The picture for WrestleMania XXIX will become a little clearer after WWE's 2013 Elimination Chamber pay-per-view tonight.
Elimination Chamber is the last PPV before the biggest show of the year. Unlike past years, there are still quite a few questions about how the card will unfold for WrestleMania. The waiting game should be over Sunday night, as those questions should be answered during the PPV.
Here's the basic information you need to know going into Elimination Chamber.
Where: New Orleans Arena in New Orleans
When: Sunday, Feb. 17, at 8 p.m. ET
Watch: PPV through your cable provider
Live Stream: WWE.com
If you still need some reasons to watch, you can follow these three storylines going into Elimination Chamber.
Will Dolph Ziggler Cash In?
Many fans believe Elimination Chamber will finally be the time when Dolph Ziggler cashes in his Money in the Bank briefcase for his shot at the World Heavyweight Championship. He's come extremely close to doing so but has always failed to go all the way.
Whether or not Ziggler cashes in affects the Elimination Chamber match, as well.
The situation many are envisioning is that Ziggler wins the title and Chris Jericho wins the Elimination Chamber match, thus having the two renew their rivalry. It's a pretty sound way to have the title picture unfold.
If Ziggler doesn't cash in, then the possibilities for how the World Title picture plays out are much bigger. Alberto Del Rio and Big Show both fail to have rivalries with any of the competitors in the Chamber match. Having one of them leave Elimination Chamber 2013 with the belt would mean starting a new feud from scratch with just a little over a month to build it.
Where Does CM Punk Fit into WrestleMania?
There's almost no scenario in which CM Punk inserts himself into the WWE Title match at WrestleMania XXIX. John Cena and The Rock are virtual locks to main event WrestleMania for the second year in a row.
It's quite surprising that, despite holding the title for 400-plus days, Punk doesn't have a big match yet for WrestleMania.
The stipulation that The Rock will be disqualified if he loses the title makes the Rock/Punk rematch interesting. Punk will look quite stupid if he loses because he could just have Paul Heyman hit The Rock in order to win the title.
However, WWE will not take the title off The Rock just weeks after having him win it at the 2013 Royal Rumble.
There's the a minute possibility that the main event at WrestleMania could be a Triple Threat match. More likely, though, somebody—maybe Brock Lesnar—will screw over Punk at Elimination Chamber, thus setting up a rivalry going into WrestleMania.
How Will The Shield Look Against the Super Friends?
Much like the WWE Title match, the outcome of the six-man tag match between The Shield and the trio of John Cena, Sheamus and Ryback seems to already be decided. With the sheer star power going against The Shield, there's no way the renegade group comes out on top.
The question then becomes, "Will The Shield come out still looking stronger after the match?" It's very possible for The Shield to maintain its current momentum despite not picking up the victory.
One of the problems with The Shield right now is that the only thing it's doing is talking and powerbombing people. The last match it had was back in December at Tables, Ladders and Chairs.
Giving fans another glimpse of the talent Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins possess will only strengthen The Shield's standing in the WWE pecking order.
The Shield can only get better by actually looking like a credible threat to Cena, Sheamus and Ryback. Simply squashing The Shield would cripple it at this point.
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