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Ranking The WWE Elimination Chamber Matches

February 18, 2014 By: Category: lists, WWE | Pro Wrestling

It’s War Games, Survivor Series, and Royal Rumble all in one – it’s the Elimination Chamber? Devised in kayfabe by Eric Bischoff over a decade ago, the Chamber has been used to decide both championships and championship opportunities. The oft-stated forboding nature of this domed structure is palpable enough to have spun off its own annual PPV each February.

There have been 16 such Elimination Chamber matches to date, and here they are, from worst to best.

The Godawfully Ghastly

16. ECW Championship: Big Show (c) vs. Rob Van Dam vs. CM Punk vs. Bobby Lashley vs. Test vs. Hardcore Holly (12/3/06, December to Dismember)
WINNER: Lashley
MOST ELIMINATIONS: Lashley, Test (2)

Any hopes that ECW diehards had of their resurrected brand fulfilling the lost appeal of the original, died in Augusta, GA on this night. Vince McMahon monkeyed with Paul Heyman’s creation one last time before dismissing Paul E one day later, and the result was, in some ways, the beginning of the end of McMahon’s teflon-coated characterization

Crowd favorites Punk and Van Dam were eliminated early to set the stage for Lashley’s (in theory) Superman finish, where he plowed through Test and Show to win the gold. A mixed reaction met Vince’s next big thing, and Vince would soon enter a feud with him that was lukewarm at best. The addition of weapons to this Chamber couldn’t save it.

15. World Heavyweight Championship: Triple H (c) vs. Goldberg vs. Shawn Michaels vs. Kevin Nash vs. Chris Jericho vs. Randy Orton (8/24/03, SummerSlam)
WINNER: Triple H
MOST ELIMINATIONS: Goldberg (3)

Helmsley was saddled with leg injuries, and a noticeable gut, from a lack of his usual workout regimen. He performed exactly 2 minutes of physical work in the match, and scored the victory over Goldberg to retain the gold. Had WWE not been in a rut of dwindling ratings and putrid creative in 2003, Goldberg’s loss would have rivaled his WCW loss to Nash at Starrcade.

Many expected Goldberg to be what they knew him to be from day one: a muscle-bound bulldozer. And he was, mowing through Orton, Michaels, and Jericho to leave himself with the champion. But Ric Flair slid a sledgehammer to his charge, and after one simple knock to the head of “The Man”, a rather dismal SummerSlam ended on such a disappointing note.

14. WWE Championship: John Cena (c) vs. Shawn Michaels vs. Carlito vs. Chris Masters vs. Kurt Angle vs. Kane (1/8/06, New Year’s Revolution)
WINNER: Cena
MOST ELIMINATIONS: Carlito (3)

Journey back with me over 7 years to a time when Cena “overcoming the odds” was a fairly novel concept. Cena became the first man in the Chamber’s history (to be fair, this was the fourth such incarnation) to win the match from one of the two starting spots. The match is known more for its aftermath (Edge cashing in the briefcase) than the actual bout.

Angle was gone quicker than a flash, and Carlito and Masters would take over the match. Cena was busted open, and the midcard duo summarily eliminated Kane before Carlito scoring a surprising pin on Michaels. Then Carlito backstabbed Masters with a roll-up pin before Cena, in his crimson mask, rolled up Carlito seconds later to retain the title.

13. World Heavyweight Championship: John Cena (c) vs. Edge vs. Rey Mysterio vs. Chris Jericho vs. Mike Knox vs. Kane (2/15/09, No Way Out)
WINNER: Edge
MOST ELIMINATIONS: Edge, Mysterio (2)

This was during the annoying period where both World Titles changed a combined 65 times in 3 weeks (give or take a dozen switches), and Cena’s 3 month reign (an eon in this era) ended in one of the rare times where you knew for sure he was cooked. And it all began when Edge attacked original entrant Kofi Kingston, and Vickie Guerrero allowed Edge his entry.

See, Edge was WWE Champion headed into the show, and he lost the Chamber earlier in the night in a matter of minutes (minor spoiler). So he, being the “Ultimate Opportunist” just finagled his way into this match, and you knew Edge would somehow win. Cena didn’t record a single elimination, amazingly, and Edge speared Mysterio to gain the other title.

The Appropriately Audacious

12. WWE Championship: Sheamus (c) vs. John Cena vs. Triple H vs. Randy Orton vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Ted Dibiase (2/21/10, Elimination Chamber)
WINNER: Cena
MOST ELIMINATIONS: Everyone but Orton (1)

This may have leveraged its way up the list a little bit, had Cena not lost the title minutes later to Batista, per Angry Vince’s impromptu booking. As it was, this one was stocked with its share of interesting plot developments, notably in the form of Cody Rhodes interfering for Dibiase to get Orton out first, and a grueling Cena/HHH finish that coulda gone either way.

Sheamus’ first run as champion, before he was a grinning doofus with a latently racist mindset, ended after 2 months, when his real-life mentor Helmsley Pedigreed him. With the Celtic Warrior gone, HHH and Cena had a race to the wire, but Cena proved to be too much, and made Helmsley tap to the STF. And then it was off to put Batista over.

11. World Heavyweight Championship: Daniel Bryan (c) vs. Big Show vs. Great Khali vs. Santino Marella vs. Cody Rhodes vs. Wade Barrett (2/19/12, Elimination Chamber)
WINNER: Bryan
MOST ELIMINATIONS: Marella (2)

What began as a very mundane, very bland Chamber match (with the crowd even chanting their displeasure) turned into a rather exciting contest by the end, thanks to some surprising booking. Khali and Show were eliminated early on, leaving Marella as the only babyface if you don’t count the love for Bryan. And that’s when things began to get interesting.

Marella surprised Rhodes with a roll-up to eliminate the Intercontinental Champion, and then cooperated with Bryan to get rid of Barrett. In many cases, Santino Marella is merely the comedic patsy, but here, he won the crowd over as he nearly defeated Bryan on several occasions, building to a fever pitch where he finally tapped to the Yes/No Lock.

10. #1 Contender’s Match: Undertaker vs. Batista vs. Finlay vs. MVP vs. Big Daddy V vs. Great Khali (2/17/08, No Way Out)
WINNER: Undertaker
MOST ELIMINATIONS: Undertaker (3)

For the very first time, a Chamber match had merely the opportunity for a title match at stake, as opposed to actual gold. The idea that Khali and the former Mabel would be in position to have a chance to become champion is frightening enough, but they were fortunately done away with before they could bog down the works. With them gone, the real fun began.

It was Undertaker’s showcase, and not since he battered Mick Foley inside Hell in a Cell had he looked so violently dominant. MVP was killed off via a chokeslam off a pod, and Finlay met his end with a chokeslam on the grating. Taker remained with the man he had the best feud of 2007 with, and after brawling it out with his nemesis, a Tombstone put Batista way.

9. #1 Contender’s Match: Chris Jericho vs. Randy Orton vs. Jack Swagger vs. Kane vs. Daniel Bryan vs. Mark Henry (2/17/13, Elimination Chamber)
WINNER: Swagger
MOST ELIMINATIONS: Orton, Henry (2)
A shot at Alberto Del Rio’s World Heavyweight Title hung in the balance, so you’d figure a heel was winning this one. Being that Del Rio was blander than flavorless soup in his sudden turn as a lunch-bucket immigrant, it was appropriate that the equally bland Swagger would earn the shot, after suddenly returning as Rick Perry with muscles. Lucky us.
Still, the match was quite good, particularly when Henry entered and began demolishing everything in sight. The crowd lost its steam when Henry was downed by Orton’s RKO, and it seemed apparent that Swagger, inexplicably, was the only likely winner. After Orton RKOed Jericho out, Swagger indeed cradled Orton to win.

8. #1 Contender’s Match: John Cena vs. CM Punk vs. Randy Orton vs. John Morrison vs. R-Truth vs. Sheamus (2/20/11, Elimination Chamber)
WINNER: Cena
MOST ELIMINATIONS: Punk (2)

A chance to face The Miz at WrestleMania XXVII, and a chance to be overshadowed by The Rock, hung in the balance. Consolation prizes included: teaming with Snookie, having your US Title match bumped from the big event, and being relegated to the pre-show battle royal. But rather than focus on the bass-ackward booking, let’s talk about the fun of this contest.

In a creative moment, Punk was eliminated seconds into his entrance, but was allowed to stay per the anonymous GM (remember that?) who ruled that Punk’s faulty pod door unfairly hindered him. Morrison landed a bizarre dive off the chamber’s concave roof onto Sheamus, which coincided a short push for him. Cena, of course, won in the end after AA’ing Punk.

