Andrew B here with another Wrestling Rewind as we look back at one of the better WWE PPVs from 2011. This time we will look at Elimination Chamber 2011 featuring Kofi Kingston against Alberto Del Rio. Plus two Elimination Chamber matches with taking place as one are for the World Heavyweight Championship and the other is for a WWE Title Shot at WrestleMania 27. Also Miz defends his WWE Title against Jerry Lawler. I can’t wait so let’s begin now.
The event starts with a video package followed by pyro as the announcers for the night are Michael Cole, Josh Matthews and Booker T.
Before the match Ricardo Rodriguez introduces Del Rio and mentions that the Oakland Raiders are losers. Del Rio cuts a promo saying that people from Oakland are low close and that 6 men will put their bodies through pain for the honor to battle Alberto Del Rio at WrestleMania. He says it is his destiny to win at WrestleMania and then calls Kofi Kingston trash and says that Kofi can’t stop destiny but Kofi comes out as we have our first match.
Math 1: Kofi Kingston vs. Alberto Del Rio with Ricardo Rodriguez:
The match starts with a lock up and Kofi pushing Del Rio to the corner and they lock up again with Del Rio getting pushed to the corner again. Ricardo distracts the ref and allows Del Rio to take control. Kofi comes back with a dropkick and Del Rio rolls to the outside as Ricardo fans him. Kofi goes to the outside and kicks Del Rio in the back as they go back in the ring. Kofi throws Del Rio across the ropes but Del Rio holds on to the ropes and Kofi runs into a back drop out of the ring. Kofi lands on the apron and Del Rio goes on the apron and pushes him into the ring post and then the steel steps. They go back in the ring and Del Rio is in control. Del Rio throws Kofi in the corner but Kofi climbs the turnbuckles and hits a flying forearm. Kofi takes control hitting double chops and a dropkick and then hits the BOOM Drop. Kofi sets up for Trouble in Paradise but Del Rio counters and Kofi goes to splash Del Rio in the corner but Del Rio moves and Kofi goes for a top rope cross body but Del Rio gets his knees up. Del Rio goes for a superplex but Kofi pushes him off and hits a missile dropkick for a near fall. Kofi goes for a splash in the corner but gets crotched on the top turnbuckle and Kofi hits a neck breaker and locks in the cross Arm breaker for the win in about 11 minutes.
Winner: Alberto Del Rio
Match Rating: *** out of 5
We then see Randy Orton backstage as he prepares for the main event.
Todd Grisham is backstage with Edge. Edge says if he can survive Vickie Guerrero he can survive the Chamber. Drew McIntyre comes in and asks Edge how he feels after he got Kelly Kelly fired. He says Edge took his love so now he will take Edge’s title but Edge says he can’t see Drew with Kelly or the title.
Match 2: Big Show vs. Wade Barrett vs. Rey Mysterio vs. Kane vs. Edge vs. Drew McIntyre in an Elimination Chamber Match for the World Title:
The match starts with Barrett, Big Show, Kane & McIntyre in the pods while Mysterio starts with Edge. They go back and forth as Edge back drops Mysterio on the steel outside the ring. Rey hits a hurricanrana off the top rope and they go back and forth as Edge rams Rey’s back in the chamber wall multiple times and then into a pod. Wade Barrett is the first man released from the pods first as the Edge slides Mysterio on to the steel. Barrett goes for Wasteland to Rey on the outside but Ret grabs the wall to counter but Barrett grabs him and goes for a power bomb. Mysterio counters and hits a hurricanrana into the ring and sets Wade up for the 619 but runs into a clothesline for Edge. Kane comes out of his pod and takes it to everyone in the ring. McIntyre is released from his pod and body slams Rey onto a pod and then throws Barrett threw a pod. Kane throws Rey into the corner and Rey’s head cracks the pod as all 5 men are down. Big Show comes out as the final man released from the pods. Big Show throws Barrett threw a pod and levels Wade with chops. Big Show hits Wade with the KO punch and Barrett is gone. Kane hits Show with a clothesline off the top rope and then Edge hits Show with an elbow drop. Show then gets hits with Future Shock from McIntyre and then a Sitting Senton off the top of the pod from Rey. Rey hits Show with the 619 and then Show gets hit with a spear from Edge and then a chokeslam from Kane & Show is gone. Kane choke slammed McIntyre and Drew is eliminated. Rey hits Kane with the 619 and then Edge hits both men with a spear and Kane are eliminated as Rey & Edge are left. Kane then choke slams Edge & Rey. They go back & forth in a nice sequence that saw Rey hit the 619 and then jump of the top rope only to get hit with a spear as Edge pulls out a win.
