Elimination Chamber 2011 Blu-ray Review
Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 mix
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Disc Spec: 1 BD/1 DVD
The 40 Man Royal Rumble was one of the better rumble matches, from begining to end, in recent memory. If you get the DVD, this will almost certainly be the only match you ever watch more than once. The two opening championship matches served as a showcase for why ratings are in the septic tank. Each championship match went close to half an hour, with both feeling like they lasted for several days apiece. The Edge/Ziggler match was the better of the two, but it only picked up after the first painfully sluggish 20 minutes (what a way to hype up a crowd & start off a ppv!), largely because people do not care about Ziggler that much, and Edge looked as if he hadn’t seen the inside of a gym since Bush was in office. They picked up the pace to try and save it, but too little, (far) too late.
Intercontinental Championship Match
Alberto Del Rio vs. Kofi Kingston
IC title is not on the line here, nor was it ever mentioned at all. Boy, how that belt has fallen off the credibility map. Alberto was quite massively over with the crowd in Oakland, CA, and cut a pretty good promo before the match about how it is his destiny to go to Wrestlemania, etc, etc. Kingston came out to a good pop as well, and the crowd was split with loud Kingston chants and Del Rio chants during the match. Match went back and forth early untill Del Rio posted Kingston and worked him over for a while. They had a pretty basic match from there, with Kofi making a comeback and getting some really good near falls. There were some real nice moves/ counters, such as when Kingston went for a cross body off the top, and Del Rio went with it but got his knees up. At one point Kingston had Del Rio pinned, but Ricardo Rodriguez distracted the ref and Kofi only got a 2 count. Alberto would later hit a sick looking top rope neckbreaker, and then he tried to lock in the cross armbreaker. Kingston fought and fought, but eventually Del Rio was able to lock in the hold, and picked up the submission victory.
World Heavyweight Championship Smackdown Elimination Chamber Match
Edge (c) vs. Rey Mysterio vs. Wade Barrett vs. Kane vs. Drew McIntyre vs. Big Show
Edge and Rey started the match, and the action, as expected, was very good. Wade was out next and dominated everybody, and the action continued to pick up and there were some nice three-way spots. Kane was out next and just cleaned house on everybody with his usual arsenal of attack, such a sbig boots and uppercuts. Still nobody eliminated and McIntyre came out next, and proceeded to murder Rey by throwing him like a lawn dart into one of the pods. This did not look like fun. He then double teamed Kane with Wade Barrett, but shortly afterwards he turned on Barrett and threw him through one of the glass pods. At this point everyone is just killing one another, especially Rey, who is bumping like crazy. Just as I say this Kane threw Rey head first into a glass pod. Oscar Gutierrez, aka Rey Mysterio, was 36 years old. Big Show came out last and murdered everyone with his bigness, including throwing Wade through yet another pod (I thought this was the strongest glass you could buy?), chopping him many times, then KO’d him with a punch and Barrett is eliminated. After this display, everyone just started giving Show their finishers, including a somehow-alive Rey Mysterio, who gave Show a seated senton off one of the pods. This only got 2, but a 619 by Rey, a spear by Edge, and a chokeslam from Kane was finally enough to eliminate Big Show. McIntyre was then immediately chokeslammed by Kane, and he was eliminated. Kane and Rey then went back and forth for a while, until Rey went for a headscissors on Kane. Kane caught Rey, and was about to hoist him up, when Edge came in and speared both men at the same time, and pinned Kane to eliminate him. Kane, who tends to be an angry man, chokeslammed both Rey and Edge for the injustice they served him. So now there were two. Rey and Edge proceeded to have an AWESOME ten minute match, with tons of near falls and both guys kicking out of each other’s finishers. The crowd was going nuts. Rey then hit a 619, and decided to give Edge the splash off the top rope. However, as he was coming down, Edge hit a spear in mid air and was able to pin Rey for the three and retain his World Title. Tremendous Match, one of the best Chamber matches they’ve had.
WWE Tag Team Championship Match
Santino Marella (c) & Vladimir Kozlov (c) vs. Heath Slater & Justin Gabriel
Kozlov was his usual self, and by that I mean you could smell his selling abilities down the block. Of course, they had the Corre get the heat on Kozlov instead of Santino, so we could see as much of Kozlov as possible. Crowd was completely dead, but they briefly got into it when Santino got the “hot” tag and went wild. He hit the cobra on Gabriel but he wasn’t the legal man. Kozlov tagged back in and hit a powerslam on Gabriel, but he Gabriel had tagged out just before. Ezekial Jackson, who had accompanied the challengers out to the ring, pulled Gabriel out of the ring, which made Kozlov all confusled, and Slater came up from behind and hit a reverse DDT, followed by a 450 splash by Gabriel, and Slater and Gabriel are your new Tag Champs. Match had no flow and the crowd could not have cared less.
