Bobby let’s us know how Elimination Chamber ranked with the Good, Bad and Ugly rankings!
Elimination Chamber’s time is now! So much can and will happen at an event like this. So much violence, carnage and potential for greatness. WWE the King of Professional Wrestling putting themselves out there and giving the fans a show. This show already has heat now with some backstage issues with Carmella and Corey Graves, even more interest will be in the event. All of that aside with a packed card of possibilities will the Elimination Chamber be Good, Bad or Ugly?
WWE Cruiserweight Title Match– Buddy Murphy (C) vs. Akira Tozawa
This match will be lit up the whole time. We will see a little bit of everything here with these two talents. Buddy Murphy has the look, the Gold, the theme and of course the girl. He can work and with a lot less than Tozawa. In 205 Live World Murphy is a powerhouse and this was a speed vs power type of match. Tozawa had a lot of offense but was ineffective against the Champion. Murphy rallied and countered Tozawa’s every move. Each guy fighting for position and giving it all they had. Buddy Murphy held on after several close falls and attempts. This match was amazing. Tozawa wouldn’t quit either, it could have gone either way. Tozawa put it all out there, and clawed after the Cruiserweight Title. The Challenger had Murphy in an “Octopus” but was countered into a “Murphy’s Law.” Buddy Murphy retains on the road to the Big Show.
WWE Women’s Tag Team Elimination Chamber Match– Nia Jax & Tamina vs. Sasha Banks & Bayley vs. Carmella & Naomi vs. The Riott Squad vs. Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville vs. The IIconics
Screw it! No pun intended. Open the show with Carmella. This is going to be a crazy match. Corey Graves is also broadcasting. Acting natural there was nothing out of the ordinary here on the show between them. Complete professionals. Fire and Desire vs. Boss n Hug to start off hot right off the bat.
A lot of action and back and forth. Both teams exhausted and beaten, in comes Riott Squad. Liv Morgan single handedly went at it with both Deville and Rose. Bayley then followed up and cleaned house. The IIconics scrambled in as quickly as possible and tried to pin the sea of humanity that was all laid out by a super bomb off the top earlier on. The IIconics further beat down their opponents but couldn’t finish anyone off. They brutally beat down Bayley and Banks. Naomi and Carmella are next. The Former Women’s World Champs really came in hot and got the edge. Mella was money and sharp in there. A series of finishers and huge moves and everyone was down. Tamina and Nia Jax still not even in there and already destruction. IIconics took advantage of a situation and double rolled up Naomi, eliminating Naomi and Carmella. The whole group on their feet and ready to go with Nia and Tamina. Nia Jax and Tamina dominated. No one could touch them. The IIconics shut themselves in a pod but were taken out and devastated. Jax and Tamina eliminate the IIconics with a double “Samoan Drop.” The Riott Squad attacked. Suddenly all of the steam lost. The Riott Squad woke everyone back up with a devastating dives onto the piles. Nia Jax and Tamina hit The Riott Squad with a super “Samoan Drop” and “Superfly Splash” eliminating the Riott Squad. Nia and Tamina took their time but knocked herself out into a pod missing Bayley. Tamina was left to the wolves and picked apart before being pinned and eliminated. Banks and Bayley had the titles won, but Deville took Bayley out. Mandy Rose had Banks, but Banks kicked out. Deville accidentally speared Mandy Rose. Banks trapped Deville in a sick submission for the victory. Sasha Banks and Bayley are the 1st Ever Women’s Tag Team Champions!
WWE Intercontinental Title Handicap Match– Bobby Lashley (C) and Lio Rush vs. Finn Balor
The word “Demon” was used freely and frequently in the Kickoff Show, making it an official buzz word. If “The Demon” shows up expect Balor to leave with the Intercontinental Championship. However we did not have that here tonight. Much like with the Lesnar match, the Demon is sitting it out. Balor in a handicap match against someone twice his size who is also the Champ makes no sense but moving on. As expected Lashley was very physical and dominant. In true Finn Balor fashion he fought back and would not stay down. Lio Rush would interfere and get involved every time Balor would get space. Lashley would continue to wear down Balor but was unable to finish him. Lio Rush missed a “frog splash” Balor would bounce back. Balor would go completely off the rails destroying his opponents. Non-stop he hit a “Coupe de Grace” on Lio Rush and Wins the Intercontinental Championship for the 1st Time of his career! WOW! Balor Wins a huge match! Lashley was irate grabbing up his hype man and crashing him to the ground with a vicious spike.
