Saturday, February 20, 2010

Elimination Chamber Predictions

Honestly, if I didn't get Pay-Per-View events half off (I really should start renting this place out for UFC fights), then there's no way I'd be getting the WWE Elimination Chamber PPV this weekend. In my brief career of being a wrestling fan, I've never seen a chamber match so that's a plus. But other than that, I have to think that the outcomes at this point are pretty predictable.

As of this posting, there are just four matches on the card, which means they expect each chamber match to take roughly about an hour unless they add something else. It was advertised in Canada that Edge vs. Batista was going to be a match, but the WWE hasn't made anything official as of yet. Perhaps that's supposed to be a surprise Sunday night, we'll see. Also nowhere on the card is Shawn Michaels, but I almost expect him to take someone out (John Morrison?) for a shot at the belt. Here's the predictions for the currently advertised matches:

PS - Please don't read any further if I'm currently dating you, this is very embarrassing.

Maryse vs. Gail Kim - Divas Championship - This match is going to be a snore, as are all Divas matches. I'd expect Maryse to retain the belt here if for no other reason than she at least has a personality whereas Gail Kim is stale. No reason to watch this match other than the fact that Maryse is the hottest woman alive on this planet.

Drew McIntyre vs. Kane - Intercontinental Championship - Kane is a great wrestler, Hall of Famer for sure, but he's only in this match to give McIntyre another credible opponent to beat. I'd like to see Kane win so that Drew actually has someone that has beaten him, as creative has done a great job of protecting McIntyre from losing so far. But I think that this feud was just a filler before they gave someone else a chance to face Drew as we head towards Wrestlemania, perhaps someone like Christian who will be hungry for a belt after ECW called it quits.

Sheamus vs. Randy Orton vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Triple H vs. Ted DiBiase vs. John Cena - Elimination Chamber Match for the WWE Championship - First of all, as great as it is seeing Kofi and DiBiase earn a shot at the belt, there's no way either of them come close to winning this. I'd expect some sort of appearance from Cody Rhodes at some point - either backstage or outside the ring - in order to further an apparent Randy Orton babyface push. John Cena isn't winning this thing either because he's too busy being an advocate for Bret Hart, as it's going to come down to either Triple H or Sheamus. Honestly, I think that Triple H might walk away with the title as a feel good moment to end the show, setting up a rematch with Sheamus at Wrestlemania. But at the end of the day, it's either going to be Triple H or Sheamus that win this thing, and it's going to be those two facing off at Wrestlemania.

The Undertaker vs. Chris Jericho vs. CM Punk vs. Rey Mysterio vs. John Morrison vs. R-Truth - Many are thinking that Shawn Michaels will in fact appear at this PPV by taking out John Morrison, a guy who is already hurting with a kayfabe ankle injury. Even without interference by HBK, the ankle storyline already takes JoMo out of the picture. R-Truth better not come this close to sniffing a title again in his life, and Rey Mysterio and CM Punk are probably are going to face either at WM26 in some sort of stipulation match. That leaves Undertaker and Chris Jericho. Well, it's pretty obvious that somehow, someway, Undertaker will face Shawn Michaels at Wrestlemania while Chris Jericho will face Edge. The best way for all that to happen is for Taker to lose to Jericho, so expect that title change for sure. Most predictable pay-per-view of all time.
See you at seven.


rory said...

I'm thinking Sheamus retaining makes more sense than Trips winning. As you say, it is inevitable that these two face each other at WrestleMania. So: if Trips wins, what is the appeal heading into Mania? The story would be whether Sheamus could actually regain his title. Is that an intriguing selling point? I'm as sick of Trips as the next guy, but him chasing is a more bankable storyline than Sheamus regaining.

That all said, this does seem like the most predictable PPV in some recent time. The reason is that they've already done such a good job of building up the WrestleMania matches that in order to get to these matches, the finishes seem too obvious. What I guess is worth watching is how they get to those finishes. For example, we know that Orton and DiBiase will somehow lead to one another's eliminations. The same can be said, as you suggest, about Taker and HBK (if he replaces Morrison).

Some part of me, however, thinks that because the outcomes seem anything but ambiguous, we'll get some unnecessary swerves.

Winks said...

Correction, but not like it matters. The Divas Championship is actually vacant after Melina suffered an injury. My mistake is a reflection of how little I care about this match.

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