|Date: May 31, 2015
|Venue: American Bank Center |City: Corpus Christi, Texas
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The Elimination Chamber event returns in what was originally supposed to be a live event but then was a made a WWE Network exclusive. The show is usually held in February but due to the difficulty in finding arenas capable of holding the Elimination Chamber structure, it was moved to May this year. There will be two Elimination Chamber matches but I’ll come to those shortly. The main event tonight is a WWE World Heavyweight Championship match between champion Seth Rollins and the man who challenged him to the match, Dean Ambrose. Ambrose had to put Rollins in a lot of danger in order for Stephanie McMahon to accept Ambrose’s challenge. He then had to sign the contract on Raw but The Authority helped get Ambrose arrested. With it not looking like Ambrose could sign the contract, the match was due to be cancelled but Ambrose would of course return and make the match official.
So there will be two elimination chamber matches tonight. Daniel Bryan was forced into relinquishing his Intercontinental Championship due to injury. It was then announced that an elimination chamber match would decide a new champion and the six men were announced for the match. They were King Barrett, Dolph Ziggler, Ryback, Sheamus, R-Truth and Rusev. However, in a match against Ryback, Rusev suffered a legitimate foot injury. That has taken him out of the match and we will find out who replaces him during the show. The other elimination chamber match will be the first ever tag team chamber match featuring six tag teams in a match for the WWE Tag Team Championships. The New Day are scheduled to defend against Tyson Kidd and Cesaro, Los Matadores, The Lucha Dragons, The Ascension and The Prime Time Players. After doing the bidding for The Authority on Smackdown it has been announced that all three members of The New Day will involved in this match. I’m not sure how all three men will fit in a single pod though!
On Raw a couple of weeks ago John Cena made his usual United States open challenge and it was answered by NXT Champion Kevin Owens. However, Kevin wasn’t out for a match and instead wanted to make a name at John Cena’s expense. He attacked Cena and later on was granted his match for the United States Championship at Elimination Chamber. Also tonight, Nikki Bella defends her WWE Divas Championship in a triple threat match against the woman that pinned her at Extreme Rules, Naomi and the woman who won a number one contenders battle royal a month ago, Paige. And we will also see a match between Neville and Bo Dallas.
On the Elimination Chamber kick off show Stardust defeated Zack Ryder.
A video package kicks us off, it focuses on the elimination chamber matches, the United States Championship match and the main event.
Michael Cole welcomes us to Elimination Chamber.
The New Day (Kofi Kingston, Xavier Woods & Big E) vs. Tyson Kidd & Cesaro vs. The Prime Time Players (Darren Young & Titus O’Neil) vs. Los Matadores (Diego & Fernando) vs. The Lucha Dragons (Kalisto & Sin Cara) vs. The Ascension (Konnor & Viktor) – Elimination Chamber match for the WWE Tag Team Championships
This is a first time ever tag team elimination chamber match. Big E is 1-0 at Elimination Chamber PPV’s, Kofi Kingston is 0-4, Cesaro is 1-1, Titus O’Neil is 1-0, Darren Young is 0-1, Xavier Woods, Los Matadores, The Ascension, Sin Cara and Tyson Kidd make their Elimination Chamber PPV debut whilst Kalisto makes his main roster PPV debut tonight. The New Day have an advantage in that all three members will be involved in this match. Xavier Woods looking for his first pay per view victory tonight. El Torito is placed on top of the Los Matadores pod.
The two teams to start the match are The Ascension and The Lucha Dragons. They pair off and the Lucha Dragons hit stereo springboard moonsaults. Kalisto hits a senton and then a springboard dropkick to get rid of Viktor. Konnor then throws both Lucha Dragons out of the ring. Kalisto hits a couple of kicks and then a springboard cross body and Sin Cara follows it up with a senton. The man under the Sin Cara mask is looking for his first pay per view victory tonight. The Ascension take control and Irish whip Kalisto into Sin Cara but Sin Cara helps Kalisto on top of the pod. The New Day stop Kalisto from doing anything, they grab hold of his leg. Viktor and Konnor then go up with Kalisto and beat him down. Kalisto manages to shoves both men down to the mat below. Sin Cara meanwhile is climbing on to a pod. Sin Cara dives off with a senton bomb on Viktor! Kalisto gets to his feet on top of the pod but again New Day pull his legs through the pod.
