WWE Elimination Chamber is all set to pop off tonight (Sun., Feb. 17, 2019) from the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas at 7:00 p.m. ET, live on the WWE Network. You may also be able to watch this on pay-per-view (PPV) if your cable provider is carrying the event.
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WWE ELIMINATION CHAMBER QUICK RESULTS
Daniel Bryan wins the WWE Championship Elimination Chamber match
Baron Corbin def. Braun Strowman
Ronda Rousey def. Ruby Riott
Finn Balor def. Bobby Lashley & Lio Rush
The Usos def. The Miz & Shane McMahon
Boss and Hug Connection win the Women’s Tag Team Championship Elimination Chamber match
Buddy Murphy def. Akira Tozawa
WWE ELIMINATION CHAMBER LIVE BLOG & MATCH COVERAGE
You’re pushing it, I can’t resist. I feel you under my skin, pushing familiar drugs again. Feeling the turning tides, indifference takes hold again like mist over the lake. Is it real or is it fake? I’ll go with the gravity, let the current take me where it please, and on the way I’ll liveblog this here pro wrestling show for you, folks.
The pre-show begins with Jonathan Coachman welcoming us to the show and introducing us to tonight’s panel, consisting of Beth Phoenix, Booker T, and Sam Roberts. They hype up tonight’s card, shill for the WWE Network, and toss to a Mustafa Ali promo expressing his feelings about not being cleared for the Elimination Chamber match. The panel then discusses that match and explains the rules for those of you who are new here.
We get a video package where Braun Strowman narrates the story of his feud with Baron Corbin as if he was telling a child a story and concludes by saying Corbin will get These Hands. The SmackDown tag titles are up for discussion next and the Bar join the panel to weigh in, Sheamus comparing the champs to listening to the radio and watching TV at the same time, saying it just doesn’t work, which is somewhat ironic because I’m liveblogging with music on right here no problem.
Heavy Machinery roll up to declare themselves a wild card (which, presumably, means they’ll be cutting someone’s brake lines by the end of the night) and bicker with the Bar a bit. A recap of the segment where Vince McMahon suspended Becky Lynch and replaced her at WrestleMania with Charlotte Flair follows, as well as of Flair reinjuring Becky’s knee at a house show last night.
The panel discusses that for a beat and then tosses backstage to the Riott Squad, who are talking about how they stand together and they’re going to win their matches tonight when Charlotte rolls up. She says she remembers their debut because she was on the wrong end of it, and she wants Ruby to take all her anger and aggression out on Ronda, and since she won her first title in Houston, this is a chance for Riott to be just like the Queen.
Flair says she’ll be at ringside for the match and wishes her luck, leaving with a “Wooo!” Back to the panel, they discuss Riott/Rousey and then the Intercontinental Championship match. A Mojo Rawley promo follows, again with him yelling into a mirror, this time asking why the WWE Universe matters and saying if they don’t like the face they see, he doesn’t either.
Alexa Bliss gets a handcam promo talking about how lucky she feels to have helped get the ball rolling on the tag titles and her pick for the first champions is Tamina and Nia Jax. Panel discussion of the tag title Elimination Chamber match follows, and we go to ringside for our pre-show match.
Akira Tozawa vs. Buddy Murphy (c) (WWE Cruiserweight Championship)
Circling, Murphy with a wristlock, arm wringer, wrenching, looking for the armbar but Tozawa rolls through and reverses. Reversed right back, more wrenching and Akira lands a chop! A second one, a third, into the corner for another and Buddy dumps him to the floor. Another chop on the floor, Murphy turns him around but Tozawa ducks and the champion chops cold steel!
Back inside, Buddy manages a pop-up drop, clutching his hand in pain, Akira snaps off a Frankensteiner, baseball slide, off the ropes into the suicide dive but Murphy catches him... SUPLEX ON THE FLOOR! Referee Dan Engler counting, Tozawa fails to climb back in at first but gets in, and Buddy nails him with a knee to the spine. Akira struggling, throwing chops and Murphy decks him with one of his own as we go picture in picture for an interview with Kofi Kingston.
Big E and Xavier Woods answer for him as Tozawa gets the Iron Octopus and Murphy reverses to a backbreaker! Xavier says people have been sleeping on Kofi for years and even they sometimes forget he’s a living legend. Buddy with a standing surfboard into a kneeling chinlock, then transitioning to a Cobra Twist as New Day proclaim that Kofi’s gonna win the title.
Akira reverses to one of his own, Murphy turns it back around, hip tosses denied until Tozawa hip tosses the champion clean out of the ring! Superkick drops Buddy, missile dropkick to follow, Yakuza kick, nobody home on the 540 roundhouse, Murphy back suplex, Akira lands on his feet, back suplex of his own, sliding knee... NOPE! Dragging Buddy into place, climbing up top, up and over, boot up in the corner!
