WWE Elimination Chamber 2021 Results: Reviewing Top Highlights and Low Points
The card for WWE Elimination Chamber 2021 was far from complete by the time Sunday came, but the pay-per-view eventually came together, for better or worse.
Sometimes, when WWE has to change a show at the last minute, it leads to something even better than originally planned; other times, one bit of chaos leads to even more disaster.
With championship implications for WrestleMania 37 in the mix for Drew McIntyre, Roman Reigns and others, this was an important event that needed to succeed as part of the build to The Show of Shows.
Did WWE pull it off? Were there more positives or negatives that stood out?
Presented in order of appearance, here are the highlights and low points from Elimination Chamber 2021.
Full Match Results
WWE Elimination Chamber 2021 results
- Fatal 4-Way match: John Morrison defeated Elias, Mustafa Ali and Ricochet by pinfall to replace Keith Lee in the United States Championship match.
- Daniel Bryan won the Universal Championship No. 1 Contender's Elimination Chamber match.
- Roman Reigns defeated Bryan by submission to retain the title.
- Riddle defeated Bobby Lashley and Morrison by pinfall to win the United States Championship.
- Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler defeated Sasha Banks and Bianca Belair by pinfall to retain the WWE Women's Tag Team Championships.
- Drew McIntyre won the WWE Championship Elimination Chamber match to retain the title.
- The Miz cashed in Money in the Bank contract and defeated McIntyre by pinfall to win the WWE Championship.
Highlight: Fatal 4-Way Kickoff Match
In an ideal scenario, Keith Lee would have been in the United States Championship match and no replacement would have been necessary.
The next-best plan would have been for WWE to establish his replacement on Raw, rather than waiting until prior to the event to withdraw The Limitless One from the match.
Thankfully, WWE's idea to put a Fatal 4-Way on the Kickoff show to determine who would get that title opportunity was a much better way to handle this than just arbitrarily naming a replacement.
Elias, Ricochet and Mustafa Ali got more time to shine, and John Morrison scored a rare singles victory.
Highlight: Universal Championship Elimination Chamber and Title Match
There might be a slight sting that Cesaro wasn't able to pull off the win in the SmackDown Elimination Chamber match, but the overall two-part segment revolving around the Universal Championship was, by and large, fantastic.
Starting the Chamber match with Cesaro and Daniel Bryan was the best setup possible. Both went through the gauntlet and wore themselves out, which was the entire purpose of the story.
All three babyfaces scored an elimination, too, to make sure no one looked too weak.
As expected, Bryan was too exhausted and beaten down to put up much of a fight against the fresh Roman Reigns. However, there was a great moment at the start when Bryan caught The Tribal Chief in a Yes Lock.
That brief moment of doubt that there could be a swerve was perfect, as was Reigns pummeling The Yes Man and choking him out.
The cherry on top was Edge's surprise Spear, as he declared Reigns his opponent for WrestleMania 37.
Highlight: United States Championship Triple Threat Match
It will be interesting over the coming weeks leading up to WrestleMania to look back and dissect the set of circumstances that led to Riddle winning the United States Championship by pinning Morrison in this Triple Threat match.
Clearly, WWE wanted to keep Bobby Lashley strong, so he wasn't pinned to lose his title. But the creative direction didn't include keeping the belt on him.
Just by Riddle winning the title makes this a highlight due to the intrigue it sparks.
Was Lee actually injured or just taken out of this match to bypass being the one to take the fall? Is the game plan for The Limitless One to fight The Original Bro at The Show of Shows? Or is this just something to swerve audiences for the sake of getting fans talking?
If that final reason is the case, it has worked. The U.S. title is far more interesting now than if The All Mighty had simply retained it.
The match itself was generic but solid. All three competitors did their jobs: Lashley dominated with his power, Morrison had some agile moments but played the sacrificial lamb after having wrestled earlier, and Riddle capitalized to win his first title on the main roster.
Low Point: Women's Tag Team Championship Match
Reginald is fantastic when he's flipping around the ring and showing off his athleticism, but his presence in this build of Sasha Banks vs. Bianca Belair for WrestleMania is highly questionable.
It seemed obvious from the start that The Boss and The EST of WWE will clash at the biggest show of the year, and this tag team title opportunity was just a means to stall for time. They weren't going to win the belts.
Giving the win to Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler isn't the problem. The issue is that none of this concerns Carmella and her sommelier.
Carmella's lost shots at the SmackDown Women's Championship and stringing it along that she might get another opportunity is a waste. If she fights Banks at Fastlane on March 21, no one in the WWE Universe will think she stands a chance, rendering it redundant.
Highlight with Hesitation: WWE Championship Matches
Inside the bubble of just this event itself, the Elimination Chamber match for the WWE Championship and the subsequent Money in the Bank cash-in by The Miz are major highlights and the biggest talking points of the show.
Practically any time a title changes hands—especially with a surprise like the one on Sunday—it will get people talking and could be an exciting step forward in some interesting changes to the roster.
However, this may just have been a swerve to generate buzz with no decent plans to come.
At times, it can feel like the writing team is creatively bankrupt on The Road to WrestleMania. Could this just be a Hail Mary for social media chatter that will be rendered useless at Fastlane when the title is on someone else?
The future will determine how we look back on Elimination Chamber. This could just as easily be the start of something great as it can be a sign WWE was just throwing random ideas around for WrestleMania 37 until something stuck.
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