Well it’s official, No Way Out has been replaced and taking its place will be the newest in a line of debuting pay-per-view evnets for WWE…called Elimination Chamber.
The destructive device, conceived by Eric Bischoff for the 2002 Survivor Series, makes it’s return to PPV this Sunday, as both Raw and SmackDown! will see individual Chamber matches.
There are two other matches on the card aside from the double main event. The first of which will be Drew McIntyre defends the Intercontinental Championship against Kane. The Big Red Machine has held the IC strap twice already, and will be looking to make a three-peat in St. Louis. Kane has gained some momentum over the last few weeks, but McIntyre has had Kane’s number on a couple of occasions. I see McIntyre making a hard-fought, yet successful title defense.
Also on the agenda will be the finals of the WWE Divas Championship Tournament. Back in December, former champion Melina tore her ACL was forced to vacate the title. Since then, a weekly tournament has been ongoing, and Maryse and Gail Kim will go one-on-one to crown a new champion. This guarantees AT LEAST one new champion will walk out of the Scottrade Center on Sunday night. For those who know me well enough lately, I’ve not been overly thrilled with the quality of the Divas matches as of late. All the divas have had their good matches, and they’ve all had their bad nights. Hopefully this one will be one of the good nights, and I’m gonna go against popular opinion and say that Maryse will be your new Divas Champion.
Then we get to the Elimination Chamber matches. It’s a toss-up as to which brand will actually main event the show, so let’s cover the SmackDown! portion of the event. Current World Heavyweight Champion, The Undertaker, will put the gold on the line in the SmackDown! Elimination Chamber. His opponents will consist of John Morrison, CM Punk, R-Truth, Chris Jericho, and Rey Mysterio. This will be John Morrison’s first serious attempt at the World Heavyweight Championship, but he will be in the ring with five other guys who want to walk out with the gold as badly as he does. I’m taking a shock value pick, and go with Chris Jericho. This should add a little fuel to his match at WrestleMania, which all signs are pointing that his opponent will be his former championship partner, Edge. Don’t be suprised to see the Rated R superstar at some point in the event and make it known what his WrestleMania intentions are.
Over on the Raw board, Sheamus brings his two-month title reign into the Elimination Chamber, as he will face Triple H, Randy Orton, Ted DiBiase, Kofi Kingston, and the man he defeated at the TLC PPV in San Antonio, John Cena. There are a hundred ways this could go, all with WrestleMania implications. I’m still thinking Sheamus will retain, and this will set up a potential dogfight with Triple H on the grandest stage.
With WrestleMania still a month out of sight, we should have a pretty bright idea as to how the WrestleMania stage will be set. And don’t forget that somewhere in the midst, there lurks a man by the name of Shawn Michaels, who is still heavily intent on getting his name into the SmackDown! Elimination Chamber match. If he get gets in, there’s a chance he could win the whole thing and make Wrestlemania…well…D-X-rated!