Cesaro & Tyson Kidd enter the match. Kidd and Cesaro double team Sin Cara with a German suplex/uppercut combo. Cesaro and Kidd then takes care of The Ascension and hit him Konnor with a big uppercut for the first near fall of the match. Tyson goes up to the pod that Kalisto is on but Kalisto shoves him away. Cesaro then leaps on to the top turnbuckle and hits Kalisto with an uppercut. Cesaro then hits a massive superplex on Kalisto and Tyson Kidd hits a springboard elbow drop for a near fall. Sin Cara made the save there but Cesaro dumps Sin Cara out of the ring before throwing Kalisto out too. Tyson Kidd hammers away at Viktor but Viktor hits him with a powerslam and fistdrop for a one count. Viktor throws Cesaro out of the ring but then turns around into Tyson Kidd who locks on the sharpshooter! Konnor breaks it up. Cesaro throws Viktor out of the ring but The Lucha Dragons then double team Cesaro. Kalisto climbs up the chamber and on top of a pod as Sin Cara powerbombs Tyson Kidd. Konnor hits Sin Cars with a dominator for a near fall.
Los Matadores enter the match. As does El Torito who dives off the top of a pod with a hurricanrana on Cesaro! Kalisto has climbed to the very top of the chamber as Los Matadores take down The Ascension in the middle of the ring. Kalisto then dives down on everyone and barely hits them. Los Matadores get a near fall on The Ascension. The Ascension sandwich Diego. El Torito has now climbed to the top of the cell and drops down on The Ascension but they catch him and throw him at Fernando. The Ascension then hit fall of man on Diego and pin him for the three! Los Matadores have been eliminated. The Lucha Dragons take down The Ascension and go to the top but The Ascension get up and take them down. The Ascension then hit fall of man on Kalisto! They pin him and get the three! The Lucha Dragons have been eliminated. That’s two teams eliminated by The Ascension. Viktor hits a Michinoku Driver on Tyson Kidd for a two count.
The Prime Time Players enter the match. And they get right into it with The Ascension. Viktor beats Titus down as Darren Young lays into Konnor. Titus then launches Viktor into the side of the chamber a few times. Darren Young hits Viktor with a gutbuster and pins him for the three! The Ascension have been eliminated. The Prime Time Players go to work on Tyson Kidd and Cesaro now. Titus suplexes Darren on to both Kidd and then Cesaro. Tyson hits Young with a neckbreaker but Titus drops Kidd with a big boot. Cesaro hits Titus with a clothesline but then runs into the boots on Darren Young. Cesaro dropkicks Young and hits him with uppercuts and then a gut-wrench superplex as Cesaro powerbombs Titus! Everyone is down now. Titus crawls over and covers Cesaro but Tyson makes the save. Titus hits Kidd with a spinebuster and Darren pins him for a two count.
The New Day enter the match. And they have a massive advantage with the third man. They beat down everyone they can. Prime Time Players, Cesaro and Kidd hit a triple suplex on The New Day! Cesaro and Kidd then throw Xavier Woods into a pod and shut the door. Fairly sure he’ll be able to get out quite easily. Cesaro hits Kofi with a spinebuster and then swings him round and round with Tyson Kidd hitting a dropkick to end it. Darren Young then rolls Cesaro up from nowhere and gets the three! Tyson Kidd & Cesaro have been eliminated!
We’re down to just The New Day and The Prime Time Players. Xavier is back in the match and The New Day beat down The Prime Time Players. Xavier hits a rolling clothesline on Young and Kofi hits a dropkick on O’Neil. New Day then out Titus’s big head through the chains and he screams. Big E looks to slam Darren young, Xavier and Kofi go to the top but Darren Young fights off all three men. Titus gets to his feet and boots down Xavier Woods. He then throws Big E into the side of the chamber repeatedly. Kofi manages to dispose of Darren Young and then looks for trouble in paradise on Titus but Titus catches him and bashes him off the side of the chamber. Titus hits a splash on Big E and then a big clothesline. Kofi springboards off the top rope but Darren Young catches him and hits a gutbuster for a near fall. Darren Young clotheslines Big E out of the ring, going out with him. Big E then belly to belly suplexes Darren on the outside. Big E gets in the ring and Titus slams him for a near fall. Titus sets up Xavier for a fallaway slam but Big E crotch chops him. Kofi then hits trouble in paradise and all three members of New Day dive on top of O’Neil to get the three! New Day retain the WWE Tag Team Championships tonight!
