1. Big E Langston vs Jack Swagger - Intercontinental title match.
2. The New Age Outlaws vs The Uso's - Tag Team title match.
3. Darren Young vs Titus O'Neil.
4. The Shield vs The Wyatt Family.
5. AJ Lee vs Cameron - Diva's title match.
6. Batista vs Alberto Del Rio.
7. Elimination Chamber match for the WWE/World Heavyweight championship - Randy Orton vs Daniel Bryan vs John Cena vs Sheamus vs Antonio Cesaro vs Christian.
To kick off the show, Jack Swagger challenged Big E Langston for his intercontinental title, n a match I completely dreaded going into. Big E is a a big man with a pretty limited move set, while I've always found Swagger to be overrated. His move set looks awkward and he never looks like he clicks with his opponents in the chemistry department. However these two had a terrific opening match, they were able to click on all of the right levels and deliver an exciting and quick paced 12 minute match. Despite the match being overly predictable as to whom would win (Langston was over at the time and had just won the title), it still gets 3 out of a possible 5 stars.
After the Intercontinental title match, we are led straight into another title bout, where the the newly reformed New Age Outlaws (Road Dogg and Billy Gunn) defend their tag team gold against The Uso's. The match itself was just OK, they worked for about 9 and maintained a slow pace for the most part up until the end, and the Outlaws looked gassed by the end. The positive it had for it was that it had an totally unpredictable finish. 1.5 out of a possible 5 stars.
Anoher match that I wasn't too pleased with is next as the former fun tag team, The Primetime players, Darren Young and Titus O'Neil, squared off against one another. The match was over in about 5 minutes and was only on the card to show off O'Neil's power moves and heel turn. 1 out of a possible 5 stars.
The next match was the confrontation everyone wanted to see... The Shield taking on The Wyatt Family. Two of the biggest and over wrestling factions in recent memory. The match was long anticipated and built up perfectly in the month leading up to the event. Before the match even started, the two groups stared off with each other to a thunderous "this is awesome" chant. The match was perfect length at around 22 minutes, with a terrific pace. The match starts off a bit slow as each respective member of their groups get a chance to be in the ring. The final minutes were insane, with excellent near falls, false finishes, brawling, and everyone hitting their finishers. Intense match and the best of the night. 4 1/2 stars out of a possible 5.
In between 2 of the bigger matches is the Diva's championship match with AJ, the current longest reigning champion, defending against Cameron. In all seriousness, skip this match. Even if you're a fan of the diva's division. It's only 3 minutes long but it's pretty brutal. There were a few botches, and the finish was a DQ ending. There is no reason to watch this, No rating available.
Up next is the match between the returning Batista, whom is fresh off a royal rumble victory, and Alberto Del Rio. Despite Batista being the face going into this match, the crowd heavily favored Del Rio and booed Batista out of the building. It's hatred garnered toward Batista is completely understandable as the fans felt he took Daniel Bryan's much deserved spot after leaving for 4 years and coming back, instantly being thrust back into the main event. The match was slow pace and boring throughout. Prior to the start, Del Rio attacked Batista with weapons trying to gain the upper hand and get the crowd on Batista's side. Neither worked as the crowd exploded for everything Del Rio did to him. After about 6 minutes of complete domination, Batista came back with a spine buster and a Batista Bomb for the 1...2...3. 1 star out of a possible 5.
The main event is next as Randy Orton defends his title against five of the best WWE has to offer, Christian, whom just wants "one more match." Cesaro, the red hot new comer to the WWE, and is pound for pound the strongest in the company. John Cena... well he's John Cena, so his name alone pretty much means he'll be in the title match. Sheamus, who has made his way back up the card after a recent slump. Lastly, Daniel Bryan, the crowd's favorite whom has overcome so much in the months leading up to this event. I don't want to give too much of it away but overall it's a great Chamber match with what is to be expected of it. Lots of great brutality and some actually surprising eliminations. One big spot that I really loved was watch Cesaro put just about everyone through the chamber pods. 4 stars out of a possible 5.
Also if you're a fan of the Bad News Barrett gimmick (which I love), watch out for him in between the matches, he pops up with his podium 4 or 5 times throughout the event to deliver his bad news.
Video and Audio:
If you've seen one WWE DVD from the past year then you'll find this to be no different. The video quality for this transfer is the EXACT same. It's good, but nothing groundbreaking.
For audio, The 5.1 track was very clear. No noticeable distortions at all during the commentary or the fan chants.
- Pre-show match: Goldust and Cody Rhodes vs Ryback and Curtis Axel. A decent ten minute tag team matc that goes back and forth and has a solid ending.
- Backstage interview with Zeb Coulter, Antonio Cesaro, and Jack Swagger.
- Backstage interview with Randy Orton.
- Backstage interview with the Wyatt family.
- The final stop before WrestleMania proves to be a solid event. While some of the undercard lacked (the tag title match, Del Rio/Batista), the two marquee matches and the Intercontinental title match more than make up for the negatives. Recommended