I can’t say I’m super interested in this show. The build up has been awful, and of late, the NXT angle has dominated the hype. I just hope there’s some good matches tonight. Sometimes, the worst built shows have some of the best matches. That’s my hope.
Vince McMahon comes out to start the show and says that Bret Hart won’t be on the PPV tonight because of what happened to him on Monday at the end of Raw.
Drew McIntyre came out and shook hands with Vince. Vince left in a limo. I wonder if the NXT guys go after Vince’s limo next.
1. Drew McIntyre vs. Kofi Kingston
The build of Drew is so weird. I haven’t ever understood it and after this match, I still don’t. He brought Teddy Long down to ringside so that when he beat Kofi, Teddy would have to be the one to give him the title.
It was a longer match than I expected. McIntyre worked on Kofi’s arm for the first half of the match. Kofi made a good comeback and the match picked up, but then there was a ref bump. McIntyre hit him with his finisher but the ref was no where to be found. McIntyre brought Teddy into the ring, and stripped the ref shirt from the downed ref and put it on Teddy. He went to count the three, but stopped at two. Then Matt Hardy came out and hit Drew with his finisher and then Teddy counted three. And this is a way to get McIntyre over? Or are they still punishing him?
Winner: Kofi Kingston
2. Maryse vs. Gail Kim vs. Alicia Fox vs. Eve Torres
Alicia stole Eve’s pin on Maryse to win the Divas title. Eve hit a pretty sweet moonsault on Maryse right before then. The match was actually half-decent and had a good pace.
Winner: Alicia Fox
Chris Jericho came out to cut a long promo about how he’s not the hot thing in the company anymore, but now he’s on top and people want to make a name for themselves by beating him. Then he challenged Evan Bourne in what I think is an impromptu match. I don’t remember seeing this one made on Raw.
3. Chris Jericho vs. Evan Bourne
WWE has listed on the official Wrestlemania program a 10 Divas Tag Match: Eve Torres, Beth Phoenix, Kelly Kelly, Gail Kim & Mickie James vs. Alicia Fox, Vickie Guerrero, Maryse, Layla & Michelle McCool.
We expect this match to be added officially on Friday’s Smackdown.
Awesome Kong, current TNA Knockout Tag Team Champion and former TNA Knockout Singles Champion is apparently done with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling.
Kong’s personal twitter states: “I’d like to thank Dixie Carter and all of the employees at TNA for wishing me the very best in my future endeavors.”
It was announced last week that Awesome Kong was going to file a lawsuit against Bubba the Love Sponge for allegedly prank calling her and spewing racial slurs. About a month and a half back, Kong was involved in a backstage physical altercation with Bubba for making insensitive comments about the Haiti relief effort.
Kong is over enough to work numerous independent promotions and/or go back to Japan, where she made her name. The question remains; Will Kong go to WWE? Well she does not exactly fit the mold of the typical WWE diva: 90 lbs, anorexic, blonde, fake boobs. However, I do feel Kong would be an extremely effective monster heel and have really good matches with Mickie James, Beth Phoenix, or even Gail Kim, who she had her best matches with in 2007. She could even help out the Divas who haven’t quite got it down pat. Either way – only good things can happen.
We all generally liked the former No Way Out. If Elimination Chamber was a two hour show, it might’ve been one of the great PPVs of our time. Sadly, there was a middle hour that dropped it down a notch.
Here’s what we had to say about the show:
Best Match: Smackdown Chamber
Worst Match: Maryse and Gail Kim vs. Michelle McCool and Layla
We talked about it in detail on the last edition of FGB Radio. Show had an awesome opener and closer with the chambers and successfully set up a multitude of matches for Wrestlemania without sacrificing match-quality. I liked the surprise of Batista and HBK (even I predicted it verbatim on our Rumble postgame) and it’s good to see Jericho with the belt again.
Best Match: Smackdown Chamber
Worst Match: Drew McIntyre vs. Kane Continue reading
The former No Way Out was always one of my favorite shows for two reasons. For one, it was always the last PPV before WrestleMania, meaning whatever the final matches they needed to put together before WrestleMania became pretty clear after this show. Secondly, they usually ran a pretty clean show since they didn’t want to change too many things going into Mania. It was never the most noteworthy, but usually fun and logical. It’s now called Elimination Chamber and tonight (like last year) features two Elimination Chamber matches, which is a fun gimmick match.
It looks like we’re starting with one of those matches now. If Raw goes on first, we’re probably getting some HBK shenanigans in the Smackdown chamber.
1. Raw Elimination Chamber
Kofi Kingston and Sheamus are starting out, which means that if Sheamus wins, he’s making it through five eliminations.
Kingston got some nice offense to start, but he was put out on the side so that HHH and Sheamus could go at it for a while as HHH is the third guy in the ring. After a fun couple of minutes or so, Kofi came back in and had some great offense on both Sheamus and HHH. How this guy isn’t pushed more, I’ll never know.
Randy O is in next. Ted Jr. is in next and after teasing a Randy O beat down, he helped him up and they’re working together. Orton did the DDT where he drapes the foot over the middle ropes to HHH outside the ring and onto the cage floor. Awesome spot. Cena’s in last.
Cody brought in a steel pipe to give to DiBiase and while Orton was on Cena’s shoulders, DiBiase hit Orton with the pipe. Then he hit Cena, but he pinned Orton. He gave Orton a devilish look on Orton’s way out. Five guys left.
Well, they seemingly killed DiBiase’s heat. Kofi pinned him with the Trouble In Paradise. Then Sheamus hit the kick of death and the Razor’s Edge on Kofi and now we’re down to three with HHH, Sheamus, and Triple H left.
Sheamus had Cena up for the Razor’s Edge and HHH hit him in the ball sack and then Pedigree’d him for the fall. It’s down to Cena and HHH.
Cena made HHH top in the STF to win the belt.
Winner: John Cena
For whatever reason, Vince McMahon came out and said Cena had to defend his belt against Batista.
2. Batista vs. John Cena