The Excitingly Extreme

7. World Heavyweight Championship: The Undertaker (c) vs. Chris Jericho vs. CM Punk vs. Rey Mysterio vs. John Morrison vs. R-Truth (2/21/10, Elimination Chamber)
WINNER: Jericho
MOST ELIMINATIONS: Everyone but R-Truth (1)

Although Jericho’s victory would lead to a forgettable angle with Edge for the title (“SPEEEEEEEEAR”), and ultimately a title switch to Jack Swagger, this Chamber provided not only some fast-paced, brutal action, but the ending set up WrestleMania even moreso than Jericho’s title win, and it would lead to the exodus of one of wrestling’s greatest stars.

Truth and Punk were early exits, leading to Mysterio and Morrison to carry the body of the match with their typical stuntwork. Once they were gone, Undertaker was fixing to finish off Jericho, but Shawn Michaels popped up through the grating, and superkicked Undertaker, allowing Jericho to win. HBK got his rematch; the focal point of WrestleMania XXVI.

6. WWE Championship: Edge (c) vs. Triple H vs. Jeff Hardy vs. The Undertaker vs. Big Show vs. Vladimir Kozlov (2/15/09, No Way Out)
WINNER: Triple H
MOST ELIMINATIONS: Undertaker, Triple H (2)

As mentioned previously, this is the era where you’d wake up to a new champion seemingly every other day until Randy Orton, of all people, provided some stability over the spring and summer. But at least the matches weren’t always shoddy. Some of them, like this one, featured a number of main eventers at their hard-working peak. Also, Vladimir Kozlov was involved.

Edge was eliminated in under three minutes via fluke pin, so a new champion was guaranteed. Once Kozlov bit the bullet, you had four credible stars that could have each potentially walked out with the gold. The proceedings whittled down to Undertaker and HHH, who did more in 7 minutes than they did with 30 inside Hell in a Cell. A Pedigree gave Hunter his final World Title.

5. World Heavyweight Championship: Triple H (c) vs. Shawn Michaels vs. Chris Jericho vs. Booker T vs. Rob Van Dam vs. Kane (11/17/02, Survivor Series)
WINNER: Michaels
MOST ELIMINATIONS: Jericho, Michaels (2)

The first incarnation of the Chamber was not without its glaring botches. For one, Triple H had his throat sandwiched by an errant RVD dive, and could barely speak afterward. In another case, the production crew messed up the order of entrants, so Kane entered one spot early, throwing things into disarray. Otherwise, the match was fueled by a hot MSG crowd, and a great story.

It was Michaels’ second match back and, despite his turd-brown tights and Peter Stormare-hairstyle, the crowd was aching for a great comeback story. Michaels eliminated Jericho to bring it down to he and his old DX buddy, who’d brutalized him over the summer. Michaels won his final World Title with Sweet Chin Music, while the Garden, and Jim Ross, rejoiced loudly.

4. WWE Championship: CM Punk (c) vs. Chris Jericho vs. The Miz vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. R-Truth (2/19/12, Elimination Chamber)
WINNER: Punk
MOST ELIMINATIONS: Punk, Jericho (2)

Jericho was unable to fulfill his “end of the world” proclamation at the Royal Rumble, being Brogue Kicked off the apron by Sheamus to send “The Great White” to WrestleMania. But fans felt that Jericho’s consolation prize would be to unseat Punk inside the Chamber, to pay off his highly unusual behavior since his return. Unfortunately, that wouldn’t happen either.

Jericho was a house of fire inside the Chamber, eliminating Ziggler and Kingston (the latter with a retro-fantastic Lion Tamer). But Jericho chose to remove Kofi from the Chamber himself as a grandstanding gesture. During this sequence, Punk roundhouse kicked him out of the door, and a wounded Jericho couldn’t continue. Punk then took Miz out with the GTS to win.

The Hallmark of Hellishness

3. World Heavyweight Championship: Edge (c) vs. Rey Mysterio vs. Big Show vs. Kane vs. Wade Barrett vs. Drew McIntyre (2/20/11, Elimination Chamber)
WINNER: Edge
MOST ELIMINATIONS: Edge, Kane (2)

It doesn’t necessarily look like the lineup of a classic cage match, given the occasional lethargy of the 2 big men, and how McIntyre’s fallen down the card. While Edge and Mysterio put together the best finishing sequence in the match’s history, the rest of the match was pretty solid in its own right, with McIntyre shining in particular, baring a rarely-seen aggressive side.

The early eliminations were all rapid-fire, concluding with Rey and Edge doubling up to take out Kane. Once alone, the two traded near-falls for close to 10 minutes before Edge speared his former partner-turned-rival to retain. As a bonus, Christian made his return after the match saving his brother (not “friend”) from an assault by number one contender Alberto Del Rio.

2. #1 Contender’s Match: Triple H vs. Shawn Michaels vs. Jeff Hardy vs. Chris Jericho vs. Umaga vs. JBL (2/17/08, No Way Out)
WINNER: Triple H
MOST ELIMINATIONS: Jericho, Triple H (2)

This match may have meant a bit more if Hardy hadn’t been forced to the sideline weeks later after a drug failure. As it was, JBL and Umaga were eliminated early (with Umaga putting up a classic monster-heel performance prior to being pinned), and the match then centered on four well-regarded babyfaces. Well, three, as Jericho was eliminated seconds later.

Proving that the Chamber is every man for himself, Triple H eliminated Michaels, after Hardy had stuck Shawn with the Twist of Fate. After that, Hardy hung in there, surviving one Pedigree, and nearly struck with a Twist on Helmsley, but would fall victim to a second one onto a chair (JBL had brought chairs into the cage after his elimination) to give HHH the shot.

1. For the Vacant World Heavyweight Championship/Guest Referee: Shawn Michaels: Triple H vs. Randy Orton vs. Batista vs. Chris Benoit vs. Chris Jericho vs. Edge (1/9/05, New Year’s Revolution)
WINNER: Triple H
MOST ELIMINATIONS: Batista (2)

It was a lousy show before this match, but it’s not hard to see why: the entire main event tier was tied up with this one. Triple H dropped the title after a controversial finish in a triple threat match with Benoit and Edge, and had to go through Hell to get it back. His main henchman Batista, on the verge of a crowd-demanded face turn, was also at odds with him.

After Batista dispatched of Benoit and Jericho with assertive ease, “The Animal” worked with his boss to try and rid their former ally, Orton. But Orton dropped Batista with an RKO to eliminate him. Triple H, cunning as he is, didn’t make the save when he easily could have. Instead, an unknowing Batista took Orton out, and made it easy for Triple H to reign once more.

Justin Henry is a freelance writer who splits time between this site, WrestleCrap.com, and FootballNation.com. He can be found via his wrestling Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/wrestlecrapjrh)

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WWE Elimination Chamber 2013 Takeaways

February 18, 2013 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

The WWE 2013 Elimination Chamber event is history and the table is now officially set for WrestleMania 29. Now that the dust has settled, let’s take a look back at the results and key takeaways from the prelude to the biggest event in WWE history.

I thought it would be an interesting idea to reflect on the Chamber show and take a look at where things are going, superstars on the rise, superstars on the decline, and try and make sense of the big picture heading into WrestleMania. My key takeaways from Sunday’s event are…

– I am less excited about The Rock vs. John Cena 2 than ever before. I don’t know what it was but it hit me during the WWE championship match that The Rock has peaked for fans like me. I don’t know what it is but he has now wrestled three matches since returning and he has done nothing special in any of them. He’s crisp but there just doesn’t seem to be a whole lot to his matches other than him selling for 20 plus minutes leading up to the payoff. It really dawned on me last night how much Cena vs. Rock is going to suck. There is no real issue between them and their interaction has gone from great to fairly ordinary since they first crossed paths two years ago. I can honestly tell you that if it weren’t for the website here I’d have no qualms about skipping this year’s WrestleMania.

– WrestleMania 29 is going to be huge! How can I say that after just trashing a main-event that would keep me away from the show? Simple, I am not the target audience and you probably aren’t either. The WWE will be targeting fans who don’t watch on a regular basis, see Rock vs. someone they know, and buy the show on The Rock. The match is best for business and when you add that with a card featuring Brock Lesnar, The Undertaker, Triple H, CM Punk, and Chris Jericho you have one of the most loaded lineups of stars in recent memory.

– The WWE has no idea what to do with Dolph Ziggler. The logic of him not cashing in Money in the Bank makes no sense at this point. I could see him waiting around but why would anyone holding the briefcase not cash in at WrestleMania? Just the fact that Ziggler was booked in a throwaway match that wasn’t even advertised last night tells me that they have no idea what to do with him. He had a ton of momentum coming out of TLC after his big angle with Cena and he has slowly faded down the card ever since. I understand he needs to take a backseat to guys like Rock, Brock, etc but what’s the plan here? I am starting to worry that the window is closing on Ziggy.

