WWE Elimination Chamber Results
February 12, 2017
Commentary: Tom Phillips, Mauro Ranallo, JBL and David Otunga
Results by: Adam Martin of Wrestleview.com
Mojo Rawley def. Curt Hawkins during the Elimination Chamber Kickoff show.
A video package opens focusing on the Elimination Chamber structure.
We go live inside the Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix where a big display of pyro goes off. Tom Phillips is the first to welcome us to the show.
Becky Lynch is out first to kick off the show tonight.
Becky powers James down to the mat early in a lock up. They continue locking up rolling out of the ring and then return with Becky working on the left arm of James. Becky tosses James out through the ropes when James goes for the left arm of Becky. Becky catches James with a side kick from the corner and then lands a flying forearm. James drives Becky down with a quick DDT through the ropes for a two count. James with a quick boot to the face of Becky. James locks up the arms of Becky and flips over her body with a hammerlock bridge. Becky with forearms and uppercuts to fight off James. James with a kick to the face and sends Becky shoulder first into the corner. James with a snap huricanrana on Becky from the corner. Becky and James exchange forearm shots. Becky catches James with a leg lariat and follows that up with an overhead suplex for another two count. James plants Becky down face first. James with a top rope seated senton on Becky for a two count. Becky catches James with a missile dropkick from the top rope. James catches Becky with a big kick to the head. Becky gets her foot on the bottom rope and then kicks out when James moves her. Becky goes for an armbar. James counters. Becky rolls up James and gets the pinfall.
We see a shot of James Ellsworth and Carmella sitting in a sky box in the arena. Carmella is asked about Becky’s win. Carmella says the wrong woman won. James is asked what he thinks and he adds, “What she should.”
Baron Corbin is shown warming up backstage for tonight’s main event.
Adam’s Thoughts: Pretty average match between Becky Lynch and Mickie James. Crowd was definitely into the match, but it just never really seemed to work up to a good pace. The commentary was borderline distracting during this entire match with lots of awkward pauses. This four man commentary team idea needs to go, fast.
2-on-1 Handicap Match
Apollo Crews and Kalisto vs. Dolph Ziggler
Apollo Crews was out first. During Kalisto’s entrance, Dolph Ziggler ran out and attacked Kalisto. Ziggler tosses Kalisto back first into the LED entrance screens. Crews runs down to the entrance area and Ziggler is seen smiling from the crowd. Ziggler jumps inside the ring and is still smiling as Crews heads to the ring.
The referee calls for the bell to officially start the match. Crews goes after Ziggler lifting him to the corner and getting in some shots. Crews with a quick snap suplex. Ziggler with a neckbreaker on Crews. Ziggler drops a quick elbow. Ziggler catches Crews with a back elbow. Ziggler with a single leg takedown on Crews, takes his back and applies a rear chin lock. Crews catches Ziggler with a low superkick. Ziggler quickly fires back with a swinging neckbreaker. We see a shot of Kalisto heading back down the ramp with a referee trying to stop him from entering the ring. Inside the ring, Crews catches Ziggler with a huge standing kick to the back of the head. Both men are down as the referee begins the count. Kalisto is up on the ring apron and gets the tag from Crews. Kalisto with a springboard senton over Ziggler. Kalisto with a springboard kick to the head of Ziggler. Crews tags himself in after Kalisto lands a kick to the face. Crews with his spinning powerbomb on Ziggler for the win.
Winners: Apollo Crews and Kalisto
After the match, Dolph Ziggler puts the leg/ankle of Crews inside a steel chair and stomps over it. The crowd in Phoenix starts a “THANK YOU ZIGGLER” chant.
WWE Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose is shown warming up backstage.
Adam’s Thoughts: Pretty good match. Loved the beginning with Dolph Ziggler attacking Kalisto and smiling from the crowd. Some good action between Ziggler and Apollo Crews. Was pretty entertaining to hear Phoenix cheer on heel Ziggler attacking Crews.
A graphic hits the screen congratulating Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson for winning Entertainer of the Year at the 2017 NAACP Image Awards.
