Elimination Chamber 2011
Date: February 20, 2011
Location: Oracle Arena, Oakland, California
Commentators: Michael Cole, Josh Matthews, Booker T
It’s the final major stop on the Road to Wrestlemania as tonight we more or less set the main events in stone. The title matches are the Smackdown Chamber match which has an open spot and Jerry Lawler vs. The Miz for the Raw Title. It blows my mind that there’s an actual chance that is somewhat open for debate about who wins. Also there’s the Raw Chamber match and that’s about it. Let’s get to it.
The opening video is about what you would expect: it’s a video of how the Chamber is the big diabolical (their word not mine) turn on the Road to Wrestlemania. This is another of those shows where the big match sells itself and there’s not a thing wrong with that.
The set has what looks like the side of a Chamber in front of the Tron. Yeah that’s not a bad idea at all.
Alberto Del Rio vs. Kofi Kingston
Not a bad choice tos tart with but I’m so used to the Chamber starting us off that it’s a bit surprising. Ricardo gets in a jab at the Raiders which is rather easy to do to be fair. Alberto says that he’s committed to excellence unlike the people from Oakland. Commitment to Excellence is the motto of the Oakland Raiders if that line makes no sense. Tonight six men fight for the chance to face him and there’s nothing they can do to stop him. Kofi’s music finally cuts him off.
This is non-title mind you. Josh talks about Alberto taking liberties on Horny while Horny was blindfolded. You can make your own jokes there. We get an Alberto chant to start and a basic back and forth sequence to start. Alberto is sent to the floor where Ricardo plays nurse as well as he can. Kofi tries something on the apron and is rammed into the post to soften up the arm.
Body scissors by Del Rio who has a big chant going for him here. Belly to back gets two for Alberto and it’s back to the body scissors. Kofi fights back and gets a spinning flying forearm off the top in an awesome looking move. They fight from their knees up to their feet and Kofi chops away. Boom Drop hits but Trouble in Paradise misses. Pendulum kick hits but the cross body is countered into a knee that might have been into the arm or ribs but it wasn’t clear.
Del Rio tries a superplex but Kofi fights him off and gets a missile dropkick for a close two. It’s always cool when it looks like the referee threw his shoulder out on the two counts. Del Rio gets something close to a GTS but instead it ends with a double knee to the ribs. That only gets two and Kofi counters what looked like a big atomic drop into a DDT. Ricardo distracts though so it’s only two.
The Armbreaker can’t go on as Kofi grabs the rope before it is applied. SOS gets a very close two. Booker is totally behind Kofi but says he’s trying not to be biased. Kofi jumps at Del Rio in the corner but misses and Alberto gets a nice neckbreaker for no cover. Cross Armbreaker is attempted but Kofi locks his hands to avoid it for a bit. And never mind as it goes on and Kofi taps. Alberto’s face is hilarious.
Rating: B. This is the kind of win that Alberto needs. Kofi can afford some losses like this as Del Rio’s star is rising rapidly. Also he didn’t get destroyed at all as he got ripped off by Ricardo a bit. This worked rather well but is something you could see on a lot of Smackdowns for free. Still good though.
Orton is ready.
Edge says he’s had a bad week and now that he has to walk into an Elimination Chamber after a week with Vickie, it seems like a walk in the park. Drew McIntyre comes up and asks about the casualties like Kelly. Edge says that Kelly and the title have something in common: neither will ever be seen with Drew.
Video about the Chamber which makes me think we’re getting ready for a lumberjill match. What? You don’t see the obvious connection there?
Smackdown World Title: Edge vs. Drew McIntyre vs. Kane vs. Rey Mysterio vs. Wade Barrett vs. ???
Remember that we have an extra spot open in the Chamber due to Dolph having been fired. Kane comes out first and therefore is in a pod to start. Drew is out second and therefore will be in a pod as well. The first four will be in pods which means we get to see who the final guy is rather soon. Barrett is in third. We hear about his bare knuckle fighting experience which makes me ask again: has he ever used said skills to win a match? Also Cole thinks Barrett is from Eastern Europe instead of Western.
