WWE Elimination Chamber 2014: Forgotten Stars Who Will Surprise
At Elimination Chamber on February 23, expect several of WWE’s forgotten stars to surprise everyone on the pay-per-view.
In fact, the show is notable partly because so many underrated wrestlers are finally getting their chance to shine. This is good news: Considering the dearth of top names right now, it’s about time management tried to book some mid-carders properly.
So, with this in mind, let’s have a look at the five names who should deliver in Minneapolis in three weeks.
Despite being one of the better and more athletic female wrestlers in the company, Total Divas star Naomi has been kept out of the Divas Championship picture over the last couple of years. It’s perplexing, especially when you consider some of the inept women who have challenged for the title. (Nikki Bella and Kaitlyn spring to mind.)
However, by the looks of things, the pretty 26-year-old is headed for a showdown with A.J. Lee—maybe even at the next pay-per-view. If this does happen, she may very well emerge with the belt—Lee has held the Championship for way too long, anyway.
Sheamus returned from injury at last Sunday's Royal Rumble and earned a spot in the chamber bout the following evening on Raw. The Irish star is a babyface—for now, at least—but is far down the pecking order, falling behind John Cena, Daniel Bryan and Dave Batista.
Can he boost his uncertain status with a powerful performance at the pay-per-view? Considering his skills as a wrestler, it seems probable.
3. Alberto Del Rio
Expect Alberto Del Rio to go into his match with Dave Batista with his working boots on when the two face off at the pay-per-view.
Not only will it be Batista’s first singles match in years—and ring rust is always a factor—it will also be a chance for the Mexican star to bring himself to prominence after a difficult few years. (He has had some of the most forgettable title runs in history.)
Come the event, can Del Rio remind everyone why they thought he had such potential in the first place?
Christian has been absent from WWE television over the past few months. Honestly, even when he was on the active roster, he was coming off largely as an afterthought. It's hard to believe this guy was once the world heavyweight champion.
Thankfully, the hard working Canadian wrestler has a chance to return to relevance again when he participates in the Elimination Chamber match at the pay-per-view later this month. Christian likely won't win the bout—that really would be a massive shock—but you can fully expect the star to churn out a great performance in the time he is given.
1. Antonio Cesaro
Antonio Cesaro managed to qualify for the Elimination Chamber on Friday's SmackDown. It was a pleasant surprise considering the star's low-profile on television recent months. While his Real Americans tag team with Jack Swagger isn't the worst role for the former Ring of Honor star, it is a big waste of his considerable talents.
Similar to Christian, Cesaro probably won't win at the pay-per-view, but he should nonetheless make quite the impression, particularly if he’s allowed to pull off some of his signature moves.