WWE Elimination Chamber 2021 Recap time and the Kickoff Show match is in progress so let’s jump in!
Mustafa Ali vs. Ricochet vs. Elias vs. John Morrison (Winner Enters US Title Match Later Tonight)
Ricochet takes over and knocks Morrison and Elias out of the ring, Ali rolls him up for a 1 count. Crucifix for 1 from Ric, he batters Ali until the other two heels come in to clobber him. Everybody trading punches. Notably Retribution members are surrounding the ring as this is going on. Elias takes over, knocks Ali and Morrison out of the ring, chops Ali, floatover kick to Ricochet. Wants a Reverse DDT, Morrison hooks him for one too, Ali springs into the ring for a big neckbreaker that takes everybody down! Very nice, cover for a nearfall!
Ali chops Ricochet until he fires up and goes after him. Sunset flip, Ali rolls through, stomps him, High Angle Back Suplex for a nearfall! Elias attacking Mustafa now. Forearm. Whip, big high knee! Cover, Slapjack pulls Elias off of him. Ricochet with a big leg lariat takes Morrison to the floor, Elias with a Sit-Out Chokeslam to Ricochet, Ali breaks up the pin! Elias wants a Powerbomb but a Flying Chuck stops that! Morrison with the Moonlight Drive to Ricochet, close nearfall! This ref counts kinda slow. Starship Pain, but Ric rolls out of the way!
Ricochet fights up, Half-N-Half Suplex to Morrison, Ali breaks up the pin! Ali with the big Tornado DDT to Elias, Ricochet with a 450 Splash surprises him, Retribution pulls Ali out of the ring for the breakup! Ricochet tries a tope but T-Bar and Mace catch him and powerbomb him into the post! But as the Retribution members are giving Ricochet lip, Morrison rolls Ali up for the win.
Winner: John Morrison
This feels a little out of nowhere but I’m not gonna be upset about Morrison getting onto a main card.
See you when the main card starts for the rest of the WWE Elimination Chamber 2021 Recap!
And the show has begun, it looks like we’re starting with the SmackDown Elimination Chamber! Maybe they’ll atleast get to wait until the end of the show for that match with Roman?
Elimination Chamber: Kevin Owens vs. Jey Uso vs. Daniel Bryan vs. Cesaro vs. King Corbin vs. Sami Zayn (Winner faces Roman Reigns for the Universal Championship Tonight)
Owens and Sami make the first entrances, so they aren’t starting the match. Much to Sami’s protests they’re ejecting his camera crew. Corbin is out next so he’s also in one of the pods. And we have Jey out fourth, so that means Bryan and Cesaro start, rad! Curiously placed video package plays before the two of them make their way out.
Bell rings, Bryan shoots him off, Cesaro with a shoulder tackle, cover for a 1 count. Keep shooting each other off from side headlocks. Bryan leaps at Cesaro off a whip but he counters with a Tilt-A-Whirl Backbreaker! Cesaro with some uppercuts, charges, Bryan back body drops him over the top rope to the steel floor! Back into the ring, Bryan with a missile dropkick for a 2 count! Bryan takes Cesaro up top now. Wants a Super Rana, Cesaro blocks it momentarily but on the second effort Bryan takes him to the mat! But as he charges, Cesaro with a huge clothesline flipping him! Nearfall.
WWE Elimination Chamber 2021 Recap is in full swing now as Cesaro works over Bryan’s leg. Bryan reverses into a Cross-Armbreaker attempt but Cesaro powers him up, Backlund Bomb attempted but Bryan rolls through and now has the Cross-Armbreaker locked in! Cesaro stacks him up for a 2 count. Uppercuts exchanged. He takes Bryan up for the Delayed Vertical Suplex! Nearfall. Timer ticks down…
#3 is… King Corbin!
Cesaro charges him but Corbin hoists him up and rams him into a pod! He batters Cesaro, Bryan attacks him from behind but Corbin throws him into the fence! Grinds him against the chain. Grabs Cesaro, throws him into the ring! Bryan fights back in the ring, corner dropkicks start, but Cesaro stops that, corner uppercuts now, until Corbin nails him, Deep Six to Bryan! Nearfall on him, nearfall on Cesaro.
