WWE Elimination Chamber 2012: 5 Predictions You Can Take to the Bank
The last stop on the road to WreslteMania is this Sunday on pay-per-view as the Elimination Chamber will be emanating from Milwaukee.
Although this is not one of the four traditional big pay-per-views for WWE, it has a good level of importance as it has been used to build storylines heading into the biggest show of the year.
This year's installment will be no different.
WWE has given itself a lot of different options for this event, but here are five things that are sure to happen this Sunday.
1. John Cena Will Defeat Kane
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All good things must come to an end, and this Sunday seems like the end of this feud in an ambulance match.
The end, though, has to come with a Cena victory.
If Cena is going to go into the biggest main event in wrestling in quite some time, then he has do it looking strong with a win over Kane.
WWE has been prone to making some booking mistakes, but I think this one is a no-brainer.
Cena simply has to look strong after Elimination Chamber.
2. John Cena Will Finally Embrace the Hate
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All of us wrestling fans over the age of 12 have been crying for this for so long and it will finally happen this Sunday: Cena will finally turn heel.
The best way for this to play out is for Cena to absolutely destroy Kane in their match, but in a way that makes Kane continue to look strong (maybe by forcing Cena to do something extremely dastardly just to keep him down) and come out looking like an complete monster.
Another way of doing it is having Cena put the boots to Zack Ryder.
Cena will have an edge necessary to go into a month of promos with The Rock.
The way Cena is now, The Rock would chew him up in promos, especially if he loses to Kane, but if Cena finally "embraced the hate," he may a little better chance of hanging with The Rock in promos.
Whichever way it's accomplished, Cena will finally be a bad guy.
3. Chris Jericho Will Win the WWE Title/Cost CM Punk the Title
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The Chris Jericho/CM Punk feud is in full swing on Raw and will only continue to get better as the weeks go on.
But this Sunday will be a critical juncture in the feud, as it will determine the direction from now until WrestleMania.
I love Punk as much as anyone, but he has to lose the WWE Championship at Elimination Chamber.
There's more money in Punk chasing Jericho for the belt or trying to gain revenge for Jericho costing him it than there is with Jericho chasing Punk.
There is always more money to be made in feuds if the babyface (CM Punk) is chasing the heel (Chris Jericho), for whatever reason.
Expect to see either Jericho winning the belt or him costing Punk. If Jericho costs Punk the belt, look for Dolph Ziggler to actually win.
Either way, Punk will not retain the title.
4. Kofi Kingston, the Miz, R-Truth Will Not Win the WWE Title
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I'm fans of all of these guys, too, but none of them have a shot at winning the title.
Kofi Kingston, as much I am a fan of him and think he deserves a main event run, will not win it. The company simply does not have enough faith in him to carry the ball.
R-Truth has been on fire lately with his entertaining and crazy promos. He said that he was going to replace Vicki Guerrero with a box of spiders for crying out loud.
But he seems to be tied up in a feud with The Miz, who will not win it because he is in a feud with the company for not properly catching Truth last last Monday night.
With Miz in the proverbial doghouse, he's definitely out of the running.
The Raw Elimination Chamber will come down to CM Punk and Chris Jericho. The only other competitor that has a shot is Dolph Ziggler, who would be rewarded for having great matches with almost everyone he's faced.
5. Daniel Bryan Will Lose the World Heavyweight Championship
I don't mean to sound redundant, but I am as big of a Daniel Bryan (or the American Dragon Bryan Danielson) as anyone.
I love the fact that he is the World Heavyweight Champion, although I never thought it would happen, and I like his cowardly heel persona.
As successful as he has been, I still don't believe that he will go into WrestleMania as the champ.
I would love it to happen. He deserves it. I just don't think WWE believes in him that much.
Before Randy Orton suffered an injury and was forced to be replaced, he would have been my pick to take the strap and go against Sheamus, but now I have no idea who will win.
But what I do know is that Bryan will lose it at Elimination Chamber.