WWE – Elimination Chamber 2013 (Cert 12)
1 Disc Blu-ray / DVD (Distributor: Fremantle Media) Running Time: 169 minutes approx
Originally conceived as a way to fit all the top singles wrestlers into one World Title match, the Elimination Chamber match debuted at the Survivor Series in 2002, a storyline invention of then RAW GM Eric Bischoff. In fact it was the WWE’s long awaited version of the famous War Games concept created by Jim Crockett Promotions in 1987 which Vince McMahon was hesitant to resurrect or copy since it wasn’t one of his own ideas. After another appearance at Summerslam 2003, the chamber match resurfaced for the RAW only PPV entitled New Year’s Revolution that took place a couple of weeks before the Royal Rumble in January in 2005 and 2006. The less said about the Extreme Elimination Chamber Match at the disastrous ECW December To Dsimember PPV in 2006 the better. In 2008, the Chamber Match became the focus for both brands at the No Way Out PPV to determine either the no 1 contender to its respective title belt or the title itself until 2010 when the PPV name was officially changed to Elimination Chamber which brings us to today.
Held before a crowd of 15,669 at the New Orleans Arena in New Orleans, Louisiana on February 17th 2013, this show features just one Chamber match to determine the No 1 contender to the World Heavyweight Title while the main event was a WWE Title rematch from the Royal Rumble. Your commentators are Michael Cole, Jerry Lawler and JBL.
Onto the matches and as usual, no results but loads of opinion.
World Title Match – Alberto Del Rio (c) vs Big Show
The blow off match of their feud and pretty much in line with their previous matches albeit without any kind of stipulation, which is quite a backwards way of doing (starting off with Last Man Standing Match then ending with a regular match). The big news is that Del Rio’s now infamous botch has been edited out to save him some face for future generations of wrestling fans.
WWE US Title Match – Antonio Cesaro (c) vs. The Miz
Another feud that won’t die. Miz was banged up after Cesaro slammed him into the ringside barricades like he was playing swingball on RAW. Pedestrian match harmed by a ridiculously lame finish to keep the feud going. Yippee!
No 1 Contender for the World Title Elimination Chamber Match – Jack Swagger vs. Mark Henry vs. Randy Orton vs. Chris Jericho vs. Kane vs. Daniel Bryan
The key here is that all the participants are former World Champions. Zeb Coulter (the legendary Dutch Mantell) cuts one of his confounding xenophobic promos before the match that is supsoed to get heel heat for Swagger yet is the usual jingoistic pro-USA stuff they usually employ to get the fans behind the American hero when facing a “foreign” heel. Anyway, good match as expected with everyone putting in an extra special effort in lieu of being the only Chamber match on the card. Some cool spots, some brutal spots and a shock result!
The Shield vs. John Cena & Ryback & Sheamus
An interesting match for The Shield considering they are still undefeated and are facing three of the most protected guys on the roster, especially Cena who is heading to the Wrestlemania main event, so early in their run. Another good match for The Shield who showed they can hang with the main eventers as well as providing them with very capable fresh faces to work with, while Team Superhero did their usual stuff.
Kofi Kingston vs. Dolph Ziggler
Ziggler, AJ Lee and Big E. Langston came out to bemoan the fact that Mr. MITB had no match on the show which brought Kofi Kingston out for this impromptu, blink and you miss it bonus bout.
To make sure the paying audience get their money’s worth we see Brodus Clay and Tensai playing with action figures backstage. No really.
WWE Divas Title Match – Kaitlyn (c) vs. Tamina Snuka
This match was originally booked for the Royal Rumble but was shunted from the card at the last minute. As usual for a Divas match it was kept short and true to the way the WWE has conditioned fans to care about the Divas, the ladies worked hard to complete silence. Kaitlyn actually hits a better spear than most male wrestlers.
WWE Title Match – The Rock (c) vs CM Punk
The stipulation for this rematch was that The Rock can lose the title on either DQ or countout. Punk had the belt coming into this match after he stole it on RAW the previous week but Rock was officially the champion. After an impressive bout at the Royal Rumble this match had a lot to live up to and thankfully a solid sequel was delivered – right down to ANOTHER mishap on the Spanish announce table! The ending sequence was a bit busy but one comes to expect that from WWE main events.
The second PPV of the year is an odd one since it continues to sow some more seeds for Wrestlemania while acting as a stopgap after the Rumble. In recent years the two Chamber matches have carried the weight of the show as far as action and attraction is concerned, but this year is noticeably different with the Rock back on board as an active competitor. The bonus is that it the Chamber gimmick isn’t overplayed and other feuds are given a chance to play out and get over without being sacrificed in the supporting role. Overall, a good show.
Best match – Elimination Chamber Match
English subtitles for the hard of hearing
Matt Striker Interviews Jack Swagger & Zeb Coulter – Elimination Chamber
PPV Pre show Match – Brodus Clay & Tensai vs Rhodes Scholars
RAW – 11th February 2013
Paul Heyman quits WWE
John Cena, Ryback & Sheamus vs 3MB
The Shield Lashes Out
Alberto Del Rio vs Damien Sandow
The Rock Speaks His Mind
SmackDown – 15th February 2013
CM Punk Confronts The Rock Via Satellite
Chris Jericho vs Big Show
Rating – ***
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