The WWE will be presenting its first big Network-only brand event in two weeks. The network will host an exclusive broadcast of the 2015 Elimination Chamber show which features a lineup more impressive than the last two pay-per-views.
[adinserter block=”1″]With less than two weeks to go, the WWE went into full Elimination Chamber mode on RAW this past Monday. The company put the pedal to the metal and unleashed creative for the network show. Four matches were confirmed following RAW giving fans one of the most exciting non-WrestleMania cards on paper the company has had in a while.
The main-event will feature arguably the greatest WWE rivalry of this era as Dean Ambrose challenges Seth Rollins for the WWE world championship. Now I have seen some complaints by fans on social media but I don’t get it. I have never seen a bad match between these two, most matches better than the last. Plus, their feud never came to a conclusive conclusion in the Hell in a Cell match last year so the rivalry continuing makes sense.
This brings me back to my Payback wrap-up blog in which I wrote that the WWE missed a golden opportunity with Ambrose. I thought that the WWE could have done a hotshot title change with Ambrose getting the win (even pinning Orton) and dropping the belt back two weeks later. The quick win would have at least established Ambrose as a top guy, investing in his future. Since the company was going with Ambrose-Rollins anyway, I feel even more strongly that they dropped the ball here.
In one of the most intriguing matches in ages, NXT champion Kevin Owens will challenge John Cena for the U.S. title. The angle was set up Monday night on RAW when Owens laid out Cena after balking on Cena’s U.S. Open Challenge. This is certainly an interesting one and fans are going crazy for it on social media.
I am not sure whether to get excited or disappointed for this one. Bringing Owens in and having him lose to Cena in his first match is a recipe for mediocrity. At the same time, having Owens come in and beat Cena in his first match is also not a good move because there isn’t much more from Owens to do from there. Why Rusev worked so well is that they held him away from Cena for a year and while he did lose three straight, he went into the program real strong. Judging by the tepid reaction Owens received on RAW Monday, I don’t think he is helped at all by coming straight up into a feud with Cena. Making matters even worse is that they only have one more week to build the angle. In another scenario the company could establish Owens for a few weeks before the match and get him hot. In this odd scenario, he has one more week on RAW and that just isn’t enough in my opinion.
It’s a great opportunity for sure but let’s be honest. When is the last time Cena put a new guy over in a feud? I am not talking about taking one loss, I am talking about putting a guy over in the feud. He didn’t do it with Bray Wyatt and he certainly didn’t do it with Rusev. I don’t blame him, he doesn’t book the shows. Although it tells me that the company has a mindset when it comes to Cena and new guys and in their minds, they feel that by putting Cena in feuds with new guys that the rub is enough. It’s not and when you bring a guy in like Owens and have him lose out to Cena in his feud, he will be swimming upstream for a while to recover.
That said I am making a lot of conclusions here but an objective look at history tells you how this feud is going to play out. It’s a great opportunity for Owens to shine and I am really looking forward to the match up. It’s extremely promising to say the least.
Finally fans will get two elimination chamber matches. The vacant intercontinental championship will be filled as Ryback, Dolph Ziggler, Sheamus, King Barrett, Rusev, and R-Truth battle in one chamber match. It should be a fun match but wow, talk about a demotion for Rusev. And why is R-Truth in this match over Neville?
[adinserter block=”2″]The tag team championship will be decided in the other with New Day, Kidd and Cesaro, Lucha Dragons, Los Matadores, The Ascension, and the Prime Time Players compete in the other. To my knowledge this is the first time the Elimination Chamber has hosted a tag team match. It is hard to go wrong when you got guys like Kidd, Cesaro, Kofi, and the Dragons in here. Quite frankly if these guys have enough time they could make a strong case for match of the year by the time it’s over.
I would expect Roman Reigns vs. Kane, Neville vs. Bo Dallas, and a Bray Wyatt match to be added. The event will go down on May 31, 2015 in Corpus Christi, Texas on the WWE Network.