The Rock will defend the WWE Championship against CM Punk while John Cena, Ryback and Sheamus face off with The Shield. Six superstars battle in the chamber to become the No. 1 contender for the World Heavyweight title. Those are just a few reasons to watch Elimination Chamber.
It's a key stop on the Road to WrestleMania. Although the card isn't quite on the same level as the year's biggest wrestling event, it's definitely stronger than in the past. The presence of The Rock is obviously a major reason for that.
All told, it should be a show that does a terrific job of advancing storylines toward WrestleMania and could be one of the best of 2013, when fans look back at year's end. Here's a look at the viewing information for the pay-per-view, followed by some predictions.
Where: New Orleans Arena in New Orleans, La.
When: Sunday, Feb. 17 at 8 p.m. ET
Watch: Pay-per-view (local cable providers)
Live Stream: WWE.com has PPV for $44.99
Elimination Chamber match
This match shows business is about to pick up surrounding the World Heavyweight title. Mark Henry and Jack Swagger are back, Chris Jericho is being thrown into the mix and Randy Orton assumes his usual role in the main-event scene.
The inclusion of Team Hell No—Daniel Bryan and Kane—was simply to adds some star power but neither are a legitimate threat because they are still tag champs with WrestleMania on the horizon. A case could be made for any of the other four superstars.
With that said, it's hard to pick against "The World's Strongest Man" after laying waste to everybody in his path since his return. It appears they are going to pick up with his monster push from last year and it should start with a chamber victory.
Prediction: Mark Henry
The Rock vs. CM Punk
Making the match so that The Rock would lose the title if he gets counted out or disqualified adds a little more intrigue. Fans will want to know how the stipulation will be utilized. The most likely option is having The Shield attack Punk as a backdoor way to get him the title back.
It's hard to imagine The Rock dropping the title, though. The WWE brought him back to help headline WrestleMania and having him hold the company's top title brings a lot more mainstream attention to the event than CM Punk would at this point.
The entire feud has been fantastic and the rematch should add to that. In the end, The Rock will emerge with the title, setting up a WrestleMania encounter with Cena for the second-straight year. Punk might be involved, as well.
Prediction: The Rock
John Cena, Ryback and Sheamus vs. The Shield
Although it seemed like this storyline was thrown together just to give the three top-tier faces a holdover feud until WrestleMania, it's been very entertaining. It's nice to see Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns getting a chance to match up with three big names.
It's unclear what the future holds for The Shield after being outed by Vince McMahon for working with Paul Heyman and CM Punk, but all three members have proven capable of handling the spotlight. It's important for them to maintain that momentum.
Despite the group's rise, it hasn't reached a level where beating a Cena-led team seems possible. It should be a solid match, and there's a chance it ends in a disqualification to avoid giving either side the loss. But a win for Cena and Co. is more likely.
Prediction: Team Cena
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