Sunday, February 20, 2011

2/20/11 Elimination Chamber

Alberto Del Rio vs. Kofi Kingston: The proper opening match. Crowd was definitely jacked for this one. Alberto is on a major push and Kofi gave it one hell of an effort. Looked like Alberto pulled some moves out of Roderick Strong's playbook. Loved how Ricardo's interference still led to more great action. Excellent match here because it made both men look very strong. ***1/4

Edge vs. Rey Mysterio vs. Kane vs. Wade Barrett vs. Drew McIntyre vs. The Big Show (Smackdown Elimination Chamber; World Heavyweight Title): Edge and Mysterio started, which I like. Barrett in next, good move. Kane in fourth, which only means Show comes in last. I liked it when McIntyre came in and  sent Rey and Barrett through pods -- it was a great first impact. Kane then threw Rey into the pod and the post, ow. Big Show ate about 20 finishers before getting eliminated. Really liked the double spear spot Edge pulled off on Kane and Mysterio. Having Edge and Mysterio in that one-on-one war at the end was one for the ages. That's why these two are main eventers. ****1/2

Heath Slater & Justin Gabriel vs. Santino Marella & Vladimir Kozlov (Tag Team Titles): An OK match here. Santino and Kozlov are so over with the crowd, they don't need the belts. That 450 splash is sweet. Typical that Big Zeke got involved in some form. *1/2

The Miz vs. Jerry Lawler (WWE Title): A decent match here. Lots of suspense, given Lawler's week (his mother had just passed away a few days prior). Great job in making Lawler look strong, like he would win on several occasions. ***1/4

John Cena vs. CM Punk vs. John Morrison vs. Randy Orton vs. King Sheamus vs. R-Truth (RAW Elimination Chamber): So Morrison and Sheamus started, which is OK, although I would really have liked Morrison and Truth to start. Not sure if Punk not being able to properly get out of the pod (and then eating an RKO from Orton) was planned, but the GM "reinstated" Punk back in. Loved Morrison scaling the chamber and coming down on Sheamus. Yes, it was pretty obvious Cena would win, but I still wanted Morrison to get his due. ****1/4

MVPs: Miz gets props for retaining his title. But man, that Edge/Mysterio one-on-one encounter in the chamber was just epic stuff. It should remind people of Taker/HBK at the Rumble a few years ago, when they were the last two in the ring.

Overall Rating: I enjoyed this PPV, even though the winners were quite predictable. Also, the extra news that Trish Stratus would be one of the trainers on Tough Enough was extra sweet. WWE stacked the card with quality matches, as usual for this PPV. The chamber matches got their time and the divas were basically kept to skits instead of wrestling. Great job, WWE. ***3/4

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