There’s a “don’t try this at home” as which I haven’t seen for a long time.
Next up is an ad for Money In The Bank in two weeks time.
Michael Cole tells us that Rusev was injured on Smackdown in a match against Ryback so won’t be involved in the Elimination Chamber match for the Intercontinental Championship tonight. We’re shown footage of said accident. We’ll find out later who will replace Rusev.
Dolph Ziggler is shown warming up backstage when Lana wishes him good luck.
Nikki Bella (c) vs. Paige vs. Naomi – Triple threat match for the WWE Divas Championship
This is a first time triple threat match involving these three girls. The Authority have banned anyone (like Brie Bella and Tamina) from ringside. All three girls make their Elimination Chamber PPV debut tonight. Paige and Nikki double team Naomi as the bell rings but Paige then takes down Nikki and hits her with right hands. Naomi pulls Nikki out of the ring and throws her into the announce desk. Naomi gets up on the apron and kicks Paige in the head before going up top for a cross body but Paige gets out of the way and pins Naomi for a one count. Paige hits Naomi with clotheslines and a dropkick before kicking Nikki Bella of the apron. Paige hits Naomi with a fallaway slam for a two count. Nikki gets back involved and hits Paige with a knee for a two count. Nikki whips Paige into Naomi and then hits a clothesline. Nikki hits Paige with an Alabama slam and Naomi rolls up Nikki for a two count. Naomi hits Nikki with a big knee to the face. Nikki looks for springboard kick on Naomi who ducks and it looks like she was supposed to hit Paige but didn’t and she lands badly.
Naomi throws Nikki out of the ring and then hits Paige with a suplex. Naomi hits a Paige with a legdrop and then pops her on the top rope before going up with her for a German superplex but Nikki Bella gets in the ring and powerbombs both girls off the top. Nikki pins Naomi for a two count and then pins Paige for a two. Nikki sets up Paige for the rack attack but Naomi hits Nikki with a rear view. Naomi pins Nikki but Paige breaks it up. Paige then locks the PTO on Nikki but Naomi breaks it up with a kick to the face. Naomi pins Paige for a two count. Naomi hits a reverse-rana on Paige for a two count. Naomi looks for a running enzeguri on Nikki but Nikki ducks and then hits the rack attack for the three! A pretty flat finish but a decent match overall. Brie celebrates with Nikki after the match.
There’s a VT next for the WWE Network.
And then there’s a VT showing what has led up to the match between John Cena and Kevin Owens.
John Cena vs. Kevin Owens
This is a first time match between these two men as Kevin Owens makes his main roster PPV debut. John Cena is 3-3 at Elimination Chamber PPV’s. Kevin Owens starts the match with a headlock but Cena fights out of it and hits a big shoulder tackle to knock down Owens. Owens hits Cena with some kicks, forearms and right hands. He drives his knee into Cena’s throat. Cena hits a bulldog and then throws KO into the ropes but makes the mistake of ducking his head and Owens kicks him. Owens hits a hard Irish whip and then stomps Cena down before pinning him for a two count. Owens applies a chinlock but Cena fights out of it and sets up for an attitude adjustment but Owens gets down and hits a DDT for a near fall. Owens hits some right hands and then a big boot but turns his back on Cena who rolls him up for a two count. Owens is first up and hits a clothesline before laying in some big right hands and then hitting a senton for a two count.
The two men slug it out with the fans cheering for Owens. Cena then hits a running shoulder tackle and looks for. a second but Owens catches him and hits a version of Sheamus’s white noise for a two count. Owens hits a cannonball for a two count. Owens looks for the pop-up powerbomb but Cena avoids it, hits two shoulder tackles and a side slam and then the five knuckle shuffle. Cena sets up for the attitude adjustment but Owens counters and hits the pop-up powerbomb. He hooks the leg but Cena kicks out at 2. Owens then goes up to the top but Cena crotches him up there. The two men hammer it out on the top turnbuckle and Owens manages to shove Cena down to the mat before attempting a moonsault but Cena moves out of the way! Cena hits the attitude adjustment and hooks the leg but Owens kicks out! The two men slug it out and Owens hits a superkick before mocking Cena by setting up for the five knuckle shuffle but Cena takes him down with a drop toe hold and locks on the STF! Owens kicks him away and hits the attitude adjustment! He hooks the leg but Cena kicks out.