To the second, Tozawa cuts him off with a boot, climbs to join him, jockeying for position... AKIRA TOZAWA AVALANCHE FRANKENSTEINER CAN’T QUITE PUT HIM AWAY! “This is awesome!” chants go up as both men struggle to their feet, Murphy passes Akira to the apron, he heads up top, diving crossbody, roll-through, deadlift up and into the fireman’s carry. Akira slips out, off the ropes, TKO facebreaker, knee strike, big suplex... NOT ENOUGH!
Buddy with disdainful punches and kicks, jawing at the former Dragon Gate superstar, but Tozawa rises, steel resolve filling his spin, more chops, jab countered into a strike rush but Akira cracks him in the jaw with the jab! Everest German suplex denied but the lariat takes the champion down! EVEREST GERMAN INTO THE BRIDGE... BUDDY MURPHY KICKS OUT! Headed up top, Murphy tries to hang on, Akira stomps away and counters Cheeky Nando’s with a superkick and hits the Poison Frankensteiner!
Buddy to the floor, Tozawa off the ropes... SUICIDE DIVE CONNECTS! A SECOND ONE! Perched up top, a kick hangs Murphy in the ropes... DIVING SENTON! COVER... SO CLOSE! Fired up and shouting, Akira firing off slaps, a rolling solebutt to the dome, off the ropes and he gets caught by a jumping knee strike! Pumphandle... MURPHY’S LAW REVERSED INTO A VICTORY ROLL PIN FOR TWO! SATELLITE HEADSCISSORS INTO THE IRON OCTOPUS! NOWHERE FOR BUDDY TO GO BUT HE POSTS TO HIS FEET AND COUNTERS INTO MURPHY’S LAW! IT’S OVER!
Buddy Murphy wins by pinfall with Murphy’s Law to retain the WWE Cruiserweight Championship.
Kevin Owens gets a handcam promo in his car on his way home from rehab with a pizza for his family to enjoy while they watch tonight’s show together. He admits that it hurts that he won’t be on the show tonight, but his rehab’s going well and he’s still about a month away and the Kevin Owens Show is coming back very soon and he wants Finn and the Riott Squad to win their matches tonight.
He does a bit about his kids liking pineapple on pizza and we move onto a video package for the WWE Championship Elimination Chamber match. Mark Henry is interviewed on the stage, and he asks the crowd to give it up one more time for the Cruiserweight Championship match we just saw and picks the Iconic Duo for the women’s tag team chamber and Kofi Kingston for the men’s match.
But if he was in the Elimination Chamber match, there’d be a lot of other men introduced to the Hall of Pain! The panel then discusses the Elimination Chamber matches themselves to close the pre-show out.
The main show kicks off with a video package narrated by the Elimination Chamber itself about how everyone heads into the Elimination Chamber filled with hope and how they get that hope crushed by the evil structure.
Boss and Hug Connection (Bayley & Sasha Banks) vs. Fabulous Glow (Carmella & Naomi) vs. Iconic Duo (Billie Kay & Peyton Royce) vs. Fire and Desire (Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville) vs. Riott Squad (Liv Morgan & Sarah Logan) vs. Samoan Slaughterhouse (Nia Jax & Tamina) (WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Elimination Chamber Match)
Boss and Hug Connection and Fire and Desire to start us off, Deville and Rose in with kicks, double whip on Bayley into a boot, double whip again, drop down, leapfrog and the Hugger clobbers Mandy with a forearm. Banks in, dropkick to Sonya, stereo hip tosses, off the ropes, sliding knee and Meteora, double covers, only two! Sasha with a plancha to the steel floor, Bayley with a cover, still no!
Deville spikes Banks with a slam, Bayley breaks it up but Rose gets her hung up in the ropes and drops her with a backbreaker for two! Battering Boss and Hug on the steel, slugging it out, another cover, another two count. A boot gets Rose hung up in the cage... AND BAYLEY HITS A NECKBREAKER ON HER! The countdown timer ticks...
The Riott Squad are out third.
Squad putting boots to Boss and Hug, sliding knee on Banks from Logan, Morgan makes Bayley watch while Sarah throws Sasha into the pod! Pop-up headbutt takes the Hugger out and the Riotts hug in celebration! Deville and Rose rise to the challenge and we get a four-way slugfest! Double legs take it to the mat and they keep throwing! Morgan and Deville are still standing, trading palm strikes and Liv drops her!
