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WWE Elimination Chamber: PPV Predictions, Analysis and Notes


WWE will present the 2013 Elimination Chamber pay-per-view this Sunday from the New Orleans Arena in New Orleans, Louisiana. The road to WrestleMania 29 continues with WWE Champion The Rock vs. CM Punk in the main event.

Welcome to WNZ’s third pay-per-view predictions feature with Marc Middleton and Colin Hunter. Here’s how we think the pay-per-view will unfold, and why. Let us know what you think and post your own predictions below.

Preshow Match

Pre-show: Brodus Clay and Tensai vs. Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow

Marc: I hate to see Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow split up only to lose every singles match they wrestle so hopefully they get a win here. But it seems like more focus is on the new comedy team of Tensai and Brodus Clay. They probably get the win and will unfortunately dance a lot.

Colin: I might be the only grown-up on earth who actually enjoys the pairing of Tensai and Brodus Clay. Tensai was obviously going nowhere with his “monster faux-Asian heel” schtick, so I think a comedy pairing with Brodus has some fun mid-card potential (along the lines of the Santino-Koslov “odd couple” gimmick).  That said, Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow are even more entertaining, and they belong together as a team. Hopefully this will serve as a reminder that, as a team, they’re greater than the sum of their parts. My pick: Rhodes Scholars win via clever rulebreaking, which won’t damage the goofy appeal of Tensai and Brodus.

Tamina vs. Kaitlyn

Divas Title: Kaitlyn vs. Tamina Snuka

Marc: Tamina can’t lose too many more times before it’s hard to take her serious. Maybe with The Rock back, now Tamina gets her run with the title? I predict a win for Tamina.

Colin: The last time we saw these two throwdown, it was in an lumberjill match that was so unwatchably awkward, even the commentators mocked it. Let’s hope this one is at least passable. With few other viable contenders for the title, perhaps Tamina gets cheated out of a win here, leading to a triumphant, long-overdue victory via Superfly Splash at WrestleMania. Perhaps her famous dad could even be at ringside for that, providing a nice full-circle WrestleMania moment. So Kaitlyn squeaks out another win this Sunday.

Miz vs Antonio Cesaro

United States Title: Antonio Cesaro vs. The Miz

Marc: The Miz has been just awful since turning babyface. Cesaro has been more than awesome since debuting on WWE TV. Another win for Cesaro here.

Colin: Every time it seems like The Miz is getting another burst of momentum, he stalls just as quickly. The endorsement of Ric Flair was meant to give him a turbocharge, but it seems to have fizzled already. Cesaro, on the other hand, is all kinds of awesome. The “big swing” with which he smashed Miz into the ringside barricade Monday was one of the WWE highlights of the year. The Miz badly needs a win here, but the smart money is on Cesaro.

Big Show vs. Del Rio

World Heavyweight Title: Alberto Del Rio vs. Big Show

Marc: Del Rio is probably going to WrestleMania to defend the title and there’s no telling what kind of WrestleMania moment Big Show will have this year. They just did two stipulation matches with Del Rio and Show so hopefully they have something interesting planned for this match. Maybe this is where Dolph Ziggler finally cashes in? Del Rio will retain here and Ziggler just may cash in.

Colin: It’s time for this feud to reach its conclusion. We’ve seen Big Show buried under a table and duct-taped to the bottom rope. The enraged giant has entertainingly been punching anyone within arm’s length lately, which has helped build to this rematch. I agree with Marc’s prediction that Ziggler cashes in on the winner, but disagree about his victim. Big Show gets his long-sought revenge against Del Rio by landing a perfect WMD and winning the title. But Ziggler blindsides the exhausted giant and scores a win for the title. Fans in the arena (and on the internet) go bonkers.

Team Cena vs The Shield

Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns vs. John Cena, Ryback and Sheamus

Marc: I think The Shield should win here but that doesn’t mean WWE will do what’s best for the long term. I just don’t see three of their biggest stars getting beat on the Road to WrestleMania. It would be cool to see a twist to The Shield, maybe a new member that helps them get the win or something. But Team Cena will probably get the win here.

