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I’m Matt Carlins and this is JUST Pro Wrestling News for Monday, February 22, 2021.
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Let’s get right into the results from last night.
We have a new WWE Champion!
It was NONE of the men in the main event at Elimination Chamber last night.
Let’s break down what happened.
Randy Orton was the first man out of the match for the WWE Championship. Kofi Kingston surprised him with a rollup.
The final three were Drew McIntyre, Sheamus and AJ Styles. Sheamus hit the Brogue Kick on McIntyre but Styles surprised Sheamus with the Phenomenal Forearm and pinned Sheamus. Styles went for another Phenomenal Forearm to McIntyre- but was met in midair with a Claymore and McIntyre got the win.
BUT we’re not done. After the match...Bobby Lashley ambushed McIntyre, beat him down for a while...and then, out came The Miz. He cashed in his Money In The Bank contract...and the match was on! McIntyre kicked out of a DDT. But the Skull Crushing Finale...got the THREE and Miz is the NEW WWE Champion - NINE YEARS after his first reign as WWE Champ ended.
(Miz Is WWE Champ)
Daniel Bryan won the SmackDown Chamber match, earning a shot at the Universal Championship. Roman Reigns immediately came out and beat Bryan in less than a minute. After the match, Edge came out of nowhere to SPEAR Reigns - pointed at the WrestleMania sign. WWE later made it official. It will be Reigns vs. Edge for the Universal Title at Mania.
Keith Lee was pulled from the U.S. Title 3-way at Elimination Chamber...just hours before the show. A 4-way match was put together on the kickoff show between John Morrison, Mustafa Ali, Ricochet and Elias...to fill the vacancy.
During the match, members of Retribution powerbombed Ricochet into the ringpost - but that did more harm than good for them. Ali got caught watching the attack by John Morrison who rolled him up for the win.
So it was Bobby Lashley defending the U.S. title against Morrison and Riddle. MVP was out with Lashley - using a crutch to get around...and that would come into play...as Riddle used it to take Lashley out of the equation and pinned Morrison to win the U.S. Title.
Nia Jax PINNED the SmackDown Women’s Champion Sasha Banks...as Jax and Shayna Baszler turned away the challenge of Banks and Bianca Belair for the women’s tag titles. Carmella’s sommelier Reginald showed up at ringside at the end of the match, and tried to pass a champagne bottle to Banks. That distraction was enough for Jax to get a Samoan Drop on Banks for the pin.
This is the last WWE pay per view before NBC Universal’s Peacock streaming service becomes the exclusive home of the WWE Network in the U.S. That will happen on March 18th.
WWE’s website says it’s still finalizing the details of how current subscribers will be transitioned to Peacock. WWE says it expects to have more details to share in March.
AEW’s Women’s World Championship Eliminator Tournament rolls on tonight. AEW’s YouTube channel will broadcast four matches starting tonight at 7PM.
We’ll get both semifinal contests from the Japan side of the bracket - Yuka Sakazaki vs. Emi Sakura and Aja King vs. Ryo Mizunami.
Also, the final two first round matches from the U.S. side of the bracket - Dr. Britt Baker vs. Anna Jay and Tay Conti vs. Nyla Rose.
(STINGER: New Japan)
New Japan is back at Korakuen Hall this morning for another Road To Castle Attack show.
Hiromu Takahashi was pulled from the show early Monday due to a shoulder injury. He was also scratched on Saturday.
New Japan had already pulled Tetsuya Naito from the show. He’s been out since suffering a knee injury last Tuesday.
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