Corbin hoists Bryan up and drives his knee into Sami’s pod! Cesaro with shots to Corbin, until he shoves HIM into the pod! Sami complains about this loudly. Corbin again picks Bryan up and throws him leg first into another pod! Now he wraps his leg around the post. Grinding on Bryan’s head, as Jey Uso – the owner of this one – cheers him on. Takes Bryan into the ring, Back Suplex for a nearfall. Uppercuts from Cesaro, but Corbin just knees him out of the ring. As the king ties Bryan in the tree of woe, the timer shows up again…
#4 is Sami Zayn!
Sami is spooked, doesn’t wanna go out there yet so he holds the door shut. Corbin gets in his face until Bryan hits him with a charging knee to the back! Sami talks trash to him, doesn’t notice Cesaro sliding the pod door open behind him! Sami turns around and gets an incredible ass beating, knocking him all across the pod, big uppercut to the face, bounces him off another pod! This continues until Sami drop toe holds Cesaro into the glass.
Corbin takes Bryan into the ring, Sami shoves Corbin into the pod. Sami in the ring stomping Bryan. Bryans rolls right back out, Sami follows for a Helluva Kick attempt but Daniel side-steps and Zayn kicks the pod! Hurt his own leg doing that. Bryan takes Corbin into the ring and goes up top but the king stops him. Hooks for a superplex. Nails it! Sami with a Tornado DDT to Cesaro on the floor, throws him into the ring for a nearfall!
Cesaro hoists Sami up, he escapes to the top of Jey’s pod! A very, very safe place to be. Cesaro scales up there with him, they’re fighting atop the pod! Sami is trying to sidle along the steel beams but Cesaro keeps fighting him. Sami lands a good blow and manages to walk the beam for a good distance! Cesaro follows him, keeps nailing him and Sami is barely holding on!
Cesaro grabs the ceiling and pulls himself up to dropkick Sami to the floor!!!
And Cesaro does pull-ups just to show off, what a freak. But as he leaps down Corbin catches him for a slam! Takes him into the ring, counters a Springboard Uppercut with a Chokeslam attempt only for Cesaro to toss him into the post! Cesaro goes up top, Flying Uppercut! And theeeeeere’s the Giant Swing! Into the Sharpshooter, and Corbin taps! King Corbin has been eliminated! Right in time for the timer…
#5 comes out, and it’s Kevin Owens!
He sees Sami, finally interacting for the first time in a while. Sami gets him to stop charging, wants to reforge their alliance but Owens tosses him into the pod! Into the ring to fight with Bryan, German Suplex sends him flying! Battling it out with Cesaro now. Body shots, uppercut – Owens backslides him into position for an enziguri! Bryan with a sleeper applied to Owens, he runs into a Senton that sends Bryan into Cesaro to break it! Covers Cesaro for a 2 count, Bryan for a 2 count!
Owens takes Sami up top, wants a superplex. Sami bites Kevin’s arm, sends him to the mat. Flies at him but Kev avoids him, Superkick! Owens sees everyone in the corner… Cannonball to Cesaro! Cannonball to Bryan! And a cannonball for Sami! Wants another but Sami with a boot up to stop him, Half-N-Half Suplex! Cesaro with a Pop-Up Uppercut to Sami! Buisaku Knee from Bryan to Cesaro! Owens with the Pop-Up Powerbomb to Bryan! Everyone is down! Sami begs off with Owens but he hoists him up for a neckbreaker, 2 count! Fisherman’s Ushigoroshi to Bryan! Gets Cesaro onto his shoulders, he slips out and they’re fighting as the timer goes down…
#6 is of course Jey Uso!
Commentary talking up how convenient it is that Uso is last. But as he comes in Owens clobbers him, chokes him against the fence! Throws him into a pod. Owens tosses Uce INTO a pod now, grinds a boot against his throat. Pulls him out of it, Bryan and Cesaro are fighting as this goes on. Sami rushes in to attack Owens from behind and send him into the ring. Bryan goes at it with Jey, it’s just an all-around brawl now. As everyone else fights, Owens goes atop a pod! MOONSAULT ONTO THE FIELD!
