Tonight at WWE Elimination Chamber, chants of “Jerry! Jerry! Jerry!” echoed through the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California as the WWE Championship match began between Jerry “The King” Lawler and reigning WWE champion The Miz.
Riding a wave of emotion, Jerry Lawler aggressively battled The Miz like a man 40 years his junior. On fire from the opening bell, Jerry Lawler beat The Miz from pillar to post, all while keeping a watchful eye on Alex Riley in The Miz’s corner.
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While he may be “awesome,” there was nothing particularly “awesome” about The Miz in the opening minutes of the contest. If not for a distraction by Alex Riley, it’s likely Lawler would have pinned The Miz without ever breaking a sweat. But the King was at a 2-to-1 disadvantage from the start.
Beating Lawler with a viscious array of high-impact blows, The Miz soon regained his confidence as Riley took every opportunity possible to land a cheap shot on Lawler.
But Jerry “The King” Lawler reminded his opponent of what it means to be a veteran. With more than enough fight left in him, Jerry Lawler battled back to his feet and once again put The Miz on the defensive.
With the WWE Universe firmly behind him, Jerry Lawler took it the Miz and nearly secure a pinfall and the title on more than one occasion. Eventually, however, after three recognized interferences from Riley, the ref tossed The Miz’s close friend and associate from ringside.
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Taking his place in support of the Miz was Michael Cole, who mocked Lawler and managed to distract the challenge from the Miz on more than one occasion.
Still out-numbered 2-to-1, Lawler tossed the Miz into the announce booth and knocked Michael Cole out cold.
But would it ultimately be Lawler’s night in the end?
Perhaps if not for the prolonged outside distractions from Alex Riley and Michael Cole he would have. Sadly for Lawler, The Miz once again managed to upset the WWE Universe by securing a pinfall over the WWE legend.
The Miz is going to WrestleMania as WWE Champion.
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For weeks, there has been a sentimental buzz in the WWE Universe the likes of which hasn’t been seen since WrestleMania 26 resulted in Shawn Michael’s emotional retirement match against the Undertaker. Three weeks ago, however, nostalgia began to sweep across the WWE Universe as Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler earned his first ever pay-per-view title shot against reigning WWE Champion The Miz at WWE’s Elimination Chamber.
While millions of WWE fans wanted to see The Miz drop the title at WrestleMania 27, a comparable number wanted Jerry Lawler to have his well-deserved moment in the sun. As a result, the WWE Universe was effectively split on whether Jerry Lawler should become the oldest WWE champion in World Wrestling Entertainment history.
For Lawler, the road to WrestleMania began as the King bested seven other WWE superstars – including John Cena, Randy Orton, and Sheamus – to become the No. 1 contender for the WWE championship at tonight’s Elimination Chamber pay-per-view. For
Lawler, the victory comes after broadcast partner and Miz fanboy Michael Cole arguably cost Lawler a title victory last December on WWE Monday Night Raw by interfering in the ladder match Lawler was granted against The Miz.
Although there’s no telling what WWE may ultimately do with the Jerry Lawler storyline moving forward, Lawler – at age 61 – is arguably among the most popular WWE superstars in World Wrestling Entertainment today. And, for that reason, the WWE Hall of Famer likely has many battles left in his long, storied career.
Do you agree with the outcome tonight at WWE Elimination Chamber and will anything more come of the Jerry Lawler and Miz feud before WrestleMania 27.