Elimination Chamber for a WWE Universal Title Shot: Elias vs. John Cena vs. Seth Rollins vs. Finn Balor vs. Roman Reigns vs. The Miz vs. Braun Strowman
We go to the Elimination Chamber and JoJo goes over the rules. The winner of this will face WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar in the main event of WrestleMania 34. The spotlight turns on and Elias is in the Chamber with a guitar. Fans cheer as he starts playing. Elias talks about how he’s going to win tonight and go to WrestleMania. He also knocks Las Vegas for the heel heat and talks about the strategy he has at entering the match last tonight. He goes on with the heel act before beginning his latest song. The music finally interrupts and out comes Braun Strowman. Elias immediately enters a pod. Braun enters his pod as fans pop. John Cena is out next, taking a look at Braun and Elias in their pods. Roman Reigns is out next. Reigns enters the Chamber and also stops at each pod to stare down the other participants. Reigns hits the turnbuckle in front of Elias and poses. WWE Intercontinental Champion The Miz is out next. Miz gets shook a bit by Braun. Seth Rollins is out next to a big pop. Finn Balor is the last man out.
Rollins, Balor and Miz start things off as we get the bell. Miz tries to talk Rollins into a partnership as Balor looks on but he has no luck. Miz tries to “too sweet” Balor next but Balor isn’t interested. Rollins turns to Balor next and proposes a partnership. Miz attacks them but they both kick him. Rollins kicks Miz and Balor tosses Miz over the top to the steel. Rollins rolls Balor up for a 2 count. Balor and Rollins go at now. They break and circle each other before locking up again. Balor decks Miz as he tries to get up and back into the ring, sending him back to the steel. Rollins takes Balor down to the mat again. Rollins decks Miz as he tries to get up again, sending him back to the steel once again. Balor runs the ropes and dropkicks Rollins. Miz comes in with a thrust to Balor’s gut. Miz with a sunset flip to Balor but it’s countered. Balor with a basement dropkick to Miz for a 2 count.
Balor with a big chop to Rollins in the corner, then Miz in another corner. Balor with offense on both now. Balor kicks Rollins and covers for a 2 count while Miz is down in the corner. Rollins drops Balor with a knee to the gut and covers for a pin attempt. Balor with a roll up on Rollins from behind. They all trade roll ups now. Rollins slams Balor over his knee. Rollins charges in the corner but Miz dumps him to the steel. Rollins springboards in with a clothesline and nails it. Rollins with the suplex into a Falcon Arrow to Miz. Miz kicks out at 2. Rollins superkicks Miz and goes for the stomp. Rollins blocks a Skull Crushing Finale. Miz runs into a boot in the corner. Balor gets involved now. Rollins hits a double Blockbuster and covers Balor for a 2 count, then Miz for a 2 count. The timer counts down and the first man released from a pod is Cena.
Rusev and Finn Balor entered No. 1 and No. 2 respectively.
Balor ousted Baron Corbin and The Lone Wolfe responded by laying out both Rusev and Balor. Elias sang a song before going to battle. Tye Dillinger didn’t a chance to enter at No. 10 as Owens blindsided him and Zayn stole his spot.
Nakamura, Balor, Cena and Reigns represented the Rumble’s final four. Cena ousted Balor, Nakamura took out Cena and Nakamura was the last man standing after eliminating Reigns.
Nakamura wins the Royal Rumble match by last eliminating Reigns.
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5-on-5 Traditional Elimination Match: Team SmackDown (Captain Shane McMahon, John Cena, Bobby Roode, Randy Orton, Shinsuke Nakamura) vs. Team RAW (Captain Kurt Angle, Triple H, Braun Strowman, Finn Bálor, Samoa Joe)
We go to the ring and out first comes Team RAW Captain Kurt Angle. The RAW General Manager waits as Finn Balor is out next to a pop. Samoa Joe is out next as fans chant for him, followed by Braun Strowman to another pop. Triple H is out last for Team RAW. Captain Shane McMahon is out first for Team SmackDown. The SmackDown Commissioner waits at the bottom of the ramp as Randy Orton joins him next. Bobby Roode is out next with his glorious entrance. Team RAW looks on as Shinsuke Nakamura makes his way out next. Free agent John Cena is out last for his team.
The two teams face off in the middle of the ring before the bell. The referee tries to get them to their corners. Braun just stares Shane down. Shane attacks Braun from behind as he walks away. The bell rings and Braun launches Shane across the ring. Shane quickly tags Orton in. Triple H laughs at Shane, who is shocked at Braun’s power. Joe and Orton start the match off by locking up.