– Daniel Bryan may be the most entertaining guy in pro wrestling. The utilization of Bryan is amazing to me, or should I say lack thereof. This guy is over every time he steps into the ring with fans chanting “Yes” and “No” right along with him yet he has been reduced to a low-mid card star. I don’t know if he’d ever be a huge draw but I am watching guys with much bigger pushes than him get zero crowd reactions while this guy is not only stealing the show in the ring, he is stealing it with his gimmick as well. I’ll gladly admit that he makes me laugh every time I watch him. I love watching the guy and wish they’d do more with him.

– Team Hell No are the best tag team act to come along in years. Nobody has cared about a team in the WWE in years like the fans care about Bryan and Kane. The idea of taking Kane and turning him into a comedy act doesn’t sound enticing on paper. Yet these guys make it work and have tremendous chemistry. It appears that they are on a collision course which I hope gets derailed because I think it is way too soon to break up this act.

– Ryback is going heel shortly. Ryback pulled the ultimate heel move by walking out on his partners, even if it was after the match. The WWE really blew it with him by shooting him into the angle with CM Punk without giving him the title. He’s peaked at this point as a babyface. He does have some real potential as a monster heel and could wind up doing big business with Cena if that is the road they travel to SummerSlam or Survivor Series.

– I love Jack Swagger but it’s too soon. I am a bit of a hypocrite here because I have been complaining for years that they need to do something with Swagger. I just think that this quick push is the wrong idea as has been proven time and time again in the WWE. Anytime they take a guy who has been beaten for awhile and give him a quick top-heavy push, it never works. Fans need awhile to forget about the loser and embrace the new winner as a serious threat. Look at CM Punk as what to do and Swagger’s first title run, The Miz, Ziggler, and countless others of what not to do. I would have loved to see Swagger get a program with someone like Jericho through WrestleMania and then challenge for the title around SummerSlam. As Jeff Ross says, “too soon!”

– The Elimination Chamber is the best gimmick match in the WWE. For the last several years, the Elimination Chamber matches have been fantastic. This year’s was no different and I think the match has gotten to the point where it is even better than the Royal Rumble. This is one of the few matches that I look forward to every year and it gets better with age. Booking is the key and they really booked a great six for this year’s match. I also love the idea of only one match per year. Two on the same show takes away a bit of the luster. Move over Royal Rumble, hello Elimination Chamber.

- CM Punk is at his all-time best. I have never been a big Punk fan but I will be the first to tell you that he is at an elite level right now. I don’t know if there is anyone who has had better heel psychology in the last several years than this guy has right now. Everything he does means something. The way he looks at the crowd, the way he moves, the facial expressions, his ring psychology are all at a different level right now than almost anyone in the business. Maybe he is one of those heels that actually works better without a championship? The combination of he and Heyman get more heat by the week! I don’t know where you go with him after The Undertaker match at WrestleMania but whatever you do, don’t turn this man babyface ever again!

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WWE Elimination Chamber 2013 Results: Rock Retains, Swagger Wins

February 17, 2013 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

The WWE 2013 Elimination Chamber delivered as promised, giving fans a very exciting show which set the table for the real main-event in a few weeks. The WrestleMania championship main-events are now officially set as the WWE puts its promotional machine in high gear from now until April 7.

The Rock pinned CM Punk to retain the WWE championship in the main-event. The stipulation was that if Rock got himself disqualified or counted out that Punk would win the title. Punk tried to bait Rock into getting disqualified early on, think Christian vs. Randy Orton. Punk gave Rock a Rock Bottom on the table at one point. The finish came when Punk tossed the Rock into the referee who went down. Punk then hit Rock with a GTS and covered him for the pin while the referee was down. Punk then begged a new ref to get in the ring. As he did The Rock caught him in a spine buster and then dropped a People’s Elbow recreating the sequence he used to win the Rumble match but Punk kicked out. Punk rolled onto the new referee’s ankle shortly thereafter who went down. Heyman handed Punk the belt. Heyman held Rock who ducked and took the belt shot. Rock hit a Rock Bottom on Punk for three. I thought for a second the referee would see the belt in the ring and teased a DQ but he didn’t. JBL put over the fact that Punk had Rock beat and no referee was there. This could be a tease for a Triple Threat Match if The Undertaker isn’t wrestling Punk at Mania. I liked this match a lot better than their Royal Rumble match. Punk was on offense for most of the match. It had a faster pace and told a better story.

Alberto Del Rio retained the WWE world heavyweight championship in the opener against The Big Show. Del Rio tapped out Show after hitting an enzuigiri into a cross armbreaker. I thought it was a pretty average match, especially coming off of a Last Man Standing Match last month. The shocker to me was Dolph Ziggler not cashing in Money in the Bank here. I was so convinced that I probably would have bet on it.

Jack Swagger won the Elimination Chamber and a title shot against the world heavyweight champion at WrestleMania. I don’t think anyone could have predicted that a year ago right? This was just a fantastic match. Chris Jericho and Daniel Bryan started the match off. Bryan and Kane worked together initially until Bryan tried to pin Kane with a school boy. The crowd loved this. Mark Henry was the last to enter and all men were still alive in the match at this point. Henry quickly eliminated Daniel Bryan. Henry then tossed Randy Orton through the glass pod. Henry eliminated Kane next with a slam. Jericho and Jack Swagger worked together to double suplex Henry on the steel floor. Orton wound up sneaking up behind Henry with an RKO and eliminating him after Henry took a code breaker from Jericho and a kick to the face from Swagger. Henry came back in and delivered slams to Swagger, Orton, and Jericho, laying them all out until Booker T ordered him to the back. Orton eventually pinned Jericho with an RKO. Swagger snuck in behind and pinned Orton with a school boy to win the match and pull off the upset. Everyone here worked real hard and got an early lead on the WWE Match of the Year.

This now confirms what I wrote last week in that the Uncle Zeb angle on RAW looked like it was to start some heat for an Alberto Del Rio feud. It makes sense and the win tonight was super impressive, but I just think that Swagger needs a little more time to get people believing in him as a title threat. Swagger has been jobbed out for the last several years and fans remember that. I have always thought Swagger was underutilized but I think he still needs time. Regardless, they are going with Del Rio vs. Swagger and I’d expect a ton of cheap heat to get anyone caring.

Where this leaves Dolph Ziggler is what I want to know. He won Money in the Bank over the summer and hasn’t cashed in. Logically you’d think he’d want to cash in at WrestleMania at this point. Throwing him into the match would muddy it down. The only idea I see coming out of this is Del Rio retaining and Ziggler cashing in at WrestleMania and winning the world heavyweight title. Anything else would make no sense to me.

The Shield defeated Ryback, John Cena, and Sheamus. I was disappointed in this one early on but they really picked it up towards the end. The crowd absolutely ate it up which made it even that much more exciting. Seth Rollins pinned Ryback after Roman Reigns nailed Ryback with a spear while he was going for Shellshock. I have to admit that I am real surprised to see Ryback take the pin here. Reigns is being pushed here as something special with the emphasis clearly on him as a monster. One thing I should point out here is that Ryback stormed out and left without Cena and Sheamus. That could be a set up for something. I suspected that he’d be turning coming out of the Royal Rumble. I haven’t heard anything but I sense something there. Regardless, The Shield get a big win here and Ryback takes a big loss.

The table is set for the top of the WrestleMania 29 card with The Rock vs. John Cena for the WWE championship and Jack Swagger vs. Alberto Del Rio for the WWE WHC. At this point I’d look for something with Ryback and possibly Sheamus. If The Undertaker is returning I’d expect your first big hint on Monday night along with some movement towards the Brock vs. Triple H rematch. All in all it is one of the more loaded WrestleMania lineups in recent years.

Overall I’d give this pay per view a huge thumbs up. This one was exciting and fast paced for most of the night and delivered three fantastic matches (four if you count the four great minutes of Kofi vs. Ziggler). I can’t recall a time in recent memory where the WWE has been this hot. This is exactly what you want heading into WrestleMania.

Full WWE Elimination Chamber 2013 results & winners…
The Rock defeated CM Punk to retain the WWE championship
Kaitlyn defeated Tamina to retain the WWE Divas title
Dolph Ziggler defeated Kofi Kingston
The Shield defeated John Cena, Ryback, and Sheamus
Jack Swagger pinned Randy Orton to win the SmackDown Elimination Chamber Match
Antonio Cesaro defeated The Miz via DQ
Alberto Del Rio defeated The Big Show to retain the WWE WHC
Brodus Clay and Tensai defeated Team Rhodes Scholars

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WWE Elimination Chamber 2013 Preview and Predictions

February 15, 2013 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

Well, my WWE readers, we are almost there. In about 6 or 7 weeks, we will be at Met Life Stadium in my home state of New Jersey for Wrestlemania 29. Sadly, I won’t be able to attend. However, I am sure the PPV, and the week’s festivities, including WWE Fan Axxess and the Hall of Fame Ceremony will be awesome. I hope everyone who attends has a great time.

