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G5: Elimination Chamber, CM Punk's future, Hall of Fame & more
Written by NZPWI G5 Panel   
Feb 22, 2013 at 10:09 AM

A major milestone on the Road to WrestleMania is behind us, as Elimination Chamber is now in the books. How did the show stack up?

With the Rock headed to WrestleMania to face John Cena, questions remain over what will happen now with CM Punk. We discuss what the future could hold for him.

Speaking of the future, we take a look at who is most worthy to challenge Jeff Hardy for the TNA Heavyweight Championship, and we discuss WrestleMania's move out of Madison Square Garden for their big 3-0.

All this and more in this week's edition of Gimme Five.

1. Elimination Chamber, the last stop on the Road to WrestleMania 29, is history. Did the show live up to your expectations? What were the best, and worst, matches of the night? Has the show left you more, or less, excited for WrestleMania 29?

Kirsty:
I thoroughly enjoyed the Elimination Chamber ppv. Some excellent matches - the Chamber match itself was gripping, and certainly produced an unexpected result. Whether Jack Swagger is WrestleMania main event material is yet to be seen - it's not a risk I would have taken, leaving Randy Orton and/or Chris Jericho out of the main event in his favour - but Swagger may yet surprise me.

The Shield proved what a force they are to be reckoned with against Cena, Sheamus and Ryback, and the main event was a fine piece of storytelling. The only thing I didn't like about that match was that it's obvious The Rock can't go like CM Punk in terms of puff. It's not good to see someone of Rock's calibre being carried - and at certain points Punk was most definitely doing all the work - I hope that he works on his cardio between now and 'Mania.

I doubt I could be MORE excited about WrestleMania, since I will actually be there, and there's very little that WWE can do between now and then that would actually make me less excited. Oh yes there is... if they replace Cena with Brock Lesnar, or find some way to insert Lesnar into one of the main events... then I'll be pissed.

Blake:
There was really only one letdown for me, and that was the fact that there was only one Elimination Chamber match, not to mention the fact that it was mid-card. However, the show was quite good all-round. I loved the teamwork of The Shield; there was something puroresu-esque about their tag manoeuvres. Finally, I would like to point out that I was the only one to predict Jack Swagger's victory; 'MURICA!

Stevie:
I hate that I predicted Jack's victory and then got cold feet at the last minute. I knew we'd get Swagger/Alberto, but I thought it wouldn't be for the title (dammit, Dolph). Overall, loved the show. Solid matches, lots of energy. I pretty much enjoyed everything. The Shield were on top form, blending their multi-person attacks effortlessly.

Steph:
It really could have done with another Chamber match - I honestly keep forgetting which PPV was on! But the one Chamber match was good - I'm also annoyed I chickened out of picking Swagger, especially when he came out to new music. Still not thrilled about a Rock-heavy WrestleMania, though.

David:
I wasn't so impressed with Elimination Chamber at the time, actually, but in hindsight it was exactly the show we needed to bridge the gap between Royal Rumble and WrestleMania. I couldn't get into Punk vs. Rock because of the stipulation, sadly. Why didn't Paul Heyman just punch Punk in the face? Instant disqualification, and WWE Championship, victory. Everything else delivered though, some of it some quite unpredictable ways, which is always good. As long as we have Cena vs. Rock II for WrestleMania, I'm very happy.

Scott:
I really enjoyed Elimination Chamber, which left me wondering why I enjoyed it so much yet didn’t enjoy the Royal Rumble, even though it can be easily argued that the matches at the Rumble were better than those at the Chamber. And I realised that the difference for me is that results do matter for this wrestling fan. And The Shield’s victory over The Superheroes (no “The Sword” for me, thank you!) makes me look back positively on the entire card. I was really not expecting SuperCena to lose so close to WrestleMania, but he did – and they’re teasing a feud between Sheamus and Ryback too, which should be some hard-hitting fun.

The results of the Elimination Chamber also raise more questions than answers – the only dead set match for WrestleMania to come out of there was Swagger challenging Del Rio for the World Heavyweight Championship. I like this uncertainty on the Road to WrestleMania. Royal Rumble ended for me feeling a bit depressed that all of the WrestleMania card was set in stone. Now maybe it isn’t. And all of a sudden I’m interested again!

