Elimination Chamber -2019

Elimination Chamber (2019) (also known as No Escape (2019) in Germany) was a professional wrestling pay-per-view event and WWE Network event produced by WWE for their Raw, SmackDown, and 205 Live brands. It took place on February 17, 2019, at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. It was the ninth event promoted under the Elimination Chamber chronology. Seven matches were contested at the event, including one on the pre-show. In the main event, Daniel Bryan defeated AJ Styles, Samoa Joe, Kofi Kingston, Randy Orton, and Jeff Hardy in an Elimination Chamber match to retain the WWE Championship. On the undercard, The Boss 'N' Hug Connection (Bayley and Sasha Banks) won a women's tag team Elimination Chamber match to become the inaugural holders of the WWE Women's Tag Team Championship, Finn Bálor defeated Bobby Lashley and Lio Rush in a 2-on-1 handicap match to win the Intercontinental Championship, and Ronda Rousey defeated Ruby Riott to retain the Raw Women's Championship.

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Elimination Chamber (2019)
PromotionWWE
Brand(s)Raw
SmackDown
205 Live
DateFebruary 17, 2019
CityHouston, Texas
VenueToyota Center
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Elimination Chamber (2019) (also known as No Escape (2019) in Germany[1][nb 1]) was a professional wrestling pay-per-view event and WWE Network event produced by WWE for their Raw, SmackDown, and 205 Live brands. It took place on February 17, 2019, at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.[3] It was the ninth event promoted under the Elimination Chamber chronology.

Seven matches were contested at the event, including one on the pre-show. In the main event, Daniel Bryan defeated AJ Styles, Samoa Joe, Kofi Kingston, Randy Orton, and Jeff Hardy in an Elimination Chamber match to retain the WWE Championship. On the undercard, The Boss 'N' Hug Connection (Bayley and Sasha Banks) won a women's tag team Elimination Chamber match to become the inaugural holders of the WWE Women's Tag Team Championship, Finn Bálor defeated Bobby Lashley and Lio Rush in a 2-on-1 handicap match to win the Intercontinental Championship, and Ronda Rousey defeated Ruby Riott to retain the Raw Women's Championship.

Storylines

The card comprised seven matches, including one on the pre-show. The matches resulted from scripted storylines, where wrestlers portrayed heroes, villains, or less distinguishable characters in scripted events that built tension and culminated in a wrestling match or series of matches. Results were predetermined by WWE's writers on the Raw, SmackDown, and 205 Live brands,[4][5] with storylines produced on their weekly television shows, Monday Night Raw, SmackDown Live,[6] and the cruiserweight-exclusive 205 Live.[7]

On the December 24, 2018, episode of Raw, WWE Chairman Vince McMahon announced that a new WWE Women's Tag Team Championship would be introduced in 2019.[8] On the January 14, 2019, episode of Raw, on her segment "A Moment of Bliss", Alexa Bliss unveiled the championship belts and revealed that the inaugural champions would be determined at Elimination Chamber in a tag team Elimination Chamber match, featuring three teams from Raw and SmackDown each, making the championship non-exclusive to either brand.[9] Qualification matches to determine the three teams from Raw took place on the January 28 and February 4 episodes of Raw: the teams of Nia Jax and Tamina, The Riott Squad (represented by Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan), and The Boss 'N' Hug Connection (Bayley and Sasha Banks) each qualified by defeating the teams of Bliss and Mickie James, Natalya and Dana Brooke, and Alicia Fox and Nikki Cross, respectively.[10][11] Due to its smaller roster,[12] no qualification matches were held for SmackDown and instead, the teams of Sonya Deville and Mandy Rose, The IIconics (Billie Kay and Peyton Royce), and Naomi and Carmella all announced their participation.[13][14][15] On the February 11 and February 12 episodes of Raw and SmackDown, triple threat tag team matches occurred between each brand's three respective tag teams to determine which two teams would start the Elimination Chamber match. Bayley and Rose were pinned in their respective matches, making Banks and Bayley, and Deville and Rose the first entrants in the chamber.[16][17]

At the Royal Rumble, The Miz and Shane McMahon defeated The Bar (Cesaro and Sheamus) to win the SmackDown Tag Team Championship.[18] On the following episode of SmackDown, The Usos (Jey Uso and Jimmy Uso) defeated The Bar, The New Day (represented by Big E and Kofi Kingston), and Heavy Machinery (Otis Dozovic and Tucker Knight) in a four-corners tag team elimination match to earn a championship match at Elimination Chamber.[13]

