A dark screen, complete with eerie metal-like sounds, fades in to display the ominous sight of the Elimination Chamber structure hanging in the air with flashlights popping behind it.
NARRATOR: Six weeks from the biggest night in wrestling history ...
Metallic screech noises accompany the flickering of the WrestleMania logo in front of the Chamber before it fades back away to leave the gloomy image of previous ...
NARRATOR: “The Road to WrestleMania” takes one last brutal twist ...
An image of a hazy road appears, the camera moving down the road in the sunlight and heading for the horizon.
NARRATOR: A twist with one last opportunity ...
As the camera quickly moves along the road, it flicks up and left to view a roadsign, the speed of the camera slows and we see the sign reads ‘WELCOME TO GEORGIA’ and below that ‘CAPITAL: ATLANTA’, before the view returns to the road and continues towards a bend in the road.
NARRATOR: One man has already secured his shot at immortality ...
Hazy clips of John Cena competing in the Rumble and eliminating The Undertaker and Randy Orton as well as hitting the FU to Miz.
JIM ROSS: Cena! Cena! Cena wins the Rumble!
Image of Cena celebrating his victory in the Rumble are shown.
NARRATOR: Whilst others still dream ...
Quick images of the other men appear in different spots on the screen – Orton, Kofi, Undertaker, Angle, Edge, Punk and Miz to name a few.
NARRATOR: To be in the main event of WrestleMania 27 would be a dream come true ...
More images of superstars – Christian, Daniel Bryan, Sheamus, Big Show, Triple H and Jeff Hardy – as the bend gets closer and the sound effects become more chilling and louder.
NARRATOR: But to get there, these men must pass ...
The camera begins to take the bend at breakneck speed now as the urgency of the promo increases.
NARRATOR: ... through ...
As the bend continues, we see the Elimination Chamber structure start to crash up through the road in front.
NARRATOR: ... hell itself ... in the ...
As the Chamber continues to move up from beneath the road, rubble and tarmac crashing down from it, the camera moves towards it at speed until it crashes headlong into the Chamber and the screen explodes.
NARRATOR: ELIMINATION CHAMBER!
‘Ignition’ by Toby Mac begins as the Elimination Chamber logo smashes into the screen as well as we see clips of the six men from RAW, the six men from SMACKDOWN and also Cena and Orton as they hit their big moves to each other as they make their way towards the Elimination Chamber tonight.
NARRATOR: To headline WrestleMania 27, these men must survive the most ominous ...
We see Triple H crashing headlong into the wall of the Chamber from a previous match.
NARRATOR: The most brutal ...
A clip of Goldberg throwing a helpless Chris Jericho over the top rope and into the chain link walls.
NARRATOR: The most horrific ...
Randy Orton back-body dropping Triple H over the top rope and down onto the steel flooring from 2010.
NARRATOR: The most devastating match in the history of the WWE!
Quick clips of CM Punk ramming Rey Mysterio head first through the ropes and into the plexi-glass; Undertaker choke slamming John Morrison over the top rope and down onto the steel around the ring; and finally, Jeff Hardy hitting the Swanton Bomb from the top of the Chamber to Big Show.
NARRATOR: These men will put their careers on the line ...
A clip of Big Show trying to splash Triple H and Jeff Hardy against the chain wall but missing and eating the steel himself is shown.
NARRATOR: ... and their bodies through hell ...
We see Shawn Michaels appear from underneath the Chamber in 2010 and deliver the Sweet Chin Music to Undertaker.
NARRATOR: ... to reach the promised land ...
We see Sheamus hitting John Cena with a huge Brogue Kick.
NARRATOR: ... of WrestleMania!
WrestleMania pyro from WrestleMania 26 is shown ...
JIM ROSS: Who’s going to WrestleMania?
JR’s voice echoes and repeats as we see Cena stood in the ring pointing to the WrestleMania logo as the video comes to an end.
SUNDAY FEBRUARY 20, 2011 | @ THE JOE LOUIS ARENA, DETROIT, MICHIGAN | Att: 17,014 | 6 WEEKS UNTIL WRESTLEMANIA 27
*** ELIMINATION CHAMBER 2011 ***
THEME SONG: Ignition (Toby Mac)
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With the Detroit crowd going wild, the camera pans around the Joe Louis Arena taking in the excitement and the signs being held up all around the arena. As the camera spins around, we catch a glimpse of the ominous, brutal Elimination Chamber hanging overhead, positioned directly over the ring, casting a shadow across parts of the arena. At ringside, the commentary team of the legendary Jim Ross, fellow Hall of Famer Jerry “The King” Lawler and Mick Foley hype up the beginning of this evening’s event. They discuss the upcoming ‘Last Man Standing’ match between Randy Orton and John Cena and speculate over whether or not Cena will actually make it to Atlanta to headline WrestleMania in six weeks before discussing the other WrestleMania main events that should be determined, if not fully, tonight inside the hellacious Elimination Chamber. Following a lull in the music, the lights begin popping and an eerie background sound is heard as the camera refocuses on the Chamber in the ceiling which is being lowered down – clearly our first match of the night is an Elimination Chamber match!
The crowd are cheering as the massive steel structure makes its way slowly down towards the ring where about twenty stage hands are waiting to guide it and lock it in place before the match can begin ... JR, King and Foley continue to hype up the destructiveness of the Chamber and suggest that many of the twelve men involved in the Chamber matches tonight will end up spending the night in the local hospital afterwards!
Inside the ring, now surrounded by the chain and steel of the Chamber, is Justin Roberts. He stands waiting with a microphone as the bell is rung to get the attention of the 17,014 in attendance ...
This bout is to determine the Number 1 contender for the WWE Championship ... and it will be contested inside the Elimination Chamber!
Big cheers from the crowd as they watch on with baited breath ...
The rules are as follows: The match will start with two superstars in the ring and four more superstars locked in their individual chambers. Every five minutes, a random chamber will be opened allowing the superstar within to join the match. This will continue until all superstars have entered the match. Elimination occurs through pinfall or submission and the last man remaining will be declared the winner and he will go on to challenge for the WWE Championship ... at WrestleMania 27!
Spotlights are highlighting the chamber from different angles from all over the arena as the Chamber is locked in place and the excitement and tension grows just a little more. As a hush falls over ‘The Joe’, attention turns towards the stage area as the WWE Universe await the first participant to be locked inside one of the four chambers ...
*** METALINGUS ***
The Rated R Superstar heads out onto the stage with a long coat on and looking pumped up and determined here tonight. He throws up his rock hands as the pyro behind him explodes and heads towards the ring, a determined look in his eyes as he focus on the door to the Chamber, he looks ready tonight to prove himself once and for all to the RAW General Manager, HBK. Edge pauses at the foot of the steps into the Chamber and composes himself before he jogs up the steps and into the Chamber, through the ropes and then around the inside of the ring as he stares out through the chains to the crowd who are giving him, as usual, some grief. Pulling at his hair, Edge looks to each of the four pods and seems to be thinking about which one he is going to choose to enter ... JR suggests that Edge is the most dangerous man in the RAW Chamber match and says he will do whatever sadistic, evil deeds necessary to win here tonight. His recent record, he won the last two Chamber matches he entered, is also discussed as well as his issues with RAW General Manager Shawn Michaels and how Edge would love to win just to spite him!
While this man has had several issues of late with the RAW General Manager, Shawn Michaels, you cannot count him out of this match. In this environment, Edge is as dangerous a man as there is in the WWE. He has an evil, sadistic side and he will use the steel and the chains to his advantage tonight.
Edge continues to pace around the ring as he prepares to select his chamber when all of a sudden ...
*** SEXY BOY ***
RAW General Manager
A look of utter contempt spreads across the face of Edge as he hears the music of the RAW General Manager but the rest of the arena cheer for his arrival. As HBK heads out into the arena, he waves around to the WWE Universe and then stops on the stage. He has a microphone and it appears that he has words for Edge.
First of all, before I get to you, Edge, I wanna’ welcome all of you here to Detroit for the Elimination Chamber, the final stop on the “Road to WrestleMania 27” ...
Another cheer echoes around the arena as HBK panders to the crowd a little ...
Now you might be wondering what I am doing out here at this point, I know. You’re thinking that, even though this is the RAW brand’s Elimination Chamber match and I am the General Manager of RAW, there is no need for me to be here. And usually, I’d agree with ya. But, you see, we have a problem tonight. On Monday, I made a match – Edge vs. Chris Jericho ...
HBK points upwards to the titantron and a replay airs showing the highlights and the controversial ending of the match ...
Now, first of all, Edge. You tapped out. It’s there for the whole world to see, man. You tapped out.
Predictably, the crowd begin to chant to Edge “You tapped out!” but he shakes his head and motions to the ropes to remind everybody that he had hold of the ropes and that was why the referee broke the hold. Edge looks annoyed and rattled though, you can see that he is fearful of what HBK is doing right now ...
But secondly, Edge, I told you before the match that I wanted a nice, clean finish to determine once and for all exactly which of you two deserved the spot here tonight in the Chamber. You, Edge, took advantage, as you always do, of the fact that one of the turnbuckle covers came loose. When Jericho hit the buckle and took the full brunt of that steel, what did you do?
Edge looks exasperated in the ring as HBK questions him ...
Instead of giving the referee time to check on Jericho, you decided to DDT him into the mat. One thing led to another, you hit the Spear ... 1, 2, 3! But you didn’t do as I asked, Edge. I wanted a clean finish and you gave me another murky finish.
Edge holds his hands out as if to say “What else could I have done?” but HBK looks unforgiving tonight ...
Therefore, Edge, you leave me no choice. I have decided that tonight ...
Anticipation in the arena is building ...
You will not compete in the Elimination Chamber match!
Edge goes nuts in the ring and starts kicking at the ropes as three referees enter the ring and demand that he leaves immediately. Edge shoves one of them aside and argues that he is going nowhere and that he has been treated unfairly. HBK watches on as Edge refuses to leave ...
Edge, get out of the ring now. We have a pay-per-view to watch and you’re now holding up the show. Get out of the ring now!
The Rated R Superstar again refuses and he looks furious here ... Out from backstage, on HBK’s orders, come several burly security guards who make their way past the General Manager and down the ramp towards the Chamber.
Edge, leave of your own accord or else these guys will do it for you. And if you don’t immediately leave the ring, I will fine you and suspend you indefinitely. Now get out of the ring! NOW!
Edge reluctantly begins to edge his way over towards the ropes, he still looks incandescent with rage as he steps through the ropes, shepherded by the referees and officials, towards the security team. Holding his hands up to show he is leaving, the security team allow Edge to pass through them and he steps down the steps complaining bitterly as he exits. Cruelly, the crowd begin to chant “Nananana ... Hey-hey-hey ... Goodbye!” at him and Edge launches a tirade of abuse at the crowd as he leaves. JR, King and Foley are in shock ringside as they await the entrance of the actual competitors in the match – King suggests that HBK may be taking this grudge one step too far.
*** MEDAL ***
(w/Joe Hennig & Percy Watson)
Angle, decked out in red, white and blue as normal, heads out into the arena accompanied by his rookie apprentices, Joe Hennig and Percy Watson, Team Angle 2. Angle stops at the top of the ramp and points up to the sky where the red, white and blue pyro explode and he then heads towards the ring with his hand clutching the Olympic gold medal around his waist ... Foley suggests that great as Angle is, he is a big fan of him, his wrestling style does not suit the Chamber and that could cost him tonight.
As Kurt reaches the steps at the bottom of the ramp, he removes the medal and hands it over to Hennig for safe keeping. The referees order Hennig and Watson to leave, they cannot accompany Angle inside the Chamber and they are forced to turn back as Angle wheels away into the ring and taunts the crowd by claiming that this is his night to get a victory ... King agrees with Foley’s recent assessment but also points out the adaption that Angle had to make from amateur wrestling to the world of the WWE and says that if anybody can adapt to the Chamber, the American Hero can. Angle elects to enter the chamber to the right of the doors and he steps inside as the referees close the doors and padlock them shut. Angle, as most do, checks the plexiglass and the chains above his head as he familiarises himself with the situation. He could be in for a long wait in there – especially if he was to be the last man to enter the match.
*** RIDE OF THE VALKYRIES ***
Cheers around the arena as the former United States Champion heads out onto the stage and he lifts his hands to salute the crowd. He sidesteps his way down the ramp and towards the Chamber ... His wrestling style is also discussed as well as his lack of Elimination Chamber experience but King this time suggests that Bryan’s maiden voyage into the Chamber could mean he enters without no fear or worries? Bryan elects to enter the chamber directly opposite across the ring from Angle and he is locked in ready to wait for his chance to exit and compete for the WrestleMania main event spot ...
*** WRITTEN IN MY FACE ***
Accompanied by Hornswoggle, out strides the confident, tough Irish man – many people’s pick to win the match here tonight. As he beats his pasty white chest on stage, his little friend Hornswoggle dances around his feet and then leads the Celtic Warrior towards the ring whilst clutching a steel pipe, a weapon that he has used quite effectively in recent months ... JR hypes him up as the man many people believe will win here tonight and Foley confirms that Sheamus’ strength and brute force make his style perfect for the Chamber. King reminds us of his feud with Triple H, another Chamber entrant tonight, and speculates over whether the pair of them might clash this evening. As Sheamus enters the Chamber, Hornswoggle, as Team Angle were earlier, is turned back away. Instead of heading back up the ramp though, Hornswoggle dives underneath the enormous steel structure and under the ring. The referees shrug their shoulders which must mean that there is no advantage to being under there at all. In the structure, Sheamus elects to take the chamber to the left of the door and he steps inside with a look of menace in his eyes as well as an air of madness – he appears to be relishing the prospect of this match here tonight.
*** TIME TO PLAY THE GAME ***
As the lights fall and the green spotlights flicker around the arena, the crowd go wild as one of the most popular men in the WWE steps out onto the stage. He walks towards the ring with a purpose, a water bottle in his right hand, ready for action here tonight. JR reminds us that Triple H has won four times out of his six Elimination Chamber appearances and Foley suggests that Hunter’s ‘Cerebral Assassin’ nickname explains that stat perfectly. Hunter steps up the steps and into the Chamber, he has no fear of this and he smirks as he looks around. He looks to the left and advances a step or two forwards where he comes face to face with his old nemesis, Sheamus, through the plexi-glass. After an intense staredown between the pair of them, as well as a slamming of the hand on the glass by Sheamus, Hunter retreats and turns to face Angle instead. Hunter laughs at Angle – who desperately didn’t want Triple H in the match – before heading into the ring and saluting the fans. As he heads into the final chamber, the door is locked up and he checks out his situation. With all four chambers now full, the final two men are set to enter and they will be the two men who will start the match off ...
So who is going to replace Edge in the match?
*** AWESOME! I CAME TO PLAY ***
Money in the Bank Contract Holder
As the cocky Miz heads out on stage, there are jeers around the arena – Lawler’s question is still not answered, we all knew Miz was in the match already. Smirking, Miz raises his hands and it is noticeable that he does not have the Money in the Bank briefcase with him here tonight. Despite having a guaranteed title opportunity to be used before Money in the Bank 2011, Miz has made it clear of late that he wants to earn the right to challenge for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania 27 in Atlanta and prove that he is the most must-see WWE superstar on the roster right now. Miz steps up into the Elimination Chamber with a look of awe in his eyes but there is also a note of trepidation there too – as you would expect. JR informs us that this is also Miz’ first experience of the Chamber but suggests that he has the most to prove here tonight – can he prove he deserves to headline WrestleMania without using his Money in the Bank contract? Lawler reminds us of his dislike for Miz and says he hopes Edge’s replacement comes out here and shuts Miz up once and for all …
Miz enters the ring and mocks the crowd and tells them that he is going to win tonight and headline WrestleMania before he removes his coat and hands it over to a referee. Turning to face the titantron, Miz looks out expectantly waiting to find out who he is going to start tonight’s match with. Miz’ music fades out and another hush falls over the arena ...
Who’s it going to be?
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*** BREAK THE WALLS DOWN ***
Another huge cheer as the man who Edge ‘defeated’ on RAW is given another chance at the eleventh hour to enter the Chamber and secure a main event spot at WrestleMania. As Jericho stands on stage, arms stretched out and his back to the audience, the fireworks explode and then he spins and makes his way towards the Chamber ... JR hypes up the experience that Jericho has inside the Chamber and the fact that he, like Triple H, is a former winner of the Chamber match. At ringside, they discuss his new attitude and suggest that it could be Chris Jericho who heads to WrestleMania to challenge for the WWE Championship in six weeks time …
Jericho removes his jacket and then heads up the steps and into the Chamber where he stands at the ropes. He looks left at Sheamus, right at Angle and then straight forward at The Miz, he is smiling about what is in store for him here. Stepping through the ropes, Jericho walks around Miz and climbs the buckles in the corner in front of Triple H where he looks down at the Cerebral Assassin, the two most experienced men in the match, before repeating it over near Daniel Bryan. Jericho certainly seems confident that he is going to win here tonight – now that he is in the match of course!
We’re ready to go, which of these six men are going to go to WrestleMania and challenge either Wade Barrett or John Morrison for the WWE Championship? Let’s find out!
The doors of the Chamber are closed with one referee in the ring with Miz and Jericho, four referees positioned at the corners of the Chamber with keys to unlock the doors when required and two more referees at the doors ready to let the superstars out when they are eliminated.
This is going to be good, guys!
The bell rings and that battle to become the WrestleMania Number 1 contender for the WWE Championship is underway!
RAW ELIMINATION CHAMBER MATCH** 1 **
Winner will become the Number 1 contender for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania 27
CHRIS JERICHO vs. DANIEL BRYAN vs. KURT ANGLE vs. THE MIZ vs. SHEAMUS vs. TRIPLE H
As the action begins, there is a huge “Y2J!” chant that echoes around the arena and this annoys Miz who goes on the attack immediately and starts to viciously pound away across the head and shoulders of the Canadian. Forcing Jericho back to the corner, Miz looks determined to knock him off quickly and get some rest before the third entrant enters the match and he stomps away with kicks to the gut of a fallen Jericho in the corner. Caught completely by surprise by Miz’ fast start, Jericho elects to slide himself under the bottom rope and out onto the steel platform outside the ring. As Daniel Bryan looks on through the plexi-glass pod beside Jericho, Miz steps through the ropes after him. Running towards Y2J, the Canadian uses his Elimination Chamber experience and dodges him at the last moment and Miz sails into the chain fencing around the edge of the Chamber. The crowd love seeing Miz get his come-uppance and cheer as Jericho drags him up and tosses him into the outside of the ropes before hitting a short arm clothesline that crashes Miz down on his back on the steel. Bryan applauds in the booth and Jericho sarcastically bows to him before picking Miz up and hurling him up and over the top rope and back into the ring. Another “Y2J!” chant springs up as he lifts himself up onto the middle turnbuckle waiting … double axe handle chop from the middle rope sends Miz down once more. Jericho is in control now in the early moments of this match and the crowd begin to settle into the PPV as they watch on. A bodyslam from Jericho follows and it appears he is taking his time and methodically picking Miz apart as he uses his foot to push Miz back against the bottom buckle now, the referee unable to stop him as the Chamber match is No DQ. As Jericho picks Miz up, he stares at the Celtic Warrior, Sheamus, before whipping his opponent across the ring and into the turnbuckles with a crash. Jericho rushes over looking for a crossbody splash in the corner but Miz senses him coming and ducks down and Jericho lands awkwardly and crashes his head on the top of the steel post in the corner of the ring. Miz rolls Jericho up for a surprise school boy pin …
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** JERICHO KICKS OUT! **
Miz, looking as if he expected Jericho to kick out, quickly leaps up and drops an elbow across his chest to keep him down. As Jericho rolls over, Miz stomps away on his back and shoulders and keeps him face down as he looks to weaken him. Jericho staggers up in the corner but Miz is fresher now and he comes rushing over and hits a clothesline with his legs leaping through the ropes. Straddling Jericho as he stands on the middle rope, Miz looks down at Bryan in his pod as he begins to rain down the punches on Jericho’s face, ten in total, before allowing him to stagger clear. As Jericho stumbles, Miz sneaks up and locks him in a facelock before hitting his backbreaker – neckbreaker combination that leaves Jericho writhing on the mat. Mocking Jericho of old, Miz places a foot on his chest and strikes a strong man pose as the referee counts Jericho’s shoulders down …
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** JERICHO LIFTS A SHOULDER! **
Laughing, Miz stands over Jericho and disrespectfully kicks him gently in the head – just enough to be annoying but not really painful. Miz is playing with Jericho right now and can be heard to be taunting him with jibes about not being good enough to qualify and needing his hero, HBK, to hand him a spot. As Jericho gets to his knees and then feet, Miz stands back to allow him up before picking him up and bodyslamming him back down on the mat hard before looking around the ring at the other four pods with a look of smug arrogance on his face. He retreats to the corner of the ring and starts to pull on the ropes as he prepares to end Jericho’s evening. Jericho staggers back to his feet and Miz sneaks up behind him and locks him in full nelson ready to deliver the Skull Crushing Finale … But Jericho fights back and manages to twist out of it, he knocks Miz down with a clothesline and quickly follows up with a Lionsault to the delight of the fans. He hooks the leg of Miz …
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** MIZ KICKS OUT! **
Unperturbed, Jericho steps back and waits for Miz now. When the Money in the Bank contract holder gets to his feet, Jericho kicks him in the gut and then grabs his legs to up-end him onto his back … WALLS OF JERICHO! JERICHO GOES FOR THE WALLS OF JERICHO BUT MIZ FIGHTS BACK! As Jericho tries to twist him over, Miz writhes and wriggles to avoid the predicament before grabbing the ropes for what he thinks is safety. The referee signals that he cannot force Jericho to break the hold though and Miz looks at him in disgust for a second before Jericho twists him over finally … WALLS OF JERICHO IS LOCKED IN! WILL MIZ TAP OUT? Clutching at the ropes in desperation, Miz’ efforts to escape the Walls of Jericho appear futile but then the arena darkens and the spotlights begin to flash as we prepare for the third entrant …
The spotlight finally settles on: TRIPLE H! The referee in the corner of the ring where Triple H is stood begins to unlock the pod and he releases the Game who looks eager to get started. He flings himself out of the pod and into the ring where Jericho still has the Walls locked in on Miz … Kick to the gut of Jericho by the Game … PEDIGREE! TRIPLE H HITS THE PEDIGREE TO CHRIS JERICHO! However, as Triple H goes for the cover on Jericho, Miz attacks him from behind, clutching his back and wincing a little … SKULL CRUSHING FINALE! MIZ HITS TRIPLE H WITH THE SKULL CRUSHING FINALE! Is it over for the Game within seconds of entering the match?