Colin: In their second “official” match, The Shield square off against three of the biggest stars in WWE. The purveyors of vigilante justice will use every underhanded technique at their disposal (you can hide a lot of foreign objects in those SWAT team outfits they wear). But a win for the Shield seems unlikely against the company’s golden boys. Cena and pals squeak out a win, but suffer a brutal beatdown afterward.

Chamber Match

Elimination Chamber Match: Chris Jericho, Jack Swagger, Daniel Bryan, Kane, Mark Henry, Randy Orton

Marc: It’s a shame there’s only one Chamber match this year but they’ve got some potential angles here. We could see the split of Kane and Bryan here, leading to something at WrestleMania. Henry could destroy everyone. Jericho is the Chamber veteran and always pulls something nice off. I can see a Jack Swagger vs. Alberto Del Rio feud now that Swagger has Uncle Zeb at his side. Could Swagger win the Chamber and face Del Rio at WrestleMania? Maybe Jericho wins and faces Dolph Ziggler if he cashes in? This one is hard to call but I’ll go with Jericho.

Colin: This is probably the toughest match to call, since there are compelling reasons for a number of the competitors to come out on top. Jericho has the most experience inside the Chamber, though his win-loss record doesn’t yet reflect it. The repackaged Jack Swagger has been impressive, and his pairing with Zeb Coulter suggests a long-term plan for the characters. Mark Henry, however, seems like the strongest bet. He’s been on a warpath lately, and a win here would solidify the idea that the World’s Strongest Man is back as a main event monster. So that’s my prediction, though I’m not willing to wager any money on it…

Rock vs Punk

WWE Title: The Rock vs. CM Punk

Marc: This one is easy, right? The Rock retains and hopefully we get an appearance by The Undertaker to set up Punk vs. Taker at WrestleMania. WWE could really shake things up by having Punk get the title back but I think they’re pretty set on the big money maker for WrestleMania – Cena-Rock II for the WWE Title.

Colin: An intriguing stipulation was added to this match on Raw this week: if Rock is disqualified or counted out, he’ll lose the title. Perhaps this was just tacked on as a way to keep people guessing, but expect it to factor into the match. Could Rock lose by countout, perhaps due to interference by Cena? Does a Rock-Cena rematch at WrestleMania necessarily have to be a title match? Or could Punk win here and challenge the Undertaker to a title-versus-career match? I’ll bet against the odds here and optimistically go for a shocking title win by Punk.

Quick Recap:

• Tensay & Clay vs. Rhodes Scholars
Marc: Tensai & Clay
Colin: Rhodes Scholars

• Kaitlyn vs. Tamina
Marc: Tamina
Colin: Kaitlyn

• Miz vs. Cesaro
Marc: Cesaro
Colin: Cesaro

• Show vs. Del Rio
Marc: Del Rio
Colin: Show

• The Shield vs. Team Cena
Marc: Team Cena
Colin: Team Cena

• Elimination Chamber
Marc: Chris Jericho
Colin: Mark Henry

• Rock vs. Punk
Marc: Rock
Colin: Punk

Remember to join us on February 17th for live coverage of Elimination Chamber.

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  • Opie Taylor

    Team Rhodes Scholars – Yeah I know Team Rhodes Scholars should win but they are probably going to lose to Team Fatso’s.
    Tamina – I want Tamina to get the victory in this match.
    Antonio Cesaro
    Alberto Del Rio
    The Shield – I really want The Shield to win, but it’s so predictable that Team Super Cena will bury them.
    Jericho, Henry or Bryan
    CM Punk – We all want Punk to win! But it’s so obvious that The Crock will win so he can fight Yawn Cena at WM.

  • Sean Patrick

    Team Funksai: WWE is looking to get these guys over, and Rhodes Scholars are pros who are willing to do the favor, plus the tag loss no longer hurts them.

    Kaitlyn: They need to keep the title on a face Diva for a while after Eve, plus the other midcard titles are on heels.

    Miz: Begrudgingly. Cesaro is getting to be like Punk were he can draw better chasing a belt. Plus Miz really needs it to stay relevant. Plus they need a face with one of the mid-card titles.

    ADR: gets a hard win over Show, Ziggles cashes in, setting up a Triple Threat against the Chamber winner at WM. (Which Ziggler will win.)

