The final pay-per-view before WrestleMania 36 took place Sunday, March 8 at Philadelphia, PA. With none of the main titles being showcased, you had a lot of the tag teams and mid-carders getting some love at this PPV. On top of the two Elimination Chamber matches, six matches took place on the card with one being added to the pre-show […]
The final pay-per-view before WrestleMania 36 took place Sunday, March 8 at Philadelphia, PA. With none of the main titles being showcased, you had a lot of the tag teams and mid-carders getting some love at this PPV.
On top of the two Elimination Chamber matches, six matches took place on the card with one being added to the pre-show last minute. Here are my thoughts on grades on the 2020 edition of the Elimination Chamber.
The Vikings Raiders (Erik and Ivar) def. Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder (pre-show)
A match that was added hours before the show, the kickoff opened with The Viking Raiders taking on Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder.
Nothing wrong with a match like this where there is no build-up between these two teams. It is a solid way to get the crowd into the event. While both teams are faces here, the crowd was seemingly behind Erik and Ivar more.
Again, nothing wrong with a solid tag match to open the show.
Daniel Bryan def. Drew Gulak
You knew both of these guys would put on an excellent technical wrestling match and that is what you got here. Gulak got a lot more offense in with his submission holds and Bryan played it perfectly here as he was shocked that Gulak was able to go toe to toe with the former WWE Champion.
On top of that, the crowd was loving this match from start to finish. I would love to see these guys in some sort of some extended feud heading into WrestleMania.
United States Championship – Andrade (c) def. Humberto Carrillo
While we have seen these guys in repetitive for the past few months, this was one of the best matches they have had against each other. Andrade as the cocky heel was great here as he always made sure to pose for the crowd to take in the boos he was getting. Carrillo has also looked a lot more improved here.
It’ll be interesting to see what the plans are going forward with both superstars and the United States Championship heading into WrestleMania 36. A fatal-four-way between them with Rey Mysterio and Angel Garza looks to be the obvious answer here. Add a ladder match with other superstars on Raw? That could be a solid one.
SmackDown Tag Team Championship – The Miz and John Morrison (c) last eliminated The Usos (Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso)
While it was a little rocky at the start with the slight botches but things turned around quickly and this was an excellent Elimination Chamber match. Having The Usos and New Day started off the match was a good call given the history both teams have had against each other.
Lince Dorado with his shooting star press from the top of the cage and Gran Metalik with his high-flying offense was amazing here and reminded us that they can put on a great performance when given the chance. Otis and Tucker also put on a great showing, especially Tucker doing an unexpected front flip from the top of one of the pods.
The right team won here in Miz and Morrison given that they just won the titles and you want to start building up stars in that division. While normally having a bunch of superstars in that type of match could see a bit clustered, that was not the case here. Solid Chamber match and best one of the night.
Aleister Black def. AJ Styles in a No Disqualification match
Making it a No DQ match made it obvious that fellow O.C. members Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson would be involved and that was the case from the start. While it would have been nice see no interference between these two, credit to WWE for not having them involved too much here.
A physical match that saw The Undertaker making another appearance to screw Styles out of the victory. A great match that gave Black a nice victory he so needed on the main roster. This more than sets up a ‘Taker/Styles match heading into WrestleMania. Personally, I would love to see Black team up with The Deadman to go up against the entire O.C. stable.
Raw Tag Team Championship – The Street Profits (Angelo Dawkins and Montez Ford) (c) def. Seth Rollins and Murphy
The Street Profits came out to a loud ovation from the crowd, showing that they are extremely over with the crowd. After a string of excellent matches prior, these four men continued the momentum going forward.
The crowd’s reaction during the match hurt but it makes sense given that they were all about the previous four matches. Having Kevin Owens come through the crowd with a box of popcorn in his hand got a huge reaction from the crowd (I mean really, Owens always knows how to get over from the crowd).
That distraction led to Rollins and Murphy getting the L here and will likely see them have a match at WrestleMania. It’ll be interesting to see what the plans are for Ford and Dawkins going forward.
Intercontinental Championship – Sami Zayn, Shinsuke Nakamura, and Cesaro def. Braun Strowman (c) in a 3-on-1 Handicap match (Zayn pinned Strowman to win the title)
This match was fine but the Handicap stipulation in singles titles is something I am not a fan of. The action was solid, with the heels getting a lot of quick tags in addition to Zayn running away from the action.
After hitting a bunch of finishers, Zayn finally gets his first title in WWE. While it was a nice moment, I feel that Strowman no doubt deserves a better run with the belt.
Winner receives a Raw Women’s Championship match at WrestleMania 36 – Shayna Baszler last eliminated Asuka in an Elimination Chamber match
From the start, you knew Baszler was going to get the win here due to her call up a few weeks back. The action throughout was noting exciting if we are being honest and once Baszler’s pod opened up, she unleashed as she eliminated everyone with ease to earn her title shot against Becky Lynch.
It makes sense how she won but maybe this would have been better if this was not the main event, given the predictable outcome.
Elimination Chamber 2020 exceeded my expectations in my opinion. Sometimes it is hard to build a pay-per-view with an event between the Royal Rumble and WrestleMania but WWE did a good job here. A string of excellent matches in the middle of the card was perfect here while also helping build up matches heading into ‘Mania 36. After having a horrible Super ShowDown, this was a nice positive event.