At WWE’s Elimination Chamber pay-per-view in two weeks, expect a title or two to change hands, as the company attempts to shake things up heading into WrestleMania XXX.
Total Divas cast member, Naomi, has enjoyed a higher profile in recent weeks, as WWE establishes her as the newest challenger to AJ Lee's Divas Championship. While it hasn't been confirmed, Lee vs. Naomi seems likely to happen at the pay-per-view.
Going in, Lee probably won't be aided by her real-life relationship to the now-departed CM Punk—she wouldn't be the first person in wrestling to be punished for the actions of someone close to them, would she?
But really, what seems to guarantee a title change is the sheer length of how long she's held on to that belt (she won the Championship from Kaitlyn last June at Payback).
Frankly, it's time for a new champion, and the talented, underrated Naomi is probably the best candidate out of the current crop of girls.
Not that it's a guarantee the Championship will change hands, of course. Lee has, all things considered, been a very good champion—and can continue to be one. WWE may also decide that Naomi is too inexperienced right now to have the belt. Her eye injury on Monday’s Raw probably doesn’t boost her chances, either.
But, I reckon, Naomi probably will leave Minneapolis with WWE gold (assuming she's cleared to perform). Come on, WWE have to at least give her the chance to sink or swing with the title.
The fate of WWE World Heavyweight Championship at Elimination Chamber is also an intriguing subject.
However, the icy reception that The Animal has received from fans in recent times—most notably, at the Royal Rumble, when he was viciously booed out of the building—must make you wonder if the bookers are having second thoughts about the Orton vs. Batista singles match.
Really, the thought of these two clashing in front of a bored and restless New Orleans crowd on April 6 is a daunting one. It may very well turn into a disaster similar to Bill Goldberg vs. Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania XX if WWE isn’t careful.
Generally, Orton's most recent title run has been a bit of a flop. Pairing him with John Cena in the storylines hasn't helped—the two have faced each other too many times to count.
(The hugely negative reaction from the fans in Pittsburgh to their bout at the Royal Rumble may have said it all.)
And let's not even get started on the champion's never-ending bickering with Triple H and Stephanie.
While Orton is moderately better as a heel than a babyface, it's hard to claim this title run has lived up to expectations. Whether it’s the bad booking or muddled storylines, he just doesn’t seem like the star he used to be anymore.
Are people getting bored of him? It seems so.
Could the company make the call to strip “The Viper” of the belt at Elimination Chamber and go in a boldly new direction for WrestleMania XXX?
Certainly, the prospect of Cena or Bryan leaving as champion isn't as remote a possibility as you would think. Indeed, it might very well happen. Even WWE has to know it can’t stick with this dull-as-dishwater Orton title run for that much longer.