We have officially arrived at the final PPV destination before Wrestlemania 29 in the Meadowlands. That PPV is none other than No Wa…..I mean Elimination Chamber. To me, the last PPV before Wrestlemania will always be known as No Way Out. Come to think of it, why did they even change the name? No Way Out seemed to always feature chamber matches, so what was the point of renaming the event? That’s one of just many questions that we’ll unfortunately never get the answers to. So without further ado here are my predictions for tomorrow night’s show from New Orleans.
Pre-show Tag Team Match
Brodus Clay & Tensai vs. The Rhodes Scholars
Truth be told I could really care less about this match. Why Tensai is face now and teaming with Brodus Clay is beyond me. The only interest that I have in this bout is The Rhodes Scholars. It appears as though these two haven’t disbanded just yet. Bottom line is, Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow deserve a hell of a lot better than a crappy pre-show tag team match against two fat jobbers. Seeing as how Tensai and Brodus just started tagging together, I say they pick up the win unfortunately. Then you can look for Damien and Cody to go their separate ways.
Divas Championship Match
Tamina Snuka vs. Kaitlyn(c)
Let me start off by saying that this “feud” if you want to call it that, is a joke. Apparently these two have been going back and forth on Twitter. While I’m not taking anything away from either woman, as they are both good workers and probably two of the best divas in WWE at the moment. But you can’t sit there and honestly tell me that this is a legitimate feud. There hasn’t even been the slightest bit of interaction on Raw over the past few weeks. As a matter of fact, I don’t think Kaitlyn’s been on Raw since she beat Eve (god do I miss her) for the title last month. That’s pretty weak if you ask me. Despite all of that it should be a good divas match and I see Kaitlyn retaining.
United States Championship Match
The Miz vs. Antonio Cesaro(c)
I for one have been enjoying this feud between these two men. Cesaro continues to impress and it seems like with each match he just keeps getting better and better. His strength never ceases to amaze me. When I look back over time I can’t recall the last time we had a United States Champion that was this dominant on a nightly basis. So look for tomorrow night to be no different when it comes to his dominance. As for Miz, is it just me or does it seem like we see him in his dress slacks more than his in-ring gear these days? Either way, Miz got destroyed by Cesaro on Raw this past Monday so you know he’ll have revenge on his mind tomorrow night. This will be a solid contest with Cesaro retaining when it’s all said and done.
World Heavyweight Championship Match
The Big Show vs. Alberto Del Rio(c)
It looks like tomorrow night will be the closing chapter to this feud at least I hope so. Del Rio’s face turn so far has been nothing short of successful. I notice every week, show after show, he’s slowly but surely gaining more fans. In my opinion I think he’s a pretty good face and he’s excellent in the ring so that’s a winning combination right there. In the other corner we have the Big Show who I think is at the end of his rope when it comes to world title shots. As much as I enjoyed him as World Champion a little while ago, I don’t see many big things happening for Show after Elimination Chamber. If Sheamus and Show could put on a very, very good match at Hell In A Cell, then I see Del Rio having no problem putting on a top-notch bout with the giant. Del Rio will walk into Mania as the World Heavyweight Champion.
EC Match to determine the #1 contender for the WHC at Wrestlemania 29
Randy Orton vs. Chris Jericho vs. Daniel Bryan vs. Jack Swagger vs. Kane vs. Mark Henry
So this year there will only be one elimination chamber match instead of two and I’m perfectly fine with that. Six men will enter Satan’s structure or as they are calling it now, the belly of the beast. Out of those six former World Champions, only one will emerge victorious and earn himself a World Heavyweight Championship match at Wrestlemania. While we don’t get blood anymore, this should still be an exciting chamber match. I’ve narrowed my picks down to 3 men. Jack Swagger, Chris Jericho and the newly returned Mark Henry. Swagger like Henry, has been a beast since he’s been back and I don’t see him slowing down. Jericho will be making his 8th chamber appearance, which is the most in WWE history. He’s won one before so he has the experience. Plus I have a hunch he’s due for one more world title reign before he goes back on tour. My last pick and probably the favorite in a lot of people’s minds is the World’s Strongest Man Mark Henry. Ever since he’s returned he’s been decimating people left and right and he said that the Hall of Pain is now open. Tomorrow night in New Orleans the big man will be looking to add five more inductees. He said last night on Smackdown that it’s going to take the national guard, army, marines and navy to stop him and who am I to disagree? When it comes down to it, this should be an exciting chamber match and in the end I see Mark Henry picking up the win and continuing his path of destruction all the way to Wrestlemania.
Six-Man Tag Team Match
John Cena, Sheamus and Ryback vs. The Shield
Despite the fact that this isn’t an elimination chamber match, although that would’ve been awesome to see, I am looking forward to this six-man bout. The all-star team of Cena, Sheamus and Ryback is pretty impressive but not as impressive as the three bad-asses they are squaring off against. Even though the Shield has only had one match since their debut, there’s no doubt that Vince’s golden boys shouldn’t take them lightly. This feud has been a pretty good one as the Shield has beaten down on all three of these guys on numerous occasions. I’d really hate to see team PG bury these young bloods because if that were to happen, the Shield’s credibility goes right down the drain. I predict a lengthy contest with multiple nearfalls and hopefully we’ll even be fortunate enough to get some Kendra Lust chants directed at Cena. But I have a feeling the Shield is out to prove they’re not a one hit wonder. Look for them to pick up the W and up their record to 2-0.
WWE Championship Match
CM Punk vs. The Rock(c)
Less than four weeks ago The Rock became an 8-time WWE Champion. According to CM Punk that never happened and he’s still the WWE Champion, continuing his historic reign. We can dream can’t we Punk? This feud has had a lot more verbal confrontations than physical ones unfortunately but that doesn’t change the fact that tomorrow night will be 100% physicality. These two have cut good promos on each other and have made this rivalry very intense which is what I like to see. Their match at the Rumble wasn’t the best simply for the fact that Rock didn’t seem to be up to the task of working with a superstar the caliber of CM Punk. I’m not knocking the Great One, it just looked like he had some ring rust during their previous encounter. With that being said, I see a much more focused Brahma Bull who will be looking to prove that he can indeed go toe to toe with the best in the world. Punk will put up one hell of a fight but I think he’s going to come up just short. The Rock will retain (and get his title back) and head into the Meadowlands as WWE Champion.
Well there you have it, those are my picks for tomorrow night’s Elimination Chamber PPV from the New Orleans Arena in New Orleans, Louisiana. Four championships will be decided and by the end of the night a certain superstar will be heading to Wrestlemania 29 as the new #1 contender for the World Heavyweight Championship. Come Monday night on Raw, the road to Wrestlemania for everyone will be a whole lot clearer.