February 14, 2010- February 20, 2010
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Match Added to WWE Elimination Chamber: After SmackDown on Friday night, WWE.com announced that, following their intense match and post-match brawl, Intercontinental Champion Drew McIntyre will defend his gold against “The Big Red Machine” Kane a week from Sunday at WWE Elimination Chamber! Can Drew McIntyre prevail against his toughest challenge to date or will Kane dethrone “The Chosen One” and become the new Intercontinental Champion?
The 873rd edition of WWE Monday Night RAW came to you, live, from the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, IA. Five nights before WWE Elimination Chamber, the famed host of “The Jerry Springer Show” would take control of RAW as Jerry Springer would serve as Guest Host. Following his bizarre behavior over the last few weeks, Batista would make an appearance on RAW to address the comments made by John Cena last week. Five nights before the demonic Elimination Chamber Match for the WWE Championship, all six of the Chamber participants would be in action in three blockbuster matches as WWE Champion Sheamus would go one-on-one with Randy Orton, Ted DiBiase would face off with Kofi Kingston, and the huge main event would see Triple H go one-on-one with John Cena. On last week’s RAW, “The Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase was announced as the first inductee into the 2010 WWE Hall of Fame, on this week’s RAW, the second Hall of Fame inductee would be revealed.
Monday Night RAW
Good Week For: Sheamus (ended the night standing tall over both John Cena & Triple H)
Bad Week For: Bret Hart (said goodbye to the fans and Superstars and had his leg crushed by an inattentive driver when trying to leave the arena)
The show kicks off with the WWE Champion Sheamus, who would face Randy Orton in the opening match of the night. During the match, Legacy makes their way to ringside and take post on opposite sides of the ring. After the match spilled to the outside, Sheamus prevented an attack by Ted DiBiase by striking first, but in a bit of Royal Rumble revisited, Cody Rhodes attacks Sheamus and the referee spots the attack and disqualifies Randy Orton! After the match was over, an irate Orton strikes Cody Rhodes with the RKO! Following the RKO, Sheamus catches Ted DiBiase out of nowhere with his patented pump kick, followed by Orton laying Sheamus out with another RKO! Randy Orton stood tall over the fallen WWE Champion, as well as fellow Elimination Chamber combatant, Ted DiBiase. Will Orton be standing tall with the WWE Title this Sunday at WWE Elimination Chamber?
After Vince McMahon denied him a WrestleMania match against the Chairman last week and after Vince shouted that he “deserved to be screwed”, Bret Hart makes an appearance on RAW to address the situation! Bret states that it is no “real shock” that Vince is not in the building seeing as he came there to “finish things once and for all” against McMahon! Bret then says that Vince can be found “under the barrel” when it comes to lying and states that it would have been great to have “one last victory” at WrestleMania, but that it will not happen, thanks to Vince. Bret then proclaims that “excellence” lives forever before thanking all of the fans and the Superstars, especially John Cena. “The Hitman” then says that he will take the opportunity to “say goodbye” before exiting the ring!
Backstage, Bret says goodbye to a number of Superstars on his way out of the arena, before walking out of the building with John Cena, who pleads with Bret Hart to stick around and not call an end to his quest for revenge on Vince McMahon, but unable to convince Bret to stay, Cena reluctantly allows Bret to leave. However, before Bret can close the door of his limousine, an inattentive driver backs into the limo door; crushing the leg of “The Hirman”! John Cena and others call for an ambulance and, along with EMT’s, load Bret onto a stretcher before loading Bret into an ambulance. What is the condition of Bret Hart? How will John Cena react to the accident?
The new Unified WWE Tag Team Champions, United States Champion The Miz & Big Show, were in action on RAW as they squared off with MVP & Mark Henry. In the end, MVP was able to counter a pinfall attempt by The Miz into a roll-up en route to MVP & Mark Henry defeating the Unified WWE Tag Team Champions! Now that they have defeated the Unified WWE Tag Team Champions, will MVP & Mark Henry get a shot at the gold? Will The Miz & Big Show still be the Unified WWE Tag Team Champions following the final episode of ECW on Syfy when they defend their newly acquired titles against Goldust & Yoshi Tatsu?
