You’d never know it by watching Monday’s WWE RAW, but the Elimination Chamber 2012 pay per view is this Sunday night. Ten Royal Rumble losers will have a shot at changing the course of WrestleMania 28 and solidifying a spot in one of the top matches at this year’s extravaganza in Miami.
This has arguably been the worst promoted WWE pay per view in months. Unlike past years where you had all kinds of chaos leading into the two WWE championship Elimination Chamber matches, RAW was heavily spent the last couple of weeks building towards WrestleMania 28. So if you are planning on skipping this Sunday’s WWE event, I can’t say that I’d blame you.
On the other hand, you can count on at least two damned good matches with the Elimination Chamber. Last year’s Elimination Chamber matches were very good, with the SmackDown version coming close to my pick for 2011 WWE Match of the Year. If you want action, you are bound to get plenty of action this coming Sunday night. Maybe even more than you’ll find at WrestleMania.
CM Punk vs. Kofi Kingston vs. The Miz vs. Chris Jericho vs. R-Truth vs. Dolph Ziggler Elimination Chamber Match for the WWE championship
I already wrote about the two championship matches in previous blogs so I’ll try and give a new spin on it. There is a growing sentiment of WWE bloggers that believe CM Punk will not make it to Miami with the WWE championship around his waist. I join those bloggers in those sentiments.
It would appear from the way things have gone down in recent weeks that Chris Jericho is poised to win the match. All signs point to Jericho returning to WrestleMania as a WWE champion. There have also been rumors about the length of Jericho’s current WWE run. Some believe that his return will end shortly after WrestleMania. I did uncover an interesting tidbit recently which may act as a bit of a spoiler. If you want to avoid spoilers, stop reading now.
Chris Jericho’s band Fozzy are heading back into the studio to record a new album. With a new album comes promotion and a lengthy tour. I think this is an immediate tipoff that Jericho is heading back into music by the start of the summer.
I don’t think that Kofi, The Miz, or Truth have been positioned in any way to take the championship heading into WrestleMania. Ziggler is a wild card here. I don’t think it is impossible to see Ziggler win the championship and set up a Triple Threat Match between Ziggler vs. Punk vs. Jericho. I doubt it, but it wouldn’t shock me as much as seeing one of the other three participants win.
My prediction is that Chris Jericho will win the WWE championship on Sunday. I think Punk is pinned and winds up regaining the title at WrestleMania. Jericho vs. Punk will be positioned nicely in Miami and the WWE gets maximum returns on their short investment in Y2J. It should also be noted that Jericho will enter last as a result of winning a Six Pack Challenge on RAW.
Daniel Bryan vs. The Big Show vs. The Great Khali vs. Wade Barrett vs. Cody Rhodes vs. Santino Marella Elimination Chamber Match for the WWE world heavyweight championship
The SmackDown brand will have its work cut out for itself if it hopes to replicate the fantastic match the brand provided at last year’s Elimination Chamber. With all due respect to Show and Khali, they won’t exactly be enhancing the dynamics Sunday night for their brand.
This match is set up for Daniel Bryan to win. Bryan has turned into a fantastic heel champion on SmackDown, known for barely winning his matches. What better way to showcase this than to steal a pin on a guy that isn’t paying attention in such a fast-paced match?
Randy Orton would have probably been the only guy in this match to threaten Bryan’s WrestleMania moment, but he is out. Personally, I was hoping to see Orton vs. Bryan in Miami but as a singles match that just can’t happen after the way the Royal Rumble finished. Could they go with a Sheamus vs. Bryan vs. Orton Triple Threat title match? Not now. Santino Marella vs. Bryan vs. Sheamus is far less likely to happen.
I like Bryan to win in a sneaky fashion. Maybe he comes behind a guy who scored the second to last pin and catches him off guard with a submission or cradle rollup? I don’t know but I think this one ends in controversial fashion with the champion intact.
However, I would also look out for a swerve here. Just because Santino is booked doesn’t necessary mean he will actually participate in the match. Just ask Kofi Kingston about how that goes. I have a sneaky suspicion that Mark Henry winds up in the match. If so, I would look for the big man to win and wrestle Sheamus at WrestleMania. I don’t think it is a coincidence that those two have been kept apart thus far.
John Cena vs. Kane Ambulance Match
The ironic thing about this Kane vs. Cena feud is that I think it would be a fantastic feud if it featured two other guys. For some reason or another, Cena and Kane just aren’t working for me here. They both come off real corny and unbelievable in the current story, which still doesn’t make that much sense. Hopefully this is the end of it.
Obviously Zack Ryder is getting involved somehow in this thing. I don’t know if he costs Cena the match or if Eve aligns with Kane, but that dynamic will certainly come into play. I have thought from the start that Eve will wind up with Kane when all is said and done. I think that is exactly what happens and it comes together this Sunday night.
I like Kane winning in a long brawl, probably too long. I think this allows Cena to lose and avoid getting pinned before WrestleMania. Unfortunately this feud will probably continue for a few weeks or pick up right after WrestleMania. I would really be surprised to see Cena win here, yet maybe he does, but in a way that allows him to play this guy teetering on the edge of becoming a heel. I’ll go with Kane and a major twist to end the match.
Full WWE 2012 Elimination Chamber Matches & Card…
CM Punk vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Chris Jericho vs. The Miz vs. R-Truth vs. Kofi Kingston in an Elimination Chamber match for the WWE Championship
Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton vs. Cody Rhodes vs. Wade Barrett vs. Big Show vs. The Great Khali in an Elimination Chamber match for the World Heavyweight Championship
Kane vs. John Cena in an Ambulance Match
Beth Phoenix vs. Tamina Snuka for the WWE Divas Championship