Liked Teddy's speech to Orton, he actually came off as something other than a goof for once. Opening tag was nice, and Show looked like a real killer - taking out Barrett with the chokeslam and punching the fuck out of Khali after the match, then doing the same to Henry backstage. They really built him up so well that I wouldn't mind him winning the title at the PPV, even with Bryan being on a roll. Darren Young has been demoted from wrestler to security guard. Wow. Loved Booker talking about the absurdity of a months-long Ted-Hunico rivalrly being due to not getting invited to a party. Cole should've said it was better than one over a shampoo commercial. Liked Hunico not only winning with interference, but holding the tights too. Really dug the Usos-Colons V2 match. Lots of fast action with some amusing commentary as well. Booker saying BRYAN'S ALL ABOUT DA HONEYS ruled. He cut another great, smarmy promo, and I think they've changed his name plate because it's now alternating case instead of all caps. He took great pride in doing purely evil things, so I guess this was the official mark of the heel turn after weeks of him having plausible deniability.
Sheamus-Bryan was quite the surprise. Didn't think they'd give away what appears to be the WM WHC match, but it was quite good while it lasted and didn't give TOO much away if they go back to it later. Liked Bryan's seated between the first and second rope dropkick on Sheamus - new twist on an old spot. I also loved Bryan winning via too much ass kicking after trying to humiliate Sheamus. He knew the buttons to push and used that to his benefit yet again. I liked that it took Teddy an hour and 10 minutes into the FINAL SHOW BEFORE THE PPV to figure out what he was going to do. At least he opened the battle royal up to guys from every show, including the C shows. Zeke-Jinder was such a big deal that DEREK BATEMAN was talked about more than them, and they built up Drew as well, making me think that he'll wind up taking the final spot at the PPV itself. Zeke appears to have lost a lot of weight, which given his power-based offense, doesn't quite work. Jinder won after two camel clutches - not sure why he couldn't win with just one, but whatever. Loved the Tamina/Jimmy Snuka video - it didn't take up much time but put over Tamina as the female equivalent of her dad. Women's tag was fine until Nattie lost via farting gimmick. They found a way to work it into matches now - good for the "creative" team. Aside from that, they did a great job building up Tamina as the one who could beat Beth.
Loved the little skit with Ace, Teddy, and Otunga's Harvard workout suit. Stupid recap video of the Cena/Ryder/Kane angle aired - even in clipped form, it takes forever to get through.
That Battle Royal fucking ruled. Seriously that was one of the better battle royals I can remember seeing..ever. I wish I hadn't had the big Santino win spoiled for me, it was a great moment. I really hope they don't rehash the Edge/Kofi thing to put Christian Button in there. I liked that Drew got a chance to shine in the battle royal with the press slam over the top on Kidd. Darren Young went from security guard to wrestler again here. Primo and Gabriel had a tremendous exchange with flashy moves, near eliminations, and a surprising amount of airtime given their spots on the card. I wasn't expecting Santino to be quite so over at the end, but it was nice to hear the crowd be so passionately behind him. The end of the battle royal with Otunga losing the same way Santino lost the Rumble last year was brilliant. Also, Santino vs. Otunga at the end of the battle royal was better than Punk/Miz and Jericho/Kofi from Monday. It was a blast. Otunga should get a WM pay day. He's obviously taken the time to get better and he could have a fun little match with Santino if they decide to put them on first.
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Teddy - Randy, Iím sorry playa - itís outta my hands, and yours too. I see youíre dressed to compete, but I canít let you compete. Youíve got a concussion. I know Bryanís gonna get his - but it wonít be from you, at least not tonight. In fact, from what I hear, heís not even here yet. Randy, on the other side of that door is security - theyíll escort you out of the building. I know how ya feel, and I canít blame ya one bit. Iím concerned about your health. You canít compete tonight or in the Chamber - Iím sorry. Booker - THATíS TAG TEAM PERSONIFICATION RIGHT THERE - TWO GUYS WORKING TOGETHER! Henry - Thereís no one else except me - donít let ya foolish pride get in the way of business. YOU NEED ME IN THE CHAMBER! YOU NEED ME AS THE CHAMPION! Show - I want Bryhan and I want him tonight! Henry - You take your heavy breathing and drooling somewhere elseÖ(gets WMDíd) Show - GIMME WHAT I WANT TEDDY! GIMME! Hunico - You stole a victory from me, and where we come from, thatís against the law. When you steal from me, I take it back! Booker - All this over an invitation to the DiBiase Posse!? Cole - Yeah, Iím trying to figure out why theyíd even wanna go. Booker - AWWWW SHUCKY DUCKY! Josh - Booker, gimme the grade for Prime and Epico as tag champs. Booker - A