Guest Host Jerry Springer brought a special treat to RAW as he presented the “most intimate relationships” of the WWE Superstars! Jerry Springer comes out and proclaims that the fans will have a different opinion of the featured Superstars following the Superstar confessions! The first guest on the special edition of “The Jerry Springer Show” was Kelly Kelly, who makes the shocking announcement that she is pregnant and the father is Santino Marella! Kelly then reveals the truth, stating that the needed somebody to “finish the job” after Santino fell asleep! RAW Commentator Michael Cole then interrupts and tells Kelly that it was supposed to be a secret before calling Kelly a “loose-lipped hussy”! His commentating colleague, Jerry Lawler, then says that Kelly is talking about him! Springer then brings Lawler into the ring as Santino says that a kid between Kelly & Lawler would be a “screw up”! The Bella Twins then interrupts, stating that they have a shocking announcement of their own! As The Bellas are set to reveal the secret, Nikki Bella blurts that her sister, Brie, is really a man! After a Bella brawl is broken up by security, Chris Masters comes out and announces that he is really the father! An irate Eve Torres comes out, leading to a brawl between Eve & Kelly, which is broken up by security! Eve then reveals to Masters that she has been cheating on “The Masterpiece” with The Great Khali! Santino then brings the issue back to Kelly’s baby, which leads to Jerry Springer revealing that Hornswoggle is the baby’s father! A frustrated Springer then exits the ring, but Jerry Lawler reveals that the whole thing was an elaborate set up and the pregnancy, infidelity, and allegations are all false! Lawler then reveals Springer’s own “intimate relationship”; a relationship with WWE Hall of Famer Mae Young, who comes out and plants the lip lock all over the head of Jerry Springer!
Following the kick to the skull by Sheamus earlier in the night, Legacy member Ted DiBiase went one-on-one with Kofi Kingston as both men prepare to take part in the Elimination Chamber Match for the WWE Title. Despite feeling the effects of the earlier kick by Sheamus and the effects of the match with Kofi, DiBiase was able to hit Dream Street and pick up the win over Kofi Kingston! How will Ted DiBiase and Kofi Kingston fare in the Elimination Chamber Match this Sunday?
The second inductee into the 2010 WWE Hall of Fame was revealed as the Japanese wrestling legend, Antonio Inoki, will be inducted into the elite class of legends on March 27 in Phoenix! Who will join Antonio Inoki & “The Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase in the 2010 Hall of Fame?
Before his main event match against familiar foe Triple H, John Cena came out to get some answers for the vicious attack he suffered at the hands of Batista two weeks ago after RAW went off the air! Cena states that, to the best of his knowledge, he did not “provoke” the attack by Batista and said that he heard that Batista was coming to RAW to answer his “threats” from last week and wanted to be there to greet Batista when he arrives! Cena eagerly awaits Batista’s arrival, but Batista appears on the big screen, live via satellite! Batista tells Cena that he is doing Cena a “huge favor” by not being in the building, because Cena does not want Batista to be in the same ring as him! Batista then threatens that, if they are ever in the ring together again, then Cena will wish it was a “bad dream”! Cena responds by alleging that Batista is scared and Batista states that Cena continues to “run his mouth” because Batista is not there, but, next week on RAW, he will be there! What will go down once Batista & John Cena are in the same building on next week’s RAW just one night after Cena competes in the unforgiving Elimination Chamber Match?
Following his long-distance face-off with Batista, John Cena had to turn his attention to his opponent in the main event as he was set to square off with an opponent of WrestleMania past in Triple H! The huge main event was cut short when the WWE Champion Sheamus interferes in the match and blasts Triple H with a vicious pump kick, followed by a pump kick to John Cena, as well! “The Celtic Warrior” then picks Triple H up and plants “The Game” with his patented powerbomb! The WWE Champion then stood tall over two of his five challengers this Sunday inside the Elimination Chamber. Will Sheamus still be the WWE Champion this Sunday when he faces John Cena, Triple H, Randy Orton, Ted DiBiase, & Kofi Kingston with the gold on the line inside the demonic Elimination Chamber?
Almost four years after its debut on June 13, 2006, the resurrected ECW comes to an end and the final episode of ECW on Syfy came to you from the Sprint Center in Kansas City, MO. In the history of the new ECW, thirteen different Superstars have held the ECW Championship, including Rob Van Dam, Big Show, Tommy Dreamer, CM Punk, John Morrison, Kane, and even the WWE Chairman, himself, Mr. McMahon. Now, on the final airing of ECW on Syfy, reigning ECW Champion Christian will defend the title, for the final time, against Ezekiel Jackson in an Extreme Rules Match. The Unified WWE Tag Team Titles will also be on the line on the final ECW as new champions The Miz & Big Show will make their first title defense against Goldust & Yoshi Tatsu.
