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WWE Elimination Chamber: Montreal Left in Tears & Cheers

Sun 19 Feb 2023 | 03:35 PM
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On Sunday, Montreal, Canada, hosted the first WWE Pay-Per-View in 14 years, Elimination Chamber. The final PPV before Wrestle Mania 39. The card of the event carried five contests, including the two Elimination Chamber contests. It was also headlined by Undisputed Title Match between Roman Reigns and Sami Zayn. 

Here are the highlights of the event.

Fine Representation

The show was opened by the Women's Elimination Chamber match for determining a number #1 contender for Raw Women's Champion Bianca Blair in Wrestle Mania 39. The participants were Liv Morgan, Carmella, Nikki Cross, Auska, Raquel Rodriguez, and Natalya. 

The six women were represented in a fine way. It was a continuation of Cross' psycho characters, and a return to the previous style of Liv Morgan, instead of the pain-passion attitude. 

Since her return, Natalya's performance went better once again, while Rodriguez returned some of her prestigious powerhouse prestige.

Carmella also did a great job in motivating and increasing the tempo of the match since her involvement, while Auska is still the most impressive one, especially with her Cana-influenced gimmick.

Rating: 3/5


The next match was a single contest between Bobby Lashley and Brock Lesnar. The majority of lost interest in such a fund, especially due to the rare appearances of Lesnar which negatively impacted the scenario of the events. 

Their match at Elimination Chamber, and the announcement of Bray Wyatt's to challenge the winner (Which is a new sign for the horrible scripts that Wyatt insists to introduce).

However, the match was ended by DQ (which was expected widely) but the finalization of the match was horrible, and the script of the match was really disappointing.

Although the presence of the match at that PPV was questioned by the fans, some of them expected the reformation of the Hurt Bussiness and it didn't happen.

Rating: 2/5

Better Than Expected 

The Canadian, Edge, was the champion of the Mixed Tag Team matches in the last three years in WWE. He teamed up with his wife, Beth Pheonix, twice and with Rhea Ripley once. 

And yesterday, the Grit Couple did a great job against The Judgement Day's Finn Balor, and Rhea Ripley.

The match was cool, and better than people really invested in it. However, it had a few botches and timing issues between both teams. 


In Black & Gold Spirit

After that came Men's Elimination Chamber match for the US title. The participants were Seth "Freakin" Rollins, the Champion Austin Theory, Johnny Gargano, Montez Ford, Brunson Reed, and Damian Priest.

All participants had deep experience with WWE NXT (Black and Gold era), they presented different encounters and mutual spots that they previously highlighted in NXT appearances. 

Gargano had his best appearance since his return to WWE, and Montez Ford did a breathtaking performance in the match which is great evidence of his talents as an individual performer. 

Logan Paul also made a surprising appearance to cost Rollins the match as a confirmation for their teased Wrestle Mania story

The match was the best of the night.

Rating: 4/5

The Battle of Montreal 

If the story of the Bloodline is one of the best ones in the past five years, the chapter of Sami Zayn should come on the top. It looked like people stopped really caring for the story of Bloodline since Wrestle Mania 38, until the involvement of Zayn in the story, and the great betrayal of Zayn to the family. 

The 9-month story reached the climax, today, when Roman Reigns whose family is falling a part due to Zayn, came face to face with Zayn before his family and city, Montreal. The city that saw one of the most unfortunate chapters in the history of WWE, Montreal Screwjob. 

As the story is based on family-angle, so the slow tempo of the match gave a huge space for Reigns to build deep and influential interaction with the fans who experienced a tragic incident with WWE, and support their town's champion Zayn. It looked like Zayn and Montreal against the WWE and Reigns. 

One of the stars of the night was Zayn's wife who had different dialogues with Reigns about Zayn's loyalty to the family.

The heroic representation for Zayn was really good, however, the ending was not accepted by the majority of the fans.

It saw different involvements of the Usos, including the confusion of Jay Uso to attack Zayn, and Zayn spearing Jay. In addition, Kevin Owens showed up at the night to rescue Zayn from the Bloodline's assault in a step described as too little too late action. 

By the end of the night, it seemed that the Bloodline is falling, and the Usos are about to defend their titles against the old best friends in Wrestle Mania, while Reigns will defend his titles against the American Nightmare, Cody Rhodes. 

Rating: 4/5