WWE Smackdown Tag Team Championships
Tag Team Turmoil
American Alpha (c’s) vs. The Usos vs. Heath Slater and Rhyno vs. Breezango vs. Vaudevillains vs. Ascension
We start with Heath Slater and Rhyno vs. Breezango. Slater and Fandango are in first. Fandango with a shoulder block, shakes his hips and then eats a big hip toss from Slater. Slater with an inverted atomic drop on Fandango and then gives one to Tyler Breeze as well when he gets the tag. Tag to Rhyno who takes out Breeze with a shoulder block. Rhyno with a spear to Breeze in the corner and follows with a short arm clothesline. Tag to Slater. Double back elbows from both. Tag to Fandango who trips up Slater from the outside. Fandango drops Slater over the top rope. Double boots to the face with Breeze involved who now gets the tag. Breeze with kicks to Slater in the corner and tags Fandango back in. Fandango with kicks and avoids a sunset flip from Slater. Slater catches Fandango with a leg lariat and Breeze is in to make the save. Rhyno levels Breeze. Fandango tosses out Rhyno. Slater rolls up Fandango, Fandango powers out and tag to Rhyno. Fandango tries to roll up Slater and doesn’t realize Rhyno has the tag. Spear to Fandango for the pinfall.
Breezango is eliminated.
The Vaudevillains are out next. They send Rhyno into the ring barricade. Slater jumps off the top rope and takes out both Vaudevillains. Slater tosses Rhyno back in and tags himself in. Aiden English attacks Slater and drops a big knee. Simon Gotch gets the tag and throws some big knees to Slater. Gotch with a rolling senton on Slater. Rhyno with a Gore on Gotch. English gets the tag and Slater catches him with a jumping DDT for the pinfall.
The Vaudevillains are eliminated.
The Usos are out next. Jimmy Uso catches Slater with a superkick to the gut early. Slater pulls Jimmy to the corner and tags in Rhyno. Jimmy launches Rhyno into the corner. Jey Uso tags himself in and lands a jumping forearm to Rhyno in the corner. Slater knocks Jimmy off the corner. Slater with right hands to Jey. Jey catches Slater with a quick samoan drop. Rhyno breaks up the pinfall, but is sent out by Jey. Jimmy gets the tag and superkicks Slater in the face. Jimmy hooks the leg and gets the pinfall.
Heath Slater and Rhyno are eliminated.
WWE Smackdown Tag Team Champions American Alpha are out next. Jason Jordan and Chad Gable brawl with The Usos on the outside. Back inside, Jordan and Gable hit double german suplexes. Jordan launches Jimmy over the top rope and goes over as well. Gable catches Jey with a cross body off the top turnbuckle for a two count. Jimmy kicks Gable in the back of the head on the ring apron with the referee distracted with Jey following up with an uppercut. Jey spears Gable in the corner, tags in Jimmy, drops Gable over his knee and Jimmy comes off the top with a quick shot. Quick tags between Jey and Jimmy. Jimmy drops a leg over the throat of Gable for a two count. Jimmy cuts off a hot tag by Gable to Jordan. Gable splashes Jey in the other corner. Double clothesline between Gable and Jimmy. Hot tag to Jordan. Tag to Jey. Jordan with a big dropkick to Jey and an overhead suplex to Jimmy. Jordan with a big overhead suplex on Jey. Jordan drops the straps, gets Jey on his shoulders, Gable gets the tag, Jey counters into a roll up, Gable rolls up Jey and gets the pinfall.
The Usos are eliminated.
After this concludes, Jey lays out Gable with a superkick. The Usos continue to attack both Gable and Jordan following the elimination. The Usos launch Gable into the steel steps. They toss Jordan back inside. Jimmy is up top and catches Jordan with a frog splash.
The Ascension is out next and are the final team to face American Alpha. They completely ignore The Usos walking down to the ring. Konnor picks up Jordan and they connect with the Fall of Men double team finisher. Gable breaks up the pinfall. Konnor has Gable up and drops him over the top rope. Konnor and Viktor stomp away at Jordan as Viktor gets the tag. Viktor with chops to Jordan and tags in Konnor. Konnor splashes Jordan and Viktor catches him with a high knee. Jordan just barely finds a way to get a shoulder up. Tag back to Viktor who throws more chops on Jordan. Jordan with an overhead suplex on Viktor. Tag to Gable. Konnor pulls him off the ring. Gable slides back in and gets back in just in time to hit Grand Amplitude on Viktor with help from Jordan to get the pinfall!
Winners and still WWE Smackdown Tag Team Champions: American Alpha
A promo for WrestleMania 33 in Orlando is shown.
Backstage, The Miz is shown preparing for tonight’s main event.
Adam’s Thoughts: Very good tag team turmoil match tonight. The attack by Usos after they lost was great and setup an easy win for The Ascension only for American Alpha to overcome the odds. It’s too bad the crowd went completely mild in Phoenix.
A video package runs hyping Nikki Bella vs. Natalya.
