Does “old school” work in today’s wrestling?

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WWE’s Elimination Chamber 2014 Live Blog

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21:54:43

Thanks for following along everyone! That does it for Elimination Chamber!

21:53:22

That puts me 5/6 on predictions. Did I mention I really don’t like Orton?

See you tomorrow for RAW!

21:51:51

Kane nails Bryan and Orton hits another RKO!

1… 2… 3!!! ORTON RETAINS!

21:51:10

Bryan rolls up Orton! Two!

21:50:51

Orton cuts Bryan off and hits his DDT from the second rope. Orton Vipers up and Bryan counters the RKO! Bryan NAILS HIM WITH THE KNEE!!

1… 2… KANE PULLS THE OFFICIAL OUT!!

ORTON HITS A RKO!! BRYAN KICKS OUT!!

21:49:18

Bryan with a side suplex off the top! Pin gets two!

21:48:43

Orton in a tree of woe and Bryan kicks and dropkicks the hell out of him!

21:48:22

Now Kane comes out to get the Wyatts to the back. Now Kane goes to help get Cena out of the Chamber. Bryan NAILS KANE WITH THE KNEE! Orton catches Bryan and drags him up top! Bryan crotches him!

21:46:58

Orton pins Cena, and Cena is eliminated!

Down to Orton and Bryan!

21:46:12

The Wyatts are going after Cena! They’re totally destroying him!

Sister Abigail!!

21:45:35

Cena now has the STF off Orton!

The Wyatt’s video hits and the arena goes dark!

THE WYATTS ARE IN THE CHAMBER!

21:44:20

Bryan goes for the Yes lock on Cena, but Cena counters into the AA, but Cesaro cuts him off! Cena somehow manages to go back for the STF, but Cesaro counters! Cena hits the AA to the outside! He has Cesaro into the STF! CESARO TAPS!

Cesaro has been eliminated!

21:41:24

Orton now trying to that that stupid rope DDT on Christian but fails. Bryan wipes out Christian with a knee and PINS CHRISTIAN!

Christian has been eliminated!

21:40:10

Sheamus goes for the Razor’s Edge, but Christian climbs up top on a pod and escapes! They battle, but Orton grabs Sheamus and suplexes him off! Christian SPLASHES OFF THE TOP OF THE POD and PINS SHEAMUS!

Sheamus has been eliminated!

21:38:56

Sheamus calls for the Brogue Kick! He nails Cena! Christian rolls up Sheamus but he kicks out! Christian pins Cena, but only gets two!

21:38:15

Cesaro with 25 ACTUAL swings on Orton, but the crowd counts way too fast and they push 30.

21:37:25

CESARO SWING ON ORTON!

21:36:37

SHEAMUS BROGUE KICKS HIS WAY INTO THE POD AND GOES AFTER ORTON!

21:36:07

But then he succeeds and Sheamus can’t get at him!

21:35:48

Orton ties to lock himself back in the pod and EPIC FAILS.

21:35:32

Orton misses a punt on Bryan and everyone has Orton pinned into the corner.

21:35:09

Orton goes after Cena and headbutts him. Crowd is shitting on Orton and he taunts them back and points to the WM sign.

21:34:37

Cesaro with a superplex from the second rope FROM THE OUTSIDE on Sheamus and gets two!

IT’S THE FINAL COUNTDOOOWWWWOOOWWWWN! and Orton comes in!

21:33:53

EVERYONE IS KICKING EVERYONE! Bryan gets driven into a post on the Chamber!

21:33:33

MANY MUCH MOAR ACTION!

21:32:36

Cena back suplexes Christian into the steel, but Cesaro hits a huge uppercut on Cena, but only gets two!

21:31:56

Sheamus counters the Neutralizer and Christian dumps Sheamus outside. Christian tornado ddt’s Cesaro for a two count.

21:31:20

Cesaro and Sheamus trading uppercuts AGAIN!

21:31:06

Cesaro grabs Christian for the big swing but Cena cuts him off. Cena looking for the 5 knuckle shuffle but Sheamus hits him with White Noise for a two count.

21:30:20

Cena AA’s Cesaro onto Christian in the ring! Bryan ranas Cena off the top and starts hitting kicks! Christian hits the Kill Switch on Bryan but gets two!

21:29:20

Countdown is up, and it’s… CENA!