    SuperFriends: The Shield will get put over and look dominant but Cena will score the win here. Think Cena/Lesnar with more people involved. (Also, I hope this gets put into the Chamber WarGames-style.

    Jericho: Gets the win by pinning Henry last. Goes on to put over ADR/Ziggles in a WM Triple Threat.

    Rock: Makes too much sense for Twice in a Lifetime. Punk doesn’t need the win and they need to keep him open for Taker, just in case.

  • CMmox

    1.They need to make the pre-show match a #1 cont.’s match IMO so the winner faces Team Hell No on RAW for the titles. My pick Rhodes Scholars since I’ve pictured them about being the faces of the tag team division for a long time.
    2.I think Kaitlyn retains so she can drop it to AJ at WM, maybe with a double turn, so the DZ-Big E-AJ little stable disbands.
    3.Cesaro retains but not in a clean fashion. If I was booking, then I would have Cesaro vs The Miz vs Swagger vs Del Rio for the US title at WM. When’s the last time was the title defended at WM?
    4.ADR beats the Big Show only for Ziggler to cash in MitB. He then retains at either RAW or SD.
    Then he faces the man who wins EC match.
    5. I picture Y2J-Orton-Swagger as the final 3, with Henry getting multiple finishers like Umaga and Big Show in the past to get eliminated. Also Team Hell No will be eliminated with Kane pinning DBry after a chokeslam and then DBry distracting him to eat an RKO 1 2 3. Y2J wins EC IMO to set up Ziggler vs Jericho for WM29.
    6.Hope it turns out to be a 3 vs 3 EC match but no matter what SuperFaces win because WWE wants them to look strong for WM.
    7.The Rock somehow someway retains because I just don’t see WWE breaking Punk’s historic run only to regain one month later.

  • Guest

    1- I think that Tensai & Brodus will score the win here – as they are a new team and need some credit and as we know Cody and Sandow will be apart again after this match.

    2- I want Kaitlyn to get the victory – cause she needs more and more credit as she is a good diva and finally has her chance to prove her s

  • http://www.facebook.com/Mohammed.Abd.Elfatah.Montaser Mohamed Abdo

    1- I think that Tensai & Brodus will score the win here – as they are a
    new team and need some credit and as we know Cody and Sandow will be
    apart again after this match.

    2- I want Kaitlyn to get the victory – cause she needs more and more
    credit as she is a good diva and finally has her chance to prove her skills. but I expect Tamina to win – cause she was far away from the picture of the champion ship for a long time and then the WWE made her return again now – and by the existance of The Rock.I think Tamina will win . but I hope I’m wrong “Xd”.

    3- I definitely I want Cesaro to score the win- he is so impressive- great entertainer- so powerful man when he lifted The Great Khali and when he crashed The Miz him self into the barricade many times. so Cesaro wins.

    4- I expect ADR to retain. but- by spearing Show to the barricade and both get counted out our by DQ and may be Ziggler cash in but I he will cash in at WM29 to be the first one to do that and will be a new champ.

    5- The shield needs to win this match . they are a new team and they have to prove their powers more. but I expect team Cena to score the win.

    6- Mark Henry – Jericho ( if Ziggler cashed in) or Orton. but Henry first for me.

    7- I want the best in the world CM Punk to get back his stolen title.The Rock never deserved it. All this amazing reign ends by an elbow drop !! . but I think The Rock will retain by anyway and there might be a triple threat our once in a life time 2- at the grandest stage of them all WM29.

  • tomcatjerrymouse

    Right, The Rock/John Cena II doesn’t necessarily have to be for the title but why would Cena, who won a title shot at WM, wrestle in a nontitle match.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Danny.Rocks.Mountain.Tops Daniel Vollmer

    Jericho has to win the Chamber..Y2J has all the momentum.He has been putting up 5 star match after 5 star match ever since he returned. He has all the momentum. They need Zig to cash in and win and then Jericho faces him at WM for the championship..easy peasy, if not then they’re stupid!

  • Bill

    Maybe the Undertaker causes the Rock to lose the title and they face off at WM29 with CM Punk, Brock Lesner and John Cena in a triple threat for the title.

  • trent simmons

    “Does a Rock-Cena rematch at WrestleMania necessarily have to be a title match?.” he has a guerunteed title shot are you retarded?