Stunner to Cesaro! Stunner to Bryan! Into the ring, Sami tries for a Helluva Kick but Owens avoids it, Stunner! And cover for the 3, Sami Zayn has been eliminated! As they’re letting Sami out of the door, Jey attacks Owens and – he wedges Owens’ shoulder in the door! He’s trapped between two big steel beams! Jey torques on the pressure, nails Kev with Superkick after Superkick! Takes him into the ring, nails another one, goes up top – Uso Splash and Owens is out!
Kevin Owens has been eliminated.
Very unique spot there. Into the ring, big double stomp to Bryan’s knee! Tries to fly over the top to Cesaro but an uppercut out of the air takes him to the mat! Cesaro up top, Flying Uppercut for a nearfall! As the WWE Elimination Chamber 2021 Recap rolls on, Cesaro SWINGS Jey into the chainlink! Bryan flies at Bryan but he catches him and dumps him into the ring! Goes up top. Flies at him but Bryan with a round kick out of the air! Bryan and Cesaro exchanging shots as they slowly make their way up. Pop-Up Uppercut countered with a backslide for 2, Yes Kick for a nearfall!
Bryan grabs Cesaro’s wrists for the stomps to the face! He keeps going until his knee buckles! Buisaku Knee attempted but Cesaro counters into Argentine position, Bryan with a sunset flip for 2, Yes Kick to the head! Daniel up top, Cesaro with an uppercut to stop him. He goes up there with him, hoists him on his shoulders. SUPER GUTBUSTER! Grabs him by one leg for a very painful looking Giant Swing! But Jey cuts this short with a Superkick to Cesaro! Up top, Uso Splash! And Cesaro has been eliminated! Immediately back up top, another Uso Splash! NEARFALL!!
Jey is upset. He goes atop a pod now! Goes flying for the HUGE Uso Splash but Bryan with the knees up!! Buisaku Knee!! And that is that!
Winner: Daniel Bryan
The first match of the main card for the WWE Elimination Chamber 2021 Recap is done and it was a pretty damn strong one I thought. Bryan is in complete tatters after the win of course, and he’s all sorts of doomed against Roman Reigns.
Speaking of which, out Roman comes! I thought they might wait on this given the card placement but Reigns did say the winner would get a title shot on the spot immediately after, and indeed, that’s what’s happening.
WWE Universal Championship: Roman Reigns (c) vs. Daniel Bryan
Bryan struggles to his feet. Roman charges for a Spear – Bryan counters with the Yes Lock!!! He’s almost got it cinched all the way in but Roman manages to break it, rolls onto him for the mounted punches until Bryan goes limp! Powers him up from the mat for a big Powerbomb! Now some forearms to the head. Guillotine Choke cinched in and Bryan passes out.
Winner: Roman Reigns
Roman hilariously yells “All night long” as he celebrates. That was exactly as expected but pretty cool.
After some replays, Edge outta nowhere with a Spear!! Points at the Mania sign… seems like he’s made his intentions clear. And when he points again, a buncha pyro goes off around the sign because this show is extremely fake.
WWE Elimination Chamber 2021 Recap rolls on after the Network adverts.
Bad Bunny is backstage with the 24/7 title around his shoulder. He’s talking with Sonya Deville when the Miz interrupts him. Says he would’ve preferred Miz and Morrison as the musical guests on SNL. Asks what he’s doing here. Bunny says he’s 24/7 Champion. What’s Miz doing here? Asks if he’s champion or even on the show tonight, Miz shoves him, Bunny slaps him! When Miz turns back around, Damian Priest is suddenly in the shot staring him down. This spooks Miz off.
WWE United States Championship: Bobby Lashley (c) vs. Riddle vs. John Morrison
MVP has a crutch as he accompanies Lashley to the ring, seems he suffered a knee injury on the last episode of Raw. Riddle charges Lashley as the bell rings but he sidesteps this, stomping him into the corner. Morrison pushes him away to stomp on Riddle instead, Bobby is bewildered at this. He tosses him to the opposite corner to pummel him, Riddle leaps onto him for a sleeper, Lashley throws him out of the ring! Morrison with a solid enziguri, sliding kick, Lashley takes him to the apron, blocks a WWE Headkick, knocks him into the barricade!