Sonya drops her right back, schoolboy from Morgan for two, trading kicks and Deville knocks her clean out with a roundhouse kick! Bayley cover on Liv, knee for Mandy, one for Sonya as well, lariat for Mortan, back suplex on Logan and she’s fired up! Headed up top, Rose cuts her off and Deville comes over, jockeying for position, the Riotts come in... TOWER OF DOOM!
The countdown timer ticks...
Iconic Duo are out fourth.
Trying to pick the bones on literally everyone to no avail, they yell at former Dragon Gate USA/Evolve head referee Jason Ayers a beat before throwing Morgan and Logan into the ringpost in turn. Double-team kicks on Rose, tandem gourdbuster on Deville and they hip toss Liv for good measure! Dragging Bayley in the ring, holding her in place for a knee... BANKS MAKES THE SAVE!
Iconics hammering Sasha with knees, the assisted facebreaker and an assisted kick... SO CLOSE! Screaming bloody murder, choking Boss and Hug against the chain of the cage, neckbreaker over the ropes and a clubbing forearm on Bayley, they line them up, slingshot senton atomico on both into double covers... STILL NO! Shifting focus to Fire and Desire, throwing them into the steel, moving onto the Riotts as the countdown timer ticks...
Fabulous Glow is out fifth.
Taking the Iconics out, kicks and a crossbody, stacking their opponents up in the corners, Bronco Busters, moonwalks, Bronco Busters on the other two teams! Focusing on the Iconics, boot up in the corner, Carmella fighting off a powerbomb from Kay with a Frankensteiner! Logan waistlock, back elbow and a superkick to counter, Naomi holds her in place for another superkick, split-leg moonsault... MORGAN BREAKS IT UP!
Mella diving crossbody, Bayley with a back suplex, Billie with a big boot, Sasha with the front kick, Peyton with a Gory Neckbreaker and Liv with a lungblower! Rose with an exploder suplex... SARAH LOGAN FISHERMAN BUSTER! Deville hits a spear, Carmella superkick and everyone is down and out! Samoan Slaughterhouse banging on their cage, Carmella wakes up, Code of Silence on Sonya but Mandy breaks it up!
Naomi confronts Rose, hammering her with forearms! Mandy with knee lifts, Naomi gives her the springboard Rear View! Iconics swoop in...
Iconic Duo eliminate Fabulous Glow by pinfall with a combination sunset flip / jackknife pin on Naomi.
Iconics find themselves surrounded by all the other remaining teams and they beg off as the countdown timer ticks...
Samoan Slaughterhouse enter sixth.
Nia and Tamina beating the hell out of each other, Jax biels Rose into the ring and stalks after her only for her to roll away. Snuka joins her, they pose and we pan to see that the Iconics have gone to hide in a pod. The bigger women chase after and bang on the pod like they’re tapping on glass to get the attention of kittens at a pet store before popping the doors open and dragging them out!
Throwing them both into the steel of the cage with abandon, Tamina throws Kay back in and Jax follows with Royce moments later...
Samoan Slaughterhouse eliminate Iconic Duo with stereo Samoan drops.
Riotts fighting back, staggering the Slaughterhouse, assisted Diamond Sut from Morgan on Snuka but Nia breaks it up! Fire and Desire into try their luck to no avail and Boss and Hug charge in with stereo Lou Thesz Presses into mounted punches on them! Knee and double knees on Tamina in the corner, double side slam on Liv, same for Sarah! Only two! Fire and Desire with forearms on Boss and Hug, putting Bayley in the corner for kicks.
Hugger with a double leg, cataput puts Deville into the turnbuckles and Mandy barely gets away to avoid getting hit! Setting them both up, two for one on the corner knees... NOPE! Nia and Tamina wake back up and deck our intrepid Horsewomen while the Riotts head on top of one of the pods. Beating on Fire and Desire on the steel... RIOTTS OFF THE TOP WITH STEREO SPLASHES! DEVILLE KICKS OUT!
Morgan climbing again, Jax right behind her, fireman’s carry... AVALANCHE SAMOAN DROP! Snuka up top... SUPERFLY SPLASH ON BOTH RIOTTS!
Samoan Slaughterhouse eliminate the Riott Squad by pinfall with a Superfly Splash from Tamina.
Boss and Hug taking it to the Slaughterhouse but Jax throws the Boss outside into Deville! Bayley follows right onto the hard steel floor! Hugger getting up, Nia charges... AND BAYLEY SIDESTEPS, SENDING JAX CRASHING THROUGH THE LEXAN OF THE POD! Nia out cold, Tamina realizes she’s all alone and Sonya rushes in with knees! Rose adds kicks, Banks with Meteora, Bayley up top, diving elbow...