WWE Championship Match
The Miz (c) w/ Alex Riley vs. Jerry “the King” Lawler
Big ovation for Lawler when he came out. They had a total old school match, and it ruled. Lawler was going for near falls early with various cradles and pinning combinations, and Miz was getting frustrated. Eventually they went to the outside, and Riley distracted Lawler long enough for Miz to come up from behind and post him. After a scary superplex from Lawler got a 2-count, Riley interfered again and was ejected. The crowd went nuts for this, which is always hilarious. They brawled on the outside again by the announce table, and Lawler actually threw Miz over the table and into Michael Cole, which got a big reaction. They went back in the ring and went back and forth, with Lawler doing all his usual spots. He hit a flying punch, and a flying fist drop off the top, but was only able to get two. The crowd wanted Lawler to win this match so badly. Unfortunately for them, after a series of reversals, Miz was able to hit the Skull Crushing Finale and get the clean win. I was a little surprised they had Miz go over clean with no interference from Michael Cole, but at least it was a clean win for Miz. The crowd gave Lawler a standing ovation afterwards while chanting “JERRY!” This was a pretty damn good match with great psychology, especially considering Lawler is 61 years old.
Raw Chamber Match to determine the # 1 Contendor for Miz’s title at Wrestlemania
John Cena vs. John Morrison vs. R-Truth vs. Randy Orton vs. Sheamus vs. CM Punk
Sheamus and John Morrison started off the bout. Morrison did various parkour moves and it was great. Orton was in next, and he did some cool moves, including a draping DDT on Sheamus onto the steel. Punk was out next, so Orton went over a stalked him. Punk, however, got stuck in his pod because the ref couldn’t get it open all the way, and Orton just pounded on him, brought him into the ring, and hit the RKO for the three. Just as I was about to vomit, the GM dinged in, and said that because there was a pod malfunction, Punk was not given a fair chance, and was allowed to return to his pod. Thank God. Cena came out next to a lot of boos, but he had his fans as well. CM Punk was the most over person in the match, and was getting loud chants even when he wasn’t in the match. R-Truth was out next. Bro kick on Truth from Sheamus and he’s eliminated. Punk came out next and was the last one in. He fought with Orton and hit the GTS to eliminate Orton, setting up their match at Wrestlemania. Morrison went on top of a pod, and then scaled the cage untill he was hovering over the middle of the ring. He then just sort of fell on top of Sheamus and eliminated him. I’m not sure if he was supposed to do a cross body or what, but that was absolutely horrifying. Everyone is bumping on the steel, and the back of Punk’s leg is all cut up and burned from the grates. Morrison (who was the star of this match) was bumping around like crazy and started selling his knee. He missed the starship pain, and then Punk hit him with the GTS and eliminated him. Pretty much right after that, Cena hoisted Punk up for the attitude adjustment, and then gave the move to Punk to the outside onto the steel. This was just brutal. Of course, this was enough to get the three, and Cena (how surprising) is going to Wrestlemania. Match wasn’t exactly crisp, but it was pretty darn brutal and was still a hell of a match.
Movie Quality: 9.5/10
The print is presented in 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 with a 1:78:1 aspect ratio. The WWE has never looked so good on television until it hit HD and now with more and more releases coming to Blu-ray from WWE. This is a vivid and colorful presentation all around showing off how good sports presentation can look on home video. Having watched the DVD version and now the Blu-ray, there are no artifacts or compression as present on the DVD version.
Print Quality: 9/10
The audio is presented in a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. I can not complain one bit about the audio and how well the PPV sounds with a good surround setup. My one complaint is that this should have been in DTS-HD MA as all high definition releases should be. Entrance music is what stood out very well. The commentary came through the center with no issues sounding clean and clear.
Print Quality: 9/10
- Full episodes of Monday Night RAW and Friday Night SmackDown
Special Features: 8/10
This was a great pay per view offering from WWE. Almost every match was great, and the chamber matches really delivered in a big way. While the show was very predictable, it was still enjoyable none-the-less because of the overall quality of the wrestling on this show. Everyone worked their tails off and really took some brutal bumps. The non-wrestling stuff on this show was largely horrible, but it did not come close to taking away from the show as a whole. This is definately a show that is worth checking out.
Overall Rating: 8.5/10