WWE Elimination Chamber 2013 Results: 10 Fun Facts from the Event
This past Sunday, WWE presented its fourth annual Elimination Chamber pay-per-view event live from New Orleans.
Needless to say, the night's awesome action and pleasant surprises made it the most entertaining event since the pay-per-view's inception in 2010.
From Jack Swagger's surprise Chamber victory to The Rock's valiant victory over CM Punk, the show provided a number of monumental moments that set the tone for the ongoing road to WrestleMania 29.
With this being the final pit stop before 'Mania, it succeeded in getting the WWE Universe excited for the spring spectacle in less than two months.
While watching the show, I noticed a handful of highlights that could be seen as interesting or intriguing to any ordinary WWE viewer. For those of you who follow me on Twitter, you'll know I have an obsessive knack for fun facts regarding past WWE events.
I'll attempt to entertain and enlighten you with knowledge, as I present my observed monumental, record-breaking, history-making moments from this year's Elimination Chamber event.
Alberto Del Rio Opens the Event in 2011 and 2013
As noted earlier, Alberto Del Rio went one-on-one with Kofi Kingston in the opening match at 2011's Elimination Chamber event.
Del Rio scored the non-title victory over Kingston that night and went on to headline WrestleMania 27 with then-World Heavyweight Champion Edge.
This year was no different, as Del Rio kicked off Elimination Chamber with Big Show in a bout over the World Heavyweight Championship. With Del Rio's submission victory over the World's Largest Champion, he now advances to WrestleMania 29 as the defending World Heavyweight Champion.
Furthermore, this is the second straight month that a World Heavyweight Championship match involving Del Rio and Show has opened a pay-per-view.
Big Show's History with Latinos on Feb. 17
On Feb. 17, 2008, Big Show made his shocking return to WWE following a near-two year absence at the No Way Out pay-per-view.
He targeted an injured Rey Mysterio, who had already gone to war with then-World Heavyweight Champion Edge moments prior.
Fast forward to exactly five years later, Show was in action against fellow Latino star and World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio at Elimination Chamber. Instead of dishing out a brutal beating similar to what he had done to Mysterio, Big Show was on the receiving end of an armbar and was forced to tap out.
While I'm not exactly sure what Big Show's problem is with lucha libre wrestlers, but one has to wonder if all started with Eddie Guerrero taking the World Largest Athlete's toilet paper many years ago.
Alberto Del Rio Goes 2-0 at the Event
Mere months following his WWE debut, Alberto Del Rio shockingly won the 2011 Royal Rumble match.
This guaranteed him a title match against World Heavyweight Champion Edge at WrestleMania 27, a match many fans thought Del Rio would win.
Prior to that, Del Rio was engaged in a mini-feud with then-Intercontinental Champion Kofi Kingston. The two were set to do battle at that year's Elimination Chamber event, where Del Rio soundly defeated him.
Going into this year's event, Del Rio was embroiled in a heated rivalry with Big Show over the World Heavyweight Championship. Aside from a botch involving Del Rio's signature bucket, the Mexican aristocrat managed to force Show to tap out to his patented armbar.
Should we expect Del Rio to win at Elimination Chamber each year going forward?
United States Championship Once Again Successfully Defended
Regardless of whether it was televised or not, the United States Championship has been on the line at every Elimination Chamber event since the pay-per-view's inception in 2010.
Each time the title was up for grabs, it was successfully defended by whoever the reigning title holder was at that time.
At the inaugural event in 2010, The Miz soundly defeated MVP in an impromptu match to successfully retain the United States Championship. Although it served as the dark match the following year, Daniel Bryan reigned supreme over Ted DiBiase to maintain possession of his title.
Similar to 2010, then-United States Champion Jack Swagger was placed in an abrupt matchup against Justin Gabriel at last year's event. Despite having little time to prepare, Swagger managed to score the victory and walk out with the star-spangled prize in hand.
In what was a rematch from last month's Royal Rumble pay-per-view, Antontio Cesaro did battle with recent rival The Miz on Sunday night.
Following an unintentional disqualification at the hands of the Awesome One, Cesaro was deemed victorious and remains the United States Champion.
Newcomer Wins Elimination Chamber Match
If you had told me a month ago that Jack Swagger would be involved in a World Championship match at WrestleMania 29, I would have never believed you.
He went from jobbing on a weekly basis on WWE Superstars to be involved in a top-tier program going into WWE's biggest show of the year, an impressive feat to say the least.
Heading into Sunday night, I thought there might be a chance that Swagger could emerge victorious in the Elimination Chamber, but Chris Jericho was my primary pick.
