|Date: February 2019
|Venue: Jeddah Super Dome |City: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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The show kicks off with a video package highlighting that this is the first ever overseas Elimination Chamber event. Plenty of tonights matches are promo’d.
There’s a fireworks show outside the Jeddah Superdome as Michael Cole welcomes us to Elimination Chamber. He’s joined by Corey Graves and Byron Saxton.
Video package next for Roman Reigns and Goldberg.
Roman Reigns (c) vs. Goldberg – Universal Championship match
Background: Roman Reigns was originally scheduled to face Goldberg for the Universal Championship at WrestleMania 36 in April 2020; however, due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic shortly before the event, Reigns pulled out of the match due to his immunocompromised state from past battles with leukaemia. Goldberg faced another challenger at that event who defeated him for the title. Nearly two years later on the February 4, 2022 episode of SmackDown, with Reigns now as champion after winning the title at Payback in August 2020, Goldberg appeared and challenged Reigns to a match for the Universal Championship at Elimination Chamber, which was made official.
Previous PPV matches: This is a first time PPV match between these two men.
Elimination Chamber PPV Record: Roman Reigns is 5-2 at this event, Goldberg wrestles at this event for the first time tonight.
Match: Before the match, Roman asks the crowd to acknowledge him. The match gets underway and goes straight to the outside. Back in the ring and Goldberg hits a spear from nowhere. Reigns counters a jackhammer and hits a urunage for a two count. Roman hits a superman punch and looks for a spear but Goldberg hits a spear of his own. Reigns counters another jackhammer attempt and locks on a guillotine. Goldberg tries to get out of it but can’t so passes out and the bell rings.
Result: Roman Reigns retains the Universal Championship by knockout.
Review: This match was pretty much what you’d expect out of a Goldberg match. He got a couple of spear sin but in the end Roman Reigns won by knockout. Goldberg has lot his last few matches now so you wonder if his time as a in-ring competitor is coming to an end. Roman Reigns goes on to Wrestlemania to defend against Brock Lesnar.
There’s a video package about the elimination chamber matches.
Bianca Belair vs. Liv Morgan vs. Doudrop vs. Rhea Ripley vs. Alexa Bliss vs. Nikki A.S.H – Elimination Chamber match for number one contendership to the Raw Women’s Championship
Background: On the February 7 episode of Raw, a women’s Elimination Chamber match was scheduled for Elimination Chamber with the winner earning a Raw Women’s Championship match at WrestleMania 38. Bianca Belair, Liv Morgan, Rhea Ripley, Doudrop, and Nikki A.S.H. were announced for the match with one spot to be filled. The following week, Belair won a gauntlet match to earn the right to enter the match last. Additionally on that episode, after weeks of therapy sessions after her doll Lily had been destroyed at Extreme Rules in September 2021, Alexa Bliss completed her final session and named herself as the sixth competitor for the match.
Previous PPV matches: This is a first time match involving all of these women.
Elimination Chamber PPV Record: Bianca Belair is 0-1, Liv Morgan is 0-2, Alexa Bliss is 1-1 whilst Doudrop, Rhea Ripley and Nikki A.S.H. wrestle at this event for the first time tonight.
Match: Bianca Belair, Doudrop and Rhea Ripley are the first three girls to come out and go in their pods. Then Nikki ASH and Liv Morgan are out but they are going to start the match. Alexa Bliss comes out last which is unusual and then goes in her pod which has a swing in it. Liv and Nikki start a back and forth match but Nikki soon takes control. Liv Morgan is looking for her first PPV victory tonight. Doudrop is the next girl to enter the match and she gets a lot of boo’s but she’s dominate as she lays into both Nikki and Liv. It looks like they got the chamber LED’s wrong as they suggest Alexa Bliss is next but it is in fact Rhea Ripley. Rhea goes after her former tag team partner Nikki ASH who does he best to run away. Rhea catches her though, throws her off the side of the chamber and then hits her with a rip-tide for the first elimination of the match. Alexa Bliss is next, as we know.
