WWE Elimination Chamber Kickoff Show
The WWE Elimination Chamber Kickoff Show begins with the panel, of Renee Young, Byron Saxton, Corey Graves and Booker T.
We are told that Rusev, who is scheduled for tonightâ€™s Intercontinental Championship Elimination Chamber match, is no longer going to be competing. His replacement is not named.
Kickoff match Stardust vs. Zack Ryder: Stardust and Zack Ryder make their way to the ring. Early on, it doesnâ€™t take long before Stardust is in control of the action. Stardust dominates for a while until Ryder gets in his series of offensive moves.
Ryder hits the Broski Boot and sets Stardust up for more, although Stardust, out of nowhere, hits his new finisher, â€œThe Queens Crossbow,â€ on Ryder for the win.
Social Media Lounge with Lana
After the match, Tom Phillips is in the social media lounge. He is joined by Lana, who WWE allowed fans to use social media to send her questions.
Phillips brings up Rusevâ€™s injury and the fact that heâ€™s out of his scheduled Chamber match tonight. She says sheâ€™s not talking to him, but she heard heâ€™s injured. She doesnâ€™t want to say anything further.
Lana is then asked about Dolph Ziggler. She says heâ€™s cute and makes her laugh and he sends her snapshot pictures. She also talks about the fans now finally treating her well. She basically says she was mean in the past but sheâ€™ll now try to be understanding in the future.
MizTV with Daniel Bryan
Miz brags on the mic and does a big speech about how heâ€™s â€œfinally back.â€
Miz then introduces a clip of Daniel Bryan relinquishing the Intercontinental Championship so the new person who holds the title can be a fighting champion. After the clip, Miz and Bryan take their seats for the MizTV segment.
Miz constantly interrupts Bryan before he can answer any questions He goes on and on about how he feels bad for Bryan, but he feels like the victim because he put so much time into Bryan to â€œmake him a starâ€ when he was his mentor during their NXT days years ago.
Bryan then guarantees fans his career inside the ring isnâ€™t over. He talks about what heâ€™s been doing while heâ€™s been out of action, such as writing a book. Miz then goes on a giant heel-rant, mocking and putting down Bryan in every way possible.
Bryan says the reason he is here tonight is to present the winner of tonightâ€™s I-C title Elimination Chamber match with the belt. He then guarantees all of his fans again that he isnâ€™t done wrestling.
Bryan and Miz go at it again until finally Miz annoys Bryan enough again that he cuts him off and tells him that MizTV is boring. He says he knew it would be so he came prepared. He says knowing it would be, he brought â€œthis.â€
With that said, Bryan snaps his finger and then Macho Man Randy Savageâ€™s music plays. Out comes Macho Mandow and Axelmania. They come out dressed up like Savage and Hogan and beat down Miz. Hulk Hoganâ€™s music plays as Axelmania and Mandow play to the crowd. Bryan tries to leave while they celebrate, but they stop him and have him celebrate with them.
Backstage: Eden With Dean Ambrose & Roman Reigns
Backstage, Eden introduces Dean Ambrose and Eden asks him if he feels any extra pressure tonight. Ambrose says he doesnâ€™t, because he has everything to gain and nothing to lose. He then says he has a deep seeded hatred for The Authority. He says he can relieve that by punching Seth Rollins in the face and taking his WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
Reigns asks if he got the ice or the cold ones. Ambrose says he didnâ€™t. Reigns laughs and says â€œgood thing I already did.â€ Reigns tells Ambrose to take care of Rollins and heâ€™ll take care of the rest.
WWE Elimination Chamber 2015
WWE Tag-Team Championship: (Elimination Chamber Match) â€“ The Prime Time Players vs. Los Matadores vs. Tyson Kidd & Cesaro vs. The New Day (c) vs. The Ascension vs. The Lucha Dragons: Out first are the Prime Time Players, followed by Los Matadores and El Torito, Kidd and Cesaro, all three members of the New Day, the Ascension and the Lucha Dragons. As they make their way to the ring, the announcers try to better explain and elaborate on what the rules are for this first-ever WWE Tag-Team Championship Elimination Chamber match. Titus Oâ€™Neil and Darren Young are locked into their pod.
