COMMENTARY | On Sunday, February 23, the WWE’s final pay per-view before WrestleMania XXX, Elimination Chamber, will emanate from Minneapolis, MN.
The road to WrestleMania is already well underway in the WWE, but Elimination Chamber is the last chance for several WWE wrestlers to guarantee themselves a spot in the WrestleMania main event. Elimination Chamber features a demonic structure that makes its main event one of the most anticipated WWE matches of the year. 2014 will be no different as six wrestlers vie for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in the Elimination Chamber.
Take a closer look at my predictions for WWE Elimination Chamber 2014.
Elimination Chamber Kickoff Match: Cody Rhodes and Goldust vs. Curtis Axel and Ryback
For months, Cody Rhodes and Goldust were rumored to be headed towards a feud that would culminate in a match at WrestleMania XXX. However, there is no longer any buzz about this angle. Also, the Rhodes brothers breaking up is hardly worthy of a WWE kickoff match. The duo is still popular and a victory may encourage a few last minute buys.
Prediction: Cody Rhodes and Goldust win
Batista vs. Alberto Del Rio
By winning the 2014 WWE Royal Rumble match, Batista is guaranteed a title shot at the WWE World Heavyweight Champion at WrestleMania XXX. Therefore, Batista defeating Alberto Del Rio at Elimination Chamber falls under the same category as death and taxes. This is without question the safest prediction of this year’s Elimination Chamber.
Prediction: Batista wins
The Shield vs. The Wyatt Family
Although this Elimination Chamber match isn’t getting the same push the main event is getting, this epic WWE battle could steal the show. Both groups have emerged as the WWE’s two super stables and matches in which both adversaries are heels are always great. With an impending Shield breakup coming, I predict The Wyatts will win.
Prediction: The Wyatt Family wins
WWE Tag Team Championship: The New Age Outlaws vs. The Usos
In a fair fight, you’d be crazy to predict The New Age Outlaws would defeat The Usos. But we are talking about professional wrestling and the WWE here. If the New Age Outlaws were brought back to put a younger WWE team over, there’s no evidence of it yet. I predict Triple H’s pals will find a way to retain their belts at Elimination Chamber.
Prediction: The New Age Outlaws retain
Darren Young vs. Titus O’Neil
When Titus O’Neil turned on Darren Young, it set the stage for a good, old-fashioned WWE wrestling feud. As a tag team, both WWE wrestlers were over with fans, but they were stuck in mid-card status. It’s difficult to predict where this rivalry is headed. However, I’m giving Titus O’Neil a slight edge in emerging victorious at Elimination Chamber.
Prediction: Titus O’Neil wins
WWE Intercontinental Championship: Big E vs. Jack Swagger
Yes, “Big E Langston” is now “Big E,” but I digress. As is the case with the WWE Tag Team belts, it just doesn’t feel like any WWE title changes are imminent at Elimination Chamber in 2014. I predict Big E will defeat Jack Swagger at Elimination Chamber and we could also see tensions reach a breaking point between Swagger and Zeb Colter.
Prediction: Big E retains
WWE World Heavyweight Championship Elimination Chamber match
Randy Orton will defend his WWE title against John Cena, Daniel Bryan, Cesaro, Sheamus, and Christian in the Elimination Chamber main event. The inclusion of Bryan and Cesaro in the Elimination Chamber match should keep the WWE crowd happy. However, the outcome will not. I predict we are still headed towards Randy Orton vs. Batista at WrestleMania XXX.
Prediction: Randy Orton retains.
Patrick Michael lives in New Orleans and has always been a big fan of pro wrestling. Patrick’s favorite wrestling promotion was Mid-South Wrestling back in the 1980s. Patrick’s favorite wrestling angle of all-time was the NWO and his favorite wrestler is Roddy Piper. Follow Patrick Michael on Twitter at patmichael84.
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