WWE Elimination Chamber 2013: Match-by-Match Breakdown
We are just days away from WWE's annual Elimination Chamber pay-per-view, and the card is set to be a pretty good show from the looks of things.
WWE has only had three weeks since The Royal Rumble to set this card up, but with some of the feuds continuing from the last PPV and only a few additional matches, they did not have a lot of work to do.
This year it appears we will only get one actual Chamber match, unless WWE changes the six-man tag match between The Shield and the team of John Cena, Ryback and Sheamus into some sort of Chamber tag match.
We have seven total announced matches set for Sunday, so let's take a look at each matchup and see who stands to gain the most and who the likely winners will be.
Tensai and Brodus Clay vs. Team Rhodes Scholars
The YouTube pre-show will feature the new tag team of Tensai and Brodus Clay facing off against the reunited Team Rhodes Scholars.
Damien Sandow and Cody Rhodes parted ways a few weeks ago, but it appears they will reunite to take on the tattooed duo of Clay and Tensai.
This match is most likely going to be a win for the new team of Tensai and Clay. Both of these men have had less-than-stellar runs recently, and WWE looks like they are moving forward with the partnership.
Rhodes and Sandow are both solid performers who will do what it takes to put over Tensai and Clay and make the whole thing look good in the process.
Tensai and Clay could be what each other needed, or this could be a sign of WWE simply not knowing what to do with either man besides this.
Either way, Tensai and Clay will get more out of a win than Rhodes and Sandow, and they are more likely to win given that WWE is trying to push them as a team.
Kaitlyn vs. Tamina Snuka
The Divas title will be defended when Kaitlyn puts it on the line against Tamina Snuka.
The Divas division has been in a bit of a slump after a bit of a resurgence last year, and much of that is due to the departure of Eve Torres.
Since AJ is with Dolph Ziggler right now, it seems like WWE does not have a solid leader for the Divas division.
Kaitlyn and Tamina are both powerful women, and that might be what makes this match interesting. We have not seen two women with this kind of strength face off since Tamina took on Beth Phoenix.
I see Kaitlyn getting the win in this one, but Tamina could use the exposure of a PPV win and a title run more than Kaitlyn at this point.
Antonio Cesaro vs. the Miz
Miz will get another chance to win back the United States title when he takes on Antonio Cesaro for the belt on Sunday.
Miz and Cesaro have been having a lot of back and forth promos and attacks and this will either be the match where Cesaro moves past Miz, or Mix regains the US title.
Cesaro has been very impressive as the US champion, bringing a little bit of attention back to the title.
Miz has been doing well as a babyface and a title win might be what he needs to cement himself as a babyface in the eyes of WWE fans.
Calling the winner of this match is difficult as both men would benefit from a win.
Cesaro retaining would certainly not help the push Miz has had recently, which is why I think Miz is more likely to come away with the win on Sunday.
He was unsuccessful at the Royal Rumble and this his chance to prove he can beat the Swiss Sensation.
Alberto Del Rio vs. Big Show
Elimination Chamber will mark the fifth PPV in a row where Big Show will be in the World title match and the 10th world title match he will take part in since October.
It it time for someone else to fight for the title, which is why I will make this short and sweet.
Alberto Del Rio will retain the World title on Sunday and move on to another feud for WrestleMania.
Maybe Dolph Ziggler will cash in, but until Sunday the only thing that matters is this match, and Del Rio will win this match.
The Shield vs. John Cena, Ryback and Sheamus
The big showdown between The Shield and three of the men they have severely affected with their actions will finally happen inside a ring.
This marks the second match for Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose since moving up to the main roster, and both have happened at PPV events.
WWE is really taking their time with this storyline, but Sunday will be a make-or-break moment for this angle.
Either The Shield will have some kind of surprise planned for their three opponents, such as a new member or another referee conspiracy, or WWE will put over the babyfaces and fans of The Shield will cry foul.
It makes sense for Cena, Ryback and Sheamus to win the match, but I do not believe they will be the ones leaving the ring with their head held high in the end.
Even if they get the 1-2-3, they still have to worry about what will happen after the match, and what fans will remember on Monday is who was the last man standing.
I see the good guys getting the victory, but The Shield getting the final word that night.
Swagger vs. Kane vs. Bryan vs. Jericho vs. Henry vs. Orton Elimination Chamber
The match for which the event is named features six former World champions vying for the chance to challenge the champion at WrestleMania.
Given that this is for a title shot at WrestleMania, we can rule out Jack Swagger, Mark Henry and Kane. None of them are big enough stars at the moment to be given that top spot on the card.
Bryan has already been in one WrestleMania match, so it is possible he could end up in another, but this one really comes down to Chris Jericho and Randy Orton.
Both men have been to WrestleMania many times and both have the star power to make the match seem important.
Right now, it seems like Jericho will be doing something else for WWE, which is why I see Orton getting the win on Sunday.
However, if Dolph Ziggler were to cash in and win the title, then Chris Jericho would make a more likely challenger for him at WrestleMania.
CM Punk vs. the Rock
The main attraction at this year's Elimination Chamber PPV will be CM Punk vs. The Rock for the WWE title.
This match is going to be exciting, it will be fun, but it will also be predictable.
Unless Vince McMahon has been able to keep a secret plan this whole time, it is very obvious that The Rock will retain the title and go on to WrestleMania as John Cena's opponent.
However, WWE would make everyone's jaws drop if they had Punk regain his title and go against what everyone thinks they know.
All of a sudden, we have CM Punk vs. John Cena at WrestleMania and Rock is open to face someone else. Brock Lesnar, Undertaker or any number of WWE main event stars would be dream match opponents for The Rock.
It is a highly unlikely outcome, but were Punk to win the WWE title, WWE would finally shut up all the people who say they never do anything shocking anymore.
It would make headlines, break the Internet and make the entire collective IWC go speechless for the first time.
The Rock is going to win on Sunday, but wouldn't it be awesome if CM Punk regained the title?
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