Feb 23, 2014 - by Michael Riba
WWE Elimination Chamber Kickoff kicks off with a shot inside the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Josh Mathews welcomes us to the show. The expert panel joining him tonight consists of Mark Henry, The Miz, and Rey Mysterio. Henry says he is looking forward to the Elimination Chamber match. The Miz agrees, but then adds that he is looking forward to the other title matches as well. Mysterio brings up the Six-Man Tag Team Match between The Shield and The Wyatt Family. The panel starts talking about the tag team division, and The Miz predicts that Cody Rhodes and Goldust will defeat Curtis Axel and Ryback on the kickoff show in a few minutes. Henry says there has not been this much excitement in the tag team division since the Attitude Era.
We go to the Social Media Lounge and join Renee Young. She talks about the WWE Universe’s predictions for the Elimination Chamber Match and the Six-Man Tag Team Match.
We take a look back at Randy Orton running the gauntlet against his Elimination Chamber opponents and then we see the brawl that ended Monday Night Raw this past week.
Mysterio says everyone stepping into the Chamber has a lot of anxiety and anxiousness. The Miz says they are all thinking about how much pain they will be in tonight, and Henry says there will be no winner due to the pain and the injuries that will happen during the match. The Miz says Cesaro will win the Chamber, and Henry says even if he does, he will never be the same again.
We see The Real Americans backstage. Zeb Colter says tonight will be the greatest night in the history when Cesaro and Jack Swagger both win titles tonight.
The announcers make their way to ringside and we take a look at the feud between Alberto Del Rio and Batista. We also see a preview for the WWE Network, which launches tomorrow.
Cody Rhodes and Goldust vs. Curtis Axel and Ryback (w/Larry “The Axe” Hennig)
Goldust and Axel start the match for their teams. They battle for a bit before Rhodes and Ryback are tagged in. Ryback backs Rhodes into the corner and drives his shoulder into his midsection. Ryback tags in Axel, who backs Rhodes into the corner. Axel delivers a chop, but Rhodes counters and delivers a chop of his own. Rhodes dumps Axel to the outside and he and Goldust double-team Axel as we head to a “commercial” break.
We’re back and Axel and Ryback are in control of Goldust. Axel gets Goldust down on the mat and then delivers a knee. Axel goes for the cover, but Goldust kicks out at two. Axel slams Goldust into the corner and tags in Ryback. Ryback slams Goldust down to the mat and toys around with him. Ryback lifts Goldust up and then drops him with a vertical slam. Ryback goes for the cover, but Goldust kicks out at two. Ryback goes to the corner and tags in Axel, but Goldust begins to fight back. Goldust drops Axel with a clothesline, and both men are down. Axel gets to Ryback and tags him in. Ryback slams Goldust into the mat and backs him into the corner. Goldust counters with a right hand and then takes Ryback down. Goldust goes for the cover, but Ryback stops him. Goldust sends Ryback to the outside and then crawls towards him corner and Rhodes. Rhodes and Axel get tagged in. Rhodes drops Axel and goes for the cover, but Axel kicks out at two. Rhodes hits the Alabama Slam on Axel and then connects with the Disaster Kick on Ryback. Rhodes comes off the top rope, but Axel catches him and slams him to the mat. Axel goes for the cover, but Rhodes kicks out at two. Ryback and Goldust battle on the outside. Rhodes drops Axel with Cross Rhodes and gets the pin fall.
Winners: Cody Rhodes and Goldust
We go backstage with Byron Saxton. He is joined by The Usos. They say that are going to walk out the new tag champs.
The panel makes their predictions for the Chamber Match as the Kickoff Show comes to a close.
Elimination Chamber begins with the opening video hyping the Elimination Chamber match.