Liv Morgan gets her boot stuck on the top turnbuckle at one point which could’ve been bad. Doudrop helped her out there. But Liv returns the favour by hitting Doudrop with a sunset flip powerbomb off the middle rope for the second elimination of the match. Bianca Belair enters the match last and starts by bench pressing Liv Morgan with one arm. Bianca and Rhea hit simultaneous suplexes on Alexa and Liv before going at it themselves. Ripley counters a KOD but Liv drop them both with a double facebuster. Alexa hits Liv with a spinning neckbreaker and then twister Bliss to eliminate her from the match. Bianca then hits Rhea with the KOD to eliminate her! We’re down to Bianca Belair and Alexa Bliss. Alexa avoids a 450 splash but Bianca counters a DDT. It’s back and forth between the final two before Bianca hits the KOD for the victory.
Result: Bianca Belair wins the match, last eliminating Alexa Bliss.
Rhea Ripley eliminates Nikki A.S.H.
Liv Morgan eliminates Doudrop
Alexa Bliss eliminates Liv Morgan
Bianca Belair eliminates Rhea Ripley
Bianca Belair eliminates Alexa Bliss
Review: This was a decent match. It had a quicker pace than a lot of Elimination Chamber matches, they have definitely cut down the time between entrants which is a good thing. Bianca Belair is great though, she’s more than worthy of her main event spot. Not a bad match at all.
There’s a Bobby Lashley vignette.
Ronda Rousey & Naomi vs. Charlotte Flair & Sonya Deville – Tag team match with Ronda Rousey having one arm tied behind her back
Background: Ronda Rousey won the Royal Rumble last month and announced that she will face Charlotte Flair for the Smackdown Women’s Championship at Wrestlemania. Sonya has sided with Charlotte and found herself on the wrong end of an armbar from Rousey which injured her arm. All the while Deville and Naomi have had their issues. With Sonya injured the challenge was made that Ronda must also wrestle with one arm and will have one arm tied behind her back.
Previous PPV matches: This is a first time tag team match between these two teams.
Elimination Chamber PPV Record: Ronda Rousey is 1-0, Naomi is 1-2, Sonya Deville is 0-2 and amazingly Charlotte wrestles at this event for the first time tonight.
Match: Sonya Deville and Ronda Rousey kick off the match where Sonya reveals that there is nothing wrong with her arm. Rousey lays into Deville with kicks before tagging out to Naomi. Ronda and Naomi dominate against Sonya Deville until Charlotte Flair gets involved, boots Ronda from behind and throws her into the turnbuckle to give her team the advantage. Charlotte and Sonya make quick tags, keeping Ronda away from Naomi. Naomi does finally get the hot tag and picks up the pace against Charlotte. charlotte fights back and locks on a figure four but Ronda breaks it up. Ronda and Sonya tag in and Sonya hits Piper’s Pit before locking on the armbar as Charlotte just watches on. Deville taps out!
Result: Ronda Rousey and Naomi win the match by submission.
Review: This was a solid tag team match. I really liked the psychology. Ronda and Naomi get the win heading into Wrestlemania. Sonya was the right person to take the fall. Ronda having her arm tied behind her back means that we look forward to a fair fight between Rousey and Charlotte at Wrestlemania.
There’s a video package for Drew McIntyre and Madcap Moss.
Drew McIntyre vs. Madcap Moss – Falls Count Anywhere match
Background: At Day 1, Drew McIntyre defeated Madcap Moss, who was accompanied by Happy Corbin. Later that night, while McIntyre was interviewed backstage, Corbin and Moss attacked McIntyre, injuring his neck, which was reported to require surgery. At the Royal Rumble, McIntyre made a surprise return from his injury during the Royal Rumble match and eliminated Corbin and Moss, after which, McIntyre attacked Corbin and Moss further with the steel steps following their elimination. On the following SmackDown, McIntyre stated he would continue to target the two due to them almost ending his career. A rematch between McIntyre and Moss was scheduled for Elimination Chamber. The rematch was then stipulated as a Falls Count Anywhere match.
Previous PPV matches: These two men previously fought at Day 1, a match won by Drew McIntyre.
Elimination Chamber PPV Record: Drew McIntyre is 2-1, Madcap Moss wrestles at this event for the first time tonight.
Match: The bell rings and because of the no disqualification ruling it’s fine for Happy Corbin to attack Drew from behind. Drew takes control where all three men fight up the entrance ramp and Moss and Corbin hit a double suplex for a near fall. Anytime McIntyre starts a comeback he gets attacked by Corbin. Drew and Moss fight back into the ring where McIntyre hits a couple of throws and then hits an Alabama Slam where Moss lands right on the top of his head. Madcap seems ok though and Drew continues the assault on the outside. Corbin attacks Drew with a chair and then both happy folk throw Drew into a barricade for a near fall. Back in the ring and McIntyre hits a big superplex for a near fall. He follows that up with a futureshock DDT. Drew picks up his sword to make sure Corbin doesn’t interfere before hitting Moss with a claymore for the win.
