Don’t let the number of ups and downs confuse you:
Elimination Chamber was not a good
show Sunday night.
The second-to-last PPV before WrestleMania 35 watched like
an episode of Raw with a quality PPV main event riveted onto it, with a couple
title changes thrown in to liven/shake things up. Match quality was well below
average, and nearly a half-hour of PPV time was dedicated to introductions
during the two chamber matches.
We crowned new WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions in a match
where no one had to tag in or out of the match. We saw a title change hands
where the winner didn’t pin the champ. We saw another title change where the
full-time wrestler took the pinfall loss instead of the 49-year-old commissioner.
And on top of that, we were treated to a PPV match featuring
the offensive (emphasis on “offensive”) stylings of Baron Corbin, fresh off his
latest Olive Garden shift. We got to see Corbin and company drag things to a
halt with their slot.
But, Elimination Chamber did feature two title changes that
put the titles on wrestlers who deserved the straps. We saw a quality main
event that gave a veteran a spotlight to shine. And we saw inaugural champs crowned
in a real, emotional moment.
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.