Smark Talk: WWE Elimination Chamber 2014 Preview & Predictions
Note: WWE Elimination Chamber will NOT be available on the WWE Network this Monday. It will be available 30 days later. Thus, if you are trying to save $50 and wait a day to watch the pay-per-view, tough luck! That short cut will not work. Sorry. I believe it is the only pay-per-view not set to be on the WWE Network starting Monday. The rest from the past (WWE, WCW, ECW) will be. Chamber? Have to wait for next month until it is added. That is to protect Sunday’s buy rate, obviously. Otherwise, everyone would just wait 24 hours then. Will it work out? Only time will tell. Now to my lovely WWE Elimination Chamber 2014 predictions…
Rhodes Brothers vs. RyBack & Curtis Axel
Despite anything Goldust says on Twitter, I want to see the two brothers go at it come WrestleMania XXX. It has been teased for at least two years now. Show some kind of tension and build to the match. If Goldust sticks around past April or a little bit longer, great. He has earned more time in the company. If not, it was a wonderful run to help out Cody Rhodes. Regardless, I am not picking Curtis Axel to win any kind of match. Too bad for Ryback…but he is still with Mr. Perfect’s son. Thus, this goes to Goldust and Cody Rhodes.
Winner: Goldust and Cody Rhodes
Darren Young vs. Titus O’ Neil
I really hope WWE has some kind of plan for these two. After this one match, is there really anything else to do? Plus, being on the Road to WM, what is Titus O’Neil going to do? Or Darren Young? With the big names and legends about to come back, it is hard to believe this feud will mean much. Sorry. I wish them nothing but the best come Sunday night.
Winner: Titus O’Neil
Wyatt Family vs. The Shield
Probably the best feud going today in all of wrestling. It is a shame this could not happen at WrestleMania. On the bright side, WWE seems to have even BIGGER plans for them, so it may end up being a good thing in the long run. For now, I hope this turns into a No DQ slugfest. The Shield can always deliver in six person tag matches, as can The Wyatts. However, you have to let these guys brawl. The feud calls for it. I am talking all over the arena, weapons, etc. Since this is all about predictions, I will go with straight to the finish. Wyatts win after a miscue from The Shield members. Bray Wyatt is rumored to be entering a high profile feud come Mania, and a triple threat with The Shield seems logical. Win-win situation for everyone.
Winner: The Wyatt Family
WWE Intercontinental Championship Match: (Champion) Big E. vs. Jack Swagger w/ Zeb Colter
This could be the sleeper of the night. Not in a negative way. Save the jokes! I mean this in a positive way. If it is only planned for 5-10 minutes, then it would be quite the disappointment. Jack Swagger can flat out ‘GO!’ in the ring. Big E is not up to that level yet but could with the right opponent. I say give them a chance to shine. The result may surprise you, but I will go with Jack Swagger winning the IC Championship. The next night on Raw, Swagger and Zeb Colter can mock Cesaro for not winning gold in the Chamber (because there is no way he becomes WWE World Champion) and then attack him. Fans cheer for Cesaro. He officially turns face and has a ready made feud for WMXXX. Simple, yet effective. Big E? Yeah, about that…
Winner: Jack Swagger
WWE Tag Team Championship Match: (Champions) New Age Outlaws vs. The Usos
Really, the entire tag team title scene has gone the way I expected since the middle of 2013. The Shield had their big run. Once Cody Rhodes and Goldust became a team, they had to get a little title reign in there. Once the beginning of the year kicked off, it was time for a heel pair to get the straps. While I did not think that would be The New Age Outlaws, it works. Then in one full transition, the straps go to a different face team around Mania. Easy to follow, huh? Now that begs the question. Do the Usos win here or in some other big gimmick match at WMXXX? Toss up here. Let me go with the Usos but only by disqualification. Save the title change for Mania.
Winner: The Usos
Batista vs. Alberto Del Rio
Forgot about this match? Well, I do not blame you. I am not saying this should be an all out stomping. However, WWE made it pretty clear that Batista is the star, and ADR is not. If there is anything interesting about this match, it will be the live crowd. Have they moved on from them hissy fit over the Royal Rumble ending? Or are they still whining and crying over their precious Daniel Bryan not winning a match he was never advertised for? Should be fun.
WWE World Heavyweight Championship Elimination Chamber Match: (Champion) Randy Orton vs. John Cena vs. Daniel Bryan vs. Cesaro vs. Sheamus vs. Christian
Process of elimination works best in these kind of situations. No pun intended. Cesaro will not win. Cross him off the list right away. Maybe Swagger can cost him the match or something with Zeb? Christian may not even make it to the ring (watch out for Brock Lesnar!), so he is out. Sheamus is fun to watch in the ring, but he is not winning this match. Those three are not even worth seriously discussing as a potential winner. John Cena is usually a good choice, but as stated last month – if WWE wanted him as champ, it would have happened at TLC. It did not there and has not since. Thus, it is fair to assume WWE never had any plans for him to be in the title picture come Mania. That leaves Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton. My only hesitation over Bryan winning now would be…
…the obvious empty feeling. Come on, Bryan overcomes the odds and get his moment at Elimination Chamber? Only to lost it six weeks later to Batista? Blah. Why even bother then? That would not be worth the pay off. Do not have Bryan win the title unless it is worth while. Trust me folks. You do not want him to win it now just for the sake of him winning it. When he gets his moment (and he will!), build it up HUGE! The Chamber is not the time nor the place. Here is my finish: The match comes down to Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton. Everybody is going wild with the Yes chants and the whole deal. Suddenly, from under the ring, Triple H appears and gives Bryan the Pedigree. Randy Orton wins and faces Batista in the second or third hour of Mania. Remember, nobody ever said that match would CLOSE the show. Just look at past Manias with non-title main events. No more nice corporate HHH. No more Mr. Nice Guy. No more paying to both sides. No more smiling. No! Triple H is OFFICIALLY a heel and costs Bryan the title. The next night on Raw, Bryan cuts a fiery promo and says he has had enough! Come WMXXX, it will be Bryan vs. HHH one on one. No outside interference. No Kane. No Stephanie McMahon. Nobody can get involved. If HHH wins, Bryan will leave WWE forever. If Bryan wins, HHH gives him a clean, fair and square title match at the next pay-per-view. problem solved. Orton and Batista can have a nice 15 minute match in the middle of the Mania card. Undertaker can close Mania or if need be – make Bryan/HHH the final match. Trust me! The smarky Mania crowd would be into every single near fall and be booing Triple H out of the building while cheering everything Bryan does. The show ends with Bryan making HHH tap out, earning a straight up WWE World Title match and 70,000 fans chanting Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes!
Winner: Randy Orton
Reminder: These picks were made a couple of days ago. If anything seemed out of date or off the wall, blame my thinking from last week! I hope you all enjoy the PPV. Do not forget that Elimination Chamber 2014 will NOT be on the WWE Network this Monday. You will have to wait 30 days for this pay-per-view. Thus, if you are looking forward to the show, buy it on Sunday…or you will have to wait until next month on the WWE Network when it is added. Your choice! Also, be sure to join me on Twitter Monday night during the full three hour episode of WWE RAW. I have never done this before and may never do it again. You do not want to miss out!
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