WWE Elimination Chamber 2014: 5 Possible WrestleMania Matches Sparked by PPV
Despite WrestleMania XXX having no matches on the books as of this writing, the fallout from Elimination Chamber figures to fill up the WrestleMania card by night's end.
WWE sees an extended buildup period between the end of Elimination Chamber and WrestleMania, so Elimination Chamber will be a very important jumping-off point headed into the biggest show of the year.
Many of the top matches will be booked either by default—with the WWE World Heavyweight champion locked in as Batista's opponent—or via storyline with conflicts stemming from the pay-per-view leading to matches.
Almost every WWE Superstar who will be integral to the WrestleMania card has been booked on the Elimination Chamber card, and by the end of Elimination Chamber, fans will have an idea where WWE is going with the majority of top matches.
Projected matches for WrestleMania are based on current feuds, most of which have been building over the course of several weeks, even months.
1. Roman Reigns vs. Dean Ambrose
The main tension within The Shield has pit Roman Reigns against Dean Ambrose with Seth Rollins playing the role of peacemaker.
Given Ambrose's transparent jealousy, he has been framed as the heel. Conversely, a string of impressive performances by Reigns—from dominating The Shield's Survivor Series match to breaking the elimination record at the 2014 Royal Rumble—has garnered fan support.
The slow pacing of The Shield's split has been a key indication that WWE was biding its time until WrestleMania. Teased tension has turned to all-out bickering to the point where it would come as a complete shock if The Shield remained together through WrestleMania.
The Shield's budding turmoil figures to lead to a loss against the Wyatts. It would be unclear what Rollins' role would be if and when an inner-Shield match happens.
To keep up with the theme of being a peacemaker, Rollins would make sense as a special guest referee, with his ambiguous allegiance being an additional selling point to this match.
2. Cody Rhodes vs. Goldust
Goldust's insistence on Twitter that he will not fight his brother seemed like more of a foreshadowing of a WrestleMania match between the two.
Given how the Rhodes Bros. have been booked as of late—with their latest Raw segment coming in the form of a throwaway in-show commercial—perhaps Goldust was right.
Still, with Goldust's accidental elimination of Cody Rhodes at the Royal Rumble, mixed with the Brotherhood's losing ways since dropping the tag team titles, it would be a waste for WWE to pass over an opportunity to green-light a match that books itself.
For a brief stretch, the Brotherhood tag team was the hottest thing going in WWE. Its momentum can still be used to break the team up and stabilize Cody's singles career in a WrestleMania match.
The longer the Rhodes are booked at the bottom of the card with no indication of splitting, the less a potential brother vs. brother match will mean.
3. Bray Wyatt vs. John Cena
Bray Wyatt vs. John Cena would tie into the Wyatts' recent involvement in Cena's matches. At the Royal Rumble, the Wyatts cost Cena the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. The following night on Raw, they ran in during a six-man tag team match involving Cena.
The rivalry between Wyatt and Cena has been progressing slowly, with no verbal confrontation despite their problems dating back to a month ago.
John Cena has been making it a point to address the up-and-comers within the WWE locker room in his promos as of late, telling them if they want to get to the top of the WWE they'll have to go through him.
This theme played out in a strong match against the upstart Cesaro Monday on Raw. If Bray Wyatt is cemented as John Cena's WrestleMania opponent, after costing Cena the Elimination Chamber match, the theme of Cena ushering in a new era will certainly continue.
4. Daniel Bryan vs. Triple H
WWE made it a point to underscore Daniel Bryan's problems with The Authority via Kane Monday on Raw. With these problems fresh in the minds of viewers, it will only make sense when Kane or a member of The Authority screws Bryan out of the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at Elimination Chamber.
Bryan still seems to have unfinished business with Kane, which will figure to be a TV feud until WrestleMania, but in order to truly end his feud with The Authority, Bryan will have to face off against Triple H.
The journey to Triple H through Kane will only add value to a Bryan-Triple H match at WrestleMania. It will be that journey that will make fans content with Bryan getting his hands on Triple H as opposed to fighting for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
To further placate Bryan's hijack-prone fanbase, a stipulation could be added that would make Daniel Bryan a No. 1 contender should he defeat Triple H.
5. Randy Orton vs. Batista
Randy Orton has been losing left and right on television. Per standard WWE booking, he should be considered a favorite heading into the Elimination Chamber as a result.
Orton is the only member of the 2014 Elimination Chamber field who No. 1-contender Batista has had any sort of interaction with, indicating the two will be dance partners come WrestleMania.
Daniel Bryan, who should be considered a modest favorite if WWE decides to change direction (from F4WOnline via WrestlingInc.com), is still mired in an ongoing feud with The Authority that should take him out of the WWE World Heavyweight title picture.
Sheamus and Christian just returned, and neither has enough of a backstory to be taken seriously in this match.
Cena figures to be booked against Bray Wyatt given the booking, and Cesaro—while a dark-horse candidate—simply is not ready to headline WrestleMania.
This leaves Orton as the only wrestler with a clear path to a match against Batista at WrestleMania. At the conclusion of this match, it should be considered a surprise if Orton-Batista was not on the books.