Elimination Chamber (2011)
|Elimination Chamber (2011)|
Promotional poster featuring Edge
|"Ignition" by TobyMac|
|Sponsor(s)||National Guard of the United States|
|Date||February 20, 2011|
|Elimination Chamber chronology|
Elimination Chamber (2011) (also known as No Escape (2011) in Germany) was a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by WWE and presented by the National Guard, which took place on February 20, 2011 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. It was the second annual Elimination Chamber event. The event received 212,000 buys, lower than the 287,000 buys that last year's event received.
The professional wrestling matches at Elimination Chamber featured professional wrestlers performing as characters in scripted events pre-determined by the hosting promotion, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). Storylines between the characters were produced on WWE's weekly television shows Raw and SmackDown with the Raw and SmackDown brands—storyline divisions in which WWE assigned its employees to different programs.
After The Miz won the WWE Championship in November 2010, Raw commentator Jerry Lawler was given what was billed as his first WWE Championship match, after criticizing Miz's win by using his Money in the Bank briefcase while former champion Randy Orton was injured. He lost to Miz in a TLC match after his fellow commentator Michael Cole stopped Lawler from climbing the ladder. On the January 31 episode of Raw, the Raw general manager announced a Raw Rumble match, to determine the WWE Championship contender at Elimination Chamber, while the losing participants would be entered into an Elimination Chamber match to determine who will face the WWE Champion at WrestleMania XXVII. The participants were CM Punk, Randy Orton, King Sheamus, John Morrison, John Cena, Jerry Lawler, and R-Truth. Lawler last eliminated Sheamus to win the battle royal to earn himself the title match, while the other six contestants went on to participate in the Raw Elimination Chamber match.
At the Royal Rumble, Alberto Del Rio won the eponymous match to earn himself a World Championship match at WrestleMania. He subsequently announced he would wrestle for the World Heavyweight Championship, held at the time by Edge. Edge was then embroiled in a feud with Dolph Ziggler and his on-screen ex-wife Vickie Guerrero, who was also scripted to be dating Ziggler. The week before the Elimination Chamber Edge and Kelly Kelly defeated Ziggler and LayCool, causing Guerrero to fire Kelly Kelly. Kelly Kelly was rehired by Teddy Long, Vickie was attacked by Kelly, who was only to be stopped by Laycool, in turn was stopped by Trish Stratus. On the final episode of SmackDown before the pay-per-view, acting general manager Guerrero stripped Edge of the championship and awarded it to Ziggler, only for Theodore Long, the real general manager, to give Edge a return match which he won. After this, Long fired Ziggler leaving an open spot in the Elimination Chamber match (which was subsequently filled by Big Show). The other participants were Kane, Rey Mysterio, Wade Barrett and Drew McIntyre. After that event, Edge and Kelly Kelly defeated Drew McIntyre and Vickie Guerrero thus making Theodore Long fire Vickie Guerrero as the official consultant of SmackDown.
Next was the Elimination Chamber match for the World Heavyweight Championship involving Edge, Rey Mysterio, Kane, Drew McIntyre, Big Show and Wade Barrett. Edge and Mysterio started the match. Barrett was the first wrestler released at #3, followed by Kane at #4, McIntyre at #5 and Big Show at #6. After Big Show entered the match, Big Show performed a KO Punch on Barrett to eliminate Barrett. Kane performed a Chokeslam on Big Show to eliminate Big Show. Kane performed a Chokeslam on McIntyre to eliminate McIntyre. Edge performed a Spear on Kane to eliminate Kane. After Mysterio kicked out of a Spear and Edge kicked out of a 619 and a Slingshot Splash, Edge performed a Spear on Mysterio in mid-air to retain the title. As a result, Edge retained the World Heavyweight Championship. After the match, Alberto Del Rio attacked Edge, applying the Cross Armbreaker on Edge until Christian returned and attacked Del Rio, ending the attack by performing a Killswitch on Del Rio.
In the fourth match, The Miz defended the WWE Championship against Jerry Lawler. During the match, Lawler performed a Diving Fist Drop on The Miz but The Miz placed his foot on the bottom rope to void the pinfall. The Miz performed a Skull Crushing Finale on Lawler to retain the title.