Natalya slaps Nikki immediately and gets a side headlock takeover. Nikki kicks the knee of Natalya and goes for an armbar early. Natalya with a takedown and right hands. Natalya with repeated takedowns. Nikki gets an ankle lock applied. Natalya gets to the bottom rope. Nikki with a diving clothesline off the ring apron catching Natalya on the outside. Natalya pushes Nikki into the steel ring post. Natalya with a snap suplex on Nikki back inside the ring. Natalya keeps Nikki grounded with a big clothesline. Nikki gets an STF applied on Natalya, but Natalya reaches the bottom rope to break it up. Nikki with a shoulder block, dropkick and facebuster to the knee on Natalya for a two count. Natalya with a Michinoku Driver on Nikki for a two count. Nikki with a huge right forearm to Natalya. Nikki catches Natalya with a spinebuster. Nikki with a springboard kick to the back of Natalya’s head for a two count. Natalya with a superplex on Nikki from the corner. Natalya gets the Sharpshooter locked in. Nikki gets near the ropes, but Natalya drags her back to the middle. Nikki counters out and gets a modified STF applied. Natalya gets to the bottom rope. They brawl on the outside. Natalya sends Nikki into the ring barricade. Nikki then sends Natalya to the barricade. The referee is near 10. Nikki tries to break the count. Natalya pulls her out. The referee calls for the bell.
Winner: No Contest, Double Count Out
After the match, Natalya levels Nikki Bella with a cheap shot back inside. Natalya leaves the ring and heads up the ramp. Nikki runs out and tackles her. Natalya runs to the back.
Backstage, Bray Wyatt talks about going his separate ways with Randy Orton tonight. “But in the end, we will reunite,” says Wyatt. Orton looks in the camera and adds, “Run.”
A video package runs hyping Randy Orton vs. Luke Harper.
Adam’s Thoughts: Pretty good match between Nikki Bella and Natalya tonight. Natalya is just a terrible heel. Does just about every stereotype of a pro wrestling villain in the ring. She really needs to clean that up and do some more creative heel tactics instead of just constantly telling people to shut up.
Luke Harper with a shoulder block and pinfall attempt early on Randy Orton. Harper with shots to Orton on the outside. Back inside, Harper eats an elbow from Orton and then fires back immediately with a dropkick. Orton launches Harper with force to the corner. They brawl to the outside again and Orton throws the face of Harper off the announce table. Orton then drops Harper back first off the announce table as well! The table doesn’t break as we see a shot of Harper starting to recover. Orton throws Harper back in and gets a two count. Orton stomps away at Harper in the corner. Orton with an uppercut, but eats forearm shots from Harper sending him to the mat. Harper drops Orton with a forearm from the ring apron and then launches himself over the top rope connecting with a senton splash over Orton. Harper levels Orton with a big boot and gets a two count. Harper avoids a DDT through the ropes and then catapults Orton into the second rope. Harper catches Orton with a suicide dive through the ropes sending Orton flying over the announce table. Orton with a snap powerslam on Harper on the floor. Back inside, Orton with a superplex on Harper! Orton with a full nelson slam on Harper. Orton plants Harper with a DDT. Harper catches Orton with a huge superkick. Harper with a second superkick on Orton. Orton kicks out. Harper with a kick to the gut and drops Orton with a sitdown powerbomb for another two count. Harper and Orton exchange right elbows. Harper with uppercuts. Orton with uppercuts. Orton counters a clothesline attempt and hits the RKO out of no where! Orton gets the pinfall.
After the match, Randy Orton points to the WrestleMania sign on the corner.
Adam’s Thoughts: Awesome match. This was without a doubt a star making and stand out performance by Luke Harper tonight. He badly needed a match like this to keep the train rolling with what looks to be a singles run on the Smackdown brand.
Backstage, AJ Styles is shown warming up for the main event.
Backstage, Nikki Bella is with Renee Young. She says things are far from over with Natalya. Natalya then attacks Nikki from behind and throws her into the makeup table knocking Maryse over. Nikki then tackles Natalya. WWE officials show up to break it up.
WWE Smackdown Women’s Championship
Alexa Bliss (c) vs. Naomi
We get ring introductions for the challenger Naomi and champion Alexa Bliss.
