OSR: WWE Elimination Chamber 2010 Review
Back in 2010, the WWE was making its gradual transition into a gimmick based PPV era. Replacing No Way Out, the Elimination Chamber became its own event after 7 years of being a match. The Road to WrestleMania XXVI comes to this point, the WWE Elimination Chamber 2010 Review. Bret Hart was back in the WWE and embroiled in a feud with Mr McMahon (no surprise there). Shawn Michaels days as an in-ring competitor where numbered, and he was determined to get The Undertaker on his final swan song. And The Undertaker was in his final year as a full-time competitor. Certainly a case of out with the old, in with the new in the WWE Elimination Chamber 2010 Review…
The opening promo looks at the continuation of the Road to WrestleMania XXVI which will take place inside the diabolical structure of the Elimination Chamber. It looks at the various superstars that will enter in a bid to headline WrestleMania. We then go inside the Scottrade Center in St Louis, Missouri for then event. Our commentators are Michael Cole, Matt Striker and The King, as the Chamber is lowered for the first match of the event.
1. WWE Championship – Elimination Chamber: Sheamus (c) vs. John Cena vs. Randy Orton vs. Triple H vs. Ted DiBiase Jr vs. Kofi Kingston
The participants make their way to the ring with no history package shown for the match, but the pre-qualification matches are briefly alluded to. The match begins with Sheamus and Kofi. Sheamus attempts the brutal approach, but Kofi uses his speed to maintain the advantage.
The next entrant into the match is Triple H, who quickly enters a stare down with Sheamus. The match continues with each competitor having their moment, until the next entrant Randy Orton enters the match. Orton, who was in the ring before the buzzer went off in a mistimed spot.
As the match continues, the next entrant is Ted DiBiase Jr who quickly goes for Triple H, before aligning with Orton. They both them double team Kofi, applying the Boston Crab whilst shoving his head through the chain link walls of the chamber.
The final entrant is John Cena, who fights his way out of the chamber to get to Orton and DiBiase. Cody Rhodes soon makes his way to ringside, getting a metal bar into the ring which DiBiase takes out Orton to eliminate him. Next eliminator is DiBiase by Kofi.
The next elimination is Kofi by Sheamus, who himself is soon eliminated by Triple H ultimately guaranteeing a new champion. This brings it down to Cena and Triple H, which does not last long in the slightest with Triple H tapping out to make Cena the winner in an acceptable outing.
Winner: John Cena, to capture the WWE Championship
Match Rating: 2.5 out of 5.0 Stars
2. WWE Championship: John Cena (c) vs. Batista
Mr McMahon makes his and makes an impromptu championship match. Batista comes out, and Cena makes his way to his feet unconvincingly. He is quickly nailed with a spear and Batista Bomb to make Batista the winner, in a match with was a little bit pointless.
Winner: Batista, to capture the WWE Championship
Match Rating: 0.5 out of 5.0 Stars
3. WWE Intercontinental Championship: Drew McIntyre (c) vs. Kane
Both men make their way to the ring, with McIntyre quickly taking it to Kane with a series of fists. Kane is able to power back, and uses his usual ritual against McIntyre. Ultimately, McIntyre is able to retain the title following a Future Shock DDT in a dull match.
Winner: Drew McIntyre, to retain the WWE Intercontinental Championship
Match Rating: 0.5 out of 5.0 Stars
4. Maryse and Gail Kim vs. LayCool (Michelle McCool and Layla)
This match is originally supposed to determine the WWE Diva’s Champion, but Vickie Guerrero postpones the match and makes it a tag match. LayCool make their way to the ring, with it getting underway with Layla and Gail.
At no point in the match does Maryse become involved, with LayCool dominating the action eventually leading to LayCool being victorious. Afterwards, Maryse nails Gail with the French Kiss. This match, was so dull it had nothing about it.
Match Rating: 0.5 out of 5.0 Stars
5. WWE United States Championship: The Miz (c) (w/ The Big Show) vs. MVP (w/ Mark Henry)
The match is made after The Miz makes an open challenge, with MVP accepting. Both men make their way to the ring, with it being slightly back and forth between the pair. Soon enough, The Miz is able to maintain the control of the match.
The match takes a very slow and methodical approach, until MVP powers back speeding up the pace of the match. Soon enough, Show and Henry end up going at it ringside. Miz is successful after Show nails MVP with the knockout punch in an average, but dull match.
Winner: The Miz, to retain the WWE United States Championship
Match Rating: 1.5 out of 5.0 Stars
6. World Heavyweight Championship: The Undertaker (c) vs. Rey Mysterio vs. Chris Jericho vs. John Morrison vs. R-Truth vs. CM Punk (w/ Serena and Luke Gallows)
Each of the competitors make their way to the ring. During Taker’s entrance, there is a pyro malfunction which sees him engulfed in flames before he storms to the ring. CM Punk then comes to the ring, cutting a promo on the way. The match soon gets underway with R-Truth and CM Punk.
Punk makes short work of Truth, quickly eliminating him before the first entrant before cutting another promo. Mysterio is the next entrant, and he makes short work of Punk quickly eliminating him. Jericho then enters, go at it brutally and quickly with Mysterio, who is the next eliminated.
The final entrants into the match are John Morrison and The Undertaker. Taker is initially dominant before he is double teamed by Y2J and Morrison. Morrison is able to take down The Undertaker with an impressive kick to the head as Y2J hides in a pod.
The final duo in the match is Chris Jericho and The Undertaker, who go at it ferociously for the next few minutes with a series of near finishes. The finish sees Shawn Michaels emerge from underneath the chamber, and nail The Undertaker with the Sweet Chin Music.
This allows Y2J to pick up the pinfall and become the new champion, as HBK stands over The Undertaker. The final few minutes in this match between The Undertaker and Y2J was superb.
Winner: Chris Jericho, to capture the World Heavyweight Championship
Match Rating: 3.5 out of 5.0 Stars
It is surprising that the Elimination Chamber was able to continue as an event in its own right after this event, because it was ever so slightly underwhelming. The under card on the event was very mediocre. The match between McIntyre and Kane was awful on many levels. It didn’t have anything about it which helped maintain interest. It is very much the toilet break match early on in the show. Had there being some relevance and backstory for the match then this would have done well in building interest. The next match between Maryse/Gail Kim and LayCool is completely beyond me. Why they deemed it acceptable to change it from determining the Diva’s Champion, who knows. Not only did it lose the fans interest even more than they already had, but it didn’t do they championship credibility any favors. The match between The Miz and MVP showed promise, but was ultimately quite dull and lacked the spark to make it interesting. I think it is their combination of styles in the ring just didn’t work with one another.
The first chamber match was okay at best. It didn’t really contain anything within it to make it standout to you or justify the Elimination Chamber stipulation. And the finish of the match was pretty much New Year’s Revolution 2006, just massively recycled but nowhere near as effective. Why Batista was given that moment to obliterate Cena is beyond me. The final Chamber match was easily the match of the night. The promos by CM Punk were intruguing, the superstar combinations made you want to watch it and the final few minutes with The Undertaker and Jericho were brilliant. It is a shame these two never had the big match one-on-one. Yes, they faced each other on SmackDown a couple of times but it isn’t the same. Having HBK cost Taker the match was brilliant.
The final few minutes were really enjoyable, and make this portion of the event definitely worth watching. For just 9.99 on the WWE Network, it is totally worth it.
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