The Matty Savage Review: Elimination Chamber 2018
With one final RAW PPV until the biggest one of the year, superstars on RAW competed for an opportunity to have a clear road to Wrestlemania. With the first ever women’s elimination chamber happening, along with the men’s elimination chamber determining who faces Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania, there was a lot to look forward to with this PPV. Did it deliver? Let’s take a look at my review of the show.
1. Women’s Elimination Chamber: Alexa Bliss (c) def. Sasha Banks, Bayley, Mickie James, Sonya Deville & Mandy Rose
- The historic first ever women’s elimination chamber match kicks off the main card. A great decision by WWE to have this early to get the crowd fired up for the night. Every woman in this match delivered and made it a great match. The usage of the chamber structure was executed well by each competitor and made for a fun match. Mickie James’ jump off the top of the pod onto Sonya Deville was impressive. Ultimately, the match ends with Alexa Bliss getting the pin on Sasha Banks to seal the deal and punch her ticket to Wrestlemania. Her post-match interview where she teased the face turn was GREAT.
2. The Bar (c) def. Titus Worldwide
- This was a good old-fashioned tag team match. Not many big spots, and it’s always tough to follow a big match like the elimination chamber. Dana Brooke failed a few times at trying to get the crowd behind Titus Worldwide. I don’t think anyone really saw them having a chance to actually dethrone The Bar. The Bar is far and away the better tag team, and got the win to head into Wrestlemania as the RAW Tag Team Champions.
3. Asuka def. Nia Jax
- Asuka survives her biggest test to date since being called up to the main roster. The match itself was pretty good, not as good as Asuka vs. Sasha Banks, but still good nonetheless. The ending was kind of meh, but it made sense to not have Nia Jax actually tap out or get legitimately pinned. The post match beat down of Asuka was cool. Nia continues to make her case for a women’s title shot and I personally think she deserves it.
4. “Woken” Matt Hardy def. Bray Wyatt
- An expected win for “Woken” Matt Hardy in this one. Bray Wyatt won the first match at RAW 25. It makes sense for Matt to win here so that they can have their rubber match at Wrestlemania to end the feud. Bray Wyatt NEEDS to win this feud. Isn’t it crazy to think that a year ago he was the WWE Champion on Smackdown?? Going back to the actual match, it was an average match that was overshadowed by the crowd being distracted by beach balls.
Ronda Rousey Contract Signing
- Ronda Rousey was a little shaken up by the crowd reactions at the beginning of this segment, but everything about this contract signing in general was awesome. From Kurt Angle finally speaking out, to Ronda putting Triple H through a table, to the slap from Stephanie McMahon to Ronda. The build up to a Wrestlemania match between potentially Kurt/Ronda vs. Triple H/Stephanie is now real and I’m excited to start seeing Ronda on RAW regularly.
5. Men’s Elimination Chamber: Roman Reigns def. Braun Strowman, Seth Rollins, Finn Balor, John Cena, Elias & The Miz
- The main event started a little slower than I was expecting. I thought seeing Seth Rollins, Finn Balor, and The Miz kicking things off would’ve been a little more exciting than it ended up being. There wasn’t much use of the chamber structure early on. But everything picked up after a few entries into the match. A predictable winner, but it was still a very good match. WWE has had Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar penciled in for a year now, and they did not shy away from their plans.
Here are my takeaways from each competitor in the match:
- The Miz was my pick to be eliminated first, and that’s exactly what happened. He looked ok in the match and had a few spots, but there was no way he was challenging Brock Lesnar while holding the Intercontinental Championship.
- Elias looked strong, despite not lasting in the actual match very long. He definitely has super stardom written all over him. Give him some more time and he will be champion.
- John Cena was the third man eliminated. I had him lasting the longest but was wrong. His road to Wrestlemania is clearly going through The Undertaker. The build-up is predictable, but I can’t wait to see it either way. The question is, will he win?
- Finn Balor looked good in the match. Had a few spots but I didn’t see him winning this either. He STILL hasn’t gotten his deserved title shot for the Univeral Championship that he technically never lost. I wonder when he’ll finally get it??
- Seth Rollins looked great once again as well, lasting the longest in the match. I really think they’re building him up to feud for whoever is the Universal Champion after Wrestlemania. If WWE can commit to fully turning Roman heel, it’ll open up the door for a great feud with Seth Rollins.
- Braun Strowman absolutely cleaned house, just as I had predicted. I didn’t think he’d get every single elimination (other than the final one), but he just dominated. It’s too bad he didn’t get the win because I really think he’s the better option to dethrone Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania.
Two solid elimination chamber matches and a great Ronda Rousey contract signing made up for the average matches in the middle of the card. I definitely cannot wait for Wrestlemania!
What did you think of the Elimination Chamber PPV? What was your favorite match? Let me know on social media or in the comments below!
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