PPV Fusion: Elimination Chamber 2011
The 2011 WWE Elimination Chamber Pay-Per-View starts with a video hyping it as the next stop on the Road to WrestleMania, followed by the first match of the night which is Alberto Del Rio taking on Kofi Kingston.
Before the match starts however, Del Rio grabs a microphone and says that his name is Alberto Del Rio – but that we already know that. He says that what we may not know is that he is committed to excellence, unlike the low-class people from Oakland.
He says that later on six men are going to put themselves in great danger and a lot of pain just to have the honour of losing against him at WrestleMania, as it is his destiny to become the new World Heavyweight Champion at WrestleMania.
Del Rio says that Kingston is trash, nothing, and he cannot stop the greatest of the great, destiny, and is about to continue when Kingston’s music interrupts and he makes his way to the ring. The match ends with Del Rio getting the victory after he forces Kingston to tap out to the Cross-Armbreaker.
Going backstage, Todd Grisham interviews Edge, asking him what his frame of mind is entering the Elimination Chamber match. Edge says that in the past few weeks of Vickie Guerrero being made the General Manager of SmackDown!, banning the Spear, stripping him of the World Heavyweight Championship and accusing him of assaulting Teddy Long, he thought it might be a calm Sunday wherein he can relax and kick up his feet, before casually walking into the most hellacious structure in the history of the WWE.
He says that he’s not stupid and that he knows that nobody has entered as champion and walked as champion in the past five years, but he’s also won a chamber match so he knows what it takes to win one. He says that if he can survive Vickie, then ten tons of steel kind of seems like a walk in the park.
Drew McIntyre makes his presence known and says that he’s ecstatic that everything worked out for Edge, but asks what about the casualties along the way such as Kelly Kelly. He says that Edge doesn’t even care and asks how he can even look at himself by knowing that he is the sole reason that she was fired.
McIntyre says that he took something important from him, so later on he is going to take Edge’s most prized possession. Edge says that if it makes McIntyre feel better, there is one thing that Kelly and the title have in common – they’ll never be seen with McIntyre.
After a video hyping the Elimination Chamber itself, it is time for the Elimination Chamber match for the World Heavyweight Championship. The first two to start off the match are Edge and Rey Mysterio, with Kane, Drew McIntyre, Wade Barrett, and The Big Show being the ones to enter the pods, after Teddy Long comes out and announces that The Big Show is the replacement of Dolph Ziggler, who he fired a few days ago.
The match ends with Edge hitting a spear to counter Mysterio’s dive from the top rope, which allows him to get the 3-count to retain the World Heavyweight Championship. Afterwards, Alberto Del Rio enters the ring and starts attacking Edge; locking in the Cross-Armbreaker until Christian’s music hits and he runs down to make the save. Christian takes Del Rio down and attacks him until he is forced apart from him by referees, but he manages to break through them and hit Del Rio with the Killswitch for the last word before leaving.
After a video hyping WrestleMania on Sunday, 3rd April 2011, we go backstage again but this time it is to Matt Striker interviewing Jerry “The King” Lawler for his thoughts on his WWE Championship match against The Miz later on.
Lawler says that it was supposed to be the most enjoyable week ever for him, but last week his mother passed away and that is what he is thinking about, and that it is impossible to put into words what that is like. At the same time however, he realises that things have to continue on and that this match is going to take place whether he’s ready or not, so he needs to stay focused and do whatever he has to do to win the match.
He says that he’s had an okay career, won a match or two in his day, but one thing he has never done is win the WWE Championship and compete at WrestleMania, both of which he has a chance to accomplish in his match. Lawler says that he has had such an outpouring from friends and family throughout the situation with his mother and he can’t say how many people have told him that they are behind him, and he doesn’t want to let anybody down so he will do whatever he can do win.
Back in the arena, Justin Roberts introduces Booker T, who makes his way to the ring from the announce table. Booker introduces a special guest who he says is alongside himself and “Stone Cold” Steve Austin as one of the trainers of WWE Tough Enough.
Trish Stratus’ music hits and she makes her way to the ring, after which he welcomes her back and says she looks marvellous, before asking what she has been up to. Calling him “BT”, she says that she has been hanging around with the “kids” at Tough Enough to find out who might become a new Superstar or Diva, and that being around the ring and wrestlers has been getting her excited so she’s been working on a new catchphrase.
After some prodding from Booker and the crowd, she lets us know what it is “Finally, The Trish has come back to Oakland to deliver Stratusfaction to the millions”, allows the crowd continue with ‘and millions’ and ends with “suckaaaaaaaa!”
Booker asks us to tell him that she didn’t just say that, before getting serious and telling us that WWE Tough Enough will première the night after WrestleMania, right after Monday Night Raw. He says to Trish that he wants to know why she is there right now though, and she says that she is here to see one of her personal favourites Jerry “The King” Lawler win the WWE Championship. Booker says that there is only one thing he can say to that: “Now can you dig that, sucka?!”
