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WWE E. CHAMBER PPV RESULTS 2/23 (Hour 2): Shield vs. Wyatts big six-man tag, Batista vs. Del Rio, Divas Title

Feb 23, 2014 - 9:53:42 PM
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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 2 Results

In-ring: The Shield was introduced first for the second-biggest match of the PPV. After Shield made their way through the crowd, the Wyatts were introduced to ringside. Before the Wyatts entered the ring, the crowd picked up a "This Is Awesome" chant. The two teams came face-to-face in the ring before the bell sounded, with Bray Wyatt singling out Dean Ambrose. Next was a dueling chant of "Let's Go Wyatts / Let's Go Shield." JBL said the crowd just wants to see a fight tonight.

Things seemed to settle down, but Ambrose jumped Bray and the fight was on. Shield cleared the Wyatts from the ring, drawing some cheers. Another dueling chant before the bell sounded to officially begin the match.

4 -- THE SHIELD (U.S. champion DEAN AMBROSE & SETH ROLLINS & ROMAN REIGNS) vs. THE WYATTS (BRAY WYATT & LUKE HARPER & ERICK ROWAN) -- six-man tag match

Big feeling-out process early on. Reigns then beat up Bray in the corner, drawing cheers. Harper tagged in and tried to suplex Reigns, but Reigns blocked three attempts and delivered a suplex of his own. Ambrose tagged in next and pounded Harper in the corner. Suddenly, Rowan provided a distraction, so Harper snapped off a dropkick on Ambrose. The Wyatts then isolated Ambrose and got in their offense.

Ambrose tagged out to Rollins, who wowed the crowd with high-flying offense on the Wyatts. But, the Wyatts eventually cut off Rollins and began working him over in their corner. Another dueling chant broke out. The crowd then chanted for tables, which made Lawler chuckle. Rollins finally broke free of Harper and made a tag to Reigns, which drew a pop. Reigns cleaned house with impressive-looking offense, then chaos broke out in the ring.

Bodies started flying out of the ring, then Harper flew through the ropes with a suicide dive to Ambrose. So, Rollins one-upped him with a flying flip dive to the Wyatts. Back in the ring, Reigns rolled up Rowan for a two count. Double collision mid-ring and bodies were down in and out of the ring. Rollins then walked over to the Spanish announce table and chucked the lid aside, popping the crowd. Bray blasted Rollins from behind, though. Before the Wyatts could do anything to Rollins, Ambrose jumped Bray and knocked him over the guardrail into the front row. Ambrose and Bray brawled up the stands into the crowd.

Back in the ring, Reigns and Rowan traded bombs. Meanwhile, Rollins and Harper paired off at the ringside area. Bray then ran back to ringside and jumped Rollins. No sign of Ambrose. The main announce table came into play with the Wyatts trying to end Rollins while Rowan held off Reigns in the ring. All three Wyatts moved to the ringside area, then Bray instructed his henchmen to chokeslam Rollins off the main table through the Spanish announce table. The crowd popped for the spot as the Wyatts observed their handiwork.

The only man left from The Shield was Reigns, who collected himself in the ring. Babyface moment for Reigns in a sympathetic position facing a three-on-one situation. Reigns tried to stand up and go after the Wyatts, but they overpowered him. Bray then scooped up Reigns for Sister Abigail, but Reigns powered out. Big eyes from Bray shocked by this. But, Bray headbutted Reigns. Reigns no-sold, then emphatically Samoan Dropped Bray.

Reigns cleared the ring, then Superman Punched Rowan. Superman to Bray, popping the crowd. Reigns wanted the Spear on Bray, but Harper entered the ring, so Reigns speared him instead. Bray then exploded onto Reigns, scooped up Reigns, and nailed Sister Abigail. Bray pinned Reigns for the win.

WINNERS: Wyatts at 22:42. Big match and big moment for all involved. Reigns was given a big spotlight (to cover for taking the loss), while Bray Wyatt picked up another big win on the way to WrestleMania. A big energy boost after the poor first hour of the PPV. (***1/2)

WWE Network video: Hulk Hogan and John Cena talked in separate soundbytes about the Network content.

Backstage: Renee Young caught up with Christian backstage. Renee pointed out that Christian was the only wrestler who didn't beat Randy Orton in the pre-Chamber gauntlet series. Christian cut off Renee, then said he is desperate and dangerous going into the Chamber match. He dared everyone to underestimate him tonight.

