WWE Elimination Chamber 2013: Live Results, Coverage and Analysis
Welcome to the Bleacher Report live coverage for the 2013 WWE Elimination Chamber pay-per-view. This year's show is being held in the New Orleans Arena in New Orleans, LA.
This is your destination for live up-to-the minute coverage of all the action.
This is the final pay-per-view before WrestleMania, meaning some of the WrestleMania matches will be determined after the end of the show.
The event has seven matches set to take place, but things could always change on the fly at a WWE event.
The pre-show will features Tensai and Brodus Clay taking on the temporarily reunited Rhodes Scholars.
Antonio Cesaro will defend the US title against Miz in a match that should either see Cesaro put Miz away for good or the Awesome One get back a title he once held.
Kaitlyn will defend her Divas title against Tamina Snuka in what is sure to be a test of both women's power.
Alberto Del Rio will put his World title on the line one more time against Big Show, but this time he will not have a no-DQ stipulation to help him beat the giant.
The Shield will take on Ryback, John Cena and Sheamus in a match that could give everyone an idea of how powerful The Shield will be going forward.
The match that will likely close the show will feature WWE Champion The Rock taking on CM Punk, who recently stole the title belt from Rocky.
Will The Shield be able to take on a team with even odds?
Who will win the Chamber match and go on to WrestleMania?
Will The Rock be able to take back what is rightfully his?
And lastly, will Brock Lesnar play a part in any match's outcome?
Make sure to bookmark this page and come back Sunday night at the start of the pre-show (7:30 ET) for answers to all these questions and more during the live coverage of Elimination Chamber 2013?
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Rock celebrates with the WWE title after the match as we see replays of what went down.
The main event started off slow and a little awkward, but it ended up being pretty good in the second half.
I honestly do not know how I feel about the show as a whole. I am happy we had a few surprise victories and some heels getting clean wins, but there was something off about the whole event.
Maybe it had to do with the odd placement of some of the matches. I am not sure. What I do know is Swagger's win was the most shocking thing of the night.
Thanks for joining me here on Bleacher Report for live coverage of Elimination Chamber and make sure to come back tomorrow for live coverage of Raw.
CM Punk vs. The Rock (WWE Title) Part 3
Heyman argues with the ref over a near fall and he keeps the ref busy while Punk puts Rock on the table.
Punk hits The Rock bottom to Rock on the table, and the table doesn't break. Rock barely makes the count by 10.
Punk mounts him and lays in with hard rights. Rock hits a Samoan Drop out of desperation and both men are down.
The ref starts to count and they both make it back up by 9. Rock hits a hard right to Punk and they start trading shots in the middle of the ring.
Rock hits a DDT to Punk and he lines up for the Rock Bottom, but Punk hits a few dozen elbows to Rock to put him down on the mat.
The Rock hits The Rock Bottom out of nowhere and Punk kicks out at 2. Punk ends up running The Rock into the ref before hitting the GTS.
There is nobody to count and the crowd starts counting as Punk covers Rock. Heyman is calling for another ref while the first one is down in the aisle.
Another official comes down and Punk lifts Rocky up for another GTS. Rock breaks free and hits the Spinebuster.
Rock sets up and hits the People's elbow for a close two count. The crowd is going nuts right now. The second ref gets taken out when Punk falls on him and there is no ref yet again.
Heyman grabs the WWE title and hands it to Punk. Heyman holds Rock so Punk can hit him with the belt, but he moves and Punk hits Heyman.
Rock hits the Rock Bottom and the original ref comes in and counts the 3 for the pin and the win.
Winner: The Rock
CM Punk vs. The Rock (WWE Title) Part 2
Rock beats on Punk outside the ring until Punk rakes the eyes. Rock gets back in the ring only to get taken down by a clothesline from Punk.
Punk locks in a headlock/sleeper and Rock gets brought down to the mat. Rock fights back and Punk hits him with a dropkick for a near fall.
Rock breaks free and tees off on Punk a few times, but Punk takes back the advantage with a springboard clothesline.
Punk keeps Rock grounded for a long time with a headlock. Rock powers out of the hold and then he starts going to work on Punk.
Punk counters in the corner and hits the high knee to Rock. Punk hits another high knee and a clothesline and then he goes to the top rope.
Punk hits the flying elbow drop for a two count. Punk puts Rock outside the ring and he starts taking apart the Spanish announce table.
Rock fights back and he hits Punk's head off the table a few times before rolling him back in the ring. Rock goes for the Rock Bottom, but Punk counters into a huge roundhouse kick for a two count.
CM Punk vs. The Rock (WWE Title) Part 1
The Rock doesn't posture for too long before the official rules are read and intros are given by Justin Roberts.
The bell rings and they circle each other a bit. Punk starts off slow with some attempts to kick at the legs of Rocky.
