WWE Elimination Chamber Results
Sunday, February 23, 2014
From the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota
Report by Sean Hopkins & Richard Gray of WrestlingNewsWorld.com
The WWE TV opening starts promptly at 7:30 PM EST as we're live for Elimination Chamber. WWE Network is the official sponsor of the Kickoff as Josh Mathews gives us the welcome to a sold out Target Center with over 15,000 expected. He plugs the Chamber match and welcomes us to the panel of Mark Henry, The Miz and Rey Mysterio. Henry says his son Jacob has briefed him how the panel has gone, The Miz is introduced as the newly-wed and Rey Mysterio welcomes the others. They're debuting an all-new Kickoff set that will be used on upcoming WWE Network programming. Mark wants to see what's going to happen in the Chamber but The Miz plugs the Intercontinental Championship bout and the WWE Tag Team Championship bout. Mysterio plugs The Shield vs. The Wyatt Family as a group of the crowd chants "Sexual Chocolate."
Coming up next, Goldust & Cody Rhodes vs. Ryback & Curtis Axel. Miz says anytime you have brothers, they have the chemistry and picks them to go over. Mysterio says they have it in their blood and seemingly picks them as well. Mark Henry says there hasn't been this much excitement in the tag division since the Attitude Era.
We go to the Social Media Lounge with Renee Young. She reads Tweets of people giving their predictions for the bouts. She gives it back to Josh Mathews, as he questions who will be the WWE World Heavyweight Champion heading into Wrestlemania. He explains the rules, two workers start and new entrants come in and timed intervals. Cue video tape from Monday's Raw with The Shield interfering and breaking up the show's main event.
Mysterio said he experienced a lot of anxiety and adrenaline prior to the Chamber. The Miz says they're thinking about the pain their about to endure. He said it doesn't just hurt for weeks but sometimes years. Henry says there will be a victor but there is no winner. He's still suffering from injuries from last year's Elimination Chamber match. Henry says it's worth it but it's painful.
Backstage, Zeb Colter talks up The Real Americans about the new opportunity for America. To have one less illegal sneaking across the border, an opportunity for more hellos and a lot less ollas. He had Swagger and Cesaro put their hands over their hearts and say "We the People." It's time for announcer introductions as JBL is shown making his way to ringside. They promote Batista vs. Alberto Del Rio with video footage.
After the package, we see WWE Hall of Famer Jerry "The King" Lawler come out to a big ovation from the Minneapolis crowd. They go to the video of The Bella Twins explaining how to signup for the WWE Network on Monday. We have the video at this link.
We're back and Michael Cole gives us the ringside welcome to Elimination Chamber. The WWE Network will launch at 9 AM EST on Monday. Jerry Lawler shows us on his iPad how to watch and loads SummerSlam 2013.
Tag Team Match
- Goldust & Cody Rhodes vs. Ryback & Curtis Axel
Goldust and Cody Rhodes enter to a pop. Goldust has his shirt on over his smock save the wig. Curtis Axel and Ryback come out to a heel reaction. Ryback is wearing this.
Goldust and Curtis Axel start things out but quick tags are made by each. It's Cody Rhodes and Ryback as the lockup. Ryback rolls Cody up for a quick one count.
Ryback whips Cody off the ropes, puts him up for a press slam but Cody counters. Ryback elbows Cody to the face and backs him into their corner. He tags Axel to continue with control. Axel bangs Rhodes' head off the turnbuckle. He follows with backhand chops.
Cody Rhodes counters with a big boot and clotheslines Axel to the outside. Ryback gets involved and the Rhodes Brothers perform a sensational high risk maneuver (Rhodes out of the ring, Goldust off the apron) onto their opponents on the outside.
Back from a quick break and Ryback is stomping away at Goldust in the ring. Axel is tagged in. He gives an elbow to Goldust as the crowd tries to get behind the Rhodes Brothers. Larry "The Axe" Hennig is now ringside in the corner of his grandson, Curtis Axel.
Ryback picks Goldust up for a snap suplex. He holds for a considerable amount of time, releases and gets a two count. Axel tags in and a double team maneuver ensues. Goldust and Axel go at it in the ring. Goldust counters and gets a cover for a two count on Axel. Another move and both men are down, Axel gets the hot tags. Goldust can't get to his corner.
Ryback picks Goldust up and burns him into the mat. Goldust counters and hits a Hurricanrana on Ryback! Ryback is on the outside, Goldust needs a tag and gets it. It's now Rhodes and Axel. Cody Rhodes hits a moonsault and gets a two count on Axel. Cody goes to finish him but Ryback interferes. Cody hits a Disaster Kick on Ryback on the outside. He gets back in and Axel lands some offense and a two count.
Axel goes for the Perfect Plex but Cody counters. Goldust and Ryback fight on the outside as Cody Rhodes hits Cross Rhodes on Axel. He gets the pinfall victory.
Winners Cody Rhodes & Goldust
Larry "The Axe" Hennig is shown on the outside trying to regroup Axel.
Backstage with Byron Saxton and The Usos. They proclaim they respect The New Age Outlaws but it's a new year and a new day. They have two words for the NAO regarding their title reign, it's over.
