Elimination Chamber 2021 closed with a shock: The Miz cashed in his Cash within the Financial institution contract and gained the WWE Championship off Drew McIntyre. He did so with the assistance of Bobby Lashley, who after shedding his US Championship seems to be to feud with Drew McIntyre heading into WrestleMania.
It capped off a robust pay-per-view, which opened with a incredible Elimination Chamber match gained by Daniel Bryan. In what would turn out to be a theme of the present, Bryan was immediatey defeated by Common Champion Roman Reigns within the bout that adopted.
Elsewhere, Sasha Banks and Bianca Belair didn’t seize the Girls’s Tag Crew Championships, and Riddle gained the US title by pinning John Morrison.
Preserve studying for a full recap of Elimination Chamber.
The Miz cashes in, turns into WWE Champion
Bobby Lashley ambushed Drew McIntyre after the Chamber, destroying him exterior the ring after which placing him within the Harm Lock. Miz’s music performed and he bumped into the ring, formally cashing in his Cash within the Financial institution contract.
The bell rings. Miz acquired a two depend following a DDT, however acquired the win following a Cranium Crushing Finale. The present goes off the air as The Miz celebrates his championship win.
Drew McIntyre retains WWE Championship
In the principle occasion of the present, Drew McIntyre retained his WWE Championship by successful the Elimination Chamber match. McIntyre final eradicated AJ Types to retain his championship.
The match constructed as much as a showdown between Sheamus and McIntyre, with Sheamus being the ultimate entrant within the match. Sheamus eradicated Kofi Kingston with a Brogue Kick, and McIntyre eradicated Jeff Hardy with a Claymore Kick, so it appeared like the 2 would clear home and battle to shut the bout. That wasn’t to be, as Sheamus was pinned by AJ Types following a Phenomenal Forearm.
Randy Orton was the primary to be eradicated, which additionally got here as a shock. Kofi Kingston entered the Chamber fourth and rapidly caught Orton with a inventive roll up. Following his pin, Orton RKO’d Kingston and Hardy earlier than leaving. AJ Types, who had but to formally enter, took benefit by instructing Omos to interrupt his Chamber door. Omos did, and AJ ran from the surface and walked via the Chamber door and unsuccessfully tried to pin Kingston and Hardy. Notice that this positively does not make sense, since AJ is not a authorized man till his Chamber door unlocks. Alas.
The bout was good, however much more disjointed than the SmackDown opener. That is very true in the course of the interval wherein there have been 5 males nonetheless energetic — AJ, McIntyre, Sheamus, Kingston and Hardy — the place there was typically motion occurring in a number of areas. Nevertheless it improved after Hardy and Kingston have been eradicated, when AJ, Sheamus and McIntyre placed on a robust closing part.
Score: 3.5 stars.
Shayna Baszler and Nia Jax retain tag titles
Nia Jax pinned Sasha Banks with a Samoan Drop after a weird distraction due to Reginald, Carmella’s sommelier.
The bout began gradual, with Nia Jax battling each Banks and Bianca Belair. Issues picked up as soon as Baszler tagged in, and we finally acquired some stable motion courtesy of Baszler and Banks’ wonderful counter wrestling. The end got here as Jax and Banks have been the authorized ladies. Reginald got here to the ring with fancy champagne and a glass, and rolled the champagne into the ring as he advised Banks to interrupt it over Jax. Sasha declined, and was struck by Jax, Samoan Dropped after which pinned.
The distraction was contrived, Banks appeared foolish and Jax’s execution was sloppy.
Score: 2 stars. It appears extremely seemingly that Banks will face Belair at WrestleMania, so this match suffered from the information that Jax and Baszler have been positive to retain. It was additional handicapped by a nasty end and Jax, who is mostly not notably enjoyable to look at. Shayna Baszler completely guidelines, although, and was the spotlight of the match.
Riddle wins United States Championship
John Morrison changed Kieth Lee on this United States Triple Risk match, which additionally featured Riddle and champion Bobby Lashley. Riddle gained the enjoyable bout by pinning Morrison.
It started with Lashley being a monster, handily destroying each Riddle and Morrison. Riddle and Morrison then resolve to group as much as take down the beast. At first not even this works, however finally they get the higher of Lashley and incapacitate him out the surface with some tandem offense.
