Vince McMahon reportedly switched the match order of Elimination Chamber around at the last minute, as well as changing the order of elimination during the women's match.
Elimination Chamber took place on Sunday night. The PPV was probably a lot more action-packed than most fans were expecting. WWE made us believe Kofi Kingston might become WWE Champion. Finn Balor is the new Intercontinental Champion. Plus, an invasion from Becky Lynch left both Ronda Rousey and Charlotte Flair bloody.
However, before all of that, WWE finally crowned its Women's Tag Team Champions. To win the titles, one of the six teams had to outlast all the others inside of the Elimination Chamber itself. Although Sasha Banks & Bayley were two of the four Superstars to start the match, they defied the odds and are now WWE Women's Tag Team Champions.
While having Banks and Bayley win was always the plan, at least as far as we know, some last-minute changes were made to the match. According to Fightful, until Sunday afternoon, the women's chamber match was scheduled to go on last. However, Vince McMahon made the call to have it open the show instead. The boss was reportedly not convinced that it would not get the desired reaction if trusted with the main event slot.
Looks like it was a change of plans to get Carmella and Naomi out first. #WWEChamber— Bryan Alvarez (@bryanalvarez) February 18, 2019
That's not the only reported change the boss made. Wrestling Observer's Bryan Alvarez tweeted that Carmella and Naomi being eliminated from the match first was also not on the cards initially. The assumption is due to their respective personal issues in the days building up to Elimination Chamber, the decision was made to have them be a part of the match for a short a time as possible.
Whether these changes were made or not, we think that the match and PPV as a whole was a great success. It is normally the case going into shows like these where expectations are low that WWE performs some of its best work. That could be due to our expectations being so low, WWE wanting to prove us wrong, or most likely some combination of the two. Elimination Chamber is over now though, and the march to WrestleMania continues.