WWE Elimination Chamber Kickoff: Rhodes Brothers vs. Rybaxel
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.