– Why was this Chamber match opening the show? It was promoted as the main event of the pay per view and should have closed it out. I don’t see the logic in having it be the first match on the card.
– The injury to Chris Jericho was clearly staged. You can tell by the bump he took that his head didn’t really bounce off of anything. What it did do was keep Punk and Jericho’s physical interactions to a minimum to help further push their eventual title confrontation at Wrestlemania 28.
– Kofi Kingston had himself a great showing. People rightfully predicted his demise once Air Boom was disbanded, but he showed in the ring last night that he still has what it takes to be a relevant figure on Raw. Something tells me that C.M Punk was part of the decision to have Kingston be his opponent to start the match. Punk and Kingston colliding in the ring after spring-boarding simultaneously from the top rope was awesome to watch.
Match Grade: B
– Tamina Snuka really reminds me of her father Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka in the ring. Her mannerisms and move-set are almost identical to her hall-of-fame dad. If she could just add some more personality on the microphone to her character, she could be a mainstay in the Divas division on Raw.
– I enjoyed seeing these 2 ladies work together in the ring, but the outcome was never in question. A Beth Phoenix/Kharma clash is on the horizon. It wouldn’t even bother me if Tamina were to be added into that equation as well because she showed last night that she can hang with the champion. This was as good a 1 on 1 Divas match as you are going to see in the WWE.
Match Grade: B –
– Was this the big announcement that Laurinaitis was teasing the WWE Universe with on Twitter? I don’t watch Smackdown a lot anyways, so if he were to become the General Manager for that show as well, it wouldn’t affect me in the slightest.
– I almost thought for a second that Christian would come out to the ring as a face. He received a nice reaction from the crowd for his return, but I suppose he’s better suited as a heel. Smackdown is swarming with heels right now (Barrett, Rhodes, Bryan, possibly Big Show, Henry, McIntyre), so hopefully Christian doesn’t get lost in the shuffle.
Segment Grade: C
– The saving grace of this match was the performance of Santino Marella. Not only did he eliminate both Cody Rhodes and Wade Barrett, but he lasted until the end of the match against Daniel Bryan and had the crowd believing that he could become World Champion. The WWE appears to be trying to capitalize on the popularity of NBA star Jeremy Lin by having its own version of the underdog who came out of nowhere to become a winner with Santino. He never had a realistic shot at winning, but the crowd reaction he received during the end of the match was out of this world. Santino may have just earned himself a spot at Wrestlemania 28 this year with his showing in the Elimination Chamber.
– I was really glad to see Khali get eliminated so quickly in the match. The fans didn’t care the slightest for his presence in the Chamber. Considering he lasted a grand total of 1 minute, it makes me wonder what he was doing in there in the first place.
– It was quite the sight seeing Big Show break into Daniel Bryan’s pod and attack him while still locked in. That was about the only memorable spot in this Elimination Chamber. Seeing the Santino comeback was nice, but there wasn’t anything else in this match that will make me care to revisit it down the road.
Match Grade: C +
– It’s nice to see the United States title being defended on a pay per view, but this match meant nothing in the grand scheme of things. All it did was fill up time between the Smackdown Elimination Chamber and the main event. You wouldn’t even see this match on a Raw or Smackdown to be honest. I would have rather seen a Uso’s vs Primo/Epico Tag Team title match because at least they have a history.
– No one in the Milwaukee crowd seemed to give this match a chance. Jack Swagger and Justin Gabriel can both go in the ring, but with such a stupid buildup (Cheese?) and no real backing for either guy, it just made the match more tedious and lackluster. The WWE really needs to start promoting matches like this ahead of time so I can start giving a damn when they appear on the show.
Match Grade: C –
– When this match was revealed to be closing out the show, almost everyone figured that a huge swerve/moment would arise to end the pay per view. Perhaps the Rock would return to attack John Cena or Zack Ryder and/or Eve would have an impact on the finish. What do we end up getting? Super Cena winning out yet again. How many times can John Cena just defy the odds like that and keep the interest of the audience? It just came off as a cheap ending with no real payoff to this feud.
– The match itself was garbage. Outside of the chokeslam through the table and the attitude adjustment off of the ambulance, all this match consisted of was Cena and Kane running around the arena punching and kicking each other with the assistance of a wheelchair.
– The ending sucked whatever life the fans still had right out of their bodies. The A.A off the top of the ambulance was nice, but it took Cena forever to get back down, grab Kane and shove him in the back of the vehicle. It was really bad to watch.
Match Grade: D
OVERALL PPV GRADE: C The matches slowly declined in quality from the start of the show all the way till the end. There was no big moment that justified spending $50 to buy this event. This was just an overpriced version of Monday Night Raw as far as I’m concerned. No titles changed hands and nothing of any importance transpired. I realize that all of the effort will be going into building Wrestlemania 28 over the next 6 weeks, but that’s not an excuse for putting out crap like this.
*footage courtesy of WWE, WWEPPVHIGHLIGHTS2012 and Youtube