WWE Elimination Chamber 2013: Predictions for the Last Event Before WrestleMania
Tonight, the fourth annual Elimination Chamber pay-per-view will emanate from the New Orleans Arena in New Orleans.
This will be the last stop on the Road to WrestleMania and, as expected, it's a stacked matchcard with matches that have tons of potential. Tonight, four titles will be on the line while six men will fight inside the belly of the beast for a chance to wrestle the World Heavyweight Champion at WrestleMania 29 in just under 50 days.
Without further ado, let's get the predictions of tonight's event under way.
Brodus Clay and Tensai vs. Team Rhodes Scholars
This will be our opening match of the evening, with it being on the Elimination Chamber pre-show.
Tensai and Clay recently formed a tag team after their Raw Roulette fiasco, but I have to say that I have been enjoying it so far.
It was quite evident that Tensai just wasn’t working as the Japanese wrecking ball, so this is a nice change for the big man.
On the other hand, Brodus Clay has had absolutely zero storylines on his re-debut as the Funkasaurus in January 2012, so hopefully he’ll finally get a feud as part of this tag team.
In this match, you’ve also got Team Rhodes Scholars, Damien Sandow and Cody Rhodes. I have no idea why they were broken up seeing as how both men have done nothing but lose (with the exception of Cody beating Kofi Kingston on SmackDown) ever since they went their separate ways.
Since it’s quite clear that Tensai and Clay will be a lasting team, at least more than Sandow and Rhodes, I have to go with the modern day Natural Disasters picking up the "W” here over two future World Champions.
On a side note, I hope Team Rhodes Scholars wear their “Team Rhodes Scholars Reunion Tour” t-shirts that they sported at recent live events when they faced the New Age Outlaws.
Predicted result: Brodus Clay and Tensai pick up their first big win as a team
WWE Divas Championship: Kaitlyn (c) vs. Tamina Snuka
Our next match is the Divas Champion Kaitlyn taking on Tamina Snuka for Kaitlyn’s WWE Divas Title.
I don’t think it’s a secret that I’m a big fan of Kaitlyn since her NXT days. She has improved tremendously in all areas since her debut.
Kaitlyn just won the Divas Championship from Eve a few weeks ago, and I see no reason for her to lose it here, so I fully expect “The Hybrid Diva” to continue her reign with a victory over Tamina.
I wish we would see Kaitlyn vs. AJ Lee at WrestleMania 29 in AJ’s home state of New Jersey, but it seems like we won’t be getting that, at least not this year.
Anyway, this match has the potential to be decent, so, hopefully, the two ladies put on a good showing here.
Predicted result: Kaitlyn retains her WWE Divas Championship
WWE United States Championship: Antonio Cesaro (c) vs. the Miz
Our third match in the card will be “The Swiss Superman” Antonio Cesaro versus The Miz for Cesaro’s US Title.
The first few weeks for Miz as a babyface were lackluster, but now he’s really beginning to pick up as the scrappy face who won’t be pushed around, especially after his terrific confrontation with Brock Lesnar on Miz TV.
As I said concerning the divas match, there is no reason for Cesaro to drop the strap here to Miz.
While I wouldn’t be completely surprised if “The Cleveland Screamer” walked out of New Orleans with the WWE United States Championship, I don’t see It happening.
Cesaro will continue to win and I expect him to neutralize Miz’s dreams of becoming United States Champion for a third time.
Insert arm cannons here.
Predicted result: Antonio Cesaro retains his United States Championship by hook or crook
World Heavyweight Championship: Alberto Del Rio (c) vs. Big Show
I’m guessing this will be the blow-off match to their feud. I’m not really sure, but it seems kind of odd that we will be ending this feud with a singles match that has no stipulation, seeing as how this rivalry kicked off with two Last Man Standing matches.
However, Big Show does have the legitimate gripe that Del Rio has never pinned him in one on one competition. This should be a very good match, seeing as how both men click very well in the ring.
I expect Del Rio to retain here, since his World Title run has really pretty much just begun.
Perhaps the bigger question, however, is whether Dolph Ziggler will cash in his World Heavyweight Championship Money in the Bank briefcase, but I just don’t see it happening tonight.
Predicted result: Alberto Del Rio retains his World Heavyweight Championship; Dolph Ziggler does not cash in his World Heavyweight Championship Money in the Bank briefcase
World Heavyweight Championship No. 1 Contender Elimination Chamber Match
This has the potential to be an awesome match. All of these competitors are very skilled and I expect them to do great things in the Chamber.
I will immediately count out Kane, though. I wouldn’t mind seeing “The Big Red Machine” have another title run in the future, but right now is just not the right time.
Daniel Bryan is another man I can count out.
Even though Bryan put on a great performance at last year’s Elimination Chamber event, he has a feud budding with his Team Hell No partner, Kane. I expect things between both partners to heat up inside the Chamber, perhaps with both men causing each other’s eliminations.
