WWE opted not to pursue a swerve, at least as far as the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view is concerned.
While plans for a second WrestleMania main-event between The Rock and John Cena have been in the works for many months, WWE’s history of trying to “shock” fans cast doubt on whether WWE would ultimately remain on that course.
Following the Elimination Chamber show, it appears that doubt was likely for naught.
The Rock defeated CM Punk in the main-event at the show, retaining his title and securing a defense against Royal Rumble winner John Cena at April’s WrestleMania 29 show in East Rutherford, NJ. Rumors suggest CM Punk will face Undertaker on the show, although no definitive direction was established at the Chamber pay-per-view.
WWE did provide Punk with a storyline “complaint” regarding Sunday’s match; Punk had The Rock beaten on two separate occasions, but injuries to referees prevented three-counts from being made. How WWE will follow up on that issue remains to be seen, but nothing about the culmination of Sunday’s Elimination Chamber pay-per-view suggested Punk will use the “screwjob” to turn the WrestleMania main-event into a three way between him, Rock and Cena.
Earlier in the show, Jack Swagger won the Elimination Chamber to secure a World Heavyweight Championship match with Alberto Del Rio at WrestleMania. Whether Money in the Bank winner Dolph Ziggler will figure into that title picture remains to be seen.