[WWE News] ‘Elimination Chamber’ 2013 Preview; Lineup + Predictions
The march to Wrestlemania 29 makes a pit stop in New Orleans this Sunday as WWE presents Elimination Chamber. With a big main event and a star-studded Elimination Chamber match it’s definitely looking more like a must-buy than most non-big four WWE PPV’s.
Click “read more” for the full lineup plus my own thoughts and predictions.
Quick Match Lineup:
- Main Event: The Rock (c) Vs. CM Punk for the WWE Championship; if Rock is DQed or counted out he loses the championship.
- Elimination Chamber: Chris Jericho Vs. Randy Orton Vs. Daniel Bryan Vs. Kane Vs. Mark Henry Vs. Jack Swagger; winner gets the World Heavyweight Championship shot at Wrestlemania 29.
- John Cena, Ryback, & Sheamus Vs. The Shield (Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, & Roman Reigns)
- Alberto Del Rio (c) Vs. The Big Show for the World Heavyweight Championship
- Antonio Cesaro (c) Vs. The Miz for the WWE United States Championship
- Kaitlyn (c) Vs. Tamina Snuka for the WWE Divas Championship
- YouTube Pre-Show: Brodus Clay & Tensai Vs. The Rhodes Scholars (Damien Sandow & Cody Rhodes)
Main Event: The Rock (c) Vs. CM Punk for the WWE Championship
- THE BUILD: The Rock defeated Punk at Royal Rumble to end his 400+ day reign as WWE Championship. Since then Punk has been a ball of fire, screaming that he was screwed and that he was still champion due to the screwy ending of their first match. Punk challenged Rock for the Elimination Chamber but under the pretense that he was the one granting the rematch, not Rock. Last Monday on Raw things got a little more interesting as not only did Punk steal the physical WWE Championship at the close of the show but Paul Heyman managed to get a stipulation added: if Rock is counted out or disqualified, he loses the championship. No champion’s advantage for “The Great One” and a whole lot of options for Punk and Heyman.
- THOUGHTS: With all the kinks worked out at the Royal Rumble, I expect the sequel match to be even better. The DQ/Countout stipulation is interesting and opens the door wide open for a variety of screwjob finishes and Punk getting the championship back which I’m sure some will cling to but I think it’s a purposeful red herring. The possibility of Punk coming out as champ is minimal at best so expect some interference to backfire and Rock to overcome the odds once again and remain champion. Just think of how much fun the build to Rock/Cena II is going to be on Twitter. So many jokes and snipes await.
- PREDICTION: The Rock retains the WWE Championship.
Elimination Chamber: Chris Jericho Vs. Mark Henry Vs. Randy Orton Vs. Daniel Bryan Vs. Kane Vs. Jack Swagger
- THE BUILD: The winner of this Elimination Chamber gets the World Heavyweight Championship shot at Wrestlemania 29 and Smackdown GM Booker T has spent the past few weeks evaluating talent and handpicking each participant. As for storylines within the match, Team Hell No are currently bickering and have been more about singles glory recently and Mark Henry and Jack Swagger have both returned with their nasty mean streaks in tact, the latter taking a more jingoistic bent courtesy of his new manager Zeb Colter.
- THOUGHTS: When Mark Henry returned, I immediately had him pegged for winning the Elimination Chamber as he has been one of the WWE’s biggest stars over the past few years (apparently anyway; I still don’t get it because his resurgence was during my dark period). But there are so many factors at play here that it’s hard to really gauge what will happen. Bryan and Kane cancel each other out, as they’ll probably cost each other the match leading to a feud, and I don’t really see Orton winning the Chamber for any reason. That lives Henry, Jack Swagger, and Chris Jericho as the three with the best chance and the latter two are more based around the outcome of the World Heavyweight Championship match; Swagger’s new found Jingoism makes him a perfect foil for the current champion but even if Ziggler cashes in, the feud can still happen. If Ziggler does cash in, Jericho makes the most sense to be his first opponent as they have rekindled their feud (sort-of) since he made his return last month. My vote is between Jericho and Swagger, but never count out Henry. I just personally have no stock in him.
- PREDICTION: Jack Swagger (if Del Rio retains) or Chris Jericho (if Ziggler cashes in)
John Cena, Ryback, & Sheamus Vs. The Shield (Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, & Roman Reigns)
- THE BUILD: The Shield have been causing nothing but trouble since making their presence felt back at the Survivor Series and after attacking John Cena, the Superman of the WWE rounded up a couple of his buddies and challenged the renegade group to a six-man tag team match. Ryback and Sheamus have their own histories with The Shield, with the former continually screwed out of the WWE Championship by the trio and the latter a victim of their attacks. It’s the three biggest WWE good guys against what I guess is WWE’s biggest threat.