WWE Intercontinental Championship Match: Big E vs. Jack Swagger (w/Zeb Colter)
Big E starts out in control of the match and sends Swagger to the outside. Swagger gets back into the ring, but Big E keeps control. Big E backs Swagger into the corner and then drives his shoulder into his midsection. Swagger and Big E go to the outside, and Big E sends Swagger into the steel steps. Big E turns his attention to Colter, but then back to Swagger. Big E tosses Swagger back into the ring and goes for the cover, but Swagger kicks out at two. Swagger comes back and takes control of the match. He sends Big E to the outside, but then brings him back into the ring. Swagger goes for the cover, but Big E quickly powers out. Big E backs Swagger into the corner, but Swagger counters and slams Big E down to the mat. Swagger drops a leg and goes for the cover, but Big E kicks out at two. Swagger gets Big E in a front lock down on the mat, but Big E counters and slams Swagger to the mat. Both men come off the ropes and drop the other with a clothesline. Big E backs Swagger into the corner and delivers a couple right hands. Big E sends Swagger to the other corner and charges, but Swagger moves and Big E goes shoulder-first into the ring post. Swagger goes for a roll-up, but Big E kicks out at two. Big E comes back and delivers a belly-to-belly suplex and goes for the cover, but Swagger kicks out at two. Swagger comes back and delivers a spine-buster to Big E. Swagger goes for the cover, but Big E kicks out at two. Big E comes back and goes for the Big Ending, but Swagger holds on and lands on the apron. Big E comes off the ropes and takes himself and Swagger down to the floor. Big E grabs Swagger and tosses him back into the ring. Big E goes for the cover, but Swagger kicks out at two. Big E goes to the top rope, but Swagger cuts him off. Swagger tosses Big E down to the mat and goes for the cover, but Big E kicks out at two. Swagger comes off the ropes and takes out Big E’s leg. Swagger locks in the Patriot Lock, but Big E breaks the hold. Swagger goes for the Gut-wrench bomb, but Big E fights out again. Big E drops Swagger to the mat and then sets up for the Big Ending. Swagger rolls through and locks in the Patriot Lock. Big E counters with an enziguri and then connects with the Big Ending and gets the pin fall.
Winner and still WWE Intercontinental Champion: Big E.
After the match, Bad News Barrett’s music hits and he rises up on his podium. Barrett talks about Russia winning more gold medals than the United States in the Olympics. He says in four years, Mother Russia will reign supreme again.
We see a short video confirming that Hulk Hogan is retuning to the WWE to host WrestleMania XXX, and he will be live on Raw tomorrow night.
We take a look back to this past Monday Night Raw, where Daniel Bryan was brutally beaten down by the Director of Operations, Kane. We then see the same thing happening against on this past Friday Night Smackdown.
We go backstage with Byron Saxton, who is joined by Daniel Bryan. Bryan says he is going to go all-out. Bryan says the match will be painful and he opponents will go after his injured shoulder. He says he will give everything he has to win and to go on to main event WrestleMania. He begins a “YES!” chant.
Darren Young vs. Titus O’Neil
Young and O’Neil tie up, and Young backs the big man into the corner. O’Neil comes back and gets Young in a side-headlock. O’Neil shoves Young down to the mat. Young comes back and applies a side-headlock of his own. O’Neil powers out and drops Young with a shoulder block. Young clocks O’Neil with a right hand and then clotheslines him over the top rope. Young tosses O’Neil back into the ring and then delivers a clothesline from the top rope. Young goes for the cover, but O’Neil kicks out at two. O’Neil comes back and shoves Young over the top rope. O’Neil goes after Young and slams him into the ring post. Back in the ring, O’Neil applies a bear-hug. Young elbows his way out and comes off the top rope, but O’Neil catches him. O’Neil delivers a back-breaker to Young. O’Neil applies an abdominal stretch and some clubbing shots across Young’s chest. Young fights his way out again, but O’Neil keeps the attack coming. O’Neil charges, but Young counters and takes the big man down. Young comes back and delivers an uppercut and back body-drop to O’Neil. Both men go to the apron and Young drops O’Neil with a neck-breaker. Young goes for the cover, but O’Neil kicks out at two. O’Neil sends Young off the ropes and then connects with the Clash of the Titus and gets the pin fall.
Winner: Titus O’Neil.
After the match, Bad News Barrett appears again. He insults Minnesot’a electricians and the Vikings, because his podium stopped working. Barrett talks about Hulk Hogan returning to the WWE, but he will be overshadowed by the overwhelming charisma of Bad News Barrett.
We join the expert panel of Josh Mathews, Mark Henry, The Miz, and Rey Mysterio. They talk about the Elimination Chamber Kickoff show, where The Rhodes Brothers defeated Rybaxel. Henry says he is proud of Titus O’Neil for getting a win, but he is not proud of the way The Prime Time Players broke up. Miz talks about the Intercontinental title match and Mysterio talks about the Tag title match.
We see a video preview for the match between The Shield and The Wyatt Family.
