The best of the best from week in the WWE!
MONDAY NIGHT RAW
SUSPENDING THE MAN
In one of the most talked about segments in ages, Vince McMahon suspended Becky Lynch and replaced her in the WrestleMania main event with Charlotte Flair. This is hopefully just the next step in the Man’s journey to the main event and got huge heat in Flair while making you feel very sympathetic with Becky.
DO IT WITH FLAIR
Charlotte Flair opened the show with the perfect heel promo. She gloated, she talked herself up, she was deluded and she dared to speak ill of The Man. ince replacing Lynch in the RAW Women’s title match Flair is now the biggest heel in the company and promos like this won’t get anyone cheering for her anytime soon.
THE USO PENITENTIARY
The Usos are insanely good at making random matches feel like personal feuds. They carried this segment entirely, their promo was great, they called out McMiz and they toed the line between heel and face very well. By the time The Usos were done calling out the tag champions, this felt personal and that’s something The Usos have always excelled at. With rumors of The Usos contracts being up soon, I’ll be over here fantasy booking some grudge matches for them in AEW.
KOFI REELS BACK THE YEARS
Last year Seth Rollins wowed everyone with a stellar performance in the pre -Elimination Chamber gauntlet, this year Kofi Kingston reminded everyone why he was on the verge of being a star back in 09-10. He fought for 50 minutes against a few different opponents and showed so much heart and ability, it’s hard not to root for the veteran over everyone going into the EC match this weekend.
A little thing but credit must be given to the Iiconics for being so smart in this tag match. The losing team would enter the Chamber first, so the Iiconics just didn’t tag in. Genius! and it fits their annoying characters perfectly. Small but good stuff that makes SD such a great show.
Ariya Daivari cut a good promo during this show, working in jabs at Enzo Amore and Hideo Itami. What stood out the most was the different setting, it didn’t feel like a typical WWE promo and stood out on a very paint by numbers show.
OHHHH MY GOD
Keith Lee can still hit the high notes I see. This segment was good in that Ohno got to attack the fans and further his character while Lee got to remind us he was on the roster. Lee was also a natural once he got the mic in his hands and I think more promo time would do him wonders. Much like the Riddle/Ohno feud this one will hopefully elevate Lee up the card and into meaningful programmes.
B-PPV DONE RIGHT
Elimination Chamber won’t be getting any show of the year votes but as a B-Level PPV it his all the right story notes, the big angles were continued in a hot fashion, we got title changes that change the Road To WrestleMania and we got some good storytelling in the main event with Kofi Kingston. Overall a solid event that built to WrestleMania without being completely forgettable.