The go-home edition of Monday night Raw wasn’t the best episode of WWE’s flagship show, but the purpose of getting the fans excited about the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view was accomplished.
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It’s clear that Sunday’s PPV likely won’t see any seismic title changes or earth-shattering swerves, but the event has the ability to make the final road to WrestleMania the best of all time.
Monday’s Raw set the stage for a wonderful event Sunday, and the genuine excitement around Elimination Chamber and WrestleMania has every episode of Raw feeling more and more important.
Raw Results from Feb. 11 (via WWE.com)
CM Punk talked Paul Heyman out of resigning from WWE.
Mark Henry defeated The Great Khali to qualify for the World Heavyweight Championship No. 1 Contender's Elimination Chamber Match.
Chris Jericho defeated WWE Tag Team Champion Daniel Bryan to qualify for the World Heavyweight Championship No. 1 Contender's Elimination Chamber Match.
John Cena, Ryback and Sheamus defeated 3MB.
Big Show was speechless following his embarrassment at the hands of Alberto Del Rio.
Jack Swagger defeated Zack Ryder to qualify for the World Heavyweight Championship No. 1 Contender’s Elimination Chamber Match.
The Miz defeated Cody Rhodes via Disqualification.
Brodus Clay and Tensai defeated Primo and Epico.
Cena, Ryback and Sheamus attacked The Shield.
World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio defeated Damien Sandow.
Intercontinental Champion Wade Barrett defeated Kofi Kingston.
WWE Tag Team Champion Kane defeated Dolph Ziggler to qualify for the World Heavyweight Championship No. 1 Contender's Elimination Chamber Match.
CM Punk stole The Rock's WWE Championship.
CM Punk Sends a Message
There are just a few days until the Elimination Chamber PPV, and the feeling around WWE is that The Rock will likely retain the title at the show.
Punk knows the odds are against him, so attacking The Rock Monday and stealing his title could be a way for the former champion to get in his opponent’s head.
Question on Everyone’s Mind: How Will The Rock Retaliate?
The Rock only has to wait one week to get his title back, so there will be no reason to take this battle to SmackDown. With Rock likely scheduled to win Sunday’s match, giving Punk the chance to look like a legitimate threat by laying The Rock out and stealing the title was a perfect move.
ECW legend and WWE employee Joey Styles is torn between the defending champion and the challenger:
Before Punk stole The Rock’s title, the WWE champ told an amazing story that gave credit to wrestling legend Jeff Jarrett, who took the shoutout with great respect:
Elimination Chamber is Set
WWE won’t give away too much of their booking ideas just a few weeks before the biggest show of the year, so the long-term impact of this year’s Elimination Chamber event will be minimal. That doesn’t mean this show won’t be incredibly exciting to watch, though.
Question on Everyone’s Mind: Will Something Huge Happen on Sunday?
WWE is heading into the final stretch leading into WrestleMania, and major stars like The Undertaker and Triple H have yet to return to television.
Elimination Chamber has felt like a holding pattern PPV since the matches were announced, but it could just be setting the stage for a memorable return or two.
WWE Superstar Ryback took to Twitter to express his feelings towards Sunday’s show and what his goals will be in New Orleans:
Justice will be served hard this Sunday in Nola at Elimination Chamber. #FeedMeMore— Ryback (@Ryback22) February 12, 2013
Nationally syndicated radio show, Ring Rust Radio, talked about how Elimination Chamber is more about setting the stage for WrestleMania instead of being meant to stand on its own as a great PPV:
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