The LAW’s WWE Elimination Chamber Preview

Tonight the WWE presents the Elimination Chamber special on the WWE Network. This was originally scheduled to be a live event in Corpus Christi, Texas but the decision was made over the past month to add the Sunday night special, which falls on the final day of the month with the hope that new subscribers are going to allow their subscription to roll over for the next month. Below is a full preview of the show.

It is worth noting that Rusev’s status is questionable for the show tonight for the Elimination Chamber match, stemming from the back body drop he took to the floor on this past week’s episode of Smackdown and injuring his right foot.

Tune into The LAW immediately after Elimination Chamber at 11pm ET on TSN 1050 Toronto, TSN 1410 Vancouver, SiriusXM 167 and online here on the website.

SETH ROLLINS VS DEAN AMBROSE FOR THE WWE TITLE

Dan “The Mouth” Lovranski
I can’t see them taking the title of Rollins here, but I also hope that Stone Cold Ambrose doesn’t just disappear into the mid-card after this match. To me, he seems fairly over and I think he should be higher on the card. Because there is such a short gap between shows, I could see a disputed finish here and a rematch at Money in the Bank two weeks from now.

Jason Agnew
Rollins will beat Ambrose here… within the match we’ll also have Kane cause Rollins some problems (thus that will be the match at MITB), but this will be overshadowed by Reigns coming out in an attempt to help Ambrose but unintentionally costing him the match w/ a superman punch.  Thus we get Ambrose / Reigns both going into the MITB with some tension.

John Pollock
In the quick turnaround from Payback, they have gotten the audience more engaged in Ambrose and made him the focal point of Raw this past Monday. A title change is a very small possibility and the only reason would be the surprise factor of a title change and stretching out this program between the two with another event coming up in two weeks. I expect a very strong main event from the two and they are going to have their work cut out for them because this is a deep show and they are following a lot. Rollins should retain with the pedigree but I keep the door open a sliver on the title bouncing back and forth over the next two-weeks.

JOHN CENA VS KEVIN OWENS

Dan “The Mouth” Lovranski
I can’t tell you how weird it is to see Kevin Owens being pushed to the stars on WWE TV since I always figured he would never make the grade in that world, not because he wasn’t good enough but because of WWE ideals of what a main eventer should be. Since this is not for either man’s title, it would seem really stupid for Owens to lose. I could see him getting the win here, after which he cuts a promo and gets himself in the Money in the Bank match at the next PPV.

Jason Agnew
Owens wins this match… by DQ.  Even though it’s non-title I don’t think Cena is going to take the pin, I do however see Owens walking away as Cena is laid out.  Cena will gain advantage on Owens here, and Owens will cheat to get the advantage on Cena, and walk away with his head held high.  Then Cena can come out on RAW and do his “you got the best of me, but you cheated and we’ll meet another day”… blah blah blah.  Considering there have been rumours of a new design for the US Title, and Owens continually stomps on the belt, I would love to see Owens destroy the actual US Title to end this match.

John Pollock

Wins and losses don’t mean everything…but they do mean a lot. This essentially had to be a non-title match because from a logistical point of view, it makes no sense to put either title on the other. This is the most important match of Owens’ career and there are definitely important people backing Owens but this will be his showcase for anyone that is doubting him or his ability to transcend as a top guy. Owens has been great the last two weeks on television and it’s been the combination of his promos, being positioned as equal to Cena and it’s a fresh face and new blood on a main roster that desperately needs it. For the long-term benefit, Owens should win this match and can either continue the program or return to NXT and it is something you can always go back to and adds a lot of credibility to NXT and the title. I also feel this will be a very good match and hopefully the crowd enhances it.

SHEAMUS VS RUSEV VS DOLPH ZIGGLER VS RYBACK VS R-TRUTH VS KING BARRETT IN THE ELIMINATION CHAMBER FOR THE VACANT INTERCONTINENTAL TITLE

Dan “The Mouth” Lovranski
This one kind of depends on what they do with Rusev now that he has injured his ankle. They took him off the house shows this weekend, so it has to be somewhat serious. I still think the best idea is to have it come down to Rusev and Ziggler with Rusev winning, and the feud between the two of them continuing. But if Rusev needs time off, and you’ve watched the booking lately, they’ve been jobbing Barrett out like crazy, so they might give him the big win here. But my gut says to go with Rusev, but it just depends on the severity of his injury.

