The 2013 WWE Elimination Chamber pay-per-view may have just ended, but the WrestleMania XXIX speculation has already begun.
The results of Elimination Chamber have now set in motion the WrestleMania storylines sure to dominate WWE TV in the coming weeks. Here were my predictions for the event. How did they stack up to the actual event?
Read on for the results and analysis for the 2013 WWE Elimination Chamber pay-per-view.
After Rhodes Scholars announced a "Reunion Tour," the newly formed "Team What the Funk?" made their first pay-per-view appearance (even if it was just the Pre-Show).
The fans weren't even fully seated when the match began, but the crowd was generally giving Tensai and Clay good reactions. The size advantage of "What the Funk?" did not seem to matter for much of the match.
In the end, Tensai and Clay literally squashed Team Rhodes Scholars in a relatively uneventful match.
Result: Team What the Funk defeats Team Rhodes Scholars
Yet another World Heavyweight Championship match opens a pay-per-view. A world title opening a show. Not exactly respectful, but that's another story.
The pace of the match was predictably slow, and many of the moves looked sloppy. The crowd was not really into the match, at least from what could be heard on TV.
Big Show dominated the early portion, but tweaked his knee. Del Rio would take advantage. Big Show quickly got back in control as poor Ricardo Rodriguez watched at ringside. Del Rio would take some risks and kick out of some big moves by Big Show. Nonetheless, Big Show would dominate most of the match.
Finally, after taking a lot of punishment, Del Rio kicked the bucket. No, he didn't die. He literally kicked Ricardo's bucket into the head of Big Show (after whiffing the first time) and put Show into the Cross Armbreaker and made him tap.
There was no cash-in attempted by Ziggler. Maybe later in the night? Doubtful.
Results: Alberto Del Rio (c) defeats Big Show to retain the World Heavyweight Championship
The second match of the main card saw Miz challenge Antonio Cesaro, again, for the United States Championship. The recap of Miz being used as a sack of flour and beaten against the wall was shown.
Miz, shoulder wrapped from Monday's assault, mad a good go of it early in the match. But the wrapping would act like a target for Cesaro, who attacked the shoulder all match long.
Miz would have moments of offense followed by long stretches on his back after Cesaro attacks.
Miz then sent Cesaro into the steps outside the ring and targeted the leg. "Woo's" were heard through the arena. As Miz set up the Figure Four, Cesaro countered, but Miz accidentally dropped his knee into the Cesaro family jewels, disqualifying Miz. After the match, Miz intentionally hit Cesaro there again, but was unable to win the title.
Results: Antonio Cesaro (c) defeats The Miz via DQ to retain the United States Championship
The only advertised Elimination Chamber match on the card tonight will determine the No. 1 Contender for the World Heavyweight Championship, which will now apparently be defended by Alberto Del Rio at WrestleMania XXIX.
Jack Swagger and Zeb Colter entered the Chamber first. Swagger introduced Colter, who then cut yet another semi-racist (but highly entertaining) promo, promising to "set things right" by having Jack Swagger win the Elimination Chamber match.
The first two competitors were Daniel Bryan and Chris Jericho.
The entrances and eliminations were as follows:
Entrance: Daniel Bryan
Entrance: Chris Jericho
Entrance: Jack Swagger
Entrance: Randy Orton
Entrance: Mark Henry
Elimination: Daniel Bryan
Elimination: Mark Henry
Elimination: Chris Jericho
Elimination: Randy Orton
Jericho and Bryan started things off with some good exchanges. When swagger entered, he dominated Bryan by bashing him against the steel cage over and over.
When Kane entered, Hell No worked together, but that ended as Bryan tried to pin Kane. Is this the end of Team Hell No?
Randy Orton shot out of his pod and served notice that he would be a force in the match. Orton laid out everyone except Mark Henry, who was still in his pod.
Mark Henry would erupt out of his pod and promptly eliminate Daniel Bryan, and then throw Orton clean through one of the pods. Henry looked the most dominant of anyone in the Chamber.
Kane was his next victim, feeling Henry's wrath and a World's Strongest Slam. Swagger and Jericho would try and put Henry down, hitting him with a double-suplex on the steel. Great moment in the match.
Out of nowhere, Randy Orton recovered and hit the RKO on Mark Henry after Swagger and Jericho hit their signature moves as well. Mark Henry, my pick to win, was felled. But he wasn't done.
Henry got back in the cage and destroyed everyone. Booker T, Teddy Long and a handful of referees had to escort him out of the Chamber.
