Prior to the match, Mandy Rose ran down Cross, saying she looked like a “cold plate of Thanksgiving leftovers.” Following Cross’ quick win, Rose attacked her from behind before Alexa Bliss ran in to make the save, eventually hitting a double DDT with Cross on Rose before the tag partners celebrated with a hug.
Sonya Deville and Mandy Rose are in the ring. Rose says just one of them will be allowed in the women’s MITB Ladder Match. They both decide on Rose and they seem to be on the same page.
For as little fanfare or expectations this match had coming in, the good news is that the match wasn’t a train wreck. Ember Moon successfully returned from a six-month injury break and connected with an Eclipse off the top rope on Mandy Rose along with a couple other cutters. The Riott Squad received strong booking throughout and teamed up for a series of eliminations until Dana Brooke rallied to eliminate Liv Morgan and Ruby Riott. Logan appeared to have the match won after eliminating Sonia Deville and Asuka in succession, but Carmella dove back into the ring from where she was hiding and eliminated Logan with a super kick.
Match Number Three: Matt Hardy, Jeff Hardy, Tucker Knight, Otis Dozovic, R Truth, Naomi, Asuka, Nikki Cross, and Carmella versus Karl Anderson, Luke Gallows, Andrade Almas, EC3, Shelton Benjamin, Mandy Rose, Sonya Deville, Zelina Vega, and Lana.
Nikki and Vega start things off. Nikki screams and Vega backs up. They lock up and Nikki with arm drags and she slams Vega’s head into the mat.
Since it is only appropriate, it is time for Lacey Evans to walk to the ring, see the invisible force field, turn around and go to the back.
Vega sends Nikki into the turnbuckles and Vega with a knee and she chokes Nikki in the ropes. Nikki with a belly-to-back suplex for a near fall. EC3 tags in and Jeff Hardy comes in. Jeff with a wrist lock and Matt tags in and goes to the turnbuckles for a screaming elbow to the arm. Matt with shoulder wringers but EC3 with a punch. Matt with an Irish whip and he runs into a boot. Matt with a Side Effect for a near fall. Matt sends EC3 into the turnbuckles of deletion. Tucker tags in and then Otis tags in. Otis with an Irish whip and Tucker with a gingerly placed splash off Otis’ back into EC3.
EC3 falls to the mat and Otis with the Caterpillar.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Mandy gets a near fall on Naomi. Naomi with a sit out jaw breaker. Almas tags in and R Truth enters. Truth with a leg lariat and then Truth does a split and hits a splash into the corner. It is time for a Dance Break. Anderson attacks Truth and then it is a cluster so the referee calls for the bell.
After the match, everyone fights their way over the top rope to the floor. Asuka knocks Lana to the floor. Sonya and Mandy kick Carmella off the apron. Mandy and Sonya go after Asuka. Asuka with a pop up knee to Mandy and then she sends Sonya to the floor. Otis sees Mandy and Otis is now Corey’s least favorite wrestler. Shelton throws Otis to the floor and then Mandy is thrown over the top by Nikki. Nikki wants Shelton to come af her. Nikki jumps on Shelton’s back and Shelton and Nikki go over the top rope to the floor with Nikki riding on Shelton’s back for the full eight seconds. EC3 kicks Matt to the floor and then Jeff with a Twist of Fate to EC3 and Asuka with a round kick. Jeff with a kick and he throws EC3 to the floor. Jeff and Asuka hug but Asuka throws Jeff over the top rope to the floor.
The SmackDown women’s champion made Deville tap in this non-title affair with the Asuka Lock. The finish was a callback to what took place on Sunday at Fastlane, with Mandy Rose inadvertently pulling down the apron causing Deville to slip before she got trapped in Asuka’s finisher. Rose and Deville argued on the way to the back.
After causing calculated distractions early on, Sonia Deville went on to accidentally cost Rose in this short and uneventful match. Deville pulled the ring skirt onto the apron in order to grab a kendo stick from underneath. Seconds later, Asuka reversed Rose into the ropes which caused her to stumble. Asuka followed with a stiff kick to the chin for the 1-2-3 to defend her title. Rose shook off multiple attempts by Deville to apologize after as the two walked up the ramp
Just five days before a championship opportunity at Fastlane against Asuka, Mandy Rose was accompanied to the squared circle by Sonya Deville for a match with longtime nemesis Naomi.
Naomi started hot, but a distraction from Deville opened her up for a running knee from Rose, who scored the win in a time-strapped match.
After the bout, the heels made their way up the ramp until Asuka’s music played and the SmackDown women’s champion appeared.
The Empress of Tomorrow sent Deville into the stage and pummeled Rose before acknowledging former partner Naomi to close out the segment.
Mandy Rose interrupted, and a match was underway.