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** TRIPLE H KICKS OUT! **
Amazing! Triple H, caught completely by surprise, manages to survive Miz’ big move and he lives to fight on. Spotting an opportunity, Miz shoves the Game aside and he hooks the leg of Jericho instead who was just hit with the Pedigree …
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** JERICHO RECOVERS JUST IN TIME! **
Miz clutches his head in anger, he complains to the referee who shoots him a hand gesture signalling that it was a 2-count only. Miz gets to his feet and gets in the face of the referee who backs away slightly but continues to stick to his story. As Miz complains, Triple H recovers and rolls him up and the crowd come alive as they expect this could be the end of Miz …
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** MIZ KICKS OUT! **
Whoa! That was close for Miz and as he spirals up and round to face Hunter, he is clotheslined hard and heavy over the top rope and the crashes down on the steel with a smash. Triple H stalks out of the ring after him and it is time for the crowd here in Detroit to see Miz gets some punishment. Hunter grabs the back of his head and he runs Miz face first into the steel cage wall, once, twice, three times and Miz wobbles unsteadily before he is slammed face first into the shatter-proof plexiglass that surrounds the Celtic Warrior, Sheamus. As Triple H stands over the fallen Miz, he stares through the glass into the eyes of Sheamus who returns the glare with interest. A spark between the two, a reminder of their vicious feud from a couple of months back, as Triple H drags Miz up. A forearm smash to the face of Miz sends him crashing down once more and Hunter – to a multitude of “Woooo” from the crowd – drops down and locks in the Figure 4 Leg Lock on the outside of the ring. Miz writhes in pain and reaches out for the ropes but – yet again – the referee insists that there is nothing he can do about it. It appears that Miz may have no option but to tap out but then there is a commotion at ringside and we see that Team Angle – Joe Hennig and Percy Watson – are at the door of the Chamber trying to get in. The referees are holding them back but they are no match for the two WWE superstars. The distraction causes Triple H, who has a score to settle with the pair of them, to release Miz and he sets off towards the door. As Hennig and Watson squeeze into the Chamber, they are met with a ferocious looking Triple H and he begins to trade punches and heavy blows with them both. Head first into the pod of Kurt Angle goes Watson first of all as HHH gets control and then Hennig follows as a dismayed Angle looks on. Hunter grabs Hennig and he sets him up whilst staring straight at Kurt … PEDIGREE! ON THE STEEL FLOORING! The crowd are going wild but Angle looks distressed to see the state of Joe Hennig as he rolls in pain back towards the door. As he falls out of the Chamber, Percy Watson looks up clutching his head and looks terrified as Hunter grins. Watson tries to run but he is pummelled over and over in the back and shoulders before … PEDIGREE! PERCY WATSON FACE FIRST INTO THE STEEL! The crowd cheer as Triple H smirks and shoves Watson out of the Chamber with his boot before the doors are resealed and it seems as if Team Angle have been made irrelevant this evening – if Angle wants to go to WrestleMania, he will need to win the Chamber on his own. HHH looks at Angle and points that out as Jericho and Miz resume their battle inside the ring …
The lights dip again and the spotlights begin to flash. Who is the fourth man to enter the Chamber? Angle looks worried as Triple H positions himself right outside the door to his pod, if the light lands on him, he will be coming face to face with the Game! The crowd rise in anticipation until …
A roar erupts around the arena as the legend that is Triple H manages to roll away from Kurt Angle as the winner of the match and the new Number 1 contender for the WWE Championship heading into WrestleMania 27! As ‘Time to play the Game’ echoes around the arena, an exhausted Triple H sits up against the turnbuckles, clearly aching from what he has just gone through, but a smile passes across his face as he realises what he has done! Foley hails the performance as one of the greatest ever shows of guts and determination he has seen and hypes up the way that the Game overcame not just Angle but Sheamus as well! As Angle crawls down the steps and out of the now open Chamber doors, Joe Hennig and Percy Watson come staggering down the ramp and straight to their mentor, the Olympian. They are groggy from their Pedigrees earlier tonight but they attempt to help Kurt up but he shoves them away angrily, he is clearly upset over the fact that he couldn’t get the job done here tonight. Hennig and Watson look a little shocked as Angle stumbles off up the ramp, swaying left and right, but they follow close by ready to catch him should he fall. Back in the ring, Triple H has pulled himself up to his feet using the ropes as support and he smirks as Angle staggers away.
As JR, King and Foley speculate whether Hunter can win the WWE Championship at WrestleMania and he celebrates his win with the WWE Universe, the cameras switch backstage where we see Randy Orton stood in a corridor backstage and the crowd immediately cheer. As the camera pulls back, we also see that stood beside him is the RAW General Manager Shawn Michaels who also receives a huge cheer too. However, HBK is looking at Orton with a look of anger in his eyes and we all know why that is after last week’s RAW.
The spotlight ends on: SHEAMUS! Triple H continues his staredown with Angle and this proves to be an error as the Celtic Warrior immediately heads over towards him and stands behind him. The crowd try to warn him as Angle talks smack to him, clearly distracting him further as he realises what is happening, Sheamus waits and waits … BROGUE KICK …MISSES! SHEAMUS’ BOOT CONNECTS WITH THE PLEXIGLASS OF ANGLE’S POD AND CRACKS OPEN! Angle looks scared to death and Sheamus is caught with his boot high up as he tries to untangle himself and he walks straight into the right hand of Triple H instead! Hunter, clearly still mad over the time out of the WWE that Sheamus cost him last year, takes down the Irish man and pounds away hard at his skull as Sheamus backs up against the chain wall before sinking slowly down. It appears that the Game is unstoppable tonight and he looks determined to destroy all-comers and earn the title opportunity at WrestleMania! Hunter steps back and takes a breather as the crowd show their appreciation. He glances in the ring where Miz and Jericho, clearly the sideshow for the moment, continue their battles and then turns back towards Sheamus. He steps back towards him and then … sinks to his knees with a look of pain in his eyes. Confusion for a moment, then realisation as Sheamus, a little worse for wear and sporting a cut on his forehead already, raises a steel pipe which he has just buried into the midriff of the Game. Sheamus looks down and winks and we see that Hornswoggle, who was under the ring remember, must have passed the pipe through the gaps in the side of the Chamber. Boos echo around the arena as Sheamus smirks before he picks a deliberate spot … BAM! The pipe is smashed into the back of Hunter’s knee and down he goes, wincing in pain and grimacing as he clutches his knee. Sheamus looks pleased with himself, despite the jeers of the crowd, before handing the pipe back to the little Irish troll through the chains.** 1 **
Meanwhile, back in the ring, Jericho has control over Miz and he manages to hit a slam in the middle of the ring. As Sheamus remains on the outside methodically picking Triple H apart, Jericho looks to take his chance and he leaps onto the middle rope and somersaults backwards looking for the Lionsault. However, Miz is able to roll away and Jericho, agile as a cat, lands on two feet. Miz swings at him but Jericho ducks under and then hits a spinning wheel kick that flattens Miz once more and allows another opportunity for a cover …
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** MIZ KICKS OUT! **
Jericho grabs Miz’ head and starts beating away at him, this is an aggressive side of Jericho that the WWE Universe loved about him during his early WWE years and it appears that Y2J is well and truly back. As he steps up from the mat, the crowd cheer and he smiles as he looks down on Miz. For a second time, he hits the ropes and springboards backwards … Lionsault connects! Jericho senses that this could be his chance and he hooks the leg of the man who holds the Money in the Bank contract …
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The crowd groan in despair, they thought Jericho had taken out the arrogant Miz there! Miz looks in big trouble though and he rolls to the ropes for safety – in reality, there is little safety anywhere inside this Chamber. Jericho pulls Miz back from the ropes and he whips him across the ring to the buckles before running in and hitting a drop kick to the midriff of his opponent. Miz doubles up in pain again and Jericho responds by grabbing him by the legs and taking him down to the mat once more. As Jericho stands over Miz with his feet in his hands, the crowd come alive as they realise what Jericho has planned here. Jericho smiles once more and he twists Miz over … WALLS OF JERICHO LOCKED IN! Jericho digs his knee into the back of Miz and he synchs it in as hard as he can causing Miz to yell out in pain. Desperately, Miz stretches out looking for the bottom rope to try and ensure he cannot submit here but he is a foot short and Jericho has the Walls locked in good. The crowd are willing Miz to tap out but he shows guts and resolve, not two qualities normally assigned to him, and he manages to creep towards the bottom rope. With his hand stretched out, the crowd sense that he could tap at any second – or reach the rope at any second. They yell encouragement to Jericho and he turns to look back at Miz … Just as Miz’ fingertips brush the rope, Jericho pulls himself forward a few steps and drags Miz with him back to the centre of the ring. The crowd go wild, there is a “Tap! Tap!” chant as Jericho yells out to Miz to tap out. Miz’ hand is poised, the referee is telling him he can tap out at any second … Miz looks as if he is about to submit and become the first man eliminated … BAM! BROGUE KICK! SHEAMUS’ BOOT SMASHES INTO JERICHO’S FACE WITHOUT WARNING! As Miz rolls away, still active in the match, Sheamus looks around at the WWE Universe who shower him with hate for the Brogue Kick but he appears to care little. The Celtic Warrior grabs Jericho and pulls him towards his knees, hooks the leg and this appears to be a formality …
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CHRIS JERICHO HAS BEEN ELIMINATED BY SHEAMUS (12:58)
Sheamus gets to his feet with a smirk on his face before he starts to shove Jericho towards the door of the Chamber with his foot, clearly proud of himself. Jericho is shoved under the bottom rope and he lies on the steel platform holding his jaw where he was hit with the Brogue Kick, he truly did not see it coming. From almost eliminating Miz to being eliminated himself in the space of 5 seconds. As Jericho rolls towards the exit though, Miz, sensing an opportunity, jumps over and starts pounding away at Y2J. Punishing Jericho for his Walls of Jericho, Miz has to be restrained by two referees whilst two more guide Jericho out of the Chamber so that the doors can be resealed. Miz looks on with a look of annoyance on his face, he is clearly unhappy with the way Jericho almost eliminated him. As Jericho comes round, he looks up at Miz through the chains and has a look in his eyes that shows there are issues between the former Tag Team Champions. Sheamus, an amused look on his face still, watches with indifference. He is clearly happy over eliminating the dangerous Jericho and he looks towards Miz who decides against returning the ring right now. As Sheamus looks at Miz and dares him to return though, Triple H climbs back into the ring and he goes after Sheamus and their battle resumes just as the clock reaches the 15:00 mark and the lights flash to signal the entry of the fifth man into the Chamber – Daniel Bryan or Kurt Angle?
The spotlight settles on: DANIEL BRYAN! Clearly delighted to be out, Bryan shoves his way out of the pod before it is hardly open and he runs out and smashes straight into Miz with a running forearm before pounding away at him as the crowd cheer him on. Bryan is clearly pumped up for this huge opportunity and with Miz down and – it seems – cowering, Bryan turns his attention back to the ring. Sheamus, fresher and stronger right now, has the advantage over a wounded Triple H but Bryan and Sheamus have had issues of late. Out of view of the Celtic Warrior, Bryan climbs to the top rope and he waits for Sheamus to turn around before delivering a perfectly executed missile dropkick to the delight of the crowd. Sheamus staggers and falls to the mat and this allows Bryan to shower him with stiff kicks to the head and rib areas putting Sheamus on the backfoot for the first time really in the match. Miz, angered by Bryan a moment ago, enters the ring with a look of fury in his eyes and his target is clearly the man who took his United States Championship back in October. However, Triple H spots Miz’ advancement towards Bryan and he twists him around to face him and they start slugging it out as the four men in the ring pair off. In the Chamber near the door, Kurt Angle looks on with glee as he contemplates entering the Chamber as the last man with a huge advantage. He watches as Triple H clotheslines Miz over the top rope and the steel flooring clatters as Miz lands awkwardly. With Bryan continuing to beat down on Sheamus, Triple H elects to follow Miz out of the ring and he runs him face first into the chain walls. As Miz turns in pain, Triple H kicks him in the gut and the crowd roar as he sets up … PEDIGREE! ON THE STEEL FLOORING! Miz’ face crashes down hard on the metal floor and Triple H, delighted with himself, holds his arms wide taking in the adulation. The referee, concerned for Miz, immediately drops to his knees to check on him and tells Triple H to back off for a moment. He checks on Miz’ eyes and then shoots up an ‘X’ signal to let the WWE officials know that Miz is hurt. Triple H, smirking, points at Miz and then turns to Angle in the pod. The insinuation is clear – “You next!” As Triple H stares into the eyes of Angle, the doctors discuss Miz’ condition with the referee and they decide to get him out of there quick – JR, King and Foley speculate over a possible concussion. A stretcher is brought to the doors and Miz is quickly helped through the doors and onto the stretcher to be wheeled out of the arena as Justin Roberts announces that he has been eliminated …
THE MIZ HAS BEEN ELIMINATED (16:27)
Back in the ring, Bryan is still in control of Sheamus but the power of the big Irishman means that he is always one strike away from getting back on top. As Hunter returns to the ring to join Bryan and Sheamus’ battle, he manages to strike with a clothesline and sends Sheamus over the top rope. As Sheamus clatters on the steel floor, Triple H and Daniel Bryan look at each other and despite the clear respect between them, they begin to slug it out as well. Triple H gets on top and he goes for a Pedigree but Bryan is able to counter into a Back Body Drop that crashes him down to the mat. Bryan follows Hunter as he staggers over to the corner and he mounts the ropes to deliver a series of right hands to the face of the Cerebral Assassin. The crowd count along with them before Bryan steps up to the top rope and then leaps up and hits a Hurricanrana to Triple H as well. Cover from Bryan …
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** HUNTER KICKS OUT! **
As the two men get to their feet, Bryan is slightly fresher and quicker and he hits a roundhouse kick to the head of Triple H to knock him back down. Dropping to his knees, Bryan looks to lock in a quick Le Bell Lock but Hunter fights back and doesn’t allow it. Instead, Bryan locks in an arm lock instead and uses his leverage to roll Hunter back onto his shoulders on the mat …
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** ANOTHER KICK OUT BY TRIPLE H! **
The mat battle continues as Bryan looks to wear Triple H down further but the Game tries to resist and fight back. Things become more complicated when an angry Celtic Warrior steps back into the ring and he targets Bryan first with a kick to his gut from the blind side. As Bryan gets up, Sheamus hits forearms to the face of Bryan and staggers him back to the ropes where he ties him up and proceeds to thump the living daylights out of the technical wrestler’s chest. As Bryan’s chest reddens, Sheamus pounds over and over before tossing him back into the ring with a smirk. Whipping Bryan across the ring, Sheamus catches him and hits a Irish Curse backbreaker that almost splits Bryan in two before hooking a leg for the pin …
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** BRYAN KICKS OUT! **
There is no way Daniel Bryan is going to go down without a fight though and he kicks out determinedly. Sheamus swings heavy double axe handles into the face of Bryan as he looks to quickly bounce up and he knocks him down several times. Attention turns towards Triple H again though for Sheamus as he comes towards him. The Irishman swings a vicious clothesline at Hunter but he ducks underneath, spins round and kicks Sheamus in the gut … Could it be a Pedigree? No, Sheamus fights his way out and shoves Triple H away before going for a quick Brogue Kick. Again, Hunter ducks and Sheamus is caught with his foot over the top rope. Triple H lifts Sheamus’ other leg up and dumps his foe over the top rope and he clatters down onto the steel floor, his white skin marked with red marks as he writhes in pain. Following him out of the ring, Triple H runs him head first into the chain walls over and over to the delight of the fans before ramming him face first into one of the unoccupied pods. Hunter tosses Sheamus back into the ring through the ropes where Bryan is groggily getting to his feet and is about to follow when the countdown to the final participant in the match begins … A smirk on his face, Triple H stops and turns towards the final pod where a very wary Kurt Angle is stood waiting to enter. Hunter stands one step outside the pod as the lights drop and the spotlights flash …
Here comes the final entrant in the Chamber match: KURT ANGLE! As soon as the horn blasts around the arena and the pod of Angle is unlocked, Triple H forces the door open and storms in towards Angle. Trapped like a rat, Angle tries to fire right hands at the Game but they fail miserably as Hunter barrels into him and, with the crowd urging him on, begins to take revenge on the Olympian. Throwing rights, the Game forces Angle down to his knees, covering up and trying to protect himself, weeks of intense feuding showing now. Grabbing Angle by the neck, Triple H drags him out of the pod and runs him across the steel flooring before sending him sailing into the opposite pod head first, the plexiglass breaking with the impact, the crowd delighted as they cheer on Trips. Back in the ring, the action between Bryan and Sheamus is also hotting up now as Daniel locks the Celtic Warrior into the Le Belle Lock. However, Sheamus is close enough to the ropes to escape and Bryan is forced to release the hold. He tries to drag Sheamus back towards the centre of the ring but the Irishman is able to escape his clutches, Bryan ducks a right hand from Sheamus before hitting a drop kick that takes him down once more. Bryan drags Sheamus to his feet and looks to whip him into the ropes but it is reversed and Bryan heads towards the ropes instead … where he collides with Triple H! The blow knocks Hunter over and allows Angle to groggily put some distance between the pair of them. The collision causes Bryan to become a little disorientated and he turns back into the ring … BAM! BROGUE KICK! SHEAMUS HITS THE BROGUE KICK!