There is one stop WWE has to make however, before the company can really get into high gear on the road to WrestleMania. That stop is the Elimination Chamber PPV which emanates from the New Orleans Arena in New Orleans, LA on Sunday, February 17, 2013. The PPV features only one Elimination Chamber Match.

Overall, the buildup to the main matches has been pretty good. On paper, this looks like a pretty good PPV.

In this blog, I will be giving my preview of the PPV and my predictions for each of the matches.

Youtube.com Match: Rhodes Scholars (Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow) vs Tensai and Brodus Clay

Well, WWE split up Team Rhodes Scholars just a couple of weeks ago. Now, I am guessing this is a “one night only” type of thing, so Damien Sandow and Cody Rhodes (whom I think should not have been split up so soon) are reunited to take on the dual dancing machines of Tensai and Brodus Clay.

Wow, how the mighty have fallen. I remember when Brodus Clay was brought in to be Alberto Del Rio’s enforcer in 2011, and Tensai (formerly Albert) was brought back to be a brutish heel. Now, they are dancers. Well, to be fair, Tensai, as Albert, was the Hip Hop Hippo at one time.

Prediction: Doesn’t really matter. Rhodes Scholars win.

Diva Championship Match: Kaitlyn (C) vs Tamina Snuka

There has not been a lot of diva matches on Raw or Smack Down, as fans only see Natalya acting as a valet for the Great Khali. Even on Smack Down, fans may get a two minute match from Kaitlyn vs whichever diva WWE picks out.

That being said, I don’t see a title change here.

Prediction: Kaitlyn retains.

United States Championship Match: Antonio Cesaro (C) vs The Miz

This feud has been pretty interesting. Cesaro has been excellent as an American-bashing United States Champion. He is starting to grow on me as a worker also.

The Miz seems lost as a face. His smarmy character just does not fit as a face. He is a natural heel, and he should go back to being one. He just seems mismatched here.

Prediction: Antonio Cesaro will still be holding the United States Championship.

World Heavyweight Championship Match: Alberto Del Rio (C) vs The Big Show

I am enjoying Del Rio as champion, and also as a face. He was a face in Mexico for years, and he seems very comfortable in this role. I enjoy his interaction with his ring announcer Ricardo. Great stuff. I have liked Del Rio since he first debuted as well.

That being said, can this feud END? I am so over the Big Show as an main event talent. This feud has been so drawn out. I hope this match ends it once and for all. I think Del Rio can get a decent match out of the Big Show somehow.

Prediction: Del Rio retains.

Elimination Chamber Match to determine the #1 Contender for the World Heavyweight Championship: Chris Jericho vs Jack Swagger vs Kane vs Daniel Bryan vs Mark Henry vs Randy Orton

There are plenty of story lines going into this Chamber match. Will Team Hell No blow up? What about the mini feud brewing between Mark Henry and Randy Orton? How will that affect the dynamics in the match? Could Jericho’s experience, being that he has been in 8 of these matches, be the key to his winning the match? Could Jack Swagger, after all that time off (same could be said for Henry), win the match?

A Swagger win would give his mouthpiece, Zeb Coulter, a license to spew his hatred, disguised as “patriotism,” that’s for sure. I am not a PC type of person. I just think racist story lines, and characters are just passe, and lazy writing.

Prediction: I eliminated Team Hell No right off the bat as likely winners. I also think Orton and Henry somehow cancel each other out. It leaves it down to Jericho and Swagger. I think somehow think Dolph Ziggler and his gang somehow cost Jericho the match, and your winner is Jack Swagger.

John Cena, Ryback and Sheamus vs The Shield (Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, and Dean Ambrose)

Well, it took me awhile to warm up, but I love the Shield. I am drinking the Shield Kool-Aid. That promo they all cut on this past Raw was great, especially Dean Ambrose. Great job by them.

As everyone knows, the Shield have been attacking people from Randy Orton to Sheamus to WWE’s Golden Child ,John Cena. Well, Cena decided to get two fellow Shield victims (Sheamus and Ryback) and in the past couple of weeks on Raw, started to act like Howard Beale (played by Peter Finch) in the 1976 classic, “Network,” and basically say, “We’re mad as hell, and we’re not going to take it anymore!”

Instead of ultimately committing suicide onscreen like the Howard Beale character, Cena, Sheamus and Ryback will take on the Shield at the Elimination Chamber PPV. I believe this match will be a normal six man tag match.

Prediction: Booking 101 says from what happened on Raw, with the babyface group standing tall, the Shield SHOULD go over, and that is what I am predicting.

Do keep in mind that the Shield did win a six man tag match at the TLC PPV in December, 2012 against Team Hell No and Ryback. I would not be surprised if the Shield lost so Ryback gets his “win” back, especially with “Super Cena” in the match.

However, I will stick with my prediction that the Shield win.

WWE Championship Match (stip: If the Rock gets DQ’d or is counted out, the title goes back to CM Punk) : The Rock (C) vs CM Punk

This has been a pretty well built up match. On one hand, you have the Great One, the Rock with his 8th WWE Championship. He defeated CM Punk at the Royal Rumble, and mercifully ended Punk’s 434 day reign as WWE Champion.

On the the other hand, you have the whining, sniveling former champion, CM Punk, and his manager, Paul Heyman. They were crying about how they were “screwed” out of the match, and how the Rock should give back the title, etc.

In my opinion, being a HUGE fan of his, Paul Heyman made this reign tolerable. Heyman was awesome. Even before he got together with Punk, Heyman was terrific with Lesnar in Brock’s feud with HHH. Heyman is brilliant. He has an incredible mind for the business.

Before I am accused of hating Punk (the IWC’s Golden child) , I am sorry. I like Punk, just not for an entire year plus reign. He is a wonderful performer in the ring. He has very good to great matches. I enjoy his matches. I just get tired of the “No one respects me.” “I’m the greatest.” Same old thing.

Yeah, I know, the Rock repeats the same catchphrases, etc.. So does Cena, HHH, and just about all top stars. I’m just saying that CM Punk does it also.

Prediction: Someone is going to interfere in this match. The question is, “Whom?” The next question is, “Which competitor is going to get screwed?” Another thing to think about is, “Could it be possible that Punk turns on Heyman?”

Lots of things could tip the outcome of this match one way or another. However, I am thinking with John Cena, the Royal Rumble winner choosing to face the holder of the WWE Championship, I think the winner is going to be the Great One, the Brahma Bull, the Rock.

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WWE Elimination Chamber 2013 Predictions and Preview

February 14, 2013 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

This Sunday, WWE presents Elimination Chamber 2013 in one of the most exciting February pay-per-views of all time. From top to bottom, the card looks great, including the preshow.

Although there is only one match inside the chamber, there are three or possibly four main events happening this year. From World Title matches to the Elimination Chamber match to a six-man tag team match, you don’t want to miss this event.

With that said, as I do each and every month, here are my predictions for WWE Elimination Chamber 2013.

PreShow: Team Rhodes Scholars vs. Brodus Clay and Tensai

This was a brilliant move by WWE. Team Rhodes Scholars should have never broken up and this match should prove to the company that Sandow and Rhodes should reunite permanently.

This match also showcases two non-champion tag teams, which shows how deep and relevant the tag team division is. Brodus Clay and Tensai are the newest additions to the division, though they basically took the place of Kidd and Gabriel.

In either case, this match is actually somewhat difficult to predict. If Team Rhodes Scholars were reuniting permanently, they would be the favorites to win. However, if this is truly only for one night, it would be wise to give Team Monsters of Funk (I like that name) the win.

Prediction: Brodus Clay and Tensai

Divas Champion Kaitlyn vs. Tamina

We haven’t seen the divas on WWE TV in a number of weeks. When we do see them, it is for a very short period of time.

Things shouldn’t be much different at Elimination Chamber. The divas haven’t gotten much attention lately, so there is no reason for a title change here. Tamina needs to improve on the mic and her character to have a chance at being the next divas champion.

Prediction: Kaitlyn

United States Champion Antonio Cesaro vs. The Miz

The Miz will finally get a shot at the United States title on the real pay-per-view card as he faces Antonio Cesaro once again.

However, The Miz’s face turn hasn’t worked out well enough for him to be the one to end Cesaro’s reign. Cesaro will hold the United States title until the next up and coming superstar comes along and Cesaro can get pushed up to the main event.

Prediction: Antonio Cesaro

World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio vs. Big Show

Hopefully this will be the last opportunity Big Show gets at the World Heavyweight Championship. It should be considering the Elimination Chamber match winner will face the champion at WrestleMania.