Riddle leaps at Lashley on the outside, he catches him and just hurls him! Takes him into the ring, shoulder drive in the corner! Pulls him out for a neckbreaker. Pulls him to his feet, hooks for a Delayed Vertical Suplex. Morrison springboards into fray to push Riddle back down to the mat! They charge at Lashley together but he knocks them both down and sends them out of the ring. Very power babyface push for this heel. They surround Lashley from both sides of the ring and come in to clobber him like cowards, Lashley valiantly fights back and nails a Spinebuster on Morrison, Dominator to Riddle!
Riddle ranas Lashley to the floor off a charge!
Morrison with a Corkscrew Tope onto the champion! Riddle with a Floating Bro to Lashley! Morrison posts him though, throws him into the ring for a cover for 2! They go at it in the ring, battling for position. Riddle with a Pele Kick takes Morrison to the corner! Charging forearms ensue. Pulls him out for an Exploder! PK avoided, as is the Standing Moonsault but he nails the Broton! Now there’s the PK! German Suplex, bridge for a nearfall!
Lashley back into the fray, but a Final Flash knee catches him! Riddle up top, Floating Bro! Sliding Knee from Morrison! Starship Pain to Lashley! Cover, nearfall. That was one of the more casual feeling finisher kickouts I’ve seen, it wasn’t even that close. MVP yells at Morrison for thinking that was going to work. Morrison out there to yell with him, steals his crutch! He takes it into the ring to swing at Lashley but he ducks it, Hurt Lock cinched in! Riddle grabs the crutch and nails Lashley across the back with it ! Breaks it over him to send him out of the ring, Bro Derek to Morrison!! And that’s that, new champ!
That was a truly curiously booked match. They certainly protected Lashley as much as they possibly could have whilst taking the title off of him, I can say that much. Made him into an uber face in the process likely by accident but whatever.
WWE Elimination Chamber 2021 Recap continues with a women’s tag title match. Reginald continues his flirting with Sasha Banks in a pre-match interview.
WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler (c) vs. Sasha Banks & Bianca Belair
Bianca and Nia start out. Lock-up. Belair shoves her away. Nia hoists her up, Belair escapes behind her and taunts her. Outspeeds her and mocks her, tag to Banks, Wheelbarrow Facebuster! Bianca tags back in, Nia with a Military Press but Belair catches her partner and swings her into a kick! Baszler rushes in but eats a dropkick! Handspring Moonsaults, missed but she lands on her feet, Baszler trips her up though. Wants an armbar, Belair escapes this and hits a trip of her own. Tag to Banks, Meteora #1 for a 2 count!
Sasha with the rope walk, thinking of setting up Meteora #2 but Shayna drapes her on the top rope! Now quick tags and isolation in the corner. Shayna wraps Sasha’s arm around her neck for a neckbreaker! Wrenching on the shoulder and twisting the wrist. Puts her hand to the mat for the armstomp. Pulls her in for a cover for 2. Sasha with a comeback attempt but Baszler cuts it off, clothesline for 2. Nia tags in. Kicks Sasha in the corner, pulls her out for a huge bodyslam. Cover for a 2 count. Shayna knocks Sasha into Belair.
Sasha fights back, crossbody off the top, series of cradle attempts for 2 counts, Shayna keeps escaping until Sasha hits a knee lift! Shayna throws Sasha away and Bianca tags herself in. She takes over briefly but Baszler with the Kirifuda Clutch! Sasha tags HER self in, Belair breaks the hold with a snapmare, Glam Slam, Sasha up top for the Frog Splash! Nearfall! Bianca back in, KOD lands but Nia finally exists again and pulls Belair to the floor. Takes her back into the ring, Bianca fights back and starts trying to hoist her up. She can lift Otis but struggles with this, Nia with a back elbow to escape. Samoan Drop, Sasha Banks tagged herself in though – off the top rope with Meteora #2! Nearfall!!
