WWE Elimination Chamber 2015 Results: Biggest Highlights and Low Points
The 2015 WWE Elimination Chamber pay-per-view has concluded, the results are in and the champions are set, so it's time for us to reflect on what happened and break down the good and bad.
Earlier this year, it seemed as though the Elimination Chamber concept was dead in WWE, but it saw a resurrection on the WWE Network as a special event. Naturally, if WWE was to entice fans to sign up for the network, this would have to be something good.
Advertised as having the first Tag Team Championship Elimination Chamber match, another first for the vacated Intercontinental Championship, a champion vs. champion match and more, the card seemed to promise quite a bit.
With that in mind, did WWE deliver or did this end up having more negatives than positives?
Let's take a look at what the highlights and low points were, presented in order of appearance.
Low Point: Kickoff Pre-Show
Sometimes, the pre-show for WWE pay-per-views can be one of the most entertaining aspects of the night. However, sometimes, it can just be extraneous filler like on Sunday night.
There was an impromptu match between Zack Ryder and Stardust, which was perfectly fine for something meaningless, but it was far from impressive.
Sadly, that was the best part of the pre-show, as it was followed by a MizTV segment that accomplished essentially nothing. The Miz promoted the fact that he's a movie star, which everyone has known for quite a while. There wasn't even a preview for his newer film with Paige.
Daniel Bryan is still inactive, so there wasn't anything more for him to do but remind people that he may never wrestle again. Even when it came down to the obligatory brawl to end the segment, he needed The Mega Powers to come out to fight for him.
For the most part, this was the textbook definition of something that can be skipped, as there was nothing to be missed.
Highlight: WWE Tag Team Championship Elimination Chamber Match
What's better than six people fighting it out in the Elimination Chamber? How about six teams of two people?
Well, WWE took that and upgraded it even further by adding two more people on top of it, as El Torito and the extra member of The New Day were involved in the match as well.
Once a match gets the crowd to chant "this is awesome", it almost assures that it could be classified as a highlight for the event.
There were some interesting spots involving Kalisto and El Torito climbing different parts of the cage, which also came into play when Titus O'Neil went on a slamming spree, tossing multiple people around onto the steel.
This could have been total chaos and a mess, but it ended up being a solid bout that showcased nearly everybody in the tag team division in exactly the roles they are intended to be viewed in.
After months of being underutilized, The Ascension finally seems like it is worth something after it eliminated two teams here. The Lucha Dragons helped establish their high-flying skills to the audience which may have never seen them before.
The New Day retained the titles with an unfair advantage, which is a nice touch as it is a heel stable that is too hot right now to lose but certainly shouldn't have won with a legitimate, clean victory.
This wasn't a crazy match, so some fans might be disappointed that more spots weren't involved. However, it didn't need to rely purely on stunts to still be entertaining—particularly for an opener.
Low Point: WWE Divas Championship Triple Threat Match
Sadly, once more, the Divas Championship match ended up being one of the messiest matches of the evening.
The moves that would have been the most impressive of the segment were botched and peppered in seemingly at random, as the overall story being told was sloppy at best.
Nikki Bella, Paige and Naomi are all very talented women who can perform so much better than this, but Sunday night was not their night.
If you want to see a more cohesive, better match to showcase just what the women in WWE can truly do, you're better off watching anything from NXT—such as the Sasha Banks vs. Becky Lynch match from NXT TakeOver: Unstoppable or even the most recent Bayley vs. Emma match.
Going forward, things are going to have to change both on the booking side of things and in the ring.
If not, the women on the main roster will continue to look like a joke in comparison to the men, which is unfortunately what happened in this match.
Highlight: John Cena vs. Kevin Owens
There were so many things great about the NXT champion facing off against the United States champion at this event that it should almost go without saying why it was a highlight, but here's a few examples just in case you missed out.
If there was any way to legitimize why Kevin Owens is worthy of the attention he's getting and the praise of possibly being one of the future main event players in the company, it was to have him defeat the main man in the company.
Owens scoring a clean victory over John Cena makes him look well beyond credible when he talks up his skills from now on. Who could argue against him now that he's proven himself?
Those thinking that Owens was just another big guy who would beat Cena down with power were proven wrong, as he had a chance to showcase his athleticism with amazing moves such as his moonsault off the turnbuckle.
Thankfully, it wasn't a total squash match, as that would have come off as WWE trying too hard. Cena had his fair share of offense to prove that he was in the fight all the way and just didn't get the job done.
This was easily one of the best fights of the night, and both men get credit for pulling that off. It also gets extra points for helping to solidify the push that Owens is very much deserving of.
Highlight: WWE Intercontinental Championship Elimination Chamber Match
While this Elimination Chamber match was far from the greatest of all time, it did the job and accomplished what it was meant to do.
Rusev was unable to compete, but he was replaced with someone more than worthy of fighting for the title in Mark Henry. That was a great means to turn a negative into a positive.
The rest of the competitors were able to do at least one thing to look strong, whether it was getting an elimination or putting up a great fight.
There were some twists involved, with Henry's pod opening up early and Sheamus purposely blocking his pod to open up later than it should have, keeping the fans intrigued by how those errors would influence the outcome.
Although there weren't a ton of hardcore spots, the ones that did happen seemed rough enough to sell what was likely very painful. For example, Sheamus hitting White Noise on Ryback undoubtedly hurt quite a bit—even if it wasn't a spectacular visual.
When all things were said and done, someone who has been ignored for quite some time was able to win his first championship, which is always a great moment to see.
Daniel Bryan even endorsed Ryback as the new champion, giving the audience a feel-good ending to a fun match.
Highlight: WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match
Many fans will be disappointed by the outcome of the match, as Dean Ambrose is popular with the crowd and seeing him denied his opportunity to be the champion is tough to swallow.
However, it's important to look on the brighter side.
The match that these two had was worthy of the main event, and the ending could have been a clean victory for Seth Rollins or just another standard interference from The Authority without that buzz.
Now that Ambrose had that moment, he instantly looks even more credible and has transitioned from someone who was losing every important match last year to a guy the audience bought as the top of the food chain.
There is more of a justification to have a rematch at Money in the Bank with Ambrose stealing the title, too, so this helped build toward that pay-per-view as well.
Yes, the final outcome might not have been what you were hoping for, but it was a memorable segment and did more to boost Ambrose than anything he's ever done.
What do you think were the best and worst parts of the night? Did anything stand out to you?
Do you feel that the Neville vs. Bo Dallas match should have been classified as a highlight or a low point rather than being left off this list for being somewhere in the middle?
Tell us your thoughts in the comments below!