WWE Elimination Chamber BreakDownZ: Jimmy Uso Squared Up, Corey Graves Got Caught, and Tony Khan is Going to WatchRead Now
What a week for wrestling. Jimmy Uso squared up with a cop. He got arrested but now he's out and he has to perform on Sunday. Corey Graves got accused of cheating by his wife with Carmella! The WWE sleeping around carousel continues. Graves wife revealed some disturbing texts. It will be interesting to see if Corey Graves is reprimanded for his actions. He would be the fall guy. On top of all this Tony Khan watches WWE like a hawk waiting for the perfect time to strike. Khan will continue to look for talent for AEW. The more controversy surrounding WWE the better. Khan's ultimate goal is for the talent to become restless in WWE and some become ballsy enough to jump ship. I also love that the dirtsheets are constantly reporting "AEW is looking to sign *blank*" because it will be funny when one of those reports finally come to fruition.
Elimination Chamber is going to be fascinating considering the backstage politics and how this event heavily ties into the shaping of the WrestleMania card.
Buddy Murphy vs Akira Tozawa
Buddy wins this match. It will be a quick one due to it being a kickoff match.
Winner: Buddy Murphy
Braun Strowman vs Baron Corbin
What a yawn fest. Braun Strowman has had one of the worst declines in recent memory. Also is Baron Corbin one of those talents that constantly brings down a feud? This use to be Bray Wyatt's role (at least in recent years). This will be a sloppy No DQ match that will probably continue this lackluster and utterly ridiculous feud.
Winner: Braun Strowman
Finn Balor vs Bobby Lashley and Lio Rush
Hopefully, Finn Balor can pull a CM Punk. Remember when Punk defeated The Shield all by himself? I can see the same happening to Finn on Sunday with him defeating Bobby Lashley and Lio Rush for the Intercontinental championship. Handicap matches for titles are always goofy. So I expect Finn to get the win. I'm very excited to see Lio Rush wrestle at his first big WWE event. Lio Rush didn't get to have a real run in NXT before getting called up to 205 Live, and then becoming Bobby Lashley's mouthpiece. Also remember Lio Rush is only 24! So his future is bright.
Winner: Finn Balor
Shane McMahon and The Miz vs The Uso's
THE USO PENITENTIARY.
Sorry, I couldn't help myself. On a serious note. The Miz and Shane McMahon are lost in the shuffle. I can't believe WWE is really going to do The Miz vs Shane McMahon? Babyface Miz vs Heel Daniel Bryan would feel weird. That match should of always been face Daniel Bryan vs the ultimate heel Miz. Daniel Bryan's new eco-friendly villain persona is going to probably lead him into a new feud for WrestleMania. Leaving The Miz fighting with Shane McMahon over... pride? All Shane McMahon feuds are just kinda thrown together. The duo has to drop the titles now right? The Uso's becoming champs again is fine but WWE is really lacking creative direction all around.
Winners: The Uso's
Ronda Rousey vs Ruby Riott
Ronda Rousey is going to have a dominating performance. Ruby Riott is getting a big time match. I feel bad that Rousey isn't going to get a true main event showdown with Becky Lynch. WWE decided to inject Charlotte Flair for no logical reason. I'm sure there are other wrestling writers/journalists praising the move but it really wasn't necessary at all. The first ever Women's main event should be one on one. Not every revolutionary women's match should be about trying to stuff as many people into one match. Rousey vs Lynch was it. WWE decided to screw with it. In my honest opinion, Lesnar vs Rollins should be the main event but WWE is so set on capitalizing on their women's division that they are missing the big picture. Brock Lesnar is still WWE's box office attraction, and his last two matches have been solid. Him main eventing this year would be different.
Rousey will face off against Riott. This will be a unique matchup to showcase both of their skills. I'm sure The Riott Squad won't be too much involved due to having a match later in the show. Rousey should win easy unless they decide to do run-ins.
Winner: Ronda Rousey
The Elimination Chamber Match to crown the first-ever Women’s Tag Team Champions
Let's break the teams down one by one.
I could see Nia Jax and Tamina winning. WWE loves Nia and having Tamina finally win something would be a good pat on the back for WWE. The IIconics and the team of Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville could pull upsets. As WWE seems to like giving surprises every once in awhile. Riott Squad seems too random but there is a reason they are in the match. Carmella and Naomi lost their shot unless WWE truly makes a radical decision. I could even see them being written out of the match and a new Women's team replaces them. Perfect opportunity for Alexa Bliss and Lacey Evans? Boss N' Hug Connection seem like the safest bet to start the new era of women's tag team wrestling.
Winners: Boss N' Hug Connection
Daniel Bryan vs. AJ Styles vs. Jeff Hardy vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Randy Orton vs. Samoa Joe
This is a stacked match. It is unfortunate for Mustafa Ali but he will make it back. This also ignited momentum for Kofi Kingston. Who deserves to be a player within the main event scene. We also see a great opportunity for Jeff Hardy. AJ Styles, Randy Orton, and Samoa Joe remain in the chase for the title. This is a very likable Elimination Chamber match which makes the match better overall.
Personally, I would love to see Daniel Bryan vs Kofi Kingston in the final two. Only to have Daniel Bryan and Rowan screw Kofi Kingston out of the championship. Maybe another person will join the eco-friendly hippie cult? The New Day vs Heel Daniel Bryan is a feud I never knew I needed. Kofi Kingston vs Daniel Bryan would be an ultimate story at WrestleMania. The original underdog in Daniel Bryan, taking on the man who has been working hard forever but hasn't gotten his main event shot.
There is the possibility of course that WWE isn't paying attention to momentum, and they will give us a different story at WrestleMania. This match should indicate the Mania card. Most Elimination Chamber matches really telegraph what's about to happen at WrestleMania (remember Jack Swagger?)
The obvious result to win is Daniel Bryan. It's still awe-inspiring that he was able to return to wrestling. I can't imagine him dropping the title here. Unless WWE is planning on doing a multi-man title match at WrestleMania.
Winner: Daniel Bryan
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