By Jason Powell, ProWrestling.net Editor (@prowrestlingnet)
WWE Elimination Chamber
Aired live March 8, 2020 live on WWE Network and pay-per-view
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at Wells Fargo Center
Kickoff Show result: The Viking Raiders beat Zack Ryder and Curt Hawkins…
A video package opened the main card… Pyro shot off on the stage…
1. Daniel Bryan vs. Drew Gulak. The Smackdown broadcast team of Michael Cole and Corey Graves called the match, and Greg Hamilton was the ring announcer. The Spanish and German broadcast teams checked in prior to the opening bell. There was some nice mat work early with both men countering and escaping holds.
Gulak had Bryan’s leg while both men were lying on the mat. They took turns kicking one another. Gulak came up with a cut below his left eye. Bryan rolled to ringside and showed a bit of frustration. Bryan returned to the ring and tried to put Gulak in a surfboard, but Gulak countered out and applied the surfboard. Graves said Bryan was facing a mirror image of himself. Bryan escaped the hold and delivered a big kick to the back of one of Gulak’s legs.
At 8:25, Bryan suplexed Gulak over the top rope rope. Gulak held on and both men tumbled to ringside. Bryan’s back had a few scrapes on it. Back in the ring, Bryan threw a couple of kicks. Gulak performed a Saito suplex. Bryan held the back of his head. Gulak covered him for a two count. Cole recalled Bryan having a match stopped because of what turned out to be a serious neck injury.
Bryan rolled Gulak into a pin for a two count. Bryan performed a dragon suplex for a near fall. Gulak came back with a German suplex for a two count. Gulak performed a wicked release German suplex in which he tossed Bryan across the ring. Gulak covered Bryan for two. Bryan rolled to ringside while the broadcast team recapped the slow motion replay.
Bryan scrambled to get back to the ring at the referee’s nine count and was immediately covered by Gulak for a two count. Bryan rallied with a running elbow. Bryan put Gulak in the corner and threw a series of kicks at him. Bryan tried to stand over Gulak on the ropes, but Gulak slipped out and Bryan was crotched on the top rope. Gulak performed a reverse suplex style move from the ropes and then applied the Dragon Sleeper.
Gulak released the hold and threw a series of elbows at Bryan. Gulak tried to reapply the hold, but Bryan rolled him into a Yes Lock. Bryan wrenched on the neck. Gulak went out and the referee called for the bell.
Daniel Bryan defeated Drew Gulak in 14:20.
After the match, Bryan held the back of his head, then shot a bewildered look at Gulak and pointed at him. Bryan got to his feet and stumbled, then went to the ropes and led the crowd in Yes chants. Cole said you just need to look at Bryan’s beaten, bruised, and bloodied body to know that he was in a fight. Once Gulak got to his feet, Bryan pointed at him and led another round of Yes chants, then saluted Gulak before leaving…
Powell’s POV: More of this, please. Well, maybe not some of the wicked suplexes, but I’ll take more of the mat based, physical style. Bryan did wonders for Gulak and I’m anxious to see what this leads to. Here’s hoping the followup is strong and it’s not right back to comedic PowerPoint presentations for Gulak.
Backstage, Kayla Braxton ran through the rules of the Raw Tag Title match that will be held inside the Elimination Chamber. She introduced Robert Roode and Dolph Ziggler while noting that their pod will open last given that they earned final entry via the gauntlet match on Smackdown. Roode said it will be glorious when they win the tag titles. Ziggler said they don’t need luck and they know the entire world will be watching the match because of them. He gave a shoutout “to my babe” Mandy Rose.
2. Andrade (w/Zelina Vega) vs. Humberto Carrillo for the U.S. Championship. The Raw broadcast team of Tom Phillips, Jerry Lawlor, and Byron Saxton was on the call, and Mike Rome was the ring announcer. The bell rang and then Andrade immediately tagged Carrillo with a spinning back elbow for a near fall.
At 4:20, Andrade tossed Carrillo to ringside and then followed him to the floor. Andrade tried to pull up a portion of the ringside mats. Carrillo cut him off, but Andrade ran him back first into the ring post. Andrade whipped Carrillo into the barricade by the timekeepers area. Back inside the ring, Andrade kicked the left shoulder of Carrillo and then applied a hold.
