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G5: Elimination Chamber, romance in wrestling, wrestling vs. boxing & more
Written by NZPWI G5 Panel   
Feb 15, 2013 at 07:29 AM

We're well on the Road to WrestleMania now, and one of the main stops along the way is the Elimination Chamber, traditionally one of WWE's more brutal ppvs. We take a look at how the card is shaping up.

We also discuss the latest pairing of Austin Aries and Bobby Roode, and we bring some Valentine's Day thoughts on romance in wrestling. On the flip side, we reveal our own personal annoyances with wrestlers, and we compare wrestling and boxing - which is more respectable?

Glad to have you with us for this week's edition of Gimme Five.

1) Elimination Chamber is this weekend – what match or matches are you most looking forward to. Are you disappointed that there’s only one match in the Elimination Chamber on the card, and that’s not even for a title? Does this PPV speed hump on the Road to WrestleMania mean much to you?

Steph:
I'm really only in it for the Chamber match itself, and I do wish there were more than one. I love the gimmicky PPVs, and EC has seen some breathtakingly good spots over the last few years. I'm a little disappointed in this year's card, to be honest.

Kirsty:
Actually I'm feeling very encouraged by the whole card, even the Divas match. I've always enjoyed Elimination Chamber, and like Steph I wish there were the usual two matches, but overall it's looking like an exciting event.

Zak:
I wasn't a fan of the Elimination Chamber PPV when it was first announced, because it completely takes away from the specialness of the Chamber match itself. We're a few years in though and I might as well accept that it's here to stay, so I have to admit that the card is looking pretty awesome. The Rock/Punk match should be great, and EC matches are always entertaining.

Dion:
I like the Elimination Chamber! It would've been nice to see two Chamber matches, but it is what is. I'm looking forward to it!

Blake:
I think that there's gonna be a bit of a twist. For years we've been playing six-man elimination tag Elimination Chamber matches in the video games; Cena/Ryback/Sheamus vs. The Shield. This PPV has a lot of potential, as long as people remember that this is a PPV designed to build to 'Mania, not to end feuds.

Scott:
I’m looking forward to both the six-man tag and the WHC number one contender match, but I do wish both would be within the Chamber. It is one of my favourite WWE gimmick matches, and only have one currently booked for the card seems a bit of a shame to me. The Shield versus The Superheroes in the Chamber, under some kind of “war games” rules would be a great spectacle.

But as for the pay-per-view as a whole, I’ve never liked where it sits on the calendar. I do see it as a speed hump between Royal Rumble and WrestleMania, and this year in particular it seems unlikely to throw up anything that’ll change the courses set for the likes of The Rock, John Cena or Brock Lesnar heading to the biggest show of the year. I still feel Royal Rumble and Elimination Chamber should swap places, that’d really return meaning to the concept of winning the Rumble and going onto WrestleMania’s main event.

Stevie:
I'm holding out hope that we'll get the second Chamber match for a Wargames-type affair. But I like the Chamber being for contendership. The other title gets the Rumble and that seems appropriate. Two big matches to qualify for the ultimate prizes.

David:
I prefer having one Elimination Chamber match on the card, not for the title. It's great making six men who couldn't win the Royal Rumble prove themselves again in one of the toughest matches we've ever seen. This way you have the two strongest possible challengers challenging for the two biggest titles at WrestleMania, and - as an attendee of this year's showcase of the immortals - I'm all for having the biggest and best card.


2) Austin Aries and Bobby Roode’s sudden union into a tag team has quickly borne fruit, winning the pair the TNA World Tag Team Championships from Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez. Do you think this unlikely duo winning the tag team titles is a good idea? Do you think the pair have what it takes to have “legs” as a tag team?

Steph:
I love them. I want them to feud with Bad Influence. I want Impact to be one two-hour snark-fest between Aries/Roode and Bad Influence.

Kirsty:
I know that they've both had great singles runs and that their teaming up is exciting, but I would rather see them both in the main event for the title. I think the pair of them could have a fantastic storyline and some awesome matches. Hopefully it's still on the cards, and in the meantime their run as tag team champions should be fun.

Zak:
I'm a big Aries fan and Roode has grown on me recently, so seeing them team together is pretty cool. I have my doubts about how long they will last though.

Dion:
It's par for the course, isn't it? It's such common practice that no one will blink an eyelid.

That said, I think it's a fantastic pairing. Those two will have so much chemistry and yes, the team could have some real legs.

Blake:
No. Just, no...

Scott:
It’s surprising, entertaining, and fun. And not too swervy. Good stuff, TNA, more of this please!

Stevie:
I'm a big fan of both guys. They're singles stars to me but this will prove for some good TV - not that egotistic, bickering tag champions is a new thing at all, but it's always going to be more interesting to watch than just two guys who are friends.

David:
I like it, a sort of modern, TNA version of Austin and Triple H's two-man power trip from 2001. Hopefully Aries goes after the X-Division Championship next, and Roode has another crack at the World Heavyweight Championship picture.


