WWE Raw Results: Evaluating WWE's Additions to the Chamber Match

Ryan DilbertWWE Lead WriterFebruary 12, 2013

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The events on Monday's Raw filled the Elimination Chamber 2013 card with star power and some potentially explosive situations.

Booker T announced on the episode that Chris Jericho, Jack Swagger and Kane will round out the Elimination Chamber match. The stakes are high as those three men will compete against Daniel Bryan, Mark Henry and Randy Orton for a shot at the World Heavyweight Title at WrestleMania 29.

WWE did well with its choices.

The Chamber is now filled with all former world heavyweight champs. There are now several available stories to intrigue fans with and several stars have a chance to shine come Feb. 17.


Chris Jericho

Chris Jericho defeated Daniel Bryan win a Codebreaker to earn a spot in the Chamber.

The Elimination Chamber veteran adds another big name to the match. He's not only a legitimate contender for the title, but a great fit for the match.

Jericho's springboarding style has always been a welcome addition to the Chamber.

He can deliver bursts of energy, high-flying moves and should have great chemistry with whoever he's facing at any given time. Jericho proved on Monday's Raw that he and Daniel Bryan work excellently together.

The addition of Jericho infuses veteran craftiness, star power and excitement to the Chamber.


Jack Swagger

Jack Swagger forced Zack Ryder to tap out with The Patriot Act to become the next man added to the Elimination Chamber.

This was somewhat expected as Swagger appears to be in the midst of being pushed now that he's returned. It's not as sexy a move as adding Jericho, but one that makes sense.

The fact that WWE has paired Swagger with Dutch Mantell (Uncle Zeb) and repackaged him slightly, it seems that the company is going to give the All-American American another shot at roaming near the World Heavyweight title picture.

Swagger provides the match with a second powerhouse, with Mark Henry being the other. Swagger's powerful and intense style can make the most of the violent nature of the Chamber structure.

Damien Sandow would have been a more fun pick, but choosing Swagger is miles better than putting in Great Khali in again.



Kane chokeslammed Dolph Ziggler to earn the final Chamber spot.

While Dolph Ziggler would have been exciting in terms of his in-ring action, it would have made little sense to have a man with a guaranteed title shot putting his body through hell for a guaranteed title shot.

Instead, WWE now has a wealth of narrative paths to take.

Team Hell No has been splintered from the start and having both team members competing against each other could be the moment that finally tears them apart for good. Either that or all their work with Dr. Shelby will lead to them to work as a team.

Kane adds a second monster to the match, one who has bad blood with several of the other entrants.

Orton and Kane have battle before as have Jericho and Kane. Dredging up those memories is a way to heighten the tension.

He may not be the favorite to win, but Kane's presence adds intimidation and some intriguing potential storylines.