The Elimination Chamber pay per view is upon us and the Road to WrestleMania is in full effect. The Elimination Chamber is the last chance, usually for two SuperStars to get a shot at the World Title at WrestleMania. With Raw’s WWE Title Match already well decided months ago only SmackDown has an Elimination Chamber Match. Like Hell in a Cell the gimmick name doesn’t suit the pay per view when there is only one match with said gimmick. Anyhow, I am a fan of Elimination Chamber all the way back to its origins in 2002. The winner’s list is full of historic names in professional wrestling history, and much like the Royal Rumble, the Elimination Chamber is anyone’s guess to who will win each year.
Pre Show Match: Rhodes Scholars v. Tensai & Brodus Clay
The tag team division in the WWE has starting to reach a high, loading up on talent and teams until now; it seems the tag team division has had the rug pulled right from under it. Tenasi and Clay teaming up isn’t the first time the WWE has tried an odd ball tag team: Earthquake & Typhoon, Goldust & Booker T just to name a few. With Team Hell No getting SO over, the WWE will attempt to strike lighting in a bottle once again. With that said, I expect Clay and Tensai to go over on Rhodes Scholars. Since both Damien Sandow and Cody Rhodes told us they have since already decided to go their own ways, it would make zero sense to see them win.
United States Championship Match: Antonio Cesaro (c) v. The Miz
The WWE has done a horrible job with this feud. One week it’s on, one week it’s off. Last Monday on Raw after Cesaro did a great job on commentary during The Miz’s match then he proceeded to show off more of his physical ability. Cesaro is a great heel but his bad booking has seen him lose some heat with the crowd. The Miz isn’t the best face on the roster, but he definitely isn’t the worst. Cesaro can bring out the best of Miz in the ring so I’m expecting another good match, a botched figure four, and Antonio Cesaro leaving Elimination Chamber still the United States Champion.
World Heavyweight Title Match: Alberto Del Rio (c) v. Big Show
The third installment of this feud has a taken a step backwards and now is a normal singles match after two Last Man Standing Matches. I really don’t see how after two loses it makes any logical sense that Show will win Sunday. Del Rio has done a good job at being a face, not counting his ‘I’m a face now’ promo. SmackDown isn’t the A show despite all JBL’s ranting and raving, so Alberto’s title match will be somewhere comfortably in the mid card, unless Dolph Ziggler decides it’s time to cash in that briefcase of his.
The Shield v. John Cena, Sheamus and Ryback
I can argue for both sides winning and why it makes sense, my heart is with The Shield but my mind tells me John Cena will look strong heading into WrestleMania. Although a big number of the part-time fans buying into John Cena versus The Rock II aren’t going to buy Elimination Chamber, so many of them may or may not even know if John Cena loses. A lot of scenarios come to mind about how Cena can look strong but have his team still lose, but the most logical one I can come up with that benefits both teams is outside interference resulting in a DQ on either The Shield or Team SuperFaces as my colleague Justin calls them on the new Creatively Endeavored Pulsecast. A disqualification keeps all six men looking strong as none of them took a pin fall. If the WWE has smart they would read my other column and book singles matches out of this angle for further down the road.
Elimination Chamber Match to Become Number One Contender for World Heavyweight Title
I can make cases for every single guy in this match, and every single one of them would put on a good show at WrestleMania. Since only can one my money is on Mark Henry. His comeback was much-anticipated. He has already beat Randy Orton twice and is looking very strong going into Elimination Chamber. Jack Swagger has also made an impact in his return, and with the addition of his mouth piece the sky is the limit for his new racist gimmick. I don’t think he will win but I wouldn’t be surprised.
As I said above unless Ziggler cashes in I expect Mark Henry to win, but if Dolph does cash in my money is on Chris Jericho.
WWE Title Match: The Rock (c) v. CM Punk
Paul Heyman getting Vince McMahon to add the stipulation that if The Rock gets disqualified or is counted out he loses the WWE Title raises a whole bunch of questions. Maybe the WWE is doing this just so I can sit here, write and speculate, or maybe just maybe CM Punk has a chance to headline WrestleMania. There is no chance, none, zero, that Rock loses clean, so the idea of Paul Heyman being the sneaky man that he is, somehow, someway costs Punk the match, but ultimately costs The Rock the WWE Title. Only time will tell, I can wait for Sunday. I’ll be live tweeting so tune in!
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