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Immediate Elimination Chamber Thoughts

The opening Elimination Chamber match definitely had a big fight feel to it. I'm completely getting used to the fake crowd by now and by this point, it just feels normal. The work with Sami Zayn and his documentary crew was just a cherry on top; loving his character right now. In fact, other than possibly King Corbin, I have tons of time for everyone in this match, and they all really delivered here. Lots of innovative spots, including Jey Uso slamming the arm of Kevin Owens in the cage door. Honestly I could have seen Cesaro getting the win here but absolutely not fussed by Daniel Bryan going over.

I was disappointed by the "blink and you missed it" title match between Roman Reigns and Daniel Bryan, but I get the purpose was just to make Reigns continue to look like an unstoppable heel and who receives special treatment as The Head Of The Table... which it certainly did. And while Edge challenging Reigns after the match certainly wasn't the biggest shock in the world, it was still well executed.

I have to admit, I wasn't looking particularly forward to Bobby Lashley vs. Riddle vs. John Morrison, but it turned into a pretty entertaining match. Loved the trash-talking between Morrison and MVP near the end there, and was actually confused about this being a No-DQ Match. Still, a good result and hopefully it gets Lashley ready for bigger things as his act has improved substantially in the last year.

Sasha Banks and Bianca Belair vs. Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler was fine for what it was... but the end result fell a bit flat. To be honest, I'm really over Reginald at this point and just want to get the obvious Mania match between Banks and Belair already.

The main event Elimination Chamber started off strong. It's fair to say by this point that WWE knows how to build these the right way. Very surprising that Kofi Kingston eliminated Randy Orton so early (let alone at all), and the Omos plexiglass removal was a unique spot. Kofi's trust fall was also a really cool moment, though it kind of telegraphed that he wouldn't last the entire match.

The finishing sequence felt a little off, with Sheamus getting eliminated before Styles, but that at least kept things interesting. The Bobby Lashley run-in was a bit surprising, but hey I did say "hopefully it gets Lashley ready for bigger things as his act has improved substantially in the last year" about an hour ago! Still, The Miz cashing in Money In The Bank... does that mean that Lashley-McIntyre isn't the title match at WrestleMania?

Overall, this was a fun show. Lots of surprise and intrigue, and a pretty tight two-and-a-half-hour event. I enjoyed it.


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