WWE Elimination Chamber 2012: 15 Things We Learned
Champions retain their titles. Veterans make their return to the WWE. And we got to see the rise of Santino Marella.
To be honest, I said I thought this pay-per-view would not deliver. Let me be the first to say, I was wrong. It delivered and got me excited about what will happen at WrestleMania 28.
The two Elimination Matches lived up to the hype; the execution of the event was pretty solid.
And we got to see more push than pull when it came to giving midcard talent a chance at moving up the ladder.
The Elimination Chamber lived up to its "hype" or exceeded it from the lack of depth. And in the end, we are now excited about 42 days from now when we can all watch what happens in Miami.
These are 15 other things we learned tonight.
Starting the PPV with a Chamber Match Was the Right Thing to Do
Starting a match like this off the bat was perfect. And having CM Punk and Kofi Kingston was a great move by creative.
Kofi Kingston proved to be every bit a player in the first few minutes and sold well.
Since the PPV may not have been as popular as others, what a way to begin!
Chris Jericho Was Kicking Ass and Taking Names
If his injury was real, then "wow," that was really bad. It looked bad from the way CM Punk actually looked out into the ramp.
I think Jericho and Punk when Jericho came into the match was pretty awesome and can be a main event match at WrestleMania 28. But that still remains to be seen.
Still, if the two can generate some real heat for the next six weeks, then kudos to the creative team.
CM Is Still the Best in the World!
While The Miz deserves a lot of credit and a better lot, Punk is still the best.
Punk needed to win, but I still think he should have dropped the belt.
The Miz will now be a force again to challenge for the belt, and the way he sold in the match shows why he is one of the best in the business.
He should be a top draw again.
Shades of Daddy
Seeing Tamina move around the ring (although very slow and deliberate) is one of the best things of the night.
When she chopped her way through Beth Phoenix then frog-splashed her, it was vintage Snuka.
Maybe having daddy at ringside would have brought home the gold.
Who Will Beat Beth Phoenix?
No one right now, unless it is Tamina, Kharma or even Natalya.
Can we see more matches like tonight in the women's division.
We need to see more wrestling and a lot less posing.
Tonight's match was good. But we can also see a lot better.
The Satino Vignettes Were Too Cheesy
The cheesy Rocky theme drove me nuts.
Marella is the only real cartoon character in the WWE, but at times, they take it over the top.
Building Marella up as a true contender is the best way to go with this.
SmackDown Is Alive and Well
I think the Teddy Long vs. John Laurinaitis angle leads to a scraping of the brands and one championship in the future.
It also means when Christian, Alberto Del Rio and Mark Henry all come to defend John Laurinaitis, SmackDown will have more wrestlers at its disposal, and there will be an angle that will involve Long, Laurinaitis and Triple H.
That is not such a bad thing.
Wade Barrett and Cody Rhodes Would Be a Great Feud
They battled each other and helped take down Big Show.
The two would make great tag team partners but would also be great opponents.
I know the WWE likes "face vs. face" battles from time to time. But "heel vs. heel" would be great as well.
If the two entered into a rivalry, I think the WWE would really have something special.
Big Show Getting in the Pod Was Classic!
He focused on Daniel Bryan too much, and that cost him the match.
But when he was focused on Bryan, it was as good as I have seen him in a while.
Big Show tearing down the pod was one of those things I did not expect to happen, but it really made some sense and gave the match more meaning.
Plus, I really cannot stand Daniel Bryan.
Santino Marella's Stock Went Way Up!
It wasn't as bad in the ring as I thought.
But if he had won, it would have set wrestling back about 50 years.
Marella is a great gimmick like a Eugene, and in some respects, Mankind.
But he also proved he can be a viable wrestler without the crap games creative uses with him.
He may have a future as a bigger star.
Sheamus Seems to Have Picked His Opponent
It was obvious who Sheamus will face at WrestleMania 28 when he walked into the Elimination Chamber and dismantled Daniel Bryan.
This makes sense and will delight the fans.
Sheamus then can win the World Title and possibly get into an angle with Cody Rhodes (who sold tonight in the second chamber match) or with Wade Barrett.
Both deserve a title shot.
Justin Gabriel Is Getting a Push
I hope this means the WWE is now committed to making midcard talent viable. We saw this with the elimination match on SmackDown and tonight with Marella and then Gabriel.
If Gabriel gets into an angle with Swagger, this is a good thing for SmackDown and the WWE. Let's hope cross-brand matches continue.
Also, I think with his look and skill, Gabriel could be a Ricky Steamboat-type of wrestler. Definitely not as good as Steamboat, but enough charisma and varying moves to make people stand up and take notice.
And he and someone like a Drew McIntyre could make some noise on SmackDown in the next few weeks.
The Flatulence Angle with Natalya Is Not Funny
Find another angle. Natalya should be challenging for the Diva's Title.
John Cena Ends the Hate
I am not big on gimmick matches like this one, but it certainly lived up to its potential.
With Cena, what you see is what you get. There is no in between.
There will not be a heel turn. He showed he's at his best when he's continuing to take down the evil forces of the WWE (a la Hulk Hogan).
Kane sold for him tonight, and it showed. A good performance by both men.
Let's hope the match with The Rock is this good.
42 Days and Counting
There are 42 days left until Wrestlemania 28.
We will see Sheamus and Daniel Bryan—a continuation of the feud between CM Punk and Christ Jericho and a few more surprises.
This PPV delivered—probably more than most of us thought.
And when the dust settles, maybe we will see a hyped match between The Rock and John Cena that can live up to the billing.
If not, there's still plenty to draw on and build from tonight's events.