The bell sounds letting the Lucha Dragons dominate the action early on, flying all over the place and taking it to both members of The Ascension. Eventually, the size and power advantage takes over the speed and quickness of The Lucha Dragons.
Kalisto climbs on top of a pod but gets his foot stuck in the chains. The Ascension climb to the top rope and beat up Kalisto. Sin Cara, on the other side of the ring on top of a pod, hits a huge flip off of the top and lands on top of one of The Ascension members. Kalisto tries to follow up, but The New Day yank his foot from inside the pod and now heâ€™s stuck up there again.
As the buzzer sounds and itâ€™s Tyson Kidd and Cesaro. Both guys exit their pod, enter the ring and immediately take it to both the Lucha Dragons and The Ascension.
Once they establish control of the three guys in the ring, Cesaro climbs to the top rope and freeâ€™s Kalisto from having his foot stuck in the pod beneath him via n uppercut. Cesaro, from the top rope, hits a giant superplex on Kalisto, who is on top of the pod. Both guys crash down to the mat below. The fans pop huge.
Kalisto climbs all over the fencing like Spiderman. He climbs back on top of a pod, this time itâ€™s the Prime Time Players pod. Now heâ€™s trying to climb to the roof of the cage upside down.
As Kalisto continues his Spiderman act, the clock ticks down. Now the Matadores exit their pod and enter the cage. From the top of their pod, El Torito hits a flying splash onto several of the guys in the ring. Kalisto is now swinging from the roof of the Chamber. Literally, he is on the very tip-top of the cage holding on and occassionally swinging.
Finally, Kalisto swings his body back-and-forth and lets go. Once he does, everyone is in the ring right in the middle and Kalisto comes crashing down on all of the guys. The fans break out into a â€œThis Is Awesomeâ€ chant as the action continues in the ring.
Now El Torito is climbing to the roof. He lets go but is caught and slammed. The Ascension hits their finisher on Los Matadores for the elimination. Seconds later, they hit their finisher on the Lucha Dragons establishing dominance once more.
The clock starts ticking down again and this time itâ€™s the Prime Time Players who are let loose. Titus Oâ€™Nel and Darren Young come exploding out of their pod and the team is immediately beat down by The Ascension.
The action continues, now with Kidd and Cesaro getting involved, and out of nowhere The Ascension are pinned and eliminated. Now itâ€™s down to Kidd and Cesaro and Oâ€™Neil and Young, with all three members of The New Day waiting to be let out of their pod.
The fans in Texas break out into another â€œThis Is Awesomeâ€ chant as Kidd and Cesaro seem to be taking control of the action. It isnâ€™t long, however, until both teams are laid out. As the guys slowly start to make their way back to their feet, the clock ticks down, the buzzer sounds and in comes the WWE Tag-Team Champions â€” The New Day.
All three members, Big E., Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods immediately enter the ring and go to work on their opponents.
Cesaro and Kidd momentarily beat all five guys down. They lock Xavier Woods back in the pod so now things are even, with all three remaining teams only having two members involved in the match.
Cesaro gets a hold of Kingston and does the big Cesaro Swing.
Unfortunately, as soon as Cesaro is done with the swing, Darren Young rolls him up and pins him. Cesaro and Kidd are eliminated.
The only two teams left in the match now are the Prime Time Players and The New Day. Big E. gets Xavier Woods out of the pod, so now weâ€™re down to a three-on-two advantage in favor of the tag-champs. The New Day are easily dominating the action due to the numbers game.
The New Day continue to dominate, squeezing Oâ€™Neilâ€™s face through the fencing until finally Darren Young freaks out and in Superman mode, goes berzerk on all three members of New Day, including slamming Big E. through one of the pods.