There is no reason to believe Big Show will win this match. Del Rio’s face turn, unlike the Miz’s, has turned out great. The WWE Universe is totally behind Del Rio and Ricardo Rodriguez. WWE may have found their new top Latino babyface after all.

Prediction: Alberto Del Rio

Elimination Chamber Match for #1 Contender for World Heavyweight Championship

This match is probably the most difficult to predict, but at the same time only a couple of superstars have a good chance. Bryan and Kane won’t win as they will most likely cause each other to get eliminated.

Chris Jericho also probably won’t win as he is a part-time wrestler. I also don’t expect Randy Orton to win, especially since he wasn’t even on Raw this past week. He continues to be defeated by Mark Henry, suggesting Orton will not win.

That leaves Mark Henry and Jack Swagger.

I have been predicting Mark Henry over Swagger due to the fact that the World’s Strongest Man is more of a main event level superstar right now. Swagger has been in matches with Kofi Kingston and Santino Marella, while Henry has been defeating Randy Orton.

I won’t be surprised if Jack Swagger wins, but Henry has to be the favorite.

Prediction: Mark Henry

 

John Cena, Ryback, Sheamus vs. The Shield

This match is also difficult to call as WWE will try to make both teams look strong. John Cena needs to be protected as his Royal Rumble win has seemingly began a huge year for Cena. At the same time, this is only The Shield’s second official match.

Ryback and Sheamus also have been losing pay-per-view matches recently, making all superstars in major risk of looking weak.

Regardless, if WWE has to make one side look stronger than the other it’s the three superheroes of WWE. The Shield can lose this match and it won’t mean as much as if Cena and crew lose.

Prediction: John Cena, Ryback, Sheamus

WWE Champion The Rock vs. CM Punk

Most people were probably expecting The Rock to defeat CM Punk once again go on to face John Cena at WrestleMania 29. However, with the new stipulation and considering certain consequences, I wouldn’t count out a CM Punk win. No pun intended.

Now that The Rock can lose the title by disqualification or count-out, I fully expect CM Punk to win the title back. For those wondering what this means for WrestleMania, the main event can still include The Rock.

If The Rock loses the title at Elimination Chamber, he can invoke his rematch clause at WrestleMania. At the same time, John Cena will be cashing in his Royal Rumble win, making it a triple threat match.

With the news that The Undertaker may not have a match at WrestleMania, this is the best case scenario for everyone involved.

I won’t be surprised if The Rock wins and faces Cena at WrestleMania, but that leaves CM Punk without anything to do.

Prediction: CM Punk

What do you think of my predictions for WWE Elimination Chamber 2013? What are your predictions?

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Time For The WWE To Eliminate The Elimination Chamber Match

February 20, 2012 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

WWE Elimination Chamber MatchThe two Chamber Matches at Sunday’s WWE Elimination Chamber 2012 event were a recurring highlight film of crazy bumps and high risks for talented WWE superstars. It was midway through the first match when I started to ponder whether the risks are worth the reward for these matches.

While I understand that any professional wrestler is putting himself at risk for injury anytime he steps into a ring, the risks taken in the Elimination Chamber Matches are absurd. It is one thing to brace yourself and learn how to bump on canvas, but it is another thing to take bumps on the floor of an Elimination Chamber match.

Dolph Ziggler is a guy that most agree has an extremely bright future in the WWE. In the ring, he has slowly turned into one of my favorite WWE superstars of this era to watch. He reminds me quite a bit of Curt Hennig and a younger Shawn Michaels in that he is a bumping machine. Which made me wonder why in the world he was risking his entire career for a match that probably won’t even get 100,000 buys domestically?

It wasn’t just Dolph. It was everyone with the exception of the Great Khali who was in and out of the match. Even The Big Show at one point took a double suplex from Cody Rhodes and Wade Barrett onto the chamber floor. Even if it was gimmicked, there is only so much protection you can offer in that situation. So why put a man that has missed time with chronic back problems into such a dangerous match?

The match needs to go. Someone is going to get hurt badly in the match, if they haven’t been already. While nobody has ever missed significant time to my knowledge from the match, the long term impact on the back, body, and head of such high risk bumps cannot be quantified. How will anyone know when Dolph is ready to retire whether he would have had more time in the ring if not for this match? Is it coincidence that Edge started to have neck issues after this match last year? Maybe, but you can’t tell me that the bumping he did in last year’s match didn’t exasperate his injuries.

These are all guys that have trained hard and worked their tails off inside of the pro wrestling rings to get to the point where they can earn a good living as a professional wrestler. These are guys that have been working from day one to headline WrestleMania and have a WrestleMania classic, not fall back-first onto metal or hit the back of their heads on the same hard surface. You want to book guys in this kind of a match? Fine, hire stunt men or gymnasts, not trained professional wrestlers!

It isn’t just the Chamber Match. The Money in the Bank Match also has its dangers, but at least you can manage your risks to an extent. In the Chamber Match you are working in an unsafe situation the second your pod is raised. It’s just not fair to these guys.

I don’t blame the guys for getting in there. What would you do if you were them? You’d do whatever you can to keep your spot. Yet the company owes it to these guys to at least manage their risks. I find it almost comical that WWE management is reportedly so upset at The Miz for missing R-Truth on a dive, yet they have no problem booking an injury-prone wrestler like Randy Orton or Mark Henry in such a match.

The risks are nowhere near the rewards. An injury here can take one of the key players on a roster that already has depth issues and put him on the shelf right before WrestleMania and for what? 100-200,000 buys? Is that revenue really worth losing one of your top guys a month before WrestleMania? What if more than one guy got hurt? What if someone’s career ended from one of those stupid bumps?

It’s a nice visual but so is a bloody wrestling match and the WWE won’t allow their wrestlers to bleed anymore…and rightfully so. But for a company that was so concerned with safety two weeks ago, they certainly don’t have a problem throwing their guys in such a dangerous match do they?

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WWE Elimination Chamber 2012 Results & Winners – WrestleMania 28 Comes Together

February 19, 2012 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

CM PunkSunday’s WWE 2012 Elimination Chamber winners will move forward to their respective championship dances at WrestleMania 28. The results weren’t all predictable yet WWE fans finally have a clearer picture as to what the championship matches will look like on the biggest show of the year in Miami.

CM Punk retained the WWE championship in the RAW Elimination Chamber Match. Punk pinned The Miz to win the match. I felt all along that the WWE would pull a swerve here as just about anyone predicting the show picked Chris Jericho to win. Whether it was a last minute change or not, Punk retained, and is now rock solid for a WWE championship match at WrestleMania.

Former tag team champions Kofi Kingston and CM Punk started out the RAW Elimination Chamber Match. They started out with several near falls early. A cool spot saw Punk slingshot Kofi into Chris Jericho’s chamber. Both guys took some hard falls on the steel. Dolph Ziggler entered next and went right for Punk.

Ziggler dropped a Famouser from the top of the cage onto Punk. Ziggler was on fire and a real show stealer here in my opinion. Kofi and Punk then took turns beating on Ziggler. They wound up colliding in the air at one point after trying to double team Ziggler. Punk crawled onto Kofi for a near fall. R-Truth was next to enter the chamber and went right after Ziggler.

Ziggler took a hard bump over the top rope onto the steel. Truth followed up by diving on Ziggler. Back in the ring, Ziggler kicked out of a near fall. Punk nailed a Shining Wizard and Atomic Superplex for a near fall on Truth. Punk finally put Truth away with a flying elbow drop off the top rope.

Kofi did a flying wall spot ala: John Morrison. The Miz was next to enter the match as Ziggler and Kofi were laid out outside of the ring. The Miz came in strong and hit moves on Punk and Kofi. Ziggler was tossed outside of the ring again. The kid was a bumping machine tonight!

The Miz and Punk went at it for a few minutes. Miz started and stopped during a run across the ring that is sure to land him on Botchmania. Wow, has he regressed or what? Punk got a near fall on a power slam and then went right into the Anaconda Vice. Chris Jericho entered as Miz was in the vice. Punk released to standoff with Jericho.

Punk and Jericho brawled immediately. After a few exchanges, Jericho got a two-count on Punk with a Lionsault. Jericho eliminated Ziggler with the Code Breaker in the midst of all of this. What a shame. At one point I was starting to think Dolph was going to pull off an upset.

The fans really ate up the Jericho-Punk stuff. The feud is definitely over, or at least in Milwaukee it was. Jericho slammed Punk’s arm inside the door a few times. Jericho was a one man wrecking crew at this point. The Miz put an end to that.

Kofi leaped off the top of one of the pods onto Punk and Miz. He covered The Miz for a near fall. Jericho then snuck up behind him and locked in the Walls of Jericho and eliminated the former WWE intercontinental champion. Jericho destroyed Kofi on the way out, including tossing him out of the cage. Punk snuck up behind him and kicked him in the back of the head. The momentum took him out of the cage on to the floor.

