Elimination Chamber 2019
WWE Cruiserweight Championship:
(c) Buddy Murphy vs Tozawa
I really like seeing that the Cruiserweight champion is on the main show as opposed to holding them back on the pre-show. Murphy has been a very capable champion helping the division into a new age and giving it a little more meaning. Tozawa is very reliable, but I do think that Murphy deserves to maintain his stock as the leader of the division. Murphy gets the win tonight.
Braun Strowman vs Baron Corbin
I am going to keep this short and to the point I've been extremely bored by this feud and even though I know that it is only continuing, because of Braun injury late last year but still it needs to end. Corbin is extremely hated and a lot of heat so he could maintain his spot with a win. However, Strowman really really needs the win to not fall to far down from his previous standing in the company.
Raw Women's Championship:
(c) Ronda Rousey vs Ruby Riot
This is the biggest so far for Ronda and Ruby since they've gotten to the main roster as Ronda seems to struggle on occasion when she has to lead the match. But I think that Ruby has a ton of potential to be a top talent in the company for the division. This is clear that Rousey will get the victory tonight and there no doubt of that clearly.
Smackdown Tag Team Championship:
(c) The Miz & Shane McMahon vs The Uso's
It has been incredibly interesting to see Shane & Miz coming together as a team and it is definitely something different then we normally see from the promotion. However, The Uso's could've won the titles this time around but clearly it is time to keep the titles on Shane & Miz. With the recent news of The Uso's issues I don't think that the company will let them win the titles. With that being said Shane & Miz get the win tonight.
WWE Intercontinental Championship:
(c) Lashley & Lio Rush vs Finn Balor
In my opinion this is the best way to keep the feud going without having a finish or not as a way to keep things going. I don't really know how they could keep it going with Finn losing due other than maybe Lio winning the match in a flukey way setting a rematch with them as oppose to Lashley getting the pin over his top challenger. I do think that Finn will get the victory eventually, but I don't think it will happen tonight. Lashley retains tonight.
Elimination Chamber Match: Women's Tag Team Titles
Nia Jax & Tamina vs Riot Squad vs Bayley & Sasha Banks vs Naomi & Carmella vs IIconics vs Sonya Deville & Mandy Rose
This is the toughest match to predict as the winner will be based on the who the company really wants to invest in as a team to make them the first tag team champions. Though I do have an issue with the tag titles being able to go between brands even though the main women's champion can't that's very strange. Now I do think that some members of the match are clearly not going to win, but they could surprise us. I will select two possible winners giving it to either Bayley & Banks or Riot Squad allowing to legit teams the chance to hold the tag titles.
Elimination Chamber Match: WWE Championship
(c) Daniel Bryan vs AJ Styles vs Randy Orton vs Kofi Kingston vs Jeff Hardy vs Samoa Joe
Unfortunately I would've loved to see Mustafa Ali in the match, but injuries happen and I just hope the kid will be back before Wrestlemania and maybe will have a major match at the big event. There is no doubt though that Kofi made his case on Smackdown last week showing that he could be a shocking winner. However, the championship will not be going anywhere from Daniel Bryan this close to Wrestlemania the only question is who will be facing the "Eco Warrior" at the big event in April.
Following the "elimination" of the unfortunate injured Mustafa Ali that opened a spot in Sunday's Elimination Chamber match for the WWE Championship. In my opinion seeing Kofi Kingston take the spot of Mustafa Ali in the Chamber is shocking because he's never really been featured in a huge role. For the last few years Kofi has been one third of the New Day, but now he has been given the biggest spotlight that he has had in his career. The fact that initially this was the planned run for Mustafa in this match which shows just how much the company is willing to invest in the insanely talented Ali.
Either way though Kofi had a similar performance to the one that Seth Rollins had in the Raw gauntlet match from last year. But in my opinion the performance for Kofi was a lot more shocking as you didn't really expect the company to allow him to get such a spotlight considering it's been so long since he hasn't been a singles star in a very long time. Take a look though below at his performance from the match on Smackdown! Well done Kofi Kingston it's was a incredible performance.
I know that it might be hard to believe that for the third week in a row we have Dean Ambrose as the focus of this weekly series, but there is a good reason that just wait. So as everyone has heard by now Dean Ambrose will be leaving WWE in the latter half of April following Wrestlemania and though that is big story I wonder if WWE realizes that they still need to book him somewhat well if they want him on the show. To start I had my reservations about Dean and Nia Jax possibly having an inter-gender match for obvious reasons, but seeing as that isn't going to happen and they shifted gears let's look at the match from this week.
Last week I pointed out that the WWE should've waited to have Dean and Ethan Carter III meet until Elimination Chamber especially knowing that the show is this weekend; instead of having them fight now two weeks in a row. The reality of it is that this feud should've been the coming out party for Ethan on the main roster, but in my opinion because Dean is leaving the company feels like they have to rush through the feud instead of booking it the right way.
