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It’s the Saturday night before Elimination Chamber and I’ve reached the point in these reviews where the last seven Elimination Chamber matches are ones that I’ve already done thorough reviews for. There’s no reason for me to re-write these, so I’m going to just paste them in here in the order they took place while adding some updated thoughts to the matches.

I’m going to post four match reviews in this post and then three reviews in a post on Sunday morning (or early afternoon).

WWE Elimination Chamber
Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
February 19, 2012

There were two Elimination Chamber matches at the 2012 event. CM Punk defended the WWE Championship in the first Chamber match while Daniel Bryan defended the World Heavyweight Title in the second Chamber match. Neither match main evented the show because John Cena vs. Kane in an Ambulance Match went on last.

Elimination Chamber Match for the WWE Championship: CM Punk (c) vs. The Miz vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. R-Truth vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Chris Jericho

The first two competitors were CM Punk and Kofi Kingston, so the story was that the champ had to go the distance to win the match. Nice athleticism by Kingston early as he jumped over the top rope to avoid a whip. They had a really fast-paced pinfall sequence that showed off how quick they could go in the ring. Kingston gave Punk a back suplex and Punk crashed on his right leg and hip. I assume he was supposed to land on his feet there, but couldn’t get them around. Punk gave Kingston a slingshot into Jericho’s pod followed by a suplex onto the steel outside the ring. He got a two count. Punk was favoring his right leg, which had a nice red scar thanks to the bump on the steel.

The #3 man in the match is Dolph Ziggler, who is rocking some pink tights. Ziggler hit a leg drop on the back of Punk’s head for a count of two. Ziggler hit a splash on Kofi in the corner while Jericho made angry faces from his pod. Ziggler missed a splash so Punk and Kingston took turns hitting him with moves. They each went for springboard attacks, Ziggler moved and Kingston & Punk collided. That was a nice spot. All three guys were down.

The #4 man was R-Truth, who went after Ziggler right away with a hiptoss over the top rope onto the steel grating outside the ring. Then he hit a springboard splash over the top onto Ziggler. Truth hit the scissors kick on Ziggler for two. Nice nearfall there. Punk got a nearfall on Truth after a knee to the face and a superplex. Punk threw Kingston over the top where Kingston crashed into the steel. Punk hit the top rope elbow on Truth. That was enough to eliminate R-Truth at 12:02.

R-Truth eliminated by CM Punk

Punk rolled up Ziggler and as he did that, Kingston came out of nowhere to hit Punk in the head with the Trouble in Paradise. Ziggler went after Kingston, essentially saving Punk. Kingston threw Ziggler out of the ring. Kingston covered Punk for a two count. The delay in the pinfall was caused by Ziggler, so it was a good out to not kill Kofi’s finisher. Kofi jumped onto the side of the cage and then leaped onto Ziggler, who received DDT on the steel by Kingston. Damn that was a great spot worthy of “Holy Shit” chant the crowd gave it.

The #5 man is The Miz. He threw Punk and Kingston into some of the empty “glass” pods. Miz slammed Kingston onto the steel outside the ring. Ziggler charged at him and Miz threw him out of the ring so he crashed onto the steel again. Lots of painful bumps by Ziggler so far. Miz shoved Kingston off the top rope and he crashed onto the steel too, which got a two count for Miz. Miz got a good nearfall on Punk with his DDT variation. Ziggler and Kingston were selling injuries outside the ring. Nice powerslam by Punk on Miz. Punk had Miz in the Anaconda Vice.

The #6 entrant was Chris Jericho, who faced off with Punk as the crowd went wild for it. Jericho got a dropkick for two on Punk while everybody else was down. Jericho actually hit a Lionsault, which got a two count on Punk. Ziggler rolled up Jericho with the tights for two. Jericho fired back with the Codebreaker to eliminate Ziggler at 22:31. Ziggler’s bumps were awesome.

