WWE WrestleMania 2014: Full Card Predictions After Elimination Chamber
The search for revenge after Elimination Chamber will spawn a number of few key bouts at WWE WrestleMania 2014.
John Cena and Daniel Bryan will both be seeing the world through rage-tinted glasses after suffering attacks at the pay-per-view. Bray Wyatt has crowned himself Cena's latest archenemy. Kane, serving under Triple H, made sure that Bryan didn't leave the Chamber with gold in his hands.
WrestleMania will play host to the climaxes of those two stories.
Meanwhile, Randy Orton slid into the main event, and Cesaro earned a spot in the limelight. Breaking down the results of the latest pay-per-view, backstage reports and hints WWE has been planting up to this point leads to the following predictions for what clashes will comprise WrestleMania XXX.
Cesaro vs. Sheamus
After watching the enthralling brawl that Cesaro and Sheamus had inside the Elimination Chamber, WWE is sure to change its plans for The Celtic Warrior.
PWInsider, via PWMania.com, had reported that a Sheamus vs. Ryback WrestleMania clash was possible. Cesaro, though, has had an impressive run that will force him into the booking decisions surrounding that night.
After a good match against Randy Orton on SmackDown, Cesaro composed a masterpiece with John Cena on Raw. At Elimination Chamber, Cesaro delivered many of the match's most memorable moments, including suplexing two men at the same time.
Having him continue what he began with Sheamus in the Chamber is easy booking that assures WWE a slugfest to remember.
Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose
The Shield failed to topple The Wyatt Family at Elimination Chamber, and that defeat will widen the cracks that were already forming in the trio's unity.
While they looked cohesive against Bray Wyatt and crew, the three members of The Shield have been bickering for months. Dean Ambrose's arrogance has irked both of his teammates.
Saving their expected split for before WrestleMania allows WWE to book a compelling showdown pitting The Hounds of Justice against each other.
According to F4WOnline, via WrestlingInc.com, "There is talk within WWE of doing a triple threat with The Shield at WrestleMania XXX, which would be Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins vs. Roman Reigns."
With The Shield having accomplished everything it could do as a team and Reigns brimming with headliner potential, expect WWE to head in this direction, ending a great run from the stable.
The Usos vs. Cody Rhodes and Goldust (Tag Team Championship)
The Usos couldn't overcome The New Age Outlaws' experience, but expect them to walk into WrestleMania as champions.
WWE has been teasing that the brothers are on the verge of being titleholders, with the announcers regularly playing up The Usos' journey to that status.
F4WOnline, via WrestleZone.com, reports the following about The Usos' title chances on the Feb. 24 edition of Raw:
Word coming from backstage at Elimination Chamber last night is that a title change has been discussed for Raw tonight, and it could very likely be The Usos capturing the tag titles from The New Age Outlaws.
That scenario pushes aside Road Dogg and Billy Gunn, making way for Cody Rhodes and Goldust, who just finished off Curtis Axel and Ryback with little effort on the Elimination Chamber pre-show.
Goldust has denied that he will be fighting his brother at WrestleMania, as many have expected. A Tag title match for him and Rhodes would be less dramatic, but it would make a high-energy, fast-paced addition to the card.
AJ Lee vs. Tamina Snuka (Divas Championship)
AJ Lee entered a surprise title defense against Cameron at Elimination Chamber. She left the match still champion but reeling from a kick courtesy of Tamina Snuka.
AJ's bodyguard/enforcer was off with her aim and nailed the Divas champ, nearly allowing Cameron to steal a win. That moment is just the latest hint of the duo splitting up eventually.
With No. 1 contender Naomi injured, WWE has to look elsewhere for a challenger. The company need not look further than AJ's corner.
There are already seeds planted for that narrative, and Tamina's size and power make her a convincing threat to AJ's long reign.
Brock Lesnar vs. Undertaker
Brock Lesnar didn't appear as expected at Elimination Chamber, meaning he didn't steal someone's spot in the WWE title match and failed to insert himself into the championship picture. The most plausible reason for that absence was to save Lesnar for a showdown with Undertaker.
Back in October, Wrestling Observer (h/t WrestlingInc.com) reported that Lesnar vs. Undertaker was "on the books."
There's little reason to believe that has changed. The reasons for Lesnar to get that coveted spot, from his star power to their history in and out of the ring, are obvious and still relevant. There's also a lack of legitimate alternatives.
Daniel Bryan is wading through another storyline, it's too early for Roman Reigns, Sting isn't even officially with WWE yet and John Cena has a madman to chase.
John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt
The audience doesn't know his motivations yet, but Bray Wyatt has made John Cena his target.
He attacked the former world champ at the Royal Rumble, the night after and, most recently, inside the Elimination Chamber. Wyatt and his clan slipped inside the steel structure and left Cena out cold.
That allowed Randy Orton to slide on top of him and end his night early.
Cena will not back down from this series of ambushes. The light-and-dark, hero-and-monster contrast between Cena and Wyatt make it a compelling addition to the card.
Expect the leader of the Cenation to offer a challenge to Wyatt, setting up a match that has been planned for some time, per F4WOnline, via WrestlingInc.com.
Daniel Bryan vs. Triple H
Any doubt that The Authority vs. Daniel Bryan story would continue past Elimination Chamber was gone when Kane cost Bryan his opportunity at the WWE title.
This is not a setup for a battle between former members of Team Hell No. Kane works for Triple H, and the kingpin will eventually step in and fight his prey himself.
Beginning at last year's SummerSlam, Triple H has used his corporate power, The Shield, Shawn Michaels and Kane to keep Bryan from becoming the face of WWE. Thanks to CM Punk quitting the company and Randy Orton winning the Elimination Chamber match, Bryan now gets an opportunity for payback.
Fans won't be thrilled that Bryan gets a grudge match rather than a title bout, but this is the story that WWE continues to tell.
Batista vs. Randy Orton (WWE World Heavyweight Championship)
Batista awaited the winner of the WWE title Elimination Chamber match. The red-hot hero did not emerge from that structure the winner—a snake did instead.
That sets up a showdown between former Evolution members: Randy Orton vs. Batista.
WWE is showing its stubbornness in pushing ahead with this match. With Daniel Bryan engrossed in his own feud, it appears that the bearded one won't get his happy ending, at least not at WrestleMania.
The match that WWE hinted at from the moment Batista returned is on instead.
PWInsider, via WrestleZone.com, reports Orton vs. Batista went from "set in stone" to a part of a new "anything is possible" philosophy about the event. Even so, WWE hasn't strayed from this expected match.
There is still time to adjust the bout, making room for one Aberdeen-born warrior. The company doesn't appear to moving that way, though, instead opting for a bout the fans have been clear about refusing in the form of boos.