The Rock has been called many things. He's been called The People's Champion, The Brahma Bull, The Most Electrifying Man in All of Entertainment and, of course, Rocky. At WWE's Royal Rumble pay-per-view a few weeks ago, he was called something he hasn't been called since 2002: WWE champion.
After this Sunday's pay-per-view The Rock, CM Punk and the WWE Universe will hear it once again.
The Rock and Punk will compete for Rock's WWE Championship match at Elimination Chamber in a one-on-one match with an added stipulation that takes away The Rock's champion advantage. If The Rock is counted or disqualified, then Punk will be awarded the WWE Championship.
Unfortunately for CM Punk, The Rock won't have to worry about it. The Rock has to win the WWE Championship match at Elimination. It's as simple as that. John Cena won the Royal Rumble match and elected to take on the WWE champion at WrestleMania 29. Because of that, The Rock has to be the one to face him.
The Rock won't be around for long—most likely not past SummerSlam—and probably won't return until the Road to WrestleMania 30, if he's going to return at all. Therefore, he has to get a lot done in a short period of time to still look strong to the WWE Universe.
Why would he lose the title in his second match back, especially considering that he and Cena already fought last year? Chamber will let The Rock get his second match with Punk, while WrestleMania will give him a second run at John Cena on WWE's greatest stage, which will most likely be an official passing of the torch from The Rock to Cena that we didn't see last year.
To Punk's dismay, there are far too many reasons for The Rock to retain the title.
The WWE's desire to put on a huge money-maker in Rock-Cena II is just one of the reasons. Another is that Punk is one of the few guys in the business that could put anyone over. Fans weren't completely impressed with The Rock's one-night performance at WrestleMania 28. At Royal Rumble against CM Punk it was a different story. The Rock looked great.
Or did he?
Even if The Rock had less ring rust against Punk than he had last April with Cena, he and Punk still put on a great match. Punk is one of the best in-ring performers in the WWE and can make anyone look good, and thankfully for him, The Rock doesn't need much help.
Another big reason that The Rock will win at Elimination Chamber is Punk's status. Punk is coming off a 430-plus-day reign as WWE champion. He's one of the most popular WWE Superstars on the roster and one or two losses isn't going to kill him, especially losses to The Rock.
CM Punk may be great and may be the darling of the members of the WWE Universe over 10 years old, but he won't come out on top over The People's Champion at WWE's Elimination Chamber pay-per-view.