Boss and Hug Connection & Fire and Desire eliminate Samoan Slaughterhouse by pinfall with all four women covering Tamina.
All four remaining women rise and face off, trading forearms and knees, Bayley goes for the middle rope Stunner and Rose counters with a knee! Drawing the Hugger up, underhooks, Angel’s Wings countered and Sasha adds a knee! Deville with an O’Connor roll, handful of tights... NO! Lungblower into the Bayley-to-Belly... MANDY BREAKS IT UP! Boss and Hug recover as Rose climbs the steel and ascends atop a pod.
Bayley climbing to meet her, Mandy kicking her but Sasha gets up top from the other side and helps the Hugger up. Drawing Rose up, they throw her into the Lexan above the pod but here comes Sonya! Bayley trying to block her, she kicks her to the steel but Mandy’s had time to recover and knocks the Hugger down so Deville can spear her into the corner of the pod wall!
Banks drops down to check her and throws Sonya into the cage! Rose throws the Boss into the pod wall in turn! Drawing her up in the ring, underhooks, Angel’s Wings... SASHA KICKS OUT! Another cover, same result! She throws Banks into the ringpost as Sonya recovers and joins her, wheelbarrow, Banks slips out of it and Deville accidentally spears Mandy! Bank Statement crossface attempt but with her shoulder jacked she can’t get all of it!
Shift to use the foot! SHE’S DOING THE BANK STATEMENT WITH ONE ARM AND A LEG?! IT’S OVER?!
Boss and Hug Connection win by submission with an arm-and-leg version of the Bank Statement crossface from Sasha Banks on Sonya Deville to win the inaugural WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship.
Boss and Hug are interviewed post-match but are lost for words, and Sasha says as much. Nobody knows how hard they fought for these, and they don’t just do this for themselves or us fans, but for the whole women’s division, and this is just the beginning of the changes to come, and they’re going to continue to do what they do best, and that’s why they’re the Boss and Hug Connection, your new WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions.
Miz enters first and congratulates Boss and Hug Connection on their win as well as dedicating his match to his dad, his daughter, and his wife... WHO IS HERE TONIGHT AND ALSO MAKES HER ENTRANCE! He says they always said they’d make their huge announcements in WWE and tonight they’ve got a really big one, so he passes the mic to Maryse... who announces that they’re having another baby!
Best Tag Team in the World (Shane McMahon & the Miz) (c) vs. the Usos (Jimmy & Jey Uso) (WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship)
Miz and Jimmy to start, Uso with a side headlock, shot off, big uppercut, off the ropes, drop down, leapfrog, hip toss blocked and Miz hits the inverted facelock backbreaker. Shoved aside, double leg, spinning toehold, kicked off, Jey tags in and the A-Lister ducks the Superkick Party! Strategizing with McMahon, Miz sticks back in, waistlock, Jey with a back elbow to break.
Whip reversed, big knee lift, Awesome Clothesline and a tag to Shane. A-Lister holds the Uso in place, McMahon climbs but Jimmy runs interference so Shane takes him out. Jey eats a forearm, sunset flip back inside, punches against the ropes, whip, blind tag, leaping back elbow and a running boot from Miz! Elbow drop from McMahon, double clothesline sends Jey to the floor!
Hip toss from Jimmy and he gets clotheslined to the floor after! Champs fired up, Usos regroup on the floor. Back in, Miz ducks a lariat, right hands, chest kicks in the corner, Jey explodes out of the corner, headlock, shot off, Jimmy with a tag, Hot Shot / bulldog combo over the ropes! Uso with a big right hand, choking the A-Lister over the ropes, Jey gets a cheap shot in and Jimmy puts him in the corner for a right hand.
Tag to Jey, Stinger Splash, tag back to Jimmy, shoulder leg trip, wishboning the legs (so no third It Baby, then) and into a reverse chinlock. To his feet, back elbows, shoved off and Jimmy decks him with a lariat! Dragging the A-Lister over, tag to Jey, teeing him up for a stomp to the ribs! Tag back, throwing Miz’s jersey at Shane, whip to the corner, mocking the Awesome Clothesline!
Hot tag from Shane, big clothesline, back body drop, shuffling around the ring, right hand into the float-over DDT and one for Jey as well for two! COAST 2 COAST TAKES JIMMY OUT, UP FOR A SECOND BUT JEY SUPERKICKS HIM OUT OF MID-AIR! SPLASH... SO CLOSE! Miz with the tag, off the top with a diving lariat! Kick combo, off the ropes, Jey hits the Samoan drop to counter!
