WWE Elimination Chamber 2019 Predictions

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It seems like it was yesterday WWE produced a pretty good, albeit predictable, Royal Rumble PPV.  Now we’re heading towards Wrestlemania with two more pit stops.  The first being the Elimination Chamber PPV on Sunday.

While I’m not really excited for it, the Chamber matches always provide good spots and suspense.  Let’s not forget that anything can happen as we head to Wrestlemania.

Speaking of the road to the biggest show of the year, where’s the Smackdown Women’s champion, Asuka? She beat Becky Lynch during their match at the Rumble and has faded into obscurity!  You’d think WWE would tout that she beat one of the company’s most popular stars.  You could use that gain some real heat if they wanted her heel.

The Universal Champion is absent again and the whole situation boggles my mind.  You have Lesnar, an underworked, lazy champion making millions to stay at home, and he probably won’t wrestle until Wrestlemania.  Can anyone tell me why that works or how it will make Rollins’ potential win even better?

With those gripes aside, here’s the card as of the time of writing this and my thoughts on what I think will happen.  If anything changes before Sunday, I’ll make edits.

 

Buddy Murphy (Champ) vs. Akira Tozawa –
Cruiserweight Championship (Kick-Off Show)
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Buddy Murphy continues to turn heads with his matches and he’ll have another great one with Tozawa.  I feel like a broken record when talking about these PPV matches with Murphy because I keep saying the time isn’t right to take the belt off him as there’s no one more interesting on the 205 Live roster to be able to run with the championship.  Expect an enjoyable match but don’t expect a title change.

Winner: Buddy Murphy

 

Braun Strowman vs. Baron Corbin –
No DQ Match
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Why? Why do we have to sit through this on a PPV? It’s bad enough this would be on Raw.  Strowman should destroy Corbin and leave it at that.  This match shouldn’t go more than five mintues.  Where Strowman goes from here is beyond me.  The No DQ aspect makes me think that Drew McIntyre will become involved.  I have a feeling this will end the feud with Corbin so Strowman will still get the win.

Winner: Brawn Strowman

 

Bobby Lashley (Champion) and Lio Rush vs. Finn Bálor –
Intercontinental Championship
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Here’s another match I really don’t want to have to watch.  With the title being put on Lashley, I just don’t see it being switched already.  Without the title, Lashley is just another boring face on Monday night as WWE blew it with his return.  This reign with Rush is trying to rebuild damaged goods and at least it’s making the crowd respond to Lashley in some capacity.  I think Balor’s quest for the gold will continue after Sunday, though.

Winner: Bobby Lashley and Lio Rush

 

Shane McMahon and The Miz (Champs) vs. The Usos –
Smackdown Tag Team Championship Match
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While I like Shane in small amounts, I am not a fan of him in the ring.  There is no way he should have been allowed to overshadow so many wrestlers last year.  Instead of someone more deserving being a tag champ with The Miz, Shane is taking that place as a means to get those two to feud with each other at Wrestlemania.  I mean, I hope that’s where this is all going.  I can’t see these two defending for months.

The Bar haven’t been important since they lost at the Rumble, which is mind-blowing, allowing The Usos to, yet again, be inserted into the tag championship race.  It just shows how thin the tag-team division is on both shows.  There should be no way in hell that The Miz and Shane should win against them but that’s what I said about The Bar last month.  Unfortunately, with another PPV happening before Wrestlemania (and that event being a few months away), I don’t think Shane and The Miz will be dropping the belts here.  We’ll have three more weeks until that happens to set up their match against each other.

Winners: Shane McMahon and The Miz

 

Daniel Bryan (Champ) vs. AJ Styles vs. Jeff Hardy vs. Randy Orton vs. Samoa Joe vs. Kofi Kingston – Elimination Chamber Match for the WWE Championship
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The spots in this match should be good but in all seriousness, this is a match that really doesn’t need to happen.  Besides AJ Styles, who would the crowd really want to see as the champ?  Daniel Bryan has been paired with Eric Rowan and will be heading to Wrestlemania with the belt.  To face who, I’m still unsure, especially seeing how there’s another PPV three weeks after this one.  At least Randy Orton doesn’t have to be in the match as long as the others so I don’t have to see him in the ring long.

Winner: Daniel Bryan

 

Ronda Rousey (c) vs. Ruby Riott
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WWE is screwing up the one thing that couldn’t be possibly screwed up.  Just about two months after they said things were “gonna change,” the McMahons have inserted themselves into a storyline with Becky Lynch.  To top it all off, it looks like we’re heading in the direction of a three-way match between Charlotte, Becky, and Ronda Rousey at Wrestlemania instead of giving fans the one on one match we want to see.  Perhaps at Fastlane, Charlotte and Becky could have a singles match in order to see who is facing Rousey at Wrestlemania once and for all, while this suspension angle plays out over the next three weeks.

WWE should have been building Asuka vs. Charlotte for WM and building it around who the best women’s wrestler is on the blue brand.  But Asuka, as mentioned, hasn’t been on TV in three weeks! Asuaka actually shows up to work, unlike Lesnar.  Go figure.

Why am I writing about all of this instead of the match? Simply because Riott isn’t winning here and the match is an afterthought.  Hell, look how it was all presented on Raw on Monday.

Winner: Ronda Rousey

Nia Jax and Tamina vs. The Riott Squad (Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan) vs. Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville vs. The IIconics (Billie Kay and Peyton Royce) vs. Bayley and Sasha Banks vs. Naomi and Carmella –
Elimination Chamber Match for the WWE Women Tag Team Championship
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I’m praying the ladies go over their spots here and Nia Jax doesn’t hurt someone again.  There’s a lot of green (in WWE anyway) performers heading into this match and there are many ladies who haven’t faced a challenge as intense as this.

I know many are thinking that Banks and Bayley are going to come out as the winners here as they are the most deserving in the eyes of many.  I can see the championships going to Nia Jax and Tamina to give someone a run towards Wrestlemania to hype up a title defense there.  Then again, Tamina is there to be pinned to get them both out of the match, if needed.

I do have a funny feeling that we may see Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville walking out as champs.  Vince has his usual hard-on for the blondes so that helps Rose, and I think Deville is someone who can eventually go far in the company.  I think it would make a statement if WWE crowned them the champs.  Unfortunately, I’ll be picking who I think WWE will go with.

Winners: Nia Jax and Tamina

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