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DANIEL BRYAN HAS BEEN ELIMINATED (22:54)
Sheamus is on his knees in the centre of the ring as the former US Champion Bryan, after a gutsy effort, rolls away towards the door. JR, King and Foley excitedly remind us that we now have former 2 time WWE Champion Sheamus, 14 time World Champion Triple H and Olympic gold medallist, as well as the freshest man left, Kurt Angle left in the ring battling for the WrestleMania main event spot against the WWE Champion. Angle, still putting distance between himself and Hunter, climbs into the ring where his eyes meet with Sheamus’ and they look at each other. However, Triple H, wounded but determined, climbs into the ring and rushes over at Angle who he forces into the corner. As their personal battle continues, Sheamus watches on – what will he do? He’ll go after Triple H of course! Dragging the Game away, Sheamus whips him hard into the opposite corner and then follows up with a clothesline that knocks him down hard onto the mat. As Angle staggers from the corner, a knowing looks passes between him and Sheamus and it is clear what the intention is – double team Triple H and then settle it between themselves later. Angle grabs a groggy Triple H and hits a belly to belly suplex before Sheamus, who has moved out of the ring, waits for Hunter to get up and then launches over the top rope into a flying shoulder tackle. Sheamus makes the cover …
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** TRIPLE H KICKS OUT! **
Sheamus laughs mockingly though, he finds Triple H’s gallantry amusing as he prepares to deliver more offence. Wrapping his arm round the Game’s neck, he lifts him up and hits the Irish Curse backbreaker across his knee before standing up and offering Angle some time to go on the offensive. Hunter gets to the corner but he is sat up against the buckles and this allows Angle to start delivering a series of chilling stomps and kicks to the gut and chest. Angle steps back and signals to the Game to get up, he shouts and bawls at him, he looks as if he is ready to take him out once and for all. However, as Hunter gets up, Angle looks for the Angle Slam and Hunter shoves him away. Right hands from the Game as he fights for his life and his chance at a title shot, he knocks Angle over before launching right hands at Sheamus as well, fighting both enemies off, the Game is making a comeback here to the cheers of the crowd. With Angle propped against the ropes and Sheamus knocked down, the Game rushes towards Angle and looks for a clothesline … Reversal … Back Body Drop! Hunter crashes down hard on the steel flooring to a gasp of concern from the WWE Universe! Angle shakes it off as Sheamus looks to retrieve Triple H’s battered and bruised body, he tosses him through the ropes and back inside the ring so that Angle can make the cover …
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** TRIPLE H KICKS OUT ONCE MORE! **
Every Triple H kick out is met with cheers and applause from the WWE Universe but it appears to be helping little as he faces up to what is essentially a Handicap match here. Angle and Sheamus continue to take it in turns to deliver striking attacks before Sheamus hits his clubbing blows to Hunter whilst he is tied up in the ropes. Angle mutters to Sheamus and the Celtic Warrior nods his head whilst retreating back to the opposite corner, could this be the final strike? Angle drags Triple H up as Sheamus waits and waits … Angle shoves Hunter towards Sheamus as he comes across the ring … BROGUE KICK! SHEAMUS ALMOST TAKES TRIPLE H’S HEAD OFF! It must be all over here, Sheamus with the cover …
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Sheamus and Angle cannot believe it and Sheamus holds his head in his hands, Triple H was supposed to stay down there! Angle steps back and he tells Sheamus to move aside … He is setting up here for his big finish move! Sheamus props against the ropes and watches on to the disgust of Foley on commentary but there is nothing against these actions in the rule book for this match! Angle is pumping himself up more and more … ANGLE SLAM! ANGLE SLAM TO TRIPLE H! IT’S OVER FOR THE GAME! Angle makes the cover and hooks the leg …
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** NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! **
The crowd go wild as Triple H kicks out once again! Angle cannot believe it and he kicks the ropes in frustration whilst Sheamus condemns the referee and tries to intimidate him over the decision. Calming slightly, Angle refocuses and pulls down his strap. He stands over a fallen Game and he grabs his foot. Triple H fights and tries to prevent Angle from locking his ankle into a submission but Sheamus hits a well timed stomp to the chest and Angle locks it in … ANKLE LOCK! KURT ANGLE LOCKS IN THE ANKLE LOCK ON TRIPLE H! Surely this is it for Triple H now? Angle looks maniacal as he twists the ankle of the Cerebral Assassin one way and then the other, he is prepared to snap it in two if needed to force the submission. Hunter is in intense pain but the crowd are on his side and a huge “Triple H!” chant begins as he looks for the ropes. However, Sheamus stomps him in the head or the back every time he moves an inch closer to the ropes, it is a long way to go and there appears little chance of making it. With Hunter looking as if he has no choice but to tap out, the first signs of ego coming into play between Sheamus and Angle appear. After a minute of the Ankle Lock and still no submission from Triple H, Sheamus tells Angle to release the hold and to let him finish the job now. Angle refuses and the pair have words which end with Sheamus, ridiculously, shoving Angle and releasing Triple H from the Ankle Lock. Angle shoves Sheamus back and they go face to face for a moment before Sheamus backs down with his hands out. He taps his forehead and tells Kurt to calm down for now. Kurt points to the corner and tells Sheamus to boot his head off, an idea that appeals to the Celtic Warrior who retreats. Angle drags up HHH … BROGUE KICK … MISSES HUNTER AND CONNECTS WITH ANGLE! Did Sheamus do that on purpose? Or did Triple H duck and catch out Angle? Triple H, wits still about him, covers Angle and hooks the leg …
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** SHEAMUS BREAKS UP THE PINFALL! **
Why on earth would you do that, Sheamus?! A chance to eliminate one of the final two opponents and he drags Triple H off instead? Foley is scathing about Sheamus’ actions on commentary but it appears that Sheamus is oblivious to the anger in the arena and he drags the Game up off the mat before setting him up with his head between his legs. For a moment, it looks as if Sheamus is going for a Pedigree but instead he lifts Hunter up onto his back and sets for the Celtic Cross instead! With Hunter’s arms stretched wide as he is laid on Sheamus’ back, the Irishman runs forwards and then drops Triple H down onto his back … CELTIC CROSS CONNECTS! SHEAMUS HITS THE CELTIC CROSS ON TRIPLE H!
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** TRIPLE H SOMEHOW KICKS OUT! **
How much does Triple H want to reach WrestleMania and win the WWE Championship one more time? The crowd are loving his resilience but Sheamus is apoplectic with rage now and he shouts and yells out in frustration. With Angle still recovering from the Brogue Kick he received before, Sheamus storms out of the ring and is shouting orders. It becomes clear who to when a hand reaches up from under the Chamber and passes a steel pipe through the chain wall to the Irishman – Hornswoggle at work again! The crowd boo and jeer but Sheamus could not care less as he steps back into the ring and he stands facing the Game as he slowly gets to his knees and his feet. Preparing to strike, Sheamus grips the pipe as Foley, JR and King remind us of the sickening attack after WrestleMania 26 when Sheamus put the Game out of action for 9 months with a steel pipe shot. Sheamus winds up as the Game gets to his feet ... and swings … Sheamus misses Triple H and instead strikes the oblivious Kurt Angle instead! The crowd explode as Sheamus looks down at Angle’s fallen body in disbelief … He turns … Triple H with a kick to the gut … PEDIGREE! TRIPLE H HITS THE PEDIGREE TO SHEAMUS! Hooks the leg …
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SHEAMUS HAS BEEN ELIMINATED (28:43)
We’re down to Triple H and Kurt Angle and the crowd are at fever pitch now – Hunter is up, groggy but up, whilst Angle is down and out cold from the steel pipe shot to the head! Hunter looks over to him and smirks as he drags himself up and over towards Angle. He drags him off the mat and sets for the Pedigree … BAM! BROGUE KICK! SHEAMUS HITS A BROGUE KICK TO TRIPLE H! The crowd boo as the referees enter the ring and shepherd the Celtic Warrior, venom etched across his face, out of the Chamber. As Sheamus, joined by Hornswoggle, retreats up the ramp, he is belted with a barrage of jeers and hate from the WWE Universe but he appears uninterested in their complaints. The door is secured though and we’ve got two men battling to face the WWE Champion at WrestleMania 27 now. To the dismay of the crowd though, Angle is crawling over Triple H and making the cover. Is this going to be it?
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** TRIPLE H GETS THE SHOULDER UP! **
At the last second, Hunter shoots his shoulder out and up off the canvas to survive a little longer. Angle , frustration in his eyes, gets to his knees and looks down on the resilient veteran in front of him. He shakes his head and then steps back to wait for Hunter to get up off the mat once more. As he beckons the Game to get to his feet, Angle waits and waits ready to strike … However, when he goes for the Angle Slam, Hunter is able to counter and escapes the move. Landing on his feet with a wobble, Triple H strikes with a right hand to the Olympian who responds with a right hand of his own. This is Triple H’s game though, not Angle’s, they trade blows and Hunter gets the upper hand as he knocks Angle down to the mat. Running forearms to the face of Angle knock him down once more, twice more, the third is ducked by Angle who responds with another right hand of his own before a belly to belly suplex that crashes Hunter down on the mat again. Angle hooks the leg …
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** HHH KICKS OUT AGAIN! **
This is a battle to the death here now, which one of these men can survive the longest? The fresher man is Angle but Hunter has looked like he is simply refusing to be beaten here tonight. Angle clotheslines Triple H over the top rope and he lands with a crash on the steel, every move now looks like an intense effort as the brutality of the match starts to catch up with them both. Following him out of the ring, Angle stomps and kicks to the guts of the Game and he begins to look obsessed as he continues to pound away. Screaming to Hunter that he deserves to be the one who takes the WWE Championship, Angle deviates from his normal mat wrestling style to use the viciousness of the steel to his advantage. He runs Hunter into the chains and then snap suplexes him on the steel with a crash. It takes almost as much out of Angle but the life appears to be ebbing away from Hunter now and it seems a matter of time. Looking a little more confident now, Angle throws Hunter head first back through the ropes and into the ring as he looks to end things. Taking a breath, Angle steps behind the Game and waits … and waits … and waits … Up staggers Triple H, Angle lifts him up looking for the Angle Slam … NO! Hunter manages to leap away and Angle looks incensed, he goes for a wild clotheslines that Hunter avoids. As Angle comes off the ropes, Hunter lifts him up – Spinebuster! The crowd are delighted once more as Hunter regains control. Is it time for the Game to earn his shot at the WWE Title at WrestleMania? He signals that it is all over and waits for Angle to get to his knees, here we go! PEDIGREE! HUNTER HITS THE PEDIGREE! The crowd are going crazy, Triple H is on his way to WrestleMania! He hooks the leg of Angle …
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** UNBELIEVABLE! ANGLE KICKS OUT! **
The crowd groan in disappointment as the Olympic gold medallist kicks out at the very last moment and Hunter holds his head in frustration, he cannot believe it! He stumbles to his feet and begins to drag Angle up for another Pedigree … Will a second put him down once and for all? Wait a minute … LOW BLOW! ANGLE WITH A LOW BLOW! The referee protests at Angle as the Game crumples in a heap but there is nothing the ref can do about it and Angle looks like he doesn’t care a bit! Angle hooks the leg as the crowd boo …
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Angle can’t believe it now! He throws a fit and gets right in the face of the referee who argues back with him and insists that Hunter kicked out at 2! Clutching at his nether regions, Hunter rolls away and under the ropes to the outside of the ring as he tries to recover. However, Angle, a look of fury in his eyes now, drags him back into the ring. Tugging his strap right down, Angle’s intentions are clear as he turns Hunter over and grabs his right foot once more … ANKLE LOCK? NO! Triple H reverses the move and rolls Angle up in a small package move …
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WINNER: TRIPLE H (34:36)
I’ll get straight to the point, Randy. I’m the RAW General Manager and all I have ever done is support you. Why did ...
Support me? Would you call forcing me to team with Cena at Survivor Series and putting my WWE Championship on the line even though I had to rely on four other men, would you call that supporting me?
Tension fills the air as HBK shakes his head but now Orton has a look of annoyance in his eyes as well ...
We’ve been through this before, Randy. How could I have known what Cena was going to do?
Orton rolls his eyes and his neck and snorts at this comment ...
Cena and I have never had a good relationship, Shawn. I didn’t trust him at all but you trusted him with my WWE Championship. You can dress it up any way you want to but ultimately it was your decision that gave Cena the opportunity to screw me.
HBK impatiently shakes his head once more ...
Nobody could have foreseen a guy like Cena used to be doing what he did, Randy. For the past five years, all we have heard from John is “Hustle, Loyalty and Respect!” and I was certain that any problems between the two of you wouldn’t interfere in the match. I realise now that I ...
... Made a big mistake?
HBK looks down for a moment and breathes deep before raising his gaze back to the ice cold eyes of the Viper ...
Yes, Randy, I made a mistake. I trusted Cena and it backfired. But that doesn’t change things though. I am the RAW General Manager and this past Monday ...
I hit you with an RKO!
Orton laughs out loud and HBK looks incensed by this ...
Shawn, don’t take it personally. Much as I believe I had a good reason to hit you with that RKO, I didn’t do it because of Survivor Series. I hit you with an RKO ... because you were the only man I could hit with an RKO!
A mixed reception from the WWE Universe ...
Shawn, I know you well enough. I couldn’t RKO Chip Butty or Michael Cole, much as I would like to, I would have been fired – on the spot. I couldn’t RKO Cena, I would have been suspended for six months. I only attacked him on SMACKDOWN this week because I knew they couldn’t suspend me after Cena had attacked me earlier in the night ...
Cheers for this from the WWE Universe ...
I had to send a message to Cena that I can strike at any time, any place, any moment. You were the only one I could hit, Shawn.
And how do you know I won’t fire you, Randy? How do you know that?
Orton considers this a moment as he looks into the eyes of HBK ...
I’ve seen your career, Shawn. You’ve made a career out of shocking the world and hitting Superkicks to anybody and everybody. If anybody understands why I hit that RKO on Monday night, it is you ...
A pause from both men as HBK considers Orton’s words this time ...
You’re right, Randy. I don’t appreciate being RKO’d on Monday night but I guess I understand it. But let me tell you now, I am the RAW General Manager and you will never hit me with that RKO again. Is that clear?
Orton smirks ...
Don’t give me a reason to then, Shawn.
Both men stare into each other’s eyes for a moment before we hear a loud clattering as something metallic crashes to the concrete floor and there is the sound of one loud, angry voice. The camera spins around and we see an irate Kurt Angle shoving things around and kicking out as Percy Watson and Joe Hennig follow close behind. As Angle comes closer to HBK and Orton, he looks at them as if daring them to try and stop him.
What are you looking at? Did you see that out there, Shawn? I should be going to WrestleMania but I’m not – your buddy is instead. It’s a conspiracy against me here in the WWE.
HBK shakes his head and laughs.
Kurt, you were beaten fair and square. I understand that you’re upset and angry but ...
Angle shoves over a table that is stocked with food and drink, the plates clatter down on the concrete and his eyes swim with anger as he turns back to HBK ...
Nooo! This is a joke, Shawn. Triple H should never have been in the match, I should be going to WrestleMania ... What the hell are you looking at, Orton?
A loud ‘Ooooh!’ is heard in the arena ... Orton takes a step forward towards Angle with a glint in his eye ...
I’m not sure but I think I’m looking at a sore loser, Kurt.
Sore loser? Me? I guess you would know, Orton. How many times have you lost to Cena now?
Orton’s face changes from amusement to resentment like a flash ...
Kurt, I’ve got a Last Man Standing match later tonight with John Cena. I’m focused on that. But don’t you forget what happened at the Rumble. I remember that Cena won the Rumble because you acted like a sore loser that night too. And when the time is right, I will take revenge ... with an ... (Orton glances to HBK for a moment with a cold smile)
… R ... K ... O!
Cheers from the arena for this comment but Angle – calming down now – appears unruffled and in fact manages a smirk ...
If I were you, Orton, I’d stick to the Olympic Slam. Much more devastating.
Angle, flanked by Hennig and Watson, walks away as HBK and Orton watch after them before the camera returns to the ring. The demonic Elimination Chamber has been raised up again and is back in the arena roof as the bell rings to signal the next match ...
This next match is set for one fall ... and is for the Intercontinental Championship!
A cheer goes up around the arena for this eagerly anticipated match from SMACKDOWN ...
*** BOOYAKA BOOYAKA! ***
Huge cheer in the arena as the ever popular Rey Mysterio’s music begins and the challenger comes running out onto the stage. As he salutes the fans and his pyro explodes on each corner of the stage, Mick Foley says that he is delighted to see the little Mexican back in the WWE after his horrific injury problems caused by his compatriot, the Intercontinental Champion Alberto Del Rio. JR throws to a replay of the night on SMACKDOWN that Del Rio put Mysterio on the shelf after a tough battle against the then World Champion, Kane …
As the replay ends, we see that Mysterio is now in the ring and he pumps himself up after seeing the cause of his injury once again on the titantron. JR suggests that Rey could get his revenge here tonight when he takes the Intercontinental Championship away from Del Rio …
*** REALEZA ***
ALBERTO DEL RIO
INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPION | with RICARDO RODRIGUEZ
Loud boos in the arena as the arrogant Intercontinental Champion drives his car, tonight a $250,000 Aston Martin Vantage Roadster, blasting on the horn to get the attention of the WWE Universe. On the stage, Ricardo Rodriguez heads out with a smarmy, smug look on his face and carrying a microphone as he prepares to introduce the champion …
Damas y caballeros, aquí viene. Es su Campeón Intercontinental, es el orgullo de México … El es … ALBERTO … DEL RRRRIO!
Del Rio exits the Aston Martin wearing gold trunks and smiling an arrogant smile, as he walks out from behind the door we see the Intercontinental Championship belt around his waist. Tugging his white scarf from around his neck, Del Rio steps up onto the stage and the gold pyro sets off and the champion poses on the ramp. He begins to saunter down towards the ring and removes his title belt to hold up as he stands at the foot of the ramp and looks up towards Mysterio. He demands that Rey steps back but the fired up Mexican is having none of that! He leaps through the ropes and runs towards the Intercontinental Champion who is caught out and a slugfest battle begins …
As the announcement that Rey Mysterio has won but Alberto Del Rio has retained the Intercontinental Championship is made, Del Rio stands mocking Rey from the staging area, he holds the title up high whilst patting his ring announcer on the back. On the announce desk, Foley and JR are indignant at the actions of Del Rio and accuse him of taking the cowardly way out and not being able to beat Mysterio fair and square. King suggests that Del Rio’s impressive run in the WWE since he arrived is now tainted and that, if he had any honour, he’d get back in the ring and finish the match. However, Del Rio is laughing mockingly as “Booyaka! Booyaka!” plays out, Mysterio looking out with a look of anger showing from underneath his mask, before leaving with the title belt still in his possession.
INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH:** 1 **
ALBERTO DEL RIO (c) (w/Ricardo Rodriguez) vs. REY MYSTERIO
In the early stages, Mysterio fires away at Del Rio as he looks for a semblance of revenge over the injury that kept him out for the past few months up to the Rumble. The referee insists that the two men get back in the ring but then Del Rio goes on the run, in and out of the ring, keeping away from Mysterio and frustrating him even more. Eventually, Ricardo Rodriguez provides a slight distraction to Mysterio and this causes him to lose focus for a second and allows Del Rio to club a forearm over his shoulder and take over control of the match. Alberto, as is his usual tactic, works the arm of the smaller Mysterio for a large portion of the match as he looks to soften it up ready for his finisher, the Cross Arm Breaker. After a few legal moves to the arm and shoulder of Rey, Del Rio decides to use a few illegal moves as he makes use of the ring and the surrounding area to further weaken the arm. Starting with the ring post, Mysterio is driven shoulder first into it not once, not twice but three times before being tossed out of the ring over the top rope to the outside. With Ricardo distracting the referee, Del Rio twists Rey’s arm behind his back and then runs him shoulder first into the ring post on the outside instead. Mysterio is starting to feel the pain of the attacks from Del Rio and the attacks continue as Del Rio stomps the arm whilst it is positioned over the ring steps. The referee admonishes Del Rio but he appears unconcerned and is clearly heard to say to the referee “So what are you going to do? Deesqualify me?” – his championship advantage is coming into play. Alberto next drives Mysterio shoulder first into the barricades and the announce tables but the referee is powerless unless he wants to disqualify Del Rio and allow him to retain his title – a situation Del Rio would be absolutely fine with. After an argument with the referee though, Del Rio loses focus for a moment and this allows Rey a flurry of kicks that set up a comeback. He hits a running drop kick that sends Del Rio staggering backwards into the ring apron and he clutches his lower back in pain. However, his trusty sidekick, Ricardo Rodriguez, comes to Del Rio’s aid as he gets between his master and Mysterio. Rey has to drag Rodriguez away from Del Rio and this gives the Mexican Aristocrat time to compose himself and he hits an Enzuguri kick to Rey as he turns back round. Rolling into the ring, Del Rio orders the referee to count Mysterio out but the challenger is able to get back into the ring on 8 and the match continues on …
>>>>> ENDING: Despite his dominance, Del Rio looks flustered as Mysterio slides back into the ring and he goes to work again with an added air of viciousness. Kicks and stomps to the back, shoulders and arms of the challenger are the order of the day and the referee has to drag Alberto back on more than one occasion. Another Enzuguri kick from Del Rio, this time in the corner, allows him to make a cover and look to retain the title …
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** MYSTERIO IS STILL FIGHTING HARD! **
Alberto complains to the referee but this allows Mysterio time to recover and he surprises Del Rio with a low dropkick to the knee that sends him stumbling into the ropes. He sprawls over the middle rope and the crowd come alive … 619 CONNECTS! OUT OF NOWHERE, MYSTERIO HITS THE 619! Del Rio stumbles round in the ring and Rey looks to leap up to the top rope but Ricardo grabs his foot. Mysterio tries to free himself but Rodriguez is stubborn and hangs on. As Mysterio battles to kick Rodriguez away, Del Rio charges him and sends him flying off the apron and he collides with the barricades once more to the despair of the crowd. Del Rio ignores the referee and exits the ring, he begins to kick at Mysterio again and then … CROSS ARM BREAKER! CROSS ARM BREAKER OUTSIDE THE RING! Mysterio’s face is etched in pain as Del Rio synchs in the submission hold, the referee comes out and orders Del Rio to release the hold but he is ignored. The ref tries to release Mysterio himself but Del Rio hangs on tight and the referee starts to give Alberto the 5 count. Alberto smiles broadly as the referee counts … 1 … 2 … 3 … “Release it, Del Rio!” … 4 … “Release it!” … The referee turns to disqualify Alberto but he sees Ricardo ready to celebrate and changes his mind. He waves his hand to the back and out come two more referees who speak quickly together. As they speak, Mysterio taps out but it doesn’t count on the outside. Ricardo Rodriguez grabs the referee and points out the tap-out but the referee waves him away. Together, the three referees force Del Rio to break the hold and he claims victory. This is denied him by the officials and Del Rio is angered. Into the ring, the ref and Del Rio go as the argument continues giving Mysterio more time to recover. He stubbornly climbs the turnbuckles from the outside … Hurricanrana! Mysterio has Del Rio rolled up …
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** DEL RIO KICKS OUT JUST IN TIME! **
The crowd groan as Mysterio goes close! However, Mysterio doesn’t settle back and he jumps up quickly to go back on the attack as Del Rio rolls outside the ring. Mysterio steps through the ropes and jumps towards Del Rio to hit a Seated Senton before dragging him back to the ring. Again, Rodriguez attempts to distract him but this time Mysterio simply shoves him over and he clatters backwards into the ring steps to the delight of the fans. Mysterio clambers back into the ring, sees Del Rio getting u, turns and springboards off the middle rope into a crossbody that takes the champion down. Mysterio hooks the leg …
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** NOOOO! DEL RIO KICKS OUT AGAIN! **
Mysterio crouches down as he waits for Del Rio to get to his feet, the crowd are right behind him as he looks to end the long unbeaten Intercontinental Championship reign of Del Rio here tonight at the Chamber. Rey dropkicks Del Rio in the back and again sends him sprawling over the ropes, he signals for the 619 and looks to hit it … 619! TO RICARDO RODRIGUEZ! Ricardo jumped up and took the 619 instead of Del Rio, what an act of bravery from the ring announcer! With Mysterio a little caught out, Del Rio takes advantage and locks up Mysterio’s arm … CROSS ARM BREAKER! CENTRE OF THE RING, DEL RIO LOCKS IN THE CROSS ARM BREAKER! Mysterio looks in trouble again as his weakened left arm is pulled back taught and he is forced to dig deep to not give up. Mysterio looks around desperately for a rope to reach but there isn’t one close to him … Unless he stretches his legs and wriggles towards one with his feet! Del Rio tries to hold him back, the crowd will him on … Mysterio hooks a foot around the bottom rope! Del Rio is livid and refuses to break the hold but the referee doesn’t hesitate this time and pulls Del Rio away. Rey takes a moment to recover and then goes on the attack, another springboard off the top rope this time … Del Rio catches him … POWERBOMB! POWERBOMB OF DESTINY FROM DEL RIO! It’s over! Del Rio rolls Mysterio up …
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** 3! NO! MYSTERIO KICKS OUT! **
A huge cheer echoes around the arena as Del Rio looks stunned – his two best moves have both failed him. He cannot believe this! The crowd cheer as Mysterio rolls away to recover and Del Rio argues with the referee once more. He is livid with the official and is clearly accusing him of favouring Rey but, again, the lack of focus from Del Rio is allowing the challenger chance to recover. Del Rio looks over to Ricardo and signals for his belt to the protestations of the official. However, Ricardo grabs the Intercontinental Championship and tosses it into the ring to Del Rio. The ref tries to retrieve it but he is shoved over now as well, Del Rio doesn’t care, he wants a DQ loss now. The referee considers it but doesn’t do it, he is refusing to be bullied by Del Rio. Now, Alberto sets himself though to crash the title belt into Mysterio’s head … He swings at him but Rey ducks underneath the belt and hits the ropes, he leaps up into a Senton position on Del Rio who catches him … Powerbomb again? No, Mysterio takes the Intercontinental Champion down with a DDT! A dropkick from Mysterio sets Del Rio up again … 619 CONNECTS! 619 FROM MYSTERIO TO DEL RIO! Rey holds the top rope, ready to leap up, ready to finish Del Rio and win the title …
WAIT A MINUTE! LOW BLOW FROM RICARDO TO MYSTERIO! The crowd boo and hiss, Ricardo sneaked up and delivered a devastating low blow that has scrunched Mysterio up like a ball on the edge of the apron. He signals to Del Rio to exit the ring and that is what Del Rio does … right out of the ring and up the stage. Ricardo has the Intercontinental Championship in his hand and the referee begins the count-out as the crowd boo and jeer. Del Rio holds the title up as he stands in the stage area, he is happy to lose this one … Mysterio looks angry as the referee reaches 7 …
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The referee has no choice but to signal for the bell, Del Rio has been counted out!
WINNER: REY MYSTERIO via DQ (14:32)
The camera switches and we head into an advert …
As the advert for WrestleMania 27 ends, the camera switches backstage to the locker room where we see Triple H recovering from his brutal Elimination Chamber victory. He looks tired and sore but extremely pleased to be heading to WrestleMania to challenge for the WWE Championship as Matt Striker walks in with a microphone …
Oh written in the stars
A million miles away
A message to the main
Seasons come and go
But I will never change
And I'm on my way
As the opening bars of the WrestleMania 27 theme song play, various shots of WrestleMania’s past and their pyrotechnics are shown along with the crowd reactions – amazed, stunned, cheering, jumping and celebrating – before the WrestleMania 27 logo is shown on screen along with a shot of the Georgia Dome in Atlanta at night.
You're listening now
A shot of Cena hitting his big moves on the likes of Kofi Kingston and Christian …
They say they ain't heard nothing like this in a while
Wade Barrett and Nexus are shown celebrating Barrett’s WWE Championship victory over Triple H at the Royal Rumble …
That's why they play my song on so many different dials
We see Randy Orton hitting an RKO to John Cena at the Rumble …
'Cause I got more fucking hits than a disciplined child
Slo-mo shot of Kurt Angle hitting the Angle Slam to Barrett …
When they see me everybody brrrrrap's, brrrrrraps
Man I'm like a young gun fully black barrack
Shots of different superstars – Layla, Rey Mysterio and Kofi Kingston – saluting the fans and their pyro exploding behind them …
I cried tear drops over the massive attack
I only make hits like I work with a racket and bat
A clip from WrestleMania 26 as Undertaker tombstones Shawn Michaels to end his career …
Look at my jacket and hat
So damn berserk
So down to earth
We see Edge hitting a Spear to John Morrison …
I'm bringing gravity back
Big Show is shown Choke Slamming Kofi Kingston …
Adopted by the major I want my family back
People work hard just to get all their salary taxed
Hall of Fame inductee IRS is shown in his heyday …
Look I'm just a writer from the ghetto like Malorie Blackman
Where the hell's all the sanity at?
Triple H hits a Pedigree to Sheamus and the crowd reaction is shown …
A quick shot of Vince McMahon walking to the ring, another Hall of Fame inductee for WrestleMania 27 …
I used to be the kid that no one cared about
We see Kofi Kingston hitting Trouble in Paradise to Big Show …
That's why you have to keep screaming till they hear you out
… and then CM Punk shouting out to the crowd as he enters – “It’s Clobbering Time!”
Oh written in the stars
John Cena and Randy Orton are shown trading blows at Vengeance …
A million miles away
Wade Barrett lifts the WWE Championship high above his head as Randy Orton looks on …
A message to the main
Sheamus hits the Brogue Kick to Triple H …
Seasons come and go
We see Justin Gabriel, Daniel Bryan and The Miz all lifting the United States Championship in quick succession …
But I will never change
A shot of the Undertaker on his knees as the screen blares out 18-0 at WrestleMania 26 …
And I'm on my way
Cena is shown pointing to the WrestleMania logo as the video comes to an end …
42 DAYS AWAY
Hunter, if I could get a word or two … ?
The Game stands up willing to speak …
First of all, congratulations on your victory tonight, you are heading …
TRIPLE H: (interrupting)
I get it, Matt, I am heading to WrestleMania and that is a huge deal to you – but not to me. I’ve been in this business a long time and it isn’t about getting to WrestleMania. It’s about winning at WrestleMania. I’ve been lucky in my career, I’ve won at WrestleMania more than I’ve lost at WrestleMania but let me tell you something, I have never experienced highs and lows like those you get at WrestleMania. It’s bigger than anything, the Superbowl, the World Series and the Stanley Cup. It means everything but if you lose …
Triple H shakes his head at the thought …
If you lose, it’s the worst feeling you can ever experience. So, Matt, thanks for the congratulations but I don’t need them. I need to win at WrestleMania.
At WrestleMania 27, you will challenge for the WWE Championship against the winner of the upcoming match between Wade Barrett and John Morrison. Do you have any preference over who you face?
There is a look of intensity in the eyes of the Cerebral Assassin as he speaks …
The simple answer, Striker, is … No. I don’t care. Whoever I have to face at WrestleMania, the ‘Showcase of the Immortals’, they will bring everything that they have and I will need to be on top of my game to beat them. But I have a warning for both Morrison and Barrett – whichever one of you emerges victorious tonight, you are in deep trouble in six weeks time. Whichever one of you holds the WWE Championship, the title that belongs to me, the title that I was born to hold … I will be ready. I don’t care if it is Wade Barrett or John Morrison, I am going to be the WWE Champion at WrestleMania and I am going to prove to the world that I am still the man around here. I … am … the Game!
Striker backs away as Triple H stares after him, he is pumped and ready for WrestleMania and JR, King and Foley are excited too. King, quoting from the advert prior to Hunter’s words, reminds us that we are 42 days away whilst JR hypes up WrestleMania as the biggest date of the year whether it be sports or entertainment. Foley says that he has wrestled with Triple H at WrestleMania and that he is nigh on unbeatable. He adds that Morrison or Barrett will be up against it from the moment that they get the victory they need tonight …
This match is set for one fall … and it is for … the WWE CHAMPIONSHIP!
A big cheer goes around the arena as the WWE Championship logo flashes on the screens at home …
*** AIN’T NO MAKE BELIEVE ***
First up, the challenger heads out with his shades sparkling in the pyro that lights up around him, his entrance in slo-mo on TV, and his fur coat around his shoulders. Morrison salutes the crowd as JR hypes up his chances here tonight now that Wade Barrett has lost the support of his Nexus colleagues. As Morrison heads down towards the ring, King says that he is the future of the WWE and that this could be the night that he wins the first of many WWE Championships. However, Foley isn’t so sure, he suggests that Morrison has had a tendency to crack in the big matches so far in his career and that this match could be a pivotal turning point in his career. In the ring, Morrison again salutes the crowd before heading out, reminiscent of Bret Hart, to hand his shades over to a fan at ringside as the theme song of the WWE Champion begins …
*** END OF DAYS ***
New theme music here tonight for the WWE Champion as he saunters out with the WWE Championship strapped around his waist, he looks his usual confident self despite the loss of his insurance policy, and heads for the ring. JR reminds us that Barrett is the first ever British WWE Champion and of the many great British names that failed to just that: British Bulldog, William Regal and Dynamite Kid to name but three. He says that tonight might be the biggest challenge to date for the Brit without his Nexus team. Foley says Barrett should not be underestimated just because he has lost Nexus – he says that Barrett proved in NXT that he was a very talented young star. King hypes up the upcoming title match and its implications for WrestleMania 27 – who will defend the WWE Championship against Triple H in six weeks time? Barrett punches the air and leans over the top rope before holding his WWE Championship high as his music fades out …
This match is set for one fall … and it is for the WWE Championship!
A big pop in the crowd for the announcement of the title match …
Introducing first, the challenger, from Hollywood, Los Angeles … weighing 215 pounds … JOHN MORRISON!
Huge cheer for the popular young challenger as he holds his hand up in acknowledgement and looks around the arena before focusing his attention on the champion across the ring. Morrison smirks and points towards the title with a look of confidence …
And his opponent, from Preston, England … weighing in at 252 pounds … he is the WWE Champion … WADE BARRETT!
Barrett holds the WWE Championship belt high for all to see and mouths off at Morrison, the scene is set and the referee takes the belt before signalling for the bell …
Boos echo around the arena but that doesn’t bother the WWE Champion as he rolls out of the ring with his hand held high. The referee, carrying the WWE Championship, rushes up the aisle to him and hands him the title before raising his hand as well. JR asks King if Barrett has just proved that he is a worthy WWE Champion and King suggests that his performance tonight, without Nexus, was more impressive but that Morrison, on another night, could have beat him especially if he’d thought to move Barrett inches into the middle of the ring after he hit Starship Pain. Foley suggests that Barrett has a lot of work to do to prove himself a worthy WWE Champion – but he suggests that a victory over the Game, Triple H, at WrestleMania 27 in six weeks time would go a long way to proving that! JR confirms that the match is now in place – WrestleMania 27, WWE Championship on the line: Wade Barrett, the WWE Champion, defends the title against Triple H once again, as he did at the Rumble, with the Game desperate to punish Barrett’s misdemeanours with his Nexus team in the past. JR points out that there has been no sign of Nexus in the match tonight and says that it appears that Barrett’s split from Nexus is now confirmed as the camera focuses on Barrett, stood in the entrance area and holding the title belt up again. In the ring, Morrison looks disappointed but King says that the future is bright for him and that he truly believes that John Morrison will soon be a WWE Champion here.
WWE CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH:** 1 **
WADE BARRETT (c) vs. JOHN MORRISON
Two of the younger stars of the WWE are battling over the WWE Championship here and they prove that they are bright talents as they go at it one on one. With the crowd firmly behind Morrison, he starts out fast and has Barrett on the run in the early stages as the Brit tries to avoid the fast paced moves of the ‘Sharman of Sexy’ himself. However, one high flying move too many leads to trouble for Morrison as he misses with a springboard flying Chuck Kick when Barrett ducks it. With Morrison off balance, Barrett smashes him hard with a right hand before a clothesline knocks Morrison down to the mat. He then slows down the pace to a methodical one that suits him more and he takes complete control of the match as he looks to retain his title. Although Morrison is able to fight back with a few flurries of a comeback, Barrett is able to hold on and he looks set to retain his title as we head towards WrestleMania 27.
>>>>> ENDING: However, Morrison refuses to back down. He keeps kicking out of Barrett’s pinfalls and he will not give up on his dream of becoming the WWE Champion. As the match heads past the 10:00 mark, Barrett makes his first big mistake when he pops Morrison into the ropes. As Morrison heads back, Barrett swings at him but Morrison ducks under and comes off the opposite ropes and hits the WWE Champion with a couple of European uppercuts before he springboards off the middle rope and hits a high knee strike that connects with the jaw of Barrett. The crowd come alive as Barrett tumbles back and lands on his back on the mat. Morrison springboards off the ropes again and drops down hard with an elbow drop to Barrett to the delight of the crowd before he hooks the leg, has he done enough for the win?
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** BARRETT KICKS OUT! **
Morrison jumps up quickly and positions himself for Barrett getting up. As Barrett slowly gets to his knees, Morrison launches a series of stiff kicks to the shoulders and back of Barrett who is struggling to contain the uprising of Barrett here. Coming off the ropes, Morrison rushes at Barrett who is in a seated position and hits him with a Running Knee to the side of the face. Barrett falls back and looks to be knocked cold, the crowd roar as Morrison drops down one more time and makes the cover …
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** BARRETT KICKS OUT AT THE LAST SECOND! **
John Morrison looks to now have the upper hand and the crowd are fully behind him here as he looks for his first major title here in the WWE. With a meeting with Triple H at WrestleMania hanging in the balance, Morrison appears resolute in his intention to finish Barrett here and he stomps down in the gut of the champion. Morrison, quick as a cat, climbs the turnbuckles and stands atop the ropes before diving off … Diving Crossbody! Morrison has taken down Barrett once more, he makes another cover …
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** BARRETT KICKS OUT! **
A groan from the crowd as Barrett defends himself again by kicking out. Morrison drags him to his feet and he pops him off into the ropes, he looks to hit a dropkick but Barrett is able to dodge it and he grabs the feet of Morrison and swivels before catapulting the challenger into the corner buckles. With Morrison now wobbling, Barrett launches him into the ropes instead and catches him on his return … Spinning Side Slam! The ring shakes with the impact and JR says that this is it, it is over …
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** 3! NO! MORRISON KICKS OUT SOMEHOW! **
The crowd cheer but Barrett looks infuriated by Morrison’s guts and he starts raining down intense right hands and forearms into the face of the challenger with a look of fury in his eyes. Morrison tries to cover up but he fails and takes a battering before Barrett shouts to him to stay down. He hooks the leg of Morrison …
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** MORRISON KICKS OUT AGAIN! **
Barrett complains long and hard to the referee and this allows Morrison time to exit the ring for a breather. As the WWE Champion looks around for his challenger, he drops out of the ring and grabs him as he looks to get to his feet. He slams Morrison shoulder first into the announce table before throwing him back into the ring. The confident look is slowly returning to Wade’s face here and he shouts out to the WWE Universe at ringside. However, as Barrett slides back into the ring, Morrison leaps up quick and surprises him with a dropkick that staggers him backwards. Losing his balance, Barrett falls out of the ring through the ropes and lands with a thud on the mats outside the ring. Morrison follows towards the ropes and then uses the top rope to leap over it and then he springboards from the middle rope to the outside into a Enzuguri that takes the WWE Champion down. The pair of them collide with the timekeeper and Justin Roberts but Morrison continues to fire away at Barrett, he is desperate to get the job done here! JR and King are correctly noting that Morrison could not have taken the match outside the ring had Nexus been here as he pounds away on Barrett. With the referee’s count heading towards 7, Morrison, who does not want a countout result either way here, drags Barrett back towards the ring and he rolls the champion in under the bottom rope. Morrison follows in and realises that Barrett is laid out in the corner, he smirks and looks around at the WWE Universe who cheer their approval for the idea that runs through his mind. Morrison stands in the corner, leaps up … STARSHIP PAIN? No! Barrett dodges out of the way and Morrison crashes down hard to the mat instead as the crowd groan in disappointment! Barrett staggers up to his feet instead and waits … Big Boot! Barrett smashes Morrison in the side of the head with a vicious big boot and he makes the cover …
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** MORRISON KICKS OUT AGAIN! **
Wow! Morrison is fighting hard and Barrett is annoyed with him now. As Morrison gets groggily to his feet, Barrett mutters to himself and he lifts Morrison onto his shoulders, here we go with Wastelands … or do we? No! Morrison wriggles clear and swings his foot round … and connects! Roundhouse Kick! Down goes Wade Barrett, stunned, Morrison waits and waits … Up gets Barrett with help from the buckles, Morrison sneaks up behind him and dropkicks him hard in the back. Barrett’s forehead collides with the turnbuckle and he falls down hard clutching his skull set up one more time perfectly for John Morrison! Here we go … STARSHIP PAIN! MORRISON CONNECTS WITH STARSHIP PAIN! The crowd are going wild now and it seems that we will be having a new WWE Champion! Morrison hooks the leg, it is surely over …
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Yes! Yes! Yes! John Morrison is the new WWE Champion! Or is he? No! The referee signals that Barrett reached out and he has hold of the bottom rope, the referee explains this to Morrison who looks traumatised by the news, as the crowd realise that they do not have a new WWE Champion … yet! Morrison pleads with the referee but he refuses to budge on his decision here. Replays air that prove the referee was correct and Barrett did reach out to hold the rope and save himself. Morrison turns and looks down on Barrett who is on his knees trying to get to his feet, he resolves himself and steels himself for a renewed attack. He drops an elbow across the lower back of Barrett and then hits a standing shooting star press to the WWE Champion. Morrison jumps up quickly and looks out into the audience again – he goes for Starship Pain again but Barrett is able to dodge once more. Morrison lands awkwardly on the mat this time, face down, he gets up slowly and then Barrett lifts him high up and onto his shoulders. Morrison wriggles as he tries to escape but … WASTELANDS! WASTELANDS CONNECTS! Has Barrett retained his title?
