Every February, WrestleMania road takes a sharp turn into dangerous territory, as WWE's finest superstars are left to struggle against man and metal just to avoid flying directly off of the sky-scraping cliff that is the WWE landscape.
At the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view, 10 guys get a shot at the two reigning world champions, meaning that landscape can be altered dramatically in a very short time.
Formerly called No Way Out, perhaps the new name is apt considering a poor performance at the event could potentially eliminate a superstar from WrestleMania relevance.
Even though Elimination Chamber isn't one of the big four WWE PPVs, it still holds significance because it can be used to gauge a wrestler's stock potential for the rest of the year—think of it as a preamble to WrestleMania.
With so many questions still left unanswered and so many storylines left inconclusive, the 2012 version of Elimination Chamber will be just as crucial as ever before.
Royal Rumble winner Sheamus, though not yet on the card, will loom large over the event, as he has decided to wait until after the pay-per-view to announce which champion he will challenge at WrestleMania.
Meanwhile, John Cena has been out of the title picture for months dealing with Kane, and while his showdown with the Rock means his physical feud with Kane will end at the PPV, the mental effects of the feud may follow Cena into his next encounter.
Even with the Chamber matches lacking in star power, all of these unresolved situations make for a compelling evening on Feb. 19.
With that said, let's take a look at the stock of each wrestler on the card going into this critical pay-per-view event.