After a trailer promoting Triple H’s new movie “The Chaperone”, Santino Marella and Vladimir Kozlov are pitted against The Corre’s Justin Gabriel and Heath Slater (accompanied by Ezekiel Jackson) for the WWE Tag Team Championship. The match ends with Gabriel hitting the 450-Splash on Kozlov for the 3-count to become the new WWE Tag Team Champions.
After a video hyping the 2011 WWE Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony in which Shawn Michaels will be one of the people to be inducted, Todd Grisham interviews The Miz with Alex Riley and asks him how nervous he is, to which The Miz asks him what year it is.
The Miz says that it is not 1983 in which it was good to be The King, or 1999 when people were smelling what The Rock is cooking, but 2011 which is the Year of The Miz. He says that he will properly address the so-called Great One at a later time, but he will address Jerry Lawler in a matter of minutes when he shatters forty years of hopes and dreams in a single evening.
As for the Raw Elimination Chamber, he says that the good news is that five Raw Superstars will lose the Elimination Chamber match, but the bad news is that the person who wins it will suffer the same fate as Lawler; he will lose to the most must see WWE Champion in the history of the company, because he is The Miz and he doesn’t even need to continue… but he has earned to right to say it, because he is The Miz and he’s Awesome.
An “excuse me” sees Vickie Guerrero walking down to the ring and uttering more “excuse me”’s before talking about how SmackDown! suffered a terrible tragedy when her boyfriend Dolph Ziggler was fired. Though it may be true that he attacked Teddy Long, she is there to explain that Ziggler and she were dealing with some serious issues and he has an uncontrollable temper, so his state of mind was confused and he was showing how much he loves her by committing a crime of passion, which he is very sorry about.
Vickie says that she is pleading to everybody to convince Long to do the right thing by giving Ziggler a second chance, to Twitter, Facebook, and call Long to let him know that Ziggler needs to be rehired as they deserve a second chance, which she is begging for.
Long’s music hits and he makes his way out onto the stage before telling her to stop it as she is embarrassing herself. He tells Vickie that luckily for her, she is in a hiring mood, which she comments is great news and Ziggler will be excited, before Long tells her to be quiet.
He continues by saying that he did not hire Ziggler back, but he hired someone back and gave them free reign to thank her for her time as General Manager. Kelly Kelly’s music hits and she makes her way down to the ring and starts chasing after a fleeing Vickie before starting to attack her.
Lay-Cool run down to make their presence known and start attacking Kelly, but Trish Stratus runs down to seemingly chase them off, until they go around her back and start attacking her instead. Trish ends up getting the better of the exchanges as she hits Michelle with a Chick Kick, follows it up with her unique hurricanrana move to Layla – though not getting her legs in the correct position immediately – and ends it with her rope-assisted bulldog move to both members of Lay-Cool, which leaves her and Kelly standing tall in the ring.
Next up, after a video recapping the events leading to the match between The Miz and Jerry “The King” Lawler, The Miz (accompanied by Alex Riley) goes against Jerry “The King” Lawler for the WWE Championship. The match sees Riley get ejected from ringside at one point, as well as Cole getting knocked down by The Miz being thrown into him at another point, but ends with The Miz hitting the Skull-Crushing Finale for the 3-count to retain the WWE Championship.
Backstage, we see John Cena eating a bowl of Fruity Pebbles before he is approached by Todd Grisham for his thoughts on the events of Monday Night Raw, but Cena says that his thoughts right now are on the Elimination Chamber, as the main event for WrestleMania will be decided.
He says that whoever goes to the main event will have to go through an unreal amount of punishment to earn it, which is why right now he’s glad that he feels “Yabba Dabba Delicious” – yes, he said it.
Elsewhere, Matt Striker interviews CM Punk, who says that Cena seems to have a mental disadvantage when it comes to him, what with Punk defeating him in their last three encounters. He says that he can’t see Cena beating him in the Elimination Chamber, or Cena beating four other top Superstars in the Chamber either, and that he can’t see anybody walking out of the Elimination Chamber as the winner, except himself.
Next, after a video hyping WrestleMania being 42 days away and another video recapping the events of the SmackDown! Elimination Chamber match, we have the Raw Elimination Chamber match.
The Superstars starting it off are John Morrison and Sheamus, and CM Punk, John Cena, Randy Orton, and R-Truth are the ones to go into the pod. A notable moment in that match is that Punk appears to be the first to be eliminated after being attacked when his pod malfunctions when he is set to enter, which results in Michael Cole receiving an email from the Anonymous Raw General Manager.
The General Manager allows Punk to re-enter his pod to be in the match again, but as The Miz watches on from backstage, John Cena is the person who survives the Chamber by pinning Punk to face The Miz at WrestleMania.
Cena celebrates in the ring and backstage The Miz holds his title aloft, as Elimination Chamber goes off the air.