WWE's Elimination Chamber has come and gone, and there are more than a few talking points that should be examined in thorough detail.
As the last pay-per-view before WrestleMania, Elimination Chamber was going to provide some answers while simultaneously opening the door for some fresh angles.
In terms of the events from the PPV, these three stand out among the rest.
The Shield Beats the Super Friends
Any discussion of Elimination Chamber has to start with The Shield's win over the trio of John Cena, Ryback and Sheamus. This writer has to admit that the finish was a complete surprise. There was almost no way I could be convinced a team like the Super Friends would be lose to anybody.
But WWE knocked this one out of the park.
If The Shield didn't end up winning, the group still would have managed to look very strong. The announcers made quite a few mentions of how well The Shield was performing. Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns aren't new to this whole wrestling thing, but they're nowhere near Cena, Sheamus and Ryback in terms of star power at this point.
Reigns might be the weakest technically right now, but the company has built him up as an absolute beast. He speared Sheamus out of the match, and the way he took out Ryback with Rollins falling on top for the pin was superb.
With a win over the Super Friends, the story surrounding The Shield has become infinitely more interesting.
Jack Swagger as No. 1 Contender? Jack Swagger as No. 1 Contender
Perhaps the biggest surprise of the night is the fact that Jack Swagger won the Elimination Chamber match. Almost nobody could have seen that coming. I've already gone a little more in depth on this site about how smart it was for him to win.
He has looked great since his return. With Zeb Colter, Swagger isn't the same guy he was when he took his hiatus.
If Alberto Del Rio is going to keep the World Heavyweight Championship, it makes the most sense to have a xenophobic bigot play the foil in any World title rivalry culminating at WrestleMania.
It also paves the road for Dolph Ziggler. Many expected him to cash in his Money in the Bank briefcase at Elimination Chamber, but he didn't do so. Now it appears the plan for his cash-in is already set. As a heel, it would make the most sense for Ziggler to beat a face for the title. Once Del Rio defeats Swagger at WrestleMania XXIX, having Ziggler run in and win quickly is a great idea.
That's What Mark Henry Does!
Even though Swagger won the Chamber match, it was Mark Henry who stood out the most. He was an absolute beast. It took a Code Breaker and RKO to take him out of the match, and that was after that double suplex on the chamber floor.
Henry is fantastic as the monster heel. His presence in the ring is unparalleled in the company. Not even with Big Show do you get the sense of impending doom that Henry brings.
The World's Strongest Man didn't need to win the Elimination Chamber match in order to come out stronger. He simply needed to make a couple of major impact eliminations before being eliminated himself. That was exactly what happened.
Then when Henry was beaten, like any normal big, mean bully would act, Henry went on to continue pummeling everything in sight before every referee, Teddy Long and Booker T had to come out to get him back to the locker room.
This Elimination Chamber match as a whole was extremely well laid out.