PPV REPORTS WWE E. CHAMBER PPV RESULTS 2/23 (Hour 3): Elimination Chamber WWE Title main event
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WWE Elimination Chamber PPV results
February 23, 2014
Minneapolis, Minn. at the Target Center
Report by James Caldwell, PWTorch assistant editor
Hour 3 Results
Studio: Josh Mathews set up Mark Henry, Rey Mysterio, and The Miz to hype the main event Elimination Chamber match up next.
Video Package: The Elimination Chamber match.
In-ring: John Cena was introduced first for the main event Chamber match. Cena stormed ringside, then handed his ring gear to a special needs fan on the front row. Nice moment. After Cena entered one of the four holding pods, Christian was introduced. Christian occupied a second pod, then WWE World Hvt. champ Randy Orton came out third and paraded around in the ring with his top title belts.
After Orton took a third pod, Daniel Bryan's music played to bring out Bryan to a rousing ovation. Big "Daniel Bryan Yes!" banner in the arena, then Bryan bounced down to the ring, entered the Chamber, and entered the fourth pod. Lawler said Bryan is right up there with Cena in terms of fan reaction.
Out next to begin the match was Cesaro, flanked by Zeb Colter. Sheamus was out last to begin the match against Cesaro.
7 -- ELIMINATION CHAMBER MATCH -- WWE World Hvt. champion RANDY ORTON vs. DANIEL BRYAN vs. JOHN CENA vs. CHRISTIAN vs. SHEAMUS vs. CESARO (w/Zeb Colter) -- WWE World Title match
Cesaro and Sheamus battled and fought and scrapped early on. They landed in front of Cena's pod, so Cena joked around by tapping his pod and waving at them. Cesaro responded by mocking Cena and uppercutting Sheamus. No elimination during the first five minutes.
At 5:00, the countdown clock expired and Daniel Bryan emerged from his pod to a hot crowd response. Bryan, sporting the taped shoulder, flew at both Sheamus and Cesaro with high-impact offense. Bryan then traded kicks to Sheamus and Cesaro, going round and round. Both men fell to the mat, then Bryan struck Cesaro in the face to send Cesaro rolling to the Chamber structure's grate area.
Sheamus quieted Bryan moments later and resumed his battle with Cesaro while Bryan sold the injured shoulder. Cesaro then went after Bryan, whipping him into his empty pod, which broke on impact. Bryan sold injuring the left shoulder crashing through the pod, then slumped down to the ground, taking him out of the match momentarily.
The countdown clock expired at 10:12 for the next entrant, which was Christian. Christian shoved down Sheamus, then went after Bryan's injured arm. Christian ripped off the tape covering Bryan's shoulder, drawing grumbles from the crowd. Christian then battled Sheamus, dropping him with Unprettier on the Chamber grate. Christian tried to go after Cesaro, but Cesaro buckle-bombed him into a pod door, then uppercut him back into the ring for a close two count.
The countdown clock expired at 15:12 to bring out Cena as the next-to-last entrant. The crowd booed as Cena entered, scooped up Christian, and gave Christian an AA onto Cesaro. Cena tried a top-rope move, but Bryan cut him off. Bryan delivered a huracanrana, then Yes! kicked Cena. But, Christian cut off the roundhouse kick with a Killswitch. Christian covered Bryan, but Bryan kicked out.
A rapid-fire sequence followed, but no eliminations. Sheamus and Cesaro then re-took center stage battling and clubbing and smacking. Christian then dropped Cesaro with a Tornado DDT for a two count. Cena tried to go after Cesaro, but Cesaro intercepted with a big pop-up uppercut for a close two count. All five men sold in the Chamber as Orton watched from his pod with a big smile on his face.
All five men came to their feet and traded offense and control. Chaos and craziness. Just a big ol' brawl. The countdown clock then expired to bring out Orton at 20:25 as the final competitor. Orton went right after Cesaro with the stomp. Then, a stomp for Cena. How about Bryan? Orton kicked Christian in the chest to "boring" chants, which Orton paused to acknowledge by looking around the arena. Orton did his pose, then pointed to the WM30 sign.
Orton airballed The Punt to Bryan, then everyone stopped and stared down Orton. Orton saw that he was not in a good spot, so he bailed to his pod. Sheamus tried to get inside the pod, but Orton taunted him by staying inside. "P----" chant from the crowd, which Orton laughed at. Sheamus continued to glare toward Orton, who dared him to do something. So, Sheamus destroyed the pod with a Brogue Kick, popping the crowd.
