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WWE Elimination Chamber 2013 Takeaways

The WWE 2013 Elimination Chamber event is history and the table is now officially set for WrestleMania 29. Now that the dust has settled, let’s take a look back at the results and key takeaways from the prelude to the biggest event in WWE history.

I thought it would be an interesting idea to reflect on the Chamber show and take a look at where things are going, superstars on the rise, superstars on the decline, and try and make sense of the big picture heading into WrestleMania. My key takeaways from Sunday’s event are…

– I am less excited about The Rock vs. John Cena 2 than ever before. I don’t know what it was but it hit me during the WWE championship match that The Rock has peaked for fans like me. I don’t know what it is but he has now wrestled three matches since returning and he has done nothing special in any of them. He’s crisp but there just doesn’t seem to be a whole lot to his matches other than him selling for 20 plus minutes leading up to the payoff. It really dawned on me last night how much Cena vs. Rock is going to suck. There is no real issue between them and their interaction has gone from great to fairly ordinary since they first crossed paths two years ago. I can honestly tell you that if it weren’t for the website here I’d have no qualms about skipping this year’s WrestleMania.

– WrestleMania 29 is going to be huge! How can I say that after just trashing a main-event that would keep me away from the show? Simple, I am not the target audience and you probably aren’t either. The WWE will be targeting fans who don’t watch on a regular basis, see Rock vs. someone they know, and buy the show on The Rock. The match is best for business and when you add that with a card featuring Brock Lesnar, The Undertaker, Triple H, CM Punk, and Chris Jericho you have one of the most loaded lineups of stars in recent memory.

– The WWE has no idea what to do with Dolph Ziggler. The logic of him not cashing in Money in the Bank makes no sense at this point. I could see him waiting around but why would anyone holding the briefcase not cash in at WrestleMania? Just the fact that Ziggler was booked in a throwaway match that wasn’t even advertised last night tells me that they have no idea what to do with him. He had a ton of momentum coming out of TLC after his big angle with Cena and he has slowly faded down the card ever since. I understand he needs to take a backseat to guys like Rock, Brock, etc but what’s the plan here? I am starting to worry that the window is closing on Ziggy.

– Daniel Bryan may be the most entertaining guy in pro wrestling. The utilization of Bryan is amazing to me, or should I say lack thereof. This guy is over every time he steps into the ring with fans chanting “Yes” and “No” right along with him yet he has been reduced to a low-mid card star. I don’t know if he’d ever be a huge draw but I am watching guys with much bigger pushes than him get zero crowd reactions while this guy is not only stealing the show in the ring, he is stealing it with his gimmick as well. I’ll gladly admit that he makes me laugh every time I watch him. I love watching the guy and wish they’d do more with him.

– Team Hell No are the best tag team act to come along in years. Nobody has cared about a team in the WWE in years like the fans care about Bryan and Kane. The idea of taking Kane and turning him into a comedy act doesn’t sound enticing on paper. Yet these guys make it work and have tremendous chemistry. It appears that they are on a collision course which I hope gets derailed because I think it is way too soon to break up this act.

– Ryback is going heel shortly. Ryback pulled the ultimate heel move by walking out on his partners, even if it was after the match. The WWE really blew it with him by shooting him into the angle with CM Punk without giving him the title. He’s peaked at this point as a babyface. He does have some real potential as a monster heel and could wind up doing big business with Cena if that is the road they travel to SummerSlam or Survivor Series.

– I love Jack Swagger but it’s too soon. I am a bit of a hypocrite here because I have been complaining for years that they need to do something with Swagger. I just think that this quick push is the wrong idea as has been proven time and time again in the WWE. Anytime they take a guy who has been beaten for awhile and give him a quick top-heavy push, it never works. Fans need awhile to forget about the loser and embrace the new winner as a serious threat. Look at CM Punk as what to do and Swagger’s first title run, The Miz, Ziggler, and countless others of what not to do. I would have loved to see Swagger get a program with someone like Jericho through WrestleMania and then challenge for the title around SummerSlam. As Jeff Ross says, “too soon!”

– The Elimination Chamber is the best gimmick match in the WWE. For the last several years, the Elimination Chamber matches have been fantastic. This year’s was no different and I think the match has gotten to the point where it is even better than the Royal Rumble. This is one of the few matches that I look forward to every year and it gets better with age. Booking is the key and they really booked a great six for this year’s match. I also love the idea of only one match per year. Two on the same show takes away a bit of the luster. Move over Royal Rumble, hello Elimination Chamber.

– CM Punk is at his all-time best. I have never been a big Punk fan but I will be the first to tell you that he is at an elite level right now. I don’t know if there is anyone who has had better heel psychology in the last several years than this guy has right now. Everything he does means something. The way he looks at the crowd, the way he moves, the facial expressions, his ring psychology are all at a different level right now than almost anyone in the business. Maybe he is one of those heels that actually works better without a championship? The combination of he and Heyman get more heat by the week! I don’t know where you go with him after The Undertaker match at WrestleMania but whatever you do, don’t turn this man babyface ever again!

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Eric is the owner and editor-in-chief of the Camel Clutch Blog. Eric has worked in the pro wrestling industry since 1995 as a ring announcer in ECW and a commentator/host on television, PPV, and home video. Eric also hosted Pro Wrestling Radio on terrestrial radio from 1998-2009. Check out some of Eric's work on his IMDB bio and Wikipedia. Eric has an MBA from Temple University's Fox School of Business.

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