The 2013 edition of the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view was an exciting show packed with action, and the WWE has kicked off the final stretch toward WrestleMania 29 with a bang.
As great as this show was overall, there were still a few flaws that kept it from being a truly elite PPV when we look back through the annals of wrestling history.
This is the good, bad and ugly of Sunday’s Elimination Chamber PPV.
The Good: Jack Swagger as No. 1 Contender
Jack Swagger left the WWE five months ago and returned as the same heel character, or so the WWE Universe thought. Led by manager Zeb Colter, Swagger has adapted an edgy gimmick that features the xenophobic ramblings of his new friend.
The new character pushes the boundaries of what is acceptable in today’s society and is legitimately interesting, especially going up against the world champion Alberto Del Rio.
The WWE has to be so careful of how they play this angle with Colter and his ramblings because taking this too far could possibly get the company in trouble with those that support the brand financially.
It’s great to see an edgy character in wrestling, but Swagger, Colter and the WWE have to be on the lookout for anything that could be deemed too offensive to the PG audience.
It's a risk worth taking, though.
The Bad: Dolph Ziggler’s Impromptu Match
Dolph Ziggler is one of the brightest stars in the WWE and the Money in the Bank briefcase holder right now. Despite all of his accolades, Ziggler was not advertised for the show and was part of an impromptu match with Kofi Kingston.
The WWE will be letting Ziggler cash in his briefcase for the World Heavyweight Championship sooner rather than later, but the company has booked the future champion so poorly since he won the briefcase that his reputation has been damaged.
At least Ziggler won the match at Elimination Chamber, but the fact that he still hasn’t cashed in his title opportunity means the WWE is likely going to wait until after WrestleMania to make that move.
We’ll see if it pays off.
The Ugly: Team Hell No on a Collision Course with Each Other
As great as the No. 1 contender’s Elimination Chamber match was on Sunday, the fact that the bout was used as a platform to continue to tease tension and head toward an eventual split of Team Hell No is disheartening.
The WWE was heralded for revitalizing the tag team division with the help of Team Hell No and Team Rhodes Scholars, but the breakup for Damien Sandow and Cody Rhodes and the visible issues between Kane and Daniel Bryan have the division in limbo again.
There is no questioning how great the eventual feud between Kane and Bryan would be, but the fact that the tag team division will be left in the hands of 3MB, Tensai and Brodus Clay and the Prime Time Players proves it will be relegated to nothing once again.
Team Hell No should remain a tag team for another few months.