WWE Elimination Chamber Review: Surprises, mixed with formula

wweRyback is the new WWE Intercontinental champ. Kevin Owens won the champ vs. champ match with John Cena with a clean fall. (A clean fall!)

Then we get the Dusty Finish to the main event for the WWE title, with Dean Ambrose apparently winning the title after a ref bump, and a second referee making the count, only to have the decision reversed.

There were surprises and then some formula mixed in at WWE Elomination Chamber Sunday night.

All in all, not a bad card, particularly considering the lack of buildup, with just two weeks having passed since Payback. WWE is backing itself into a similar corner with Money in the Bank coming up two weeks hence, on June 14.

It’s hard to complain about the sudden glut of supercards, and to WWE’s credit, the creative team did a decent job getting us ready for Elimination Chamber, even if the match(es) for which the event was named failed to deliver.

The gimmick was exposed early with the tag match opening the show in the Chamber. It came down to New Day and Prime Time Players, as expected, with New Day taking the fall, setting up a possible run for the two teams that could prove to be worthwhile.

Ryback’s Intercontinental title win was a bit of a surprise. It had seemed that Sheamus was getting the push, and it was Sheamus-Ryback in the final two before Ryback scored the pin with the Shellshock.

It should be interesting to see what the Big Guy can do with the strap in the coming weeks.

Owens stole the show in his first main-roster match, putting on a match of the year-quality performance with Cena featuring several near-falls before Owens won with his pop-up powerbomb. A star was born, indeed.

The finale between Ambrose and Rollins was anticlimactic. It wasn’t realistic to assume that Ambrose was going to leave the event with the belt, even though he technically did, taking off through the crowd with Roman Reigns strap in hand after the controversial finish.

Ambrose isn’t belieavable as champ, and the way WWE is booking Rollins is taking away from his luster.

Time to focus attention on Money in the Bank, and who gets tapped on the shoulder to be the next big player with that briefcase as his calling card.

– Review by Chris Graham

augusta free press
augusta free press news

UVA Basketball Fans!

uva basketball team of destiny
Team of Destiny: Inside Virginia Basketball’s Run to the 2019 National Championship, by Jerry Ratcliffe and Chris Graham, is available for $25. The book, with additional reporting by Zach Pereles, Scott Ratcliffe, and Scott German, will take you from the aftermath of the stunning first-round loss to UMBC in 2018 through to the thrilling overtime win over Texas Tech to win the 2019 national title, the first in school history.

Dick Vitale on Team of Destiny: “This is a hoops story you will LOVE! Jerry and Chris capture the sensational and dramatic championship journey by Tony Bennett and his tenacious Cavalier team. UVA was Awesome Baby and so is this book!”

Ralph Sampson on Team of Destiny: “Jerry and Chris have lived and seen it all, even before my time. I highly recommend this book to every basketball fan across the globe. This story translates to all who know defeat and how to overcome it!”

Buy here.

AFP Business

As professional consultants, Augusta Free Press LLC provides clients in the Shenandoah Valley and Central Virginia and beyond with marketing and PR solutions including website design, SEO, TV/radio, video work, branding and logos, social media and overall marketing campaign design and implementation. Augusta Free Press LLC was founded in 2002.

Web Design

Augusta Free Press has designed more than 800 websites for clients in the Shenandoah Valley and Central Virginia. We take care of all facets of web design – visual design, layout design, content development and SEO. Short on staff? We’ll work with you to update your AFP-designed website in a timely manner or train your staff to make changes.

Marketing/Social Media Management

Augusta Free Press manages advertising campaigns for small- and medium-sized businesses across Virginia. You don’t need to hire a full-time marketing coordinator. Bring the experience of the Augusta Free Press team to work for you – for a fraction of the cost.

Graphic Design

Augusta Free Press will help you take your vision to the next level. From branding and logos to print materials, our team will work with you to develop products to showcase your business. From brochures and rack cards to full-color magazines or print/digital ads, we’ve got you covered.

Event Planning/Fundraising

Augusta Free Press will help you plan the best event for your organization. From an open house or anniversary to a 5K or Pay Per View, we can handle it all. Looking for training for your sales staff? We can help energize your employees or board. Need ideas to raise more money? Let us help you plan a successful event. Want to hold a news conference or need help with a press release? We can do that too.

Click here for more.