WWE Elimination Chamber 2013 Lineup: Ranking the Most Exciting Matches
Sunday's epic 2013 WWE Elimination Chamber pay-per-view has titles to win all around, but the most exciting title isn't necessarily the most exciting match on the card.
The Rock and CM Punk are set to throwdown for the WWE Championship after the drama that beset itself at Royal Rumble. Shield interference and a match re-start by Vince McMahon granted the The Rock the WWE Championship belt, but CM Punk is keen on getting the belt back on Sunday night. The winner of this match will face John Cena at WrestleMania 29.
Elsewhere, the six-man match that will pit The Shield against John Cena, Ryback and Sheamus is sure to draw plenty of attention, as will the Smackdown Elimination Chamber match between six of the hottest No. 1 contenders for the World title.
The card is littered with big names and the potential for game-changing surprises, and don't be shocked if Dolph Ziggler cashes in his "Money in the Bank" briefcase for a title fight by Sunday's end.
Here's a look at the most exciting (as in entertaining, jaw-dropping and the ones you'll want to scour YouTube for just after completion) events at this year's 2013 Elimination Chamber PPV.
No. 7 — Divas Championship: Kaitlyn (c) vs. Tamina Snuka
Tamina Snuka is widely expected to take home the belt and the bragging rights in an event that the company is desperately trying to bring some more attention to.
After some of the WWE's top divas (Beth Phoenix, Eve Torres, among others) left the ranks and made the field wide open, a good match between these two might spark some limited interest. Still, unless the WWE sends some major drama to the ring in the middle of the match, this Divas Championship won't finish as one of the most exciting on the night.
No. 6 — World Heavyweight Championship: Alberto Del Rio (c) vs. Big Show
This will be the third meeting of the two rivals, but it won't be the proverbial charm, as they say.
The storyline between the two could get very interesting as the company tries to make Del Rio a babyface character, but his support section doesn't respond well to his current antics and that could make for two things. One—a complete abandonment of his usual act, or two—another match in which we find ourselves pulling for Big Show (the more likely).
The outcomes that could beset themselves make this an intriguing match, but I don't feel it will carry the level of excitement that some of the other matches will.
No. 5 — Rhodes Scholars vs. Tensai and Brodus Clay (pre-show on YouTube)
Pre-shows don't always carry a high level of excitement, but I have a feeling this one will.
The long-tenured rise and fall of the Scholars has been greatly documented, and the company could elect to give their partnership some momentum with a win or even bring the pair back for good in the process.
It's hard to say what kind of event we're going to get here, but you usually have to spice up something if you want fans to watch it on the computer only (even if it's free). I have a sneaky suspicion that this one will turn out to be entertaining.
No. 4 — United States Championship: Antonio Cesaro (c) vs. The Miz
These two men have been a solid pair of rivals during the lead-up to this event, and the United States Championship match will not disappoint.
With Cesaro having one of the longest title-tenures in league history, it wouldn't be crazy to end his reign with something shocking. Odds are with Cesaro right now, but The Miz is popular enough (and being pushed hard enough) to embrace his new role and make a play for the title.
This is where it gets interesting.
The star power in this one is pretty good, and there's a good chance that any of the six will wind up with a title shot at WrestleMania 29 following the conclusion. Of the six, you have to give the edge to Chris Jericho and Mark Henry above the rest of the field, but in a six-man match nothing can be taken for granted.
That being said, it's hard to see the company taking the spotlight away from its bigger stars, and that includes the other two cards on the docket. I've gone back and forth in my head with this pick, but I'll give the edge to the other two matches—partly because it would be so shocking to see some of the guys that have struggled (Orton, Kane) win the match.
However, make sure you watch the namesake of the PPV—it's going to be a good one.
No. 2 — WWE Championship: The Rock (c) vs. CM Punk
This is the main event on Sunday night, and it will likely be the one that has the most elaborate and intricate plans associated with a back-and-forth between Rock and Punk.
However, it won't be the most exciting.
All the excitement that could be at hand in this one will go towards WrestleMania, where John Cena will be waiting. Since we just saw the two men at Royal Rumble, it's hard to give them an edge in the excitement department—especially when considering a potential "deja vu" situation.
That being said, you don't make these two the main event for no reason. Surprises (Brock Lesnar, perhaps?) will be in store, and there's always the threat of a McMahon stipulation shaking things up.
The odds are already stacked against the champ in this one, but Punk isn't guaranteed a win, either. It will still be exciting, as usual, but the six-man match below will end up taking the cake.
No. 1 — The Shield vs. John Cena, Ryback and Sheamus
Whenever The Shield is involved, excitement follows.
Throw in three of the sport's biggest stars on the other side and a PPV appointment and you've got yourself the winner of the most exciting matchup of the night.
Cena will have a major draw this year as he gets ready for a title fight at WrestleMania, but this match could really go either way. The Shield have dominated the WWE's excitement factor at time, but a matchup against three of the top good guys in the company could end their reign for good.
That being said, it wouldn't be surprising to see one of the most exciting matches in recent memory when this event commences. There's some prior history with Cena, Ryback and Sheamus (Royal Rumble final three), and the cameras have already captured the Shield making under-the-table deals with the likes of Paul Heyman.
As we've seen before—anything can happen.
More so with this match than any other on the card, which should make it a must-watch for fans on Sunday night.
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