Why couldn't Alberto Del Rio vs. The Big Show have a clean finish? Does the WWE still have top tier plans for Show? Is face Del Rio meant to be a lovable rogue in the Eddie Guerrero vein?
I'll be a bit disappointed if that's the case.
The match was decent for what it was, but Del Rio's missed enziguri will be most remembered since Big Show had to have his back turned for even longer like an idiot.
There's a real lack of competition for the midcard titles at the moment. I ascribe this to there being too much World Champion-level talent combined with the effective end of brand extension.
What it means though is that, despite Antonio Cesaro having soundly defeated The Miz for the U.S. Championship before, we got to see it again.
And, no doubt, we'll see it at WrestleMania where The Miz really will win the title—much like how Kofi Kingston soundly defeated Wade Barrett, only to later drop the title to him for want of anyone else to compete for it.
Jack Swagger has a new theme to go with his new friend.
I preferred his old one; the military drumming when the new one comes on is too reminiscent of JR. Zeb Colter then gave another speech on what's wrong with America.
I said last week when this angle started that I'd have thought whether this was face or heel depends on individual viewpoints, but what do I know. I'm not a genius like WWE Creative.
I said a while ago that I couldn't picture The Rock in an elimination chamber match, because it's so bumpy. As matches go, it can be hard to watch—harder often than the overhyped Hell in a Cell.
It's almost entirely due the metal floor surrounding the ring, and also because of the chain link walls. In fact, also taking into account the theoretical unpredictability of the match, as a concept it might be my favourite that the WWE offers.
The first letdown of the match came when Randy Orton wasn't chokeslammed onto the metal.
He's been harder to hate recently and is no longer the WWE's second superman, having given away a few TV losses in recent months. He was still the one I least wanted to win in this chamber, though.
Mark Henry against Kane was a test of my competing markisms, though Kane wins out for me every time.
Henry's World's Strongest Slam on him was extremely impressive, but that might have even been eclipsed by Swagger and Jericho's double suplex to Henry. Henry's elimination was both brilliant and disappointing.
Kane may have been my favourite, but my realistic favourite to win was Henry.
I've always liked Swagger, no matter how unfashionable it was. Of course, ring work is informed by character, and his ring work here (the longest example since his return) was great. There's much to get behind with Swagger, and though I love Chris Jericho, I can't say I mind this result.
The only thing I really anticipated from John Cena, Sheamus and Ryback vs. The Shield was hopefully a bit of storyline progression.
In wrestling terms, it wasn't perfect—Dean Ambrose didn't sell a Brogue Kick like commentary expected and a Five Knuckle Shuffle clearly landed about two feet away from its supposed point of impact.
What we did learn was that all of The Shield can really go it some in the ring.
Of course, two of them are darlings of the internet wrestling community (whatever that means, but people say it), so you'd expect it.
But despite seeing them every week for months, you could easily forget. Why? Because we never see them wrestle!
We've got two indie favourites who smarks adore and they never actually wrestle. It's like buying the latest HD TV and having it sit in the middle of the room without ever switching it on.
I've toyed before with the idea of starting a list called, "What Has John Cena Kicked Out of This Week?" and there were some great examples here.
Dean Ambrose hit him with several excellent high power moves (though I've no idea what his actual finisher is), and as per usual Cena's shoulder shot up on the count of two like there was a big magnet on the ceiling.
I call it anti-wrestling and I hate it.
The quick sequence that led to the end of the match was absolutely fantastic.
Sheamus being speared through the barricade was a complete shocker; the way Lilian Garcia had to leap out of the way gave me cause to suspect that it wasn't planned. Midair catches always thrill me, and Ryback's catch of Seth Rollins was one of the best I've ever seen.
The final pin was unexpected and terrific too. A quick, kinetic, exhilarating series. That short time, not more than a couple of minutes, was wrestling at its best. That Cena was seemingly in a position to easily break up the pin is neither here nor there.
I didn't watch the pre-show, but it was revealed that Brodus Clay and Tensai defeated the Rhodes Scholars. It's probably a good thing that I didn't watch it.
Kaitlin's promo before her match with Tamina Snuka made Tamina sound like a real threat. Then Kaitlin won it with one move. Still, at least we got to hear plenty about whose daughter Tamina is.
Now for CM Punk vs.The Rock.
What really stood out was that the match was full of rest holds. Is The Rock so bad that he needs them, or was it just horrible storytelling?
The Royal Rumble match was the same. Rock vs. Cena I can't remember so well, but I'm fairly sure I can recall an awful lot of STFs.
Again, is The Rock really so bad that he has to spend two thirds of a match lying down?
It was another absolute catastrophe of a match, very much the sequel to their first encounter. CM Punk wrestled himself for 20 minutes, then some referee silliness.
Just a disaster.
What's a shocker to me is that people will still defend The Rock—but more on that a little later.
As I did before, here is my list of moves The Rock—who many will say with a straight face is one of the all time greats—used: right hand strike, clothesline, Samoan drop (The Rock's first real move, which Punk sold like a Tombstone), DDT, Rock Bottom and elbow drop.
The Elimination Chamber was better than the Royal Rumble. Both suffered from embarrassments of main events, but the Elimination Chamber match was fantastic with an interesting result.
I'm dreading the next seven weeks of WrestleMania build up with The Rock as WWE Champion, though.