Kevin Owens hits an Irish whip but then runs into Cena’s boot who follows it up with a tornado DDT for a two count. Cena then goes to the top and hits the fame-asser for a near fall. Cena sets up for an attitude adjustment but Owens counters and hits a package powerbomb for a near fall. Owens hits a big right hand but Cena fires back and the two men slug it out. Owens bounces Cena off the ropes but Cena hangs on to the ropes and then hits a springboard stunner for a two count. Cena pops Owens on the top rope, looking for a superplex but Kevin counters with a suplex of his own for a two count. Owens hits a senton bomb for a two count. Cena is up first and hits a clothesline. Cena attempts a second clothesline but Owens ducks it and hits the pop-up powerbomb for the three! Kevin Owens wins the match! A huge win for the NXT Champion! A shame the United States Championships wasn’t on the line. Kevin Owens grabs a mic after the bell and says that everyone knows who he is now, he’s the man that finished a fight with John Cena. Owens then gives Cena some veteran advice, it’s time for him to go.
Over to the Elimination Chamber kick-off panel of Renee Young, Byron Saxton, Booker T and Corey Graves. The panel are all impressed with Kevin Owens.
Neville vs. Bo Dallas
Both of these men make their Elimination Chamber debut tonight. Bo Dallas gets on the mic before the match and tells Neville that he will force him to Bo-lieve. There’s a bit of chain wrestling between the two in the early going. Neville hits some kicks to the thigh and then flips around the ring and hits a big boot. Neville goes up to the top but Dallas rolls out of the ring. Neville then hits a moonsault on Dallas on the outside! Back in the ring and Neville hooks the leg for a one count before applying a chinlock. Dallas gets to the bottom rope and tells Neville to get back. Bo then gets down on his knees and says he is trying to help Neville. Neville kicks Dallas but Bo manages to shoves Neville out of the ring. Bo hits some elbows on the outside and then rolls Neville back in and hammers away at him. Bo hits a running forearm for a two count and then applies a chinlock before throwing Neville to the mat and hitting him with kneedrops for a two count. Dallas goes back to the chinlock, driving in some knee shots as he does. Bo Dallas runs at Neville who side-steps and sends Dallas into the bottom turnbuckle and then out of the ring.
Bo Dallas gets back in the ring but Neville hits him with forearms and then a running kick and a running forearm. Neville hits a standing shooting star press for a two count. Neville looks for the running Bo-dog but Neville counters and hits a springboard kick. Neville then hits the red arrow and that’s enough for the three. Neville beats Bo Dallas tonight. Not a good match though.
Triple H is backstage with Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns. Triple H says that Kane will be at ringside in an official capacity for the WWE Championship match but if Roman Reigns gets involved, then Dean will get disqualified.
Daniel Bryan is ringside for the next match. We’re shown footage of Daniel Bryan vacating the Intercontinental Championship.
Ryback vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. R-Truth vs. Mark Henry vs. Sheamus vs. King Barrett – Elimination Chamber match for the vacant Intercontinental Championship
Mark Henry is the first man out, he’s taking Rusev’s place. Big match for the vacant Intercontinental Championship. As Elimination Chamber PPV records go, Ryback is 0-1, Dolph Ziggler is 1-1, R-Truth is 0-3, Mark Henry is 0-1, Sheamus is 0-4 and Barrett is 0-2. Dolph is the only man to have won at this event before. Mark Henry, Sheamus, R-Truth and Ryback are the first four man out which means that Dolph Ziggler and King Barrett starts the match. Dolph takes down Barrett in the early going and tries for a couple of pinfalls but Barrett fights him off. Barrett hits a suplex on Dolph for a one count. Barrett hits Ziggler with clubbing blows and pins him for a one count. Barrett then applies a chinlock but Dolph gets out of it with a jawbreaker. Ziggler hits a dropkick and then a splash in the corner and a neckbreaker. Dolph hits an elbow drop for a two count. Barrett reverses an Irish whip and then hits a kick before clotheslining Ziggler out of the ring. Barrett throws Ziggler into the pod occupied by Ryback and then throws Ziggler into the chains. Barrett is mouthing off at everybody.
