The time is nigh; WrestleMania is just a few weeks away, and the premier sports entertainment promotion is gearing to pull out all the stops en route to the marquee event. Whether you’re fan of WWE’s booking or not, you just cannot miss the biggest pro wrestling event of the year.
We’ve already heard the rumours about the main event being between Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar. For years, WWE has been trying to build and groom Roman, to take on the mantle of being ‘the guy’ in WWE. However, the roads now converge at Elimination Chamber, and all the storylines are intricately woven, and anything can still happen on the road to WrestleMania.
So far, only four matches have been announced for the event. However, there are two historic bouts lined up. The seven – man Elimination Chamber match will see the winner going to WrestleMania, to face Brock Lesnar for the Universal Championship.
Also on the card, the women will compete inside the Elimination Chamber for the very first time, for the RAW Women’s title. Anything can happen when all these combustible elements are locked inside the structure. Today, we preview the event, and give you our predictions for the pay – per – view.
‘Woken’ Matt Hardy versus Bray Wyatt
The rivalry between Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt hasn’t exactly been awe – inspiring. Both the Superstars have been battling for months, with Wyatt getting the better of Hardy more often than not. At Elimination Chamber, both the Superstars will once again clash heads, and their match could possibly be the final encounter.
With Jeff Hardy set to return soon, there are now rumours about Jeff resurrecting his ‘Brother Nero’ character. With WrestleMania fast approaching, WWE could pair them together once again, and make them chase the RAW Tag Team Championship.
Bray Wyatt is basically stuck in the muck of lower mid – card, and it seems unlikely that the Superstar that walked into WrestleMania 33 as the WWE Champion will have anything substantial to do at WrestleMania 34.
Winner: ‘Woken’ Matt Hardy
Nia Jax versus Asuka, with the stipulation that if Nia won, she would be added to the RAW Women’s Championship match at WrestleMania
Going into Elimination Chamber, WWE portrayed Nia Jax as the monster that can finally hand Asuka her first loss in the company. For the past couple of years, Asuka has left a trail of destruction, beating her competition decisively. However, Jax can be the perfect foil to make Asuka look like a million bucks.
In the past, WWE teased tensions between Alexa Bliss and Nia Jax, and the company could be tempted to book a triple threat match at WrestleMania. However, Jax has already established herself as a dominant force, and doesn’t need to be the first Superstar to defeat Asuka.
All things considered, both the Superstars will put on a solid bout, but expect Asuka to keep her unbeaten streak intact this Sunday.
Alexa Bliss versus Sonya Deville versus Mandy Rose versus Sasha Banks versus Mickie James versus Bayley for the RAW Women’s Championship inside the Elimination Chamber
The first ever women’s Elimination Chamber match will be contested for the RAW Women’s Championship. Looking from the outside, WWE did the smart thing by taking Nia Jax and Asuka out of the chamber match. If either of them were involved, it would completely change the dynamic of the match, and the rivalries going into WrestleMania.
As things stand, WWE is leaning towards a Sasha Banks – Bayley rivalry, and it would be interesting to see what they do with Mickie James and Alexa Bliss. It would be one other reason why Nia Jax has been left out of the chamber match.
It is highly unlikely that WWE would book a triple threat match at WrestleMania for the RAW Women’s Championship. Expect Bliss to retain the championship, while WWE finally pulls the trigger with a Sasha Banks heel turn on the main roster.
Winner and still the RAW Women’s Champion: Alexa Bliss
Roman Reigns versus John Cena versus Elias versus The Miz versus Seth Rollins versus Finn Balor versus Braun Strowman inside the Elimination Chamber, with the winner going to WrestleMania to face Brock Lesnar for the Universal Championship
The most important match of the night, is the Elimination Chamber match with WrestleMania main – event implications. Roman Reigns is expected to walk out of the chamber as the winner, but there are a lot of other questions that will be answered this Sunday.
Braun Strowman has been booked to perfection, and is built as the unstoppable monster, that would do anything and everything to get what he desires. It would be interesting to see how Strowman is eliminated, which could set up his feud for WrestleMania.
Expect Seth Rollins and Finn Balor to start their feud after Elimination Chamber, as WWE has multiple options to choose from. While the company has been notorious for doing things that aren’t universally liked, it would be difficult to mess things up, given the wealth of talent, and the number of options they have going into WrestleMania 34.