Hardly any bets are ever off in the WWE in terms of shocking developments and constantly twisting storylines. There should be no exception to that assertion when the 2013 Elimination Chamber matches go down on Sunday night in New Orleans Arena.
Plenty will be at stake when some of the sport's biggest stars enter the steel cage dome. With so many great showdowns on tap, the headlining championship match will be between The Rock and CM Punk.
If the Rock's restart and eventual triumph over Punk at Royal Rumble is any indication, there is bound to be some unforeseeable interference or controversy.
The following is a list of some of the possible dramatics that would stun the world of professional wrestling.
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Dolph Ziggler Cashes in Money in the Bank Briefcase
To add on to the Chris Jericho rivalry, Ziggler resurfaces.
Ziggler was interfered with in a Raw matchup with John Cena back in January and ultimately lost. That came some time after a Raw episode where Ziggler tried to use his briefcase. After a recent loss to Kane, Ziggler failed to officially qualify for the Elimination Chamber.
The recent lack of Ziggler has been somewhat perplexing, which makes this the perfect time for him to use the Money in the Bank briefcase, which would give him an undisputed shot at the World Heavyweight Championship.
The rivalry between Big Show and Andre Del Rio is set to end when the two square off for the third time on Sunday. There is a violent history between the two, and Ziggler will likely have the opportunity to cash in after the match in that context.
By him cashing in, it would also stir more controversy down the road for Jericho's likely final bid at the World Heavyweight title. It would also fit into the plot if The Shield continues on to WrestleMania—should they survive in the tag team match at this event. More on that later.
Chris Jericho Wins Six-Man Elimination Chamber Match
Although it wouldn't be a totally mind-boggling scenario for Jericho to win since he is the biggest name, it would definitely be an upset over favorites Randy Orton and Mark Henry.
This is nearly the end of the road for the 42-year-old veteran, and considering how much of a fan favorite he has been, it would be a fitting sendoff to have him as a prominent figure at WrestleMania 29.
But Vince McMahon and WWE officials are known to concoct all sorts of scenarios, so Jericho winning this battle of wrestling titans is no guarantee that he will continue his positive momentum.
That said, the combination of a Jericho victory and Ziggler using his briefcase would set up a World Heavyweight matchup for the ages at WrestleMania between the two bitter rivals. Not only would that increase Ziggler's brand as a heel, but it would also create even stronger support behind Jericho in the twilight of his prolific career.
Plus, tag team champion teammates Kane and Daniel Bryan are likely eliminated from winning this one from the start, which tips the odds in Jericho's favor even more.
The Shield Beats John Cena, Ryback and Sheamus in Tag Team Match
The buzz that The Shield has created in combating "injustice" in the WWE has stirred so much debate. Their ironic bid to be pseudo-vigilantes is actually turning them into a villainous group.
The Shield has attacked babyfaces frequently—and were the reason for the aforementioned restart to The Rock's match at Royal Rumble. But no one has been on the wrong end of The Shield's wrath more than Ryback, which was part of the inspiration for Cena to call on the trio to assemble.
Ryback lost to The Shield at the Tables, Ladders & Chairs pay-per-view event in December, so it's possible that Vince McMahon will finally allow The Shield to bow out.
But that would not be the best long-term move. This crusading bunch is wreaking havoc at every turn and add an element of mystery to any given rumble.
This is only the second official match for The Shield, so dismissing them at this point would make them somewhat of an afterthought. Their legitimacy would be shot with a loss here, and while they could run away from the match, it would be a much more polarizing narrative if they won decisively.