As The Hounds of Justice netted themselves both a frightening pay-per-view showdown and an incredible six-man tag team victory on SmackDown, The Prime Time Players unraveled in brutal fashion and the final two combatants in the Elimination Chamber Match were established.
After setting a record by throwing out 12 Superstars in this year’s Royal Rumble Match, Roman Reigns joined his fellow Shield members at the opening of SmackDown. But would they be able to co-exist in light of recent events?
While Seth Rollins was forced to play peacemaker between Reigns and United States Champion Dean Ambrose, The Hounds of Justice were united in their goal of dealing with the “intruders” in “their yard,” namely The Wyatt Family. Four days after the creepy faction cost The Shield their chance at the WWE World Heavyweight Championship Elimination Chamber Match, they resolved to wipe Bray Wyatt and his disciples off the face of the earth.
However, before SmackDown General Manager Vickie Guerrero could rule on their challenge, WWE COO Triple H emerged. While The Game told The Shield to let it go, Reigns boldly stood in his face. His determination helped convince The King of Kings to make a colossal Six-Man Tag Team Match in the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view: The Shield vs. The Wyatts!
Following Dolph Ziggler’s victory over The Miz in the Battle of Cleveland on Monday, The Showoff rolled into SmackDown looking to overcome Antonio Cesaro in the first of two Elimination Chamber Qualifying Matches of the night.
In the end, though, it was one-half of The Real Americans who would power through, hitting a Cesaro Swing/Neutralizer combination for the important three-count and an opportunity at Randy Orton’s WWE World Heavyweight Title.
Once again, NXT Diva Emma was spotted in the crowd during Fandango’s SmackDown match against Xavier Woods. But this time, Summer Rae confronted her, ripping apart a sign she was holding. Luckily for Emma, she had replacement all ready to go.
While Fandango reigned supreme inside the ring, his post-match attack on Xavier was quickly thwarted by R-Truth. This paved the way for Truth, Woods and The Funkadactyls to engage in another Funky celebration dance.
Moments after Curtis Axel pinned Darren Young in tag team action, Titus O’Neil – who was never tagged into the match – informed his war torn partner that he would not be a loser and was therefore ending their partnership. Titus then opted to viciously attack Mr. No Days Off.
While Antonio Cesaro successfully qualified for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship Elimination Chamber Match earlier in the night, his partner, Jack Swagger, did not. Instead, with Zeb Colter joining the SmackDown announce team, it was the returning Christian who took Swagger down with an explosive Frog Splash.
As a result, all six participants in the Elimination Chamber Match for the WWE World Heavyweight Title were established, setting the stage for what is sure to be all-out bedlam on Feb 23.
After a rough few months – capped off by his quick elimination in Sunday’s Royal Rumble Match – Damien Sandow looked to turn it all around against Kofi Kingston. But The Wildcat had other plans, spoiling his efforts with the SOS. After the bell, the Intellectual Savior of the Masses appeared dejected.
Although Billy Gunn took down Goldust outside the ring, Cody Rhodes delivered a pair of Disaster Kicks to the WWE Tag Team Champions before ultimately picking up the three-count on Road Dogg.
After the bell, the Rhodes brothers continued to take it to the six-time Tag Team Champions, a definite sign that Monday’s Steel Cage Title rematch will be extremely intense.
With their Elimination Chamber pay-per-view match against The Wyatt Family set in stone, The Shield went to battle against Daniel Bryan, Rey Mysterio & Sheamus – returning to SmackDown after a long-standing injury.
In the height of the thunderous contest that followed, a back-and-forth melee – both inside and outside the ring – came to a sudden halt when Roman Reigns stopped Rey Mysterio’s 619 attempt with an earth-shattering Spear.
- Numbers in parentheses indicate the length of the match.
- (c) refers to the champion(s) heading into the match.
- Antonio Cesaro (w/ Zeb Colter) defeated Dolph Ziggler in a Elimination Chamber qualifying match (9:34)
- Fandango (w/ Summer Rae) defeated Xavier Woods (w/ Cameron, Naomi & R-Truth) (3:16)
- RybAxel (Curtis Axel & Ryback) defeated The Prime Time Players (Darren Young & Titus O'Neil) (1:20)
- Christian defeated Jack Swagger (w/ Zeb Colter) in a Elimination Chamber qualifying match (5:44)
- Kofi Kingston defeated Damien Sandow (1:58)
- Cody Rhodes (w/ Goldust) defeated The Road Dogg (w/ Billy Gunn) (3:40)
- The Shield (Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns & Seth Rollins) defeated Daniel Bryan, Rey Mysterio & Sheamus (13:20)
- Dark match: Daniel Bryan defeated Bray Wyatt by DQ
Other on-screen talent
The Shield threw down the gauntlet at Triple H’s feet
Antonio Cesaro v Dolph Ziggler
Fandango v Xavier Woods
Curtis Axel & Ryback v The Prime Time Players
Christian v Jack Swagger
Kofi Kingston v Damien Sandow
Cody Rhodes v The Road Dogg
The Shield v Daniel Bryan, Rey Mysterio & Sheamus
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