At WWE Elimination Chamber, Santino Marella came within seconds of defeating Daniel Bryan and becoming World Heavyweight champion.
When they first added Santino to the match, I wasn't happy. He is a comedy act—sure he is funny, but what purpose would he serve in the chamber?
I consider myself one of your typical IWC members: hates Cena, loves the better in-ring performers; would love to have more and better matches on TV. You get the point. So it's not a natural fit for me to turn into a Santino Marella fan.
But by the end of tonight's match I found myself caring for a WWE Championship encounter more than I have in years. I started begging for Santino not to move from the outside steel, thinking to myself that if he just doesn't move he can't be eliminated.
I thought there was a real possibility he could pull off the upset after he eliminated Cody Rhodes and Wade Barrett. The crowd was chanting 'Santino!' every second he was on the ground, and I know I'm not the only one that felt the energy.
I reverted back to my days as a child, cheering on Hulk Hogan against the Andre the Giants, Randy Savages and Sgt. Slaughters of the world.
WWE spends so much time trying to make John Cena look like an underdog almost every match, but we already have the ultimate underdog in Santino. The Milan Miracle is just as family friendly as Cena, too.
I'm not saying Santino would have been a long-term option as champion—he could hold the belt for three weeks and drop it back to Bryan in time for WrestleMania.
Did you find yourself wanting Santino to win the Elimination Chamber?
I'm still sitting stunned that Santino's quest for the title during Elimination Chamber brought out the child in me, and made me feel something for a match that I hadn't felt in a long time.
As the days pass, I'm sure I will concede that this was the right move for the WWE. Building up Sheamus vs. Daniel Bryan for the next few weeks will be the smart thing to do. But right now, I want to act like an impulsive brat and complain that a true underdog once again lost.
Hopefully there is a next time for Santino Marella, and perhaps this time the cobra strikes a little stronger and Santino pulls off the ultimate upset. If that happens, I know I'll be cheering Santino on every step of the way.
I thought there was a real possibility he could pull off the upset.