Reginald is out here with his wine.
Banks with a Bank Statement on Jax! She reaches for the ropes, and makes it. Reggie hands Sasha the wine bottle to use, she refuses, ref catches her redhanded with it and as he removes it, Nia nails the Samoan Drop on Sasha for the win.
Winners: Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler
What an odd match to exist. This does very little to make Bianca and Sasha seem like a big match.
Anyway WWE Elimination Chamber 2021 Recap rolls on. MVP backstage talking to Miz for some reason, we don’t get to hear what they’re talking about.
And actually it looks like we’re concluding the WWE Elimination Chamber 2021 Recap because the main event is already here, fairly short show.
Elimination Chamber for the WWE Championship: Drew McIntyre (c) vs. Jeff Hardy vs. AJ Styles vs. Randy Orton vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Sheamus
The first ones out, who therefore will not be starting, are Drew McIntyre, AJ Styles, Kofi Kingston and Sheamus, the latter of whom confronts McIntyre in his pod on the way in. That means the men starting will be Jeff Hardy and Randy Orton. Kofi remarks on how thicc Randy’s quads look. AJ laughs at the scary guy as he comes in. Bell rings, Orton takes Jeff to the mat and stomps his ankles. Tosses him to the Chamber floor. Goes out there and uppercuts him, throws him into Drew’s pod.
Jeff fighting back though, clobbers him against the glass, basement dropkick! Orton with a thumb to the eye stops him. Takes him into the ring. Cranking on the neck. Chinlock. Jeff fights his way up, Orton sidesteps a corner charge though and he bounces off the buckles. Stomp to the gut. And back to the chinlock. Jeff fights his way up, clothesline! Inverted Atomic Drop, Double Leg, Basement Dropkick and Short Splash for a nearfall. Dropkick out of the corner, second rope splash for a nearfall! Timer goes down as the Twist of Fate and RKO get blocked…
#3 is Drew McIntyre!
McIntyre right into the fray against Orton, clotheslines aplenty! Jeff ducks one but eats an Overhead Belly To Belly! And another sending him flying! Neckbreaker to Orton, kip up! Drew takes Randy outside, throws him into the chain. McIntyre with a snap suplex to Hardy on the floor! Pulls Jeff up, hoists him onto his shoulders, Lawndarts him into Kofi’s pod! On his way back into the ring, Drew gets caught with a Draping DDT, kickout at 1! Randy stomps Drew into the bottom buckle.
McIntyre with forearms, Orton ducks a shot for the Neckbreaker/Backbreaker combo! Cover for a 2 count. And it feels like this is kinda quick but the timer’s up again. Indeed it took the workers by surprise as Orton hitting another Draping DDT onto the floor on McIntyre ends up getting missed.
#4 is Kofi Kingston!
He rushes into the ring to fight his old rival Orton. Quickly he rolls him up, puts his body on Orton’s legs to pin him down for the three! Randy Orton has been eliminated!!! Orton is pissed off, RKO to Kingston! RKO to Hardy! AJ Styles has Omos break AJ’s pod and he slips into the Chamber! This is for some reason legal apparently as the ref counts for AJ covering Kofi, nearfall! Covers Hardy, nearfall!
Adam Pearce comes out to eject Omos. AJ is distracted by this, eats a Satellite DDT from Kofi! Hardy fighting with McIntyre now, leaps to the top rope but Drew shoves him into the plexiglass! Kofi surprises McIntyre with an SOS, nearfall! AJ clobbers Kingston. Powers him into the corner, shoulder thrusts. Kicks Drew in the buckle, pulls him up and deposits him. Pulls Kofi in, plants him with a Brainbuster! Close nearfall. AJ tosses Kofi to the chamber floor. Kingston fights back out there, MONKEY FLIP RIGHT INTO THE CHAINLINK!
Kofi and Drew fighting in the middle of the ring, Kofi leaps onto him but gets tosses into a suplex! Drew takes him to the outside. Suplex fought for, he eventually suplexes him into the fence and then drops him to the floor! McIntyre and AJ in the ring, Drew with a huuuge Back Body Drop! Drew throws Jeff into a pod, into the ring, Neckbreaker for a nearfall! Timer is up…
Last man is Sheamus.