Dolph Ziggler eliminated by Chris Jericho

Punk went at it with Jericho. Punk won the fight, giving him a slingshot over the top rope that sent Jericho flying onto the railing. Punk rammed the back of Jericho’s head into one of the pods and then whipped him face first into one of them. Jericho locked himself in one of the pods to prevent an attack from Punk, but that didn’t work very well. Jericho then outsmarted Punk and rammed the pod door into the shoulder of Punk. Jericho and Kingston went at it. Kofi gave him the SOS on the steel. Finally Miz got back into the match as he dominated Kingston, but Kofi came back with a kick to the face. Punk got back to his feet and he gave Miz a powerbomb for two. Kingston went on top of one of the pods. He hit a crossbody onto Punk & Miz. They did a good job of catching him. Jericho put Kingston in the Walls of Jericho the badass way with his right leg on the back of the head on Kingston. Old school LION TAMER~! right there! Kofi tapped out at 26:32.

Kofi Kingston eliminated by Chris Jericho

After the elimination, Jericho whipped Kingston into the side of the cage. The door was open while this was going on. Jericho threw Kingston out of the door. Punk snuck up behind Jericho and kicked him into the back of the head. Jericho went crashing into the door. He fell onto the floor. Refs Scott Armstrong and Mike Chioda deemed that Jericho wasn’t able to continue due to being knocked out. A doctor checked on him. Jericho was eliminated 28:10 with the official ruling being that he was too hurt to continue while the announcers went into SERIOUS VOICES~! while they talked about the cameraman that got knocked down too. He was okay.

Chris Jericho eliminated by knockout

Back in the ring, Miz & Punk were the final two. Punk got Miz with a kick to the side of the head for two. Punk hit the running knee into the corner followed by the bulldog. Meanwhile, they checked on Jericho at ringside. He was still out. Punk went for the springboard clothesline, Miz avoided it and hit the Skull Crushing Finale for the two count. Great nearfall there. Miz continued to assault Punk in the corner while also trash talking him at every opportunity. Miz missed a charge into the corner, crashing into a pod. Punk hit the Go To Sleep for the pinfall win at 32:29.

The Miz eliminated by CM Punk

Winner: CM Punk

Analysis: ***1/2 I think most of us were expecting a Punk/Jericho finale, so when we didn’t get it the ending was a bit anticlimactic. Miz had been booked pretty weak going into it, so there wasn’t that much heat on the final two. They probably should have had Ziggler in the final two. I thought they did a great job of giving big moments to guys like Ziggler and Kingston, who despite not winning the match had some memorable spots. I was definitely worried about Ziggler when I saw some of the bumps he took, but he ended up being okay after all was said and done. Truth didn’t have much of an impact. Miz did okay too. In my preview, I thought that Jericho would win the match because it would give him a big win to set up the match with Punk at WrestleMania. There’s nothing wrong with Punk winning because he’s a good champion.

(I thought it was an entertaining match when I re-watched it, but I didn’t touch my original rating. Regarding the outcome, Jericho won a battle royal the next night to earn the WrestleMania 28 title match against Punk, which Punk won as the face WWE Champion.)

FACTS & OPINIONS

Wrestler that lasted the longest:  CM Punk at 32:39

Most Eliminations:  CM Punk and Chris Jericho with two.

Best Performers (3): CM Punk – He went the distance to win the match.

Dolph Ziggler – Like I noted in the review, he did some great bumps throughout the match.

Chris Jericho – As the veteran in the match, he played his role well.

Most Memorable Moment: Jericho’s elimination was memorable in terms of it being a unique elimination.

Match Rating: ***1/2 out of five.

 

Elimination Chamber Match for the World Heavyweight Title: Daniel Bryan (c) vs. The Great Khali vs. Big Show vs. Santino Marella vs. Wade Barrett vs. Cody Rhodes

The first two entrants in the match were Wade Barrett and Big Show. After Show opened it up with chops, Barrett booted him down to obtain control of the action. Barrett threw Big Show into the side of the cage. Barrett worked on Big Show’s knee. A very slow start to the match, which isn’t a surprise considering the combatants. That’s not a complaint. Just saying it’s slow in the early going, which is fine as long as it picks up. Big Show came back with a suplex for two. Booker T says Show should “try to get this boy out of here quick.” He likes saying “boy” a lot. Show threw him over the top so Barrett crashed onto the steel outside the ring. The clock ticked down for our next entrant as Show faced off with Daniel Bryan.

