3 Bold Predictions for WWE Elimination Chamber 2018
Roman Reigns is winning the men's Elimination Chamber match this coming Sunday. There's no last-minute booking or shift in priority that's going to change that.
It's been set in stone since last year, when Reigns defeated The Undertaker at WrestleMania 33, and Brock Lesnar won the universal championship from Goldberg.
Since then, the two men have been purposefully kept out of each other's way, just to have them main event WrestleMania 34 one year later. The most direct path to that is through the elimination chamber match. Therefore, Reigns will triumph in the elimination chamber match.
Aside from that, though, the booking plans are a little more up in the air. Who's going to win the women's elimination chamber match? And what other surprises might be in store on Raw's last stop before WrestleMania?
Here are three bold predictions for Sunday's event.
We'll See the Debut of the Broken Universe
The "Woken" Matt Hardy character is dying a slow, painful death.
Thus far, WWE Creative has reduced Hardy's gimmick to "the guy who laughs kind of funny," and that's about it. Seriously, all he does is interrupt his opponents' promos by laughing in a peculiar way. The audience cheers less and less. And any remaining fans are there because of what Hardy did in TNA, rather than what he's doing now.
Elimination Chamber will change that. It will be the first time we see extended members of the Broken Universe, such as King Maxel, Queen Rebecca or Senor Benjamin. We might even see Brother Nero, provided his rotator cuff has healed enough.
WWE Creative might want to save such a big reveal for WrestleMania, but we'll probably see a hint of things to come on Sunday night.
The company can't sell network subscriptions for Mania if the fans don't know what they're paying to see.
Alexa Bliss Will Lose the Raw Women's Championship
Alexa Bliss has carried the Raw women's title for the better part of the past year. Despite being smaller and fighting against massive odds in nearly every title match she's been in, Little Miss Bliss manages to eke out the win time and again.
However, her luck is going to run out at Elimination Chamber.
Why? It's because Asuka is going to beat Nia Jax at Elimination Chamber, which leaves The Irresistible Force out of the title match at WrestleMania.
Narratively speaking, the best opponent for Jax at WrestleMania would be Bliss. Their off-camera friendship is well-documented, and every now and then fans see Bliss is trying to manipulate her (with little success, we might add).
Expect these two to have an ex-BFF feud in the months ahead—a feud that would necessitate Bliss dropping the belt.
Asuka Won't Challenge for the Raw Women's Championship
Asuka has already run through all the major female competitors on Raw. There is no one left on the red brand about whom WWE can convincingly proclaim: "This is the woman who's finally going to break the streak."
The Empress of Tomorrow has not yet stated which title she will target at WrestleMania. And even though everyone (including Raw general manager Kurt Angle) assumes she will be competing for the Raw women's title, she's going to swerve everyone and announce she's targeting the SmackDown title.
After she beats Jax at Elimination Chamber, expect Renee Young to do an in-ring interview with Asuka. That's when she'll announce her intention to fight Charlotte Flair in New Orleans. You heard it here first.