5 Lessons Learned from WWE's Elimination Chamber 2013
WWE’s Elimination Chamber pay-per-view was nothing short of predictable, with the exception of the Elimination Chamber match itself.
The only “surprise” was Jack Swagger winning the match. But if you were watching it and saw the final three competitors, it became obvious.
Despite the stagnant matches and the same old stuff we've been seeing from the WWE over the past couple of years, there are a few positive things that can be taken from the pay-per-view.
Elimination Chamber was right on the money in the sense of leading up to WrestleMania, having WWE Champion The Rock coming in to the final stretch hot and have challenger John Cena coming off a loss.
The following are lessons to be taken away from the pay-per-view.
Jack Swagger Is the Real (American) Deal
If there is anyone who impressed me the most at Elimination Chamber, it was “The Real American” Jack Swagger.
Since his return and repackaging, I don’t dread the sight of him, and I don’t mind watching his matches.
In the Elimination Chamber match, Swagger was fluid and crisp on his moves and really put on a show. He’s improved tremendously since he was “The All-American American.”
When Swagger won the match via rolling up Randy Orton, I was first upset that an entertaining match ended this way, but on second thought it was a great way for a heel to win.
The showdown between Alberto Del Rio and Swagger at WrestleMania 29 will be very entertaining to watch, and the two WWE Superstars will definitely put on a great show.
Big Men Teaming Up Is Always a Good Thing
I understand it was just on the pre-show, but Brodus Clay and Tensai together are hilarious.
A team like Clay and Tensai will add depth to the tag team division, while also bringing freshness to Clay’s gimmick.
In the ring, their chemistry is undeniable. The two are powerhouses that can entertain with athleticism, quickness and bruising moves. These factors quickly cancel out their gimmick, which makes them considered by some to be a joke.
Whenever big men team up, it rarely ever fails. Big Show and Kane made a formidable unit, and were pretty entertaining when they teamed up.
It’s an added dynamic to a tag team when there are two big guys on the team, but when you add a “funky” gimmick, it makes the whole thing that much more entertaining.
Match Order Really Means Nothing Anymore
When the opening bell rang and I saw the World Heavyweight Championship belt come onto the screen I was a bit confused.
Starting a pay-per-view with a championship match has its positives—like starting with a bang—but this was just crazy to see.
Then you have the Divas Championship Match after the Elimination Chamber and six-man tag team match that were two of the biggest matches.
That’s what really got me.
The Divas Championship match sucked the life out of the building, and needed to be lower on the card. Maybe the WWE was attempting to have a break in high-paced action before the main event, but this failed.
I was not impressed at all with the match, and it took me a while to get excited for the WWE Championship match.
With a pay-per-view, I understand it’s important to have balance in the matches, but match placement by the WWE needs to be considered.
If this was WrestleMania, I would be extremely disappointed.
The Shield Is Legit
The Shield solidified its existence Sunday by beating John Cena, Sheamus and Ryback.
The group showed what it could do in a big match and that it's more than just thugs who show up when the lights go off.
I know The Shield was a threat over the past few months, but Elimination Chamber really showed what Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns can do as performers in the ring.
It wouldn’t be much of a surprise if The Shield now entered singles competition with Cena set to face The Rock at WrestleMania.
Sheamus has a score to settle with Reigns after he speared Sheamus through the barricade to take him out of the match, which may lead to a series of singles matches between the two on Monday Night Raw.
Silly Stipulations for One Superstar Never Matter
If the Rock was disqualified or counted out last night, he would have lost the championship, as I’m sure you all know because of how many times it was said.
Having stipulations makes the match more exciting, but not having them affect the outcome is dumb.
Just for clarification, this doesn’t refer to stipulations like “The Streak vs. Career” match between The Undertaker and Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania 26. In that case both superstars had something big to lose.
The last stipulation I can remember that came to fruition was Triple H vs. Kane for the World Heavyweight Championship in 2003, where if Kane lost the match he needed to take his mask off.
I just don’t see the point in having a stipulation like that (on a babyface by the way) and have him still come out on top.