WWE Elimination Chamber Predictions
May 31, 2015
By: Mike Tedesco of Wrestleview.com
I am so excited about the return of the Elimination Chamber event. It was one of my favorite shows of the year, so I was definitely bummed when they removed it. I understood why they did (who wants someone getting injured in the Chamber a month before WrestleMania?), but a part of me was definitely disappointed. Aside from the match itself, there’s another reason why I like the show. Back in 2002, I was supposed to go to Madison Square Garden to see the first ever Elimination Chamber. My grandfather was supposed to take me. We were quite excited. Unfortunately, he passed away suddenly a few days before the event, so I never did make it to the show. Now, as bizarre as it sounds, I always think of my grandpa whenever I hear about the Elimination Chamber. I think he’d have gotten a kick out of the match. I’m glad it’s back. Anyway, I think this show should be a lot of fun. It’s a bonus show that we weren’t expecting until two weeks ago, so whatever we get is good.
Neville vs. Bo Dallas
While I haven’t been in love with the way they’ve handled Neville’s debut, they are at least giving him a fair shake by continuing to feature him on big events. A few weeks back, he nearly had John Cena pinned in one of those US Championship Open Challenges. Unfortunately, he was getting pinned by King Barrett a week later following interference from his opponent tonight. Bo Dallas, after months of being on the bench, has been recalled and is facing Neville tonight. I don’t think he has a chance in the match, but it’s good to see him doing his thing. I’ve always gotten a kick out of his character. I still think Neville should be in the Elimination Chamber match for the Intercontinental Championship, but at least he’ll be picking up a win and continuing his path upward in the company. Time will tell where the ceiling will top off for him. I don’t know if they’ll ever see him as a top guy, but he could be a very serviceable high mid-card guy.
WWE United States Champion vs. NXT Champion
John Cena vs. Kevin Owens
Aside from the two Elimination Chamber matches, this is the match I’m most looking forward to seeing. This is a really interesting match-up. Hell, even a year ago I’d say that Kevin Owens had no chance against John Cena because Cena never loses to new talent, especially after they get over on him a few times in the lead up to the match. This year, everything is different. John Cena is no doubt being faded out of the main event spotlight and is attempting to put over young talent every week on television. As I already mentioned, a few weeks back it was insinuated that he was mere seconds away from being pinned clean by Neville before Rusev ran in to cause the disqualification. That’s a huge shift from where he’s been. Being that this is a non-title match, Cena really has nothing to gain from winning. Cena is hands down one of the biggest WWE superstars in history and a loss tonight won’t change that. On the other hand, a win for Owens would make him a made man. WWE seems very serious about making him a top hand just from the way they talk about him. Owens also just signed a main roster contract. Owens should not be losing this match. Of course, that means he probably will, but I’m going to predict hoping WWE does the right thing. I don’t care if it’s a screwy finish or a DQ; Owens should be announced as the winner.
Prediction: Kevin Owens
WWE Divas Championship – Triple Threat Match
Naomi vs. Paige vs. Nikki Bella (c)
Naomi has absolutely been on fire since turning heel. Her change in look is fantastic and the promo work is on point. Even with the return of Paige (who came back to no fanfare and then had a horrible match against Tamina on RAW), I still think tonight should be Naomi’s night. Nikki Bella has actually improved a lot since winning the championship in November, but it’s time for a change. I just cannot imagine a circumstance where Naomi doesn’t walk out the winner.
Prediction: Naomi wins the title
WWE Tag Team Championships – Elimination Chamber Match
Tyson Kidd & Cesaro vs. The Prime Time Players vs. The Lucha Dragons vs. The Ascension vs. Los Matadores vs. The New Day (c’s)
I’m actually really looking forward to this just to see the execution of it. A tag team Elimination Chamber definitely sounds interesting. There are a few tag teams in this that don’t belong (The Ascension and Los Matadores), but I think this should wind up being a lot of fun. I’m expecting the Lucha Dragons will do some fun spots off the walls, especially Kalisto. The New Day have been entertaining as hell since turning heel and winning the championships. I don’t think the time is right for them to be losing, so I’ll go with them.
Prediction: The New Day retains
WWE Intercontinental Championship – Elimination Chamber Match
King Barrett vs. Sheamus vs. Ryback vs. R-Truth vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. ???
Funny enough, I just had a whole blurb written about this match and how I didn’t think Rusev would be in it, and WWE sent out a notice saying he was removed from the match. They didn’t say who would be replacing him, but I’d have to imagine it’d be Bray Wyatt. If that’s the case, he should really come out on top. I initially thought that Rusev would be the winner, so why shouldn’t his replacement win? I like the thought of Wyatt with the Intercontinental Championship. Wyatt’s feud with Ryback left me thinking, “What the hell are they doing with this guy? What’s the point of him?” Having the championship will give him a purpose. Otherwise, he’s just babbling nonsensically for no reason with nothing solid on the line. I also love what Sheamus has done since turning heel. Sheamus very well could walk out of the Chamber with the gold as well. As for the other guys, I just don’t see how they could win, especially R-Truth. How in the world that jobber is in the match is beyond me. I’ll take Bray Wyatt, but if he’s not entered into the match, I’ll go with Sheamus.
Prediction: Bray Wyatt/Sheamus wins the title
WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match
Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins (c)
This one is pretty cut and dry. With the return of Brock Lesnar apparently imminent, now is not the time for Seth Rollins to lose the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. I think this match will be a lot of fun, but the result will never be in doubt. I doubt Rollins will get a clean victory, which will help Ambrose save face. Expect a lot of J&J Security and Kane interference. I expect Roman Reigns will run down to try to assist Ambrose, but I can see someone coming out to thwart that (i.e. a returning Big Show). That will set up some Money in the Bank mini-storylines. Anyway, there’s almost 0% chance Rollins is losing the championship tonight.
Prediction: Seth Rollins retains
I had a heck of a night just a short (really short) two weeks ago. I went 7-1 with my WWE Payback predictions. The only match I missed was the stupid Mega Powers vs. Ascension match on the Kickoff Show. That shouldn’t even count! Hopefully I’ll have similar results tonight.
Predictions Record: 23-13
Well, those are my predictions for the show. Do you agree? Disagree? Let me know!
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