Feb 17, 2013 - by Michael Riba
The pre-show opens up with camera shots of the fans inside and outside of the arena. The card for the show is talked about. We then take a look back at the match between Mark Henry and Randy Orton from this past Friday’s Smackdown.
We go backstage and Josh Mathews asks Randy Orton his strategy for the Elimination Chamber tonight. Orton says he will use the Chamber to his advantage against the other five men. He says he will show the world just how dangerous he can be. We then transition into the video package highlighting the feud between The Shield and John Cena, Ryback, and Sheamus.
Pre-show Match: Brodus Clay and Tensai (w/Cameron and Naomi) vs. Team Rhodes Scholars
Clay and Sandow start the match and Clay tosses Sandow to the mat. Sandow goes to the outside to recover, and then tags in Rhodes. Clay tags in Tensai, as well. Tensai backs Rhodes into the corner and delivers a couple of headbutts. Tensai tosses Rhodes down to the mat and goes for a splash from the middle rope, but Rhodes moves out of the way. Rhodes tags in Sandow, but Tensai goes on the offensive. Sandow jumps on Tensai’s back and Rhodes takes out his knee. Rhodes connects with the Disaster Kick. Sandow gets into the match and stomps away on Tensai before tagging Rhodes back into the match. Tensai comes back and drops Rhodes with an uppercut, but Rhodes takes Tensai down as well and tags in Sandow. Sandow stomps on Tensai and drops the Cobito Acquiet. Clay and Rhodes get tagged into the match, and Clay splashes Rhodes in the corner. Tensai and Sandow get into the ring, and Tensai and Clay smash Sandow between them. Clay then splashes down on Rhodes for the pin fall.
Winners: Brodus Clay and Tensai.
We see a video hyping the Elimination Chamber, showing older footage of the destruction that is causes to the men locked inside it. We then transition into a video package highlighting the feud between CM Punk and The Rock.
Elimination Chamber opens with a video package hyping the Elimination Chamber Match, the Six-Man Tag Team Match, and the WWE Championship Match.
Match #1: World Heavyweight Championship Match: Alberto Del Rio (c) (w/Ricardo Rodriguez) vs. The Big Show
Del Rio gets Show in the corner and delivers a few kicks, but Show slaps Del Rio across the chest, causing Del Rio to back away. Show stays in control and chokes Del Rio over the ropes. Show slaps Del Rio again, but Del Rio comes back and kicks Show a few times. Del Rio takes Show’s knee out and keeps the big man down on the mat. Del Rio kicks Show in the head and goes for a cover, but Show powers out at two. Show comes back and slams Del Rio to the mat and then drops him with a big clothesline. Del Rio tries to take out Show’s knee again, but Show kicks Del Rio in the face and drops him to the mat again. Show comes off of the middle rope and splashes Del Rio. Show goes for the cover, but Del Rio kicks out at two. Del Rio surprises Show and locks in the cross arm-breaker, but Show gets his boot on the bottom rope and Del Rio is forced to break the hold. Show charges Del Rio in the corner, but Del Rio gets his boots up into Show’s face. Show grabs Del Rio and locks in a bear-hug. Rodriguez gets up on the apron, but Show charges at him and he drops to the floor. Show goes for a powerbomb, but Del Rio reverses with a hurricanrana. Del Rio jumps onto Show on the outside and both men are down on the floor as the referee begins to count. Both men get back into the ring, and Del Rio takes Show down with a seated senton. Del Rio goes for the cover, but Show kicks out at two. Show catches Del Rio and drops him with a chokeslam and goes for the cover, but Del Rio kicks out at two. Show goes for the KO Punch, but Del Rio rolls to the outside. Show grabs Del Rio and tosses him back into the ring. Del Rio counters and delivers a DDT to Show. Del Rio goes for the cover, but Show kicks out at two. Del Rio connects with an enzuiguri and goes for another cover, but Show kicks out at two again. Del Rio locks in the cross arm-breaker, but Show rolls out and slams Del Rio down to the mat. Show kicks Rodriguez to the floor and grabs the bucket. Del Rio kicks the bucket into Show’s head and connects with a couple of enzuiguris. Del Rio locks in the cross arm-breaker again, and Show taps out.
