WWE Elimination Chamber 2018: Power Ranking All 7 Men's Chances of Winning

Anthony Mango@@ToeKneeManGoFeatured ColumnistFebruary 20, 2018

WWE Elimination Chamber 2018: Power Ranking All 7 Men's Chances of Winning

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    For the first time ever, the Elimination Chamber will be overstuffed as seven men will compete to determine who is the rightful No. 1 contender to Brock Lesnar's Universal Championship at WrestleMania 34.

    With the addition of another Superstar to the mix, it has become even harder for someone to walk out of this match victorious, but the winning wrestler will have an even stronger claim to the throne by being able to do so.

    Sadly, when looking at the crop of Superstars set to compete in this match, even though they are all talented in many ways, not everybody is on equal footing.

    Only one man can win, and only one man currently stands above the rest in terms of the best guess of being the victor, but while the top of the totem pole is the focus, there are still several other layers.

    As such, we need to break down the full list and rank them in order of the least to most likely to win this match and go on to fight The Beast Incarnate at WrestleMania.

    Let's take a look at how Braun Strowman, Elias, Finn Balor, John Cena, The Miz, Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins stack up against each other for WWE Elimination Chamber 2018 in our latest power ranking.

7. Elias

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    Being the bottom of the list is always the least favorable position, but for someone like Elias, it's not because of any failures on his end.

    He's proved himself to be one of the better NXT call-ups of the past year, consistently booked to be strong, but not too strong, which allows him to flesh out his character rather well and slowly build up his reputation without needing some dominant winning streak.

    With that being said, his chances here are slim to none, as he's one of only two competitors in this match that has not held at least one world title—or, for that matter, any championship at all in WWE or NXT.

    He's the newest addition to the roster and someone who is more regularly in a midcard role rather than a main event.

    Eventually, he'll get there, but he's far outclassed at the beginning of 2018 by every other person he's up against here.

6. Seth Rollins

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    For all intents and purposes, Seth Rollins wasn't even going to be in this match, it seemed, as his primary focal point was the Raw Tag Team Championship and feuding with The Bar.

    His storyline with Jason Jordan was either cut short or it was supposed to lead somewhere else by now, but injuries prevented the plan from being executed as WWE fully intended.

    In what comes of as a mercy attempt to get The Architect on the card, the rules of the Elimination Chamber were changed to allow for a seventh participant and Rollins was able to secure that spot for himself.

    That is about as good as this will go for him and it wouldn't be surprising at all to see him be one of the first to be taken out of the equation.

    He may accomplish nothing here, not even scoring a single elimination or outlasting anybody.

    The only thing that separates him from Elias is that he is a former world champion, so it becomes much easier to imagine a scenario where he is entrusted with a WrestleMania main event than someone who has not touched that goal yet.

5. The Miz

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    Speaking of people who have been in a world title match at WrestleMania and come out on top, The Miz is someone who has perhaps the most stock in his character right now as he's ever had.

    There's no arguing that he isn't one of WWE's top talents at this point. If you aren't on board with that, you need to step back and reassess your viewpoint of the company's hierarchy.

    He can stake a better claim for the Universal Championship than both Elias and Rollins not just because he has been doing a consistently great job over the past two years, but because he is a current titleholder.

    Sadly, that very same belt is exactly the reason why The Miz will not win this match and why his chances stop at the fifth on this list instead of higher.

    There is no logical reasoning behind booking The Miz being the one to face Lesnar, particularly if he's holding the Intercontinental Championship at the same time.

    The A-Lister can and will be better utilized defending that championship against somebody else at WrestleMania—most likely one of his fellow opponents in this match.

    He may have a good enough showing where he eliminates someone like Rollins or even Finn Balor or John Cena, but The Miz is not going to be the last man standing.

4. John Cena

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    There is ultimately no scenario John Cena can be counted out as a potential winner of any match WWE will ever put on, as he's long since reached a point where he's in a different league from most people in the company.

    There is a main event level, and then there is an even higher echelon of being a legend that doesn't need his legacy reaffirmed all that often.

