There has by no means been a extra tumultuous trip for the Cash within the Financial institution briefcase because the inception of the ladder match in 2005, After touchdown within the arms of Otis atop WWE headquarters in Might 2020, The Miz received the boys’s briefcase from him in October. A seemingly failed cash-in on the TLC pay-per-view in December was then invalidated as a result of John Morrison cashed the briefcase in for The Miz.
Lastly, within the closing moments of the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view on Sunday, The Miz took benefit of Drew McIntyre enduring a Chamber match and a brutal blindside assault from Bobby Lashley by efficiently cashing in that briefcase and the Cash within the Financial institution contract to grow to be a two-time WWE champion.
Ten years after he first received the Cash within the Financial institution briefcase and efficiently carried the WWE title into WrestleMania 27, The Miz seems poised to do the identical factor heading into WrestleMania 37.
There’s nonetheless one pay-per-view left to go alongside the best way, and the implications of Lashley’s involvement — seemingly stemming from a backstage dialog between Miz and MVP — stay to be seen. However for now, The Miz is again on prime.
Earlier than Miz made historical past, there was the matter of the Chamber match itself. Jeff Hardy and Randy Orton have loads of historical past, together with some notably memorable brutality with pliers and ear gauges, and so they carried on that story to kick off the WWE championship Elimination Chamber match.
Orton and Hardy established a gradual, methodical tempo, with Orton grabbing a slight edge as the primary pod opened and inserted WWE champion McIntyre into the match. McIntyre unleashed appreciable harm on each Orton and Hardy, finally lawn-darting Hardy face-first into one of many pods. However that win was transient, as Orton took benefit and caught McIntyre in a Hangman’s DDT.
Kofi Kingston got here into the match and instantly rolled up Randy Orton for a three-count, eliminating Orton from the match with out a lot as a touch of Alexa Bliss or Bray Wyatt. In retaliation, Orton hit Kingston, after which Hardy, with RKOs on his method out. Omos took benefit of the chaos and ripped AJ Types’ pod open, permitting him to enter the match early. However pinfall makes an attempt on each Kingston and Hardy have been unsuccessful.
McIntyre regained management of the match, sending Kingston into the aspect of the cage by using a very violent model of a vertical suplex, after which sending Types and Hardy to comparable fates.
After an prolonged stretch, Sheamus lastly entered the match. The longtime associates — McIntyre and Sheamus — got here to blows in the midst of the ring and battered one another senselessly till others tried to become involved. After a quick recess to dispatch Hardy and Kingston, the pair re-engaged and finally clotheslined one another out of the ring.
Sheamus and Kingston battled to the highest of a pod, with McIntyre coming into the equation and knocking Sheamus’ legs out from beneath him on the highest turnbuckle. McIntyre climbed up after him, however as McIntyre arrange for a Superplex, Hardy and Types crawled in and locked in a double Powerbomb, triggering a Tower of Doom as Sheamus and McIntyre took the complete brunt of the assault.
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Kingston took benefit of his positioning atop a pod and hit a belief fall on all 4 of his remaining rivals, however all of his pinfall makes an attempt didn’t yield an elimination.
Kingston went for a second belief fall on Sheamus, who caught him out of mid-air. Kingston flipped out of Sheamus’ grip, however his momentum carried Kingston straight right into a Brogue Kick. Sheamus pinned Kingston, eliminating him from the match.
Hardy received again into the center of the match with a trio of twists of destiny on all of his opponents, after which landed a supersized Whisper within the Wind from the highest of the pod to the skin onto Sheamus and McIntyre. Hardy landed a Swanton Bomb on Types, however the second he popped up McIntyre was there with a Claymore, which landed flush. McIntyre pinned Hardy, eliminating him.
McIntyre arrange for an additional Claymore, however Sheamus hit a Brogue Kick as a substitute. Types instantly adopted that up with a Phenomenal Forearm to Sheamus, pinning Sheamus to remove him. Types lined up one other Phenomenal Forearm for McIntyre, however McIntyre hit a formidable Claymore on Types as he flew off the highest rope, which allowed McIntyre to pin Types and win the match.
Because the cage was raised and McIntyre celebrated, Lashley crashed the get together with a spear — the second time such a second occurred on this present. He then battered McIntyre round ringside, smashing his head into the commentary desk a couple of instances for good measure earlier than throwing McIntyre again within the ring. That was adopted by a Flatliner, a Damage Lock and at last a suplex.
That is when The Miz’s music hit. He ran to the ring with a referee in tow. McIntyre barely stumbled to his toes because the bell rang, and a low DDT by Miz solely garnered a two-count. A Cranium-Crushing Finale was sufficient to complete the job, although, and with a three-count Miz was the WWE champion.
What’s subsequent: What lies forward at Fastlane is anybody’s guess. McIntyre has revenge to achieve in opposition to the Damage Enterprise and The Miz alike, and no matter association Miz and MVP made will seemingly additional complicate issues. However an unclear WWE championship image lower than two months out from WrestleMania 37 now has a sudden infusion of pleasure and uncertainty, which in typically excellent news on this planet of WWE.
