WWE
ELIMINATION CHAMBER 2024
FEBRUARY 24, 2024
OPTUS STADIUM
BURSWOOD, PERTH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA

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Suit Williams: VOW’s WWE Correspondent checks in with WWE’s first show in Australia since 2018. Follow Suit on social media @SuitWilliams. Check out his long-form reviews here at Voices of Wrestling and find his reviews of AEW Collision every Saturday at F4WOnline.com.

I have to be honest folks. This review was very close to not happening. I reviewed two eye-opening New Japan shows on Saturday morning before reviewing Collision on Saturday night. I was going to review the show on Sunday, but Rich Kraetsch’s Instant Reaction show didn’t exactly motivate me to watch the show. But it’s Monday, and I have time to kill, so here we are.

WWE WOMEN’S WORLD TITLE #1 CONTENDERSHIP ELIMINATION CHAMBER MATCH

BECKY LYNCH DEF. NAOMI, TIFFANY STRATTON, RAQUEL RODRIGUEZ, BIANCA BELAIR, & LIV MORGAN

The first person eliminated from this match was Naomi, hot off of her return at the Royal Rumble. Welcome home, geek. She’s doing better than Jade Cargill, who is still walking out of limos and signing contracts. They’re both doing better than Andrade, who is still doing vignettes after his Rumble return. They’re not really doing much with these hot new free agents, huh?

Naomi was eliminated by Tiffany Stratton, who was the most over person in the match despite being a heel. Stratton then did the biggest high spot of the match, a Swanton off the cage to three other women, to a huge pop and cheers. She then got eliminated by Liv Morgan, a babyface, to massive boos and bullshit chants. Same crowd that got told to acknowledge top heel Roman Reigns later in the night and scurried to put their fingers up. Great storytellers in this company, I tell you what.

Belair eliminated Rodriguez with a KOD, bringing us to a final three of Belair, Lynch, and Morgan. After a few minutes of back-and-forth, Morgan rolled up Belair to eliminate her, then walked into a Manhandle Slam to win the match. Becky Lynch is going to WrestleMania, which you would have known a few weeks ago when she and Rhea Ripley shot the angle for the match. **1/2

UNDISPUTED WWE TAG TEAM TITLE MATCH

THE JUDGMENT DAY (DAMIAN PRIEST & FINN BALOR) (W/DOMINIK MYSTERIO) © def. NEW CATCH REPUBLIC (PETE DUNNE & TYLER BATE)

After seven years in NXT, Tyler Bate has finally developed enough to get on the main roster. They’ve put him together with Pete Dunne, who finally got his name back, to reform British Strong Style. Now they’re not called British Strong Style, because why would they want to play off of the BritWres nostalgia that they’re clearly playing off of, so they have the new name of the New Catch Republic.

This was a good match, but good was about it. New Catch Republic is a new team, and like most people in this company, aren’t over. There was a good bit of DOMINIK interference, which got the most heat and led to him getting ejected. Dunne and Bate got a good bit of offense in, hitting a double-team Tyler Driver and a double-team Burning Hammer – called the Birming-hammer – for nearfalls.

Judgment Day would get the win with Priest hitting both Dunne and Bate with a chokeslam off the second rope, and Balor hitting Dunne with a Coup De Grace. Judgment Day moves onto their WrestleMania feud, which, I swear to God, looks like it will be against R-Truth and The Miz. They’re gonna have to strap me to a gurney like Hannibal Lecter to get me to watch that match. ***1/2

THE GRAYSON WALLER EFFECT WITH SETH FREAKIN’ ROLLINS AND CODY RHODES

Austin Theory was there for some reason and made hack Australia jokes. In a show of synergy between the two TKO brands, Waller did a shoey with an Australian UFC fighter at ringside. Rollins will be cleared in a few days. Cody challenged The Rock to a singles match that we know isn’t happening. Theory did all the Rock’s schtick and got beat up. This took a shade under TWENTY-ONE minutes.

WWE WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE #1 CONTENDERSHIP ELIMINATION CHAMBER MATCH

DREW MCINTYRE DEF. BOBBY LASHLEY, LA KNIGHT, KEVIN OWENS, LOGAN PAUL, & RANDY ORTON

Much like the Royal Rumble, the men get the second run at the gimmick match, leaving little to talk about as far as innovation goes. The action didn’t pick up until all six men got in the match, starting with Owens attacking Paul as he came out of his pod.

After Lashley speared Paul through one of the pods, McIntyre hit Lashley with two Claymores to eliminate him. Knight ran wild, but as Lashley was leaving the pod, AJ Styles came in to jump Knight with a chair. Styles laid him out with a Styles Clash on the chair, allowing McIntyre to eliminate him.

I hate how these matches are structured. It just happened with Knight but take what happened next with Kevin Owens. Owens ran wild, hitting all his moves on everyone. Then Orton eliminated Owens with an RKO. Building momentum just to immediately kill it off. It makes no sense, but it’s what WWE has done to the point of normalcy and acceptance.

Paul took down McIntyre with a crossbody off of the chamber pod. He then put on brass knuckles and posed for 30 seconds before Orton hit him with an RKO “out of nowhere” to eliminate him. Orton feigned a back injury before popping up and hitting McIntyre with an RKO, but Paul drilled him with the brass knuckles to knock him out. McIntyre crawled to the cover to pin Orton and score himself a World Title match against Seth Rollins at WrestleMania, taking the place of the injured CM Punk.

McIntyre filling in for Punk makes sense, as they’ve set that up as Punk’s return feud. As far as the match is concerned, I dunno, it was a chamber match. It was Fine. ***

WWE WOMEN’S WORLD TITLE MATCH

RHEA RIPLEY (C) DEF. NIA JAX

For the second year in a row, a burgeoning star walked into the Elimination Chamber main event in their home country against an unstoppable Samoan force. Last year, they had the Samoan force beat that hometown star on the way to fucking up not only that year’s WrestleMania main event but this year’s as well. This time, the hometown star got the win and the actual MOMENT of triumph in front of her people, instead of a pity round of applause after a loss.

This was the best version of this match we were ever going to get. Nia Jax has been terrible for nearly a decade, but they kept this one simple. She clubbered on Rhea for the majority of this match, with Rhea getting a few hope spots sprinkled in. Jax put Ripley through the announce table before hitting the Bonzai Drop in the ring for her big nearfall. Ripley came back with a superplex before hitting the Riptide to score the win. Ripley moves on to WrestleMania where she’ll defend against Becky Lynch. **

FINAL THOUGHTS

Outside of WrestleMania Saturday and Backlash, the last year of WWE PPVs have been unremarkable affairs that I rarely remember watching after a few hours. This show was no exception, a skippable slog that made a special effort to waste the time of the announced 52,590 in attendance. There was so much dead time between the matches and segments that made this show a grind to watch. WWE was just voted Promotion of the Year by the allegedly biased Wrestling Observer Awards, but trust me when I tell you shows like this won’t win them any awards next year. Or maybe they will, who knows? Maybe I’m the one who’s wrong.