WWE Raw Women’s Title Match– “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey (C) vs. Ruby Riott
As to no surprise Charlotte Flair had a ringside seat for this one. The Ultimate Heel will most likely play a role here and she had to be close by. Charlotte was long winded before this big title match. Ruby Riott is a decent talent and unquestionably will be able to tame Rousey and keep the match clean. She is a hell of a worker. They are lucky to have each other in this position as both will benefit. Rousey got the crowd hot dressed like Mortal Combat’s Sonya Blade which is kick ass. She looked like the missing member of The Shield. This was a classic Championship Match. It was paced well with big moves and a lot of emotion. Rousey quickly got Riott into an “armbar”, causing Riott to tap out. Rousey posed down with Charlotte at ringside. Disappointing showing for Riott, but Rousey looked fantastic. Rousey dominating is a story. Charlotte not long after the victory stomped into the ring herself. Lynch came hobbling out of the crowd on crutches getting everyone’s attention. She is nuts! By the way she is dressed like Kill Bill! “She’s the Man” rung through the audience. Becky Lynch then beat the hell out of Charlotte with a crutch. She hit her so many times and just wouldn’t stop. Rousey just watched in amazement. Charlotte screamed in pain and didn’t get any assistance. Rousey picked up a crutch and made it clear to Lynch that she would fight back. Rousey looked like she had Charlotte in her sights but Lynch attacked her and again hit Charlotte during the attack. Becky Lynch just “stomped a mud hole” in Rousey and Charlotte as only “The Man” can. Holy Cow! This was just shocking and fantastic! Becky Lynch is going to the Principal’s Office for this one. Maybe Stone Cold can come to her aid?
No Disqualification Match- Baron Corbin vs. Braun Strowman
Rousey and Charlotte were still in shock as to what happened when Baron Corbin made his way to the ring for his No DQ Match with “The Monster” Braun Strowman. The 385lbs Braun Strowman walked calmly to the ring for his fight. He never seems too worked up unless it’s Lesnar or Reigns. Corbin has his work cut out for him here in every way. Corbin beat on Strowman with a Kendo Stick and tried to slow down the big man. Strowman just devastated Corbin every chance he got crashing down hard on him in and out of the ring. Corbin used his speed and Strowman’s own momentum to counter the size and power of “the Monster.” Corbin has taken the fight to Braun and kept up with him even being on top numerous times in the match. When Strowman would make contact it was huge and debilitating. Out, comes a table. Braun Strowman had the match won driving Corbin hard through the table with a “powerslam.” Drew McIntyre’s music hit and he headed to the ring, but it was Bobby Lashley that did the most damage in a sneak attack with a chair on Strowman. In this No-DQ Match this is perfectly legal. Braun Strowman was rendered helpless. Corbin and McIntyre stacked a couple of tables and had Bobby Lashley w/ there help “Shield” style power slam Braun Strowman off the steps in the ring through 2 tables. Baron Corbin Wins! This was not a Bad match and it was won in true hated, pure heel fashion. Just wish we saw “The Wyatt’s” come the Big Man’s aid.
Lacey Evan Tease
Random but I like it! Maybe it’s the South Carolina pride. Moving on!
WWE Title Elimination Chamber Match– Daniel Bryan vs. AJ Styles vs. Jeff Hardy vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Randy Orton vs. Samoa Joe
It is pretty epic that Kofi Kingston is in this match and had that tremendous showing this week on SmackDown Live. The talent in this match all together makes this an epic super-card. Some of the best talents in history grouped together for one big match. In a “Fickle” move, Rowan was asked to leave by the officials. Daniel Bryan played cat and mouse with Samoa Joe. But Joe attacked hard at the champ and showed no mercy but Daniel Bryan fought back like a champion. Kofi Kingston came right in and continued his amazing performance from SD Live. The Champ Daniel Bryan though proved to be too much, taking control of the match again, until Samoa Joe chased him away. Kofi greeted him on his perch above a pod and fought him on the cage. Kofi also kicked down Joe then dove on both of them from high above. AJ Styles then brought the heat and him and Bryan went at it. Styles is so freaking Good all the time and with Kofi and these other guys is just shining out there. They shared the spotlight out there. Joe is out first combo from a jawbreaker from Kingston and a Styles hitting him with a forearm with a pin. Jeff Hardy enters the war. Again Styles is center stage and rightfully so. Everyone again mixing it up. Randy Orton the last man to enter. The most dangerous man in Professional Wrestling today. This match was intense and looked painful. Bryan hits Hardy with a running knee after a high risk payoff on AJ Styles eliminating Jeff Hardy and immediately attacking Styles and Kingston. Styles then countered right before Orton came in. Again everyone got in their shots. The action went back and forth with all competitors. “RKO” on AJ Styles. Eliminated. “Trouble in Paradise” Orton Eliminated. Kofi and Bryan went full steam and gave it all they had left. Daniel Bryan kicked out of the “SOS.” Again back and forth, what a match! Kofi would not give up. Kofi missed a huge splash, and got destroyed by a flying knee. Bryan retains the title in this incredible match! New Day came out and walked their best friend and fellow New Day Member Kofi Kingston to the back after an heroic performance.