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WINNER: WADE BARRETT (13:37)
The camera switches backstage where we see the medical room and several medical officials looking worried as they examine Miz. JR throws to a replay of the Elimination Chamber contest that opened the night and shows the moment where Triple H, the man who went on to win the RAW Chamber match, hit the Pedigree on the Money in the Bank contract holder on the steel that surrounded the ring. JR suggests that Miz is suffering from what looks like a severe concussion as the medical people seem to make a decision. Miz, laid on the stretcher, is wheeled out of the room and towards a waiting ambulance which is ready to leave. He is loaded into the back of the ambulance and the doors close before the ambulance speeds out of the arena taking Miz with it.
Back at ringside, the cameras focus on JR, King and Foley who are sat at the announce table. JR reminds us of the first two names that have been announced for the 2011 Class of the WWE Hall of Fame: former WWE owner and chairman, Vince McMahon; followed by the former Tag Team Champion, Irwin R. Schyster (aka Mike Rotundo). JR announces that it is time to announce who will be the third man to be inducted into the Hall of Fame will be …
Don’t you just hate it when the WWE steal your thunder for real?! Ignore the 2013 part – it is 2011 of course.
Huge applause through the arena as the great Bob Backlund, a truly unique member of the WWE Universe, is finally recognised and inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. JR reminisces about the days when Backlund held the title for six years up to December 1983 whilst King reminds us that Backlund returned in 1992 and captured the WWE Championship from Bret Hart in late 1994 thanks to his infamous Cross Face Chicken Wing move. Foley says that Backlund deserves his place in the Hall of Fame and bets that he has a few long, hard to understand words to describe his emotions right now! The cameras switch backstage where we see Josh Matthews stood waiting …
Ladies and Gentlemen, please welcome my guest at this time … JOHN CENA!
Huge boos around the arena as a smirking John Cena comes into shot …
John, we just saw the announcement that Bob Backlund, a true gentleman of wrestling and one of the greatest of all time, is to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. A few months ago, the WWE Universe believed that you were a definite to enter the Hall of Fame later in your career but in the past few months, many have changed their opinion. My question is, John, will a Royal Rumble win, a victory over Randy Orton tonight and then a World Championship victory at WrestleMania be enough for you to deserve your place in the Hall of Fame?
Cena laughs at the question …
Josh, when I win tonight and then at WrestleMania, it will indeed be the greatest set of victories ever seen here in the WWE. Whilst Bob Backlund is deservedly heading into the Hall of Fame, let us face facts about his reign as the WWE Champion. He held the title for nearly six years, count ‘em, six years. (Cena holds up six fingers)
Why could he do that? Was it because he was one of the greatest wrestlers of all time?
Cena looks to Matthews who nods but then – to the annoyance of the crowd – Cena shakes his head.
No! No way, Josh. The reason that Backlund could hold the title for that length of time was because he had nobody to beat!
Loud jeers for Cena’s disrespectful comments and JR interrupts on the commentary to apologise for Cena’s comments …
He had no competition so he held the title for almost six years. He didn’t have to face Dave Batista at WrestleMania 26 … (Cheers)
… He didn’t have the WWE Universe demanding that he get his ass kicked by Wade Barrett and Nexus every night for three months in order to defend the WWE, did he? (More jeers)
He didn’t have to face Randy Orton … (Cheers for Orton’s name)
… or 29 other men in a Royal Rumble! He did none of those things and he didn’t ever face a guy like Orton in a Last Man Standing match either …
More cheers for the mention of the ‘Last Man Standing’ stipulation chosen by Orton.
You see, Bob Backlund is going into the Hall of Fame but he is from a different era to me. He is from an era when keeping the title for six years was normal. I head into Last Man Standing tonight, six weeks before WrestleMania and my shot at the World Championship, to face Orton in a barbaric, brutal match – with nothing whatsoever on the line. The best I can do is win, the worst I can do is lose, get injured and miss WrestleMania. I have everything to lose.
Despite his words, Cena appears quite upbeat.
Except that isn’t quite true, is it? I do have something to fight for tonight … Respect. I have told you before, I gave everything for those people out there in the WWE Universe, people like these idiots here in Detroit …
A predictable boo goes up from the WWE Universe here in the Joe Louis Arena …
I fought off and retired Dave Batista, I battled against Wade Barrett’s Nexus for weeks and weeks in the name of the WWE Universe, in the name of ‘Hustle, Loyalty and Respect’ … but nobody showed me any respect. I attended ‘Make a Wish’ appointments every week, I signed autographs, I saluted the fans and I left it all in the ring for them every single night. Yet, what did I get in return?
A flicker of anger in the eyes of Cena …
Boos. Everywhere I went … Boos! (Boos echo around the arena now)
What started as a small minority that I could ignore turned into a vocal majority that refused to even vote for me to challenge for the WWE Championship at Cyber Sunday. But now, now the boos are deserved and Detroit, I want you to boo me like you’ve never booed anybody before in your useless lives …
Detroit responds with a huge boo and jeer for the Rumble winner …
Boo me because now, now, now I deserve it. Now, I deserve to be booed. I’m the man who lost Randy Orton the WWE Championship, I’m the man who denied him regaining it the following night. I’m the man who pulled out all the stops to defeat Orton at Vengeance, I’m the guy you hate that won the Rumble. While you boo me now, I stick two fingers back up at you, I am the greatest WWE superstar of my generation, I am the possibly the greatest of all time and Bob Backlund is not fit to lace my boots!
What a sign of disrespect this is from Cena, there is genuine anger in the arena over Cena’s comments as JR mutters “Wow!” about them.
Since I turned my back on every single one of you, since I gave up giving a damn what you thought, I have beaten Orton over and over again, I have won the Rumble and tonight, right here in front of your very eyes, I will beat Orton again before heading on to WrestleMania 27 to become the World Heavyweight Champion. And do you know what Detroit? Do you know what WWE Universe? Do you know what you can do about it?
Cena stares into the camera …
Absolutely … nothing. Randy Orton says he will end my WrestleMania dream here tonight? I say that I will defeat your new hero one more time, I will become World Champion in six weeks and I might even hold on to it for nearly six years. Because Detroit … and all of the rest of you …
Cena waves his hand in front of his eyes …
You can’t see me.
Boos echo around the arena as Cena shoots a contemptuous look at Josh Matthews before leaving with his intent clear. The camera heads back to the ring ready for the next match tonight …
*** INSATIABLE ***
A small pop as the diminutive former Divas Champion, Layla, heads out from backstage and into the pink and purple spotlights that signal her entrance. She jogs towards the ring, slapping hands with the fans in the aisle before stepping up over the top rope and saluting the crowd with a flash of her beautiful figure. She continues to wave around the arena as JR reminds us of how this match came about – Maryse defeated Layla back before the Royal Rumble on NXT to win the Divas Championship so Layla was given her rematch against the French Canadian here tonight …
*** POURQUOI? ***
The smouldering hot Maryse now heads out with the Divas Championship belt buckled around her waist and she walks confidently to the ring, holding her hand out to show the fans they are beneath her, where she climbs through the ropes and comes face to face with Layla. However, JR now reminds us that the pair of them have been out injured since the Rumble due to a backstage attack from none other than Layla’s former Laycool partner, Michelle McCool. A replay is shown and we see how McCool, with her associate Kharma, attacked the Divas Champion and the former Divas Champion and caused both women to need hospital treatment.
*** YOU’RE NOT ENOUGH FOR ME ***
JR continues the tale and he suggests that McCool has WWE owner Chip Butty wrapped around her little finger as he reminds us that Butty gave McCool chance to muscle in on the Divas Championship match here tonight. Foley takes over and tells us of McCool’s impressive wins on NXT and that her unbeaten run, not entirely her own work, has earned her a spot in the match tonight and makes it a Triple Threat. King says he can see why Butty is willing to do favours for Michelle but then says he doesn’t understand how he can justify it at the expense of Layla and Maryse! That brings JR on to the secretive conversations between McCool and Butty regarding WrestleMania and her challenge to somebody which has been accepted on the condition that McCool is the Divas Champion by then. Michelle is in the ring now with the menacing presence of Kharma outside snarling as she looks up at Layla and Maryse who look concerned by her. The referee holds up Maryse’s Divas Championship and then signals for the bell …
Boos and jeers echo around the arena as Michelle screams in delight at her latest Divas Championship victory. The referee hands her the Divas Championship as Maryse looks on from the outside of the ring, sat against the barricades, an angry look on her face. She gets up and takes a step towards the ring but Kharma is still in the vicinity and Maryse, realising her danger, steps off and holds her hands up. She slinks towards the aisle instead and away, she is going to wait for another day to take revenge on McCool. Kharma steps up the ring steps and joins Michelle in the ring as she celebrates to the annoyance of the crowd. McCool demands that Kharma cause more damage to Layla and her music stops as the behemoth Divas heads towards the fallen Brit. Dragging Layla up by the hair, kicking and screaming, Kharma shoves her back against the turnbuckles and gets right into her face with a threatening look. Layla, gutsy as ever, tries to kick out at Kharma and she surprises her with a kick to the knee that stumbles Kharma for a second. However, she is now angered and she begins to pound away at Layla with vicious, clubbing forearms. Layla looks like a rag doll as she is dragged around the ring, Kharma delivering the beating and McCool yelping at her about revenge and the Divas Championship. Michelle points at the middle turnbuckle and Kharma understands; she lifts herself up so she is stood on the middle rope and the crowd gasp as Michelle moves Layla towards her and they realise what is coming. As the tension builds, suddenly …
*** TIME TO ROCK AND ROLL ***
DIVAS CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH:** 1 **
MARYSE (c) vs. LAYLA vs. MICHELLE McCOOL (W/Kharma)
Straight from the bell, Layla and Maryse fist-bump and rush at McCool, both ladies are out for revenge. In the early stages, McCool takes a bitter beating from the Divas Champion and her former Laycool partner with the menacing presence of Kharma on the outside, several times denied entry to the ring by the referee, stalking up and down and sizing the pair of them up. With Michelle down and in real trouble, she rolls out of the ring to the outside of the ropes but Maryse fires a big boot into the side of her face and knocks her off the apron where she lands on Kharma and both fall down to the floor with a thud. This allows Layla and Maryse to turn their attentions to each other and they begin to wrestle – Maryse wanting to successfully defend the title, Layla desperate to regain it.
>>>>> ENDING: After near falls for both Layla and Maryse, the match takes a twist when Michelle McCool returns to the ring. Groggy from her earlier beatdown, Layla kicks her in the gut … LAYOUT! LAYLA HITS HER LAYOUT NECKBREAKER TO McCOOL! McCool is down on the mat and she looks beaten. Layla hooks the leg; could we have a new Divas Champion here?
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** MARYSE BREAKS THE COUNT! **
Tension between Layla and Maryse surfaces as the sultry French Canadian tells Layla that she is the champion and she should leave her to make the pin. Layla, naturally, does not agree and she argues back and it descends into a shoving match. Maryse swings a clothesline attempt at Layla but she ducks it and uses her feet to knock Maryse down with a swift kick to the ribs. However, McCool, playing a little possum it appears, surprises Layla with a roll up …
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** LAYLA RECOVERS JUST IN TIME! **
Layla swings wildly at McCool but misses, McCool hits the ropes and takes Layla down with a modified Lou Thesz press before ragging her up and down with the hair, crashing the back of Layla’s head up and down against the mat. Maryse returns to the action though and she aims another kick at McCool that smashes her hard in the face and knocks her down. Maryse drags Layla up and sets up … FRENCH KISS! MARYSE HITS THE FRENCH KISS TO LAYLA! Will she retain her title here? Maryse covers Layla nonchalantly with a look of arrogance on her face …
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** McCOOL SAVES LAYLA! **
A shot to the back of Maryse’s head from McCool, she drags her up and shoves her into and through the ropes. Maryse falls to the floor as McCool turns her attention back towards Layla in the ring. She picks up the damaged Layla, positions her head between her knees and lifts her upside down. Hooking her arms with her legs, McCool has her former Laycool buddy set up … FAITH BREAKER! McCOOL TAKES OUT LAYLA WITH THE FAITHBREAKER! Layla’s face smashes down into the mat and McCool rolls her over and hooks the leg whilst Maryse, spotting the danger, looks to get into the ring and make the save. However, Kharma sneaks up behind her, out of the referee’s view, and drags her off the apron and slams her back first into the barricades …
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WINNER (New Divas Champion): MICHELLE McCOOL (05:25)
The crowd rise to their feet in delight as the legendary Trish Stratus rushes out into the arena and heads towards the ring. Kharma and McCool look on stunned and they decide to take a hike for now and fight another day. As Trish slides into the ring to the aid of Layla, Kharma and McCool sneak around the ring instead and they head towards the aisle with Michelle looking delighted with her night’s work. She holds the Divas Championship up high and points at Trish as she stands over Layla glaring down at her. McCool nods her head and continues to shake the Divas Championship and things are becoming a little clearer here. Trish summons for a microphone so she can address McCool …
Hey, Michelle, you know that challenge you had Chip Butty contact me about? Well, guess what?
Cheers from the crowd, they now realise what is happening here.
WrestleMania 27, Divas Championship … YOU’RE ON!
The crowd pop for the announcement, Trish Stratus is returning to the ring at WrestleMania to challenge Michelle McCool for the Divas Championship! As the crowd cheer, it isn’t only the WWE Universe who are happy – the camera catches a smiling reaction from McCool outside the ring as she nods her head to Kharma.
And if you think I am afraid of you or that poor excuse for a Diva that is protecting you, you need to think again. At WrestleMania, Michelle … You’re going to get your ass kicked!
Trish’s music restarts and JR, King and Foley excitedly hype up the match for WrestleMania 27, the first one confirmed so far: MICHELLE McCOOL vs. TRISH STRATUS for the Divas Championship. Foley worries that Trish may be making a mistake and underestimating the power of McCool’s partner in crime right now in Kharma but King says that Trish is a legend, she will find a way to deal with Kharma. Trish helps Layla up to her feet and checks that she is OK before the two divas hug it out before the camera switches backstage where we find Wade Barrett walking, carrying an ice pack that is pressed to his ribs, but still carrying the WWE Championship in his other hand. He walks around a corner and there, stood in a line in his path, are his former Nexus colleagues: Heath Slater, Ezekiel Jackson, David Otunga and Skip Sheffield. They stand with their arms folded and survey Barrett who looks on a little uneasy …
Good evening, gentlemen. You will notice that … (Barrett raises the WWE Championship belt up a little)
… I am still the WWE Champion. It appears that Wade Barrett doesn’t need the Nexus.
We saw what you did tonight, Wade. We’re impressed. You managed to defeat John Morrison, a dangerous opponent, without our assistance. You showed the world that you are a worthy WWE Champion.
Not only did you defeat Morrison, you booked your place at WrestleMania 27, your first ever WrestleMania – and you’re heading into the main event as the champion.
That’s an amazing achievement, baby! The main event of WrestleMania, wooo!
We meant what we said, Wade. There was nothing personal about it, it was simply time for you to go out there and prove yourself without us. You move on, we move on. We now intend to follow your lead and secure ourselves a spot at WrestleMania as well.
Barrett looks bewildered by the comments but he listens to them intently.
You know what? I think you might have done me a favour, actually. I didn’t need you out …
Skip Sheffield steps forward towards Barrett and interrupts him …
Don’t say something you’ll regret though, Wade. Don’t ever forget that, without us, you would never have won that title in the first place.
We won the title for you …
And baby, you’d better believe we could lose that title for you as well.
You always said it, Wade. You’re either Nexus …
All four members of Nexus place their heads closer to Barrett as if they are trying to intimidate him …
… Or you’re against us.
Nexus walk past Barrett and exit the shot as the camera focuses on Barrett’s face, he looks slightly concerned over the words of his former buddies there. The camera switches back to the ring and focuses on the announce table where JR, King and Foley are sat looking on. JR introduces the video package for the upcoming match and hypes it up as a battle for supremacy in the WWE, a battle to be recognised as the WWE’s finest and one of the most personal rivalries of all time …
The camera returns to the ring ready for one of the biggest matches of 2011 – even at this early stage!
*** VOICES ***
*** START VIDEO ***
With the Elimination Chamber theme song, Ignition by Toby Mack, playing, clips are shown to remind us of the rivalry that has developed between Cena and Orton and will come to a head tonight …
CYBER SUNDAY 2010
Wade Barrett, having defeated John Cena at No Mercy, has his first WWE Championship opportunity as he goes up against Randy Orton.
John Cena is desperate for another chance to earn a shot at the title due to the interference of the Nexus
At Cyber Sunday, the WWE Universe refuse to vote Cena into the match
Cena almost costs Orton the title when he hits an Atttiude Adjustment to the Viper
Orton manages, somehow, to hit the RKO and defeat Barrett to retain his title!
With tension growing, RAW General Manager Shawn Michaels forces Cena and Orton to team up at Survivor Series to face Nexus
HBK shocks the world by putting the WWE Championship on the line – if Nexus win, Barrett is the WWE Champion
Despite the efforts of Orton and the Hart Dynasty, Cena is defeated when Gabriel hits the 450 Splash
Wade Barrett is the new WWE Champion – and Orton wasn’t even defeated!
RAW THE FOLLOWING NIGHT …
Randy Orton faces Wade Barrett in singles competition, a rematch for the WWE Championship
Despite the Nexus interference, Orton has the upper hand … until Cena strikes again with an AA
Barrett gets the pin and retains the WWE Championship
As Orton looks for revenge on Cena, SMACKDOWN General Manager Teddy Long appears to draft Cena to SMACKDOWN!
Clips of Cena and Orton’s match are shown as both men battle and attempt to destroy each other
We see Orton hit the RKO and appear to have the match won – but then decide to go for the Punt instead
Cena surprises Orton with a roll up and use of the tights to get the win!
Highlights of the epic battles between Cena and Orton during the Rumble match as Orton appears at #1, Cena at #26
We see their backstage brawl and Cena’s brutal FU to Orton on the concrete floor
Cena begins to dominate the Rumble … but then here comes Orton back out to join the Rumble again
Last two men are Cena and Orton, who will win it? Cena, with a little help from Kurt Angle, is able to pull it out
John Cena is going to WrestleMania 27 to challenge for the World Championship!
More clips of the two men clashing on RAW and SMACKDOWN, including Cena’s admission that he deliberately lost the title for Orton, are shown before we hear Orton’s announcement about it being LAST MAN STANDING!