At the Royal Rumble, Daniel Bryan defeated AJ Styles to retain the WWE Championship with help from the returning Rowan.[18] On the following episode of SmackDown, Bryan, along with Rowan, disposed the standard leather-bound title belt with metal plates in a garbage can and introduced a new custom belt made from hemp and wood. Styles then confronted Bryan and Rowan, followed by Randy Orton, Samoa Joe, Jeff Hardy, and Mustafa Ali. After an ensuing brawl, WWE Chief Operating Officer Triple H scheduled Bryan to defend the championship against the five in an Elimination Chamber match at the pay-per-view.[13] A gauntlet match between the six was scheduled for the February 12 episode to determine who would enter the chamber last.[19] Due to a legitimate injury, however, Ali was pulled from the match and replaced with The New Day's Kofi Kingston. Orton won the ensuing gauntlet match, making him the last entrant in the chamber.[17]

On the February 4 episode of Raw, Raw Women's Champion Ronda Rousey issued an open challenge for the title. The Riott Squad (Ruby Riott, Liv Morgan, and Sarah Logan) came out and Morgan accepted the challenge, but was defeated. Immediately after, Logan stepped up, but was also defeated. Riott did not attempt to challenge Rousey and instead retreated with her Squad. In a backstage interview, Riott stated that she was ensuring that her teammates were okay and claimed that she could defeat Rousey at anytime.[11] Later, it was revealed that Rousey would defend her championship against Riott at Elimination Chamber.[20]

On the January 28 episode of Raw, while Finn Bálor was addressing his loss to Universal Champion Brock Lesnar at the Royal Rumble, he was interrupted by Intercontinental Champion Bobby Lashley and his manager Lio Rush. Lashley claimed that he was better than Lesnar and then attacked Bálor.[10] The following week, Bálor was scheduled to face Lashley, but Lashley instead had Bálor face Rush. Lashley stated that depending on Bálor's performance, he would consider giving him a title shot, but before the match could begin, Lashley attacked Bálor. Despite this, Bálor defeated Rush.[11] Bálor was then scheduled to face both Lashley and Rush in a handicap match at Elimination Chamber with Lashley's Intercontinental Championship on the line.[21]

During the second half of 2018, Baron Corbin served as the Acting Raw General Manager. During this time, Braun Strowman was on the receiving end of his authority, including Corbin costing Strowman the Universal Championship at Crown Jewel.[22] At TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs, Strowman defeated Corbin in the titular match, thus stripping Corbin of his authoritative power and earning another Universal Championship match at the Royal Rumble.[23] However, Corbin also caused Strowman to lose this title opportunity. After a confrontation between the two on the January 14 episode of Raw, Strowman chased Corbin to the backstage area where Corbin hid in what was later revealed to be Vince McMahon's limousine. Strowman destroyed the limo, resulting in Mr. McMahon fining him $100,000 and cancelling his championship match.[24] Strowman and Corbin continued going at each other over the next couple of weeks and a no disqualification match between the two was scheduled for Elimination Chamber.[21]

On the Royal Rumble pre-show, Buddy Murphy defeated Kalisto, Akira Tozawa, and Hideo Itami in a fatal four-way match to retain the WWE Cruiserweight Championship.[25] On the February 5, 2019, episode of 205 Live, Tozawa defeated Cedric Alexander, Lio Rush, and Humberto Carrillo in a fatal four-way elimination match to earn another championship match against Murphy on the Elimination Chamber pre-show.[26]

Event

Other on-screen personnel
Role: Name:
English commentators Michael Cole (Raw/Women's Tag Team Elimination Chamber match)
Corey Graves (Raw/SmackDown/both Elimination Chamber matches)
Renee Young (Raw/Women's Tag Team Elimination Chamber match)
Tom Phillips (SmackDown)
Byron Saxton (SmackDown)
Vic Joseph (205 Live)
Nigel McGuinness (205 Live)
Aiden English (205 Live)
Beth Phoenix (Women's Tag Team Elimination Chamber match)
Spanish commentators Carlos Cabrera
Marcelo Rodríguez
German commentators Carsten Schaefer
Tim Haber
Calvin Knie
Ring announcers Greg Hamilton (SmackDown/205 Live)
Mike Rome (Raw)
Referees Danilo Anfibio
Jason Ayers
Mike Chioda
John Cone
Dan Engler
Darrick Moore
Chad Patton
Interviewers Charly Caruso
Dasha Fuentes
Kayla Braxton
Pre-show panel Jonathan Coachman
Beth Phoenix
Booker T
Sam Roberts

Pre-show

During the pre-show, Buddy Murphy defended the WWE Cruiserweight Championship against Akira Tozawa. In the climax, Murphy performed Murphy's Law on Tozawa to retain the title.

