WWE Elimination Chamber 2019
February 17, 2019
Toyota Center
Houston, Texas

Watch: WWE Network

Meet our reviewers:

  • Sean Sedor: It’s been a couple of months, but Sean is back on a Voices Of Wrestling WWE PPV Review!! He just got done watching an exciting Daytona 500, and now he’s ready to watch a PPV that doesn’t look very enticing (though he is looking forward to the Elimination Chamber matches, for better or for worse). You can follow Sean on Twitter @SASedor2994, and you can check out his wrestling reviews blog at http://dxvsnwo1994.blogspot.com.
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  • Suit Williams: To quote GOB Bluth, “I’ve made a huge mistake.” He’s on Twitter @SuitWilliams. He cohosts the Smark Sports podcast available on ITunes, and his other work is available on PWPonderings.com.

WWE Cruiserweight Championship
Buddy Murphy © def. Akira Tozawa

Griffin Peltier: First of all, not a fan of cutting away from a Championship match for a backstage interview. Second of all, I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again: Buddy Murphy is the best wrestler in the WWE. This match was fantastic with tons of high spots that flowed well with the David vs. Goliath story of the match. Buddy’s strength compliments all of his opponents in the Cruiserweight division, he’s the guy to beat and it gains instant babyface fire for anybody who faces him. Well booked and a well executed match. Great stuff from the Cruiserweight division, like usual. Hopefully the company decides to give the Cruiserweights a chance and let them steal the show on WrestleMania proper. Nobody can touch them match quality wise. ****1/2

WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship, Elimination Chamber Match
Sasha Banks & Bayley def. Nia Jax & Tamina, Carmella & Naomi, Billie Kay & Peyton Royce, Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville, and Liv Morgan & Sarah Logan

Sean Sedor: I was hoping the Daytona 500 would’ve finished just before the PPV started, but unfortunately, we got a lot of wrecks as most of the drivers turned off their brains in the last twenty laps. Anyway, I was glad to see WWE bookend this PPV with the Elimination Chamber matches. That’s the right way to do it. We got some decent action in the first five minutes with the first two teams (Sasha Banks/Bayley & Mandy Rose/Sonya Deville). The Riott Squad were out next, and they gained the advantage immediately. There was a fun strike exchange between Liv Morgan and Sonya Deville, but the former ruined the moment just seconds later when she appeared to fail spectacularly on an attempted Matrix evasion. A big Tower Of Doom spot took place before The IIconics came out, and they both tried to score quick falls on everyone who was down (a nice spot that fit well with their characters). They were in control for a bit (this included an ugly dive to the Chamber floor by Peyton Royce) until “Fabulous Glow” came out and started to clean house. Everyone got the chance to hit their signatures, and in the aftermath, Naomi ended up getting pinned by both IIconics to eliminate Fabulous Glow. Then the Nia Jax/Tamina team made their entrance and everyone else failed to gang up on that. The aforementioned IIconics tried to hide in a pod, but they were quickly disposed of. The Riott Squad had their turn to take on the Nia Jax/Tamina team (including both of Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan diving off one of the pods), but then met the same fate as the IIconics. Jax then charged through one of the pods as she tried to take someone out, and this allowed the other two teams to take out Tamina for the elimination. It came down to the same two teams that started the match, and they had a fun exchange in the final few minutes until Bayley & Sasha Banks finally won. I think we were all worried that this would be terrible, but it ended up being pretty good. Even though it wasn’t the smoothest match in the world, everyone involved worked hard (or as hard as they could, given that there weren’t a ton of good wrestlers in there), and there were some cool moments throughout. Bayley & Sasha Banks seemed like the obvious choice on paper, and it was good to see them get the win. ***1/2

