WWE Elimination Chamber Preview

Posted by Grey Sunday, February 20, 2011

"Two miles of chain, 10 tons of steel, 16-feet in height and 36-feet in diameter."

Imbecile statistics aside, WWE's final WWE Pay-Per-View (PPV) before the "Showcase of the Immortals", WrestleMania, takes place tonight at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. Armed yourself before the show kicks off with our regular preview for WWE Elimination Chamber!

The second annual Elimination Chamber event takes place tonight, fulfilling the destined role of the final PPV before WrestleMania. Traditionally, the final PPV before the big one serves to be the final stop on the Road to WrestleMania as we see last-minute storyline changes, scripted title changes, surprise returns, and any likely major announcement to further hype up WrestleMania. While Royal Rumble provided us with a number-one contender for the WWE/World Heavyweight Title in the main event of WrestleMania, Elimination Chamber will be a clear indicator of everything else.

To further illustrate my point, last year's Elimination Chamber officially kicked off the four main events of the following WrestleMania XXVI. As a result of Shawn Michaels interrupting the World Heavyweight Championship Elimination Chamber Match to antagonize The Undertaker for a rematch, Chris Jericho won the match and became the World Heavyweight Champion. In the WWE Championship Elimination Chamber Match, reigning WWE Champion Sheamus was eliminated by Triple H. After a much contested bout between the remaining two opponents, John Cena won the match by eliminating Triple H. However, the celebration proved to be premature as Mr. McMahon has arranged a title match immediately after the Elimination Chamber match as a favour to Batista. The Animal subsequently became the new WWE Champion after overpowering the weakened Cena. From this two main events, four match-ups were created: 1) The Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels II, 2) John Cena vs. Batista for the WWE Championship, 3) Royal Rumble winner Edge vs. Chris Jericho for the World Heavyweight Championship, and 4) Triple H vs. Sheamus.

However, plot developments toward the Road to WrestleMania this year pales in comparison when compared to the previous year. While last year's build-up kicked off with Shawn Michaels expressing his wish to have a rematch with The Undertaker after receiving the Slammy Award for the match of the year with his first bout with the Deadman in WrestleMania XXV, the only development that we have for this year is that Alberto Del Rio will be the number-one contender at WrestleMania for winning the Royal Rumble. Were it not for the phenomenal promo and announcement for The Rock's return as the Guest Host of WrestleMania XXVII in last week's Raw, it is totally unimaginable of the minimal level of hype the show is receiving.

The Elimination Chamber event also serves a slightly different purpose this year with The Miz not defending his WWE Championship inside the "Satan's Structure". Perhaps indicative of the "weakness" of the beatable, weak champion, The Miz will be settling the score with Raw's longtime color commentator and WWE Hall of Famer Jerry "The King" Lawler. The Raw Elimination Chamber match will instead be participated by six Raw Superstar for the number-one contender status for the WWE Championship. On the blue corner of the WWE Universe, Edge (perhaps indicative of his stronger champion status) will be putting his World Heavyweight Championship on the line in the Elimination Chamber against not five, but four opponents, due to the fall-out of the 600th episode of Smackdown (more on that later). Current Royal Rumble winner, Alberto Del Rio, takes on Intercontinental Champion, Kofi Kingston, while the ever-pathetic WWE Tag Team Championship is on the line with Santino Marella and Vladimir Kozlov defending against two members of the absurdly-named "The Corre".

Who will secure the final victory on their respective roads to WrestleMania? Allow us here at The Daily Zombies to look into our undead crystal ball for our preview and prediction.

In the meantime, the number four, seems to be our killer number as our fourth choice in our prediction of the Royal Rumble winner struck gold once again (Edge, the Royal Rumble winner last year, were our fourth choice too). With the exception of the ridiculously amended match-ups for the Divas Championship, we were accurate in our predictions throughout the show. Let see if our winning ways maintain.

SmackDown Elimination Chamber Match

Drew McIntyre, Rey Mysterio, Kane, Wade Barrett and Edge, the defending champion.

