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WWE Elimination Chamber 2019: Match Results, Review, and Analysis

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WWE Elimination Chamber 2019, out of the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, just wrapped up. We’ve got the match results, as well as our overall thoughts on the show, for you to check out below. Let us know what you thought about the Elimination Chamber by tweeting us, @TheRumbleRamble.

Buddy Murphy (c) vs. Akira Tozawa

Cruiserweight Championship Match

Despite Buddy Murphy having the obvious size and strength advantage, Akira Tozawa held his own against the champion, going blow for blow with Murphy – right up until Tozawa attempted a dive, but Murphy caught him in midair, planting him with a suplex. From there, Murphy wore Tozawa down with little opposition.

With a missile drop kick, Tozawa was able to get the champ looking unsteady, and followed it up with a few more big moves before going for the pin, but only got a two count.

Tozawa and Murphy climbed the ropes, Murphy lifting Tozawa above his head, preparing to throw his opponent down to the mat, but Tozawa countered with a massive hurricanrana.

After a few more minutes of back and forth, Tozawa climbed the ropes again, catching Murphy with an inverted hurricanrana when the champ tried to stop him. Every time Murphy attempted to finish Tozawa off, he was hit with one of Tozawa’s devastating manuevers, until finally, Murphy caught Tozawa with a Murphy’s Law, retaining his championship.

Winner: Buddy Murphy

Bayley and Sasha Banks vs. Sonya Deville and Mandy Rose vs. Nia Jax and Tamina vs. The IIconics vs. Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan vs. Carmella and Naomi

Women’s Tag Team Championship Elimination Chamber Match

As determined earlier in the week, the match started off with Bayley and Sasha Banks vs. Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville.

Mandy and Sonya did their best to eliminate their opponents quickly while there were no other teams requiring their attention. Bayley and Sasha fought through, however, until they were joined by Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan of The Riott Squad.

When it was The IIconics, Peyton Royce and Billie Kay, turn to enter the match, all six women were laid out. Billie and Peyton frantically attempted pins on every single woman in the ring, but failed to eliminate any of them.

The IIconics then turned their sole focus on Sasha and Bayley, and when they were unable to eliminate them, they switched to Liv and Sarah. But before they could inflict much damage, Carmella and Naomi entered the match.

All five teams exchanged blows, and any time someone came close to being eliminated, she was saved by her tag partner. Finally, The IIconics double teamed Naomi, eliminating her and Carmella from the match.

The other three teams rounded on Billie and Peyton, but they were saved (sort of) by Tamina and Nia Jax. The IIconics got back in their pod while Nia and Tamina laid waste to the other teams, but when they noticed the IIconic’s escape attempt, they dragged them from the pod and eliminated them with a double Samoan Drop.

Bayley and Sasha came close to eliminating Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan, but were distracted by Sonya Deville and Mandy Rose before they could finish the job.

Liv and Sarah climbed to the top of one of the pods, and while Tamina/Nia and Sonya/Mandy brawled beneath them, lept from the pod onto the other four women. It didn’t get them very far, unfortunately, as they were soon both hit by a splash from the top rope by Tamina, and eliminated.

In a missed spear attempt on Bayley, Nia Jax inadvertently threw herself through one of the pods. With Nia out of commission, the two remaining teams worked together to eliminate Tamina.

Back to where the match started, with just Boss ‘n’ Hug Connection and Fire and Desire, Mandy and Sonya went to work wearing down Sasha and Bayley, but were soon overtaken by them.

Bayley and Sasha followed Mandy Rose to the top of one of the pods, thinking of throwing her off, but Sonya saved her teammate, taking Bayley out by launching her into the pod. With her Bed of Roses facebuster, Mandy Rose nearly eliminated Bayley, but the huggable one kicked out at the last second. After Sonya accidentally slammed into Rose, Sasha Banks tapped Deville out with the Banks Statement.

Sasha Banks and Bayley tearfully accepted the first ever Women’s Tag Team Championships, and said that they didn’t just do it for themselves – they did it for the entire women’s locker room.

Winner: Boss ‘n’ Hug Connection (Sasha Banks and Bayley)

The Miz and Shane McMahon (c) vs. The Usos

SmackDown Live Tag Team Championship Match

With a little extra pep in his step due to the announcement of his second child right before the match, The Miz put up an even better fight than usual against The Usos.

After Jimmy and Jey were laid out in opposite corners, Shane McMahon went for a double coast to coast. He hit the first one (on Jimmy Uso) successfully but was caught by a superkick from Jey as he tried for the second.

Shane was down for the count, so Miz took over, landing a nasty DDT before clearing off one of the announce tables to put an Uso through. Unfortunately, Jimmy flew into Jey trying to hit Miz, leaving Jey vulnerable to a flying Shane McMahon, who put him through the announce table.

The multiple hard-hitting spots from Miz and Shane were not enough in the end, however, as Jimmy Uso reversed a pin from Miz, winning the SmackDown Tag Team Championships with a rollup.

Winner: The Usos

Bobby Lashley (c) and Lio Rush vs. Finn Bálor

2-On-1 Handicap Intercontinental Championship Match

Finn Bálor had his work cut out for him in this match, as he was up against both Bobby Lashley and his uber-athletic hype man, Lio Rush. Although being slightly out of sync, Lashley and Rush controlled much of the match, pummeling Bálor with ease.

Lashley was about to finish Bálor with a spear when Rush went into business for himself, tagging in and jumping from the top rope – straight into the unforgiving ring, as Bálor rolled out of the way.

Bálor quickly went to work wearing Rush down while keeping Lashley at bay by continually shoving him from the apron. After getting both Lashley and Rush outside of the ring, Bálor dove onto them, then threw Rush back in. With a Coup de Grâce on Lio Rush, Finn Bálor became the new Intercontinental Champion.

