WWE Elimination Chamber 2018 Predictions
February 25, 2018
By: Mike Tedesco of Wrestleview.com
Elimination Chamber is upon us and I’m pretty psyched to watch and recap this show.
This match has always been a personal favorite of mine. It’s a match that has yet to really disappoint me. They always do a super job of booking it out and being creative with their spots. They’re doing two matches tonight with the women getting a crack at the match for the first time ever. My interest is probably more piqued for that match than the men’s just because I’m curious to see what they’re going to do to pull it off.
This is the final RAW-only PPV for good, which is a great thing in my opinion. The rapid fire PPVs (nearly one every two weeks at its most obnoxious peak) really took away from the shows feeling special. Funny thing is, this really shows the disparity between the two shows. This RAW show has a lot of star power on it and really stands alone as a good show. The Smackdown events always need help because you have so few stars and a lot of time to fill with people that just aren’t that compelling.
Anyway, let’s get to the show.
Asuka vs. Nia Jax
I can’t say I’m too terribly excited to see this one. I didn’t particularly like the match they had back in January, so I can’t imagine this one will be much better. Even though they added the stipulation of Nia Jax being added to the title match at WrestleMania if she gets through Asuka, we all know that this streak isn’t ending at Elimination Chamber or anytime soon for that matter.
Matt Hardy vs. Bray Wyatt
The “Woken” Matt Hardy thing got off to a nice start in December, but it’s gone downhill since. Bray Wyatt’s involvement really hurts this presentation. Wyatt is beyond stale to me and has crushed any momentum that Hardy had at the beginning. Then having Wyatt beat Hardy clean on RAW 25 killed this dead. Why it’s continued on another month is beyond me. I hope tonight is the end of it. If that’s the case, the viewers will be the real winners.
Prediction: Bray Wyatt
RAW Tag Team Championships Match
Titus Worldwide vs. The Bar (c’s)
For the first time in what feels like forever, The Bar is facing a team that doesn’t involve Seth Rollins. That had gone on since early August at least and went up to basically the beginning of February. That’s far too much time. This is a breath of fresh air, even though they’ve tried to wear the viewing audience down by having The Bar face Titus Worldwide about every week on this show for a little while now. Still, I can’t really complain about some new faces in the Tag Title picture. I don’t think the titles are changing hands, but it’s a nice change of pace.
Prediction: The Bar
RAW Women’s Championship – Elimination Chamber Match
Sasha Banks vs. Bayley vs. Mickie James vs. Sonya Deville vs. Mandy Rose vs. Alexa Bliss (c)
This match really worries me because of the Sasha Banks involvement. Banks is a severely reckless performer in the ring believing she can do anything and winds up nearly killing herself doing a suicide dive or a hurricanrana. Now that she’ll have stuff to climb and jump off adds to the danger of it. I hope after her hideously botched suicide dive in the match against Asuka last month that the higher ups talked to her and nixed her ever doing something like that again. It’s only a matter of time before she isn’t so lucky to quickly get up and continue on from these near misses. That being said, they probably do want her to get through this match relatively unscathed because I see Banks walking away with the title here. Her match against Asuka a few weeks ago on RAW was really quite good. She’s the only RAW contender I could see going against Asuka at WrestleMania and managing to have a really good match. The Absolution girls are too green, Mickie James is being treated like an old maid, Bayley is a bust, and Alexa Bliss is a great character, but not a great worker. Banks is not by any means a great character (they really should turn her heel), but I can’t deny that she can go in the ring. This outcome would make a ton of sense to me.
Prediction: Sasha Banks wins the title
Elimination Chamber – Winner faces Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania
Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins vs. Finn Bálor vs. Elias vs. The Miz vs. Braun Strowman vs. John Cena
I’m really excited about seeing this match. With this lineup, it should be one of the better Elimination Chamber matches of all time. It’s really been a well-built match, culminating with a two-plus hour Gauntlet Match on RAW this past week. I expect the creativity, spots, and booking to be next level stuff in this one. I don’t think the end is in doubt with Roman Reigns going over, but I think it would be a mistake if they didn’t have some funky ending with Braun Strowman to possibly get him into the WrestleMania match against Lesnar and Reigns at WrestleMania as well. Strowman is super over, and I think you have to strike while the iron is hot. It’s amazing how well they’ve built up Strowman and this is the same company that has tried and failed on multiple occasions over the last four years to make Reigns a superstar. They’re doing a great job with Reigns now, but man that took a long time. This should be a good one.
Prediction: Roman Reigns
I went 4-2 with my predictions at the Royal Rumble, missing the two Tag Title matches.
All-time Predictions Record: 101-47 (.682)
Well, those are my predictions for the show. Do you agree? Disagree? Let me know!
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