MOST Superstars don’t survive their first trip to Suplex City. Roman Reigns just booked himself a return visit.
The Big Dog prevailed in the first-ever Seven-Man Elimination Chamber Match to punch his ticket to his first one-on-one showdown with Brock Lesnar since his ill-fated WWE Title Match at WrestleMania 31, though this time he’ll challenge for the Universal Championship at The Showcase of the Immortals. Reigns’ carried him past the cream of Raw’s crop. Each of the seven competitors in the historic Men’s Elimination Chamber Match had all the motivation in the world to carry them to WrestleMania, but The Big Dog wanted it just that much more.
The Miz, looking to bring the Intercontinental Championship to the main event of The Show of Shows, entered the Chamber as one of the first entrants due to a loss to John Cena. Despite the handicap, the Intercontinental Champion proved to be the canniest competitor of the bunch. From trying to Too-Sweet Finn Bálor into an alliance (not being one of “The Bbbbbbboys,” he was swiftly denied) to picking whatever bones he could, Miz seemed as though he would manage to outwit his way into The Show of Shows — until he was eliminated first by Braun Strowman via a Running Powerslam.
Reigns advanced to face universal champion Brock Lesnar in New Orleans on April 7 after a Chamber match featuring safe and predictable booking. The same couldn’t be said for the inaugural women’s match which opened the card and proved to be the highlight of the evening. In between, the five-match card proved largely forgettable save for Rousey’s contract signing, which featured a standout performance from Kurt Angle.