Final Episode of ECW on Syfy
Good Week For: Ezekiel Jackson (with some help from William Regal, was crowned the new, and final, ECW Champion)
Bad Week For: Christian (lost the ECW Title to Ezekiel Jackson on the final episode of ECW)
The final ECW on Syfy kicks off with a big championship match as the new Unified WWE Tag Team Champions, The Miz & Big Show, would make their first defense of the titles against Goldust & Yoshi Tatsu. Following the knockout right hand of Big Show and the Skull Crushing Finale of The Miz, ShowMiz retained the Unified WWE Tag Team Titles in their first title defense!
The concept behind the new NXT series was revealed as eight WWE Pros will mentor eight WWE Rookies! The eight Pros and eight Rookies would be revealed on the final ECW. The first two Pro/Rookie teams were announced as Chris Jericho would be the Pro for the Rookie, Wade Barrett, while Matt Hardy will mentor Justin Gabriel. Who else will be revealed as WWE Pros?
Backstage, ECW General Manager Tiffany gives her final address to ECW, but the address is interrupted by Zack Ryder & Rosa Mendes. Ryder states that would be more “appropriate” for him to challenge Christian for the ECW Title on the final show! After the GM refuses both Ryder & Rosa, Ryder tells Tiffany that, with the title match being contested under Extreme Rules, he can make his “presence felt” during the contest! What kind of impact will Zack Ryder make in the ECW Title match? Will his interference be the key factor in determining the final ECW Champion?
As the Pros & Rookies continued to be revealed, “The British Brawler” William Regal was revealed as a Pro, while his Rookie will be Skip Sheffield! What kind of impact will these newcomers have on NXT when they debut next week?
The final ECW also featured The Abraham Washington Show and Abraham stated that, following the end of ECW, he will become a “free agent” and will be “rich”! Abe continues that RAW & SmackDown will have to put forth some big money to acquire him! Abe then reveals that he went to Vince McMahon himself to acquire the “biggest star” for his final show; which he revealed to be himself! As Abe started to conduct an interview with himself, Shelton Benjamin crashes the show! Benjamin tells Abe that his show is “unwatchable” on a regular basis and clarifies that every member of the ECW Roster is a “free agent” after the end of the show, but Benjamin is interrupted by recent rival, Vance Archer! Archer tells Benjamin that Benjamin better not end up on the same show as him or Benjamin will not have a “future”! Caylen Croft & Trent Barreta then interrupt and states that “no one cares” about anyone else’s future, before Vladimir Kozlov comes out! The two monsters, Vance Archer & Vladimir Kozlov then come face-to-face and, after Archer says that no one understands what Kozlov says, “The Moscow Mauler” attacks Archer and, together with Shelton Benjamin, clears the ring! Kozlov & Benjamin then stand tall together in the ring! Where will all these Superstars end up following the end of ECW?
The next Pro was revealed for NXT as Carlito will be serving as a mentor to his Rookie, Michael Tarver! United States Champion and one-half of the Unified WWE Tag Team Champions, The Miz, will serve as a Pro to his Rookie, Daniel Bryan! After departing ECW, Christian will serve as a Pro to his Rookie, Heath Slater!
Then it was time for the main event of the final ECW and how appropriate would it be that the match would be contested under Extreme Rules as Christian would, for the last time, defend his ECW Championship against Ezekiel Jackson in the extreme environment! Before his final title defense, Christian states that, when he debuted on ECW last year and, despite others calling it a “demotion”, he calls ECW “home”! Christian says that ECW has allowed him to compete against his good friend, Tommy Dreamer, as well as mentor Superstars like Yoshi Tatsu. Christian then says that ECW will be gone forever and he will always be proud to say that he was the final ECW Champion!
As the Pros & Rookies for WWE NXT continue to be revealed, “The Straightedge Superstar” CM Punk was revealed as a WWE Pro for his Rookie, Darren Young!