Here’s Teddy Long when we’re ready for the fourth person. He’s here to introduce the next participant I guess. Here’s the replacement: It’s Big Show which is kind of what I expected when he came out there. Rey vs. Edge to start. Five minute periods as always with the last man standing winning. Every five minutes another comes in. Edge and Rey start off kind of slow which makes perfect sense as they want to maintain energy.
Edge sends Rey out to the steel for the first time with a backdrop. Drew is all pissed off and hammers on the glass as he wants to get to Edge as fast as possible. Edge and Rey fights on the outside with Rey being rammed into the cage multiple times. Rey gets rammed into the glass which is “the strongest in the world” which gets two. We’re more or less just killing time here and there’s the ten second clock.
In third it’s Barrett. He’s all fired up and goes after Rey immediately. Edge gets up to slow down the Englishman. Edge and Rey work together until Edge slides Rey across the mat and cage so that his head rams into the wall. FREAKING OW MAN! Boss Man Slam to Edge gets two and Barrett turns his attention to Rey after taunting Show. Pumphandle slam gets two.
Barrett is dominating here and we’re out on the steel again. A shot to the cage with Edge’s head going into it gets two. Edge low bridges Barrett and Wade might have hurt his knee. Rey takes down Edge but as he goes up Barrett stops him. Wasteland on the cage is countered as Rey grabs the cage. He tries to climb but Barrett catches him in a powerbomb position. Rana takes Barrett into the ring but Edge gets a big boot to stop the 619 for two. Again, why would you stop a finisher?
In fourth is Kane. He goes straight for Edge but gets caught by a boot. Kane cleans house, beating everyone in sight down. Everyone wakes up and gangs up on Kane as they should. A bunch of kicks to the head can’t stop him so we get a triple clothesline with Barrett clotheslining Edge and Rey and vice versa. We get some basic stuff and Barrett gets beaten down by Kane outside.
Rey tries to go up to take down Kane but a HUGE uppercut knocks Rey down into a Tree of Woe. Edge adds a baseball slide for two. Kane, Edge and Rey in the ring now while Barrett is slowly crawling back in. In at #5 is McIntyre. No eliminations yet. Drew has been wanting in the whole time and immediately picks up Rey and launches him into the glass. The Europeans beat up Kane, who actually is European as well so scratch that theory. Drew kicks the rope as Barret gets in and then throws him through the UNBREAKABLE glass. That’s a running joke now and it’s never been funny.
Drew is all pissed off and goes after Edge. All Drew here as he can’t get Futureshock on Edge but Edge hits Edgecution for no cover. Rey is somehow still alive as Edge is trying to get up. Edge wants the spear but Kane grabs him in a chokeslam. Rey is back in too but can’t hit the 619. Kane beats everyone down and slams Rey into the post. Drew can’t get Futureshock again as Kane backdrops him onto Barrett outside.
Edge and Kane hit double big boots to take each other down. That replay of Rey being thrown in awesome as it’s amazing he’s still alive. Show is getting ready as we’re under ten seconds. Naturally he takes down everyone. Barrett is the only one not in other than kind of Rey. HUGE chop to Drew. Barrett is the only one left standing other than Show and the stalking begins.
Show gets his hand on Barrett and chops away like 8 times on the outside. Barrett rolls back into the ring and it’s all Show. Big punch coming and Barrett is more or less dead and the pin is academic. We’re down to five and Rey is on top of a pod. Kane hits the top rope clothesline. Edge adds a top rope elbow for two as Show launches Edge over the referee. Futureshock to Show as Rey is still up there. The DDT gets two as Rey is ready to jump. Huge seated senton gets two as Rey is LAUNCHED.