21:29:00

Cesaro and Sheamus trade uppercuts and eventually Cesaro gut wrenches Sheamus onto the steel!

21:27:53

Bryan fires back with leg kicks, and then an enziguri. Bryan charges the corner and misses, landing on the shoulder. Sheamus fires Christian into the steel! Christian counters the lawn dart into an inverted DDT o nthe steel. Cesaro looking for the big swing on the steel but Christian kicks him off and goes for the kill switch but Cesaro throws him up for the uppercut! Christian GRABS ONTO THE STEEL, but Cesaro grabs him and powerbombs him into the chamber!

21:25:53

Christian repeatedly fires Bryan into the steel chains shoulder first and then pounds on the shoulder. He goes up to the second rope and hits a tornado DDT for a two count.

21:24:44

Christian goes right after Bryan’s shoulder.

21:24:21

Sheamus and Cesaro up top as the countdown ends… it’s Christian!

21:23:43

Bryan rams Cesaro into the steel chain and then crashes through the pod shoulder first! Cesaro lands a FLURRY of uppercuts, but Sheamus cuts him off and hits the front rolling slam on the steel and gets a two count!

21:22:09

Sheamus with uppercuts on Cesaro followed by a clothesline and a knee. Cesaro fires back and dumps Sheamus over the top.

21:21:24

Back and forth YES kicks on both men! Roundhouse kick on Cesaro and he rolls out. Sheamus cuts Bryan off but Bryan hits a drop toe hold into a leg lock, but he ALSO Germans Cesaro! Cesaro catches Bryan off the top into a backbreaker!

21:19:48

Sheamus nails a shoulder block off the top as the countdown finishes, and DANIEL BRYAN is the first one out of the pod! Fans go ape! Dropkick on Sheamus! Knee on Cesaro! Kicks on Sheamus! Clothesline on Sheamus!

21:18:44

Cesaro lands some uppercuts in front of Cena, does the You Can’t See Me, and Sheamus cuts Cesaro off before Cesaro lands another uppercut. Sheamus finally takes over but Cesaro cuts him off on the top.

21:17:51

Whoops. Double stomp off the second rope.

21:17:35

Cesaro blocks suplexes back into the ring. He pulls Sheamus outside and they brawl at the edge of the chamber. Knee from Cesaro off the second rope.

21:16:33

Sheamus cuts Cesaro off with a shoulder block. Arm ringer into a corner whip and shoulder block and a knee, followed by a clothesline to the outside. Sheamus looks for the CLUBBING FOREARMS~! but Cesaro fights back. Sheamus finally counters and does the 10 count.

21:15:05

Sheamus fights back and drives Cesaro into the corner. Cesaro fights back with uppercuts before dumping Sheamus to the outside platform!

21:14:22

Here we go!

Cesaro takes Sheamus down and kicks the crap out of him.

21:13:04

This one will be hard to keep up with once everyone is in the ring. I’ll do my best!

Which means, I’ll post highlights as I can.

21:12:20

Bryan gets locked in a pod, and that means Cesaro (introduced next) and Sheamus will start the match in the ring.

21:10:30

Orton takes his place in a pod, and Daniel Bryan is introduced next. Massive YES chant!

21:08:22

Randy Orton is introduced next.

WHY CAN’T THE CHAMPION COME OUT LAST?!?

21:07:51

Cena is intro’d first, and he’s in one of the pods.

Christian comes out next. He taunts Cena, and is locked in a pod.

21:06:27

Forgot John Cena is part of this match.

21:02:31

4/5 on predictions!

Up Next: WWE World Heavyweight Championship Elimination Chamber Match: Daniel Bryan vs. Cesaro vs. Sheamus vs. Christian vs. Randy Orton (Champion)

The entire panel thinks Orton will lose.

My prediction: I want Bryan to win, but I think Orton retains.

Hype video for the Chamber.

20:58:40

Hype video for… the WWE Network.

20:57:42

Batista counters the cross arm breaker into the Batista Bomb and gets the three count.

Absolutely no one cares.

20:55:55

ADR up to the top… MISSES a senton splash! Batista with the spinebuster and crowd is PISSED. ADR counters the Batista Bomb and the crowd cheers. Big kick to Batista’s head gets two!

20:54:55

ADR counters a carry into a backstabber and gets a two count.

