Lots of questions coming out of Sunday night's pay-per-view, the biggest in my mind being the interesting order of the matches.
On the one hand, it's somewhat understandable that as the co-main event talent headlining WrestleMania, you want to have John Cena be a lasting image in the people's minds heading into the homestretch.
And in fact, it's quite possible they were also teasing the idea that perhaps The Rock may make a surprise appearance and engage in a staredown of what they would hope to be epic (tremendously overused word in this day and age) proportions.
On the other hand, the match that closed the show doesn't sound as if it did much in the way of advancing the "embrace the hate" storyline that has been going on with Eve and Ryder in supporting roles. Kane's heat as a heel may have just been doused with water.
So as an armchair booker, here's how the PPV was booked:
1. WWE Title Elimination Chamber Match
2. Diva Title Match
3. World Title Elimination Chamber Match
4. Impromptu US Title Match
5. Ambulance Match
And here is how I would have booked it:
Which match should have gone on last at the 2012 Elimination Chamber
1. World Title Elimination Chamber Match
2. Diva Title Match
3. Impromptu US Title Match
4. Ambulance Match
5. WWE Title Elimination Chamber Match
There is plenty of time left on the clock to finish the build for Rock and Cena via Raw. I have always felt that as a PPV, your goal should be to develop a show that can stand on its own over time and not simply be considered as a setup for a future PPV.
People work hard for their money. They should walk away feeling as if they got what they paid for. And a lasting shot of Punk staring down a fallen Jericho would do wonders for cementing their match at Mania as being a viable co-main event.
I say this as someone who holds the belief that Taker vs. HHH should be considered third-most important match on the card (seriously, is HHH with Michaels going to end the streak? Hardly...).
The Internet is filled with trolls, and they tend to post far more than those who enjoyed the PPV. Taking that into consideration, it seems that there is a high amount of disdain for this show.
How would you have booked this show? Should Cena have closed it? Would a Punk finish have been better? Or would you have booked this differently altogether?