Elimination Chamber 2021 ended with a surprise: the Miz cashed his Money in the Bank contract and won the WWE Championship against Drew McIntyre. He did so with the help of Bobby Lashley, who after losing his championAmerican nat, seeks a feud with Drew McIntyre on his way to WrestleMania.
This capped off a strong pay-per-view, which started with a fantastic Elimination Chamber match won by Daniel Bryan. In what would become a theme of the series, Bryan was immediately defeated by Universal Champion Roman Reigns in the fight that followed.
Elsewhere, Sasha Banks and Bianca Belair failed to win the women's tag team championship, and Riddle won the US title by pinning John Morrison.
Read on for a full recap of Elimination Chamber.
Bobby Lashley ambushed Drew McIntyre after House, destroying him in exinside the ring and then put it in the Hurt Lock. Miz's music played and he ran into the ring, officially cashing his Money in the Bank contract.
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The bell is ringing. Miz got a count of two after a DDT, but got the win after a Skull Crushing final. The show ends as The Miz celebrates his championship win.
Drew McIntyre Retains WWE Championship
In the main event of the show, Drew McIntyre retained his WWE Championship by winning the Elimination Chamber match. McIntyre knocked out AJ Styles for the last time to retain his championship.
The match turned into a showdown between Sheamus and McIntyre, Sheamus being the last participant of the match. Sheamus took out Kofi Kingston with a Brogue Kick, and McIntyre took out Jeff Hardy with a Claymore Kick, so it looked like the two were going to clean up the house and fight to close the fight. It wasn't, as Sheamus was pinned down by AJ Styles due to a phenomenal forearm.
Randy Orton was the first to be eliminated, which also came as a surprise. Kofi Kingston walked into the Fourth Chamber and quickly grabbed Orton with a creative roll up. Following his pin, Orton RKO 'd Kingston and Hardy before leaving. AJ Styles, who had not yet officially entered, took the opportunity to order Omos to break open his bedroom door. Omos did, and AJ ran from outside and through the Chamber door and tried unsuccessfully to pin Kingston and Hardy. Note that this makes absolutely no sense, as AJ is not a legal man as long as the porte of his room does not unlock. Alas.
The combat was good, but much more disjointed than the first match of SmackDown. This is especially true during the period when five men were still active - AJ, McIntyre, Sheamus, Kingston and Hardy - where there was often action going on in several areas. But that got better after the elimination of Hardy and Kingston, when AJ, Sheamus, and McIntyre threw a solid fencing section.
Rating: 3.5 stars.
Shayna Baszler and Nia Jax retain tag titles
Nia Jax pinned Sasha Banks with a Samoan Drop after a bizarre distraction thanks to Reginald, Carmella's sommelier .
The fight started out slowly, with Nia Jax fighting both banks and Bianca Belair. Things got better once Baszler joined in, and we finally got some solid action thanks to the excellent contre-struggle of Baszler and Banks. The arrival came when Jax and Banks were legal women. Reginald came to the ring with some fancy champagne and a drink, and rolled the champagne in the ring telling Banks to smash it on Jax. Sasha refused, and was punched by Jax, Samoan Dropped and then pinned.
The distraction was invented, Banks looked silly and Jax's execution was sloppy.
Rating: 2 stars. It seems very likely that Banks will face Belair at WrestleMania, so this match suffered from the knowledge Jax and Baszler were sure to retain. He was further hampered by a poor finish and Jax, which is usually not particularly fun to watch. Shayna Baszler absolutely reigns, however, and was the highlight of the game.
Riddle wins the United States Championship
John Morrison replaced Kieth Lee in this game against the triple threat of the United States, which also presentedtee Riddle and champion Bobby Lashley. Riddle won the fun fight by pinning Morrison.
It all started with Lashley being a monster, easily destroying Riddle and Morrison. Riddle and Morrison then decide to team up to defeat the beast. At first it doesn't even work, but eventually they get the upper hand on Lashley and neutralize him on the outside with a tandem attack.
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We have a brand NEW # USChampion , and its name is @ SuperKingOfBros ! # WWEChamber pic.twitter.com/eqo5AIkHli
Inside the ring we have a nice fight between Riddle and Morrison. Morrison is tragically underutilized. Eventually, of course, Lashley returns to the ring. Riddle cradles him with a V-Trigger ripchord, but Lashley ends up cleaning the house. Morrison takes MVP's crutches and tries to swing at Lashley, but Lashley avoids him and puts Morrison in the Hurt Lock. Riddle takes the crutch and crushes Lashley in the back - advertisers hastily tell us that'There is no disqualification - causing Lashley to retreat and regroup outside.
Riddle then planted Morrison with his BroDerrick gravestone blow for the win. He immediately fled Lashley, a true fighting champion.
Rating: 3.5 stars . A fun match with three talented guys. It's silly to see Riddle, a pretended babyface and real-life badass, made to look so weak compared to Lashley. But it was nice to see Morrison's talents on display.
Roman Reigns beats Daniel Bryan
This Universal Championship game was short but enjoyable. Bryan, stumbling and barely able to walk, tells the referee to ring the bell. Roman immediately goes for a spear, but he is countered as Bryan locks the Yes Lock. Announcer Michael Cole loses his mind shouting that Bryan is going to pull off a mira cle. Fantastic moment.