20:54:26

Batista with a spear and the crowd loses their mind. Two count gets a cheer! Batista clothesline gets shit on.

20:53:18

An RVD chant?

Corner kick from ADR gets two as Big Dave grabs the rope. Crowd boos.

20:52:49

ADR charges into the corner and eats the ring post. Batista with the shoulder blocks in the corner and the crowd chants BOR-ING. ADR counters out of the corner and there’s a small pop.

I’ve entered the Twilight Zone.

20:51:55

Now there’s a “Y2J” chant. WTF?

20:51:39

CROSS ARM BREAKER OVER THE ROPE!

Now we get “DAN-IEL BRYAN!” and “CM PUNK” chants. Not good.

Batista fights back and the crowd boos. ADR lands a shot and the crowd loves it.

20:50:14

Now that he’s waylaid Batista, ADR calls for the match, but Batista unloads on him and the crowd shits all over it. ADR fights back and the crowd cheers.

There’s a chant: BOO-TISTA

This can’t be good for WWE if they want this guy to win a title.

20:48:47

And ADR suckers Batista in and beats the shit out of him with the crutch.

Yep, I was right.

20:47:16

Del Rio comes out with a neck brace and a crutch and hobbles his way into the ring.

It’s a work, I bet.

And that’s a shoot.

20:45:57

Up next: Batista vs. Alberto Del Rio

Prediction: Batista. Duh.

Cut to: Flash back vids to their altercation on RAW.

20:43:46

It’s BATISTA~! and the crowd goes mild.

HOLY PYRO though.

20:42:40

Santino is playing with the new WWE ring and toys backstage. Emma catches him. Khali comes in and I can’t understand a word he says. Los Spanish Guys and the Midget Bull come in and tease Santino, who leaves.

Ugh.

20:41:24

That should be Winner: Cameron by DQ. AJ remains Champ.

MOAR BAD NEWS:

At 9 AM EST the WWE Network goes live. The problem is, we will all be so overwhelmed by the content we’ll all lose it. Adults will lose their jobs. Kids will get kicked out of school. We’ll be so mesmerized we won’t even take our trash out.

Screw it, I’m not covering him anymore.

20:39:55

Cameron goes after AJ and Tamina super kicks-WHOA Cameron ducks and Tamina nails AJ on the outside! Cameron rolls her in and gets a two cause Tamina makes the save. Tamina pulls Cameron out and levels her, causing the DQ. AJ is not happy and we get the STAREDOWN~! in the ring.

Winner: Cameron by pinfall.

Ooops, forgot to predict this one.

20:38:00

AJ is messing with Cameron’s pom poms.

Wait, that came out wrong.

20:37:21

AJ whips Cameron to the corner, misses the follow up and Cameron rolls her up for a two. Dropkick by Cameron gets another two. Cameron ducks a clothesline and hits a horrible Thesz press, but AJ dumps her out of the ring.

20:36:00

Neckbreaker by AJ gets a two count. Rear chin lock stretches Cameron out.

20:35:24

Lock up into a pinfall attempt by Cameron. 1 count. Another roll up by Cameron. 1.

Cameron hits the SPLITS on AJ and gets a two. AJ cuts off Cameron and gets a two.

20:33:52

Whoa… the legends are true… Divas DO get matches on PPV.

WWE Divas Championship Match: ??? vs. AJ Lee (with Tamina) Champion

Champion comes out first. #RAGE

AJ promos how she’s been champ for 252 days. She has zero competition, but she has to defend her title. She doesn’t care who the challenger is. She wishes Naomi would come out, but her face is broken.

FUNKADACTYL music plays and Cameron comes out.

WWE Divas Championship Match: Cameron vs. AJ Lee (with Tamina) Champion

20:30:48

Backstage with Christian and Renee Young. She points out Christian’s current losing streak. Christian says don’t worry about it, no one will remember after he wins the Elimination Chamber match.

20:29:46

WWE NETWORK COMMERCIAL

20:29:12

That match is now officially the second match on my Match Of The Year list!

20:28:49

Noting I’m 3 for 4 on predictions as they replay the action. #FOLLOWTHEBUZZARDS

20:27:30

HOLY SHIT I NEED A CIGARETTE

20:27:17

COVER!!! 1!! 2!! 3!! It’s over! The Wyatts win!

20:26:57

SPEAR!!! Reigns wipes out Harper! Bray hits Sister Abigail’s Kiss!

