OSR: WWE Elimination Chamber 2012 Review
The beginning of 2012 marked the near end of a year-long rivalry between The Rock and John Cena. Their match for WrestleMania XXVIII was declared the day after WrestleMania XXVII. But to get to The Rock, John must get through Kane in an Ambulance Match in the WWE Elimination Chamber 2012 Review.
But this event marked a milestone in CM Punk’s lengthy reign as WWE Champion. What other surprises will the Elimination Chamber 2012 Review throw up on the Road to WrestleMania XXVIII?
The opening promo looks at the Road to WrestleMania taking an unpredictable turn with the Elimination Chamber. Each of the participants, and the entering champions are looked at.
The different ways the match can go is also looked at before we head inside the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin for the event. Our commentary team for the event is Michael Cole, Booker T and The King. As the Chamber lowers for the match, the match rules are outlined…
1. WWE Championship – Elimination Chamber Match: CM Punk (c) vs. Chris Jericho vs. The Miz vs. R-Truth vs. Dolph Ziggler (w/ Vickie Guerrero) vs. Kofi Kingston
Each of the participants make their way to the ring, with CM Punk and Kofi Kingston starting off the match. Punk shows great charisma as he seemingly mocks each of the opponents inside of the pods. The next entrants into the match is Dolph Ziggler, followed by R-Truth.
The first elimination from the match is R-Truth, as the participants go at it brutally taking a pounding from the chamber. The next entrant into the match is The Miz, who goes straight for Punk. The final entrant into the match is Chris Jericho, who also goes straight for Punk.
After a couple of near finishes, Jericho is able to make an elimination out of Dolph Ziggler and Kofi Kingston. After Jericho ejects Kofi from the chamber, he is sent out by Punk. In the process, Y2J takes down the cameraman whilst getting knocked out in the process.
With Y2J now out of it (literally), it comes down to CM Punk and The Miz. After several minutes of going back and forth with near finishes, CM Punk is able to pick up the win in an enjoyable opening match to retain the championship.
Winner: CM Punk, to retain the WWE Championship
Match Rating: 3.0 out of 5.0 Stars
2. WWE Diva’s Championship: Beth Phoenix (c) vs. Tamina Snuka
Both ladies make their way to the ring, with the history between Roddy Piper and Jimmy Snuka being alluded to. The match gets started with Beth very much the dominant force. In an very dull match, Beth picks up the win with the Glam Slam.
Winner: Beth Phoenix, to retain the WWE Diva’s Championship
Match Rating: 0.5 out of 5.0 Stars
3. World Heavyweight Championship: Daniel Bryan (c) vs. The Big Show vs. The Great Khali vs. Cody Rhodes vs. Santino Marella vs. Wade Barrett
There are a couple of video clips shown before the match, showing Randy Orton being taken out with a concussion and Santino winning his spot. A series of vignettes are shown of Santino training, before each of the competitors make their way to the ring.
The match gets underway with The Big Show and Wade Barrett going back and forth with one another. The next entrant is Cody Rhodes, who is somewhat reluctant to go at it with Show. The match continues with no eliminations, and the next entrant being Santino Marella.
As the match continues, The Great Khali makes his entrance and despite being dominant very briefly he is soon eliminated in unconvincing fashion by Show. Show then breaks into Bryan’s pod to get at him early, before quickly obliterating him.
Following a brief double team from Rhodes and Barrett, Big Show is the next eliminated. Rhodes is then surprised when he is quickly eliminated by Santino following a roll up. Rhodes then nails Santino with the crossroads in retaliation.
The final two in the match is Daniel Bryan and Santino, with Santino getting a series of near finishes. After an exciting exchange with the pair, Bryan is victorious with the YES Lock in an enjoyable match. Aterwards, Sheamus makes his way out and takes out Bryan.
Winner: Daniel Bryan, to retain the World Heavyweight Championship
Match Rating: 3.5 out of 5.0 Stars
4. WWE United States Championship: Jack Swagger (c) (w/ Vickie Guerrero) vs. Justin Gabriel (w/ Hornswoggle)
This is an impromptu match made in a backstage segment by Teddy Long which included Natalya farting. Both men make their way to the ring, but it is over before it really begins. Swagger retains the title in a pointless and truly abysmal match.
Winner: Jack Swagger, to retain the WWE United States Championship
Match Rating: 0.5 out of 5.0 Stars
5. Ambulance Match: John Cena vs. Kane
The history package shown looks at the path Kane has taken since his return, with John Cena getting passionate with Eve Torres. This feud is about Kane making Cena “Embrace the Hate”. We return to the arena, with the match quickly getting underway.
The match doesn’t last in the ring long, as it soon spills up the entrance way towards to ambulance. It does take a back and forth approach, with the ring used briefly. But Cena takes a very brutal approach with Kane throughout the match.
Cena is surprisingly dominant throughout the match, with the finish seeing him nail Kane with an FU off the ambulance. He then dumps him inside the ambulance to pick up the win in a surprising but massively enjoyable match.
Winner: John Cena
Match Rating: 3.5 out of 5.0 Stars
The under card matches on this event were, lets face it, abysmal. The match between Beth Phoenix and Tamina Snuka for the Diva’s title was a complete washout and should not have happened on a significant card without a decent build up. There was no momentum, and no interest could be had in it. The same can be said for the WWE United States Championship match. This should not have being given the impromptu nature it was. There was no interest in it in the slightest, and can easily be conceived as filler material. The final match, technically part of the under card was actually bloody good. The fact it took an extremely brutal approach caught you by surprise and reminded you what Cena is capable of.
The initial Chamber match was very enjoyable to watch. You questioned whether one of the participants should have being in it. But ultimately they kept the match going at a half decent pace to maintain the interest. Somehow, I don’t think Jericho being knocked out was planned, but it allowed for a brief moment The Miz the chance to shine in an exchange with CM Punk. Still a cracking match. The second match, was brilliant in how it was played out. The way The Big Show went for Daniel Bryan quickly but then quickly eliminated was genius. It worked out really well, and was thoroughly enjoyable to watch.
So, from the Elimination Chamber 2012 Review you can probably see it comes with a definite recommendation to watch. For 9.99 monthly on the WWE Network, it is totally worth it.
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