Expectations heading into Elimination Chamber on Sunday
night were not high. You had a PPV without either women’s champion, without the
WWE or Universal champion, without #1 contenders Roman Reigns or Drew McIntyre,
without top stars Charlotte Flair, Bray Wyatt or Randy Orton.
And still, the PPV turned out to be even worse.
Elimination Chamber’s main event to name a #1 contender for
Becky Lynch’s Raw Women’s Championship was a foregone conclusion, but it was
such a dull, drag of a match that you’d be better knowing the spoiler – Shayna Baszler
won by submitting all five opponents – and saving a half-hour of your life.
Nothing on the card rose to the level of really good, though
a couple matches were certainly watchable and enjoyable. Some of the bouts were
just bad and shouldn’t have been on PPV. Even the AJ Styles versus Aleister
Black match, which should have been good given the participants, was hugely
If you were a paying customer, hopefully you really
love 30-second Undertaker appearances, because that might have been the highlight
of the night. Otherwise, you probably feel like you were hosed shelling out for
a PPV like this.
With that said, let’s run through the pros and cons and save
you the trouble of watching four hours of this mess. Let’s get to it, first with the negatives...
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.