Sheamus bashed Orton into the ring, where Cena dropped Sheamus with a sit-out slam. You Can't See Me, then Lawler blew it by asking if the champ is going to be eliminated right here. He was not, as Cesaro chucked Cena out of the ring, then put Orton in the Big Swing. 15 rotations, then 20. Then 25. The crowd applauded when Cesaro released the Big Swing, then a string of nearfalls occurred leading to the 25:00 mark.
Sheamus and Christian battled to the top of one of the empty pods, which brought over Orton. Orton superplexed Sheamus, then Christian came off the top of the pod with a frogsplash. Christian sold pain from the move, then covered Sheamus for a pin for the first elimination.
*** Sheamus out at 26:05 via Christian ***
After a pause to get Sheamus out of the ring, Bryan went after a worn-out Christian and dropped him with a knee smash for the next pin and elimination. Christian was then hauled out of the ring.
*** Christian out at 27:12 via Bryan ***
The Final Four of Orton, Bryan, Cena, and Cesaro squared off in the ring. Bryan and Orton paired off, then Cena and Cesaro paired off. After the heels cleared out, Cena and Bryan came face-to-face in the ring. Cole recapped this being the beginning of Bryan's journey at Summerslam in August. Cena got the upper hand momentarily, then both men traded control.
Cena had Bryan in position for the AA, but Cesaro came up behind them for a double overhead slam. Cesaro wanted a gutwrench suplex, but Cena countered with a huracanrana. Cena then AA'ed Cesaro over the top rope onto the grate. Cena then dragged Cesaro back into the ring and applied the STF. Cesaro tapped out, marking the third cut.
*** Cesaro out at 30:10 via Cena ***
After a reset, Cena had Orton in position for the STF, but the lights cut out and the Wyatts's interruption played. When the lights came back on, the Wyatts beat down Cena and Bryan. Bray then dropped Cena with Sister Abigail. Lawler wondered how the Wyatts got inside the Chamber as the trio left the Chamber. In the background, Orton snuck up onto Cena and pinned him.
*** Cena out at 32:38 via Orton (and the Wyatts) ***
After Cena was eliminated, the refs tried to get the Wyatts to leave ringside. They refused to leave, so Kane came down and pretended to be indignant about their ringside presence. Kane told the Wyatts to leave as Orton and Bryan remained in the Chamber. Kane then entered the Chamber to check on Cena. Suddenly, Bryan sprung on Kane with a flying knee to the head. Orton capitalized by smashing Bryan into a pod.
Orton wanted a top-rope superplex, but Bryan blocked. Bryan then hung up Orton with Yes! kicks and a running dropkick. And two more. Bryan delivered a top-rope back drop as the crowd chanted, "Daniel Bryan," but Orton escaped a pin. Orton then nailed a second-rope DDT and called for the RKO, but Bryan blocked. Bryan nailed the running knee, then covered Orton, but Kane pulled the ref out of the pin. Bryan had the three count. So, Bryan kicked Kane in the head, but turned around and took an RKO from Orton. "Not this way!" Cole shouted. But, Bryan kicked out.
Loud "Yes!" chants as Orton complained to the ref about the count. Bryan caught Orton with a small package, but Orton kicked out. Bryan with a kick to the head as Cole encouraged him to finish Orton. Bryan then got up and took another blow to the face from Kane. Orton then dropped Bryan with an RKO and it was good for the pin and the win. Cole called it a disgusting abuse of power. WWE cut to shots of upset fans in the crowd as Orton left the ring with both title belts.
After the match, WWE replayed high points of the match as Cole freaked out. WWE cut to more crowd shots of upset fans as Cole continued to talk about the audience wanting to see Bryan as WWE champ. Cole asked how much more Bryan has to suffer through and take. More crowd shots of stunned, upset fans. Cole said it's been going on since Summerslam and it has to stop. Orton was shown posing with the title belts on-stage as Bryan shook his head "No!" while recovering in the Chamber. The PPV signed off at 10:54 p.m.E ST.
WINNER: Orton at 37:33 to retain the WWE World Title. Really good Chamber match (with points docked for the outside interference and Chamber structure being emasculated. Again.). Cesaro shined, Sheamus was solid, Cena did his thing, Christian held his own with the "desperation" story, Orton snuck out another assisted victory, and Bryan continued to build his sympathetic journey to... well, not the WWE Title, as WWE continues to try to build heat on the heel authority figures at the risk of losing the audience. (***1/2)
The WM30 Big Four is pretty clear coming out of the Chamber - Orton vs. Batista, Bryan vs. Triple H, Cena vs. Bray, and Taker's Streak match. No change from the plans unless WWE pulls off something Monday on Raw to change things.
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