Winner: Edge Retains the World Title
Match Rating: **** ½ out of 5
After the match Del Rio comes out and attacks Edge putting him in the cross arm breaker until Christian returns and saves Edge, attacking Del Rio and hitting the Kill Switch.
We then go backstage with Matt Striker and Jerry Lawler. Lawler says he looked forward to this his entire life and he should be enjoying this but last week his mom passed away. He says never had a match at WrestleMania or won the WWE Title but he could do both later and does not want to let anyone down.
Booker T goes in the ring and says the person he is about to call out someone who will join himself and Stone Cold as a trainer on Tough enough & it is Trish Stratus. Trish says she has a new catchphrase and takes off her jacket. She then says “Finally the Trish Has Come Back to Oakland to Deliver Stratus faction to the Millions, Sucka.” Booker replies with his “Tell Me She Did Not Just Say That.” Booker asked Trish why she was here tonight and Trish says she was here to see Jerry Lawler win the WWE Title live and Booker says “Can You Dig That Sucka”
Match 3: Santino Marella & Vladimir Kozlov vs. Justin Gabriel & Heath Slater with Ezekiel Jackson for the WWE Tag Team Titles:
The match starts with the faces in control over Slater but Slater takes control over Santino. The heels work over Santino but Santino fights back against Gabriel and tags in Kozlov. Kozlov overpowers Gabriel as Gabriel rolls to the outsole. Gabriel is on the apron and kicks Kozlov in the face ad tags in Slater who hits a spinning flip into the ring for a near fall. The heels work over Kozlov but Kozlov uses his power to tag Santino who works over Slater. Santino hip tosses Gabriel on Santino and hits Gabriel with the Cobra. Kozlov is in control over Gabriel but Slater makes a blind tag and Jackson pulls Gabriel out of the ring which distracts Kozlov and Slater takes control. Gabriel then hits the 450 Splash for the win.
Winners: Justin Gabriel & Heath Slater Win the Tag Titles
Match Rating: * out of 5
Todd Grisham is backstage with Miz & Alex Riley. He says it is 2011 and that is the year of the Miz. He says he will defeat Jerry Lawler because he is the Miz & he is Awesome.
Vickie Guerrero comes out to the ring saying “Excuse Me” She says it was a tragedy that Dolph Ziggler got fired. She admits that Dolph took out Long, but that it was a “crime of passion” for her. Teddy Long came out & says he’s in a hiring mood. Teddy hires Kelly Kelly back and she attacks Vickie until Laycool saves her. Trish Stratus comes out to save Kelly and they attack Laycool as Vickie ran away. It ends with Kelly & Trish posing for the crowd.
Match 4: Miz with Alex Riley vs. Jerry Lawler for the WWE Title:
They start with a lockup and Jerry rolls up Miz for a near fall but Miz takes control with punches but Jerry counters with multiple near falls. Miz hits a shoulder block but runs into a clothesline and then a shoulder block. Jerry hits a cross body off the ropes and clotheslines Miz out of the ring. Lawler goes after Miz but Riley distracts him and Miz pushes him into the ring post. They go back in the ring and Miz is in control and hits the clothesline in the corner. Miz goes to the top rope but Lawler crotches him and hits a superplex. Lawler hits a dropkick and backdrop for a near fall. Lawler goes off the rope and Riley grabs his ankle and trips him but the ref throws Riley out. Lawler goes for the pile driver but Miz counters and Lawler and Miz go to the outside. Cole distracts Lawler and Miz rams Lawler into the ring apron and then Lawler throws Miz into Cole after ramming his head on the table. They go back in the ring and the action is back and forth as Lawler hits DDT. Lawler pulls the strap down and drops his fist off the top rope for a near fall. Miz hits the skull crushing finale after a bunch of near falls to retain the title.
