WWE Elimination Chamber 2014: Biggest Takeaways Prior to PPV Event
The Elimination Chamber is just around the corner, and momentum is gathering for WrestleMania XXX.
The WWE has had to build some solid foundations for this event after a Royal Rumble that certainly flattered to deceive.
The Chamber match has garnered much of the attention, given how it is such a marquee match.
However, we have learned plenty of other lessons going into the pay-per-view, including some anticipation for explosive moments at the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view.
Let's take a look at the biggest takeaways heading into this fascinating pay-per-view.
The Card Is in Good Health
The Elimination Chamber card is all set to be one of the best the WWE has produced for some time.
We have a Chamber match with genuine intrigue and some guys inside the structure who are pretty over: Daniel Bryan and Cesaro.
Beyond the main event, though, the depth of the card is as strong as it has been for months. The Shield vs. The Wyatt Family could arguably be considered the main event by some given how much it has been hyped.
The WWE Tag Team and Intercontinental Championship belts are up for grabs too, indicating that the company are finally giving those titles some deserved airtime ahead of WrestleMania XXX.
For once, the WWE is set to deliver a strong showing on pay-per-view.
Cesaro Is Set for a Good Showing
Judging by his match with John Cena on Raw—an early contender for match of the year—Cesaro is heading upwards following the Elimination Chamber.
Of course, he still has a tag team partner in Jack Swagger, but if Swagger wins the Intercontinental Championship then it could spell the end of The Real Americans.
That may mean a face turn and a push for the man who is now simply known as Cesaro. He will be at home inside the Chamber with his brutal approach inside the ring—you feel that his famous swing will get an airing at some point.
One big thing we have learned prior to the Elimination Chamber is that Cesaro is ready for a chance in the spotlight. You get the impression he may just take it.
The Shield Could Finally Implode
Surely it is going to happen at some point. The split of The Shield has been threatened and teased over a lengthy period, but we are getting some clear signs it will happen at the Elimination Chamber.
Fractions between Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns are at a greater level than they ever have been largely due to Ambrose's frustration over the success of Reigns.
That was magnified this week when Reigns polished off Mark Henry, something Ambrose failed to do the week before without the help of his fellow stablemates.
Reigns—like Cesaro—is set for a big future with the company, and that could all begin at the Elimination Chamber. With WrestleMania just around the corner, it seems like the time is right for the split.
Daniel Bryan Has No Chance of Victory
That headline will disappoint many people, inevitably. The "Yes Movement" has swept all across the WWE, putting Daniel Bryan in a position nobody has been in since Stone Cold Steve Austin.
Bryan is over—and he is over big time. However, despite all of that popularity, he has almost no chance of winning inside the Elimination Chamber.
The Authority have made it a personal hobby to screw Daniel Bryan out of the victory at several pay-per-view shows. It goes all the way back to SummerSlam—and it has happened on plenty of occasions since.
Kane has been making Bryan his personal business in the weeks leading up to the Chamber, and that gives the impression Bryan will be once again out of luck on pay-per-view.
Whatever happens at the Elimination Chamber is likely to dictate where Bryan is headed at WrestleMania XXX.
We Will Not See Many Returns, If Any
We usually get a few surprises at the Elimination Chamber. After all, it is the final show before WrestleMania, and the usual clutch of returning stars make their bow at the Chamber.
However, it will no doubt be very different this time around. That is because the Raw following the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view is no usual Raw—it is the launch of the WWE Network.
That night will be high on the agenda for the WWE given how much it has been teased, hyped and plugged over the last couple of months.
So, expect the unexpected on that night rather than the Elimination Chamber. That may not be a bad thing since it could mean that we have a pay-per-view where the current roster gets a moment in the spotlight.
After the WWE's recent struggles that would be a welcome shot in the arm.
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