WWE Elimination Chamber 2014: Early Predictions for the Event
The Elimination Chamber is only two weeks away, and we still only have two matches set for the show, but some of the current programs will obviously lead to matches at the pay-per-view.
The Elimination Chamber match will see Randy Orton defend his title against John Cena, Daniel Bryan, Sheamus, Antonio Cesaro and Christian.
The Shield will take on The Wyatt Family in six-man tag action, and that is all we know for sure. Batista and Alberto Del Rio seemed destined to collide, and we have tag, Intercontinental and Divas champions with possible contenders.
This slideshow will provide some early predictions for the matches we know about and for some matches that are very likely to be made between now and the PPV.
The Shield vs. the Wyatt Family
The Shield and The Wyatt Family have an interesting dynamic. Both groups have their fans, but they are all heels, and heel vs. heel matches are very hit-or-miss.
This might be the exception: Both groups have a lot to like about them, and when they squared off for the first time all those weeks ago, you could really see the fans get excited at the idea of a feud.
All six men have their own unique styles, which can make this one of the more physical matches we see all year.
As for the winners, The Wyatt Family seem like the more likely team to leave with the win.
The Shield have been showing a lot of tension lately, and a big loss like this could be used as the catalyst for the eventual breakup of the team.
The Wyatts also appear to have set their sights on John Cena, which means a win over The Shield would make them look strong as they begin to work with Cena after the Chamber PPV.
The best part of all this has been the verbal sparring, and Dean Ambrose and Bray Wyatt are both so good on the mic that it doesn't even matter if they say anything important.
The breakup of The Shield could be held until WrestleMania, but the outcome of this match will likely see some kind of physical encounter between Roman Reigns and Ambrose.
Elimination Chamber Match
This match features John Cena, Daniel Bryan, Sheamus, Antonio Cesaro and Christian challenging Randy Orton for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship inside the Elimination Chamber.
The least likely candidates to get the win are Christian, Sheamus and Cesaro. Cesaro just isn't there yet in his career, and Christian and Sheamus only just returned and are not likely to take over the title this close to WrestleMania.
Cena is always a possibility, but Bryan is the real wild card in this match. My prediction is that Orton will walk out as champion, but there is a reason why Bryan winning would not surprise me.
CM Punk's departure meant WWE lost one of their biggest fan-favorites. They might think a move like putting the title on Bryan might hold off the negative backlash of Punk's departure.
This would set up Bryan vs. Batista and Orton at WrestleMania. Orton would be using his rematch clause, and Batista would be using his earned title shot from winning the Rumble.
The more likely outcome is a Orton victory, but a Bryan win is not out of the realm of possibility.
Predicted Divas Title Match
AJ Lee will probably have a title match on the PPV since she did not have one at the Rumble, and the woman with the best chance of being the challenger is Naomi.
WWE has given Naomi some wins over AJ to make her look like a real contender for the title. AJ's record-breaking title reign could be coming to an end on February 23.
Naomi is not the best wrestler in the Divas division, but her athleticism and high-flying abilities make her easy to see as champion.
A match with the right amount of time could be great with these two involved, and hopefully we get to see it at Elimination Chamber 2014.
Predicted Tag Title Match
The New Age Outlaws have two likely challengers for the titles right now. Cody Rhodes and Goldust are still obvious contenders, but The Usos are also really taking off in the tag team division.
Billy Gunn and Road Dogg are not going to hold the titles for a very long time. It is pretty obvious that this is a short-term return, and putting over The Usos is the right move.
The Usos getting their shot at WrestleMania makes more sense. Elimination Chamber will most likely see The Brotherhood lose to The NAO one more time and begin a breakup storyline that will lead to a match between Rhodes and Goldust at WrestleMania.
Predicted Batista vs. Alberto Del Rio Match
All signs point to a match between Batista and Alberto Del Rio at Elimination Chamber, and obviously Batista is going to win.
WWE will not book the winner of the Royal Rumble to lose before he gets his title shot at WrestleMania, and they certainly aren't going to bring Batista back just so he can lose to Del Rio.
Del Rio is a good person to put Batista with before he goes into the main event of WrestleMania because he is good enough to really test Batista to see if he has lost a step in the years he has been gone or if he still has what made him great during his first WWE run.
Either this Monday or next Monday will see the match made official, and Batista will walk out of Elimination Chamber with his first PPV win since returning.
What are your predictions for the Elimination Chamber, and what matches do you want to see added?
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