The #3 man was Cody Rhodes. Show chopped Rhodes in the chest and then he stared at Bryan. Show threw Rhodes outside the ring where he crashed onto the steel. Show went to splash him into the cage, but Cody moved. Cody went to the top, so Show threw him into the cage. That was a manly bump by Cody. Back in the ring, Barrett avoided the chokeslam by going after Barrett’s knee. I should point out too that Cole’s heel act has been toned down in a major way. Nice high-low double team as Barrett hit a clothesline while Rhodes took out his knee. Then Barrett hit a clothesline on Rhodes that sent him over the top to the floor. Barrett threw Rhodes into the cage three times, which caused Booker to yell: “Put it on that boy, Wade!” Rhodes got some offense in on Barrett by throwing him into the cage.

The #4 entrant was Santino. He got his hip lock and headbutt on Barrett. The crowd was excited for Santino. Big Show got back to his feet and went after Santino. Cody attacked the back of Show’s knee. Big Show recovered to throw Barrett & Cody out of the ring. Show tried to give a chokeslam to both guys on the steel, but they countered it to give him a suplex on the steel. That was impressive. They tried to pull Show into the ring to pin him because you had to do pinfalls in the ring. Rhodes went after Barrett and hit an awesome moonsault on Wade. Cody threw Wade out of the ring. Cody whipped Santino into the cage and then rammed his right arm into the cage, which I guess is his way to eliminate the deadly Cobra finisher of Santino.

The #5 man is The Great Khali. He hit chops on Rhodes and Barrett. The crowd didn’t react much to Khali. He hit the Punjabi Plunge on Rhodes and then Barrett. Then he hit a chop on Santino. Big Show got up, ran the ropes and hit a spear on Khali to eliminate him at 19:25. Khali was in the match for about one minute. Smart booking there.

The Great Khali eliminated by Big Show

Following Khali’s elimination, Big Show stared at Bryan who was still in his pod. Lawler theorized that Show should just start spearing everybody. Obviously he should do that or he should just punch them in the face, but that would end matches a lot quicker. Show climbed to the top rope and tried to break the chains at the top of Bryan’s pod. Bryan had a look of fear on his face as Show tried to create a hole to go in. Show broke in with his feet. During all of this, the other three guys were down. Crowd was loud during Show’s attack on Bryan. He went after him in the pod with punches, headbutts and boots to the face.

The clock counted down and Daniel Bryan officially entered the match as the #6 man. Bryan got out of the pod, Show grabbed him and threw him into the pod. Ouch. Finally, somebody else got up as Barrett got to his feet, but Show knocked him down with a headbutt. Show hit a butt splash on Bryan followed by a shoulderblock. Big Show hit a chokeslam on Bryan. Barrett came back with a boot to the face on Show. Barrett knocked Big Show out of the ring with a boot. Santino got a rollup on Barrett for two. Outside the ring, Cody hit two Disaster Kicks to the head of Show. Impressive moves there. Rhodes hit a DDT on Show. Barrett hit an elbow drop off the middle rope onto Big Show. Rhodes covered and that was enough to eliminate Big Show at 24:18. Rhodes celebrated as the match “favorite” was eliminated.

Big Show eliminated by Cody Rhodes

Analysis: It was a good way to set up Rhodes vs. Show at WrestleMania. I liked that elimination a lot because it put over the heels for being smart by working together.

As Cody was celebrating, Santino rolled him up and eliminated him at 24:18. Cody was pissed, so he gave Santino the Cross Rhodes before leaving. Cody was fantastic in this match, but that’s not new. The guy is on a roll these days.

Cody Rhodes eliminated by Santino

Analysis: The classic pin the guy right after he pinned somebody else spot strikes again.

