With the Elimination Chamber PPV coming up this weekend, I thought I’d take a quick look at my predictions for the four matches announced thus far.
The Miz (C) vs. Jerry Lawler for the WWE Title – Well, we all know that there is no chance Lawler wins the title here. At least…he shouldn’t. It would be the biggest mistake WWE could make to have Lawler win here. There is a slight part of me that wonders if they’d have him win, and then have Riley cost him the title tomorrow night on Raw so it would go back to The Miz. But, that would be a TERRIBLE booking decision for The Miz, so I certainly hope they don’t go that way, and I don’t expect them to either. The best thing to do building The Miz into Wrestlemania is him winning clean, but with the way they’ve booked him, I expect that Alex Riley will cost Lawler the match, leading to a screwjob win for The Miz, and setting up Alex Riley vs. Jerry Lawler for Wrestlemania.
CM Punk vs. Randy Orton vs. R-Truth vs. John Morrison vs. Sheamus vs. John Cena in an Elimination Chamber bout to determine the WWE Title challenger at Wrestlemania 27 – This is all about how do you get to the win for John Cena. Unfortunately, no one else has a shot of winning and main eventing Wrestlemania against The Miz. I’m hoping everyone comes out looking strong though. Orton and Punk should have some good interchanges to continue their feud towards a match at Wrestlemania. John Morrison will likely have some amazing cool spot off the Chamber, and hopefully they let Sheamus get at least one elimination (and not just over R-Truth either). No question in my mind though, Super Cena gets the win here, probably eliminating CM Punk last (or Orton).
Edge vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Kane vs. Drew McIntyre vs. Wade Barrett vs. Rey Mysterio in an Elimination Chamber for the World Heavyweight Title – Again, given that Alberto Del Rio is facing the winner at Wrestlemania, I just don’t see any way anyone but Edge wins this one. An argument for Mysterio could be made, since they had a good (and seemingly unfinished) feud when Del Rio came in…but, I see Mysterio and Cody Rhodes heading into a feud, so I don’t expect him to win here. So, again, this is all about how does Edge get there. I’m going to go with Edge vs. Ziggler at the end, as that has been a good feud right now on Smackdown. I actually kind of wish Ziggler would be getting the shot at Mania, but it’s not to be.
Alberto Del Rio vs. Kofi Kingston – This should be a really good match, but again, there is just no way Del Rio loses to Kingston on PPV heading into Wrestlemania. It kind of makes me wonder why they had Del Rio beat Kingston clean on Smackdown a week ago. It would have made more sense to have Kingston get a quick win on him then leading to this…or have Del Rio get a dirty win setting up Kingston looking for revenge, but as it is, Del Rio already won clean, so other than it being a good in ring match, and keeping Del Rio on PPV before his Wrestlemania title shot…there isn’t much reason for this match to take place.
So, my predictions are Miz, Cena, Edge and Del Rio. And I’ll be shocked if I don’t go 4-0, I don’t know that I could be more confident in those picks. Do you all see any other way this goes?