Six-Man Tag Team Match: The Shield (Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns, and Seth Rollins) vs. The Wyatt Family (Bray Wyatt, Erick Rowan, and Luke Harper)
There is an all-out brawl between the two teams before the bell rings. The Shield sends The Wyatt Family to the outside and stand tall in the ring. The bell finally rings and Rollins and Rowan square off. Rowan tries to slam Rollins down, but Rollins counters with a dropkick that sends Rowan into the corner. Rowan comes back and bulldozes Rollins down to the mat and then tags in Harper. Reigns and Wyatt get tagged in. Reigns backs Wyatt into the corner and pummels him. Wyatt comes back with a right hand and gets free from the corner. Reigns takes Wyatt down and goes for the cover, but Wyatt kicks out at one. Wyatt tags in Harper, who goes to work on Reigns. Reigns comes back and backs Harper into the corner, and tags in Ambrose. Ambrose and Rollins double-team Harper and then Reigns tags in. Reigns goes for a cover on Harper, but Harper kicks out at two. Ambrose tags in and goes to work on Harper. Ambrose applies a front face-lock and takes Harper to the corner. Ambrose goes up top and takes Harper down with an elbow shot. Rowan distracts Ambrose, and Harper takes Ambrose down with a dropkick. Harper tags in Wyatt, who comes into the ring and beats down Ambrose. Wyatt delivers a headbutt in the corner and then backs away. Wyatt charges and smashes Ambrose in the corner. Wyatt tags in Rowan. Rowan slams Ambrose to the mat and then drops a knee. Rowan puts the pressure on Ambrose’s head, but Ambrose fights to his feet. Rowan grabs Ambrose and drops him with a sidewalk slam. Rowan goes for the cover, but Ambrose kicks out at two. Rowan tags in Harper. Harper drops Ambrose with a right hand and goes for the cover, but Ambrose kicks out at two. Ambrose comes back and drops Harper with a neck-breaker. Ambrose tags in Rollins. Rollins takes control of the match, but then Harper tags in Wyatt. Wyatt takes control of Rollins and slams him on the ring apron. Wyatt tags in Rowan, and Rowan and Harper double-team Rollins. Harper is the legal man now, and he smashes Rollins in the corner. Harper tags in Wyatt. Wyatt gets Rollins in a headlock down on the mat. Ambrose tries to get into the ring, but Harper delivers a kick to the face. Harper stomps away on Rollins. Rollins comes back and delivers a dropkick to Harper. Rollins tags in Reigns, who goes to work on Rowan. Reigns goes to work down on the mat, but Harper interferes. Reigns sends Harper over the top rope and takes down Rowan, but Wyatt interferes and all hell breaks loose again. Rollins takes out Harper and then takes apart the Spanish announce table as Reigns and Rowan are down in the ring. Ambrose and Wyatt fight into the crowd. Rowan slams Reigns into the corner, but Reigns takes Rowan down and goes for the cover, but Rowan kicks out at two. Wyatt and Harper tear apart the other announce table. Rowan and Harper slams Rollins through the Spanish announce table and all three members of the Wyatt Family stand tall. Harper tags in and drops Reigns with a big boot. Wyatt tags in and goes for Sister Abigail’s Kiss, but Reigns fights back. Reigns drops Harper with a Spear, but then Wyatt drops Reigns with Sister Abigail’s Kiss and gets the pin fall.
Winners: The Wyatt Family.
WWE Divas Championship Match: AJ Lee (w/Tamina Snuka) vs. Cameron
AJ gets Cameron in a headlock, but Cameron gets free and sends AJ down to the mat. Cameron goes for a cover, but AJ kicks out at two. AJ comes back and drops Cameron with a neck-breaker. AJ applies a headlock down on the mat, and then drives her knee into Cameron’s back. AJ skips around the ring and charges at Cameron in the corner, but Cameron moves and AJ hits the turnbuckle. Cameron connects with a dropkick and goes for the cover, but AJ kicks out at two. AJ comes back and dumps Cameron to the outside. AJ grabs Cameron’s pom-poms and mocks her, but Cameron takes control. Tamina goes to kick Cameron, but she kicks AJ. Cameron rolls AJ into the ring and goes for the cover, but Tamina breaks it up. Tamina then drags Cameron to the outside and the referee calls for the bell.
Winner via disqualification: Cameron.
After the match, Bad News Barrett appears again. He says he has even more time to deliver bad news since his podium is broken. He mentions the WWE Network going live at 9:00 AM EST tomorrow, and he says everyone is going to lose their jobs and be expelled from school because they will never leave the WWE Network. Barrett says rats will move in to everyone’s homes and the government will condemn everyone’s homes and everyone will be homeless.
