5 Bold Predictions for WWE's Elimination Chamber 2013
A title change, an interference and a Money in the Bank contract cash-in highlight my five bold predictions for WWE's Elimination Chamber 2013.
With less than one week away from the last pay-per-view before WrestleMania 29, Elimination Chamber can be used to start, continue and end feuds.
With seven weeks between Elimination Chamber and WrestleMania, the champions at the end of the pay-per-view will likely defend their belts at "The Grandaddy of 'Em All."
Before continuing to read, please keep in mind that at time of publish, only four matches have been added to the card and the No. 1 Contender for the World Heavyweight Championship Elimination Chamber still needs two competitors.
That being said, let's get to it.
The Only Elimination Chamber Match Is Not the Main Event
You would think at a pay-per-view called Elimination Chamber that there would be more than one Elimination Chamber match.
The only scheduled Elimination Chamber match at the time of publish is a No. 1 contender’s match for a shot at the World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania
The WWE can’t do the same with the WWE Championship, because John Cena won the Royal Rumble and challenged whomever the WWE Champion is as WrestleMania.
Also, the WWE would be continuing a trend that engulfed 2012 and the CM Punk title reign—the WWE championships being defended are less important than a match featuring Cena.
A few years ago, that would never happen. The championship was the main event.
When not facing John Cena for the WWE Championship, CM Punk was defending his WWE Championship in a match on the upper-middle card or even in the first match of the night.
Logically, not having the Elimination Chamber match as the main event is incorrect. But it won’t stop the WWE.
Daniel Bryan Wins No. 1 Contender Elimination Chamber
This could certainly throw a wrench into things.
Bryan is one of the best technical wrestlers in the WWE, and absolutely deserves a title shot after losing the title in 18 seconds to Sheamus at WrestleMania last year.
If Bryan wins the match, that would add another element to the constant disagreement with Team Hell No partner Kane.
The internal feud between the WWE Tag Team Champions is absolutely hilarious, and the WWE would be smart to continue it.
Would Kane cheer on Bryan during the seven-week span between pay-per-views, or would he be enraged that it isn’t his opportunity?
Bryan is the best option among the other candidates, although only four entrants have been released.
The Shield Cleanly Defeats John Cena, Ryback and Sheamus
This prediction is bold for two reasons: it is the “Babyface Era” so face superstars are more likely to win a match. Also, if a heel does win a big match it is usually unclean.
The Shield has been a dominant force in the WWE since debuting in 2012. The Shield has taken out some of the biggest superstars the WWE has to offer, as shown above in the video.
When Ryback, John Cena and Sheamus scared them off on Raw last week, I was scared that this may be the end of the force for the pursuit of “justice.”
When the lights go out, I get chills because I know someone is about to be triple powerbombed.
The Shield really needs to win this match to solidify that they can hang in the ring, instead of just being enforcers who sneak up on WWE Superstars and take them out.
John Cena Interferes in WWE Championship Match
If this happened, it would be intense.
Because "SuperCena" is the biggest face I’ve seen since I was eating my vitamins and saying my prayers with Hulk Hogan, this would be one of the biggest moments in recent WWE History.
With the showdown between The Rock and Cena almost certain to take place at WrestleMania, again, this would add extra fuel to the fire.
Cena could claim The Rock should not have won last year and would not have retained the WWE Championship without him.
Not that the feud needs any more flames, but it would add another dimension to it.
It is not likely that this would happen, but I have a strange feeling that Cena will somehow be involved in the WWE Championship match.
Ziggler Cashes in His Money in the Bank Contract
The Big Show-Alberto Del Rio feud needs to end after Elimination Chamber. The two have fought in two Last Man Standing matches and it is still a boring feud.
The feud is beyond stale at this point and really can’t go much further than Sunday. WrestleMania is seven weeks after Elimination Chamber, which is ample time to develop a feud.
If the WWE decides to do this, there are a couple of different routes they could take.
If Ziggler cashes in after the match, the champion would be entitled to a rematch. The No. 1 contender will be determined after the Elimination Chamber match, and he too will have a bout for the title.
This sets up a Triple Threat match at WrestleMania, which could be a very entertaining match depending on which superstars are in it.
If not this option, the WWE could have a feud for several weeks between the ex-champion and whoever wins the Elimination Chamber match to see who gets a shot at WrestleMania.
It’s a free feud that doesn’t need much setting up.