619 and a spear put Show down but Kane fights them off. Chokeslam to Show and we’re down to four (Kane, Drew, Edge and Rey if you’re curious). Drew jumps into a chokeslam immediately and we’re down to three. It’s more or less a handicap match here but Edge is taken down. Rey hits a bunch of stuff on Kane but he can’t get the pin. Spinning cross body is caught in a chokeslam position but he reverses into the 619. Rey goes up and jumps into a powerbomb. Spear from Edge and a double cover is enough to take Kane out and we’re down to Rey vs. Edge.
Kane kills Edge with a big boot and a chokeslam to Edge has both guys down. After them laying there for a good while, Edge gets up and tries the spear but Rey reverses into a rollup for two. Springboard cross body is rolled through into two for Edge. Sitout bulldog gets two. Rey goes up but gets stopped by a shot from the Canadian. Mysterio knocks Edge down and tries a rana but Edge reverses into a sitout powerbomb for a long two.
Another powerbomb is countered into the 619 but Edge catches it and locks on the Edgecator of all things (kneeling Sharpshooter that he uses once in a blue moon). Rey is in trouble but reverses into a rollup for two. Good stuff here. Edge sets for the spear and the fans are booing a bit. Spear misses but the second one doesn’t and it’s NOT OVER. Rey kicks out again in a big surprise. 619 hits and the springboard splash gets two. Another 619 hits and Rey goes up. Edge pops up and spears him out of the air to go to Wrestlemania FINALLY.
Rating: A. GREAT match here with Edge vs. Rey being the highlight. I would say the ending was predictable but still, the ending sequence with all the kickouts was so good that it’s more than ok. I don’t like Rey but he was great here. I loved all the aggression in there with everyone destroying each other all night long. Great stuff here and one of the better Chamber matches I can remember in along time.
Post match Alberto hits the ring and the beating is on Edge. The Armbreaker goes on but CHRISTIAN runs out for the save to the least interested response from Cole that I have ever heard. Unprettier to Del Rio (yes I know it’s the Killswitch but Unprettier is a better name). Edge gets a spear to Del Rio to put him down.
The Rock will be at Mania. Not sure if you heard that.
Lawler is getting ready when Striker comes in to ask for Jerry’s thoughts. He’s thinking about his mother which is good emotion from Lawler.
Booker gets to make an in ring appearance and introduces the third trainer of Tough Enough: TRISH STRATUS?????? Even with the brown hair she’s still great looking. She says she’s been getting excited about being around the ring and has been working on a new catchphrase. FINALLY, the Trish has come back at Oakland to deliver Stratusfaction to the millions SUCKA! Uh…yeah just wear little clothing Trish. Booker wants to know that she didn’t just say that. She’s here tonight to see King win the title.
Chaperone trailer despite the movie bombing for the most part.
Tag Titles: Santino Marella/Vladimir Kozlov vs. Justin Gabriel/Heath Slater
Jackson is here too which makes me think there’s a title change here. Kozlov and Slater to start but it’s off to Santino almost immediately. Off to Gabriel now as they trade strikes and leg sweeps. Vlad gets a battering ram to send Gabriel to the floor but a kick to the head puts the Russian down. Very international match here with Canada/Italy, South Africa, South America, Russia and America being represented. Slater in with a slingshot corkscrew splash for two.
Booker keeps calling Jackson a thug despite him not doing anything yet. Back to Santino again who gets all fired up. Hip block sets up the headbutt for two. Gabriel comes in and it’s Cobra time. It takes down Gabriel but Slater is legal so Marella has to cover him for two. Slater gets up and stomps away at the Canaditalian. Gabriel misses a slingshot hilo and it’s off to Kozlov who has no heat on the tag.
Blind tag brings Slater in and Jackson pulls Gabriel out of the ring. Slater gets a reverses DDT for no cover as he brings Gabriel back in. Santino is taken down by Slater and the 450 FINALLY gives Corre their first gold in the form of the tag titles. Quick and simple and more or less a Raw match but the mild buildup works perfectly here.
