Elimination Chamber (2014)
Elimination Chamber (2014) (known as No Escape (2014) in Germany[note 1]) was a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by WWE. The fifth Elimination Chamber event took place on February 23, 2014, at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
|Elimination Chamber (2014)|
|Date||February 23, 2014|
|Elimination Chamber chronology|
Eight matches, including the pre-show, took place at the event. In the Elimination Chamber match main event for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, Randy Orton retained his title against John Cena, Daniel Bryan, Christian, Cesaro and Sheamus.
The event had 183,000 buys, down from previous year's 213,000 buys.[unreliable source] It was the final WWE pay-per-view event before the launch of the WWE Network, which launched the next night and would significantly erode the pay-per-view buyrates.
The card consisted of eight matches, including one on the preshow, that resulted from scripted storylines, where wrestlers portrayed villains, heroes, or less distinguishable characters in scripted events that built tension and culminated in a wrestling match or series of matches, with results predetermined by WWE's writers. Storylines between the characters played out on WWE's primary television programs, Raw and SmackDown.
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, Cesaro defeated Dolph Ziggler to qualify, and his partner Jack Swagger lost his qualifier to a returning Christian. On the February 3 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 the 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 episode of 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 episode of 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 episode of 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 episode of 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".
|English commentators||Michael Cole|
|John "Bradshaw" Layfield|
|Spanish commentators||Carlos Cabrera|
|Ring announcer||Lilian Garcia|
|Pre-show panel||Josh Mathews|
The actual pay-per-view opened with Big E defending the Intercontinental Championship against Jack Swagger. In the end, Swagger applied a Patriot Lock on Big E but Big E performed an Enziguiri on Swagger to break the hold and executed a Big Ending on Swagger to retain the title.
Next, The New Age Outlaws (Road Dogg and Billy Gunn) defended the WWE Tag Team Championship against The Usos (Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso). The ending saw Jimmy perform a Superkick on Road Dogg, causing him to fall off the apron. Gunn pinned Jimmy with a roll-up to retain the title.
In the fourth match, The Shield (United States Champion Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns) faced The Wyatt Family (Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper and Erick Rowan). During the match, Ambrose fought with Wyatt into the arena stands, taking Ambrose out of the match. Harper and Rowan executed a double Chokeslam through a broadcast table on Rollins. In the climax, Reigns attempted a Spear on Wyatt but Harper stood in the way and received a Spear from Reigns. Wyatt executed Sister Abigail on Reigns to win the match.
In the penultimate match, Batista faced Alberto Del Rio. The match ended when Del Rio attempted to apply the Cross Armbreaker on Batista but Batista pushed Del Rio into an exposed turnbuckle and executed a Batista Bomb on Del Rio to win the match.
The main event was the Elimination Chamber match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Cesaro entered at #1 whilst Sheamus entered at #2. Daniel Bryan entered at #3, Christian entered at #4, John Cena entered at #5 and Randy Orton entered at #6. Orton locked himself in his pod but Sheamus executed a Brogue Kick into the plexi-glass, breaking the Chamber Pod. Sheamus was eliminated by Christian after a Frog Splash off the top of a chamber pod. Christian was eliminated by Bryan after a Running Knee. Cesaro was eliminated by Cena after submitting to the STF. The Wyatt Family interfered in the match, attacking Bryan and Cena. After Bray Wyatt performed Sister Abigail on Cena, Orton pinned Cena to eliminate him. In the end, Kane, who had assisted with removing The Wyatt Family from the chamber, attacked Bryan and Orton executed an RKO to eliminate Bryan and retain the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
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, only to win the championship.
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 where instead the winner would advance to 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 André the Giant Memorial Battle Royal at Wrestlemania XXX with Cena at first entering 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 with his legacy on the line.
The Usos (Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso) defeated The New Age Outlaws (Road Dogg and Billy Gunn) 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.
Elimination Chamber would mark as the final PPV in-ring competition event for Christian. On March 24 episode of Raw, Christian won a fatal four-way match which included Alberto Del Rio, Dolph Ziggler and Sheamus to challenge Big E for the WWE Intercontinental Championship but never happened due to Christian suffering a mild concussion. This led to Christian making part-time non-wrestling appearances on pre-shows and podcasts without any news regarding his career in wrestling. On October 27, 2015, Christian's profile was moved from the superstar section to the alumni section on WWE.com, noting Christian's retirement from professional wrestling with the company.
Elimination Chamber entrances and eliminationsEdit
|4||John Cena||5||Randy Orton||Pinfall||32:38|
|5||Daniel Bryan||3||Randy Orton||Pinfall||37:30|
|Winner||Randy Orton (c)||6|
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