In-ring: A.J. Lee's music played. The Divas champion resurfaced with Tamina Snuka and Lilian announced a Divas Title match up next. Are there any challengers in the division? In the ring, A.J. waited out a brief "C-M Punk" chant before noting she is the longest-reigning Divas champion of all-time. A.J. acknowledged that she has zero competition, but she still has to defend the title tonight. She noted she has beaten everyone, so they should just get this over with. No Tamina double-cross. Out came Cameron to challenge A.J.

5 -- Divas champion A.J. LEE (w/Tamina Snuka) vs. CAMERON -- Divas Title match

Before the match started, Cole noted that Cameron is fighting for her tag partner, Naomi, who suffered an eye injury to knock her out of Divas Title contention. To add insult to injury, A.J. stole Cameron's pom-poms on the outside. Cameron took offense to this display and attacked A.J. to dislodge the pom-poms. Suddenly, Tamina blasted Cameron from behind, knocking her down to the floor. The ref called for the bell, DQ'ing A.J.

Post-match: Tamina re-entered the ring and handed the Divas Title to A.J., who sold uneasiness about Tamina's actions. A.J. left the ring with her title.

WINNER: Cameron via DQ at 4:30; A.J. retained the Divas Title. Slow burn to A.J. vs. Tamina title match.

Post-match: Wade Barrett resurfaced after skipping a mid-card post-match promo on the main event-level Shield vs. Wyatts match. Barrett said he has some bad news. The Network goes live on Monday morning. The problem is the crowd will be so overwhelmed by the content that adults will lose their jobs and kids will be expelled from school. And, trash will pile up. And rats will move in. It sounded like the DirecTV commercial about what happens when you get frustrated by cable.

Backstage: Santino was playing with action figures. Emma then walked in, followed by Great Khali, El Torito, and Los Matadores. Awkward dialogue and action figure playing ensued.

In-ring: Batista's music played to a mixed reaction. Out came Batista for his first singles match since returning to WWE. Before Alberto Del Rio came out, WWE replayed clips from the Batista vs. Del Rio feud, which has been dominated by Batista.

Del Rio was introduced as Batista's opponent, but Del Rio hobbled out on a crutch, wearing a neckbrace, and dressed in a track suit. Del Rio asked for a mic, then flashed back to two weeks ago when Batista attacked him. Therefore, he is not able to compete tonight. The crowd didn't know whether to cheer or boo. Batista got too close, so Del Rio smashed him with his crutch. Del Rio then removed his track suit as Lawler noted he can't say much about this because he did this to Bret Hart. No segue to that footage being available on the Network. Del Rio turned to smile to the crowd, then he removed his neckbrace and called for the bell.

6 -- BATISTA vs. ALBERTO DEL RIO

After Batista recovered in the corner, the ref called for the bell. Batista fired off a right hand to Del Rio, drawing boos. This was followed by a "Boo-tista" chant. Del Rio tried to snap Batista's shoulder with a cross arm-breaker across the middle rope, then broke the hold. Minneapolis turned into Pittsburgh with a "Daniel Bryan" chant as Del Rio slowed the pace to work on Batista. Next was a "C-M Punk" chant. Batista fought back to boos, but Del Rio yanked his arm down to resume control. JBL said he's shocked by this crowd response. Next was a "Y2J" chant, which JBL acknowledged.

Batista avoided a corner charge, then delivered shoulder thrusts in the corner. But, Del Rio resumed control. "R-V-D" chant, then Del Rio delivered a corner enziguiri. Del Rio dropkicked Batista out of the ring before a "We Want Lesnar" chant picked up. JBL acknowledged that one. Back in the ring, Del Rio delivered a backstabber for a two count. Del Rio wanted a top-rope splash, but Batista moved and Del Rio crashed to the mat.

Batista was unable to follow up, so Del Rio teased the cross arm-breaker to cheers. But, Batista blocked and nailed the Batistabomb to boos. Batista covered for the win. Afterward, Batista sold the arm work as Cole hyped Batista advancing to WrestleMania to challenge for the WWE World Title. Batista struggled to get up to show his face to the camera to celebrate, so WWE cut to a replay of the match.

WINNER: Batista at 7:11. Batista vs. Orton with no secondary match situation (MITB cash-in, something else) has potential to be more infamous than Randy Orton vs. Triple H at WM25. (*3/4)

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