We see Santino Marella playing with some toys backstage when Emma walks in. The Great Khali, El Torito, and Los Matadores walk in as well. Santino runs away and the rest of them play with the toys.
Alberto Del Rio vs. Batista
Before the match, Del Rio comes out walking on a crutch and wearing a neck brace. Del Rio attacks Batista with the crutch before the referee can call for the bell. The referee finally calls for the bell. Batista goes right after Del Rio, and the crowd is definitely behind Del Rio in this one. They start a “Boo-tista” chant. Del Rio locks in the cross arm-breaker over the second rope. Del Rio stomps away on Batista as the crowd chants “Daniel Bryan.” Del Rio works over Batista’s arm and the crowd chants “CM Punk.” Batista fights out, but Del Rio takes him down again. The crowd chants “Y2J” as Del Rio waits on Batista to get up. Del Rio charges, but Batista moves and Del Rio goes shoulder-first into the ring post. Del Rio keeps control and double-stomps Batista’s chest. Del Rio kicks Batista in the back of the head and goes for the cover, but Batista kicks out at two. Del Rio dropkicks Batista out of the ring as the crowd chants “We Want Lesnar.” Del Rio goes out to the floor after Batista and gets him back into the ring, but Batista counters with a Spear. Batista goes for the cover, but Del Rio kicks out at two. Batista drops Del Rio with a clothesline, but Del Rio comes back with the backstabber. Del Rio goes for the cover, but Batista kicks out at two. Del Rio dives from the top rope, but Batista rolls out of the way. Batista drops Del Rio with a clothesline and goes for the Batista Bomb, but Del Rio gets free and takes out Batista’s knee. Del Rio kicks Batista in the head and goes for the cover, but Batista kicks out at two. Del Rio goes for the cross arm-breaker, but Batista counters and hits Del Rio with the Batista Bomb and gets the pin fall.
We see a video preview for the WWE Network.
We go back to the expert panel, and they walk about the PPV so far and the Elimination Chamber Match, which is coming up next.
We take an in-depth look at the Elimination Chamber Match.
WWE World Heavyweight Championship Elimination Chamber Match: Randy Orton vs. Cesaro (w/Zeb Colter) vs. Christian vs. Daniel Bryan vs. John Cena vs. Sheamus
Cesaro and Sheamus start the match off. Cesaro sends Sheamus out to the steel, but Sheamus comes back and gets into the ring. Cesaro goes against the ropes and Sheamus charges, but Cesaro elevates him out to the steel. Sheamus gets back into the ring and takes Cesaro down. Sheamus drops Cesaro with a neck-breaker and goes for the cover, but Cesaro kicks out at two. Sheamus elevates Cesaro out to the steel platform and goes out after him. Sheamus delivers the ten clubbing blows against the ropes. Sheamus then clotheslines Cesaro down on the steel. Sheamus tries to suplex Cesaro back into the ring, but Cesaro counters. Both men are on the steel platform and Cesaro goes to the ropes. He stomps on Sheamus and Sheamus goes back into the ring. Cesaro backs Sheamus into the corner and stomps away on him. Sheamus fights back, but Cesaro takes him down with an uppercut. Sheamus fights back and climbs up top, but Cesaro counters with an uppercut again. The countdown begins and Daniel Bryan enters the match.
Bryan delivers a missile dropkick and then delivers a knee to Cesaro. Bryan then takes Sheamus down with a flying forearm. Bryan kicks Cesaro and Sheamus in the chest. Bryan roundhouse kicks Cesaro in the head and Cesaro rolls to the outside. Bryan applies an submission to Sheamus and pins Cesaro at the same time, but Cesaro kicks out. Bryan goes up top, but Cesaro catches him and delivers a back-breaker. Cesaro goes for the cover, but Bryan kicks out at two. Sheamus comes back and drops Cesaro with a clothesline. Cesaro comes back and clotheslines Sheamus to the steel platform. Bryan slams Cesaro into the steel chain, but Cesaro comes back and slams Bryan right through the pod. Sheamus and Cesaro battle it out and then Sheamus slams Cesaro down onto the steel. Sheamus gets Cesaro in the ring and goes for the cover, but Cesaro kicks out at two. The countdown clock begins again and Christian enters the match.
