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WWE Elimination Chamber 2018: Match Results, Review, and Analysis

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WWE Elimination Chamber 2018 went down tonight, February 25th, live on the WWE Network. We’ve got the match results, as well as our overall thoughts, for you to check out below. Let us know what you thought about the show by tweeting us: @TheRumbleRamble.


Kickoff Match

The Club vs. The Miztourage 


The Club are criminally underutilized, but pairing them up with Finn Bálor has helped give the duo a much needed purpose on Raw. Hopefully 2018 is the year of the Bálor Club.

The match was fine for what it was. The Club got the win via the Magic Killer.

After the match, The Revival were interviewed by Mike Rome. Dash and Dawson used their brief air time to diss Gallows and Anderson, more specifically their brand of tag team wrestling.

It looks like the beef between The Club and The Revival will be heating up in the near future, which is something we’re totally down for.

Winner: The Club 


Elimination Chamber Match for the Raw Women’s Championship

Alexa Bliss (c) vs. Sasha Banks vs. Mickie James vs. Sonya Deville vs. Mandy Rose vs. Bayley


Order of Entrants

  1. Sonya Deville
  2. Bayley
  3. Mandy Rose
  4. Sasha Banks
  5. Mickie James
  6. Alexa Bliss

Notable Moments

  • Absolution (Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville) teamed up to put the beatdown on Bayley at the beginning of the match. Sasha Banks came in 4th to even the odds.
  • Speaking of Banks, she came into the match and cleaned house. She gave both Rose and Deville the business without any help from Bayley (who was outside of the ring selling) for the first few minutes of her run.
  • Banks eliminated Rose before the 5th entrant (Mickie James) had even entered the match. Rose was also the first person eliminated from the women’s Rumble match last month.
  • James came in hot and eliminated Deville quickly. She dove off the top of one of the pods onto Deville to get the pinfall.
  • Bayley eliminated James soon after, leaving Banks and Bayley, along with Alexa Bliss, who had yet to enter the match, as your remaining competitors.
  • Bliss entered the match and ran away from both Bayley and Banks by climbing around the top of the cell, which was funny. Bayley and Banks chased her around, and eventually Banks kicked Bayley off the top of one of the pods in order to get to Bliss. The two (Bayley and Banks) focused on beating each other down, instead of double teaming Bliss, which got a nice reaction from the crowd.
  • Bliss hit the Twisted Bliss from the top of the pod onto Banks, who was outside of the ring, but Banks reversed it into the Bank Statement. She rolled Bliss into the ring, while the Bank Statement was still locked in, but Bliss managed to escape. Awesome spot.
  • Bliss got the win via an elevated-snap DDT. The match received multiple “this is awesome” chants from the live crowd.

Winner: Alexa Bliss


WWE Raw Tag Team Championship

The Bar (c) vs. Titus Worldwide 


The Bar attacked Titus Worldwide before the bell rang, but Worldwide got the upper hand via some crafty aerial maneuvers by Apollo.

Apollo continues to take every little opportunity WWE gives him and make the most of it. He’s been great lately.

The crowd was absolutely dead for this bout, which is fair, as it followed a very hot Chamber match.

The Bar got the victory after a very competitive match. It looks like they’ll be heading into WrestleMania with the Raw tag titles.

Winner: The Bar


Nia Jax vs. Asuka


Unlike the last matchup, the crowd was on fire for this bout.

Nia Jax got the better of Asuka for the majority of the match. This gave Asuka the chance to sell, something she’s really good at, but doesn’t get a chance to do often, so everything Jax did looked like a million bucks.

At one point, Nia hit a modified jackhammer on Asuka, which looked brutal. Great spot.

Asuka squeaked out a win via a headscissors into a rollup.

After the match, Nia Jax drove Asuka through the barricade outside of the ring, taking this segment to a new level.