Barrett went to cover Santino, but Santino got his shoulder up. The crowd was chanting for Santino. Barrett threw him into the cage repeatedly. Barrett tied him up into the cage and gave him a kick to the head. After a whip into the ropes, Bryan slipped on the middle turnbuckle, but they improvised and Bryan came back with a rollup on Barrett for two. They fought on the top rope and Wade crotched him on the top. He followed that up with a hard clothesline. They went outside the ring and Barrett gave Bryan a powerbomb into the cage. Ouch. Barrett put Bryan’s head in one of the doors and slammed it on his head. He rolled him back in the ring for a two count. Barrett put Santino down with another stiff boot to the head. Wade worked on Santino with knees to the kidney. Bryan attacked Barrett from behind with a knee off the top followed by hard whips into the pods. Bryan went to the top, but Barrett was able to counter it by attacking him on the top rope. Santino went after Barrett, who was able to overpower Santino. Barrett missed a top rope elbow. Bryan went up and hit a top rope headbutt. Santino covered Barrett to eliminate him at 30:37. Barrett lasted over 30 minutes in the match. Very impressive.

Wade Barrett eliminated by Santino 

We’re down to two with Bryan facing off with Santino. The crowd was hot, cheering for Santino. Bryan hit a nice dropkick in the corner. Bryan followed up with his series of kicks to the chest. Bryan charged in the corner, but Santino moved out of the way and rolled him up for two. Great nearfall. The crowd thought that was it. Bryan put him down again and went for the headbutt. Santino pulled out the Cobra and hit Bryan in the head with it. One…two…no! The crowd thought that was it. Bryan grabbed Santino’s right arm and put him in the LeBell Lock as Santino tried to fight out of it. The crowd was really loud in their support for Santino. After fighting the hold for about 30 seconds, Santino tapped out at 34:04.

Santino eliminated by Daniel Bryan

Winner: Daniel Bryan

Analysis: ***3/4 It was slightly better than the first one although the pace at the beginning was a little slow. I thought Bryan carried it with Santino doing a great job too. The work of Rhodes, Barrett and Show was very good as well. Khali was just there to get eliminated quickly, basically. The story was the survival of the “underdog” World Champion who keeps finding ways to retain his title. Santino’s battle with Bryan at the end was a lot of fun because the crowd really beloved Santino had a shot. That’s good booking. He was mostly a joke character, but they believed he could win and that’s what you want out of a performer in this match. They have to have the believability factor. Santino had it here.

After the match, Royal Rumble winner Sheamus attacked Bryan to tease their WrestleMania 28 match.

(Seeing Santino do well was a big surprise because he was booked like such a joke for most of his career. Bryan was the heel champion that was booked like a bit of a fluke, so this was a way to make him look good as the champ and prove he could get the job done in a big match.)

FACTS & OPINIONS

Wrestler that lasted the longest:  Wade Barrett at 30:37.

Most Eliminations:  Santino with two.

Best Performers (3): Daniel Bryan – I would have liked to see him in the match longer, but he did great while he was there.

Santino – A pleasant surprise to see him booked strongly for a change.

Cody Rhodes – Even though Barrett lasted longer, I thought Rhodes did better.

Most Memorable Moment: The nearfall of Santino nearly beating Bryan stands out. I remember that moment well.

Match Rating: ***3/4 out of five.

 

WWE Elimination Chamber
New Orleans Arena in New Orleans, Louisiana
February 17, 2013

Swagger took his place in one of the four pods inside the Chamber. Kane was out next. Mark Henry was also in a pod. Last man in a pod is Randy Orton. That means Daniel Bryan and Chris Jericho will start a match. That’s not a surprise. I mentioned that in the preview. The two best workers opening things up is the smart thing to do. It’s amazing how that “randomly” happens huh? I don’t mind.

Elimination Chamber Match to Determine the #1 Contender to the World Heavyweight Championship: Daniel Bryan vs. Chris Jericho vs. Mark Henry vs. Randy Orton vs. Jack Swagger vs. Kane

The rules for the match are that every four minutes one of the men in the pods is released and joins the match. Five people will be eliminated by pinfall or submission. One man will win. Bryan and Jericho exchanged submission holds. Bryan hit a series of kicks to the chest of Jericho as the crowd chanted “yes” for every kick. Bryan tried giving Jericho a suplex outside the ring, but Jericho fought out of it. Jericho gave Bryan a slingshot into the chain. Back in the ring, Jericho hit a back suplex.