PLUS FOR ROSA! Josh - Rosa, with words for the WWE Universe. Cole - Howíd you know that? Josh - I took 7 years of Spanish. Cole - So how would you ask her out on a date in Spanish? I know youíre scared to talk to girls, but if you didÖ Josh - Iíd need my English to Spanish dictionary. Cole - Josh, you need to brush up on your Spanish, and Booker, you need to brush up on your English. Booker - I HATE YOU COLE! Cole - Not allowed to say that. Booker - SAMOAN DROP - THATíS TRADITION RIGHT THERE! Booker - ITíS ABOUT FIRST CLASS PLANE TICKETS, THE FINEST SUITES, AND THE HONEYS! Bryan - I guess you saw what I did on Raw - got 2 for the price of 1. It was time for me to declare myself - to show all of you who I really am and what Iím about. Now, I understand that Big Show has been escorted out of the building - just like Orton. How convenient! IF EITHER OF THEM WERE REAL MEN, IF ORTON OR SHOW HAD ANY GUTS, THEYíD BE OUT THERE IN THIS RING FACING ME NOW! But guess whatÖtheyíre not! BECAUSE THEYíRE AFRAID! I CAN SMELL IT IN THE ARENA AND IN THE LOCKER ROOM - EVERYONEíS AFRAID OF DANIEL BRYAN! Theyíre afraid of tapping out. Theyíre afraid that Iíll make them look ridiculous by beating them once again. CUZ LETíS FACE IT - I JUST KEEP ON WINNING! None of you thought I could be champion, BUT I PROVED YOU ALL WRONG, AND ON SUNDAY, IíLL PROVE YOU ALL WRONG YET AGAIN! And I know, I know that Iím facing overwhelming odds, but Iíve been beating the odds my entire life. And just as sure as Iíd have beaten Orton in the advertised main event tonight, I will emerge victorious at the Elimination Chamber. (You suck chant) BECAUSE ORTON IS NOT HERE, AND JUST TO MAKE IT OFFICIAL, RING ANNOUNCER, WOULD YOU ANNOUNCE THAT DUE TO FORFEIT, THE WINNER OF THE MATCH, DANIEL BRYAN! Go ahead sweetheart, you can do it - announce me as the winner. Lilian - Ladies and gentlemen, the winner by forfeit - Daniel Bryan! Bryan - YES! YES YES! Teddy - Before you celebrate your victory, you havenít even compete yet. And thatís what I and everyone here wants to see. Due to medical reasons, it wonít be Orton, but I have a volunteer! (Sheamus comes out) Wade - Teddy, I want to have a word with youÖnice office by the way. Teddy - IíM INVITING ANYONE IN THIS BUILDING, FROM RAW, SUPERSTARS, AND NXT - WEíLL HAVE AN ELIMINATION CHAMBER WILD CARD BATTLE ROYAL! Cody - YOU CANíT JUST PLACE SOME NO-NAME IN THE CHAMBER! Teddy - WATCH ME! Booker - I like this - itís like Rocky getting a shot at Apollo Creed! Laurinitis - Iím going to do what I do best - inject some excitement into the show! Teddy - Whatís that smell? Otunga - My designer cologne. Teddy - Where I come from, lawyers have stank on ya! Booker - DONíT LET THE COBRA COME INTO PLAY - IT COULD BE ALL OVER, MAN! Booker - THIS AINíT A POSEDOWN, THIS AINTí THE OLYMPIA! Cole - WE REPLACED A VIPER WITH A COBRA!? YOU GOTTA BE KIDDING ME!
1) Rosie Jones 2) Sara Jean Underwood 3) Emma Glover 4) Megan Fox 5) Lindsay Lohan, Holly Peers & Candice Swanepoel 6) Michelle McCool & Vikki Blows 7) Kristen Stewart, Barbie Blank, Taylor Momsen, Maryse Ouellett & Audrina Patridge 8) Sophie Reade, Melissa Debling & Kate Upton 9) Trish Stratus, Hayden Panettierre & Katy Perry 10) Kristen Bell, Dina Lohan, Sophie Howard, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Blake Lively, Miranda Kerr, Kitty Lea, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, & Eve Torres
I really hope that they don't go with a pre-match attack angle to replace Santino with Christian Button or whoever, as many have suggested. The Chamber will be boring as fuck if Big Show is the only proper face in there.
I'm still pleased as fuck that they put Santino into that match. With Orton having to pull out, they really needed to replace him with someone that the live crowd will actually give a fuck about, because there's only really Big Show in there that they could get behind otherwise. There's really nobody else on the SmackDown side of the roster that I would have put in instead of Santino.
Santino may well be a joke character, but he's well loved and always gets a great reaction. The crowd were going crazy for him at the climax of the Battle Royal on SmackDown. I haven't seen or heard an audience that animated for ages. I hope he comes really close to winning it tonight, I think that there's some real potential for Daniel Bryan to build some super heat by cheating Santino out of a huge upset win.
Here is how I hope the Chamber goes tonight. Khali will go first, with the obligatory thousand finisher spot. After that, D-Bryan will cheat Big Show by eliminating him in some underhanded way. Not sure how, probably blindsiding him with a roll-up and a handful of tights or something. Santino will lurk about, staying in the sidelines for most of it, probably taking the glass bump, but will last to the final 3 with Bryan and Rhodes, battling the two of them for a good long portion. Of the remaining 3 Dragon see's Cody as the bigger threat so does the "lets team up to take him out>double cross" spot to eliminate Rhodes. Santino will hit Bryan with the Cobra and get an arse-clenchingly close 2, before Bryan regroups and locks in a LeBell lock to retain.