Joe gets the early upperhand but Orton comes back with a headlock. The Network goes out for the second time during this pay-per-view and comes back to Orton blocking a Coquina Clutch attempt. Orton and Joe face off. Balor tags in. Nakamura wants the tag and fans agree with the “yes!” chant. Orton tags in Nakamura. Nakamura and Balor size each other up. Balor goes for the leg but Nakamura avoids it. Fans chant for NXT now. They trade holds. Nakamura taunts Balor against the ropes. Balor turns him around and does the taunting now. Balor kicks Nakamura in the gut and tries to take him down but Nakamura lands on his feet. They trade counters again and face off. Triple H reaches for the tag to face Nakamura. Balor tags him in.
Nakamura tells Triple H to bring it and they lock up. Triple H takes it to the corner. Fans do dueling chants for the two. Triple H rocks Nakamura in the corner and beats him down a bit. Nakamura comes from behind and takes Triple H to the corner for offense of his own. Nakamura drops Triple H with a kick. Triple H turns it back around and hits the Facebuster. Roode tags himself in and the crowd pops as he and Triple H face off.
Roode and Triple H meet in the middle of the ring for some words. Roode shoves The Game. Triple H gets back in his face. Roode does his glorious pose in Triple H’s face but Triple H drops him with a right. Roode fights back with strikes, taking Triple H to the corner. Roode with punches and chops. Roode comes out of the other corner with a clothesline on Triple H for a 2 count. Roode with more chops on Triple H against the ropes. Triple H catches Roode in a big Spinebuster. Triple H mocks Roode’s pose and tells him to suck it with a crotch chop. Roode counters a move and catches Triple H in a big Spinebuster of his own. Roode does his pose now. Triple H counters a Glorious DDT and goes for a Pedigree. That’s also blocked. Triple H rams Roode into the corner.
AJ Styles vs. Finn Balor
Electric atmosphere to start as they face off before the bell. Collar and elbow, pushing each other around the ring, but Balor breaks clean. Circling, back to the lockup and Finn gets a side headlock, takeover, AJ shoots him off, shoulder block and they stalemate. Test of strength, Balor fakes out to waistlock, standing switch, again, Styles escapes with a fireman’s carry takeover, trading headlocks for headscissors and again they stalemate!
Circling again, Finn in with a kidney shot, leapfrog, drop down, dropkick and AJ wipes him out! Lariat dodged, the enzuigiri connects and he takes the Phenomenal One down, setting up a Romero Special. Both legs in, arms one at a time and he rolls back into the full hold! Adjusting back down, adding a rear chinlock for a moment before he lets go and deathlocks the legs.
Styles is right near the ropes, however, and easily breaks. Jawbreaker connects, big chop, whip reversed, AJ gets a sunset flip but the Demon counters immediately with a dropkick! Styles to the outside and back in in time to counter a dive with a forearm smash! Off the ropes for a knee drop, a cover gets two and Balor gets back into it throwing hands. Whip across, AJ lands a kick and slingshots back in with a forearm… NOPE!
Running backbreaker, chest kick, Finn on the back foot here as they transition into slugging it out with forearms. Styles cuts the exchange early with a kick and a cover before backing the Demon into the corner with a palm strike. Back in the center of the ring, Balor throws hands and backs AJ off into the corner, kicking away. Break made, Styles lands a kick and big chop before going corner-to-corner with chops.
Whip across, up and cover and Finn returns the favor with a chop of his own! A flurry of punches into another chop, whip across, charging chop, whip reversed twice, Styles up top and Balor knocks him to the floor with a gamengiri! Off the ropes… TOPE CON GIRO! Back inside, the Sling Blade connects and Finn lies in wait only to charge right into Ushigoroshi!
Calling for the Styles Clash, Balor floats out but AJ catches him with the back suplex facebuster anyway and gets a tight nearfall out of it! Finn gets a stomp off and follows it up with repeated slingshot stomps near the ropes, referee Chad Patton warning him away from pushing it too far. Hesitation dropkick, thinking 1916 but Styles reverses to the Calf Killer!
Balor crawls, desperate, trying to get to the ropes but AJ rolls him through and locks it back on! Finn breaks it by smashing Styles’ head into the mat over and over but the damage is done and both men are slow to get up. AJ charges in, gets set on the apron, thinking Phenomenal Forearm but the Demon shoves him to the floor! Penalty Kick off the apron follows, and the shotgun dropkick puts the Phenomenal One into the barricade!
Patton counting and Balor warns him to stop before heading to collect AJ… STYLES WITH A DOUBLE LEG PICKUP OVER THE GERMAN ANNOUNCE TABLE! Back inside in time to beat the count, off the ropes… DOUBLE CROSSBODY! Back up… DOUBLE LARIAT! Slowly, inexorably to their feet and they go forearm for forearm in the center of the ring. Styles mixes it up, Styles Rush but Balor lands a Pele kick!
