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WWE 2012 - Elimination Chamber 2012 - Milwaukee, WI - February 19, 2012 PPV
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This year’s WWE Elimination Chamber pay-per-view event takes place at the Bradley Center in Milwuakee, Wisconsin. This event will be the last pay-per-view before WWE’s huge WrestleMania 28 event.
Currently scheduled for the main event in the chamber are Alberto Del Rio, CM Punk, John Cena, Kane, R-Truth, and The Miz.
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ELIMINATION CHAMBER 2012
1.[WWE TITLE ELIMINATION CHAMBER MATCH]CM PUNK VS KOFI KINGSTON VS CHRIS JERICHO VS DOLPH ZIGGLER VS THE MIZ VS R TRUTH-the Raw Chamber match kicks things off for us which was a surprise for me. This is usually the main event on this PPV with the Smackdown Chamber match earlier in the night. Any way Punk and Kofi starts us out and do battle until Dolph enters, he usually steals the show. Since he usually does that I was excited to have him and Punk in the same match. Ziggler takes a lot of bumps on the steel during this match. Kofi of course shows of his athletic ability in this match going all over the Chamber. R-Truth enters next and lights up Ziggler as soon as he gets out. Next up is The Miz who really has a strong showing here in this match taking it to everyone. Jericho is the last to enter the match but is eliminated the craziest. When it came down to just two it was Punk and Miz, and they did a great job. This could very well be the best match on the card, and it started the event.
2.[DIVAS TITLE]BETH PHOENIX VS TAMINA SNUKA-first off I have to ask, why did the champion come out first? I hate that and it seems it only happens when the heel is champ. Any way this is not a bad match and I really like Beth so I enjoyed it. It was your average Divas match but not bad. Beth keeps the belt after the Glam Slam, also it was cool to see a Superfly fly again.
Here we have a brief little thing with John Laurinaitis coming out with Otunga announcing that he should be GM of Raw and Smackdown. He is then joined in the ring by Alberto Del Rio, Mark Henry, and Christian as they wanted to show their support for him.
3.[WORLD TITLE ELIMINATION CHAMBER MATCH]DANIEL BRYAN VS GREAT KHALI VS BIG SHOW VSSANTINO MARELLA VS WADE BARRETT VS CODY RHODES-now all night they were showing Santino training for this match since he was a big underdog but sentimental favorite. Show and Barrett kick things off here and gives a brawl until Cody enters the match. Show was waiting for him and punishes him in front of Bryan. Our hero Santino is released from his pod next and is on fire until he also runs into Show. The same can be said for our next entrant as well, Khali. He is dominating until he runs into Big Show, except it is the other way around. That leaves the one man Show was really waiting for, Bryan. The only thing is he doesn't wait, Show breaks into the pod from the top and from there he puts it on Bryan. From there we get a good battle from everybody but the story here is the last two guys, Santino and Bryan. The crowd wanted Santino to win this so bad, they were really into Santino making it to the last two. Honestly they wanted it so bad it started to rub off on me even though I knew better. In the end the fairy tale ending was not to be, Bryan retains his title.
4.[US TITLE]JACK SWAGGER VS JUSTIN GABRIEL-this match was added at the event after a backstage segment, which why did they already have their gear on? Come on WWE you can at least make it look like it really was added that moment. Any way the match was pretty good and was good enough to pass some of the time for the PPV. Could have been much better had they been given more time.
[AMBULANCE MATCH]JOHN CENA VS KANE-this match was all about Kane trying to get Cena to "embrace the hate". To be honest I didn't hate this feud like some others have told me they did but it could have been so much better. In fact this would have been the perfect angle for Cena to become a heel if they were to ever do that. Any way this is a really entertaining match as these kinds always are. Even the casual fan will enjoy this match with all the brawling and weapons being used. The match is barely in the ring at all before they move to the outside and all up and down the aisle. When they do enter the ring again it is still more of a brawl than a wrestling match. Of course for this type of match it should be more of a fight than anything else. Even though this feud ending up going nowhere really this was still a good match with Cena coming out on top of course.
Over all this was a pretty good event with some good matches with none bad in my opinion. Both Chamber matches were good with the Raw one being the best of the two and of the night. There were many highlight reel moment throughout the night. Not the best Chamber event ever but to be honest I think this event should be done away with. This and the "Hell in the Cell" events should go, those matches should be special matches saved for big time feuds every once in a while. Same can be said for the "Money in the Bank" event, I liked it better as a "Wrestlemania thing. Still these matches always deliver memorable moments so what do I know. Also there is an interview with Bryan as a special feature here.
Divas Champion Beth Phoenix vs. Tamina Snuka - As reference to before the match, Beth had some plaid placed on the title belt in reference to Roddy Piper based the feud in the past with Piper & Tamina's father Jimmy Snuka. There was really nothing to say here except this match was decent at best with the only thing noteworthy being Beth working over Tamina's side throughout the bout. This match got a lot of praise from their peers via Twitter but I enjoyed the series Beth had with Kelly Kelly & Eve more than this which is a shame since Tamina is one of the divas who had heavy wrestling experience (compared to most of the other divas) before coming to WWE.