Jason Agnew
Well first of all, no Rusev in this match, he’s out for a month with a leg injury.  I thought Rusev was getting the title here to rehab him from the Lana break up, and put him into a singles feud with Ziggler, with Rusev out I’m not exactly sure who wins… and more importantly who will replace Rusev in the match.  Perhaps Ziggler takes the title now, and then when Rusev returns he feuds and beats him?  Also, I’ll pick Orton to be the fill in here just for the big pop from the crowd.

John Pollock

If Rusev is out of the match it probably won’t be known until close to match time or an angle will be shot to take him out, presumably with Ziggler attacking him or something. Rusev would be my choice for the maximum value of getting the Intercontinental title over to any degree. The lineup suggests that this title is not going to be anything above what it has been for the last ten years and that is a useless championship, which is just there and fondly remembered by what it used to represent and not what it does currently. Elimination Chamber matches are usually very well booked and there is a lot of great talent in the match, I just don’t feel the prize warrants it and if Rusev is not an option I can see Sheamus as the winner.

THE NEW DAY VS TYSON KIDD & CESARO VS LOS MATADORES VS LUCHA DRAGONS VS THE PRIME TIME PLAYERS VS THE ASCENSION IN AN ELIMINATION CHAMBER MATCH FOR THE TAG TITLES

Dan “The Mouth” Lovranski
An Elimination Chamber match with tag teams will be interesting, but it might turn into a bit of clusterf**k with 12 guys in there at once! But I’m sure we’ll also see some crazy spots here from guys like Kofi and the Lucha Dragons. I personally would leave the titles on the New Day because they are a breath of fresh air on the heel side, and I really don’t see any of these other teams on their level, except maybe the Lucha Dragons, who got that well-placed debut on the RAW after Mania. It’s a NEW DAY, so you better learn to love it!

Jason Agnew
I think and hope New Day walks away with these titles! … Well, them or the Ascension.

John Pollock

In terms of a match, this is the sleeper pick and with the amount of time they will be given, this could steal the show in my opinion. The combination of New Day, Kidd & Cesaro, Lucha Dragons and Los Matadores should provide for some spectacular action in a forum they rarely get. I don’t see The Ascension lasting long in this one and The Prime Time Players need a standout performance because the backstage comedy vignettes have been dying a death every week with those two. I’ll say New Day retains because the act is very over and I expect this to be a very good match.

NIKKI BELLA VS NAOMI VS PAIGE FOR THE DIVA’S TITLE

Dan “The Mouth” Lovranski
How am I supposed to get psyched for this when I just saw Sasha Banks and Becky Lynch tear the house down on NXT Unstoppable? Personally, I would love to see Charlotte come down and clean house on all three. Outside of that, maybe Naomi gets the win here to become heel champion.

Jason Agnew
My pick is Becky Lynch or Sasha Banks, ‘cause they’re who should be in this garbage match.

John Pollock

I’ve been very impressed with Naomi since the heel turn over a month ago and I’ll fully admit I was skeptical of her as a heel and she has completely proved me wrong. Naomi has always been athletic but the heel persona fits well, she has changed so much about her look and presentation, Tamina adds a good presence and her mic work is the best it’s been for her entire career. Nikki has had the title a long time and has suffered from the phantom turn of The Bellas and doesn’t translate as this babyface without a given reason. I feel Naomi wins the title and freshens up the division.

NEVILLE VS BO DALLAS

Dan “The Mouth” Lovranski
I don’t know if they would actually consider these two feuding for a while, but it really smells like a one and done to me. Therefore, I Bo-lieve that Neville will get the win here.

Jason Agnew
NXT! NXT! NXT! … Two former NXT champions are going to jerk the curtain on a WWE (not a) PPV… well done.  Actually, it would be great if the show opens with this match and offer the winner a spot in the chamber, with Neville going over.