Jericho was out “cold” on the floor. The referees said he couldn’t continue. WWE officials came out to check on Jericho, who didn’t respond. The announcers pointed out that Jericho hit his head as he went to the ground. This stopped the match for a few minutes until Punk and The Miz continued.

Punk and The Miz went back and forth as Jericho remained on the floor. The Miz caught Punk off the top rope into a Skull Crushing Finale for a real close finish. For a guy that was reportedly in the “dog house”, The Miz sure looked strong here.

The Miz missed a charge and went head first into the pod. Punk hit the GTS for the win. Punk was then announced as the winner, although it was never clear whether Jericho was actually eliminated or not. Punk celebrated for a few minutes in the ring following the win. Punk walked by Jericho at which point I expected Jericho to get up and swerve everyone, but he did not.

Alberto Del Rio interrupted a John Laurinaitis and cut a promo on Teddy Long. He said he thought Laurinaitis should be General Manager of both brands. He was interrupted by Mark Henry. Henry called Long a bully and accused Long of assaulting him. This segment fell pretty flat with the audience. Christian then returned. All three guys wound up posing with Laurinaitis for a picture. The crowd chanted “Triple H” but unfortunately never got him. This could be a set up for some kind of six-man tag team match at WrestleMania.

Daniel Bryan retained the WWE world heavyweight championship in the SmackDown Elimination Chamber Match. Bryan tapped out Santino Marella to snag the win. As bad as this looked on paper, this turned out to be an absolutely fantastic match, coming close to topping last year’s classic.

Wade Barrett and The Big Show started off the SmackDown Elimination Chamber Match. Barrett took out the knee and went to work on Show with kicks to the face and body. Great psychology here with Barrett working over Show’s knee.

Show eventually recovered and threw Barrett over the top to the steel floor. Cody Rhodes was next to enter, although he was in no hurry to enter the match. Barrett and Cody double teamed Show. Barrett quickly turned on Rhodes and clotheslined him over the top rope. Santino was next to enter!

Santino entered to a big pop and hit Barrett with a few moves. Show finally cornered Santino and tossed him around. Show and Bryan had words throughout the match. Barrett and Rhodes double suplexed Show onto the steel floor. Cody then hit a beautiful Moonsault Press onto Barrett for a near fall and then set his sights on Santino. Cody went to work on Marella’s hand. The Great Khali was up next!

Khali came in and hit Cody with the slowest chop in the world. He then hit Cody and Barrett with Punjabi Plunges. Show eliminated Khali with a spear. The fans loved that spot. Khali was gone. Show stood in front of Bryan’s pod waiting for the champion to enter. Show then reached in for Bryan and tried to grab him. I am really enjoying the Bryan-Show feud. Show then started ripping apart the top of Bryan’s pod and finally broke into the pod. This was great! Show beat on Bryan. The fans really came alive for this. Bryan finally escaped the pod.

Show then threw Bryan into the pod which broke on impact. Show continued to punish Bryan. Barrett eventually cut Show off. Santino tried to roll up Barrett for a quick three to no avail. Cody did an Anthony Pettis-style kick off the cage to Show. Barrett dropped an elbow and Rhodes finally pinned Show.

Santino then snuck up behind Cody and pinned him for an elimination. Rhodes then delivered a Cross Rhodes to Santino. Santino kicked out of a Barrett cover. The fans were really behind Marella. Bryan and Barrett had a great back and forth for several minutes while Santino was laid out. Barrett slammed Bryan’s head into the pod door. Barrett came off as a real killer in this match.

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Bryan caught Barrett with a flying knee to the head. Bryan tossed Barrett into a pod door. Barrett then crotched Bryan on the top rope and slammed the back of Bryan’s head into the pod. Barrett went for the Wasteland on the top but Santino cut him off. Bryan nailed a diving headbutt onto Barrett. Santino then covered him for the three.

It came down to Marella and Bryan. Bryan hit Santino with several kicks to the chest. Bryan missed a diving headbutt. Santino pulled out the Cobra for a near fall. Bryan then locked in the LeBell Lock. Santino tapped and Bryan was victorious in what turned out to be one hell of a match!

Sheamus entered the ring immediately following the match. Sheamus dropped Bryan with an Emerald Frosien. I would assume that this means Sheamus is officially going after the WWE world heavyweight title at WrestleMania, although he didn’t say a word. According to Michael Cole, it was very apparent that he made his choice so it looks like Bryan vs. Sheamus is official.

John Cena embraced the heat and defeated Kane in an Ambulance Match. John Cena delivered an Attitude Adjustment off the top of the ambulance to set up the finish of this brawl. Cena followed up the A.A. off the top by dumping Kane into the back of the ambulance to win the match. The match appeared to end the feud and clear the plate for the WrestleMania 28 Rock vs. Cena build to get into full swing on RAW this Monday night.

I’d call it a decent show. The SmackDown Elimination Chamber Match was great, while the RAW one was pretty good. The WrestleMania 28 card looks to be a bit more solid with Punk vs. Jericho and Sheamus vs. Bryan for the championships locked in. The Cena-Kane stuff is over and nobody will be complaining about that, opening up the door for The Rock to start promoting with Cena. The ending of the show was a bit odd, ending a show called the “Elimination Chamber” PPV with a non-chamber match, yet still a much better show than the WWE Royal Rumble 2012.

Full WWE 2012 Elimination Chamber results & winner…
CM Punk defeated Chris Jericho, The Miz, Kofi Kingston, Dolph Ziggler, and R-Truth in an Elimination Chamber Match to retain the WWE championship
Beth Phoenix defeated Tamina Snuka to retain the WWE Divas championship
Daniel Bryan defeated The Big Show, The Great Khali, Wade Barrett, Cody Rhodes, & Santino Marella in an Elimination Chamber Match to retain the WWE world heavyweight championship
Jack Swagger retained the U.S. championship defeating Justin Gabriel
John Cena defeated Kane in an Ambulance Match

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WWE Elimination Chamber 2012 Predictions & Preview

February 19, 2012 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

2012 Elimination ChamberYou’d never know it by watching Monday’s WWE RAW, but the Elimination Chamber 2012 pay per view is this Sunday night. Ten Royal Rumble losers will have a shot at changing the course of WrestleMania 28 and solidifying a spot in one of the top matches at this year’s extravaganza in Miami.

This has arguably been the worst promoted WWE pay per view in months. Unlike past years where you had all kinds of chaos leading into the two WWE championship Elimination Chamber matches, RAW was heavily spent the last couple of weeks building towards WrestleMania 28. So if you are planning on skipping this Sunday’s WWE event, I can’t say that I’d blame you.

On the other hand, you can count on at least two damned good matches with the Elimination Chamber. Last year’s Elimination Chamber matches were very good, with the SmackDown version coming close to my pick for 2011 WWE Match of the Year. If you want action, you are bound to get plenty of action this coming Sunday night. Maybe even more than you’ll find at WrestleMania.

CM Punk vs. Kofi Kingston vs. The Miz vs. Chris Jericho vs. R-Truth vs. Dolph Ziggler Elimination Chamber Match for the WWE championship

I already wrote about the two championship matches in previous blogs so I’ll try and give a new spin on it. There is a growing sentiment of WWE bloggers that believe CM Punk will not make it to Miami with the WWE championship around his waist. I join those bloggers in those sentiments.

It would appear from the way things have gone down in recent weeks that Chris Jericho is poised to win the match. All signs point to Jericho returning to WrestleMania as a WWE champion. There have also been rumors about the length of Jericho’s current WWE run. Some believe that his return will end shortly after WrestleMania. I did uncover an interesting tidbit recently which may act as a bit of a spoiler. If you want to avoid spoilers, stop reading now.

Chris Jericho’s band Fozzy are heading back into the studio to record a new album. With a new album comes promotion and a lengthy tour. I think this is an immediate tipoff that Jericho is heading back into music by the start of the summer.

I don’t think that Kofi, The Miz, or Truth have been positioned in any way to take the championship heading into WrestleMania. Ziggler is a wild card here. I don’t think it is impossible to see Ziggler win the championship and set up a Triple Threat Match between Ziggler vs. Punk vs. Jericho. I doubt it, but it wouldn’t shock me as much as seeing one of the other three participants win.

My prediction is that Chris Jericho will win the WWE championship on Sunday. I think Punk is pinned and winds up regaining the title at WrestleMania. Jericho vs. Punk will be positioned nicely in Miami and the WWE gets maximum returns on their short investment in Y2J. It should also be noted that Jericho will enter last as a result of winning a Six Pack Challenge on RAW.