*** END VIDEO ***
The crowd here in Detroit erupt as the music of the popular Viper hits and he slowly, methodically walks out and looks around the WWE Universe that are cheering his arrival. Orton looks to be snarling as he makes his way towards the ring, he is pumped up and ready to destroy his nemesis, Cena, here tonight – a fact that Lawler points out. Foley says that Orton is one of the most impressive men he has ever seen in the WWE and that he, despite their troubles of the past, recognises how talented this man is. JR discusses Orton’s credentials and claims that without, what we now know was deliberate, Cena’s loss to Gabriel at Survivor Series, the Viper would probably still be the WWE Champion. Orton slithers into the ring and steps up onto the middle ropes to hit his ‘Destiny’ pose as the flashlights from hundreds of cameras pop. An incredible ovation for Orton and the crowd seem to be fully behind him as his music fades and there is a tense drop in the noise level as Orton waits … and waits …
*** MY TIME IS NOW ***
Royal Rumble 2011 Winner
The cheers for Orton turn into a vile hatred for the man once known as the “Face of the WWE” as he heads out with a smirk on his face. John Cena looks around the arena from the entrance area and smirks as he waves his hand over his face, he is showing the crowd that he doesn’t give a damn whether they like him or not and he is heard, by the camera nearby, proclaiming that the “WWE Universe can kiss my ass!” before he heads for the ring. However, he does not perform his usual slide into the ring under the bottom rope; Orton is stood watching him intently and looks set to attack him the minute he gets in the ring. Instead, Cena stops and stares at Orton as if daring him to come out of the ring after him. JR says that in six weeks time, Cena will challenge the World Champion, whoever that may be at the end of tonight, at WrestleMania 27 and says that Cena needs tonight’s match to pass off without injury with the biggest match of his career up ahead. However, King says that the time for a nice, simple match between these two has long passed – he thinks that Orton is intent on beating Cena so badly that he cannot make it to WrestleMania! Foley says that Cena is on an incredible roll right now and that he seems to be picking up more and more momentum, apart from his defeat to Morrison nine days ago, as he heads towards the big one in six weeks. However, Foley cautions that if Cena believes he can simply overcome the obstacle of Orton tonight without risk of harm, he should think again. Cena continues to glare and mouth off at Orton from outside the ring, he is clearly trying to get into the head of the Viper … who suddenly seems to snap. He leaps towards the ropes and through them, he jumps down and barrages into Cena throwing wild right hands as the crowd scream and shout and the referee, realising there is no way he can get them both in the ring first, signals for the bell and the match is begun …
Boos and jeers echo around the arena as Cena celebrates wildly, he leaps up on the ropes and taunts the crowd as his music blares out around the arena. Michael Cole, the man who helped Cena to the victory, smirks as he walks away and up the aisle to return to the back – he may have eaten Sweet Chin Music, he may have walked into an RKO but his SMACKDOWN superstar was able to pull out the victory and carry on his incredible roll with another victorious night over RAW’s Randy Orton. Cena, stood on the middle rope, points up at the WrestleMania logo hanging in the rafters and he points to his head before signalling that he will soon be the World Heavyweight Champion as well – and there is nothing the WWE Universe can do about it. However, the crowd appear to be anticipating something and as Cena jumps back off the ropes to leave, he turns … RKO! ORTON HITS AN RKO ON CENA! The crowd roar their approval as Cena’s music ends and the Viper looks down on the fallen victor of the match. His ice cold eyes look around the WWE Universe as they cheer and applaud his decision to strike again. There is a clear disappointment in his eyes, he is devastated to have been defeated by his nemesis here tonight. Blinking the sweat out of his eyes, Orton look down once more at Cena and an evil grin starts to spread across his face. He steps back and drops to his knees … Orton is setting up for another RKO! He begins to pound the mat in anticipation as Cena begins to recover slightly. The excitement is building in the arena as Orton pounds the mat. Cena gets to his knees, looking groggy and anything but the winner of the match, Orton steps up and waits … RKO! RKO! More huge cheers echo around the Joe Louis Arena, the crowd are delighted to see Cena flat out after his recent antics. They begin to chant “One more time! One more time!” as Orton blinks and stares around the ring. He still looks pi$$ed off and he looks to still be contemplating something. As Cena begins to show some signs of life again, Orton suddenly retreats to the corner and grabs the ropes. He is hulking up in the corner, pulling and stretching at the ropes, he is setting up for a Punt to Cena!
LAST MAN STANDING MATCH:
JOHN CENA vs. RANDY ORTON
Wildly swinging, both men seek to pummel the hell out of each other as the crowd are on their feet excited over this eagerly awaited clash. His fury coming to the surface, Orton is the man who manages to get on top as he staggers Cena back against the barricades and continues to smash him with a balled up right hand over and over. The Rumble winner covers up a little as Orton pounds him in the face, the fury in Orton is clear. Ducking under a right hand, Cena stumbles towards the ring to escape Orton and he rolls into the ring. The Viper advances after him but it is a ploy from Cena; he stomps the head of Orton as he slides under the bottom rope and into the ring. Buying himself some time, Cena stomps Orton a few more times before leaving the ring and putting some distance between him and his nemesis. However, Orton recovers quickly and heads out of the ring, stalking Cena, an intense look in his cold, blue eyes. Cena leads Orton a dance around the ring, refusing to get close to the Viper, before heading back into the ring. As Orton slides back in, Cena again tries to stomp him but Orton catches Cena’s foot and tips him over and he crashes down on his back. Cheers go up from the crowd as Orton leaps on top of Cena and begins to strike him again and again, Cena covering up once more, Orton is like a crazed animal here that has been unleashed on his taunter.
For the early stages of the match, this pattern continues with Orton looking to destroy his adversary. It is clear that he is intent on destroying Cena’s WrestleMania plans; he is raining right hands down all over the face of Cena. However, it is not enough to keep Cena down for the 10 and Orton is forced to resort to desperate measures … RKO! ORTON HITS AN RKO ON CENA! The referee’s count makes it to 8 but Cena, battling hard and determined to keep up his momentum ahead of WrestleMania, manages to get to his feet on wobbly legs. Orton continues his domination until Cena strikes with a low blow that catches the Viper off guard and swings the tide back towards him. Cena begins his usual routine; shoulder blocks followed by a Protoplex that crashes Orton down on his back. FIVE KNUCKLE SHUFFLE! Cena insults the fans with taunts before dropping his fist down onto the face of Orton and then he stands back and waits … FU! CENA HITS THE FU ON ORTON! Down goes the Viper, he rolls out of the ring but the referee is counting … We get to 8 again before Orton, holding on to the ropes, pulls himself up outside the ring and the match continues.
The match now takes a violent turn as the two men, realising that their usual moves are not going to work, begin to pull out all of the stops. Steel chairs and kendo sticks enter the match first as Cena begins to destroy Orton and gets several 6, 7 and 8 counts until Orton manages to catch the kendo stick and he turns it back on Cena. The crowd are loving it as Orton beats Cena to a pulp but, like Cena, he is unable to keep his opponent down. The pair of them battle down the aisle and around the stage area as they beat the living daylights out of each other; the screens are used by Orton to ram Cena shoulder first into them before he uses a stage trunk to hit a devastating hangman DDT that crashes Cena down head first to the floor. It appears to be over but, again, Cena is up just in time. Cena manages to reverse Orton as he looks to whip him into the screens once more and then uses the steel titantron supports to smash Orton’s head into over and over. With so much brutality all over the arena here, it is a wonder that either man is able to stand never mind keep getting up to meet the 10 count but they do. Eventually, the action spills back towards the ring and both men, battered and bruised, roll back in and hit the ropes … double clothesline, both men are down. The referee begins a count but Orton, the aggressor again at this point, is up first and he has a glint in his eyes. He hangs Cena up on the ropes with his feet and crashes him down in another DDT before dropping down to his knees and punching the ring in preparation … RKO! ANOTHER RKO FROM ORTON! The referee begins the count but Cena starts to show signs of life at 7 and Orton prepares again … RKO! A SECOND RKO! Surely that is enough? No, Cena begins to stir and pulls himself up just in time. Orton shakes his head and grabs the steel chair … BAM! Cena goes down in stages but the crowd are loving it and it appears to be swinging towards an Orton win now. With Cena face down, Orton goes wild with the chair and starts crashing it down on the back of Cena, this is the madman that Cena’s actions have created in the last few months. A look of intense aggression in his eyes, Orton places the chair down folded on the mat and waits and prepares for Cena to get up as the referee counts again … Orton is setting up for an RKO on the chair! Will this finish it?
WAIT A MINUTE!!!!
Attention turns towards the aisle as the SMACKDOWN General Manager Michael Cole begins to make his way towards the ring. Orton looks at him with a look of disgust, what the hell does he want? Orton pummels the mat once more as he looks to remain focused and hit the RKO … However, as Cena gets to his knees, Cole shouts to him through the ropes and Cena, a little bit of awareness forming on his face, rolls away to the corner and looks round at Orton who looks annoyed with it all. Cole slides into the ring and gives Cena a pep talk in the corner as the crowd wait with anticipation … Orton is looking over at Cole with a strange look on his face as he prepares to do some more damage. Orton creeps up on Cole and then grabs him by the back of his collar and lifts him up. Orton forces Cole back into the corner and gets right in his face but Cena rushes over and leaps at the back of Orton. BAM! Orton moves and Cena collides with Cole instead, Cole is dazed and Cena shocked; OLYMPIC SLAM! ORTON HITS THE OLYMPIC SLAM TO CENA! The crowd are on their feet now as Orton shoves Cole out of the ring using his foot and Cole falls out of the ring under the bottom rope. Cena staggers over towards the corner and his struggling as Orton lifts him up and sits him on the top buckle facing out towards the crowd. He climbs up onto the middle rope behind Cena and tries to lift him up for a back suplex but Cena fights back. A punch contest begins on the turnbuckles but Cena cannot cope as he has taken a beating in the last few minutes. Orton manages to win control before he hooks Cena’s head under his arm … SUPERPLEX FROM THE TOP ROPE! Both men are down but Cena is writhing in pain as the referee’s count begins.
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Cena is back up at 8, wobbling and groggy, using the ropes to hold himself. Orton is stood behind him grinning but then Cole gets back into the ring and starts arguing with the referee to annoy Orton once more. As he argues with the referee, Cole drops a steel chain down on the mat surreptitiously before Cena again takes his chance to recuperate and he rolls out of the ring for refuge as Orton tries to get to Cole. The referee holds him back as Cole taunts Orton and tells him he will be fired if he touches him. Suddenly, there is a big roar as somebody heads out and down towards the ring …
Here comes the RAW General Manager! Shawn Michaels rushes out towards the ring and he slides under the bottom rope as Orton watches on. The referee moves Orton back as he tries to stop him getting to Cole … SUPERKICK! MICHAELS LEVELS COLE WITH A SUPERKICK! The crowd go mental as Cole’s head snaps back and he is laid out on the mat. HBK lifts him up and tosses him through the ropes to the outside of the ring before looking back towards the Viper who nods his head to him in thanks. Respect! It looks as if Orton’s issues with HBK are over here tonight. HBK grabs Cole as he exits and he starts dragging him towards the entrance way and out of the match which he has tried to interfere in when suddenly, a shadow appears from the entrance …
SPEAR! IT’S EDGE! SPEAR TO SHAWN MICHAELS!
Unbelievable! Both General Managers are laid out in the entrance area whilst Edge, a look of fury in his eyes, looks down on HBK and the destruction he has just caused. Boos ring out around the arena as Edge, looking round at the WWE Universe in disdain, backs away, the damage done. Back in the ring, Orton is looking out at the mess and carnage … BAM! Cena smashes Orton in the face as he turns round and we see that Cena has the steel chain wrapped around his fist! Orton struggles back up as Cena pulls back and waits … BAM! A second chain shot to the face! Orton is out cold here and the crowd are livid with what has happened. Cena throws down the chain and lifts Orton off the mat to break the referee’s latest count … FU! CENA HITS THE FU TO A UNCONCIOUS ORTON! The crowd are in shock as the referee’s count begins again …
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Orton starts to pull himself up on the ropes, Cena threatens to go for him but the referee holds him back. Whilst distracted by Cena, Cole is back up and he has the chain wrapped around his fist now as well … BAM! Cole leaps up on the apron and smashes Cole in the face once more before leaping down quickly as the referee turns back around …
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JOHN CENA (21:37)
Oh my goodness, King! What is Orton thinking of here?!
Yes, yes! This will be amazing! Orton is going to shut Cena up once and for all …
JR! WrestleMania! If Orton does this, Cena has no chance of going to WrestleMania and challenging for the title!
The crowd are getting to their feet, desperate to see Orton deliver lasting vengeance towards Cena, they chant and clap as Orton waits … and waits … Cena is on his knees and raises his head up. Orton’s eyes bulge with intensity and he is ready to strike. He steps away from the corner and pulls back his right foot ready to smash Cena’s head into oblivion …
Wait a minute!
As Orton steps forward, he is stopped in his tracks when a figure slides into the ring and tackles him down to the mat. It’s …
Orton is shocked completely and jumps up quickly … He spins round and straight into the path of his attacker … ANGLE SLAM! ANGLE SLAM!
Orton’s back, already hurt during the Last Man Standing Match, crashes down hard on the mat and the crowd jeer at Angle’s decision to interrupt. The attack allows Cena to slink out of the ring and he manages to back away, struggling, up the aisle and away from danger. As Orton writhes in pain, Angle stands over him looking down with an intense glare on his face. He quickly rips his t-shirt over his head and stands there with just his red jogging bottoms on as JR, King and Foley question why he has decided to attack Orton – a man with whom he had had little previous other than there short confrontation earlier this evening. Angle reaches down and grabs the ankle of the Viper … ANKLE LOCK! ANGLE LOCKS IN THE ANKLE LOCK TO ORTON!
Orton writhes in pain again, Angle is obliterating his ankle now and pulling and twisting it as if he intends to break it in two. Officials spill into the ring but they are unable to break the Ankle Lock that the Olympian has locked in on Orton. Yelling out, Angle continues to apply the pressure, “Tap! Tap! Tap!” he cries and, in the end, Orton is forced to tap out to try and convince Angle to break it!
Orton is tapping! I can’t remember ever seeing the Viper tap before!
With Orton finally tapping out, Angle smirks and releases the Ankle Lock. As officials drop down beside Orton, including doctors, Angle steps back looking incredibly proud of his actions. He climbs to the middle rope and he looks around the WWE Universe who continue to shower him with jeers and boos. With Cena now safely backstage, Angle is the villain of the piece. He is loving that fact though and he holds his arms wide and gives the crowd the ‘Come on!’ as Orton is helped out of the ring and onto a stretcher. As he is wheeled around the ring and down the aisle, Angle waves him on his way and then taunts the crowd a little more as JR continues to hype the situation up and inform the world that Angle has destroyed Orton here tonight ... As the camera zooms in on Angle’s grinning face, we fade out into an advert …
As the video ends, the camera returns to the Elimination Chamber PPV unfolding here in the present day and we see Josh Mathews stood with his microphone backstage. He is smiling as he introduces his interviewee …
*** START VIDEO ***
Images and clips of the famous Summerslam 1992 PPV, held in Wembley Stadium in England, are shown along with the commentary of Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan as they commentate on the matches that were held that night. We see highlights of Macho Man vs. Ultimate Warrior for the WWF, sorry, WWE Championship; Undertaker’s infamous entrance in a funeral hearse and his subsequent match with Kamala; we see the legendary Legion of Doom riding their way down towards the ring on Harley Davidsons; and finally, we see Bret Hart and British Bulldog heading to the ring, Bulldog with boxing legend Lennox Lewis and the Union Jack, before their epic encounter and the amazing moment when Bulldog managed to pin his brother in law and secure his first Intercontinental Championship in front of over 90,000 of his adoring countrymen. Echoing, the commentary and the clips fade away before we see Wade Barrett, the WWE Championship belt over his shoulder, appear.
“It’s been nearly 20 years since the greatest country in the world hosted the greatest PPV the world ever saw.”
Barrett is walking up a inclining walkway as he speaks to the camera …
“A lot has changed round here since that day.”
A clip of Chip Butty is shown …
“A British businessman owns the WWE!”
The magnificent Wembley Stadium, complete with its legendary twin towers, is shown back in 1992 with hundreds of screaming WWE fans outside it.
“We have a brand new Wembley Stadium!”
The camera swings around and looks up at the modern Wembley Stadium, complete with its magnificent arch over the top, glittering in the sunshine before the camera switches back to Barrett who is walking further up Wembley Way and towards the stadium …
“And Britain has got its first ever … WWE Champion!”
Barrett stops and holds up the WWE Championship before looking up wistfully at the British national stadium …
“Here in the UK, every boy dreams of playing football here at Wembley, I was no different.”
Barrett looks directly into the camera shaking his head …
“I never fulfilled that dream … but I will wrestle here!”
The camera switches and Barrett is shown inside the stadium now, surrounded by shiny red seats with blue seats spelling out the word WEMBLEY behind him, he is stood in the Royal Box where many iconic English footballers have lifted the infamous FA Cup in the past …
“This August, Britain will celebrate their first ever WWE Champion …”
Shots of Barrett pinning Orton, Angle and Triple H before he holds up the title belt …
“… when Wade Barrett returns …”
The camera zooms in on Barrett …
“… to defend the title …”
He smirks …
“… at Summerslam!”
Barrett lifts the title above his head and turns to look out over the football pitch. The camera switches to a long range shot from across the pitch and we see Barrett shouting …
“… AND YOU’RE ALL INVITED!”
A graphic appears on screen advertising that the 2011 Summerslam PPV will indeed be in London, England, in front of over 80,000 fans at Wembley – the first WWE PPV outside of North America for almost 20 years is coming this summer!
*** END VIDEO ***
Ladies and Gentlemen, please welcome my guest at this time … the World Heavyweight Champion … CM PUNK!
Into shot comes the World Champion and he looks supremely confident here tonight.
Tonight, you head into the Elimination Chamber as World Champion … but you do not have the traditional champion’s advantage. With just a one in six chance of retaining your title, how do you intend to ensure that you head to WrestleMania 27 still the World Champion?
Punk looks a little agitated as he turns towards Mathews to answer. A look of offence on his face, he straightens the World Championship belt over his shoulder before answering.
One in six?
Josh Mathews nods his head a little, looking away from Punk’s eyes, a little embarrassed. Punk snatches the microphone from him and shoves him away …
I am the World Champion, you want me to tell you how I intend to win tonight and head to WrestleMania? Well, it’s nice and simple. I am … “The Best in the World!”
Some boos from the crowd although there are some cheers for the champion mixed into the reaction …
I won this title by beating the World’s Largest Athlete, the Big Show …
Punk holds his hand up above his head to show the height of the man he won the World Championship from a couple of months ago …
I beat Christian back at the Royal Rumble to retain my World Championship …
He points at his title belt that his laid across his shoulder …
I’m the man who forced Jeff Hardy from the WWE once before and believe me, once a screw-up, always a screw-up!
Punk laughs and chews his gum a little more …
Despite all of his progress in the past few months, Kofi Kingston has never been, and will never be, able to win the big one. Unlike myself of course …
A serious look passes over the eyes of Punk …
And while many of you will be banking on the Phenom of the WWE, the Deadman, The Undertaker, beating me here tonight … Well, this isn’t WrestleMania!
Punk laughs …
He may be 18 and 0 at WrestleMania but I am the only man, the only man in history, to make him tap out. My Anaconda Vice has kept him down once and it will keep him down again tonight!
Punk removes the title from his shoulder and looks into the camera with intent in his eyes …
You see, I have beaten all five men in this match. I am the “Best in the World” for a reason and I have this for a reason …
Punk raises the title up and points at it as it hangs beside his head …
Every night, every show, every pay-per-view, I prove that I am the best, I prove that nobody can compete with me. Come WrestleMania and the World Heavyweight Championship, I will be the one stood across the ring from Cena, I will be the one to ram his words down his throat. I will show him, I will show that jackass Michael Cole that …
Punk pauses as the crowd cheer his comment about the SMACKDOWN General Manager …
… that I am the best there is on SMACKDOWN, that I am the best there is in the WWE. Simply, I am the “Best in the World!”
Another mixed reaction as Punk kneels down at the side of the interviewer …
Is the message sinking in yet, Josh? Do you get it? In the Chamber tonight, even without the title advantage, I will not have a one in six chance of retaining the title. The “Best in the World” is guaranteed to retain this title.
Punk replaces the World Championship over his shoulder and stands as the camera zooms in on his face …
Punk drops the microphone down at the side of Mathews before walking off and out of shot as the camera switches back towards the ring where Justin Roberts is waiting …
The following contest, set for one fall, is for the United States Championship!