Winner and still World Heavyweight Champion: Alberto Del Rio.
We take a look at The Rock’s movie G.I. Joe: Retaliation.
Match #2: WWE United States Championship Match: Antonio Cesaro (c) vs. The Miz
Miz punches Cesaro back into the corner, and then drops him with a back elbow. Cesaro comes back and works over Miz’s injured arm. Miz tries to go over the top of Cesaro, but Cesaro catches him and delivers a shoulder-breaker. Cesaro continues to work over Miz’s arm for a little while. Cesaro locks in a submission in the middle of the ring, and then picks Miz up and drops him with a clothesline. The Miz fights back, and connects with a boot to Cesaro’s face. Miz stomps away on Cesaro in the corner, and then goes up top. He jumps off, but Cesaro catches him and locks in another submission in the middle of the ring. Miz reverses and rolls up Cesaro for a two count and then dumps him to the outside. Miz goes out after him and Cesaro charges, but Miz moves and Cesaro goes knee first into the steel steps. Miz works over Cesaro’s knee and then goes for the Figure Four Leglock. Cesaro kicks Miz in the knee and causes The Miz to low blow him, causing the disqualification.
Winner by disqualification and still WWE United States Champion: Antonio Cesaro.
After the match, The Miz drops Cesaro with an intentional low blow.
We go backstage and we see Daniel Bryan and Kane. Bryan asks Kane if he is still upset about the Royal Rumble Match. Bryan says he is the one who shouldn’t be talking to him, and Kane tells him to try it. Bryan asks Kane why he is grumpy. Kane says he isn’t grumpy, he is focused. Kane says he has been in the WWE for 15 years and has never main evented WrestleMania. Bryan says they need to watch each others back and they hug it out. Kane says Bryan will watch his (Kane’s) back, and Kane will watch his (Kane’s) back, too, and walks away.
Match #3: #1 Contender’s (World Heavyweight Championship) Elimination Chamber Match: Chris Jericho vs. Daniel Bryan vs. Jack Swagger (w/Zeb Colter) vs. Kane vs. Mark Henry vs. Randy Orton
Before the match, Swagger has a microphone. He says he speaks the truth when he is holding the microphone and plays up Zeb Colter. Colter takes the microphone and talks about Thomas Jefferson and the Louisiana Purchase. He says Jefferson would be disappointed at what America has become. Colter says tonight marks the beginning of a Jack Swagger America.
Bryan and Jericho start the match. Bryan drops Jericho with a shoulder block, but Jericho comes right back with an arm drag. Jericho gets Bryan in a headlock and takes him down with a shoulder block. Jericho goes for the Walls of Jericho, but Bryan counters and goes for the No Lock. Jericho counters as well and goes for the Walls again, but Bryan flips out of it. Bryan kicks Jericho’s chest repeatedly in the corner. Bryan slings Jericho into the corner, but Jericho gets a boot up. Both men go to the outside on the steel grating, and Jericho slingshots Bryan into the chains. They get back into the ring and Jericho goes for the pin, but Bryan kicks out. Jericho suplexes Bryan back into the ring as Jack Swagger enters the match.
Swagger goes right after Jericho. Swagger connects with the Swagger Bomb and goes for a cover, but Jericho kicks out at two. Swagger sends Bryan into the chain a couple of times, and then drives a knee into Bryan’s head. Jericho takes Swagger down and pummels him in the corner. Jericho tosses Swagger into the corner and charges, but Swagger moves and Jericho falls to the steel grating. Swagger tosses Jericho into the chains and delivers a couple of knees to the midsection. Bryan comes across the ring and hits a running knee on Swagger, who goes face first into the chains. Bryan and Jericho battle it out in the ring. Bryan goes for a diving headbutt, but Jericho moves. Jericho goes for a cover, but Bryan kicks out. There is a bit of a technical difficulty with the countdown clock, but Kane enters the match.
