WWE Elimination Chamber Preview and Predictions
Tonight, WWE presents the fourth-annual Elimination Chamber Pay-Per-View event. There are currently six matches scheduled for the show, with an additional match scheduled for the pre-show. Of the six matches on the card, only one is slated to take place inside the Chamber, but there are still rumblings of another being placed inside the Chamber before the night is over. Without any further delay, here are my official previews and predictions for Elimination Chamber 2013.
Pre-Show Match: Brodus Clay and Tensai vs. Team Rhodes Scholars
This match features a tag team that has been recently formed, and one that has recently gone their separate ways, but are paired up once more. This match was just added to the pre-show this past week, so there has not been any build for it, other than the mention of it being made. As much as I want to see Team Rhodes Scholars win this one, it seems as though Clay and Tensai are getting a little bit of a push as a tag team, and I believe that will continue on tonight.
Prediction: Brodus Clay and Tensai.
WWE United States Championship Match: Antonio Cesaro (c) vs. The Miz
This feud has been brewing for a while now. My original prediction of Jack Swagger returning as a face to take the title away from Cesaro is now clearly out the window, so could The Miz be the guy to end Cesaro’s reign? Maybe. Cesaro has gotten more of the upper-hand in their scuffles on television in recent weeks, including when me slung The Miz repeatedly into the barrier in an impressive show of strength. These two should get some time to work tonight, and if it is the first match on the card, it should warm the crowd up for the remainder of the show.
Prediction: Antonio Cesaro retains the WWE United States Championship.
WWE Divas Championship Match: Kaitlyn (c) vs. Tamina Snuka
Tamina has been eying the Divas Championship for a while, as Kaitlyn was before she defeated Eve earlier this year. I feel like Kaitlyn’s run has just started and that is has a little bit to go, but on the other hand I could see Tamina getting the belt tonight. I see Tamina dominating most of the match, but slipping up at the end.
Prediction: Kaitlyn retains the WWE Divas Championship.
#1 Contender’s (World Heavyweight Championship) Elimination Chamber Match: Chris Jericho vs. Daniel Bryan vs. Jack Swagger vs. Kane vs. Mark Henry vs. Randy Orton
Last week, I said Randy Orton was the clear-cut winner in this match. After Swagger debuted Zeb Colter as his manager, I am not so sure. I am convinced that those two guys are the only two options to win. Go ahead and count out Kane, Bryan, Jericho, and Henry. Judging by recent events, I think Orton will be one of the first ones eliminated, followed by Kane, Henry, Jericho, and Bryan.
Winner and number one contender for the World Heavyweight Championship: Jack Swagger.
World Heavyweight Championship Match: Alberto Del Rio (c) vs. The Big Show
This will be the last match is this feud, obviously. It has been a pretty enjoyable feud, and Del Rio has really come into his own as a face. These two have had some pretty entertaining matches after the past couple of months, but it is time for both men to move on. We’ll see what WrestleMania 29 has in store for The Big Show, but Alberto Del Rio will go on to begin a feud with the “Real American” Jack Swagger.
Prediction: Alberto Del Rio retains the World Heavyweight Championship.
Six-Man Tag Team Match: John Cena, Ryback, and Sheamus vs. The Shield (Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns, and Seth Rollins)
I am worried about this match. This is the other match that has been rumored to be inside the Chamber, but that is not what is important right now. What is important is not burying The Shield. We have three of WWE’s brightest young stars on one side, and three of WWE’s established stars on the other. Sure, The Shield beat Ryback in a Six-Man Tag Team Match in December, but his partners were Kane and Daniel Bryan. This time, his partners are John Cena and Sheamus, and that scares me. While John Cena should not be decimated before his title match at WrestleMania 29, because he should not be made to look weak after he won the Rumble, The Shield should not be made to look like jokes either. I am going to go with the established guys picking up the win in this one, but my only hope is that The Shield looks strong and comes close to winning the match on a couple of occasions.
Winners: John Cena, Ryback, and Sheamus
WWE Championship Match: The Rock (c) vs. CM Punk
One thing is for sure in this match: CM Punk will not pin The Rock or make him tap out. That doesn’t matter, because Punk doesn’t need to do either of those things to win the Championship. The question still remains: why would Vince McMahon grant Paul Heyman his wish and add the stipulation to the match? Maybe we’ll find out tonight. I expect a couple of guys, Paul Heyman and Brad Maddox, to interfere on Punk’s behalf. This may be way out there, but could we see the referee being “paid off” by Vince to not disqualify The Rock if someone tries to attack Punk and get him the title? That’s a possibility. It’s also a possibility that Punk leaves New Orleans with the title. This one is quite difficult to predict, needless to say. But, in the end, I believe the WrestleMania 29 has been set in stone since WrestleMania XXVIII last year.
Prediction: The Rock retains the WWE Championship.
Well, there you have it. My official Elimination Chamber preview and predictions. As always, Gerweck.net will be providing live, on-going coverage of the pay-per-view later tonight. Join me here at 7:30/6:30 CST to join the fun. As always, send your predictions to myself on Twitter (@TheMichaelRiba), to the site on Twitter (@gerweck), or in the comment section below.