WWE Elimination Chamber 2013: Was It Worth the PPV Money?
Elimination Chamber is out of the way and WrestleMania is firmly in front of us, but was Elimination Chamber worth the cost?
One would expect this to be an above-average pay-per-view since it is wedged between Royal Rumble and WrestleMania during that time of year when everyone is at the top of their game.
Sunday's event featured the marquee match of The Rock vs. CM Punk for the WWE title. Rock was defending his title in a rematch from the Rumble.
The match for which this event is named featured six former world champs beating each other senseless, all in hopes of headlining WrestleMania with a World title shot.
Six other matches featured a wide variety of WWE Superstars in various situations.
Let's take a look at different aspects of the show and determine if the show was worth the money.
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Sometimes an average show can appear above average because of great commentary, but in the case of Elimination Chamber, it was a mixed bag.
Some matches featured Michael Cole, JBL and King at the top of their game, but as the night went on, it seemed like an air of tension had surrounded the table.
There were periods with no talking that were much longer than necessary, and toward the end of the night, it seemed like they all might have just wanted the show to end.
There were some entertaining exchanges between the three, but don't expect any sound bites to make their way into the history books from this one.
Twists and Turns
Any pay-per-view worth its salt should have a few twists and turns that fans don't see coming. This is not always the case.
With Elimination Chamber, we had a couple unexpected winners emerge and some storyline development that certainly kept WWE fans on their feet.
Alberto Del Rio made the Big Show tap out to his Cross Armbreaker, which shocked many who thought Show might have been too big for that hold to be effective.
The biggest shock of the night might have been Jack Swagger winning the Elimination Chamber after returning to WWE less than three weeks ago.
The Shield putting away Sheamus, John Cena and Ryback was probably unexpected to most fans, as it appeared like the babyfaces were due for a victory over the trio of outsiders.
The bonus match that took place between Kofi Kingston and Dolph Ziggler was shorter than the other major singles matches on the card, but Kofi and Ziggler put on a show like only they can in those minutes.
The final match of the night had the outcome everyone expected, but the fact that CM Punk outright flipped Rocky off halfway through the match might get people talking.
If you wanted to be surprised by a few outcomes, then EC might have been worth the money, but there was nothing earth-shattering to report.
The Chamber Match Itself
When you have a show in front of you that is named for a specific kind of match, you expect that particular match to be the show-stealer.
The chamber match on Sunday certainly delivered in two ways: surprise and action.
The outcome of the match was one very few would have been positive would have occurred ahead of time. Jack Swagger only just returned and seemed like filler in a match that would have gone to someone else.
Chris Jericho and Randy Orton both made it to the final minutes of the match, and it seemed as if it was a lock that one of them would eliminate Swagger and get the win.
Swagger's new gimmick is one that is tailor-made for a feud with someone of Hispanic heritage, and the World champion has been playing up his Mexican roots quite a bit lately.
There were not as many dangerous spots as many may have liked in the match, but all six men took a considerable amount of damage at different points.
Mark Henry's frustrated attack on the final three men in the match after being eliminated made the end of the match feel like it really could have gone to any one of the final three.
This EC match will not be at the top of anyone's top 10 list, but it had its moments.
The Headlining Match
This was supposed to be the big rematch between The Rock and CM Punk. It had been built for a few weeks through solid promo work and a few calculated attacks.
The match was decent, but it did not live up to their previous encounter by any stretch.
The Rock seemed a little timid at times, and there was a sense that the finish to the match might have been re-tooled several times heading into the show.
This will not be viewed as the best match Rock has had since returning to WWE, and because of that, it hurt the overall value of the card.
The final minutes of the match featured some great action, but most of the bout was less than exciting.
Storyline Development and Resolution
WWE made sure that at least two matches for WrestleMania 30 were set before Elimination Chamber went off the air.
The Rock and John Cena will square off for the WWE title—since Rock retained against Punk—and Alberto Del Rio will face Jack Swagger for the World title.
I doubt CM Punk will just walk away from the WWE title following the loss, so it is possible this could turn into a triple threat match of some kind.
The same can be said for Big Show, but considering Swagger won the chamber mach, Show will probably end up in another feud going into 'Mania.
Cesaro and Kaitlyn will probably move on to new feuds following their wins at Elimination Chamber, Tensai and Brodus Clay appear to be staying together as a team and Dolph Ziggler won a bonus match against Kofi Kingston before declaring that he will cash in some time between now and WrestleMania.
Between all of the storylines WWE had going into this show, you would have expected a little bit more controversy or resolution heading into WrestleMania, but WWE has almost seven weeks to make this thing interesting.
Was It Worth the Money?
If you were expecting this show to be an extravaganza of great matches, then you may have come away from this event disappointed.
Something about the whole night felt off, which should not have been the case this close to WrestleMania.
The show has some very good moments, don't get me wrong. Plenty of the superstars involved stepped up and performed.
The show's pace and the order of the matches is probably what made the whole event feel off. Anyone who was on the fence is probably better off with that $50 in their pocket.
What do you think? Was Elimination Chamber worth the money?
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