Four minutes into the match, Jack Swagger is the third man in the match. He attacked Jericho with a shoulderblock in the turnbuckle followed by a Swagger Bomb splash off the middle rope. Swagger picked up Bryan and drove him into the chain on the outside of the ring. Back in the ring, Jericho hit a dropkick on Swagger. Loud “Y2J” chants in support of Jericho. Jericho missed a splash attempt in the corner as Cole mentioned that Triple H has won four Chamber matches while Cena has won three and Edge has two. They’re the only ones to win more than one Chamber match. Swagger attacked Jericho outside the ring as they brawled on the steel grating. Bryan came out of nowhere with a knee attack off the top rope onto Swagger. That was a good spot. In the ring, Bryan missed his headbutt off the top onto Jericho.

The #4 man in the match is Kane. He worked with Bryan to take out Swagger and Jericho. Bryan hit his running dropkick in the corner. Kane threw Swagger over the top rope so that he landed on the steel grating. Bryan rolled up Kane for a pinfall attempt that didn’t work. Bryan tried to apologize. He wanted to hug it out. Bryan said “yes” while Kane said “no” and then Bryan shoved him. Kane decked Bryan with an uppercut. Running corner dropkick by Bryan on Kane. Kane came back with a sidewalk slam for two. Jericho and Swagger are basically chilling around the ring. Jericho put Bryan on his shoulders as Kane came off the top with a clothesline in a Legion of Doom/Road Warriors style Doomsday Device type of move. Kane hit a suplex on Swagger. Jericho dropkick on Swagger as the clock ticked down.

It’s Randy Orton in the #5 spot. Orton was on fire. He hit a lot of quick moves including a nice slingshot suplex on Bryan. Orton threw Kane into the chain repeatedly followed by a DDT off the middle rope with Kane’s head hitting the steel grating. Orton gave Swagger a superplex. Then Jericho gave a superplex to Bryan across the ring. All five guys were down. The announcers focused on Mark Henry, who was ready to enter the match.

Somebody gonna get they ass kicked as Mark Henry is the 6th and final man to enter the match. World’s Strongest Slam to Daniel Bryan and that’s enough to pin him. Bryan is out after 16 minutes.

Daniel Bryan eliminated by Mark Henry

Outside the ring, Henry threw Orton into one of the pods. Ouch. That looks painful. But I guess that’s the point huh? There was a showdown with Kane and Henry in the ring. Kane went for his top rope clothesline. Henry caught him. He picked up Kane and gave him the World’s Strongest Slam to eliminate him after 19 minutes.

Kane eliminated by Mark Henry

Henry tried to drive Jericho into the pod, but Jericho countered it and he worked with Swagger to throw Henry’s back into the chain repeatedly. They gave Henry a double suplex onto the steel grating outside the ring. That was an excellent move right there. Jericho got a two count on Swagger after a cross body block off the top. Orton was still sitting in a pod after getting thrown into it. Swagger used his legs to counter the Walls of Jericho. Bulldog by Jericho. Henry caught Jericho as he was about to go for the Lionsault. Henry threw Jericho in the chain. Ouch. That looked painful too. Henry threw Jericho back into the ring where he knocked down Swagger. Henry missed a back splash off the middle rope. Jericho hit him with a Codebreaker. Orton came back with the RKO to eliminate Henry after 24 minutes.

Mark Henry eliminated by Randy Orton

After his elimination, Henry went back into the ring. He gave the World’s Strongest Slam to Swagger, Orton and Jericho back to back to back. The Smackdown GM Booker T, his adviser Theodore Long and a bunch of referees went into the ring to get Henry out of there.

Swagger crawled to Orton for a cover, but Orton kicked out at two. Orton and Jericho worked together as they whipped Swagger shoulder first into the steel ring post. After an exchange, Jericho went for a move off the top rope only for Orton to counter it with a dropkick. Orton took down Swagger with a powerslam followed by a powerslam on Jericho as well. Jericho with a springboard dropkick on Orton. Swagger with a belly to belly suplex on Jericho for two. Swagger went for the Patriot Act on Orton, but Jericho hit an enziguiri on Swagger. Jericho countered a Patriot Act attempt into the Walls of Jericho. Orton broke that with a modified backbreaker for two on Jericho. Thatch was past the 30 minute mark by this point.

Orton gave Swagger a backdrop over the top rope onto the steel grating. He gave Swagger and Jericho his DDT off the middle ropes. RKO on Jericho didn’t work. Orton countered the Lionsault with his knees up. Then Orton hit the RKO to eliminate Jericho.