Daniel Bryan vs. The Big Show vs. The Great Khali vs. Wade Barrett vs. Cody Rhodes vs. Santino Marella Elimination Chamber Match for the WWE world heavyweight championship

The SmackDown brand will have its work cut out for itself if it hopes to replicate the fantastic match the brand provided at last year’s Elimination Chamber. With all due respect to Show and Khali, they won’t exactly be enhancing the dynamics Sunday night for their brand.

This match is set up for Daniel Bryan to win. Bryan has turned into a fantastic heel champion on SmackDown, known for barely winning his matches. What better way to showcase this than to steal a pin on a guy that isn’t paying attention in such a fast-paced match?

Randy Orton would have probably been the only guy in this match to threaten Bryan’s WrestleMania moment, but he is out. Personally, I was hoping to see Orton vs. Bryan in Miami but as a singles match that just can’t happen after the way the Royal Rumble finished. Could they go with a Sheamus vs. Bryan vs. Orton Triple Threat title match? Not now. Santino Marella vs. Bryan vs. Sheamus is far less likely to happen.

I like Bryan to win in a sneaky fashion. Maybe he comes behind a guy who scored the second to last pin and catches him off guard with a submission or cradle rollup? I don’t know but I think this one ends in controversial fashion with the champion intact.

However, I would also look out for a swerve here. Just because Santino is booked doesn’t necessary mean he will actually participate in the match. Just ask Kofi Kingston about how that goes. I have a sneaky suspicion that Mark Henry winds up in the match. If so, I would look for the big man to win and wrestle Sheamus at WrestleMania. I don’t think it is a coincidence that those two have been kept apart thus far.

John Cena vs. Kane Ambulance Match

The ironic thing about this Kane vs. Cena feud is that I think it would be a fantastic feud if it featured two other guys. For some reason or another, Cena and Kane just aren’t working for me here. They both come off real corny and unbelievable in the current story, which still doesn’t make that much sense. Hopefully this is the end of it.

Obviously Zack Ryder is getting involved somehow in this thing. I don’t know if he costs Cena the match or if Eve aligns with Kane, but that dynamic will certainly come into play. I have thought from the start that Eve will wind up with Kane when all is said and done. I think that is exactly what happens and it comes together this Sunday night.

I like Kane winning in a long brawl, probably too long. I think this allows Cena to lose and avoid getting pinned before WrestleMania. Unfortunately this feud will probably continue for a few weeks or pick up right after WrestleMania. I would really be surprised to see Cena win here, yet maybe he does, but in a way that allows him to play this guy teetering on the edge of becoming a heel. I’ll go with Kane and a major twist to end the match.

Full WWE 2012 Elimination Chamber Matches & Card…
CM Punk vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Chris Jericho vs. The Miz vs. R-Truth vs. Kofi Kingston in an Elimination Chamber match for the WWE Championship
Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton vs. Cody Rhodes vs. Wade Barrett vs. Big Show vs. The Great Khali in an Elimination Chamber match for the World Heavyweight Championship
Kane vs. John Cena in an Ambulance Match
Beth Phoenix vs. Tamina Snuka for the WWE Divas Championship[8]

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More WWE Elimination Chamber 2012 Predictions & Preview

February 18, 2012 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

2012 Elimination ChamberThis Sunday, February 19, 2012, will be featuring the last PPV stop before WrestleMania, the Elimination Chamber. This year’s edition emanates from Milwaukee, WI. The push towards this particular PPV has been average at best. It appears to me with the appearances of Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker, that WWE is looking past Elimination Chamber, and is concentrating on WrestleMania 28. I always wondered why don’t they just not have a PPV in February. That way, WWE can have enough time to build up WrestleMania storylines from Rumble to Mania. I guess they have to have a PPV every month.

Anyway, that being said, I am going to give my predictions for this four match PPV (as of this writing as WWE may add matches later), so here goes.

Kane vs John Cena in a Loser Leaves In An Ambulance Match

I don’t know about you readers, but I am so tired of this feud. The Kane/Cena feud does absolutely NOTHING for me. I mean, really. Fans boo Cena anyway. Cena has the dichotomy of the dueling chants of “Cena sucks” and “Let’s Go Cena.” Are they trying to turn Cena heel without turning him heel in order to get him ready for the Rock feud? After all, I am guessing WWE does not want Rock booed. I don’t see Rock being booed anyway. Regardless, the whole other intertwined story line with Zach and Eve Torres just jumbles it up.

Prediction: Cena somehow wins and ends (hopefully) this useless feud.

Women’s Diva Title: Beth Phoenix (c) vs Tamina Snuka

There is not much of a build to this match. I could not care less who wins.

Prediction: Beth Phoenix retains her Diva Belt as I doubt there would be a title change to a first time challenger.

Raw Chamber for the WWE Championship

Contestants: CM Punk (c) vs The Miz vs R Truth vs Chris Jericho vs Dolph Ziggler vs Kofi Kingston

Well, as I watched the meager buildup for this match progress, I pretty much eliminated three participants right off the bat. I wrote off Kingston, who I think has a lot of talent, but he is one guy who I think is in “mid card hell.” I knew almost immediately R Truth, again, another one I think has quite a bit of talent, but the geniuses in WWE have him as a comedy act. Miz is the other one that I deemed a “no hoper” as we horse players would call him (meaning a racehorse in a race that would have “no hope” or no chance in hell of winning). I think his work, both on the mic, and in the ring has been going backward.

The three participants that I DID think had a great chance of winning were Jericho, Punk, and Ziggler. Ziggler is very talented, and I think has a chance to hold the belt one day. However, I don’t think it is in the cards, but I think he will be one of the last three, at least he SHOULD be. As Jericho will reportedly be going back in the studio with Fozzy and back on the road with them by summers, it is a strong possibility that he could win, and get a short reign. The other option is Punk retains.

Prediction: With Jericho’s going back on the road with Fozzy, I am predicting he gets the win over Punk, and he and Punk go at it at Mania 28 where Punk gets it back.

SmackDown Elimination Chamber for the World Heavyweight Championship

Contestants: Daniel Bryan (c) vs Santino Marella vs The Big Show vs The Great Khali vs Cody Rhodes vs Wade Barrett

I don’t know what is worse, this group of participants for this year’s Smackdown World Heavyweight Championship, or the field for last year’s Kentucky Derby. I mean, good grief. Daniel Bryan better bring two pairs of carrying shoes. I know Randy Orton unfortunately got hurt, but WWE could have done better than to have Santino Marella substitute. Perhaps Johnny Ace will intercede and come up with something, or maybe Marella will be knocked out and maybe a returning Christian will be entered instead? I can only hope.

Anyway, I don’t see Khali winning. Barrett should have had a reign when he was “hot,” so I don’t see him winning. Big Show isn’t winning. Marella if he is not replaced by someone (Please , let it be Christian), I don’t think so. I don’t think Rhodes is quite ready even though he has greatly improved.

Prediction: Daniel Bryan once again wins through some sort of sneaky means.


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Randy Orton Suffers Injury, Out Of WWE Elimination Chamber – Spoiler Alert

February 15, 2012 By: Category: Videos, WWE | Pro Wrestling

Randy Orton passed his concussion testsThere is a big change just days before the WWE 2012 Elimination Chamber pay per view. Randy Orton is out of the match after suffering a concussion Monday night against The Big Show. WWE.com reports, Orton will not get clearance in time to compete on Sunday’s show.

This seems to be a familiar story for those of us that have followed the career of Randy Orton. Orton may be the most injury-plagued WWE megastar of the last decade. For whatever reason, Orton has had a terrible time trying to stay healthy over the last few years. The concussion is his second in less than a year since his head injury last June in Spain.

Randy sustained head trauma following his match with Big Show, in which Daniel Bryan interfered, and he was evaluated in the training room immediately afterward,” WWE physician Dr. Michael Sampson told WWE.com. “Due to his symptoms as well as his neurological evaluation, he was diagnosed with a concussion. We will be doing more testing to see how he’s going to do as far as short term vs. long term.

I am not quite sure where Orton suffered the injury in the match. It could have been the belt shot to the back of the head from Daniel Bryan but that is just a guess. Regardless, Orton is out of the match and could miss at least next week’s television tapings. My hunch is that he will be back for the following week, if not back by Tuesday.

It is a tough break for The Viper. In my opinion, Orton has been at his best over the last 12-16 months. His matches have been good to great over that time period with CM Punk, Christian, Dolph Ziggler, Cody Rhodes, and Wade Barrett in particular. The company may think twice about putting the belt back on Orton for the long haul. Every professional wrestler is at risk when they step inside of the ring, but for some reason Orton is just one of those guys more susceptible to injuries than most.

Spoiler Alert Do not read any further if you wish to avoid SmackDown spoilers. Okay, you have been warned.