Christian goes right after Bryan and goes to work on Bryan’s injured shoulder. Christian slams Bryan against a pod and then tosses him back into the ring. Christian plants Bryan to the mat and goes for the cover, but Bryan kicks out at two. Bryan comes back and kicks Christian in the head and then charges at him, but Christian ducks and Bryan lands on his shoulder. Sheamus grabs Christian and slams him repeatedly against the steel chains. Christian comes back and slams Sheamus down onto the steel. Cesaro goes after Christian and slams him into the pod. Cesaro tosses Christian back into the ring and goes for the cover, but Christian kicks out at two. Cesaro smashes Sheamus against the steel chains and then slams him down on the steel platform. The countdown clock begins and John Cena enters the match.
Cena uses Christian as a battering ram, but Bryan goes after Cena. Bryan delivers a series or kicks to Cena, but Christian stops him and deliver the Killswitch. Christian covers Bryan, but Bryan kicks out at two. Sheamus grabs Cena and delivers White Noise, but Cena kicks out at two. Sheamus and Cesaro battle it out again. Cesaro goes for the Neutralizer, but Sheamus counters. Christian plants Cesaro with a DDT and goes for the cover, but Cesaro kicks out at two. Cena slams Christian against the steel chain and then takes Cesaro down with a shoulder tackle. Cena goes after Cesaro again, but Cesaro counters with an uppercut. Cesaro goes for the cover, but Cena kicks out at two. Bryan gets to his feet and delivers a series of kicks to Cena and Cesaro. Sheamus takes Bryan down and continues to battle with Cesaro. Cesaro takes Sheamus down with a superplex. He goes for the cover, but Sheamus kicks out at two. The countdown clock begins and Randy Orton enters the match.
Orton is the only man on his feet and he goes after everybody. Orton poses as the crowd chants “Boring.” Orton goes for the Punt on Bryan, but Bryan moves and no everyone has Orton cornered. Orton tries to lock himself back in the pod, as Sheamus stares him down. The other four men turn their attention to each other. Sheamus Brogue Kicks the pod and gets to Orton. Sheamus slams Orton into the steel chains. Orton comes back and slams Sheamus into it and gets into the ring. Cena drops Orton with the side slam. Cesaro tosses Cena to the outside and goes after Orton. Cesaro swings Orton 30 times! Bryan takes down Cesaro and Sheamus takes down Bryan and Christian. Sheamus goes after Cena, but Christian rolls him up. Sheamus kicks out and Christian goes after Cena, but Cena kicks out as well. Sheamus goes to slam Christian through a pod, but Christian grabs the steel chain and climbs away. Orton and Sheamus climb after Christian, and Orton and Sheamus fall. Christian splashes Sheamus from the top of the pod. Christian goes for the cover and Sheamus has been eliminated.
Orton grabs Christian and goes for the DDT, but Christian reverses. Bryan hits Christian with the running knee and Christian has been eliminated.
All four men stand off and then Bryan battles with Orton as Cena and Cesaro do the same. Cena slams Cesaro into the steel chains as Bryan slams Orton into the pod. Bryan and Cena get back into the ring and square off. Cena goes for the AA on Bryan, but Cesaro German suplexes both men. Cesaro goes for the cover on Cena, but Cena kicks out at two. Cena delivers the AA to Cesaro on the steel platform. Cena pulls Cesaro back into the ring and locks in the STF and Cesaro taps out and has been eliminated.
Cena locks in the STF on Orton, but The Wyatt Family’s music hits. The lights come back on and the Wyatts are in the Chamber. Harper kicks Bryan in the face and then they all attack Cena. They leave Cena lying and leave the Chamber. Orton covers Cena and Cena has been eliminated.
Kane comes to the ringside area and tells The Wyatt Family to back up. Bryan knees Kane in the side of the head. Orton sends Bryan into the pod. Bryan and Orton battle on the top rope. Bryan hangs Orton in the tree of woe and delivers a series of kicks. Bryan follows that up with dropkicks. Bryan suplexes Orton from the top rope and goes for the cover, but Orton kicks out at two. Bryan goes up top, but Orton hits the ropes and Bryan falls. Orton plants Bryan with a DDT. Orton goes for the RKO, but Bryan counters with the knee. Bryan goes for the cover, but Kane grabbed the referee and pulled him out of the ring. Bryan kicks Kane in the head and Orton hits the RKO. Orton goes for the cover, but Bryan kicks out at two. Bryan rolls up Orton, but Orton kicks out at two. Kane clocks Bryan with a right hand and Orton hits the RKO and gets the pin fall as Daniel Bryan has been eliminated.
Winner and still WWE World Heavyweight Champion: Randy Orton.
Elimination Chamber comes to a close with Orton posing at the top of the entrance ramp and with Bryan shaking his head at Orton in the ring.