Feb 19, 2012 - by Adam Martin
* Poll results: Best match at WWE’s Elimination Chamber
* Poll results: Grade WWE’s Elimination Chamber
The WWE opening promo plays.
A video package runs focusing on how WWE stars must go through the Elimination Chamber first before Wrestlemania. Featured all new graphics of the Elimination Chamber structure (very well done).
A graphic opening hits welcoming us to the Elimination Chamber PPV. We go live to the Bradley Center in Milwaukee where a huge display of pyro goes off. Michael Cole is the first to welcome us to the show. Cole is joined at ringside with Jerry “The King” Lawler and Booker T. Cole notes that the Elimination Chamber structure is officially 10 years old this year. The chamber begins to lower around the ring. The Raw chamber match for the WWE Championship kicks off the show.
WWE Championship – Elimination Chamber Match
CM Punk (c) vs. Chris Jericho vs. The Miz vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. R-Truth vs. Kofi Kingston
Chris Jericho, The Miz, Dolph Ziggler and R-Truth all started off inside the four chamber pods. We begin with CM Punk and Kofi Kingston. Punk tries to launch Kofi over the ropes into the chain wall, but Kofi leaps over and lands on the steel surrounding the ring. Punk with a series of kicks to the legs of Kofi. Series of pinfall attempts between the two. Kofi with a flying elbow that drops Punk. Kofi counters a suplex attempt by Punk to the steel floor. Kofi with a back suplex and Punk’s hip bounces off the steel. Punk catapults Kofi face first into the chamber Chris Jericho is inside. Punk blows a kiss to Jericho and gives Kofi a suplex over the steel floor. Back in the ring, Punk with a scoop slam that plants Kofi in the middle of the ring.
Time expires. Out first is Dolph Ziggler. Ziggler with a firemans carry on Punk over the steel floor. Ziggler climbs up on the chain wall, does a few knee lifts to show off and then drops a leg over the head of Punk. Ziggler favors his leg after connecting. Ziggler with a splash on Kofi in the corner. Kofi drops Ziggler with a quick clothesline. Punk with a scoop slam on Ziggler. Kofi with a scoop slam on Ziggler. Punk with a standing dropkick on Ziggler. Kofi catches Ziggler with boots in the corner, springboards in, Punk has the same idea and both Punk/Kofi collide in the air. Punk goes for the cover on Kofi and Kofi kicks out. Ziggler rolls out of the way after Punk and Kofi collide in mid air from the ring apron.
Time expires. Out second is R-Truth. Truth launches Ziggler over the top rope and Ziggler lands with a thud on the steel floor. Truth then leaps over and splashes Ziggler over the steel floor. Back in the ring, Truth connects with an Axe Kick. Truth hooks the leg and Ziggler kicks out after two. Punk catches Truth with a knee to the face. Punk hooks the arm of Truth and connects with a superplex from the top turnbuckle. Punk hooks the leg and Truth kicks out. Kofi misses Trouble in Paradise and Punk launches him over the top rope. Kofi lands on the steel floor. Punk with a scoop slam on Truth. Punk goes up to the top turnbuckle and connects with a flying elbow over Truth. Another cover on Truth and Punk gets the pinfall.
R-Truth is eliminated.
Ziggler with a rollup on Punk. Punk fights out. Kofi with a Trouble in Paradise on Punk. Ziggler pulls Kofi off and Kofi launches Ziggler over the top rope. Kofi covers Punk and gets a close two count. Kofi springboards himself from the ring to the chain wall. Kofi holds off, jumps off, catches Ziggler and connects with a huge tornado DDT!
Time expires. Out third is The Miz. Miz gives Kofi a scoop slam over the steel floor. Ziggler is back up and Miz launches him over the top rope landing on the steel floor once again. Miz pushes Kofi back first into the steel ring post. Kofi catches Miz with a big boot. Miz comes back and pushes Kofi off the top turnbuckle. Kofi lands with a thud on the steel floor. Miz drags Kofi in the ring, covers and gets a two count. Miz with a clothesline on Punk. Miz attempts another, Punk counters, Miz looks for a Skull Crushing Finale, Punk counters, Miz fights out, kicks Punk in the gut and connects with a big DDT. Punk with a quick neckbreaker on Miz. Miz with a big boot to Punk. Punk locks on the Anaconda Vice on Miz. Miz is holding his arm up.
