Reacting to WWE Eliminaton Chamber: Swagger, Shield, Rock, Punk and More

The Doctor Chris Mueller@@BR_DoctorFeatured ColumnistFebruary 17, 2013

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Another WWE pay-per-view is in the books, and some of the results were quite surprising to say the least.

Overall, the entire show had a strange pace to it. The show wasted no time at all jumping into the action with the first match, which is not necessarily a bad thing.

Opening the show with the World title match is something that seems to be a trend lately, so that was not surprising.

Alberto Del Rio retaining was not a surprise whatsoever, but making Big Show tap out to the cross armbreaker is something different.

Big Show kept making a big deal out of how Alberto Del Rio never pinned him, so he gets to keep making that claim. It was a decent match with a good finish.

Cesaro retaining the U.S. title with an odd DQ finish was the first thing that felt off about the show. It almost looked unplanned and sloppy.

The Chamber took place much earlier than I would have booked it, but the outcome was what will stick out in people's minds.

Jack Swagger took home the victory after only recently returning a couple weeks ago. This is going to set up and American/bigot vs. Mexican feud with Zeb Colter by Swagger's side.

The fact that WWE is giving Swagger another shot at stardom after such a long period of treading water is very interesting.

The Shield defeating John Cena, Ryback and Sheamus was somewhat of a surprise as well, especially since there was nothing dirty about it.

The whole match was basically The Shield destroying the babyfaces, which would usually lead to a hot tag and a babyface victory.

Kudos to WWE for keeping these guys as tough as they appear by having them beat three of the top good guys in the company.

The bonus match between Kofi Kingston and Dolph Ziggler was fun and saw Ziggler get a quick win.

Nothing to complain about there, but why WWE chose to have the Divas match in between this and the main event is beyond me.

The Divas match was a typical Divas match, with Kaitlyn getting the win with a spear. It felt like WWE was all but saying "Just use this time to grab a drink and use the bathroom."

The main event is one that will be controversial. The performances of The Rock and CM Punk were both decent, but the match seemed to fall a little flat at points.

Everyone came into this hoping for them to outdo their Royal Rumble match, but that did not end up being the case.

There was plenty of back-and-forth action, but the finish was exactly how everyone expected the show to end.

Explaining the exact thing that made this match mediocre is difficult, but many who watched will probably agree that this was not Rock or Punk's best match.

The show seemed to have a feeling of being booked on the fly, which is off given that half the matches were rematches.

Maybe I am the only one who felt this way, but for me, Elimination Chamber just had a weird feeling to it.


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