I started my Sunday morning by watching WWF All American Wrestling, from 5/2/1993, and WWF Monday Night RAW, from 6/9/1997. I enjoyed both shows uniquely, each from their different places in time. Later on, I was treated to an excellent pre-show for Elimination Chamber. Mark Henry, and Rey Mysterio, though, did fumble their words at times. Still, these guests were sufficient pre-show guest panel members. I didn't mention The Miz, but I wish he was a part of the Elimination Chamber match, not a pre-show panel member. I was excited to see Elimination Chamber.
Larry "The Axe" Hennig accompanied Curtis Axel to the ring. I couldn't help but think, what if Mr. Perfect was Axel's tag team partner instead of Ryback? If only, that could've been. Yes, I know that he's dead. May God rest his soul. I have nothing against Ryback. I wish he didn't, reportedly, use Goldberg's moves, without permission. I went to the same elementary school as Ryan Reeves, also known as Ryback. He was 1 grade higher than me. He's a very humble, soft spoken guy. He was raised well. Him, and his sister Carly, were great kids. I wish Ryback was on track for a WrestleMania match with Goldberg. That would've suited his character well. I wear my Ryback Rules t-shirt proudly, with the WWE authentic, and Ryback picture stickers still on it.
I enjoyed the pre-show match. I still think Ryback should be involved in feuds with the likes of Batista, and Goldberg. A feud with Ryback should've been Batista's first feud since returning, not a Royal Rumble win, nor a match with Alberto Del Rio, on the setup PPV to WrestleMania. Curtis Axel, I think he should be feuding with Big E for the Intercontinental Title. Goldust, he ought to be somewhere in the mix for a top level mid-card push. Maybe a program with a returning RVD? Cody Rhodes, I don't think he's main event material. I don't even think he's top level mid-card, or mid-card. I think Cody's better suited for the agent, trainer, or career long tag team role. Funny, how that equals out to much of the same that his brother was doing, but the opposite is what I believe each brother should receive.
Jack Swagger versus Big E was hard to watch. I was glad when the match was over. I wish Jack Swagger could be utilized better, given his amateur wrestling background. The WWE wasted their time making him an ECW Champion, and World Heavyweight Champion, if they're going to make him lose to Big E for the IC belt. While watching this match, I thought of seeing a Jack Swagger versus Kurt Angle submission match. As for Big E, I think this IC title push, might be the biggest, and best, we see Big E be. I don't think the WWE will ever make him a WWE World Heavyweight Champion. Not while there's 2 belts as 1, right now. Maybe a World Heavyweight Champion, like Swagger was, but not a WWE Title holder. That's if the belts ever go back to being 2 separate titles.
The New Age Outlaws versus The Usos
I liked the NAO back in the Attitude era. I supported them when they went to TNA. I supported their multiple WWE cameos. I supported them winning the Tag Team Titles. Now that their level of feel good excitement seems to have run its course, The Usos should've won the Tag Titles. They're young. The crowd is with them. They have an added female audience interested in them, due to Total Divas exposure. They were the hot team coming into the match, and leaving it. The crowd, and The Usos, looked disappointed with that finish.
Titus O'Neil versus Darren Young
I think the WWE should carefully consider Titus' singles push. He has the size. He has the intelligence. I compare him to Ahmed Johnson. If you look carefully at his ring work, Titus is athletic, but he doesn't look very flexible. He looks awkward, when bending down, to pick up an opponent. I think the Prime Time Players should've stayed a team, and had battles over the Tag Titles with The Usos, NAO, and Goldust & Cody.
The Shield versus The Wyatt Family
Roman Reigns has the superstar face, body, and look. They've even given him one of Super Man's moves. I really hope he doesn't become a main eventer until his mic skills are more polished. It's one thing to look the part, The Ultimate Warrior & Goldberg did that well, but it's another thing to be able to live up to the hype those looks create. I wish the US Title would be contested on Main Event. Dean Ambrose could rotate defending against Rowan, Harper, and Bray Wyatt, each week, leading to WrestleMania. Seth Rollins is a talented high flyer. Is it me, or does he resemble Alex Shelley, with long hair? This was an exciting match, from start to finish. The crowd was heavily involved. I would've rather seen Roman Reigns win it for The Shield, at the end, against all three Wyatt Family members.
Cameron Vs. AJ Lee
I noticed a lot, more than 2, blown sequences, by Cameron, in this match. I don't think her abilities are anywhere near PPV match level, not wrestling, maybe as a manager. At the end of the match, I thought Tamina kicking AJ was another blown spot. It made me wonder if that was called in to the announce table, or the referee, at the last minute, to end the match, after a terrible, blown spot by Cameron. I wish there could be a Lita Vs AJ, Divas match, at WrestleMania. No other Divas on the roster really fit against AJ right now. Not even Tamina.
Batista Vs. Alberto Del Rio
This didn't look to be the Batista of old. His entrance didn't even feel as grand as it used to, granted, it was him moving his body to pyro. Alberto Del Rio is a great worker. He tried his best to carry Batista to a decent showing. They even had nice pre-match, fake injury antics by Del Rio. Nothing could work for this match. I wanted to see Del Rio get the win, instead I was treated to a sloppy looking Batista Bomb. Thanks.
The Elimination Chamber Match
If you would've told me Randy Orton was going to win, at the end, I could've done without watching it, at all. Not much to say about this, other than a few spots with the pod glass being used. There was rotational offense amongst all of the competitors. Daniel Bryan did a few repetitive moves. He looked like a hyperactive oompa loompa, panicking to save the other oompa loompas, from the fat girl, that waded across the milk chocolate river. Cesaro had a nice showing. I think he deserved to walk out of the Chamber with the 2 belts. Christian wasn't totally buried in this match. He got the pin on Sheamus. Maybe that sets up a WrestleMania match between Sheamus and Christian? Well, maybe a SmackDown match right?
At the end of it all, I can say I enjoyed the show. That's all that matters anyway, isn't it? I look forward to a "great day in the history of sports entertainment." After all, as bad as this show was, the WWE Network debuts today. Not only that, RAW should be very interesting tonight. Most post-ppv RAWs usually are. Here's to hoping for you, and for me, that we all get what we expected, when we open up our nice WWE Network present, and when we watch RAW tonight. Thanks for reading.