Well, my WWE readers, we are almost there. In about 6 or 7 weeks, we will be at Met Life Stadium in my home state of New Jersey for Wrestlemania 29. Sadly, I won’t be able to attend. However, I am sure the PPV, and the week’s festivities, including WWE Fan Axxess and the Hall of Fame Ceremony will be awesome. I hope everyone who attends has a great time.
There is one stop WWE has to make however, before the company can really get into high gear on the road to WrestleMania. That stop is the Elimination Chamber PPV which emanates from the New Orleans Arena in New Orleans, LA on Sunday, February 17, 2013. The PPV features only one Elimination Chamber Match.
Overall, the buildup to the main matches has been pretty good. On paper, this looks like a pretty good PPV.
Youtube.com Match: Rhodes Scholars (Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow) vs Tensai and Brodus Clay
Well, WWE split up Team Rhodes Scholars just a couple of weeks ago. Now, I am guessing this is a “one night only” type of thing, so Damien Sandow and Cody Rhodes (whom I think should not have been split up so soon) are reunited to take on the dual dancing machines of Tensai and Brodus Clay.
Wow, how the mighty have fallen. I remember when Brodus Clay was brought in to be Alberto Del Rio’s enforcer in 2011, and Tensai (formerly Albert) was brought back to be a brutish heel. Now, they are dancers. Well, to be fair, Tensai, as Albert, was the Hip Hop Hippo at one time.
Prediction: Doesn’t really matter. Rhodes Scholars win.
Diva Championship Match: Kaitlyn (C) vs Tamina Snuka
There has not been a lot of diva matches on Raw or Smack Down, as fans only see Natalya acting as a valet for the Great Khali. Even on Smack Down, fans may get a two minute match from Kaitlyn vs whichever diva WWE picks out.
That being said, I don’t see a title change here.
Prediction: Kaitlyn retains.
United States Championship Match: Antonio Cesaro (C) vs The Miz
This feud has been pretty interesting. Cesaro has been excellent as an American-bashing United States Champion. He is starting to grow on me as a worker also.
The Miz seems lost as a face. His smarmy character just does not fit as a face. He is a natural heel, and he should go back to being one. He just seems mismatched here.
Prediction: Antonio Cesaro will still be holding the United States Championship.
World Heavyweight Championship Match: Alberto Del Rio (C) vs The Big Show
I am enjoying Del Rio as champion, and also as a face. He was a face in Mexico for years, and he seems very comfortable in this role. I enjoy his interaction with his ring announcer Ricardo. Great stuff. I have liked Del Rio since he first debuted as well.
That being said, can this feud END? I am so over the Big Show as an main event talent. This feud has been so drawn out. I hope this match ends it once and for all. I think Del Rio can get a decent match out of the Big Show somehow.
Prediction: Del Rio retains.
Elimination Chamber Match to determine the #1 Contender for the World Heavyweight Championship: Chris Jericho vs Jack Swagger vs Kane vs Daniel Bryan vs Mark Henry vs Randy Orton
There are plenty of story lines going into this Chamber match. Will Team Hell No blow up? What about the mini feud brewing between Mark Henry and Randy Orton? How will that affect the dynamics in the match? Could Jericho’s experience, being that he has been in 8 of these matches, be the key to his winning the match? Could Jack Swagger, after all that time off (same could be said for Henry), win the match?
A Swagger win would give his mouthpiece, Zeb Coulter, a license to spew his hatred, disguised as “patriotism,” that’s for sure. I am not a PC type of person. I just think racist story lines, and characters are just passe, and lazy writing.
Prediction: I eliminated Team Hell No right off the bat as likely winners. I also think Orton and Henry somehow cancel each other out. It leaves it down to Jericho and Swagger. I think somehow think Dolph Ziggler and his gang somehow cost Jericho the match, and your winner is Jack Swagger.
John Cena, Ryback and Sheamus vs The Shield (Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, and Dean Ambrose)
Well, it took me awhile to warm up, but I love the Shield. I am drinking the Shield Kool-Aid. That promo they all cut on this past Raw was great, especially Dean Ambrose. Great job by them.
As everyone knows, the Shield have been attacking people from Randy Orton to Sheamus to WWE’s Golden Child ,John Cena. Well, Cena decided to get two fellow Shield victims (Sheamus and Ryback) and in the past couple of weeks on Raw, started to act like Howard Beale (played by Peter Finch) in the 1976 classic, “Network,” and basically say, “We’re mad as hell, and we’re not going to take it anymore!”
Instead of ultimately committing suicide onscreen like the Howard Beale character, Cena, Sheamus and Ryback will take on the Shield at the Elimination Chamber PPV. I believe this match will be a normal six man tag match.
Prediction: Booking 101 says from what happened on Raw, with the babyface group standing tall, the Shield SHOULD go over, and that is what I am predicting.
Do keep in mind that the Shield did win a six man tag match at the TLC PPV in December, 2012 against Team Hell No and Ryback. I would not be surprised if the Shield lost so Ryback gets his “win” back, especially with “Super Cena” in the match.
However, I will stick with my prediction that the Shield win.
WWE Championship Match (stip: If the Rock gets DQ’d or is counted out, the title goes back to CM Punk) : The Rock (C) vs CM Punk
This has been a pretty well built up match. On one hand, you have the Great One, the Rock with his 8th WWE Championship. He defeated CM Punk at the Royal Rumble, and mercifully ended Punk’s 434 day reign as WWE Champion.
On the the other hand, you have the whining, sniveling former champion, CM Punk, and his manager, Paul Heyman. They were crying about how they were “screwed” out of the match, and how the Rock should give back the title, etc.
In my opinion, being a HUGE fan of his, Paul Heyman made this reign tolerable. Heyman was awesome. Even before he got together with Punk, Heyman was terrific with Lesnar in Brock’s feud with HHH. Heyman is brilliant. He has an incredible mind for the business.
Before I am accused of hating Punk (the IWC’s Golden child) , I am sorry. I like Punk, just not for an entire year plus reign. He is a wonderful performer in the ring. He has very good to great matches. I enjoy his matches. I just get tired of the “No one respects me.” “I’m the greatest.” Same old thing.
Prediction: Someone is going to interfere in this match. The question is, “Whom?” The next question is, “Which competitor is going to get screwed?” Another thing to think about is, “Could it be possible that Punk turns on Heyman?”
Lots of things could tip the outcome of this match one way or another. However, I am thinking with John Cena, the Royal Rumble winner choosing to face the holder of the WWE Championship, I think the winner is going to be the Great One, the Brahma Bull, the Rock.
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