WWE Elimination Chamber 2013: Biggest Surprises from Pay-Per-View Event

Brian LeighFeatured ColumnistFebruary 18, 2013

Photo Credit: WWE.com
Photo Credit: WWE.com

The WWE Elimination Chamber took place on Sunday night, helping to set the stage for WrestleMania 29 in April.

The Rock beat CM Punk in the main event, while the titular bout went to Jack Swagger in the Elimination Chamber. But this night, like so many others, will be remembered for what shocked us, not what we could have predicted.

Let's take a look at Sunday's three biggest surprises. 


Dolph Ziggler Wrestles, Proceeds to Destroy Kofi Kingston

Ziggler was in the house cutting a promo Sunday night, but at the behest of Booker T—who interrupted and demanded an impromptu match—he ended up fighting Kofi Kingston.

Needless to say it went well.

The match lasted less than four minutes, which is a shame since both Ziggler and Kingston are a treat to watch wrestle. In the not-so-distant future, they could be fighting scheduled bouts against each other in events like WrestleMania. But in the here and now, it was only a quick spat that we got to see.

Ziggler proceeded to hit Kingston with a Zig Zag and earned the win immediately. Even in a vacuum, getting free, unscheduled wrestling is a treat. But to see a beautiful knockout move like that was an extra pleasant surprise.


Mark Henry Doesn't Win Elimination Chamber

Well, not so much that Henry losing the fight was surprising. With a cast of characters including the likes of Chris Jericho, Randy Orton, eventual winner Jack Swagger and more, we knew some talented wrestlers would miss out on the crown.

What's surprising is that Henry was allowed to dominate so dramatically and still got shafted. He entered last, before any other fighters had been knocked out, and promptly proceeded to break the seal...and then some. He eliminated Daniel Bryan and Kane before being taken out third by Randy Orton.

Swagger winning feels hollow since (a) it was kind of expected and (b) he's not even the one people are talking about right now. Mark Henry didn't win the chance to fight Alberto Del Rio, but he did win Sunday night's eye test.

For a fleeting second he looked like he was capable of even more. 


The Rock vs. CM Punk Starts Slow

Not that the 21-minute bout wasn't entertaining. It very much was. But the start left a lot to be desired.

I'm not necessarily furious about this, but I'm certainly not encouraged either. The masterminds behind this stuff, whom I wouldn't deign to offend, have plenty of time to choreograph these fights. Maybe they were trying to hustle us with a slow start, but why?

If and when the Rock takes on John Cena, I want it to be an experience I remember for the rest of my life. Not just at the end either, but from start to finish.

Maybe I'm nit-picking. If so, I'll stop. I just think we can do a little better.