WWE Champion Bobby Lashley Denied Brock Lesnar's Challenge; Adam Pearce Announced Lesnar for the WWE Championship Elimination Chamber Match
This reminded me a lot of the opening segment on the post-WrestleMania Raw in 2015 when Seth Rollins boasted about winning the WWE Championship and Lesnar came out in his gear demanding a rematch. The crowd desperately wanted to see it (and I don't blame them), but Lashley ultimately denied his challenge and got great heat for it. Lesnar was just terrific here. He confirmed he'll be challenging Roman Reigns for the Universal Championship at WrestleMania 38 but will first enter the Elimination Chamber match for the WWE title for some reason. That worries me as I don't think Lesnar should regain the gold and Lesnar eating another pin unnecessarily isn't a smart idea, either.
Lance Archer def. Chase Oliver
It was confirmed last week on Dynamite that Archer will get his shot at Adam Page's AEW World Championship in a Texas Deathmatch (why, I don't know) next week on Dynamite. He's obviously not winning, but it should be a fun match. It also makes sense to continue establishing his dominance before then. His quick squashes were missed in his absence. His post-match promo was fine as well as he put Page on notice, though it's weird we've barely heard from Jake Roberts since his return.
Seth "Freakin" Rollins def. Universal Champion Roman Reigns by Disqualification
First and foremost, Rollins coming out to the Shield music and making his entrance through the crowd was an awesome touch. I know there hasn't been a clear babyface in this feud, but Rollins was the babyface by default in this match (especially with what happened afterward) and I thought the mind games he played with Reigns were masterful. This was an excellent match as expected and some of those nearfalls were fantastic. I understand what they were going for with the ending and it was well executed, but I hate that we got a disqualification finish on a big pay-per-view like the Rumble. On the bright side, the post-match attack on Rollins was reminiscent of when Rollins broke up The Shield and it left the door open for a rematch. Do we get it at Elimination Chamber next month or will Rollins be inserted into Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 38 and play off the Triple Threat they had seven years ago?
Darius Lockheart def. Sal Rinauro in an NWA Junior Heavyweight Championship Tournament Qualifying Match
We haven't seen Lockheart since Hard Times 2 when he announced he'd be partaking in the Junior Heavyweight title tourney but couldn't at that time due to dealing with an injury. He's an impressive dude and I'm glad he advanced. Rinauro is a good hand and held his own in this outing as well. This didn't go all that long, but they maximized their minutes. Rinauro's mental breakdown continues.