20:26:19

Reigns attacks Bray but Rowan cuts him off! Splash in the corner and Bray hits a big boot on Reigns! SISTER ABI- REIGNS POWERS OUT!!! Bray’s head butts have no effect! SAMOAN DROP BY REIGNS! SUPERMAN PUNCH TO WYATT!!

20:24:39

Only Reigns is left in the ring for the Shield! All three Wyatts are coming for him!

20:24:08

Fall away slam by Rowan on Reigns! Reigns rolls outside! All the Wyatts are on Rollins now! DOUBLE CHOKESLAM BY ROWAN AND HARPER puts Rollins through the Spanish announce table!

20:23:08

Now the main announce table is being dismantled!

20:22:33

Rowan and Reigns trade right hands! BOO! YAY! BOO! YAY! YAY! YAY! Reigns eats the ring post! Reigns cuts Rowan off with a clothesline for two!

20:21:49

Rollins is tearing apart the Spanish announce table! But Bray nails him! Ambrose cuts off Harper and goes after Bray! Bray and Ambrose tumble into the crowd!

20:20:43

FLYING HARPER THROUGH THE ROPES and he takes out Ambrose! ROLLINS through the ropes and he takes out everyone! Both Reigns and Harper are down in the ring after a collision!

20:19:55

Rollins DIVES to the corner and the crowd POPS as Reigns gets tagged in! Samoan Drop on Rowan! But Harper fires Reigns through the ropes, but Reigns is right back up and hits the dropkick up to the ring apron! Pin attempt gets two!

20:18:52

Harper gets tagged in and taunts Reigns who enters and allows Harper to manhandle Rollins. ENZIGURI by Rollins!

20:18:12

Bray counters with a modified Rock Bottom and gets a two!

20:17:46

Bray calls for a tag and he goes for the REST LOCK rear chin lock. Rollins fights his way up and fights out of it but Bray hits a head butt. Corner splash is cut off by a Rollins boot!

20:16:43

Harper works Rollins over in the corner. One side to the other gets a corner splash and then a slingshot into the second rope!

20:15:57

Kidney shot gets a two count. “WE WANT TABLES” chant starts up. Wyatts start double teaming Rollins. Harper comes in.

20:15:29

Rollins looks for a tag but Rowan cuts him off with a head butt and then a big slam.

20:14:56

Bray is in, working over Rollins on the outside. Bray comes back in and gets a two. Tags in Rowan.

20:14:11

Rollins up to the top and he kicks Rowan away, but Harper catches him and climbs up behind him! Gut wrench off the top but Rollins lands on his feet! He FLIES to the outside and hammers Harper! AGAIN from the top and Rollins smashes Harper! Rollins runs the ropes but Harper catches him with a sidewalk slam for a two!

20:12:41

Suplex by Harper gets a two on Ambrose. He manages to get a tag to Rollins!

20:11:22

Rowan with a Skull Crusher a la Sargent Slaughter! HUGE SIDEWALK SLAM gets a two!

20:10:38

Bray is dismantling Ambrose. Rowan gets tagged in. Big slam!

20:10:07

Wait, that came out wrong.

20:09:58

Ambrose up top with a flying elbow and a distraction lets Harper hit a drop kick! Bray tagged in! He mounts Ambrose.

20:09:09

Ambrose now lands a drop kick and gets a one count on Harper. Rollins in. Kicks, headlock, tags in Ambrose.

20:08:37

SO MANY TAGS!!

20:08:06

Reigns counters 3 suplex attempts before hitting his own, and he tags in Ambrose, who fires away at Harper.

20:07:30

Reigns lands a right and drives Wyatt into the corner! He unloads but Bray cuts him off and fires back! Reigns counters and knocks him down for a one count! Now Bray lands a right and Reigns is back in the Wyatt corner! Harper gets tagged in!

20:06:40

Tag to Reigns! Staredown!

20:06:24

Wait, that came out wrong.

20:06:11

Something tells me this could be hard to keep up with.

Bray comes in and starts unloading on Rollins.

20:05:34

Quick tag into Reigns and he hits some shots before tagging in Rollins. He gets caught and dragged to the Wyatt corner and Harper comes in.