A slight cheer as the crowd look forward to the next match and the title defence of this man …
*** AFRICA RISING ***
United States Champion
Jogging slowly out from backstage, the popular US Champion salutes the crowd wearing black and silver pads as a custom t-shirt with the United States Title belt strapped around his waist. A positive reaction for Gabriel who has been on a great roll since leaving the Nexus just after Survivor Series – JR informs us of this and recaps his achievements: won the US Championship at Vengeance, a long run in the Royal Rumble and now US Champion for almost three months. King says he is one of the most exciting youngsters on the WWE roster right now and he expects big things from him in the future. Gabriel leaps up onto the ring apron and over the ropes before standing on the buckles and holding the title belt high. The crowd cheer before the music changes and his challenger appears …
*** I COME FROM MONEY ***
Boos for the “Million Dollar Champion” as he heads out with his diamond and gold belt shimmering on his shoulder. DiBiase looks confident as he heads towards the ring and he points up at Gabriel and claims that he is about to become the champion of the United States. As DiBiase gets into the ring, he shows off to the crowd and taunts them before removing his t-shirt and handing his ‘title’ over to the ring hands. The referee holds up the US Championship to signal that the match is for the title and then signals for the bell …
Gabriel rolls away from DiBiase with a huge smile on his face and holds his hands high as the referee hands him the US Championship. Gabriel jumps up onto the ropes to celebrate – but then he spots that Nexus are stood in the aisle applauding his victory. The South African’s expression changes and he looks down to DiBiase with a dawning realisation over what has just happened. Foley claims that Gabriel will not be happy over Nexus interfering in his business again after he requested that they stayed out of it – and it looks as if he is correct, Gabriel has an angry look on his face. He points down at Nexus and yells angrily at them but the four Nexus members smile back at him and then they turn on their heels and exit. Gabriel is stood looking annoyed in the ring with the belt in his hands; he clearly believes that the victory is now tainted. As the camera zooms in on Gabriel, he looks on angrily before it switches to an advert for WrestleMania 27 in six weeks’ time …
UNITED STATES CHAMPIONSHIP:
JUSTIN GABRIEL (c) vs. TED DIBIASE
Quick start from the defending US Champion as Gabriel, pumped up in his first PPV defence of the title, goes all out for DiBiase after their recent issues. His high paced style allows him to surprise the Prodigal Son in the early going but in the end DiBiase wears him down and starts to bring his mat wrestling dominance into play. As DiBiase wears down the South African, he has to rebuff several attempted fightbacks from Gabriel as he looks to find a split second to explode away. However, each time he appears to have the chance, DiBiase is able to avoid the big move that the US Champion needs to get away. On one such attempt, Gabriel springboards back off the ropes but DiBiase avoids the attempted roundhouse kick. Gabriel lands awkwardly and appears to twist his ankle as he limps on the bad foot afterwards. Of course, the cunning challenger targets the ankle as well and stomps away at it before focusing many of his moves on the ankle as he looks to take Gabriel to the edge of his limits and set him up for a title loss here tonight.
>>>>> ENDING: Despite the pain though, Gabriel continues to fight against it and kicks out of several pinfall attempts which frustrates the hell out of DiBiase. As the match begins to near a conclusion, DiBiase decides that enough is enough and he stalks after the South African with one intention in mind ... MILLION DOLLAR DREAM! DIBIASE LOCKS IN THE MILLION DOLLAR DREAM! Gabriel’s title is beginning to slip away now as he is caught up in the devastating submission hold centre of the ring. He tries desperately to escape but there is nothing doing … However, Gabriel will not back down and he manages to edge his way towards the corner. Whilst DiBiase holds the move, Gabriel leaps up and kicks back off the turnbuckle rolling DiBiase backwards into a roll up pin …
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** DIBIASE RELEASES AND KICKS OUT! **
Loud groan around the arena as DiBiase decides to release the Million Dollar Dream rather than be pinned 1, 2, 3 in the ring and end his title hopes. Both men get up quickly, DiBiase quickest, he hits the ropes and leaps towards Gabriel who ducks … BOOM! Down goes the referee! DiBiase, inadvertently, collides with the ref who falls through the ropes and lands with a thud below. He isn’t knocked out but is dazed and takes time to recover. DiBiase drops to his knees as Gabriel looks out at the official .. LOW BLOW! The crowd boo and jeer but DiBiase is laughing as he leaves the ring and grabs the US Championship belt next. He enters the ring and waits for Gabriel to get up whilst holding the title belt that he is hoping to legitimately hold in moments. DiBiase is preparing to smash Gabriel with the belt whilst the referee is unaware …
Wait a minute! What does these guys want? Heath Slater and David Otunga race down first and they take the attention of the referee as Jackson and Sheffield slip past afterwards and enter the ring unknown to the official. DiBiase looks on with a look of confusion, he has this in hand, what do they want? Jackson reaches out and takes the title belt from DiBiase with a smile and DiBiase nods a knowing look … BAM! MEATHOOK CLOTHESLINE! SHEFFIELD CLOCKS DIBIASE FROM THE SIDE AND FLATTENS HIM! Why are the Nexus helping Gabriel once again? Gabriel, completely unaware, is slowly coming round but he never sees Sheffield and Jackson who now exit the ring and dump the title back on the floor. Slater and Otunga roll the referee under the ropes and then Nexus retreat as the referee, confused, begins a count out of the two fallen men. Gabriel shows first signs of life and he gets groggily up and notices the situation. He looks round with a look of misunderstanding in his eyes, he drags DiBiase into place and then climbs the ropes … 450 SPLASH! GABRIEL HITS THE 450 SPLASH ON DIBIASE! He hooks the legs of the challenger, this one is over!
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JUSTIN GABRIEL (06:59)
Sunday 3rd April, 2011
Elimination Chamber returns and the camera focuses on JR, King and Foley as they introduce the upcoming main event: the SMACKDOWN Elimination Chamber match where CM Punk, the World Champion, will be defending his title against five other men. The camera throws to a shot of CM Punk walking down a corridor holding the World Championship on his shoulder before switching to a shot of Kofi Kingston who is warming up somewhere else backstage. Next up, we see Christian who is sat backstage, head down, concentrating hard on the upcoming match before we see Big Show who is practicing throwing his big right hand. The fifth person we see is Jeff Hardy, who gets the biggest reaction so far, and he is sat on the ground, almost doing the splits, as he performs his stretches. We don’t see the sixth member of the match, The Undertaker, due to his mysterious entrance. JR, King and Foley cannot agree on who they think will win the match but then their attention turns towards the ominous Chamber which is making its way down to the ring from the roof for the second time this evening. The arena goes dark and the spotlights are flashing around the arena as it lowers down towards the ring as JR throws to Todd Grisham who is backstage near some television monitors.
Ladies and Gentlemen, my guest at this time … JOHN CENA.
Boos ring out around the arena as the Royal Rumble 2011 winner comes into view, a smirk on his face. He is clearly still in pain from his match a short while ago with Randy Orton but he looks pleased with himself.
John, we’re at the main event of the evening. Whoever wins this match will be World Champion just six weeks before facing you at WrestleMania 27. Who would you like to see victorious here tonight?
Cena laughs …
Todd, what an idiotic question. In six weeks time, I will challenge for the World Championship and in all likelihood, I will face the winner of the upcoming Elimination Chamber match. You want to know who I want to face at WrestleMania? You want to know who I think will be the easiest man to beat, do you?
Cena glares at Grisham for a minute.
When I walk into WrestleMania as the Royal Rumble winner, as the Number 1 contender, I will have the whole of the WWE Universe in my head, running through my veins, as I do so. Not their cheers, no. I will have their fake cheers in my head and their hypocritical jeers. It doesn’t matter which one of these men wins here tonight – I will be victorious at WrestleMania. When I came over to SMACKDOWN, things had become clear. The WWE Universe didn’t believe in me. The WWE Universe didn’t want me to be the champion. Every single cheer they gave me was fake, every time they threw up their arms in support, it meant nothing. All they wanted was the ever dependable John Cena to come out and defeat the bad guy.
Cena shakes his head in disgust.
But you see, that is where the problem lies now that they all hate me. They believed in me, they knew that when somebody was here to destroy the WWE or to hold everybody here to ransom, they knew that John Cena would be the man to sort it out. Whether it be Edge, Big Show, Vickie Guerrero, Nexus, Batista … they knew that I, John Cena, was the man they could rely on to get the job done. And you know what? Nothing has changed. I’m still the same ever dependable John Cena – only now they can depend on me to take out their favourites instead. So, who do I want to win the Chamber match tonight?
Cena stares into the camera.
I don’t give a damn. Whoever is World Champion in six weeks time, John Cena is taking him out. My time … yes, MY time …
Cena points to himself …
… MY time … is now … and you …
Cena waves his hand over his eyes slowly …
… you can’t see me.
Boos echo around the arena as Cena ups and leaves before the camera returns to the ring which is now, for the second time tonight, enclosed inside the Elimination Chamber. In the ring, Tony Chimel, suited and booted, raises the microphone.
This match is for the World Heavyweight Championship – and it will be contested inside the Elimination Chamber! The match will start with two superstars in the ring and four more superstars locked in their individual chambers. Every five minutes, a random chamber will be opened allowing the superstar within to join the match. This will continue until all superstars have entered the match. Elimination occurs through pinfall or submission and the last man remaining will be declared the winner … and the World Heavyweight Champion!
As the tension builds inside the arena, the crowd cheering, there is a pause whilst the World Championship graphic is shown on the screens at home. Then, suddenly, the lights go down and the arena descends into pitch black and darkness to signal the arrival of one of the greatest WWE superstars of all time …
*** GONG ***
*** GONG ***
*** GONG ***
*** GRAVEYARD SYMPHONY ***
The crowd go wild as the lightning bolts and eerie fog fill the arena and the tron lights up with the images of graves and caskets. Through the fog, a dark figure steps out and stands looking straight ahead but there are huge cheers for the arrival of Undertaker. As he slowly steps towards the ring, JR begins to outline his amazing career so far in the WWE and how he is, still, undefeated at WrestleMania despite eighteen attempts to defeat him. With a nineteenth match on the horizon, will he be defending the World Championship or not? As Undertaker steps up onto the stairs of the Chamber, he slowly raises his arms and the lights fade back on in the arena as the crowd gasp in delight. Taker, dressed in all black and wearing a long black trench-coat, steps into the Chamber and through the ropes where he removes his hat and coat and hands it to the official. With the thunder sounding through the arena as he removes his hat, Taker then heads over to the corner and into one of the pods in the corner of the Chamber where he stops to look out towards the stage and the entrance of the next superstar.
*** NO MORE WORDS ***
More cheers as the popular Jeff Hardy heads out into the arena where he salutes the crowd excitedly before running down towards the Chamber. He runs up the steps and through the ropes into the ring where he rushes across the ring and leaps onto the middle rope to salute the fans a little more. Hardy looks pumped up and ready for this match but he then turns and looks into the only occupied pod where Undertaker is stood. Jeff doesn’t blink as he stares into the eyes of one of his adversaries before heading into one of the remaining vacant pods where he is locked in. Attention turns back towards the stage for the next competitor …
*** JUST CLOSE YOUR EYES ***
More cheers; here comes Christian as well. As he heads out and looks around the arena looking for his “Peeps”, Christian receives another good pop before he walks confidently towards the massive steel structure. As he approaches the ring, JR reminds us of the way Christian battled CM Punk and came so close to winning the World Championship from CM Punk at the Rumble. He then reminds us that it was Punk who tricked Michael Cole into allowing Christian to enter this match. Foley reminds JR that Punk just wanted to prove he could beat Christian instead though. As Christian enters the ring, he salutes the fans – like Hardy did previously – before heading towards an empty booth and standing within it as the door is locked.
*** THIS FIRE BURNS ***
World Heavyweight Champion
A mixed reaction as the World Champion heads out; many people boo and jeer him but there are plenty of others, hardcore Punk fans, who cheer him and chant his name as he heads out. The World Championship belt strapped around his waist, Punk kneels down in the stage area and checks his wrists before yelling out “It’s Clobbering Time!” and heading towards the ring. As he approaches the Chamber, Punk pauses and seems to be steeling himself ready for the ultimate test of his championship credentials. Will he headline WrestleMania or will he lose the title here tonight? After a look around at the WWE Universe, Punk unbuttons the belt and hands it to the referee before stripping off his “Best in the World” t-shirt and throwing it down on the floor. He leaps up into the ring and stands centrally whilst looking to the three full Chamber pods where Undertaker, Hardy and Christian are stood watching him. A smile spreads over his face as he backs away to the ropes and he steps through. Entering the final empty pod, Punk is locked in and he is ready to defend the title here – even if he will be watching at least the first five minutes. With four men now occupying the four chambers, we know that the other two men to enter will be the first two men starting the match.
*** CRANK IT UP ***
The first man who will start the match off heads out and pyro explodes above his head as he comes out looking angry and agitated. His arrival does not go down well with the WWE Universe who boo him as he heads towards the ring but JR and King hype up the arrival of the World’s Largest Athlete and wonder how the other participants will be able to cope with both him and the ominous Chamber. Show steps into the ring and he looks at each of the occupied pods with an angry look in his eyes as if trying to threaten them all. However, Show’s music fades and the music of his nemesis from the past few weeks begins …
*** S.O.S. ***
Large pop for the popular Ghanaian as he leaps out into the arena with yellow and green pyro blasting all around him. Foley reminds us that Kofi and Show have had serious problems in the past few weeks with Kofi managing to get one over on Show on several occasions. However, as King reminds us as a replay shows, Show has taken Kofi out on two occasions recently with his devastating WMD punch. Kingston leaps up the steps and through the ropes into the Chamber, with little apprehension, as Show studies him intensely. The referee holds up the World Championship belt handed over to him by CM Punk before handing it out of the Chamber to another official. The doors are closed and locked and the bell rings to signal the final match of the evening, the SMACKDOWN Elimination Chamber match for the World Heavyweight Championship …
The crowd are delighted to see a new World Champion although some of them are naturally disappointed that Kofi is still unable to secure that elusive first ever World Championship here in the WWE. As the crowd celebrate, the gongs sound out to signal that the Deadman has secured his fourth World Heavyweight Championship. Slumped down and laid on his back, Undertaker is staring up at the ceiling of the Chamber as it begins to rise up, he is taking a second to recover as the referee waits with the title in his hands. Beside him, Kingston is out cold from the Tombstone and is also laid facing the ceiling; but not in a recovering way, in a beaten way! Taker gets to his knees and the referee hands the title belt over to him and he takes a deep breath before raising the title belt up in his hand and posing his typical pose as the lights dim and the lightning and thunder sounds echo around the arena once again. Taker rolls his eyes back in his head as he stands up with the title. JR, King and Foley hype up Taker’s achievement as he secures, assuming he keeps the title, a place at WrestleMania 27. Foley gives the first mention of a potential WrestleMania 27 main event of Undertaker vs. John Cena and JR hypes that up further before the PPV heads for an ending with Taker in the ring holding the title belt. We have a new World Heavyweight Champion and his name is the Undertaker!
SMACKDOWN ELIMINATION CHAMBER MATCH FOR THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP:** 1 **
CM PUNK (c) vs. BIG SHOW vs. CHRISTIAN vs. JEFF HARDY vs. KOFI KINGSTON vs. THE UNDERTAKER
A buzz of excitement passes around the arena as Kofi, pumped up and bouncing on the balls of his feet, and Big Show face up ready to get the main event started here. Show is talking a lot of smack to Kingston and telling him that he is in way over his head, that he will never ever win the big one and become a champion. Suddenly, after listening to this for a moment, Kofi explodes with a drop kick that staggers Show back and then he chases after him into the corner and begins crashing kicks into the thigh and upper leg of the giant. Show tries to defend himself but Kofi’s assault is incessant, this is a fired up Kofi ready to become World Champion and Show is not going to deny him. The giant pushes Kofi away onto the mat to gain some respite but it is only momentary as Kofi rushes back over and leaps astride Show onto the middle ropes. He pummels away at the large head of the Big Show as the crowd chant along with him ten times before Show, desperate for a break, shoves him roughly away again and Kofi this time lands harder on the mat. Show ploughs through Kofi with a shoulder block which buys him some time yet Kofi is not staying down. Holding the rope, Kofi leaps up and springboards off the top rope … Diving Crossbody! Kofi’s crossbody crashes Show down to the mat and he has a lateral press here as he looks to make quick work of Show …
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** BIG SHOW THROWS KOFI OFF HIM! **
Kofi, thrown three feet in the air, lands on his front beside Show who gets up with an angry look and swings his trademark heavy punch but Kofi avoids the contact. Kofi again springboards off the ropes but this time Show is ready and catches him before running him back first into the turnbuckles and crushing him in the corner. Holding on, Show lifts Kofi higher and into a military press position next before tossing him over the top rope and down and Kofi crashes down hard on the steel floor that surrounds the ring to a gasp of shock from the crowd. Show now laughs as he watches Kofi writhing in agony on the steel; whilst Kofi is clearly fired up, it appears that Show is too and the crowd give him grief over his actions. Show cares not and he steps over the top rope and drags Kofi up with the back of his neck and forces his face into the steel chains that make up the wall of this sick chamber. Rubbing Kofi’s visage up and down over the rough chains, Show laughs mockingly before throwing Kingston up and over the ropes back into the ring with a crash. Show points into one of the pods at CM Punk, who is watching with a worried look in his eyes, and signals that he is going to regain the World Championship here tonight. Punk, fearing the worst, has no answer as he watches on. Into the ring steps Show and he watches Kofi stagger up with an amused look in his eyes before grabbing the Ghanaian with the throat … CHOKE SLAM! BIG SHOW HITS THE CHOKE SLAM! This must be over, Kofi’s dream is a nightmare before it even gets started! Show cockily stands looking down at Kofi and he places his huge foot on the chest of his rival as the referee makes the count …
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Show looks a little bewildered but then nods his head and claps his hands at Kofi who is showing fight here. However, he is in big trouble now as Show steps back and waits with his right hand clenched ready. The crowd are trying to warn Kingston but it appears to be futile as he gets up, groggily, and spins into the path of Big Show … NO! Big Show swings and misses and Kofi counters … TROUBLE IN PARADISE! KOFI CONNECTS WITH TROUBLE IN PARADISE! He collapses on top of Show and hooks the huge leg …
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BIG SHOW HAS BEEN ELIMINATED BY KOFI KINGSTON (4:06)
A huge cheer goes up around the arena as Kofi crawls away to the corner having taken out one of the most dangerous men in the match before the third person enters! Show, more dazed than anything, gets to his feet in shock and he looks rabied with rage. He is ordered to leave by the official and the door is opened but Show is not finished. He walks over and grabs Kingston by the hair, lifting him up to stand against the buckles. He crashes his heavy right hand into the gut of Kingston over and over and over before lifting him up and sitting him on the top buckle … BAM! WEAPON OF MASS DESTRUCTION! SHOW SMASHES KOFI IN THE FACE! Unconscious, Kofi falls back off the buckle and lands with his back against the pod where Christian is stood watching on concerned. Several officials enter and they order Show out and he is now happy to leave with Kofi’s match over it appears. As the door closes and Show steps out, the boos echo around the arena before the lights go out and it appears to be time for the third entrant in the match.
The spotlights flash around the arena before settling on a pod: JEFF HARDY! Jeff hesitantly steps into the ring and walks over towards the corner where the unconscious Kingston is laid back against the pod. A regretful look in his eyes, Hardy gingerly helps Kofi down off the buckles and allows him to slump down onto the mat. Jeff looks apologetic and receives a few boos but, with a shrug of the shoulders, he pulls Kofi’s leg up and pins him …
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Kofi has been eliminated … Wait! No! Kofi grabbed the bottom rope! Jeff looks stunned as he looks down at Kingston, he cannot believe that the Ghanaian could withstand the punch from Show and survive! Outside the Chamber, where he had been watching on, Show reacts angrily and tries to get back in but the officials force him to retreat. Angrily, Show kicks the steel steps outside the chamber before leaving Jeff and Kofi to it in the ring. Jeff is stood looking torn as he looks down at Kingston; he clearly sees a wonderful chance to eliminate Kofi but at the same time wants to do the right thing. In the end, Jeff backs off and allows the referee to assist Kingston which draws a smirk from the World Champion, CM Punk. Jeff glares at him and Punk shakes his head, he clearly thinks Jeff should have taken his chance and took Kofi out right there and then.