At 6:50, Carrillo dumped a charging Andrade over the top rope to the floor. Andrade returned to the ring and ate a jawbreaker. Carrillo threw a nice spinning kick and then performed a backbreaker followed by a springboard kick. Andrade avoided a standing moonsault and then slammed Carrillo into the corner.
A short time later, both men fought onto the top rope where Carrillo performed a super huracanrana, which led to a near fall. Carrillo went for his moonsault and landed on his feet when Andrade moved. Andrade tossed Carrillo into the corner and then hit him with double knees, which resulted in another two count.
Vega pulled one of the ringside mats back to expose part of the concrete. Andrade tossed Carrillo to ringside and went for his Hammerlock DDT, but Carrillo escaped and backdropped Andrade. Carrillo performed a flip dive onto Andrade. Back inside the ring, there was a series of pin attempts for both men that was capped off with Andrade holding the tights and getting the pin…
Andrade defeated Humberto Carrillo in 12:20 to retain the U.S. Championship.
Powell’s POV: A nice match with a finish that gives Carrillo an out for losing. That said, there’s only so many times he can come up short in these U.S. Title matches before fans will give up on him.
AJ Styles was interviewed by Charly Caruso on the backstage interview set and asked him about the No DQ stipulation. Styles spoke about how he feels bad for Black because he’s a dark loner. Styles added that Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson will be in his corner. Caruso asked if it will be a fair match. Styles said it’s not fair because Black will be in the ring with him. Styles said that if anyone will get disqualified it will be him. Styles asked if he said that right, then walked away laughing…
A WrestleMania ad aired. We are 28 days away… Cole noted that we are four weeks away from WrestleMania streaming live on WWE Network… The Elimination Chamber structure lowered around the ring. Hamilton read through the rules of the match and then the ring entrances took place…
3. The Miz and John Morrison vs. Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso vs. “New Day” Big E and Kofi Kingston vs. “Heavy Machinery” Otis and Tucker vs. “Lucha House Party” Lince Dorado and Gran Metalik vs. Robert Roode and Dolph Ziggler in an Elimination Chamber match for the Smackdown Tag Titles. Cole and Graves were on commentary. Cole said the odds of Miz and Morrison returning were not very likely. Big E and Kingston and The Usos started the match. New Day had paint by numbers themed gear. Kingston slipped while trying to leap from the ropes onto one of the Usos.
The countdown clock began and Dorado and Metalik entered the match around 3:30. The LHP duo hit a series of moonsaults on Jimmy Uso and went for the pin, but Jey broke it up. Big E tossed both LHP members over the top rope on onto the area of the Chamber structure between the ropes and steel mesh. There was a crazh spot with Dorado being launched into the steel. It looked like he was supposed to catch himself with his hands and failed. But Dorado hooked his feet instead and managed to climb onto the top of one of the pods in an impressive moment. Dorado dove onto both Usos, then Metalik leapt off the same pod onto both New Day members at 7:45.
The fourth entrants were Miz and Morrison at 8:10. That meant that Heavy Machinery would be next, as Roode and Ziggler earned final entry by winning the gauntlet match on Smackdown. Cole listed the attendance at 14,853. New Day hit a nice double team move on Miz and had him pinned, but Morrison broke it up.
The fifth entrants were Heavy Machinery at 14:10. They sandwiched the Usos against the steel mesh wish a series of splashes. They also performed a splash sandwich on Big E in the middle of the ring. Otis performed the Caterpillar on E, then Tucker piled on for a pin that was broken up by the other teams. Some of the wrestlers started looking up, then Dorado swung from the fencing near the top of the cage and into a shooting star press on the pile below. Heavy Machinery hit their Compactor on Metalik and got the pin.
Lucha House Party was eliminated by Heavy Machinery in 17:15.
The final entrants were Roode and Ziggler at 18:10. Ziggler climbed onto the top of a pod to avoid Otis, but he didn’t see Tucker climb up the other side. Tucker slammed Ziggler’s face into the side of the Chamber, then tossed him at Otis, who oddly just dropped him onto the top rope. Tucker flipped off the top of the pod onto a group of wrestlers below.