Chris Jericho eliminated by Randy Orton

Immediately after Orton’s pinfall, Swagger rolled up Orton and pinned him. One…two…three. That’s it. Swagger wins! The match went 32 minutes.

Randy Orton eliminated by Jack Swagger

Winner: Jack Swagger

Analysis: **** That was an excellent Chamber match. They told a lot of stories in there with Henry dominating the action as soon as he entered, Orton going on a roll and Jericho lasting over 30 minutes. Ultimately it was Swagger that got the win by capitalizing when Orton was vulnerable. The booking of the match was very good. I wish the crowd was louder for certain aspects of it, but they did react to everything very well by the end of it. As for Swagger, he has a new theme song. New manager. New gimmick. And now a victory that gets him a World Title match at WrestleMania. It makes sense because the gimmick he has is about how Zeb and Jack don’t like foreigners while the World Champion is a Mexican like Alberto Del Rio. They have seven weeks to build up that obvious story. As somebody that has always liked Swagger, I’m glad he’s getting this opportunity. My pick was Orton, but it made sense for Swagger to win too. I don’t mind it at all. It was an entertaining match.

(When you look at the names in the match, it’s hard to believe they would put Jack Swagger over all of them, but that’s what happened. It wasn’t that much of a surprise because it was rumored that WWE wanted to go with Swagger. It’s just an interesting choice when looking back on it five years later.)

FACTS & OPINIONS

Wrestler that lasted the longest:  Chris Jericho at 31:11

Most Eliminations:  Mark Henry and Randy Orton with two.

Best Performers (3): Jack Swagger – He lasted the second longest in the match and only pinned one guy at the end when he won it. Clever booking.

Randy Orton – The main rival of Swagger for most of the match.

Chris Jericho – He did well as the oldest guy in the match that carried a lot of it.

Most Memorable Moment: The sequence of Jericho with a Codebreaker on Henry followed by the RKO on Henry to eliminate the big man.

Match Rating: **** out of five.

 

WWE Elimination Chamber
Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota 
February 23, 2014

Here’s the order of entrants in the Elimination Chamber: John Cena, Christian, Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan. Huge “yes” chants. Sheamus and Cesaro are starting out the match.

Elimination Chamber Match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship: Randy Orton (c) vs. John Cena vs. Christian vs. Daniel Bryan vs. Sheamus vs. Cesaro

The fans were chanting “We the People” for Cesaro early on as Sheamus hit a shoulder tackle for two. Sheamus hit a clothesline that sent Cesaro over the top and saw him land on the cage. Sheamus hit his ten clubbing forearm blows. Cesaro came back by causing Sheamus to hit the post and then Cesaro hit a double foot stomp. Huge uppercut by Cesaro in the corner of the ring. After five minutes, it was time for another competitor.

The 3rd man in the match is Daniel Bryan as the crowd chanted “yes” for him. He hit a double missile dropkick. Knee to the ribs of Cesaro. Running clothesline by Bryan on Sheamus. He hit both guys with a barrage of kicks with the fans chanting “yes” and he hit a roundhouse kick on Cesaro. Bryan had Sheamus in a leg submission and hit a bridging suplex on Cesaro at the same time. Backbreaker by Cesaro for two. Clothesline by Cesaro on Sheamus sent Sheamus outside the ring and onto the steel railing. Outside the ring, Cesaro whipped Bryan into the pod and Bryan was favoring his bad left shoulder. Sheamus gave Cesaro a forward roll onto the steel grating outside the ring.

The 4th man in the match (10 minutes into it) is Christian. He focused his attack on Bryan’s left arm by throwing him into the side of the cage repeatedly. He ripped off the protective tape from Bryan’s arm. Heel Christian is great. He slammed a pod door into Bryan’s left arm. In the ring, Tornado DDT by Christian on Bryan earned a two count. Bryan with an enziguiri kick to the head, but his corner dropkick didn’t work as Christian moved. Sheamus slammed Christian into the cage repeatedly, but Christian countered him with a reverse DDT on the steel. Cesaro wanted his uppercut outside the ring, but Christian held onto the cage. Cesaro gave him a Powerbomb into the pod. Two count for Cesaro on Christian. Sheamus threw Cesaro into the cage and Cesaro came back with a gutwrench suplex onto the pod outside the ring.

