Elimination Chamber (2014)

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Elimination Chamber (2014)
WWE Elimination Chamber poster (2014).jpg
Promotional poster featuring Stephanie McMahon and the Elimination Chamber
Theme
song
(s)
"Doomsday" by Nero
Information
Promotion WWE
Date February 23, 2014
Attendance 14,101
Venue Target Center
City Minneapolis, Minnesota
Pay-per-view chronology
Royal Rumble (2014) Elimination Chamber (2014) WrestleMania XXX
Elimination Chamber chronology
Elimination Chamber (2013) Elimination Chamber (2014) Elimination Chamber (2015)

Elimination Chamber (2014) was a professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by WWE. The fifth annual Elimination Chamber event took place on February 23, 2014, at the Target Center in Minneapolis, and featured the Elimination Chamber match.

Eight matches, including the pre-show, took place at the event. There were two main events. The first was the anticipated clash of two stables in WWE: The Wyatt Family and The Shield, which Wyatts won. The second and final match the event was the Elimination Chamber match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Randy Orton retained his title against John Cena, Daniel Bryan, Sheamus, Cesaro and Christian.

Background[edit]

Elimination Chamber featured professional wrestling matches that involved wrestlers from pre-existing scripted feuds, plots, and storylines played out on WWE's primary television programs, Raw and SmackDown. Wrestlers portrayed faces (heroes) or heels (villains) as they followed a series of events that built tension and culminated in a wrestling match or series of matches.[1][2]

The main event was the Elimination Chamber match, where Randy Orton defended the WWE World Heavyweight Championship against five wrestlers after retaining it at the Royal Rumble from John Cena. The night after the Rumble on Raw, Daniel Bryan confronted The Authority for keeping him out of the Rumble match. Stephanie McMahon claimed they didn't want to overwork him with two matches in a night, but Bryan concluded they disliked him due to his popularity. He demanded Triple H put him in the Elimination Chamber title match. Triple H sent in The Shield to attack Bryan, but Cena and Sheamus saved him. This set up an Elimination Chamber qualifying match between those three and The Shield. During the match, The Wyatt Family attacked Cena, giving his team a disqualification win, meaning Cena, Sheamus, and Bryan all qualified for the Chamber match. On the January 31 SmackDown, Antonio Cesaro defeated Dolph Ziggler to qualify, and his partner Jack Swagger lost his qualifier to a returning Christian. On the February 2 edition of Raw, Stephanie McMahon would mandate Randy Orton to compete in a Elimination Chamber Gauntlet where he must face each of his Chamber opponents in single matches. He was defeated by Daniel Bryan that same night, but secured a win by defeating Christian on the February 7 edition of Smackdown. He then was defeated by Cena on the February 10 edition of Raw and by Cesaro on February 14 episode of Smackdown. His last opponent, Sheamus won by disqualification, as The Shield and The Wyatt Family got involved on the February 17 episode of Raw.

On the January 31 SmackDown, The Shield refused Triple H's request for the group to drop the matter of The Wyatt Family disqualifying them from the Chamber match, so a six-man tag team match between the factions was set up for the pay-per-view.

After Batista's WWE return was announced in December, Alberto Del Rio began saying fans should talk about him instead and vowed to eliminate Batista from the Royal Rumble match. On the January 20 Raw, following a victory over Rey Mysterio, Del Rio was attacked by Batista and hit with his finishing move the Batista Bomb. Del Rio entered the Rumble at number 27 and lasted just under three minutes before Batista, who was the next entrant, eliminated him. On the February 3 Raw, Batista was interrupted and briefly assaulted by Del Rio, however the latter quickly escaped the ring. On the next Raw, after Del Rio defeated Dolph Ziggler, Batista came out and delivered a Batista Bomb to Del Rio through the announce table. Triple H then announced the two would wrestle at the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view.

On the February 13 SmackDown, Jack Swagger defeated Mark Henry, Rey Mysterio, and Kofi Kingston in a Fatal Four-Way match to become the number one contender for the Intercontinental Championship, and would wrestle champion Big E for the title at the pay-per-view.

On WWE.com, it was announced The Usos (Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso) would face WWE Tag Team Champions The New Age Outlaws (Road Dogg and Billy Gunn) for the titles at the pay-per-view. This was made when The Usos asked the Outlaws to fight for the championship for the following weeks. Then, they accepted the challenge.

Former Prime Time Players tag team members Titus O'Neil and Darren Young would wrestle at the pay-per-view. The feud began on the January 31 episode of SmackDown when O'Neil attacked Young after a tag team loss by the Prime Time Players, with O'Neil claiming that Young was "dead weight" and "holding him back".

The Elimination Chamber Kickoff Show featured Cody Rhodes and Goldust squaring off against Rybaxel (Ryback and Curtis Axel).