Sheamus into the ring, stares down Drew. They come to blows, forearms back and forth! McIntyre with shots to the back, Sheamus takes him to the corner for a charging shot! Kofi and Jeff interrupt and get tossed aside like nothing. Drew and Sheamus collide in the middle, Sheamus the fresher man wins out! Whips him, Drew with a boot off a back body drop attempt, Cactus Clothesline sends them both out! Now Kofi and AJ fighting on the other side of the Chamber. AJ throws Kofi into the chain.
And Sheamus elsewhere is grinding McIntyre’s face into the chain! Drew fighting back up, Kofi leaps off the top rope onto both of the hosses! AJ leaps at Kofi in the ring and gets clipped. Sheamus battering Kofi around now. Knee to the gut, uppercut to the face. Whip, Kofi slips to the outside, climbs the top rope, Sheamus with a right hand stops him. Kofi kicks hm away, climbs atop the pod. Sheamus wants to follow but McIntyre grabs him by the ankles. Crotches him! McIntyre up there with him, wants a superplex.
AJ and Hardy from behind for a double powerbomb to cap off the big Tower Spot!
Piped in “This Is Awesome” as Jeff covers Drew for a 2 count. Kofi is still atop the Pod and he leaps onto the field with the Trust Fall! Covers everyone he can reach for nearfalls. Sheamus fights with Kofi, Kofi with a kick, Trouble In Paradise avoided, Brogue Kick lands for the three. Kofi Kingston has been eliminated. Jeff Hardy surprises Sheamus with a Twist of Fate! And one for McIntyre! Covers Drew for a nearfall, AJ gets a Twist of Fate too! Jeff strips off the shirt, goes atop a Pod. WHISPER IN THE WIND ONTO SHEAMUS AND MCINTYRE ON THE OUTISIDE!!
Dropkick to Styles, going up top, Swanton Bomb! Stands right up to eat a Claymore from McIntyre for the 3 count! Jeff Hardy has been eliminated! McIntyre wants a Future Shock DDT but Sheamus blocks it, poke to the eye, Pump Knee for a nearfall! Grinds a boot into Drew’s face. Hoists him onto his shoulders. Drew slips free, Glasgow Kiss! But Sheamus with White Noise! They’re both rocked. AJ with a Springboard Flip Senton on McIntyre for a nearfall! Springboard 450 now! Close nearfall! Sheamus grabs AJ by the hair and asks why he didn’t put him away! Throws him to the outside, 10 Beats of the Bowery! But only six, actually.
Sheamus bounces him off the fence, throws him into the ring, goes up top, Flying Clothesline! Sheamus beating his chest for the Brogue Kick but McIntyre surprises him with a Future Shock DDT! He’s looking for a Claymore! But Sheamus stops him mid-charge with a Brogue Kick!! But before he can cover, Styles with a Phenomenal Forearm outta nowhere! And that is that, Sheamus has been eliminated! It is down to AJ Styles and Drew McIntyre. AJ wants a Phenomenal Forearm again but McIntyre hits him with a Claymore out of the air for the win!
Winner: Drew McIntyre
Fairly gimmicky in spots, but a solid Chamber match.
But I don’t think the WWE Elimination Chamber 2021 Recap is over quite yet. We’ll see…
Whoa, Bobby Lashley spears McIntyre?! He takes Drew to the outside and throws him into the barricade! (They’ve risen the Chamber up by now.) He takes McIntyre over to the announce table and smashes his head into the front of it repeatedly. Takes him into the ring. Hurt Lock!!
After he drops McIntyre, The Miz’s music hits. The cash-in is happening.
WWE Championship: Drew McIntyre (c) vs. The Miz
Miz is hungry for McIntyre to get up so they can ring the bell. He rushes in, boot to the leg, Snap DDT! Nearfall! Pulls him up for the Skull Crushing Finale! Nails it! And he wins.
Winner: The Miz
I’m howling. I can’t stop laughing. This company.
I have nothing to say! Other than this place is hilarious! That’s the show.