The upcoming Elimination Chamber pay-per-view presents the WWE with its final stop on the road to the biggest show of the year—WrestleMania XXX.
There is just one traditional Chamber match this year, with Randy Orton putting his WWE World Heavyweight Championship on the line against five other men. The spread of competitors is quite interesting—as the usual main event players such as John Cena and Sheamus feature, coupled with a few surprises.
The inclusion of Christian may well have caught everyone by surprise—and the rank outsider is Antonio Cesaro, who has spent the past year in a tag team that has predominantly struggled to make an impact. However, that gives us plenty of subplots to follow as we head into this intriguing title match.
The Rapid Rise of Antonio Cesaro
We start with the man who has just been referred to as a "rank outsider" to win this match—Antonio Cesaro. Ironic he is described as that, really—as his tag team partner was in exactly the same position last year.
Jack Swagger was a surprise winner at this event last year, but failed at WrestleMania—going on to form one half of The Real Americans with Cesaro. It is highly unlikely that Cesaro will actually prevail as the winner of the match, but we could see a split at the Elimination Chamber.
The Real Americans have had their troubles of late, and we have seen that teased on screen several times. Will Cesaro's rapid rise be too much for Swagger and Zeb Colter to take?
A singles run for Cesaro is something that could definitely work. Whether that split happens at the Elimination Chamber though, is something we will have to keep our eyes on over the next few weeks.
How Will The Authority Impact Daniel Bryan's Chances?
Since CM Punk's reported departure from the WWE, the attentions of Triple H and Stephanie McMahon seem to have reverted back on to Daniel Bryan.
Bryan is no stranger to getting screwed by The Authority—as the latter part of 2013 will testify to, when he was consistently getting buried by Triple H and company.
With Bryan arguably the biggest guy in the company right about now, it will be interesting to follow developments with Bryan and Triple H heading into the Elimination Chamber. Are we headed for a grudge match between the leader of the "Yes Movement" and the COO of the company? Or are Triple H's intentions simple—to just deny Bryan holding the belts?
All will become clear as the Chamber rapidly approaches, you would imagine.
The Forgotten Rivalry—Bray to Cost Cena Dearly
It's almost been completely forgotten that Bray Wyatt and John Cena are on course for a blockbusting match at WrestleMania XXX—or at least that is what has been teased of late.
However, The Wyatt Family are now firmly entrenched in a feud with The Shield, something fans have been wanting for months. That means that Cena has almost slipped off Bray Wyatt's radar—but expect him to come back into his sights at the Elimination Chamber.
It is almost a certainty that Cena will not be leaving the Elimination Chamber with the belts. That would mean he will have to be screwed out of them, somehow—it is rare that the WWE have Cena lose clean. Bray Wyatt will be the man who does the damage, and it will be intriguing to follow how this story gathers pace at the final pay-per-view before WrestleMania XXX.