WWE Elimination Chamber 2014: Feuds Most Deserving of Midcard Spot

Justin LaBar@@JustinLaBar Featured ColumnistFebruary 12, 2014

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The Elimination Chamber pay-per-view is anchored by the six men competing to walk out as WWE World Heavyweight champion and the clash between The Wyatt Family and The Shield.

After that, the card is wide open for the first half of the show to be stolen by one of the many feuds taking place in the midcard.


Titus O'Neil vs. Darren Young

It's rare to see anything go for any length of time in WWE. Feuds are rushed. Tag teams are rushed. So much is rushed or doesn't hold the attention of the audience long enough that it fizzles out.

The Prime Time Players tag team was around for a long time. I mean, think about how long it's been since the story of former PTP manager Abraham Washington getting fired for comments he made on his live microphone.

Since early 2012, Titus O'Neil and Darren Young have been paired together. They just recently broke up when O'Neil turned heel on Young. Now, a slow but interesting build has been going on which inevitably should lead to a match.

They've been having matches at non-televised live events, which usually is preparation for a television showdown. The verbal work led by O'Neil via backstage promos either on SmackDown or the WWE app have been impressive.

Natural charisma and creative freedom have allowed him to further embrace the cocky heel role, while Young continues to attack him or come back with the heroic babyface role.

It's been almost two full years, a lifetime in WWE. These two and the audience deserve to see the match and start of these two having singles careers on a pay-per-view stage.


The Usos vs. The New Age Outlaws

This return of The New Age Outlaws has shown that the audience still remembers them. They still get a big pop, people still speak with Road Dogg as he does their normal introduction and both are in tremendous shape for their age.

However, they seem like placeholders for the titles, as most of the tag team division is splitting up or about to. The Usos are the most formidable babyface opponents. They are long overdue for a title run.

A tag team match between these two at Elimination Chamber is needed and the titles being on a babyface team is needed. The Usos are a better fit to be champions as WWE is going to be bringing up or creating new tag teams.

By wrestling logic, a lot of those teams will be heels. A babyface team on top of the division makes the most sense.

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Let's also not forget you have Luke Harper and Erick Rowan from The Wyatt Family. I think they were originally going to take the titles off Cody Rhodes and Goldust, but creative plans changed. This makes me think that, as Bray Wyatt will likely be pushed toward a WrestleMania match with John Cena, Harper and Rowan going after tag titles would be appropriate in their takeover of the company.

Outlaws against the Samoan twins is sure to be an exciting in-ring contest and should lead to a much-deserved tag team title run for The Usos.


Santino Marella and Emma vs. Fandango and Summer Rae

This has to happen.

We've seen Marella and Fandango against each other. We've seen the dance competitions. I don't think the two girls against each other in a singles match is smart or they are ready for that spot yet.

So having a mixed tag match would make the most sense and provide some progression or closure to the amount of television time this feud is getting on the weekly programs.

Some people will roll their eyes at this because it's too much comedy or filler.

What those people have to remember is all the matches can't carry the same intensity and pace. You need to let the audience breathe and have a simple laugh—especially when the card features the world title match, the two trios facing off in what should be a brawl and the grudge match of Batista against Alberto Del Rio.

All have high emotions and call for a lot of physicality. A little Fandangoing and EmmaLution can fit in the show nicely.


Justin LaBar is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. He also is the creator of the Chair Shot Reality video talk show and Wrestling Reality radio show. He's been featured by various outlets including several appearances on NBC Sports, recognized as a lead wrestling analyst in the country.