WWE Elimination Chamber 2013: Punk-Rock II and the 10 Most Memorable Moments
WrestleMania XXIX is near.
The namesake match for Sunday's final pay-per-view before Mania, Elimination Chamber, really set the stage for what is to come in the following weeks.
A new No. 1 contender for the World Heavyweight Championship was crowned in the namesake match.
The WWE all-star trio also faced the upstart stable of The Shield, and CM Punk finally got his rematch against WWE Champion The Rock.
There were a few surprises and a few head-scratchers throughout the event as well.
And now that this year's edition of Elimination Chamber is in the books, let's take a look back at some of the pay-per-view's most memorable moments.
Team Rhodes Scholars Jobs to Brodus Clay and Tensai
The YouTube pre-show featured a rising tag team against one that recently disbanded.
The comedic pairing of Brodus Clay and Tensai went up against Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow.
Having Rhodes and Sandow perform a one-night-only reunion destined the team to lose. It looks like Clay and Tensai may replace Team Hell No as the comedic pairing since Kane and Daniel Bryan look to be disbanding.
The tag team is fun, very awkward and surprisingly works!
Alberto Del Rio Gets a Clean Win
Alberto Del Rio is now a champion for the people—at least, that is the way he is being presented.
So in order to dump all his mischievous in-ring techniques that he did as a heel, he had to win cleanly.
And for the most part, Del Rio did pick up a clean victory against the Big Show by making the giant tap out with an armbar.
He did not resort to tying up his opponent with duct tape, and the match did not have a stipulation; it was a simple match to end a month-long feud.
Overall, this was a good finish to their feud.
The Miz's Disqualification
The United States Championship match between Antonio Cesaro and The Miz was poised to be a solid match between two very entertaining superstars.
Both have the talent to showcase an excellent wrestling match, which is what fans saw for the majority of the contest.
The ending, however, was a bit out of the ordinary for both of these two.
As The Miz was setting up Cesaro for a figure-four leg lock, which he inherited from the great Ric Flair, he slipped and hit Cesaro in the groin.
Cesaro played it up and The Miz was disqualified.
Once the match was over, The Miz looked at Cesaro and kicked him in the groin once again.
The outcome may benefit both in the long run if they can build up anticipation for a WrestleMania rematch.
Jack Swagger Wins the Elimination Chamber
Well that was fast.
Jack Swagger's return from his self-imposed vacation wasn't that long ago, but now he is back in the title hunt.
Depending on who you ask, his last run either crashed and burned or never truly came into fruition.
Giving him a mouthpiece in Zeb Coulter showed that WWE is willing to use him in a more provocative manner than before.
His chances of winning the Elimination Chamber match for the World Heavyweight Championship No. 1 contender spot greatly increased given that his true patriot angle is virtually the complete opposite of Del Rio's Mexican pride gimmick.
Still, a roll-up pin to win the match was surprising—especially with the talent he was competing against.
Mark Henry's Hall of Pain Grows
As surprising as Swagger's win was, it was more surprising that Mark Henry did not win the match.
Ever since his return, Henry has been destroying everyone in his path; he even caused Rey Mysterio to take his name off the Elimination Chamber match.
During the match, he took out the first two superstars. He seemed unstoppable, but eventually a double-team and a few finishers took down the World's Strongest Man.
Fortunately, his momentum did not dwindle, as he went back into the chamber and took down the remaining participants.
His future is looking bright. Only time will tell if Henry can keep the momentum and stay healthy.
The Six-Man Tag Team Match's One-Sided Beginning
It almost looked like there was no chance for The Shield to win their match.
The team of John Cena, Sheamus and Ryback came out strong as they each took down a member of The Shield.
The beatdown was so bad that at one point, all three superstars got a Shield member and delivered synchronized suplexes.
Especially given that these three superstars are the top faces of the company, they made it look easy.
But that wasn't a good thing.
Their antics went from entertaining to simply hard to watch based on how one-sided it became.
The Shield's Victory
Fortunately for viewers, the match did not stay one-sided for long.
The super group's dominance went away as the bout progress from an tag team match to an all-out brawl.
Cena, Ryback and Sheamus are more accustomed to in-ring performances but the Shield is not. In fact, their only match to date, which happened at Tables, Ladders and Chairs, was more of a fight than an organized contest.
The defining moment for The Shield's second match was its finish. As Ryback was about to land his signature move on Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns swept in for a quick spear.
The spear knocked down Ryback and Rollins landed on him for the pinfall win.
A Divas Championship Match?
WWE, please try doing something with the Divas division.
This Divas Championship match between Kaitlyn and Tamina Snuka had no buildup prior to the pay-per-view, nor was it promoted.
It was sadly just thrown in to possibly take up time.
If booked properly, these two can make a very good feud but that requires time on any of their weekly programming. Instead, they were limited to a video on WWE's mobile app.
Kaitlyn successfully defended her Divas Championship. Here's hoping that the two Divas get more television time to build something up heading into WrestleMania.
The Spanish Announce Table Snafu
It's a pay-per-view; of course the Spanish announce table is going to get broken by two superstars!
Only sometimes, the table isn't as willing to do its part.
When The Rock faced CM Punk at the Royal Rumble, both superstars went on the table and it quickly collapsed before they were able to do a finisher.
Fast forward to Elimination Chamber and the two superstars were determined to get it right this time.
Luckily, Punk and Rock were able to get on the table without breaking it. Unfortunately, the table didn't budge this time around as CM Punk delivered the Rock Bottom to The Rock.
Hopefully the table gets it right at 'Mania.
CM Punk Hits Paul Heyman with the WWE Championship
As his one final strike, CM Punk wanted to hit WWE Champion The Rock with his own title.
The Rock was groggy and leaning on the ropes, which was the perfect time for Paul Heyman to hold the champ down.
But, just like clockwork, The Rock ducked out of the way and CM Punk hit his friend and manager. This gave The Rock the opportunity to take advantage and get the win.
And with that, The Rock is scheduled to meet John Cena for the WWE Championship in a rematch of last year's 'Mania.
What happens with Punk leading up to the upcoming pay-per-view is still up in the air, especially now that he hit his biggest confidant.
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