Sunday, January 17th, 2013
New Orleans Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana
'What is the fate of both The Rock and CM Punk, now? Will they even make it to Wrestlemania?!' - Michael Cole
Punk stares at The Rock with a sick grin, just moments before destroying both himself and the champion.
In the main event of an absolutely fantastic Elimination Chamber pay-per-view, CM Punk and The Rock did battle for the WWE Championship in an epic Royal Rumble rematch. After nearly thirty minutes of hard-hitting, high-octane action, CM Punk took to the top rope as a last resort, smirking at The Rock who lay strewn across one of the announcers tables...before leaping through the air and putting The Rock through the table with a Flying Elbow Drop. As Paul Heyman had a miniture heart attack with Punk lying motionless besides The Rock, the fans going wild, the referee counted both men out and ruled the match as a draw, ruling The Rock as still being the WWE Champion. Outraged at there being no clear winner, the fans jeered whilst commentators questioned the fate of the two men, with the shot of them being tended to by EMT's being the final image of the show...
John Cena enters, only minutes before The Shield picked apart 'Big Hungry' - Ryback!
In one of the bigger match-ups on the card, the team of John Cena, Sheamus and Ryback thwarted the renegade group of young superstars, The Shield, in an all-out war that didn't see the match officially begin until a wild brawl in the crowd that cut off The Shield's entrance had subsided. Whilst The Shield looked strong throughout, even brutalising Ryback for a portion of the match with a violent three-on-one beatdown, Cena managed to put Dean Ambrose down for a three count with the Attitude Adjustment. The Shield seem to be far from done on their mission against injustice, however, as they swore that the WWE was yet to see the last of them in a post-match interview with Matt Striker, where they attacked Striker and threw him in to a concrete wall.
Chris Jericho locks eyes with the ominous Elimination Chamber prior to his match.
It was a night to remember for Chris Jericho, as only weeks after returning to the WWE, he won the Elimination Chamber to become the Number One Contender to the World Heavyweight Championship. After Y2J had eliminated Rey Mysterio in the early going with the Walls of Jericho, Jack Swagger eliminated Kane after Daniel Bryan refrained from breaking Swagger's Patriot Act that he had slapped on 'The Big Red Machine'. However, Kane was fully aware of Bryan trying to further himself in the match, and in turn distracted Bryan by threatening him with revenge - allowing Randy Orton to hit Bryan with an RKO and eliminate him. Next to go was Jack Swagger, as Orton took him down with an RKO before Jericho pinned 'The All American American' off a Lionsault, leaving only 'The Viper' and Y2J. Going back and forth for a few more minutes, Jericho eventually caught Orton rebounding off the ropes with a Codebreaker and hooked the leg for the 1-2-3, booking him a World Heavyweight Title match in the near future.
It is worth noting, however, that Dolph Ziggler had some choice words for Jericho as he returned backstage, with 'Mr. Money in the Bank' saying he might just cash in his contract should Jericho win the World Heavyweight Championship whilst promising to end Y2J's career for good. This wasn't all for Ziggler, however, as he cockily wished both Big Show and Alberto Del Rio good luck before their match for the World Heavyweight Title, in which Del Rio retained his belt. Does Ziggler intend to cash in soon?
Brock Lesnar snaps and attacks a confrontational Triple H, resulting in a pull-apart brawl.
In perhaps the biggest news to come from the night, Triple H returned to television by coming out to the ring to demand Brock Lesnar comes out and explains himself for injuring Vince McMahon, the father-in-law of 'The Game', just weeks before. Lesnar appeared, of course, telling Triple H 'he doesn't need to explain himself' and that Triple H 'knows better than anybody' that Lesnar does his talking through fighting. However, Triple H said that if Lesnar needs to fight to explain himself, then he should take a swing, which resulted in Lesnar tackling HHH into the corner and on to the mat, where he hammered away on the COO of the WWE before attempting to lock-in the Kimura as Triple H fought resiliently, at which point, backstage officials such as Finlay, Dean Malenko and Road Dogg ran down alongside referees to pull the two apart.
- WWE Championship:
The Rock (C) vs. CM Punk went to a double count-out (28:39)
- Divas Championship:
Kaitlyn (C) def. Tamina (05:09)
- Six-Man Tag:
John Cena, Sheamus and Ryback def. The Shield (15:55)
- Brock Lesnar and Triple H engaged in a wild, pull-apart brawl.
- World Heavyweight Championship:
Alberto Del Rio (C) def. Big Show (15:02)
- Intercontinental Championship:
Wade Barrett (C) def. Bo Dallas (08:25)
- Mark Henry def. The Miz (09:02)
- Elimination Chamber Match to determine the Number One Contender to the World Heavyweight Championship:
Chris Jericho def. Randy Orton, Jack Swagger, Kane, Daniel Bryan and Rey Mysterio (27:49)
The format for the beginning of this diary will be slightly different. Rather than individually write shows going in to WRESTLEMANIA XXIX
, I shall be recapping the feuds leading in to matches at Wrestlemania individually, culminating in a preview for the big show. I find this most suitable for my current schedule, as it gives me more time to detail feuds without writing out lengthy shows and also build in a slightly different manner to the big show. I hope you all take time to read this, but most importantly, enjoy it. Thank you.