Time expires. Out fourth and last is Chris Jericho. Punk releases the hold on Miz when Jericho exits his chamber pod. Jericho with a snapmare, kick to the back and dropkick to the head on Punk. Punk counters an early Walls of Jericho attempt. Jericho counters a GTS attempt and connects with a running bulldog. Jericho connects with the Lionsault, hooks the leg of Punk and Punk kicks out. Ziggler with a rollup on Jericho and gets a two count. Jericho with a Codebreaker on Ziggler. Jericho hooks the leg of Ziggler and gets the pinfall.
Dolph Ziggler is eliminated.
We are down to four men: CM Punk, Chris Jericho, The Miz and Kofi Kingston. Punk catapults Jericho over the top rope and Jericho lands on his back over the steel floor. Punk pushes Jericho into a chamber pod and then launches him face first into another one. Jericho jumps back in his chamber pod and closes the door. Punk fights his way in and connects with big knees and forearms to Jericho. Jericho uses the chamber door pulling Punk’s shoulder into it repeatedly and then pushing the door into his shoulder/arm. Kofi with his S.O.S. on Jericho over the steel floor. Both men feel that. Jericho rolls in the ring and Miz covers him for a two count. The referee checks on Kofi, gives Miz the okay and Miz jumps in with some big left hands. Kofi catches Miz with a kick to the face in the corner. Kofi climbs to the top of a chamber pod, jumps and takes out both Punk and Miz. Kofi covers Miz and Miz gets a shoulder up. Jericho with a Walls of Jericho on Kofi. Kofi taps.
Kofi Kingston is eliminated.
After Kofi taps, Jericho keeps the Walls of Jericho locked on. Kofi screams out in pain. Jericho eventually breaks the hold and tosses Kofi out of the chamber. As the WWE referees are trying to close the door to the chamber, Punk catches Jericho with a huge kick to the head and Jericho falls out. Jericho lands with a thud on the outside and takes out a WWE cameraman. WWE officials check on Jericho and say he is out. The cameraman is shown recovering at ringside. Punk is looking on from the outside. They signal that Jericho is down. Back in the ring, Punk catches Miz with a kick to the head. Punk covers and Miz somehow kicks out. Cole and Lawler believe Jericho is out of the match. Punk with a running high knee and bulldog combo on Miz. Punk with a cover and Miz kicks out. Miz with a Skull Crushing Finale on Punk, hooks the leg and Punk barely kicks out. Miz can’t believe it. Miz has Punk in the corner and is landing big rights. Miz with big knees to the chest of Punk in the corner. Miz goes head first into the pod when Punk moves out of the way in the corner. Punk with a GTS on Miz. Punk hooks the leg and gets the pinfall.
Winner and still WWE Champion: CM Punk
After the match, we see highlights leading to the finish. Cole notes that CM Punk will now walk into Wrestlemania 28 as the WWE Champion.
Footage is shown of Daniel Bryan’s attack on Randy Orton and Big Show on Raw last week using the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. Cole notes that Randy Orton suffered a concussion and a Battle Royal was booked on Smackdown to determine who would take Orton’s spot in the Smackdown Elimination Chamber. Santino Marella wins the Battle Royal and will take Orton’s spot tonight.
Backstage, we see Santino cracking two eggs into a cup to Eugene’s old theme. Santino drinks them and pukes them back up.
A video package runs focusing on John Cena training for his showdown with The Rock.
WWE Divas Championship
Beth Phoenix (c) vs. Tamina Snuka
When the bell rings, Beth holds down the middle rope and tells Tamina to “get out of her ring.” Tamina with some big slaps to Beth and then a big slap over her back. Tamina with a quick kick to the face. Beth tries to headbutt Tamina, but Tamina doesn’t budge and Beth falls down holding her face. Tamina headbutts Beth and goes up top. Beth recovers and pushes Tamina to the outside. Beth swarms over Tamina with a kick to the chest and big slaps. Beth slides back in and mocks Tamina. Referee starts the count. Tamina rolls in at 8 and Beth drops a quick elbow. Beth with big stomps over Tamina. Tamina fights back and drops Beth with a quick Samoan Drop. Beth cuts off Tamina attempting a splash from the top rope. Tamina with some big chops and a splash in the corner. Tamina drops Beth with a superkick. Tamina pulls Beth close to the corner, goes up top and connects with the splash. Tamina covers and Beth kicks out. Tamina is shocked. Beth sends Tamina to the corner, hooks her arms and connects with the Glam Slam. Beth covers and gets the win.
Winner and still Divas Champion: Beth Phoenix
After the match, we see highlights leading to the finish.
A promo runs for WWE’s B.A. Star campaign.
