Jay's Ways - Elimination Chamber 2018 Preview Submitted by Justin Watry on 02/23/2018 at 11:29 AM
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WWE Elimination Chamber 2018 Preview
Ronda Rousey contract signing - I can tell you what will NOT happen. Ronda Rousey is not going to challenge for the RAW Women's Championship at WrestleMania 34. Nothing really makes sense there. With Asuka, Alexa Bliss, or whoever. That can wait for another big event. Summerslam? Really, WWE has two options, and I am sure the decision has already been made a long time ago. Either we get some kind of Smackdown interruption (Charlotte, Shane McMahon, or Daniel Bryan) which leads to Ronda Rousey heading over to the blue brand for their title. OR we get the much discussed Stephanie McMahon showdown, leading to the rumored mixed tag team match three years in the making. Personally, I am torn. Rousey vs. Charlotte is what I want to see. However, does anybody really see Ms. Rowdy going to Smackdown LIVE? No offense...but no. On the other hand, money is king. Team up Rousey with Braun Strowman, Kurt Angle, or even The Rock to take on Steph and Triple H, and you have a goldmine. That scenario protects Rousey, gives a huge spotlight to whomever her partner is. Plus, it kinda ties up any loose ends from Survivor Series 2017. My gut says we get the mixed tag thing dominating Raw television for the next month. My heard though would love a little Smackdown swerve and Charlotte showdown. We'll see. I am ALL IN on this Rousey signing, so it is cool to know there is some genuine intrigue to how this all plays out Sunday night. In Las Vegas no less...uh oh...
Matt Hardy vs. Bray Wyatt - Ugh. Didn't care for the BROKEN character in Impact Wrestling. Certainly don't care for the WOKEN character in WWE. My main fear is that Jeff Hardy gets dragged into this disaster. Hopefully not. Bring him back as the main event star that he is. If Vince McMahon really wants to give Matt Hardy a chance, he will need to bring in the drone, Reby, and go the distance with the gimmick. It isn't my cup of tea. However, what is airing now won't cut it. Sorry. Bray Wyatt was WWE Champion one year ago, and now he is feuding with Matt Hardy. Superstar Shakeup for the win! I will be at the March 5th edition of Raw. My fingers are crossed for very little of these two and lots of Ronda Rousey!
WINNER: Matt Hardy
Raw Tag Team Titles: The Bar vs. Titus O'Neil and Apollo - Worldwide! Titus O'Neil has loads of potential, is a great spokesman for WWE, is filled with charisma and looks to be taking advantage of his air time. That being said, every single time he has been given a chance to shine, he has blown it. That is on him. I am glad to see the guy still doing well - more so outside of the squared circle. Apollo should be doing more but has found himself some personality being paired with Titus. Excellent in the ring but kinda bland otherwise. That is why this pairing works. Dana Brooke, don't forget about her. Like Titus, so so once the bell rings but very fun backstage and in promos. With all of that being said, you have to go with The Bar here. This close to Mania, the belts need to stay put. If there is an 'upset' during this pay-per-view though, look no further. Not like Sheamus and Cesaro aren't 475 time tag champs or anything...
WINNER: The Bar
Asuka vs. Nia Jax - Asuka wins or I riot. Seriously. It is an absolute joke that WWE is even teasing us with the inclusion of Nia Jax to the RAW Women's Title picture come WM34. Please no, for the love of all that is good. Nobody is ready for that!
Women's Title: Elimination Chamber - My only hesitation is that WWE half heartedly gave us Asuka/Alexa Bliss on Raw last month. Felt like that was the Mania title bout, didn't it? For them to just give that away without a care in the world weeks ago, that tipped me off that maybe we will get some kind of surprise here. I know reports are hinting at Alexa/Nia with Asuka facing Charlotte...but I don't like that idea much either. Perhaps Charlotte/Becky Lynch is the direction? Who knows? WWE will probably convince me otherwise come mid-March when everything shakes out. Until then, I am a bit cautious. As for the Elimination Chamber structure, kudos to WWE for getting to a time when it isn't even a big deal that this is another 'first' for the women's division. They now main event television shows and PPV events so regularly it does not even matter anymore. That is a good thing and shows how far the revolution has come. The Royal Rumble worked for them, and I am sure this will too.
WINNER: Alexa Bliss
Universal Title #1 contender's match: Elimination Chamber - How funny would it be if John Cena started the Chamber with The Miz? You know, the irony and all. No, I think the way the Gauntlet Match went last night is pretty much how Sunday plays out only with a different ending. John Cena will do very little but add his name and star power to the setting. Elias will get a moment but ultimately be gone by the time the big stuff happens. In between, this will be the Seth Rollins and Finn Balor show. For all the work those two will put in, the endgame is fairly obvious. Braun Strowman is the FINAL BOSS to Roman Reigns and his quest back to the main event of WrestleMania. The two rivals locking up one more time for a shot at Brock Lesnar and the Universal Championship on the grandest stage. A fitting end to their year long story line and a nice payoff too. Strowman destroys everybody...but falls to the roman empire. A rematch from WrestleMania 31: Brock vs. Reigns! The march to New Orleans is on...