Down to Orton, Jericho and Swagger, the match slowly got started again. After a flurry, Orton hit Jericho with the RKO, pinning him. Immediately after, Swagger would roll up Orton for the pin.
Swagger looked very good in this match, and now he will face Alberto Del Rio for the World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania XXIX. That is, unless Dolph Ziggler can cash in his Money in the Bank contract and successfully pin Del Rio before then.
On an interesting note, there were no eliminations at all until each of the six wrestlers were in the match.
Results: Jack Swagger defeats Daniel Bryan, Kane, Mark Henry, Chris Jericho and Randy Orton to become No. 1 Contender for the World Heavyweight Championship
Predictions: 3/4 (I thought for sure Henry would win, but Swagger earned this win)
Following the good Elimination Chamber match, John Cena, Sheamus and Ryback faced off against The Shield. This match, as I noted before in my predictions, could be the most important of the night.
The Shield needs a win.
The match got going with a bang, and the action, as is to be expected, was fast and furious. It was only the second sanctioned match for The Shield, who defeated Ryback and Team Hell No back at TLC.
Shield looked very good and held their own against what many would consider WWE's best.
As usual, the "Let's Go Cena" and "Cena Sucks" chants dueled in the crowd. The crowd was more active in this match than any yet.
The match would devolve into carnage, with Sheamus being put through the barricade. As The Shield went for their triple powerbomb, Cena saved the day. Ryback and Cena were poised to finish The Shield, but Roman Reigns speared the daylights out of Ryback, who got pinned by Seth Rollins, much to the shock of John Cena.
Perhaps it was just because I like The Shield, but this was easily the best match of the night so far.
Result: The Shield defeats John Cena, Sheamus and Ryback
In a surprise announcement made by Booker T after Dolph Ziggler came out to cut a promo and complain about not having a match, Kofi Kingston was announced as Ziggler's opponent in an impromptu match.
Ziggler, who did not cash in earlier in the night, put on a show. One might say he stole it...
The match was fast-paced and full of big moments. But Ziggler, with help, got the pin.
After the match, Big E Langston put a huge beatdown on Kingston.
Results: Dolph Ziggler defeats Kofi Kingston
Predictions: 4/5 (did not predict this match)
In the penultimate match of the night (high placement for a Diva's match), Kaitlyn would face Tamina Snuka, daughter of Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka, for the Diva's Championship. This match would be Tamina's first big match in WWE.
Kaitlyn and Tamina would get off to a quick start, with roll-ups and nearfalls coming quicker than a hiccup.
Tamina displayed her viciousness early and often. Kaitlyn, though, would spear Tamina after Tamina missed a Superfly Splash, earning Kaitlyn the pin and the win to retain her Diva's Championship.
Result: Kaitlyn defeats Tamina Snuka to retain the Diva's Championship
The main event of the evening would see CM Punk challenge The Rock for the WWE Championship.
This match was the most important of Elimination Chamber, as the winner would go on to face John Cena for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania XXIX.
The fate of the WWE title was decided tonight. And what a way to end the evening.
As expected, the crowd was hot for the match. There were loud pro-CM Punk chants at times, but the crowd seemed more behind "The Great One" than Punk. As the match would go on, though, the pro-Punk chants would get louder and louder.
The match got off to a slow start, with the competitors feeling each other out. Heyman, as is his way, shouted encouragements at Punk.
The stipulation that The Rock could lose his title if he is disqualified or counted out would come into play early and often.
There appeared to be a lot of "rest holds" in the match, and The Rock looked tired. About 10 minutes into the match, Rock started to look gassed. But he soldiered on.
After not one, but two referees went down, and with no sign of Brock Lesnar, The Rock would overcome all the tricks Heyman and Punk could throw at him. He hit the Rock Bottom and a referee, seemingly reinvigorated by the power of the WWE Universe, pinned CM Punk to retain his WWE Championship.
The rematch of a lifetime is now set. The Rock will, once again, face John Cena in the main event of WrestleMaina.
Result: The Rock (c) defeats CM Punk to retain the WWE Championship
My only missed prediction tonight was Jack Swagger winning the Elimination Chamber match. I picked Mark Henry. Every other match outcome was correct. That's 85.7 percent accurate with my match outcome predictions.
But enough about me. How did your predictions pan out? Were you impressed by this pay-per-view? Or were you left depressed? Were the matches good, bad or something else? Give your opinions on the Elimination Chamber below. Thanks for your comments.