WWE Elimination Chamber 2015 Preview/Predictions

ECBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

Give WWE credit where it’s due.

Coming out of the gates of Payback with another “Network-exclusive” PPV just two weeks later was a risk of talent overexposure, but quite frankly, WWE shelled out a card even better than its predecessor.

NXT Champion Kevin Owens marched into the main roster by laying out John Cena, stepping on his prestigious United States Championship in the process. Add that with his mic work that gets better by the segment and stand off with Samoa Joe, he’s damn near broken the Internet. If that didn’t, the announcement of him against Cena on this show probably did. The entire community will hold their collective breaths on this one, but it’s arguably the real seller of the card.

As for the rest of it, it’s what we’d consider above-average on paper, though nothing mind-blowing, and we’ll get to that slightly below.

The Card

– Neville vs. Bo Dallas: Ever since Hurricane Neville emerged onto the main roster post-WrestleMania, he’s since enjoyed moderate to high success, making a name for himself with convincing in-ring performances. He’s at that stage where he could use some credible wins under his belt and that’s where the upstart inspirational heel Dallas comes in. What’s also good for this feud is that it has some timelines scattered in it stemming from their NXT days for good measure. Since Dallas has reappeared on the main roster, he’s done a hell of a job heeling it up and we can only hope that there are plans for him moving forward, since we can only see his use in this match as someone for Neville to beat. Red Arrow lovers, eat your heart out.

Prediction: Neville

– Tag Team Championships – Elimination Chamber – The New Day (Champions) vs. The Lucha Dragons vs. Tyson Kidd/Cesaro vs. Los Matadores vs. The Ascension vs. The Prime Time Players: The New Day continue to impress us as heel Champions insulting promo after insulting promo and they’re truly finding their grind at this point. Being put in a match of this magnitude fits their complaints of being singled out, but it also allows us to see just what they could bring to the table. Half of this match is pure filler, as we pretty much know The Ascension, PTP and Los Matadores virtually stand no chance of winning. The other three teams will carry this match and you can expect it will probably come down to Kidd/Cesaro and New Day once again, where the Champs will find some way to scheme their way out of the show with the belts once again. This is probably the most creative match on the card, so look to be impressed by the pace of the teams and the action to be quick.

Prediction: New Day

– Divas Championship – Nikki Bella (Champion) vs. Naomi (w/Tamina) vs. Paige: Now the Divas division still lacks a general focus, but we can applaud this latest effort in storytelling as they’ve almost got things right. The shining light has been the full-fledged heel turn by the former Funkadactyl and with Tamina at her side, she really does seem unstoppable. The Bellas acting as faces seemed very awkward with no explanation, but once Paige made her return and got her revenge on Naomi and laid out the Divas Champion, Paige has emerged as the true babyface here. Nikki Bella continues to be over as Champion, but with Naomi making things interesting lately, why not give her a “chance” with a Title reign? Besides, it’d be fun to see Nikki and Paige in chase mode of her, the one definitive heel in the division besides her Samoan bodyguard. We’ll take a swing and go with Naomi.

Prediction: Naomi

– Intercontinental Championship – Elimination Chamber – R-Truth vs. King Barrett vs. Sheamus vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Ryback vs. Rusev (?): WWE has done a good job with the grouping of contenders for this vacated Titles and with the exception of Truth, any of these guys have a viable case of being next IC Champ. Love that there are also little storylines woven into this match – Ryback’s injuries, the Rusev-Ziggler feud with Lana thrown in the middle, the question mark of Rusev in the match to begin with in terms of an apparent injury, Barrett’s momentum and Sheamus seeking to hold all the Championship gold with a win. You can expect Ziggler-Rusev to last long into the match, maybe even coming down to the final two if the Bulgarian brute actually makes it to the match. Either way, the IC Title seemed to be designed in mind of having a fighting face champion defend it like they had with Daniel Bryan and the closest worker resembling him would be Ziggler. For that reason, we see the Show-Off coming out on top.

Prediction: Dolph Ziggler

– Champion vs. Champion – Kevin Owens vs. John Cena: Now to the real seller to the internet darlings. For those who have witnessed Owens’ rise to the top since following his indy days, they’re not the least bit surprised to see him where he is, but maybe they are impressed just how he’s been able to do it by staying himself and not fully conforming to the WWE in terms of character style. Owens is the kind of guy that lays it all out on the line and blurs no lines. He’s a heel’s heel and better yet, he knows how to work the crowd from the casuals to the smarts. His attacks on Cena were a definite statement of what he’s capable of and rubbing shoulders with Triple H shows a certain loyalty to The Authority that could lead to something fun down the road. His promos get better and better and he’s become a big name on any show he appears on, even now feuding with Samoa Joe and Finn Balor on NXT at the same time. We might fear a “burial” of Owens, but let’s be real: that just won’t happen here. No belts are on the line here and most of Owens’ matches are utter domination. Look for Cena to battle through with resilience but for Owens to truly cap off his massive momentum, he needs the win here to make it look like he is someone who backs up what he says despite going the wrong way about things. With a main roster contract signing and appearances on Raw until the end of June, we know Owens will be around for a little while as a prominent face on WWE programming and we can agree that everybody wins here. We’ll go with Owens who will bring the fight twice.

Prediction: Kevin Owens

– WWE World Heavyweight Championship – Seth Rollins (Champion) (w/J & J Security) vs. Dean Ambrose: This seemingly thrown together match over two weeks could be a lot worse than it is, but Ambrose remains a popular choice for WWE fans to back and with good reason. The only problem here is that the lunatic fringe is relying on things that work for other characters like Stone Cold Steve Austin (driving a vehicle out to the arena) and Rowdy Roddy Piper circa WCW (sitting in a jail cell making the most fun out of it) and that doesn’t really help him get over on an individual level. This match will be good to great – don’t get us wrong – but with Brock Lesnar slated to make returns to house shows quite soon, this almost confirms that Rollins will remain Champion until he butts heads with the beast incarnate once more. That will be the 2015 big post-Mania seller of a feud. We’re so close to getting it and the belt needs to be a part of it to serve its full significance. Rollins is going over once more.

Prediction: Seth Rollins

About Nicholas Jason Lopez

Just a 29-year-old Brooklynite. Nothing more, nothing less. Currently a freelance journalist with two websites - Pro Wrestling Opinion and The Music Bugle - he has also been published on sites such as The Bensonhurst Bean, Sheepshead Bites, Review Fix, College University of New York Athletic Conference, Dying Scene, Brooklyn News Service, All Media NY, BrooklynFans.com and Yahoo Voices. He has also interned for The Home Reporter/Brooklyn Spectator based out of Brooklyn, NY.

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