WWE Smackdown Tag Team Title Match– The Miz & Shane McMahon (C) vs. The Usos
We know we will see high spots and close calls. A ton of experience and talent in here, in a huge match. The Miz’s opening with Maryse coming out, the Hollywood Couple announced, they are having another baby! Congrats, that’s Awesome!
As for the match though, there were some Bad moments at times. For the caliber of talent sometimes this was purely disappointing. Uso’s were the better team in this match but Miz finally got a second to strike and tagged in a fresh Shane O’ Mac. McMahon went bananas putting on his usual show for the fans. Went for a second “coast to coast” but was “superkicked” for a two count broken up by The Miz. Again Miz had some sloppy action. It was more the Uso’s timing than how the Miz did but it looked Bad. Shane went to the well again to the outside smashing through Jey Uso and the Announce Table. Jimmy Uso hits a “superkick” and a “splash” but only gets two. Miz comes back but gets countered into a rollup. The Uso’s Win the SmackDown Tag Team Championships!
UGLY- Not on this TV!
- GOOD- 7
- BAD- 1
- UGLY- 0
Good job WWE! This was a quality Pay Per View! Awesome energy and a ton of content that will make the remainder of the Road to WrestleMania even more entertaining. This show was Awesome and had everyone pumped. Fantastic job all around!
Now we are even closer to the biggest night in sports entertainment. Fastlane on the way and continuing on in Wrestlemania Season, with some new stories and a clearer picture. The energy coming to Raw and SmackDown is heavy and should fuel the respective rosters to the huge night. Hope everyone enjoyed the show, please don’t forget to like, comment, share and continue to read the Good, Bad and Ugly!
Chris King: One More Spear and Jackhammer for Goldberg?
After his WWE Super ShowDown with The Undertaker wasn’t well received, is there room for Goldberg to have more “proper sendoff” to end his career?
By now you’ve heard the troubling news that during Goldberg and The Undertaker’s first-ever-match something went terribly awry; Goldberg smashed his head square into the ring-post, instantly he began bleeding profusely and was knocked out. What followed was extremely hard to watch; several signature maneuvers were horribly botched, and I was 100% concerned for both superstars’s health and well-being. This is not what we hoped would occur, and this should not be the last image of Goldberg that we witness in WWE.
There was speculation that Undertaker was furious at Goldberg for his performance that appeared absurd to me; how could Undertaker a locker room leader held in such high respect get into a screaming match backstage? On top of that there was also rumblings about Vince McMahon the CEO of WWE, was fuming, and had to break things up between the legends. He apparently told both superstars they were finished wrestling careers were over.
Thankfully the rumors were quickly refuted by not only WWE officials who were in Saudi Arabia, and TalkSport’s Alex McCarthy, and Mike Johnson on PWINSIDER.
Goldberg has admitted he was knocked out during his match with Undertaker at #WWESSD and that is why the final minutes were what they were.
Undertaker was angry with how the match went, but reports suggesting things got heated backstage with Goldberg aren't true, I'm told.
— Alex McCarthy (@AlexM_talkSPORT) June 8, 2019
Mike Johnson confirmed that after chatting with WWE officials he can confirm that after the bout Goldberg was too weak to muster up the energy to engage in a heated altercation.
Johnson said: “I have not heard one person with any legitimacy claim this as being true. In fact, when I asked about that rumor, it was quickly shot down by those who were actually in Saudi Arabia, so I tend to think that story is 100% fiction.”
Goldberg the WCW veteran was last seen in the squared circle on the Post-Mania-Raw, twenty-four hours after dropping the Universal championship to Brock Lesnar. The WWE Universe gave him a standing ovation for his love for the business throughout his illustrious twenty-year pro wrestling career.
Goldberg has battled some of the biggest wrestlers in WWE; The Rock was his first feud after his arrival in 2003 at the Backlash pay per view, followed by his almost year-long rivalry with HHH and “Evolution” where he won the World Heavyweight championship. He finished his initial run in the company in 2004 in a “Battle of Behemoths” with Lesnar. In 2019, there are many new powerhouses since he left the company in 2004. Below I will be listing the 5 Potential Opponents for his final match in WWE.
