WWE has released another dvd that focuses on 1 match (the other being Bloodbath from, I think 03 or 05? And the awesome HIAC set). The Elimination Chamber is one of the most demonic structures ever invented (I still think HIAC is THE most demonic structure, but EC is just right under it). For those that havent seen a EC match, don't remember them, or just ordered the ppvs or them, this set is for you. They have every EC Match from SSeries 02 (the first) to EC 2010. SO let's get to em!!!
Please note: Don't remember all of what happened in these matches because I haven't seen them in awhile. I;m giving a review now before re-watching on purpose because I do don't want to give all the good stuff away. If I did, what's the point in buying since you'd already know the good parts? I may throw in some good parts to generate interests though.
HHH (c) vs. Shawn Michaels vs. Booker T vs. Rob Van Dam vs. Kane vs. Chris Jericho - this was the first EC match. a lot of people say this was the best one. idk which EC match is best to me, but this was a good one, a real real good one. I say the MVP is RVD. He was very innovative here & when he did the 2 Star, it was very daring/brave of him to come off the chamber pod. Kane was good. Gave it his all in there. Just wish he lasted longer. Same with Booker T. Jericho was great here too. HHH, of course, ALWAYS has to last long. I feel he shouldve been eliminated earlier. but THANK GOD he FINALLY lost the Title. HBK won & 5th, and now, last World Title. I feel he shouldve had it longer or had another run.
HHH (c) vs. Goldberg vs. Kevin Nash vs. Shawn Michaels vs. Chris Jericho vs. Randy Orton - Didnt like this one too much, but it was good. I thought HBK should;ve won this one just because he was my favorite in this match. I'm a fan of his. My 2nd pick was Jericho. But, HHH won. Shouldve predicted that. I gotta hand it to Orton though. I took a lot of finishers in a row (dont remember who's or how many). Goldberg had a dominant performance so I feel he really should've won. (if not HBK or Jericho). But then again, maybe they felt he wasnt getting as over as they hoped or wanted? Cant say as I don't work for WWE & dont wanna say this should or shouldnt happen because of this or that. I'm not a WWE employee & dont wanna pretend to be one. Nash did ok. Just didnt last long.
Chris Benoit vs. Chris Jericho vs. Randy Orton vs. Batista vs. Edge vs. Triple H (Ref: HBK) - There was no champion going into this as a result of a controversial ending to a previous Title bout. Plenty of highlights that I do not want to give away. Let's just say this showed that WWE wasn't as bad in 2005 as some thought.
John Cena (c) vs. Kane vs. Shawn Michaels vs. Kurt Angle vs. Carlito vs. Chris Masters - I think this was the first time that the WWE Title was defended inside this dreaded structure. HBK started first because of Vince, Carlito/Masters teaming up till one turned on the other (you knew it'd happen eventually lol. In a Title match, how can it not?) are just a few stories that are told here & in a great way. The aftermath is what made it VERY GOOD for me....."You Think You Know Me"
Big Show (c) vs. Bobby Lashley vs. C.M. Punk vs. Rob Van Dam vs. Test vs. Hardcore Holly - I did not see this yet & Idk if I ever can/will. I could never watch WWE's ECW (except for ONS 05 since that was ORIGINAL ECW). I did like that RVD was in it cuz he knows how to use the Chamber & he;s innovative. Also like that Punk was in here cuz that this time, he was thought as the future and was REALLY GOOD at SSeries 06 so he deserved to be in a Title match.
Undertaker vs. Batista vs. Finlay vs. Great Khali vs. Big Daddy V vs. M.V.P. - One of my favorites because it was the continuation of the UT/Batista rivalry, which rejuvenated Batista & his career in my & many other people's opinions. Didn't like that BDV & TGK were in it, but Finlay was good enough to be there. MVP was & still is the future. THen you have the first 2 who were also the last 2, which is what I liked about this BEST, UT & Batista. MVP got chokeslammed off the top of the Chamber pod & Taker did an AMAZING counter into a Tombstone.
Triple H vs. Jeff Hardy vs. Chris Jericho vs. Shawn Michaels vs. J.B.L. vs. Umaga - Took place the same time that the match before this, NWO 08. Highlight for me was Jeff Hardy & HHH. There were other good stuff too. Jericho has always been one of my favorites. He was an awesome face. But his current heel persona is by far, his very best to me.
