The show kicks off with none other than Roman Reigns, who comes out with Paul Heyman and Jey Uso. We get a video package going over what happened at WWE Elimination Chamber on Sunday. Reigns says that as the head of the table he steps up and saves this place. He did just that by defending his WWE Universal Championship against Daniel Bryan, who he smashed. Roman says it was the “most exciting ass whooping of the year, maybe the decade.”
However, his defense wasn’t perfect due to Edge showing up. He tells Edge to back out since he has a beautiful family, and Reigns doesn’t want to hurt him. “Get it through that thick head of yours. This is why a man like you just doesn’t stand a chance against a man like me,” Reigns proclaims.
Reigns is then interrupted by Daniel Bryan. “The Leader of the Yes Movement” takes umbrage with Reigns’ description of their match. Bryan mockingly says that Reigns deserves to be celebrated, but he’s heard rumblings that other people found Roman’s actions cowardly. Bryan says the head of the table should’ve faced him in the main event rather than right after the Elimination Chamber and that it shows he isn’t a true champion. Bryan offers Roman a chance to prove everyone wrong by facing him for the belt at WWE Fastlane on March 21.
Jey Uso then takes the microphone and tells “D-Bry” that he’s at the back of the line now. Uso tells Bryan to face the right-hand man before trying to get another title shot. Reigns then stares down Bryan and says, “You really want me to hurt you again?” Uso then cheap shots Bryan and throws him over the barricade.
#1 Contender’s Elimination Chamber Match: Kevin Owens vs. Jey Uso vs. Daniel Bryan vs. Sami Zayn vs. Cesaro vs. King Baron Corbin
Winner and New #1 Contender to the WWE Universal Title: Daniel Bryan
– After the match, the “yes!” chant starts up as Bryan’s music hits. We go to replays. Bryan is still face-down on the mat as fans cheer him on. The Elimination Chamber structure is raised above the ring as we go to more replays
WWE Universal Title Match: Daniel Bryan vs. Roman Reigns
The music hits as WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns comes out with Paul Heyman. Fans are booing loudly. Daniel Bryan is still trying to get to his feet.
The bell rings as Reigns enters and Bryan tells the referee he’s ready. Reigns immediately charges with a Spear but Bryan gets the Yes Lock applied. Reigns finally breaks it and mounts Bryan with big right hands in the middle of the ring. Reigns powers up and slams Bryan in the middle of the ring, then pounds on him some more. Fans chant “you suck!” for a second time at Reigns.
Reigns applies the Guillotine submission on Bryan and the referee quickly calls the match as Bryan fades out.
Winner: Roman Reigns
– After the match, Reigns stands tall with the title as his music its. Fans boo. Bryan is still face-down as we go to replays. Reigns stands tall until WWE Hall of Famer Edge appears out of nowhere and lays him out with a big Spear. Fans go wild as Edge stands tall. Edge points up at the WrestleMania 37 sign and has made his choice for his opponent. The pyro goes off as fans pop for Edge. Reigns looks on and he’s not happy.
Edge welcomes us and says he had a lot of choices to make. He talks about WWE Champion Drew McIntyre defending his title inside the Elimination Chamber, and WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns defending his title at Elimination Chamber. Edge says there are 13 potential opponent and he has to pick someone for WrestleMania 37. This is the biggest decision of his career.
The music interrupts and out comes WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns with Paul Heyman and Jey Uso. Cole hypes the Chamber match to determine Reigns’ opponent on Sunday, and then Reigns’ title defense later in the night.
Reigns and Edge stare each other down as Reigns slowly walks down and stops at ringside. Fans chant “you suck!” as they enter the ring. Reigns says Edge does not have 13 to choose from because there’s only 1 and that 1 is about to be a six-time WrestleMania main eventer. Edge can pick a main eventer, or he can pick the main eventer. Edge talks about how he saw Reigns lose his cool last week, which is rare. Edge realized Reigns needs him to be in the WrestleMania 37 main event. If Edge faces AJ Styles or anyone else, then that’s your main event. Edge sees Reigns’ insecurity.
