That certainly would have been different. We are less than a week removed from Elimination Chamber and the show was a hit and miss effort. Due to being stuck between Super ShowDown and WrestleMania 36, WWE did not seem to put in as much effort as it usually would. This left the card a bit lackluster, but the main event was certainly different. It also almost wasn’t.
This year’s Elimination Chamber was headlined by the women’s version of the show’s namesake match, featuring Shayna Baszler eliminating every other participant to win. The victory made Baszler the new #1 contender to the Raw Women’s Title, with her title shot coming at WrestleMania 36. However, the show almost ended rather differently and it might have been an interesting way to go.
According to Wrestling Observer Radio, it was not clear which Elimination Chamber match would close the show until Sunday. Both the women’s match as well as the tag team edition had supporters backstage who wanted their matches to headline the show. The biggest issue with the women’s match was the structure, with Baszler running through the competition in just over twenty minutes. The tag team match was won by Miz and John Morrison, who retained the SmackDown Tag Team Titles.
Both matches were big deals. Check out how they went down:
Opinion: I can get both sides of this, but the order chosen was probably the right one. While neither was the best option, it wasn’t like there was any other serious contender. At the end of the day, the show is called Elimination Chamber, so it’s not like it would make sense to have a match close the show without being inside the Chamber itself. That was the case in 2012 when an ambulance match featuring John Cena vs. Kane headlined the show and it really didn’t work.
Which match should have headlined the show? How would you have booked both matches? Let us know in the comments below.
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