On Sunday night Houston, TX will be hosting the 2019 Elimination Chamber Pay-Per-View. This will be the ninth event promoted under the Elimination Chamber name. There are two matches with the Elimination Chamber stipulation with one of them being a historic one for the inaugural Women’s Tag Team Championships. Outside of those two, there are five other matches announced for the card.
With the Royal Rumble being only three weeks ago, it seems that there was not a lot of time to build some of these matches. Here is the rundown of the card.
Braun Strowman vs. Baron Corbin in a No Disqualification match
For like the 500th time, we will be seeing Braun Strowman go up against Baron Corbin. A match no one is really looking forward to, with the addition of the No Disqualification stipulation. The writing on the wall here is that Drew McIntyre and Kurt Angle will probably get involved somehow.
For the sake of a prediction, I think Strowman wins here.
Prediction: Braun Strowman wins
Intercontinental Championship – Bobby Lashley (c) & Lio Rush vs. Finn Bálor in a Handicap match
After facing Brock Lesnar at the Royal Rumble, Finn Bálor started a feud with Bobby Lashley. This may have been rushed a bit, given the last PPV was three weeks ago.
The fact that this is a handicap match helps that from a storyline perspective and we could see Bálor going after Lio Rush early in the match. Lashley finds the open opportunity to retains here and we could see these guys again in a match when Fastlane rolls around and even WrestleMania 35.
Prediction: Bobby Lashley retains the Intercontinental Championship
SmackDown Tag Team Championship – The Miz & Shane McMahon (c) vs. The Usos
I get the McMahon-Miz story here. Most likely we will see these guys face each other at ‘Maina 35. I do not think they’ll lose the belts tonight, rather give them a successful title defense now and drop the belts on a random episode of SmackDown.
The Usos and The Miz will put on a performance here while Shane McMahon will get his one high spot during the end of the match. It is a shame here as the SmackDown tag division has many talented teams. It is only a matter of time until they lose the titles and will see legit teams like SAnitY, Gallows & Anderson and The Bar as well as The Usos for example in the title picture.
Prediction: The Miz and Shane McMahon retain the SmackDown Tag Team Championships
Cruiserweight Championship – Buddy Murphy (c) vs. Akira Tozawa
Buddy Murphy as the Cruiserweight Champion is great and will put on an excellent performance. Akira Tozawa is a legit opponent for the Australian, but with no huge build heading into this match, let Murphy retain here and continue to be the top face of the 205 Live Brand. It should be interesting to see what WWE does with Murphy and the Cruiserweight Division heading into ‘Mania 35.
Prediction: Buddy Murphy retains the Cruiserweight Championship
Raw Women’s Championship – Ronda Rousey (c) vs. Ruby Riott
Ruby Riott is in an awkward spot here. There is no question she is talented and should be in the title picture at some point but with Ronda Rousey being in a feud with Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair heading into WrestleMania, it makes an easy prediction that Rousey will retain here.
Flair will be at ringside during the match and will probably see Lynch making an appearance, which will make things interesting.
Prediction: Ronda Rousey retains the Raw Women’s Championship
Inaugural Women’s Tag Team Championship – Nia Jax & Tamina vs. The Riott Squad vs. Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville vs. The IIconics vs. Naomi & Carmella vs. The Boss n Hug Connection in a Tag team Elimination Chamber match
This will be the second time the tag titles will inside the Elimination Chamber with the first time being at Elimination Chamber 2015. It is a good concept as there are plenty of teams to have a women’s tag division but the problem back in 2015 was that there were too many superstars in that match, not giving a lot of people time to shine.
While that may be a red flag here I think WWE learned from the 2015 disaster so we may see an elimination of two before all teams enter the match.
While everyone including myself wants Sasha Banks and Bayley to win the Women’s Tag Team titles, I’m giving the win to Nia Jax and Tamina. They are the biggest heels on the roster and say they eliminate Banks and Bayley early and win in the end, it will sure give them a lot of heat heading into WrestleMania 35. Plus, this would also be a good storyline, with Banks and Bayley overcoming the odds and winning the titles at The Grandest Stage of Them All. Banks and Bayley did not have a good 2018 and given them this potentially great storyline up until WrestleMania could definitely make up for when they have done for the past year.
Prediction: Nia Jax & Tamina win the inaugural Women’s Tag Team Championships
WWE Championship – Daniel Bryan (c) vs. AJ Styles vs. Jeff Hardy vs. Randy Orton vs. Samoa Joe vs. Kofi Kingston in an Elimination Chamber match
Just from looking at the star power here, I think that this could be one of the best Elimination Chamber matches we have ever seen.
Originally, Mustafa Ali was supposed to take part but is sitting out due to a few legit injuries. Kofi Kingston took his place and was the MVP of the go home Gauntlet match on this past SmackDown Live. Kingston started off and pinned Daniel Bryan, Jeff Hardy, Samoa Joe and put up a good fight against AJ Styles. He ultimately lost and Randy Orton won the match, meaning he’ll enter the match last at #6.
As much as I want Kingston to win, I think given the popularity of Daniel Bryan’s new character is too soon to drop the title on him. Kingston definitely deserves a title run but let’s hope that one day we will see that plan unfold.
Prediction: My heart wants Kofi Kingston to win, but Daniel Bryan will retain the WWE Championship
The Elimination Chamber matches are always fun to watch and the WWE Championship one has a chance to be on the best in WWE history. The Women’s Tag Title Chamber has a chance to be good too depending on how WWE plans that out. Outside of that, a lot of these matches seem predictable and that usually is the case with a Pay-Per-View being in between the Royal Rumble and WrestleMania.
With the Royal Rumble being so recent, it was hard for Raw and SmackDown to build some new storylines for this PPV. Still, the matches will be good and we may see a match or two added to the pre-show if they want to fill the card even more.