2018 Elimination Chamber Review

Russ and I had to review this night of 2 matches and a bunch of nonsense.  Huh, that’s what I wrote for the preview and I was not wrong!!!  Over on our podcast, Are You Not Kentertained we discussed this and other topics that may or may not be relevant.   Please enjoy.


The 9

  1.  Good Brothers def Miztourage

Russ:  If mediocre kickoff match had a face this would be it.  Nothing really worth noting except that both teams looked ok.  I hope they start moving The Good Brothers up the tag team ladder soon because they deserve it.  You could skip this one.

Rating: 3.5  

Kent:  I read about this match.  Nothing remotely unexpected occurred.  The Good Brothers won. This would have been a mediocre match on RAW, so yeah., not PPV quality.  Both teams tried to work with what they had, and I think we will get more from G&A vs The Revival moving forward, or some I hope.

Rating: 2.5 due to no excitement or build up


  1.  Alexa Bliss def Sasha, Bayley, Mickie, Sonya, and Mandy to retain her belt in the Elimination Chamber

Russ:  I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by this match.  I figured it would probably be good, but this went above what I was expecting.  The pacing was good and the spots were there, which helped make this good. However, what put this over the top for me was some really good storytelling in the ring.  Banks turning on Bayley, Bliss running away and Mickie still showing she has it are just a few things in-ring stories that helped make this match better than the rumble.  Finally, Bliss’s speech at the end was just phenomenal. The crowd’s reaction to her was priceless.

Rating:  6.9 Get your mind outta the gutter!  

Kent:  I really thought that this match delivered at the right pace, told a lot of good stories, and in the end, it made a lot of good sense.  I honestly thought Absolution would be in the final 3 but this was the better story, I simply didn’t trust WWE to tell it. As much as I loathed the women’s Royal Rumble, I truly enjoyed this match.  Was it anything astounding? No, but I would watch it again.

Rating: 6.2 Not a match of the year candidate, but good, and probably one of the best women’s matches we will see this year.


  1.  Sheasaro def Titus Worldwide to retain their Tag Team Championships

Russ:  I completely spaced out when this match came on.  Apparently, I missed nothing of worth. I don’t understand how this match flopped so hard!  You have several amazing talents in the ring. This should have been at least enjoyable. Instead, it was forgettable approximately 10 seconds after it started.  Not a good showing for anyone involved.

Rating: 3.0  I’m being generous here, only because The Bar usually delivers.  

Kent:  I wanted to care.  I tried to care. This was my darkhorse match of the night.  Wow, this wasn’t very fun at all. It was average in every sense.  Apollo needed more time to shine. I blame the time given more than anything.  I just didn’t have fun.

Rating: 3.5 Sorry, but this is one of the worst tag team title matches that we have had in a lot of months.


  1.  Asuka def Nia Jax

Russ:  I’m noticing a bad trend here.  If the match doesn’t have the words Elimination Chamber attached to it then the best you are getting is meh.  This wasn’t awful, but it wasn’t good either. I will give credit to WWE they did everything they could to keep both women looking strong.  Unfortunately, in doing so they sacrificed some good match chemistry. After the match was well done, but that doesn’t save the whole thing.  

Rating: 3.7 I’ve seen worse, but I expect more out of these two, especially Asuka.  

Kent:  I knew that this match wouldn’t click and I argued this with Russ.  So I get redeemed a bit after how bad I did on the previous match. These 2 don’t click well because Nia is hard to work with due to her size.  She tries really hard, but as improved as she is, she still lacks a lot of skills in my opinion. Asuka tried, Nia tried, but this match was very forgettable ad the only positive I saw was after the match with Nia’s attack and Alexa being happy.

Rating: 3.3 This may be too high, but I love Asuka and I don’t hate Nia.  I’m acknowledging her shortcomings.


  1.  Matt Hardy def Bray Wyatt

Russ:  Wow… I feel so sad for these two.  I was once a person who wanted to see this. Now that WWE has finally delivered it I really wish they wouldn’t have.  This was boring and bad. The crowd didn’t help matters. Also, I blame WWE creative for this match falling flat. They did nothing to make this match worth note on RAW.  

