The gauntlet ends and the anticipation for Elimination Chamber swells on the Feb. 17 edition of WWE Raw.
Buildup and card additions will be among the highlights of the go-home episode. Backstage reports suggest that two Superstars may either miss out on the fun or spend much of their match standing on the ring apron.
There's also reason to believe that WWE will announce another Hall of Fame inductee and that a tag team championship match will become official.
What's certain is that Randy Orton's string of battles against his Chamber opponents will end as he and Sheamus face off. Orton is now 1-3 in these bouts.
He'll be at his most desperate against "The Celtic Warrior," knowing he needs every drop of momentum he can get at this point.
The Pepsi Center in Denver, Colo. will host that match and major hype for the upcoming pay-per-view. Alberto Del Rio is sure to seek revenge after getting powerbombed through a table last week. After earning an Intercontinental Championship match, Jack Swagger is expected to cross paths with Big E at some point during the night.
The Wyatt Family, The Shield, Big Show and The New Age Outlaws are among the names scheduled to appear on Monday's Raw. Naomi will not be joining them.
The burgeoning feud between AJ Lee and Naomi of The Funkadactyls is on hiatus.
Thanks to an eye injury suffered in a match against Aksana on the Feb. 3 Raw, Naomi won't be on screen for a significant chunk of time. The latest update from WWE.com states that "she will not return to the ring without restriction for an estimated 4-6 weeks."
Naomi won't require surgery but will be unable to travel, as the pressure differences during plane rides would affect the damage to her eye socket and nasal cavity.
Her absence likely means another insubstantial Divas tag team match on Monday's Raw rather than the buildup to a title match at Elimination Chamber. WWE had been pushing Naomi as the No. 1 contender, and there is no clear No. 2.
Unless the company slaps something together for AJ, fans can expect the Divas Championship to slip into the background for now.
Cody Rhodes and Rey Mysterio may not be at Monday's Raw either. At the very least, each Superstar could be limited in the ring.
According to WrestlingInc.com, Rhodes "is rumored to be working on an injured knee" and Rey Mysterio "appeared to suffer an injury at last Tuesday's SmackDown tapings." The report mentions that both men were out of action at the Valentine's Day house show in Las Vegas.
On last Monday's Raw, Rhodes competed with a brace on and seemed to be favoring his right leg. Goldust and Mysterio wrestled more than he did in that bout.
He did, however, leap out of the ring and onto Bray Wyatt, so the injury is likely more of a nuisance than a roadblock.
Next Hall of Fame Inductee
WWE has spent the last few episodes of Raw revealing the next Hall of Fame class.
Last week, Lita joined Jake Roberts and Ultimate Warrior as this year's inductees. Monday's Raw may see a founding member of New World Order be next.
As reported by PWInsider, "Scott Hall is expected to be named for the 2014 Hall of Fame."
Hall, though, has given fans reasons to both disbelieve and believe that report. On Twitter, he stated that he has yet to make any commitments:
But another tweet from the same day gave a strong hint that he'll be in a tuxedo on the eve of WrestleMania XXX:
If Hall's name isn't called on Monday's Raw, expect it to be Paul Bearer's name instead. Undertaker's manager has been the source of Hall of Fame rumors for months.
F4WOnline, via PWMania.com, reports, "Bearer is considered a lock for the WWE Hall of Fame this year."
Gleaning the Five-Point Preview
WWE.com's five-point preview has reliably provided glimpses of the future based on the questions it includes and on whom it focuses. From what WWE.com's Anthony Benigno writes for the go-home episode, there are two major takeaways.
The first is that The Usos don't have a title shot at Elimination Chamber yet, but bet on them getting one on Monday's Raw.
Benigno discusses The Usos' chances of challenging The New Age Outlaws for the Tag Team Championships. He asks, "Will the brothers finally get their opportunity?"
Take that as a yes.
The Usos have compiled a strong win-loss record as of late, including a win over the champs in eight-man action, and the announcers constantly talk about Jimmy and Jey being worthy challengers and future champs.
The other most noteworthy part of the preview centers around Daniel Bryan.
He already has his Elimination Chamber dance card filled, a collision inside "Satan's Prison" awaiting him. On Monday's Raw, Bryan is set to lock horns with an old ally.
He and Kane have developed a rivalry lately, one that last saw Bryan celebrate in the ring as the Director of Operations scurried into the stands.
Benigno all but assures us that these two will meet again. He writes, "It's unlikely the 'Yes!' man will get away without another confrontation from his former tag team partner Monday night."
The attention this subplot is getting likely means that Kane will factor into the WWE title match at Elimination Chamber. Bryan may get the taste of triumph again on Monday, knocking Kane around once more, but it only increases the chances that "The Big Red Monster" will ruin his opportunity to capture the championship on Feb. 23.
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