WWE Elimination Chamber Results
At the WWE Elimination Chamber pay-per-view, Chris Jericho emerged as the World Heavyweight Champion while Batista came away with the WWE Championship after an impromptu title match with newly crowned champion John Cena.
The show was headlined by a pair of elimination chamber matches, each with six participants inside a structure made up of a steel cage and chains. The match begins between two wrestlers with the other four in their own separate chamber. Every five minutes, one of the chambers opens, allowing that person to officially enter the match.
Jericho, along with World Heavyweight Champion The Undertaker, were the final two participants in the second elimination chamber match. It looked like the 'Dead Man' was on his way to victory when Shawn Michaels suddenly appeared from under the steel cage and hit The Undertaker with his Sweet Chin Music finisher. A stunned Jericho then made the cover for the win.
This sets up a likely match between The Undertaker and Michaels at WrestleMania 26 – the company's biggest event of the year – on March 28.
The two met last year at WrestleMania 25 in an incredible match with The Undertaker getting the win and keeping his undefeated streak at WrestleMania intact. The storyline has been that Michaels desperately wants a rematch to prove that he can beat The Undertaker on the biggest stage.
Just last month, Michaels challenged The Undertaker but was turned down. Since then, he has been obsessed with trying to make the match happen. However, he did not win the Royal Rumble – where the winner automatically gets a title shot at WrestleMania – and lost in a qualifier to enter the elimination chamber match.
Now, he'll likely get his wish after costing The Undertaker his championship.
It turned out to be a good match that also included R-Truth, CM Punk, Rey Mysterio and John Morrison with the first two eliminated within the first ten minutes. Nearly twenty minutes into the match, Morrison eliminated Mysterio with his Starship Pain maneuver. Moments later, it was Morrison getting finished off by The Undertaker who was left to face Jericho.
As for the new World Heavyweight Champion Jericho, he will likely defend the title against Edge at WrestleMania 26. Earlier in the show, Edge – who won last month's Royal Rumble – announced that he will appear on Raw tomorrow night and make his decision as to which champion he will challenge at WrestleMania. He and Jericho have begun feuding over the past month which likely sets up that match.
In the first elimination chamber match, John Cena was able to come away as the WWE Champion. It turned out to be a very good match with Cena catching Triple H in the STF and forcing him to submit for the victory.
Immediately following the match, WWE Chairman Vince McMahon came out on the stage and announced an impromptu title match between Cena and Batista. Cena – who had just been through a grueling 30 minute match – stood no chance for the fresh opponent who quickly hit a spear and the Batista bomb for the win and the championship.
The two of them may meet again for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania 26.
Sheamus actually entered the elimination match as the champion and was the next to last person eliminated when Triple H took him out with his signature Pedigree move.
Others in the match included Kofi Kingston, Randy Orton and Ted DiBiase. One of the stories of the match was between Legacy group members Orton and DiBiase. There had been dissention between the two of them and other group member Cody Rhodes for months now with Orton, the leader, continually looking down on the others.
It looked like Orton and DiBiase has put their differences aside as they were working together during the match. At one point, Rhodes came to the ring and slid a steel pipe inside which DiBiase got. Rather than helping his teammate, he hit Orton over the head with the pipe and then hit Cena in the gut with it. However, he chose to pin Orton and eliminated him from the match. This sets up a possible Orton – DiBiase showdown at WrestleMania 26.
There were only two other matches announced for the show. Drew McIntyre successfully defended the Intercontinental Title against Kane in what turned out to a decent match. The finish saw McIntyre poke Kane in the eyes and follow up with a double-arm DDT for the victory.
Gail Kim and Maryse were originally scheduled to face one another for the vacant WWE Divas title. However, that was changed on the show by Vickie Guerrero who instead made the girls team together against Michelle McCool and Layla.
During the match, Maryse refused to tag in which left Kim to fend for herself and she was pinned within minutes. Afterwards, Maryse laid out Kim with a DDT to continue their feud. It was announced that the two of them will square off against one another in the future for the Divas championship.
There was one other match which was set up on the show as United States Champion The Miz squared off against MVP. Both men had their tag team partners at ringside with Mark Henry in MVP's corner and the Big Show with The Miz.
Late in the match, the Big Show shoved Henry through the ringside barricade and then hitting MVP with his trademark knockout punch when the referee wasn't looking. That allowed The Miz to score the pin in what turned out to be a very solid match.