Rating: 2 So many Meh’s given.  

Kent:  Yeah, in all fairness, nobody alive thought that this match would steal the show.  Matt tried to sing the song, but the fans were meh about it. Jeff does a better job with the song in all honesty.  The effort was there, but zero fucks were given. This needed a gimmick in the worst way. Bray need a stable again.  Before you try to diminish how good Bray is by needing a stable, I will offer this guy, Ric Fucking Flair always relied on stables and everybody wants to suck his cock.  The Bludgeon Bros can go back to Bray once Bray returns to Smackdown. Please have him return.

Rating: 3.4 Mainly for the effort early on.


  1.  Ronda Rousey Contract nonsense

Russ:   WWE took something away from me during this segment.  My hope that Rollins would face Kurt Angle at Mania. I was really hoping that I would get that match.  Now that this crap sandwich happened it seems inevitable that Kurt will be Rousey’s Tag Team partner. BOOOOOOOOO!  

Rating: 2.9  I’m reverse deucing this shit.   

Kent:  Now we are getting to the real shit in this shit sandwich.  The 2 EC matches were tasty bread, and the Tag Title match was a decent condiment, but this here is the shit.  Fucking brutal. Kurt was funny at least, but this was so awkward. Oh, and Steph went unscathed again. I……am…….so…..shocked.

Rating: Well Carl and Gavin died on The Walking Dead tonight, so that makes me very sad.


  1.  Roman Reigns became #1 contender to face Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania by defeating Braun Strowman who defeated The Miz, Elias, Cena, Finn, and Seth

Russ:  Let’s get this out of the way first.  The ending was predictable as fuck. We’ve known that Roman was winning this since it was booked.  With that said this was a lot of fun. Even though Braun didn’t win he came out of this match a winner.  He eliminated 5 men, he also took more finishers than Kenny Omega in one match and still kept getting up.  Rollins and Finn also looked good in this match. Rollins is turning himself into an Ironman and I’m fine with that.  Finn was about the only person to get any real offense on Braun during the match in a one-on-one situation. I was worried that WWE might fuck this thing up, but besides the ending this was a lot of fun.  

Rating: 6.9

Kent:  This match was good, it was really was.  Unfortunately, the sword of Damocles tattoo on Brock’s chest swung over the match, and the outcome was inevitable, and that hurt this match.  I think Seth, Finn, and Braun all walked out as bigger stars tonight. I think ROman didn’t look very great tonight, Cena looked pathetic at times, Elias and Miz played their parts to perfection.  Still, I just didn’t have a lot of fun during this, and I think it is because Roman was gifted the win.The action was solid. At the end, I was simply happy to have it be over with, and I don’t think you should feel that way after a very good match.

Rating: 6.1


  1.  Biggest Surprise of the night for you

Russ:  How Shitty every match that didn’t have the PPV’s name in it was.  

Kent:  How good the Women’s EC match was  I really expected much worse. Also, that Nia jobbed cleanly.


  1.  Which Elimination Chamber match was better booked in your opinion?

Russ:  Gotta go with the women.  They did everything right.  

Kent:  The women’s and it wasn’t close.  The story was better told.


Bonus Deuce

  1. Best Match of the Night

Russ:  I tied the EC matches.  

Kent:  Women’s EC is the match I will walk away thinking about.

  1.  Worst Match of the Night

Russ:  Everything else, seriously fuck the rest of this PPV.  

Kent:  Nia vs Asuka ratings-wise, but Sheasaro vs Titus Worldwide disappointed me the most.  I expected one to be awful and one to be good at the very least.


Final Thoughts

Russ:  Even though the majority of the matches were garbage juice the 2 EC matches delivered and since they took up the majority of the PPV’s time I guess that isn’t too bad.  Overall Rating: 5

Kent:  This night was a shit sandwich.  The bread, the 2 EC’s the only things to watch.  Just skip the second hour basically. With that being said, we had more good than bad which you consider about an hour and a half of quality wrestling.


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