Rating: C. This was a Raw match on PPV but it was perfectly fine. Corre winning is the right move here and this lets them spread over to Raw, setting up the potential clash at Mania. This was perfectly fine and a good way to bridge the gap between the first half and second half of the show.
Miz says he’ll win because this is his time, not Lawler’s or Rock’s. He says he’ll address Rock later.
Here’s Vickie to waste more time. She’s a bit quieter here. She says that Dolph and her were dealing with some issues as he has a bad temper. The booing is kind of funny. It was a crime of passion apparently when Dolph jumped Teddy. She begs for the fans to plead with Teddy to rehire Dolph as she deserves some compassion and a little bit of love.
Teddy comes out and Vickie sucks up to him. Dang I didn’t want that image in my head. He says shut up as he’s in a hiring mood. It’s not Dolph but he’s rehired Kelly instead. Kelly shoves Vickie down and the beatdown is on. Laycool comes out for the save and beats down Kelly. Trish comes out and runs them off but they go after Trish. The good girls fight back and beat down Laycool and pose to end this. Trish botched a lot of stuff in there too and it was rather bad. We couldn’t have added five more minutes to Kofi vs. Alberto?
We recap Miz vs. Lawler. There’s a great bit at the beginning showing Miz doing his apron pose and the different titles and things he’s had to hold in a quick montage. Miz talks about how he was told to quit and kept rising up the ranks resulting in this title reign. Lawler said that Miz needed to shut up and that’s all we see of their rivalry. Instead we see Lawler winning the Raw rumble. We get a cool montage of Lawler and how he’s won over 140 titles but never the WWE Title. Cool video indeed.
Raw World Title: The Miz vs. Jerry Lawler
Wow I never thought I’d type that. We even get big match intros. Jerry in white and black with a cape here. That’s rather awesome. The bell rings twice so technically this isn’t happening. Jerry gets a quick backslide and small package for two each. He unleashes his variety of punches as it’s all Lawler so far. Miz gets knocked to the floor and chills for a bit. Riley distracts Jerry though and Miz sends him into the post to shift momentum.
Miz can’t get Lawler in the ring for some reason. He settles for a running knee while Lawler is on the apron for two. Jerry gets a punch and the fans wake up. Running clothesline in the corner and down goes Lawler. Miz goes up and Jerry crotches him so they slug it out on the middle rope. Superplex puts Miz down for two. Riley’s reactions out there are hilarious.
They slug it out again and Jerry gets a pair of dropkicks for no cover. Backdrop and a falling punch get two as Miz is in trouble. We get something close to Cole being civil by saying Lawler is hanging in there. Riley interferes by tripping Lawler and is ejected. I know it’s a long shot and more or less an impossibility but the stars are seeming to align for Jerry to pull this off. Miz misses a charge in the corner and Lawler rolls him up for two.
Miz escapes the Piledriver and gets a big boot for two. Jerry reverses the pin into a rollup for two and then Miz is sent to the floor over the top. Cole is so annoying here as Jerry rams Miz into the announce table. Cole says he and Miz have a personal relationship which you can make your own jokes about. Jerry throws Miz at the commentators and Miz lands on Cole. Booker cracking up at that is great.
Lawler is in control here and goes up top as we’re back in the ring. Top rope punch to a standing Miz gets a very close two. Crowd is INTO this. Miz gets a thumb to the eye but can’t get the Finale as Lawler shoves him off. Jerry gets a DDT and Miz is reeling! He looks at the Mania sign and goes up for the middle rope punch. With a point to the sign and the strap coming down, Jerry gets the fist but Miz gets his foot on the ropes. My heart jumped into my throat there.
