WWE Elimination Chamber 2013 Matches: The Rock vs. CM Punk Will Steal the Show

Mike MoraitisAnalyst IFebruary 14, 2013

Photo Courtesy of WWE.com.
Photo Courtesy of WWE.com.

With all the talk and excitement of the Elimination Chamber match at this year's pay-per-view, it's actually the match between The Rock and CM Punk that will steal the show.

The implications of this match are massive with the winner taking the WWE title to WrestleMania in order to defend it against the Royal Rumble winner, John Cena.

Aside from this match being for the WWE title, it also pits one of the past greats (The Rock) against a present great (CM Punk). Both of these men have an impressive resume to say the least, so a win for either would go a long way toward cementing one as superior to the other in the eyes of history.

One of the more interesting storylines in this match is how Vince McMahon and Paul Heyman have stacked the deck against The People's Champ.

If The Rock is either disqualified or counted out, he will lose his title to Punk. This move is pretty unprecedented as normally such a result would not see the belt change hands.

'Ol Vince is at it again.

This stipulation will make it far easier for Punk to win and would make a victory by The Rock that much more impressive. There's no question Punk will look to take advantage of this stipulation, but will The Rock actually fall victim to it?

The next storyline is the one that has been drummed up by Punk himself.

Ever since he lost his belt to The Rock at Royal Rumble, Punk has been going around saying that The Brahma Bull didn't actually earn the belt since McMahon restarted the match after Punk's minions (The Shield) interfered.

The stipulation in that match was if Punk had his buddies interfere, he would be stripped of the belt. The Rock had no desire to win in such a way, thus his request to restart the match was granted by McMahon.

This will be another opportunity for The Rock to prove he has earned and deserves the WWE title, no matter what crazy things come out of Punk's mouth. Meanwhile, Punk can show that he's right and The Rock is lucky to have held the belt in the first place.

One thing to watch in this match will be exactly how it ends and how it sets up the WrestleMania main event.

A victory for either wrestler will place them in the main event at WrestleMania.

The problem with that fact is that both The Rock and Punk have seen Cena before. Punk has fought Cena multiple times throughout their respective careers, while it was just last year that Cena and Rock headlined WrestleMania 28.

Granted, the Rock-Cena matchup from last year was epic for the company, but a potential repeat has left fans unhappy. On top of that, it was billed as a "Once in a Lifetime" match, so therefore that title loses plenty of luster if the two are to square off again one-on-one.

Look for the WWE to make something happen that changes the current road to WrestleMania's main event. Maybe an unexpected interference occurs from another top WWE superstar and helps inject a potential third or even fourth wrestler into the main event picture in April.

The possibility of such a scenario should leave fans very excited for this match. The WWE needs a shakeup badly in time for WrestleMania, and this match is the perfect place to do it. After all, the WrestleMania main event just seems too predictable to leave as is, no matter who wins this match.

I, for one, have been a proponent of setting up a Punk-Rock-Cena main event at WrestleMania, no matter how it gets done. Although, I wouldn't have a problem with a fourth superstar being added to the mix to go along with those three.

There are plenty of great matches to watch at the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view, but none will have the kind of impact on the future of the sport like Rock-Punk will.

WrestleMania is the undisputed biggest event of the WWE year and the main event is always highly anticipated. That's why whatever happens in this match is so important for the company, thus it is the most important match to watch on Sunday night.