Following his goodbye to ECW, Christian would defend the ECW Championship for the final time against Ezekiel Jackson in an Extreme Rules Match. During the match, as promised, Zack Ryder interfered and attacked Christian! Christian was able to thwart the attack of Ryder and send him packing out of the ring, but Rosa Mendes entered the ring and slapped Christian! This brought out ECW General Manager Tiffany who, on her last night as the GM, physically exerted her authority on Rosa; sending the Latina Diva, along with Zack Ryder, packing as the final ECW Title match continued! After taking William Regal out of commission with the Killswitch, Christian turned around right into the clutches of Ezekiel Jackson, who drives Christian through a table with the Book of Ezekiel en route to being crowned the new and final ECW Champion!
The final Pro & Rookie team was revealed as R-Truth will serve as a Pro to his Rookie, David "The Marquee" Otunga! What heights will these Rookies reach under the tutelage of their WWE Pros?
The 44th edition of WWE Superstars came to you from the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, IA and from the Sprint Center in Kansas City, MO. Three nights before he steps into the Elimination Chamber to battle for the World Heavyweight Championship, Rey Mysterio would go one-on-one with Mike Knox. Brothers and former tag team champions would be on opposing teams as Carlito would team with Chavo Guerrero to face his brother Primo and his tag partner, Evan Bourne. Three nights before she faces Maryse in the Finals of the Divas Tournament to determine the Divas Champion at the Elimination Chamber event, Gail Kim would go one-on-one with Katie Lea.
Good Week For: Rey Mysterio & Gail Kim (both picked up momentum heading into their championship matches this Sunday)
Bad Week For: Mike Knox (was no match for the speed of Rey Mysterio)
The show kicks off with the opening match of the night as brothers and former Unified WWE Tag Team Champions face off on opposing teams as Carlito would team up with Chavo Guerrero to face his brother, Primo, and his partner, Evan Bourne. In the end, it was the high-flying team of Primo & Evan Bourne picking up the win as Evan Bourne hit Air Bourne en route to pinning Chavo Guerrero for the win in a hard-fought match!
The Divas were in action on WWE Superstars as one of the two Finalists in the Divas Tournament, Gail Kim, went one-on-one with Katie Lea. Despite an injured shoulder, Gail Kim was able to hit the Eat Defeat on Katie Lea to pick up the win, and the momentum, heading into her match with Maryse this Sunday at WWE Elimination Chamber to determine who will win the currently vacant Divas Title. Can Gail Kim carry her momentum to St. Louis this Sunday and defeat Maryse to win the Divas Title or will Maryse emerge victorious as the first two-time champion in the history of the Divas Title?
Then it was time for the main event as, three nights before he takes part in the Elimination Chamber Match for the World Heavyweight Championship, Rey Mysterio would go one-on-one with Mike Knox. In the end, it was Rey Mysterio hitting the 619 on Mike Knox en route to picking up the win and gaining momentum heading into the Elimination Chamber Match this Sunday! Can Rey overcome his five adversaries inside the Elimination Chamber to win the World Heavyweight Title?
The 548th edition of WWE Friday Night SmackDown came to you from the Sprint Center in Kansas City, MO. For the first time since returning to the WWE and winning the 2010 Royal Rumble Match, “The Rated-R Superstar” Edge would go one-on-one with “The Animal” Batista. After “The Hitman” was involved in an unfortunate accident in the parking lot on RAW, SmackDown would feature an update on Bret Hart. Following the end of ECW, every ECW Superstar became “free agents” who can opt to join either RAW or SmackDown; a status that the team of Caylen Croft & Trent Barreta did not waste any time with as Croft & Barreta have joined the SmackDown roster and would make their SmackDown debut on this week’s show.