As Booker talks about Dr. Dre and Snoop Dog for no apparent reason the Piledriver is reversed into a rollup by Miz for two. Jerry reverses that into one of his own for two but Miz gets a kick to the head. And there’s the Skull Crushing Finale for the pin. It was a nice dream while it lasted but at the end of the day I think we all knew this was coming. Still though, INCREDIBLE job here by WWE of making us think it could happen.
Rating: B-. The match was weak from a technical standpoint but they NAILED the drama here. Jerry is a master at working the crowd and he had me believing that it was possible. He made us believe that he could actually do this and put on a passable match at the same time. I really hope this results in Jerry vs. Cole or Riley at Mania, but still this was a great performance and the whole thing worked.
Cole celebrates like crazy and poses with Miz in the ring. Jerry gets up and is like well I tried. He gets a standing ovation and they play his music to take him out. Cole of course WILL NOT SHUT UP and let Lawler have his moment. If this doesn’t end with Jerry piledriving Cole half to death then it fails. Still though, great moment and incredible storytelling by WWE there.
2-21-11 promo. Yes, let’s continue to look for tiny clues in there when we’ll find out tomorrow.
Cena is eating Fruity Pebbles and Todd comes in. Cena says that he’s thinking about the Chamber tonight and not what happened on Monday. He feels Yabba Dabba Delicious though.
Striker is with Punk who says he’ll win.
Mania is in 42 days. That sounds incredible.
We recap the first match Chamber match which is going to be hard to top.
John Cena vs. Randy Orton vs. CM Punk vs. R-Truth vs. John Morrison vs. Sheamus
Truth, Punk, Orton and Cena in the pods to start. Punk gets in Orton’s face while Orton is in the pod. Booker says he can go right now and he means against Cole. Morrison vs. Sheamus to start us off. How in the world is Morrison a dark horse like this? Oh and remember that the winner gets Miz at Mania. Here we go. The fans seem to like Punk but I’m not sure if that’s what they’re saying.
They start off with some nice back and forth stuff until Sheamus slaps him. Angry Morrison shows up and the beating is on. Sheamus hides outside so Morrison dives over the top rope to take him out. Both block head shots to the cage and Morrison sets for the Flash Kick. Sheamus avoids it but Morrison is like boy I’m John Morrison so he catches himself on the cage and hits a Flash Kick from there instead. That gets two back in the ring.
Sheamus takes over and we have dueling Cena/Punk chants. With not a lot going on it’s Orton in third. He cleans some house and it’s a powerslam (Booker calls it a scoop slam) to Sheamus and then one to Morrison (scoop powerslam according to Booker which I can live with). Morrison goes through the glass. Actually he might not have as the door might have been open.
Orton manages to get the elevated DDT to Sheamus onto the cage in a painful looking spot. Punk enjoys that for some reason. All Orton here as Morrison and Sheamus are getting destroyed. Morrison takes a superplex for a close two as no one is gone yet. There’s one for Sheamus as well for the same result. Miz and Riley are watching. Oh and Scott Armstrong has a job again.
In fourth is Punk and Orton is waiting on him. And they can’t get the pod opened. Punk is stuck in the door! THIS IS HILARIOUS!!! Orton is like screw it and hammers away as Punk still isn’t out! Ah there he is. RKO and Punk is gone in like 12 seconds! Orton celebrates….and we get an E-Mail??? Since Punk couldn’t get out, he’s back in the match. Dang it all. He’s allowed back into his pod also. Oh sweet goodness.
Irish Curse to Orton but the High Cross misses. Flash Kick to Orton and it’s Sheamus vs. Morrison now. Morrison is thrown to the steel and might have hurt his ankle. There’s the clock again and it’s Cena in now. And never mind as Sheamus kicks his head off as soon as Cena’s pod opens. Cena is up soon after it but can’t get the FU to Morrison who flips out to land on his feet on the steel.