Yes, we are one man short. Which brings us to the really interesting point of the match, a point that can easily prove to be much more interesting than who will actually win this one.

The build-up for an Edge vs. Alberto Del Rio has been in place since Royal Rumble, so much so that any amendment to that map seemed unlikely (in most cases as we will hypothesize some exceptional scenario as we go along). Bu for the mysterious entrant filling in the sixth spot? Possibilities bring us some interesting speculations. Before we move on with our prediction, for those who missed out on the 600th episode of Smackdown, the World Heavyweight Championship changed hands twice. Here's a video clip illustrating the fiasco.

As ridiculous and stupendous as how the whole resolution sounded, it will be easy for us to just leave it behind and focus on the interesting situation at hand here as a result of the fallout.

We will start with the more likely candidates for the sixth participant, by normal circumstances.

Dolph Ziggler - The simplest way would be to reinsert Ziggler via any means possible.
Cody Rhodes (Masked and improved version) - The best way to reignite his feud with Mysterio with a bang.
Ezekiel Jackson - A fellow team-mate of The Corre with Wade Barrett, his participation serves some story-telling element, and to also elevate his status.
Big Show - He does have some score to settle with Barrett and The Corre.

That's it with our likely candidates under normal circumstances. But more often than not, circumstances in WWE just ain't normal and for crying out loud, it's the final PPV before WrestleMania! Hang on for our more gutsy and infinitely more interesting prediction for the sixth man.

Triple H - We are digging into our list of potential mysterious entrants from last month's Royal Rumble (incidentally, something that we flunked). It's no secret Hunter will definitely, absolutely be featured in WrestleMania. His return in tonight's show is almost imminent. However, he would most probably interrupt in Sheamus's Raw Elimination Chamber to continue his program with the Irish King. We don't foresee the feasibility of a Triple H/Alberto Del Rio encounter at WrestleMania.

The Undertaker - The Deadman would have absolutely be our choice for the mysterious sixth participant role, if not for the 2-21-11 video debacle. If he is coming back one day before the projected date, that would have totally defeat the purpose of the whole viral campaign (not that it made any sense to begin with, if it's not Sting). Having a score to settle with both Kane and Wade Barrett (both participants of the match) for their collaborative efforts in burying him at Bragging Rights, his presence in the "Satan's Structure" would have serve some appealing dramatic impact.

Chris Jericho - If Y2J were to indeed make his return, it would be more likely for the Raw ring to take revenge on Orton for taking him out. All in all, unlikely.

Sting - Dream on.

Which lead us to our final choice....

Christian - Reports of Christian being backstage at the Royal Rumble without his arm in a sling, and the fact that it's about damn time. His return to Smackdown can easily be molded in a Triple Threat Match for the World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania XVII. With his long-running history with Edge, and being recently taken out of action by Del Rio, he can easily be an additional factor for more heat on the Smackdown title match. Hell, I wouldn't be too surprised if the current "up in the air" situation with Dolph Ziggler eventually finds him reinserted in the title match as a Fatal Four-way between Edge, Christian, Del Rio, and Ziggler.

Nevertheless, do note that WWE.com did mentioned that "it is reasonable to assume that Edge will only be facing four challengers".

Predicted Winner: Edge
Regardless the identity of the mysterious sixth participant, we are certain the Rated-R Superstar will emerged from the PPV as the World Heavyweight Champion.

One of the problem of this installment of Elimination Chamber would be that the outcome are pretty much conceivable from the outset. Alberto Del Rio is an up-and-coming heel. By that we can easily ruled out the chances of Superstars in the same role, McIntyre and Barrett. Kane can also be ruled out for his appointment with the Deadman, and for the simple fact that there's no way that he's going to be in a WrestleMania main event. That leaves us Mysterio, who has already had an extended feud with Del Rio throughout the beginning of Del Rio's WWE career.

We simply don't have any other choice now, do we?

WWE Champion The Miz vs. Jerry Lawler

For long term service and loyalty to WWE, here's what longtime Raw color commentator and WWE Hall of Famer Jerry "The King" Lawler gets: A title shot at the WWE Championship in a PPV match.