Basement DDT connects... NOPE! Off the ropes, slingshot dropkick, Miz clears the table, Jey out to fight him and Jimmy nails his brother with a tope by accident! The A-Lister sees his chance, sets Jey up top, Shane stirs and climbs up top... DIVING ELBOW THROUGH THE ANNOUNCE TABLE! Miz checks on Shane before stepping aside and letting referee Danilo Anfibio check on both men.
Jimmy back inside, catch the superkick, standing switch, O’Connor roll, reversed, full nelson, Uso throws him off! SUPERKICK! Jimmy climbing the ropes, up top... KNEES UP ON THE SPLASH! INSIDE CRADLE FOR TWO! Skull-Crushing Finale... NOT ENOUGH! Jimmy thinks fast...
The Usos win by pinfall with a crucifix pin from Jimmy Uso on the Miz to win the WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship.
Miz and Shane linger in the ringside area and contemplate their loss. The A-Lister helps McMahon up and they start walking to the back arm-in-arm.
Paige does a bumper to introduce yet another trailer for Fighting With My Family.
Backstage, Lio Rush is pumping Bobby Lashley up, telling him Finn Balor is done when an interview rolls up to ask if he’s the weak link of their team. He’s incredulous but she keeps driving the wedge and Rush takes it more seriously, saying they have the advantage and they’re on top of the food chain, and nobody’s more dominant than they are. Bob’s the steak and Lio’s the sizzle, and Finn can’t win.
He’s not worried despite Balor getting the pin on him a few weeks ago and they leave.
Bobby Lashley (c) & Lio Rush vs. Finn Balor (WWE Intercontinental Championship Handicap Match)
Lio to start but he immediately tags out. Circling, collar and elbow, knee from Lashley into a clubbing forearm, Balor off the ropes with a forearm but Bob cuts him off and knees him down. Stepping on his chest, a stomp, a right hand, whip across, flying forearm knocks the champ down! Pep talk at ringside from Rush, back inside, waistlock takedown, smashing his face into the turnbuckles and stepping on the back of his head after.
Throat thrust in the corner, club to the shoulders, forearm to the kidneys and a choke over the middle ropes until referee Darrick Moore warns him off. Whip across, Balor sidesteps and hits the gamengiri from the apron! Up top, Lio runs interference, shoulder thrust for Lashley but the sunset flip is denied with a stomp. Another stomp to the midsection, powerbomb lift, turning him around, Finn with punches to slip out and a back body drop to the floor!
Off the ropes, Rush gets involved to stop the tope and Balor heads out after him, chasing him and running right into a slam into the barricade! Back inside, nearfall off a slam, tag to Lio, probing strikes, backing Balor into the corner to put boots to him. Jawing, hyped up, Finn throws him in the corner but Rush slips away and makes the tag before he can get cut off!
Lashley in with a lariat, trading shots into a reverse STO, only two! Tag back to Lio, looking for a Cobra Twist and he gets it but Finn counters moments later with a hip toss! Balor to his feet, charging in, boots up, Rush over and in for the tag! Lashley with a double leg into the corner, shoulder thrusts, charging, more of ‘em, and a big Rock Bottom but Lio tags himself in!
Perching up top, he says he’s got this, Final Hour... NOBODY’S HOME! Balor blocks Lio from the tag, picking the leg, right hand, one for Bob as well, double leg into the double stomp! Lashley in, he takes Sling Blade, clotheslined to the floor, Rush sent out after as well... TOPE CON GIRO! Finn throws Lio back in, shotgun dropkick, up top...
Finn Balor wins by pinfall with Coup de Grace on Lio Rush to win the WWE Intercontinental Championship.
Post-match, Lashley goes after Balor but Finn evades him and leaves in triumph.
He and Rush linger in the ring and Bob is hot about it, grabbing him by the neck! Lio apologizes profusely and Lashley relents, letting him go and helping him up... BEFORE CHOKESLAMMING HIM TO HELL!
Commentary hypes up the announcement that next year’s Royal Rumble is coming to Houston, Texas.
Charlotte Flair makes her entrance, as promised.
She’s interviewed in the ring and says life is good when you’re Charlotte Flair, because she’s going to WrestleMania and she got to do what she loves last night when she humiliated and decimated The Man. Lynch got herself suspended because she just can’t let it go and keeps pandering for our attention, she needs our approval. But Charlotte, her reflection gives her all the love and approval she needs.
She knows in her heart and her soul that she’s the best in the WWE, and that’s why she’s going to main event WrestleMania.
Ronda Rousey (c) vs. Ruby Riott (WWE Raw Women’s Championship)
Riott right away with mounted punches, going for a left but she gets judo thrown! Another one, Ruby bails to regroup and then bails again when Rousey charges her the second she slips back in. Riott returns again, gets caught, Piper’s Pit already! Grabbing the arm, she falls back...