Morrison takes out Orton and Sheamus. Cena dumps Morrison to the steel again and they fight out there for a bit. Sheamus is like forget it and launches himself with a double slingshot clothesline to take both guys down. Orton vs. Sheamus in the ring now and a Thesz Press takes Sheamus down. Truth is in next and Sheamus tries the same thing he did to Cena which doesn’t work here.
Truth hammers away on Sheamus in the pod which works for a few seconds. All five still in now. Truth cleans a little house with the Lie Detector to Cena. And then he walks into a Brogue Kick to put him out. Orton vs. Cena and Sheamus vs. Morrison at the moment. Sheamus’ back is all red and purple. Orton throws Morrison through the glass and then the superpowers explode.
They slug it out but Orton gets a sweet dropkick for two. There’s the clock and it’s time for Punk. Orton waits on him and the door opens for a change. Cena grabs Orton though but it winds up being an RKO to Cena on the steel. Punk isn’t in the ring yet. Brogue Kick to Orton and apparently covers count on the steel as Punk gets two out there. Punk does the RKO setup in a nice bit of cockiness and manages to get the GTS to put Orton out.
Down to four now (Punk, Cena, Sheamus and Morrison). Punk goes after everyone but the bulldog on the steel to Sheamus doesn’t work at all. Morrison vs. Sheamus now and Morrison tries to climb a pod. Sheamus follows and they fight ON TOP OF THE POD. Sheamus sets for the High Cross but Morrison fights out of it and knocks Sheamus to the mat.
Morrison CLIMBS THE DOME OF THE CHAMBER and hangs there before dropping down onto Sheamus for the pin! Would have been better if Sheamus hadn’t looked at him for 10 seconds but dang that looked incredible. Punk charges at Cena which fails completely. Five Knuckle Shuffle hits and Punk rolls to the steel. FU doesn’t work out there but Morrison dives on both of them and they’re all down.
With Cena down, Morrison tries the running knee at Cena but it misses and the knee goes through the glass. FREAKING OW MAN! In the ring Punk covers off a freaking snap mare for two. Triangle choke goes on which is now the Anaconda Vice apparently. Cena is like screw it and stands up to allow Morrison to team up for a Doomsday Device for two on Punk. Wow they’re going old school here and Morrison is looking great.
FU to Morrison but Punk takes Cena down so there’s no cover. Punk gets the springboard clothesline to Cena on the steel and Punk might be busted open on his arm. Punk slingshots Cena into the glass which doesn’t break. COVER HIM! Naturally he doesn’t as he goes after Morrison. A slingshot into the pod doesn’t work as Morrison catches himself on the pod then jumps to the cage and hits a Flash Kick. Starship Pain misses though and the GTS ends Morrison. Cena pops up and hits an FU over the ropes and onto the steel to go go Mania!
Rating: A-. Another great match here. I hated the Punk thing at first but now it’s not so bad all things considered. Cena winning is again predictable but at the same time it’s the best match they have available. I’d love to see it and if you throw Rock in as a wildcard how can you go wrong? This was a good match and the whole thing worked. Good stuff again and worth seeing.
Overall Rating: A. This was an AWESOME show. When the worst match is perfectly acceptable, how can you say it’s anything but great? We have Mania set up, there was great drama in the Raw Title match, Corre gets a title now and we got two GREAT Chamber matches. Mania is set and I’m getting fired up now. Couple that with the Rock and 2-21-11 tomorrow and how can you complain? Great show and well worth seeing.
Alberto Del Rio b. Kofi Kingston – Cross Armbreaker
Edge b. Wade Barrett, Big Show, Kane, Rey Mysterio and Drew McIntyre – Edge last eliminated Mysterio to win
Justin Gabriel/Heath Slater b. Vladimir Kozlov/Santino Marella – 450 to Kozlov
The Miz b. Jerry Lawler – Skull Crushing Finale
John Cena b. CM Punk, John Morrison, Randy Orton, R-Truth and Sheamus – Cena last eliminated Punk to win