As seen on this week's SmackDown Live, Royal Rumble victor Randy Orton refused to challenge Bray Wyatt for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania 33.
WWE has the Elimination Chamber 2017 PPV tonight! This left the Ascension to pin them and win the titles for the first time since being called up to the main roster, right?
The much-loved Alpha team took on the much-derided Ascension just hours after they retained their tag-team titles at Elimination Chamber.
That Wyatt beat the last two champions - John Cena and A.J. Styles - only adds to the strength of his victory after Wyatt was on the wrong end of a number of big matches during his career.
Between Ziggler attacking Kalisto on the entrance stage (and then attacking Kalisto and Crews after the match), the Usos attacking Alpha after getting eliminated, Natalya blasting Nikki backstage, and Corbin leveling Ambrose after getting pinned, there were WAAAAY too many heel sneak attacks at Elimination Chamber.
After a conversation with Dan Spivey - who had wrestled in WWE in the 1990s as Waylon Mercy, a character inspired by Max Cady from the film "Cape Fear"- Harris conceived a persona influenced by Cady, Charles Manson and Rob Zombie films.
You can catch a repeat of this week's show at 10pm on Thursday on Sky Sports 5. The Elimination Chamber match was as destructive as it was in years past, and although it wasn't the best, it certainly was memorable, and sets up storylines for Wrestlemania for the blue brand.
- Mickie James def. Becky Lynch: Becky appears to be working on softening up Mickie's arm early on, and she rolls her up for more than one near-fall.
New Smackdown Women's Champion Naomi is in the ring with Renee Young, who discloses the new champ suffered an injury on Sunday. Who is going to take this: the Royal Rumble victor or third wheel in a group that is presently splintering or broken up, depending on the week? The match itself was fantastic, with Bray Wyatt scoring a "surprise" win that roughly half of the audience guessed weeks ago, but he got a huge reaction from the crowd for his first ever singles title. Sister Abigail always spoke the truth and so do I. So when I tell you that I knew this day would come, I am not telling you a lie. Rumours as of late has John Cena teaming with Nikki Bella to face The Miz and Maryse at WrestleMania and, while this is not an ideal match for anyone involved, it seems like it is indeed the route WWE is headed. And let's be honest: That sounds like a pretty good match, though probably one that will wind up fourth or fifth on the card.
Some have poo-poo'd the notion of renewing the Cena-Orton rivalry at WrestleMania, but I would welcome it.
John Cena's 16th reign as world champion lasted 14 days after he won the title at Royal Rumble.
Bray now faces Royal Rumble 2017 victor Randy Orton at WrestleMania.
In the Elimination Chamber Match, Cena pinned The Miz and it was done on goal to set up their feud. The only question that remains is how Cena and Styles are then booked for WrestleMania because there's only one Dead Man to go around.
The elimination chamber match was everything you could ask for with all the participants.