Torch Feedback CHAMBER PPV REAX #2: Underwhelming Rock-Punk II, Chamber match top honors, Del Rio-Swagger seven-week build
Feb 18, 2013 - 1:54:13 PM
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-- WWE Elimination Chamber PPV Reax
Kyle Geiger of Houma, Louisiana (8.0): Best Match: Elimination Chamber, which I thought was really well done. Worst: Divas Title match. I thought it was a really great PPV. I was in-person second row behind the announcers, and the crowd was really hot for Orton's RKO and for Mark Henry. Swagger winning surprised most of us, and Shield vs. Cena, Ryback, and Sheamus was also great. Nice to see the WWE investing in The Shield. Rock vs. Punk was good but not great. Overall, it was a lot of fun before WM30 comes down here.
Dave, PWTorch reader (5.0): The rating is primarily for the Chamber match and Del Rio's stupendous botched finish, which was fantastic unintentional humor. Big Show has neither eyes in the back nor the front of his head... The Rock-Punk match was disappointing with a lame finish. The Shield match actually played out well, though they should have done something with Ryback after the match. I was hoping Henry would win the Chamber, but he came across as the monster they want him to be, especially when he took out Orton. But, I dread SEVEN WEEKS of Thwagger's "We The People" diatribes. It's going to be ugly. I also believe Dutch Mantell is outdated and offensive; Booker T's delivery is more compelling. If this were not a PPV, I would have changed the channel when he came on.
Andrew Bello of New Jersey (7.0): Best Match: Elimination Chamber. Honestly, the only redeeming event of the night was Swagger winning the Chamber match. Otherwise, I thought it was a fairly boring PPV. I am a lifelong wrestling fan, and I'm excited to have WrestleMania in N.J. this year, but I'm on the fence about ordering it for the first time in years. I like The Rock and loathe John Cena's character, but with all of my emotions about these two...I don't care about their match. It's as if C.M. Punk's run, or Lesnar's return (twice), or Cena's loss last year to The Rock never happened. I like Rock as much as anyone, but it's time to push the young talent. Give me The Miz, Wade Barrett, Cesaro, Ryback, Sheamus, Daniel Bryan (one of the best technical wrestlers, maybe ever), or even the more-than-obnoxious Dolph Ziggler. I'm ready for serious change. It's clear that the WWE is not.
Dave Harlequin of Charlotte, N.C. (4.5): Best: Elimination Chamber. Worst: (tie) Del Rio-Big Show & Kaitlyn-Tamina. I thought this was another mediocre and predictable PPV. Other than the very enjoyable Chamber match, this was basically a wrestling-heavy episode of Raw. The Shield continue to do excellent work, and the fact that they went over clean was refreshing. Punk-Rock was okay, but nothing special as everyone already knew the outcome... Del Rio-Show for the 50th time in yet another opening match for the World Title - why does WWE insist on shoving these stale characters down our throats? I kept laughing every time they hyped that the Chamber winner would get a "main event" spot against the World champ at WrestleMania since we know the World Title is never the PPV main event, especially at Mania. Even Royal Rumble winners don't get main event matches for the Big Gold Silver Medal anymore.
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