Friday Night SmackDown
Good Week For: Chris Jericho (was left standing tall after laying out Edge with the Codebreaker)
Bad Week For: Edge (following a battle with Batista, was planted with a chokeslam by The Undertaker and hit with the Codebreaker by Chris Jericho)
The show kicks off with one of the five challengers for the World Heavyweight Title inside the Elimination Chamber this Sunday, Chris Jericho, who states that he has done what everyone else can not do and says that he “always comes out on top” against insurmountable odds. Jericho then proclaims that he “drove” The Undertaker to his “knees” before “beating” him last week! Jericho then vows to win the Elimination Chamber Match and claim his sixth World Title. Jericho then states that he does not have to “hide” from anything and that he will be the World Heavyweight Champion this Sunday! Jericho is then interrupted by the 2010 Royal Rumble Winner, Edge, who tells Jericho that it’s “refreshing” to hear that Jericho realizes how big a win over The Undertaker is! “The Rated-R Superstar” clarifies that he did not spear Undertaker to “help” Jericho last week as it was his retaliation for a big boot by Undertaker. Edge then tells Jericho that, if Edge has not speared Undertaker, then Jericho would not have defeated The Undertaker last week! Jericho then reiterates to Edge that he is “going to win” the World Heavyweight Title this Sunday and tells Edge to “stay away” from him or else he will “hurt” Edge! Edge says that the more Jericho talks, the more he wants to “knock the look” off of Jericho’s face “for good”! Edge then warns Jericho that Jericho should not be concerned about what Edge can do to him in the “future”, but what he can do to him “now”! As “The Rated-R Superstar” backs Jericho into the corner, the lights in the arena buzz and flicker; distracting Jericho long enough for Edge to hit the Spear on Jericho! Will this ever-escalating feud between Edge & Jericho, is Jericho more motivated than ever to regain the World Heavyweight Title this Sunday or has the intensity of the 2010 Royal Rumble Winner made Jericho rethink the possibility of facing Edge at WrestleMania XXVI?
Two nights before he challenges Drew McIntyre for the Intercontinental Championship, “The Big Red Machine” Kane went one-on-one with Dolph Ziggler. Kane was poised for victory over Dolph, but the arrival of Intercontinental Champion Drew McIntyre distracts Kane long enough for Dolph Ziggler to latch a sleeper hold on “The Big Red Machine”! Despite the distraction, Kane was able escape the sleeper and plant Ziggler with a chokeslam en route to winning the match! As soon as the bell rang for the match to end, McIntyre entered the ring and attempted to hit the Future Shock on Kane, but Kane counters and sends McIntyre packing! Will Kane end the Intercontinental Title reign of Drew McIntyre this Sunday at WWE Elimination Chamber or will “The Chosen One” defeat Kane to retain the title in his biggest challenge to date?
It was announced during SmackDown that the last ECW Champion, Ezekiel Jackson, is coming to SmackDown! When will “Big Zeke” make his return to SmackDown?
While Ezekiel Jackson is coming to SmackDown, there will be no wait for The Dudebusters to come to SmackDown as Caylen Croft & Trent Barreta made their SmackDown debut on Friday Night, taking on Cryme Tyme! The SmackDown debut of Croft & Barreta was not a winning effort as Shad hit Thugnificence on Trent Barreta en route to picking up the win for Cryme Tyme!
After their one-on-one match was cut short last week due to an ankle injury by John Morrison, “The Friday Night Delight” would team with R-Truth to face fellow Elimination Chamber participant, CM Punk & Luke Gallows; The Straightedge Society. Before the match, CM Punk proclaims that he is the “greatest thing” that has happened to the fans and, whether they like it or not, they are all part of his “crusade”! Punk then states that, this Sunday, he will win the World Heavyweight Title and “fill” the lives of the fans with “straightedge”!
Following his declaration to become a four-time World Heavyweight Champion this Sunday, CM Punk & Luke Gallows were in tag team action as The Straightedge Society would face two of Punk’s fellow Elimination Chamber participants, R-Truth & John Morrison. During the match, the action came to a stand-still when The Undertaker’s pyro exploded on the stage! Later on in the match, John Morison went for a kick on CM Punk, but Punk dodged the attack; resulting in Morrison smashing his ankle into the steel ring post! Punk relentlessly attacked the ankle, which led to the referee again deeming Morrison unable to continue! After the match, Punk continued to attack the ankle, but R-Truth intervened. However, Luke Gallows got involved and laid out Truth with the Gallows’ Pole! The Straightedge Society was set to deal out more damage to R-Truth, but Rey Mysterio rushed out and prevented any further attack! Unfortunately, Rey found himself on the wrong end of an attack by The Straightedge Society and, similar to last week, Mysterio was laid out by The Straightedge Society! With three of the six Elimination Chamber participants strewn in and out of the ring, CM Punk and his Straightedge Society stood tall! Will CM Punk be standing tall with the World Heavyweight Title this Sunday?
It was revealed on SmackDown that, following his accident on RAW, Bret Hart has suffered a broken right leg with nerve and tendon damage.