Kane and Bryan work together for a bit, and Kane delivers a dropkick to Swagger. Kane tosses Swagger to the steel grating and Bryan does the same to Jericho. Bryan rolls Kane up, but Kane kicks out. Bryan tries to hug it out, but Kane says no. Kane tosses Bryan into the corner and charges, but Bryan takes his knee out and Kane hits the turnbuckle. Bryan kicks Kane in the chest, but Kane grabs him around the throat. Kane delivers a sidewalk slam and goes for the cover, but Bryan kicks out at two. Kane goes up top, but Bryan stops him and Jericho gets back into the match. Jericho lifts Bryan on his shoulders and Kane clotheslines Bryan down to the mat. Swagger runs back into the ring and goes for a cover on Bryan, but he kicks out at two. Swagger and Kane battle it out, but Jericho kicks Kane in the had as Randy Orton enters the match.
Orton sends Swagger to the outside and goes after Jericho. He takes Jericho down and then drops Kane with a dropkick. Orton drops Bryan as well and goes after Kane. Orton shoves Kane into the chain and then hits his middle rope DDT onto the steel grating. Orton goes after Swagger as Bryan and Jericho battle it out. Swagger goes up top, and Orton follows. Jericho and Bryan are on top on the opposite side of the ring. We have a double-suplex and all five men are down in the ring as Mark Henry looks on. Mark Henry enters the match.
Henry takes everyone down with a headbutt and then takes Bryan down with the World’s Strongest Slam. Daniel Bryan has been eliminated. Henry slams Orton through one of the plexiglass pods. Kane and Henry slug it out in the ring. Kane clotheslines Henry in the corner and goes up top. Kane dives off, but Henry catches him and hits the World’s Strongest Slam. Kane has been eliminated. Henry goes after Jericho. Henry tries to slam Jericho into one of the pods, but Jericho reverses and sends Henry into it. Swagger and Jericho slam Henry into the steel chains. They double-suplex Henry down onto the steel grating. Jericho clotheslines Swagger back into the ring and goes up top. Jericho dives off and covers Swagger, but Swagger kicks out at two. Swagger kicks Jericho in the face and goes for the gut-wrench power bomb, but Jericho counters. Jericho takes Swagger down with a running bulldog. Jericho goes for the Lionsault, but Henry catches him and tosses him into the chains. Henry sends Jericho back into the ring and onto Swagger, sending them both down to the mat. Henry stacks Jericho and Swagger and goes to the second rope. He jumps off, but they move out of the way. Jericho hits him with the Codebreaker and Orton drops him with the RKO for the pin fall. Mark Henry has been eliminated. We are down to three: Jericho, Orton, and Swagger.
Mark Henry delivers a World’s Strongest Slam to all three guys before referees, Booker T, and Teddy Long get him out of the ring. Swagger goes for a pin on Orton, but he kicks out at two. Orton and Jericho double-team Swagger for a bit. They send him shoulder first into the ring post, and his head hits the pod. Orton takes Jericho down with a clothesline, but Jericho comes back with a clothesline of his own. Orton takes Jericho down with a dropkick and goes for the cover, but Jericho kicks out at two. Orton takes Swagger down with a power slam and goes for the middle rope DDT, but Jericho kicks him in the head. Jericho goes for a cover on Orton, but he kicks out at two. Jericho goes for the Codebreaker on Swagger, but Swagger catches him and sends him into the corner. Swagger connects with a belly-to-belly suplex. Swagger locks in the Patriot Act on Orton in the middle of the ring, but Jericho connects with an enzuiguri. Swagger locks in the Patriot Act on Jericho now. Jericho counters into the Walls of Jericho. Orton drops Jericho with a neck-breaker and goes for the cover, but Jericho kicks out at two. Orton grabs Swagger and Jericho and deliver a double middle rope DDT. Orton delivers an RKO on Jericho for the pin fall. Chris Jericho has been eliminated. Jack Swagger comes from behind and rolls up Orton for the pin fall. Randy Orton has been eliminated.
Winner and number one contender for the World Heavyweight Championship: Jack Swagger.
