What will Elimination Chamber tell us about what we can look out for at WrestleMania XXX in New Orleans?
No doubt many feuds will be hugely advanced on February 23.
The Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar is the first one that springs to mind. As F4WOnline (via WrestlingInc.com) notes, Lesnar-Undertaker is currently scheduled for WrestleMania XXX. Thanks to their famous confrontation at UFC 121, people have been eager to see the pair face off for years now.
Certainly, the storyline is compelling: Can Lesnar—who has destroyed everything in his path over the last few weeks—finally do what no one else in wrestling history has done and break the Undertaker’s streak?
OK, so the former UFC champion probably doesn’t have a shot, but he’s a far more credible threat to the streak than CM Punk was last year—or Triple H before him.
If WWE is smart, it will make the call to put Lesnar vs. Undertaker on last. It’s extremely difficult to see anything else on the show—particularly Randy Orton vs. Dave Batista—warranting the coveted main event spot.
Lesnar currently isn’t scheduled for a bout at Elimination Chamber, but it’s hard to see his program with Undertaker not garnering any screen time whatsoever.
Maybe Lesnar can officially announce his challenge, or Undertaker can stage his comeback? The latter would certainly get everyone talking, particularly if WWE announces it ahead of time.
Another compelling feud that looms is Daniel Bryan vs. Triple H. The departure of CM Punk, who was originally scheduled to face off against Triple H on April 6, has meant that Bryan will probably be placed in the spot instead, as PWInsider (via WrestlingInc.com) recently mentioned.
Truthfully, Bryan-Triple H probably makes a great deal more sense than Punk-Triple H ever did, especially with the constant—and highly inconvenient—chants of “Daniel Bryan” that seem to dominant every WWE show these days. Bryan, far more than Punk, is the perfect representative of the anticorporate agenda right now.
The match itself should be decent too: Bryan is one of the best wrestlers on the planet right now, and Triple H has proven he can still perform at a main event level. Throw in numerous run-ins from the likes of Stephanie McMahon, The Shield and Kane, and it has all the makings of a fun little match.
Expect to get the first hints of this direction at Elimination Chamber. Maybe The Authority will get involved in the chamber bout and cost Bryan the belt.
What else should fans be on the lookout for in Minneapolis?
Thanks to wild charisma and unconventional but compelling promos, Bray Wyatt has garnered a significant following. At Royal Rumble, he took a step toward the main event scene when he interrupted the WWE World Heavyweight Championship and cost John Cena the belt.
By the looks of things, the pair will clash in New Orleans. While it might not be as eagerly anticipated as Undertaker-Lesnar or Bryan-Triple H, it’s still a fresh feud. (And at least Cena is finally done with Orton after what seems like their 38th interminable feud.)
Will Wyatt and friends once again cost Cena the belt when he participates in the Elimination Chamber? It seems possible, maybe even probable.
The Batista-Del Rio match—announced on Monday’s Raw—should also have long-term ramifications. Oh, the bout itself probably won’t be anything special, but the reception Batista gets from the fans in attendance will be worth taking note of.
If Batista once again receives a massively negative reaction, it should seriously be time for WWE to turn him heel. At that point, you won’t be able to explain it away as simply a few bad crowds or people liking Bryan more. He certainly won’t be able to go into WrestleMania as a babyface.
Expect to see some major seeds planted for WrestleMania at the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view. It is, after all, one of the big selling points of an otherwise so-so "B" show.