Elimination Chamber Review
by, 02-20-2012 at 02:20 PM (2552 Views)
Last night WWE had the final major stop on the road to WrestleMania, the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view. The Elimination Chamber match is a steel structure weighs over 10 tons, standing at 16 feet high and is comprised of 2 miles of chains that enclose the six superstars in the match. The themed pay-per-view now decides who will hold the World Heavyweight and WWE championships going into the "Grand Daddy of them all."
The WWE championship match is how the event began, the WWE champion CM Punk defended his title against Dolph Ziggler, R-Truth, Kofi Kingston, The Miz and Chris Jericho. The champion started the match with Kofi Kingston and Kofi gave a good showing of himself showcasing his athleticism against Punk. The two disappointments of the match were Ziggler and R-Truth, Truth had a, in and then out performance, while Ziggler took some bumps which added to the match but his decline continued by being eliminated second.
The most interesting part was Chris Jericho being kicked out of the cage by Punk. He was apparently injured by his fall not allowing him to continue. This left The Miz and CM Punk as the last two participants, CM Punk retained with a GTS to win in a good ending. All in all it was descent match considering without Jericho, everyone knew Punk was going to keep his title.
Following the chamber Beth Phoenix defended and kept her Diva's championship versus Aksana. They had a pretty intriguing match considering the divas matches do not excite me but, maybe with the match last night they will change my opinion.
After that, John Laurinaitis made his claim to be General Manager of both Raw and Smackdown by slandering current Smackdown GM, Teddy Long. Alberto Del Rio, Mark Henry and Christian all made their returns to the WWE by coming out and supporting Johnny Ace, potentially setting something up for WrestleMania.
After giving the audience a breather with the divas match and the last segment they went right into the second chamber match. This match had been considerably devalued with an injury to one of the WWE's main draws Randy Orton. He suffered a concussion last week on Raw, which allowed Santino Marella to take his spot in this match.
In this Elimination Chamber match Daniel Bryan defended his World Heavyweight title against Santino Marella, Wade Barrett, Intercontinental champion Cody Rhodes, The Great Khali and The Big Show. This match stole the show, it had everything, Big Show climbing through a pod to get to Bryan and just had good, old fashioned wrestling. Khali was eliminated in about 2.5 seconds and that should be the end of him. Show was surprisingly eliminated by Barrett and Rhodes in a good showing by the two of them. Both Barrett and Rhodes had exteremely strong performances but were both pinned by the extreme underdog Santino.
The crowd supported Santino the entire night, he gave a great showing of himself putting his own comedy into the match and cementing his legitimacy as a competitor but, Daniel Bryan eventually made him submit to the Lebell lock. As already stated it was a great match considering it was one that was seriously doubted.
Afterward they had a unscheduled mid-card match between Jack Swagger and Justin Gabriel for the United States championship. It was good time killer and a way to showcase more superstars in a pay-per-view but, Swagger retained in a expected outcome.
The main event was John Cena vs. Kane in an ambulance match that was beautifully set-up by Kane’s mind games and attacks on him and Zack Ryder. The match had a good back and forth feel for a while with captivating action and some attitude era feel thrown in. However, predictably Cena ended up pummeling Kane with steel steps and tossing him off of the ambulance, then winning the match as a result. Super Cena came out in full force tonight giving him needed momentum in order to face The Rock at WrestleMania 28.