WWE Elimination Chamber 2012: Ranking the Raw Chamber Participants
The WWE Elimination Chamber pay-per-view is approaching this weekend. Since it's inception in 2002, there have been 13 different Chamber matches. Of those 13 matches, nine have been contested for either the WWE or World Heavyweight Championship. Also of those 13 matches, there have only been seven different winners. This year, there may be two more names on the list of winners as only one (Chris Jericho) of the 12 wrestlers competing in Chamber matches has won in the past.
This years PPV seems to be all about the next generation. There aren't many veterans on the current roster, and there's even less that can still "go." The WWE needs to start building their next generation of superstars. Much like the Royal Rumble, a wrestler won't necessarily need a win in this match. A great showing in the match with plenty of crowd reaction can help turn these wrestlers into WWE superstars.
With the amount of young blood in both matches this Sunday, the predictions are endless. Any wrestler can win, but only one will. Here are the rankings for the Raw Elimination Chamber match:
6. The Miz
Had this been a month ago, Miz would have ranked much higher on the list. However, due to reports of him having backstage heat recently is a rather good sign that The Miz has very little, if any, chance of winning.
Miz is blamed for the poor Survivor Series buy rate. The Rock and John Cena teamed against Miz and R-Truth. I believe Truth isn't getting to much heat because of the other reason Miz is. Two weeks ago R-Truth performed a high-flying maneuver from the inside of the ring to the out. Miz was not in place to catch Truth, and the former K-Kwik was forced to exit the match due to injury.
Miz is not a favorite by any means to win this match.
5. Kofi Kingston
Kofi Kingston is now on what appears to be his second main event push. With his Tag Team partner, Evan Bourne, serving a 60-day suspension and the lack of star power currently in the WWE, Kingston got another opportunity to shine. While I'm sure he'll be an important part of the exciting action, I can't see WWE putting the strap on him just yet.
Kingston is absolutely perfect for the upper midcard, but he hasn't reached main event status yet. Although, I see him becoming a big part of the title picture by the end of 2012.
Much like his former Tag Team partner, The Miz, I can't see R-Truth coming out on top when the final bell rings. Truth had been a fan favorite for quite some time, but never got over enough to look like a main event star. As soon as he started with "Little Jimmy," the fans, albeit they boo'd him, finally started to get behind Truth, and it looked like he may be a top competitor.
After serving a suspension for a wellness policy violation late in 2011, Truth came back, this time as a babyface, and that's how he's going into the Chamber match. While he is a great athlete, he fits the same profile of Kofi Kingston in that they're both great for the upper midcard, and both will be big in the title picture by the end of 2012.
3. Dolph Ziggler
The "Show Off" has every right to be in the main event scene. He has everything the WWE loves to make a superstar out of. He's charismatic, athletic, has a great build, and the fans can't stand him, which is great for Dolph and the company. He is the best heel the WWE has right now, and they're smart about it. They're using Ziggler to his full potential as a heel, and it's a great move for business. Unfortunately, I don't think he's worthy of the gold just yet.
2. Chris Jericho
Putting Y2J at No. 2 is my wishful thinking. In 2011, the WWE Championship was being passed around. Breaking that awful trend should start with the current champion. It will be no surprise to have a Jericho/Punk match for the title at WrestleMania 28. That being said, if they are to give Jericho the gold, there's no need to rush it. Especially with the reports that Jericho may be leaving shortly after April, there isn't even enough time for him to have a decent title run. However, with the expected WrestleMania match against Punk, I could see the WWE putting the gold on Y2J and have him lose it less than a month later.
1. CM Punk
CM Punk was the catalyst for certain change we've been seeing in the WWE. He's deserving of a lengthy title run, and there's no need for him to drop it so soon. One may argue that the less-than-stellar ratings could be because of Punk as champion. However, with the expected WrestleMania match with Jericho for the WWE Championship, it would be pointless for him to not go in as champion. The only way I see Punk losing the belt is if John Cena makes a surprise entrance in the match.
What Do You Think?
Who do you see walking out of Raw's Elimination Chamber match with the gold?
What alliances do you see forming in the match?
What surprises do you expect to see?
Will this be too catered to the PG area or will we see some "Attitude Era" violence?
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