Backstage, we see Santino punching a piece of ham.
Backstage, Chris Jericho is shown being checked on by WWE officials.
John Laurinaitis and David Otunga walk out to the ring. Laurinaitis introduces himself to Milwaukee to a chorus of booing. He talks about telling the Board of Directors that Teddy Long’s role as GM of Smackdown should be reviewed much like his job was. Alberto Del Rio’s music hits and he drives out inside the arena. Del Rio calls Teddy Long corrupt and a piece of trash. He tells Laurinaitis that he has a great idea – he thinks Laurinaitis should be the permanent General Manager of both Raw and Smackdown. Mark Henry’s music hits and he makes his way to the ring. Henry calls Teddy Long a bully and added that he was “physically assaulted” by Long two weeks ago. He said he was wrongly suspended. Henry says Laurinaitis is not a bully and has never abused his power. He agrees with Del Rio that Laurinaitis should be the GM of both Raw and Smackdown. Christian’s music hits and he comes out to a big reaction. Laurinaitis introduces Christian and gives him a hug. Christian talks about being injured and Teddy Long forcing him to compete anyway. He says the Board of Directors should do the right thing and make Laurinaitis GM of Smackdown. Laurinaitis shakes hands with everyone and thanks them. Otunga wants to take a picture of everyone with Laurinaitis. Laurinaitis with a wonderful white guy thumbs up pose. Otunga wants to get in a picture including himself.
A promo noting that Wrestlemania is 42 days away airs.
Backstage, Josh Mathews is with the Big Show. He talks about having a terrible record at Wrestlemania and why he wants to change that starting tonight by walking out champion.
WWE World Heavyweight Championship – Elimination Chamber Match
Daniel Bryan (c) vs. The Great Khali vs. WWE Intercontinental Champion Cody Rhodes vs. Santino Marella vs. Wade Barrett vs. Big Show
The Great Khali, Cody Rhodes, Santino Marella and Daniel Bryan started off inside the four chamber pods. We begin with Big Show and Wade Barrett. Big Show with a big body shot to Wade Barrett. Big Show follows that with a big chop. Big Show with more body shots. Barrett with a chop block to the leg of Big Show and follows with repeated kicks to the head. Barrett sends Big Show into the chain wall and almost knocks the door to the chamber open. Barrett starts to work over the ankle of Big Show to keep him grounded. Big Show fires back with a big suplex on Barrett. Big Show tosses Barrett over the top rope and Barrett crashes over the steel floor. Big Show tosses Barrett back in the ring and drops a leg over his chest driving Barrett to the mat.
Time expires and out first is Cody Rhodes. Rhodes slowly gets in and Big Show tosses him to the corner near Daniel Bryan’s pod. Big Show chops Rhodes right in front of Bryan. Big Show then launches Rhodes over the top rope and Rhodes lands with a thud on the steel floor. Big Show tosses Barrett into the chain wall and then launches Rhodes into it as well when Rhodes was up on the top turnbuckle. Big Show with body shots to Barrett in the corner. Barrett counters a chokeslam attempt and chop blocks Big Show bringing him back down to the mat. Barrett drops his elbow over Big Show’s leg and ankle. Barrett follows up with kicks to the leg. Barrett and Rhodes double team Big Show to get him down. Barrett clotheslines Rhodes over the top rope.
Time expires and out second is Santino Marella. Santino with a quick hip toss and splash over Barrett. Big Show now goes face-to-face with Santino. Big Show with a chop and big toss across the ring on Santino. Rhodes with a chop block on Big Show. Rhodes with kicks to the chest of Big Show. Rhodes starts choking Santino with his boot. Big Show with a chop that drops Rhodes. Big Show tosses Rhodes over the top rope and then does the same to Barrett. Big Show points at Daniel Bryan in his chamber pod looking on. Barrett and Rhodes with a double suplex on Big Show over the steel floor. Barrett and Rhodes push Big Show back in the ring under the bottom rope. Rhodes with a flying moonsault on Barrett. Rhodes sends Santino into the chain wall.
Time expires and out third is The Great Khali. Khali takes out Rhodes and Barrett with big slams. Khali chops Santino. Big Show with a spear on Khali. Big Show hooks the leg and pins Khali.
The Great Khali is eliminated.