Elimination Chamber match to be No. 1 contender for the Common championship: Daniel Bryan def. Kevin Owens, Cesaro, Jey Uso, Sami Zayn and King Corbin
Common championship: Roman Reigns (c) def. Daniel Bryan
The winner of the Elimination Chamber match to find out Roman Reigns’ Common title challenger was all the time going to be a couple of diminished winner going through an not possible activity. Daniel Bryan stuffed that position to a T.
After combating by means of a bum knee that was tweaked early within the Chamber match, Bryan did the unlikely by scoring his solely elimination of the match on Jey Uso to win the chance. The Common championship match adopted instantly, with Bryan struggling to take action a lot as stand.
However as Reigns charged ahead for a seemingly inevitable spear, Bryan caught Reigns in a Sure Lock. After a couple of moments of potential doubt, an infuriated Reigns landed a flurry of punches and elbows on the bottom, adopted by a powerbomb. After a couple of extra punches, Reigns choked out Bryan and retained his title.
Even given the anticlimactic nature of the following title match, the Chamber match itself was very entertaining. Cesaro and Bryan began the match, renewing their current tensions which have cycled from brutal competitors and hard-earned respect. And whereas this conflict between two of the all-time technical greats may not appear to be the correct match for a automotive crash-like match such because the Elimination Chamber, any alternative to look at these two wrestle shouldn’t be taken with no consideration.
After they confirmed off power and submission mastery, King Corbin’s pod was the primary of the 4 different rivals to have their pod open. Corbin shortly made the match ugly, tossing Cesaro into his now unoccupied pod and raking Bryan’s face in opposition to the cage. Bryan’s knee began to have a goal painted on it, with Corbin slamming the knee right into a pod twice, earlier than torquing Bryan’s knee across the ringpost and pulling.
Sami Zayn’s pod was subsequent to open, however he refused to exit as Corbin tried to drag him out. When Bryan knocked Corbin foolish, Cesaro walked as much as the open finish of the pod and began battering Zayn inside that enclosed house. Then Bryan took his photographs by smashing Zayn face-first into the cage. All 4 members appeared to be on stage floor, till Zayn missed a Helluva Kick on Bryan and smashed his leg into the metallic in entrance of Kevin Owens’ pod.
Cesaro basically flung Zayn to the highest of Jey Uso’s pod, the place the 2 males proceeded to combat at excessive altitude. Then they climbed throughout the highest panel of chain-link, with Cesaro battering Zayn’s face in to the fence, grabbing on the highest of the Chamber, kicking Zayn to the bottom after which doing pullups with ease for good measure.
Again on the bottom, Cesaro nailed Corbin with a spinning uppercut from the highest rope, spun Corbin round with a couple of rotations of a Cesaro Swing after which completed it off with a tribute to his former tag workforce associate Tyson Kidd that he has adopted into his arsenal of late — a sharpshooter. Corbin tapped out and was the primary participant eradicated.
The buzzer sounded, and Owens was the following one to enter the match. Zayn tried to persuade Owens to resume their friendship and partnership of yesteryear, and for a quick second, it appeared as if Owens may even take into account it. That lasted all of 1 second, as Owens tossed Zayn forwards and backwards into pods on opposing corners.
Everybody was worn out from a sequence that fed from a toss-up uppercut from Cesaro to Zayn, a working knee from Bryan to Cesaro and a pop-up powerbomb from Owens to Bryan. Owens stored all three of his opponents down lengthy sufficient for Uso to grow to be the ultimate entrant within the match, which allowed the pair to resume their tensions.
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As everybody battled outdoors the ring, Owens grabbed the highlight with a moonsault on all 4 of his rivals from the highest of a pod. Cesaro and Bryan ate stunners on the skin, and after Zayn missed a helluva kick, Owens landed one other stunner on him contained in the ring and pinned Zayn, eliminating him.
As Zayn was being assisted out of the ring, Uso trapped Owens’ arm within the cage with full strain exerted. Uso landed a half-dozen superkicks on Owens, each earlier than and after the arm was trapped, rolled and ended it with a splash. Uso pinned Owens, eliminating him.
With the presumptive favourite eradicated from the match, the ultimate three scrambled to the end. Cesaro modified his swing to smash Uso forwards and backwards into the aspect of the cage — after which flashed unimaginable power to ragdoll Bryan again into the ring. Bryan kicked Cesaro within the chest as he flew off the highest rope, and the primary two members within the match clashed as soon as extra.
Cesaro jumped off the highest rope with Bryan on his shoulders to hit a intestine buster and appeared to be setting Bryan up for an additional sharpshooter. However as Cesaro spun Bryan by his dangerous leg, Uso charged again into the match, landed a superkick and a splash and pinned Cesaro, eliminating him.
Uso hit one other splash on a susceptible Bryan, however Bryan kicked out. Undeterred, Uso climbed to the highest of a pod to attempt one other splash, however Bryan received his knees up. A working knee allowed Bryan to pin Uso and earn himself a shot at Reigns’ Common championship.