Soon, Kofi is back on his feet and he stands facing Hardy as they prepare to restart the action. A quick slap of the hands and off they go with a grapple that Jeff, easily the fresher of the two, wins. He locks Kofi in a reverse headlock before lifting him up and hitting a snap suplex that crashes Kofi down onto the mat. Jeff, sensing he could now make short work of Kofi, hooks the leg and looks for a quick 3 count …
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** A WEAK KICK OUT FROM KOFI! **
Jeff jumps up quickly and leaps up onto the ropes, he springboards off the top rope and falls down on top of the grounded Kofi, a perfect springboard splash that gives him another chance at a pinfall …
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** NO! KOFI KEEPS FIGHTING! **
Jeff looks down at Kofi with a look of surprise in his eyes that Kingston is still fighting but it is clearly respected as well. Jeff grabs Kofi’s neck and drags him up and sets for a Twist of Fate but Kofi is able to twist out of it and he shoves Jeff hard in the back and the momentum takes him into, up and over the top rope where he falls and clatters on the steel flooring. With a moment to recover, Kofi retreats to the corner and takes some deep breaths as he watches Jeff pull himself up. Shots of the waiting three men – Punk, Undertaker and Christian – are shown and all three of them look ready to enter the fray as soon as needed. Hardy steps back through the ropes and into the ring where he advances on Kingston but Kofi hits a roundhouse kick to him and knocks him staggering into the ropes. Another kick to the upper chest area follows before Kofi pulls himself up onto the middle rope. As Jeff turns, Kofi leaps towards him and grabs his head as he spins around … Tornado DDT! Jeff’s head crashes down into the mat and Kofi might upset Hardy here …
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** JEFF KICKS OUT AT 2! **
Maybe Hardy is wishing he hadn’t been so noble now as he recovers and tries to get back to his feet with Kofi also battling back to a standing position as well. As both men stagger to their feet, the clock begins and signals the countdown from 10, we’re ready for the fourth entrant into the match. The lights go out and the spotlights randomly light up the pods until … CHRISTIAN! Christian, determined to win the World Championship for the first time here tonight, leaps out and immediately clambers up the ropes in the corner. From the top rope, he waits and then leaps off and connects with a Diving Crossbody to Kingston who is taken down with a thump. Christian could eliminate Kingston immediately here …
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** KOFI KICKS OUT! **
Christian is to his feet quickly and he now targets Jeff Hardy instead; he ducks under Jeff’s clothesline attempt and locks up his head … Inverted DDT! Jeff hits the mat with his back first and Christian reaches over and hooks the leg as well …
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** HARDY KICKS OUT! **
A whirlwind start from Christian as he looks to take out one of the four remaining hurdles between him and the prize as quickly as he can here. Christian stands back from Hardy and waits with his hands outstretched waiting for his chance … He locks Hardy up and it appears he is set for the Killswitch when Hardy is able to counter it by hitting a mule kick and staggering him back into the path of Kofi … SOS! KOFI HITS THE SOS TO CHRISTIAN!
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** CHRISTIAN STUNS KOFI BY KICKING OUT! **
Kofi and Christian are down but Jeff takes advantage and starts laying the boots to the pair of them now as he seeks to take control. He tosses Christian over the top rope and he clatters on the steel whilst Hardy goes back to work on Kofi instead. He ducks under Kofi’s punch and hits the ropes, he rushes back towards the Ghanaian and leaps up … Running DDT from Hardy! It appears he could try to pin Kofi as his head bounces off the mat but he doesn’t; instead, Jeff waits for Kofi to groggily get to his feet and then he hooks him around his waist and hits a German Suplex that crashes the back of Kofi’s head and shoulders down onto the mat. Hardy holds on for the pinfall …
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** KOFI GETS HIS SHOULDERS OFF THE MAT IN TIME! **
Hardy notices that Christian is about to re-enter the ring and he rushes over and hits a low drop kick to meet him as he tries to duck through the ropes. Christian rolls, hurt, into the walls of the Chamber which as yet hasn’t been used much. He then returns his attention towards Kofi who he is trying to eliminate here. He lifts himself up so that he is stood on the middle turnbuckle and waits for Kofi to get to his feet … Hurricanrana! Hardy leaps from the corner and takes down Kofi once more before hooking the leg …
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** GUTSY KOFI KICKS OUT ONCE MORE! **
Hardy looks a little worked up that he can’t put Kofi away here and seems to be steeling himself up for his big moves to end this. He signals that it is time for the Twist of Fate but as he stalks Kofi, his attention is drawn when Christian, a little worse for wear, re-enters the ring and the popular pair resurrect old rivalries from their Tag Team days as they trade blows in the centre of the ring. As they do, Kofi takes a breather as the clock begins to countdown once more towards the fifth entrant … Will it be the World Champion or the Deadman?
The arena lights flash before the spotlight settles on the World Champion – it’s time for CM PUNK! As the lights return, Christian and Jeff continue to fight though, neither man’s focus was on the next entrant, and Kofi was still recovering. Punk takes his time exiting the pod and he climbs through the ropes and towards the warring pair as he looks to catch them unaware. However, Punk doesn’t notice that Kofi has seen him and his creeping up towards him at the same time. As Punk reaches out to grab Christian and catch him unaware, Kofi spins round … TROUBLE IN PARADISE! TROUBLE IN PARADISE CONNECTS … WITH CHRISTIAN! Punk, fresh and alert, saw Kofi coming at the last second and quick as a flash, he dragged Christian into the path of Kingston’s right foot instead! As Christian wobbles around, Punk lifts him onto his shoulders … GO TO SLEEP! PUNK HITS THE GTS ON CHRISTIAN WHO IS COMPLETELY CAUGHT COLD HERE! Punk hooks the leg and Hardy and Kofi watch on …
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CHRISTIAN HAS BEEN ELIMINATED BY CM PUNK (15:28)
CM Punk could not defeat Christian at the Rumble but he has defeated him within a minute of entering the Elimination Chamber – partly thanks to Kofi Kingston though! Christian rolls away and he is helped out of the Chamber leaving the World Champion, Jeff Hardy and Kofi Kingston stood in the ring looking at each other. In the one remaining full chamber, the Phenom looks on, ready to enter the match imminently. Punk applauds Kofi’s kick to Christian and then points between the pair of them before pointing suggestively towards Hardy; it appears Punk is trying to get Kofi to team with him. For a moment, Kofi contemplates the idea and reaches out for a handshake … before using it to shove Punk towards Hardy who catches him with a jawbreaker as Punk’s jaw is pulled down across Hardy’s head. Loud cheers from the crowd as Hardy and Kofi begin to lay in the damage to the World Champion who tries to cover up. He exits the ring out of the steel flooring but Kofi, quick as a flash, leaps to the top buckle and leaps off towards Punk for a Diving Crossbody … that misses! The crowd gasp as Kofi lands partly on the steel flooring whilst his head and face collide with the chain walls, Kofi writhes in agony. Punk smirks but this smirk disappears quickly as Jeff comes behind him and kicks him in the gut … Twist of Fate? No! Punk counters and shoves Hardy face first into the wall of the Chamber where he connects with one of the posts. A series of explosive kicks from Punk follow as he goes after Hardy, the man he forced out of WWE just over a year back, before clotheslining him back over the top rope and into the ring. A swagger now accompanying him, Punk returns to the ring and he holds his hands to the side of his face to signal for the GTS once more … However, the GTS doesn’t come yet as Punk whips Hardy to the corner and follows him in before connecting with a high knee to the face. Hardy’s head snaps back but Punk holds on and takes Hardy down with a Bulldog before standing over him laughing. He again signals for the GTS but doesn’t hit it yet … Foley suggests this could be a mistake for Punk and he should hit the GTS and get another guy out of the match.
However, Punk appears to be trying to wear down Hardy first and he exits the ring and climbs to the top rope instead. He looks down on Jeff, still laughing, and then leaps off looking for a flying elbow … but Hardy moves! CM Punk collides with the mat and looks hurt as Hardy, the cheers of the crowd in his ears now, staggers up himself. As a wounded Punk gets up, Hardy grabs him … TWIST OF FATE! HARDY HITS PUNK WITH A TWIST OF FATE! Could this be the end of the World Champion? The crowd urge Hardy to quickly get to the top rope but he is struggling a little to get there … Hardy gets there and looks down on Punk before sailing off … SWANTON … NO! Punk rolls away and Jeff lands hard and awkward on the mat; he gets up and turns around … TROUBLE IN PARADISE! KOFI HITS JEFF WITH TROUBLE IN PARADISE! There are a few boos around the arena but Kofi signals the title belt around his waist and this justifies the action as he falls down on Hardy …
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** HARDY KICKS OUT! **
Kingston looks a little shocked as Jeff manages to kick out as Punk looks on shaking his head. He crawls back into the ring and he shoves Kofi away roughly before dragging Hardy back to his feet. However, Kofi is not going to be manhandled by Punk that way and he unleashes a barrage of right hands to Punk forcing him back to the corner. In the corner, Kofi straddles Punk and continues to fire his fist into the head of the World Champion as the crowd chant along. Kofi leaps back and admires his handiwork as Punk falls to his knees in the corner … just as Jeff Hardy, looking for revenge on Kofi, rolls up the Ghanaian from behind and into a schoolboy pin …
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** KOFI KICKS OUT! **
Both Kofi and Jeff spin around quickly and swing at each other but it is Jeff that gains the upper hand as ducks Kofi’s swing, hits the ropes and comes off with a flying clothesline of his own. Jeff kicks Kofi in the gut as he gets up … TWIST OF FATE AGAIN! CONNECTS WITH KOFI KINGSTON HERE! As Hardy turns to head for the Swanton Bomb though, Punk catapults over the top rope and hits a clothesline to Hardy that knocks him down instead. Can Punk capitalise here? He rams Hardy head first into the top buckle a number of times before a big roundhouse kick sends Hardy loopy as he falls sideways down to the mat. Punk drags him up and throws him through the ropes to the steel floor outside before going after him and looking to hurt him. Punk grabs Hardy by the hand, calculates himself and then whips Jeff as hard and fast as he can straight into one of the Chamber pods – ironically, the one where Jeff began – and Hardy hits it shoulder first and cracks it open. On commentary, JR, King and Foley suggest that the pod is bullet proof to hype it further and then Punk lifts Hardy up onto his shoulders … Wait a minute, not there! GO TO SLEEP! ON THE STEEL FLOORING! PUNK HITS THE GTS TO JEFF ON THE STEEL! Hardy is out cold and Punk is laughing big time now … until he sees Kofi flying towards him from the top rope! However, the World Champion has time to sidestep and Kofi clatters into the steel chains and flooring as well. Punk taps his head and then starts signalling to his waist that he is the World Champion …
But then the countdown begins and Punk’s face alters somewhat as he realises who is coming! The lights flash and the last remaining chamber opens to let out the Phenom, the Deadman … THE UNDERTAKER! Undertaker immediately steps out and he stalks Punk who backs away with what looks to be fear in his eyes! Punk clambers through the ropes into the ring and Taker follows him, stepping over the top rope, his presence concerning the World Champion. Punk decides to go on the offensive, to his credit, and he launches right hands and right feet at Taker but it is a matter of time before Taker grabs Punk by the throat and lifts him up … CHOKE SLAM! CM PUNK CHOKESLAMMED TO THE MAT! Undertaker slits his throat and the crowd sense the end of Punk’s World Title reign as Undertaker waits. He scoops Punk up as he tries to get to his feet but then Punk fights back and manages to force a release before Taker can hit the Tombstone that would surely be the end of Punk tonight if he had. Undertaker, eyes bulging, goes after Punk again but this time Punk is able to hit back as he catches Taker coming in … DDT! Punk looks pleased with himself … but then Undertaker sits back up immediately! Punk is like a rabbit caught in the headlights as he looks into the glaring eyes of the Deadman and he decides to out-run him once more. Out of the ring, back into the ring, out and in before catching Undertaker with a kick to the head as he comes back through the ropes. More kicks from Punk as he uses his martial arts style to get an advantage over Taker but to no avail; Taker responds with a choke thrust, uppercutting into Punk’s throat area. Punk is staggered back but he continues to take the fight to Taker and actually manages to force him back a little. Punk takes advantage of his few seconds of peace to desperately drag the turnbuckle cover off the buckle in the corner. As Taker comes back towards him looking for a clothesline, Punk move and helps Taker on his way … BAM! Taker’s chest rams into the unguarded buckle and he winces in pain. Punk, ever the opportunist, jumps up with Taker in the corner and hits a Bulldog to take the Phenom off his feet for the first time tonight. As Taker rolls under the bottom rope, Punk arrogantly looks round; Taker down, Hardy and Kofi still down, Punk, still on his feet and still the World Champion.
Punk goes out after Taker and hits a running kick to the side of his head that clatters him into the chains as well. Methodically, CM Punk appears to be making some headway against the Deadman and could maybe eliminate him at some point? Realising that his best chance is probably now, whilst Taker is down and struggling, Punk forces him back under the bottom rope and into the ring. Punk again slingshots over the ropes and hits a big clothesline that takes Undertaker down before he stands over him and smiles. What is Punk up to here? ANACONDA VICE! PUNK LOCKS IN THE ANACONDA VICE! Foley reminds us that once, in dubious circumstances, Punk did technically beat Undertaker via submission using this move though JR shoots it down as not being true. However, there is no doubt that Punk has the upper hand here as he stretches and pulls at Undertaker trying to force the submission. The crowd are roaring for Taker not to quit but he has been in the hold almost a minute, can he possibly withstand it much longer? JR reminds us of what happened to Christian but then Taker begins to fight his way back up! Punk’s face is a picture of horror as Taker somehow manages to force his way out of the Anaconda Vice … CHOKESLAM! TAKER, WEAKENED, HITS THE CHOKE SLAM TO PUNK! Wait a minute! Jeff Hardy! On the top rope! SWANTON BOMB TO PUNK! HARDY HITS THE SWANTON BOMB! Hardy makes the cover …
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CM PUNK ELIMINATED BY JEFF HARDY (22:43)
We will have a new World Champion tonight! Jeff has caught CM Punk unaware and pinned him 1, 2, 3 and that means that Hardy, Kofi or Undertaker will be the new champion here tonight! Hardy gets up with a great look of pride, he has been wanting to do that to Punk for a long time, for over a year, and now he has! Hardy spins around … Hold it! Undertaker has Hardy scooped up … TOMBSTONE! UNDERTAKER TOMBSTONES JEFF HARDY! He crosses Jeff’s hands over his chest …
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JEFF HARDY ELIMINATED BY KOFI KINGSTON (22:58)
We’re down to just two men now; Kofi Kingston and Undertaker! However, Jeff and Punk remain in the Chamber, both have yet to move after being hit with a Tombstone and Swanton Bomb respectively. The referees are trying to usher them away as Undertaker gets to his feet … Here comes Kofi through the air! Diving Crossbody takes down Undertaker! Can Kofi finally achieve his dream and win the World Championship here? He claps his hands together as half of the crowd stand up in anticipation, cheering him on, whilst the rest urge Undertaker to defend himself … TROUBLE IN … NO! Undertaker ducks! CHOKE SLAM! CHOKE SLAM FROM TAKER! New World Champion, surely? Undertaker makes the cover …
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** KINGSTON KICKS OUT AT THE VERY LAST MOMENT! **
Undertaker retreats to the corner on one knee to recuperate whilst Kofi is flat out and desperately trying to recover as the match takes its toll on him now. Punk and Jeff are both sliding out of the door when realisation of the situation hits and an angry Punk attacks Jeff in the aisle. As the doors of the Chamber close, Punk launches right hands into the face of the man who defeated him and lost him his World Championship here tonight. Officials spill out as Hardy fights back, the personal issues between these two are far from over despite the yearlong sabbatical they’ve had from each other! As Hardy and Punk fight out of the arena and the officials strain to separate them, attention turns back to the Chamber where Undertaker is standing up looking down on Kofi who is really feeling it now. JR suggests that Kofi is going to need a miracle to pull this one off after the hammering he has taken this evening – against one of the greatest WWE superstars of all time. Taker reaches down and pulls Kofi up with his head and he hits a choke thrust that staggers Kingston back, a second one follows and Kofi slumps in the corner held up only by his arms draping over the buckles. As he lays back, a loud “Kofi! Kofi!” chant begins in the arena but a quick response follows as a “Taker! Taker!” chant goes up as well. Undertaker has control though and he whips Kofi across the ring to the opposite corner and then follows up with a huge clothesline in the corner. As Kofi wobbles out of the corner, Taker hits the ropes and follows with a huge boot to the face of Kofi. He drops down and hooks the leg, have we got a new World Champion here?
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** KOFI’S SHOULDER SHOOTS OUT AT THE LAST MOMENT! **
No! Kofi is still fighting hard! Taker looks perplexed but he takes a breath before getting up and pulling Kingston up with him. He twists up the arm of Kofi and backs into the corner to climb up the buckles. There is a loud “Old School!” around the arena as Undertaker balances on the top rope and begins to walk along it. As he reaches the middle of the rope, he prepares to leap off …. and Kofi shoves him off the rope! Taker heads off out of the ring and he falls headlong into the steel chain walls with a crash before turning round hurt. Kofi leaps onto the top rope, flies off and connects with a dropkick. Kofi lands on the steel floor with a crash but Taker falls backwards into one of the Chamber pods. Both men are down now, Kofi clutching his knee in pain whilst Undertaker is laid out and has his hand on the back of his head where he hit the pod. Recovering slowly, Kofi is up first as Undertaker pulls himself up using the ropes. Kofi kicks away at the back and shoulders of the Deadman so that he is forced back through the ropes and into the ring. As Taker battles his way up to his knees and then further, Kofi climbs the buckles and waits … Diving Crossbody! Kofi takes Taker down and hooks the leg, desperate to put him away here …
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** TAKER KICKS OUT! **
Kofi retreats quickly and waits for Taker to get to his feet before he climbs up to the ropes again. Stood on the middle, Kofi waits as Undertaker turns again … Tornado DDT from Kingston! Taker’s head is driven hard into the mat and Kofi jumps up as quick as he can. He stands over Taker looking down and calculates for a moment before hitting the ropes … Boom Drop! Kofi’s legs come down hard into the midriff of Undertaker and he seems to have the momentum right now! But can he put the Undertaker away? As Undertaker gets to his knees, Kofi locks him up once more … SOS! KOFI HITS THE SOS TO UNDERTAKER! The crowd hold their breath as Kofi hooks the leg …
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** TAKER SHOOTS HIS SHOULDER UP AT THE LAST SECOND! **
So close, Kofi! But he has another plan here. Kofi steps back and begins to clap his hands together, it is clear what is coming. He waits as a stunned Undertaker gets to his feet … Kofi spins and looks for the Trouble in Paradise but Taker ducks … He plants his right hand around the throat of Kingston and there is a look of fear in the eyes of the Ghanaian! Undertaker rocks his head back and rolls his eyes before he lifts Kofi up high by the throat … But Kofi manages to fight clear of the Choke Slam! A standing drop kick from Kofi catches Taker in the chest and he staggers towards the corner and hits head first into the exposed top buckle! Dazed, Undertaker staggers back around … TROUBLE IN PARADISE! KOFI CONNECTS WITH THE TROUBLE IN PARADISE! It’s over! New World Champion!
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Yes! New World Champion … No! The referee realises at the last second that Taker ad hold of the bottom rope. Kofi holds his head and cannot believe what just happened, for a split second there, he had become the World Heavyweight Champion! Another “Kofi!” chant begins as his fans rally behind him but he looks mentally drained after coming so close. He steps back and prepares once more … clapping his hands … waiting … He spins and goes for the kick … No! Taker catches Kofi’s foot, steadies himself and hits a tremendous right hand instead. Kofi staggers into the ropes and then back to Taker where he falls to his knees in front of him. Taker lifts him high into a powerbomb position … LAST RIDE! UNDERTAKER HITS THE LAST RIDE TO KOFI! Hurting, Undertaker collapses on top of Kofi …
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What guts this young man is showing! Undertaker cannot believe what is happening here! He stands over Kofi and shakes his head at the way Kofi is fighting here, it seems that Taker can respect the effort being shown here! Undertaker raises his hand and signals a slit across his throat to signal that it is time for the match to end. He drags Kofi up and scoops him up for the Tombstone … but Kofi uses his legs to pull himself over the shoulder of Taker and free! The crowd cheer in excitement as Kofi escapes and prolongs the match, he leaps onto the middle rope and looks for another crossbody but Taker catches him and readjusts … TOMBSTONE PILEDRIVER! UNDERTAKER TOMBSTONES KOFI INTO THE MAT! He drops down to his knees, crosses Kofi’s arms across his chest and the referee makes the count …
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KOFI KINGSTON ELIMINATED BY THE UNDERTAKER (28:25)
WINNER & NEW WORLD CHAMPION: THE UNDERTAKER (28:25)