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WWE Elimination Chamber 2017 Results


Finally, our long national nightmare is over and Bray Wyatt is, at last, WWE World Champion.  In the climax to last night’s Elimination Chamber match and PPV, the Eater of Worlds eliminated then-WWE World Champion John Cena and former WWE World Champion AJ Styles to win the richest prize in Sports Entertainment.  Wyatt is now slated to face Royal Rumble Winner and tag team partner Randy Orton at WrestleMania.  Let’s run down the Chamber match and the rest of the evening of graps action.

Elimination Chamber Match for the WWE World Championship: Bray Wyatt defeated John Cena, AJ Styles, The Miz, Baron Corbin, & Dean Ambrose 

AJ Styles and John Cena started the match, packing a mini version of their Royal Rumble match into the first period of action before being joined by the third entrant, Dean Ambrose.  Ambrose wasted no time upping the craziness by being the first man of the evening to jump off of the roof of one of the pods in the redesigned Chamber.  Speaking of the “all-new” Chamber, the re-design made for some excellent camera angles during the broadcast including an excellent moment with Dean Ambrose and AJ Styles smashing each other into new clear portions of plexiglass above each pod.

Next into the Chamber was the eventual winner Bray Wyatt at #4, followed by Baron Corbin at #5.  Corbin had a dominant run in the match laying out Cena, Ambrose, Styles, & Wyatt before taunting and waiting on the Miz to enter the match at #6.  As the Miz demured, Dean Ambrose was able to roll up Corbin for the first elimination of the match. Corbin, upset with the elimination, raged against Dean Ambrose by slamming him into a pod and hitting the End of Days to set up Ambrose for the second elimination by the Miz. Corbin is now positioned either in the short-term or for WrestleMania as an Intercontinental Championship challenger.

With the Miz falling to John Cena as the third elimination we were down to the final three of Bray Wyatt, AJ Styles, & John Cena.  After a number of near-falls between Styles & Cena trading finishers, Cena attempted to finish off both men with a dive from atop a Chamber pod.  Seemingly in control, Cena attempted to AA Wyatt, only to be countered into Sister Abigail for the elimination.

Down to Wyatt & Styles, after an excellent sequence of back and forth moves, Styles attempted a Phenomenal Forearm but was caught and hit with a Sister Abigail for the victory.  After the match, Wyatt and now challenger Randy Orton stared each other down from their respective positions in the Chamber and on the stage.

Overall, the match was excellent and the retooled Chamber looked great on television.  Wyatt’s coronation as champion was strong and smartly done as he eliminated the current champion and the former long-time champion, making him the clear legitimate title holder.

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WWE Royal Rumble 2017 Results


Royal Rumble Match: Randy Orton wins the Royal Rumble eliminating Roman Reigns

The Viper is back in the main event picture after winning a fun Royal Rumble with a number of amazing moments.  From Jack Gallagher jumping off the top with an open umbrella, Baron Corbin shockingly eliminating Braun Strowman, Luke Harper turning on Bray Wyatt, Lesnar getting eliminated by Goldberg in quick fashion, to the Goldberg/Undertaker confrontation, what the match lacked in surprise entrants was made up for in theatrics.  Once the match got down to the final four of Orton, Wyatt, Jericho, & Reigns, Jericho was the first to go via Reigns’ Superman Punch, followed by Wyatt being eliminated by Reigns.  But, just when you thought we were on the verge of an Alamodome revolt, with Reigns winning for the second time in three years, Randy Orton hit an RKO and threw Reigns over the top.

The match was hurt slightly by the lack real surprise entrants and overall befuddlement at the inclusion of Roman Reigns at #30.  As you know we’re not generally part of the crowd who consistently dumps all over Reigns’ in-ring ability here at CDW, but his entrance as the 30th competitor was an odd choice after the last two years of backlash directed at “The Big Dog” following his 2015 Royal Rumble win.  If it were a troll job to set up Reigns turning into a black hat, I’d be more on board, but the refusal to move Cena from his “Never Give Up”/superhero persona has me skeptical if they’d ever pull the trigger on Reigns either.