Otis was the answer to the question of which wrestler would break the pod glass his year. He charged Ziggler, who moved, and Otis crashed through both glass sides of the pod and fell to ringside. A “this is awesome” chant started and faded while trainers tended to Otis. “Otis, get up,” Tucker yelled.
Tucker turned and pointed at Roode and Ziggler, then worked them over with punches until Ziggler cut him off with a kick. Ziggler caught Tucker with a superkick, then Roode hit him with a Glorious DDT. Roode and Ziggler both covered Tucker and pinned him. Otis was helped to the back by Tucker while Roode and Ziggler taunted them from the ring.
Heavy Machinery were eliminated by Bobby Roode and Dolph Ziggler in 23:45.
Ziggler turned into Trouble in Paradise. Big E hit the Big ending on Roode. The Usos splashed Roode and Ziggler and pinned them simultaneously. Fans sang the goodbye song to Roode and Ziggler.
Robert Roode and Dolph Ziggler were eliminated by The Usos in 25:15.
New Day and The Usos stood side by side and then went after Miz and Morrison. Once they were cleared from the ring, the Usos and New Day went at one another. Kingston went to the top of a pod and tried to drive at Jeyimmy(?), who moved, causing Kingston to crash onto the mat. Miz and Morrison rushed into the ring and pinned Kingston to eliminate New Day.
New Day were eliminated by The Miz and John Morrison in 29:05.
The final teams were Miz and Morrison and The Usos. There was a double pin with both teams coming close to getting the pin, but both opponents kicked out. Cole wondered what would have happened had there been a pin. A short time later, Miz hit Jimmy with a Skull Crushing Finale for a two count. Miz immediately applied a figure four and then pulled the ropes for leverage.
Morrison dumped Jey outside the ring, then performed Starship Pain. Jey returned and rolle dup Morison for a two count. Jey threw superkicks at Miz and Morrison and got another near fall. Moments later, Miz covered one of the Usos and used the ropes for leverage while Morrison dove over the top rope into a simultaneous pin for the win…
The Miz and John Morrison eliminated The Usos to win the Elimination Chamber match in 32:55.
Powell’s POV: There were some cool moments in this Chamber match, but those big move moments were more memorable than the actual match. The outcome felt predictable since Miz and Morrison won the tag titles recently. Given how little this show has going for it, can anyone explain why they didn’t save that tag title change for tonight?
A WWE Network ad aired… Phillips hyped the return of Steve Austin for the March 16 edition of Raw… Asuka and Kairi Sane were shown backstage…
Caruso interviewed Natalya on the backstage interview set and asked her for an update on Beth Phoenix. Natalya said Phoenix is one of the toughest women’s she’s ever known and will get through this, but she can’t say the same for Randy Orton once Edge gets his hands on him. Natalya said Beth and Edge are family to her, and family is everything to her. Natalya said that since Phoenix couldn’t be in the Chamber, she will unleash her legacy “because I was born to do this”…
4. AJ Styles (w/Luke Gallows, Karl Anderson) vs. Aleister Black in a No DQ match. The Raw broadcast team was on the call. Black jumped out to the early advantage with some kicks. Gallows distracted Black, allowing Styles to go on the offensive with a chop block. Styles threw a kick at the seated Black, then stomped on his left knee. Styles worked over the knee while Phillips explained the strategy of attempting to take away Black’s plant leg for his Black Mass finisher.
Styles rolled to ringside and pulled a kendo stick out from underneath the ring. Styles worked over Black’s bad leg with the kendo stick while the broadcast team emphasized the No DQ stipulation. Black came back with a kick, but Styles dumped him to ringside. Styles went for a dive at Black, who caught him with a right knee to the gut on the way down.
Black pulled a table out from underneath the ring and set it up on the floor at 7:00. Black tried to grab Styles, who jabbed him with a chair and then slammed it over his back. Back inside the ring, Black continued to limp to sell the knee injury. Styles caught Black with a leaping enziguri, then targeted the knee with a brief leg lock, which he followed with kicks.
