Matt Riddle Wins at Elimination Chamber; What's Next for Lashley?

So Edge chooses Roman Reigns. Hmm, who could have seen that coming? Welcome to Bleeding Cool's live coverage in progress for WWE Elimination Chamber. The Smackdown Elimination Chamber match led right into the Universal Championship match, and here we are, an hour into this PPV. Not bad. Time for the United States Championship match now.

Elimination Chamber match graphic for Bobby Lashley vs. Riddle vs. a mystery person who turned out to be John Morrison for the United States Championship.
Elimination Chamber match graphic for Bobby Lashley vs. Riddle vs. a mystery person who turned out to be John Morrison for the United States Championship.

Elimination Chamber Results – United States Championship Match

Michael Cole and Corey Graves brag about Bad Bunny bringing the 24/7 Championship onto SNL this week. Then Sonya Deville schmoozes Bad Bunny backstage. Miz interrupts to talk some trash with Bad Bunny. Bad Bunny gives it right back to him, and when Miz shoves him, Bad Bunny slaps him in the face. Miz turns around to hit him back and Damian Priest is there.


John Morrison vs. Riddle vs. Bobby Lashley

Time for the third match of Elimination Chamber. John Morrison and Riddle come out for a match. MVP comes out on crutches with Lashley, which is good. I hope he's able to stay on TV with Hurt Business through his injury. He and they have too much momentum to lose with time off.  Michael Cole prostitutes himself for Snickers and then the match gets underway.

Lashley dominates both men as they try to take him on one by one. Then he dominates both men as they try to team up on him. Eventually, Riddle gets lucky and he and Morrison capitalize, hitting a few big dives on Lashley, but Morrison immediately turns on Riddle and tries to sneak in a pin.

Riddle hits Floating Bro on Lashley, but Morrison breaks up the pin. He hits Starship Pain on Lashley, and Lashley still kicks out. Morrison then gets in a shouting match with MVP outside and takes his crutch away from him. MVP continues to walk around without the crutch, so maybe his injury is more work than shoot. Lashley prevents Morrison from hitting him with the crutch, but Riddle takes it and hits them both. Bro Derek on Morrison and Riddle wins the title.

Winner: Riddle

Oh, Lashley is not happy about that at all. I liked this match. It didn't go on too long. I mean you get a completely meaningless six-man tag match on Raw that goes on twice as long as this match. It told a story that kept Lashley looking strong since he didn't get pinned to lose the belt. Lashley really ought to be challenging for the WWE Championship anyway, so all of this worked outside, aside from Riddle being obnoxious and all.

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Well, time to pass this back to Chelsy for the next match of WWE Elimination Chamber, the women's tag team title match. Check back soon for that at the link down below.


And now, some SEO keyword-rich copypasta about the Elimination Chamber PPV:

WWE's Elimination Chamber PPV emanates from the WWE Thunderdome, inside Tropicana Field in Tampa Bay, Florida. The final PPV before the WWE Network becomes a part of Peacock, Elimination Chamber features six advertised matches for the main card. Drew McIntyre will defend his WWE Championship against five former WWE champions in an Elimination Chamber match. Randy Orton, Jeff Hardy, Kofi Kingston, AJ Styles, and Sheamus are the superstars competing against McIntyre in the match. In another Elimination Chamber match, Smackdown stars Kevin Owens, Daniel Bryan, Cesaro, Jey Uso, Baron Corbin, and Sami Zayn will compete with the winner earning a title shot the same night against Roman Reigns. Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler will defend the Women's Tag Team Championships against rivals Sasha Banks and Bianca Belair.

Asuka was also set to defend her Raw Woman's Championship against Lacey Evans, but now that Evans is pregnant with Ric Flair's baby, she needs a replacement, though WWE has given no indication who will replace her. The match remained listed on the Elimination Chamber website until the day of the show and then was removed completely. Another match that suffered from last-minute changes is the triple threat for the United States Championship, with Bobby Lashley defending against Riddle and Keith Lee originally. But Lee, who hasn't been on WWE television in weeks since his fiance, Mia Yim, revealed she has COVID, was not medically cleared to compete and had to be replaced by the winner of a Fatal 4-Way on the Kickoff show.

Follow Bleeding Cool's coverage of the Elimination Chamber PPV here.

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