Elimination Chamber (2012)

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Elimination Chamber (2012)
Irish man (Sheamus) holding a crown with a logo on the bottom stating, "WWE Elimination Chamber"
Promotional poster featuring Sheamus
Theme
song
(s)
"This Means War" by Nickelback[1]
Information
Promotion WWE
Date February 19, 2012
Attendance 15,306[2]
Venue Bradley Center
City Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Pay-per-view chronology
Royal Rumble (2012) Elimination Chamber (2012) WrestleMania XXVIII
Elimination Chamber chronology
Elimination Chamber (2011) Elimination Chamber (2012) Elimination Chamber (2013)

Elimination Chamber (2012) (also known as No Way Out (2012) in Germany)[3] was a professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by WWE. It took place on February 19, 2012 at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin[4][5] and featured talent from the Raw and SmackDown brands. The pay-per-view was the third annual Elimination Chamber event.

The event garnered 178,000 pay-per-view buys, down from 199,000 buys the previous year's event received.[6][7]

Background[edit]

Elimination Chamber featured professional wrestling matches that involved different wrestlers from pre-existing scripted feuds, plots, and storylines that were played out on Raw, SmackDown, and WWE SuperstarsWWE's television programs. Wrestlers portrayed villains or heroes as they followed a series of events that built tension, and culminated in a wrestling match or series of matches.[8]

The first match was announced by Interim Raw General Manager John Laurinaitis on January 30, 2012 on WWE.com. The announcement stated that there will be a Raw Elimination Chamber match for the WWE Championship. In the match, CM Punk will defend his championship against Dolph Ziggler, Chris Jericho, The Miz, R-Truth, and Kofi Kingston. The following week on Raw, Jericho won a Six-Pack Challenge featuring all six Elimination Chamber participants to earn the right to enter the match last.[9]

On February 3, 2012, it was announced that there will also be a SmackDown Elimination Chamber match for the World Heavyweight Championship.[10] In the match, Daniel Bryan will defend his championship against Cody Rhodes, Wade Barrett, Big Show, The Great Khali, and Santino Marella. Originally, Mark Henry was named as a participant in the match, but was removed from the contest and suspended indefinitely by SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long for threatening him.[10] The Great Khali replaced him in the match. Randy Orton was also originally a participant in the match, but suffered a concussion after World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan hit him over the head with the title belt on the February 13, 2012 episode of Raw.[11] His replacement would be Santino Marella, who won a battle royal on the February 17, 2012 episode of SmackDown.[12]

John Cena and Kane began feuding in December 2011, with Kane targeting Cena due to his T-shirt slogan, "Rise Above Hate". To play psychological games with Cena, Kane began targeting Cena's friend Zack Ryder and his on-screen girlfriend, Eve Torres, attacking Ryder and cornering Eve in a variety of situations, all in an effort to make Cena "embrace the hate."[13] On February 6, an Ambulance match stipulation was announced for the match between Kane and Cena.[14]

Event[edit]

Before the event aired live on pay-per-view, a dark match took place between Alex Riley and Hunico. Riley dominated the majority of the match, but was caught by the Falling Star, which led to Hunico getting the clean pinfall win.

The first match to air on pay-per-view was the Raw Elimination Chamber match between reigning champion CM Punk, Dolph Ziggler, Chris Jericho, Kofi Kingston, R-Truth and The Miz for the WWE Championship. Punk started off the match with Kingston. Punk dished out some punishing blows, sending Kingston into one of the pods headfirst and suplexing him on the metal floor of the chamber. Ziggler was next in and went after Punk. Next was Truth, who quickly got eliminated by Punk after a diving elbow drop. Next was Miz followed by Jericho, who won the right to enter last after winning a Six-Pack match on Raw. Jericho eliminated Ziggler after a Codebreaker and made Kingston tap out to Walls of Jericho. Jericho was then knocked out after a roundhouse kick to the head by Punk, leading to him falling out of the chamber (which had been opened to let Kingston out after he was eliminated) and accidentally landed on a camera man thus being deemed unable to continue by the ringside trainers. Punk and Miz were the final two, after punk kicked out of a skull crushing finale, Punk hit Miz with a G.T.S. to score the final fall and retain his championship.

Next was the Divas Championship match between reigning champion Beth Phoenix and Tamina Snuka. After a back-and forth-contest, Snuka would hit Phoenix with a Samoan drop to set up the Superfly Splash. Phoenix countered by superplexing Snuka from the top rope. Snuka then scored a superkick-Superfly Splash combination to Phoenix, leading to a close near-fall. Phoenix kicked out and hit Snuka with a Glam Slam to score the pinfall and retain her title.