Result: Drew McIntyre wins by pinfall.
Review: This was a good match. Interesting that a falls count anywhere match ended in the ring. I don’t think the stipulation was needed, it could have been a regular no disqualification match or something to enable Corbins interference. The rivalry between McIntyre and Corbin will continue to Wrestlemania. Oh and man, that Alabama Slam on Madcap’s head, ouch. But fair play, Madcap Moss improved with every match and he’s showing some real potential.
We’re shown some footage from the kickoff show with Rey Mysterio vs. The Miz. Mysterio would beat Miz with a rollup. Rey and Dominik would continue the assault after the match with a double 619.
Kevin Patrick is backstage with The Miz who says he is going to even the odds with a tag team partner and goes off to make a phone call.
Becky Lynch (c) vs. Lita – Raw Women’s Championship match
Background: Lita says that she is around for one last run and challenged Becky Lynch for the Raw Women’s Championship, a challenge accepted.
Previous PPV matches: This is a first time match between these two girls.
Elimination Chamber PPV Record: Becky Lynch is 1-0 at Elimination Chamber events, Lita
Match: Lita is lively in the opening stages of the match, hitting one of her trademark hurricanranas but it isn’t long before Becky takes control. Becky hits a legdrop for a one count. Lita comes back with a takedown and some right hands but then runs into an elbow. Lynch hits her soft legdrop off the middle rope, which I hate. The two girls slug it out and Lita starts to fire up, hitting a cross body for a near fall. Becky counters a twist of fate but Lita counters the disarm-her attempt. Becky rolls Lita up, grabbing the top rope but the referee sees it. Lita hits a powerbomb and then goes up top but Becky rolls to the outside. Lita hits a Trish Stratus-esque hurricanrana and then a flatlines for a near fall. Lita goes up top for a moonsault but Becky drags her down and locks on the disarm her but Lita gets to the rope. Lynch hits a man-handle slam but Lita gets her foot on the bottom rope. Becky looks for a moonsault but Lita moves and hits a twist of fate and a moonsault for a near fall. Becky hits a manhandle slam out of nowhere for the win.
Result: Becky Lynch retains the Raw Women’s Championship by pinfall.
Review: This was an ok match. It was never going to be spectacular because of Lita being so ring-rusty. but it was better than I thought it would be. They’re quite similar in a lot of ways the two girls in this match. I don’t think this ever came naturally for them but I think they worked hard to get what they wanted and had the charisma to get over. Will we see Lita in the ring again? Becky goes on to Wrestlemania to face Bianca Belair.
We’re told that The Undertaker will be headlining the 2022 Hall Of Fame class. There’s a video for him.
The Viking Raiders are out next for their match against The Usos but Jimmy and Jey Uso attack Erik and Ivar as they make their entrance! The Usos suplex Ivar onto Erik and then leave the challengers laying. This match won’t be going ahead tonight!
There’s a vignette for Seth Rollins.
Next up is a promo for Wrestlemania followed by a run-down of the card so far. Ronda Rousey vs. Charlotte, and Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar.
There’s a video package hyping up the men’s Elimination Chamber match.
Bobby Lashley (c) vs. Brock Lesnar vs. Seth Rollins vs. Riddle vs. Austin Theory vs. AJ Styles – Elimination Chamber for the WWE Championship
Background: At the Royal Rumble, Bobby Lashley defeated Brock Lesnar to win the WWE Championship due to Paul Heyman betraying Lesnar. On the following episode of Raw, it was announced that Lashley would defend the WWE Championship in an Elimination Chamber match at Elimination Chamber. Lesnar then came out and demanded a rematch against Lashley that night as Lashley did not fairly win the title; however, on MVP’s advice, Lashley declined. WWE official Adam Pearce then announced that Lesnar would be competing in the Elimination Chamber match. Later, Seth “Freakin” Rollins also announced that he would be one of the participants due to technically winning his match at the Royal Rumble. The final three spots were determined in qualification matches that night: Austin Theory, Riddle, and AJ Styles qualified by defeating Kevin Owens, Raw Tag Team Champion Otis, and Rey Mysterio, respectively.