Oâ€™Neil is back up now and he and Young are double-teaming any member of The New Day that approaches them. Finally, the numbers game is too much, as The New Day seems to be in control again. The finish comes when the three pile on Oâ€™Neil for the pin. The New Day retains.
Winners and STILL WWE Tag-Team Champions: The New Day
WWE Divas Championshipâ€“ Nikki Bella (c) vs. Naomi vs. Paige: From the backstage segment, we go back live inside the arena where Nikki Bellaâ€™s music hits. The announcers point out that Tamina Snuka isnâ€™t in Naomiâ€™s corner and Brie Bella isnâ€™t in Nikki Bellaâ€™s corner tonight because everyone is banned from ringside for this triple-threat Divas title match.
The bell sounds and here we go. Early on, Paige and Naomi take out Bella and they are left in the ring alone to battle it out. Paige dominates the action from the start. She remains in control until Nikki re-enters the scene.
Nikki misses a big kick off the top rope and is then slammed hard on the floor. She is getting knocked around pretty good in this one. Meanwhile, Naomi is in control of Paige in the ring while Nikki is down and out on the floor. They seem to be keeping Nikki out of the match so that Paige and Naomi can get things going.
Bella is back in the ring and the three try to do a stack-job-slam in the corner off the top rope, however they mess it up a bit. Nikki tries pinning both girls but both of them kick out.
Nikki goes for the Rack Attack on Paige but Naomi interferes with the Rear View. Paige then super kicks Naomi out of the ring. Paige goes for her submission finisher on Nikki but Naomi breaks it up. Finally, Nikki hits the Rack Attack on Naomi to retain.
Winner and STILL WWE Divas Champion: Nikki Bella
Kevin Owens vs. John Cena: Kevin Owens makes his way to the ring to a nice pop. Once his music dies down, the â€œFight Owens Fight!â€ chants start up.
Out next is Owensâ€™ opponent for tonight, longtime WWE United States Champion John Cena. Cenaâ€™s music hits and out he comes to a mixed-bag reaction as usual.
The bell sounds and the â€œchampion vs. championâ€ match begins. Owens dominates the action from the opening bell. Owens easily handles Cena for several minutes, hitting him with every move imaginable. Some that may not have a name.
Cena finally starts fighting back. The two get into a punching exchange, which Owens wins. Owens re-establishes dominance, however Cena is making his real â€œcomeback.â€
Cena is hitting Owens with every move in the book until out of nowhere Owens, hits his Pop-Up Powerbomb finisher on Cena. He immediately covers him and of course, Cena kicks out of Owensâ€™ finisher in his first PPV match on the main roster.
Thankfully, Cena hits his Attitude Adjustment on Owens, but Owens kicks out to my surprise.
Owens goes to do the Five Knuckle Shuffle, but Cena trips him down and locks him in the STF. Owens nears the ropes, so Cena yanks him back. As he does, Owens kicks him off of him and nails him with the Attitude Adjustment.
As both guys recover, Cena goes to the middle rope and hits a tornado DDT on Owens for a near fall. Both guys go for their finisher but each guy avoids it. Owens hits a big slam on Cena for a two count.
Both guys exchange punches again until this time, Cena springboards off the middle rope and hits the horrendous Springboard Stunner. Owens, however, kicks out at two.
Both guys go to the middle or top rope in one corner and in a crazy reversal Owens somehow turns a Cena move attempt into a suplex off the top in mid-air for a near fall.
Owens waits for Cena to get up, but when he runs at him, Cena blasts him with a big clothesline that was absolutely brutal. Back on their feet, out of nowhere, Owens hits Cena with a Pop Up Powerbomb for the K.O.
Winner: Kevin Owens
Bo Dallas vs. Neville: Bo Dallas cuts a promo on his way to the ring. He talks about how he tried to be nice to Neville and once Neville denied him, he left Dallas no choice but to force him to â€œBo-Lieve.â€
â€œThe Man That Gravity Forgotâ€ makes his way to the ring as the announcers try to tell the story of the match.
