WWE Elimination Chamber 2013: Superstars Who Set Themselves Up for Big Year

Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIFebruary 19, 2013

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Elimination Chamber was only moderately entertaining, but there were a few performances that stood out. I would have loved to see Dolph Ziggler cash in the Money in the Bank or even some indication that the Undertaker would show up for WrestleMania, but neither happened.

Even with those omissions, the following superstars made it clear they will be heard from throughout 2013.


Jack Swagger

Swagger is finally getting some respect, and it is long overdue. He has always been an exciting in-ring performer, but now he has a compelling angle that is likely the missing element to launch Swag to super stardom.

He was victorious in the Elimination Chamber and will have a high-profile championship match at WrestleMania 29.

I could do without the racist comments, though. There are better ways to get a heel over. There are a lot of people that have a problem separating reality from fantasy. 

It would be nice to see WWE creative respect the fact that they have that element in their fan base.



The WWE has smartly switched gears with Tensai. The move is about six months too late, but better late than never.

Tensai has traded in his tough guy persona—that WWE fans never bought into anyway—and now he's part of the overgrown and lovable tag team that is he and Brodus Clay.

He has pretty solid comedic timing, and most importantly for him, he and Clay are coming out victorious in their recent matches.

They knocked off the Rhodes Scholars in the YouTube pre-show, but this is just the beginning of what could be an excellent year for Tensai.


Mark Henry

The World's Strongest Man was a pure beast in the Elimination Chamber. He eliminated both members of Team Hell No and annihilated the rest of the competitors before and after he himself was eliminated.

Henry has me eating sandwiches aggressively and destroying my six-year-old in WWE 13 all while screaming, "That's What I Do!!!!"

I wish Henry hadn't been made to bail out on The Great Khali on Raw, though. It somewhat dulled his push, but I'm still digging his recent inductions into the House of Pain.


The Shield

If I used one word to describe The Shield's performance, it would be: impressive. At TLC, The Shield was in an all-out brawl.

They showed the ability to be daring and completed several hardcore stunts to please the crowd. 

At Elimination Chamber, the team of Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins showed their prowess in working a conventional match. Of course there were a few stunts, such as Roman Reigns' spectacular spear of Sheamus through the barricade.

But most of all, the threesome showed just how great they can be. They dominated Team Cena at Elimination Chamber in a major way.

The sky is the limit for these three men. We may be looking at three of the WWE's biggest stars for the next five years. Each man has their own special talent, but together they are awesome.

Their six-man tag matches have me wishing the WWE would bring in six-man tag title. The fact that the WWE allowed The Shield to manhandle Team Cena is proof of how big the plans are for this trio.


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