With WWE Elimination Chamber 2013 this Sunday, it's only appropriate to start projecting which Superstars and Diva will walk out with title belts.
There's four championships—United States, World Heavyweight, Divas and WWE—up for grabs at the pay-per-view. The Divas Championship match is the only one, on paper, that looks to be rather forgettable. The other three all have good feuds going with good performers.
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Kaitlyn (c) vs. Tamina Snuka for Divas Championship
To be honest, once Eve left the company, she took with her any compelling reason to watch the Divas division. There aren't the kind of competitors who could make Divas matches watchable. Kaitlyn and Tamina aren't terrible, but the fans haven't really been given enough reason to care about who should win and why.
Tamina has the look and skill of somebody who could be the monster heel in the Divas division. In addition, she has one of the best pedigrees in WWE as the daughter of Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka.
This match will be good for what it is on the PPV—a buffer between much higher-profile matches. Kaitlyn and Tamina should put on an enjoyable enough spectacle for something out of the Divas division, with Tamina coming out on top.
Prediction: Tamina Snuka
Antonio Cesaro (c) vs. The Miz for United States Championship
Antonio Cesaro is one of the best things going in WWE right now. His mic work isn't the best, but it's good enough for his spot on the card. In addition, few are as guaranteed to deliver in the ring as the United States champion.
He's been so great as the foreign heel who insults Americans while being their champion and waving the American flag during his entrance.
At the other end of the spectrum is The Miz, who has been insufferable since making his face turn. He has so much more talent than what he has been demonstrating in the past few months. His Miz TV segments are generally one of the worst on Raw each week.
It's hard to see Cesaro losing this one. He's coming in with a ton of momentum, and it doesn't make any sense for him to lose the month before WrestleMania XXIX. The biggest show of the year is a great time for the faces to come out on top, so if Miz is to take the title, he should do it at WrestleMania.
Prediction: Antonio Cesaro
Alberto Del Rio (c) vs. Big Show for World Heavyweight Title
Many fans are of the opinion that no matter who the winner is of this match, Dolph Ziggler will cash in his Money in the Bank briefcase and challenge the winner of the Elimination Chamber Match at WrestleMania XXIX.
It's a very plausible scenario and makes a ton of sense.
In terms of the match itself, it could go either way.
Big Show has been spectacular since making his heel turn and winning the World Heavyweight title over Sheamus and subsequently losing it to Alberto Del Rio. Del Rio has been equally good since turning face in December.
No matter who the winner is, he likely won't be carrying the title past WrestleMania. Del Rio gets the slight edge. He's only held the belt for a little over a month, so he deserves at least a little more time in the title spotlight. Plus, if Ziggler does cash in, it makes more sense for him to do it against a face rather than a heel.
Prediction: Alberto Del Rio
The Rock (c) vs. CM Punk for WWE Title
There's almost virtually no chance CM Punk comes out of this with the title. Whether fans want it or not, they're getting the Twice in a Lifetime Match at WrestleMania. It's not like CM Punk vs. John Cena is going to main event WrestleMania. There is the possibility of a Triple Threat match between Punk, Rock and Cena. The probability of that happening is slim to none.
Unlike his WrestleMania XXVIII match with Cena, The Rock put on a very good showing against Punk at the 2013 Royal Rumble and didn't manage to look completely gassed 15 minutes in. The WWE title match should be much better than Rock/Punk at Royal Rumble because there won't be the whole restarting the match thing this time around.
Storytelling-wise, it doesn't make any sense to have The Rock come back, hold the title for less than a month and then lose it back to Punk. Plus, this would be a great time to have somebody like Brock Lesnar interfere and set Punk up with a hot feud going into WrestleMania.
Prediction: The Rock