Yes, the Royal Rumble was just two weeks ago. But with the bran split comes more PPVs. So that means the Elimination Chamber is this Sunday. From a build up stand point, I’m looking forward to this show. There are three women’s matches on this card. And there is some good heat to every single one of them. Orton/Harper and the Chamber match should also be good. There’s nothing announced for the pre-show yet, but I could see Mojo Rawley taking on Curt Hawkins. I mean how else to get the crowd going other than getting them HYPED!!!
2-on-1 Handicap Match: Apollo Crews and Kalisto vs Dolph Ziggler
So Dolph Ziggler is the heel here. And they are putting him at an unfair disadvantage. I know he has been jumping both of these guys with a steel chair as of late. But him being put in this match doesn’t make sense to me. Fans are cheering for Ziggler in this program. It’s more of a testament to how poorly the WWE has booked Crews and Kalisto. Apollo Crews might be the biggest waste of talent in the WWE. In all honesty, he was brought up way too soon and could have used another year in NXT. I’m giving the faces the win here, because they would look absolutely stupid if they lost in this situation. Dolph can snap after the match to get some heat back.
WINNERS: Apollo Crews and Kalisto
Tag Team Turmoil Match For The Smackdown Tag Team Titles
Can The Revival just come up and save this horrible tag team division? I mean The Ascension got the winning fall for their team on Smackdown. When was the last time they even won a match? You could make a case for the Usos winning here, but the WWE has done nothing with them recently. Make fun of RAW all you want, but I at least have to give them credit for making something out of their tag team division. American Alpha retains, and we pray the Revival gets called up before Wrestlemania.
WINNERS: American Alpha
Nikki Bella vs Natalya
Outside of the segment from this past week, I’ve liked the build up to this feud. I can’t remember the last time I’ve been this interested in a Natalya feud. She’s awful as a face. But as a heel? Not the best but better. If you have read my stuff for a long time you know I think Natalya is overrated. Nikki Bella got lost in the Women’s Revolution, but she has been the most improved female over the last two years. It sucks that she might be taking some time off post-Mania, but if she is putting her health first then I have no issues. This match should probably be some time of gimmick No DQ match with the way it’s been built up. I’m giving Nikki the win since I think she might challenge for the Title in the near future.
WINNER: Nikki Bella
Becky Lynch vs Mickie James
This will be the most technical match of all three women’s matches. The promo exchange between these two this past week on Smackdown was good. Mickie and Alexa work well together as a team. And Mickie is better as a heel so I’m glad she came back as one. She’s not at the debut psycho level. She is more toned down then before, but the serious part to Mickie works here too. This mini feud is a nice break for Becky. The crowd sticks with Becky despite constantly getting turned on by everyone. Mickie and Becky have pretty much gotten the better of Becky throughout the feud. Mickie could use a win, but I think Becky needs it more. So I’m going with her.
WINNER: Becky Lynch
Smackdown Women’s Championship: Alexa Bliss (c) vs Naomi
What else can you say about Alexa Bliss at this point? She just gets it. She has that bitch TV character down to an exact science. She thinks she is better than you and isn’t afraid to show it. And her facial expressions continue to be great. Naomi at this point is pretty much just a flashy entrance and that’s it. She isn’t terrible in the ring, but has yet to show she can work an extended match. I actually think out of all three women’s matches, this will probably be the worst of all of them from an in ring perspective. Naomi isn’t built up enough to take the Title away from Alexa. I’m quite confident Alexa retains here.
WINNER: Alexa Bliss
Luke Harper vs Randy Orton
The WWE might have stumbled onto something here with Luke Harper. Since he broke away from Bray Wyatt, the crowd has gotten firmly behind him. I’m surprised how much the crowd has taken from him. But it is quite simple booking: Harper is shunned away from the group leader, and the leader clings to his new disciple and dumps his long time ally for almost no reason. Orton has looked the strongest he has in awhile in recent weeks. First Orton won the Rumble, and this past week he pinned John Cena in a one-on-one match. Orton is in a good position right now, and I think he could afford a loss here. That may sound crazy. But if you ask me, the WWE needs to keep the momentum going right now. And depending on how it plays out, a Harper win could start the break-up between Orton and Bray. I’m taking Harper for the win.
WINNER: Luke Harper
Elimination Chamber Match For The WWE Championship: John Cena (c) vs Baron Corbin vs Dean Ambrose vs AJ Styles vs Bray Wyatt vs The Miz
It is apparently a brand new Chamber set to debut this Sunday. I don’t know what they would change on it. I know the old one didn’t really fit in modern new arenas, but I don’t know how much smaller you can make it. This should also be a really good match. Each individual brings something different to the match. I expect a feud to start between Corbin and Ambrose for the IC Title soon, so I expect one to eliminate the other to get that going. The Miz continues to be great on Smackdown. You could make a case for him to win here, but facing Randy Orton doesn’t work.
That brings us to AJ Styles, Bray Wyatt and John Cena. If it were up to me, I would have had Styles going into this match as Champ, win, then face Cena at Mania. That is what should be main eventing the biggest show of the year. But the WWE doesn’t think so. Bray Wyatt has yet to win a singles Title in the WWE and it looks like that will be changing come this Sunday. I’ll credit the WWE this: the Orton/Bray pairing is working so far. Now they have to nail the break-up. The tension that will arise between Bray and Orton over the next few weeks will be interesting to see play out. And depending how things go with Luke Harper, you could make a case for a potential Mania Title match to become a triple threat. With the WWE putting all its eggs in the Orton/Bray basket, I’m giving Bray the win.
WINNER: Bray Wyatt
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