WWE tried its greatest to get away with a pay-per-view that didn’t characteristic a lot of its most important stars.
It didn’t work.
Elimination Chamber ran final night time from Philadelphia, and the present was with out Brock Lesnar and Goldberg, the 2 World Title holders, in addition to Roman Reigns and Drew McIntyre, the 2 wrestlers who will problem for the world titles at WrestleMania subsequent month. Edge and Randy Orton, who’re in an intense private feud for WrestleMania, weren’t on the cardboard and neither was Becky Lynch, the RAW girls’s champion, or Bayley, the SmackDown girls’s champion.
Think about WWE operating this present in an period the place PPV buys really mattered?
This was a present WWE can get away with in 2020. The PPV buys don’t matter, as a result of WWE already has their cash from WWE Community subscriptions. Presenting a lackluster card that folks received’t stream isn’t an enormous deal, as a result of the McMahon household already has their $9.99 from the roughly 1.5 million subscribers.
That’s to not say there weren’t vibrant spots. Daniel Bryan and Drew Gulak tore the home down within the opening match. The elimination chamber match for the SmackDown tag crew titles was superior and even Aleistar Black vs. AJ Kinds, in a No DQ match, delivered greater than anticipated with an Undertaker look on the finish of the match.
From a newsmaking standpoint, the spotlight of the night time was in all probability Sami Zayn beating Braun Strowman for the Intercontinental Championship.
Then we arrived on the most important occasion.
With nearly your complete main-event roster on hiatus for the night time, the ladies’s chamber match was meant to be the crowning second for Shayna Baszler. She dominated her opponents and can problem Lynch at WrestleMania for her title. And what a most important occasion it was, that includes star-studded names reminiscent of Ruby Riott, Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan together with Asuka and Natalya.
That was the pay-per-view most important occasion. The primary occasion! The match that’s purported to promote all of the tickets and get folks to purchase the present.
However bear in mind, WWE doesn’t want you to purchase this present. They have already got their cash.
And that’s why WWE may get away with reserving such a lackluster card. One week in the past, the AEW Revolution pay-per-view blew this one out of the water. In wrestling phrases, it was a squash match.
One of the best argument WWE could make for leaving so many stars off this PPV present was that they’re attempting to protect the expertise for WrestleMania. They don’t need to danger damage. Which is ok, till you see that expertise on RAW and SmackDown this week. Oh, and so they weren’t fearful about accidents per week in the past when Vince fortunately took cash from the Saudi authorities for a offered present.
And hey, perhaps you’d be much less fearful about accidents if you happen to’re SmackDown champion wasn’t a 53-year-old man who can barely get via a four-minute match with out an uncomfortable quantity of sweat pouring down his face.
WWE may have booked a greater card, however that’s not the purpose. The purpose is, if WWE was going to ebook a card that was this missing in star energy, they need to simply scrap the March PPV altogether.
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