Elimination Chamber (2013)

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Elimination Chamber (2013)
Eliminationchamber2013poster.png
Promotional poster featuring CM Punk, The Rock, John Cena, Sheamus, Ryback and Big Show
Theme
song
(s)
"The Crazy Ones" by Stellar Revival[1]
Information
Promotion WWE
Sponsor G.I. Joe: Retaliation
WWE Power Slammers[1]
Date February 17, 2013
Attendance 13,000[2]
Venue New Orleans Arena
City New Orleans, Louisiana
Pay-per-view chronology
Royal Rumble (2013) Elimination Chamber (2013) WrestleMania 29
Elimination Chamber chronology
Elimination Chamber (2012) Elimination Chamber (2013) Elimination Chamber (2014)

Elimination Chamber (also known as No Escape (2013) in Germany)[3] was a professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by WWE. It took place on February 17, 2013, at the New Orleans Arena in New Orleans, Louisiana. The pay-per-view was the fourth annual Elimination Chamber event.

The event garnered 213,000 pay-per-view buys, up from 178,000 buys the previous year's event received. This year's event was headlined by The Rock defending the WWE Championship against CM Punk.[4]

Background[edit]

Elimination Chamber featured professional wrestling matches involving different wrestlers from pre-existing scripted feuds, plots, and storylines that played out on WWE's television programs. Wrestlers portrayed heels or faces as they followed a series of events that built tension, and culminated in a wrestling match or series of matches.

CM Punk began to feud with The Rock after Punk defeated Ryback in a Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match for the WWE Championship with the interference of The Shield. Rock defeated Punk for the title at the Royal Rumble, after The Rock requested a restart of the match when Mr. McMahon was about strip the title from Punk when the lights went out and Rock was laid out on the announce table. The following night, Punk invoked his rematch clause for the title, and on the February 11 episode of Raw, his manager Paul Heyman successfully negotiated whereby if Rock loses by count-out or disqualification, Punk would be awarded the title.

Alberto Del Rio as the World Heavyweight Champion

Big Show would begin to feud with Alberto Del Rio after humiliating Del Rio's personal ring announcer, Ricardo Rodriguez, sarcastically picking him to fight Show for the World Heavyweight Championship during "Champion's Choice Night" on the New Year's Eve 2012 episode of Raw, leading to a disqualification win for Big Show after Del Rio interfered. On the January 11, 2013 episode of SmackDown, Del Rio defeated Show in a Last Man Standing match for the championship. Three days later on Raw, Show announced that he would invoke his rematch clause at the pay-per-view. The week after, he made the match a Last Man Standing Match. Del Rio retained the title after Royal Rumble when Rodriguez duct taped Show's legs to the bottom rope, preventing him from standing up. After continuing attacks against each other, both agreed to another title match at Elimination Chamber.

After John Cena announced that he will face the WWE Champion at WrestleMania 29, SmackDown general manager Booker T made an Elimination Chamber match to determine the number one contender for the World Heavyweight Championship with only six entrants allowed to participate by winning qualifying matches issued by Booker T and Teddy Long. Randy Orton defeated Wade Barrett to qualify and Daniel Bryan defeated Rey Mysterio to qualify also. Kane and Jack Swagger defeated Dolph Ziggler and Zack Ryder respectively to earn qualification. With Mark Henry and Chris Jericho making recent returns to the WWE, both demanded a spot in the Chamber. Both defeated men who had already qualified for the Elimination Chamber match; Henry defeated Orton and Jericho defeated Bryan.

Event[edit]

The pre-show saw Tensai and Brodus Clay defeat Team Rhodes Scholars (Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow). Clay and Tensai won with a Double Splash, extending their unbeaten streak.[5]

The first match that aired on the pay-per-view was the World Heavyweight Championship match, between The Big Show and the defending World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio. For the finish, Del Rio enzuigiri kicked Ricardo Rodriguez's bucket that Show was holding into his head which eventually led to his signature cross arm breaker for the submission victory.[6]

