The final stop ahead of WrestleMania 38 came at Elimination Chamber 2022. WWE put together a star-studded card featuring returning Hall of Famers, championships up for grabs, and two of the titular steel structure matches to determine top contests at The Show of Shows.
Six men battled to walk out with the WWE Championship, while six women fought to face the RAW Women's Champion, Becky Lynch, at WrestleMania 38. Lita and Goldberg made their returns to claim gold from two of the top stars in the industry. The rest of the card featured a mixed bag of matches to set up lower card feuds.
With the Premium Live Event is now in our rearview mirrors, it's the ideal time to look back at what the WWE Superstars offered at the final major show before WrestleMania 38. In this article, we'll look at the star rating for every match at WWE Elimination Chamber 2022.
The Miz vs. Rey Mysterio (WWE Elimination Chamber 2022 Kickoff Show)
The Elimination Chamber 2022 Kickoff Show featured The Miz going one-on-one with Rey Mysterio. The two former world champions have been at odds the past few weeks and locked horns here. As expected, there was nothing wrong with the in-ring work here.
Miz and Mysterio worked well with each other, but there was nothing that made this stand out in the least. This contest wouldn't have looked out of place on an episode of RAW. Dominik Mysterio made his presence known on multiple occasions leading to his ejection.
However, this didn't hurt Rey too much as he defeated The Miz seconds after the ejection. They had a serviceable match that got fans into the action before the main show. However, a TV bout on any Premium Live Event feels somewhat below standards nowadays.
Star rating: **1/4
Roman Reigns vs. Goldberg for the Universal Championship (WWE Elimination Chamber 2022)
Roman Reigns defended his Universal Championship against Goldberg at Elimination Chamber 2022. The Tribal Chief and the WWE Hall of Famer were supposed to face each other back at WrestleMania 36.
The two competitors started the bout slow with a lockup before breaking out their big moves. Goldberg hit two spears, while Reigns hit a Superman Punch. However, the major bombs were brief before Goldberg tried for the Jackhammer. Roman was able to block it twice and reversed the second attempt into the guillotine choke for the submission win. This was somewhat disappointing.
Star rating: *3/4
Bianca Belair vs. Liv Morgan vs. Rhea Ripley vs. Nikki A.S.H. vs. Doudrop vs. Alexa Bliss in an Elimination Chamber Match, with the winner facing the RAW Women's Champion at WrestleMania 38 (WWE Elimination Chamber 2022)
Our first Chamber Match of the evening stood out right from the entrances. The ladies of WWE were dressed in much more improved ring gear than fans usually expect from Saudi Arabia events. The energy picked up from the opener in this one. Everyone found a way to stand out in their ways, from Nikki A.S.H. to the returning Alexa Bliss.
Bliss didn't look like she missed a step in her return to the ring. Doudrop and Nikki were highlighted before their early exits. Rhea Ripley continued her impressive showing and had a faceoff with Bianca Belair that invested the crowd. Liv Morgan was also showcased with a big elimination of Doudrop.
The showdown between Bianca Belair and Alexa Bliss was extremely entertaining. Belair was the MVP of this entire affair. She looked stunning in a platinum outfit, showing off her amazing athleticism and strength. Finally, Belair eliminated Bliss to win the Chamber and move on to WrestleMania once again.
Star rating: ***1/2
Naomi & Ronda Rousey vs. Charlotte Flair & Sonya Deville w/Ronda having one arm tied behind her back (WWE Elimination Chamber 2022)
Our next match at Elimination Chamber 2022 was Naomi & Ronda Rousey vs. SmackDown Women's Champion Charlotte Flair & Sonya Deville. The ladies here also looked stunning. Naomi captured the energy of the crowd, while Ronda popped everyone with the judo gear from her Olympic days.
The stipulation held this one back. Fans want to see Rousey kick some butt, so having Charlotte & Sonya take the heat on Ronda hurts this quite a bit. Naomi picked up the energy on her hot tag and interactions with her opponents. Rousey got the win with an armbar on Deville. This could have been even better, but it was a decent tag match.
Star rating: **3/4
Drew McIntyre vs. Madcap Moss in a Falls Count Anywhere Match (WWE Elimination Chamber 2022)
Thank God, Madcap Moss is alright. The match will be remembered for the sickening spot where Drew McIntyre delivered a reverse Alabama Slam to Moss, but Madcap tugged his neck and wound up landing directly on the temple of his head. It was surprising that the superstar was able to continue.
The story of the contest centered on Madcap Moss and Happy Corbin teaming up to beat down Drew McIntyre. However, The Scottish Warrior survived the onslaught and grabbed his sword to fend off Corbin. He then delivered the Claymore to Moss with the sword in hand. This had pretty good action, all things considered.
Star rating: **1/2
Becky Lynch vs. Lita for the RAW Women's Championship (WWE Elimination Chamber 2022)
Fans had low expectations for Becky Lynch vs. Lita for the RAW Women's Championship at Elimination Chamber 2022. Lita hasn't been an active competitor or faced a female in singles action in 15 years. The ladies delivered a compelling buildup to this bout, but many didn't think this would go beyond eight minutes.
However, Lita and Becky exceeded expectations. Lita looked as good as she did back in 2006. Not only did she perform her signature hits but threw in new moves. Becky did well to sell and even busted out the moonsault to taunt the Hall of Famer.
The final sequence had fans on the edge of their seats. After Lynch missed the moonsault, Lita dropped her with The Twist of Fate. The WWE Hall of Famer hit her moonsault for a close near fall before Becky caught her out of nowhere with the Manhandle Slam. This was arguably the best match of the night.
Star rating: ***3/4
Bobby Lashley vs. Seth Rollins vs. AJ Styles vs. Austin Theory vs. Riddle vs. Brock Lesnar in an Elimination Chamber Match for the WWE Championship (WWE Elimination Chamber 2022)
The WWE Universe felt like the Men's Elimination Chamber Match would go down as one of the best in-ring editions of the stipulation. Early on, attention was directly on Bobby Lashley. The match started with Seth Rollins hitting a Bucklebomb on Austin Theory to Lashley's pod, crushing the glass on the WWE Champion.
Riddle and AJ Styles came in to try to put the attention back on the action, but everyone was occupied with what was going on with Lashley. Brock Lesnar gave fans a memorable moment when he broke out of his pod, going berserk on everyone in the Chamber.
Brock eliminated Riddle, Seth Rollins, and AJ Styles before putting his eye on Theory. Lesnar chased Austin all over the Chamber before catching up, but Theory landed a low blow. He then got a fun hope spot with Brock's impeccable selling adding to the moment. However, it wasn't long before Lesnar hit an F-5 off a pod to beat Theory. It was the fun final portion that drove this over the top.
Star rating: ***1/2