Results[edit]

No. Results Stipulations Times
1P Cody Rhodes and Goldust defeated RybAxel (Ryback and Curtis Axel) (with Larry Hennig) Tag Team match[3] 10:20
2 Big E (c) defeated Jack Swagger (with Zeb Colter) Singles match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship[4] 11:50
3 The New Age Outlaws (Road Dogg and Billy Gunn) (c) defeated The Usos (Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso) Tag Team match for the WWE Tag Team Championship[5] 8:37
4 Titus O'Neil defeated Darren Young Singles match[6] 6:17
5 The Wyatt Family (Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper and Erick Rowan) defeated The Shield (Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose) Six-Man Tag Team match[7] 25:20
6 Cameron defeated AJ Lee (c) (with Tamina Snuka) by disqualification Singles match for the WWE Divas Championship 3:59
7 Batista defeated Alberto Del Rio Singles match[8] 7:09
8 Randy Orton (c) defeated Daniel Bryan, John Cena, Cesaro (with Zeb Colter), Christian and Sheamus Elimination Chamber match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship[9] 37:33
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match
  • P – indicates the match took place on the pre-show

Elimination Chamber entrances and eliminations[edit]

Eliminated Wrestler Entered Eliminated by Method of elimination Time
1 Sheamus 2 Christian Pinned after a frog splash off the top of a pod 26:00
2 Christian 4 Daniel Bryan Pinned after a running single leg high knee 27:12
3 Cesaro 1 John Cena Submitted to the STF 30:10
4 John Cena 5 Randy Orton Pinned after a Sister Abigail from Bray Wyatt 32:38
5 Daniel Bryan 3 Randy Orton Pinned after an RKO 37:33
Winner Randy Orton 6 N/A N/A

Aftermath[edit]

Batista and Alberto Del Rio faced each other in a rematch with Del Rio prevailing due to Randy Orton distracting Batista. Orton then mentioned the boisterous negative reaction since Batista's return. Batista responded by saying that the WWE Universe has their own voice. Later on, however, Batista addressed the crowd, telling them he did not return to the company to be liked.

Daniel Bryan confronted Triple H arguing about constantly getting screwed in his title matches ever since SummerSlam and challenged him to a match at WrestleMania XXX but the latter declined. Later that night, Bryan defeated Kane, and afterwards voiced his opinion to Triple H by stating he should give what the fans want. Bryan challenged Triple H on the March 3 edition of Raw but Triple H still declined. Frustrated, Bryan conjured up the Yes! Movement on the March 10 edition of Raw involving WWE fans which gathered around the ring and forced Triple H to accepting his match with the stipulation that if Bryan defeats Triple H, he will get inserted into the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match. On the March 17 edition of Raw, the stipulation was changed instead it will be the winner advancing in the main event for the Title, thus assuring a triple threat match.

John Cena would call out The Wyatt Family only to be attacked by the faction's leader Bray Wyatt. On the March 10 edition of Raw, when Hulk Hogan announced the Andre The Giant memorial battle royal at Wrestlemania XXX, Cena at first enter himself as the first entrant, only for The Wyatt Family to interrupt, insinuating that Hogan and Cena's heroic persona's are facades and that Bray is the "truth". Cena would then instead challenge Bray to a one-on-one match at WrestleMania.

The Usos defeated The New Age Outlaws in a non-title to ensure their spot again for the Tag Team Titles. On the March 3 edition of Raw, The Usos finally defeated them to capture their first WWE Tag Team Championship.

Cameron got a rematch for the WWE Divas Championship on the following SmackDown against AJ Lee but she failed to win the championship cleanly this time.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Live & Televised Entertainment". WWE. Archived from the original on 18 November 2013. Retrieved 21 March 2012. 
  3. ^ Benigo, Anthony. "Cody Rhodes & Goldust vs. Ryback & Curtis Axel (Kickoff Match)". WWE. Retrieved 17 February 2014. 
  4. ^ Clapp, John. "Intercontinental Champion Big E vs. Jack Swagger". WWE. Retrieved 15 February 2014. 
  5. ^ Clapp, John. "WWE Tag Team Champions The New Age Outlaws vs. The Usos". WWE. Retrieved 17 February 2014. 
  6. ^ Melok, Bobby. "Darren Young vs. Titus O'Neil". WWE. Retrieved 17 February 2014. 
  7. ^ Benigno, Anthony. "The Shield vs. The Wyatt Family". Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  8. ^ "Batista vs. Alberto Del Rio". wwe.com staff. WWE. Retrieved 11 February 2014. 
  9. ^ Clapp, John. "WWE World Heavyweight Championship Elimination Chamber Match". Retrieved 27 January 2014. 

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