A battle royal was held on Tuesday’s SmackDown taping with the winner getting Orton’s spot in the Chamber match. Santino Marella eliminated David Otunga to win the match and the spot. This will be Marella’s first championship main-event on pay per view. According to reports, the finish of the match got a huge reaction because it wasn’t expected.

Earlier reports suggested that Mark Henry would be called back to duty to replace Orton, which would have made sense. Henry is on leave to rehab a couple of nagging injuries he has accumulated over the last few months. My guess is that he just wasn’t ready to wrestle or the company would have proceeded with the plan.

It would not shock me at all to see Santino survive until the final fall of the match. The WWE did something similar with him at last year’s Royal Rumble and I thought it was great. Fans will be expecting him to be eliminated early, thus I could see the company teasing a swerve. However, I would be absolutely stunned if he won the match.

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WWE 2012 Elimination Chamber Predictions – The SmackDown Chamber Winner

February 06, 2012 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

2012 Elimination ChamberThe 2012 WWE Elimination Chamber pay per view may be one of the most intriguing of the year. With a surprise Royal Rumble 2012 winner already in the books, anything can happen in the SmackDown WWE world championship Elimination Chamber match.

The Elimination Chamber matches and pay per views can be hit and miss. While most are misses in my opinion, last year’s was one of my favorite WWE events of 2011. Last year;s SmackDown chamber match was one of my top picks for Match of the Year. It was just outstanding! This year’s match has just as much potential, if not more.

I thought I’d have some fun and take a look at the chances that each top prospect has of winning the WWE championship match using Vegas odds. Of course take these odds for what you will as I had Sheamus listed as a 50-1 long shot of winning this year’s Royal Rumble. Nobody ever accused me of being a savvy handicapper.

For those of you unfamiliar with the Chamber match, six guys will compete inside of an enclosed cage. The match is wrestled under elimination rules and anyone can be pinned in the end to decide a new WWE champion. The match does not end until five men are eliminated by pin or submission.

Of course things can and likely will change from now until the event in terms of injuries, card placement, and even champions. With that said, let’s place some WWE bets!

Daniel Bryan vs. Wade Barrett vs. The Big Show vs. Cody Rhodes vs. The Great Khali vs. Randy Orton for the WWE world heavyweight championship

Daniel Bryan - My first inclination was to go with Randy Orton, yet Bryan seems to make the most sense. Right now Bryan’s gimmick is that he is barely winning his matches and retaining his championship. The Elimination Chamber match sets up a number of scenarios which allow that to continue. I like Bryan retaining and going on to WrestleMania 28 to rematch Sheamus, but only this time for the WWE world heavyweight championship.

Odds: Even

Randy Orton - Orton was my choice to win the Royal Rumble and as you know by now, I couldn’t have been more wrong. I just get the feeling that something big is brewing with Orton for WrestleMania 28, bigger than a grudge match with Wade Barrett. It would certainly not shock me to see Orton win the match, but I just think Bryan makes the most sense. Plus, his previous matches with Sheamus didn’t exactly set the world on fire. I’ll give him good odds, but if I were a betting man I’d probably still go with the current champion.

Odds: +115

Wade Barrett - Finally, the WWE are giving Barrett the push that so many of us have been waiting for over the last year. Barrett is back to being pushed as a top guy and is probably hotter than he has been since his feud with John Cena. Barrett winning would be interesting, but would Vincent Kennedy McMahon really okay a Barrett vs. Sheamus match for a world championship at WrestleMania 28? It wouldn’t completely shock me like seeing R-Truth win the RAW match, but it certainly is not expected.

Odds: +386

Cody Rhodes - If Show’s WrestleMania 28 match wasn’t already leaked, I’d give him the worst odds of anyone in the match. That isn’t to say that I am not a fan because I do like his work, but the reality is that Cody Rhodes is booked to be a mid to high-mid carder for life. At times I think he can be overrated and yet other times he’ll pull a match out that puts him right back on the map. I think he’ll have a strong showing but there is very little chance he goes to Miami with the brand championship around his waist.

Odds: +725

The Great Khali - Khali is a late addition to the match, resulting in Mark Henry’s temporary leave of absence. Khali is back, he is fresh, and normally that means a renewed super push. However, I can’t imagine even Vince McMahon as demented as he can be at times, green lighting Khali vs. Sheamus for a major WWE championship at WrestleMania. No Mercy or Vengeance, absolutely, but not the biggest show of the year! I can’t say I’d be completely surprised to see him win because size does matter to the boss, yet I just don’t see it right now.

Odds: +777

The Big Show - If this were a month ago, I’d give the giant great odds of wrestling for the championship at WrestleMania 28. Unfortunately the word has gotten out that Show is already booked to wrestle former NBA megastar Shaq in Miami. Could the WWE really make that a WWE world heavyweight championship match? Quite honestly I think they should, but that would leave Sheamus out in the cold. I’d expect to see Kofi winning the RAW match before watching Show have his hand raised at the Elimination Chamber event.

Odds: +913

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WWE 2012 Elimination Chamber Predictions – The RAW Chamber Winner

February 01, 2012 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

The 2012 WWE Elimination Chamber pay per view may be one of the most intriguing of the year. With a surprise Royal Rumble 2012 winner already in the books, anything can happen in the RAW WWE championship Elimination Chamber match.

Theses matches and pay per views can be very hit and miss. While most are misses in my opinion, last year’s was one of my favorite WWE events of 2011. The RAW chamber match had a nice balance of action and story, really setting the plate for WrestleMania 27. This year’s match has just as much potential, if not more.

I thought I’d have some fun and take a look at the chances that each top prospect has of winning the WWE championship match using Vegas odds. Of course take these odds for what you will as I had Sheamus listed as a 50-1 long shot of winning this year’s Royal Rumble. Nobody ever accused me of being a savvy handicapper.

For those of you unfamiliar with the Chamber match, six guys will compete inside of an enclosed cage. The match is wrestled under elimination rules and anyone can be pinned in the end to decide a new WWE champion. The match does not end until five men are eliminated by pin or submission.

Of course things can and likely will change from now until the event in terms of injuries, card placement, and even champions. With that said, let’s place some WWE bets!

C.M. Punk vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Chris Jericho vs. Kofi Kingston vs. The Miz vs. R-Truth for the WWE Championship

Chris Jericho - This may surprise you but I am going with Chris Jericho as the RAW favorite to win the WWE championship. The obvious plan appears to be CM Punk vs. Chris Jericho at WrestleMania 28 for the WWE championship. We already saw Jericho kick off the angle this past Monday when he attacked Punk during his match with Daniel Bryan to start the feud. I think the feud takes a new twist with Punk challenging for his title in Miami.

Odds: -100

CM Punk - Punk will probably be the favorite to win the match among most prognosticators. Punk has been on a roll and the company appears very committed to him this time around as champion. However, I am picking Jericho to win so I can’t make Punk a favorite as well. The WWE could play it safe and keep their champion as is going into WrestleMania 28, yet I still think they want to throw a new wrinkle into the Jericho-Punk feud. Although Punk retaining wouldn’t shock me at all.

Odds: Even

The Miz - He’s The Miz and if I have to see him in another WWE championship match at WrestleMania I think I may just give up ordering WrestleMania events. I am not a fan, never have been, but I can understand the support he has among his many cult followers. Unfortunately for them, The Miz is being booked lately like a guy that has zero chance of winning this match. Thus, knowing the WWE and how they like to shake things up, it would not completely shock me to see them throw a curveball here and give The Miz another ticket to WrestleMania 28. Stranger things have happened.

Odds: +325

Dolph Ziggler - Dolph is quickly developing a huge following of fans that have finally recognized how talented this guy is. It reminds me of watching Steve Austin in WCW in his early years and you know the guy is a great talent, yet he never gets elevated to where he should be. Losing five times at the Royal Rumble and then again the next night on RAW is no way to prepare this guy for a WWE championship match at WrestleMania 28. I’d love to see it, but it just doesn’t appear in the cards right now. I’d call him a long shot. Not an impossible long shot, but a fairly long shot to win the match, and that is unfortunate.

Odds: +600

Kofi Kingston - Now we are getting into real long shot territory. I am a big Kofi fan and I would enjoy nothing more than watching this guy tear the house down in a WWE championship match at WrestleMania 28. Yet I don’t think that anyone on the WWE creative team feels the same way. Kofi is just starting to get a singles push and I do think at some point we could see Kofi in the title picture. April 1 however may be just a little too soon.

Odds: +845

R-Truth - Quite frankly I could see a case for any of the above mentioned guys winning the match. R-Truth winning would just blow my mind. I don’t get the R-Truth love yet I am fully aware that he has a big following of fans on the Internet. Like Kofi, I do think you’ll see Truth back in the title picture as nothing more than a guy to fill a spot on a B pay per view. But R-Truth going to WrestleMania 28 as the WWE champion would just blow my mind!

Odds: +999

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