.(Ambush Sports) — World Wrestling Entertainment’s (WWE) Road to WrestleMania continues onward as they make their next stop Sunday night for Elimination Chamber at the Wells Fargo Center in the City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia.
There are seven matches scheduled for Elimination Chamber (marketed in Germany as “No Escape).
Elimination Chamber match – Stipulation: Winner gets WWE Raw Women’s Championship match at WrestleMania
Natalya Neidhart v. Liv Morgan v. Shayna Baszler v. Asuka v. Ruby Riott v. Sarah Logan
The women’s Raw-branded Elimination Chamber match was added to the card on February 17 to determine a number-one contender for Becky Lynch’s Raw Women’s Championship at WrestleMania 36 in Tampa.
The match features former UFC star Shayna Baszler, who’s built a name of herself in NXT, who reignited her feud with Lynch prior to last year’s Survivor Series by ambushing her on the prior week’s broadcast of Raw in November 2019. The rivalry really heated during a February 10, when Baszler ambushed Lynch after a match, beating her down before biting down on her neck. (Caution: the video may be graphic for some audiences.)
Baszler has even gone as far as stating that the outcome of the Elimination Chamber match is a foregone conclusion, stating she will be the one to win the match, given her history of MMA fighting, even while Lynch has offered to pay her fine upfront for the mayhem she’s going to deliver to Baszler in return. This from the following week’s Raw:
All hell broke loose at the February 24 contract signing, with Sarah Logan, Natalya, and Liv Morgan signing their part of the contract. Morgan forcibly slammed the contract in front of former tag team partner Ruby Riott, which nearly prompted a fight between the two while moderator Jerry “The King” Lawler attempted to keep the peace. Asuka, one-half of the Raw Women’s Tag Team Champions, signed her part of the contact, and then Baszler entered to sign, staring down her competition, mostly focusing on Natalya, which also prompted another potential fight with a staredown in the middle of the ring.
Asuka attempted to break them up, shoving Natalya aside in the process. Things really heated up when Asuka challenged Baszler to “bite me,” but Natalya attacked Asuka instead. Morgan jumps across the table to attack Riott (while Logan tries to break them up). Baszler laughs about the mayhem caused until Lynch enters the area, where they both exchange some beatdowns.
This will definitely make for a great match to kick off the PPV.
Winner Prediction: SHAYNA BASZLER
3-on-1 Handicap match – Stipulation: Winner gets WWE Intercontinental Championship
Braun Strowman (c) v. Shinsuke Nakamura v. Cesaro v. Sami Zayn
Not much to say about this match. Nakamura held the Intercontinental Championship for 201 days until he lost the title to Strowman on a January 31 broadcast of WWE Smackdown. To date, Strowman has held the title for 37 days. Neither Cesaro nor Zayn has ever won the championship.
There’s a feeling that Strowman asked for this match, just to take all three of them out and retain the championship.
Can’t underestimate the power of someone who’s considered one of the most dangerous strongmen in professional wrestling, even under handicap conditions.
The match and contract signing was booked on February 28.
Winner Prediction: BRAUN STROWMAN
Elimination Chamber match – Stipulation: Winner gets WWE Smackdown Tag Team Championship
The Miz & John Morrison (c) v. The New Day (Big E & Kofi Kingston) v. The Usos v. Heavy Machinery v. Lucha House Party v. Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode
This match actually has an interesting scenario: Miz and Morrison won the titles from The New Day at Super ShowDown in Saudi Arabia. The New Day, who has five reigns of Smackdown’s tag team championship spanning 284 days, held the title in their fifth reign for 111 days after defeating The Revival at Clash of Champions last September.
The match was announced the following night on Smackdown.
The Revival (Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder) were originally slated for the match until last week when they were replaced by Lucha House Party. The issue may have lied with Dawson and Wilder wanting to leave the company, so they were removed from all T.V. and PPV events.
There are so many unknowns with this match, especially with six tag teams fighting for championship gold inside a steel structure. Anything goes in this match.
Winner Prediction: THE NEW DAY (to start their sixth championship reign)
Tag team match – Stipulation: Winner gets WWE Raw Tag Team Championship
Street Profits (c) v. Seth Rollins & (Buddy) Murphy
The Monday Night Messiah and (Buddy) Murphy won the Raw Tag Team Championship in January against the Viking Raiders and, most recently, retained against the Street Profits at Super ShowDown. Rollins and Murphy gave Street Profits a Last Chance match on the March 2 broadcast of Raw, with the team of Angelo Dawkins and Montez Ford emerging victorious.
Rollins and Murphy enacted the rematch clause with a contract signing backstage later in the night.
Given the sketchiness that surrounds Rollins and his band of goons, it would be difficult for me to say whether Dawkins and Ford will be able to retain successfully. But, you know, sometimes you have to bet on the underdog.
Winner Prediction: STREET PROFITS
Singles match – Stipulation: No Disqualification
Aleister Black v. AJ Styles
This rivalry has not existed for very long and stems from a February 24 broadcast of Raw, when Styles and fellow faction members of The O.C. Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson attacked Aleister Black backstage.
Black challenged for a match with Styles during the March 2 broadcast, but it came with some stipulations which apparently was in the signed contract: Black would need to defeat Gallows and Anderson in separate matches.
Black easily dispatched with haste Anderson for the pinfall:
Black would win over Gallows in quick fashion via disqualification:
However, the fatigued Black didn’t have enough to win over Styles, who is facing The Undertaker at WrestleMania:
Winner Prediction: AJ STYLES
Singles match – Stipulation: Winner gets WWE U.S. Championship
Andrade (c) v. Humberto Carrillo
Not much to know about this matchup, other than Carrillo has been challenging for the title since the Royal Rumble pre-show. A confusing line of events, which included Andrade’s “leave of absence” (which was actually a suspension for violating the WWE Wellness Policy), the involvement of Carrillo’s real-life cousin Angel Garza and the result of a tag match alongside Rey Mysterio against Andrade and Garza that earned Carrillo another opportunity at the U.S. title.
Honestly, I don’t have enough information to make an informed prediction.
Winner Prediction: NO PREDICTION – LACK OF INFORMATION TO MAKE AN INFORMED PREDICTION
Singles match MAIN EVENT – Stipulation: None
Daniel Bryan v. Drew Gulak
Another short-term rivalry which started during a February 21 SmackDown broadcast, when Daniel Bryan confronted Drew Gulak, who claimed to know all of Bryan’s weaknesses. Bryan offered Gulak to prove it in a challenge to a match at Elimination Chamber, made official later during the March 6 broadcast.
Both have their strengths and weaknesses, but let’s just make some quick comparisons:
- Bryan has been in professional wrestling for 21 years compared to Gulak’s 15.
- Gulak has a two-inch height advantage.
- Bryan has a weight advantage of 210 lbs. compared to Gulak’s 193.
- Both have some devastating signature and finishing moves.
- Bryan has a resume worthy of the WWE Hall of Fame, while Gulak is still proving himself.
I’ll have to go with experience in this match.
Winner Prediction: DANIEL BRYAN
The Elimination Chamber pre-show kicks off at 6 p.m. Eastern/3 p.m. Pacific, with the main show kicking off shortly afterward, only available on the WWE Network.