Griffin Peltier: I was also watching the Daytona 500 – that track is more destructive than the chamber itself after the events of today’s race. Onto the match! Bayley and Sasha started against Mandy and Sonya, which was the best decision considering they wrestled against each other 40+ times at the start of last year. Out of all of these competitors, I didn’t think the ‘strong style’ exchange would come from Liv Morgan and Sonya Deville. We’ve had a few good exchanges in the match so far and Sonya Deville looks like a potential star in the future. She’s good. The camera work was on point when it caught Liv’s jump off the pod but completely missed Logan’s. Nia went through a pod by Bayley moving out of the way of a spear, that was cool. With Nia out, Bayley, Sasha, Sonya, and Mandy teamed up and eliminated Tamina – meaning the two teams that started will be the ones to end the match. Fun little exchange between all four and Sasha won in the end by forcing Sonya to tap out. Overall, this was a fun match that was a bit clunky at times. The right team won and the final two teams was well booked. ***1/4

Suit Williams: This was some sloppy chaos that was a lot more fun than you would expect looking at the lineup. Nia and Tamina looked competent, Sonya Deville looked explosive and exciting, and the crowd was into it. At the end, Banks and Bayley beat Rose and Deville to win the titles. The right team won, now they need to spend 30 seconds to come up with a better name. Actually, I just gave them one. Banks and Bayley. I’ll be waiting for my check in the mail. ***

WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championships
The Usos def. The Miz & Shane McMahon ©

Sean Sedor: Before the match began, The Miz and Maryse announced that they were having another child. Congratulations to those two. Speaking of which, congratulations to Denny Hamlin on winning his 2nd Daytona 500 in four years (the race finally ended during the Women’s Elimination Chamber Match). I was very intrigued to see what happened in this match after the recent news of Jimmy Uso’s arrest. The Miz & Shane McMahon had the early edge over The Usos (with the story being that their teamwork was better since they’ve now been teaming regularly), but that soon changed, as The Usos managed to isolate The Miz. Once the hot tag was made to Shane McMahon, he cleaned house (with his typical offense), and was able to hit one successful Coast-To-Coast. The other was blocked with a superkick from the other Uso. The Miz helped set Jey Uso up for the Leap Of Faith elbow from Shane, and with those two out, it came down to The Miz vs. Jimmy Uso. They had a short, by solid, sequence, and Jimmy Uso got the win for his side after countering a Miz pin attempt into a crucifix. So days after getting arrested, Jimmy Uso scored the winning fall to capture the SmackDown Tag Team Titles (go figure). This was another match that I didn’t have high hopes for, but it was ultimately a solid undercard match. With The Miz & Shane McMahon losing the titles, I was expecting to see one of them (likely The Miz) turn heel right after the loss, but that didn’t happen. ***1/4

Griffin Peltier: Congrats to Miz and Maryse who announced that they are having another baby. Corey Graves referenced 6ix9ine because WWE is hip and with the kids. The match itself was a good tag team match. Shane McMahon hit his signature Shane McMahon spots, including a Coast to Coast and a Leap of Faith. The match didn’t really connect with me but it was well worked. ***

Suit Williams: The Miz is having another kid. Cool. I remembered that my car was out of gas, so I ran and fixed that. I did come back to see the final exchange and was surprised to see the Usos win the titles after Jimmy’s…busy week. N/R

WWE Intercontinental Championship
Finn Balor def. Bobby Lashley © & Lio Rush

Sean Sedor: A handicap match for a singles title? Seems like something straight out of WCW during the Vince Russo Era. Of course, if Finn Balor could pin either Bobby Lashley or Lio Rush, he would become the new champion. The story was that Lashley and Rush used the tags to their advantage whenever Balor tried to get an extended string of offense in, but eventually, Rush got cocky, and it ended up costing them. Finn Balor pinned Lio Rush to win Bobby Lashley’s Intercontinental Championship in a Handicap Match. That’s a sentence that Vince Russo would be proud of. We then got Lashley taking out Rush after the fact, as he was clearly frustrated (as he should be). The bout itself was basically your typical RAW match, but to be fair, I wasn’t expecting much from this anyway. **1/4