John Pollock

This feel like a pit stop program for Neville until they have something for him, it’s a step down to say the least and based on television it feels like Dallas is higher priority and eliminating the comedy from his character. In the battle of former NXT champions, you assume Neville gets the win but no guarantee and they will likely have a shortened match given the other matches having top priority above this one.


The LAW’s WWE Elimination Chamber Preview

The WWE presents their final traditional pay-per-view tonight before the launch of the WWE Network with Elimination Chamber tonight at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The show should set up the main directions for WrestleMania and The LAW previews all of the matches tonight and will recap the show at 11pm ET tonight.

RANDY ORTON VS DANIEL BRYAN VS SHEAMUS VS JOHN CENA VS CESARO VS CHRISTIAN IN AN ELIMINATION CHAMBER MATCH FOR THE WWE TITLE

Dan “The Mouth” Lovranski

This one seems pretty obvious (like much of tonight’s card) with the way they have booked Orton over the last two weeks. He’ll retain the title so he can officially start his run with Batista.
We’ll also have Daniel Bryan getting screwed in some way by Kane or Triple H to set up that Wmania program as well. Finally, we could also see something with Bray Wyatt and Cena to start a program with them too. Personally, I would love to see Cesaro in there until the end and then maybe being screwed by Zeb and Jack Swagger, and he can start his babyface turn.


Jason Agnew
Despite it being a “chamber” I expect some big-time interference in this match… ultimately I think Randy Orton will remain the champion and face Batista (and maybe Bryan) at Wrestlemania… however, here’s what I would LIKE to see happen.

 

– The four competitors locked in the cage are Cena, Bryan, Sheamus & Cesaro

– Orton is the second last man in the ring and awaits Christian to come out…

– Christian is shown laid out in the back, but instead of having an immediate replacement the bell rings, the match begins and a chamber door is opened and Cesaro enters the match

– The crowd will get behind Cesaro here to hopefully dull the “yes” chants but ultimately they will be the soundtrack of the match, and that’s what we want here.

– Cesaro and Orton are then joined by Cena… hopefully picking up on some of that magic they had in their match Mondayon Raw

– Sheamus then comes into the ring… by this point the yes chants are deafening

– Finally the final chamber is set to open and the crowd is insane… but Daniel Bryan’s cell “malfunctions” and does not open.

– the match continues and Bryan is in the corner desperately trying to get out… but he cannot

– Cesaro pinning Sheamus

– Orton pins Cesaro

– so we have Cena & Orton left… the crowd craps all over this and the full focus is on Daniel Bryan getting out

– Cena launches Orton into the cell of Bryan and it breaks the glass

– Bryan comes out to a flurry, and he pins Orton

– we then get a Cena / Bryan showdown.

– The Wyatts play a part in Bryan getting the win over Cena (thus we dont have Bryan beating Cena clean twice in a row for the title)

– Bryan celebrates… until we hear the music of Triple H

– Triple H says due to Christian’s injury, it took them a while but we found a suitable replacement.

– BROCK LESNAR’s music hits

– Lesnar treats Bryan like a rag-doll and nearly murders him by throwing into the side of the cage and destroying him

– Bryan mounts a comeback with his kicks (the crowd goes nuts)… he gets the yes lock on but Brock powers out of it… etc

– Ultimately Brock gets the win here… clean.

Thus our Wrestlemania card looks like this:

Brock is the new WWE Champion, and goes on to face Batista

Cena gets Bray Wyatt

Daniel Bryan faces Triple H.

… and I think we all know what this leads to for our main event… UNDERTAKER vs. STING!

John Pollock
All signs point to Randy Orton retaining the title and I’m not going to stray from that idea. Even if the plan would be to put Daniel Bryan into the title match as three-way I would not do it by putting the title on him on this show (and from television it seems the direction is leaning towards Daniel Bryan vs. Triple H at ‘Mania and some kind of stipulation that Bryan gets a title shot if he wins). As a match I think this should be a great main event considering the talent among the six, Cesaro has some great momentum coming off the singles matches with Orton and Cena, Bryan will be very over and eliminates any “hijacking” scenario and Christian has been given a fresh coat of paint in the heel role, which this match needed. A lot needs to be done in this match as Cena needs to be protected and somehow integrate Bray Wyatt, if Bryan is being kept for a Triple H match in April then Kane could get involved and work in the shoulder injury for his elimination and Orton squeaks by and keeps the title.

