Elimination Chamber (2013)
|Elimination Chamber (2013)|
Promotional poster featuring CM Punk, The Rock, John Cena, Sheamus, Ryback and Big Show
|"The Crazy Ones" by Stellar Revival|
|Sponsor||G.I. Joe: Retaliation
WWE Power Slammers
|Date||February 17, 2013|
|Venue||New Orleans Arena|
|City||New Orleans, Louisiana|
|Elimination Chamber chronology|
Elimination Chamber (also known as No Escape (2013) in Germany) 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.
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 would begin 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 would defeat Punk for the title at Royal Rumble after Rock request 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 would immediately invoke his rematch clause for the title. On the February 11th, 2013 episode of RAW, his manager Paul Heyman successfully negotiate a stipulation with Mr. McMahon that if Rock loses by countout or disqualification, Punk would be awarded the title.
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 would retain the title after Royal Rumble when Rodriguez duct taped his legs to the bottom rope. After attacks against each other, both would agree to another title match at the PPV.
After John Cena announced that he will face the WWE Champion at Wrestlemania 29, Smackdown general manager Booker T would make an Elimination Chamber match for the #1 contendership to World Heavyweight Championship with only six entrants allowed to participate by winning qualifying matches issued by Booker T and Teddy Long. Randy Orton would defeat Wade Barrett to qualify and Daniel Bryan would defeat Rey Mysterio to also qualify. Kane would defeat Dolph Ziggler to qualify for a spot and Jack Swagger would defeat Zack Ryder for a spot. With Mark Henry and Chris Jericho making recent returns to the WWE, both would demand a spot in the Chamber. Henry would defeat Orton and Jericho would defeat Bryan in singles qualifying matches to fill the remaining spots.
The pre-show saw Tensai and Brodus Clay get the better of the now defunct Team Rhodes Scholars (Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow). Clay and Tensai won with a Double Splash, extending their unbeaten streak to 3 matches.
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.
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 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 Miz intentionally gave Cesaro a low blow.
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.
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.
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 2 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.
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.
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.
|Pre-Show||Brodus Clay and Tensai (with Cameron and Naomi) defeated Team Rhodes Scholars (Damien Sandow and Cody Rhodes)||Tag Team match||04:06|
|1||Alberto Del Rio (c) (with Ricardo Rodriguez) defeated Big Show via Submission.||Singles match for the World Heavyweight Championship||13:10|
|2||Antonio Cesaro (c) defeated The Miz via disqualification||Singles match for the WWE United States Championship||08:21|
|3||Jack Swagger (with Zeb Colter) defeated Chris Jericho , Daniel Bryan, Kane, Mark Henry and Randy Orton||Elimination Chamber match to determine the #1 contender for the World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania 29||32:34|
|4||The Shield (Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns, and Seth Rollins) defeated John Cena, Ryback, and Sheamus||Six-Man Tag Team match||14:48|
|5||Dolph Ziggler (with AJ Lee and Big E Langston) defeated Kofi Kingston||Singles match||04:56|
|6||Kaitlyn (c) defeated Tamina Snuka||Singles match for the WWE Divas Championship||03:14|
|7||The Rock (c) defeated CM Punk (with Paul Heyman)||Singles match for the WWE Championship. If The Rock was counted out or disqualified, CM Punk wins the WWE Championship.||21:02|
(c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match
Elimination Chamber entrances and eliminations 
|Eliminated||Wrestler||Entered||Eliminated by||Method of elimination||Time|
|1||Daniel Bryan||1||Mark Henry||Pinned after a World's Strongest Slam||20:35|
|2||Kane||4||Mark Henry||Pinned after a World's Strongest Slam||22:08|
|3||Mark Henry||6||Randy Orton||Pinned after a Big Boot by Swagger, a Codebreaker by Jericho and an RKO by Orton||26:56|
|4||Chris Jericho||2||Randy Orton||Pinned after an RKO||32:27|
|5||Randy Orton||5||Jack Swagger||Pinned after a roll-up||32:34|
See also 
- "Elimination Chamber". WWE.com. Retrieved 12 February 2013.
- "WWE Germany". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved 2013-02-04.
- "WWE Elimination Chamber 2013 Pay-Per-View Buy Rate" (Press release). Wrestling INC. Mars 28, 2013. Text "http://www.wrestlinginc.com/wi/news/2013/0328/561545/wwe-elimination-chamber-pay-per-view-buy-rate/" ignored (help);
- "Brodus Clay and Tensai vs. Team Rhodes Scholars". Retrieved 2013-02-12.
- "World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio vs. Big Show". Retrieved 2013-02-04.
- "United States Champion Antonio Cesaro vs. The Miz". Retrieved 2013-02-12.
- "Elimination Chamber Match to determine the No. 1 contender for the World Heavyweight Championship". Retrieved 2013-02-05.
- "John Cena, Ryback & Sheamus vs. The Shield". Retrieved 2013-02-05.
- "Dolph Ziggler def. Kofi Kingston". Retrieved 2013-03-03.
- "Divas Champion Kaitlyn vs. Tamina Snuka". Retrieved 2013-02-12.
- "WWE Champion The Rock vs. CM Punk". Retrieved 2013-01-28.
- "Divas Champion Kaitlyn vs. Tamina Snuka". Retrieved 2013-02-12.