WWE Elimination Chamber 2014: Fans Should Lower Expectations for Event
With the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view just days away, both tensions and emotions are running high within the ranks of the WWE talent ladder.
In addition, emotions are building steadily for the WWE Universe as they gear up to cheer on their favorite WWE Superstars.
And as the last pay-per-view before WrestleMania XXX, this event should serve to set the tone for the road to the marquee event on the WWE calendar.
With several championships on the line, not to mention foolish pride in some cases, one would expect that many tremendous things would occur come Sunday night.
Unfortunately for the WWE Universe, this event will likely fall well short of expectations, due in large part to incredibly predictable results in most of the announced contests.
Big E Will Triumph in Convincing Fashion, as Expected
The Intercontinental title seems to have been forgotten in recent months, mainly since the unstoppable force named Big E won the belt in November.
Swagger, for his part, was once a legitimate world title contender. However, he has zero charisma, and very stiff in-ring performances, which make him less than wildly popular with the WWE Universe.
At the moment, he is playing second fiddle to the much more talented and popular Cesaro, who has clearly become the true breakout star of the duo.
And of course, Swagger’s manager Zeb Colter is a huge intangible in any match that he is involved in.
However, even he has not been able to add intrigue to Swagger’s stale and uninteresting character.
Expect Big E to win this match quickly. And frankly, that should not be a surprise. However, the WWE Universe might be shocked at how rapid and emphatic that victory actually is.
The World Tag Team Titles Aren't Going Anywhere
The New Age Outlaws are legends, there is no getting around that. They are six-time world tag team champions, and were instrumental in the ascension of one of the most popular factions in wrestling history, Degeneration-X.
However, they are a combined 94 years old. And that fact alone is why company brass should be ashamed of themselves.
True, it is fun to see former stars relive their glory days. However, no one can possibly expect the duo to hold on to their titles when they are matched up against the younger, quicker and more cohesive Usos.
However, any fans looking for a dramatic title change at the pay-per-view will be very disappointed, because retain the titles the Outlaws shall.
WWE is a company that seems to have trouble letting go of the past, choosing older or sentimental former champions to lead the way as more talented and hungrier stars wait impatiently in the wings.
Batista Will Win in Incredibly Quick and Easy Fashion
Like Big E, Batista finds himself in a high-profile match with an unbelievably overmatched opponent.
Sure, Del Rio is a former world champion, but so is Batista.
And despite the fact that he is much older than most of the WWE roster (45 years old), and has been away from professional wrestling for years, The Animal can still dish out offense with the best of them.
And frankly, nothing that the WWE Universe has seen in recent weeks has given any indication of Del Rio having any type of chance of winning this match.
Overall, it is really not a matter of if he gets beaten, it is how severely.
And predictable outcomes are just not fun for anyone.
The WWE World Title Match Will Have a Controversial Winner
No matter what happens in this match, many fans will be disappointed.
If a face wins, all of the cynical fans that love to root for a heel will be upset.
Conversely, if Randy Orton, or even the seemingly new heel Christian win the bout, anyone that cheers for the good guy to come out on top will be discouraged.
In a match of this caliber with so many intangibles involved, there is no such thing as a satisfying result.
There is, of course, the potential for a big moment, or even many of them.
But the final result, no matter what it is, will not be anything earth shattering.
With WrestleMania XXX looming on the horizon, expect all of the major dramatic moments to be reserved for that apex of the pay-per-view world, not a secondary event like Elimination Chamber.