WWE Elimination Chamber 2012: Ranking the Smackdown! 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 year's PPV seems to be all about the next generation. There aren't many veterans on the current roster and there are 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 Smackdown! Elimination Chamber match.
6. Santino Marella
These first two slides are almost interchangeable.
First, there's no legitimacy in Santino Marella competing for Heavyweight gold. He's only in this match as a space filler.
While it's pretty obvious that Marella will not win and will most likely be the first one eliminated, I hope he actually gets to use this opportunity to showcase his wrestling skills that I don't believe many fans realize he has.
5. The Great Kahli
It's no secret that The Great Kahli has very limited, if any, wrestling ability. His current gimmick is more comedic than fearful. However, he is a former Heavyweight champion and one of the biggest guys on the roster.
What also gives him a better chance than Santino at winning is his ethnicity. Yes, Marella is Italian, but he's from New Jersey. Vince McMahon is all about expansion, and I could see in his mind if Kahli were champion, more people from India might tune in.
However, there is almost no chance at all for Kahli to walk out with the gold.
4. Cody Rhodes
Cody Rhodes is the best wrestler in the Smackdown! Chamber match.
He is one of the best wrestlers on the entire WWE roster.
He's also the Intercontinental Champion.
While Heavyweight gold is a certainty in his future, now is not his time. I don't see the WWE putting both belts on Rhodes, or anyone for that matter, this close to WrestleMania.
Rhodes stated he wanted to bring back the prestige of the Intercontinental Championship. If he were to win this Sunday, he would almost have to drop the IC belt. That not only takes away the legitimacy of the title, but by losing a match so close to WrestleMania, it makes for a weak-looking champion.
3. Big Show
Big Show used to be pretty athletic for a man of his size. Over the years, age and injuries have taken their toll on Show. The fans will always be behind him, but the future is what needs to be considered now.
Not too far in the future is WrestleMania, and with the expected Punk/Jericho match from Raw, it's almost guaranteed that Royal Rumble winner Sheamus will challenge Smackdown!'s World Heavyweight Champion.
While Sheamus and Big Show would put on a decent match, it would not be WrestleMania worthy.
2. Wade Barrett
Wade Barrett is in with the future of the WWE. He has the perfect package in his ring work, mic skills and character. Barrett can hold his own in the ring and we already know him and Sheamus have good ring chemistry together.
With both of them being young blood in the WWE, it's easy to say they would give it their all—and then some—in a WrestleMania main event. However, it's not the likeliest of scenarios.
1. Daniel Bryan
There are numerous reasons to believe Daniel Bryan retains the World Heavyweight Championship on Sunday.
One is the fact that he would wrestle Sheamus at WrestleMania 28, a match that was bumped from last year's card.
The biggest reason, though, is that his character is starting to develop. Since he first debuted in WWE, Michael Cole went on and on, and rightfully so, that Daniel Bryan had no charisma. Since winning the gold, Bryan has developed a character that the fans are behind.
They now boo him louder than they ever cheered for him.
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?
Talk about it with me in the comments section below!
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