WWE Elimination Chamber 2019 had not looked all that great before Sunday, with predictable results and an uninspired card, but the whole event overdelivered. The chamber matches in particular were top notch.
This led to a night that had people constantly talking. From the matches to the surprise moments, including multiple unexpected title changes, Elimination Chamber was a night that pushed the Road to WrestleMania 35 into gear.
These were the biggest moments that got people talking and changed the course of WWE as we approach The Grandest Stage of Them All on April 7.
The Boss 'n' Hug Connection Capture the Tag Team Championships
The show opened in historic style, as six teams fought it out to crown the first WWE women's tag team champions. While each team got a chance to stand out, it was the clear favorites who walked out with the gold.
Sasha Banks and Bayley came out of this match on top after running through the fire, opening and closing the match against Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville. Despite the best efforts of SmackDown's leading team, The Boss 'n' Hug Connection completed their year-long journey as a team.
This was the obvious result, but it was not unwelcome. The two were the best wrestlers in the match by a solid margin.
The reaction to the result was largely positive:
Moreover, the match in general was a complete success. Several stars, including The Riott Squad, stood out more than expected, and everyone played their role well in a tightly contested contest that received well-deserved praise:
Robbie Fox @RobbieBarstool
Women's Tag Team Elimination Chamber was very good - especially when it got down to the final two teams. Some amazing near-falls. They might've botched everything there is to botch about Bayley/Sasha's rivalry, but this moment still feels big. #WWEChamber https://t.co/kCRrZ8Kqy4
Kofi Kingston Puts on Another Show-Stealing Performance
The New Day announced Kofi Kingston would represent them inside the Elimination Chamber, and he proved himself worthy of that spot in back-to-back matches.
His performance in Tuesday's Gauntlet match was spectacular, and he followed it up with a sensational run in the Elimination Chamber.
He was the third entrant in the match and the final man standing with the champion at the end, including taking out Randy Orton with Trouble in Paradise.
From there, every fan in attendance was behind him, as was most of Twitter:
While Kingston didn't win, his performance was a star-making effort. Together with The Beard, he put on a show for the ages in one of the best chamber matches ever. The crowd reaction alone made this special:
Hopefully, this is only the beginning. The New Day veteran has earned his chance to be more than the fill-in for Mustafa Ali for one great week.
Becky Lynch Has No Friends in Crusade for WrestleMania Main Event
No one gave Ruby Riott a chance against Ronda Rousey, and they were all right.
The Baddest Woman on the Planet quickly took out The Riott Squad leader, and it did not lead to a great response from fans:
Once it ended, though, the WWE Universe got what it wanted. Becky Lynch came to the ring as Rousey and Charlotte Flair stared each other down. While The Man walked with crutches, it was just a trick to bring in weapons to attack both women.
The spot got people talking, as does every moment with Lynch. This felt like a limited spotlight for WrestleMania's main event, but it's only because the spotlight has already been firmly set.
Everyone's now just ready to see it all go down:
The Best Tag Team in the World Falls Unexpectedly
In perhaps the biggest surprise of the night, The Miz and Shane McMahon's tag team title reign ended in abrupt fashion as The A-Lister got rolled up for three. It was a shocking moment especially after Jimmy Uso was arrested just days before.
It looks like the plan is for The Best Tag Team in the World to reach a sudden and disappointing end, with Boy Wonder realising his partner may not be able to get him to WrestleMania.
It's a shame this team may not be lasting long, but the titles went to the right pairing. It may also be interesting to see McMiz attempt to get back the belts on The Grandest Stage of Them All, leading to a fascinating response:
Much like the victory of Finn Balor later Sunday night, this feels like a title win set up for a longer-term story down the line. The stories that came from the Elimination Chamber are all far from finished.