WWE ELIMINATION CHAMBER LIVE COVERAGE: WWE Championship Elimination Chamber Match

Welcome to our exclusive live ongoing play-by-play coverage of WWE Elimination Chamber 2012. The following story contains detailed play-by-play results to the match written by Sean Hopkins.
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Justin Roberts runs down the rules of the match quickly before all the lights go out. Chris Jericho walks out in his ridiculous light-up jacket and makes his way quickly out to the Chamber and into one of the ringside pods.

WWE Elimination Chamber Match for the WWE Championship
- CM Punk (c) vs. Chris Jericho vs. The Miz vs. Dolph Ziggler w/Vickie Guerrero vs. R-Truth vs. Kofi Kingston

Introductions:

Cole reminds us that Jericho won the privilege to enter the last match as he’s locked into his pod. The second man to make his way to the Chamber is The Miz, who makes his way out to the ring to a less than favorable reaction. Miz trash talks Jericho, who’s locked in one of the pods, before posing for the crowd and heading into a pod of his own. Dolph Ziggler is the next man to make his way out to the ring, and of course he’s got his manager Vickie Guerrero in tow. Ziggler doesn’t get much of a reaction at all, but it isn’t too easy to hear the crowd tonight. Ziggler gets locked into a pod and entrant number four into the match, and the last guy to be entering one of the ringside pods, will be R-Truth. Truth makes his way out to the ring to a bit of a non-reaction, as I can’t even see any kind of reaction from the crowd.

Kofi Kingston is the first of the two participants who will begin this match to make his way down to the ring. Kingston pauses in front of the Chamber momentarily before ripping off his shirt and heading right in, looking around the Chamber and taking it all in. The WWE Champion himself, CM Punk, is the last man to make his way out to the ring, and if the Champ is going to retain his title he’ll have a long road to travel tonight. Punk gets a great reaction from the crowd as he makes his way into the Chamber, and slams the door behind him. Punk gets in Jericho’s face, the Truth’s, and finally Ziggler. Punk makes sure to show off the title to Kingston and Miz as well, to big pops from the crowd, before handing the title over the the referee.

The start:

The Chamber door is locked, and the bell rings. Kingston and Punk test each other out a bit before locking up. Kofi locks in a headlock but Punk fights it off. Kingston jumps to the outside in an impressive feat of athleticism. Back in the ring, Punk kicks at Kofi’s legs, hitting him with knees to the chest before sending him into the ropes and getting caught in a series of roll ups. Both men trade near falls, before Punk tries for the Go to Sleep. Kingston fights out of it and hits a nice high elbow, getting a one count out of a pin.

Mid-match notes:

Kofi goes for the boom drop, but Punk counters with a kick. Punk is sent to the outside but he lands on his feet. Punk tries to suplex Kingston to the outside, but Kingston lands on his feet and hits Punk with a belly to back suplex to the Chamber floor. Kofi tries to slingshot Punk into the Chamber wall, but Punk reverses and slingshots Kingston into Jericho’s pod. Punk picks Kingston up and gets revenge by executing a suplex on the Chamber floor.

Punk beats on Kofi in the corner, stomping away at him before trying to get a pin, and getting a two count. The clock counts down and the lights go dim. The first man to enter the match will be Dolph Ziggler. Ziggler heads into the match with fire, going right to Punk and hitting a fireman’s carry, dropping the champ on the chamber floor. Ziggler pulls himself up on the chamber wall, doing exercises before dropping a leg across Punk’s head. Ziggler rolls Punk into the ring and tries to get a pin, but only gets two. Ziggler splashes Kofi in the corner before whipping Punk into the opposite corner, trying the same thing, and missing, eating the corner turnbuckle.

Punk hits Ziggler with a clothesline, then so does Kofi. Kofi slams Ziggler to the mat, and Punk hits him with a beautiful enzugiri. Ziggler is able to whip Kofi into the corner, but he charges after and eats double boots from Kofi. Both Kofi and Punk go for springboard moves, but Ziggler ducks and both men crash into each other.

The crowd is completely behind Punk. The clock counts down and Punk tries for another pin on Kingston, getting a two count. The lights go dim and begin flashing again as R-Truth is revealed to be the next entrant to the match. Truth heads right for Ziggler and hits him with a couple of clotheslines before hip tossing him over the ropes and to the Chamber floor. Truth follows by launching himself out with a splash over the top rope on Ziggler on the Chamber floor.

Back in the ring, Truth hits Ziggler with a scissors kick, but Ziggler won’t stay down for three. Punk sends Truth into the corner and hits him with a knee to the forehead before hitting a big superplex that’s good for another two count. Kofi misses the trouble in paradise on Punk and Punk tosses him over the top to the outside. Punk slams Truth to the mat before heading to the top, taunting Jericho on the way, and hitting the Macho Man elbow drop. Punk pins Truth and gets three.

R Truth has been eliminated.

Ziggler tries for a roll up, but Punk counters, and eats trouble in paradise from Kofi. Ziggler breaks things up and things head to the outside. Kofi leaps from the ring ropes out to the Chamber wall, but Ziggler pulls him down off of the wall and slams him into the floor. The clock counts down again and we know Miz will be next since Jericho is last.

