Hello again wrestling fans, Jason Burke here to take you through the final PPV before the biggest show of the year. The Elimination Chamber is always our last major stop on the road to Wrestlemania, and the card looks pretty solid this year. So I’ll list the matches and my opinions of them, and you can feel free to agree/disagree/comment. Here goes:
Elimination Chamber Match for the WWE Title:
Orton (C) vs. Cena vs. Bryan vs. Sheamus vs. Cesaro vs. Christian
I expect this, as most chambers are, to be a very fun and brutal match. These things always steal the show, and the roster here is pretty good. Great to see Cesaro get his first shot at a PPV main event, as he’s stolen the show with amazing matches with Orton, Cena, and Bryan as of late. I really hope he’s not just the first one out as a filler guy and he gets a moment or two to really shine. My guess is, it comes down to Orton and Bryan, and either Kane or HHH screws Bryan out of the belt. Wyatt may come down and cost Cena as well, setting up two potential Mania matches. People have been doubting that Orton will retain here, but I think he will.
The Shield vs. The Wyatts
I expect this to be an all-out war, and probably the best match on the show. I’m so glad they got this match-up in before breaking the Shield up. The build-up for this has been superb, and I’m glad to see so many fans so excited about a heel vs. heel feud. I hope this gets at least 20 minutes. Also, I want to see a few guys shine so they aren’t left behind in a few months (Rollins, Ambrose, and Harper). Bray needs another big win before facing Cena at Mania and the Shield is about to break up, so I’m guessing the Wyatts win this one with the Shield accidentally screwing or abandoning each other. Shield, thank you for a year and a half of amazing matches in one of the best gimmicks in a decade.
Big E. (C) vs. Swagger
This should be a really solid match. I really wish they’d go back to defending every title on every PPV again. It makes the champions and the belts seem so much more important. Sadly, this is only filler to give Swagger something while they toy with the idea of a huge Cesaro push. Big E certainly retains here, but I hope they let Swagger tell a story and give it at least 8-10 minutes. Big E is the future and Swagger is a very good hand as a mid-level guy.
Tag Team Titles:
New Age Outlaws (C) vs. The Usos
Another title match that should be very solid. The NAO have been working their butts off since their return, and they get a great crowd reaction. The Usos are very fun to watch and have been one of the best tag teams in WWE for a few years now. This is probably the hardest match to call on the card for me. Most people think the Usos will take the belts here, and I can see why. But I think the NAO retain on a cheap tactic and will drop the belts to the Usos at Wrestlemania. The tag division has been really good over the last year, but with so many teams breaking up lately, it will be good to see the Usos as the faces of the division for a long run.
Batista vs. Del Rio
This is the least intriguing match for me on the show, and I also think it will be the weakest. Batista doesn’t have the fans on his side at all, and looks very weak and unmotivated since his return. Del Rio is a very good in-ring worker who can tell a story, but is very poor at getting his character over and is boring in every other aspect of his work. Batista clearly wins, but they have booked Del Rio very poorly here. Lets hope he saves this by working over Batista’s body and controlling the match.
Pre-Show: Rhodes/Goldust vs. Ryback/Axel
Just thrown together for no rhyme or reason. Three of the four guys in this match are very good though (sorry Ryback), so I expect a decent match that just kills time. Rhodes vs. Goldust is expected for Mania though, so I sense Ryback and Axel will win here after a Rhodes/Goldust snafu causes more tension and one turns on the other.
So there you have it folks! Enjoy the chamber and feel free to comment, like, and share this. Until the next opening bell, valued readers!