    Cena can lose match after match and then suddenly win his 17th world championship and nobody should bat an eye at it, considering there is nobody else of his caliber in WWE.

    Someone like Cena doesn't need to win this Elimination Chamber match, though, and since he's already had his matches with Lesnar in the past and there are other ways to shuffle the deck for WrestleMania, The Franchise Player will be busy elsewhere.

    We won't know what his role at WrestleMania will be until it's further established, but a match against The Undertaker or possibly Samoa Joe seems like the most likely answers at this point.

    Neither of those involve the Universal Championship, particularly with Lesnar holding it, so Cena is ruled out of a win here by that nature, even if he still stands a better chance than three other stars just because he's John Cena.

3. Finn Balor

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    Ever so slightly above Cena on this list is Finn Balor, but that shouldn't get his fans too excited, as it's still not going to amount to anything.

    For months, fans were rumbling that Balor should be a challenger for Lesnar's Universal Championship somewhere down the line, with Royal Rumble being the targeted time frame to have that match.

    It never happened, which sparked a debate about whether Balor was over enough with the audience to receive any kind of a significant push, since he's accomplished virtually nothing since returning from injury.

    That may or may not be true, but at the very least, reforming The Balor Club is a step in the right direction for him, as was his performance in the 2018 Royal Rumble match.

    Those factors should give insight into how WWE views him as a talent that should be protected enough to have a future, but not necessarily the biggest priority at any given time.

    Since he and Cena have had their scuffles lately, it would make sense for Balor to be the one to take Cena out of the match and boost himself on this ranking, even if he still has two giant hurdles to overcome—something he will ultimately fail at.

    On the bright side, there exists a chance that his performance here leads to an Intercontinental Championship match against The Miz at WrestleMania 34, which is quite the consolation prize for coming up short.

2. Braun Strowman

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    Fans of The Monster Among Men should be nervously biting their fingernails this Sunday, as there exists a solid chance he may be the winner who goes on to face Lesnar.

    Truth be told, he would have to share that spot with Roman Reigns, who will be spoken about in the next section, but there is a specific reason for that.

    It's doubtful Braun Strowman will be the single victor in this match and the sole person to challenge for the Universal Championship, yet WWE has made it hard not to root for him to get another shot at The Beast Incarnate.

    There's no way the creative team is deaf to the reaction Strowman has been getting for months and he absolutely has to be in some kind of important match at WrestleMania, but there's been no indication of what that might be outside of his quest to fight Lesnar again.

    Since he wasn't pinned at Royal Rumble, perhaps he will be part of some kind of finish where both he and Reigns win the Elimination Chamber, turning this is into a Triple Threat at WrestleMania.

    That would be a means for WWE to have the top two men on Monday Night Raw duke it out with Lesnar, but also not have to go with the obvious title reign for The Big Dog afterward, as Strowman could be the one to win that championship, instead.

    However, don't have too much hope that this will happen, as Strowman has lost to Lesnar in the past and had enough matches with him that his time to settle the score may be over and done with.

1. Roman Reigns

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    Everybody knows the most clear and obvious endgame for Lesnar's Universal Championship has been and likely will remain to drop it to Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 34.

    It's something that you were either on board with from the start, or you had to learn to accept it as an inevitability.

    By now, push is coming to shove. This is where that will go from waiting and speculating to having a definitive check mark to its confirmation.

    While there's indeed a chance Strowman works his way into the WrestleMania affair, it's by no means a certainty, nor is it even something anybody should get their hopes up for.

    If you want the most realistic, expected, boring, predictable safe bet, you need to go with Reigns coming out of this match the victor, as that's more than likely what is going to happen.

    Everybody else, save for Strowman, is just filling up space in comparison to the role Reigns will play in this match: the winner.

    What is your ranking for these seven men and how does it compare to this list? Drop your thoughts in the comments below to keep the discussion going!


    Anthony Mango is the owner of the wrestling website Smark Out Moment and the host of the podcast show Smack Talk on YouTube, iTunes and Stitcher. You can follow him on Facebook and elsewhere for more.

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