The bell sounds and the fans in Corpus Christi immediately breaks out into â€œNXT!â€ chants. The announcers put over how this is a big night for NXT considering this match and what Kevin Owens just did to John Cena in the previous match.
Meanwhile, in the ring, Dallas is struggling with Neville, who is in control of the action in the early going. Neville flips across the ring and knocks Dallas down with a kick. Dallas tries rolling out to the floor while Neville is on the top rope, so Neville simply changes gears and hits a big impromptu moonsault onto Dallas on the floor.
As Neville continues to punish Dallas, Dallas drops to his knees and begs off, telling Neville that heâ€™s doing this â€œfor him.â€ Neville doesnâ€™t buy it, so he continues the beatdown.
As Neville continues to control the action, Dallas finally cuts him short and takes over the offense in the match. Dallas tries to control Neville, but it doesnâ€™t take long before Neville is back to dominating the action.
Finally, the finish comes when Dallas goes for the running Bo-Dog, only for Neville to counter, knock him down and go to the top rope. Neville hits the Red Arrow and scores the pinfall victory.
WWE Intercontinental Championship(Elimination Chamber Match)â€“ Mark Henry vs. Sheamus vs. R-Truth vs. Ryback vs. King Barrett vs. Dolph Ziggler: The Elimination Chamber is slowly being lowered over the ring for the Intercontinental Championship match. Daniel Bryan is at sitting at ringside to present the winner with the belt.
Mark Henryâ€™s music hits and out he comes. Henry is the replacement in this match for the injured Rusev, who prior to getting injured, was scheduled for this slot in the bout.
The bell sounds and our six-man Elimination Chamber match for the vacant WWE Intercontinental Championship with Barrett and Ziggler kicking things off is officially underway.
Early on, Ziggler and Barrett roll around on the mat in amateur wrestling fashion. It isnâ€™t long, however, before King Barrett, the bigger of the two men, is controlling the action inside the ring.
Barrett dominates Ziggler all the way until the clock ticks down, the buzzer sounds and out comes the next participant in the match â€” R-Truth.
As soon as Truth exits his pod, Barrett forces his way into the pod stomping and beating him with ease.
Truth finally starts fighting back and getting some offense in, all-the-while Ziggler, who was dominated by Barrett for several minutes in the early goings of this match, is still outside of the ring selling.
Barrett finally turns the tides on Truth, only for Ziggler to re-enter the picture and attempt â€” unsuccessfully â€” to roll him up from behind. Barrett blasts Ziggler with a huge boot to the face and tries to pin him, however Ziggler manages to kick out at two as well.
King Barrett puts Ziggler through Mark Henryâ€™s pod. Because Henryâ€™s pod was smashed open, Henry was free to come out and enter the match, so he does. Henry goes to work on Barrett, slamming him and beating him all over the ring.
Just seconds later, the clock ticks down to zero
Ryback is let lose. Ryback immediately goes to work on Henry. After beating Henry down, Ryback starts beating on any-and-everyone in sight. The only person left locked in a pod is Sheamus.
As the action continues and Barrett takes a beatdown from Henry, Truth hits his finisher on him and pins him. 1-2-3. Truth eliminates King Barrett.
Now Henry, Truth, Ryback and Ziggler are circling each other and are unsure what to do. Finally, they close in on each other. Henry and Truth go to one corner while Ryback and Ziggler go to the other.
The clock counts down to zero and finally, Sheamus is let loose from his pod. Unfortunately, the referee has trouble unlocking and opening Sheamusâ€™ door. The guys in the ring take turns doing quick pointless roll-ups, one after the other, while the refs try and get Sheamusâ€™ door open.
Ryback hits Truth with his Shellshock finisher and pins him. 1-2-3. Truth is eliminated. Ryback goes to work on Ziggler now as Henry sells in the corner of the ring.
