According to WWE’s official website, Santino Marella has been announced as Randy Orton’s replacement in The Smackdown brand’s World Heavyweight Championship Elimination Chamber match, this Sunday on pay per view.
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.
Wow, a Battle Royale that came down to David Otunga and Santino Marella, how scintillating. One would hope this is just a set up for a bigger name to eventually step into the chamber, as Smackdown’s version of this match was already so thin that The Great Khali was added to it. With Randy Orton on the shelf, it should make for an interesting final Smackdown before Sunday’s big world title bout.