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And for the second show in a row we close with a Battle Royale. As established on Smackdown, tracking individual performances in this kind of match is difficult at best, so I’m going to take the easy way out and do a general assessment. In fact, since it raised so many questions this week rather than provide answers, let’s look at them one by one.
Why are we shoving 10 men who fought in brutal Elimination Chamber matches into a battle royale the next night? That seems like it’s begging for injuries.
Why are Smackdown stars wrestling for a Raw title? Again? I firmly deny removing the brand split whenever it’s brought up, but as the waters are muddied more and more between it mattering, maybe I have to concede the idea.
The roster is as thin as it’s ever been and maybe it’s time to just call it quits. Or maybe it’s time to, I don’t know, utilize the mid-card and build up new stars and call up some of the excellent FCW talent that’s just being wasted in Florida. Maybe.
Why is the Great Khali even back if he’s just going to be eliminated in thirty seconds each time? Not that I want to see 20 solid minutes of him stumbling around like a Power Rangers villain.
What on god’s green earth is Dolph Ziggler wearing and when will he stop?
Why aren’t Cody and Wade a tag team yet? They could bring prestige back to those belts.
Why is Miz only allowed to look tough and dominant on PPVs and never on WWE TV these days? He actually seemed like a legitimate threat to Punk in the Chamber.
It occurs to me that he’d do great in the Attitude Era wrestling in hardcore matches. Some might call this blasphemy, but he reminds me of Road Dogg: lot of charisma, mediocre wrestling.
That was perhaps the ugliest Codebreaker I've ever seen on the Big Show.
So, is Santino really in line for a push? Because it almost seems like it.
Was that spot of Big Show throwing Dolph Ziggler into the table even remotely necessary? Given the bevy of injuries and near-injuries it caused, I’m going with no. That was stupid and reckless, especially after the extremely physically taxing PPV they just concluded the night before.
I am relieved that Jerry Lawler skipped the lazy fat joke Punk lobbed at him on commentary, and disappointed Punk even went that route. So relieved. Those were beyond tasteless and tired and I’m glad he was told to drop it.
Do I want to see a Kofi-Jericho feud? Yes. Do I think one is in the works? Possibly! They’ve been working together a lot, it seems, and letting them duke it out at a PPV would displease no one, I think.
Big Show’s reverse-double-suplex-whatever to Cody and Jericho was quite surely the move of the night, it must be said.
Is Rhodes going to feud with Big Show or Santino next? It seems like it could go either way. Part of me honestly hopes the latter, even if the former would be more prestigious for the ex-Dashing One.
Was literally anyone surprised when Jericho won the match? No. Does that make it a bad call? Not really. I saw a lot of people ragging on the Chamber for being predictable, but predictable isn’t always bad. Sometimes the obvious answer is the right one.
Anyway, weren’t people complaining that the Rumble didn’t end “correctly” because Jericho didn’t win? Would that have been predictable?
But I digress. It was a messy, chaotic match and probably entirely unnecessary. I wish they had found a different and safer way to get Jericho into the main event of WrestleMania, and I’m sure there were many options.
Instead, Wade Barrett seems like he’s going to miss WrestleMania and Dolph came inches away from a broken jaw or maybe even a broken neck, let alone Truth and Kofi.