Match #4: Six-Man Tag Team Match: John Cena, Ryback, and Sheamus vs. The Shield (Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns, and Seth Rollins)
They brawl starts before the bell even rings. They all vertical suplex a member of the Shield. Sheamus and Ambrose are left in the ring and the bell rings. Sheamus backs Ambrose into the corner and pummels him. Sheamus then connects with a high knee lift. Sheamus connects with his vintage ten clubs to Ambrose and knocks Rollins off the apron. Sheamus tosses Ambrose back into the ring, but Ambrose takes advantage. Ambrose tags in Reigns. Reigns beats down Sheamus and takes him into his corner and tags in Rollins. Ambrose and Rollins dropkick Sheamus and Rollins keeps control. Rollins beats down Sheamus and tags in Ambrose. Sheamus comes out of nowhere with a Brogue Kick. Sheamus tags Cena and Ambrose tags Reigns. Cena hits the Five Moves of Doom and locks in the STF on Reigns. Ambrose comes in to break up the hold. Rollins comes off the top rope and takes Cena down. Reigns goes for a cover, but Cena kicks out at two. Reigns tags in Ambrose, who comes in and stomps away on Cena. Ambrose tags in Rollins. Rollins drops Cena with a right hand. Cena comes back with a right hand of his own and knocks Ambrose and Reigns off the apron. Rollins catches Cena and slams him to the mat and goes for the cover, but Cena kicks out again. Rollins tags in Ambrose, who works over Cena’s arm. Ambrose backs Cena into his corner and delivers a right hand. Ambrose tags in Reigns, who slams Cena down to the mat and goes for the cover, but Sheamus breaks up the count. Reigns picks Cena up and slams him down again, but only gets a two count on the cover attempt. Reigns gets Cena in a chin-lock and keeps him from making the tag. Cena breaks Reigns’ hold, and slams him down to the mat. Reigns comes back and slams Cena to the mat again and goes for the cover, but Cena kicks out at two. Reigns tags in Ambrose, who comes into the ring and takes Cena down with a neck-breaker. Ambrose goes for the cover, but Cena kicks out again. Ambrose knees Cena in the midsection and drops him with a beautiful DDT for a two count. Cena tags in Ryback, who clears the ring of The Shield. Sheamus and Reigns go to the outside, and Reigns spears Sheamus through the barricade. They triple-team Ryback in the ring and go for the triple-power bomb, but Cena takes Reigns to the outside. Reigns gets back into the ring and spears Ryback as he is trying to deliver Shell Shocked. Rollins pins Ryback for the win.
Winners: The Shield.
Dolph Ziggler’s music hits and he makes his way to the ring with AJ Lee and Big E Langston. He says we are on the Road to WrestleMania and he is nowhere on the card. He says it was sure nice of Swagger to come back from his eight-month vacation. Ziggler says Swagger is not guaranteed the World Heavyweight Championship, he is. Ziggler says he steals the show all the time, every night, and Booker T’s music hits and he makes his way to the ring. Booker says there is a fine line between stealing the show and wasting every one’s time. Booker says he knows a guy who can do every thing Ziggler can do and do it a little bit better. Kofi Kingston’s music hits and he makes his way to the ring.
Match #5: Dolph Ziggler (w/AJ Lee and Big E Langston) vs. Kofi Kingston
Kingston controls the early part of the match, and monkey flips Ziggler out of the corner. Kingston charges at Ziggler again, but Ziggler moves and Kingston goes shoulder-first into the ring post. Ziggler takes Kingston down with a dropkick and goes for the cover, but Kingston kicks out at two. Kingston fights back and goes for the Trouble in Paradise, but Ziggler catches him in the Sleeper Hold. Langston and AJ get involved, and it leads to Kingston hitting Trouble in Paradise on Ziggler, but he only gets a two count. Kingston takes out Langston on the outside. Kingston takes Ziggler down with a cross-body and gets a two count. Ziggler grabs Kingston and slams him down on the turnbuckle and gets the pin fall after connecting with the Zigzag.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler.
After the match, Big E Langston destroys Kingston in the middle of the ring.
We go backstage and see Brodus Clay, Naomi, and Cameron playing with some action figures. Tensai walks in and Clay calls him “Sweet T.” Tensai tells him not to do that and asks him where the Tensai one is. They joke about Tensai’s tattoos and then they all dance.