Black got to his feet and hit Styles with a series of nice strikes, which he capped off with a knee to the head. Black used the ropes to pull himself to his feet. Styles rolled Black into a Calf Crusher and wrenched on the bad leg repeatedly. Black grabbed the kendo stick and pressed it against the face of Styles until he released the hold. Black waited for Styles to get up and then hit him with several kendo stick shots.
Styles ducked a kendo stick swing and connected with a Pele Kick at 11:45. Styles signaled that he was going to powerbomb Black onto the table at ringside, but Black avoided it. Styles performed a Phenomenal Forearm and a brainbuster and couldn’t put Black away. Styles wedge a chair between the ropes. Styles went to the top rope and was knocked down by a kick from Black.
Black hit Styles with a series of strikes and capped it off with a running knee to the head. Black performed a Lionsault for a two count. Black performed a suplex into a bridge for another two count. Styles caught Black with a neckbreaker onto his knee. Black avoided the Styles Clash and went for another Lionsault, but Styles caught him and made a throat slash gesture only to have Black roll him into a pin for a two count.
Black threw a kick that drove Styles into the chair that he’d wedged between the ropes. They went to ringside where Styles drove Black over the German broadcast table with a shoulder block. Styles cleared the table and set up for a move, but Black kicked his legs out from under him, causing Styles to land face first on the broadcast table. Black performed a double knee press from the broadcast table, which drove Styles through the regular table at ringside at 19:50.
Black rolled Styles inside the ring and then used his foot to left the head of Styles. Gallows ran in and was taken out with a kick. Anderson charged Black, who put him down with a knee to the head. Black squared off to face all three men, who then charged him and attacked him. Gallows and Anderson hit the Magic Killer. Styles had Gallows and Anderson hold Black while he set up for a Phenomenal Forearm.
The gong sounded and the lights went out. When the lights turned on, Undertaker was in the ring and hadAnderson and Gallows by the throat. Styles went for his finisher, but Taker turned and caught Styles, then chokeslammed him. The gong sounded and the lights went out. When the gong sounded again and the lights turned on, Taker was gone. Black pulled himself up in the corner, then blasted Styles with a Black Mass kick and pinned him…
Aleister Black defeated AJ Styles in 23:15 in a No DQ match.
Powell’s POV: It took some time for them to get going, but it turned out to be a good match. The Taker interference was obviously well received and it was nice to see Black not looking like a complete idiot for taking the No DQ match while knowing that Styles would have Anderson and Gallows with him. I can’t say that Taker continuing to get the better of Styles is making me anxious to see him face Styles in a singles match or in a handicap tag match with Taker and Black vs. the entire OC, but maybe they can do something between now and WrestleMania to make Styles look strong again.
An ad for Raw spotlighted Randy Orton dropping Beth Phoenix with an RKO last week and hyping Edge’s return for Monday…
The Raw broadcast team spoke at ringside and recapped the Street Profits winning the Raw Tag Titles… The Street Profits delivered a brief promo from the Gorilla Position set about not being just one and done. They still want the smoke…
5. “The Street Profits” Montez Ford and Angelo Dawkins vs. Seth Rollins and Murphy (w/Akam, Rezar) for the Raw Tag Titles. The Raw broadcast team called the match. Before the opening bell, Murphy and AOP searched the ringside area to make sure Kevin Owens wasn’t present. Dawkins was isolated for a stretch. Ford checked in and hit a standing moonsault on Murphy for a near fall, then performed a flip dive onto both challengers at ringside. Rollins distracted the referee while AOP grabbed Ford and ran him into the barricade.
The Viking Raiders came out and quickly fought with AOP to the back. Ford was isolated by Rollins and Murphy. Dawkins eventually took a not so hot tag and worked over both challengers. The challengers came back and took out both Street Profits with double superkicks. Murphy got a two count on Ford. Murphy looked at Rollins and asked, “What do I do?”
Later, Murphy overshot Ford on double knees from the ropes and went for a pin that was broken up by Dawkins. Moments later, Rollins was suplexed by Dawkins at ringside. In the ring, Murphy was cut off on the ropes by a Ford punch. Dawkins joined Ford in setting up for a double superplex, but Rollins snuck underneath them for a tower of doom spot.
