The Undertaker could lose his World Heavyweight Title, while the greatest WWE Champ of this decade defends his belt! Who will go to WrestleMania as champion?
World Heavyweight Championship:
Elimination Chamber Match
The Undertaker (c) vs. John Morrison vs. R-Truth vs. Rey Mysterio vs. CM Punk vs. Chris Jericho
This match has all the makings of a great bout. Rey Mysterio, Chris Jericho, and CM Punk will be at the heart and soul of the contest, supplying the death-defying moves, the devastating finishers, and painful submissions.
The Undertaker is no slouch either, so expect piledrivers and chokeslams to come out of nowhere.
So who’s going to win? John Morrison was attacked on Smackdown this week, with his ankle supposedly destroyed by the steel post.
This could be an angle to set Morrison for an “against all odds” type win, but I believe it will simply lead to Morrison being removed from the match, one way or another.
If that happens, I would bet on Shawn Michaels to be his replacement, not unlike how Edge put Kofi Kingston out of last year’s match.
Only this time, HBK will not go on to win the title like Edge did. Instead, I would think Shawn eliminates the Undertaker in this match, before being eliminated himself.
Who does that leave us with? Chris Jericho and CM Punk (I do not see Truth or Rey as possible winners).
Punk’s Straight Edge Society is picking up pace with every week, and is the most controversial angle WWE has attempted in their PG environment. However, it is still in its early days; this angle still needs building and I do not expect Punk to win this match.
Chris Jericho has been left standing proudly at the end of the last two episodes of Smackdown. A fortnight ago he beat the Undertaker, and this week he wrapped up SD! by taking Edge out.
He seems to be the star with all the momentum going into this match. I had my reservations about the possibility of a Jericho win, but not any more.
Winner: Chris Jericho
Sheamus (c) vs. Triple H vs. Randy Orton vs. John Cena vs Kofi Kingston vs. Ted DiBiase
Did you know Triple H has won four elimination chamber matches? I wish I didn’t.
This is probably going to be the less impressive Chamber match of the night, though the presence of Kofi Kingston means we should get some entertainment out of it nonetheless.
Legacy are in midst of imploding, with leader Randy Orton making a habit of beating up Ted DiBiase and Cody Rhodes.
Rhodes is not scheduled for a match at Elimination Chamber, so he could interfere to “help” Orton, as he and Ted tried doing on Raw this week, resulting in Orton losing his match against Sheamus by DQ.
As such all signs point to an Orton vs. DiBiase vs. Rhodes match at Wrestlemania, and I just do not see the WWE Title following them.
Meanwhile, John Cena could win his eighth world title (seriously). However, his main focus going into this Sunday has been blaming Batista for the attack on Bret Hart, which conveniently ruled the 50-year-old retired legend out of a WrestleMania match.
As such, apart from Batista possibly interfering in the match (very unlikely, he is scheduled for Raw the night after) John Cena will not do doing anything news-worthy this Sunday.
That leaves us with Kofi, Sheamus, and Triple H.
Kofi has little to no momentum going into this match. One can only assume Randy Orton’s tirade after Kofi messed up a finish of one their many matches a while ago has been taken very seriously by the WWE execs.
For the record, I maintain that Orton’s expletive-laden anger was just as bad, if not worse, than Kofi’s error.
Triple H was at the centre of attention at the end of the show this week on Raw, as Sheamus sent him flying halfway across the ring.
However, WWE have shown no signs of losing faith in Sheamus as their champion. Taking everything into consideration,I believe Sheamus will win this, possibly cheating Triple H out of the win, setting the duo up for a WrestleMania match.
Drew McIntyre (c) vs. Kane
These two faced off just two weeks ago, in a match where both men were counted out for brawling outside the ring for too long.
In that contest, they did not give us an indication of great things happening, and as a result, I expect the standard mid-card match from Drew and Kane.
Considering there are only four matches on the PPV, this match could get more time than usual, and we could see a lot of false finishes to give it a bit of drama.
Drew is definitely winning this one though; Kane has already seen his best days pass him by.
Winner: Drew McIntyre
WWE Divas Championship
Maryse vs Gail Kim
The vacant butterfly title is up for grabs, and the only Canadian who cannot speak French (allegedly) faces Maryse. (Edit: Wiser humans have illuminated my mistake here, and I humbly apologize)
Will this match be anything other than filler? Probably not. Gail Kim has not been at her best in recent times, and while Maryse is better than the usual crop of models-turned-wrestlers, she cannot carry a match just yet.
WWE has been playing up the fact that Maryse seems to respect Kim, while reminding us that Gail cannot speak French. I will not go into how silly the angle is; at least we HAVE a divas storyline. May this be a short match.
And that is it for this PPV. Two miles of chain and 16 tons of steel will trap 12 men inside its cage on Sunday, and we will discover the identity of the men who will main event WrestleMania as champions.
Tell me what you think about the PPV, who’s going to win, and who’s getting sent home with less than squat. Thanks!!