WWE Elimination Chamber 2014: Feuds That Will Impact WrestleMania
After the first pay-per-view of the year, the Royal Rumble, the WWE has just one show left before the biggest pay-per-view of the year: the Elimination Chamber.
It is a pay-per-view that has a unique twist attached to it—in the demonic structure of the chamber, anything can happen.
It is also the final breeding ground for any rivalries that will move onto WrestleMania, and that is likely what we will see this year.
But which rivalries at the Chamber in particular will have an impact on WrestleMania? Let's take a look.
The New Age Outlaws vs. The Rhodes Brothers
We start with what will likely be a rematch of the tag title match that occurred at the Royal Rumble. The New Age Outlaws—the current champions—had their rematch with Cody Rhodes and Goldust hijacked by Brock Lesnar, leading to an inconclusive finish.
That means the rivalry will likely rumble on all the way to the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view, but what impact will it have on WrestleMania?
Well, if the Outlaws do win, it could mean Cody and Goldust could end up tussling with each other at WrestleMania, and the Outlaws have new opponents for the marquee show.
The Shield vs. The Wyatt Family
This one may not even happen, but given the events on Raw this past week, it is certainly a possibility.
After all, The Wyatt Family screwed The Shield out of a spot in the Elimination Chamber match, and it was something that had been teased in the past.
Why not get all six members of the two top stables in the company going against each other at the next pay-per-view?
It could be a perfect breeding ground for The Shield's split to further take place. That could lead to the triple-threat match many are seeing as a likely option for The Shield at WrestleMania.
Brock Lesnar vs. Batista vs. Randy Orton
Batista may not even be in the Elimination Chamber match, but he will certainly have an impact on the feuds heading into WrestleMania.
Brock Lesnar is still adamant he will be the WWE World Heavyweight champion at some point—as is Batista. That leaves Randy Orton with a massive target on his head, and he will have to defend the championship in extreme circumstances at the Elimination Chamber.
Could Brock and Randy Orton lock horns at some point through the Chamber match, paving the way for the rumored rival for Lesnar at WrestleMania—the Undertaker—to emerge?
This feud will have a rather massive impact on WrestleMania. After all, it will go a long way toward shaping our main event at the biggest pay-per-view of the show.
CM Punk vs. Kane
CM Punk was looking pretty good in the Royal Rumble this year—before Kane emerged from under the ring to eliminate Punk, denying him of a main event spot at WrestleMania.
Although neither Punk nor Kane was on Raw this past week, this rivalry could well take shape heading toward the Elimination Chamber.
With a further rivalry with Triple H on the horizon for WrestleMania, this is a feud that will shape Punk's program for the huge pay-per-view this April.
Could it be that Triple H has his say in the match to finally set up a feud with Punk?
Daniel Bryan vs. the Chamber
It's unclear as to what Daniel Bryan's plans are for WrestleMania, but it is highly unlikely they involve a run at the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
That field is packed out at the moment, and Bryan has no real pathway into it. In that case, given that Bryan will be locked inside the Chamber, something must happen inside it to develop Bryan's WrestleMania program.
The most likely of those options is a heel turn from Sheamus, setting up yet another WrestleMania match between the two, after their ill-fated title match a few years back.
Of course, there are other alternatives. Randy Orton could drop the belt and go back into work with Bryan, but the first option seems much more likely.
Of everything happening at the Elimination Chamber, Bryan's involvement with the pay-per-view will have the biggest impact on WrestleMania.