This leaves Randy Orton, Jack Swagger, Chris Jericho and Mark Henry.
Although Orton could potentially win the Chamber, I just do not see it happening since the only way I thought he could be involved in the World Title picture heading into WrestleMania was if Sheamus was holding the title or challenging for it.
We’re now down to three men, all of which have returned in the past two months, in Chris Jericho, Jack Swagger and Mark Henry.
If you asked me a week ago if I thought Swagger would win this Elimination Chamber match, I would have laughed, but since the addition of Zeb Colter to his act, I think Swagger has a remote chance of winning here.
If Del Rio is going to head into WrestleMania with the title and Colter and Swagger continue to try to make America a better country, they could always have Swagger vs. Del Rio in what would be a great technically sound match.
However, rushing the “Real American” into the title picture so close to WrestleMania could be risky, which is why I think he’ll be the standout star of the match and get close to winning it.
Big things are in the future for the former NCAA star.
With Swagger out, Jericho and Henry are the only options left.
Jericho is currently involved in a feud with Dolph Ziggler and seeing as how Ziggler is Mr. Money in the Bank, Y2J has a very good chance of winning the Chamber and challenging for the World Title, especially if Ziggler cashed in his briefcase.
The thing is, I just don’t think that their rematch has to be for the title. I’d love to see it since I’m a big fan of both men, but it’s not necessary for their feud to continue.
This is why I’m predicting the World’s Strongest Man Mark Henry to win the Elimination Chamber match and go onto the Show of Shows to face Alberto Del Rio for the World Heavyweight Title that he initially took 15 years to win. Henry has been on a roll since his return. In fact, he’s been on a roll since April 25, 2011 when he turned heel and got drafted to SmackDown.
He’s been absolutely great ever since, and I fully expect him to win his first ever Elimination Chamber match so that Del Rio can be the underdog in his big match at WrestleMania.
Predicted result: Mark Henry wins his first ever Elimination Chamber match by last pinning Chris Jericho
The Shield vs. Ryback, John Cena and Sheamus
I’m a big fan of all three men from The Shield. I’ve been following them since their FCW/NXT days. Clearly, Rollins is the best in the ring while Ambrose is the best on the mic.
However, Reigns does have that presence and natural charisma to him which leads me to believe that he will not be lost in the shuffle after The Shield disbands.
On the other hand, Sheamus has nothing to do at WrestleMania while John Cena will be challenging for the World Title and Ryback will seemingly continue to be involved with the three NXT renegades heading into the big event, so all three men could potentially lose a lot of steam or gain a lot of momentum from this match.
This is The Shield’s second sanctioned match in WWE, with the first one being a victory over Team Hell No and Ryback. I’m not sure if The Shield is able to repeat its success again tonight, but maybe with it being a regular six-man tag and not a War Games Elimination Chamber, they have a better chance of winning.
Since only one man has to take the pinfall, I’m going to go out on a limb and say that The Shield will win this match, perhaps with the debut of a fourth member.
Since Sheamus is the one with nothing to do, I expect him to take the fall here, but I would not be surprised or be upset if the three faces of WWE picked up the win here.
Predicted result: The Shield wins with Roman Reigns pinning Sheamus
WWE Championship: The Rock (c) vs. CM Punk
Finally, we are down to what will be the main event of the evening. It will be The Rock, our reigning and defending WWE Champion, taking on CM Punk, the former WWE Champion whose reign lasted a total of 434 days.
Last month at the Royal Rumble, Punk's reign would end at the hands of The Rock, pretty much throwing Punk off the edge. Ever since the longest reign of the Modern Era came to an end, Punk has thrown tantrum after tantrum, but up until the last episode of Raw, he wasn't able to get the upper hand on "The People's Champion" when he knocked him out with a Go 2 Sleep and stole his WWE Championship belt.
Along with that, thanks to Paul Heyman's scheming, The Rock has lost his champion's advantage, meaning that if he gets counted out or disqualified, he will lose the WWE Championship and drop it to "The Second City Saint."
I don't expect to see a totally clean ending here.
It will be a good match, hopefully better than their first at the Royal Rumble, but I am pretty sure that we will see a Dusty finish or some sort of interference on Punk's behalf.
I do have to say that this stipulation might raise a lot of eyebrows. For example, if all it takes is for "The Brahma Bull" to be disqualified, why doesn't Paul Heyman just enter the ring in the first five seconds of the bout, slap CM Punk and get The Rock disqualified so that his client is once again the WWE Champion?
All I know is that when it's time for the match, I will be enjoying it just like any other fan instead of asking these questions. Since I doubt that The Rock's title reign would last less than a month, I have to go with "The Great One" retaining his championship here and continuing his eighth reign with the most coveted strap in wrestling history.
I would not be surprised if The Shield, Brad Maddox or Brock Lesnar made their presences known in this match, but I'm not expecting them to be decisive in the finish.
Predicted result: The Rock retains his WWE Championship after failed interference from The Shield
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