Welcome to the Geeks Under Grace predictions of WWE’s Elimination Chamber
Corpus Christi, Texas, at the American Bank Center is home to WWE’s Elimination Chamber this year! This year’s Elimination Chamber event is the 6th annual, but the very first to take place in the Summer season. Formerly the PPV taking place before Wrestlemania, it seems WWE thinks a change in the time of year for the event is what is best for business. This year’s Elimination Chamber is also the first WWE Network-exclusive event, as it will not be available for order from cable and/or satellite providers, making a WWE Network subscription just that much more valuable. Like Payback, this event will feature a ton of new talent and fresh booking. It seems promising as an interesting, fun event!
Neville vs. Bo Dallas
Neville vs. Bo Dallas
Adrian Neville is a beacon of hope to me that WWE can still produce top-quality professional wrestling programming on network television. They have handled his character well, and, despite his small size when compared to other superstars, he is presented as legitimate competition to whomever he steps into a ring with. July 31st sees The Man Gravity Forgot facing the leader of the Bo-Nation himself: Bo Dallas. Of course Dallas and Neville have an incredible history. Fans that did not view the first-ever NXT Arrival event missed Adrian Neville and Bo Dallas in a ladder match for the NXT Championship. NXT is proof that both of these men have the ability to be top-quality superstars, and I trust they will not disappoint while competing against one another at this year’s Elimination Chamber. Neville has proven himself to have all of the makings of a superstar in the main roster, and I believe Bo Dallas winning here could further an awesome on-air feud between the two men.
Winner: Bo Dallas
WWE Tag Team Championship Match
The New Day vs. The Lucha Dragons vs.Tyson Kidd & Cesaro vs. The Prime Time Players vs. The Ascension vs. Los Matadores
This match is madness, yet calming in that its winner is clear. The New Day must walk away WWE Tag Team Champions. In the scramble, those three men can certainly find a way to pick up the win.
Winner: The New Day
Intercontinental Championship Match
Sheamus vs. R-Truth, vs. Wade Barrett vs. Ryback vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Rusev
Can we all agree that the WWE Intercontinental Championship is cursed? Daniel Bryan is absolutely my ideal WWE World Heavyweight Champion, but I was accepting him as an IC champion and now he’s had to vacate the title due to injury. Daniel Bryan’s future as an in-ring competitor is uncertain, and knowing that causes me discomfort. I already lost my all-time favorite WWE Superstar Shawn Michaels to retirement, and here’s yet another favorite with an uncertain future. Well, another favorite of mine, Dolph Ziggler competes here in this match. Sure, I personally think Sheamus will leave the champion. The Celtic Warrior is a perfect fit for the IC championship. The WWE should capitalize on the obvious World War-like symbolism in this contest, as multiple countries are battling for this title on one night. I choose Sheamus as the victor.
Divas Championship Match
Nikki Bella vs. Paige vs. Naomi
Now this is better. Not a tag team match. Not one Bella vs. another opponent. I think Paige has a real chance to leave the champion, but I choose Naomi to leave with the title. Naomi has the respect and interest of the fans, and frankly I’d like to see an African American with all of the qualifications as WWE Divas Champion.
John Cena vs. Kevin Owens
John Cena vs. Kevin Owens
John Cena is awesome. I never thought I’d write that, but he is. Cena is bringing value to a title–bringing attention to unestablished talent–and, as always, is an awesome representative of the WWE. Kevin Owens, formerly Kevin Steen (as in “Kill Steen Kill”) is here in the WWE; he is NXT champion, and he is kicking serious tail. It did not take long, much to WWE’s credit, to give us John Cena vs. Internet Darling and ROH legend, Kevin Owens. While Cena tends to win a lot lately, beating Rusev again and again and defeating Bray Wyatt at last year’s Wrestlemania, I see Kevin Owens being pushed to the moon and getting the W over John Cena at Elimination Chamber. Wouldn’t that be a sight to see?
Winner: Kevin Owens
WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match
Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose
Incredible. Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Both Seth and Dean have been around, wrestling for a long time, but are still relatively new to the WWE Universe. The effect here is somewhat like the days of the territory system. Both Rollins and Ambrose are well-traveled and have worked with various companies and countless professional wrestlers to eventually find themselves here in WWE. Now, for me, the way this match ends is obvious. Rollins is a great champion, and the championship looks appropriate on his shoulders. While I know Ambrose is popular among fans, I still think his character is missing something–something fundamental–and should not yet wear the title. Let’s have Seth leave Elimination Chamber champion and move on to WWE’s Money in the Bank.
Winner: Seth Rollins
Do you disagree or agree with our predictions? Can Seth Rollins leave champion? Will Kevin Owens defeat John Cena? Join the conversation and leave a comment below!
Steven Kuhn II
Writer for the Christian Living section at Geeks Under Grace.
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