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The next match on the ledger was the Elimination Chamber match to determine the No. 1 contender for the World Heavyweight Championship. Even though the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view is supposed to be all about the chamber match, it wasn't necessarily the focus heading into Sunday night.
The match was certainly important nonetheless as a world title match at WrestleMania was on the line. With top stars in the form of Chris Jericho, Mark Henry, Randy Orton, Jack Swagger, Kane and Daniel Bryan taking part in the match, it had the makings of an exciting encounter.
Things started off with the two best in-ring workers as Jericho and Bryan continued their battle from Monday Night Raw. Swagger was the next to enter the match, and he was followed by Kane.
The first significant spot of the match came when Kane and Bryan attempted to double-team their opponents. Everything seemed to be going well for Team Hell No, but Bryan tried a roll-up when Kane's back was turned. Bryan attempted to diffuse the situation, however, The Big Red Monster would have none of it as he attacked his tag-team partner.
Orton then entered the contest with momentum. Henry was the final participant to join the fray, so all six men were in action. As expected, The World's Strongest Man immediately cleaned house. Within minutes he delivered a World Strongest Slam to both Bryan and Kane resulting in Team Hell No being eliminated.
That left Henry, Orton, Jericho and Swagger as the final four. There were several spectacular moments in the following minutes, including Henry throwing Orton through a pod, and Jericho and Swagger combining to suplex Henry on the chamber grates.
Henry was the next to be eliminated by virtue of a Code Breaker followed by an RKO. Instead of leaving the ring peacefully, he came back and hit every remaining competitor with a World's Strongest Slam.
Jericho saved Orton from the Patriot Act, and then, Orton saved Swagger from the Walls of Jericho. Orton hit Y2J with an RKO to eliminate him, and then, Swagger surprised Orton with a roll-up to become the new No. 1 contender.
As somebody who has been a huge fan of Swagger since he first came to the WWE, I was very happy to see him come out on top. I considered him to be the third most likely candidate to win behind Henry and Jericho, but it was still somewhat of a surprise to see him prevail after a three-month losing streak and five-month hiatus.
Swagger's new gimmick and the presence of Zeb Colter are intriguing factors, and I'm very interested to see where things go from here. A feud with Alberto Del Rio is in the cards as he is the world champion, and Swagger has been speaking out against immigrants.
Elimination Chamber matches rarely disappoint, but this was one of the best in recent memory due in part to the unpredictability. Anyone in the match could have conceivably won, and it was booked impeccably to boot.