Now that the WWE Universe is a week removed from both the 2013 Royal Rumble and last week’s volatile episode of Raw, the excitement around the build to the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view on Feb. 17 is through the roof.
The Rock’s WWE Championship victory and the return of Brock Lesnar to the company are two signs that the road to WrestleMania 29 has officially begun, and the wild action set up for the next two weeks will make Monday’s Raw enthralling.
There will be major backlash after the way Raw ended last week—Lesnar F-5’d WWE CEO Vince McMahon and broke his hip (h/t WWE.com)—and what happens Monday could shape the way the WWE Universe looks at the build to WrestleMania.
Where: Philips Arena, Atlanta
When: Monday, Feb. 4 at 8 p.m. ET
Watch: USA Network
Christian Returning to Television?
While an exact date is unknown, the report over the weekend was that former world champion Christian would be returning to WWE as early as this week.
Elimination Chamber is just two weeks away, and the return of a former champion and fan favorite like Christian is an easy long-term booking decision for the company. He would make a better entrant in the No. 1 contender Elimination Chamber than Great Khali.
Source: Wrestling Inc.
Brock Is Back
Whether the WWE Universe likes it or not, Brock Lesnar has returned to television once again and will be a big part of programming over the next two months as the build to WrestleMania 29 really kicks into high gear.
Question on Everyone’s Mind: What’s Next for Lesnar After Attacking Vince McMahon?
As McMahon was about to fire Paul Heyman at the close of Raw last week, Lesnar returned and hit the WWE CEO with his F-5 finishing move, effectively breaking his hip. With a huge impact to end the show, how the WWE follows that up will be as important as Lesnar's return itself.
Hype Meter: 5 out of 5 New Dangerous Alliances
Lesnar will undoubtedly face heat from the WWE for his actions, but many fans are more interested in finding out about the relationship between The Shield, Paul Heyman, Brock Lesnar and CM Punk. If there were ever a chance to make an unforgettable heel stable, it would be right now.
WWE Rumors: Brock Lesnar Reportedly Signs Two-Year Extension (via PWInsider h/t Wrestling Inc.)
The WWE Championship Scene
Now that it is clear that there will be no Elimination Chamber match for the title—just a one-on-one bout between defending champion The Rock and CM Punk—the WWE must prevent the main-event scene from getting stagnant.
We have seen The Rock and Punk on the mic for over a month, so the WWE must freshen it up with something new and unique over the next two weeks.
Question on Everyone’s Mind: Does Punk Have a Chance to Recapture the Title?
Punk is coming off a 434-day title reign that was the longest of the last 25 years, but this is The Rock’s time to shine. John Cena will likely win the WWE title at WrestleMania 29 from The Rock, but Punk’s chances of taking the WWE Championship at Elimination Chamber are slim-to-none.
Hype Meter: 4 out of 5 Inevitable Conclusions
Long-term booking has its advantages and disadvantages, and as we have seen from the predictability of The Rock’s return, it’s easy to see the direction of the storylines at times. While many fans will complain about how predictable The Rock retaining at Elimination Chamber is, sometimes the right way to book a veteran’s return is the obvious way.
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