Winner: Asuka 


“Woken” Matt Hardy vs. Bray Wyatt


Matt Hardy’s entrance was first, which led to Bray Wyatt magically appearing in the middle of the ring after the lights went out in an attempt to cheap shot Hardy before the match started. His plan failed, as Hardy was nowhere to be found when the lights came back on. Hardy sung his hit song “Obsolete” to Wyatt, while The Eater of Worlds searched around ringside for Hardy’s whereabouts. Good stuff.

Hardy did eventually reappear, and the two had a solid match. We still think these two would make a fantastic tag team, but it doesn’t appear to be the direction that WWE is going.

The crowd’s focus shifted to beachballs and doing the wave, but Hardy managed to get them back into the match by joining in on the fun. A true veteran, to say the least.

The Woken One got the victory via the Twist of Fate.

Winner: “Woken” Matt Hardy


“Rowdy” Ronda Rousey Contract Signing 


Kurt Angle, Triple H, and Stephanie McMahon made their way to the ring for the contract signing. Before Rousey came out, Triple H went over her long list of accolades.

Rousey then came to the ring and had a very awkward exchange, which included her flubbing over her words and crying at the fans chanting her name. She’s not quite comfortable in this environment yet, especially on the microphone.

Before she could sign the contract, Angle spoke up and called The Authority out on their BS. He said that Triple H and Stephanie McMahon were privately saying that they finally own Rousey, and that she is a has-been who couldn’t even beat Steph anymore. They mentioned WrestleMania 31, where Rousey laid out both Triple H and Stephanie McMahon in the middle of the ring. Continuity for the win!

Rousey snapped and slammed The Game through the table in the ring. McMahon gave her a nice slap to the face, but left the ring before Rousey could get her hands on her.

It looks like Angle and Rousey versus The Authority will be going down at WrestleMania 34 in April.


Elimination Chamber Match

Elias vs. Braun Strowman vs. John Cena vs. Roman Reigns vs. The Miz vs. Seth Rollins vs. Finn Bálor


Order of Entrants

  1. The Miz
  2. Seth Rollins
  3. Finn Bálor
  4. John Cena
  5. Roman Reigns
  6. Braun Strowman
  7. Elias

Notable Moments

  • Elias did his typical pre-match song shtick. He gets a reaction in every single town he goes, which is really hard to do.
  • The Miz, Seth Rollins, and Finn Bálor kicked things off. The match had a big fight feel to it, which is often missing in today’s WWE.
  • Strowman entered the match 6th and proceeded to clean house. The Miz climbed to the top of one of the pods to try and escape Strowman’s wrath, but Strowman followed him and tossed him from the top and back into the ring onto the other four competitors.
  • The Abominable Strowman eliminated The Miz soon after, which was our first elimination of the match.
  • Cena, Reigns, Rollins, and Bálor hit Strowman with the Shield power bomb, but Strowman kicked out. Cena followed that up with an AA, but Strowman kicked out at one. Reigns followed that up with a spear, but Strowman kicked out at two. Immediately after that, Rollins hit the Curb Stomp, but Strowman rolled out of the ring before anyone could attempt a pinfall.
  • Strowman recovered quickly and eliminated Elias with his running powerslam, the same maneuver he used to dispose of The Miz.
  • Soon after, Cena hit a dive from the top rope, but Strowman caught him and hit the powerslam for the pinfall.
  • Finn Bálor hit the Coup De Grâce on Reigns, but before he could attempt a pinfall, Strowman grabbed Bálor and hit a powerslam to eliminate him.
  • Rollins hit a frog splash from the top of the pod onto Strowman, but The Monster Among Men kicked out. Soon after, Rollins went for the Curb Stomp, but Strowman cut him off with a powerslam for the elimination.
  • This set up your final two of Roman Reigns and Braun Strowman. Reigns eliminated Strowman with back-to-back spears to win the match. He’ll be facing Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 34 for the WWE Universal Championship.
  • Braun did not take his defeat lying down and attacked Roman, throwing him through one of the pods after the match.

Winner: Roman Reigns 


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Evan Cole
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