WWE – Elimination Chamber 2015 (Cert 15)
1 Disc DVD (Distributor: Fremantle Media) Running Time: 174 minutes approx.
You lucky people! This very release under review here is a European exclusive of a WWE Network only show! I don’t know why the US and others fans are not getting this DVD but feel free to rub it in their faces!
You may recall that this was usually the February PPV show but this year it was dropped in favour of Fastlane, partly because many arenas weren’t big enough to house the Chamber structure. A venue was found and to encourage more people to sign up to the Network, the WWE changed what was to be a regular house show (hence the modest attendance figure) and turned it into this special event, which arrived just TWO WEEKS after the last PPV Payback!
And for the first time ever the chamber matches were used to contest the Tag title and the vacant IC title. Now why didn’t they think of that before?
Taking place on May 31, 2015, at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas before 7,000 fans, your commentators as always are Michael Cole, Jerry Lawler and JBL, and while no results will be given away but expect some opinion.
WWE Tag Title Elimination Chamber Match – The New Day (c) vs. Tyson Kidd & Cesaro vs. Lucha Dragons vs. Prime Time Players vs. Los Matadores vs. The Ascension
I’m sure many people wondered if the chamber pods would be big enough to fit two people, but as we see here they can fit THREE people! We can only assume that Freebird Rules dictated how the whole New Day trio were allowed to compete. The match itself was a bit of a cluster as you may imagine but it did achieve one thing in finally making the Ascension look like the monsters they SHOULD have been when they debuted, and not as ersatz Road Warriors rip-offs. There were a few highspots including a weird one where Kalisto of the Lucha Dragons hung from the very top of the cell….and just hung there for ages until he just dropped on top of the others. Not sure what he was going for but it clearly didn’t work, which unfortunately sums up the match as a whole.
WWE Divas Title Triple Threat Match – Nikki Bella (c) vs. Naomi vs. Paige
With Paige returning from making a film (covered by a storyline injury) she is back to feuding the Bellas who sort of turned heel again (I think) while still playing face against Naomi (probably). There was actually a good 15 minute match laid out here – shame they only got six minutes to execute it, the rushed pace resulting in a messy affair. It wasn’t a good night for Paige who was knocked silly early, causing her to sleepwalk through the rest of the match. Naomi was pretty reckless with her big moves – including a botched reverse Hurancanrana which didn’t help Paige either. Solid effort from the ladies but under the circumstances.
John Cena vs. Kevin Owens
This was a match nobody saw coming. The former Kevin Steen made his NXT debut at Take Over: R Evolution in December where he turned on his best friend Sami Zayn, who he then defeated for the NXT Title at TakeOver: Rival in February. While Cena was holding his US Title Challenge on RAW, Owens was the shock challenge who simply laid Cena out. This non-title match is your classic brash newcomer against the seasoned veteran (although both have actually been wrestling for the same length of time) and in effect was something new and fresh for WWE. Great match in a great feud which has rejuvenated Cena and made an instant star out of Owens. By the way, if you look closely around the 68 minute mark, the hashtag graphic in the corner reads “CanavsOwens” at one point!
Neville vs. Bo Dallas
Taking the traditional dead spot after the big mid card thriller, this match came following Dallas attacking Neville after a match because reasons. Trivia: Neville beat Dallas for the NXT Title in a decent ladder match at the first NXT: Arrival show, making this the technical re-match if you will, only nowhere near as good. Neville is a great talent, Dallas, not so much.
WWE IC Title Elimination Chamber Match – King Barrett vs. Sheamus vs. R-Truth vs. Mark Henry vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Ryback
It seems this match was cursed. First off, Daniel Bryan – almost a year after he had to forfeit the WWE World Title – was forced to relinquish the IC title thanks to a concussion from Sheamus. This match was to crown a new champ but was beset with issues. First, Rusev was to be a participant but was injured on the Smackdown prior to this show so mark Henry was his surprise replacement. Then during the match Barrett throw Ziggler into Henry’s pod and the wall fell out, meaning Henry had to come out early, which was unfortunate as the countdown to the next entrant was underway, resulting in Ryback coming out early too. Amazingly this shaved some time off the already dull match which went a bum-numbing 25 minutes! With things going wrong, Ziggler decided to play ring general and can be seen shouting instructions to everyone! Finally the gimmick of Sheamus trapped in the pod was revealed to be a rouse but the idiot announcers failed to acknowledge this. A total tedious mess!
WWE World Heavyweight Title Match – Seth Rollins (c) vs. Dean Ambrose
Roman Reigns was banned from ringside in case he felt like helping out which would have resulted in Ambrose being immediately disqualified, because WWE World Champ Rollins didn’t need to be made to look any more of a wimp. These two have had many good matches against each other and this was no exception but it is one we’ve seen with some regularity on WWE TV over the past few months, leaving its appeal as must see main event somewhat lacklustre as a result. The big issue is of course the finish and this one had a doozy, built around the fact that Ambrose is super over with the fans but is currently in the WWE doghouse for unpardonable sin of dating announcer Renee Young, so making him champion would be rewarding insubordination (unless your name is Triple H of course).
It’s difficult to not repeat myself about how the WWE is still stuck in a rut even after the changing of the guard on top but the facts speak for themselves, vis-a-vis the PPV line-ups. You can look back at any card over the past two years and with the exception of e The Shield, the same faces are roughly in the same places now as they were then.
However, we have a glimmer of hope with the arrival of Kevin Owens to the main roster after less than six months in NXT. Preceded with less impact by Lucha Dragons and Neville, Owens has been that positive injection of energy and freshness the WWE has needed for a long while. The fact his target was golden boy Cena (who reportedly asked for this feud) coupled with how strongly Owens has been portrayed against Cena, we should – albeit with caution – look at this as a first positive step towards a possible and long overdue shake-up in the WWE main roster.
Pretty much a one match show, this is another throwaway event that doesn’t demand your immediate attention, with the exception of that one groundbreaking bout.
Best match – John Cena vs. Kevin Owens
Elimination Chamber Kick off Show – Stardust vs. Zack Ryder
Home Video Exclusives:
Ryback Wants More
Nikki Bella Is A Champion
Rating – ** ½
Man In Black
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