Here's a quick grocery list (obligatory food reference) of my thoughts following watching the WWE Elimination Chamber on pay per view....
Thought the Elimination Chamber was one of the stronger 'non major,' WWE PPV's in a good while. I paid retail and felt that I got my monies worth. Isn't that the bottom line?
The Elimination Chamber exceeded my expectations.
The Oakland crowd is to be commended. They were loud and enthusiastic when they were motivated to do so while their silence at times, as always, spoke volumes. It felt like the crowd was into the show and certainly helped the presentation.
Was hoping for a 'Bay Area Bomber' roller derby reference from one of the announce teams but that didn't happen. Too old school and not 'hip' enough I'm assuming.
Alberto Del Rio is evolving nicely. Love his cross arm breaker finisher. Del Rio gets into his finishing maneuver very cleverly. I'm buying Alberto Del Rio and feel that he will have a successful outing at WM27.
Is the talented Kofi Kingston too nice a guy as I Tweeted tonight during the PPV @JRsBBQ? Would love to see the aggression that we all saw from Kofi that memorable night vs. Randy Orton in Madison Square Garden last year.
The Smackdown Elimination Chamber match was big league. One of the best PPV bouts I've seen in a long time especially one involving multiple participants. It earned a FULL bottle of sauce rating.
Nice to see Christian return as he's been on the injured list for months. 'Captain Charisma' is due to have a big 2011. Very skilled, underrated talent.
Another Canadian import made her return as well as Trish Stratus had an enhanced , surprise cameo on the PPV. The brunette Trish is just as lovely as the blond Trish. Good to hear that she's going to be a Tough Enough trainer. I'm watching.
Amazing how popular Santino has become in WWE. He is a legit, fan favorite.
Can the Corre resurrect the Tag Titles and make them more relevant?
I was pulling for The King in his WWE Title bout vs. The Miz but the wrong 'The' won. The Miz won relatively cleanly but The King had his moments on what was The end of a very personally challenging week for the WWE HOF'er.
The Voice of WWE, or so he says, Michael Cole really had an impassioned rant in the post match of the WWE Title bout where it was almost as if Cole was channeling a classic verbal barrage from Mr. McMahon or Jesse 'the Body' Ventura when both were having 'bad days.' Very 'I want to slap this guy' type of delivery and verbiage.
It will be interesting to see how Cole's rant is addressed Monday night on Raw as it relates to sitting next to King at their announce table.
If you had Fruity Pebbles is the answer as to how John Cena responded to the Rock's Cena fueled in ring promo Monday night on Raw then you win. However, one has to know that a more serious retort is coming at some point from the #1 contender to the WWE Title.
Big night for John Morrison. Morrison's efforts were akin to some memorable, break out performances athletes have made in, particularly, Royal Rumble bouts of the past. Wasn't sure if Morrison was being referred to as parkour or hardcore or both but he's a spectacular athlete who positively distinguished himself Sunday night. Morrison maximized his minutes in the Elimination Chamber.
I've used that term before, 'maximize ones minutes' and John Morrison's performance at the Elimination Chamber was a classic example of the term.
It sounded like there were lots of cheers for CM Punk. Was it fans being defiant, fans who simply like the villains, or fans who appreciate Punk's skill level? What ever the reason, Punk felt like a star inside the Raw Elimination Chamber.
Elimination Chamber meal at the JR house Sunday night? Grilled, turkey brats with kraut seasoned with JR's HOT BBQ Sauce. Quite the healthy, flavorful meal thanks to Mrs. JR.
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