Preliminary matches

The actual pay-per-view opened with the Elimination Chamber match featuring The team of Bayley and Sasha Banks, Mandy Rose and Sonya DeVille, The IIconics (Peyton Royce and Billie Kay), Naomi and Carmella, Nia Jax and Tamina and The Riott Squad (Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan) to determine the inaugural WWE Women's Tag Team Champions. The team of Bayley and Banks and the team of DeVille and Rose started first. Kay and Royce performed a roll-up on Naomi to eliminate Naomi and Carmella. Tamina performed a Superfly Smash on Logan and Morgan to eliminate The Riott Squad. Jax attempted to perform a Spear on Bayley, however, Bayley avoided Jax and Jax crashed through an Elimination Pod, knocking herself out. Bayley performed an elbow on Tamina and all participants pinned Tamina to eliminate Nia Jax and Tamina. In the climax, Banks forced Deville to tap out to the Bank Statement, thus Bayley and Banks were crowned the inaugural WWE Women's Tag Team Champions. After the match, both Bayley and Banks cut a promo saying it was the result of their hard work and determination.

Next, The Miz and Shane McMahon defended the SmackDown Tag Team Championship against The Usos. In the end, Miz performed Skull Crushing Finale on Jimmy, however, as Miz went for the pin, Jimmy countered in a roll-up to win the title for the fourth time. After the match, a disappointed Miz picked up Shane, who performed a Leap of Faith on Jey through the announce table, and departed backstage

After that, Bobby Lashley and Lio Rush defended the WWE Intercontinental Championship against Finn Balor in a handicap match. In the end, Balor performed a Coup de Grace on Rush to win the title. After the match, an irate Lashley attacked Rush and walked off.

In the fourth match, Ronda Rousey defended the RAW Women's Championship against Ruby Riott. In the end, Rousey forced Riott to tap out to the arm bar in 90 seconds. Charlotte Flair, who sat at ringside for the match, entered the ring and stared down Rousey until Becky Lynch emerged from the crowd with crutches. Lynch attacked Flair with a crutch while Rousey watched. Lynch then handed Rousey a crutch to attack Flair, only for Lynch to attack Rousey with the second crutch. Security personnel emerged and escorted Lynch out of the building. Rousey's head was bleeding as a result of the attack.

Main event

Results

No. Results Stipulations Times[27][28]
1P Buddy Murphy (c) defeated Akira Tozawa Singles match for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship[29] 13:25
2 The Boss 'N' Hug Connection (Bayley and Sasha Banks) defeated Carmella and Naomi, Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville, Nia Jax and Tamina, The IIconics (Billie Kay and Peyton Royce), and The Riott Squad (Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan) Tag team Elimination Chamber match for the inaugural WWE Women's Tag Team Championship[30] 33:00
3 The Usos (Jey Uso and Jimmy Uso) defeated The Miz and Shane McMahon (c) Tag team match for the WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship[31] 14:10
4 Finn Bálor defeated Bobby Lashley (c) and Lio Rush Handicap match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship[32] 9:30
5 Ronda Rousey (c) defeated Ruby Riott by submission Singles match for the WWE Raw Women's Championship[33] 1:40
6 Baron Corbin defeated Braun Strowman No Disqualification match[34] 10:50
7 Daniel Bryan (c) defeated AJ Styles, Jeff Hardy, Kofi Kingston, Randy Orton, and Samoa Joe Elimination Chamber match for the WWE Championship[35] 36:40
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match
  • P – indicates the match took place on the pre-show

Women's Tag Team Championship Elimination Chamber match

Eliminated Wrestler
(Team)
Entered Eliminated by Method of Elimination Time[28]
1 Naomi
(Carmella and Naomi)
5 Billie Kay and Peyton Royce Pinned by an assisted roll-up 17:10
2 Billie Kay and Peyton Royce
(The IIconics)
4 Nia Jax and Tamina Simultaneously pinned after stereo Samoan drops 20:15
3 Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan
(The Riott Squad)
3 Tamina Pinned after a Superfly Splash to both wrestlers 25:05
4 Tamina
(Nia Jax and Tamina)
6 Sasha Banks, Bayley, Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville Pinned after a diving elbow drop by Bayley 27:05
5 Sonya Deville
(Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville)
2 Sasha Banks Submission via the Bank Statement 33:00
Winner Bayley and Sasha Banks
(The Boss 'N' Hug Connection)
1 N/A

WWE Championship Elimination Chamber match

Eliminated Wrestler Entered Eliminated by Method of Elimination Time[28]
1 Samoa Joe 2 AJ Styles Phenomenal Forearm 14:35
2 Jeff Hardy 5 Daniel Bryan Running knee 18:00
3 AJ Styles 4 Randy Orton RKO 22:25
4 Randy Orton 6 Kofi Kingston Trouble in Paradise 24:05
5 Kofi Kingston 3 Daniel Bryan Running knee 36:40
Winner Daniel Bryan 1 N/A

References

Notes

  1. For Germany, it was feared that the name "Elimination Chamber" may remind people of the gas chambers used during the Holocaust.[2]

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