Backstage, Women’s Champion Mickie James tries to apologize to SmackDown Consultant Vickie Guerrero for the cottage cheese incident last week. Vickie responded by informing Mickie that she will defend the Women’s Title against Michelle McCool on next week’s SmackDown with Vickie as the Special Guest Referee! Can Mickie overcome the odds and retain the Women’s Title next week or will Vickie ensure that Michelle McCool regains the gold?
A 6-Person Mixed Tag Match took place on SmackDown as Matt Hardy, The Great Khali, & Maria teamed up to take on all three members of The Hart Dynasty. In the end, it as the powerhouse Diva, Natalya, hitting a discus clothesline on Maria en route to picking up the win for herself, Tyson Kidd, & David Hart Smith!
Then it was time for the main event as the 2010 Royal Rumble Winner, Edge, would be in action for the first time since winning the Rumble as “The Rated-R Superstar” takes on “The Animal” Batista. Almost as soon as the match begins, Batista did a repeat of his actions a couple of weeks ago as he walks out on his match! Refusing to allow Batista to walk out, Edge grabs a microphone and states that John Cena was right in calling Batista “spineless”! This enrages “The Animal” enough to come back to the ring and continue the match! Edge looked to have the match in hand after landing a Spear on Batista, the familiar darkness falls over the arena and The Undertaker appears in the ring and delivers a chokeslam to Edge as Batista escapes! The night was not over for Edge as, after The Undertaker left the ring, Chris Jericho came out of nowhere and hit the Codebreaker on Edge! The Undertaker & Chris Jericho then locked eyes as both men signaled that they would emerge from the Elimination Chamber this Sunday as the World Heavyweight Champion! Who will leave the Elimination Chamber this Sunday as the World Heavyweight Champion? Have the confrontations between the World Heavyweight Champion and the 2010 Royal Rumble Winner over the last couple of weeks convinced Edge to challenge The Undertaker for the World Heavyweight Title at WrestleMania XXVI? Will The Undertaker even be champion after WWE Elimination Chamber this Sunday?
Superstar of the Week: NEW ECW Champion Ezekiel Jackson
Twelve WWE Superstars will put their careers on the line this Sunday all to win the top championship of their respective brand and to punch their ticket to WrestleMania XXVI where they will defend their championship against the winner of the 2010 Royal Rumble Match, Edge. However, to do so, these Superstars must endure the demonic structure known as the Elimination Chamber. The Elimination Chamber is an unforgivable steel structure with four protective “pods” made up of impenetrable glass. While six Superstars will ultimately compete in the match, two randomly drawn Superstars will start the match, one-on-one, with one of the four “pods” being opened, also at random, at pre-determined interval. Eliminations occur when a Superstar is pinned or made to submit and the last Superstar standing will be crowned the champion.
The first of the two Elimination Chamber Matches would be for the WWE Championship as Sheamus would make his toughest title defense to date as, for the first time in his career, “The Celtic Warrior” would step inside the demonic structure to defend his coveted WWE Title against the man he defeated at WWE TLC to win the title, John Cena, the thirteen-time World Champion Triple H, his recent rival and former WWE Champion Randy Orton, Orton’s protege Ted DiBiase, and former Untied States Champion Kofi Kingston. Triple H is the top Elimination Chamber veteran in the WWE; having competed in six of the nine Chamber Matches in WWE history, including the inaugural match in 2002. Of his six Chamber appearances, “The Game” has won four of them with three of them being for championships! However, John Cena is no stranger to the Elimination Chamber as the former WWE Champion has competed in two Chamber matches with one of them being for the WWE Title, which he retained on that night. Randy Orton has also competed in two Chamber matches and, while he is yet to win one, “The Viper” definitely has the viciousness and ruthless attitude to thrive inside the evil structure. A few months ago, having his protege Ted DiBiase inside the Chamber with Orton would seem like an advantage for “The Viper”, but as the weeks go by, the trio of Randy Orton, Cody Rhodes, & Ted DiBiase continues to rapidly disintegrate; a situation that may come to a head this Sunday. In addition to Ted DiBiase, Kofi Kingston is also stepping foot inside the Elimination Chamber for the first time in his career. Will Kofi Kingston or Ted DiBiase shock the world and claim the WWE Title? Will the partnership between Randy Orton & Ted DiBiase continue to crumble inside the Chamber? Will an established Elimination Chamber competitor like Triple H or John Cena reclaim the WWE Championship or will Sheamus overcome the seemingly impossible odds and retain the WWE Title and ensure a main event spot at WrestleMania XXVI?
