OSR: WWE Elimination Chamber 2013 Review
Back at the beginning of 2013 following the Royal Rumble, The Rock had ended the WWE Championship reign of CM Punk and was on the way to main event WrestleMania XXIX – but only if he can once again overcome CM Punk. The Shield – Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns were truly the new kids on the block in 2013, but they needed to overcome the people they had “screwed” since Survivor Series. The WWE Elimination Chamber 2013 Review heads to the New Orleans Arena, in the shadow of the Superdome in New Orleans Louisiana. Who will make it to WrestleMania XXIX?
The opening promo looks at the championship feud which has become even more apparent since Royal Rumble 2013 between The Rock and CM Punk. It also looks at the contestants inside the Elimination Chamber match as well as the six-man tag team match. We then go inside the New Orleans Arena in New Orleans, Louisiana for the event. Our commentators for this event are Michael Cole, JBL and The King. We quickly go to the ring for the first match of the evening.
1. World Heavyweight Championship: Alberto Del Rio (c) (w/ Ricardo Rodriguez) vs. The Big Show
Their history from the Royal Rumble 2013 is briefly alluded to, but it is heightened with a video clip from SmackDown where Del Rio just mocked Show. After the competitors are in the ring, the match gets underway with Show very much in control.
Show is able to maintain the control throughout the match, despite the occasional interference attempt from Ricardo. He continually uses his power to overcome Del Rio. However, Del Rio is ultimately successful in a passable opener thanks to the Cross Arm Breaker.
Winner: Alberto Del Rio, to retain the World Heavyweight Championship
Match Rating: 2.0 out of 5.0 Stars
2. WWE United States Championship: Antonio Cesaro (c) vs. The Miz
Both men make their way to the ring, with the history alluded to with a brief video clip. The match gets underway, with The Miz going at Cesaro like a steam train, but Cesaro soon exploits Miz’s shoulder injury to gain the necessary momentum.
Cesaro continually exploits the shoulder injury, which allow him to dominate the match. However, The Miz fights back using traits of Ric Flair. This sees him nail an unintentional low blow, which leads to Miz being disqualified. Very enjoyable match, with a crappy finish.
Winner: Antonio Cesaro, via Disqualification
Match Rating: 3.0 out of 5.0 Stars
3. #1 Contender Match for World Heavyweight Championship – Elimination Chamber Match: Kane vs. Daniel Bryan vs. Jack Swagger (w/ Zeb Colter) vs. Mark Henry vs. Randy Orton vs. Chris Jericho
The history package is shown for the match, highlighting the potential outcome for the superstars involved. We then return to the arena, as the participants make their way to the ring. Zeb Colter generates some heat for his antagonist promo cut.
The match gets started with Chris Jericho and Daniel Bryan, who really go for one another. The next entrant into the match is Jack Swagger, who quickly goes for Jericho. This is soon followed by the entry of Kane, who quickly ends up brawling with his tag partner, Daniel Bryan.
With no eliminations having occurred as of yet, Randy Orton joins the action as everyone continues going at it. With everyone down, Mark Henry is the final entrant in the match…and he quickly tears through everyone quickly eliminating Daniel Bryan, which is soon enough by Kane’s elimination.
Henry continues to obliterate everyone, until a mistake allows him to be nailed with a series of finishers. It is ultimately the RKO from Orton which sees him eliminated. Afterwards, he nails everyone with the Worlds Strongest Slam before leaving.
Following a series of near finishes, Jericho is the next eliminated following an RKO from Orton. Orton himself is them suddenly eliminated following a roll up. This was a surprise finish, in a good match which showed potential but ultimately could have being much better.
Winner: Jack Swagger
Match Rating: 2.5 out of 5.0 Stars
4. The Shield (Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns) vs. John Cena, Sheamus and Ryback
The history package for the match looks at the rise of The Shield since their debut, but also how they made enemies out of their opponents. Each of the participants make their way to the ring, with it quickly getting underway on the outside before The Shield make it to the ring.
Despite an initial blip with the opposition in control, ultimately the match is controlled very much by The Shield. However, Ryback late gets the hot tag and obliterates them all. It looks as if he is going to be victorious until he is nailed with a spear for The Shield victory in a great match.
Winners: The Shield
Match Rating: 3.0 out of 5.0 Stars
5. Dolph Ziggler (w/ Big E Langston and AJ Lee)
Dolph makes his way to the ring, moaning about how he doesn’t have a match, leading to SmackDown GM giving him a match with Kofi. Ziggler is pretty dominant throughout, eventually picking up the win in a pointless match. Afterwards, Big E tears Kofi to pieces.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler
Match Rating: 1.0 out of 5.0 Stars
6. WWE Diva’s Championship: Kaitlyn (c) vs. Tamina Snuka
A brief video clip showing the history is detailed, as both women make their way to the ring. The match soon gets underway, but does not feature anything noteworthy. Yes, solid but dull. Not surprisingly, Kaitlyn is the winner.
Winner: Kaitlyn, to retain the WWE Diva’s Championship
Match Rating: 0.5 out of 5.0 Stars
7. WWE Championship: The Rock (c) vs. CM Punk
The history package looks back on the events of Royal Rumble 2013, which was followed by CM Punk stealing the championship belt from The Rock. The stipulation of The Rock being able to lose the championship on DQ or count-out makes no sense, but both men make their way to the ring.
The match takes a slow start, back and forth between the pair. However, CM Punk slaps The Rock leading to Rock unleashing on him until a well timed clothesline bring Punk back into it. Punk maintains the control, which includes nailing a Rock Bottom on the announce table.
Punk is continually looking to use the stipulation to get The Rock counted out. Rock eventually fights back against Punk nailing him with his usual moves. However, the referee is taken out inadvertently by The Rock when Punk has the opportunity to retain.
This sees Punk go for the championship belt, but he then inadvertently nails Heyman with the belt. This allows The Rock to nail him with the Rock Bottom to pick up the win in a rock solid, enjoyable match.
Winner: The Rock, to retain the WWE Championship
Match Rating: 4.0 out of 5.0 Stars
Compared to previous years of the Elimination Chamber event, I can honestly say that the Elimination Chamber 2013 Review was one of the most enjoyable to recap. Whilst the opening match was a little bit lackluster, it was still acceptable and by no means a complete dud. There were occasional signs of promise to maintain interest. But the second match was so enjoyable, because it took you by surprise. If they had double the amount of time, then this would have being an incredible match.
The match with Dolph and Kofi was unfortunately a little bit of a washout. Had there being some build for the match, then it could have being much better and hopefully not lasted just over three minutes. You just couldn’t invest in it, because you were wondering what is the point. And the Diva’s championship match, well it was a washout and not even worth entertaining the thought of.
The six-man tag team match was thoroughly enjoyable. In an ideal world, Cena would have had slightly more charismatic partners but they fulfilled the role well enough. The performances put across in this match were highly enjoyable and convincing. This is another match which needed a little bit more time though to be even better. The elimination chamber match itself was much better than anticipated, with some very clever booking in spots to keep you intrigued. The booking of Mark Henry worked very well, as did that of Daniel Bryan and Kane. Whether the right man in Jack Swagger won, well. Just look at WrestleMania XXIX and his subsequent path to determine. The main event between The Rock and CM Punk was a brilliant match. These two had great chemistry in the ring, and it actually shown what a great worker CM Punk is/was.
This event is definitely worth watching, because it is definitely one of the more entertaining Elimination Chamber events. I can recall watching it at the time, but with the Elimination Chamber 2013 Review it has opened my eyes even more to it. For 9.99, the WWE Network awaits you…
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