Griffin Peltier: I feel like I saw this match at the house show I went to the other week – apart from the finish. The match felt flat and the handicap stipulation was completely stupid. Balor pinned Rush to win Lashley’s Intercontinental championship because why not? Should have put the Universal title on Finn. **

Suit Williams: Before the match, Dasha the interview lady made sure to emphasize that Balor could pin Rush and still win the title, much to Lashley’s chagrin. Finn then pinned Rush with the Coup De Grace to win the title, much to Lashley’s chagrin. This was a Raw match. **

WWE Raw Women’s Championship
Ronda Rousey © def. Ruby Riott

Sean Sedor: So before this match, we got a recap of the awful angle that ended RAW last Monday. This led to some footage from an angle at a house show between Charlotte and Becky Lynch (we should get more of those, by the way). Charlotte then cut a promo, because of course….there has to be a Charlotte promo on a PPV. Meanwhile, Ronda Rousey came out dressed like Sonya Blade (who she’s voicing in the new Mortal Kombat game), and I thought the outfit looked pretty cool. The “We Want Becky” chants started almost immediately, but they didn’t get the chance to overtake the match, because Ronda won in quick fashion. Not much else to say about the bout itself. Nice to see Ronda actually squash someone in a PPV title defense for once. Becky then came through the crowd on crutches. Of course, the crowd was behind Becky all the way, and she went to town on Charlotte with her crutches. Becky then offered up one of the crutches to Ronda (so she could use it on Charlotte), but she attacked Ronda with the other crutch when she had her back turned. The angle was good, and the match itself just served to set it up. N/R

Griffin Peltier: Why couldn’t we get Tozawa versus Buddy Murphy on the PPV? This was a total squash. Ronda got some more momentum heading into WrestleMania. *1/2

Suit Williams: Buddy Murphy and Akira Tozawa had a match that has been raved about by the people who have seen it. If only they could be put on the real PPV so more people could see it. This was a Raw angle. A well done Raw angle, but a Raw angle nonetheless. N/R

No Disqualification Match
Baron Corbin def. Braun Strowman

Sean Sedor: So Baron Corbin hasn’t been an authority figure since December. Why is he still wrestling in dress clothes? Anyway, these two were having a painfully average hardcore brawl (a kendo stick, the ring steps, and a table were among the weapons involved), but then Drew McIntyre and Bobby Lashley attacked Strowman with steel chairs. The three of them proceeded to DESTROY Braun Strowman. The beating concluded with a Shield powerbomb off the steel steps and through two stacked tables. Corbin then WON the match. Yes, you read that correctly. Baron Corbin defeated Braun Strowman. Does Strowman have no friends? I thought Kurt Angle and Finn Balor were his buddies? Remember when Braun Strowman was insanely over about two years ago? Well, over the course of the last year/eighteen months, it’s all been downhill for Strowman. They’ve killed this guy dead. Then again, I thought Asuka was dead after the horrible Carmella feud, but she managed to make a comeback of sorts. Will the same happen with Strowman? I don’t know. DUD

Griffin Peltier: This was a shitty house show main event type of match that ended with Drew McIntyre and Bobby Lashley running interference to put Braun through two tables with a Shield-esque triple powerbomb. Utterly pointless. -**

Suit Williams: Braun Strowman is a 6’8” tall giant with great physical charisma that organically got over with the WWE crowd. Ever since leaving the Wyatt Family in July 2016, he has been a champion for exactly one day. He was one-half of the Raw Tag Team Champions with a little boy, then gave the belts up because the little boy had to go to school. They have turned him face, turned him heel, turned him face again, and had him lose five World Title matches. And tonight, he got beaten up by three dudes and lost to Baron Corbin, the least compelling pushed act in a major league pro wrestling company, in a house show plunder match. This is like Goldberg losing to Don Harris on PPV. DUD

WWE Championship – Elimination Chamber Match
“The New” Daniel Bryan © def. AJ Styles, Jeff Hardy, Randy Orton, Kofi Kingston, and Samoa Joe