Finally, the camera focuses on Sheamus,as he removes the Celtic Cross from the lock that was keeping it locked. He then goes to work, stomping all the guys, all of whom are down in and outside the ring.
Henry goes for a big slam on Sheamus and a pin, however Sheamus kicks out. Sheamus hits Henry with a Brogue Kick and pins him eliminating the worlds strongest man. The fans were dead silent, and have been dead silent, for everything since the Sheamus pod confusion.
Anyways, back to the action â€” Sheamus is having his way with Ziggler in the ring. Ryback is still legal, but he is selling on the outside of the ring. Ziggler tries to fire up on offense, but Sheamus easily continues to control him.
The crowd is completely and totally dead right now. Ryback claws his way back in the action now, only to walk right into a superkick from Ziggler. Ziggler hits a FameAsser on Sheamus but Sheamus seconds later hits his finisher on Zigglerremoving him from the match. That was a weird setup to an elimination as well. Thereâ€™s something really â€œoffâ€ about this match and the crowd is reflecting that.
With just Sheamus and Ryback remaining in the match, the fans try to start up a â€œFeed Me Moreâ€ chant, but it too quickly dies down. The announcers point out that both Sheamus and Ryback have never been Intercontinental Champion before. Both guys battle back-and-forth for a minute or two, with each guy trying to hit their finisher. The end saw Ryback hit Sheamus with his finisher for the pin.
After the match, Rybackâ€™s music plays and he celebrates. The Chamber lifts back up to the ceiling and Daniel Bryan, the previous I-C champ, makes his way into the ring. Bryan presents Ryback with the I-C title.
Winner and NEW WWE Intercontinental Champion: Ryback
WWE World Heavyweight Championshipâ€“ Seth Rollins (c) vs. Dean Ambrose: Dean Ambrose comes out and the crowd roars back to life. Out next the current WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins.
Early on, Ambrose is like a mad man and is all over â€œThe Future of WWE.â€ Ambrose is hitting Rollins with every move imaginable.
Finally, Rollins takes over control of the match and slows the pace down. Rollins controls Ambrose for several minutes, with some distraction and interference help.
In the end, Ambrose was on the top rope and Rollins pulled the referee in front of him. Ambrose ended up taking them both out with the flying elbow smash.
The match would continue, only for Rollins to roll right into a Dirty Deeds from Ambrose. Ambrose covers Rollins and a second referee runs into the ring hitting the 1-2-3. Ambrose wins. For a moment I thought it was going to stand. The crowd was hot. The reaction real but here comes the swerve. The Dusty Finish.
The two referees confer and one pulls Lilian Garcia aside and explains to her that because Rollins pulled the ref in front of him, Ambrose wins â€” but by disqualification, so Rollins is still the champion.
After the match, Rollins is in the aisle celebrating, so Roman Reignsâ€™ music hits and out he comes. Reigns helps Ambrose clean house of Rollins and J&J Security, along with everyone else in sight.
Eventually, Ambrose gets on the mic and announces that he won and because heâ€™s got the title, heâ€™s keeping it. His music plays again as he and Reigns exit through the crowd. WWE Elimination Chamber 2015 goes off the air on that note.
Winner via Disqualification: Dean Ambrose
This show was uneven at best. The Ambrose V Rollins match delivered a solid match that was enjoyable but not the highlight. That belong to Owens V Cena, it was a culmination of a career that was hard fought. Owens got a major rub from Cena and the follow up was already teased for Money in the Bank. The Divas are locked in place until Nikki Bella runs out A.J. Leeâ€™s recorded for longest reign. It truly is a shame as a heel Naomi would benefit the division. The tag team title is now much more interesting as all teams looked good. I would like to see the Matadores use this as a way to convert to a new gimmick. As for the IC title Ryback deserves a big win after all the time heâ€™s put in; but at what cost?