The WWE’s final chance to prepare the fans for the build to WrestleMania 29 will be the 2013 Elimination Chamber pay-per-view, and a card full of great performers and intriguing matchups will set the stage perfectly for the April extravaganza.
From the WWE Championship match between wrestling legend The Rock and CM Punk, to the six-man Elimination Chamber match featuring all former world champions, to the six-man tag match between The Shield and John Cena, Ryback and Sheamus, this is a secondary PPV with serious implications.
WWE knows when to blow out an episode of Raw or a PPV, and with WrestleMania 29 shaping up to be the biggest show to date for the company, the fans should be ready for an amazing Elimination Chamber event.
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
Full Elimination Chamber Card
WWE Champion The Rock vs. CM Punk (If Rock is counted out or disqualified, Punk wins the WWE title)
John Cena, Ryback and Sheamus vs. The Shield
Elimination Chamber Match to determine the No. 1 contender for the World Heavyweight Championship
World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio vs. Big Show
United States Champion Antonio Cesaro vs. The Miz
Divas Champion Kaitlyn vs. Tamina Snuka
Brodus Clay and Tensai vs. Team Rhodes Scholars (Pre-Show)
No Brock Lesnar at Elimination Chamber?
According to reports from Raj Giri of Wrestling, Inc., Brock Lesnar is not scheduled to appear on Monday’s edition of Raw following the Elimination Chamber PPV.
Lesnar also did not appear on the Raw prior to the Elimination Chamber event, so it would be a safe bet that the former UFC and WWE champion will not be showing up at Sunday’s show.
Main Event Preview: WWE Champion The Rock vs. CM Punk
In his first title defense since taking the championship from CM Punk at the Royal Rumble, WWE champion The Rock will have the deck stacked against him.
Paul Heyman asked CEO Vince McMahon for the stipulation that if The Rock were counted out or disqualified, Punk would not only win the match, but he would also once again regain the title.
To the shock of the entire WWE Universe, McMahon agreed to the stipulation, leading many to believe there could be a huge potential swerve in store for the Elimination Chamber PPV.
As far as the match itself is concerned, most fans are hoping that The Rock will have worked through some of the ring rust he showed at the Royal Rumble, and everyone knows that Punk will have a good match no matter who his opponent is.
There is no question this bout will be the duo’s best.
There is also no question that the Rock must walk out of Elimination Chamber with the WWE title to set up the main event rematch with John Cena that the company has pushed so hard for over the last two years.
There will likely be outside interference of some sort, but judging from the outcome of the WWE Championship match at the Royal Rumble, the bout will be restarted and The Rock will be able to overcome the odds and triumph.
Like the ending to one of his new movies.
Prediction: The Rock Retains WWE Championship
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