John Cena may be the WWE World Champion going into this SD Live PPV, but things may change during the main event.
That’s because he’ll have to fend off five other worthy challengers to his title reign – AJ Styles, Bray Wyatt, The Miz, Dean Ambrose and Baron Corbin. And they’ll all do battle within the steel confines of the Elimination Chamber. The rest of the card features a number of other big time grudge matches, such as Randy Orton facing off with Luke Harper, a huge Tag Team Championship Turmoil Match, Naomi taking on Alexa Bliss for her Women’s Championship and so much more. Tonight’s February special event looks to be SD Live’s final Road to WrestleMania 33 pit stop.
Now let’s break down all of tonight’s big winners, plus all those important match results and highlights.
Mojo Rawley vs. Curt Hawkins
Winner: Mojo Rawley!
Highlights: Mojo’s hype scared the hell out of Hawkins as soon as the match got underway. Hawkins continually cowered away from Mojo, but he finally cracked the bigger man with a punch. That did nothing but anger the hype man, who then went on punish Hawkins from that point forward. Hawkins finally got the advantage over the big man by kicking Mojo in the face while he was hung between the ropes. Hawkins then jumped on Mojo while he was on the outside. Hawkins looked to get the win via count out, but Mojo hopped back into the ring before that could happen. Hawkins took control as Mojo remained weakened. Mojo managed to escape a submission hold later in the match, but Hawkins clotheslined him, before he could make a comeback.
Later on during the bout, Mojo revved himself up and laid in some big offense on his smaller opponent. He used his signature comeback maneuvers to get some revenge on Hawkins for a good while. Hawkins used a quick ref distraction to poke Mojo in the eye and land a nice Flatliner, but Mojo survived the following pin attempt. Hawkins looked to win the match with a Pele, but Mojo kicked out the next pin attempt as well. Hawkins signaled for something big, but Mojo shoved him off. Mojo then used a big elbow strike and spinning Powerslam to get the win.
American Alpha (Chad Gable and Jason Jordan) (c) vs. The Usos (Jimmy and Jey Uso) vs. The Ascension (Konnor and Viktor) vs. The Vaudevillains (Aiden English and Simon Gotch) vs. Breezango (Fandango and Tyler Breeze) vs. Heath Slater and Rhyno (Tag Team Turmoil Match for the WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship)
Winners: And still the WWE SmackDown Tag Team Champions, American Alpha!
Highlights: The 1st two teams to compete turned out to be Heath Slater & Rhyno and Breezango. Slater and Fandango kicked the bout off with an awkward lockup that saw Fandango shimmy in front of the family man. Slated used his quickness to armdrag Fandango, taunt him and then take Breeze down with the same move when he got tagged in. Rhyno made his way into the ring and assaulted Breeze with his powerful maneuvers. Slater and Rhyno used a tag team maneuver to weaken Breeze, but Fandango tripped Slater up afterwards to give his partner the sneaky advantage. The Fashion Police then got the better of Slater for several moments. Fandango’s cockiness did him no favors as he turned right around in a devastating Gore. Breezango’s been eliminated.
The Vaudevillains were up next. They immediately took down Rhyno on the outside, but Slater took to the air and crashed down upon their classier opponents. English and Gotch pulled off some nice tandem offense on Slater, but it did nothing to get them the win. Rhyno cut through Gotch with a Gore while Slater eliminated English with a Lifting DDT.
Up next were The Usos. Slater got right on the attack on Jimmy, but Jimmy’s quick side kick to the gut put him down. Slater shook off the damage from that attack, took down Jimmy with a shoulder charge and tagged in Rhyno. Rhyno looked good for a few fleeting moments before Jey got tagged in to lay in some damage of his own. Jey beat down Rhyno, but this comeback moment was short lived. Slater got tagged in an started landing his usual comeback moveset. Slater ate a Superkick from Jey and then a rollup from Jimmy. Slater and Rhyno were done
American Alpha made their way to the ring next. They pulled off double German Suplexes as soon as they got their hands on The Usos. Gable used a Diving Crossbody Splash to take down Jey for the win, but it failed. Jimmy cracked Gable in the back of the head with a sharp kick, which was followed up by him getting tagged in by landing a painful double team maneuver. Jimmy and Jey then began torturing Gable with plenty of Superkicks and shoves into their corner. Gable finally looked to get the hot tag to Jordan, but he got knocked down to the mat after sharing a double clothesline with Jimmy. Once Jordan finally got in, he went to town on both Usos with a series of suplexes. Jey almost got dropped with a tag team move, but he rolled out of it. This ended up getting him taken down with a rollup pin by Gable. The Usos got eliminated, but they decided to assault American Alpha even after they lost their chances at winning.
