WWE Elimination Chamber Preview

Posted: February 20, 2011 in Opinions

Yeah, that’s right. Your boy thanks in large part to the Rock’s return to the WWE, is caring about “sports entertainment” wrestling one a year as I usually do. Every January or so when the Royal Rumble is announced, I can’t help but keep my inner kid that grew up with this stuff from getting excited.

True confession – I watch wrestling from January to WrestleMania in March or April, and then zone it out until the first month of the next year.

The Elimination Chamber is the final PPV before WrestleMania, so the WWE has to set its storylines straight for the company’s biggest audience.

Here’s a breakdown of how I see these matches going and who will win.

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WWE Tag Team Champions Marella & Kozlov vs. Slater & Gabriel

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This match was drawn up hours before the PPV was to go live. Honestly, who cares? Santino had some fun with the fans at the last PPV, the Royal Rumble, as he technically finished second. Slater and Gabriel, both members of Wade Barrett’s CORRE, probably would look good with gold on their waists heading into WM27. However, who they would defend against at WM may not be as exciting for fans as the odd but effective coupling of Marella and Kozlov. It makes sense to belt the CORRE but somehow this is a fan’s match, with Marella and Kozlov winning.

Winner: Marella & Kozlov

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Intercontinental Champion Kofi Kingston vs. Alberto Del Rio

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This match is currently set as a non-title bout, but is subject to change. Many sources are whispering that it makes sense to belt the No. 1 contender for the World Heavyweight Championship, Del Rio, heading into WM. Kofi Kingston just can not break through the ceiling and become a main time superstar. It makes no sense for Kingston to hold the belt, seeing a she will more than likely just end up in the Money in the Bank Ladder match again at WM. Del Rio should have some gold around his waist heading into Atlanta and more than likely will to build his credibility and momentum.

Winner: Alberto Del Rio

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WWE Champion The Miz vs. Jerry “The King” Lawler

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Seriously? Who is worried about The King winning this match? The angle for the WWE here may by to have Michael Cole, King’s broadcast partner, interfere and screw King out of the championship, setting up a King vs. Cole match at WM. That’s honestly the best scenario I can think of. There’s no doubt this match will not end in Miz retaining. The King will not be in a main event match at WM and I can guaren-damn-tee that.

Winner: The Miz

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RAW Elimination Chamber Match – John Cena vs. John Morrison vs. R-Truth vs. Randy Orton vs. King Sheamus vs. CM Punk

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Since the Miz-Lawler fight is for the WWE Title, this match will not be a championship match. It will instead decide the No. 1 contender for the WWE Championship at WM27. It’s a little bit of a different angle to take, but the company obviously needs extra matches to make their scenarios work. Knowing already the Miz will win and defend at WM, who would his opponent most likely be? We can easily eliminate R-Truth and Sheamus. CM Punk doesn’t make much sense without a previous track record. Morrison still hasn’t made it to primetime status. That leaves just Cena and Orton. For my money, I think Cena would be the way to go. His rivalry with Miz would fit best into the storylines. Orton most likely will have CM Punk to himself in a non-title match at WM. If I was a gambling man, I’m choosing Cena to win in the Chamber to face the Miz for the belt.

Winner: John Cena

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SmackDown Elimination Chamber Match – Edge (C) vs. Kane vs. Drew McIntyre vs. Rey Mysterio vs. Wade Barrett vs. Mystery Participant

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Yes, there’s only five contenders shown in the picture. That’s because Dolph Zigler, the previous sixth man, was fired Friday night on SmachDown. This is the final PPV before WM and we still haven’t seen Triple H since early 2010, Undertaker who was buried alive at Bragging Rights months ago, and the reports of Sting coming back this next RAW. One of those three guys will be the surprise fighter and will honestly most likely win. I would think either Edge or Rey Mysterio would make the most sense of the participants we know of now. Edge is solid headlining stuff and Mysterio has a good feud with Del Rio, who awaits the winner of the match.

Undertaker, if and when he returns, needs an opponent. Reports are he will face Barrett who helped screw him out of his Buried Alive match vs. Kane the last time we saw him or he will face Triple H in a Streak vs. Career Match with Shawn Michaels guest referring. Barrett is in this match, so Undertaker-Barrett could rise again.

This is how it will go down. If Undertaker or Triple H comes into the match, I’m choosing Edge. This mystery guy is most likely going to just play a role in another WM match but not the World Heavyweight one. Overall, this is the match to watch tonight.

Winner: Edge

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