The road to WrestleMania is well under way, with the last Pay Per View stop being Elimination Chamber. This year's Elimination Chamber will take place Sunday February 17th in New Orleans, La.
In the past WWE has used this event as a springboard to further already crafted WrestleMania storylines, and to help create new ones. As we survey the current WWE landscape, there is without question a lot going on.
Let's look ahead at some of the most important storylines heading into this event.
Did any of you really buy into the Lord Tensai gimmick? Did any of you really think that Tensai was going to have a successful return to the company? Did any of you really think that it was going to be this bad, though?
WWE has reduced Tensai to nothing more than a horrific car accident; it's so bad that you want to turn away, but you just end up staring at it. You have to wonder, was Raw his low point? Or could it actually get worse?
Antonio Cesaro and The Miz have been involved in a program for the United States Championship for a few weeks. Although their matches have been decent, the storyline itself has been a bit boring.
After all, they did open up the Royal Rumble as the free YouTube match.
Moving forward, I do not really see this feud going anywhere. The company seems to be behind Cesaro, and Miz's face turn has been ill-advised at best.
Maybe we will get to see a free YouTube pre-show rematch from these two at Elimination Chamber.
Lets be honest, when you heard that Bo Dallas was going to be in the Royal Rumble, you didn't think anything was going to come out of it. I for one thought to myself that Bo was just taking a spot that could have been better used by someone else, and then he took out Barrett.
The first thought that I had was a quick flashback to Maven eliminating Undertaker. The only question that remains is, how bought in is WWE on Bo Dallas? I have to believe the Intercontinental Championship is just a stepping stone for Barret before he is moved to the World Championship picture.
So, with that in mind, this could be a nice feud where we see Bo eventually picking up the belt. Maybe Miz and Cesaro won't get another YouTube match after all.
I have no idea if this match will actually take place, but it makes sense. John Cena is set to face the winner of Rock/Punk II, so he really doesn't have much going on come time for Elimination Chamber.
Add to the mix the fact that The Shield attacked him last week and Ryback tried to make the save, and you have the perfect recipe for a match.
Although this match would not have any real big-picture implications, it would keep everyone involved relevant as we move forward on the road to WrestleMania.
Brock Lesnar made his TV return this past week on RAW. After Brock apparently saved Paul Heyman from being fired, he delivered an F-5 to the boss, thus taking him out of the picture.
Logic would say that Brock set the groundwork on RAW for a WrestleMania match with Triple H. If this is the case, then it's pretty unlikely that we will see Brock wrestle at Elimination Chamber, but instead we might get to see a Lesnar/Triple H confrontation.
Although it hasn't been announced, thanks to spoilers via NoDQ.com we learn on Smackdown this week that Del Rio will defend his belt inside of a chamber.
According to the spoilers we find out that his possible opponents could be Randy Orton, Sheamus, Khali, Dolph Ziggler, Kane and Daniel Bryan. Also, I would not at all be surprised if somehow the newly returned Jack Swagger finds his way into this match.
This match is huge because I just do not see Del Rio having the belt come WrestleMania time, so this seems like the opportune time to drop the belt.
That being said, there is one way that I can see Del Rio winning this match, and it involves the man in the next slide.
Chris Jericho and Dolph Ziggler have some unfinished business, if you recall from their previous storyline. It only makes sense for these two to face each other come Elimination Chamber time. If this does indeed happen, I would expect to see Jericho go over, which is okay.
The key to the night for Dolph Ziggler is going to be his Money in the Bank briefcase. When is he going to cash this thing in? If Del Rio retains the World Heavyweight Championship, that would be the perfect moment for Dolph to finally use the briefcase.
Dolph Ziggler could single-handedly change the World title picture on this night.
On the surface this story seems pretty cut and dried. One would think that there is no way The Rock is going to lose this match because he is going to go on to WrestleMania to face John Cena. Personally, I am one who thinks all of that is true.
The wild card here is CM Punk. According to a recent article by PWinsider, the status of The Undertaker is in limbo, thus Punk's potential Mania partner is in question. If Undertaker is a no-go for WrestleMania, it is possible that Rock/Cena II turns into a three way?
Aside from that, let's not forget that Punk and Rock put on one heck of a match at the Royal Rumble. It is going to be very interesting to see what they have to offer us a second time around.
This is the best time to be a WWE fan, because this is WrestleMania season. The weeks leading up to Elimination Chamber, the event itself, and the weeks to follow it are sure to be some of the best WWE programming of the year.
This is really the one time of the year that when it comes to storylines, you're always expecting the unexpected.