Elimination Chamber isn’t the “one night a year WWE goes extreme.” It’s not even the most demonic structure in the company (that would be Hell in a Cell), despite being called “the Devil’s favorite playground.” But Elimination Chamber IS a WWE Network exclusive this year – and we know who’s going to win! Keep reading to find out…
WWE Divas Championship: Nikki vs. Paige vs. Naomi
Brian: Naomi is definitely the one who should be leaving with the gold. Say what you will about her in-ring skills which are improving, her personality has gone to another level. Paige winning would make no sense right now in the Divas landscape and Naomi winning the title would be something different which the division needs.
Michael: Which one of these is the defending champion? Oh, right, Brie… I mean, Nikki… right? The Divas division is in need of a major overhaul – the type of overhaul that has made NXT so successful – and it can’t come soon enough. But I think they’re high on Naomi right now, so I’m going with her.
Josh: Since this show is not a traditional based PPV and a WWE Network Special, I think there could be a possibility where all three divas in this match would be given an opportunity to showcase what they can do. For two weeks of build I’ve enjoyed this storyline. I know alot of people would think that Naomi would be safe pick in this match, but I don’t see it that way. One way or another unless Stephanie McMahon gets involved, I see Nikki Bella retaining the Divas Championship.
Justin: Naomi’s heel character is really clicking right now. She’s been strong on the mic, and there’s more to be done with her. But I’m with Michael, WWE needs to drop the Divas name and reboot the division. Bring on the Four Horsewomen of NXT … and the Four Horsewomen of MMA.
Bo Dallas vs. Neville
Brian: The last time they faced in NXT, it was a great, competitive, back and forth match at the first ever NXT TakeOver show when Neville defeated Dallas in a ladder match to becoming NXT Champion. I expect this one to be a lot more one-sided with the same result.
Michael: Let me just say I’m really digging this. It’s fun to bring up an old NXT feud to a fresh main-roster audience. These two guys have fantastic chemistry, it’s great to see Bo Dallas embrace his heel-ish side a little more, and good exposure for both the rookies and the NXT brand. I think Neville needs a win… but I’m going with Bo Dallas, and a rematch at Money in the Bank.
Josh: Neville vs. Bo Dallas = Best for Business. I’ll be the first one to say that you shouldn’t let NXT dictate what you do on your main, because even though everybody wants NXT to be its own company because it’s the greatest thing since slice bread and no matter how many times Triple H says that he wants NXT to be a brand, at the end of the day, NXT is a feeder system to the Main Roster and that’s it. I don’t see Neville getting in a feud with Bo Dallas is a step down. I think this could be a great opportunity to have Neville showcase his personality and character that we haven’t seen since he’s came to the main roster. Bo is on a roll since he’s came back. I think Bo Dallas will win this match by going after the “injured” knee of Neville and this feud will continue on past the Elimination Chamber.
Justin: I’m glad that Bo Dallas is back from obscurity, and I’m happy to see the WWE main roster is getting an NXT Takeover. But he ain’t winning. Neville gets the W with a Red Arrow, and we all wonder why he isn’t in the Elimination Chamber match for the Intercontinental Championship.
Champion vs Champion: US Champion John Cena vs NXT Champion Kevin Owens
Brian: This should be very interesting. While Owens isn’t officially on the WWE main roster, he’s including in advertising for Raw shows from now through SummerSlam. I think this feud could continue for months but I think Cena escapes as the winner here. Maybe some outside interference but I’m not sure who would get involved. And I don’t think it can be Samoa Joe who is scheduled to work an indy show that day. Schedules can change though.
Michael: You can’t let Kevin Owens lose here… can you? I mean, he’s not just representing himself – he’s the FACE of NXT and the entire WWE developmental movement. Then again, Cena losing to a guy who’s not even on the main roster might be too unrealistic an expectation. Final tally: Owens gives it his all, but Cena sneaks away with the win. Controversy ensues.