The World Heavyweight Championship would also be defended inside the Elimination Chamber and, unlike the WWE Champion Sheamus, the World Heavyweight Champion The Undertaker knows his way around the demonic structure having competed in two Chamber Matches and winning one of those two. Also joining Undertaker in the Elimination Chamber is a man who has vowed to win the Elimination Chamber Match and reclaim the World Heavyweight Title, Chris Jericho. Ever since Edge’s shocking return at the Royal Rumble, where Edge eliminated Jericho, and others, in route to become the winner of the 2010 Royal Rumble Match, Jericho has had his problems with his former tag team partner. Jericho has advised Edge to “stay away” from him, but if Jericho wins the World Heavyweight Title, he may very well end up defending the title against Edge at WrestleMania XXVI! Jericho is also the most experienced Chamber competitor in the match; having competed in five of the brutal matches, including the first one. “The Straightedge Savior” CM Punk has, much like Jericho, vowed to be victorious inside the Elimination Chamber and become a four-time World Heavyweight Champion. Punk has competed in an Elimination Chamber Match before, but one of the more notable factors is that Punk’s Straightedge Society of Luke Gallows & Serena, will be locked outside of the structure; leaving them unable to help their leader. “The Ultimate Underdog” Rey Mysterio competed in his first Elimination Chamber Match last year and made it all the way to the end of the contest before being eliminated by Edge. However, Rey brings something that the other competitors can not; and that is a veteran knowledge of high-flying maneuvers and counters; skills that may serve Rey well inside the Elimination Chamber. R-Truth & “The Rock Star” John Morrison will be stepping into the Elimination Chamber for the first time in their careers and both men look to overcome the uncertainty of the Elimination Chamber using their quickness and unique abilities. Will The Undertaker survive the Elimination Chamber once again and retain the World Heavyweight Title? Will Chris Jerico’s intense feud with Edge motivate Jericho towards winning the World Heavyweight Championship? Will CM Punk make his Straightedge Society proud and win his fourth World Heavyweight Title? Can the ever-resilient Rey Mysterio springboard his way towards a second reign as World Heavyweight Champion? Will R-Truth or John Morrison scored the biggest win of their career by becoming the World Heavyweight Champion?
In his toughest title defense to date, Drew McIntyre will defend his Intercontinental Championship against “The Big Red Machine” Kane at WWE Elimination Chamber. This match came about a couple of weeks ago on SmackDown as both men went one-on-one, but the intensity of these two Superstars led to both competitors being counted out of the contest! Ever since their initial meeting a couple of weeks ago, Kane seemingly has the number of “The Chosen One”. Can Kane put the first one-on-one loss on the record of Drew McIntyre and claim the Intercontinental Title or will McIntyre overcome his larger opponent to retain the gold?
It started with eight Divas and now it comes down to two at WWE Elimination Chamber as former Divas Champion Maryse goes one-on-one with former Women’s Champion Gail Kim in the Finals of the Divas Tournament to crown a new Divas Champion. Over the last couple of weeks, Maryse has shown an uncharacteristic show of respect towards Gail. Is Maryse’s respectful attitude a ruse to throw Gail Kim off of her game or has Maryse truly reformed her ways? Will it make a difference in her match against Gail Kim or will Gail claim the Divas Title?
Superstar Profile of the Week
Name: Zack Ryder
Born On: May 14, 1985 in Merrick, NY
Billed From: Long Island, NY
Wrestler Since: 2004
Trained By: Mikey Whipwreck & DSW Staff
One Time WWE Tag Team Champion (w/ Curt Hawkins)
Did You Know?
For five years, Zack Ryder was part of a tag team and his first run as a singles competitor began when he was drafted to ECW on April 15, 2009.
Next Week’s WWE Television Schedule
Sunday, February 21: WWE Elimination Chamber, LIVE from the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, MO
Monday, February 22: RAW, LIVE from the Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN
Tuesday, February 23: Debut of WWE NXT, from the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, WI
Thursday, February 25: WWE Superstars from Indianapolis, IN & Milwaukee, WI
Friday, February 26: The Bradley Center in Milwaukee, WI Hosts SmackDown