Wow, that was quick!
WWE wasted no time in setting up the card for SD Live’s Elimination Chamber 2017. What sets it apart from last year’s event is that the Blue Brand is taking it over as an exclusive PPV. The main attraction of the show is of course the very same title you see before you. The Elimination Chamber will feature a who’s who of SD Live’s top-tier Superstars – the WWE Champion John Cena, the former champ AJ Styles, the IC Champion Dean Ambrose, Baron Corbin, The Miz and Bray Wyatt. Along with that key main event, a host of other big grudge bouts are planned for the Feb. 12 special event.
Let’s check in on Elimination Chamber 2017’s complete offering of matches and offer our predictions for each one.
Mojo Rawley vs. Curt Hawkins
Predictions & Winner: So some random backstage altercation led to this? Yeah, actually. Hawkins interrupted Mojo’s phone convo (which we’re pretty sure was important!) and pissed him off to the point where he started intimidating him. So here we are with this Kickoff Show matchup. To be quite honest with you all, we’re not really expecting some type of amazing barn burner of a match here. Mojo will cut through Zach Ryder’s former “Major Brother” running buddy like a hot knife through butter. No surprise here, folks.
Becky Lynch vs. Mickie James
Predictions & Winner: Since Miss James got unmasked as Bliss’ 2nd-in-command, she’s stuck by her side and made Lynch’s life a living hell. Lynch, Naomi and Nikki Bella pulled out a pretty satisfying win against those two women and Natalya during the Royal Rumble. That was cool and all for the babyfaces to eke out a win, but there’s one thing we know about wrestling that still rings true to this day – the babyface may win, but eventually the heel will get that win back in due time. So we’re expecting Lynch and James to knock the holy hell out of each other for a good while until James pulls away with the sneaky, dirty win. This Becky Lynch vs. Alexa Bliss and Mickie James beef will continue, though.
American Alpha (Chad Gable and Jason Jordan) (c) vs. The Usos (Jimmy and Jey Uso) vs. The Ascension (Konnor and Viktor) vs. The Vaudevillains (Aiden English and Simon Gotch) vs. Breezango (Fandango and Tyler Breeze) vs. Heath Slater and Rhyno (Tag Team Turmoil Match for the WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship)
Predictions & Winners: Jason Jordan and Chad Gable made an open invitation to any team on the SD Live roster who wants a shot at their tag team titles. Who answered the call? Well, the rest of the SD Live tag team division! So now American Alpha and their heated rivals will have to vie for the titles in a gauntlet Tag Team Turmoil Match. So we’re envisioning Heath Slater and Rhyno starting off and facing off with Breezango first. Slater and Rhyno will take the win and then go on to face The Ascension. Slater and Rhyno will brave the odds of that tough team and eliminate them from the whole equation.
Then out comes American Alpha, who’ll finally get rid of Slater and Rhyno. We’re guessing some sort of mishap between Slater and his “Man-Beast” buddy will cost them the win, which will lead even further into their eventual breakup. AA will then go head to head The Vaudevillians and easily defeat them. The final gauntlet pairing will then be AA vs. The Usos. AA will soundly defeat them and successfully retain their WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship.
Nikki Bella vs. Natalya
Predictions & Winner: Nikki and Natalya’s war of words (which Natalya’s been dominating, we might add) has been churning since Survivor Series 2016. Natalya was revealed as the woman behind the mysterious Nikki Bella beatdown that occurred on that very same show. And that’s all because a super salty Carmella didn’t take too kindly to losing to Nikki. She ratted on Natalya and this is how we’ve arrived at this grudge match. So here’s the thing – the babyface ladies of SD Live pulled off a big win on the heel trio during the pre-show of the Royal Rumble. We reckon it’s time for the ladies who took an L in that match to get their win back in their respective matches. We’re calling for a Natalya win here, which is something that’s rarely seen on WWE PPV’s. But we have good faith in this prediction, so we’re sticking to it.