..
We all know the story here, The Man wins the Royal Rumble and gains the opportunity to face Ronda Rousey at WrestleMania, but just like Kofi (although she was first) Vince decided to replace Becky and go with Charlotte to face Ronda instead…….
Becky gets suspended from WWE for 60 Days, Becky not happy with being replaced, continues to show up wherever Charlotte & Ronda are and attacks them, gets arrested, Ronda asks Stephanie to reinstate Becky and add her to the WrestleMania match Stephanie tells her that ain’t happening, Ronda tells her that Vince needs to make the right decision, leaves the Raw Women’s Championship at Stephanie’s feet……….
Stephanie then announces that the charges on Becky Lynch were dropped and that her 60 day suspension was lifted and that her and Charlotte would be facing off for the Raw Women’s Championship at Fastlane originally, but only if Becky signed a Hold Harmless Agreement so that way if anything happens to Becky during the match she doesn’t go and sue WWE for it, which of course Becky signed……..
Ronda then shows up pretty peeved off about Stephanie’s decision when she laid down the title, she asks for it back, and then goes rogue, attacks Becky and Charlotte on this past Raw and that’s how this match was born…….you guys all caught up!? Alrighty then let’s talk predictions then……
Prediction: Although I like Charlotte,My heart wants Becky Lynch to win so that way she can be added to the match at WrestleMania (even though she shouldn’t have to be added considering she won the royal rumble and all) and main event Mania like she was meant to in the first place…….
I really do hope Becky Lynch wins tonight because she deserves to go to WrestleMania, plus it would be cool to see Ronda Vs Charlotte Vs Becky in a triple threat match for the Raw Women’s Championship, I look forward to watching how this match goes.
Bayley & Sasha Vs Nia Jax & Tamina (Women’s Tag Team Championships)
It was at last months Elimination Chamber that Bayley & Sasha made history by becoming the first ever Women’s Tag Team Champions defeating the likes of Carmella & Naomi, The IIconics, Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville, The Riot Squad and the women their facing later on tonight, Nia Jax & Tamina.
We know Nia Jax & Tamina are pretty good team, but so are Bayley & Sasha, last Monday (Feb 25, 2019) we saw Bayley pin Nia Jax during their match by landing her finisher and This past Monday, we saw Tamina pin Sasha Banks in their match (which I called) after Nia helped with a distraction a bit, tonight we will see both teams go at it for the WWE Women’s tag team championship, who will win, no sure, let’s talk prediction for this match……..
Prediction: I would like to see Bayley & Sasha keep the title, only because I want to see how long they’re able to keep it, we all know that Sasha when it comes to defending a title, it’s not really successful and as for Bayley………her title runs aren’t that memorable, but because they won the tag titles and we know that together Sasha & Bayley are a really great team and because they work well as a team, they’re going to try and make sure they don’t lose the titles anytime soon……….
That being said though, I also feel that if they don’t keep their guard up in their match against Nia & Tamina with just even one tiny little mess up or slight distraction, there’s a high chance that Nia & Tamina will leave Fastlane with those titles, sooooo let’s hope Bayley & Sasha keep the titles tonight………
The Miz & Shane Vs The Usos (SDL Tag Team Championship)
The Usos won the SDL Tag Team Championships from Miz & Shane at last months Elimination Chamber, it was pretty great match as well, well for the Usos that is, Miz wasn’t happy that he was the one that got them to lost the title, so he came back to SDL after being told to take the next few days off he asked Shane to make another match so they could get them back,
The Usos, being the Usos then showed up and made fun of Miz, calling him a loser, fraud, failure and all those kind of synonyms, which provoked Shane to stand up for Miz and make the match at tonights Fastlane PPV.
Don’t really have anything else to say on this, well I just wanted to say that the build up for this was actually pretty good, especially when it comes to the Usos who couldn’t help, but make fun of both Shane & Miz, this past Tuesday’s Smackdown Live was one of the best, at least I thought!!!
Predictions: I love the Usos as some of you may know, but I don’t know Fastlane takes place in Miz’s hometown of Cleveland OH and with it being a hometown show for him, it could go two ways he could surprise everyone and win the tag titles in his hometown…….or it’ll be the opposite and the Usos retain in Miz’s hometown which he will be really upset about………
i’m not going to choose for this one because I want to see this match and I want to see which way it goes so as much as I love the Usos and I think they are a great tag team and they know how to defend the tag titles, i’m just going to observe this one without predicting what could possible happen during the match and whoever wins it, wins……..so no prediction here on this match……..
The Revival Vs Alesister Black & Ricochet Vs Chad Gable & Bobby Roode (Raw Tag Team Championship)
This is interesting……..we had Ricochet & Alesister Black come up to the main roster about 3 weeks ago along with Johnny Gargano & Tommaso Ciampa as well and they now have a shot to become the new Raw Tag Team Champions, now I like both Aleister Black & Ricochet, I think their both extremely talented and they’re actually a pretty great team as well.
The Revival are also a pretty great team, I mean they are Raw tag team champions and when you watch them in the ring, you can clearly see how talented they are…….Chad Gable & Bobby Roode, well…………separately they are good and they perform nicely in ring, together though……….
You know I haven’t really seen them perform well as a team, to be honest I find them to be a really odd pairing, I thought Miz & Shane were odd, but they are really odd, however again I haven’t really seen them be a tag team so maybe they are really good I don’t know, i’ll watch them and let you know later when I do a review for Fastlane, but let’s talk predictions here.
Prediction: Hmmm this is a little tricky………I feel there could be a possibility that Ricochet & Alesister Black become the new Raw tag team champions tonight, however if i’m being honest I feel that them winning the titles tonight, I feel like that would be a little too early, but if they do I won’t be upset about it because I like them, that being said though, The Revival could also retain and leave Fastlane still Raw Tag Team Champions, I know i’m leaving Chad Gable & Bobby Roode out, but I don’t feel they’re gonna win it………
I could be wrong though, they could end up dominating everyone and becoming the new Raw tag team champions again for all I know, but I don’t know, we’ll see what happens in this match up, but I think i’m gonna go with either Ricochet & Alesister becoming new champs or that The Revival retain….
Asuka Vs Mandy Rose (SDL Women’s Championship)
So we all know that this match is happening because Mandy pinned Askua on 3 weeks ago on Smackdown Live and that’s why she’s getting a shot at the SDL Women’s championship…………I don’t have anything else to say with this so i’m just going to predict this one……
Prediction: Asuka retains, I want Asuka to retain!!! I don’t want Mandy winning this match, i’m not saying she’s not good or anything and that she doesn’t deserve it, I just don’t want her to win, so i’m hoping Asuka retains.
So that was every match off the main card, as for the kick off card I don’t think i’m going to watch it, but i’ll do quick predictions for it.
The New Day (Big E & Xavior Woods) Vs Shinsuke Nakamura & Rusev:
Prediction: I want the New Day to win, although I like Rusev & Shinsuke, i’m going for the New Day here to win this match
Rey Mysterio Vs Andrade Cien Almas:
Prediction: Rey Mysterio wins this match, i’m not really sure actually I want to say Rey wins this match because I like Rey Mysterio, but Andrade could win too soooo i’m just gonna leave this as unpredicted, these two based off the matches i’ve seen them in, they have an unfinished rivalry between them i’m guessing stemmed from NXT and moving forward from that so I might watch this and see what happens here, who knows………
That’s all of my predictions for Fastlane, now we just wait and see how the show goes, yaaay finished this before the show started!!!!
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!!