R-Truth enters the match. Barrett goes right to work on Truth, before he’s managed to leave his pod. Barrett beats down Truth and then throws him into the chains. Dolph drops Barrett on the top rope but the King instantly hits back with a big boot. Barrett sends Ziggler into the ringpost and then looks to clothesline Truth but Truth ducks and hits a couple of clotheslines of his own and then a missile dropkick for a two count. Truth hits a face-first sit-out suplex and then a scissors kick. It’s all R-Truth now as he hits a splash in the corner but he then runs into a spinning side slam from Barrett. Dolph rolls Barrett up for a two count. Barrett kicks Dolph a couple of times and then throws Barrett into Mark Henry’s pod which takes out the lexan! Mark Henry then gets involved before he’s supposed to. He knocks down Barrett and its him with a legdrop for a two count.
Ryback enters the match. Ryback goes after Mark Henry and hits him with shoulder charges in the corner. Henry hits a big boot but Ryback fires back with a big knockdown for a two count. Ryback then hits Barrett with shoulder charges in the corner and a clothesline. Ryback hits Barrett with a spinebuster for a two count. Barrett back body drops Ryback out of the ring. Ziggler rolls up Barrett for a two count as Mark Henry watches on. Barrett hits Ziggler with wasteland and pins Ziggler but Mark Henry breaks it up! Henry lays into Barrett with right hands but Barrett fires back. Barret tthen sets up for a bullhammer but Ziggler hits him with a superkick. Ryback drops Barrett on the top turnbuckle and R-Triuth then hits Barrett with the lie detector! He hooks the leg and gets the three! King Barrett has been eliminated. The four men in the ring circle each other before pairing off. Ryback takes down Dolph Ziggler whilst Mark Henry has the better of R-Truth.
Sheamus enters the match. Well he tries to but the door is stuck. The four men in the ring wait for Sheamus. Truth rolls up Ryback who kicks out at 2. All four men then take it in turns to roll each other up for near falls. Ryback clotheslines Mark Henry and Truth takes down Henry with a spinning elbow. Ziggler hits Mark with a superkick and Ryback hits a spinebuster before taking down Ziggler. Ryback hits R-Truth with shellshock and pins him for the three! R-Truth has been eliminated. Sheamus is still stuck in his pod. Ryback hits Ziggler with an Irish whip and then a stalling vertical suplex. Ryback motions for a meathook clothesline but Ziggler hits him with a superkick. We’re then shown that it was Sheamus who had locked himself in the pod using his necklace. Sheamus gets involved in the match with everyone down and throws Ziggler into the pod. Sheamus clotheslines Ryback out of the ring and then stomps away at Mark Henry. Henry stands up and looks for the worlds strongest slam on Sheamus but Sheamus gets out of the grip. Henry slams Sheamus and hits a splash for a near fall. Henry looks for the world’s strongest slam again but Sheamus counters and hits a brogue kick for the three! Mark Henry has been eliminated.
Sheamus throws Ryback into the chains and then goes after Ziggler, tossing him into the ring. Sheamus hits a short-arm clothesline but ziggler fires up and takes Sheamus down. Sheamus kicks Ziggler back down to the mat and then hits him with a suplex for a near fall. The crowd has been really flat for this show, it’s taken a lot away from the event. Sheamus looks for a suplex but Dolph rolls him up for as two count. Dolph looks for a DDT but Sheamus counters. Sheamus missed with a shoulder charge and this time Ziggler hits a DDT for a near fall. Ziggler hits Ryback with a superkick and then hits Sheamus with a fame-asser. Sheamus gets right back up to his feet and hits a brogue kick for the three! Dolph Ziggler has been eliminated.
