WWE Elimination Chamber Recap: What We Learned from CM Punk's Win
After a pretty entertaining Raw version of the elimination chamber at the eponymous pay-per-view, many WWE fans are now looking ahead in anticipation of what to expect at WrestleMania.
But before we put Elimination Chamber in the rearview mirror, let’s take a few minutes to determine exactly what we found out from a match that saw the Best in the World, aka CM Punk, escape from the relentless steel structure with the WWE Championship still wrapped around his waist.
Here’s what we learned.
A CM Punk-Chris Jericho WrestleMania Showdown Is Inevitable
Given Chris Jericho’s unceremonious ending to the elimination chamber match, it appears we’re headed towards a Jericho and CM Punk match at WrestleMania. After Punk knocked Jericho out of the chamber (literally) with a punishing roundhouse kick to the cranium, a concussed Jericho wasn’t able to finish the match.
Punk would go on to pin a very game Miz and retain his WWE title belt. It’s the fourth time in WWE history that a champion has emerged from the chamber with his championship intact.
However, Punk’s victory is tainted because, technically, Jericho wasn’t officially eliminated from the match. At least, that is what Jericho will likely argue in the next few weeks.
Expect this angle to open the door for Jericho to challenge Punk one-on-one for the title at WrestleMania.
The Miz May Be Ready to Bounce Back
It hasn’t been awesome to be the Miz recently. First, he was singled out by WWE as the scapegoat for the company’s poor buy rates at last year’s Survivor Series pay-per-view.
Then, after leaving R-Truth hanging on a dangerous aerial move, Miz became a backstage pariah of sorts in the locker room. Well, it was nice to see Mike Mizanin get some sort of redemption in the elimination chamber.
The Miz had a very respectable performance in the match. After all, it was he and CM Punk who were the last men standing in the chamber.
Miz even managed to put a slight scare into the Milwaukee crowd after he hit Punk with the Skull-Crushing Finale late in the bout. However, Punk managed to kick out of Miz’s finisher and eventually overpowered Mizanin en route to keeping his championship.
Still, there was arguably nobody on the Raw roster in need of a momentum boost more than Miz; he got that at Elimination Chamber. Miz fans surely find that very awesome.
R-Truth Is Becoming the Afterthought
Get the shovels out for R-Truth, because he continues to be buried by WWE bookers. Truth wasn’t the first competitor to start the Raw elimination chamber match, but he was the first one to leave the chamber after being eliminated by CM Punk and his Randy Savage elbow drop.
After that cup of coffee, it’s tough to picture Truth being anymore than Raw’s version of Santino Marella—just a wrestler out there for comedic effect. At least the Cinderella Santino came ever so close to winning his match.
After a weak Elimination Chamber outing, the Little Jimmy-loving, spider-hating R-Truth is in danger of becoming an afterthought.
Dolph Ziggler Took a Beating
Looks like Vickie Guerrero is going to have to work overtime in nursing her precious client, Dolph Ziggler, back to health after his rough outing at Elimination Chamber. In all honestly, Ziggler took the biggest physical beating out of all of the competitors in the Raw chamber match.
It seemed like every time I looked up, Ziggler was being flung over the ropes onto that punishing steel grate floor, one of the most unforgiving surfaces in pro wrestling history. Once Ziggler recovers from his nasty grate marks, he should be content knowing he continues to earn brownie points in the eyes of WWE brass.
Everyone’s favorite heel keeps proving that he’s a model team player for WWE. Ziggler has pulled rigorous double duty on a couple of recent pay-per-views, put over CM Punk in a big way at Royal Rumble and became somewhat of a punching bag in the chamber.
Performing in ways like this will help Ziggler get another shot at the WWE title sooner than later.
WWE Didn’t Want to Compromise a Potential Punk-Jericho Match
While I was wrong in my personal prediction that CM Punk and Chris Jericho would be the last two standing in the elimination chamber, I was pleased that WWE held off on a showdown between them. Jericho was knocked out of action after falling out of the chamber, courtesy of a roundhouse kick from Punk.
Had the two competed in the chamber for the WWE title, it would’ve slightly diminished their inevitable title match at the looming WrestleMania, since we would’ve gotten a preview of the match inside the steel structure. Now after keeping them mostly separated in the chamber, WWE can begin really hyping the Punk-Jericho WrestleMania bout.
If done right, the buildup for the match can lead to quite the explosive climax when the two throw down in Miami on April 1. Much of that buildup would’ve been diminished by having Jericho and Punk as the last two in the elimination chamber.