On Sunday, Feb. 17, the WWE presented its annual Elimination Chamber pay-per-view from New Orleans, Louisiana at the New Orleans Arena. With some marquee matches on the lineup card, including the Elimination Chamber brawl and the WWE Championship title belt between CM Punk and The Rock, the pay-per-view was sure to be an exciting one to watch.
Below are the complete match results and thoughts from the Elimination Chamber:
Brodus Clay and Tensai def. Team Rhodes Scholars (Damien Sandow and Cody Rhodes) in a pre-show match.
It was good to see Sandow and Rhodes reunite after breaking apart as a solid tag team. However, Clay and Tensai are being pushed by the WWE recently as an entertaining tag team duo. This was a pretty decent match to kick things off and get the crowd warmed up for the pay-per-view.
Alberto Del Rio def. The Big Show to retain the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
With another loss to Del Rio, the Big Show appears to be heading out of the title picture for now. The WWE should, as it normally does, follow up on the aftermath of this match, but give the Big Show a new feud and have Del Rio focus in on WrestleMania.
Antonio Cesaro def. The Miz to retain the WWE United States Championship.
Although The Miz could have been a sleeper pick heading into the match, keeping the belt on Cesaro was a good option for the WWE. However, the finish to this title match was extremely questionable, and it appears both wrestlers could have a rematch in the near future.
Did you expect Jack Swagger to win?
The WWE must be very high on Swagger after having the returning star win the Elimination Chamber match. There were some pretty big names in this match and Swagger's victory should signal that his chances of defeating Del Rio are strong at WrestleMania. Since returning to the WWE, Swagger's career has been reached new heights.
The Shield def. John Cena, Sheamus and Ryback in a six-man tag team match.
An impressive match, as The Shield should have plenty of momentum heading into WrestleMania. Cena performed well in this match and despite the loss, he should lose no steam as he begins to prepare for his quest to face The Rock at WrestleMania for the WWE Championship. This was one of the tougher matches to select a clear winner, but the WWE took an interesting twist by having The Shield claim victory.
Dolph Ziggler def. Kofi Kingston in a singles match.
Ziggler finally got rid of his losing ways by earning a quick victory over Kingston. However, Kingston looked extremely unimpressive and is struggling to gain ground. After the match, Big E Langston went into the ring and attacked Kingston. The WWE must design a plan to get Kingston kick-started again, as his star power is quickly fading.
Kaitlyn def. Tamina to retain the WWE Divas Championship.
The Divas title match was another short battle heading into the main event. Tamina had no business winning the WWE Divas belt and having Kaitlyn retain the title was the right decision.
The Rock def. CM Punk to retain the WWE Championship.
This was a strong and entertaining main event with a wild ending to it. Although it was pretty obvious that The Rock would retain the WWE Championship belt, the company has paved the way for what could be a very monumental rematch between "The Great One" and Cena for the title at WrestleMania.