It was all about bad timing tonight, including the fact that my brother and I arrived late at the theater tonight (thinking, who the hell would pay to watch this crap besides us?) and found ourselves with some pretty bad options for seating.
Eugene/Regal Vs. Tomko/Christian
My bad timing continued, as I missed almost all of this match while trying to go get snacks, including the debut of the Hulksteresque T-Shirt. You could tell right away when Eugene landed something was wrong, and the half-hearted pinfall from there proved my point. Not a horrible match or anything (for the three minutes of it I saw).
Lita Vs. Trish
Talk about bad timing.... Right after JR says that Lita isn't going to do suicide dives anymore, she makes up a new variation. And again, you could tell right away something was amiss and another quick finish. Must be something in the air....
Shelton Benjamin Vs. Maven
Can't complain about what happened here. By showing off the stalling/mic work/heelishness of Maven, you've given me a reason to care about this little feud. Even if we don't end up seeing an actual match here. Still, nice storyline beginning.
Jerry Lawler Vs. Mohammad Hassan
Absolutely horrible. Nothing against Hassan; he is tremendous on the stick and even took a few decent bumps. But Lawler is simply too old to be wrestling a modern-style WWE match, and the fact that they abandoned the commentary table (for what reason?) during this didn't help at all. On the plus side, Daivari is shaping up to be the next Ric Flair, manager-wise. He was great.
Kane Vs. SHNITSKY
This was the worst one of the night. Don't get me wrong; I wasn't expecting a match for the ages here, just wish they could have clicked a bit better given their past. Coach was right in saying Kane was rusty, too; although his line saying as much was just plain stupid. Either way, this match sucked, and it's NOT MY FAULT!!!
Possibly the best all-around Chamber match of the three so far, which is no small feat. Jericho, in particular, worked his ass off and perhaps even outshined Benoit (though The Crippler's chops were really ON tonight). Triple H bumped and sold like crazy, which should but probably won't shut some people up. Batista was just about perfect in his role as the caged animal. Edge did almost entirely what I expected, but looked pretty good doing it. And Orton... well, whatever, he lost, that's all that really counts, right?
I DID expect Michaels to be more of a factor, in particular aiding HHH at some stage. Regardless, the decision to give The Game his title back was a sound one, and can still work towards an Orton-Batista-HHH match at Mania if that's where they want to go.
Overall, this was just a one-match show anyways, so on that front, they delivered as promised. But the bad timing in the opening two matches left them with FAR too much time to kill, and it really showed this time around.
Hey, whaddya know? I went 6 for 6 in my predictions
; at least that worked out.