BATISTA VS ALBERTO DEL RIO

Dan “The Mouth” Lovranski
Alberto Del Rio gets destroyed in a match that should be kept really short to get over Batista’s intensity and the fact that, at his age, a long match would not be a good idea.

Jason Agnew
I actually like how the initial part of this angle was built up where Del Rio confronted Batista and Batista didnt know why he had a problem with him, but after Del Rio took a swing he was into it.  It felt like something that a drunk dude with a chip on his shoulder would do at a bar.  However, the follow-up with Batista power bombing Del Rio through a table leaves little to be done in this match.  I’d guess Batista goes over to keep him strong for his mania match.

John Pollock
The shorter the better, Batista has gotten the better of Del Rio in every segment leading up to this match. If they want this to go 8-10 minutes the crowd is going to sit on their hands when Del Rio has the heat as no one believes he has any chance of winning this match. I think they’ve really mishandled Batista ever since the Rumble where he has been a non-factor on television but that will obviously change once this PPV is out of the way. Batista wins clean.

THE SHIELD VS THE WYATT FAMILY

Dan “The Mouth” Lovranski
The Wyatt Family get the big win here and The Shield continue their break-up and the rise of Roman Reigns to the upper level of the card.

Jason Agnew
This has been such a great build.  Kudos to the WWE booking staff for making the audience wait to see these guys really go at it.  Let’s stay on target here and have The Wyatts get the win with Bray pinning Roman Reigns after Ambose mistakenly knocks out reigns… ultimately leading to the Shield brek-up and a 3-way for the IC title at Wrestlemania.

John Pollock
Easily the best built match on the show and a rare case of keeping two factions strong for months and months and doing the big showdown means a lot to the audience because of how protected each side has been. This should be the implosion of The Shield and the biggest way to achieve that is Ambrose doing something to allow Reigns to take the pin and give Ambrose that heel ammunition to call Reigns “the weak link” of The Shield and build to ‘Mania. Harper and Rowan have both improved since being called up and if the crowd is as hot as they have been on TV then this match should be one of the highlights of the show and to maximize that The Shield should work the match as the babyfaces and makes the breakup that much more impactful when you think they’re all on the same page.

BIG E. VS JACK SWAGGER FOR THE INTERCONTINENTAL TITLE

Dan “The Mouth” Lovranski
Big E gets a name change and keeps the title.

Jason Agnew
I’m going to make a bold prediction here and say Jack Swagger wins the title thus now making him Zeb Colter’s favorite son.  Cesaro will not win the title in the main event thus this will create tension in the tag team, and lead to the Swagger / Cesaro (the non-American) feud and Cesaro winning the title at Wrestlemania.

John Pollock
This is just another match on the card, Swagger has been at that level of “don’t take him seriously” for so long that it’s stuck while Cesaro hasn’t been given that taint and feels like a fresh guy to elevate. Big E seems to have taken a backseat over the past two-months after it appeared he would be the next in line behind Roman Reigns as the big projects for the company in 2014. The only way I see Swagger winning is if they feel a Cesaro vs. Swagger title program is the way to go and I don’t need to see any more tag teams breaking up and feuding and expect Big E retains.

NEW AGE OUTLAWS VS THE USOS FOR THE TAG TITLES

Dan “The Mouth” Lovranski
I think it’s time to take the titles off these two and give them to the Usos, who genuinely seem to be over with the fans.

Jason Agnew
With the network launch the day after this, I’d guess the Outlaws will keep these titles for the nostalgia. However, The Usos should be getting the win and the titles at the Wrestlemania XXX… preshow.

John Pollock
I’ve had no issue with the Outlaws back on television, there is a nostalgia factor but it’s not like these guys don’t carry their weight when it comes to the time they get on television and in the ring. I’m thinking Outlaws do something to cheat and keep the titles and then we get a big multi-tag match at WrestleMania to get all of the extra guys with no program onto the show and maybe that’s when the title change happens. A trivia note is the last time the Outlaws held the tag titles was in 2000 and lost them for the final time on the February 2000 pay-per-view before this latest title run.