The second match featured United States Champion Antonio Cesaro defending his title against The Miz, who came into the match with an injured shoulder via an attack by Cesaro on Raw. Cesaro eventually won by disqualification after he knocked The Miz's leg, causing him to fall knee-first into his groin therefore forcing the referee to call for a low blow. Afterwards, a frustrated The Miz intentionally gave Cesaro a low blow.[7]

The third match was the Elimination Chamber match, which involved Mark Henry, Daniel Bryan, Randy Orton, Kane, Chris Jericho, and Jack Swagger. Jericho and Bryan started the match, while the other four competitors were locked inside 'pods'. One pod at a time opened during the match at intervals of four minutes, releasing a wrestler into the match. Swagger was the first wrestler released, followed by Kane, Orton, and finally Henry. Before Henry entered the match, all of the five were down. Henry used the World's Strongest Slam to pin Bryan and eliminate him after approximately 16-and-a-half minutes. Kane was also eliminated by Henry in the same way. Swagger, Jericho and Orton teamed up to eliminate Henry, after a Big Boot by Swagger, Codebreaker by Jericho and an RKO by Orton to pin Henry after 23 minutes. After Henry was eliminated, he reentered the chamber and hit the three with the World's Strongest Slam. Jericho was the next man to be eliminated, after an RKO from Orton. Immediately after the pin, Swagger rolled Orton up to win and become the Number 1 contender for the World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania 29.[8]

The following match was the 6-man tag team match between the hero team of John Cena, Sheamus and Ryback against The Shield (Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns, and Seth Rollins). The face team took control of the early goings of the match with Cena, Ryback and Sheamus tagging each other and beating down Seth Rollins. The match became imbalanced when Reigns and Ambrose interfered. Reigns then speared Sheamus through the barricade. After what appeared to be a comeback from Cena's unit, Reigns also then speared Ryback as he was going for a Shell Shock on Rollins, who pinned him as Cena was preoccupied.[9]

The fifth match of the evening was an unannounced match between Dolph Ziggler and Kofi Kingston. Ziggler was caught by Kingston's Trouble in Paradise but only managed a two count when Big E Langston pulled Ziggler to safety. After throwing Kingston into the ring post, Ziggler connected with a Zig Zag for the win. After the match, Langston, who headed up the entrance with Ziggler and AJ Lee, came back to the ring to attack Kingston, eventually laying him out with his finisher.[10]

The sixth match was the WWE Divas Championship match between Tamina Snuka and the reigning champion Kaitlyn. Tamina went for the Superfly Splash but missed, receiving a spear from the champ for the winning pin.[11]

The Rock after retaining the WWE Championship at the event.

The main event of the pay-per-view was the WWE Championship match between CM Punk and the champion The Rock. Near the end of the match, Punk whipped Rock against the ropes, which caused Rock to bump referee Mike Chioda, who was distracted by Paul Heyman, to the floor. Punk would then be able to hit the GTS on Rock, and would get an 18 count on Rock but since the referee was knocked out, the pin was not counted. After The Rock countered a second GTS attempt with his signature finishers, Punk accidentally rolled on the replacement referee's ankle, making him unavailable for the rest of the match. Moments later, Rock ducked as Punk tried to hit him with his title belt, instead hitting Heyman. This allowed Rock to hit Punk with the Rock Bottom and gain a 3 count from original referee Chioda. This meant that The Rock would head to WrestleMania 29 to defend his championship against Royal Rumble winner John Cena in a rematch from WrestleMania XXVIII.[12]

Aftermath[edit]

The next night on Raw, The Rock revealed a new design for the WWE Championship title. Cena became the number one contender for the title and was about to make his way down to the ring to confront Rock until he was attacked by CM Punk who felt he was still the number one contender. Cena and Punk had a match to determine the number one contender in which Cena came out victorious. Cena defeated Rock to capture the WWE Championship at WrestleMania 29.

At WrestleMania 29, Alberto Del Rio defeated Jack Swagger to retain the World Heavyweight Championship. The next day on Raw, Dolph Ziggler cashed in his Money In the Bank briefcase on an injured Del Rio, and defeated Del Rio to capture the World Heavyweight Championship.

