The Rock made his triumphant return to World Wrestling Entertainment home video delivering a war of words against John Cena in the special features on the WWE: Elimination Chamber 2011 DVD.
A week before the last pay-per-view prior to WrestleMania, The Rock appeared on RAW to announce that he was going to guest host the biggest WWE event of the year. The Rock did not waste time stating his dislike for Cena dissing him while he was away from WWE. The Rock delivered classic and new material against Cena, who responded the following week on RAW with a freestyle rap against The Rock. WrestleMania is now a lot more intriguing thanks to this new storyline twist.
Canada’s own Trish Stratus also made her return to WWE, but it was at the Elimination Chamber event as she revealed her role on the new season of WWE’s Tough Enough show. Stratus did a hybrid of Booker T’s and The Rock’s catchphrases and delivered some Stratusfaction by saving Kelly Kelly from a beatdown from LayCool later on in the show.
Elimination Chamber starts off with a solid encounter between the no.1 contender for the World Heavyweight Championship, Alberto Del Rio, against the Intercontinental Champion Kofi Kingston in a non-title match. Del Rio showed an aggressive streak throughout the match that Kingston had difficulty keep up with at the start. However, once Kingston got an opening he seized it and unloaded his typical offence against Del Rio. Del Rio though delivered a stunning neckbreaker with Kingston caught in the top rope and finished off Kingston soon afterwards.
The first Elimination Chamber of the night saw Edge defend his World Heavyweight Championship against Rey Mysterio, Big Show, Kane, Drew McIntyre and Wade Barrett. Despite Edge having to start the match he was able to outlast all five other competitors to move on to the WrestleMania showdown with Del Rio. Edge started off battling Mysterio until the big men got involved and started throwing the superstars into the glass pods. Carnage reigned supreme until Mysterio and Edge teamed up to take out the giants. Mysterio jumping off the top of the cage and the abuse Barrett took going through multiple pods was merely the start of the chaos to come.
While Barrett had a rough night, his teammates from The Corre had a better time against the WWE Tag Team Champions Santino and Kozlov. Capturing their second tag team titles, Justin Gabriel and Heath Slater continued their rise to fame in sports entertainment. The Miz also believed he continued his rise with a victory over WWE Hall-of-Famer Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler. When Alex Riley was ejected to the backstage Lawler got a fair fight, but it was not enough to beat Miz. Miz now believes he lived up to the claim of the greatest of all the world champions.
The main event saw John Cena, CM Punk, John Morrison, R-Truth, Sheamus and Randy Orton battle for the last chance for a WWE Championship match at WrestleMania. Sheamus and Morrison stood out the most in this match, putting their bodies on the line countless times. This allowed for Orton to come in and dominate until Punk came in. When it came down to Cena and Punk, Punk was badly beaten with blood coming down his leg and some bruising on his back following an Attitude Adjustment on the steel floor.
WWE is clearly picking up momentum as WrestleMania draws near. The return of ‘Attitude Era’ stars has been a great mix to the current batch of WWE superstars. The Rock and Cena confrontation is one that fans have been waiting for a while now. The Elimination Chambers delivered the price of admission, and if you missed it live, well worth the price of the DVD.
WWE: Elimination Chamber 2011
Released today Mar. 22, 2011
WWE Elimination Chamber 2011 card
Alberto Del Rio VS. Kofi Kingston
Edge Vs Kane Vs Rey Mysterio Vs Big Show Vs Wade Barrett Vs Drew McIntyre – World Heavyweight Championship Elimination Chamber
Santino & Kozlov VS. The Corre – WWE Tag Team Championships
The Miz VS. Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler – WWE Championship
Sheamus Vs John Cena Vs CM Punk Vs John Morrison VS. R-Truth VS. Randy Orton – No.1 contender match for WWE Championship at WrestleMania