20:04:50

Now we’re underway! Rollins vs. Rowan

20:03:58

Oh that was quick. Brilliant! Shield clears the ring. Crowd is chanting again. Setting up again…

20:03:21

AND THERE THEY GO!!! ASPLODE!!!

20:03:06

Duelling “Let’s go Wyatts!” vs. “Let’s go Shield!” chant!

20:02:44

Love how Reigns is now standing in the middle of the Shield formation, like he’s the leader.

20:01:46

Pleasepleasepleaseplease milk the initial confrontation for a minute or two.

20:01:17

Love The Wyatt’s entrance music. The Shields’ too.

19:59:00

Oh wow, getting up at 4:30 AM for the Olympic Gold Medal Men’s Hockey game was a bad idea. #Sleepy

Or maybe it’s just this show.

19:57:04

Obligatory flash backs to recent RAW/Smackdowns are shown to hype the match.

19:55:48

Up next: Six Man Tag Match: The Wyatts vs. The Shield

Prediction: The Shield wins as Reigns destroys everyone in sight and eats 4 planets.

19:55:02

Sweet Jebus this panel is awful.

19:54:10

Highlights of the pre-show match are shown.

19:53:04

Barrett: Hulk Hogan is returning and will host Wrestlemania. His once red hot spotlight will forever be dimmed by yours truly, Bad News Barrett.

Really?

19:51:52

Now I’m 3 for 3!

And here comes Barrett again. Sheesh.

19:51:30

Titus takes over with a shot and a Clash Of The Titus, and Titus gets the pinfall!

19:51:03

DARREN WITH A NECK BREAKER ON THE SIDE OF THE RING APRON!

19:50:24

Darren counters Titus with a high kick off the ropes. Darren’s trying to Hulk up! Crowd doesn’t really get behind him and he takes over with some punches, a knee lift, and a clothesline, before hitting a back body drop.

19:49:17

Wait, that came out wrong.

19:49:07

Titus catches a top rope splash attempt and nails Darren with a big back breaker. Into an ABDOMINAL STRETCH and Titus pounds away as well!

19:47:59

Titus reverses a whip attempt and pretty much fires Young THROUGH the corner and to the outside. Now he smashes his back into the ring post a couple times before rolling him back in for a two.

19:47:11

Young to the top and hits a flying clothesline for a two count.

19:46:44

Darren with a quick head lock but Titus takes back over again and hits a heavy shot before Darren hits a discus right hand.

19:45:55

Wait, that came out wrong.

19:45:43

Titus beating on Darren early.

19:44:34

Up Next: Darren Young vs. Titus O’Neal

Talk about rushing this match. Obligatory flash back video plays to set up the match.

Prediction: Titus wins this one but Darren gets a future pay off.

19:42:08

Hey, also in case you didn’t know, WWE has an app.

19:40:55

In case you haven’t heard, the WWE Network launches tomorrow.

19:40:38

What is the point of Barrett again?

42 days way from Wrestlemania, BTW.

19:39:36

Here comes Barrett again. He says Bryan will NOT be winning the EC match. Now the fans will turn on Bryan and the #YESMovement will cease to exist.

19:38:35

Since I posted that other bit, I will claim I am now 2 for 2 on predictions. If you don’t like it, I’ve got two words for ya!

19:38:03

Missed a tag somewhere. It’s Jimmy and Billy in the ring. Jimmy goes to superkick Road Dogg on the outside, but Billy rolls him up for the pin! NAO retains!

19:36:22

UCE!! OOOOOO! UCE!!! OOOOO!!

19:35:58

FLYING tag and now Jey is in to clean some house!

19:35:37

Jimmy fights out of a head lock with some TOE STOMPS before hitting a wheel kick, but he’s down!

19:34:51

Double team in the corner by the NAO! Hey ref! Jimmy fights his way out but then gets cut off before making the tag.

19:33:55

Cover gets a two count, and BG lands some more right hands.

19:33:35

Gunn wipes him out on the outside, before rolling him back in.

19:33:08

Tease the tie up but RD hits some shots and goes for a head butt. Jimmy break dances it off and attacks but RD hip tosses him into the corner and Jimmy sells being legit hurt with a hammy issue. He gets tossed outside.

19:31:41

FLYING USOs— oh wait, they cut it off as NAO get out of the way. Nice tease.

19:31:12

Some more arm bar back and forth but then Gunn takes over with a right hand. Jimmy hits a drop toe and some arm drags. Gunn dodges a superkick and rolls out. So does Road Dogg!

