In 2021, WWE increasingly feels like it is fantasy-booked by a bot coded, with a naive optimism, in late 2012.
The Miz is getting an opportunity to show that he was done dirty the prior year, and can become a legitimate headliner and not a midcard guy with see-through work! That Roman Reigns is clearly the heel of the Shield! Drew McIntyre had amazing entrance music and thus had to be good, so let's strap that rocket to 'im! Cesaro is a phenomenon in the ring, which is all that matters, and he must be pushed. He can "connect with the fans" later - it is imperative that he main events WrestleMania! This custom match graphic proves it! That AJ Styles is awesome in TNA and he deserves a push, too. If only that f*cker Vince McMahon wasn't so obsessed with giants, gah!
In WWE, the preceding nine years of reality simply have not happened. If a WWE stan tripped over the strap of their replica belt and landed on their head a decade ago, they'd emerge from that coma today reassured. Literally any other human being would have to be drip-fed information to not feel profoundly overwhelmed by vast societal change.
Beyond two egregiously bad finishes, there was nothing actively awful about Elimination Chamber 2021.
But the gimmick, the talent, the ideas - it's just getting to be so old.
7. KICKOFF: John Morrison Vs. Ricochet Vs. Mustafa Ali Vs. Ricochet
There was a spot here early that makes an absolute mockery of the AeW jUST doEs SPOtFesTs takes.
They are manifestations of deranged, brainwashed bias because where is the same energy for the four-way neckbreaker spot that John Morrison had to sell, very suspiciously, just to set up? This was just a thing they'd all thought would look cool, and while there's nothing inherently wrong with that, it wasn't a Legion Building classic.
Gauging by the story of the match, it would appear that RETRIBUTION care about Ricochet again. #longtermstorytelling!
But why would they? He eats sh*t on Main Event every week, and they already won the feud. Or did they? You'll never remember. Admit it.
The action was reasonable at its worst, and some of the exchanges worked between Ricochet and Ali were very good. But as is so often the case with a genre of match WWE just doesn't get, the pops never escalated into a crescendo, and there was an enervated quality to almost everything. At one point, they all did the all-fall-down spot - the modern carny's way of summoning a "This is awesome!" chant. It comes to something when they didn't even .wav it in the production truck. A caught Ricochet dive - after which his back ate a ring post - looked fantastic, mind.
Otherwise, this was mere indie fare as Content.
Star Rating: ★★¾