The Beast Incarnate regained his title (Picture: WWE)
The Beast Incarnate won a brutal and intriguing bout to regain the championship he lost to Bobby Lashley just weeks ago after the All Mighty was removed from the bout due to injury.
Seth ‘Freakin’ Rollins and Austin Theory were first out, with the latter lasting to the very end despite the best efforts of Riddle and AJ Styles.
Despite the ending reeking of deja vu, the action leading up to it was fantastic, as all five challengers getting a chance to shine.
Lashley was taken out of the bout before his pod opened when Rollins powerbombed Theory into the side, knocking him down before WWE officials led him out of the arena.
In an on-air update, the commentary team revealed the then-WWE Champion was suffering with a concussion and was out of the match, but no replacement emerged.
When it was Lashley’s turn to enter, Lesnar instead broke out of his own pod and tore through the competition, eliminating Rollins, Riddle and Styles in quick succession.
He had a tense final showdown with Theory, who hit a low blow and tried to escape out of roof of the chamber, but Brock pulled him back in and hit a huge F-5 from the top of the pod for the win.
Roman Reigns destroys Goldberg and Becky Lynch beats Lita as Bianca Belair wins incredible Elimination Chamber match
The Kickoff saw The Miz battle Rey Mysterio in a losing effort with both men putting on a great show, while Dominik got involved throughout.
There were some nice nods to the late, great Eddie Guerrero, including the A-lister feigning injury from a chair-shot that never was to get Dom banished from ringside, but it didn’t matter as the Master of the 619 rolled him up for the win.
After the bell, a double 619 and back-to-back father/son Frog Splashes put the icing on the cake.
In the opening match of the event itself, Goldberg and Roman Reigns clashed in a strong battle of the heavyweights, which was a bit longer than many expected but still featured some good, hard-hitting action.
In the end, Roman choked out his challenger to continue his historic run as Universal Champion in what was Goldberg’s last match of his current WWE contract.
The second match was one of two Elimination Chamber bouts with a WrestleMania shot at the Raw Women’s Championship hanging in the balance.
In a change from previous Saudi shows, the female stars were wearing modified full-body versions of their usual ring-gear, rather than being forced to cover up with baggy t-shirts.
It was a fantastic sprint of a Chamber match, with everyone getting a chance to shine and the little things being done well, such as Alexa Bliss’ continuing ‘recovery’ and the swing in her pod.
There was a scare with Liv getting caught on the top turnbuckle, but she was able to recover as things kept rolling.
In the end, it came down to Bianca Belair and Bliss, with the EST of WWE eventually putting her opponent away and booking her ticket to ‘Mania.
Ronda Rousey – who came out in her judo gi – had one arm tied behind her back as she teamed with Naomi against Charlotte Flair and Sonya Deville.
The latter had been wearing a cast leading into the match following an attack from Rousey, but she quickly revealed she was fully healed, leaving Ronda and Naomi with a mountain to climb.
After a fun match – which went smoothly despite the stipulation, with Naomi in particular looking like an absolute star – and the one-armed star made Deville tap for a big win.
Despite Happy Corbin and Madcap Moss’ extended feud with Drew McIntyre not quite hitting the right chords with fans, their matches have absolutely delivered – and the Falls Count Anywhere bout was no different.
Moss and McIntyre absolutely smashed it, and despite a scary moment when the former got dropped on his head, they treated fans to a hard hitting match.
In the end, Drew quite rightly picked up the win, and it remains to be seen how they’ll all fit into WrestleMania plans going forward.
Hall of Famer Lita turned back the clock for her first singles match in 16 years as she took on Becky Lynch in a great match for the Raw Women’s Championship.
The legendary star gave fans exactly what they wanted and more – the nearfall after a Twist of Fate into a Moonsault was brilliantly done, as was her Trish Stratus tribute – but in the end Big Time Becks picked up the win to set up a huge showdown with Bianca Belair at WrestleMania 38.
The Viking Raiders never got their planned SmackDown Tag Team Title match as The Usos ambushed their challengers as they made their entrance.
Jimmy and Jey beat down the number one contenders before the bell could ring – potentially opening the door for the match to happen properly at WrestleMania.
WWE Elimination Chamber results and grades
- Kickoff: Rey Mysterio pinned The Miz (B)
- Universal Title: Roman Reigns (c) beat Goldberg (B-)
- Elimination Chamber: Bianca Belair defeated Alexa Bliss, Rhea Ripley, Liv Morgan, Doudrop and Nikki A.S.H. (A-)
- Ronda Rousey and Naomi beat Sonya Deville and Charlotte Flair (B+)
- Falls Count Anywhere: Drew McIntyre pinned Madcap Moss (B)
- Raw Women’s Title: Becky Lynch (c) beat Lita (B+)
- Elimination Chamber for WWE Title: Brock Lesnar beat Austin Theory, Riddle, Seth ‘Freakin’ Rollins, AJ Styles and Bobby Lashley (c) (A-)
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