The Ascension slowly made their way to the ring and looked to take Jordan out with their finisher. They actually landed their Fall of Man double team maneuver, but Gable saved Jordan at the very last second. Konnor laid Gable’s throat over the top rope, then tagged in Viktor to help beat down Jordan even more. The Ascension then used more of their powerful offense to batter a weaker than usual Jordan. Viktor accidentally threw himself into the ring corner, which led to Jordan laying him out with a Belly to Belly Suplex. Jordan then tagged in Gable, who helped land Grand Amplitude on Viktor for the final win.
Alexa Bliss (c) vs. Naomi (WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship)
Winner: And the new SmackDown Women’s Champion, Naomi!
Highlights: Once the big match introductions concluded, Naomi almost rolled up Bliss for the quick win. Bliss decided to throw her gum in Naomi’s face, which angered her colorful opponent and cause her to respond with tons of moves. Naomi looked to land a big springboard maneuver, but Bliss caught her and flung her right back onto the ring mat. Bliss got the upper hand and controlled the match for a while as she assaulted her challenger. Naomi tried to land her bulldog into the corner on Bliss, but Bliss pushed right right into the ring post and beat her down while she was trapped there. Bliss’ submission hold on Naomi seemed to be working until Naomi fought out of it. Bliss tried using her high-flying counter move to take Naomi out once more, but it led right into both women landing dual kicks on each other. Once they both got back to their feet, Naomi pulled out her biggest moves as she started to take control of the champion.
While Bliss was laid in the corner, Naomi tried pulling her out. Bliss repaid her efforts with a stiff kick, but she then ran right into a surprise Rear View from Naomi. Bliss almost took the ultimate L here, but she crawled away after getting pinned. Bliss later used her knee strikes combination to weaken Naomi and get to land her top rope finisher. Naomi cut her off with an Enzuguri that pushed her to the outside. Once Naomi got back into the ring, she was met with a kick to the face and a Spike DDT that almost finished her. Naomi made her way back into the match by landing a Split Legged Moonsault after a series of intense encounters. This led to Naomi shocking the crowd and becoming the new SD Women’s Champion.
Apollo Crews and Kalisto vs. Dolph Ziggler (2-on-1 Handicap Match)
Winner: Apollo Crews and Kalisto!
Highlights: Before the match even started, Ziggler interrupted Kalisto’s entrance by jumping him and flinging him right into the entrance set. Once Crews ran into the ring to confront Ziggler, he laid in some solid strikes. Ziggler tried to fend him off with a counter kick while he was trapped in the corner, but Crews shook it off and got right back to beating him down. Once Ziggler slipped to the ring apron, he caught Crews with a nice neckbreaker right between the middle ropes. Ziggler then made his way back into the ring to continue punishing Crews. Ziggler used another neckbreaker and more neck-based moves to further weaken Crews.
Ziggler stayed on top of Crews by using everything in his arsenal to destroy Crews’ neck. Ziggler held Crews locked in a submission hold until Crews escaped and started to take matter back into his own hands. Crews began landing a series of moves until he succumbed to another neckbreaker. While all this madness was transpiring, Kalisto slowly made his way to the ring and got ready to enter the match. Crews actually tagged him in, which led to Kalisto pulling off his exciting high-flying offense on an even weaker Ziggler. Kalisto then used his side kick to force Ziggler right into Crews’ arms for a Spinout Powerbomb for the win. After the final bell rang though, Ziggler tripped Kalisto while he was on the ring apron. Ziggler soon retrieved a steel chair and used it to injure Crews’ leg with repeated kicks while the chair was tied around it.