The path to WrestleMania is full of incredible matchups, the biggest of which features The Rock battling CM Punk in the main event at WWE Elimination Chamber 2013, which airs Feb. 17 at 8 p.m. ET on pay-per-view.
With seven scheduled matches in all, fans will be treated to a WWE extravaganza that includes Big Show taking on Alberto Del Rio and The Shield versus John Cena, Ryback and Sheamus.
As usual, there are backstories behind every match. The creative team has done a marvelous job of getting the stage set for what's sure to be a phenomenal, nay, an epic night.
Follow along as we take a look at the three biggest matches on the slate and predict the winners.
Big Show vs. Alberto Del Rio
It's time for this rivalry to finally be decided once and for all.
Big Show and Del Rio have been feuding like cats and dogs for some time now, and though it's been one of the best feuds in recent memory, like all good things, it must come to an end.
Del Rio is a relative newcomer to the WWE and he's one of the company's rising stars. He'll retain his world title on Sunday, and with the victory, he'll be able to move on to bigger and better things.
Big Show will put up a big fight, but in the end, Del Rio will triumph.
The Shield vs. John Cena, Ryback and Sheamus
There's nothing quite as satisfying as a good, old-fashioned grudge match.
The Shield are an upstart heel trio that has less than three months of time together, but boy, have they been busy making enemies since bursting onto the WWE scene in the middle of November.
If you remember, they screwed Ryback and Cena out of a chance to win a triple-threat match against Punk when they powerbombed Ryback into oblivion, allowing Punk to pin Cena.
Sheamus has also been ambushed by the trio, and you can bet him, Ryback and Cena will be antsy for some revenge.
Don't expect it to happen, though.
The Shield will resort to some shady tactics and will win ugly.
CM Punk vs. The Rock
Nothing seems more likely than a WrestleMania matchup between The Rock and John Cena, which is why you can guarantee this fight will feature some curveballs.
Just to spice things up a bit, the WWE has announced a stipulation, per ProWrestling.net:
It was announced on WWE Raw that The Rock will lose the WWE Championship if he is counted out or disqualified during his Elimination Chamber pay-per-view match with C.M. Punk.
As if the stakes weren't high enough to begin with.
This seems to favor Punk, though I'd loathe to discount The Rock's ability to overcome any and all odds.
In the end, I'm expecting to see Punk regain the WWE title belt, albeit under shady circumstances.
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