The main event was an Elimination Chamber match for a WWE Championship match at Wrestlemania XXVII between CM Punk, Randy Orton, King Sheamus, John Morrison, John Cena and R-Truth. Sheamus and Morrison started the match while the other four competitors were locked inside 'pods'. Orton was the first wrestler released at #3, followed by Punk at #4 although Punk’s Chamber Pod Door became stuck, allowing Orton to attack Punk. Orton performed an RKO on Punk to eliminate Punk from the match but the Anonymous Raw General Manager announced that because Punk was not given a fair chance, Punk would re-enter the match. Cena entered at #4, followed by R-Truth at #5. Sheamus performed a Brogue Kick on R-Truth to eliminate R-Truth. Punk entered at #6, performing a GTS on Orton to eliminate Orton. Morrison performed a Crossbody on Sheamus off the top of the chamber to eliminate Sheamus. Punk performed a GTS on Morrison to eliminate Morrison. Cena performed an Attitude Adjustment on Punk onto the chamber floor to eliminate Punk and win the match. As a result, Cena won a WWE Championship match at Wrestlemania XXVII.
Elimination Chamber garnered positive reviews, with The Sun stating "... it became obvious that the winners on the night would be Alberto Del Rio, The Corre, The Miz, Edge and John Cena — with Cena versus Miz and Edge versus Del Rio set to headline Mania. But a paint-by-numbers set of results should not take anything away from a terrifically put together PPV with at least one outstanding match, several good ones and a couple of extra surprises thrown in." They praised both of the chamber matches, giving the SmackDown chamber a 9.5 out of 10 and the Raw chamber an 8.5 out of 10 and stated that the Lawler/Miz Match was "... hardly a classic, but it was more than passable, and gave it a 7.5 out of 10. However, they stated, "However, during the first match, one of the most negative aspects of the show reared its ugly head — the downright annoying commentary trio of Michael Cole, Booker T and Josh Matthews. The addition of Booker ahead of Matt Striker and the lack of Jerry Lawler — since he was wrestling on the show — meant it was not an easy night on the ears for the viewer." The event received an 8.5 out of 10 rating.
|1D||Daniel Bryan (c) defeated Ted DiBiase by submission||Singles match for the WWE United States Championship||N/A|
|2||Alberto Del Rio (with Ricardo Rodriguez) defeated Kofi Kingston by submission||Singles match||10:30|
|3||Edge (c) defeated Rey Mysterio, Kane, Drew McIntyre, Big Show and Wade Barrett||Elimination Chamber match for the World Heavyweight Championship||31:30|
|4||The Corre (Heath Slater and Justin Gabriel) (with Ezekiel Jackson) defeated Santino Marella and Vladimir Kozlov (c) (with Tamina Snuka)||Tag team match for the WWE Tag Team Championship||5:08|
|5||The Miz (c) (with Alex Riley) defeated Jerry Lawler||Singles match for the WWE Championship||12:10|
|6||John Cena defeated CM Punk, John Morrison, Sheamus, Randy Orton and R-Truth||Elimination Chamber match for a WWE Championship match at WrestleMania XXVII||33:12|
Elimination Chamber entrances and eliminations (SmackDown)
|Eliminated||Wrestler||Entered||Eliminated by||Method of elimination||Time|
|1||Wade Barrett||3||Big Show||Pinned after a KO Punch||18:48|
|2||Big Show||6||Kane||Pinned after a chokeslam||20:54|
|3||Drew McIntyre||5||Kane||Pinned after a chokeslam||21:09|
|4||Kane||4||Edge||Pinned after a spear||22:50|
|5||Rey Mysterio||1||Edge||Pinned after a spear in midair||31:30|
Elimination Chamber entrances and eliminations (Raw)
|Eliminated||Wrestler||Entered||Eliminated by||Method of elimination||Time|
|1||R-Truth||5||Sheamus||Pinned after a Brogue Kick||17:31|
|2||Randy Orton||3||CM Punk||Pinned after a G.T.S.||21:33|
|3||Sheamus||1||John Morrison||Pinned after a Crossbody from the top of the chamber||25:16|
|4||John Morrison||2||CM Punk||Pinned after a G.T.S.||32:50|
|5||CM Punk||6||John Cena||Pinned after an Attitude Adjustment onto the chamber floor.||33:12|
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