Next was the SmackDown Elimination Chamber match between reigning champion Daniel Bryan, Big Show, The Great Khali, Cody Rhodes, Wade Barrett and Santino Marella for the World Heavyweight Championship. Barrett and Show were the first two in the ring exchanging punches. Next out was Rhodes who worked with Barrett for much of the match, attempting to slow down the Big Show. Next was Marella who immediately got attacked by Show. Next was Khali, who got speared by Show straight away and pinned. Show climbed Bryan's pod, ripping off the chains and attacking him. When Bryan got out, Rhodes and Barrett immediately attacked Show. After a DDT by Rhodes and a driving elbow drop from Barrett, Rhodes pinned and eliminated Show. After, Rhodes was eliminated by Marella after a roll-up, Barrett was eliminated by Marella, following a diving headbutt by Bryan. The final two were Bryan and Marella, who scored a close near-fall after hitting Bryan with The Cobra. Santino was shocked that Bryan had kicked out and while he was in shock Bryan locked the LeBell Lock, retaining his championship. After the match Sheamus ran in and attacked Bryan, in retaliation for Bryan spitting on him on the previous episode of SmackDown. This indicated that Sheamus had selected to challenge Bryan for the World Title at WrestleMania XXVIII, which Sheamus won the right to do after his 2012 Royal Rumble victory.

Next was an impromptu United States Championship match between Justin Gabriel (with Hornswoggle) and champion Jack Swagger (with Vickie Guerrero). Gabriel gave Swagger an intense challenge but Swagger eventually applied the Ankle lock and made Gabriel tap out.

The main event was the Ambulance Match between John Cena and Kane. They fought out of the ring for most of the match where Cena attacked Kane repeatedly with the steel ring steps. As he attempted to give Kane an Attitude Adjustment off the ring steps through the announce table, Kane countered and chokeslammed Cena through the table instead. With Cena down, Kane placed him onto a gurney and loaded him into the ambulance. Before Kane could shut the door, though, Cena fought his way out of the ambulance and took the fight to the top of the vehicle, where he finally finished off Kane with an Attitude Adjustment off the ambulance, through the stage. Cena then loaded Kane into the ambulance to score the victory.

Reception[edit]

The Canadian Online Explorer gave the event a mixed review with an overall rating of 5 out of 10. The Elimination Chamber matches were particularly praised, with the WWE Championship match given an 8 out of 10 rating and the World Heavyweight Championship match a 9 out of 10. In contrast, the United States Championship match was criticized as "seemed to be shoehorned into the card" and was given a 2 out of 10. The Divas Championship match and the Ambulance Match were given a 4 out of 10.[15]

Results[edit]

No. Results Stipulations Times[citation needed]
Dark match Hunico (with Camacho) defeated Alex Riley[16] Singles match 03:21
1 CM Punk (c) defeated The Miz, Chris Jericho, Kofi Kingston, Dolph Ziggler (with Vickie Guerrero), and R-Truth[17] Elimination Chamber match for the WWE Championship 32:39
2 Beth Phoenix (c) defeated Tamina Snuka[18] Singles match for the WWE Divas Championship 07:19
3 Daniel Bryan (c) defeated Santino Marella, Wade Barrett, Cody Rhodes, Big Show, and The Great Khali[19][20] Elimination Chamber match for the World Heavyweight Championship 34:04
4 Jack Swagger (c) (with Vickie Guerrero) defeated Justin Gabriel (with Hornswoggle)[21] Singles match for the WWE United States Championship 03:02
5 John Cena defeated Kane[13] Ambulance match 21:21
(c) – refers to the champion heading into the match

Elimination Chamber entrances and eliminations (WWE)[edit]

Eliminated Wrestler Entered Eliminated by Method of elimination Time
1 R-Truth 4 CM Punk Pinned after a diving elbow drop 11:38
2 Dolph Ziggler 3 Chris Jericho Pinned after a Codebreaker 21:15
3 Kofi Kingston 2 Chris Jericho Submitted to the Walls of Jericho 26:58
4 Chris Jericho 6 N/A Could not continue after being knocked out and fell outside of the chamber by CM Punk 28:09
5 The Miz 5 CM Punk Pinned after a Go to Sleep 32:39
Winner CM Punk 1 N/A N/A N/A

Elimination Chamber entrances and eliminations (World Heavyweight)[edit]

Eliminated Wrestler Entered Eliminated by Method of elimination Time
1 The Great Khali 5 Big Show Pinned after a spear 19:25
2 Big Show 1 Cody Rhodes Pinned after a DDT followed by a diving elbow drop from Wade Barrett 24:37
3 Cody Rhodes 3 Santino Marella Pinned after a roll-up 25:00
4 Wade Barrett 2 Santino Marella Pinned after a diving headbutt from Daniel Bryan 30:37
5 Santino Marella 4 Daniel Bryan Submitted to the LeBell Lock 34:04
Winner Daniel Bryan 6 N/A N/A N/A

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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