The art of professional wrestling is one of the most socially active mediums of entertainment across the world. Millions watch men and women grapple for championships, financial success, accolades, celebrity status, and supposed immortality within the squared circle. The Hype Train provides a glancing review of WWE’s flagship show, Monday Night RAW, and its latest pay-per-view offering Elimination Chamber, which features two of the match stipulations. All aboard.
WWE Elimination Chamber 2018 Review: Thoughts and Analysis
We're handing the review over this month to our Chief Writer, as @HypeTrainRob is just not up to the task of reviewing an event that he has described as an 'apocalyptic nightmare'.
Here is what @HypeTrainSam had to say on the events at the Chamber PPV last night…
Can we have a refund for our time please? We don’t know what is worse, that people paid money and took time out of their day to watch it live, or that some people were looking forward to it. Here is what we predicted, barring the finishes with Miz and parts of Rousey's contract signing, it was spot on:
The problem is that the show wasn’t predictable, it is that Elimination Chamber was predictable without purpose. Take NXT, the show is typically predictable, but the way it is executed is entertaining. WWE Elimination Chamber was the culmination of several months of WWE degrading the quality of their programming in anticipation of Wrestlemania. WWE Fast Lane 2017 had the same problem, it gave way to the Vince McMahon elects (Goldberg in 2017, Reigns in 2018) to main event the big one a little down the road.
Look on any of WWE’s ‘Official’ media partners like Forbes or Rolling Stone and this event will be painted as a heroic triumph akin to the attitude-era storytelling and early 2000’s wrestling. No, this pay-per-view was simply a failure. You should be excited for an all women Elimination Chamber, but what you got was too much hype and no delivery. Viewers also got to wait seventeen full minutes before any wrestling happened, and when it did Bailey couldn't drag a match out of Mandy Rose or Sonya Deville.
A dud tag team title match with no thrills followed, and the sound of crickets to accompany it, followed by a terrible feud ending terribly with two weirdos who just made noises at each other. Asuka dispatched a typical jobber (who was a supposed 'giant'), and to cap it all off the wrong man won the men’s Elimination Chamber. Every worse possible nightmare about the booking came true, and no more so in particular than Roman Reigns incorrectly winning the main event.
We are tired of the same stuns, tricks, and devices that degrade the product.
In short, WWE Elimination Chamber proved itself to be the total waste of time it was feared to be; hosting a set of dull and over-hyped matches that did nothing to enhance the programming, or get you excited for the approaching Wrestlemania. We’re not even going to mention the awkward segment featuring a certain former MMA star, it just falls in line with the rest of the sub-standard pay-per-view.
To quote Corey Graves, ‘I am sick of being right all the time’. Sick being the key word.
Overall Rating: 1/10
WWE Elimination Chamber 2018: Results
Here are the results, you probably already know like we did going into the event. We don’t care about spoiling it, we are saving you the time of having to endure the pay-per-view.
Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson defeated The Miztourage (Curtis Axel & Bo Dallas)
WWE Raw Woman’s Championship: Alexa Bliss (c) defeated Sasha Banks, Mandy Rose, Sonya Deville, Bayley, and Micky James in the Woman’s Elimination Chamber Match.
WWE RAW Tag Team Championships: The Bar (c) (Sheamus & Cesaro) defeated Titus Worldwide (Titus O’Neil & ‘Apollo’)
Asuka defeated Jobber Jax
Matt Hardy defeated Bray Wyatt
Roman Reigns defeated Braun Strowman, Elias, John Cena, Finn Balor, Seth Rollins, and the Miz in the men’s Elimination Chamber match.
MVP: Braun Strowman
If you are wondering where the one in our ratings came from it was the Monster Among Men who dominated the men’s Elimination Chamber match. Strowman was a wrecking ball who ticked every box for the true number one contender to Brock Lesnar’s Universal Championship.
Strowman sold everything, hit perfectly timed counters, and was booked as the powerhouse of the match. That, and the biggest babyface in the company.
Fate however, betrayed him.
Vince would somehow prefer Roman Reigns who no sold everything and sat out most the match only to perform his two standard moves to thwart Braun Strowman. The reason why they had Strowman continue the assault on Reigns after the match flatly concluded was to ensure that the event did not close out with a chorus of boos aimed at Roman, again. Strowman did everything right, and Reigns did nothing to justify his title credentials.
WWE is rewarding failure, and it needs to end.
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