This Sunday, February 19, 2012, will be featuring the last PPV stop before WrestleMania, the Elimination Chamber. This year’s edition emanates from Milwaukee, WI. The push towards this particular PPV has been average at best. It appears to me with the appearances of Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker, that WWE is looking past Elimination Chamber, and is concentrating on WrestleMania 28. I always wondered why don’t they just not have a PPV in February. That way, WWE can have enough time to build up WrestleMania storylines from Rumble to Mania. I guess they have to have a PPV every month.
Anyway, that being said, I am going to give my predictions for this four match PPV (as of this writing as WWE may add matches later), so here goes.
Kane vs John Cena in a Loser Leaves In An Ambulance Match
Prediction: Cena somehow wins and ends (hopefully) this useless feud.
Women’s Diva Title: Beth Phoenix (c) vs Tamina Snuka
There is not much of a build to this match. I could not care less who wins.
Prediction: Beth Phoenix retains her Diva Belt as I doubt there would be a title change to a first time challenger.
Raw Chamber for the WWE Championship
Contestants: CM Punk (c) vs The Miz vs R Truth vs Chris Jericho vs Dolph Ziggler vs Kofi Kingston
Well, as I watched the meager buildup for this match progress, I pretty much eliminated three participants right off the bat. I wrote off Kingston, who I think has a lot of talent, but he is one guy who I think is in “mid card hell.” I knew almost immediately R Truth, again, another one I think has quite a bit of talent, but the geniuses in WWE have him as a comedy act. Miz is the other one that I deemed a “no hoper” as we horse players would call him (meaning a racehorse in a race that would have “no hope” or no chance in hell of winning). I think his work, both on the mic, and in the ring has been going backward.
The three participants that I DID think had a great chance of winning were Jericho, Punk, and Ziggler. Ziggler is very talented, and I think has a chance to hold the belt one day. However, I don’t think it is in the cards, but I think he will be one of the last three, at least he SHOULD be. As Jericho will reportedly be going back in the studio with Fozzy and back on the road with them by summers, it is a strong possibility that he could win, and get a short reign. The other option is Punk retains.
Prediction: With Jericho’s going back on the road with Fozzy, I am predicting he gets the win over Punk, and he and Punk go at it at Mania 28 where Punk gets it back.
SmackDown Elimination Chamber for the World Heavyweight Championship
Contestants: Daniel Bryan (c) vs Santino Marella vs The Big Show vs The Great Khali vs Cody Rhodes vs Wade Barrett
I don’t know what is worse, this group of participants for this year’s Smackdown World Heavyweight Championship, or the field for last year’s Kentucky Derby. I mean, good grief. Daniel Bryan better bring two pairs of carrying shoes. I know Randy Orton unfortunately got hurt, but WWE could have done better than to have Santino Marella substitute. Perhaps Johnny Ace will intercede and come up with something, or maybe Marella will be knocked out and maybe a returning Christian will be entered instead? I can only hope.
Prediction: Daniel Bryan once again wins through some sort of sneaky means.
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