DARREN YOUNG VS TITUS O’NEIL

Dan “The Mouth” Lovranski
I know that the logical approach would be to have Darren Young go over here, but I have to say that I’m really curious to see Titus O’Neil as a heel, so I hope he gets a strong win and moves up the card

Jason Agnew
Titus is obviously the one getting the push here, but I think he’ll lose this one by DQ so this feud can continue on weekly TV and then be completely forgotten around Wrestlemania.

John Pollock
I’ve always liked Titus O’Neil and I hope the crowd gives these two guys a chance but it’s very difficult when you take two people that got little TV time, aren’t seen as stars and now want to push one of them. It’s a very important match for these two in terms of showing the company they have legs as singles performers and have numerous factors working against them but if they have a good crowd and book this one smart (ie: not super long) this could be fine and Titus seems the focus of this breakup and gets the win.

CODY RHODES & GOLDUST VS CURTIS AXEL & RYBACK

Dan “The Mouth” Lovranski
Because it looks like the Usos might finally win the tag titles on this show, I could see Ryback and Axel winning here just because they need a heel team for the Usos to work with.

Jason Agnew
Remember when the Rhodes brothers had Dusty in their corner and fought for their jobs at the Battleground PPV and the crowd treated that tag team match like a main event?  Well now they’re on the preshow and it’s really sad to see yet another two stars fall to the ranks of below mid-carder that no one cares about.  Let’s give’em a win here, and hope the WWE does not decide to break them up as of yet since we’re also looking at a Shield break-up and Titus & Darren young also headed to splitsvlle, way too many break-ups in way to short a time period.

John Pollock
This has to be building to a breakup between Goldust and Cody as taking the titles off of them has taken all focus away from them and they used to be big parts of Raw each week and have become after thoughts very fast. I like the two as a team a lot but I see Cody screwing up and the seeds have been planted already on television and we do get the match at ‘Mania.


The LAW’s WWE Elimination Chamber Preview

Tonight is the WWE Elimination Chamber pay-per-view from New Orleans, Louisiana and their final pay-per-view before WrestleMania 29. The LAW has a full preview of the card below and then tune into the show tonight at 11pm EST on TSN 1050 Toronto and The TEAM 1410 in Vancouver to catch a full review of the show.

THE ROCK vs. CM PUNK FOR THE WWE TITLE (If Rock is counted out or disqualified he loses the title)

Dan “The Mouth” Lovranski
This one seems pretty obvious. With the “Rock loses the title if he gets DQ’d” stip, it looks like we’ll get a strong clean finish this time to set things in motion for Cena vs Rock at Mania.

Jason Agnew
Obviously Rock has to retain here, the interesting thing will be to see how they do this to keep Punk strong and send him into Mania facing the Rock.

John Pollock
It’s probably very likely that The Rock wins clean tonight heading into WrestleMania. However, we’ve got six-weeks until WrestleMania and A LOT of appearances by The Rock from now until then. I cannot see the WWE resisting the temptation to have him do a match on television before ‘Mania and that’s why I see the disputed finish tonight where Rock is either disqualified or counted out and they do the third match on Raw in a 2-3-weeks for a big number.

ALBERTO DEL RIO vs. BIG SHOW FOR THE WORLD TITLE

Dan “The Mouth” Lovranski
I know we’ve probably picked this a hundred times already, but this looks like the golden opportunity for Ziggler to cash in his Money in the Bank briefcase. You have Alberto Del Rio win the match, but then he gets knocked cold by Show, which allows Ziggler to run down and cash in. 

Jason Agnew
Well with the introduction of Dutch Mantel as Zeb Colter, I’d guess that we’re moving towards a Swagger vs. Del Rio race related feud.  So Del Rio has to keep this here.

John Pollock

I feel the intriguing part of this match is whether or not they have Dolph Ziggler cash in at the end of the match and have him going into WrestleMania as champion. It seems definite that Del Rio is “destined” for a program with Jack Swagger coming out of this week and the only question is whether that is going to be a title program or not. My guys says “no” with Del Rio winning tonight but no cash in from Ziggler.

