The much-anticipated Elimination Chamber main event contested at the pay-per-view, Elimination Chambers 2018 on February 25, 2018 at T-Mobile Arena in Nevada, saw veteran John Cena along with six other WWE Superstars including The Miz, Roman Reigns, Braun Strowman, Elias, Seth Rollins and Finn Balor compete for a chance to face Brock Lesnar for the WWE Universal Championship at WrestleMania 34. As expected, Strowman dominated most part of the match and rightly so because of his agility in the ring and dominating physique. He eliminated The Miz, Elias, John Cena, Finn Balor and Seth Rollins – five competitors after delivering his Running Powerslam. However, Roman Reigns decided to stand tall against theMonster Among Men. Strowman and Reigns battled it out to secure a place at the main event at WrestleMania 34. It became a grueling contest as both Reigns and Strowman delivered their best to each other. However, after Stowman crashed into the glass of one of the chambers, giving Reigns an opening to intensify his assault. It took Reigns multiple Superman Punches and Spears before he could silence Strowman and pick the victory. What transpired at WrestleMania 31 on March 29, 2015, when Roman Reigns challenged Brock Lesnar for his WWE World Heavyweight Championship is going to happen again at WrestleMania 34 when Reigns will go up against the WWE Universal Champion, Brock Lesnar, for his title. However, fans did expect Strowman to deliver Reigns the Running Powerslam for the win and headline WrestleMania 34 against Lesnar. Although Reigns faced a mixed reaction after his win, Strowman did take out his frustration when he delivered Reigns with two Running Powerslams and sent him crashing into the glass of the chamber.
The 2018 Royal Rumble was an exciting event with a number of Hall of Famers and Legends making their presence felt. While Lita, Trish Stratus, Torrie Wilson and Mickie James were part of the first-ever 30 Women Royal Rumble, it was Rey Mysterio, who created an impact when he returned to in-ring entrant as a surprise number 27 entrant in the 30 Men Royal Rumble Match. However, Roman Reigns’ showdown with Shinsuke Nakamura during the final moments of his match was filled with boos for Roman and cheers for Nakamura. Eventually, Nakamura eliminated Reigns to win his first Royal Rumble match and winning the right to face the WWE Champion. During the Women’s Royal Rumble, Asuka became the first-ever female Superstar to win the Royal Rumble. While she was celebrating her victory in the ring with both Charlotte Flair (SmackDown Women’s Champion) and Alexa Bliss (Raw Women’s Champion), MMA fighter, Ronda Rousey, made her shocking appearance at the pay-per-view when she stood tall in the ring signaling at the WrestleMania sign.
Royal Rumble also saw The Bar (Sheamus and Cesaro) become new RAW Tag Team Champions when Jason Jordon was out with an injury and Seth Rollins could not defend his team’s titles. Perhaps Seth and Jordon will not engage in a rivalry where Jordon could turn heel. How will RAW General Manager, Kurt Angle, react to this is still to be seen.
A match of intense physical dominance was for the WWE Universal Championship. A triple threat bout between Brock Lesnar (Champion), Braun Strowman and Kane, each superstar dominated the other during one point of the match or the other. However, after slamming Strowman through two announce tables and giving Strowman and Kane F-5s, Lesnar emerged victoriously and still the WWE Universal Champion. Perhaps now Lesnar would focus on other opponents since he has silenced Strowman and Kane for the time being. AJ Styles, WWE Champion on Smackdown, successfully defended his titles in a 1-on-2 handicap match against Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn. It seems both Brock Lesnar and AJ Styles will have much bigger matches come WrestleMania 34.
Now that Shinsuke Nakamura is the Royal Rumble winner, the King of Strong style may evolve into a deeper character for he envisions becoming the next WWE Champion. Who he will face is still to be decided but one thing remains sure, WrestleMania 34’s WWE Championship main event will be a must watch bout.
At WWE’s Backlash (May 21, 2017) when Jinder Mahal defeated RandyOrton to win his first WWE Championship, the reign of The Maharaj began in the WWE. However, with Mahal touching new heights as the Champion, he had many competitors seeking a chance to go on a one-on-one match against him for the WWE Championship. One such competitor was AJ Styles. He faced Mahal for the WWE Championship on SmackDown LIVE when the show emanated from Manchester, England.
