The Rope Break #31: WWE Elimination Chamber Predictions!!

By Curtis Suthard – 2/23/2018

 

Greetings from the flu-stricken Nerd Nation Radio offices, as it is that time again, folks. Time to make some predictions on the upcoming Elimination Chamber PPV. Now, let me just say that I am A) a tad bit under the weather, with a headache that feels like I’m about to go full Scanners at any second; & B) not too impressed with the card for this show. So, prepare yourself for short paragraphs (yay) and snarky, poo-poo negative outlooks (yay?). So, let’s not waste anymore of my time, let’s get to it!

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WWE Elimination Chamber Predictions

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Kick-off Match – Gallows & Anderson VS. The Miztourage: So, if I’m wanting to cut through all of fluff, why would I include the Kick-Off Show match? Well, because I’m writing this and you’re not AND I like all four of these guys and feel that they are criminally undervalued and underutilized in WWE. The Club just can’t catch a break. Just when it looks like they are teaming back up with Finn and maybe becoming a solid heel faction, they get swept right back under the rug again. Not saying that the whole faction thing might not still happen (please happen…please), just that Gallows and Anderson just can’t seem to get more than a few seconds in the spotlight as of late.

On the other hand, Axel and Bo have gotten a bit of a jump start since becoming the Miz’s lackeys. Though, they play those roles well, it hasn’t really equaled a whole lot of opportunities to really shine in the ring for either guy. Maybe this will be a chance for them to do so? Maybe this will be the start of a Miz and the Miztourage VS. Balor and the Club feud that could benefit all involved? Nah, probably not. I’m giving my vote to a Miztourage win, because….it ultimately doesn’t matter either way.

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My Pick: The Miztourage

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Woken Matt Hardy VS. Bray Wyatt: Speaking of wrestlers and storylines going no where, we’re getting yet another entry in what should be a Dream Feud. Had you told me two years ago this whole match-up would be going down, I would have been jazzed. Heck, just a few months ago, the prospect of Hardy becoming “Broken” was something to look forward to. Unfortunately, it hasn’t led to much of anything. Matt tends to lose, more often than not and he and Wyatt just mostly face off in pre-recorded segments that involve a whole lot of repetitive nonsense talk and maniacal laughter, that was funny once, but has worn thin or sub-par matches. Hopefully this feud finally leads to something or just ends, because I’m pretty sure that this match may just be the last one that I pay any attention to, when it comes to either guy. Maybe we’ll get the return of Jeff/Brother Nero and something will actually happen?

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My Pick: Matt Hardy

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Asuka VS. Nia Jax (If Nia Wins, She Will Become A Part of the RAW Women’s Championship Match at WrestleMania): Does anyone see Asuka losing this? Really? Nope! Ok, maybe there is the slightest of chance that Nia wins through a Count Out or DQ, though I wouldn’t put money on it.

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My Pick: Asuka

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Titus Worldwide VS. The Bar(RAW Tag Team Championships): Finally, something is being done with Apollo Crews. Seriously…the guy is talented in the ring and by hooking him up with Titus and Dana Brooks (who has been kind of entertaining, lately) they seem to have given him a bit of a personality. Unfortunately, he, and his Tag partner, Titus O’Neill, are going up against Sheamus & Cesaro who are just that much better. Plus, Titus Worldwide has gotten the drop on The Bar in recent weeks, including this week’s RAW. Which means that The Bar is more than likely to retain. If, somehow, Titus and Apollo pull out a victory though, I wouldn’t complain. But, it ain’t going to happen.