The crowd starts a duelling chant as they finally lock up. Punk hits the first shoulder block to take Rocky down.
Punk hits a second shoulder block to take Rocky down and Heyman celebrates like they just won the match. Rock gets taken down with a third shoulder block.
Punk flips off Rock right in his face and then Rock hits a few armdrags. Punk takes a break outside the ring.
Punk and Rock have a staredown and Punk slaps Rock, leading to Rock beating Punk down in the corner. Rock gets pulled off Punk a few times by the ref.
Punk outright spits in Rock's face and Rock takes him down with a clothesline and then throws him out of the ring.
CM Punk's music hits after a video package and he comes out after a little pause with Heyman still holding the WWE title.
Tamina vs. Kaitlyn (Divas Title)
Tamina comes out first and I cannot help but wonder why this is the second to last match on the card. Is it so fans can go to the bathroom before the main event?
With AJ never competing, Eve recently leaving, and Natalya being wasted with Khali, this division has been stale. More stale than usual, anyway.
Tamina gets the early advantage, but Katie takes her down with a quick slam. Katie hits a snap suplex and then rolls up Tamina for a 1 count.
Katie keeps up the offense until Tamina runs her into the steel post from the apron. Tamina hits a Samoan Drop in the ring and then climbs up for the Superfly splash.
Katie moves and she hits a spear to Tamina for the pin and the win.
Winner and still Divas Champion: Kaitlyn
Clay and Tensai have a terrible backstage segment to advertise some WWE toy. I weep for Tensai.
Some of the crowd chants "One more time" after Langston hits Kofi with his finisher.That win puts the heels up 4-2 with wins over the babyfaces if you count the pre-show.
Cole plugs the WWE app and JBL and King make fun of him for having a picture of King as his screensaver.
Kofi Kingston vs. Dolph ZIggler
The bell rings and they lock up. Kofi hits a dropkick to put Ziggler in the corner and then he flips Ziggler ass over tea kettle with a monkey flip.
Ziggler hits a nice dropkick for a two count. Ziggler locks in a sleeper after some of Kofi's usual leap frog offense.
Kofi fights up and sends Ziggler over the top rope. Ziggler avoids a suicide dive and Kofi hits Langston.
Kofi hits the Trouble in Paradise, but Big E pulls him out of the ring. Kofi springboards out of the ring onto Big E and takes him down.
Kofi hits a cross body for a two count, but Ziggler catches him the second time and drops him on the top rope in a way I have never seen before.
It was like a front suplex where Kofi was dropped onto the top turnbuckle instead of the mat. Ziggler hits the Zig Zag for the pin and the win.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler
That was a fun match with a few great spots. Quick, though.
Langston comes in and demolishes Kofi after the match.
Ziggler complains about not being booked on the card while Swagger won the Chamber match. Ziggler runs his mouth about being the best and Booker comes out.
Book says he knows someone who is just as good as Ziggler and he is going to face him right now.
Kofi Kingston's music hits and he makes his way out. I was half expecting a surprise return like John Morrison or Shelton Benjamin.
Never mind what I just said. Dolph Ziggler's music hits and he makes his way out with AJ and Langston.
Between The Shield and Swagger winning I think it is safe to say that WWE have pulled out a few surprises on us tonight.
It's time to slow things down with a Divas match.
The Shield vs. John Cena, Ryback and Sheamus Part 3
Cena ends up back dropping Ambrose out of the ring and Ryback wants in the match. Ryback finally gets the tag and he comes in and takes out all three members of The Shield.
Ryback throws Ambrose into Rollins in the corner, but when he lines up for a Meat Hook he gets taken down by Reigns.
Sheamus and Reigns fight to the outside and Reigns spears Sheamus through the barricade into the time keeper's area.
Rollins climbs to the top, but Ryback catches him. Ambrose stops him from slamming Rollins and they set up for the triple powerbomb.
Cena takes out Reigns and then hits the AA on Ambrose. Reigns hits Ryback with the Spear as Ryback tries to hit Shell Shocked on Rollins.
Rollins pins Ryback to get the win for his team.
Winners: The Shield
I fully expected the good guys to get the win here, so I am happy I am surprised again tonight.
The Shield vs. John Cena, Ryback and Sheamus Part 2
Ambrose gets the tag and he hits Cena with various strikes before getting a two count on Cena. Duelling Cena chants are going on forever as Cena gets dominated by The Shield.
Rollins comes in and tees of on Cena with a hard right hand. Cena keeps getting beaten down as The Shield cycle members in and out of the ring to beat on him.
Sheamus saves Cena from a pin after a hard shot from Roman Reigns. Cene tries to fight back, but he gets hit with a Samoan drop for a two count.