Looking ahead, Randy Orton will now challenge whoever emerges from the Elimination Chamber as WWE World Champion.  Leaders in the clubhouse are either John Cena (the new champion), AJ Styles (the former champion), or Bray Wyatt (the logical choice based on storylines).  There were several other potential WrestleMania matches hinted at during the Rumble including, The Undertaker versus Roman Reigns, The Undertaker versus Goldberg, and Goldberg versus Brock Lesnar.  We will surely find out what direction they are heading in the coming weeks.

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Hell In A Cell 2016 Results


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Hell in a Cell Match for the RAW Women’s Championship: Charlotte Flair defeated Sasha Banks (C) to win the title

Charlotte regained the RAW Women’s Championship for the third time after rag dolling Sasha Banks onto a table (it didn’t break) before hitting Natural Selection. Because there was no big stunt before the pin, it came off as an abrupt and flat ending to an otherwise good Hell in a Cell match. The match started out with an homage to the Undertaker/Mankind Hell in a Cell match with Banks getting seemingly removed and stretchered out of the match after Flair attacked her before the bell, ultimately driving her through an announce table with a power bomb. Like Foley, Sasha rolled off the stretcher and the match was on. While the action was good, several big moments didn’t go as planned. In one spot, Charlotte fell from the apron onto a table that collapsed but didn’t break and near the finish Sasha was thrown onto the table twice with the table staying intact both times. The ending didn’t feel like a blow-off but my hope is they let these two move on to other rivalries for the near future.

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WWE SummerSlam & NXT Takeover Results


Two of the biggest events of the WWE calendar took over Brooklyn, NY this weekend, let’s run through the results, and get you ready for 7 more hours of WWE action this week.

WWE SummerSlam

-Brock Lesnar defeated Randy Orton via TKO

Well, on the bright side, it doesn’t get much more definitive than a knockout victory.  On the down side, this match ending was shockingly abrupt for a PPV main event.

Lesnar won the match after Orton kicked out of an F5 near fall, causing Lesnar to snap and mount Orton for some ground and pound.  After catching Orton with an elbow strike, blood began to pour from the Viper’s head onto the canvas as he lay motionless.  After being checked on by doctors and some more ground and pound, the match was stopped.   Following the match Shane McMahon confronted Lesnar, eating an F5 into the pool of Orton’s blood.

It was certainly a unique and “real” finish but not sure something that should be the culmination of a weekend of events and a 6 hour show.  I would have preferred something more feel good to wrap things up, be it Rollins/Bálor’s to push the importance of the Universal Title, AJ Styles’ win over John Cena to send the “smarky” crowd home happy, or Dean Ambrose’s win to keep up the idea that SmackDown’s championship is important.

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WWE Battleground Results and Live Photos


WWE Championship: Dean Ambrose defeated Roman Reigns & Seth Rollins to retain the WWE Championship

An action-packed main event, with a number of nods to the history of the Shield, including a Shield style powerbomb and Seth Rollins’ sneak attack chair shots.  The finish came after Rollins hit Reigns with a Pedigree and a Buckle Bomb but Reigns rebounded with a Superman punch and a spear.  With Rollins neutralized, Ambrose swooped in and hit Reigns with a Dirty Deeds to keep the championship on SmackDown.  The SmackDown roster sans Bray Wyatt came down to the ring to celebrate the victory.  An overall strong match which will likely set up a Rollins & Stephanie vs. Reigns conflict over losing the championship for the Raw brand.

Not surprisingly I suppose, the live DC crowd was solidly behind “Anyone But Roman” in this match.  I was pleasantly surprised that with the presence of the commissioners and GMs of the respective brands there was not chicanery and the finish was clean.  I do hope that now the draft has taken place and the rosters are set, we stray away from the Raw vs. SmackDown feuding brands and onto traditional rivalries as separate shows.

The Highlight Reel with Randy Orton

With Orton and Jericho headed to different brands, this was purely promotion for Orton-Lesnar.  While I think everyone knew going in how this was going to end, with an RKO out of nowhere, it had some fun elements.  Orton surprisingly referenced Lesnar’s USADA drug tests and Chris Jericho is killing it currently with his “drink it in man” shtick.

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