Date: February 14, 2019
Location: Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Commentators: Vic Joseph, Percy Watson, Renee Young
It’s the go home week for Elimination Chamber and that means a lot of recaps from Smackdown, as there isn’t actually a World Title match from the Raw side. Then again we’re promoting Wrestlemania at the same time so we’ll be seeing a lot from Seth Rollins and Paul Heyman too. Let’s get to it.
Heavy Machinery vs. Ascension
Tucker headlocks Viktor to start and shoulders the heck out of him. It’s already off to Otis for a double three point shoulder to knock Viktor into the corner, meaning Konnor comes in to try his luck. That means the double stomach shot to Konnor’s head but a blind tag lets Viktor run Otis over. An elbow gets two and it’s time for the chinlock. Back up and Konnor misses a charge into the post, allowing Otis to come in and clean house again. The Caterpillar sets up the Compactor for the fast pin on Viktor at 5:53.
Result: Heavy Machinery b. Ascension – Compactor to Viktor (5:53)
Seth Rollins year in review.
Here’s Rollins to talk about Wrestlemania but he’d rather talk about the last twelve months. He accomplished a lot and it all culminated at the Royal Rumble. Rollins was at the top of the world but the next night it was knocked down with six F5’s. He’s never felt pain like that but what matters is he’s back up. Wrestlemania might be the last match of his career, but here’s Paul Heyman to interrupt. After teasing Lesnar being here (with Rollins not buying it), Heyman says he’s here to educate Seth.
For some reason Seth assumes that all men are created equal, but that’s not true. Rollins’ DNA does not match Lesnar’s because Brock is a rage filled monster. We call this a suicide mission, but Rollins says he’s fine with that. He’s tired of Lesnar holding the Universal Title hostage and he’ll do whatever it takes to prevent Lesnar from leaving Wrestlemania as champion. That’s not a prediction, but rather a spoiler. Heyman leaves and here’s Dean Ambrose….to tell Rollins to slay the beast. Dean sits down in the timekeeper’s area and Rollins leaves.
Here’s your WrestleMania build:From Raw again.
HHH and Stephanie McMahon are in the ring to open the show with Stephanie talking about the “Elimination Chamber View” on Sunday before correcting herself. They run down the card with a focus on Ronda Rousey vs. Ruby Riott, leading into a recap of last week’s issues with Becky Lynch. This brings out Becky to say it’s nice to be here and nice to see both of them, especially since the swelling has gone down on Stephanie’s face. Becky: “I’ll hit you harder next time.”
HHH apologizes for what he said on Smackdown and now Becky has seen her doctors, who have conferred with the WWE doctors. There is no tear and Becky will be fine with a few weeks of rest. Therefore the suspension is lifted and the Wrestlemania match is on. Actually hang on as Stephanie has one more thing Becky has to do. The match is on…but she has to apologize to the two of them first.
Becky doesn’t get that because it was their idea to make her see a doctor in the first place. Stephanie: “Don’t be stubborn.” Becky: “SHUT YOUR FACE!” The McMahons have been screwing people over for decades and no one is stealing her opportunity. She’ll fight Vince himself if she has to but she’s not apologizing. Stephanie and Becky go face to face so HHH breaks it up and tells Becky that she has a choice. She can die on this hill and throw it all away or she can go to Wrestlemania. He wants an answer tonight.
From Raw yet again.
Here’s Becky for the decision, because somehow the ending of the go home show for Elimination Chamber is about HHH and Stephanie getting an apology to set up a Wrestlemania match. The bosses come out as well and talk about how Becky needs to accept the consequences for her actions so she can go to Wrestlemania. The fans don’t want Becky to do it so HHH tells her to ignore the fans and get Wrestlemania like she wants.
Becky quickly apologizes and walks away from a handshake, saying that now there is no one stopping her from her dream. HHH offers his congratulations, shakes Becky’s hand and says she’s going to Wrestlemania. Becky: “Wait that’s it?” HHH: “You’re going to Wrestlemania.” HHH and Stephanie leave as Becky starts talking about Ronda, who comes out to hear it in person.
Before it can get physical, here’s Vince McMahon to cut them off. He doesn’t buy the apology so Becky is suspended for SIXTY DAYS, meaning she’s out of Wrestlemania and Charlotte is in instead. Vince raises Charlotte’s arm and tells Rousey to get used to this scene, because it’s how Wrestlemania will end.
Here’s Charlotte to open things up. After mocking the BECKY chants, Charlotte talks about how Becky screwed up last night, just like she always has. It was Becky who got hurt in November and gave Charlotte the spot instead, all so the myth of the Man could continue while Charlotte went to battle. She’s the background of the women’s division so Vince McMahon made a business decision so everything could work.
Becky isn’t coming out here right now because she’s a flash in the pan and not the kind of person Vince is taking a chance on. You can boo her now because she’s dedicating her win to Becky Lynch. Charlotte will be her in the front row at Elimination Chamber because we might have a new champion and she might have a new Wrestlemania opponent.
The new Man:Elimination Chamber rundown.
Tyler Breeze/B Team vs. Jinder Mahal/B Team
Breeze and Sumir start things off and it’s an exchange of shoulders to start things off. Sunil comes in and has a dance off with Axel as we take the Main Event Abrupt Break. Back with Dallas and Sunil hitting a double clothesline, allowing the hot tag to Axel. Jinder comes in to run Axel over but Sumir dives into a raised boot. Sunil gets kicked out of the air as everything breaks down. A double superkick gets two on Breeze with Axel making the save. Sumir stops to dance (again) at Breeze, earning himself the Beauty Shot for the pin at 9:05.
Result: Tyler Breeze/B Team b. Jinder Mahal/Singh Brothers – Beauty Shot (9:05)
We wrap up with a five minute highlight package from the Smackdown gauntlet match.
Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at kbwrestlingreviews.com, or check out his Amazon author page with 28 wrestling books. His latest book is the the Complete 1997 Monday Night Raw Reviews.
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