WWE Elimination Chamber 2013: What Thrilling PPV Means for WrestleMania
The WrestleMania 29 card is far from full, but the results from Elimination Chamber 2013 helped shape WWE's biggest event of the year.
WWE fans are weeks away from seeing Bruno Sammartino, Bob Backlund, Trish Stratus and Mick Foley inducted into the Hall of Fame followed by a night of big matches and lasting memories.
Which matches did Elimination Chamber announce and which ones did it just hint at?
For one, the match everyone saw coming became official on Sunday.
John Cena will face The Rock in a rematch of last year's WrestleMania event. This time it will be for the WWE Championship.
The Rock fended off CM Punk and Paul Heyman to remain champ. This isn't a matchup that is sneaking up on anyone, but features the company's two biggest names in a rematch with higher stakes.
WWE doesn't have to do much to build up for this match either.
Rock and Cena's history, the WWE title being on the line and the power of these guys' names makes this an easy match to sell.
As for the other world title, Alberto Del Rio retained and Jack Swagger won the Elimination Chamber.
That creates a narrative of conservative vs. immigrant, Real American vs. Mexican, Uncle Zeb vs. Ricardo Rodriguez. It's likely not everyone's dream match, but it's one that has potential.
Swagger's power could balance well with Del Rio's quickness.
There is no better adversary for Swagger's new xenophobic persona than Del Rio. Expect the confrontations between them to begin right away.
Antonio Cesaro and Miz don't appear to be done with their feud.
Miz lost to Cesaro when he accidently conked him in the nuts. The lack of resolution is likely leading to a few more matches. Perhaps one of them is going to be at WrestleMania 29.
The United States title hasn't been a prominent championship at many WrestleManias, but WWE is treating Cesaro differently. He's defended the title on a regular basis on both TV and pay-per-view.
A U.S. title match between him and Miz can serve to end their feud and to give both men a chance to steal the show as part of the undercard.
It was inevitable that Kane and Daniel Bryan would eventually split.
It's not clear if their fighting at Elimination Chamber is the official end of Team Hell No, but if not, the end can't be far now.
Bryan asked Kane to work with him inside the Chamber, but that was quickly abandoned. Bryan tried to roll Kane up for a pin.
Will Kane's anger at that betrayal and his frustration with Bryan in general lead to them battling at WrestleMania?
WWE could certainly lead things in that direction. That is a narrative that needs little coaxing.
A less likely scenario born from Elimination Chamber is a match involving Big E Langston and Kofi Kingston.
During the Kingston vs. Dolph Ziggler match, Kingston bumped into Langston a few times. The big man took offense to that and attacked Kingston after the match.
WWE may not be ready to put Langston in a WrestleMania singles match, so this may be turned into a tag team match with Ziggler and a Kingston ally involved as well.
As for the rest of the WrestleMania card, the next few Raw and SmackDown episodes should give us more to work with.
Who will CM Punk face? What about Brock Lesnar or The Undertaker? Where does Randy Orton, Sheamus and Mark Henry fit in?
Elimination Chamber didn't answer those questions, leaving WWE with some holes to fill in the coming weeks.
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