Miz heads into the match and hits Punk with the corner dropkick before launching him into the corner hard. Miz heads to the outside and turns to Kofi, whipping him into one of the pods and choking him on the floor before picking him up and slamming him down to the Chamber floor. Miz heads into the ring, and backdrops Ziggler back to the outside. He drags Ziggler back into the ring and goes for the pin, but he’s only able to get a two count. Miz heads back to the outside and picks Kofi up, slamming him into the ring post, Kofi responds with a kick, but when he heads to the top, Miz shoves him back down to the Chamber floor. Miz goes for the pin on Kofi in the ring but only gets two.

Miz goes for another corner dropkick but Punk counters, almost hitting the GTS. Miz almost counters with the SCF, but Punk fights it off. Miz is able to hit the low DDT before taking Punk into the ropes and choking him against the middle rope. Punk is able to fight Miz off and hit him with a neckbreaker. Punk sends Miz into the corner and charges into a big boot, but responds with a nice powerslam. Punk goes for the pin, but when he doesn’t get it, he locks Miz in the anaconda vise. The clock counts down again and Jericho makes his way in. Punk releases the hold and we get a stare down before both men begin trading rights.

Jericho sends Punk into the corner, then whips him to the mat where he hits a stiff hick to the spine and a single leg drop kick. Jericho tries for the Walls of Jericho but Punk fights it off. Punk tries for the GTS but Punk fights it off, hitting a bull dog and following it up with a lionsault. Jericho can’t get three on Punk though. Ziggler tries to roll up Jericho but only gets two. Jericho hits Ziggler with a codebreaker and pins him for the three count.

Dolph Ziggler has been eliminated.

Jericho heads to the outside and whips Kofi into the Chamber wall. He heads back into the ring and turns to Punk. Punk is able to stop Jericho in his tracks, slingshotting him over the ropes and out to the Chamber floor. Punk follows and picks Jericho up, slamming the back of his head into a chamber pod repeatedly before whipping him across the floor into another pod. Jericho heads into the pod and closes the door, trying to hold it closed. Punk is able to open it, but Jericho fights back, closing the pod door on Punk’s arm and slamming him shoulder first into a partially closed door.

Jericho turns his attention to Kofi and hits him with kicks and punches, but when he turns his attention away for a minute, he turns around into an SOS on the Chamber floor. Miz tries to steal a pin when Jericho rolls into the ring, but he only gets two. Miz and Kofi brawl for a bit and Miz beats on Kofi in the corner, trying for his corner clothesline again, but Kofi counters with a neat kick to the face. Kofi heads up to the top but he’s stopped by Miz who follows up and tries for a superplex. Miz is stopped by Punk, who pulls him out of the corner and plants him with a powerbomb, heading right into a pin for two.

Kofi has climbed to the top of one of the pods, and he leaps off the top, hitting both Miz and Punk with a huge cross body. Kofi goes for the pin on Miz but only gets two. Jericho attacks Kofi from behind and is able to lock in the Walls of Jericho. Kofi is forced to tap out.

Kofi Kingston has been eliminated.

Jericho holds on to the hold for a bit after Kingston taps out before sending Kofi to the outside. Jericho whips Kofi into the Chamber wall before slapping at his head. The referees open the Chamber door, and Jericho tosses Kofi out of the Chamber to the arena floor. Jericho turns around and eats a kick to the face from Punk that sends him flying from the cage. The referees and doctor’s are checking Jericho and they don’t get a response from him, so he looks to be eliminated from the match.

Punk is sitting on his knees in the cage, watching doctor’s check on not only Jericho, but a cameraman that Jericho wiped out on his fall out of the cage.

Back in the ring, the doors are closed and Miz tries to whip Punk into the Chamber wall. Punk sends things back in the ring. Miz hits a backbreaker, but Punk counters with a kick to the side of the head that gets him a near fall. Punk waits for Miz to get up in the corner before hitting a high knee, then running bulldog for another two count. Punk heads to the outside and springboards back in, but Miz catches him and hits the SCF. Miz goes for the pin, but Punk kicks out at two.

Miz hits Punk with repeated knees to the face before taking him into the corner, mounting him and hitting him with repeated right hands. Miz taunts Punk as he continues to bury knees in Punk’s stomach and chest. Miz turns around and charges Punk, but Punk moves and Miz goes shoulder first into the ring post, and head first into one of the pods. Punk shoulders Miz and hits the GTS, putting him down for the three count.

The Miz has been eliminated.

The bell rings and Punk celebrates with his title. His music hits and I guess I can go ahead and put this out here.

WINNER AND STILL WWE Champion: CM Punk

Punk heads to the outside and looks at the doctor’s working over Jericho, smirking a little bit on his way. Punk poses at the top of the entranceway with his title to big pops from the crowd.

Cole and Lawler begin talking about how excited they are about WrestleMania coming up before turning their attention to the Smackdown Elimination Chamber match. They talk about Randy Orton’s removal from the match, and his replacement: Santino Marella.

Santino is shown backstage with an empty glass and a carton of eggs. He’s dressed like Rocky. Santino cracks a couple of eggs into the glass and drinks them down, but turns around to immediately vomit them up. Santino smiles and nods.

Back out at ringside, Cole asks Booker and Lawler if they used to train that way. They turn their thoughts to Cena and Kane’s match later this evening, before we go into another video package that shows the hardships Cena has faced heading toward his match with The Rock at WrestleMania.

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