WWE Elimination Chamber 2013 is a crossroads for some of the biggest stars in the promotion. Predicting what will go down in New Orleans is a tough endeavor, as truly anything can happen to some of the company’s biggest names.
The road to WrestleMania 29 will officially begin as a result, making the result of every match an imperative to those involved.
Some are in positions to gain or lose more than others, though. We’ll take a look at a couple of WWE superstars who are in those positions and what they’ll have to do in order to come away with a win at Elimination Chamber.
There is no one under as much pressure at Elimination Chamber as The Rock. The Brahma Bull has the deck stacked against him, too. Vince McMahon agreed to Paul Heyman’s stipulation request that The Rock be stripped of his title if he is counted out or disqualified during the main-event match.
If The Rock fails to head into WrestleMania as the WWE champ, he will suffer a huge letdown after coming back to the promotion and recapturing its top prize. It would effectively kill the huge momentum he is riding into WrestleMania, too, regardless of what happens in the coming weeks between now and then.
Rocky isn’t the only one with a lot to lose in this matchup. If CM Punk regains the title the WWE would be losing some significant publicity, as a Rock versus John Cena rematch has significantly more buzz than another Punk versus Cena main event.
The Man of 1,004 Holds returned at Royal Rumble since his previous appearance in August. Now that he’s back, Jericho needs to get back into contender status in the World title division as WrestleMania approaches.
If he can come away with a win in the Elimination Chamber match, Jericho will be in a perfect position for a push for an eventual title feud with rival Dolph Ziggler. A loss could send him back down to the midcard and out of public eye during the promotion’s biggest yearly event.
Alberto Del Rio
This will be the third match in the series between these two with the World Heavyweight Championship hanging in the balance.
While it is possible the WWE puts the Big Show back over Alberto Del Rio, we don’t see that happening at Elimination Chamber. Del Rio’s push is riding on this win, which will put him into an upper-tier match at WrestleMania and solidify his standing as one of the promotion’s biggest babyfaces.
A loss to Big Show for Del Rio would be a huge disappointment and shock because it would send him back into a limbo status without a clear-cut next direction to turn to.