Santino Marella to Replace Randy Orton’s Elimination Chamber Spot, Updated Card
- Due to injury, Randy Orton was pulled from the World Heavyweight Title Elimination Chamber match at this Sunday’s pay-per-view. A battle royal was held at the Smackdown tapings to determine who would fill Orton’s spot in the Chamber and that battle royal was won by none other than Santino Marella.
- WWE’s website has announced that Mark Henry will unexpectedly return to SmackDown on this Friday’s show.
They have also spoiled the Elimination Chamber change and announced Santino Marella as Randy Orton’s replacement. The following comes from WWE’s website:
“FRESNO, Calif. – In a grueling Elimination Chamber Wild Card Battle Royal announced by SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long, Santino Marella earned the right to battle Wade Barrett, Big Show, The Great Khali, Intercontinental Champion Cody Rhodes and World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan in the SmackDown Elimination Chamber Match.
The Italian Stallion surpassed competitors from Raw, SmackDown and WWE NXT to win the right to replace Randy Orton – who is out of action with a concussion – in Sunday’s Elimination Chamber clash for the World Heavyweight Championship. In the bout’s final, tense moments, Santino sent Raw’s David Otunga tumbling over the top rope to get the victory.”
Here’s what looks to be the final card for Sunday’s pay-per-view:
Elimination Chamber for the WWE Title
The Miz vs. R-Truth vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Chris Jericho vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. CM Punk
Elimination Chamber for the World Heavyweight Title
Santino Marella vs. The Great Khali vs. Big Show vs. Wade Barrett vs. Cody Rhodes vs. Daniel Bryan
WWE Divas Title Match
Tamina Snuka vs. Beth Phoenix
Kane vs. John Cena