Just as the action picked up, Lacey Evans made her presence felt, interrupting the proceedings before returning to the locker room.
Rose surprisingly controlled the majority of the match, working over Asuka despite a body held together by K-Tape after Elimination Chamber. She rocked The Empress of Tomorrow, knocking her to the floor and nearly scoring a count-out victory.
Asuka mounted a comeback but fell for a ploy by Rose, who faked an eye injury and pulled The Empress into the ropes. A roll-up followed, and The Golden Goddess score a huge upset in a non-title match.
An elevated neckbreaker by Bayley on Rose with her legs elevated in the chamber wall was an early highlight before the first door opened. The six women (order below) then completed a pyramid superplex with Bayley taking the brunt of the punishment as the second pod opened. Once the IIconics entered, they attempted to pin every woman in the ring but paid special attention to assaulting Sasha Banks & Bayley. Fabulous Glow cleaned house when their pod door opened before the women individually took out one another with power moves. Eventually, Billie Kay suplexed Naomi with a bridge, and Peyton Royce jumped over her to help cinch it in for the first elimination. The IIconics then hid in a pod, which was torn apart by Jax and Tamina, who hit a dual Samoan Drop for the combination pin. The remaining teams attempted to take out Jax & Tamina with Riott Squad climbing atop a pod to splash both women. Once Jax awoke, she hit Liv Morgan with a Samoan Drop from the second rope, and Tamina nailed both Riott Squad members with the Superly Splash for the night’s third elimination.
Jax attempted to charge Bayley, but a sidestep into the ring saw Jax crash into a pod, destroying it as she lay motionless; the other four women ganged up on Tamina with Banks hitting a Meteora and Bayley nailing an elbow drop as the four women covered her for a pinfall. Banks sold her injured shoulder late, and the Boss ‘N Hug’s finisher — a backstabber into a Bayley-to-Belly — on Deville was broken up by Rose at 2.9. Rose climbed atop a pod, so Boss ‘N Hug followed with Banks assisting Bayley to the top. Deville soon met them only to fall off first; Bayley followed, so Deville drove her spine first into the pod’s support beam. With Bayley knocked out cold, Banks checked on her partner but was herself thrown into a pod door by Rose, who subsequently hit the Fairytale Ending for a 2.8 count. A miscommunication saw Deville accidentally spear Rose, but Banks’s injured shoulder prevented her from locking in the Banks Statement. Instead, she used her leg and forced Deville to tap out as Boss ‘N Hug became the first women’s tag team champions.
The match was slow and plodding until the first elimination, but business did pick up from there. The callback to the Banks-Bayley incident in Elimination Chamber last year was solid, and Banks picking up the slack for her team while Bayley had done that over the last few weeks was good storytelling as well. The match did leave some to be desired — and there was way too much obvious, unnecessary coordination in the early going — but it was tough not to love the finish and the crowd’s “you deserve it” reaction as Banks and Bayley cried in the middle of the ring while speechless.
The Iconics get another promo explaining what the tag titles mean to them, as do Fire and Desire and Fabulous Glow.
Carmella and Royce to start, Peyton immediately tags Rose in. Collar and elbow, Mandy with a waistlock, standing switch, back elbow, tag to Deville, double whip into knee lifts, a mat slam for a cover and Carmella gets a front chancery and the tag. Double snap suplex, only one, Naomi shifts to a hammerlock, double wristlock, Sonya rams her into the corner but Naomi gets the boot up. Off the ropes, flapjack sends her to the apron and she lands a hard kick in response.
Off the ropes, Naomi hits a leg drop into the splits, tag to Mella. Suplex reversed with hard knees, Deville posing, disdainful shoves, snapmare reversed and Carmella lands on her feet and moonwalks for good measure! Duck a lariat, off the ropes, satellite headscissors and Naomi tags in! Sonya rolls over, tag to Rose and Naomi wants some but Mandy’s running scared!
Trying to tag the Iconics, no dice, Carmella heads her off at the pass and Naomi hits a plancha to the floor to send us to break!
Back from commercial, Deville is in control on Carmella with a bodyscissors, scraping her forearm across her face for good measure. Mella posts to her feet and rains punches down, ducks a lariat, off the ropes, double crossbody and both women are down and out! Referee Mike Chioda issuing the standing ten count, Carmella picks a kneebar and he breaks it as Rose runs in and pulls her partner out of the fire.
Tags made, Naomi with a springboard crossbody, fired up! Forearms, off the ropes, spinning sit-out jawbreaker! Springboard roundhouse kick to follow, decking Sonya with a forearm when she runs in and Mella hits the superkick! Set Mandy up…
Fabulous Glow win by pinfall with a split-legged moonsault from Naomi on Mandy Rose, ensuring that Fire and Desire will be one of the two teams that start the Elimination Chamber match.