On the latest “ARN” podcast, Arn Anderson and Conrad Thompson covered WWE Elimination Chamber 2011. That show included John Cena, CM Punk, Sheamus, John Morrison, Randy Orton, and R-Truth in a Chamber match for the WWE Championship. That show also featured a second Chamber match for the World Championship featuring Edge, Rey Mysterio, Kane, Drew McIntyre, Wade Barrett, and The Big Show. Also, the card included The Miz vs. Jerry “The King” Lawler and Daniel Bryan vs. Ted DiBiase Jr. among other matches.
Arn had a lot to say about the Elimination Chamber structure:
“The fact is, for 9/10ths of its existence, that cage was built not to be, talent friendly. I got to admit, I walked around and there were very few padded spots. A lot of it was chain link I know it was designed to look dangerous, but when it really becomes dangerous, who are we working here? Who are we ribbing? There were not very many soft spots. The way it was designed, there weren’t a whole lot of things you can do in there because you were trapped. There wasn’t a lot of excess room on the roof of the cage where you could go up top and stand up and do a lot of stuff without a soft place to land anywhere, or at least a safe place to land and your choices got really small. They (the wrestlers) did not like it. They did not enjoy it. Of course, it was a main event that had World Title ramifications.
If you were a top guy, you wanted to be in it even though you knew it was dangerous. I heard them talking. They weren’t kidding, ‘I expect to get hurt tonight in that cage just because of the construction.’ But still, it was a main event on the show. It was a main event payoff. It positions you in a scenario where you can try to be creative and come up with something different. There were a lot of challenges, but a lot of positives as far as the guy that walked out of there as the winner.”
Note: WWE has made changes to the Chamber structure so what Arn is saying may not necessarily apply to the current setup.
Arn talked about the first time he met The Rock:
“Before WCW was bought, The Rock had already flamed up. I mean, he was red hot. I was walking through the Pittsburgh airport early one morning. We had done a show there the night before and it was empty. I don’t know if you know about Pittsburgh, but it’s pretty spread out. The places to eat are spread out, but I found a place. I bellied up to the bar and I was placing an order. But, there was nobody around. All of a sudden, I heard, ‘Enforcer.’ I turn around and it’s Rock. I never met Rock. He said, ‘If you got just a moment.’ I said, ‘Yea.’ He said, ‘I just want to thank you for everything you contributed to the business, all your hard work and dedication and all the things you mean to the industry.’ It was a plethora of nice things. He shook my hand and gave me a hug. I never met this guy. It’s one of those things, I can count on one hand times I’ve been treated that respectfully, and that was one of them. It just floored me. He didn’t have to do that. He could have just kept walking and we would have never even made eye contact. But, that’s the kind of guy he is. He’s just a classy, respectful, talented guy that I for one, am tickled to death for all his success. It couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy and a bigger professional.”
There was a lot more covered on this podcast. You can listen to it now at AdFreeShows.com.