Zak:
I was a little underwhelmed by it. The actual Elimination Chamber match has lost a lot of its lustre in recent years, and it didn't really feel like they made much use of the structure in the number one contendership match. Punk/Rock was OK, but forgettable. All in all I'm still hopeful that WrestleMania will be great, although I feel like the build up, on the whole, has been sub-par so far.


2. The Rock beat CM Punk to retain the WWE Championship for the second straight time at Elimination Chamber, and will now face John Cena at WrestleMania 29. What does this mean for CM Punk? Who do you hope to see the straightedge superstar get involved with at the showcase of the immortals?

Kirsty:
One would hope that Punk would get a shot at the Streak. It's a main event all on it's own, that match, and Punk's the guy who can get in there with 'Taker and deliver. But there's still no word on whether the Deadman will defend his legacy at WrestleMania, and if he's going to they need to say so pretty soon so that 'Taker and Punk can get their feud underway.

Blake:
I would like to point out that Punk had Rock down for a 3-count without any cheating before Rock won; bloody Chioda just decided to take a nap. Anyways, it really doesn't bother me too much who Punk faces; it's going to be the match of the night and Punk will win. That's a fact.

Stevie:
Yeah, Punk's title reign is still continuing uninterrupted, as far as I'm concerned. Well, if 'Taker isn't healthy enough, I'd love to see the two Heyman guys go at it - Brock vs Punk. Because I really don't want to see HHH. ANd if they're obsessed with that, I'd like to see Punk & Brock vs. Taker & HHH. That'd break up the obvious match endings a bit.

Steph:
If he's not going to be in WrestleMania, Punk needs a rest and a triumphant return in the post-post-Rock era. Without Heyman.

David:
There are a couple of big names left without an obvious opponent this year, aren't there? I really like Stevie's tag team match idea. It's unconventional, but it makes so much sense at the same time.

Scott:
CM Punk didn’t lose clean, so it may not all be over yet for him. I think WWE are hedging their bets, waiting for confirmation one way or the other if Undertaker’s going to be fit for another match. If he is, I expect we’ll see CM Punk shut out once and for all from the WWE Championship picture by some ‘Taker intervention. But if the Deadman isn’t fit, then I hope we’ll see a Triple Threat for the title at the big show, because surely Triple H wants Brock Lesnar for himself. Punk, Cena and Rock going for the WWE Championship should be a good feud building to a good match, and it will create a point of difference from last year’s main event. Book it, WWE!

Zak:
I wouldn't be surprised to see Punk work his way into the Rock/Cena match and make it a triple threat. Failing that, the Undertaker still needs an opponent doesn't he?


3. Hulk Hogan promised to crown a new number one contender but didn’t deliver on Impact Wrestling. Who of the potential eight challengers for Jeff Hardy would you most like to see advance to the Lockdown main event?

Kirsty:
It's typical of TNA that they announce they're going to announce something, and then don't. It's one of the more frustrating aspects about their creative direction.

I find it hard to choose between James Storm, Austin Aries and Bobby Roode. I think what I'd really like to see is Austin take the belt from Hardy, then Roode take it from Aries, then Storm take it from Roode. Over the course of 2013.

Blake:
I really don't know who I would place as the challenger. I'm still a fan of Mr. Anderson, but now that he's part of Aces and 8's, I don't see that happening any time soon. James Storm? Maybe...

Stevie:
Austin Aries should still be champ, in my eyes. If he can take it back, then we can have lots of other great main event matches in TNA. Hardy makes me skip parts of the shows.

Steph:
Either Joe or Kurt. Their match was rudely interrupted, but it was fantastic. My tactical money would be on Storm though.

David:
Lockdown is the first pay-per-view properly under TNA's new format, and it needs to have the strongest possible card to maximise its buy-rate. Ruling Angle out, because he needs to be on Team TNA against the Aces and Eights, and removing Aries and Roode so they can defend the tag team titles, the next biggest name you're left with is probably James Storm. And, if you saw Lockdown or Bound For Glory last year, you know Storm can deliver when it's needed. Chuck him and Jeff Hardy in a cage and see what happens.