Renee Young reads more Twitter predictions for the Social Media Lounge. Josh Mathews wants predictions from the panelists. Mysterio picks Cesaro, Henry picks Sheamus and The Miz picks Cesaro. That's it for the Kickoff, I now leave you in the capable hands of Sean Hopkins.
We kick off the show with a video package highlighting the brutality of the Elimination Chamber match, the six men who will be competing in the match, and the reward of going on to WrestleMania as WWE Champion.
The pyro hits and Michael Cole welcomes us to the show. The fans are on their feet, and look to be ready for some action. The first match of the night will be for the Intercontinental Championship, and Jack Swagger makes his way to the ring, accompanied by Zeb Coalter. Coalter has a mic and says Swagger's opponent is Big E, and Coalter figured out that the E stands for 'enough'. Enough of him being the Intercontinental Championship. Coalter asks for the fans to come up with one thing Big E has done to positively impact North America, but he's done nothing, and things have gotten worse in the three months he's been champion. Illegals are crossing the border, and we're surrounded by a polar vortex. Coincidence? Zeb doesn't think so. He asks everyone to stand and say in a clear voice, 'We the People'.
Big E is out next, and he doesn't get much of a reaction out of the fans in the crowd.
WWE Intercontinental Championship Match
Big E vs. Jack Swagger
The bell rings, and we're ready to kick off the show. Both men circle each other before locking up. Big E takes Swagger into the corner, and the two jockey for position. After a break, we get another lock up and Swagger gets in a couple of quick shots before connecting with a shoulder block. Swagger avoids a body slam, but walks right into a huge flying shoulder tackle that sends Swagger out of the ring. Zeb tells Swagger to keep his eyes on Big E. Swagger slowly gets back into the ring and kicks Big E in the gut before hitting a couple of right hands, backing Big E into the corner. Big E comes back with a giant belly to belly suplex. then another, and Swagger pulls himself up in the corner just in time for Big E to bury his shoulder in Swagger's midsection. Swagger bails to the outside, and Big E follows, slamming his head on the steel steps.
Zeb has a couple of words with Big E, and Swagger tries to take advantage, but E shrugs him off and spears him against the ring post. Big E rolls Swagger back into the ring for a two count, and Swagger heads right back to the outside. Big E grabs Swagger, but Swagger pulls him from the apron down to the floor. Swagger connects with a running clothesline that puts Big E down, and Zeb gloats. Swagger rolls E back into the ring and goes for the cover, getting a one count. Swagger pushes E into the corner and charges in with a running knee to the stomach. Swagger continues the assault with more knees until he's pulled off by the referee. Swagger comes right back with a quick clothesline for another near fall. Swagger goes to work on E's arms, but Big E is quick to stand, and back Swagger into the corner to break the hold. Big E hits the ropes and runs right into a big boot from Swagger.
Swagger goes for another pin, but can't keep E down. Swagger clamps on a front face lock, grinding Big E into the mat. E makes it to his feet and picks Swagger up, tossing him off with ease. Both men are slow to stand, and both connect with simultaneous clotheslines.
When they get to their feet, E hits a couple of right hands, but misses a spear in the corner, running shoulder first into the ring post. Swagger goes for the roll up, but only gets two. Swagger lays the boots to E, and the fans are almost completely behind Swagger. Swagger tosses Big E into the corner, but he runs right into a back elbow, and a couple of kicks from Big E. E follws up with a couple of clothesline, and a big belly to belly suplex. E hits the ropes and Swagger pops up, planting him with a spinebuster for two.
Swagger goes for the Swagger bomb, but he's caught by Big E. Swagger holds on to the ropes and drops to the apron to avoid the Big Ending, but Big E spears Swagger through the ropes and both men fall to the floor. E rolls Swagger back into the ring and goes for the cover, getting a two count. Big E connects with a splash for another two count.
Big E heads to the outside and begins climbing to the top turnbuckle. Swagger stops him, but Big E is able to fight Swagger off. Swagger charges back up the ropes and connects with a belly to belly from the top that's good for another two count. Swagger hits the ropes and hits Big E with a chop block to the knee. Swagger is able to lock Big E into the Patriot lock in the middle of the ring. E crawls for the ropes, but flips to his back and kicks Swagger off instead. Both men trade rights, and Swagger connects with a kick to the gut. Swagger goes for the gut wrench but can't connect. Big E jumps right into another kick to the gut, but he comes back quickly with a quick jump right into Swagger. Swagger locks in the patriot lock again, but Big E gets to his feet and connects with an enzugiri. Big E hits the Big Ending, and this one is over with a three count.
Winner and STILL WWE Intercontinental Champion Big E
After the match, Bad News Barrett is out, rising up on his podium. He bangs his gavel and says he's got some bad news. To the surprise of nobody, Russia has won more gold medals than the Americans at the Olympic games. And they'll have to wait for four more years before going back, and having Russia prove European sporting dominance again.
Cole , JBL and Lawler bring up Hulk Hogan coming back to WWE, and hosting WrestleMania 30 with a quick video package, and look at some of the news that's been reported about his return