Ronda Rousey wins by submission with the cross armbar to retain the WWE Raw Women’s Championship.
Flair gets in the ring and stares Rousey down face to face but Ronda looks off into the distance, clearly distracted... BECKY LYNCH IS HERE AND ON CRUTCHES! SHE HOBBLES HER WAY TO THE TIMEKEEPER’S AREA AND TO RINGSIDE! Throwing her crutches in the ring, she pulls herself in and collects herself before joining the staredown... AND SHE WAILS ON FLAIR WITH HER CRUTCHES! SHE’S FINE!
HAMMERING THE QUEEN OVER AND OVER, BENDING THE STEEL ACROSS HER BACK WHILE ROUSEY LOOKS ON! Ronda grabs a crutch and Lynch waves her on... AND BECKY ATTACKS ROUSEY WITH THE CRUTCH TOO! SHOT AFTER SHOT AFTER SHOT AFTER SHOT AS BITS OF PLASTIC TRIM FLY OFF THE CRUTCH AND FINALLY SECURITY ARRIVES TO DEFUSE THE SITUATION BUT THEY’RE TOO AFRAID TO ACTUALLY STOP HER!
Lynch having finally gotten her pound of flesh, she consents to security helping her out, and with the adrenaline faded is still hobbling a little. A bloodied and battered Ronda gets to her feet and collects her thoughts as a dork makes his entrance.
Baron Corbin vs. Braun Strowman (No Disqualification Match)
Corbin throws his vest for the distraction and tries to take it to Strowman but he gets clubbed right down! To the floor, a kendo stick shot stuns Braun and Baron keeps hitting him with it, across the legs and back before jamming the stick into the turnbuckle pad. Whip reversed, Corbin slides low under the stick and back in, right hand, corner lariat and the monster is back in control.
Kendo stick in hand, Baron tries to yank it away but Strowman rips it out of his hand and breaks it over his knee, declaring that he doesn’t need it to whip his ass! A clubbing blow to punctuate the statement, the action spills outside, Braun charges... POUNCE! Calling for it again, Corbin throws an office chair at Strowman as he rounds the corner but the monster swats it aside!
Baron puts Braun into the steel steps and takes the top step off, ramming him in the bicep with it! Another shot, and a third knocks him down and the Lone Wolf mocks Strowman’s roar! Back inside, he draws Braun up for a right hand and asks if he wants another one. Off the ropes, he hits another one, but when he goes for the third Strowman swats him down with a lariat!
Corner lariat, big boot, fired up and roaring! The monster goes and gets a table and leans it in the corner, up for the powerslam but a thumb to the eye gets Corbin separation! Up top, he dives into a goozle and the running powerslam through the table! Dragging him over--
Enter Drew McIntyre, chair in hand... and Lashley attacks from behind with a chair of his own! They beat him down and Bob spears the monster! Baron directing traffic, they set the steps up in the ring but Braun fires up! Goozle on both Drew and Bob, but Corbin wallops him with a chair across the back! Setting up a table, McIntyre hits a Claymore to keep the monster down and they prop another table on top of the first in a bit of ultraviolent feng shui.
Baron and Drew hoist Braun up for Lashley... TRIPLE POWERBOMB THROUGH TWO TABLES!
Baron Corbin wins by pinfall with a lateral press.
Corbin, McIntyre, and Lashley pose over Strowman’s unconscious body.
Commentary hypes up the 2019 Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi next month and we get a video package to go with that as well before cutting to some of Team USA’s athletes in the front row.
We go backstage with Shane McMahon as a trainer checks on him and Miz paces by his bedside. The A-Lister apologizes and Shane tries to tell him it’s okay but Miz loses it, saying he made his dad a promise, his wife a promise, his daughter, his unborn child...! McMahon tells him to cool it and go home, and he’ll see him Tuesday, and an irate Miz storms off.
Lacey Evans makes her entrance for some reason or another... and heads right back up the ramp. Weird.
Daniel Bryan gets on the mic during his entrance and asks if we know what happens when he and Rowan try to enlighten the masses and says they get punished. WWE management has made the WWE Universe the authority, and what happens now? He comes out and he’s first in the Elimination Chamber? FICKLE! First in the gauntlet? FICKLE! Referees Chad Patton and Jason Ayers come down to send Erick Rowan to the back and Bryan is not having it!
Rowan leaves and gets back on the mic and says he doesn’t want us to call him a martyr, but he’s suffering, as the people repeat a stupid phrase and it gives him hope because he knows the planet needs him and there’s still hope that he’ll raise his beautiful championship and still be WWE Champion!