AJ is on dream street but Finn is still favoring his leg. 1916 blocked, AJ thinking Bloody Sunday, reversed, Balor trying the inverted 1916, no good but he gets an inverted headlock elbow drop, inverted 1916… NO GOOD! Shotgun dropkick but the leg is hurting! Finn climbs up top… PELE KICK! Styles heads to the apron… SPRINGBOARD AVALANCHE FRANKENSTEINER! NOT ENOUGH!
Balor down and out, AJ to the apron again, springboard 450 splash… NOBODY HOME! HUGE lariat from the Demon! Shotgun dropkick, Balor climbs up top…
Finn Balor wins by pinfall with Coup de Grace.
After the match, Finn helps AJ to his feet and they Too Sweet, as any two Good Brothers should.
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The pre-show kicks off with Renee Young welcoming us and introducing the rest of the panel, comprised tonight of David Otunga, Jerry “the King” Lawler, and Sam Roberts. Finn Balor joins the panel from backstage and says he’s never pretended to be something that he’s not. He created the Demon, he controls it, and anyone who faces Bray Wyatt should be hesitant. But he’s proven time and again that he’s an extraordinary man who does extraordinary things, and tonight at No Mercy he’s going to do that one more time.
Bray Wyatt vs. Finn Balor (Man vs. Man Match)
Wyatt blindsides Balor before the bell and puts boots to him! Dumping Finn outside, ramming him into the barricade, putting his face repeatedly into the announce table… ROCK BOTTOM ONTO THE ANNOUNCE TABLE! Choking him on it, and referee Chad Patton finally gets Bray to back off and checks Balor. The referees begin helping Finn to the back and Wyatt gets on the mic.
He tells Los Angeles to look what he just did to their hero, and he bids Balor run away like the little coward he is. He forgot to inform him that the man he was set to face wasn’t a man at all, but a god. He orders Finn to look at him and tells him he isn’t a Demon, he’s not a man, he’s a coward. Balor takes his jacket off and, clutching his ribs in pain, hustles back to the ring!
We have a bell and Finn is throwing hands! Sister Abigail denied, he passes Bray outside and nails him with a dropkick that sends him into the barricade! Shotgun dropkick into another section of barricade, back inside but Wyatt cuts him off in the turnbuckles for a punch and a headbutt before landing a superplex that aggravates the rib injury but Balor refuses to let it put him away!
Headbutt to the ribs, Bray struts like Akeem the African Dream before taking things to the apron. He… licks his finger and rubs his shirt over his nipple? Weird. Anyway, struggle on the apron and Wyatt drops Finn with a clubbing blow to the back that puts his shoulder into the apron! Back in the ring, cravate applied, Balor fights out with a jawbreaker and Bray shoves him into the corner.
Finn picking up steam, running Wyatt over, chop in the corner, whip reversed, up and over, Wyatt lands a superkick! Outside again but Balor traps him in the ring skirt and clubs away at him! Up on the apron, shifting to stomps, Penalty Kick off the apron! Finn draws Bray up and smashes his face into the announce table a bit before throwing him back in the ring.
Balor up top, Wyatt does the spider walk and stops him dead in his tracks for a moment but Balor gets fired up! Nobody home on the stomp but he rolls through and hits the Sling Blade! Running into a boot, Bray gets the big Rock Bottom off, running senton, only good for two! Disdainful kicks and slaps from the Eater of Worlds, he puts Finn off the ropes but gets caught into a strike exchange.
Pele kick connects, Sister Abigail denied, standing double stomp gets Balor another nearfall! Hesitation dropkick, Finn climbs and again Wyatt cuts him off, thinking about another superplex but Balor clubs at him until he falls to the mat. Perched, double stomp to the back of the neck… NOT ENOUGH! Inverted facelock, Bray reverses, Finn floats out but runs right into a lariat!
Wyatt taking a breather, trying to figure out what he needs to do for a win here, settling on that wicked release suplex of his. Another one, Balor on the back foot, Bray deciding to climb but Finn cuts him off up top with a gamengiri! Wyatt shoves him away, Balor in with the shotgun dropkick, getting himself fired up, he hits another and climbs…
Finn Balor wins by pinfall with the Coup de Grace.
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“The Demon” Finn Bálor vs. Bray Wyatt
Bray Wyatt is the first man to make his way to the ring for the next match, and there are a lot of fireflies in attendance at the Barclay’s Center as Wyatt makes his way to the ring.