Winners: Miz retains the WWE Title
Match Rating: *** out of 5
After the match Cole poses with Miz and then Jerry poses for the crowd as they show respect for him.
Backstage John Cena is eating Fruity Pebbles and he said he feels Yabba Dabba Delicious.
Matt Striker is backstage with CM Punk & Punk says the score is Punk 3 – Cena 0 so he can’t see him defeating 5 other guys and he can’t see anyway winning the chamber match but him.
Match 5: Sheamus vs. John Cena vs. John Morrison vs. CM Punk vs. Randy Orton vs. R Truth in a Number 1 Contender Elimination Chamber Match:
Punk, Cena, Truth & Orton are in the pods while Sheamus and Morrison start the match. Sheamus and Morrison go back and forth for the first five minutes with some nice spots like Morrison hitting a flying clothesline over the rope to Sheamus outside the ring and then later Morrison went for a springboard off the ropes but Sheamus moved and Morrison hung onto the Chamber wall like Spiderman. Morrison goes for star ship pain but Sheamus counters by pushing him into the pod and then landing outside of the ring. After 5 minutes of action, Randy Orton is released from his pod first. Orton back dropped Morrison outside of the ring and onto Sheamus. Morrison then got thrown through the pod by Orton. Orton then hit the second rope DDT to Sheamus outside of the ring on the steel. Orton then hit a superplex on Morrison and then another on Sheamus. The next man released from the pods was CM Punk but the door got stuck and this allowed Orton to attack Punk who was stuck in the pod door. Orton got him out of the pod and hit him with an RKO in the ring for the elimination but the Raw Computer GM sent an email that said Punk was allowed back in the match after a malfunctioning pod & this allows Sheamus to take control over Orton. The next man released from the pod was John Cena but once his door opened Sheamus ran in the pod and attacked Cena. Morrison hit a springboard clothesline on Orton and Sheamus but then got back dropped on the steel by Cena. Sheamus hit a springboard shoulder block on the outside of the ring on Cena & Morrison. Truth is released next from the pod and Sheamus goes for the attack but Truth counters and attacks Sheamus in the pod, banging his head on the pod and then hit Sheamus with a hip toss on the steel. Sheamus hits the Brogue Kick on Truth & Truth is eliminated after being in the match for less than 5 minutes. Orton throws Morrison through another pod as Cena and Orton trade punches in the ring. Punk is released from his pod and Orton hits Cena with an RKO on the steel outside the ring. Punk mocks Orton by pounding his fist on the ring and then hits Orton with the Go 2 Sleep and eliminated Orton. Morrison climbs on top of a pod and Sheamus follows as they brawl on top of a pod. Sheamus climbs down on to the top turnbuckle but Morrison kicks him off. Morrison climbs to the top of the chamber and drops on Sheamus and pins Sheamus as Sheamus is eliminated. Cena goes to the outside & lifts Punk for the AA but Morrison come flying out of nowhere taking out both men. Morrison went for the running knee to Cena but Cena ducked and Morrison went crashing into a pod. Punk tries to slingshot Morrison into a pod but he clings to the wall & delivers a Flying Knee to Punk. Morrison goes for Starship Pain but misses and Punk hits the GTS eliminating him. Right after Cena hits Punk with an AA from inside the ring to outside the ring to win the match.
Winner: John Cena
Match Rating: **** ¼ out of 5
The event was very good and better then the PPV that followed it (WrestleMania 27). The two Elimination Chamber matches were very good with the SmackDown one better as the CM Punk situation with the Raw GM lowered the rank a little bit. The spot with Morrison off the top of the pod was unbelievable. The Tag Title Match was an enjoyable 5 minute TV Match while the opening match between Kofi Kingston & Alberto Del Rio was a good match. The WWE Title match was very good that made you want to see Jerry Lawler win the title and was good even though Lawler was in it. The two Trish Stratus segments were unnecessary as the one with Booker T was useless but the one with Laycool was better but not by much. The Elimination Chamber 2011 earned an 8 out of 10 after two **** Chamber matches.
That’s all until Next Time Remember It is good to be the King… Sometimes