After Kaitlyn defeated Tamina at the Elimination Chamber, Layla began to show signs of a villainous turn by obsessing over Kaitlyn's Divas Championship. On the March 8 edition of SmackDown, Kaitlyn was defeated by Tamina in a non-title match after Layla inadvertently caused a distraction. The angle between Layla and Kaitlyn was dropped a week later, and Kaitlyn would go on to feud with AJ Lee after she became #1 Contender in April. Kaitlyn lost the Divas Championship to AJ at Payback.

The following night on Raw, The Miz defeated Antonio Cesaro in a non-title No Disqualification match via submission to earn another shot at the United States Championship. The title rematch took place the following week on SmackDown in a Two-out-of-Three Falls match, where Miz failed again to capture the title from Cesaro.

Results[edit]

No. Results Stipulations Times
1P Tons of Funk (Brodus Clay and Tensai) (with Naomi and Cameron) defeated Team Rhodes Scholars (Damien Sandow and Cody Rhodes) Tag team match[5] 4:06
2 Alberto Del Rio (c) (with Ricardo Rodriguez) defeated Big Show by submission Singles Match for the World Heavyweight Championship[6] 13:09
3 Antonio Cesaro (c) defeated The Miz by disqualification Singles match for the WWE United States Championship[7] 8:26
4 Jack Swagger (with Zeb Colter) defeated Daniel Bryan, Chris Jericho, Kane, Mark Henry and Randy Orton Elimination Chamber match for a World Heavyweight Championship match at WrestleMania 29[8] 31:18
5 The Shield (Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins) defeated John Cena, Ryback and Sheamus Six-man tag team match[9] 14:48
6 Dolph Ziggler (with AJ Lee and Big E Langston) defeated Kofi Kingston Singles match 4:56
7 Kaitlyn (c) defeated Tamina Snuka Singles match for the WWE Divas Championship[13] 3:14
8 The Rock (c) defeated CM Punk (with Paul Heyman) Singles match for the WWE Championship; had The Rock been counted out or disqualified, Punk would have won the WWE Championship.[12] 21:02
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match
  • P – indicates the match took place on the pre-show

Elimination Chamber entrances and eliminations[edit]

Eliminated Wrestler Entered Eliminated by Method of elimination Time
1 Daniel Bryan 2 Mark Henry Pinned after a World's Strongest Slam 16:35
2 Kane 4 Mark Henry Pinned after a World's Strongest Slam 18:22
3 Mark Henry 6 Randy Orton Pinned after a big boot by Swagger, a Codebreaker by Jericho and a RKO by Orton 23:20
4 Chris Jericho 1 Randy Orton Pinned after an RKO 31:13
5 Randy Orton 5 Jack Swagger Pinned after a roll-up 31:18
Winner Jack Swagger 3 N/A N/A N/A

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Elimination Chamber". WWE. Retrieved February 12, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Attendance for 2/17 Elimination Chamber PPV in New Orleans". WrestleView. Retrieved August 23, 2013. 
  3. ^ "WWE Germany". WWE. Retrieved February 4, 2013. 
  4. ^ "WWE Elimination Chamber 2013 Pay-Per-View Buy Rate" (Press release). Wrestling INC. March 28, 2013. Retrieved April 13, 2013. [unreliable source]
  5. ^ a b "Brodus Clay and Tensai vs. Team Rhodes Scholars". WWE. Retrieved February 12, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio vs. Big Show". WWE. Retrieved February 4, 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "United States Champion Antonio Cesaro vs. The Miz". WWE. Retrieved February 12, 2013. 
  8. ^ a b "Elimination Chamber Match to determine the No. 1 contender for the World Heavyweight Championship". WWE. Retrieved February 5, 2013. 
  9. ^ a b "John Cena, Ryback & Sheamus vs. The Shield". WWE. Retrieved February 5, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Dolph Ziggler def. Kofi Kingston". WWE. Retrieved March 3, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Divas Champion Kaitlyn vs. Tamina Snuka". WWE. Retrieved February 12, 2013. 
  12. ^ a b "WWE Champion The Rock vs. CM Punk". WWE. Retrieved January 28, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Divas Champion Kaitlyn vs. Tamina Snuka". WWE. Retrieved February 12, 2013. 

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