While Lawler has never been known for his athleticism or technical prowess, he is one hell of a storyteller in the ring. With the unfortunate circumstances surrounding his mother's passing, expect more emotional factor in this match-up. The Miz has lots to learn in this final encounter with the Hall of Famer. Though we do know pretty well what this match is leading us to.

Predicted Winner: The Miz
It has been a well-known fact that Lawler regularly moans over two facts in his storied career: 1) Not winning the WWE Championship, and more importantly, 2) Never took part in a WrestleMania match.

While we all know that it is unlikely for a 61-year-old veteran like Lawler to achieve point number one, we are seriously thinking that this might just be the year that Lawler will achieve the second point, involving in an actual match at WrestleMania. Just where do you think this heel-turn of Michael Cole was leading to? At a match of this status, Cole would definitely be up to yet another dastardly save for The Miz, causing Lawler to lose the match. Although the (still) anonymous Raw GM has decreed that Lawler is unable to cause any physical dismay upon Cole, we now have The Rock to count on as the Special Host of WrestleMania XXVII.

Expect Lawler to be involved in a match-up involving Cole, with Daniel Bryan, Alex Riley, or even Ted DiBiase in the mix-up.

Raw Elimination Chamber Match

John Cena vs. Sheamus vs. Randy Orton vs. CM Punk vs. John Morrison vs. R-Truth.

A great mix of athleticism, in-ring abilities, and sheer power, this match is likely to be the better Elimination Chamber match. Expect Morrison to follow in the footsteps of Rob Van Dam and Rey Mysterio for some madcap display of extreme athleticism after wowing everyone at Royal Rumble.

Predicted Winner: John Cena
Here we have four "main event level" Superstar, one up-and-coming rising Superstar, and one Superstar that firmly belongs to the midcard. With the exception of R-Truth (yes, the midcard guy), all five participants are likely to win the match on paper, but in reality, much like the Smackdown Elimination Chamber match, the outcome are conceivable from the outset. Orton and Punk will likely cancelled each other out (Punk, with the assistance of the New Nexus) for their match-up at WrestleMania, while Morrison and R-Truth are there to be eliminated. Sheamus might just get some interference from the returning Triple H. And with that, we are left with Cena. Again.

In fact, the result of this match-up is depending on one simple question: Does The Rock feel like wrestling in the upcoming WrestleMania?

If he does, Cena will lose this match and get into a fully involved program with The Great One and learn some promo 101. But The Rock has indicated numerous times that he will not wrestle again and is likely to remain as the Special Host of the show. The Rock has even hinted on the main event of WrestleMania being The Miz and John Cena. I think we can be counting ourselves lucky if he decides to play special referee to that one.

Intercontinental Champion Kofi Kingston vs. Alberto Del Rio

For a rematch of a televised match-up that ended with Del Rio cleanly pinning Kingston, the purpose of this one is more than obvious: To further elevate Del Rio's status heading into WrestleMania.

Predicted Winners: Alberto Del Rio
There's no way they gonna undercut the momentum of the Royal Rumble winner. And with no title on the line, Kingston can easily afford the loss.

WWE Tag Team Champions Santino Marella & Vladimir Kozlov vs. Heath Slater & Justin Gabriel

It's in fact quite sad that when there's no Divas title match-up, the tag-team titles match-up becomes the toilet break.

Predicted Winners: Santino Marella & Vladimir Kozlov
There has been whispers of a New Nexus vs. The Corre match. If that is indeed the case, we can easily bet on Heath Slater & Justin Gabriel. However, we beg to differ. Ezekiel Jackson is obviously heading for a match-up with Big Show while Punk clearly has to deal with Orton. While we do hope that Heath Slater & Justin Gabriel can win this one regardless the direction, it is more likely than not that the comedy duo tag-team champions are here to stay.


The Rundown

While both Elimination Chamber matches are probably going to be just what they are: A controlled cluster-fuck that gets worse before it gets better, Lawler's title shot at The Miz's WWE Championship is surprisingly quite appealing to us. An unmissable show on the Road to WrestleMania.


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