Santino Marella deserved the spotlight at WWE Elimination Chamber 2012 last night.
He has worked hard with whatever ridiculous ideas WWE has given him. He's dressed in drag and has gotten over with a finishing move that involves a green snake sock puppet.
The WWE was wise to let Santino last until the end. The crowd ate it up, and for a moment we could actually believe Santino just might pull it off.
Having Santino take technical perfectionist Daniel Bryan to the limit went along with the Rocky theme Santino had been parodying all night; Rocky Balboa went 15 rounds with Apollo Creed in Rocky I.
However, I think WWE should have gone one step further, making Elimination Chamber more like Rocky II than the original. In the sequel, Rocky wins the heavyweight championship of the world from Apollo in another 15-round slobberknocker.
The WWE missed an opportunity to create a memorable moment that we would recall for years to come. Instead, Bryan retained the title and the 2012 Elimination Chamber became just another pay-per-view like all the others.
Here's why the WWE should have put the World Heavyweight Championship on Santino Marella, even if it was only for one night: