WWE Elimination Chamber 2020 Results: Reviewing Top Highlights and Low Points
The card for WWE Elimination Chamber 2020 was severely lacking considering its position as the last pay-per-view before WrestleMania 36.
Most fights were rematches that had been done before too often, while others were foregone conclusions that didn't need to happen.
Many big names weren't scheduled to appear Sunday night, and the whole thing felt like WWE had split the difference between this and Super ShowDown on February 27.
But every WWE show has the potential to surprise, even if it looks like a waste of time.
Is that what happened with this show? What were the biggest positives and negatives that stood out from the program?
Presented in order of appearance, here are the highlights and low points from Sunday's Elimination Chamber.
Full Match Results
WWE Elimination Chamber 2020 results
- The Viking Raiders defeated Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder by pinfall.
- Daniel Bryan defeated Drew Gulak by submission.
- Andrade defeated Humberto Carrillo by pinfall to retain the United States Championship.
- John Morrison and The Miz won the SmackDown Tag Team Championship Elimination Chamber match.
- No Disqualification Match: Aleister Black defeated AJ Styles by pinfall.
- The Street Profits defeated Seth Rollins and Murphy by pinfall to retain the Raw Tag Team Championship.
- Sami Zayn, Cesaro and Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Braun Strowman by pinfall to win the Intercontinental Championship. Zayn scored the pin and is the new champion.
- Shayna Baszler won the Women's Elimination Chamber match.
Low Point: Kickoff
Sometimes, it's as if WWE purposely tries to tell fans not to bother watching something.
With so many Superstars not on the Elimination Chamber card, was WWE's go-to option for a bonus match on the Kickoff show really The Viking Raiders vs. Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder?
Elias vs. King Corbin, Sheamus vs. Apollo Crews and Shorty G or something with the SmackDown women's division would have been better and carried over stories from the blue brand at least.
Meanwhile, the two teams who did feature Sunday night have had little momentum.
The rest of the Kickoff was a waste of time. All it did was kill time that could have been better used for plenty of other stories.
Highlight: Daniel Bryan vs. Drew Gulak
This was a nail-biter of an opening match. The story was predominantly Drew Gulak capitalizing on Daniel Bryan's neck injuries, which was both logical and nerve-racking.
Each time Bryan was dropped on his head made sense, as Gulak has talked previously about knowing his opponent's weaknesses. But it was also scary, as any of those moments could have ended The Yes Man's career.
As long as they were safe, this was a great taste of what these talented Superstars could do in a future rematch. However, it can't be said enough that no matter how much this toyed with our emotions, safety should always be the priority.
Middle of the Road: Andrade vs. Humberto Carrillo
Andrade and Humberto Carrillo have fought seven times since Halloween on television and pay-per-view.
They reached a point where they were repeating themselves long ago, so there was nothing new here. Granted, a moment like Carrillo's hurricanrana off the top rope was fun and elicited a "this is awesome" chant from the crowd.
In a bubble, this was a decent enough match. The problem was that this story lost its steam over a month ago.
Hopefully, this was an OK culmination of this feud and not something that will happen again for some time. However, Andrade winning by holding the tights implies this still may not be over, which is frustrating.
Highlight: SmackDown Tag Team Championship Elimination Chamber Match
The Elimination Chamber match for the SmackDown Tag Team Championship was an absolute thrill, with some of the best spots we'll probably see all year in WWE.
Gran Metalik's hurricanrana onto John Morrison, Lince Dorado's flip from the top of the cage and Tucker's somersault off the top of a pod were among the "wow" moments, but the real showstopper was Otis barreling through a pod and spilling outside the cage.
However, stories were also told in this match.
The feud between Otis and Dolph Ziggler was highlighted.
The crowd was fired up to see Tucker fight Robert Roode and The Showoff in his buddy's stead, then disappointed for Heavy Machinery to be eliminated.
When Roode and Ziggler were taken out, it brought a "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye" song from the crowd.
The Usos and The New Day have shown plenty respect for each other in the past and worked well together at times Sunday night, while The Miz and John Morrison bent the rules to hold on to their titles.
This was fantastic and well worth watching again.
Highlight: Aleister Black vs. AJ Styles
- Further establish The O.C. as a unit that fights together and will cheat if need be.
- Add more fuel to the fire in the AJ Styles vs. Undertaker feud.
- Give Aleister Black his win back over Styles.
- Have a good match through that process.
There were four things WWE needed to accomplish in this segment:
Thankfully, all parties were able to check everything off that list.
Black and Styles have also proved they have chemistry in the ring, so whenever WWE wishes to revisit this feud in a more in-depth way, this match will give fans something to look forward to.
Middle of the Road: The Street Profits vs. Seth Rollins and Murphy
The Raw Tag Team Championship match was a good contest, but it didn't stand out as a highlight on a card with better segments.
In the grand scheme of things, this boiled down to Kevin Owens and The Viking Raiders interfering to offset AOP and screw Seth Rollins and Murphy so The Street Profits could win. That's no different from what happened when Montez Ford and Angelo Dawkins claimed the titles.
All WWE did Sunday was repeat it for people who didn't watch Raw, which isn't the same as adding another wrinkle in the story.
Also, since the rematch clause was supposed to be expunged over one year ago, Rollins and Murphy didn't need a chance to win their belts back in the first place.
At least the action was good enough to enjoy, though.
Highlight: Intercontinental Championship 3-on-1 Handicap Match
As disappointing as it was to see Braun Strowman drop a title within a few weeks—which seems a clear sign WWE doesn't think he should have a championship reign—at least it was done this way.
Losing a 3-on-1 Handicap match against Shinsuke Nakamura, Cesaro and Sami Zayn does help to protect The Monster Among Men from looking too bad.
On the bright side, the belt is now in Zayn's possession instead of reverting back to Nakamura, who WWE forgets to use whenever he has a midcard title. It's something different and could be a lot of fun.
Here's hoping this was more about going in that direction and freeing Strowman up for something else or setting up a chance for him to get his revenge.
Low Point: Raw Women's Championship No. 1 Contender Elimination Chamber Match
If anyone thought Roman Reigns winning a men's Elimination Chamber would have been too much of a foregone conclusion, why didn't they see the same thing with Shayna Baszler?
There was little doubt The Queen of Spades was going to prevail Sunday night and forge a challenge to Becky Lynch at WrestleMania 36.
Sometimes, it's great to book someone as strong as Baszler was featured here. After all, the more intimidating she is, the more threatening she seems for the Raw women's champion.
However, the way this was laid out was disjointed and unpalatable.
Why didn't the match start with The Riott Squad as the first three in the ring to at least give them a moment to shine until Baszler took them all out? It did Liv Morgan no favors to come in after her two former best friends were eliminated and tap out within a minute or so.
Natalya took more punishment from Ruby Riott and Sarah Logan, rather than Baszler.
Intervals of just waiting for a pod to open were far from exhilarating, too, especially for a main event. That meant the crowd peaked earlier in the show and left on a flat note.
The main event makes more of a lasting impression than anything, and if anyone felt underwhelmed or dissatisfied with the PPV, it's likely down to how dull the finale was.
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