Overall 50-50 booking is a problem in the company, because they do it far to often and even though I think it could work for a lower card feud or if you just want to give someone a little momentum it isn't the right way to go when it comes to a fresh talent like EC3 or a former Main Event star like Ambrose. I'm really confused how the WWE thinks that this is a good way to book these two especially knowing that we will likely see them fighting for the third time on Sunday which will be pointless. Take a look at the match below:
Fact is that with the arrival of All Elite Wrestling it has really brought up an interesting outlook on the wrestling business due to how long it's been since the WWE has had any other competitor. Now I don't really think that many stars will have the ability to talk walk away from the company due to contracts preventing that from happening in most cases. However, we might've seen the last of Dean Ambrose in the WWE as news broke that he would not be renewing his contract and will be leaving after Wrestlemania. At this point we don't know for sure that this means he could end up in the other company.
But now earlier this week news broke that The Uso's could be leaving the WWE once their contract expires in April. Jimmy and Jey have been a staple of the WWE's tag team division since their arrivals on the main roster back in 2010, but it might be getting to that time. See over the years the company has gone through periods of real darkness for tag teams with thrown together teams often getting the spotlight over the established tag teams. Often I remember Sam from "Here's What all Things WWE" really drilling home much of a problem this in the company especially early last year.
Overall I know that some fans might think I am crazy for even thinking that The Uso's could leave WWE as they are one of the top teams. If you think about it though what does it mean to be a top team in a company that doesn't value tag team wrestling or if you have other goals you want to accomplish but know you may never get to. Heading back in the wrestling time machine to the peak of tag team wrestling in the 1980's there was a time when tag teams could headline a show, but that was really never the case with Vince. If I am Jimmy & Jey I would at least consider heading south and making a match between the Uso's and "Bucks of Youth" a reality. The only real question is how much appeal does real competition have for The Uso's and the chance to a featured and maybe even a headline act with Matt and Nick in All Elite Wrestling.
Even though the new era was announced we have seen the arrival of some fresh talent, but unfortunately it hasn't gone well for a lot of the talent so far. Now I know it hasn't been that long since these names have arrived on the roster, but it doesn't seem like they have any direction on the roster. In my opinion NXT stars shouldn't be brought up without having a clear direction for their arrival on the main roster. Clearly it seems like Ethan Carter has a gimmick as does Nikki Cross, but with the amount of programming the company has they could've set up some sort of direction for them to get their feet under them.
Looking at this recent episode the company has set the groundwork for possibly Carter's first feud with Dean Ambrose which is a great plan. However, I think they could've got away with having the first match at Elimination Chamber and then do the rematch the next day or something like that to do something different with the feud. Shifting the focus to the tag team division with Heavy Machinery they are another victim of the rebuild that the division is currently going through. After months or even close to a year of bad booking the company has finally decided to refocus on the tag team division according recent reports. This in my opinion would've been a good reason to bring someone else to the main roster and hold the debut of this team until they got the tag team division on stable ground again.
It has been 20 years since Jeff Jarrett has been seen on WWE television with his last appearance coming in October 1999. I think I am right with everyone else in saying that I never thought I would see Double J back in the WWE, but I am very happy seeing in him get one more run. Unfortunately I don't think the feud is the best and even though it just about the nostalgia it is a little too one sided for my liking. However, with the ending of this week's match in mind I don't think this feud ends just yet and we could see one more meeting between the "Drifter" and Double J.
After holding onto his WWE Championship at the Royal Rumble over the weekend against AJ Styles we have seen the "New" Daniel Bryan revel a new WWE Title design. This revel was extremely unexpected because this time around I didn't see it coming unlike when they redid the title the first time John Cena won the title and they created the spinner title. In my opinion this just another step forward for Daniel Bryan to embrace his new gimmick and really show how far he has come in such a short time.
The first time I saw Daniel Bryan he was in the middle of World Title reign in Ring of Honor and was the top heel in the company. This time around is different and I really didn't even know that Daniel had this gimmick in him much like Eddie Edwards in Impact Wrestling we are seeing a different side of Daniel. Overall this is what happens when the company really tries to book properly and invest time in letting a talent find his footing. The main problem with WWE in the modern era is that they have far too many cookie cutter character and nobody that really sticks out like they had in past years which makes it difficult to really invest in anyone.
It is for this reason that it has been amazing seeing the continued evolution of the "New" Daniel Bryan a man that was at one point getting some of the loudest reactions among all active wrestlers in the company. However, nobody expected that Daniel could really turn into the top heel in the promotion getting louder boos in some cases than Brock Lesnar. For the first time in a long time the company actually has a heel that can stick as heel and really get heat from the smarky modern fans. Check out his promo from Smackdown Live when he introduced his new WWE Championship:
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