Edge gives Reigns some praise but says he’s cracking under pressure, and Edge hasn’t even focused on him yet. Edge asks if Reigns really wants him to test his armor and focus on him. Think about that long and hard, is that what you want? The music interrupts and out comes Sami Zayn with his documentary film crew. Sami starts ranting about WWE disrespecting him every week but to be disrespected by two of the biggest stars, that’s something else. Edge is acting like Sami can’t make it to WrestleMania, and Reigns is so worried about Edge he’s not seeing the other threats in front of him. Sami is in the ring now, ranting to both Edge and Reigns. Sami wants his moment right now. continue reading
In-Ring Segment: Roman Reigns, Paul Heyman, and Jey Uso and Adam Pearce
Adam Pearce is in the ring waiting for Reigns and Co. Reigns tells Pearce that he doesn’t control anything. Pearce is here to serve him. Reigns doesn’t wait on Pearce and he certainly doesn’t wait on Edge. Reigns says Edge doesn’t want it. Edge knows what Reigns will do to him. Reigns says he’s going to beat Edge so bad they will have to put him on a legends contract. Reigns ain’t waiting on him.
Edge isn’t going to pick Reigns because he’s scared. Reigns will drop this title when he wants to. Pearce says he has a contract that says Reigns will defend the title in the Elimination Chamber. Reigns laughs.
Heyman says Reigns contract says he has to defend the title at Elimination Chamber but not in the Chamber. Heyman tells Pearce to put whomever he likes in the Chamber. Whoever wins the Chamber can have a Universal Championship match on the spot. Pearce says he has a lot to think about. Pearce leaves the ring and says he can think of two people who will not have to qualify for the Chamber Match. Pearce gives Jey Uso and Kevin Owens spots in the Chamber. Reigns leaves the ring and gets in Pearce’s face. Reigns says Pearce doesn’t get it. Reigns doesn’t care about Owens or Uso. Pearce has all of his attention. Heyman tells Reigns that Pearce understands.
Backstage, Pearce runs into Sonya Deville. Deville asks Pearce what he was thinking stepping to Reigns the way he did. Pearce says he has dealt with Reigns’ consequences before. He isn’t worried. Pearce says they need to fill up the Chamber Match quickly. Deville says she has an idea. Take the tag match that is about to happen and make it so the winners get spots in the Chamber. Pearce says that’s a great idea. Deville says she already took care of it.
In-Ring Segment: Roman Reigns, Paul Heyman, Jey Uso
Reigns says he did what he said he was going to do. It’s time to move on to the future. The future seems to be Edge. Edge is wasting his time going to NXT this past week. If Edge wants to be in the main event, there is no choice. Reigns says Edge should be out here begging for him to allow him on the island of relevancy. Reigns wants to know why he’s out here first. Reigns demands Heyman get Edge out here.
Heyman tells a stagehand to hit Edge’s music. Edge never comes out. Reigns yells that Edge must think he’s a fool. The last person who thought he was a fool was Kevin Owens and he isn’t here anymore. Reigns demands that Edge give him his decision by the end of the night
In-Ring Segment: Edge
Edge says he dreamed of coming back home, to WWE. He dreamed of winning the Royal Rumble and main eventing WrestleMania. He dreamed of winning back something he never lost. Edge says the question now is who will he choose. should he choose Drew McIntyre, Finn Bálor, or Roman Reigns. Everyone he speaks to gives him a different answer. Before Edge can finish his thought, Reigns, Heyman, and Uso interrupt.
Edge asks why Reigns brought backup. Reigns says they don’t move unless he tells them. Edge says he’s renting space in Reigns head. Reigns tells Heyman and Uso to leave the ring. Reigns tells Edge to acknowledge him. Reigns demands Edge say his name. If Edge can’t he needs to go. Kevin Owens hits the ring and drops Reigns with the Stunner. Edge smiles as Owens walks away
Last Man Standing Match for the WWE Universal Title: Kevin Owens vs. Roman Reigns
At WWE Royal Rumble, Kevin Owens challenged Roman Reigns for the WWE Universal Championship in a Last Man Standing Match. This bout marked the third time Owens has challenged Reigns for the title. The match started as a brawl, and Reigns caught Owens with a Superman Punch early on. Likewise, Owens hit a pop-up powerbomb.
Reigns drilled Owens with a Spear at ringside to take control. He then hit Owens with the steel steps. “The Prizefighter” bashed Reigns head against the ThunderDome screens to turn the momentum in his favor. Both men brawled high up in the ThunderDome. Owens wisely attacked Reigns’ knee with a steel chair. But Reigns threw him off the stage and sent the challenger crashing through a table.
Owens crawled to a workout ring backstage, and Reigns ran him over with a golf cart. The challenger got back to his feet, and Reigns angrily unloaded on him. Owens power bombed Reigns onto a table and hit a Frog Splash to send him through it. He then dove off a forklift onto Reigns and sent him crashing through another table. A Spear through the entrance stage gave Reigns some breathing room.
Owens got some handcuffs and chained Reigns to a lighting post while he was lying down. Reigns couldn’t climb to his feet, so he pulled the referee and slammed him into the post. Paul Heyman then uncuffed Reigns. “The Head of the Table” locked in a guillotine hold and choked Owens out. Owens couldn’t stand up, so Reigns won the match and retained his title.
Reigns says he hears Kevin Owens is going to deliver a message to him tonight. No, he’s not. We aren’t going to see Owens tonight because Reigns says so. Owens and Adam Pearce think they got one over on him but they didn’t. Reigns says “card subject to change” is for losers. Pearce claims to be hurt, every part of Reigns’s hurts. Maybe Reigns should say the same. Maybe he’s too hurt from carrying this company for years.
Pearce walks to the ring and says this is too much. Reigns calls Pearce Owens’ bitch. If Pearce is Owens; bitch, he most certainly is Reigns’ as well. Heyman snickers in the background. Pearce says he has to take the disrespect from Reigns but he damn sure doesn’t have to take it from Heyman. Reigns tells Heyman not to take that. Heyman tells Pearce that he’s from New York and he’ll beat Pearce’s ass. Heyman challenges Pearce to a match. Pearce says it’s official.
Backstage, Heyman says he knew what Reigns was thinking. That’s why he challenged Pearce. Reigns says that’s not what he wanted Heyman to do. Heyman was just supposed to eviscerate Pearce verbally. Reigns tells Heyman that he represents him so Heyman needs to be a man and face Pearce. Heyman is stunned. Reigns walks away.
Adam Pearce vs. Paul Heyman
As Pearce waits in the ring, Heyman power walks to the ring. Heyman is taping his fists. Heyman falls while entering the ring. Heyman claims a knee injury. Heyman says you know what they say, card subject to change. Roman Reigns music hits. Reigns stomps his way down the ramp. Reigns gets in the ring and Superman punches Pearce.
Adam Pearce vs. Roman Reigns
Reigns tosses Pearce out of the ring. Reigns grabs Pearce and launches him over the barricade. Reigns sends Pearce into the Thunderdome screens. Reigns takes Pearce over to the staging area. Reigns throws Pearce onto the staging. Someone attacks Reigns from behind wearing a hoodie. It’s Kevin Owens. Owens and Reigns fight down to the ring. Reigns tries a Superman punch but Owens reverses it into a Stunner. Reigns rolls out of the ring. Owens beats Reigns into the barricade. Referees and officials pull Owens off of Reigns. Owens runs back and kicks Reigns in the head. Owens drops Reigns with the Stunner. Owens lifts Reigns in the air and hits a popup powerbomb through the announce table.