- THOUGHTS: I love the guys in The Shield but their whole schtick is played out as they’ve been all but directionless outside of saving Punk from Ryback over the past few months. With the supergroup of Cena, Sheamus, and Ryback going up against them it’s the perfect time to either debut a new member and push the story along or have them lose and let each man go their separate way. Hard to tell what will happen exactly, but I will say this: I would be shocked if Cena, Sheamus, and Ryback lost this match. Cena is poised to headline Wrestlemania 29 and won’t take the loss, Ryback needs the win to look credible after repeatedly losing at every PPV, and Sheamus…well he needs something since he’s just been floating around post-World Heavyweight Championship loss. Expect The Shield to lose here and the internet to blow up in a fiery rage.
- PREDICTION: John Cena, Ryback, & Sheamus
Alberto Del Rio (c) Vs. The Big Show for the World Heavyweight Championship
- THE BUILD: After coming up short at the Royal Rumble, The Big Show has been fueled by nothing but anger and revenge. To get at his foe, Show has turned Del Rio’s best friend Ricardo Rodriguez into a punching bag, assaulting him on numerous occasions. Del Rio and Rodriguez have been fighting back in their own way, covering Show in orange paint and attacking Show at his hotel.
- THOUGHTS: After two Last Man Standing matches and a feud that has gotten real personal it all culminates in…a normal championship match? Weird. The Del Rio/Show feud has been up and down (the down being Del Rio covering Show in paint and stealing his tires), with both doing some really good character work. But it’s time for this feud to end and methinks this will either be the blow-off match in the feud or at least the penultimate match. After all the underhanded tactics pulled by Show it makes sense for Del Rio to pick up the victory. Del Rio seems all but destined to feud with Jack Swagger coming up, but the question will be if it’ll be for the World Championship as Dolph Ziggler does have an opportunity to cash it in and make his way to Wrestlemania 29 as champion. As I said in the Elimination Chamber match write-up it’s up in the air.
- PREDICTION: Alberto Del Rio retains the World Heavyweight Championship; Dolph Ziggler possibly cashes in the briefcase
Antonio Cesaro (c) Vs. The Miz for the WWE United States Championship
- THE BUILD: Cesaro and Miz have continued to feud off and on over the past few months, resulting in attacks from both sides (and even a Ric Flair appearance). Cesaro’s giant swing to the barricade attack on Miz this past Monday sealed the deal and Miz “skipped” Main Event due to his “injuries”. Lots of quotations there because I’m pretentious.
- THOUGHTS: I just want Cesaro to win. Simple as that. Miz is okay but isn’t doing much as a babyface and Cesaro continues to improve and should be given the chance to keep going with his title reign even if the WWE treats the secondary championships like garbage. Plus it’s looking like all the good guys are going over on this PPV so at least one heel needs to win.
- PREDICTION: Antonio Cesaro retains
Kaitlyn (c) Vs. Tamina Snuka for the WWE Divas Championship
- THE BUILD: The two attempted to have a match during the “Raw Roulette” episode but it ended up getting broken up due to brawling lumberjill divas…or something. That’s about it. Seriously.
- THOUGHTS: The match itself sounds interesting; both ladies are powerhouses so the potential for a good ol’ fashioned HOSS FIGHT is very high. But the build has been non-existent and the WWE has shunned the Divas for the past few weeks on television. So even if the match could be awesome I doubt it will be…and it’ll be that way by design. Expect this to be a cool-down match between the Chamber and the Rock/Punk main event. Also since there’s no build Kaitlyn retains.
- PREDICTION: Kaitlyn retains
YouTube Pre-Show: Brodus Clay & Tensai Vs. The Rhodes Scholars (Damien Sandow & Cody Rhodes)
- THE BUILD: None to speak of; Clay is trying to teach Tensai to have fun and The Rhodes Scholars are reuniting their team just because.
- THOUGHTS: Why even break up The Rhodes Scholars if you’re just gonna have them still team randomly? Makes little sense. Brodus Clay & Tensai seem to be getting some kind of push and since they’re the actual active team it makes sense for them to go over…and I hate hate HATE that.
- PREDICTION: Brodus Clay & Tensai
WWE Elimination Chamber 2013 takes place live this Sunday from the New Orleans Arena in New Orleans, LA at 8PM/7PM Central. You can order the PPV through your cable provider or online at WWE.com.