WWE Elimination Chamber 2014 Results: Worst Booking Decisions from PPV
The final pay-per-view before WrestleMania XXX is in the bag, and the Elimination Chamber certainly did deliver.
There were some stunning matches on show, with plenty of storylines gathering pace in advance of this year's WrestleMania.
However, for all the good of the Elimination Chamber, there were some pretty bad decisions in and among the generally good standard the show provided.
With that in mind, it seems appropriate to run through them. Let's take a look at the worst booking decisions from the Elimination Chamber.
Making AJ Lee Defend Her Title Against Cameron
We start with the Divas division, as current champion AJ Lee further strengthened her claim as one of the best women to wrestle in the WWE.
It was another comfortable victory for AJ, but it was a ridiculous choice of opponent, in all fairness.
Naomi had established herself as a legitimate and rightful contender for the champion, but injury curtailed her chances of picking up the belt.
It seemed a lazy and easy decision to simply throw her tag team partner into the fray instead. There was no real buildup to the match, and Lee's promo even suggested the match was unannounced.
There are plenty of women in the locker room who have more of a right to be fighting Lee than Cameron. That was a lazy effort from creative.
The Batista vs. Alberto Del Rio Match
Now, every pay-per-view card needs to have filler. After all, it is a three-hour show.
But Batista's first singles encounter since his return to the WWE should not have been like this. He's already struggling to win over the fans, given how he won a hugely controversial Royal Rumble.
The whole match was just flat throughout—from the bizarre start all the way through to what turned out to be a comfortable victory for The Animal.
In all fairness, it's difficult for Batista. He had no right to be inside the Chamber given how he has already earned his place at WrestleMania.
But the WWE should really have been smarter when booking Batista.
Not Having Any Surprise Returns
Given how the WWE Network is launching the night after the Elimination Chamber, it was to be expected that there would be a lack of returns at the Chamber.
However, to not have any surprises at the event left it feeling a little bit flat. It would have been nice to perhaps see someone like Brock Lesnar put in an appearance and give us a clue as to what his WrestleMania plans are.
It is clear, though, that the Feb. 24 edition of Raw will be a huge, huge night. That will be when we get our surprises and all of our twists as WrestleMania season kicks off.
It's just a shame the WWE didn't give us one little treat at the Elimination Chamber to warm us up for what is to come.
Making Roman Reigns the Fall Guy
Let me make something clear, first and foremost. The Shield vs. The Wyatt Family delivered on every single level. It was a stunning match from the first bell to the last and had some amazing segments.
However, making Roman Reigns the guy who suffered at the hands of a numbers game didn't feel right. This is a guy who is supposed to be the next big thing in the WWE, yet he was mercilessly torn apart by Bray Wyatt, Erick Rowan and Luke Harper.
Perhaps this is part of a bigger plan to enable Reigns to exact some form of revenge. Or perhaps he will now be identified as a weak link by Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins after costing them the match.
However, before any further shows have aired, it looks to be a bizarre decision to make Reigns the fall guy.
Having Kane Screw Bryan, Not Triple H
By far the biggest mistake of the Elimination Chamber was the way Daniel Bryan was screwed yet again. It was inevitable he would be screwed, but it shouldn't have been like this.
Quite what the benefit of getting Kane involved with the match was is anyone's guess. Surely a better and more viable option would have been to let Triple H do the job.
Surely the WWE isn't planning to pit Bryan against his former tag team partner at WrestleMania? That would be unthinkable. However, Bryan vs. Triple H would be a pretty good spectacle.
It just didn't feel right letting a part-time corporate stooge screw the hottest guy in the company out of a championship. Given how close we are to WrestleMania, it should have been done in a much more grand, exciting fashion.