3) Its Valentine’s Day this week, so tell us your favourite association of romance and professional wrestling. On screen or off, what in wrestling makes you think of love hearts and roses?

Steph:
Always Edge and Lita's wedding. A thing of great beauty.

Kirsty:
John Cena laying a big pash on Maria right before their tag team match. Now THAT is how you kiss on screen.

Zak:
Perhaps an unorthodox answer, but I always thought Vickie and Eddie Guerrero's off-screen relationship was a great story. Anyone who has seen the Cheating Death, Stealing Life DVD will understand that those two went through a lot together and came through it on the other side. In terms of entertainment value, the Matt Hardy/Edge/Lita love triangle was incredibly fun to watch unfold, both on TV and over the internet.

Dion:
I think it would have to be Randy Savage and Miss Elizabeth. Ignoring the backstage drama in their personal lives, that WrestleMania VII moment when Liz got her man back was very cool.

Blake:
Kane and Kelly Kelly... fine, Kane and Katie Vick.

Scott:
I love the little stories you hear now and then about what goes on behind the scenes. Vickie and Eddie’s renewal of their vows. The charming, adoring power-couple of John Layfield and Meredith Whitney. A former NZPWI correspondent who met her husband through wrestling and are expecting their first child. Even the wild and wonderful romance I had for a while with someone I met through the wrestling scene. I like to see people happy. Such a romantic…

Stevie:
I really connected with the entire Kane/Hardy/Lita/Edge drama. Fun stuff. Also, everything involving Saveg/Elizabeth and DDP/Kimberly. Especially when these people all collided in WCW.

David:
Matt Hardy and Lita are always my go-to couple, because they were at the height of their popularity when I first got interested in wrestling. I loved watching their whole saga unfold, all the way through to Edge's involvement and Hardy's firing and subsequent rehiring.


4) Name one thing done by one wrestler that really annoys you. Some little thing that maybe only you notice and you really really wish they’d just stop doing.

Steph:
I'm torn between AJ Styles' insistence on brushing his hair forward (-50 hotness points) and The Rock's facial expression which is meant to convey "intensity" but just reads to me as "constipated".

Kirsty:
I wish Vickie Guerrero would stop wearing ankle straps. Her legs aren't the right shape for them.

Zak:
That thing AJ does where she tilts her head to one side to try and look crazy/cute at the same time. At first it was kind of subtle but now it just looks ridiculous.

Blake:
I hate how Alberto Del Rio uses the Backstabber and Black Out as signature moves. If they weren't being used as finishers by others, it wouldn't bother me. But they are, and it does. Another thing that annoys me is that Khali still has a contract.

Scott:
Ryback’s yawning / face stretching. And I know exactly why he does it, because I do the same – yawning in times of nervousness, anxiety, high-tension isn’t uncommon. He tries to cover it, but once seen it can’t be unseen. But it’s probably unconscious, so may not be a lot he can do about it.

Stevie:
It's noticed by many but I really can't ever get over how John Cena smirks at those he's interacting with. It's like the jock at high school, so full of himself. It deflates all the work his opponents are doing by making everything a joke. HHH was someone who did a similar thing and that grated. Just had to be the coolest guy at the table.

David:
At the moment, it's Brooke Hogan and Bully Ray acting like they're married, despite the fact I - and the entire world - saw their ceremony get disrupted live on Impact Wrestling.


5) It seems an appropriate question to ask after the latest instalment in the Sonny Bill Williams saga. Which is more respectable, and why: professional wrestling or professional boxing?

Steph:
I have to drop a Futurama quote here: "Oh man, I thought robo-wrestling was real, like professional wrestling, but it's fake, like boxing." Especially after the latest SBW match, professional wrestling gets to hold its head higher because at least they acknowledge the scripting.

Kirsty:
I don't watch boxing so I'm not really qualified to answer, except to make one little point: name the last time a wrestler bit off another wrestler's ear.

Zak:
At least pro-wrestling kind of acknowledges how ridiculous it all is. Boxing plays everything so straight that it comes off like a bad comedy movie written by and starring people who think they're funnier than they really are.

Dion:
This is a big topic! Boxing has traditionally been full of dodgy characters and dealings. And that is starting to spill over and become more prominent as professional sport rises.

At least with professional wrestling, everyone knows what they're getting!

Blake:
All ring sports are about who can beat up people best and who can kiss rump the best. The answer is easy; neither is truly respectable except for those involved in the industry.

Scott:
Well, both professional wrestling and professional boxing are entertainments set up by wide-boy promoters to fleece marks of their money. But at least in wrestling part of the fun is knowing you’re being played for your money; the pretence of it being an actual “sporting contest” is long gone. Still, wouldn't it be cool for the TAB to open itself for betting on WrestleMania?

Stevie:
Scott's answer nails it for me. The whole SBW thing still really got under my nerves, even though I know he's a manufactured celebrity.

David:
Wrestling! No one questions the legitimacy of it, because it's all out in the open. And you don't see Batista or Triple H getting Manny Pacquiáo or Floyd Mayweather to accompany them to the ring.

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