19:30:02

Jimmy starts off with Muay Thai stance! But Billy takes over with an arm drag and then hits some elbows.

19:28:24

LOVE the Usos intro!

19:27:57

Part of me thinks the Usos will lose and then win for the big WM moment, but I hope they win tonight.

19:27:05

Here comes the standard Outlaws schtick.

19:26:26

Up next: WWE World Tag Team Championship: The Usos vs. The New Age Outlaws (Champions)

Champions come out first. #RAGE

Prediction: Usos become the new champs!

19:25:38

They talk about Bryan being less than 100%. Bryan puts over the brutality of the Chamber, but will do everything he can to win the match. Will he win the EC and go on to main event WM? YES! YES! YES!

19:24:32

Bryan is now backstage with the new interviewer dude.

19:24:16

Flashback to RAW where Kane beat the ever loving hell out of Daniel Bryan. Then to Smackdown where Bryan beat Cesaro as Kane interferes with a choke slam.

19:22:42

HULK HOGAN RETURNS TO WWE TO HOST WRESTLEMANIA!! Whatcha gonna doooooo, BROTHER?!?!?!?!?

19:22:10

Don’t get the point of that. Barrett says something about Russian sports supremacy. What?

19:21:02

As E celebrates in the ring, Bad News Barrett interrupts and podium rises WAAAAY up.

19:19:37

BIG ENDING!! It’s over! E retains!

19:19:20

E with a desperation clothesline and drops the straps but Swagger rolls him into a Patriot Lock! E WITH THE ENZIGURI!

19:18:46

E rolls over and kicks Swagger off! He fires some punches but Swagger drops him and goes for a gutwrench but E reverses, yet Swagger cuts him off with a knee.

19:18:02

PATRIOT LOCK attempt! He gets it locked in!

19:17:31

Swagger bellies E off the top and gets a two count!

19:17:15

BIG E GOES UP TOP!! Swagger cuts him off and climbs up after him. This can only be trouble.

19:16:29

Big E with a spear through the ropes and both men hit the floor. E rolls Swagger back in and gets a two.

19:15:32

Swagger cuts off the big splash with a spinebuster and gets a TWOOOOO!

19:15:14

Big E firing back with boots and a big clothesline, and another belly to belly SOO-PLAIT.

19:14:40

Big “WE THE PEO-PLE” chant.

19:14:21

E with a charge into the corner but eats the ring post and Swagger rolls him up for a two!

19:13:42

DOUBLE CLOTHESLINE and Cole calls the TSN Turning Point.

19:12:49

REST HOLD and E hulks up! But Swagger cuts him off and gets a “WE THE PEOPLE” moment in before a clothesline and another two count.

19:12:03

Swagger works E over with a bunch of knees in the corner and drills a big knee and gets a two count.

19:11:26

Now they’re killing each other on the outside. There are ring steps involved, and finally Swagger rolls E back inside.

19:09:29

A little back and forth opening moves between the two: punches, shoulder blocks. Big E. finally opens things up with a couple awesome belly to belly suplexes.

19:08:42

Side note: the “healthy” chips I bought for snacks: est no bueno. Supposed to be parmesa, garlic and herb. Tastes like cardboard. Yes, I’ve eaten cardboard.

19:06:09

Zeb back to the old rhetoric about illegals sneaking across the border, and the polar vortex. (Not sure how that fits.) Tonight the title comes back around the waist of a Real American.

19:05:13

Up first – WWE Intercontinental Championship: Jack Swagger (with Zeb Coulter) vs. Big E. (Champion)

My prediction: Big E. retains, and Cesaro gets a future shot.

19:03:21

WE… ARRRRRRRRRRRRE LIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIVE!!

19:01:54

Jiminy Crimmus… WWE’s production team is pretty awesome.

18:58:41

Mark Henry, The Miz, and Rey Mysterio are your panelists for the PPV.

18:57:10

Backstage: The Usos (UCE!!! OHHHHHHHH!) talk about winning the tag team championships tonight.

18:56:14

Pre-show: Cody Rhodes and Goldust defeat Curtis Axel and Ryback (with Larry “The Axe” Hennig) by pin fall.

18:50:05

Gearing up for the show… snacks and beverages ready! T-minus 11 minutes until show time! – Jarret