|By Michael Souza | February 12, 2013 | Comments|
The Elimination Chamber's go-home episode of RAW is in the books. WWE did a great job throughout the show to promote the upcoming PPV, something that has been inconsistent among go-home episodes in the past year.
There were some hits, and some misses. Lets take a closer look, shall we?
Paul Heyman opened the show with a classic Paul E. promo. He is simply one of the best. I thought halfway through that he was really quitting, and this was his swan song. Punk coming out to galvanize him and convince Paul to stay provided another interesting layer to the Punk/Heyman relationship, and it was a great way to highlight the importance of his match with The Rock at the Elimination Chamber PPV. I am actually more excited for this rematch than I was for their original bout at the Royal Rumble. The build has been executed perfectly, and this one seems a bit more personal. Much like the open, Punk delivered in the closing segment as well, and he goes into Elimination Chamber with the upper hand, not that it ever helps…
Raw has had some really good opening segments lately, and this was certainly one of the best so far this year.
Chris Jericho vs. Daniel Bryan was one heck of a match. It was refreshing after we had to sit through Mark Henry bury Khali. These two put on a clinic, leading to Y2J earning a place in the Elimination Chamber. Jericho deserves a spot in this epic match, but I was under the impression that Y2J would square off against Dolph Ziggler at the upcoming PPV. Maybe there is a different plan…
Hear me out on this … Jericho has a ton of momentum right now, and his fan support has been tremendous since he returned. He not only needs to be in a WrestleMania 29 Match, Y2J needs to be in a Championship Match with someone who can take him to his limits. Enter, Dolph Ziggler. Could the plan be for Jericho to win the Chamber Match on the same night The Show Off cashes in, leading to a WHC match at WM29? Just a thought, but I think it could be a phenomenal match which would bring relevancy back to this title, and is a definite money-maker.
On to The Shield… As I mentioned in last week's column, I have been waiting to hear these guys speak and state their purpose. Last night, we got some explanations, and a closer look at the mic skills possessed by each member of the group. Dean Ambrose excelled, which was expected. His character is so intriguing, almost like The Joker played by Heath Ledger. He is unlike any other superstar on the roster, and his personality shined through perfectly on TV. Overall, I think Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins did a sufficient job backing up Ambrose, but their words just didn't carry as much impact as Dean's did. I've always seen Rollins as a better fit as a babyface, and not a heel.
It was smart to go after Cena and his influence on the business over the last decade, but they did not explain themselves enough. It almost seemed like they were getting to the point where they were here to save professional wrestling from fakes like John Cena, but it never got that far. I would most certainly approve of that angle, but I'm just not sure that's where they will take it. Nonetheless, the match between The Shield and the team of Cena, Ryback, and Shaemus should be one of the best this Sunday, and I am looking forward to it.
Listen, I do not mean to go to the well too many times on this, but the Big Show is just not good television anymore. After a month of making us endure a terrible program between him and Alberto Del Rio, the Creative Team decides that on a go-home episode, they would hype the WHC match by having Show knock out A-Ry, Yoshi Tatsu, and Matt Striker? On top of that, he wastes 90 seconds of TV time just standing in the middle of the ring and then walking out. Del Rio attempted to pump up the match a bit after he beat Damien Sandow, but it is just too far gone at this point.
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