Big Show stands up and stares down Daniel Bryan in his pod. Big Show stands up on the top rope and reaches down into Bryan’s pod. Bryan taunts at him. Big Show starts removing the chains over the top of Bryan’s pod. Big Show starts breaking the rest of the chains with his feet. Bryan is yelling at WWE officials to keep Big Show out. Big Show is now inside Bryan’s chamber pod beating him down. Big Show with repeated heabutts to Bryan. Time expires and out last is Daniel Bryan. Bryan rakes the eyes of Big Show as his door opens. Big Show launches Bryan back inside his pod crashing through the chamber door!
Back in the ring, Big Show is dropping Bryan with repeated clotheslines. Big Show splashes Bryan in the corner and follows with a shoulder block that drops Bryan. Big Show is calling for the chokeslam. Big Show with a chokeslam on Bryan. Barrett with a big boot that drops Big Show. Barrett with big knees to the chest of Big Show. Barrett with a running big boot on Big Show. Santino with a rollup on Barrett for a close two count. Barrett levels Santino with a clothesline and then tosses him over the top rope. Rhodes connects with two Beautiful Disaster kicks to the face on Big Show. In the ring, Rhodes connects with a DDT on Big Show. Barrett with a flying elbow on Big Show. Rhodes hooks the leg of Big Show and gets the pinfall.
The Big Show is eliminated.
Rhodes celebrates. Santino rolls up Rhodes and gets the pinfall!
Cody Rhodes is eliminated.
Rhodes with a Cross Rhodes on Santino after he was eliminated. Barrett crawls over, hooks the leg of Santino and Santino kicks out. HUGE reaction in Milwaukee to Santino kicking out. Barrett dumps Santino over the top rope to the steel floor. Barrett sends Santino into the chain wall repeatedly as the crowd chants for Santino. Barrett starts locking Santino’s arms in the chain wall. Barrett hits a series of knees to the chest and head of Santino. Barrett with his big boot to Santino against the chain wall. Santino is hanging from the chain wall. Barrett jumps in the ring and exchanges shots with Bryan. Bryan with a rollup that Barrett kicks out of. Bryan gets the LeBell Lock on Barrett. Barrett fights out. Bryan with big kicks to the chest of Barrett. Barrett counters a huricanrana attempt from Bryan by crotching him on the top rope. Barrett jumps off the turnbuckle and clotheslines Bryan to the mat.
Barrett is now choking Bryan using a chamber pod door. Barrett then drives the door into the neck of Bryan. Bryan is out. Barrett drags Bryan into the ring, covers and gets a two count. Barrett drops Santino with a right hand. Santino counters a Wasteland attempt. Barrett once again catches Santino with a big boot. Barrett with shots to the lower back of Santino. Bryan is back up and connects with a flying knee to the head of Barrett. Bryan sends Barrett into a chamber pod door. Bryan sends Barrett into another door and forearms him back inside the ring. Barrett crotches Bryan on the top turnbuckle. Barrett drives the back of Bryan’s head into the pod door and it breaks. Barrett has Bryan up on his shoulders. Santino breaks it up. Barrett misses an elbow on Santino. Bryan with a flying headbutt. Santino crawls over and hooks the leg of Barrett. Santino gets the pinfall on Barrett!
Wade Barrett is eliminated.
Bryan is smiling as he gets to his feet. Loud “SANTINO” chant in Milwaukee. Santino fires up the crowd. Santino arm drags Bryan. Bryan fights back dropkicking Santino in the corner. Bryan with a snapmare and kick to the back. Bryan with a kick to the chest of Santino. Bryan with another huge kick to the chest. Bryan with a kick to the head, covers Santino and Santino kicks out. Bryan is shocked. Bryan misses his kick in the corner. Santino with a rollup for a close two count. Bryan with a quick snap suplex, goes up top and misses his flying headbutt. Santino pulls out his Cobra sock. Santino with a Cobra strike on Bryan, hook of the leg and Bryan kicks out. Bryan recovers and gets the LeBell Lock applied on Santino. Huge “SANTINO” chant. Santino is fighting to his knees to break out. Bryan pulls back harder and Santino is forced to tap out.
Winner and still WWE World Heavyweight Champion: Daniel Bryan
After the match, Daniel Bryan celebrates screaming, “No one said I could do it!” Bryan continues to celebrate his title win when Sheamus’ music hits. Sheamus enters the chamber and gets in Bryan’s face. Bryan goes for an attack, Sheamus counters and drops Bryan in a headlock slam. Cole says Sheamus seems to have made his intentions clear for Wrestlemania that he wants to challenge Bryan for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
Backstage, Hornswoggle is eating cheese at a table. Natalya passes some gas. Jack Swagger, Vickie Guerrero and Justin Gabriel walk up. Hornswoggle makes a “cottage cheese” joke at Guerrero. Teddy Long books Swagger vs. Gabriel for tonight. Swagger says John Laurinaitis should be running both shows. Long likes the idea, but thinks that man should be him. Long adds that Swagger’s WWE United States Championship will be on the line next against Gabriel.
