Date: February 17, 2019 Venue: Toyota Center (Houston, TX) Commentators: Various
The 2019 Elimination Chamber features TWO Elimination Chamber matches, as Daniel Bryan defends the WWE Championship in one while the first-ever WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship is decided in the other. Also on the show Finn Balor challenges for the Intercontinental Championship in a handicap match against Bobby Lashley and Lio Rush, Ronda Rousey defends the RAW Women’s Championship against REAL THREAT Ruby Riott, and more! Hopefully it won’t be seventy hours long, but you never know.
WWE Champion: ‘The New’ Daniel Bryan
WWE Universal Champion: Brock Lesnar
WWE Intercontinental Champion: Bobby Lashley
WWE United States Champion: R-Truth
WWE Cruiserweight Champion: Buddy Murphy
WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions: VACANT
RAW Women’s Champion: ‘Rowdy’ Ronda Rousey
RAW Tag Team Champions: The Revival (Scott Dawson & Dash Wilder)
SMACKDOWN Women’s Champion: Asuka
SMACKDOWN Tag Team Champions: The Miz & Shane McMahon
Elimination Chamber:The Boss ‘n’ Hug Connection vs. The Riott Squad vs. Nia Jax & Tamina Snuka vs. Naomi & Carmella vs. Sonya Deville & Mandy Rose vs. The IIconics for the WWE WOMEN’S TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP (****)
The Miz & Shane McMahon [c] vs. The Usos for the SMACKDOWN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP (**1/2)
Handicap Match:Bobby Lashley [c] & Lio Rush vs. Finn Balor for the WWE INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP (**1/4)
Ronda Rousey [c] vs. Ruby Riott for the RAW WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP (SQUASH)
No-Disqualification Match:Braun Strowman vs. Baron Corbin (1/2*)
Elimination Chamber:Daniel Bryan [c] vs. Randy Orton vs. AJ Styles vs. Jeff Hardy vs. Samoa Joe vs. Kofi Kingston for the WWE CHAMPIONSHIP (****3/4)
Last night’s episode of RAW ended in controversy when Mr. McMahon came out and announced that not only was Becky Lynch suspended for the next 60 days, but she was being replaced in the WrestleMania main event by longtime rival Charlotte Flair.
Earlier in the show Becky had been given an ultimatum: apologize to Triple H and Stephanie McMahon for her actions the week prior or forfeit her match against Ronda Rousey at WrestleMania she earned by winning the Royal Rumble. After THREE HOURS of deliberation, in which everyone from mentor Finn Balor to sh*t-stirrer Alexa Bliss weighed on what she should do, Becky decided to quickly apologize, getting her suspension lifted and making her WrestleMania main event a go…until the head of the McMahon family, the true Authority in WWE, decided otherwise.
A lot of people clowned on WWE for this but I dig the story they’re telling; it gives Charlotte a ton of heat and also plays into the fans’ very justified fear they’re going to make Ronda/Becky into a triple threat match. I’m pretty sure WWE knows better and will keep it Becky/Ronda, with Becky fighting her way back into the spot closer to WrestleMania, but I don’t blame people for thinking otherwise. Either way this good fodder for a Charlotte promo tonight on SmackDown and I hope we get it.
WWE.com reports that ‘Rowdy’ Ronda Rousey will be defending the RAW Women’s Championship against Riott Squad leader Ruby Riott next weekend at Elimination Chamber. A riled up Rousey dispatched Riott’s two partners/friends, Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan, in short order last Monday on RAW but Riott managed to escape a similar fate…that is, until next Sunday. Rousey is currently slated to defend the Women’s Championship at WrestleMania against Royal Rumble winner Becky Lynch, but that’s currently up in the air storyline-wise due to Lynch’s ‘suspension’ that began on Monday.
Elimination Chamber takes place on February 17th live from the Toyota Center in Houston, TX and airing on the WWE Network.