With another WWE pay-per-view this Sunday night, I have already completed my WWE '13 simulations. Many of the match simulations were epic, and fans can only hope to be treated to the equivalent in real-life action.
The final pay-per-view before WrestleMania will set the table for the rest of the year.
Will the Rock's title reign be a short one? Will Team Hell No disband after competing against each other in the Elimination Chamber? Can the Shield's second official match compare to their first appearance?
Those are just three of the story lines to follow in this pay-per-view event.
Here's how WWE '13 predicts the matches will unfold. The spoiler results for the simulations are at the bottom of the article.
YouTube Preshow: Brodus Clay and Tensai vs. Rhodes Scholars
I loved the idea of the Rhodes Scholars splitting up, and something tells me this match will make the split a bitter one.
There were little clues that a possible feud could take place between the two before. This match seems like a good way to usher it in.
Clay and Tensai are on a roll in regard to popularity, and I fully expect that to continue here.
Here's how the WWE '13 simulation went.
Divas Championship: (c) Kaitlyn vs. Tamina Snuka
Tamina is the only Diva I buy as a real wrestler now that Beth Phoenix is gone.
The rest of the Divas roster is more about looks than action—which is OK for part of the reason I watch this division, but it is also why I genuinely never actually pay attention to the match itself.
Tamina should win the title, and perhaps it is time for the Funkadactyls to leave Brodus' side to add some spice to the Divas division.
Is WWE '13 in agreement with me about the result?
United States Championship: (c) Antonio Cesaro vs. The Miz
In a rematch of their battle at the Royal Rumble and a continuation of their feud, two of my favorites will meet again.
Cesaro is one of the best in-ring performers in the company, and he hasn't even been on WWE television in a full year. If he lost just to move up the ladder to a bigger feud, I wouldn't be upset.
Here is how the game simulated the match.
World Heavyweight Championship: (c) Alberto Del Rio vs. Big Show
It is about time for this feud to end.
It is difficult to find angles for them that produce exciting matches because of Show's size and slow pace and Del Rio's moderate strength.
I would like to see Del Rio win because he figures to have a better match with whoever emerges victorious from the Elimination Chamber battle.
Check out how this one went over in the simulation.
Elimination Chamber Match to become No. 1 Contender for World Heavyweight Title: Randy Orton vs. Mark Henry vs. Jack Swagger vs. Kane vs. Daniel Bryan vs. Chris Jericho
I can honestly say, I wouldn't be upset to see any of these guys win. I can make a case for all of them as Superstars worthy of a run in the championship spotlight.
Some may not be giving any credence to Swagger yet, but his new angle is despicable and edgy. It is perfect for a guy set up to be a serious heel.
He's always been a beast in the ring, and now he may have finally found the right gimmick to match.
Does WWE '13 think Swag is ready to challenge for the title?
Six-Man Tag Match: The Shield vs. John Cena, Sheamus and Ryback
This match has a ton to live up to after the Shield's official match debut. Their battle with Team Hell No and Ryback at TLC was amazing.
I doubt this one can compare. They are matched up against the three supermen of the company, and it'll be difficult to create any doubt in the minds of fans that Team Cena won't be victorious.
The simulation was long, but here are the highlights.
WWE Championship: (c) The Rock vs. CM Punk
I love the Rock, but having him hold the title is like test driving a nice car you know you can't afford to buy; it's good while it lasts, but you know reality is coming, and you have to return it to the showroom floor.
The reality here is that the Rock will never be a full-time wrestler again, thus he'll never have more than this honorary-like run with WWE gold.
I'd just as soon get back to my more realistic version of an alternate reality and have CM Punk regain the title.
Is WWE '13 sentimental or realistic?
Rhodes Scholars defeated Brodus Clay and Tensai
Tamina Snuka wins the Divas Championship
Antonio Cesaro retains the US Championship
Big Show Regains the World Heavyweight Title
Mark Henry Wins Elimination Chamber
Team Cena Defeats The Shield
The Rock Retains the WWE Title