WWE Elimination Chamber 2013: Breaking Down WHC No. 1 Contenders Match

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistFebruary 13, 2013

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 08:  Mark Henry 'The World's Strongest Man' is introduced during the WWE Smackdown Live Tour at Westridge Park Tennis Stadium on July 08, 2011 in Durban, South Africa.  (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
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The 2013 edition of WWE’s Elimination Chamber pay-per-view is less than a week away, and the excitement surrounding the No. 1 contender’s match for the World Heavyweight Championship is through the roof.

Six men will enter the demonic Elimination Chamber structure with the hope of being the last man standing and earning a right to fight the world champion at WrestleMania 29.

Being in the match gives each combatant a chance, but the odds that each man will win are very different. This is where each of the six stacks up against each other.


Daniel Bryan

There is no questioning just how much raw talent Daniel Bryan has, but winning the No. 1 contendership at the Elimination Chamber PPV wouldn’t make much sense from a storyline perspective.

Team Hell No is still teasing tension, and with the breakup of Team Rhodes Scholars, the tag team division needs Bryan’s talents more than the World Heavyweight Championship scene.

Chance of Winning: 5 Percent



Kane is in the same boat as Daniel Bryan. Team Hell No will likely continue to tease their tension in this match—likely with one getting a pinfall over the other—and Kane will be relegated back to the tag team division for now.

Both Kane and Bryan deserve to be in the hunt for the world title, but the need for help in the tag team division is very serious. With that said, the potential attacks on each other in the Chamber could lead to the breakup of their own team.

Chance of Winning: 5 Percent


Jack Swagger

Along with new manager Zeb Colter, Jack Swagger has returned to WWE TV and made a splash in his short time back. Most fans do not expect Swagger to win the Elimination Chamber match, but a strong showing would lend credibility to his character.

While Swagger wouldn’t be the ideal winner of this match, the WWE has been posturing his character as a pure American, and a long-term feud with the Spanish-speaking Alberto Del Rio could be possible. Whether the title is involved or not is a different story.

Chance of Winning: 15 Percent


Randy Orton

Randy Orton is a perennial world title contender, but he has yet to reach the mountaintop since receiving his second suspension from the WWE. Until he proves that the company has confidence in him once again, Orton will not be a favorite to win a major championship.

There is no questioning that Orton has the fan support and the in-ring talent, but a lackluster attitude towards being a face has rubbed many in the business the wrong way. WWE must turn RKO heel fast.

Chance of Winning: 20 Percent


Chris Jericho

On the surface it just looks like the WWE wanted to throw Chris Jericho in the Elimination Chamber match for his star power, but there could be a much bigger plan in the works for Y2J.

If Jericho were to win this Chamber match and Dolph Ziggler cashed in his briefcase to win the title after Big Show and Alberto Del Rio fight; at the very least it would be a three-way bout at WrestleMania 29 between Ziggler, Y2J and likely Del Rio.

Chance of Winning: 25 Percent


Mark Henry

After returning to the WWE and causing serious havoc, the odds-on favorite to steal the show Sunday is the "World’s Strongest Man" Mark Henry. The veteran looked amazing before getting injured, and looks just as strong upon his return.

Henry deserves another title shot—if not another title run altogether—especially after finally finding the character that utilized the giant’s size and sheer strength. I wouldn’t mind seeing Henry as world champion again.

Chance of Winning: 30 Percent


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