When you go into watching a PPV and know the outcomes of
nearly every bout beforehand – not because you saw spoilers, but because you used
common sense – it tamps down your enthusiasm.
And WWE’s Elimination Chamber was just that: we knew what
the result of the men’s chamber match was going to be, were relatively confident
of the ending of the women’s chamber match and even figured that the Raw Tag
Team Championships would be staying put.
What did provide a huge pleasant surprise was seeing how the
contract signing for Ronda Rousey went down, providing an interesting twist and
immediately giving the rowdy former MMA fighter a legit top-level feud for
As for the men’s chamber match, fans got a super-deflating
ending, with one monster doing the heavy lifting, and the expected winner doing
what no one else collectively could: stop Braun Strowman. In old WWE, that
would make Roman Reigns look superhuman and be the next Hulk Hogan. In 2018, it
meant that Roman was viewed as a guy who got his spot over someone who did most
of the work and is the man fans want in the main event.
Still, despite Elimination Chamber being relatively innocuous,
it left something to be desired as a PPV.
Scott is a former journalist and longtime wrestling fan who was smart enough to abandon WCW during the Monday Night Wars the same time as the Radicalz. He fortunately became a fan in time for WrestleMania III and came back as a fan after a long high school hiatus before WM XIV. Monday nights in the Carlson household are reserved for viewing Raw -- for better or worse.