Bliss throws gum in the face of Naomi to start the match. Naomi sends Bliss to different corners and catches Bliss with a kick to the head from the ring apron. Bliss chokes Naomi in the corner with her boot. Bliss counters a bulldog attempt by Naomi sending her to the corner. Pinfall attempts between both women. They both attempt a kick and both women are down. Naomi with a Blockbuster off the top rope catching Bliss! Bliss kicks out. Bliss charges and Naomi jumps up connecting with her Rear View. Bliss drops repeated knees over Naomi and gets another two count. Bliss goes up top and Naomi catches her with a kick to the head. Bliss falls off the corner and is on the outside. Bliss is back up and cuts off Naomi. Bliss drives Naomi down with a snap DDT for another two count. Bliss tries to use the ropes to cover Naomi and the referee catches it. Bliss goes for Twisted Bliss, but Naomi gets her knees up! Naomi then connects with a split legged moonsault from the corner over Bliss. Naomi covers Bliss and gets the pinfall. We have a new champion!
Winner and new WWE Smackdown Women’s Champion: Naomi
After the match, the crowd in Phoenix starts a loud “YOU DESERVE IT” chant for Noami. Naomi says she envisioned this moment for many years. She credits Alexa Bliss for being a tough opponent and how she gets to take her title to Orlando at WrestleMania.
Dasha tries to get word with Carmella in the sky box. Carmella is annoyed. James Ellsworth tells Dasha to leave the room after Carmella yelled at him.
Adam’s Thoughts: Was pretty surprised to see WWE pull the trigger on a title change tonight this close to WrestleMania. Naomi definitely deserves a shot to get a run as champion. She’s been fantastic in the ring for years.
A video package runs hyping the Elimination Chamber match tonight.
Order of entry: WWE Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose, Baron Corbin, The Miz and Bray Wyatt. We will start with WWE Champion John Cena and AJ Styles.
The Elimination Chamber has a new design this year designed as more of a square around the ring versus a circle. They also put padding on the outside versus metal flooring.
Lock up and Styles kicks the leg of Cena early. Styles has Cena up on his shoulders in a torture rack and then flips him down into a powerbomb for a two count. Cena tosses Styles up and Styles falls face first on the mat. Cena with a sunset flip powerbomb on Styles. They have cameras setup inside the pods and we see a shot inside Bray Wyatt’s pod. Styles with a modified AA on Cena for a two count. We get a look inside the pods of Dean Ambrose and Baron Corbin. Cena with repeated jumping shoulder blocks and plants Styles with his twisting powerbomb. As Cena goes for Five Knuckle Shuffle, time expires.
Dean Ambrose is in first. Ambrose with a clothesline and tosses Cena over the top rope. Ambrose sends Cena shoulder first into the chain walls. Ambrose also sends Styles into the chains as well. Ambrose with a release suplex forcing Styles to lands back first over the flooring on the outside. Ambrose with a shot on Cena and Ambrose crawls to the top of his pod. Ambrose catches Cena with a flying elbow off the top of the pod! Styles has the back of Ambrose. Cena is in and he pulls both back in a two man german suplex. Cena eats a kick from Styles. Ambrose with a clothesline to Styles. Time expires.
Bray Wyatt enters next. Wyatt with a big toss suplex on Ambrose. Wyatt launches Styles into the chain wall avoiding a springboard shot. Wyatt charges at Styles and he hits the steel ring post instead. Styles with a leg drop over the back of Wyatt’s head off the ropes. Styles and Cena are climbing up the side of the chamber chain wall. Cena with shots to Styles. Styles almost falls, but hangs on. Cena also almost falls. Styles with a shot sending Cena off the chain wall to the flooring below. Styles is now on top of a pod and Ambrose is up on top with him. Ambrose is sending Styles face first into the clear pod walls above Miz. Ambrose jumps off and Wyatt catches him with a right hand. Wyatt with repeated headbutts to Ambrose in the corner. Ambrose drops down. Styles drops down on the top turnbuckle. Ambrose powerbombs Wyatt down and Styles flips down down with courtesy of Wyatt. Miz has a shocked look on his face inside his pod. Time expires.
Baron Corbin is the next entrant. Corbin sends Ambrose repeatedly into the chain wall. Corbin with Deep Six on Ambrose. Wyatt starts attacking Corbin. Corbin sends Wyatt face first into Miz’s pod and then eats a big boot from Corbin. Styles with big rights to Corbin. Corbin catches Styles with End of Days! Cena is back in and locks the STF on Corbin. Corbin counters and powers out. Corbin with End of Days on Cena! Ambrose catches Corbin with a missile dropkick and then clotheslines him over the top rope. Ambrose sends Corbin into the chain wall a few times. Corbin then tosses Ambrose into the chain wall. Corbin dumps Ambrose into an empty pod as well. Corbin has Ambrose up, Ambrose counters, Corbin counters a Dirty Deeds attempt, eats an elbow and then launches Ambrose face first into the chain wall from the corner. Corbin looks over at Miz and waits his entry. Time expires.
