Friday, 9 December 2016

Elimination Chamber 2013

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Written By: Mark Armstrong

Running Time: 181 Minutes
Certificate: 12
Number Of Discs: 1
Studio: Fremantle Home Entertainment
Released: May 6 2013

Elimination Chamber, traditionally the last PPV before WrestleMania, often has its memories lost once Mania is over and done with (more so than Royal Rumble, despite it coming after RR). And that's a shame because, as this DVD proves, the 2013 edition of Elimination Chamber had plenty to praise.

There are five matches that are good, really good or better. They are Alberto Del Rio vs. Big Show (despite an unintentional slip by ADR during the bout); the Elimination Chamber match with a World Heavyweight Title shot for WM 29 at stake; a six-man pitting The Shield against John Cena, Ryback and Sheamus; an impromptu showdown between Dolph Ziggler and Kofi Kingston; and a Royal Rumble rematch for the WWE Title between The Rock and CM Punk (how weird is it at this point to see Rock wrestle on what is essentially a B-show?).

Elsewhere, Antonio Cesaro vs. The Miz is inferior to their previous meeting prior to Royal Rumble, partly because of the finish; and Kaitlyn vs. Tamina Snuka is not as good as Kaitlyn's Divas Title-winning effort against Eve Torres at the 20th Anniversary episode of Raw. The bonus match between Tons Of Funk and Team Rhodes Scholars is also not up to much. However, the superior action that makes up the majority of the programme justify a purchase.

Elimination Chamber isn't always needed in one's collection to track the Road To WrestleMania; however, not only is EC a pivotal show en route to this year's Mania, but it's a wrestling DVD which is well worth owning in its own right.

Overall Rating: 8/10 - Very Good

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