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WWE Elimination Chamber 2014 Could Surprise Everyone

To say I am a bit excited about the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view is an understatement. There is a real chance for the second money maker of the year – leading up to WrestleMania XXX in New Orleans in April is as important an event as there is right now in the WWE.

Believe it or not, I commend the company for the way it has built this event – slow playing the WWE World Title match while being just as observant of the importance of the other matches that are on the dance card – all of which could be a steal in terms of drama and excitement. And kudos to the company and its bookers for seeing opportunities to build the matches we will see tonight.

The fact there have been lead-up matches featuring all six Elimination Chamber matches is brilliant – much in the same way the WWE built the Money in the Bank ladder matches. We not only saw great competition, there was the true emergence of Daniel Bryan and the slow change in character of John Cena.

Now, the WWE has a chance to take that kind of theme and make it a staple of how the company will promote future events.

Can Randy Orton defeat all five opponents and retain the title?

Does John Cena reclaim what he thinks is his? Does Christian finally get his one last chance? Can the WWE Universe get behind Sheamus and see him through to the match at WrestleMania? Is Antonio Cesaro the next great wrestler to get a push and then be thrown to the wolves like Damien Sandow was after MITB? And finally, is a wrestler like Daniel Bryan a good fit for a match with Batista?

With the exception of Christian, all four other opponents have a legit chance to be the new WWE World Champion.

I am not usually a fan of this pay-per-view because I think it loses focus, but this time everything is focused on Orton and his potential loss – which throws a wrench in his plans with The Authority, the match with Batista and how the character Orton displays handles a loss and potential backlash from Triple H could lead to other ramifications down the line.

And that match isn’t the only one that could blow the roof off the arena in the Target Center.

The Shield will have a chance to show whether they are The Freebirds or the Von Erichs in this six-man tag match.

If the WWE wanted to see history in the present tense, then this could be the match that does that. But I caution everyone, it may be short-lived if the company is going to continue its path with an ugly divorce between Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose.

And at some point, that United States Heavyweight Title will mean something in a match.

The Elimination Chamber is nothing more than a poor man’s War Games. The matches chosen this year have a real ability to make us believe in suspended animation. Hopefully, the Usos will finally touch WWE Tag Team gold.

While I am a little disappointed it is the starter match, Curtis Axel and Ryback vs. Cody Rhodes and Goldust has a chance to be better than it looks. At some point, Axel and Rhodes could be as good as a singles feud there is this year – if the WWE allows it to happen.

After Elimination Chamber, there will be 40 days until WrestleMania XXX. The time is now for the WWE to show it can take this pay-per-view and use it as a springboard. If it is successful, then lead to the most important and biggest event of the wrestling year will be as important as it every have been.

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