Previous PPV matches: This is a first time match involving all six of these men.
Elimination Chamber PPV Record: Bobby Lashley is 0-2, Riddle is 1-0, AJ Styles is 0-4, Seth Rollins is 1-4, Brock Lesnar and Theory wrestle at this event for the first time tonight.
Match: Bobby Lashley, AJ Styles and Riddle are the first four men out and into their pods. Seth Rollins and Theory kick off the match but Brock Lesnar is the last man out and enters his pod. Seth Rollins dominates much of the early going and at one point powerbombs Theory into Lashley’s pod. Lashley gets wiped out too and doctors and referee’s see to Lashley. Riddle’s is the first pod to open as he enters the match. Rollins and Riddle go at it with Rollins getting much of the offence in. Bobby Lashley gets carried out of the chamber and helped to the back as AJ Styles enters the match. Styles lays into Riddle and Rollins before going after Austin Theory. Riddle hits a double hangmans DDT on Theory and Styles. The countdown goes off and it’s supposed to be Bobby Lashley entering the match but Brock Lesnar kicks his way out of the pod! Lesnar enters the match, hits Rollins with an F5 for the three and then F5’s Riddle, pins and eliminates him from the match too!
We’re told Lashley isn’t returning so we’re guaranteed a new WWE Champion tonight. It’s going to be either Brock Lesnar, AJ Styles or Austin Theory. Brock hits AJ with an F5 and eliminates him from the match. Theory tries to run away from Lesnar and goes into a pod but Lesnar kicks his way in and suplexes him back out! Theory hits a low blow, a rolling dropkick and a DDT for a two count. Theory scales the chamber all the way to the top and tries to climb through the chains but Lesnar pulls him back down on to a pod. Brock then hits an F5 on Theory off the top of the pod! Brock hops down, pins Theory and wins the match and WWE Championship.
Result: Brock Lesnar wins the match and WWE Championship, last eliminating Austin Theory.
Brock Lesnar eliminates Seth Rollins
Brock Lesnar eliminates Riddle
Brock Lesnar eliminates AJ Styles
Brock Lesnar eliminates Austin Theory
Review: This was a fun match. Brock Lesnar dominated the match and ploughed through everyone as soon as he entered the match. I loved the stuff with Austin Theory, that was a great way to end the match. Seth Rollins, Riddle and AJ Styles were just there. Brock kicking his way out of the pod was good too. It’s going to be Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns at Wrestlemania, title vs. title.
And that was Elimination Chamber 2022. It was a pretty average show really, nothing spectacular but nothing that terrible either. We might look back on Roman Reigns vs. Goldberg as a dream match one day but this was a very average match and in a way set the tone for the show. It was a match scheduled to happen at Wrestlemania 36 and I suspect the result would have been the same. Roman Reigns goes on to Wrestlemania as champion. Bianca Belair won a decent elimination chamber match. I’m a big fan of Bianca and like that she’s shaken up the women’s main event scene, she’s very good and right up there with Bayley and Bekcy Lynch as an all-round package. Ronda Rousey and Naomi then won a decent tag team match against Charlotte and Sonya Deville. I like how this played out and it teases Charlotte and Ronda for Wrestlemania.
Drew McIntyre beat Madcap Moss again in another decent match. One thing I dislike is Drew McIntyre’s sword. Why would you ever need a sword in a fight unless you were looking to kill somebody? This tees up McIntyre vs. Corbin at Wrestlemania. Becky Lynch beat Lita in a fun nostalgic match but Lita was behind the pace, partly because she hasn’t wrestled properly for years but also because the women’s division has evolved and improved so much since Lita was an in-ring competitor. I’m all for legends coming back for matches though so although the quality wasn’t amazing, it was still a fun match. The main event was the match of the night, I loved the psychology and the story of the match. Brock Lesnar just kills everyone and becomes WWE Champion. Bobby Lashley doesn’t lose any steam as he didn’t lose clesnly. It looks like we’re headed for title vs. title at Wrestlemania.
Overall Rating: 58.75/100 (ranked joint 216th out of 410)
Match Of The Night: The men’s elimination chamber match
Worst Match Of The Night: Becky Lynch vs. Lita
Surprise Of The Night: Bobby Lashley’s injury
Worst Booking Of The Night: N/A
Superstar Of The Night: Brock Lesnar
Elimination Chamber 2022 Will Be Remembered For: Brock Lesnar’s elimination chamber win