The lights go out, and a creepy version of ‘He’s got the whole world in his hands’ begins playing before breaking into laughter and cutting off abruptly. The Demon is shown crawling from the back, and when he stands, Balor gets a gigantic pop from the crowd. Balor is in full demon mode, and the sight of the Barclay’s Center raising their arms along with Balor is a very impressive visual.
Wyatt is slow to make his way into the ring, looking hesitant to engage the Demon. The bell rings and Balor crawls in toward Wyatt. Wyatt keeps his distance with a smile, then bows to the outside, pacing around the ring. Bray makes his way back into the ring and he hits Balor with a big right hand, but Balor just shakes it off, hitting Wyatt with a quick kick and series of strikes. Wyatt sends Balor into the corner, and Balor comes right out with a clothesline. Balor beats and kicks on Wyatt, sending him back to the outside. Balor heads out and runs around the ring, taking out Wyatt with a flying forearm to the face. Balor brings things back into the ring and he avoids a charging Wyatt in the corner. Balor snap mares Wyatt, kicks him in the spine, then hits a dropkick to the seated Wyatt. Wyatt kicks Balor away and sends him back to the floor, and Balor leaps over the top rope, wiping Wyatt out with a front flip senton. Balor immediately takes Bray back into the ring and he heads to the top, but Wyatt bails to the floor. Wyatt stuns Balor with a right hand to the face, and he suplexes Balor out to the floor to shift the momentum.
Wyatt beats on Balor, then sends him back into the ring. Bray takes Balor into the corner, and Balor tries to fight back, but Wyatt stops him with a knee to the gut before he takes him up into the corner and drives Balor’s chin into his shoulder. Wyatt goes right into a rear chin lock, grinding away on Finn. Balor is able to break out of the hold, and both men trade straikes. Wyatt sends Balor into the corner and he tries for Sister Abigail, but Balor avoids it, sends Bray to the mat, and hits a quick double stomp to Wyatt’s chest.
Balor catches a charging Wyatt with double boots in the corner before scoring with an overhead kick. Balor hits Wyatt with a couple of quick running forearms before he hits a running dropkick through the ropes and out to the floor. Balor stands on the apron and waits for Wyatt to stand, kicking him square in the face. Balor waits, then launches himself off the apron with a double stomp to the back of Wyatt’s head. Balor heads up to the top rope and he leaps over Bray. Bray tries for another Sister Abigail, but Finn counters out and hits a sling blade to put down Wyatt. Finn runs right into a big boot from Wyatt, and Wyatt follows up with a vicious urunage that’s good for a two count.
Wyatt hits the ropes and connects with a running senton for another two count. Wyatt yells out that he’s got him. Wyatt drags Balor into the corner and he pulls himself up, but Balor stops him with a kick to the side of the head. Balor takes Wyatt down with an elbow to the chest, and Bray goes back to the floor again. Balor follows and charges in with a huge dropkick to the chest that launches Wyatt into the barricade. Balor charges out of the corner into a gigantic clothesline from Wyatt that puts him down for a two count.
Wyatt spider walks toward Balor, and Balor stands up and scream, not intimidated. Balor connects with the sling blade, a dropkick, and the coup de grace, and this one is over with a three count.
Winner: Finn Bálor
After the match, Balor crawls over and stares at Wyatt before standing tall as his music hits. We get replays as Balor does his exit.
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Bray Wyatt vs. Seth Rollins vs. Roman Reigns vs. Finn Balor vs. Samoa Joe
Once the referee called for the bell, the action broke out into familiar pairings like Rollins vs. Joe, and the return of the heel alliance between the Destroyer and the Eater of Worlds. The latter pairing took us through a lengthy section of the match when Joe and Bray took out each of the other three competitors with a set of steel steps and the isolated Finn in the ring.
Some evasive maneuvers from Bálor happened just as Roman was rousing, and the Big Dog looked to clear his yard. The team-up managed to survive Reigns’ offensive, but when Rollins re-entered the fray, Wyatt threw Joe in front of a dive from the Kingslayer, and it was back to every man for himself.
Which made for some crazy action.
Roman speared Finn & Joe through the barricade while the Samoan had the Irishman locked in a Coquina Clutch. That was the opening for Rollins to fly, as he launched a Frog Splash from the top rope that landed on Wyatt and flattened an announce table.
A one-on-one battle between the former Shield-brothers followed, and there were nearfalls a plenty. The other competitors weren’t done, and Wyatt’s finish was teased amidst the chaos.
Finn managed to hit his finisher on Reigns, much to the delight of much of the crowd. But before the referee could count three, Joe slid back in and locked in his submission. There was no one to save Bálor, and while he didn’t tap out, he did pass out.
Winner: Samoa Joe