Right around here was a segment where Johnny Ace (again, I can't spell his last name if my life depended on it) & David Otunga came out with a "huge announcement" which turned out to be that he was announcing this intentions of not only being the permanent General Manager of RAW but also replace Teddy Long as the General Manager of SmackDown which led to the return of Alberto Del Rio & Christian along with Mark Henry coming down to show their support for Johnny & air their grievances against Teddy. This was one of those segments that could have been saved for TV but also I felt was a waste of long awaited returns.
Elimination Chamber Match: World Champion Daniel Bryan vs. Big Show vs. Santino Marella vs. Great Khali vs. Cody Rhodes vs. Wade Barrett - It should be noted that throughout the night, they kept showing these backstage segments where Santino was trying to channel the energy of Rocky Balboa knowing that he was going into this match as the underdog (I personally found them funny). This was a match, based off entertainment value alone, that was way better than expected going in with the fact that Khali was one of the participants (guess that's WWE's response to TNA's Ring Ka King project) but didn't effect the match at all while the story of Santino being the underdog really caught on to the point where the crowd was getting behind him here. While Bryan & Barrett & Rhodes also had good showings here including some hard hitting spots getting thrown into the pods but without a doubt the one moment to look out for here was Big Show getting his hands on Bryan to the point where he just beat the living hell out of him inside his pod.
United States Champion Jack Swagger vs. Justin Gabriel - This was a bonus match that wasn't anything special as the only noteworthy thing here was the backstage skit setting this up that had Hornswoggle naming his favorite types of cheese before seeing Vickie Guerrero who reminded him of another type of cheese.
Ambulance Match - For those who have never seen the three previous Ambulance Matches in history (two in WCW, one in WWE), the only way to win this match is to put your opponent in the back of the ambulance & close the door. With Kane winning the only other match of this type in WWE history (S. Series '03 vs. Shane McMahon), he was the heavy favorite here as both men started in the ring but shortly ended up brawling out of the ring down the isle towards the ambulance where some of the objects inside the vehicle was brought up & used as a weapon. They both fought back to ringside where Kane was able to pull a wheelchair from under the ring (seriously, who puts that under the ring?) before it was eventually used as a weapon. They continued to brawl through the crowd before going back to ringside where Cena "embraced the hate" & punished Kane with everything available at ringside including the microphone, monitor, steel steps, and the announce table. Despite the way this entire feud developed (I personally didn't care for the crappy soap opera acting or their previous PPV match at the Rumble), this was a good match & the highlight of this feud as Cena is better at brawling & using weapons while Kane has also had his best encounters in these "no rules" environments.
It should also be noted that somewhere throughout this PPV, we got another John Cena video package hyping up his WrestleMania match vs. The Rock while Sheamus made an appearance to declare which championship he would challenge for at WrestleMania. In the end, this PPV was a repeat of the Elimination Chamber two years ago where there was too much filler for my taste (Cena's video package, Johnny Ace's announcement) while the other matches that weren't the main events weren't another special (U.S. & Divas title matches). So I would only recommend this PPV if your a fan of the Elimination Chamber match (or Santino Marella) but past that, it's a stop on the Road To WrestleMania that you can pass.
Santino is shown training thru out the event. It's sad how WWE can place him into a main event considering how much talent is on the Smackdown roster.
Beth Phoenix VS Tamina: They might have wrestled a good match but since I don't watch women wrestling, I wouldn't know.
We got three comebacks-Del Rio, Mark Henry, and Christian do an interview in support for John Laur...however you spell it. I can't believe people actually waste money to buy this on PPV.
Smackdown Elimination Chamber with World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan vs Wade Barret vs Cody Rhodes vs The Big Show vs Santino Marella vs The Great Khali: As much as if i've been a Smackdown mark over the years, i'll admit the show is getting pretty damn stale. I was shocked this wasn't the main event, another first in the ppv's history. I wasn't really into the match because the action was slower then Raw's chamber match. I fast fowarded most of this. To sell the WrestleMania PPV, the unstoppable Sheamus attacks Bryan after the match. How did the match turn out again?
Hornswoggle segement with Natayla Neidhart and her farting gimmick, seriously? Then Justin Gabriel walks in and so does Jack Swagger. It sets up an added match to the PPV and another seed for a WrestleMania is planted as well.
US Champion Jack Swagger VS Justin Gabriel: Not a PPV quailty match, could have been seen on Raw, Smackdown, or even Superstars. What a waste of time and I'd be mad if I spent my money on this, only thing good so far was the opening match.
Rock VS Cena promo for WrestleMania.
Kane VS Cena in a Ambulance Match: I'm not the biggest Cena fan but his hardcore matches are usual good to watch. A good little brawl even though I think Kane expired years ago.
Overall, the opening match was the best. Cena-Kane was a good main event but since it's at the Elimination Chamber, it makes little sense. Amazon is selling this for the low, low price of $11.50. That isn't a bad price for a good, not great PPV.