CHRIS JERICHO vs. MARK HENRY vs. JACK SWAGGER vs. DANIEL BRYAN vs. KANE vs. RANDY ORTON IN THE ELIMINATION CHAMBER MATCH

Dan “The Mouth” Lovranski
I honestly think that Jericho is going over here because they’ve been pushing how he’s been in more chamber matches than anyone. I also think Ziggler is cashing in tonight, so this would set up Jericho vs Ziggler at Mania, and Jericho puts him over strong at Mania and hopefully this will revitalize Ziggler and he can have a good sized heel title run. 

Jason Agnew
Mark Henry vs. Alberto Del Rio at Wrestlemania?  I guess so…

John Pollock
I think most people have a lot of interest in terms of what direction they could go in this match with arguments to be made for Henry, Swagger and to a lesser degree Jericho and Orton. These matches are typically put together really well and with the talent in this match I expect this to be a hell of a match. Mark Henry seems the likely pick but I just don’t see him in that role as WrestleMania title challenger against Del Rio, Show or Ziggler. Orton is just a cold character to be me right now with no momentum and that leaves the choices between Jericho and Swagger. It’s a lot of confidence in Swagger to get behind him at this point but the Del Rio program seems so obvious to do that there wouldn’t be any reason for this character unless that was the destination. My pick is Swagger to win the match.

JOHN CENA & SHEAMUS & RYBACK vs. THE SHIELD

Dan “The Mouth” Lovranski
This is so simple it’s bound to get screwed up. I say the Shield goes over strong with Reigns pinning Sheamus after he misses the Brogue Kick. The Shield looks strong going into Mania, and, depending on how long they want them as a group, they eventually get beat them down the road and start solo careers. But tonight, they need to go over strong.

Jason Agnew
Shield is going over here, Sheamus will take the pin.

John Pollock
John Cena certainly doesn’t have to be involved in the finish but I’m not against the idea of Dean Ambrose pinning Cena and that is a future post-WrestleMania program where you can buy the challenger as a threat to Cena. That said I don’t see them going that direction with the story of Cena on this incredible roll heading into WrestleMania and looking unstoppable. If one of the babyfaces is taking the fall it certainly makes sense for Sheamus to take it as opposed to Ryback, who needs everything he can get at this point. Either way I see The Shield winning and Sheamus continuing to feud with The Shield heading into WrestleMania.

ANTONIO CESARO vs. THE MIZ FOR THE U.S. TITLE

Dan “The Mouth” Lovranski
I certainly don’t see the Miz getting the title here. So why don’t we have some fun with this and have Cesaro retain the title, and the next night on RAW he brings out the Iron Sheik as his mentor, and then Miz comes back with Hacksaw Jim Duggan, and you set up a tag with Sheikie and Cesaro against Miz and Hacksaw for Mania. That sounds a lot more interesting than what we’ll probably get, which is a rematch with these two one more time.

Jason Agnew
Cesaro should keep this.

John Pollock
Antonio Cesaro wins by Uriah Hall spin kick to the head.

KAITLYN vs. TAMINA SNUKA FOR THE DIVA’S TITLE

Dan “The Mouth” Lovranski
It’s too bad the roles aren’t reversed here and Tamina was the babyface. I would suggest Kaitlyn retains tonight by cheating, and when they have the rematch at Mania, Tamina has her dad in her corner, who helps her win the title and you get a cool Wrestlemania moment. However, I don’t see that happening, and maybe they put it on Tamina here so Kaitlyn can win it back at Mania. 

Jason Agnew
Boo cares… yeh that’s right, it’s like saying who cares and boooing this match at the same time…. pointless.

John Pollock
Kaitlyn retains the title and looking at how loaded this card is, this match will be in a tough spot no matter where they are placed.

TEAM RHODES SCHOLARS vs. BRODUS CLAY & TENSAI

Dan “The Mouth” Lovranski
I’m guessing they really want to convince us that Sandow and Rhodes are no longer a team, and they are going to be cannon fodder for the World’s Fattest Tag Team.

Jason Agnew
Remember when Rhodes Scholars broke up? That was two weeks ago… and now they’re back together for this match, that makes sense, and I bet they’re going to lose here too.

John Pollock
Tensai and Clay get the win and dance. It sucks to be Rhodes Scholars right now.