WWE Elimination Chamber 2012: John Cena and 7 Biggest Disappointments of the PPV
WWE Elimination Chamber is the final stop before we head to WrestleMania, and at times, the beginning of the build towards "The Grandest Stage of Them All."
But wow, last night was a complete disappointment. So many problems with this card from top to bottom, that I feel sorry for anyone who actually paid money for this PPV.
With that being said, let's take a look at seven problems with this event.
Starting off the Card with the Elimination Chamber for the WWE Title
Isn't the WWE Championship supposed to be the top title in the company?
So why the heck did it start first, especially since it was an Elimination Chamber match?
Shouldn't you build up the crowd's excitement and suspense, by not only making this match last, but having a series of matches that help start getting their adrenaline going?
Probably the best match on the entire card, it simply went downhill from there because afterwards, the crowd didn't care as much, and the company decided to focus on John Cena vs. Kane at the end (more on that in a bit).
Chris Jericho Gets Knocked Out
Did you know that you could lose by KO in an Elimination Chamber match?
I certainly didn't.
During the Raw Elimination Chamber match, Chris Jericho made Kofi Kingston tap out to the Walls of Jericho, but refused to let go. As a result, he wasn't paying attention to CM Punk, who kicked him in the back of the head, rendering him unconscious.
On the positive side, this makes CM Punk look strong, considering that KOs are pretty rare in wrestling, and the fact that he started off in the Chamber and lasted 30 minutes to retain the championship.
However, I think this hurts the likely Punk vs. Jericho match at WrestleMania. You could say that because he was paying too much attention to Kingston, the knockout was justified. But this was just a kick to the back of the head, a basic move; it's not he like used the GTS or made him tap out of nowhere with the Anaconda Vise (like what Bryan did to Santino later on in the match).
I was highly disappointed with how WWE handled R-Truth in the past couple of months.
I guess the company is still feeling rather discontented with him after he violated the Wellness Policy back in November.
Despite the recent face turn, Truth hasn't been so hot. He was eliminated early in the Royal Rumble match, being just the second man eliminated into the match.
Now in the Elimination Chamber, he starts off as the fourth competitor in the match, only gets a quick flurry of moves, but is then the first one eliminated.
Not even with a finisher, but with a top-rope elbow drop by CM Punk.
Personally I was expecting all of the competitors (except for maybe Kingston) to spend a good amount of time in the ring, and all get their moves in, but the WWE has really dropped the ball on this guy in recent months.
John Laurinaitis' Announcement
Why was this necessary to put on a PPV?
John Laurinaitis' big announcement was that Alberto Del Rio, Mark Henry and Christian, all of whom sidelined with injuries, are voicing their support for Laurinaitis to stay and get SmackDown GM Theodore Long fired.
As The Miz would say, "Really? Really?!"
This is something I would expect to see on Raw, not on a PPV event. A complete waste of time that could have been spent more on something like either of the Elimination Chamber matches.
And what's worse is that for WrestleMania, we could have a Long vs. Laurinaitis match. Oh, how exciting that will be, am I right?
On the positive side, I like the fact that Big Show dominated the early parts of the match, throwing everybody like rag dolls.
I also liked the interaction he had with Bryan throughout the contest, including when he ripped off the chains on top of Bryan's pod, climbed in and started beating him up inside.
I thought that was great, in terms of their feud.
However, I don't like the fact that Big Show was just the second man eliminated in the match. And not even by Bryan, but instead by the tandem of Cody Rhodes and Wade Barrett (and just like R-Truth, he was eliminated with a top-rope elbow drop).
Yes, having the match end between Bryan vs. Santino—parodying Rocky in his vignette before the Chamber match, having him almost miraculously winning the match—was nice and all. However, considering the current Bryan vs. Show feud, I would have preferred to see the end come down to those two.
Throwing in a Random U.S. Title Match
Like Laurinaitis' announcement, here's another waste of time.
I could only wonder what was going on in the WWE's writing team's heads:
"Hey, I know, let's have a U.S. Title match with absolutely no buildup whatsoever. We'll have Jack Swagger face Justin Gabriel, a superstar who's not even on the same brand. Let's also make the match last less than five minutes, and have Gabriel get squashed in the process. And while we're at it, let's have Hornswoggle get involved, and have Natalya farting again. The kids will just eat that."
Again, more filler that could have been used for something else.
Ambulance Match: John Cena vs. Kane
I wasn't expecting a great match, and it was pretty obvious that Cena was going to win this match.
But dear lord, this match was just a slow-paced mess. At various times throughout the match, I felt like turning in to bed early.
Not even Cena throwing Kane off the ambulance was that great, especially since you couldn't even see Kane crash to the ground (for all we know, he probably landed safely onto a big, soft mat, or some cardboard boxes).
And of course, Cena won with absolutely nothing happening to him. No heel turn, no change in character, no Zack Ryder or Eve being involved in this match—nothing!
The worst part was that they made this the main event of the card, when either of the Chamber matches should have been there—which for me, just ends on an sour note.