PHOENIX — Bray Wyatt stunned the WWE Universe at Elimination Chamber 2017, decimating the competition inside the unforgiving structure to capture the WWE Championship and set up a possible Wyatt Family showdown for the title at WrestleMania with Randy Orton.
The punishing battle inside the all-new Elimination Chamber began with a Royal Rumble rematch of sorts, as AJ Styles squared off with reigning champion John Cena. The 16-time champion had a slight advantage over The Phenomenal One, having fought inside the brutal structure before. However, Styles showed no fear inside the Chamber, going right after The Champ.
Cena had the upper hand as the first five-minute period expired and the first randomly selected pod was opened, sending Dean Ambrose into the fracas. The Lunatic Fringe wasted no time in using the Chamber to his advantage, slamming Styles into the unforgiving floor, then scaling the pod he escaped from, only to dive off and come crashing down onto the WWE Champion.
The New Face of Fear was next to enter the chaotic Chamber, and he unleashed his brand of carnage immediately, hurling Styles into the cold steel chains that make up the structure. The Phenomenal One recovered and scaled the chains alongside Cena, eventually sending Cena careening to the Chamber floor. Styles’ high-altitude warfare continued atop one of the pods, where Ambrose introduced him face-first to the Lexan glass.
Corbin, as the fifth competitor summoned into the battle, went right after Ambrose, planting the Intercontinental Champion into the canvas with the Deep Six. He then slammed Wyatt into The Miz’s pod and brazenly told The Eater of Worlds “I don’t fear you.”. Fear of the Chamber was also not a factor for Corbin, who connected with End of Days on Cena and hurled Ambrose into the chains.
The Lone Wolf stood standing among the carnage, staring down a visibly unnerved Miz as The A-Lister’s pod slid open. Unfortunately, the young Superstar took his eyes off Ambrose, who rolled Corbin up to send him packing. That did not sit well with Corbin, who brutally tossed Ambrose through the Lexan glass and planted him into the mat with End of Days. The Miz quickly seized the opportunity, finally scrambling out of his pod to pin The Lunatic Fringe and whittle the field down to four.
The A-Lister got a boost of confidence from eliminating Ambrose and went to work on his battle-worn competition. However, after a Skull-Crushing Finale to Wyatt on the Chamber floor, Miz dove right into an Attitude Adjustment from Cena that ended his night.
Cena looked to thin out the competition a little more, but neither Styles nor Wyatt would go quietly into the night. The Champ went all-out for the ultimate prize, scaling a pod and pointing at the WrestleMania sign hanging from the rafters before he leapt off onto his rivals. Unfortunately, the grueling battle caught up with Cena, as Wyatt connected with Sister Abigail and pinned him. The stunning incident brought an end to Cena’s record-tying 16th World Title reign and guaranteed that a new WWE Champion would be crowned at WWE Elimination Chamber.
Styles went right after The Eater of Worlds, who cut off The Phenomenal One’s offensive blitz with a devastating clothesline. It wouldn’t deter Styles from going full throttle to try and capture the title, but he took one risk too many and springboarded straight into Sister Abigail. That quickly brought about the end of the carnage, and the start of Bray Wyatt’s reign as WWE Champion.
The fireflies inside Phoenix’s Talking Stick Resort Arena were out in full force as the new champion held his title high. However, the emergence of Wyatt’s acolyte, Randy Orton, the winner of the 2017 Royal Rumble Match, left the WWE Universe wondering what lies ahead as the Road to WrestleMania heats up. Will The Wyatt Family bonds hold up as WWE Champion Bray Wyatt and The Viper, the top contender to the title, move closer to Orlando and a possible showdown?
Order of Entry
1. John Cena
2. AJ Styles
3. Dean Ambrose
4. Bray Wyatt
5. Baron Corbin
6. The Miz
Order of Elimination
1. Baron Corbin (pinned by Ambrose)
2. Dean Ambrose (pinned by The Miz)
3. The Miz (pinned by Cena)
4. John Cena (pinned by Wyatt)
5. AJ Styles (pinned by Wyatt)
WINNER: Bray Wyatt