AJ Styles and Jinder Mahal have varying fighting styles. They displayed their in-ring abilities when both squared off inside the squared-circle on SmackDown LIVE. Mahal has been a Champion since May 2017 and has defended his Championship many times. However, AJ Styles proved to be too much for Mahal, the first WWE Champion of an Indian descent. AJ Styles hit the Phenomenal Forearm on Jinder Mahal to pin him for the three count to win his second WWE Championship. Now that AJ Styles is on top of the SmackDown LIVE locker room and roaster, he is set to face Brock Lesnar, the WWE Universal Champion on RAW. Both Champions will be part of a non-title Champion vs. Champion interbrand singles match at Survivor Series to take place on Sunday, November 19, 2017, in Houston, Texas. Where Lesnar has proved his sheer dominance in the ring many times in the past, Styles, too, has exhibited his prowess and in-ring intelligence many times. This match, however, also has the possibility to become the best match of 2017. Lesnar vs. Styles will be a dream match in recent memory with both WWE Superstars entering the Survivor Series with a resume that speaks volume of their experience and achievements. Lesnar could send Styles to Suplex City however, Styles also has the potential to give Lesnar a taste of his Styles Clash and defeat the Beast Incarnate to give SmackDown LIVE an upper hand over RAW. This match will be must see!
He is known for his thunderous Spears and for his devastating Jackhammers. He is known for his dominating in-ring presence in the WWE. He is Bill Goldberg. However, it is safe to say that Goldberg was intimidating and much more during the 1990s when he was part of World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and later in the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) during 2003 to 2004. After a hiatus of nearly 12 years, Goldberg returned to the WWE in 2016. He continued his rivalry against Brock Lesnar, whom he beat at WrestleMania 20 in March 2004.
Although Goldberg looks a bit old, mainly because of his white mustache and beard and his not-so-fit physical appearance, he is, in fact, a part-time WWE superstar who has been sent to fame in the WWE. Following his win over Lesnar at the 2016 Survivor Series in November 2016, Goldberg’s future in the WWE looked dreary. However, Goldberg faced the then WWE Universal Champion, Kevin Owens, for the title match at the Fastlane 2017 on March 5, 2017. Goldberg, after Kevin’s attention was distracted by Chris Jericho, delivered him a Spear and a Jackhammer to win the match and become the new WWE Universal Champion.
This moment, although a historic one for Goldberg and the WWE, would have been a sight of repugnance especially for those full-time WWE Superstars who deliver their best every week on RAW. Perhaps the WWE wanted to give Goldberg one last Championship run before retiring. However, his match at WrestleMania 33 is against Brock Lesnar and it will be for the WWE Universal Championship. Stakes are pretty much high for this match however, with Goldberg winning his recent matched against Lesnar and Owens within two minutes may create a predictable nature to his match at WrestleMania 33. I hope these two Superstars do give the WWE Universe what it deserves, a good match with slams and powerful moves. I also believe that the WWE would add credibility and power to the WWE Universal Championship by making Goldberg wear it around his waist for some time. Who knows which part-time Superstar emerges from the oblivion to win this title. I certainly hope Lesnar does not remain a WWE Universal Champion for long and that the WWE must give one of the regular full-time WWE RAW Superstars to become the WWE Universal Champion. Until Goldberg is Champion, let us see what does he do NEXT!
The 30th annual Royal Rumble took place at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas on January 29, 2017. The highlight of the evening was the supercharged matched between AJ Styles and John Cena where Styles was defending his WWE Championship. When it seemed AJ Styles will retain the title, Cena – eyeing a 16th World title win – delivered two consecutive Attitude Adjustments to Styles to win the World title, hence tying Ric Flair’s record of 16 World Championship title wins. In another one-on-one confrontation, Kevin Owens successfully defended his WWE Universal Championship belt against Roman Reigns, after Reigns was beaten up by Brawn Stroman. The referee could not do anything as the match had a ‘no disqualification’ stipulation attached to it.
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The 30-men over the top Royal Rumble was the match everyone was waiting for especially after The Undertaker made his presence felt on Monday Night RAW with Goldberg and Brock Lesnar standing in the same ring. WWE fans were pondering over to who will eliminate these three legends of the sport.
Lesnar and Goldberg’s confrontation at the 2017 Royal Rumble, during the 30-men elimination match, was a Deja Vu moment following their match at Survivor Series (2016), where Goldberg defeated Lesnar in one minute and 26 seconds. At the Royal Rumble, however, Goldberg took a little time in dismantling The Beast after hitting him with a Spear and throwing him over the top rope. Minutes later, after delivering a Spear to The Undertaker, it was the Dead Man who eliminated Goldberg. However, Roman Reigns, made history – or perhaps a mistake – by eliminating The Undertaker from the Royal Rumble. With Randy Orton winning the 30-men over the top Royal Rumble match and securing his main event status at WrestleMania 33, he will face the WWE Champion, John Cena, in renewing one of the most heated rivalries in recent memory.
Moreover, we will soon find out what matches will take place at WrestleMania now that we have multiple storylines brewing up where The Undertaker could face Roman Reigns, Goldberg could face Brock Lesnar, or perhaps – in a dream match – we could have a triple threat encounter at Wrestlemania with Goldberg Vs. Brock Lesnar Vs. The Undertaker. Let’s see what WrestleMania has in store for the WWE Universe.