Sean Sedor: We got another WCW-esque moment before the main event. Lacey Evans came out, walked down the ramp, and then walked right to the pack. No point to that at all. Anyway, I was so happy to see this main event starting before 10:00 on the East Coast. I doesn’t impact me that much, since I don’t work on Monday’s anyway, but still, I didn’t mind this at all. Daniel Bryan started the match with Samoa Joe, and he did everything he could to avoid Joe. He tried, but Joe eventually got his hands on him. Bryan eventually got his shots in, but Joe dominated the majority of this opening five minute stint. Kofi Kingston entered 3rd, and came out with some good offense out of the gate. At one point, he hopped up onto one of the pods and went after Bryan. This led to Kofi hitting a trust fall off the wall of the Chamber onto Bryan and Joe. The 4th Entrant was AJ Styles, and he cleaned house on everyone (including a Phenomenal Forearm to Daniel Bryan, who was climbing the Chamber wall). Styles eventually eliminated Samoa Joe, because of course Joe would be eliminated first. Jeff Hardy was the 5th Entrant, and he cleaned house for a bit. He did a really cool Swanton Bomb off the top of a pod onto Styles, who was draped on top of a turnbuckle, but Hardy was then immediately eliminated by Bryan. Orton was out last, and went after everyone who was left. He eliminated Styles after hitting a RKO, but then Orton got eliminated by Kingston via Trouble In Paradise a short time later (a nice callback to his feud with Orton nearly a decade ago). The match finished with another callback of sorts, this time to the 2012 Elimination Chamber Match, when another underdog (Santino Marella) came close to beating then-World Champion Daniel Bryan. Kofi gave it everything he had, and the crowd really got behind him. However, Kingston ultimately came up short. This Elimination Chamber match was very good throughout, but the final segment with Daniel Bryan and Kofi Kingston just took this to the next level. The crowd was going insane with every nearfall, and both men did a fantastic job. The only downside was that you know this would’ve been Mustafa Ali’s spot if he wasn’t hurt. That being said, Kofi Kingston was awesome in this match. A great way to close the show. ****1/2

Griffin Peltier: Before this match, Lacey Evans came out on stage for a second and then walked to the back. Completely pointless. What in the fuck? But remember, there’s no time for the Cruiserweights on the main show. This match was quite awesome and had fantastic spots throughout. All six of the competitors got time to shine and they all looked awesome. The story of the match, however, was that of Kofi Kingston nearly achieving his dreams of becoming the WWE Champion. Daniel Bryan played the heel well but this crowd was hot as hell for Kingston. The nearfalls and the desperation spots played really well and the final two could’ve been a great match on its own – which is something I hope we get at Fastlane. While the match dragged a little bit at the start, it really picked up with the Kingston/Bryan final. I would go full five but I think that an audible should have been called to have Kingston win this one. The crowd was hot for him and it would have been one of those big “WWE MOMENTS” that they love. This was great and something that you should definitely check out. ****3/4

Suit Williams: Fun fact: The youngest man in this match is Kofi Kingston, who is 37 years old. Samoa Joe gets eliminated first, because fuck him, I guess. Jeff Hardy wakes the so-far quiet crowd up with a Swanton Bomb off the top of the pod to AJ Styles, who was laid across the top rope. But Bryan immediately hit him with a running knee to get rid of him. Orton comes out last, and this match can kindly be described as tepid. Styles went for a Phenomenal Forearm on Kingston, but Orton caught him with an RKO to eliminate him. Kingston hit Orton with a Trouble in Paradise a few minutes later to eliminate him, leaving him and Bryan as the final two. Kingston and Bryan had an awesome match-within-a-match here, as the crowd was loudly rooting for Kofi to get the chip here. I do feel bad for Mustafa Ali though, as this was almost certainly the spot he was meant to be in. There was a lot of tension as Kingston kept kicking out and fighting to stay alive, but he missed a big splash off of the top of the pod. That led to a running knee and Bryan retaining the WWE Title. Fast forward to when Orton comes in the match, and you have yourself a damn fine main event. ***1/2