Cena eventually powers out of a rear chinlock. He and Reigns screw up a side suplex and both men go down.
Reigns lays out Cena with a clothesline for a two count. Ambrose gets the tag again and he keeps working over Cena.
Cena is locked in a headscissors by Ambrose and this match is starting to get a little boring. Cena gets dropped with a hard DDT for another two count.
The Shield vs. John Cena, Ryback and Sheamus Part 1
Cena is out first for his team, followed by Sheamus and then Ryback. The Shield's music hits and they come down through the crowd.
All hell breaks loose once they jump the barricade and the match hasn't even started yet. The babyfaces beat down the Shield and hit three tandem suplexes.
The ref finally gets the apart and rings the bell. Sheamus takes it to Ambrose for a bit until he hits the Irish Hand Grenades.
He rips the vest off Ambrose before hitting a second series of shots to the chest. Reigns finally gets a tag and he takes out Sheamus with a clothesline outside the ring.
The Shield hit a nice triple team move to Sheamus for a near fall and Rollins locks Sheamus in a submission to ground him.
Ambrose tags in again and he ends up eating a Brogue Kick from Sheamus. Both men crawl to the tags and Cena comes in to face Reigns.
He hits all his signatures leading into a five knuckle shuffle. Rollins comes in and stops an AA, but Cena ends up locking in the STF on Reigns.
Reigns gets a near fall on Cena after all three men hit Cena with moves.
It looks like the six-man tag match between The Shield and The Sword (Cena, Ryback and Sheamus) is up next.
The feud makes a lot of sense considering how much Colter has been talking about immigration. This could end up being a very interesting feud is pulled off the right way.
I am still in shock by the outcome. Never saw it coming. Swagger getting the win is something I think very few people expected going into this match.
Elimination Chamber Match For World Title Shot
Swagger comes out of nowhere and rolls up Orton for a pin to win the Elimination Chamber match.
Winner: Jack Swagger
This is the most shocking outcome to this match we could have seen. Swagger is fresh off a return and he is about to be in a World title match at WrestleMania.
Congrats to Swagger.
Elimination Chamber Match For World Title Shot
We are down to Swagger, Jericho and Orton. All three men are slow to get to their feet as Henry leaves the ring.
Henry turns around and goes back into the chamber. He hits Swagger, Orton and Jericho with World's strongest slams before several refs and Booker come out and order him to leave.
Henry finally leaves the chamber and everyone in the ring is down. Swagger crawls over and gets a near fall on Orton.
Swagger starts laying into both men, but they turn the tables and double team Swagger. They run Swagger head first into the chamber pod in the corner.
Orton and Jericho starts duking it out with each other. Jericho comes off the top rope right into a dropkick from Orton.
Swagger ends up coming back only to get one of two powerslams Orton dishes out to both men. Jericho hits the triangle dropkick to Orton while he was trying to hit the rope-hung DDT on Swagger.
Swagger hits Jericho with a belly to belly for a two count. Orton ends up in the Patriot Act after trying to counter a Swagger bomb.
Jericho saves Orton with a kick, but Swagger ends up locking him in the Patriot Act. Jericho counters into the Liontamer.
Orton hits Jericho with his signature backbreaker to break the hold. Swagger gets back dropped out of the ring and Orton follows up by hitting both men with the rope-hung DDT inside the ring.
Orton gets the crowd riled up as he lines up for the RKO. He hits it on Jericho after a series of counters for an elimination.
Chris Jericho is eliminated
Elimination Chamber Match For World Title Shot
Swagger and Jericho start working together to run Henry into the chamber wall over and over. They hit a double suplex to Henry outside the ring on the chamber floor.
Everyone looks hurt after that one.
Jericho hits a cross body from the top rope on Swagger for a near fall. Swagger tries for the gutwrench powerbomb, but Jericho turns him over and tries for the Walls of Jericho.
Jericho hits the running bulldog on Swagger, but when he goes for the Lionsault he gets grabbed by Henry and launched into the chamber wall.
Henry presses Jericho above his head and throws him into Swagger inside the ring. Orton is finally starting to move inside the pod he was thrown into.
Henry stacks Jericho on top of Swagger and then goes to the second rope. He ends up missing the Vader Splash to both men.
Swagger hits a big boot, Jericho hits the Codebreaker and Orton comes out of nowhere and hits the RKO and pins Henry.
Mark Henry is eliminated
Elimination Chamber Match For World Title Shot
Henry grabs Orton on the outside and runs him through the clear wall of one of the pods. Orton really took that fall hard.
Kane comes in and he and Henry start duking it out. Kane hits a few corner clotheslines to Henry.
Henry catches Kane as he comes off the top rope and he hits the WSS for the pin and eliminates Kane.
Kane is eliminated
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