My thoughts about Elimination Chamber
Ok, so I feel like posting my thoughts on WWE Events. So starting now I will try to post my review after every PPV, RAW, and Smackdown event. So here goes my first review. These are my thoughts and opinions, not fact, and not necessarily right. You don’t have to agree with me, these are just my thoughts and observations.
WWE Championship Elimination Chamber match - Overall this match was pretty good. I was a bit surprised that Punk retained the championship, but not overly upset about it. Going in I figured this had to be Punk or Jericho winning with all the thoughts that they will have a match at Wrestlemania. I think Punk chasing Jericho to get his title back would set up a better match, but if they didn’t want Jericho to have a one month reign as Champion then they had to have this match finish the way it did. Now at least Jericho has a valid reason to get a title shot at Mania.
Other thoughts are that this match was pretty solid all around. By far the best match of the whole PPV. I’m surprised it was first without anything happening later on (was definitely expecting a Jericho vs. Punk match later on last night, but never got it). I realize this had to be before the Smackdown match since Big Show destroyed the chamber, and Sheamus was making his choice after both matches, but still was surprised they started with this. I thought Kofi did great. He had some great spots. I was surprised R-Truth and Dolph were out so quickly, but somebody had to be. My biggest surprise of the match though was Miz. Last night he looked great. In fact I think he had the best performance of the 4 (not including Punk or Jericho who you knew would be the centerpieces). I hope they keep Miz with the attitude he had yesterday. Less talking, more anger. Iceman Miz needs to take over. I thought we were seeing a change in character when he took out R-Truth and Morrison before, but then he reverted back. He can still talk and be cocky, but I hope he stays with his Iceman attitude and starts to look more credible and dangerous.
Diva’s Championship - This was a better than expected match for the way that the diva’s have been lately. Both Tamina and Beth looked great and can wrestle. I was glad they put on a decent show. Maybe we will finally see more wrestling matches out of the diva’s. I was hoping for a Tamina victory, but knew it wouldn’t happen since they seem to want Karma and Beth to fight at Wrestlemania. Tamina looks like a credible threat though, so that was enjoyable.
Johnny Ace’s Segment - This was classic Johnny Ace. Taking something small and making it seem big. I think it was a waste of Christian and Del Rio’s return, but it did its purpose of setting up something for the future between Johnny L and Teddy. Now if they just follow through with it, there could be something there.
WHC Elimination Chamber match - Overall this wasn’t that great. It was slow moving, and lacked the excitement that the WWE Championship chamber match had. There were a few good things (Big Show breaking into Daniel Bryan’s chamber, Santino stealing the show, and Sheamus making his decision by whooping Daniel Bryan). But overall there wasn’t anything special. I knew when it came down to Santino and Daniel Bryan that Santino wouldn’t win, but he did a great job of making me think he at least had a chance. I didn’t like Cody losing the way he did, and having both him and Barrett lose to Santino hurts them in the future. It made Santino look like he might win, but that’s about all it accomplished. Khali was pointless. Glad he was eliminated so fast, but why have him there just for that? Biggest surprise of the night was that all the participants actually made it to the ring without any interference.
US title match - This was pointless. There was no buildup. It wasn’t a great match. And it was rushed. It was filler, but horrible filler. This time could have been used elsewhere to improve other segments.
Kane vs. Cena - Didn’t care for this match. The buildup was great, but the match wasn’t. Cena didn’t sell much. After all that beating, he was perfectly fine at the end, and of course won in SuperCena fashion. He didn’t embrace the hate, and he didn’t turn heel. So basically all this and Cena didn’t change at all. It was two guys with limited movesets fighting with a predictable ending. This match had all the makings of a great match, but fell well short of how it could have been. And where was Eve and Ryder? Why have them so involved and not include them at all. Perhaps they will finish things on RAW tonight, but this match was a let down and should never have been the main event of the night.
Overall, the PPV was lackluster. I wasn’t impressed and wish there had been more buildup of stories leading into mania. I’m hoping tonight’s RAW and tomorrows Smackdown both set things up much better, but a lot could have been accomplished last night that wasn’t.