Ranking All Stars' Chances of Winning Men's, Women's WWE Elimination Chamber MatchesFebruary 9, 2023
Ranking All Stars' Chances of Winning Men's, Women's WWE Elimination Chamber Matches
Next weekend, WWE Elimination Chamber will take place at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec.
This year's iteration marks the first time the annual event will be held in Canada. So, expect a warm welcome for Sami Zayn in his hometown as he prepares to face Roman Reigns for the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship.
The ending of the Royal Rumble will ensure that this long-awaited match will be the most anticipated contest on the card. After all, some fans have even expressed frustration that it isn't a main event at WrestleMania 39.
We also have two Elimination Chamber matches to look forward to. The field is officially set for the men's bout, with Austin Theory facing five contenders for his United States title. Meanwhile, six women will enter the structure to compete for a chance to become Bianca Belair's WrestleMania opponent for the Raw Women's Championship.
Let's review each participant and rank their chances of winning their Elimination Chamber matches.
Women's Elimination Chamber Match
Natalya returned to WWE as entrant No. 11 in this year's women's Rumble match and reignited her feud with Shayna Baszler. She attempted to exact revenge on her former tag team partner, but Damage CTRL used the opportunity to eliminate them both.
As a result, The Queen of Harts seemingly tied up this loose end when she defeated Baszler to win the first qualifying match on the Feb. 3 episode of SmackDown. This was an excellent way to complete a storyline and give her a spot on the card in her home country.
However, she seems the least likely winner to head for The Granddaddy of Them All to challenge Bianca Belair.
5. Nikki Cross
It has been great to see the Nikki Cross of old back on WWE programming.
Her short-lived superhero gimmick could have worked if the company properly developed the character, but most fans just wanted to see something similar to her popular persona from NXT.
Although it has been a welcome change, it's hard to imagine she will pull off an upset victory and go on to challenge for the Raw title. It would be an interesting change of pace, but Cross vs. Belair doesn't read as a WrestleMania matchup right now.
The moonwalking, trash-talking Princess of Staten Island is back. After a five-month hiatus, Carmella returned to WWE and earned a spot in the women's Elimination Chamber match.
This is a great opportunity for the former SmackDown women's champion after she missed the women's Rumble match. However, we've seen Carmella vs. Belair too many times for WWE to convincingly promote it for its biggest event of the year.
The two just faced off at Money in the Bank in July when Rhea Ripley was unable to compete.
3. Liv Morgan
Liv Morgan was easily one of the most improved Superstars of 2022. Her Money in the Bank win and subsequent SmackDown women's title reign proved she could step into a prominent spot with WWE.
The runner-up in this year's women's Rumble has a vocal fanbase and a second chance to punch her ticket to WrestleMania. Nevertheless, she isn't a high-profile challenger for The EST of WWE, who set the bar high for her next match on The Grandest Stage of Them All.
2. Raquel Rodriguez
WWE is clearly invested in Raquel Rodriguez. It has consistently utilized the former NXT women's champion since she made the move to the main roster.
She was a steady opponent for Ronda Rousey and was one final four participants in the women's Royal Rumble. So, it isn't hard to tell that she is earmarked to win gold as a singles competitor at some point.
The up-and-coming star also has a connection with Belair as two of the three NXT alumni (along with Rhea Ripley) who stood in the ring together on Apr. 13, 2021 for a champions salute after WrestleMania 37.
Asuka has to be the favorite to win the women's Elimination Chamber match. Straight away, she is the most interesting opponent for Belair out of this field of competitors.
Her recent change of direction is such a breath of fresh air for fans who have been hoping to see her as a competent threat again. The Empress of Tomorrow is so versatile that she can be both funny and imposing.
Still, it's a bit deflating to see one of the best in-ring performers in the division presented as a joke. A WrestleMania feud with the Raw women's champion is a perfect way to remind fans just how good she is.
Even more, it would offer The EST of WWE her next big test at the event where she has thrived for the past two years.
Men's Elimination Chamber Match
6. Montez Ford
Montez Ford is destined to enjoy success as a singles competitor. The Street Profits' resident high flyer has unmatched charisma and unparalleled athleticism.
So, expect him to deliver a standout performance in the men's Elimination Chamber match. However, it doesn't seem WWE is ready to split up the Profits and fully invest in him just yet.
It's only a matter of time before the company capitalizes on him, but his first major pay-per-view match on his own seems like a litmus test.
5. Damian Priest
Damian Priest is a former United States champion and an underrated talent. For those reasons, he is a great addition to the contest.
The Judgement Day have also developed into one of the highlights of Raw most weeks. So, it makes sense for him to represent the brand and his stable at the event.
Still, we wouldn't bet on Priest being the man to survive the metal structure and become the new champion ahead of WrestleMania.
4. Bronson Reed
Bronson Reed was one of many Superstars WWE released prematurely. So, his return to the company seemed inevitable with Triple H at the helm.
His appearance in the Elimination Chamber will allow the new regime to properly reintroduce him to a new audience and create some new fans, though it may take some time to build him back up into a viable up-and-coming name with the WWE Universe.
Solo Sikoa and Gunther are great examples of what the creative team can do with a concerted effort. Reed is perfect for the midcard scene on Raw, but it's too soon to make him champion.
3. Seth Rollins
Seth Rollins came up short at the Royal Rumble, but he left the event with a clear path to WrestleMania. He was so close to the finish line, but Logan Paul abruptly upstaged him and eliminated him.
As such, The Visionary's inclusion in the men's Elimination Chamber match was a formality. Yes, his star power and popularity will bring more attention, but it could mainly serve as an ending to his rivalry with Austin Theory.
His showdown with Paul is a bigger priority than a third reign as United States champion, and Rollins is bound to re-enter the world title picture later this year.
2. Johnny Gargano
Johnny Gargano desperately needs a significant win. There was so much positive buzz around his return to WWE last August and his highly anticipated jump to the main roster.
Still, WWE's use of Johnny Wrestling has left much to be desired. The first NXT triple-crown champion was the last stalwart of the black-and-gold era. His fruitful stint with the developmental brand should have positioned him as the next one up, but the run many of us were expecting hasn't materialized yet.
It wouldn't be a stretch to say Gargano is one of the greatest NXT stars of all time, but he's slowly getting lost in the shuffle on Monday nights. A win at Elimination Chamber would effectively right the ship and restart his initial rivalry with Theory.
1. Austin Theory
Like Rollins, WWE appears to have plans for Austin Theory at WrestleMania 39.
The United States champion has been making references to John Cena for weeks. It seems like less and less of a coincidence every time he declares "The Champ is Here" before he starts a promo now.
So, his idol will likely be his opponent at The Showcase of the Immortals, which makes the men's Elimination Chamber match a little difficult to predict. There's a good chance he could walk into SoFi Stadium with the U.S. title in tow and a signature win under his belt.
Conversely, a loss wouldn't necessarily hurt the build to a match with Cena, but bragging rights following a victory in Montreal could bolster it.