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Australia's own Rhea Ripley closes out Elimination Chamber with huge win

If you lived in the United States, then WWE’s Elimination Chamber came on before the sun came up.  As for the PLE there were no major surprises on the road to Wrestlemania. Elimination Chamber as a PLE served its purpose of furthering already established storylines and even adding some unexpected ones. However, WWE did an amazing job of incorporating the passionate Australian crowd and giving the Australian born talent their moment in the sun literally.

WWE Women's Tag Team Championship -- The Kabuki Warriors (Asuka & Kairi Sane) (c) vs. Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell (Kickoff Match): This served as a great introduction bout  their was no storyline for this particular match. WWE rewarded Australian born wrestler Indi Hartwell by giving her the chance of soaking up her home country crowd.  The challengers got off to a hot start. Before the tides of the match turned for the champions, Sane delivered the elbow drop to LeRae to score the pinfall victory. Hartwell was obviously the hometown favorite in this one but did not have the big moment. 

Women's Elimination Chamber Match -- Becky Lynch vs. Bianca Belair vs. Liv Morgan vs. Tiffany Stratton vs. Naomi vs. Raquel Rodriguez: Lynch and Naomi were the two women who started off in the ring. Their spots were more feeling out attempts than anything.  Naomi had one of the early highlights of the match, dropping her split legdrop onto Lynch after climbing partway up the wall of the Chamber. The next woman to enter the match was Stratton. Stratton carried the momentum as the crowd favorite as she heard her name shouted the entire match. Morgan was next to enter the match and immediately began throwing Stratton into the plexiglass walls of the pods. Lynch put Stratton's arm through the chain link wall of the chamber before locking in an armbar. Moments later, Stratton scored the first elimination when she pinned Naomi after Naomi hit Morgan with a sunset flip bomb. Stratton was the next woman eliminated when Morgan hit a flatliner from the second rope. Rodriguez was out shortly after following a Belair K.O.D. Belair then took over the match for a stretch, tossing Morgan and Lynch around. Morgan stole a pin on Belair after Lynch countered a K.O.D. but Morgan turned around into a Manhandle Slam by Lynch to end the match. 

Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship -- Judgment Day (Damian Priest & Finn Balor) (c) vs. Pete Dunne & Tyler Bate: This was match of the night as Bate and Dunne established themselves as a legit team. The challengers came out fast, taking the fight right to the champions with aggressive offense.The momentum flipped back and forth with both teams nearly snatching the victory. Dunne hit Balor with The Bitter End but the crowd intensified its hatred of Domink Mysterio. Mysterio slid Balor's foot under the bottom rope to break the pin, leading to Mysterio being tossed from ringside by the referee. The challengers again nearly had the match won after a Double Tyler Driver on Balor only for Priest to break the pin. The action continued to swing back and forth until Balor finally landed a Coup de Grace to score the win.  

Cody Rhodes and Seth Rollins appeared on The Grayson Waller Effect. The biggest news coming out of the segment was Rollins saying he was just days away from being medically cleared to compete and Rhodes saying he wanted to go one-on-one with The Rock. Rollins told Rhodes that he would have his back whenever that match takes place because nothing involving The Bloodline is ever one-on-one. The segment ended with Rollins and Rhodes taking out Austin Theory. Waller allowed Theory to get beat up without helping. This could eventually lead to the two feuding.

Men's Elimination Chamber Match -- Drew McIntyre vs. Randy Orton vs. Bobby Lashley vs. LA Knight vs. Kevin Owens vs. Logan Paul: This was the match that told the most Mania stories as the winner was predictable but the how’s were  less than predictable. The first story was told after Lashley delivered a spear to Paul, putting him through the plexiglass of one of the pods. Moments later, McIntyre hit Lashley with a Claymore to score the first elimination of the match. Knight delivered Blunt Force Trauma to Orton and then to McIntyre, but as he attempted to score the pin AJ Styles ran into the chamber and hit Knight with a chair before delivering a Styles Clash onto the same chair. This allowed McIntyre to reach over and pin Knight. It seems like an AJ Styles vs LA Knight match will be happening at Wrestlemania. After delivering a few stunners, Owens was caught by an Orton RKO for the elimination. Paul pulled out a pair of brass knuckles but couldn't use them before Orton flew in with an RKO for yet another elimination, leaving it down to just Orton and McIntyre for the shot at Seth Rollins' title at WrestleMania. A spinebuster from McIntyre left Orton down, holding his back. McIntyre set up for Claymore but Orton remained down. As McIntyre stood over Orton, Orton exploded with an RKO but before he could make the pin Paul ran back in and blindsided him with his brass knuckles. It seems like a Randy Orton vs Logan Paul match will be scheduled for Mania. Now we know Drew McIntyre will get his title shot.

Women's World Championship -- Rhea Ripley (c) vs. Nia Jax: The crowd was entirely behind Ripley. Who fought in front of her family and home crowd. Jax got off to a fast start, grounding Ripley with strikes, including a headbutt. Jax also dropped onto the champion with a senton and leg drop. Ripley eventually tried to fight back by grabbing a guillotine choke but Jax continued to dominate as she delivered a series of powerbombs. Every time Ripley would build a bit of momentum, a big move from Jax such as a second-rope Samoan drop would cut her off. Eventually Ripley escaped being hit with a second Annihilator and hit a superplex. That was enough to set up Riptide and the championship-retaining pinfall. We are now heading for Rhea Ripley vs Becky Lynch at Wrestlemania.

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