BLOG: WWE Elmination Chamber Preview/Predictions
Feb 18, 2012 - by Mike McMahon
WWE Elimination Chamber is live this Sunday on PPV (8 p.m. ET). Gerweck.net will have full coverage of the event on Sunday night.
WWE Divas Championship
Beth Phoenix (c) vs. Tamina Snuka
WWE tends to use its Divas matches as throwaway fillers, but this is a match I’m really excited about. I’m glad to see them using Tamina’s heritage as part of her gimmick — hello, Michael McGillicutty, why can’t they do the same for you? — and they’ve built her pretty strongly over a relatively short period of time on television.
But ultimately, Beth is on a collision course with Kharma at Wrestlemania, in my opinion. For that to happen, she picks up a clean win on Sunday with some possible post-match interaction with Kharma.
Winner: Beth Phoenix retains
John Cena vs.Kane
Monday’s Raw threw quite a few wrinkles into this storyline. It at least leaves a few different scenarios that could play out on Sunday. Cena is obviously on a path with Rock at Wrestlemania and I’d like to see him go into that match with as little baggage as possible. Cena-Rock should just be left to be Cena-Rock. Cena has unfinished business with Zack Ryder, but that can wait until after Wrestlemania, when Rock goes back to doing movies.
Cena-Rock is going to sell Wrestlemania on its own. The title matches will even be below it. While I think there is something to be said for having as many guys getting that “rub” as possible — i.e. unfinished business for Cena with either Kane or Ryder — I think too much of it could really cloud what will be a match that will likely live on forever, just as Hogan-Rock before it.
They’ve done such a fantastic job building Kane, that I don’t want to see him lose all of his heat by just getting the tar kicked out of him. There was a great scenario brought up by former WWE referee Jimmy Korderas on Aftermath Radio earlier this week … what if Cena wins the match, and the camera zooms in on the window to show Kane laughing? He may have lost the battle, but he accomplished his goal, getting Cena to “embrace the hate.”
Winner: John Cena
World Heavyweight Championship
Elimination Chamber Match
Daniel Bryan (c) vs. Cody Rhodes vs. Big Show vs. Great Khali vs. Wade Barrett vs. Santino Marella
Sheamus is destined for the winner of this match, so you can cross the babyfaces off the list right away. Luckily, there are a good chunk of heels in this match to keep the viewer guessing. I like the storyline of Bryan-Sheamus getting bumped off ‘Mania last year, and the story they could work with these two now battling for a world championship just a year later, so I think Bryan retains. It’s also the reason I think Khali is in this match … it gives Bryan another giant to slay after staying alive through battles with Mark Henry and Big Show.
Winner: Daniel Bryan retains
Elimination Chamber Match
CM Punk (c) vs. Chris Jericho vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Kofi Kingston vs. R-Truth vs. The Miz
Earlier this week, this match was a no-brainer for me. CM Punk would retain his championship and have a match with Chris Jericho at Wrestlemania. Sheamus would be chasing a heel into his championship match (and a likely win) and I didn’t think WWE would do the same thing with the WWE Championship. But the more I thought about it, the more I changed my mind …
For Jericho-Punk to happen at ‘Mania, with Punk as champion, Jericho would have to do something in order to earn a title shot. Really, since his return, he would have lost the Royal Rumble and then lost the Elimination Chamber. Why does he earn a shot? Obviously they could book some sort of No. 1 contender’s match or tournament, but where’s the heat?
Jericho winning the championship on Sunday makes that match a lot easier to book, and it makes it more believable. Punk automatically gets a rematch (the famous rematch clause) and can evoke it for Wrestlemania.
Especially if Jericho wins the match in a heel’ish way.
That doesn’t mean that Punk needs to win it back at ‘Mania either. Last year, everyone on the planet KNEW that Cena would beat Miz for the WWE Championship. It didn’t happen.
From a kayfabe perspective, other than his terrific vignette’s and promos, Jericho hasn’t accomplished much between the ropes to warrant what would be, in essence, a third shot at gold since January (I know the Royal Rumble isn’t for the strap, but it’s for a shot).
A Jericho wins makes the backstory of Punk-Jericho flow easier.
Winner: Chris Jericho wins the WWE Championship