The Miz is the final entrant. Ambrose rolls up Corbin and gets the pinfall!
Baron Corbin is eliminated.
Corbin quickly attacks Ambrose and then launches him into an empty pod crashing the walls down. Corbin continues attacking Ambrose and then gives him End of Days. WWE officials enter the chamber and yell at Corbin to leave. The Miz is still inside his pod. When Corbin officially leaves, Miz jumps in the ring and covers Ambrose to get the pinfall.
Dean Ambrose is eliminated.
Miz with kicks to Cena and Wyatt. Miz with a double dropkick to Cena and Wyatt. Miz with big kicks to Styles in the corner. Miz with corner dropkicks on Wyatt, Cena and then tosses Wyatt through the ropes. Miz with a corner dropkick on Styles. Miz with a corner clothesline on Cena. Miz with the Skull Crushing Finale to Wyatt on the flooring around the ring. Cena counters a top rope cross body by Miz and hits an AA on Miz. Cena gets the pinfall.
The Miz is eliminated.
We are down to Cena, Wyatt and Styles. Cena with shoulder blocks on Styles and connects with his twisting powerbomb. Cena also plants Wyatt with a twisting powerbomb. Cena connects with a double Five Knuckle Shuffle on Wyatt and Styles. Cena with an AA on Wyatt. Cena has Styles up for an AA. Styles counters and hits a Styles Clash! Cena kicks out. Cena with an AA on Styles after Styles misses a springboard forearm. Styles just barely kicks out. Cena can’t believe it. Cena is climbing up the chain wall and is standing on top of a pod. Cena points to the WrestleMania sign, jumps off the pod and catches both Wyatt and Styles with a flying cross body! All three men are down. Cena has Wyatt. Wyatt counters with Sister Abigail. Wyatt covers Cena and gets the pinfall!
John Cena is eliminated.
We are down to Wyatt vs. Styles. A new WWE Champion will be crowned tonight. Wyatt with big forearms to the back of the neck of Styles. Styles clips the knee of Wyatt taking him off his feet. Styles with a quick jumping forearm catching Wyatt for a two count. Styles with a roll up countering a Sister Abigail attempt. Styles with repeated body shots and Wyatt with a huge clothesline out of no where leveling Styles for a two count. Styles catches Wyatt with a Pele Kick. Styles with a high knee catching Wyatt. Styles connects with his springboard 450 splash, hooks the leg and Wyatt kicks out. Wyatt blocks a springboard forearm by Styles. Wyatt catches Styles and connects with Sister Abigail. Wyatt gets the pinfall.
We have a new WWE Champion!
Winner and new WWE Champion: Bray Wyatt
After the match, we see a replay of the finish. Back live, Bray Wyatt has the WWE Championship over his shoulder. He looks up and points at the WrestleMania sign. Randy Orton then shows up in the entrance area. The PPV goes off the air with Wyatt falling to his knees, holding up the WWE Championship and screaming, “Follow the buzzards!”
Adam’s Overall Thoughts: A really good Elimination Chamber match tonight after a two year break from seeing this match in WWE. They did some really good stuff in this match like having Baron Corbin go on a tear and then slip on the banana peel with Dean Ambrose eliminating him. Even Miz got to have some fun with the Ambrose elimination and going on a quick offense burst. The John Cena elimination came off great in Phoenix. I’m a complete sucker for the moment where a champion gets pinned and a new one is about to get crowned. As great of a year as Styles has had in WWE, it was an excellent call to finally pull the trigger and go with Bray Wyatt as WWE Champion. After a near four year run on the main roster, it’s great to see Wyatt get a run and what a way to do that heading into WrestleMania. Really good effort from the Smackdown brand tonight. RAW has a tough show to follow up in a few weeks with Fastlane.
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Quick Match Results:
* Becky Lynch def. Mickie James
* Apollo Crews and Kalisto def. Dolph Ziggler
* American Alpha won Tag Team Turmoil to retain the Smackdown Tag Team Titles
* Nikki Bella vs. Natalya ended in a Double Count Out
* Randy Orton def. Luke Harper
* Naomi def. Alexa Bliss to become the new Smackdown Women’s Champion
* Bray Wyatt def. AJ Styles, John Cena, The Miz, Dean Ambrose and Baron Corbin in an Elimiantion Chamber match to become the new WWE Champion