Edge (c) vs. Triple H vs. Jeff Hardy vs. Undertaker vs. Big Show vs. Vladimir Kozlov - Only remember 3 things about this:
1. Edge was eliminated very quickly! Don't think that was done before.
2. Taker picking up Jeff Hardy from the concrete (when I first saw it, the way he did made me think he was gonna do a sidewalk slam, but instead it was the dreaded Tombstone)
3. The last 2 men gave it their all. Taker & HHH. I don't like HHH. But Taker can work great with anyone and HHH is no exception. And HHH is a great wrestler. I'm not taking anything away from him. Just cuz I don't like him doesn't mean I'm
not gonna admit he's a great wrestler cuz he is. If he wasn't, he wouldn't last this long. They would've let him go before DX was born if he wasn't this good. Just wish Taker won. But in the end, the fans won because Taker losing this meant the classic WM25 match between UT & HBK happened. Had Taker won, the WM25 wouldn't exist.
John Cena (c) vs. Rey Mysterio vs. Kane vs. Chris Jericho vs. Edge vs. Mike Knox - It was supposed to Be Kofi Kingston in here (wish it was. He's innovative enough to use this Chamber to his advantage like RVD/Jeff Hardy). It was a good match & it was this very match that made me, for the first time, notice & see WWE's brilliant youth movement. Credit to them for that strategy. Veterans cannot go all year long so let the young ones shine when the veterans are/aren't there. THat way, when the veterans return, they can work with the young talents & elevate them. It;s just a faster way of creating new stars. I just hope no one pulls another Brock Lesnar stunt. Taker lost to him twice (No Mercy 2002/2003) & left before Taker can pin him. Wow. Taker doesn't care...at least, I don't think he does. But still, the man put you over. You should let him get one, JUST ONE on you. I mean, he was the face. Faces eventually end up finishing the feud with the heels as winners. Anyway, back to the match. It was as good as you can expect. You had Rey, a high flyer. Jericho, who could be a high flyer when he wants to be. Kane, who's a hard worker & someone who's signature move is a high flying clothesline. Then you have Cena, Knox, and Edge. I don't remember what happened. But anytime Kane or Jericho or Edge or Mysterio is in a match, I usually enjoy it so I probably enjoyed this & you might too, esp. if you're a fan of these 4.
WWE Champion Sheamus vs. Triple H vs. John Cena vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Randy Orton vs. Ted Dibiase - Here is another prime example of WWE's youth movement. Other than HHH, all the other guys here are seen by WWE as the future of the company. WHy else would they be here lol? Orton's inevitable face turn was set up here (actually before. But it was clearly evident here that he'd turn face) when he was pinned by none other than his Legacy team mate, Ted Dibiase. The match between HHH & his real life training/sparring partner, Sheamus, was set up here. Kofi just matured more as an in ring competitor, got more experience. And Cena was Cena. But after the match, which I think Cena won, he lost to Batista, courtesy of a Batistabomb. And that set up their Title match at WM & the feud continued till Over the Limit. Next night on RAW, Batista THANKFULLY left WWE. He got in at too old an age anyways (most retire or are damn ner close to retiring at the age Batista got in). Can't believe he lasted long & had the Title as long and as many times as he did. But maybe that's because Vince loves big guys. If he worked a limited schedule, then I can see it. And he was too injury prone. Hope he stays gone.
World Champion Undertaker vs. John Morrison vs. Rey Mysterio vs. R-Truth vs. C.M. Punk vs. Chris Jericho - I loved this match. THis & the previous match before this took place at EC 2010. That one was good cuz it set up future WM matches & feuds. But, in terms of match quality, I personally enjoyed this more. A lot say the RAW EC was better. But, not IMO.
I don't remember what match it was in (I'm thinkin NWO 08) But Jeff Hardy did an amazing spot. Then again, he always does. So maybe he did it in all the ECs he was in. I think it was a Whisper In The Wind, Swanton Bomb, or both, off the top of the Chamber pod. I'm really leaning towards Swanton at NWO 08. Not sure though.
This is one of very few DVDs where Benoit is featured so GET IT, esp. if you're a fan of his wrestling.
Glad this is released. But idk why they released this barbaric match as an Anthology set during WWE's PG era. I mean, there's blood here that is NOT edited & unlike now, matches are not temporarily stopped for blood. Not to mention the name of the DVD, Satan's Prison. Their PG era needs to be tweaked of it;s too be worked effectively esp. long term. This is an example of that to me,