WWE had begun the new year pretty much on the right track. Although January's Royal Rumble wasn't one for the ages I don't think, it was definitely a strong way to kick off 2011. Elimination Chamber 2011 continued to build momentum as we were treated to a very entertaining show. This years Elimination Chamber was the best event from the company in a long time. Despite maybe one average match and predictability being through the roof, this was a solid card that I can watch again, and the event did its job building up the card for Wrestlemania XXVII.
The rules for the ECM (Elimination Chamber Match) is as follows for those who don't know:
1) There are 6 contestants and two will begin the match while the other four are locked in small cages 2) Every 5 minutes a superstar will be released 3) Superstars are eliminated by pinfall or submission 4) The last man remaining will be the winner
1 - Kofi Kingston vs. Alberto Del Rio
This was a very solid opener that saw Del Rio work in basic heel tactics to gain a quick advantage. The match had some good high flying moments with Kofi delivering a very good drop kick off the top ropes. He also gave Del Rio some very sharp kicks. There were also some very good counters too on the part of Del Rio; on one occasion he countered a top rope splash with a variation of the "Code Breaker". Kofi also took a sick neckbreaker from the ropes that looked like it really hurt, which was most likely due to the great selling. I was also glad to see that Del Rio received some pretty good responses from the crowd because he deserved it. Although the outcome was never in doubt, I thought the right man won, because he needed the extra push going into Wrestlemania. This was a very entertaining bout. 3.75/5
Elimination Chamber Match for the World Heavyweight Championship
2- Edge (Champion) vs. Rey Mysterio vs. Big Show vs. Kane vs. Drew McIntyre vs. Wade Barrett
When looking at this line up, I'm sure one would probably come into this thinking the worst for some reason, and they would be disappointed in learning how wrong they were. This was an excellent match that was well worked and well booked. Edge and Rey have always worked very well together, and they kicked off things pretty slow to conserve energy, and for me, the booking of the match became quite predictable from there, but it didn't hurt the match at all though. Things picked up when Kane entered and started dishing out some good punishment. Drew's presence was also felt, as his performance would go on to be among the most memorable when he shoved Barrett through some glass.
The match got really good towards the end with some fantastic action, and Big Show looked very good here, and his presence didn't take away from the match at all. The last two put on a clinic, with finisher kick outs and close near falls. For me, this was the true main event, as the second chamber match didn't even come close. Match of the Night. 4.75/5
WWE Tag Team Championship Match
3- Santino Marella & Vladimir Kozlov (Champions) vs. The Corre (Justin Gabriel & Heath Slater)
Although I had gotten sick and tired of this feud long before this. It was still a decent match and probably the best meeting between the two teams, yeah I know, that's not really saying much. There were some decent moments with Kozlov laying down the big man offense with a good kick and bum rush. They wrestled a decent enough match. But there was nothing special outside of putting the belts on the Corre, which should have been done long before this. Watchable match and that's about it. 3.25/5
WWE Championship Match
4- The Miz (Champion) vs. Jerry "The King" Lawler
Surprisingly, I didn't expect this match to be a train wreck, because they mixed it up pretty well in several bouts before this. I only had one real issue with this match; I just couldn't buy into Lawler going into Mania with the belt, and I doubt anyone else did either. Still, I took the match for what it was and thankfully I wasn't disappointed.
The match had an old school feel with Lawler going for quick school boy pins on Miz. The match turned into a good back and forth with some decent spots, and Lawler pulled off a top rope suplex that actually had me worried because it was clearly botched. Things picked up and it not only felt like a title match, but also a grudge match, as we saw them take the fight to the floor, with Lawler pounding Miz face against the announce table, and the usual pro Miz commentary from Michael Cole was thankfully silenced. Overall, this was a very good match and I thought the ending helped out Miz. But I'm especially grateful to Lawler for coming out there once again, and putting on a nice clean match. He can still go even at the age of 61. 3.5/5
Elimination Chamber Match for #1 Contender
5 - John Cena vs. John Morrison vs. Sheamus vs. R-Truth vs. Randy Orton vs. CM Punk
The winner of this match will go on to face the WWE Champion at Wrestlemania.
This was a very solid match that saw some good moments as well. Morrison and Sheamus kicked things off here, and these two have never been a disappointment. The match became better when Orton came in to dominate for a while, and the situation with CM Punk was just too funny, and I loved every minute of it. Speaking of Punk, he was real good here as well and although he didn't get bloody, he wore the wounds of war. But the star of this match was indeed Morrison, because he worked a great match and told a great story with his never say die attitude. Sheamus took a DDT to the steel, and there were just too many good moments to mention. However, the match did have a low point for me and it was no doubt Cena. He sucked in this match as always, and he did nothing but get beat up and hit crowd pleasers. He was just garbage here, and I thought the ending was weak too. Still, entertaining match that I could watch again. 4.25/5
Overall, this was a very good event and it could have been much better if it weren't for the segments. The rehiring of Kelly Kelly, along with Trish Stratus returning and going at it with Laycool could have been saved for free TV. I would have preferred another match instead. Still, this is an event that should be rented at the very least but a purchase wouldn't be bad either.
The DVD extra is worth watching also. It contains the war of words between John Cena and the Rock that took place on two different episodes of RAW. And although I can't really stand him, I have to say Cena murdered the Rock.
Pros: -Very good chamber matches, Solid card overall
WWE ELIMINATION CHAMBER 2011 The event that is the last stop on the road to Wrestlemania and what a fun event it was, full of action and surprises. We would see two great Chamber matches as well as some other great moments and matches. One chamber was for a title and the other was to see who would get a title shot. There was also a title match were the Miz would take on The King Jerry Lawler, as well as a return. … more
This was actually a very good event and better than I was expecting, don't know why I was doubting. Maybe because I knew my boy CM Punk was going to loose, still it was a really good event. Also you get another RAW episode [basically since it is most of the matches and the Rock's return, and also Cena's response form the next week]. This is an excellent set that I say go buy right now, the DVD/Blu-Ray combo is excellent.