Kevin Owens made his entrance through the old Shield spot in the crowd while eating from a large box of popcorn. Owens hopped the barricade and sat down on the Spanish broadcast table and continued to heat his popcorn. Rollins spotted Owens and approached him. Owens threw popcorn in the face of Rollins, who was then shoulder blocked aggressively into the barricade by Dawkins. Murphy went for a flip dive, but the Profits caught him and slammed him into the barricade. Back inside the ring, Dawkins performed Sky High and then Ford hit a top rope frogsplash for the win.
The Street Profits beat Seth Rollins and Murphy in 18:30 to retain the Raw Tag Titles.
After the match, Rollins was left alone in the ring and was upset and yelling while Murphy was down at ringside. Owens entered the ring unbeknownst to Rollins. Owens kicked and Stunned Rollins, then left the ring and dumped some popcorn onto Murphy on his way to the back. After Owens was backstage, Rollins went to ringside and kicked at the popcorn.
Powell’s POV: The ring work wasn’t bad, but the live crowd was as quiet as they’ve been all night. Why didn’t they save one of the tag title changes for this show rather than giving one away in Saudi Arabia and the other on Raw?
An ad aired for the WWE Network documentary on their Florida Championship Wrestling developmental territory… The Smackdown broadcast team recapped the Viking Raiders beating Hawkins and Ryder on the pre-show. They set up a video package on the Intercontinental Championship match…
Braun Strowman made his entrance. The broadcast team noted that any person who pinned or submitted Strowman would become the Intercontinental Champion. Kayla Braxton interviewed Sami Zayn on the gorilla position set while Shinsuke Nakamura and Cesaro stood by. Zayn noted that Strowman had yet to get his hands on him. Zayn said that would change. He asked Nakamura and Cesaro to remain on the ring apron while he faced Strowman. Zayn said he would make sure the Intercontinental Championship comes back where it belongs. The heel trio made their entrance and then the international broadcast team checked in…
6. Braun Strowman vs. Shinsuke Nakamura, Cesaro, and Sami Zayn in a handicap match for the Intercontinental Championship. Cole and Graves were on commentary. Zayn worked in long pants and tagged out before Strowman could get his hands on him. Zayn took a cheap shot from the floor while the ref was distracted, then tagged into the match and put the boots to Strowman. Zayn checked out before Strowman got in any offense.
Zayn tagged in a short time later and threw a punch at Strowman, who no-sold it. Zayn rushed to his corner and tagged out. Nakamura applied a chinlock, which Strowman broke with a suplex. Cesaro tagged in and was tossed around the ring by Strowman. Nakamura made a blind tag, but Strowman still clubbed him with a shot to the chest. Zayn hit Strowman from behind. Strowman no-sold it and then chased Zayn around the ringside area and knocked down Nakamura and Cesaro with shoulder blocks.
Zayn rolled underneath the ring. Strowman looked under the ring until Nakamura and Cesaro put the boots to him and then ran him into the ring steps. Back inside the ring, Nakamura hit a Kinshasa to the back of Strowman’s head and got a two count. Cesaro set up for the Neutralizer, but Strwoman powered him up and punched Nakamura. Zayn pulled Cesaro off Strowman, then ran to ringside. Cesaro shoved Strowman into the post, then dropkicked him into the post again. Nakamura hit Strowman with a Kinshasa into the post.
Zayn tagged into the match. Nakamura and Cesaro picked up Strowman and held him up for a double suplex while Zayn delivered a Helluva Kick. Zayn covered Strowman and pinned him to win the match and the championship.
Sami Zayn became the new Intercontinental Champion when he, Shinsuke Nakamura, and Cesaro defeated Braun Strowman in 8:30 in a handicap match.
Zayn celebrated with Nakamura and Cesaro afterward. Zayn stood on the ropes and taunted Strowman, who was struggling to get back to his feet…
Powell’s POV: I didn’t see that one coming (and that’s the first time I can say that tonight). The crowd wasn’t very hot for this. Normally I’d assume that would change once they get to Zayn vs. Strowman in a singles match, but I wonder if the WrestleMania crowd will root for the once beloved Zayn.
