I’m going to be starting a series of Prediction Articles for Wrestling Events this being the first, with WWE’s Elimination Chamber PPV. The methods in which I predict these PPVs will be outlined below.
In the case of tag team matches:
Losing Team Member:
Who Scored the Win:
In a situation such as the Elimination Chamber matches themselves:
Method: (Applies only to the last elimination)
I’m also going to be giving quick run downs of the match as well as predicting any surprise returns, match interference, backstage segments we may see that impact the PPV or a match. Let’s predict it!
No Disqualification Match: Braun Strowman vs. Baron Corbin
Why is this match even happening? I’m genuinely confused and feel like I’ve seen it a thousand times already even though I’m almost certain this is their first actual one on one encounter anywhere, I could be wrong though.
Winner: Braun Strowman
Method: Pinfall after running powerslam
Predicting interference from Drew McIntyre but I don’t see Corbin getting the win here, Strowman has already been made to look weak enough with his booking as of late plus the weeks leading up to this match.
WWE Cruiserweight Championship Match: Akira Tozawa vs. Buddy Murphy ©
Tozawa has looked real good since before Royal Rumble with him receiving somewhat of a push. He looked awesome in that 4-Way at the Rumble and really had some stand out matches with KENTA (I refuse to call him Hideo) on 205 Live weekly shows. Murphy is a strong champion and has had a stellar 2018 with MOTYC against almost everyone on the roster.
Winner: Murphy retains
Method: Pinfall after Murphy’s Law
I don’t see Buddy dropping the title until WrestleMania where I predicted a couple weeks back on Twitter that it’ll be Buddy Murphy vs. Finn Balor for the title on the main show of Mania for the first time. Balor’s been rumoured to go to 205 Live and honestly who else stands out as a contender for the championship? Unless they do KUSHIDA or an NXT call up.
SmackDown Tag Team Championship Match: The Usos vs. The Miz & Shane McMahon ©
I still can’t believe Shane and Miz are champions. It should be leading to a heel turn from one of the two but I don’t see it playing out on a B Grade PPV. Usos are on fire on TV and their promos are some of my favourite stuff on TV in terms of tag teams.
Winners: Shane & Miz retain
Losing Team Member: Jey Uso
Who Scored the Win: The Miz
Intercontinental Championship Handicap Match: Finn Balor vs. Lio Rush & Bobby Lashley ©
I really dislike when they do handicap matches for singles titles. Such a gimmick and not a good one. Could be a way to screw Finn out of the win with Lio/Lashley stating the wrong person was pinned etc.
Winner: Bobby Lashley retains
I see Lashley and Rush having to tag in and out which is where the illegal man spot comes into play. Finn hits Coup De Grace on Lio, 1-2-3… music plays, NEW CHAMPION?! Nope Lashley was the legal man all along, match restarts (big big *sigh* yes I know..) Bobby spears the ever loving shit out of Balor and he retains and there goes any chance of Balor being a singles champion anytime soon because we can’t have nice things.
RAW Women’s Championship Match: Ruby Riott vs. Ronda Rousey ©
I’m in the minority I think who doesn’t mind this match being made over Twitter but it is literally a filler match to give Rousey something to do before Mania. Should be a good match, if I recall their singles match on RAW was one of Ronda’s better weekly TV matches and with time to practice this match it should be even better, Ruby is uber talented and honestly deserves a bit better than a title match on a week’s notice.
Winner: Ronda Rousey retains
Ruby should have several big spots to get her over as a credible threat to the title, but ultimately Ronda has her big comeback spot and wins via armbar clean. This should go on before the Tag Team Chamber Match. Riott Squad shouldn’t be at ringside to sell that they have a big match coming up and need to prepare.
Elimination Chamber Match to Crown WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions: Boss ‘N Hug Connection (Sasha/Bayley) vs. The IIconics (Billie Kay & Peyton Royce) vs. Nia Jax & Tamina vs. Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville vs. Naomi & Carmella vs. Riott Squad (Sarah Logan & Liv Morgan)
As we speak I’m really not that intrigued in this match to be honest. I feel as though they don’t have enough actual teams to make this a viable decision, plus we all know Sasha & Bayley are walking out champions, right? I’d love for The IIconics to shock everyone though, they deserve it seeing as they’ve been a team for the longest time out of every lady in this match (also they’re my fellow country-women) but hey, we can’t always get what we want can we?
Final Two teams: Sasha/Bayley & IIconics
I predict The IIconics to stay away from everyone as much as possible, even hiding in their pod. The reason I’m going with those two teams as the final two is that it kind of gives a RAW vs. SD type vibe and no other reason other than wishful thinking but if we’re honest WWE doesn’t care about SDLive and it’ll most likely be Nia Jax/Tamina with Sasha/Bayley as the last two teams so I’m probably digging myself a hole but I’ll damned if Peyton & Billie don’t deserve SOMETHING from all of this.
WWE Championship Elimination Chamber Match: Kofi Kingston vs. Randy Orton vs. AJ Styles vs. Jeff Hardy vs. Samoa Joe vs. Daniel Bryan ©
Daniel Bryan absolutely should retain here but if they were going with a surprise, I’d say Kofi Kingston 1000% more than deserves his chance to shine. His efforts on SD were nothing short of incredible and that man will be a WWE HOF’er some day without question. Rest of the field is solid but I would’ve loved to see Andrade/Mysterio in there but keeping Rey healthy for a big WrestleMania match with Andrade seems more likely than anything currently.
Winner: Daniel Bryan retains
Final Two: Daniel Bryan/Kofi Kingston
Kingston will put in another outstanding performance here and take Bryan to the limit in the final moments of the match with him scoring several near falls on the champ. But Bryan is on a roll right now and I don’t see him losing the title before Mania.
Following the match, lights go out and when they come back on Bray Wyatt will be standing behind Bryan with Rowan trapped on the outside. Bray hits Sister Abigail and poses in the ring as the credits roll.
Are we on the same page? What are your thoughts and predictions when it comes to the PPV? Sound off in the comments or tweet me @jxcksonmann.