WWE United States Championship
Jack Swagger (c) w/ Vickie Guerrero vs. Justin Gabriel w/ Hornswoggle
The bell rings and Jack Swagger takes down Justin Gabriel right away. Gabriel catches Swagger with a quick kick, but Swagger quickly counters connecting with a big powerbomb on Gabriel. Swagger with his corner splash on Gabriel. Swagger connects with elbows to Gabriel and then does push ups off his back. Gabriel with a side kick to Swagger in the corner. Gabriel with a springboard flying forearm that drops Swagger. Gabriel hits the ropes and connects with a dropkick to the face of Swagger. Swagger bails out and Gabriel with a corkscrew dropping Swagger. On the outside, Swagger swings Gabriel’s leg into the steel ring post. Gabriel limps and slides back in the ring. Swagger with an Ankle Lock. Gabriel taps.
Winner and still WWE United States Champion: Jack Swagger
Jerry Lawler announces that via WWE.com it has been announced that The Undertaker will be at Raw tomorrow night to confront Triple H.
A video package runs hyping John Cena vs. Kane tonight.
John Cena vs. Kane
The bell ring and John Cena goes after Kane right away with right hands. Kane fights back with a kick and big uppercut. They brawl near the entrance area. Cena sends Kane into the ring barricade repeatedly. Cena calls for the ambulance to reverse out and Kane catches Cena with a quick shot. Kane walks over and opens the doors to the ambulance. Cena cuts off Kane with a few shots. Kane shoves Cena away and Cena pulls out a stretcher in the process. Cena grabs a backboard stretcher and hits Kane with it. Cena drops the stretcher over Kane’s body. Kane is back up and Cena lights him up with right hands. Kane fights back with another uppercut. They brawl back near the ringside area and Cena launches Kane shoulder first into the steel ring steps.
Back in the ring, Kane drops Cena with a big boot. Kane jumps on Cena and drops big right hands. Kane with a big right hand on Cena. Kane works over Cena in the corner. Cena and Kane exchange shots. Kane cuts off Cena with a big side slam. Kane goes up top, jumps and Cena catches Kane with a dropkick to the knee. Cena with a shoulder block and his twisting powerbomb. Chorus of booing. Cena with the Five Knuckle Shuffle. Kane counters an AA attempt. Kane covers Cena’s face and mouth with his hand. Cena is dazed as Kane drags him out of the ring and Cena lands with a thud. Kane pulls a wheelchair out from under the ring and puts Cena in it. Kane starts pushing the chair and Cena cuts him off in the entrance area. Cena sends Kane into the side of the ambulance.
Cena grabs the wheelchair and drives it into the face of Kane into the ambulance. Cena sets up the wheelchair, puts Kane in it and pushes the chair into a table with production objects on it. Kane grabs a piece of production equipment and hits Cena in the head with it. Cena uses a fans chair to crack it over the back of Kane. Cena shakes the fans hand for letting him use the chair. Cena and Kane continue to brawl through the crowd. Cena sends Kane over the ring barricade back to the ringside area. Cena grabs a mic, hits Kane with it and asks Booker T for a spot in his “Fave Five.” Cena clears the Spanish announce table and hits Kane in the head with the top part of the steel ring steps. Cena looks at the camera and goes, “Do you want to have some fun?”
Cena hits Kane a second time with the steel ring steps. Cena moves the steel ring steps near the Spanish announce table. Cena puts Kane on his shoulders, walks up the steel steps, gets to the top, Kane jumps off his shoulders and chokeslams Cena through the table. Kane gets the stretcher on wheels and brings it near the table. Kane puts Cena chest first on the stretcher and drops forearms over Cena’s back. Kane is dragging Cena on the stretcher towards the ambulance. Kane gets Cena inside the ambulance. Kane gets one door closed. Cena kicks Kane when he attempts to close the second. Cena opens a side door and slams it against Kane’s shoulder. They brawl to the top of the ambulance. Cena has Kane up for the AA and dumps him off to an area below. Cena picks up a lifeless Kane, dumps him inside the ambulance and shuts the doors. Cena wins.
Winner: John Cena
After the match, we see a shot of the ambulance with Kane inside leaving the arena. John Cena returns to the ring, points at the Wrestlemania sign and tells Rock to bring it.