AJ Styles vs. Daniel Bryan (c) vs. Jeff Hardy vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Randy Orton vs. Samoa Joe (WWE Championship Elimination Chamber Match)
Joe and Bryan to start, Dan keeping his distance as Samoa tries to draw him in. Taking a lap, the American Dragon asks if the clock is running before tentatively stepping in the ring. Circling, probing leg kicks as Joe laughs it off. He catches a kick, leg kicks of his own, roll-through into a kneebar! Dan reaching, rolling, he gets into the ropes and Samoa switches tactics.
Bryan backs him into the corner, big chop for nothing, Joe out after him and he’s got him cornered and throws Dan into the steel for chops! Back in the ring, Samoa hits the Tenryu powerbomb and transitions it into the over-the-knees Boston Crab! Switch to the STF and then the arm-trap crossface, throwing the kitchen sink at Bryan! Rings of Saturn up next but Dan reverses to a pin for two!
Basement dropkick takes Joe’s leg out, he throws him out onto the steel, arm wringer into a backhammer and the American Dragon puts Samoa into the Lexan of one of the pods! Back in the ring for a cover, only two, drawing him up for chops but Joe has enough life in him to return them in kind and stagger the champion! Headbutt to follow, chest and back kicks, punch to the head and back to trading chops with aplomb!
Whip to the corner, Bryan with the sidestep and the drop toehold into the turnbuckles! Taking a moment to collect himself, Dan hits the chest kicks and the countdown timer ticks...
Kofi Kingston comes out at third.
Fired up, springboard double axehandle on Bryan, Joe blocks a DDT but eats a gamengiri out of the corner and the Shadows Over Hell splash to the back! Dan perched up top with Kingston hung up in the ropes, diving knee across the back of the neck! Back into it with Joe, trading chops, Bryan climbs the pod and takes a seat while Kofi charges Samoa from behind!
Joe clobbers him with chops, whip to the corner and Kingston joins Dan on his pod! Bryan begs off and Kofi hammers him with punches! The American Dragon climbs the steel to escape, they walk the cage and trade kicks while Samoa climbs to pull Bryan down! Kofi with stomps to knock Joe down, he climbs a little higher... TRUST FALL SENTON ON BOTH MEN!
Clutching his back as he rises, Kingston pulls Joe in the ring for a cover... NOPE! Bryan over, uppercut, side headlock, shot off, shoulder block, drop down, leapfrog, corkscrew uppercut gets Kofi a two count! Joe back in with a headbutt for Kingston and a senton for Dan, drawing Kofi up and hitting a snap suplex that gets two. Right hands, the countdown timer ticks...
AJ Styles comes out at fourth.
Throwing hands, Styles Rush on Joe, right hands for Bryan, whip reversed, back elbow on the charge and the moonsault inverted DDT, with a normal DDT on Kingston as well! Covers come up empty, AJ grabs Kofi and puts his face into the turnbuckles before following with a forearm. Bryan climbing the cage, Styles lines him up... PHENOMENAL FOREARM TO THE OUTSIDE!
Sunset flip on Kofi, he wants the Styles Clash, no good, Kingston off the ropes... USHIGOROSHI FOR TWO! Outside after Joe, AJ throwing chops and trying to put him into the steel but Joe turns him around and throws him first into the steel and then into the ring! Samoa on Kofi but the New Day man comes back with a strike rush, off the ropes... THE COQUINA CLUTCH IS IN BUT HE STEPS UP AND TURNS IT INTO A PIN FOR TWO!
Joe pulls him back up... KINGSTON COUNTERS WITH A STUNNER! PHENOMENAL FOREARM!
AJ Styles eliminates Samoa Joe by pinfall with the Phenomenal Forearm.
The countdown timer ticks...
Jeff Hardy comes out at fifth.
Hardy in with forearms on Styles, Manhattan Drop to the double leg drop to the basement dropkick for two! Sitout jawbreaker, leg-feed solebutt for Bryan, sitout gourdbuster on Kingston! Off the ropes... POETRY IN MOTION OFF OF KOFI ONTO DAN! Twist of Fate reversed into a Pele kick! The American Dragon rams Kofi’s face into the support beams of the Chamber repeatedly as Jeff catches himself against the pod!
AJ climbs up after him, back elbows and Hardy trips him up and knocks him to the steel! Dan wrenching Kingston’s arm in the chains, the Charismatic Enigma climbs a pod with Styles hung up on the turnbuckles... SWANTON BOMB OFF THE POD! Dan charges in...
Daniel Bryan eliminates Jeff Hardy by pinfall with the Busaiku Knee.