Bobby Lashley lunged to attack Bálor, but Finn cooly slid out of the ring, away from the threat. With no Bálor to unleash his rage on, Lashley turned to Rush. Lashley grabbed Rush by the face, seemed to reconsider, but then decided to go ahead with it, slamming Rush into the mat before walking up the ramp alone.

Winner: Finn Bálor

Ronda Rousey (c) vs. Ruby Riott

Raw Women’s Championship Match

Ruby Riott was out to avenge the savage beat down of her Riott Squad mates, and Ronda Rousey was out to prove exactly why this was a bad idea.

Riott rolled out of the ring soon after the bell, clearly rethinking her decision to take on the champ. Back in the ring, Riott almost immediately tapped out to Rousey’s armbar.

Charlotte Flair, who, as promised, had been sitting at ringside for the match, hopped in the ring to get up close and personal with Rousey. Before the interaction could go any further, an “injured” Becky Lynch hobbled her way through the crowd to the ring.

Flair mocked Lynch’s feeble state, which turned out to be the second bad idea of the evening, as Becky viciously beat The Queen down with one of her crutches. With Charlotte laid out, Becky somehow wordlessly convinced Rousey to go after her. Then, while Ronda was focused on Charlotte, Becky absolutely brutalized her with the crutch as well.

Becky was led away by officials, but the damage was done, both Ronda Rousey and Charlotte Flair left battered and bloodied in the ring.

Winner: Ronda Rousey

Baron Corbin vs. Braun Strowman

No Disqualification Match

Despite the no disqualification stipulation allowing the use of any objects available, Braun Strowman insisted that he didn’t need anything but his own two hands to beat Corbin. The Lone Wolf did not share the sentiment, however, going straight for a kendo stick, then an office chair from one of the announce desks, then a set of steel steps.

Baron Corbin getting the better of him just wouldn’t do, so Braun gave up the hands-only tactic and put Corbin through a table set up in the corner. He was unable to capitalize on the momentum, though, as Drew McIntyre and Bobby Lashley appeared to help their partner in crime bring down The Monster.

Using two sets of stairs for height, Corbin, Lashley, and McIntyre put Strowman through two tables set up on top of each other. This was enough to keep Strowman down for a three count, making Baron Corbin the winner. Corbin, McIntyre, and Lashley mocked Braun with his own pose before leaving the ring.

Winner: Baron Corbin

Daniel Bryan (c) vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Jeff Hardy vs. Randy Orton vs. AJ Styles vs. Samoa Joe

WWE Championship Elimination Chamber Match

Daniel Bryan and Samoa Joe kicked things off with a game of cat and mouse. Bryan ran around the ring, doing his best to stay out of harm’s way. Joe eventually caught up with him, however, nearly bloodying Bryan’s chest with chops when he did.

Kofi Kingston was the first to leave his pod, and went straight for Samoa Joe, laying him out, but was soon laid out himself by Bryan. Bryan and Joe then resumed their game, Bryan climbing to the top of one of the pods, escaping Joe’s wrath. But, as it turned out, Joe wasn’t the one he needed to worry about.

Kofi Kingston lept to the top of the pod after him, knocking Bryan off before diving onto him and Joe from the side of the cage. Joe recovered quickly and clobbered his opponents until AJ Styles entered the match.

Styles wasted no time going after his old nemesis, Daniel Bryan. He hit a double DDT on Bryan and Kofi, then pinned Daniel, but the champ kicked out. Kofi Kingston had a solid sequence with Styles until Styles turned his attention toward Samoa Joe.

Joe laid Styles out, then went after Kofi, locking him in a Coquina Clutch. Kofi Kingston escaped, however, and an unsuspecting Samoa Joe was hit with a Phenomenal Forearm from AJ Styles and eliminated from the match.

It was then Jeff Hardy’s turn to enter the match, and he scuffled with Styles while Kingston and Bryan brawled in the other corner. Hardy climbed on top of one of the pods and Swanton Bombed AJ Styles, who was strung up in the ropes. The move hurt Hardy as well, though, and he was eliminated by Daniel Bryan before he could get his feet back under him.

Shortly after Hardy’s departure from the match was Randy Orton’s arrival. And as AJ Styles went for a Phenomenal Forearm on Kofi Kingston, he was snatched out of the air with an RKO and eliminated.

The Viper was picking up steam, clearly planning to take out Kofi Kingston, but Kingston reversed the attack into a Trouble in Paradise and eliminated Orton.

Down to Kofi Kingston and Daniel Bryan, Kingston gave Bryan every ounce of energy he could muster, unafraid to face the champ one on one. Kofi landed an SOS on Bryan, and nearly took the victory, but Bryan kicked out at the last second.

Kofi was building momentum, getting yet another near fall on the champ, when Bryan ran into the pod area. Kingston chased after him and slammed Bryan’s head repeatedly into the cage, so Bryan returned the favor by throwing him into the pod (which did not break and looked incredible).

When a running knee didn’t keep Kingston down, Bryan resorted to stomping Kofi’s face, and the two exchanged near falls until Bryan caught Kingston in a crossface, but Kofi escaped.

The two once again climbed to the top of one of the pods, where Kofi and Bryan attempted to suplex each other onto the floor. Instead, Kofi knocked Bryan off, then went for a splash, but Bryan rolled out of the way. As Kofi was getting back to his feet, Bryan hit a running knee and retained his title.

Bryan left the ring first, allowing Kofi to have a moment with the audience and his New Day brothers, Xavier Woods and Big E, who helped him up the ramp after soaking up the adoration from the crowd.

Winner: Daniel Bryan

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