If I had to describe tonight’s pay-per-view in one word, it would be ‘predictable’. Which isn’t to say the show was bad or boring, because I didn’t think it was either of those things, but it was predictable.
The show started out with the highly anticipated first-ever Women’s Elimination Chamber. We knew going into this match, that the RAW Women’s championship currently held by Alexa Bliss, was on the line. It seemed that each woman had an ally in her corner, even though the bout was ‘every woman for herself’. The most obvious of friendships was the actual tag team of Mandy Rose and Sonya DeVille, known collectively as Absolution. Then we had friends Sasha Banks and Bayley said to be in each other’s corners, and the fresh new bond between Alexa Bliss and Mickie James. The match started out with Bayley and Sonya DeVille, both of whom delivered impressive performances. With each countdown to a new pod opening and another woman emerging, I made a prediction of who’d be next…not surprisingly, Mandy Rose, then Sasha Banks, Mickie James and lastly the champ, Alexa. The women all worked their butts off, the match was entertaining, full of high risk moves like jumping off of the chamber and it’s pods, but with each woman’s elimination, I knew exactly what would be happening next. I will say, I was rooting for Sasha Banks, I’m a big fan of hers, and although I did not think she would win, I was hoping she would. DeVille and Rose are the newbies of the group, so naturally they were the first ones to be eliminated. Mickie James was third to be eliminated, much to the chagrin of Bliss, who was still standing in her pod yet to be released. At this point it was quite clear Bliss and Banks would be the final two women in the match. I give a lot of credit to Bayley though, as she was the first woman in the match; she lasted a long time and I thought she performed well. And then there were two…Banks tried climbing a pod to go for a high risk jump, but Bliss was quicker, bashing Sasha’s head into it instead, knocking her down and going for the DDT that would result in her retaining her championship.