A little of a week after Super ShowDown, WWE will be having another pay-per-view in Elimination Chamber Sunday night, March 8. For the past few weeks, WWE was keen on building up the program for SSD so it feels like Elimination Chamber was left on the back burner. On top of that, with the main titles set for WrestleMania 36, […]
A little of a week after Super ShowDown, WWE will be having another pay-per-view in Elimination Chamber Sunday night, March 8.
For the past few weeks, WWE was keen on building up the program for SSD so it feels like Elimination Chamber was left on the back burner. On top of that, with the main titles set for WrestleMania 36, this looks like a lower level PPV. There are only seven matches scheduled for the card but none of the top women’s and men’s titles are on the line. Instead, both secondary and tag titles will be defending and one match to determine the number one contender for the Raw Women’s Championship at ‘Mania 36.
The match stipulation, Elimination Chamber, does take place in two matches. Here is a look at the card along with my predictions.
Daniel Bryan vs. Drew Gulak
Prediction: Drew Gulak wins
This is a match that I am low-key looking forward to out of all the matches on the card. Since losing to Bray Wyatt at the Royal Rumble, Bryan has been taking down the lesser-used SmackDown talent, from Heath Slater to Curtis Axel during the past few episodes of SmackDown. During that time, Gulak has been lurking around and has given advice on how to beat Bryan and it is easy to identify his weaknesses. This past SmackDown, Bryan challenged Gulak to a match to see if he can actually take advantage of his weaknesses.
This is the definition of a pure technical wrestling match. While the popular choice is for Bryan to win, it would be a nice twist to see Gulak get the victory in his hometown crowd. SmackDown needs to build some stars and this would be a good way to get that started.
Aleister Black vs. AJ Styles in a No Disqualification match
Prediction: AJ Styles wins
A mini-feud that started a few weeks back after Styles and The O.C. attacked Black backstage. After having a match this past week on Raw, we will see them go up against each other again this time with a No DQ stipulation. This a solid match that fans should be looking forward too.
The No DQ addition suggests that will see O.C. members Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows be involved in some sort of fashion. There is also the possibility that The Undertaker makes an appearance and setting up their WrestleMania program. Really a toss-up here but I’ll give it to Styles mainly because of the potential interference.
Winner gets a Raw Women’s Championship match at WrestleMania 36 – Natalya vs. Liv Morgan vs. Shayna Baszler vs. Asuka vs. Ruby Riott vs. Sarah Logan in an Elimination Chamber match
Prediction: Shayna Baszler wins to earn a Raw Women’s Championship match at WrestleMania 36
I mean, this is probably the easiest decision in my two years of making predictions on the blog. It would have been nice to see some qualifying matches to determine the participants for this match, rather than having all six participants just announced on a random episode of Raw.
We will see some minor stories here including the Morgan-Riott-Logan scenario but all signs point to Baszler winning here to challenge Becky Lynch for the Raw Women’s Championship.
United States Championship – Andrade (c) vs. Humberto Carrillo
Prediction: Andrade retains the United States Championship
Carrillo again gets ANOTHER title shot for Andrade’s US Championship. We have seen the likes of them in addition to Rey Mysterio and Angel Garza in a program for the past couple of weeks. This should be a good match due to the fact they have put on solid performances in the past but I have Andrade retaining here and possibly setting up a multi-man match for the US title at ‘Mania 36.
Intercontinental Championship – Braun Strowman (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura, Cesaro, and Sami Zayn in a 3-on-1 Handicap match
Prediction: Braun Strowman retains the Intercontinental Championship
Ah yes, Strowman finally has a singles title. For years, fans have been waiting for The Monster Among Men to hold some sort of singles gold and after years of dropping the ball, he finally got it, beating Nakamura for the IC title on the January 31 episode of SmackDown. Since then, we have seen the former champion align himself with Cesaro and Zayn to form a nice stable between three of the most underutilized performers on the roster.
While it would be a good story for the team to win the title and them defending it under some sort of “Freebird Rule”, I think Strowman needs to have a long reign as the IC Champion. I have a feeling he would have a great reign as champion if WWE books it right.
Raw Tag Team Championship – The Street Profits (Angelo Dawkins and Montez Ford) (c) vs. Seth Rollins and Murphy
Prediction: The Street Profits retain the Raw Tag Team Championship
A match we will see now for the third time in 10 days, which WWE has been criticized for having repetitive matches in a short amount of time. I thought Rollins and Murphy should have had a longer reign as champions due to Rollins’ new character but Street Profits more than deserve a title reign here.
Given Ford and Dawkins just won the titles, I think that they’ll remain champions here and possibly having Rollins start-up his WrestleMania feud with Kevin Owens.
SmackDown Tag Team Championship – The Miz and John Morrison (c) vs. The New Day (Kofi Kingston and Big E) vs. The Usos (Jey Uso and Jimmy Uso) vs. Heavy Machinery (Otis and Tucker) vs. Lucha House Party (Gran Metalik and Lince Dorado) vs. Robert Roode and Dolph Ziggler in an Elimination Chamber match
Prediction: The Miz and John Morrison retains the SmackDown Tag Team Championship
Outside of the Bryan/Gulak match, I am looking forward to seeing this match as well. Unlike Raw, the SmackDown tag team division is stacked from top to bottom. Normally, I am not a fan of having a large number of participants in this type of match (given the size of the chamber) but given the star power here, they’ll make it work.
There really is an argument that anyone can win the match here but given that Miz and Morrison just won the titles at Super ShowDown and wanting to build that team, I have them retaining here. It’ll be interesting to see what happens after Elimination Chamber for all these teams heading into WrestleMania 36.
While some might not like the fact that none of the big four titles are on the line (Universal, WWE, Raw, and SmackDown women’s titles) but when you think about it, this is a good way to get a lot of the other talents on the card. Also, with the WWE and Universal title matches for ‘Mania already set, it makes sense to not have them on the card so you can avoid predictable matches. This may be a solid pay-per-view with the likes of Gulak/Bryan and the SD tag Elimination Chamber being some solid matches on paper but I do not think it’ll be a hugely remembered PPV years from now. Still, it should be a good one.