What’s subsequent: There could not have been a clearer pathway for Reigns to face Edge at WrestleMania. After the pair collided on SmackDown Friday and Reigns landed a spear on the 2021 Royal Rumble winner, Edge confirmed up postmatch and returned the favor. Edge pointed on the WrestleMania signal, the common sign of declaration, and so the match was made.
Girls’s tag workforce championship: Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler (c) def. Sasha Banks and Bianca Belair
Bianca Belair and Sasha Banks weren’t anticipated to go away the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view as ladies’s tag workforce champions, and on the whole, that is sensible. Too many instances in that title’s brief historical past has it been spent entwined with both the Uncooked or SmackDown ladies’s champion, and Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler have already got plans for an additional match to come back.
However the ending to an in any other case enjoyable match was one other stark reminder that the ladies’s division and the best way that it is enjoying out on each exhibits wants a substantial overhaul.
Banks and Belair are a workforce that confirmed off some potential as a future pairing, hitting a couple of good mixtures together with a double armbar Facebuster and a splash, though that solely earned a two-count. Belair had among the best alternatives for victory for the workforce when she linked on a KOD on Baszler, however Jax pulled Belair out of the ring as she went for the pin.
Baszler briefly locked in a Kirofuda Clutch on Belair at one level, however the defending champs saved most of their offense till the very finish. When Banks was pressured out of a Banks assertion on Jax by a rope break, Carmella’s sommelier Reginald got here out with a bottle in hand and offered to Banks to make use of as a weapon. Banks refused, however that distraction allowed Jax to hit a Samoan Drop for the win.
What’s subsequent: Hopefully, fewer cases of males getting concerned and distracting from what the very best ladies’s wrestlers can do within the ring. The Lacey Evans/Ric Aptitude entanglement on Uncooked was reprehensible, however this is not a lot better. Carmella may but get a shot at Banks at Fastlane or on some Friday night time to come back, given the end result on Sunday. However when Belair makes the likelier selection and challenges Banks, hopefully it could actually imply a flip away from terrible, dated writing and again to what these ladies do greatest on a week-to-week foundation.
United States championship: Riddle def. Bobby Lashley (c) and John Morrison
Regardless of how robust a run of momentum that wrestlers have as Intercontinental or United States champion, they’re all the time one night time away from that standing altering in a flash.
That is what occurred on Sunday as Riddle dethroned Lashley to grow to be the brand new U.S. champion by pinning John Morrison of their triple risk match.
Lashley made the primary main impression of the match by turning a torture rack into a tool to slam Morrison ribs-first into the ringpost. Then he flipped Riddle round ringside effortlessly, and continued the battering contained in the ropes. Morrison and Riddle tried a number of instances to workforce as much as gradual Lashley down, and it labored very briefly till Lashley hit a one-handed Spinebuster on Morrison and a Dominator to Riddle.
The pair continued to attempt to acquire the sting as Riddle head-scissored Lashley out of the ring and Morrison leapt excessive rope to take Lashley out of motion. Riddle flipped onto Lashley, as properly, for good measure. However that is so far as the alliance went as Morrison took benefit of Riddle being distracted to smash him into the ringpost.
The pair battled briefly, however Lashley did not keep down for lengthy. Upon his reentry, nevertheless, Riddle landed a Ultimate Flash Ripcord knee to and a floating Bro Flip off the highest rope on Lashley. Morrison interrupted the pinfall try by kicking Riddle and landed Starship Ache, just for Lashley to kick out at 2.
MVP distracted Morrison, and Morrison stole his crutch for good measure. Morrison swung at Lashley and missed, then received trapped right into a Damage Lock by Lashley. However as Lashley gave the impression to be seconds away from victory, Riddle picked up the crutch and smashed Lashley a number of instances, sending him out of the ring. A nonetheless surprised Morrison was susceptible, and Riddle hit Morrison with Bro Derek to earn the pinfall and his first singles title in WWE.
What’s subsequent: It is unlikely Lashley goes away quietly, and it would not be shocking to see Lashley problem for and even regain the belt on Monday night time. However for now, Riddle’s WrestleMania outlook improves.
United States championship qualifier: John Morrison def. Ali, Ricochet and Elias
There are some events by which WWE strains suspension of disbelief to its breaking level. This match was one among them.
In a Deadly 4-Means match by which there aren’t any disqualifications or countouts, as a substitute of actively getting concerned within the match — which they may’ve accomplished at any time — Ali’s trio of Retribution allies solely interfered twice to interrupt up pinfalls and to powerbomb Ricochet into the turnbuckle pole. As your entire faction was distracted with beating up Ricochet, their woes of making an attempt to ascertain relevancy continued as Morrison rolled up Ali to earn the pinfall and the title shot.
What’s subsequent: Morrison takes Keith Lee’s spot in the USA championship match in opposition to Riddle and Bobby Lashley. Whereas something is feasible in a United States or Intercontinental championship match, it is seemingly that Lashley continues to run roughshod for a while to come back.