5 Best-Suited Opponents For The Final Goldberg Match
5. Goldberg vs. Brock Lesnar
Brock Lesnar toppled Goldberg for-the-first-time in his WWE career at WrestleMania 33; after a humiliating loss at 2016 Survivor Series, in a “Shocking” one minute and twenty-seven seconds. This was Goldberg’s first official match in WWE in twelve years; the two powerhouses have had a total of three encounters, they have manifested a buzz that surpassed all the other matches on the pay per view card. Despite the fact that Goldberg and Lesnar faced in each other only two years ago, it doesn’t rule out the possibility that Goldberg won’t come back for retribution. While this contest in the past has not been well-received by the WWE Universe, there’s still a sliver of a chance these Titans’ will go to war one final time.
With Lesnar as “The Beast in the Bank” his adversary could once again cost him the Universal or WWE Championship cash-in; reminiscent to 2004 No Way Out pay per view where Eddie Guerrero was challenging Lesnar for his WWE championship, and Goldberg (who had been given a front row ticket by Raw commissioner Stone Cold Steve Austin). He would then deliver a “Devastating” spear to cost Lesnar his championship, which led to their first clash at WrestleMania XX. Goldberg could cost Lesnar his opportunity and the two competitors could then revisit this hard-hitting personal rivalry.
4. Bobby Lashley
It’s still surreal to me that these two powerhouses have never crossed paths in both of their WWE tenures. Bobby Lashley returned to WWE after making an “Impact” (Pun intended) on the Raw after Mania 34. Despite being the fan-favorite to dethrone Lesnar at 2018 SummerSlam, Lashley was upset by Roman Reigns who eventually captured the Universal Championship. Goldberg vs. Lashley will still be a “Big Money” match that will put butts in seats and sell out arenas. This the kind of “once in a lifetime” physical confrontation contrary to Rock/Cena at WrestleMania 28 that people from all over the world would tune in to watch. The WWE Network could see a “massive” increase in subscriptions, and the weeks leading up to their collision we would most certainly be a pull-apart brawl and someone could likely to be taken to jail.
3. Goldberg vs. Lars Sullivan
“The Freak” Lars Sullivan has been leaving a pile of bodies on his path of destruction since his arrival on Monday nights. Currently, he’s annihilating the Lucha House Party, but after he’s finished bullying smaller wrestlers “,” Sullivan is going to be hungry for “Real” competition. Enter Goldberg. This wouldn’t do much for the WCW titan but it sure would be a “Huge” rub for the recent draftee. Sullivan was penciled into battle John Cena at WrestleMania 35 “,” but due to health reasons, it never happened. This victory over a legend of this caliber could catapult “The Freak” to the top of the food-chain in WWE.
2. Braun Strowman
To say “The Monster Among Men” has been mistreated would only be the tip of the iceberg. Strowman was the “Hottest” wrestler in 2017 with his horror-themed assaults on Roman Reigns. Unfortunately for Strowman, his name wasn’t “Roman Reigns” and despite his best efforts he never captured the Universal Championship.
Strowman was on a path of destruction until he went toe-to-toe with Universal champion Lesnar at 2017 No Mercy; in what should have been his coronation as the next champion, Strowman was crushed within a matter of minutes. Last year at WWE Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia he was heavily-favored to walk out with the vacated Universal championship; and instead WWE thought it was wise to start a lengthy program with Baron Corbin (who clocked Strowman in the back of the head with the title), and Lesnar dropped “The Monster Among Men” with 5 F5’s to start a second title-reign with the Universal championship. To say Strowman deserves a “Monumental” win would be a HUGE UNDERSTATEMENT!
1. Goldberg vs. Roman Reigns
The announcement of this match is enough buzz to sell-out WrestleMania 36. “The Big Dog” Roman Reigns has done it all in his short eight-year career, some accomplishments other wrestlers only dream to achieve. He defeated the seemingly-unbeatable Undertaker in his second loss in decades. Reigns is a Grand-slam champion, a three-time WWE Champion and former Universal Champion. Ever since the two crossed paths on the road to WrestleMania 33; and delivered a double-spear to Strowman on January 12, 2017, I believe this dream match has been quietly penciled in. Now that there may be “One More Match” for Goldberg before he calls it quits, this is the only true contest!
Rob: Let’s Talk About Shane McMahon
He’s the Best In The World!
Shane McMahon is a hot topic among WWE fans, and Rob is here to chime in on the rumors that Shane could become WWE Champion in 2019.
