Elimination Chamber goes down this Sunday night, and although it was a late addition to the WWE calendar, there is plenty of reason to be excited about the stacked card. Airing live on the WWE network, the event will be headlined by a fresh main event featuring two former members of the hottest stable in recent history, The Shield, in the form of WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins and the challenger Dean Ambrose. One of the most intriguing matches on the card is between the face of WWE John Cena and the no-nonsense newcomer and NXT Champion Kevin Owens. There will also be two multi-combatant title matches contested within the confines of the Elimination Chamber, a pre-show appearance by Daniel Bryan and much more. Lets get started.
Neville vs Bo Dallas
Although the casual fan will not have much interest in this match, it has the potential to be enjoyable as WWE revisits a classic NXT feud. Also, Neville, from Newcastle, may spark interest from the British fanbase and if he does his high-octane style will no doubt maintain it. Bo Dallas has stuttered horribly over the past few months, not doing much of note at all and I can only see this match being yet another stepping stone for Neville to get over.
Woman’s Championship Triple Threat match: Nikki Bella (c) vs Paige vs Naomi
Britain is again represented in this match, this time by Norwich’s own Paige who has been nothing short of a revelation since her promotion to the WWE main roster. Nikki is carrying the title going into the match but the recent booking of Naomi suggests to me that she is the one to watch in this encounter. The WWE Diva’s division has been horribly represented recently and while WWE vows to change that, we can only hope they honour their word starting this Sunday and give these ladies the time they need to have the match their more than capable of having.
WWE Tag Team Championship Elimination Chamber match: The New Day (c) vs The Prime Time Players vs Los Matadores vs The Ascension vs The Lucha Dragons vs Cesaro and Tyson Kidd
This match has the potential to steal the show, and if it does then it will have The New Day and Cesaro and Tyson Kidd to thank for it. These two teams have been instrumental in bringing tag team wrestling back some credibility and they are improving each and every week. Having a match with six teams involved shows how much effort WWE have put into the division so let's hope the talent repay that faith. While it will be a tall order for The New Day to emerge with their titles, that's the most realistic outcome I can see as the trio have excelled in their roles and continue to add layers to their gimmick. If the titles are going to change hands Cesaro and Tyson Kidd are the most likely contenders but there has been talk of the pair going their separate ways soon.
Winners: The New Day
Most of the competitors in this match have been wound up in rivalries with each other for the past few months so this match will be a good opportunity for WWE to wrap a few feuds up at the same time. While Rusev is nursing an injury at the moment, there has been no news regarding his participation so we can assume that he will be competing. The Intercontinental Title is currently vacant after an injured Daniel Bryan had to relinquish it after his Wrestlemania 31 win. Dolph, Sheamus and Barrett are the obvious frontrunners in this match but it is Sheamus I see leaving the Chamber victorious. Since his return, the Irishman has been nothing short of dominant and his new heel persona has reinvigorated his character.
John Cena vs Kevin Owens
The NXT Champion being placed in a PPV match with the face of WWE John Cena shows just how much faith officials have in Kevin Owens. This is an incredibly important match for the future of WWE and if they really wanted to, WWE could make Owens an instant star with a win over Cena after just six months with the company. In such an intriguing match, the atmosphere for this one should be electric, especially as Owens brings that big fight feel back to the wrestling ring, one of such we have only seen from the likes of Brock Lesnar and Bill Goldberg. However, although it would be a refreshing shock to see Owens win, I just can’t see Cena losing this one. It appears the most realistic outcome will be a Cena win by disqualification as Owens goes overboard with his attacks leading to a post match assault.
Winner: John Cena
WWE World Heavyweight Championship match: Seth Rollins (c) vs Dean Ambrose
Finally, a main event PPV match with a fresh feel about it. Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose are two of the most over, and talented, stars on the roster today and their feud has been brilliant building to this encounter. Both men play their roles superbly and get an incredible reaction out of the audience so the stage is set for a memorable match. I do not feel like I can make a case for Ambrose winning the title on this occasion as its just far too early into Rollins’ reign to have him drop the belt. Rollins is excelling as champion and I again expect to see interference from The Authority to help him retain although Ambrose should come incredibly close. Nothing would satisfy these two men more than putting on a classic so I am expecting a very good match.
Winner: Seth Rollins