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The final stop before WrestleMania XXX and this one is for all the marbles. Whoever wins this will be locked in as the champion for the main event of ‘Mania. Out of all the participants in the chamber match, I’m over the moon for Cesaro. He is such a talent and I’m surprised that it’s taken Vince this long to realise his potential. His match against John Cena on Raw was outstanding. I hope he gets a meaningful push after this because if anyone deserves a push, it’s him! Here is the league table so far:
1. Joe – 19pts
2. Michael & Dan – 15pts
3. RIF – 13pts
Here we go with the Elimination Chamber:
Goldust & Cody Rhodes vs. Ryback & Curtis Axel
RIF: Cody & Goldust
This is a match that has just been thrown together for the purpose of a pre-show. Nothing wrong with it, just seems random. Last month at the Royal Rumble, Cody and Goldust lost the tag titles on the pre-show. The Rybaxel team is barely featured on TV these days. Due to that, it’s hard to know where this one will go. Does it even matter? Not really. If Cody and Goldust are going to feud then it makes sense for them to lose. I’ll take Cody and Goldust for the win in a match that should get 7-10 minutes or so.
Batista vs. Alberto Del Rio
You honestly think Del Rio will win here? It hasn’t been built well at all. Batista didn’t even appear in front of the fans last week on Raw. Did they think he might get booed again? If so, turn the guy heel. I liked their segment a couple weeks back when Batista put him through the table with the Powerbomb. The problem is that’s really all they’ve done in the past month. Del Rio’s been a non-factor while he’s talked trash and Batista hasn’t had enough time in front of the crowd since he returned. I expect a dominant win by Batista in a match that goes about 10 minutes and ends with a Batista Bomb. Biggest lock of the show, really.
Darren Young vs. Titus O’Neil
RIF: Titus O’Neil
Joe: Darren Young
Michael: Titus O’Neil
Dan: Darren Young
It’s nice to see these two have a blow off match on PPV rather than a forgettable match on TV. I don’t think the fans will be into it since it’s been poorly built. I expect Titus to go over. Management seems to like him for his personality, energetic promos and of course he’s a bigger guy so that always helps in WWE. Breaking up the team may not have been the right move, but it’s done now and I expect O’Neil to get a decent push as a heel.
WWE Tag Team Championship
New Age Outlaws © vs. The Usos
RIF: New Age Outlaws
Joe: The Usos
Michael: New Age Outlaws
Dan: The Usos
There’s no reason for the Outlaws to lose the tag team titles after a title win that was less than a month long. It’s foolish to put the titles on the Usos here when they should get that big moment at WrestleMania. it’ll probably get about ten minutes or so. Save the title change for WrestleMania. Include other teams to make it an elimination tag. That would be the right place for the tag title change.
WWE Intercontinental Championship
Big E © vs. Jack Swagger
RIF: Big E
Joe: Jack Swagger
Michael: Big E
Dan: Big E
Poor Swagger just seems to be stuck in the mud for his career. Push, depush, lose, lose, and lose, Intercontinental Title Match. It’s happened to him a few times already in his career. He’s a guy that’s a lot better than he’s ever gotten over. Big E is the guy on the rise and there’s no reason for him to lose here. What will be interesting is if Swagger ends up splitting from Cesaro. If they do, Cesaro’s likely the face in that scenario, but Zeb Colter’s a heel manager. They’ve teased him being angry at Swagger a lot of late, so I’m not sure how it all fits. For this match, give Big E the win. Not sure where he goes after this. Hopefully they can get him a IC Title feud going into WrestleMania.
The Shield vs. The Wyatt Family
RIF: The Wyatt Family
Joe: The Shield
Michael: The Shield
Dan: The Wyatt Family
Like most wrestling fans, this is a match I’m excited about. It’s been a long time since WWE built up two stables at the same time that were not only over, but able to put on good matches consistently as well. What’s been great about the build is that they haven’t done tag matches opposite each other or singles matches or anything like that. There was that brawling segment to end Raw, but it was only about 10 seconds and worked in the sense that it left us viewers wanting to see more. The Shield’s slow burn breakup has been nothing but awesome, with Dean Ambrose slowly becoming more and more unhinged due to the realisation that Reigns and not he is the star of the shield and he’s having none of it! Enjoy this one. It might be the only time we see this match. It’s going to be fun to watch.
WWE World Heavyweight Championship
Elimination Chamber Match
John Cena vs. Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton © vs. Christian vs. Cesaro vs. Sheamus
RIF: Randy Orton
Joe: Daniel Bryan
Michael: Daniel Bryan
Dan: Randy Orton
What WWE needs to do is have some kind of disputed finish that allows Daniel Bryan to be added to the WrestleMania 30 main event. He deserves it and the fans want it. The current story with Bryan is that he’s fighting an uphill battle against Kane, who is basically doing the dirty work of Triple H. This is the angle they were doing with CM Punk when he left (remember Kane took him out of the Rumble match) and just replaced him with Bryan. Because of that, it seems like they’re going in the direction of Bryan vs. Triple H at WrestleMania. I don’t hate that match. I just think the WWE Title match is going to get booed at WrestleMania and that’s not something WWE should do. t will be interesting to see how Cesaro is booked. He’s looked great in the buildup to the match and I wouldn’t be surprised if he was one of the first two guys in there because they tend to put the better workers early in the match. I don’t see him making it to the final two or three, but he should have plenty of chances to shine. The final three will likely be Bryan, Cena and Orton. That’s where I would have the Wyatt Family interfere. I don’t like the idea of Bryan losing clean to Orton, but they might have Kane beat up Bryan some more before the match so the idea would be that he was unable to overcome all the outside forces to get the win. In terms of match quality, it should be one of the best Elimination Chamber matches ever. Bryan’s the best worker in the company while Cesaro is probably in the top five. Add in Cena, Orton, Christian and Sheamus, all of whom are very capable of having great matches and you have a wonderful mix of talent in there. It should be an awesome match that gets 30-40 minutes and hopefully provides some memorable moments along the way.
Will Brock Lesnar appear?
I’m guessing that they’ll save his appearance for Raw where he’ll confront the Undertaker in order to hype up their match at WrestleMania rather than wasting an appearance here.
Who will be the first person eliminated from the Elimination Chamber?
Dan: Daniel Bryan
Out of all the participants, It’s likely that Christian will be the first eliminated. I thought it would have been Cesaro but after his match against Cena on Raw this past Monday it has forced me to revaluate my opinion.
Thanks for reading. Feel free to post your predictions too!