Despite that, Swagger outlasted five other former World Heavyweight Champions to secure a title shot against Alberto Del Rio on the grandest stage of them all.
What's significant about this is that the bout marked Swagger's first ever appearance inside Chamber. In last year's Elimination Chamber match with World Heavyweight Championship implications, Daniel Bryan walked out as the winner, where he was also the underdog in that matchup since he had never stepped inside Satan's structure up to that point.
Come the next Elimination Chamber match, I'd suggest placing your bets on whoever hasn't before competed in a Chamber match in their career.
First Event Without a Championship Chamber Since No Way out 2008
One of the staples of the Elimination Chamber event each year is that either one or both of the World Championships are defended inside the Elimination Chamber. With six Superstars vying at a shot to win the golden prize, it makes the match unpredictable and exciting.
Unlike in the past, this year's event featured only one Chamber match, and even that wasn't contested over a World Championship.
Instead, it was used to determine the No. 1 contender to the world title at WrestleMania 29.
Although there was talk of potentially holding another Chamber match on Sunday night, it was more than likely going to be the six-man tag team bout.
The last time a WWE pay-per-view featured Elimination Chamber matches that weren't contested for championships was at No Way Out in 2008, which doesn't follow the Elimination Chamber chronology.
John Cena Clashes with Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns
For nearly a year, WWE built toward John Cena vs. The Rock as their marquee match at WrestleMania 28.
In weeks preceding the show of shows, video packages aired promoting both Rock and Cena in a positive light to allow fans to pick a side on who they wanted to win at Mania.
At last year's Elimination Chamber event, a vignette aired hyping Cena's good deeds, which included a clip of him mentoring developmental talent at his local gym. Amongst the developmental talent was Seth Rollin, Roman Reigns and Big E. Langston.
In recent weeks, Cena has had quite the beef with all three men, two of which he faced (and lost to) at Elimination Chamber on Sunday.
Although Langston wasn't in action against Cena at the event, he did make an appearance alongside Dolph Ziggler.
Tamina Fails to Capture the Divas Championship Once Again
Since arriving in WWE in mid-2010, Tamina has always been a force to be reckoned with in the Divas division. It wasn't until last year that she finally broke out as a singles competitor and became a legitimate threat to the Divas Championship.
At last year's Elimination Chamber event, Tamina challenged Beth Phoenix for the Divas Championship.
Despite an impressive showing against the Glamazon, she came up short of capturing the gold.
One year later, Tamina once again found herself in contention for the Divas title at Elimination Chamber. She took Kaitlyn to the limit during their matchup against one another, but it wasn't enough to take home the victory and the strap.
Dolph Ziggler and Kofi Kingston Clash for the Second Consecutive Year
Since their initial match against one another back in late 2009, Dolph Ziggler and Kofi Kingston have simply been inseparable.
Regardless of what brand either guy is assigned to, they still somehow find a way to cross paths inside the ring.
At last year's Elimination Chamber event, Ziggler and Kingston were named two of the six participants in the WWE Championship Elimination Chamber match. The two had an entertaining exchange early on in the contest before both guys were ultimately eliminated by Chris Jericho.
Despite being Mr. Money in the Bank, Ziggler advertised for this year's Elimination Chamber event.
Nonetheless, the bleached-blonde Superstar was placed in an impromptu match against Kingston, who he soundly defeated within mere minutes.
Both World Championships Successfully Defended for Third Consecutive Year
With the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view taking place just before WrestleMania, it's usually the event where last minute title changes occur to set up the major matchups at the show of shows.
However, that hasn't been the case, in quite a few years, as both the WWE and World Heavyweight Championships haven't changed hands at an Elimination Chamber event since 2010's installment.
In 2011, Edge outlasted five other SmackDown stars to successfully retain his World Heavyweight Championship inside the Elimination Chamber.
Later that night, The Miz was also successful in his WWE title defense against Jerry Lawler.
In 2012, both of WWE's top-tier belts were defended inside Satan's structure. Despite the odds being heavily stacked against then-champs CM Punk and Daniel Bryan, both former Ring of Honor stars walked out of the Chamber with their titles intact.
Although neither of the WWE's World titles were defended inside the destructive Elimination Chamber this year, both titles were still up for grabs in singles matches.
Alberto Del Rio soundly defeated Big Show to retain his World Championship before The Rock knocked off CM Punk to maintain possession of his WWE Championship later in the night.
Unfortunately, this year's Elimination Chamber event didn't produce as many monumental moments as I would've hoped for, hence the reason for this month's facts not being as "fun" as they usually are.
Nonetheless, feel free to drop a comment below with your thoughts on the event as a whole and if I should continue doing these articles going forward.
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