The last pay-per-view before WrestleMania 38 is in the books. Last night’s Elimination Chamber was a success as the WWE Universe got to witness many thrilling moments. Roman Reigns beat Goldberg without hitting a single spear, Brock Lesnar decimated his opponents to win WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Lita wrestled her first singles match in 16 years and she still got it!
However, there are still a few things WWE could have done better to make the show an overwhelming success.
1. Naomi should have wrestled with one arm instead of Rousey
One of the matches on the night saw Ronda Rousey team up with Naomi to beat Charlotte Flair and Sonya Deville. The interesting part about this match was that the Rowdy one was made to compete with one arm due to Sonya’s injury. However, Sonya’s injury turned out to be a ruse.
Despite the tricks and mind games from @SonyaDevilleWWE & @MsCharlotteWWE, @NaomiWWE & @RondaRousey proved that together they could take them down! #WWEChamberhttps://t.co/caKna1MZSL pic.twitter.com/5UwMSzidqD
— WWE (@WWE) February 20, 2022
Ronda Rousey has just returned to in-ring action after 3 years and her ring rust is apparent since her return, and with one arm in a sling, we got to witness more awkward moments. Instead of Ronda, WWE could have used the opportunity to put Naomi in the sling. Naomi is one of the best workers in the Women’s division. Her array of innovative moves could have provided us with some WOW spots during the match and would have been a better watch than seeing Ronda struggle.
2. The Women’s Elimination Chamber match
One of the two-chamber matches saw Bianca Belair defeat 5 other opponents to punch her ticket as the no. 1 contender for WWE RAW Women’s Championship at WrestleMania 38. While the match in itself was good and had its high spots, the conclusion was rather rushed. The eliminations happened rather quickly in the chamber and we could not help but feel WWE was in a hurry to close out this match. The result of the match was never in doubt as Belair was the overwhelming favorite to win this one, but WWE could have given the performers more time to showcase their abilities inside the Chamber.
3. The Men’s Elimination Chamber match
As noted earlier Brock Lesnar is your new WWE World Heavyweight Champion. He eliminated every single man except Bobby Lashley. However, it wasn’t a well-booked match. Seth Rollins buckle bombed Austin Theory through Lashley’s pod and injured the All-Mighty. After Lashley’s departure due to ‘concussion protocol’, Lesnar broke out of his pod and went on a rampage.
While WWE wanted The Beast to rise above all challengers, his decimation of AJ Styles, Matt Riddle, Seth Rollins did more harm than good. Two out of three are currently big names in WWE and Matt Riddle is one for the future. However, getting eliminated without getting any offense in on Lesnar, hurts their character. WWE could have ensured that these wrestlers are not embarrassed and get their fair share of respect against Lesnar.
— WWE (@WWE) February 19, 2022
4. The Usos’ non-existent title defense
The Usos are the best tag team in WWE. Arguments could be made for The New Day and RK-Bro but none of them feel on Jimmy and Jey’s level. They were set to defend their WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championships against The Viking Raiders. However, the match never came to fruition. The current champions jumped on their opponents on the floor and laid them out resulting in a no contest. The reason for this is unknown.
WWE has been thin on their tag team division for quite some time now and hurting a tag team’s credibility like this leaves no room for improvement. There are no real challengers for The Usos and WWE is not interested in building any up.
— WWE (@WWE) February 20, 2022
5. A predictable pay-per-view
With only over a month left for WrestleMania 38, no one expected WWE to pull any shock or surprises at Elimination Chamber. There was a scare because of Goldberg’s record in WWE Universal Championship matches but thankfully, The Tribal Chief retained the title. However, there were no other real shocks or anything out of the ordinary during the pay-per-view. Only one championship changed hands, which was expected. Somewhere WWE could have done a little more and provided us with one shocking match result. In the end, it wasn’t to be and the entire PPV felt like a formality before the show of shows.
What else do you think WWE could have done better at Elimination Chamber 2022?