It’s John Cena as the 5th man in the match. Cena didn’t get much offense in as Bryan hit a hurricanrana on him. Christian hit Killswitch on Bryan, which Bryan kicked out of. Cesaro wanted a Cesaro Swing, but Cena broke it up and it led to a slingshot into the corner. Suplex by Cena on Christian. Sheamus hit the White Noise on Cena. Cesaro threw Sheamus into the corner, Christian hit Sheamus with boots to the face. Sheamus fought off the Neutralizer and Christian sent Sheamus outside the ring. Tornado DDT by Christian on Cesaro. Cena threw Christian into the cage. Cesaro tossed Cena into the air and hit the uppercut for two. Great nearfall right there. Cena was going after Cesaro, but Bryan broke that up and attacked everybody. Sheamus slammed Bryan into the steel. Cesaro did his super strong superplex on Sheamus for two. No eliminations as the last entrant made his way into the ring.

Randy Orton is the 6th and final man. Orton stomped away at everybody. Then he did his pose. Everybody cornered Orton on one turnbuckle. Orton went back into a pod. Only Sheamus faced off with him while the others paired off. Sheamus stepped back, then hit a Brogue Kick through the pod and that knocked down Orton. Great spot right there. The crowd loved that. Clothesline by Sheamus sent Orton into the ring. Cesaro sent Sheamus into the steel. Cena with the spinning suplex and Five Knuckle Shuffle. Cesaro threw Cena over the top. Cesaro Swing by Cesaro on Orton with the crowd counting along with him for most of the 20+ rotations. Bryan hit a rolling German Suplex on Cesaro. Great move. Powerslam by Sheamus on Christian. Sheamus wanted a Brogue Kick on Christian, but he moved and Sheamus hit Cena. Christian got two counts on Sheamus and Cena. Christian tried to escape from Sheamus, so he went on top of one of the pods. Orton hit a superplex on Sheamus. Christian hit a Superfly Splash off the top of a pod on Sheamus and he covered him to eliminate him. That’s the first elimination after 26 minutes.

Sheamus eliminated by Christian

The doctors checked on Sheamus as he was escorted out. Christian gave Orton a back body drop over the top onto the cage. Bryan hit the flying knee on Christian to eliminate him after 27 minutes.

Christian eliminated by Daniel Bryan

The final four all stood in a corner: Bryan, Cesaro, Orton and Cena.

Orton and Cesaro were dumped outside the ring, so there was a big Bryan/Cena face off. Neither guy really had an advantage. Cena put Bryan on his shoulders in AA position and Cesaro suplexed Cena backwards so both guys went down. Very impressive. Cesaro knocked Orton down outside the ring. Cena hit a hurricanrana to counter a gutwrench. Cena gave Cesaro an Attitude Adjustment over the top rope and into the broken pod that was on the steel outside the ring. Cena covered to eliminate Cesaro after 30 minutes.

Cesaro eliminated by John Cena

Final three are Cena, Orton and Bryan. As Cena applied the STF on Orton, the Wyatt Family’s graphic showed up. The Wyatt Family was in the ring. Announcers wondered how they got in there. Probably when Cesaro was taken out. It’s not like we’re supposed to think the announcers are smart. Harper hit a boot on Bryan. Splash by Rowan and clothesline by Harper on Cena. Wyatt hit Sister Abigail on Cena. The crowd was chanting “thank you Wyatts” for that. Orton slithered in the ring and covered Cena to eliminate him. Cena’s out 32 minutes into the match.

John Cena eliminated by Randy Orton

Kane entered the ringside area and was standing in the cage. Bryan hit Kane in the head with a flying knee attack. Orton tried to capitalize, but Bryan attacked him with running dropkicks while Orton was upside down in the corner. Bryan hit a back suplex off the top rope. Bryan went to the top, Orton tripped him up and Orton hit the DDT off the middle ropes. Bryan hit Orton with the running knee attack. Kane pulled the ref out of the ring when he was counting the pin. Bryan kicked Kane. Orton hit the RKO. Bryan kicked out. Did not expect that. Inside cradle by Bryan for two. It looked like Bryan had gained the momentum back, but Kane punched him in the head. Orton hit the RKO again. He covered for the win and that was it for Bryan. The match ended after 38 minutes.