Contained in the ring, we get some nice wrestling between Riddle and Morrison. Morrison is tragically underutilized. Ultimately, in fact, Lashley returns to the ring. Riddle rocks him with a ripchord V-Set off, however Lashley finally ends up cleansing home. Morrison takes MVP’s crutches and tries to swing at Lashley, however Lashley avoids it and places Morrison within the Harm Lock. Riddle takes the crutch and smashes Lashley within the again — the announcers swiftly inform us it is No Disqualifications — inflicting Lashley to retreat and regroup exterior.
Riddle then planted Morrison along with his BroDerrick tombstone slam for the win. He instantly ran away from Lashley, a real combating champion.
Score: 3.5 stars. A enjoyable match with three proficient guys. It is foolish seeing Riddle, an alleged babyface and real-life robust man, made to look so weak in comparison with Lashley. Nevertheless it was good to see Morrison’s abilities on present.
Roman Reigns defeats Daniel Bryan
This Common Championship match was brief however candy. Bryan, stumbling and barely in a position to stroll, tells the referee to ring the bell. Roman instantly goes for a spear, however he is countered as Bryan locks within the Sure Lock. Announcer Michael Cole is shedding his thoughts, screaming that Bryan goes to drag off a miracle. Improbable second.
It wasn’t to be although, as Reigns powered out and barraged Bryan with mounted punches. He then locked on a Guillotine and chokes out Bryan for the win.
Similar to Bryan had no alternative, neither did Reigns. He was speared by Edge, who introduced he’d face Reigns at WrestleMania.
Daniel Bryan wins SmackDown Elimination Chamber
The primary present opened with the SmackDown Elimination Chamber match. It featured Cesaro, Jey Uso, Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, Corbin and its eventual winner, Daniel Bryan. Bryan began the match with Cesaro and, after about 50 wonderful minutes, final eradicated Jey Uso to win the bout.
After 5 minutes of rock stable wrestling between Bryan and Cesaro, Corbin was the third to enter the Chamber. He was a wrecking machine, taking down each and demolishing Bryan’s knee. Corbin would finally be the primary to go away the Chamber nonetheless, being tapped out by Cesaro’s sharpshooter.
Zayn was in fourth, with Owens and at last Uso following. A excessive spot got here as Zayn scaled the Chamber, and was adopted by Cesaro. Cesaro, holding himself up with the hyperlinks on the high of the Chamber, kicked Zayn off to the Chamber ground. Zayn was the second to be elimianted, when Owens shocked and pinned him.
Following Zayn’s elimination, Uso trapped Owens’ arm within the Chamber door and blitzed him with superkicks. He then pinned him after a top-rope splash.
After Cesaro took Uso out on the surface, we acquired wonderful back-and-forth motion between Cesaro and Bryan. Simply because it appeared like Cesaro was going to remove Bryan — amid a single-leg Big Swing on Bryan’s injured leg — he was clocked with a superkick by Uso. Uso then pinned Cesaro with a top-rope splash.
That left Uso and Bryan. Uso promptly hit a splash on Bryan for a two. He then scaled the highest of a Chamber pod and tried an enormous splash, however Bryan acquired his knees up, then hit Uso with the operating knee for a pin, successful his third Chamber match.
The excellent news? Bryan wins a shot in opposition to Roman Reigns’ Common Championship. The dangerous information? Roman Reigns comes out instantly to start out that match. No relaxation for Bryan.
Score: 4.5 stars. Wonderful stuff. Bryan followers like myself are prone to be upset: It seems his win will quantity to nothing, as Reigns now focuses on his WrestleMania match with Edge. In truth, Bryan was most likely chosen to win the Chamber over Cesaro exactly so he might lose to Reigns. Regardless, this was an impressive bout.
Kickoff Present outcomes
John Morrison defeated Ricochet, Elias and Ali to win a spot within the triple-threat match United States Championship on the principle present. Bobby Lashley will now defend his US title in opposition to Morrison and Riddle.
Morrison gained the match by rolling up Ali whereas Ali was distracted by his Retribution faction powerbombing Ricochet on the surface.