Elimination Chamber 2023 took place live in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on Saturday, February 18th. This was the final WWE Premium Live Event before WrestleMania 39.
Asuka defeated Liv Morgan, Carmella, Raquel Rodriguez, Nikki Cross and Natalya.
Liv Morgan and Natalya started the match, followed by Raquel Rodriguez, who overpowered the starting entrants. Nikki Cross was out next, having a good offensive flurry on the competitors in the match. Cross would dive off of the chamber pod. Carmella, who entered next, tried to pick up quick pins on the other competitors. Carmella then locked herself back in her pod, moving out the way as Rodriguez drove Cross into the pod. Cross was eliminated as the replays were shown. Asuka was out last, going straight for Carmella. Liv Morgan was the victim of a double submission via Natalya and Asuka, passing out from the pain. Carmella eliminated Natalya. Carmella and Asuka double teamed Rodriguez to eliminate Rodriguez. Asuka submitted Carmella to win the match. ***
Bobby Lashley defeated Brock Lesnar
This was the Lesnar finisher spamming match that is familiar with fans from the 2016-2019 run of matches. Multiple spears and F5’s were seen, with both men kicking out to continue the match. Lesnar hit a low blow on Lashley to cause a blatant DQ and the victory to The All Mighty. The finish felt very flat. *1/2
Edge and Beth Phoenix defeated Finn Balor and Rhea Ripley
With two female powerhouses in the match, this was a very well executed mixed tag team match. The intergender spots felt more evenly matched that what has been seen in the past. The fans at times felt more focused on booing Dominik Mysterio than what was going on in the ring. The referee had to stop his count at one point when there was an obvious winning pin. Edge and Beth Phoenix hit a Shatter Machine onto Balor to win the match and give the Canadian fans a reason to cheer the hometown hero. ***1/2
Austin Theory defeated Seth Rollins, Damian Priest, Montez Ford, Johnny Gargano and Bronson Reed
Seth Rollins and Johnny Gargano started the match. Austin Theory was out next, trying to team up with Gargano to take out Rollins, but Gargano and Rollins instead double teamed Rollins. Damian Priest came out next, showing impressive power over the other 3 competitors in the match. Bronson Reed entered next, slamming both Gargano and Rollins while on his shoulders. Montez Ford entered the match last and unleashed his signature offence. Ford attempted a People’s Elbow but was cut off by Reed. Ford climbed to the top of the cage, flipping off to take out those below. Bronson Reed was hit by 4 finishers to be eliminated. Gargano was eliminated next, then Priest. Ford was hit with a Stomp on the outside matting, causing him to be eliminated and medical attention to be required. As Ford was helped out of the Chamber, Logan Paul would enter and hit Rollins with a flipping clothesline and a Stomp. Theory Eliminated Rollins with A Town Down to win the match and retain the championship. The match did its job of building to WrestleMania while elevating stars in defeat. ****
Roman Reigns defeated Sami Zayn to retain the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship
Sami Zayn got a hometown reaction that is arguably the biggest in the last 10 years plus. With loud chants directed in the favour of Zayn and in detest of Roman Reigns, both men just stood in the middle of the ring in the opening 5 minutes. The match itself started slow with a couple of hope spots and near falls for Zayn. Multiple ref bumps provided interference by The Usos and steel chair shots. With Sami Zayn accidentally spearing Jey Uso, Roman Reigns took advantage to hit another Spear to win the match. Kevin Owens returned after the match to lay out Reigns and send the crowd home happy, but the result left the arena with a deflated feeling for their hero. ***
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