Scott:
Damn, wasn’t that Roode vs. Aries match great fun? These shows from England have been great for TNA, they really have. But to answer the question, no, it won’t be any of those eight Hulk named at the start of the show. It’ll be Bully Ray challenging Jeffikins, for sure.

Zak:
It's been a hectic few weeks and I haven't been able to keep up with the TNA scene, therefore I'll resort to my default answer: Austin Aries.


4. Announcements regarding the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2013 have dried up in recent weeks. Is there anyone else you’re expecting to see inducted as part of this year’s ceremony?

Kirsty:
I don't think they'll announce anyone else... it seems unlikely at this juncture. But, I've said it before and I'll say it again - "Macho Man" Randy Savage, without a doubt. Failing that, our own Bushwhackers are definitely deserving of a spot, and if by some slim chance they were to be inducted this year, I'd get to see it live and in person, and I can't think of anything more exciting than that.

Blake:
This is already one of the best Hall of Fame induction ceremonies we've seen in a long time. It honestly wouldn't bother me if Backlund, Stratus, Foley and, of course, Sammartino were the only ones. It means there wouldn't need to be rushed speeches and we could hear the spectacular stories from some of the greatest of all time.

Stevie:
Rob Conway. It's his year!

Steph:
I'm terrible at picking Hall of Famers. I'm just glad Trish is going in! Totally overdue.

David:
I wouldn't be surprised to see a celebrity inductee make it in as part of this year's class. Cyndi Lauper and Donald Trump are both names I've seen thrown around, and would be very happy to see in person.

Scott:
I assume the negotiations are still underway, but surely Cyndi Lauper will be going in as well?

Zak:
It's already looking like a stacked line up of names to go in this year, but as a few other people have mentioned they are probably still looking for a big celebrity to add some mainstream buzz. I imagine Cyndi Lauper will get the nod.


5. WrestleMania, WrestleMania X, and WrestleMania XX were all held at Madison Square Garden, while next year’s WrestleMania XXX will be held at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. Are you upset with WWE’s decision to break tradition, or does it not matter to you where WrestleMania is held?

Kirsty:
Not at all. You have to look at how far WrestleMania has come in the last 20 years - even in the last decade. MSG has a capacity of 18,000, and WWE are selling out 80,000+ arenas for WrestleMania. Why would you throw away the chance to sell 60,000 tickets? Makes no sense. I honestly don't think it matters to the fans and if there are any who are disgruntled then they need to be reminded that WWE is a business and a business exists to make money.

Besides the mercenary aspects, WrestleMania is the biggest show of the year. Should it not have the biggest audience, in order to capitalise on the "big show" feel? Harder to do in a small arena, don't you think?

Blake:
A part of me likes the tradition, but the fact is WrestleMania has gotten too big for MSG. This year's event is expected to garner 90,000 fans. WrestleMania XX turned out 20,000. I love MSG and its history with the WWWF/WWF/WWE, but it is now simply too small.

Stevie:
MSG is too small. I don't mind at all where they hold the shows.

Steph:
Not fussed! WWE does a good job of reminding you of the venue when it's relevant, otherwise I'm just here for the wrestling action.

David:
Maybe in the early days it was a little bit about the venue, but now WrestleMania is about sheer spectacle as much as anything. They're covering tradition somewhat this year with the Hall of Fame being held at Madison Square Garden - so why not go as big as possible for WrestleMania XXX and pack out the Superdome?

Scott:
No, I’m not upset, but I wish WWE would return to smaller venues for WrestleMania because they do look and sound better when you’re watching on television. But they can sell out the biggest stadiums in America for WrestleMania, and for fans going there in person it must be an incredible experience, so I can see why they won’t go back to the likes of the MSG or the Staples Centre for the biggest show of the year.

Zak:
The Garden is sort of WWE's spiritual home, so yeah, I would prefer if it was taking place at MSG. However with WrestleMania taking place in New Jersey this year I can understand why they're choosing to spread the love a little bit.

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