Daniel Bryan eliminated by Randy Orton

Winner and Still WWE World Heavyweight Champion: Randy Orton

Analysis: ****1/4 I’m not sure if there’s been a Chamber match with that much interference before although other matches have had interference. It was also booked in a way that was different from past years because there were no eliminations in the first 20+ minutes. The work in the match was really good as expected. One thing that bugged is that the announcers were shocked about how the Wyatts got into the chamber. Probably because the door opened when Cesaro was taken out. Why do the announcers have to treat the audience like idiots? Then they wondered why the Wyatt Family went after Cena. It’s not like it was the first time since they cost Cena at the Rumble. Bryan and Cesaro were the best guys in the match, which isn’t a surprise. They had the most memorable moments. I thought Christian performed very well too. Sheamus’ Brogue Kick into the pod was a cool move as well. I’m glad Orton wasn’t in the ring as long and it was a cheap win for him. He pinned Cena after Wyatt help and he pinned Bryan after Kane help.

They showed fans in the crowd. They all looked shocked. Bryan was frustrated in the ring as Orton posed with his titles and that was the end of the show.

(My original rating was a bit lower. I boosted it by 1/2* just because I liked it more on this viewing because of all the stories they told even with the heavy interference. I remember thinking maybe they would be smart enough to give Bryan the win, but it didn’t happen. Bryan should have won the Royal Rumble in 2014, yet WWE decided to not even book him in the match. It was nice to see Cesaro booked so well. This set up his win in the Andre Battle Royal at WrestleMania 30. Cena losing because of Wyatt and friends set up their match at WrestleMania 30.) 

FACTS & OPINIONS

Wrestler that lasted the longest: Cesaro at 30:10.

Most Eliminations: Randy Orton with two.

Best Performers (3): Daniel Bryan – He was the centerpiece of the match that delivered an incredible performance like usual.

Cesaro – It was his most high profile performance in his career up to this point. He proved how great he is.

Randy Orton – A nice reminder of how great he can be as a heel. It’s his best role for sure.

Most Memorable Moment: The interference from Kane on Bryan and the Wyatts on Cena is what sticks out the most about this match.

Match Rating: ****1/4 out of five.

 

Ranking The Elimination Chamber Matches

Here are my ratings for the Elimination Chamber matches from best to worst on the five star scale.

Elimination Chamber 2011 World Heavyweight Title (Smackdown) won by Edge – ****1/2

No Way Out 2008 WWE Championship #1 Contenders (Raw) won by Triple H – ****1/2

Survivor Series 2002 World Heavyweight Title won by Shawn Michaels – ****1/4

No Way Out 2009 WWE Championship (Smackdown) won by Triple H – ****1/4

Elimination Chamber 2014 WWE Championship won by Randy Orton – ****1/4

No Way Out 2009 World Heavyweight Title (Raw) won by Edge – ****

New Year’s Revolution 2005 World Heavyweight Title won by Triple H – ****

Elimination Chamber 2011 WWE Championship #1 Contenders (Raw) won by John Cena – ****

Elimination Chamber 2013 World Title #1 Contender won by Jack Swagger  – ****

Elimination Chamber 2012 Wolrd Heavyweight Title won by Daniel Bryan – ***3/4

Elimination Chamber 2010 WWE Championship (Raw) won by John Cena – ***1/2

Elimination Chamber 2012 WWE Championship (Raw) won by CM Punk – ***1/2

Elimination Chamber 2010 World Heavyweight Title (Smackdown) won by Chris Jericho – ***1/4

New Year’s Revolution 2006 WWE Championship won by John Cena – ***1/4

No Way Out 2008 World Title #1 Contenders (Smackdown) won by The Undertaker – ***1/4

SummerSlam 2003 World Heavyweight Title won by Triple H – ***

December To Dismember 2006 ECW Championship won by Bobby Lashley – **

 

That’s all for now. Bring it home with one final post featuring the last three Chamber matches.

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