Match #6: WWE Divas Championship Match: Kaitlyn (c) vs. Tamina Snuka
The women tie up and Tamina shoves Kaitlyn away before Kaitlyn comes back and slams her down to the mat. Kaitlyn goes for a roll up, but Tamina kicks out at one. Kaitlyn kicks Tamina in the midsection, and Tamina rolls to the outside. Kaitlyn connects with a baseball slide. Kaitlyn tosses Tamina back into the ring, but Tamina slams Kaitlyn head first into the steel post. Tamina kicks Kaitlyn in the face and goes for the cover, but Kaitlyn kicks out at two. Tamina connects with the Samoan Drop. Tamina goes up top and goes for the Superfly Splash, but Kaitlyn moves out of the way. Kaitlyn connects with the Spear for the pin fall.
Winner and still WWE Divas Champion: Kaitlyn.
We take a look back at the feud between CM Punk and The Rock.
Match #7: WWE Championship Match: The Rock (c) vs. CM Punk (w/Paul Heyman)
Punk takes Rock down with a shoulder block. Punk keeps control and takes Rock down again. They tie up and Punk gets Rock in a headlock. Rock comes back and pummels Punk in the corner, and the referee has to pull him off of Punk. Rock and Punk goes to the outside and Rock tosses him into the barricade. Punk comes off the barricade, but Rock connects with a big clothesline. They fight by the announce table, but Punk rakes Rock’s eyes and rolls back into the ring. Rock gets back into the ring, but Punk catches him in a headlock down on the mat. Punk goes for a quick pin on Rock, but he kicks out at two and Punk goes right back to the headlock. Rock fights out, but Punk connects with a heel kick for a two count. Punk goes back to the headlock. Rock comes back and tosses Punk into the corner, but Punk counters and goes on the offensive again and sends Rock back down to the mat. Punk goes for another cover, but Rock kicks out at two again. Punk once again returns to the headlock down on the mat. Rock fights back and connects with a few right hands in the corner. Punk comes back and hits the high knee in the corner. Punk connects with a running knee and then goes up top. Punk hits the elbow drop and goes for the cover, but Rock kicks out at two. Both men go to the outside and fight around the announce table. Back in the ring, Rock goes for the Rock Bottom, but Punk counters with an elbow to the head. Punk gets a quick two count on a cover attempt. Heyman argues with the referee as Punk gets Rock on the Spanish announce table. Punk hits a Rock Bottom on Rock on the announce table and the referee begins the count. Rock gets back into the ring at nine, and Punk pummels Rock on the mat. Punk comes off the ropes, but Rock reverses with a Samoan Drop. Rock connects with a right hand and then they exchange right hands in the middle of the ring. Rock takes Punk down with a clothesline and then a DDT. Rock goes for the Rock Bottom, but Punk reverses with a series of elbows. Punk comes off the top rope, but Rock catches him and delivers the Rock Bottom. Rock goes for the cover, but Punk kicks out at two. Heyman is arguing with the referee, and Punk tosses Rock into the referee. Punk hits the GTS, but there is no referee. Rock takes Punk down with a spine buster, and then hits the People’s Elbow. The second referee gets into the ring, and Punk kicks out at two. Punk rolls up onto the second referee’s ankle, and he rolls to the outside. Punk kicks Rock in the back of the head and Heyman hands him the WWE Championship belt. Heyman grabs Rock and Punk swings, but he hits Heyman. Rock connects with the Rock Bottom, and gets the pin fall.
Winner and still WWE Champion: The Rock.
1. Alberto Del Rio defeated The Big Show to retain the World Heavyweight Championship.
2. Antonio Cesaro defeated The Miz by disqualification to retain the WWE United States Championship.
3. Jack Swagger defeated Chris Jericho, Daniel Bryan, Kane, Mark Henry, and Randy Orton in an Elimination Chamber Match to become the number one contender for the World Heavyweight Championship.
4. The Shield defeated Ryback, John Cena, and Sheamus in a Six-Man Tag Team Match.
5. Dolph Ziggler defeated Kofi Kingston
6. Kaitlyn defeated Tamina Snuka to retain the WWE Divas Championship.
7. The Rock defeated CM Punk to retain the WWE Championship.