Yeah, it’s time to talk about the Best in the World Shane McMahon. Shane has become a real thorn in the side of many on wrestling twitter and not in the way that Vince intended. A lot of you guys don’t like the amount of TV time he gets (even I’ll admit that this week was a bit much), don’t like that he got a win over Roman Reigns at Super Showdown (I don’t either but so long as things play out the right way in the end I’m willing to see it as a needed piece of a bigger story), and really got nuts when the NEWZ sites starting ‘reporting’ rumors that he may become WWE World Champion down the line. Some of you guys are even threatening that you’re done if it happens, and I believe you this time. And this all makes me wonder if certain aspects of wrestling storytelling are just not viable in 2019 anymore. Because this is the kind of thing that would have been a layup for mega heat back in the day but now seems to only result in scorn towards the bookers, or in this case Vince, from a lot of you guys for even considering it.
Now I can’t tell you guys what to like or not like, but there are a lot of times when I see the takes being thrown around on Twitter and wonder if I’m watching the same TV show that you guys are. I also wonder, often out loud and in this space, just what it is some of you guys want. Because I see people complain about emotional investment but from my earliest days as a fan one of the quickest ways to get emotional investment was to do something that would make people angry. But it seems like in 2019 way too many people on Wrestling Twitter don’t ever want to get angry, and take that as a crime committed by Vince McMahon and not a storytelling piece. And I don’t know how you rectify that.
Who knew this would lead us to “The Best In The World,” Shane McMahon???
By my estimation, someone like Shane McMahon getting the title is perfect for the ‘You Deserve It’ era, because he obviously doesn’t deserve it. And to win it dirty off of someone like Kofi Kingston who toiled for 11 years to just get a chance to win it should be a heat magnet. But instead all I see is that it’s bad booking, that it’s a sign that Vince hates the fans and needs to go, etc. So again I have to ask just what is it that some of you guys are looking for? Heels are part of wrestling, and heels have to prevail sometimes. A lot of you guys won’t boo Kevin Owens no matter low he stoops in turning on or assaulting people. And one of the few guys who gets booed from the crowd because the people there don’t like him, Baron Corbin, gets ripped every day by ‘smart’ fans for being a bad choice to even put on television.
Maybe I’m out of date here but for me part of having heels is that at least every now and then something has to happen that you don’t want. The people you root for have to lose, the people who should be champion have to be denied, somebody has to do something that you find to be beyond the pale, etc. And it can’t just happen when you expect it or are ready for it, it has to happen at a time when you aren’t ready for it to get the maximum effect so that you’ll get angry enough at the perpetrators to want to see them get their comeuppance. But it seems that getting mad at the characters is a bridge too far on Wrestling Twitter, that the point of a heel is to get shout outs on Twitter for ‘good heel work’, and that anything or anyone that you find truly loathsome is now grounds to change the channel. Thus the constant ‘Corbin has go away heat’ takes on Twitter. Where I’m from Go Away Heat meant ‘can somebody please come out and get this guy outta here? and not ‘why is he on my TV, what else is on?’
I mentioned before that we’re in the ‘You Deserve It’ era, and what I mean by that is that a lot of ‘smart’ fans are judging what they watch based who’s in it and whether or not they ‘deserve’ to be there. And deserving it is almost entirely based on their personal career journey or perceived skill level. Workrate guys and gals deserve it, as do those who went down some long, grueling road to get there. Even if they’re playing a heel some of us cheer them based on how good they are in the ring or what they had to go through to get there, while on the flip side anyone who doesn’t meet our technical standards or didn’t suffer enough should be relegated to supporting roles or just removed from our television altogether. The fastest way to get someone booed now it seems is for ‘smart’ fans to find out that they didn’t have to struggle hard enough (by their measures) to get a big spot. Hell, we just had a WrestleMania main event where the winner’s whole elevation came despite acting like a heel because the personal career story of the woman behind the character was deemed more important than the actions of her character on screen.
So now back to Shane. If you can’t get some people to boo heels over sneak attacks, cheating to win (don’t get me started on the whole ‘heels are fine but they shouldn’t cheat too much’ takes I’ve seen…..smh), etc. and the thing some fans get most consistently upset about is whether or not the ‘most deserving’ people are in the right places, then putting someone in the highest position who absolutely does not deserve it seems like an inevitable choice. I’m not telling you that you’re not a real fan if you don’t like it, but I am telling you that there is some very sound logic behind it if they go that route. And all the arguments against it – that Shane is not a full time wrestler, that he’s the boss’s son, etc – seem to me like just more reason to go ahead and do it.
Anyhow……until next week, everyone.