Josh: I’m torn! I haven’t had a favorite WWE Superstar since CM Punk left and I found it with Kevin Owens even before he came to the WWE. I love Kevin he’s a beast and he has a tremendous future ahead of him. Like I mentioned before in the previous match. You can’t let NXT your feeder system no matter how popular it is dictate what you do on your main show. You never see the Minor Leagues trump MLB, same thing goes for the AHL, AFL, D-League etc. Owen’s is the face of NXT and that’s all fine and dandy, but he’s already given NXT the spotlight it deserves just being in this match with John Cena. Saw what you want about the guy whether you like him or not he elevates anybody he’s in the ring with. Will Owens be on the main roster for the foreseeable future? I’m not sure, but what I do know is that, nobody will be negatively affected by the outcome of this match. Win, Lose or Draw; Owens only goes up from here on out. I think this match will be awesome. However I don’t think there will be a decisive winner to this match, unless Samoa Joe appears on the main roster which is extremely doubtful. Nonetheless I’m going with No Contest.
Justin: Kevin Owens’ main-roster call up adds some intrigue to this match. Beating the man on Day One would go a long way to making Owens a made man. But this is John Cena we’re talking about. The man who single-handedly killed the Nexus angle at SummerSlam (and Wade Barrett has paid the price ever since). But the 2015 Cena seems to be willing to put over his opponents. Ah! This is excruciating. Screw it: Owens gets the duke, and the feud continues.
Elimination Chamber Tag-Team Championship: The New Day vs. Cesaro and Kidd vs. Los Matadores vs. The Ascension vs Lucha Dragons vs. The Prime Time Players
Brian: Please, please, please let this one come down to The New Day and Cesaro and Kidd. Please! These guys have great chemistry together and I everyone would like to see them go out it inside the Devil’s Playground for the final 10-15 minutes here. I think we see a title change with Cesaro and Kidd reclaiming the gold and moving on to face Luke Harper and Erick Rowan. My sleeper: Lucha Dragons. They would then face Harper and Rowan while New Day and Cesaro and Kidd could continue their series.
Michael: Let me leave this here: OLE! …kidding, of course. This match could be renamed the “Tag Team Jobbers to the Stars EXTRAVAGANZA” for the level of Shotgun Saturday Night talent gracing the chamber. Seriously, this is Teddy Long’s greatest dream seen to fruition. I’m not sure what Los Matadores, The Ascension, or The Prime Time Players have done to earn a title match recently (other than simply being a tag-team), or where Lucha Dragons went after their all too brief RAW run… but it’s either New Day or Cesaro and Kidd. And I don’t think this feud is over yet. Cesaro and Kidd as your NEW Tag-Team Champions.
Josh: After what I saw last night on SmackDown with Kidd/Cesaro against Lucha Dragons and the on-going rivalry with The New Day, this chamber match is going to rock. You ever wondered what a WWE version of War Games would be? Here you go. I’m happy that the Prime Time Players are back together and are getting a big spotlight. I think this match will be chaotic which will make it very entertaining. Having teams like PTP, Lucha Dragons, Kidd/Cesaro and The New Day will make this match epic. Plus this will be a great showcase for the WWE Tag Team Division. I don’t care who wins to be honest with you, but I think the winner of this match will enter into a program with Rowan & Harper. I’m going with Michael in this one and I’m going with Tyson Kidd & Cesaro.
Justin: This may be the least interesting Elimination Chamber match in history. Don’t get it twisted. I love Cesaro and Kidd. The New Day has been great. And Kalisto shows a lot of promise (unlike Sin Cara Dos). But the rest of the crew … nope. No chance. That’s what you got. Why aren’t Luke Harper and Erick Rowan in this match? Because they would kill everyone. Kill. Them. Dead. I agree with everyone pointing to a babyface winner getting Bray Wyatt’s hellions. Kidd and Cesaro get the win and drop ‘em to Harper and Rowan, who FINALLY get the tag team gold they deserved during their first teaming.