We’re down to Sheamus and Ryback. Sheamus hits a big powerslam for a two count. Ryback hits some shoulder charges and then a powerslam. Ryback hits an Irish whip but then runs into some boots. Sheamus runs at Ryback who picks him up and slams Sheamus.Ryback motions for a meathook clothesline but Sheamus dives out of the ring. Ryback follows and the two men go at it on the outside. Sheamus hits white noise on the outside and then rolls him back into the ring for a two count. sheamus hits some big clubbing blows to Ryback’s chest but Ryback pulls Sheamus to the outside. Sheamus hits a rolling senton on the outside and then motions for a brogue kick but Ryback counters and powerbombs Sheamus into the ring. Ryback then hits shellshock and covers Sheamus for the three! Ryback wins the match and the Intercontinental Championship tonight!
Daniel Bryan gets in the ring after the match and presents Ryback with the Intercontinental Championship. I love how he calls him “The Ryback”.
There’s another ad for Money In The Bank.
We’re told that there will be a rematch between John Cena and Kevin Owens at Money In The Bank in 2 weeks. The Money In The Bank ladder match will also include Dolph Ziggler, Roman Reigns, Neville, Kofi Kingston, Sheamus and Randy Orton. More will be added to that match though.
There’s a video package next showing the recent history between Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins.
Seth Rollins (c) vs. Dean Ambrose – WWE World Heavyweight Championship match
This is a third pay per view match between these two men. Seth Rollins beat Dean Ambrose at Summerslam and Hell In A Cell last year. Both men are 1-1 at Elimination Chamber PPV’s. Seth Rollins is joined by Jamie Noble, Joey Mercury and Kane. The two men exchange hammerlocks and armbars in the early going and Seth hits an elbow and a headlock takeover. Seth hits a shoulder block but Ambrose fires back with a couple of arm drags and then an armbar. Rollins exits the ring and takes a time-out with J & J Security. Ambrose lays on the mat, begging Rollins to get back in the ring which he does. Ambrose applies a wristlock but Rollins hammers his way out of it. Ambrose hits a cross body and the hits some right hands and chops. Dean hits a hard Irish whip and then a chop before dumping Rollins out to the apron, tying him up in the ropes and hitting a running dropkick. Ambrose goes up to the middle rope and hits a legdrop for a two count. Ambrose pops Rollins on the top rope but Rollins slips down. With a little help from Joey Mercury, Rollins crotches Ambrose on the top rope and then ties him up in a tree of woe.
Seth Rollins hits a double stomp off the top rope for a two count. Seth hits a snapmare and pins Ambrose for a two count before applying a chinlock. Ambrose fights out of the chinlock and hits an armdrag but Rollins drops him on the middle turnbuckle for a one count. The two men slug it out until Rollins hits a slingblade for a two count. both men get to their feet and attempt a cross body resulting in both men going down. Ambrose is first up and fires up with chops and a sunset flip for a two count. The two men then exchange covers and near falls. Ambrose hits a sit-out facebuster for a two count. Ambrose hits a forearm in the corner and then looks for a bulldog but J & J pull Seth out of the ring. Ambrose then hits a suicide dive on Rollins before tossing him back into the ring. Rollins hits him with a right hand but Ambrose bounces off the ropes and looks for a clothesline. Rollins ducks it and hits a backslide, putting his feet on the ropes and getting a two count. Joey Mercury gets up on the apron but Ambrose shoves Rollins into him and rolls him up for a two count. Seth is first up and hits a superkick for a near fall.
Rollins heads to the top but Ambrose hammers him up there. Ambrose sets up for a superplex but Rollins hammers him away the first time. Ambrose goes back up but Rollins hits a sunset flip and then looks for a buckle bomb but Ambrose hammers him away and then clothesline him out of the ring, going out with him. Rollins powerbombs Ambrose into the barricade and then rolls him back into the ring for a two count. Rollins hits a big side slam for a two count. Rollins hits a splash in the corner and then chokes Ambrose on the middle rope. Rollins hits a forearm in the corner but Ambrose runs after him and hits a forearm of his own in the corner before dropping Rollins with a tornado DDT. Ambrose hits another running dropkick but Rollins avoids the legdrop that follows. Rollins then goes up top looking for a diving kneedrop but Ambrose avoids it and then hits a big clothesline. Ambrose goes to the top and hits his vertical elbow drop for a two count. Ambrose fires up for dirty deeds but gets distracted by J & J Security. Rollins then clotheslines Dean out of the ring and hits him with a suicide dive before rolling Ambrose in and hitting him with a buckle bomb but Ambrose explodes out of the corner and hits a clothesline.
