Given the budding WrestleMania picture, this year's Elimination Chamber match should be much easier to predict than last year's.
The aforementioned Randy Orton should be considered the favorite with Batista waiting in the wings. Orton's odds should go off at -250, meaning one must bet $250 in order to win $100. These should be Orton's most favorable odds in an Elimination Chamber match, but they are tempered to a degree as Orton has never won an Elimination Chamber match in six appearances.
The same cannot be said about John Cena, whose three Elimination Chamber wins place him second all time behind Triple H's four.
Despite his success in Elimination Chamber matches, Cena's developing feud with the Wyatt Family hurts his odds. The Wyatts cost him the WWE World Heavyweight championship at Royal Rumble, teasing a match at WrestleMania that had been rumored per PWInsider (via WrestlingInc).
Should Wyatt and Cena continue to further their feud, Cena will have no shot in the Elimination Chamber. A win for Cena would mean an automatic match against No. 1 contender Batista, virtually undoing the weeks of programming dedicated to the inevitable Wyatt-Cena WrestleMania match.
Cena's odds in the 2014 Chamber should be among the worst they have ever been. He's destined to wind up in a non-title match against Bray Wyatt at WrestleMania. Consider odds of +400 to be the norm.
Daniel Bryan's odds are anything but normal. He's moderate darkhorse to win the Elimination Chamber match. A recent report by F4WOnline (via WrestlingInc) stated WWE would be gauging crowd reactions in coming weeks with the possibility of changing matches as a result.
This bodes well for Bryan, whose crowd reactions are the most universally positive of anyone on the roster.
Bryan's undeniable support may cause officials to squeeze him in the WrestleMania XXX main event one way or another. One of those ways could be to book Bryan to win the Elimination Chamber match, which would make him the WWE champion headed into WrestleMania.
Bryan's odds should be placed at a favorable -120.
Christian and Sheamus are in the same boat as wrestlers who recently returned and find themselves in no man's land as far as the WrestleMania picture goes. A possible WrestleMania shuffle could render both as pre-show material at best. Each should be saddled with odds of at least +700.
Antonio Cesaro also has very slim chances of shocking the world with a WWE World Heavyweight title win. His character needs more time to develop as a major star before being taken seriously in a match of this caliber. Cesaro's odds should go off at +650.
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