An ad aired for Austin appearing on the March 16 edition of Raw… A WrestleMania ad aired. We are 28 days away… The Raw broadcast team recapped Drew McIntyre hitting three Claymore Kicks on Brock Lesnar on Monday’s Raw. They also spoke about the other previously advertised WrestleMania matches… A video package set up the main event…
7. Shayna Baszler vs. Asuka vs. Natalya vs. Ruby Riott vs. Liv Morgan vs. Sarah Logan in an Elimination Chamber match for a shot at the Raw Women’s Championship at WrestleMania 36. Kairi Sane came out with Asuka, but she did not accompany her to ringside. The first entrants in the match were Riott and Natalya. Saxton noted that Natalya is the longest tenured of the group and yet this was her first Chamber match. Becky Lynch was shown watching the match on a backstage monitor.
Logan was the third entrant at 4:10 and immediately delivered double knees to Natalya. Riott tried to climb the side of the Chamber to escape her. Logan followed her up and they ended up fighting on Morgan’s pod. Natalya pulled Riott down and powerbombed her on the area outside the ring. Ouch. Logan waited for them to get up and then dove off the pod onto them. Natalya appeared to take a knee to the face, but she was able to return to the match moments later and seemed to be fine.
The fourth entrant was Baszler at 7:30. She put Logan in the Kirifuda Clutch. Logan quickly tapped.
Sarah Logan was eliminated by Shayna Baszler at 7:50.
Baszler applied the Kirifuda Clutch on Riott, who also tapped out. Baszler smirked.
Ruby Riott was eliminated by Shayna Baszler at 8:15.
Baszler slammed a pod door into the chest of Natalya repeatedly and then put her in the Kirifuda Clutch. Natalya tapped out.
Natalya was eliminated by Shayna Baszler at 9:30.
Baszler stood alone in the ring while the broadcast team recapped highlights of her three eliminations. Asuka taunted Baszler from insider her pod. Baszler approached, then laughed and clapped while Asuka continued to make a bunch of noise. Baszler went to the middle of the ring and played to the crowd while smirking, then started jawing at Morgan. Baszler walked back and forth while looking at both pods and then smiled as they waited for the countdown clock.
The fifth entrant was Liv Morgan at 12:40. Baszler attacked as she left the pod. Morgan kicked Baszler, who picked up Morgan and slammed her into the cage. Baszler ended up flinging Morgan into the steel mesh and the pod door. Lynch was shown watching from backstage again. Baszler brought Morgan over to the other side of the ring and forced her to tap out to the Kirifuda Clutch while glaring at Asuka.
Liv Morgan was eliminated by Shayna Baszler at 15:00.
Baszler mugged for the crowd and smirked while Asuka continued to make a bunch of noise inside her pod. Baszler climbed the ropes in front of Asuka’s pod and taunted her until the countdown clock started.
The final entrant was Asuka at 17:30. Asuka connected with a hip attack and then threw a series of kicks at Baszler. Asuka caught Baszler in the Asuka Lock. Baszler rolled under the ropes and all the way to the steel fencing, then got to her feet and backed Asuka into the Chamber fencing. Baszler targeted Asuka’s injured wrist. Baszler applied the Kirifuda Clutch. Asuka tried to pin Baszler and broke free. Baszler reapplied the hold a short time later and got the win…
Shayna Baszler eliminated Asuka in 21:00 to win the Elimination Chamber match to earn a Raw Women’s Championship match at WrestleMania.
After the match, Baszler continued to mug for the fans and looked at the WrestleMania sign to close the show…
Powell’s POV: They did the right thing by putting over Baszler strong in this match. Unfortunately, the majority of the other women in the match are heels and/or aren’t very over, so Baszler’s carnage didn’t get much heat from the crowd. This was all about showcasing Baszler and so it wasn’t much of a Chamber match. Still, I’m happy the company didn’t do anything silly just to surprise viewers.
Overall, this show looked weak on paper. It slightly exceeded my low expectations, but the company really did a terrible job of setting up the last pay-per-view before WrestleMania. Jake Barnett and I will be teaming up shortly for our WWE Elimination Chamber audio review for Dot Net Members. Let us know what you thought of the show by voting for the best match and assigning it a letter grade in our polls on the main page.
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