By Jason Powell, ProWrestling.net Editor (@prowrestlingnet)
WWE Elimination Chamber
Broadcast live on March 8, 2020 live on the WWE Network and Pay-per-View
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at the Wells Fargo Center
Kickoff Show result: The Viking Raiders defeated Zack Ryder and Curt Hawkins …
A video package opened the main map … Pyro shot down on stage …
1. Daniel Bryan vs. Drew Gulak. Michael Cole and Corey Graves’ smackdown broadcast team called the match, and Greg Hamilton was the ring announcer. The Spanish and German broadcasting teams checked in before the opening bell. There was some nice mat work early, in which both men countered and escaped the holds.
Gulak had Bryan’s leg while both men were lying on the mat. They took turns to kick each other. Gulak came with a cut under his left eye. Bryan rolled over to the ring and was a little frustrated. Bryan returned to the ring and tried to put Gulak on a surfboard, but Gulak countered and put the surfboard on. Graves said Bryan was standing in front of a reflection of himself. Bryan escaped from the hold and kicked Gulak’s legs hard.
At 8:25 a.m. Bryan brought Gulak over the top rope. Gulak held on and both men fell to the ring. Bryan’s back had a few scratches. Back in the ring, Bryan threw a few kicks. Gulak performed a saito suplex. Bryan held the back of his head. Gulak covered it with two points. Cole remembered that Bryan had canceled a match due to a serious neck injury.
Bryan rolled Gulak into a pin for a two count. Bryan performed a kite duplex for a close case. Gulak came back with a German suplex to count two. Gulak performed an evil German suplex by throwing Bryan over the ring. Gulak covered Bryan for two. Bryan rolled to the ring while the broadcast team repeated the slow-motion repeat.
Bryan scrambled to return to the ring at the referee’s nine count and was immediately covered by Gulak for a two count. Bryan gathered himself with a running elbow. Bryan put Gulak in the corner and tossed him a series of kicks. Bryan tried to stand on the ropes above Gulak, but Gulak slipped and Bryan was stuck on the top rope. Gulak made an inverted suplex pull on the ropes and then used the dragon sleeper.
Gulak released the hold and threw a series of elbows at Bryan. Gulak tried to use the handle again, but Bryan rolled it into a yes lock. Bryan tore at the neck. Gulak went out and the referee called for the bell.
Daniel Bryan defeated Drew Gulak in 14:20.
After the match, Bryan held the back of his head, then glanced at Gulak and pointed at him. Bryan got up and stumbled, then went to the ropes and led the crowd in yes chants. Cole said you only have to look at Bryan’s battered, injured, and bloody body to know he was in a fight. When Gulak got up, Bryan pointed to him and led another round of yes chants. Then he greeted Gulak before leaving …
Powell’s POV: More of that please. Well, maybe not some of the nasty suplexes, but I’ll take more of the mat-based, physical style. Bryan has worked wonders for Gulak and I’m curious to see where that leads. We hope that the follow-up is strong and does not stem directly from comedic PowerPoint presentations for Gulak.
Backstage, Kayla Braxton went through the rules of the Raw Tag Title Match, which will take place in the Elimination Chamber. Introducing Robert Roode and Dolph Ziggler, she noticed that their pod was opened last because they got the final entry through the glove match at Smackdown. Roode said it would be great if they won the tag titles. Ziggler said they don’t need luck and they know the whole world will see the game because of them. He called Mandy Rose to “my baby”.
2. Andrade (with Zelina Vega) against Humberto Carrillo for the US championship. The raw broadcast team of Tom Phillips, Jerry Lawlor and Byron Saxton was on duty, and Mike Rome was the ring announcer. The bell rang and then Andrade Carrillo immediately marked with a spinning elbow for a near-fall.
At 4:20 Andrade threw Carrillo to the ring and followed him to the ground. Andrade tried to pull up part of the ring mat. Carrillo cut him off, but Andrade ran him back into the ring post first. Andrade threw Carrillo into the timekeeper’s barricade. Back in the ring, Andrade kicked Carrillo’s left shoulder and then held it.
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