Dean Ambrose fights Kane, Joey Mercury and Jamie Noble off the apron and then goes up top and dives out at all three men. Rollins exits the ring but Ambrose hits him with a clothesline. He then goes up top and dives off at Rollins but somehow wipes out the official instead. Did Seth pull the referee in the way? Hard to tell. Rollins then looks to pedigree but Ambrose counters and slingshots Rollins into the corner but Seth lands on the second rope. Seth then looks for a phoenix splash but Ambrose rolls out of the way and Rollins manages to land on his feet. Ambrose hits dirty deeds and hooks the leg, another referee runs out and counts the three! Dean Ambrose wins the match and the WWE World Heavyweight Championship!
This feels shady because of the second referee but we’ll have to see! As it stands, Dean Ambrose is WWE Champion! The two referee’s discuss it on the outside. The original referee then tells Lilian Garcia that Dean Ambrose wins the match but it’s by disqualification because of Seth pulling the referee in the way. Dean wins but Seth retains the title! The Authority beat down Dean Ambrose but they’re interrupted by Roman Reigns! He superman punches Rollins and then spears Kane! Dean Ambrose takes the WWE Championship and celebrates with it before grabbing a microphone and telling Seth that he’s taking the WWE Championship before leaving through the crowd!
And that was Elimination Chamber 2015. It felt ok. It wasn’t an amazing show with standout matches, it was a decent show with most of the matches being above average. The crowd were possibly the worst PPV crowd I have ever seen. They were dead. The opening match was actually my favourite match of the night. There was a lot of chaos with 13 guys being in the chamber for the first ever time. 14 if you count El Torito. There were some good spots from the likes of Cesaro and Kalisto. New Day had the advantage and they won the match. I couldn’t see most of the teams in the match winning but The Ascension got a couple of eliminations and Darren Young eliminated Viktor and Cesaro which is a big rub for him. I was surprised to see the Prime Time Players last until the end so expect to see them feud with New Day going forward. A great way to open the show.
The divas were next and they put on a decent match but it only went 6 minutes. I enjoyed it for the most part though and Nikki picked up the win, she’s having a long reign as Divas Champion. Nikki pinned Naomi so you would think that Naomi would be out of the running for the Divas Championship now, maybe Paige will get another shot soon. Kevin Owens then beat John Cena cleanly in what was a surprised finish. It’s a massive push for Owens who will presumably stay on the main roster now. We know he’ll be getting another match with Cena in two weeks time at Money In The Bank. This was a decent match but I think these two guys have a lot more in the tank. Neville then beat Bo Dallas. Something didn’t really click in this match which is a shame because Neville is so damn talented. I don’t think the crowd helped. Neville got the win he deserved and we know he’ll be a part of the Money In The Bank ladder match in a couple of weeks.
Next up was the second elimination chamber match of the night. Mark Henry was Rusev’s replacement. Fairly disappointing. They could have elevated someone, used someone more over currently (like Stardust) or introduced somebody from NXT. It came down to Ryback and Sheamus though which I quite liked. And I like the spot with Sheamus being unable to get out of his pod. I did wonder whether that was legit for a short time. I also liked Mark Henry getting out of his pod early and then getting on with it because there was no dq’s. Sheamus is a really solid heel at the moment. Ryback was the winner though which is nice for him as he wins his first title in WWE. And in the main event Dean Ambrose beat Seth Rollins by disqualification. It was a decent match but I wasn’t a fan of the screwy finish. I’m sure it’ll lead to another match at Money In The Bank. I like Rollins as champion but I’m sure Ambrose will win the title at some point. A good match though and worthy of being the main event.
Overall Rating: 59.58/100 (ranked joint 132nd out of 315)
Match Of The Night: The tag team Elimination Chamber match
Worst Match Of The Night: Neville vs. Bo Dallas
Surprise Of The Night: Kevin Owens beats John Cena clean
Worst Booking Of The Night: The finish to the main event
Superstar Of The Night: Dean Ambrose/Ryback
Elimination Chamber 2015 Will Be Remembered For: The first ever tag team elimination chamber match and Ryback winning the Intercontinental Championship