WWE Elimination Chamber 2013: What Happens Now for Both The Rock and CM Punk?

David LevinSenior Writer IIFebruary 18, 2013


For CM Punk and The Rock, this is not The Titanic. However in the case of this rivalry moving forward, the relationship cannot go on forever. It would seem the best thing to happen to the WWE since Rock/Austin (yes, I said that) has come to a screeching halt.

Both men must say their goodbyes and find other wrestlers to tangle with. The Rock has already found a dance partner in John Cena at WrestleMania 29 in 48 days. CM Punk will still be looking for someone to take to the dance.

I am sure there will plenty of offers, many suitors and the approval of WWE management on the suitable wrestler to challenge the former reigning, undisputed WWE Champion. The former has a sour ring to it, doesn't it? But that is the road Punk must now travel.


With the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view in the rearview mirror and the thoughts of WrestleMania 29 in every wrestler's sights, the idea of this budding rivalry taking a backseat to wrestling's grandest stage must happen. For now. Cena will face The Rock, Punk will inject himself in some way and Vince (McMahon) and the boys will be forced to make the match a Triple Threat match, which does not excite me in the least.

But it is the right thing to do. Besides Chris Jericho, who we saw last year in Miami, is there a wrestler we want to see face Punk? Maybe Daniel Bryan. Maybe Sheamus. But seriously, the WWE has no alternative but to put these three in a match together.

The Rock is set. There isn't much the company can do with his character other than build on vignettes of Frooty Pebbles and The Rock or two men fighting again like it was 371 days since the last time they faced each other.

There isn't much fun in that. Cena has been feuding with Dolph Ziggler and The Shield, so he cannot say it has been weighing on his mind. This match could get boring quickly. Punk injects life into it.

Again, it is the right thing to do. Not only for Cena, but for both men who are being asked to halt a potentially golden feud to satisfy Cena and his attempt to win the title he won the right to challenge for.

The Rock may not have a true shelf life in the WWE after April, so the company needs to look forward to SummerSlam. A three-way dance does that. If either Punk or Cena win, it retains their rivalry. If The Rock wins, then it opens the door for everyone to ask when Mr. Hollywood will be leaving the WWE.

He isn't going to be around the company forever. Hollywood is bigger than the WWE. We have seen him bail before.

This way, everyone is happy.

And most of all, the rivalries in the ring continue, hopefully with a new WWE champion being crowned in New Jersey.