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My Picks: The Bar

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Alexa Bliss VS. Sasha Banks VS. Bayley VS. Mickie James VS. Sonya Deville VS. Mandy Rose (Women’s Elimination Chamber Match): So, here we go, another first for the Women’s Revolution, an Elimination Chamber just for the ladies and this one is really a toss up for me. I’m honestly not sure who will walk out of this one Champ (this is for the RAW Women’s Championship, right?). So, let’s do a quick run down of the participants, while I work this one out. Starting off, I feel safe in saying Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville don’t really stand a chance in winning. Mandy is…okay, at best. She’s Eva Marie, with some wrestling ability and what seems to be an actual desire to be a pro wrestler. Sonya, on the other hand, is decent, but has a ways to go before she’s ready to carry a title. Next up is Mickie James, who is really in the same boat as the last two ladies I mentioned. Mickie is still really good and can definitely go, but I don’t see her getting another title reign, at least not heading into ‘Mania. So, Bayley or Sasha? Well, if I actually thought that Alexa wasn’t going to retain her title, I guess it comes down to these two and as much as I like Bayley, Sasha could and, I feel, would have a more entertaining and impactful match with Asuka at WrestleMania. BUT…I don’t see that happening either, as I can say with a good deal of confidence that I’m sure that Bliss walks out winner.

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My Pick: Alexa Bliss

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The Miz VS. Braun Strowman VS. Finn Balor VS. Seth Rollins VS. John Cena VS. Elias VS. Roman Reigns (7-Man Elimination Chamber match to determine #1 Contender for RAW Universal Championship): Here we go with yet another “First Ever”-dealy for this show. The First Ever 7-Man Elimination Chamber match. So…yay…Seth Rollins isn’t being written off…I guess. So, because Dean Ambrose and then Jason Jordan, both of which served as Seth’s Tag Team Partners in recent weeks, have been shelved due to injury, the former Universal Champion found himself getting shoe-horned into this match. Though, maybe it was Finn Balor who got added as an after thought, as both men were included only after simultaneously pinning and winning in a match that would grant the winner the final spot in the Elimination Chamber. Eh, who cares, at least Seth will be doing something and we’ll all get to enjoy it, as he is easily one of the best WWE has to offer currently.

But, enough about that, who’s winning it? Well, let’s work our way through this one man at a time. John Cena? Nope! Now, that’s not wishful thinking or biased opinion-making happening there, it just seems highly unlikely that Cena will be going on to WrestleMania to fight for a title. So, Elias? Hell no! As much as the crooning “Drifter” has been improving over this last year or so, I wouldn’t be willing to drop a dime betting on the guy. Maybe in the distant future, but not anytime soon. So, Braun Strowman? I totally don’t see it happening, but don’t really get why. Just in the last year Strowman has been a top heel and has gone on to almost, if not completely, evolve into a fan favorite and possible babyface. The guy is on fire right now and has improved both inside and outside the ring in leaps and bounds. Though, I’m pretty sure that the rumors of Braun going after the Intercontinental Championship are true, which is a good thing, and this match will help further set that up. Which, means that no, the Miz stands no chance of winning this one either.

So that leaves me with three options: Balor, Reigns and Rollins. As much as I love Finn and have grown increasingly frustrated at the seeming lack of interest that “The Powers That Be” seem to have in putting this guy back in the Main Event picture, I just don’t see it happening here. After all, if rumors are to be believed, Balor was supposed to have had a title shot with Lesnar at the Rumble, but it got scrapped. So, he stands very little chance of winning this match and I’m honestly not quite sure where Balor will be going from here and into WrestleMania. So, Seth Rollins?  I guess he’s a maybe, but I don’t think I feel comfortable going with the guy. He’s great, as proven this past week on RAW in the Gauntlet Match and nearly every other match that he has had. But, I don’t see it. Though, I’m sure that he will feud with Reigns in the future and will definitely regain the Universal Championship at some point.

So, cue the sad trombone, as it seems more than likely that Roman Reigns is winning this and heading to WrestleMania to take the title off of Lesnar and take his rightful place at the top of the WWE Universe. Snore, I know. But, it would be best if we all just starting learning to cope with it sooner rather than later.

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My PickRoman Reigns

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Oh yeah, Ronda Rousey will be there to sign a contract and possibly flip a table, pose for pics, maybe get confronted by Asuka or whatever and possibly awkwardly point at the WrestleMania sign some more.

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So there you have it, a highly predictable and possibly lackluster WWE Elimination Chamber it seems. Maybe I’ll be wrong and this will be a spectacular show, filled with heart-stopping action, surprise upsets, title changes and unpredictable events. Or…maybe not. Well, I’ll be here right afterward to give you my review of everything that goes on. Until then, I’m crawling back beneath my blankets where I will alternate between freezing cold and sweating bullets.

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