Raw Elimination Chamber Match – Winner receives a WWE Championship Match at WrestleMania XXVII: John Cena, Randy Orton, CM Punk, John Morrison, Sheamus, R-Truth
Final assessment? Randy Orton will become embroiled in a feud with CM Punk and The Nexus, while John Cena earns the opportunity to headline WrestleMania. – PreGame
John Cena indeed walked out the Elimination Chamber with a ticket to headline WrestleMania against WWE Champion The Miz. And despite undergoing harsh criticism from The Rock, John Cena as always brushed it off with his signature five-knuckle shuffle, and literally ate a big fat bowl of fruity pebbles prior to the Chamber match. While Hulk Hogan at one time urged kids to take their vitamins and say their prayers, Cena may start imploring kids to eat their Fruity Pebbles and take their Flintstones Vitamins.
Unlike the final minutes of the Smackdown Chamber, once CM Punk eliminated John Morrison, wrestling fans already knew that John Cena would automatically win. While the Smackdown Chamber could have been anyone’s game, John Cena always seems to power through with Superman strength. But in a pro-Cena testimony, John Cena went through a hellacious year with The Nexus in both incarnations, and if anyone deserves to headline the show-of-shows, it’s that man, John Cena.
Another page in the feud between CM Punk and Randy Orton was written last night. A malfunctioning pod caught CM Punk half way through the door, allowing The Viper to pick his prey and lay him out with an RKO. However, by order of the Anonymous Raw General Manager, Punk was reinstated into the match and placed back inside the pod. Then, once Punk was released as the final competitor, The Second City Saint put Orton to sleep with the GTS.
WWE Championship Match: [C] The Miz vs. Jerry “The King” Lawler
Final assessment? Michael Cole will once again interfere on Miz’ behalf, thus continuing their program to WrestleMania. – PreGame
While Michael Cole did not physically interfere, he certainly spent the majority of the match burying Jerry Lawler in his quest for the WWE Championship. Cole at one point questioned Lawler’s placement in the WWE Hall of Fame. The King knowing the nature of his broadcast colleague’s verbal taunts, shot Miz over the announce table to come crashing down on Cole. Jerry Lawler may not have won the WWE Championship, but his ongoing feud with Michael Cole will culminate at WrestleMania.
This match was a great example as to how veterans can help young wrestlers in the development of ring psychology and storytelling.
Professional Assessment: Just talked to King & he’s disappointed in outcome of his bout w/ Miz. Felt as if he let his late Mom & friends down. Makes Raw compelling. – Jim Ross via Twitter
WWE Tag Team Championship Match: [C] Santino Marella & Vladimir Kozlov vs. Heath Slater & Justin Gabriel
Final Assessment? … With Wade Barrett a contestant for Smackdown’s Elimination Chamber, and Ezekiel Jackson having tossed The Big Show around with two scoop slams, The Corre needs some championship gold. – PreGame
Santino Marella and Vladimir Kozlov had a strong showing against The Corre’s Heath Slater and Justin Gabriel, displaying rapid tags and fluid chemistry in the ring. But the distraction of Ezekiel Jackson’s imposing figure at ringside, and the blind tags from the challengers, was enough to cost them their titles. Contrary to what Booker T assessed, Slater and Gabriel did not resort to cheating despite having Ezekiel in their corner.
Professional Assessment: The Corre is quickly becoming a group to be taken very seriously by the WWE locker room and our fans. Whoops, I mean the WWE Universe 😉 – Joey Styles via Twitter
Smackdown Elimination Chamber Match for the World Heavyweight Championship: [C] Edge, Drew McIntyre, Rey Mysterio, Wade Barrett, Kane, The Big Show
Final Assessment? … With Alberto Del Rio competing for the World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania, Edge is the only one to have a connection with him aside from Rey Mysterio. … Alberto Del Rio injured Edge’s amigito back in September. To have Edge retain, go to WrestleMania, and have Christian in his corner would be a great WrestleMania moment. … – PreGame
Smackdown’s Elimination Chamber match should have headlined this pay-per-view. From the final minutes between Edge and Rey Mysterio, the malicious beating from The Big Show to Wade Barrett, Drew McIntyre driving Barett and Mysterio through the lexan pods, Kane eliminating The Big Show and McIntyre, and delivering farewell chokeslams to Edge and Mysterio after being eliminated, to Christian returning post-match to layeth the smackdown on Alberto Del Rio with the Killswitch, this match had it all.
Edge and Mysterio put on one hell of a performance, even after starting the match to endure as the last two men standing. Plenty of false finishes and near falls, with fans at the edge of their seats not knowing who would walk out the World’s Champion. After connecting with a second 619, Mysterio went to the top turnbuckle to land the finishing seated senton, but Edge got up to spear Mysterio in mid-air (shades of Royal Rumble ’08).
Professional Assessment: Edge is now the first champion in FIVE YEARS to successfully defend his title in the Elimination Chamber. Mysterio was phenomenal as always. – Joey Styles via Twitter
Alberto Del Rio vs. Kofi Kingston
Final Assessment? Alberto Del Rio wins by hook or by crook. – PreGame
Say what you will about Alberto Del Rio but he can back up his words with solid technical wrestling. However, nothing should be taken away from Kofi Kingston who had a lot to boast about in this match. With a suspended missile drop kick off the top turnbuckle, the Boom Drop, and the SOS, Kingston was flying high in this match. Yet, Del Rio having veteran in-ring presence while wrestling less than a year in the WWE, countered Kingston’s bodysplash with raised knees. Then caught Kingston going for the top turnbuckle again with a DDT followed through with the rolling cross-armbar for a submission victory.
This has not been Kofi Kingston’s month, coming up short in every encounter with Del Rio, and also dropping a match to the WWE Champion on Smackdown’s 600th episode.
Professional Assessment: Alberto Del Rio was a winner the moment he appeared tonight without Miz’s silly faux-hawk haircut. – Joey Styles via Twitter