Bryan sets Styles up in the Tree of Woe, chest kicks ensue and then the running dropkick! Headed over to Kingston, Dan stacks him up on top of AJ and climbs up after... STYLES GETS THE SPIDER GERMAN SUPLEX FOR THE TOWER OF DOOM! Styles struggles to extricate himself as the countdown timer ticks...
Randy Orton comes out at sixth.
Orton heads over to AJ and puts him back in the Tree of Woe before stomping him a few times, clothesline for Kingston, more stomps to Styles. Kofi attacks from behind, Randy throws him into AJ! Bryan from behind, he counters the RKO into a backslide for two! Boot to the midsection, the Viper suplexes him into the top rope hard! Kingston with a dropkick, he hobbles to his feet and Styles clobbers him with an STO backbreaker!
AJ draws him up, whip to the corner, charging in, back body drop to the apron but Styles gets a forearm and calls for it... SPRINGBOARD RIGHT INTO THE RKO!
Randy Orton eliminates AJ Styles by pinfall with the RKO.
Trouble in Paradise denied, Kingston gets the corner gamengiri and climbs but Orton trips him up. Rope-hung DDT off the top, he goes to that special place... AND SNAP SCOOP POWERSLAMS DANIEL BRYAN OUT OF NOWHERE! RKO denied, TROUBLE IN PARADISE!
Kofi Kingston eliminates Randy Orton by pinfall with Trouble in Paradise!
Bryan and Kingston face off from opposite corners and go all Frye/Takayama on each other! Punches to kicks, hammering away and Kofi wants more! Fired up, shrugging them off, Trouble in Paradise misses and Dan hits a basement dropkick! Chest kicks follow, the crowd with full-throated “NO!”s on every impact, Kofi ducks the buzzsaw, SOS... NOT ENOUGH!
Both men down and out, to their feet, Bryan ducks the charge and Kingston takes the post hard! Dan rises and stares him down, right hands, measured, yelling that Kofi doesn’t deserve to be here with him! Chest kicks, thudding away, charging in with the running dropkicks, three, four... KINGSTON COUNTERS NUMBER FIVE WITH THE TREVOR LEE MUSHROOM STOMP!
Kofi on his feet in the corner, waiting for the American Dragon to rise and close to range... and Dan bails to the steel floor. Kingston out after, he throws a kick and puts Bryan’s head into the chains again and again! IT’S HIS TIME! Bulldog... DAN PUTS HIM INTO THE LEXAN POD TO COUNTER! Back in the ring, the American Dragon sizes up his man, crouching, waiting, biding his time... KOFI KINGSTON KICKS OUT OF THE BUSAIKU KNEE! THE DREAM WILL NOT DIE JUST YET!
Bryan considers his position for a minute, chest throbbing red and raw from the war he’s been through. He grabs one wrist, then the other... YOU’RE GONNA GET YOUR [REDACTED] HEAD KICKED IN! BUT STILL KOFI WILL NOT STAY DOWN! Dan’s fired up in the corner, Kingston rises... TROUBLE IN PARADISE! BRYAN REVERSES TO A COVER... BUT CAN’T KEEP HIM DOWN!
HE CATCHES A RIGHT HAND, LOOKING FOR AN ARMBAR! OMOPLATA... HE’S GOT THE LEBELL LOCK IN WITH A FISHHOOK TO THE NOSE ON TOP OF IT! KINGSTON CRAWLS, REACHING... AND HE’S GOT THE ROPE, CAUSING BRYAN TO LET GO RATHER THAN FIGHT AGAINST THE LEVERAGE OF THE RING! Up top, Kofi cuts him off and they jockey for position atop the turnbuckles! Bryan climbs on top of a pod again and Kingston follows, hammering him with a headbutt and right hands!
Putting the champion’s head into the Lexan repeatedly, hooking him up for a suplex but Dan blocks. Struggling atop the pod, Bryan gains control, putting Kofi’s head into the Lexan multiple times himself. Kingston also blocks a suplex attempt, jockeying for position and this time Bryan heads back down to the turnbuckles. Kofi with kicks that knock the champion into the ring, he perches... DIVING SPLASH OFF THE POD BUT THE AMERICAN DRAGON ROLLS AWAY!
Dan fired up, he charges in again...
Daniel Bryan wins, last eliminating Kofi Kingston by pinfall with the Busaiku Knee to retain the WWE Championship.
Big E and Xavier Woods rush down to support their man in defeat and damnit I’m crying. “Thank you, Kofi!” chants go up and they tell him he deserves it after eleven years. They help him out of the ring and up the entry.
That’s the (unusually short) show, folks.