Elimination Chamber 2013's top matches are set, but WWE still has some tweaking to do, something Wade Barrett and Antonio Cesaro should be happy about.
WWE's second pay-per-view of 2013 is drawing near with some key superstars and champions not officially on the card.
The official matches so far are CM Punk vs. The Rock for the WWE title, an Elimination Chamber match where the winner gets a shot at the World Heavyweight title, Alberto Del Rio vs. Big Show for that belt and Ryback, Sheamus and John Cena vs. The Shield. That leaves room for two or three shorter matches.
WWE has already hinted on how it would fill those spaces.
Bo Dallas vs. Wade Barrett
Monday's Raw strongly suggested the possibility of a Wade Barrett vs. Bo Dallas match as well as a Antonio Cesaro vs. The Miz bout.
Bo Dallas sneak-attacked Barrett backstage. Their feud, which began at Royal Rumble, could create Dallas' first WWE pay-per-view match.
Dallas eliminated Barrett at the Rumble. Barrett retaliated by eliminating Dallas. Dallas then got an upset win over the Intercontinental champ on the following Raw.
After this attack, it seems obvious that WWE will continue with this feud—a medium for Dallas to introduce himself to the WWE Universe.
A Dallas and Barrett battle for the Intercontinental title feels inevitable. The only question is will it be at Elimination Chamber or on cable TV?
Antonio Cesaro vs. The Miz
WWE looks ready to repeat Cesaro vs. Miz for the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view. Those two men fought at the Royal Rumble pre-show.
On the 20th anniversary of Raw, Miz and Ric Flair teamed up to deliver a hurting to Cesaro.
They clashed again on Monday's Raw. This time Cesaro hopped up from his chair at the announce table to slam Miz's head in the ring post. Cesaro then repeatedly slammed Miz into the barricade.
If WWE needs a few minutes of quality wrestling to round out the Elimination Chamber card, Cesaro and Miz can certainly provide that. With as skilled as Cesaro is, it's wise to stuff him into as many pay-per-views as possible.
The Wild Cards
Kaitlyn vs. Tamina is the closest thing the Divas division has right now.
A potentially entertaining rivalry has been given no attention. It can, however, provide the WWE with two or three minutes of match time on Feb. 17 if necessary.
Those two women are capable of so much more, but with no buildup and no hype for their feud, the best Kaitlyn and Tamina can hope for is a hurried match.
Another option is WWE tossing in a Brodus Clay and Tensai tag team match. The Prime Time Players may need to be worried.
They could very well be the next victims to the dancing monster team.
The secondary titles look to be WWE's first and second option to fill the Elimination Chamber card, though. Barrett can possibly outlast a resilient Dallas and Cesaro can continue his impressive United States title reign.
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