05th May2013

‘WWE: Elimination Chamber 2013’ Review

by Phil Wheat


With WrestleMania 29 just around the corner, the WWE present what is is one of four “hardcore” pay-per-views on the companies yearly schedule (sharing that title with Extreme Rules, Hell in the Cell and TLC), Elimination Chamber. The penultimate pay-per-view before the WWE’s biggest show of the year, the Elimination Chamber is one of the most daunting challenges in any championship reign – outlasting five other competitors in a steel chamber for the right to challenge for the title at Wrestlemania.

Elimination Chamber 2013 opened with yet another feud match between Alberto Del rio and Big Show, with the World Heavyweight Championship no the line. After what seemed like an eternity of dreary movies already seen in the previous PPV matches, , Del Rio enzuigiri kicked Ricardo Rodriguez’s bucket that Show was holding into his head which eventually led to his signature cross arm breaker for the submission victory. The second match – which was just a mundane and forgettable as the first – saw United States Champion Antonio Cesaro defending his title against The Miz, who came into the match with an injured shoulder (after an apparent attack by Cesaro on Raw). Cesaro eventually won this tremendously disappointing match by disqualification after he knocked Miz’s leg, causing him to fall knee-first into his groin therefore forcing the referee to call for a low blow…

The third match was the titular Elimination Chamber match, involving Mark Henry, Daniel Bryan, Randy Orton, Kane, Chris Jericho, and Jack Swagger. Jericho and Bryan started the match, while the other four competitors were locked out outside the ring. Swagger was the first wrestler released, followed by Kane, Orton, and finally Henry, who pinned both Bryan and Kane before Swagger, Jericho and Orton teamed up to eliminate him. Jericho was the next man to be eliminated following an RKO from Orton. Immediately after the pin, Swagger rolled Orton up to win and become the number one contender for the World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania. The highlight of this PPV, the Elimination Chamber match was thankfully a respite from the mundanity of the first two matches of this event and would, inevitably, be the only worthwhile match in the entire pay per view.

Following the Elimination Chamber, John Cena, Sheamus and Ryback took on The Shield (Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns, and Seth Rollins) in a six-man tag team match which went back and forth until Reigns speared Ryback as he was going for a Shell Shock on Rollins, who pinned him as Cena was preoccupied. The fifth match of the evening was an unannounced match between Dolph Ziggler and Kofi Kingston; followed siwftly by the WWE Divas Championship match between Tamina Snuka and the reigning champion Kaitlyn – both matches, in particular the Divas Championship, were utterly forgettable and did nothing to excite or move their particular storylines forward.

The main event of the pay-per-view was the WWE Championship match between CM Punk and the The Rock, which would lead to the winner defending his championship against Royal Rumble winner John Cena. Between the cheating, piss-poor refereeing and the ridiculous conniving behaviour from both wrestlers the match was somewhat of a let-down. And the decision to have both men “win” in some form (Punk with an 18 count on The Rock and Rock eventually getting the pin) led to what was ultimately a completely predictable ending, allowing The Rock and John Cena to recreate their match from Wrestlemania 28.

Bar the titular cage match, Elimination Chamber 2013 is easily the weakest WWE pay-per-view of 2013 so far. Here’s hoping things pick up in future WWE PPVs post-Wrestlemania 29.


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