The road to WrestleMania is in full swing, and perhaps the biggest stop along that road is the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view.
Elimination Chamber is the final pay-per-view event prior to the biggest show of the year, and the WrestleMania picture will become much clearer on Sunday. It is already known that Batista will challenge for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at Mania, and his opponent will be confirmed at Elimination Chamber as well.
Add in the long-awaited clash between The Shield and The Wyatt Family as well as a handful of additional title matches, and Elimination Chamber is shaping up to be an exciting and meaningful event. Many fans came away from the Royal Rumble with a bad taste in their mouths, but perhaps WWE can rectify things this time around.
Along with all of the information you need to know about how to watch Elimination Chamber on television and through live streaming devices, here is a look at the matches that every WWE fan absolutely must find a way to catch.
Where: Target Center in Minneapolis, Minn.
When: Sunday, Feb. 23 at 8 p.m. ET
|WWE Elimination Chamber Match Card|
|Randy Orton (c) vs. John Cena vs. Daniel Bryan vs. Sheamus vs. Christian vs. Cesaro||Elimination Chamber||WWE World Heavyweight Championship|
|The Shield vs. The Wyatt Family||N/A||N/A|
|Batista vs. Alberto Del Rio||N/A||N/A|
|Big E (c) vs. Jack Swagger||N/A||Intercontinental Championship|
|The New Age Outlaws (c) vs. The Usos||N/A||Tag Team Championships|
|Titus O'Neil vs. Darren Young||N/A||N/A|
|Cody Rhodes & Goldust vs. Ryback & Curtis Axel||Kickoff||N/A|
PPV Live Stream
If you're unable to order the pay-per-view on your television, there are plenty of other ways to catch Elimination Chamber Sunday night. Whether you want to view the show on your computer, mobile device or gaming system, WWE has you covered, as you can purchase the event through all of these outlets, according to WWE.com:
- Google Play
- Amazon AppStore
- Windows 8 AppStore
- Samsung SMART TV
- Xbox 360
Kickoff Live Stream
The pay-per-view will be preceded by a special "Kickoff" match pitting Cody Rhodes and Goldust against Ryback and Curtis Axel, starting at 7:30 p.m. ET. The match is absolutely free and can be viewed on all of these platforms, according to WWE.com:
- WWE App
- Samsung SMART TV
- Sony Entertainment Network
- Xbox Live
Top Matches to Watch
Elimination Chamber Title Match
The Elimination Chamber match is among the most dangerous and entertaining of the year, and the 2014 version promises to be one of the best ever. Perhaps it doesn't contain as much star power as it potentially could have, but with former world champions in John Cena, Daniel Bryan, Sheamus and Christian involved, along with current WWE World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton and rising star Cesaro, there are a ton of intriguing subplots to follow.
Although Orton is viewed as a heavy favorite with Bryan coming in as the second choice, every Superstar brings some intrigue to the table. Sheamus' WrestleMania plans appear to be very much up in the air, Cesaro is on the verge of becoming something special and Christian is in the formative stages of a heel turn. Also, Cena has had a lot to say about not relinquishing his top spot in the company recently, as evidenced by this tweet:
Cena's words may prove prophetic as Bray Wyatt and his family could very well get involved and cost Cena the match. Wyatt is viewed by many as the future of WWE, and he caused Cena to lose to Orton at Royal Rumble. Cena has refused to let the next wave of stars pass him by, but look for Wyatt to exert his dominance on Sunday.
Although WWE's illogical booking suggests that Orton will win due to the fact that he enters Elimination Chamber on a losing streak, Orton vs. Batista in the main event of WrestleMania is a tough sell. Because of that, perhaps WWE will finally see the light and give the fans what they want by having Bryan take the title.
The Shield vs. The Wyatt Family
When the Wyatt Family made its WWE debut this past summer, fans immediately got excited about a potential feud and match against The Shield. It wasn't particularly logical at first since they were both dominant heel factions, but with The Shield seemingly on the verge of breaking up, the time is now to make the dream a reality. After costing The Shield an opportunity to compete in the Elimination Chamber match, The Shield made it their mission to get revenge, and they'll have that chance on Sunday.
The lead up to Elimination Chamber has been absolutely spectacular with the Wyatts and The Shield cutting promos on each other each week. Wyatt's promos have been spooky and cryptic, while The Shield has very much been straightforward and direct. As seen in this tweet courtesy of The Shield, Seth Rollins is ready for the challenge:
This match will accomplish three distinct goals. Firstly, it will be worked fantastically with plenty of psychology, and it will probably drive pay-per-view sales significantly. Secondly, it will further the dissolution of The Shield with one of Roman Reigns or Dean Ambrose likely going into business for themselves. Lastly, it will give the Wyatts another big win on pay-per-view, and it will make Wyatt look great ahead of WrestleMania. Even if the result is somewhat predictable, this is a must-see match.
Batista vs. Alberto Del Rio
There initially seemed to be a great deal of excitement surrounding Batista's return to WWE, but that lasted all of a week. When Batista won the Royal Rumble, the live crowd made its dissatisfaction known. Bryan, Reigns and even CM Punk were viewed as more desirable winners, but the creative team went back to the well by putting over another returning star.
Things haven't gotten much better for Batista since then unfortunately. WWE seems to believe that Batista is a mainstream star in the same vein as The Rock, but that simply isn't the case. Batista also hasn't been done any favors by being thrown into a flat feud with Alberto Del Rio. The angle has been doomed from the start, particularly since Del Rio hasn't been made to look like a threat.
Conventional wisdom suggested that Del Rio would be given some momentum on the go-home edition of Raw, but instead he showed up wearing a neck brace, as seen in this WWE Instagram photo:
Batista has powerbombed Del Rio, put him through a table, eliminated him from the Rumble match and essentially done everything possible to make him look bad. It is quite clear that Batista will go over here, but it is still worth watching since it will be Batista's first singles match since 2010.
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