Elimination Chamber Match for the Intercontinental Championship: Sheamus vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Wade Barrett vs. Ryback vs. R-Truth vs. (not) Rusev
Brian: Tough one here. In the “it only makes sense if you don’t think about it too much” department, it almost seems like a lock that King Barrett wins here since he has been losing so much lately, even to R-Truth of all people. Don’t expect Rusev in the match due to his leg injury and maybe Bray Wyatt is his replacement. I’ll go against my own logic and pick Dolph Ziggler to win the IC Title. Sure, why not?
Michael: I would’ve said Rusev until he got injured. And then I would’ve said Dolph Ziggler, but that really feels like a “been there, done that” scenario. R-Truth? Sheamus? King Barrett? Why don’t I go out on a limb and predict Ryback… that seems like the kind of thing nobody else is doing. Yeah, that’s good. Mmmhmmm.
Josh: This is one of the major matches that I’m looking forward to the most in this Chamber special. I love Ziggler, BNB, Ryback, Sheamus, and Truth, but who’s replacing Rusev? I think the Rusev’s injury is a blessing in disguise because you can have Rusev off until after Battleground and maybe you can set up that Ziggler and Rusev feud for SummerSlam. There’s many different ways you can go with this match which makes it hard to predict and it’s all subjective. I think there could be a possibility of Wyatt coming into this Chamber match and taking Rusev spot which will make this match even more physical which I LOVE! I honestly feel that the WWE is going to go strong on this Sheamus heel run of “He hates vanilla midgets, etc” and he’s the guy who took out Daniel Bryan. I don’t think Ryback and Barrett need the IC Championship. I’m going with Sheamus to become your new Intercontinental Champion and people will care now because he has natural HEAT!
Justin: Rusev was my pick. Since he’s likely out … I’m picking the wild card. The mystery man. I’m betting Bray Wyatt gets added and finally strikes gold because New Face of Fear and all of that. Or the IC Title is used as it was for so many years — as the stepping stone to the WWE Championship. Throw Roman Reigns in the Chamber and let him buzzsaw everyone on the way to getting his first taste of singles gold. So … wild card, either Wyatt or Reigns.
WWE World Heavyweight Championship: Seth Rollins vs Dean Ambrose
Brian: This should be a lot of fun. They’ve have tremendous matches before including the lumberjack match last year on PPV. With their only being six matches listed on the show, they should get plenty of time to tear it up. Somehow, someway, Rollins will survive and keep his precious championship. What if he got a helping hand from a heel Roman Reigns?
Michael: No way Ambrose wins the title this early in his career, on a B-level Pay-Per-View. He’s at least… roughly… 10 months away from a World Title run. Do I think he’d be a great champion? Absolutely. But I’m not sure upper management (*cough* Vinnie “swipe left!” Mac) feels the same. But I’m going out on a limb here: Roman Reigns interferes, costs Ambrose the title, and turns heel. BOOSH.
Josh: I agree with Fritzy here on this one I think this match will be off the charts which will put the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in a higher light even though it’s not on a guy like a Brock Lesnar or a John Cena. I think this will be a great showcase for both Rollins and Ambrose. These guys will be in the company for many years, so even though they didn’t finish their feud last year these guys are going to have a gazillion programs with each other over the WWE World Title and etc. I think Rollins will retain the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. You’ll need something to entice viewers in for the month of June and for the Money in the Bank PPV! I think Roman Reigns turning heel on Dean Ambrose and The Authority continues to push Rollins away, so you can have Reigns in the Authority and that will be the big HOT summer angle of the year.
Justin: I like my fantasy booking of Reigns raising hell in the Chamber more because he’s the good guy future of the company. Seth Rollins is retaining the championship. There will be shenanigans. Maybe even the Chamber lowers. But we’re seeing a Pedigree and Rollins is holding up the title at the end of the night.