Now that WWE has moved past the Royal Rumble on the Road to ‘Mania 34, the next stop will soon be reached.
The Raw brand will be in control of presenting that pit stop and it’ll feature one of the most incredible structures in wrestling – the Elimination Chamber. And to make matters even more exciting, members of the Raw Women’s roster will compete within the Chamber’s confines for the first time. Raw Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss will try to survive against Bayley, Mandy Rose, Mickie James, Sonya Deville, and Sasha Banks. As for the men’s Elimination Chamber match, the individual who leaves victorious will become the #1 contender for Brock Lesnar’s Universal Championship at ‘Mania 34.
There’s a lot at stake for the Superstars competing at the 2018 Elimination Chamber event. Here’s my batch of predictions on who’ll prevail and who’ll take the ultimate loss.
Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson vs. The Miztourage (Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel)
Predictions & Winner: This is a pretty random pairing as far as Kickoff matchups go. I figured Gallows and Anderson would want some form of revenge against The Revival since they’ve been feuding for a few weeks now. I guess The Revival have moved on to…man, it’s hard to think of another tag team worth facing since the Raw tag team scene is Sahara Desert dry. Which has led us to this out of nowhere contest between Gallows and Anderson and The Miztourage. The Miztourage have been relegated to jobber tag team status, so it’s pretty clear who’s getting the win here.
Cesaro and Sheamus (c) vs. Titus Worldwide (Apollo and Titus O’Neil) (WWE Raw Tag Team Championship)
Predictions & Winner: Now here’s a match that should have been booked for last month’s Royal Rumble! During the buildup leading up to the event, Titus Worldwide got a shocking win over Cesaro and Sheamus. Would have made complete sense for them to get a tag title shot soon after, right? But then Seth Rollins and Jason Jordan ended up wrestling the titles away from Cesaro and Sheamus, which then led to a rematch that ended up with Cesaro and Sheamus getting their titles back. It sucked to see Apollo and Titus O’Neal not get included in the bout between the two aforementioned teams. WWE pretty much repeated the shocking win storyline when Titus Worldwide defeated Cesaro and Sheamus again on the last episode of Raw. And NOW the match that should have been booked in January has finally been booked for February! Anyways, Cesaro and Sheamus are retaining. Titus Worldwide is just a flavor of the month challenge for Cesaro and Sheamus, sadly…
“Woken” Matt Hardy vs. Bray Wyatt
Predictions & Winner: I’ve already given up on WWE’s version of “Woken” Matt Hardy. Crazy to think that something done and perfected in Impact Wrestling can’t be done with the same level of quality in McMahon-land. Bray Wyatt is permanently damaged goods too, so I have no reason to care about who wins this match. I guess Matt will get the win since he’s been “staring at the lights” for the majority of this feud. Might be time for him to get some type of win now, doesn’t it? Hope they kill this whole ordeal off after this match, though…
Asuka vs. Nia Jax (If Nia Wins, She’ll be Added to the WWE Raw Women’s Championship Match at WrestleMania 34)
Predictions & Winner: Making a prediction for this one is pretty much a no-brainer, right? The winner of this matchup is practically much a foregone conclusion. Asuka is nigh unstoppable, as evidenced by her main roster run and her win during the inaugural Women’s Royal Rumble. She’s been well protected on Raw and presented as someone who won’t lose so easily. The massive challenge put against her during this event is Nia Jax, someone who’s been defeated by Asuka on both NXT and Raw. This match is pretty much a warmup for Asuka. She’s going to have a tough time putting Nia away, but Asuka will end up beating her come hell or high water. While this bout’s victory stipulation for Nia makes it seem like Asuka will face the Raw Women’s Champion at ‘Mania 34, we all know that’s not the case. WWE’s in the business of producing dream matches, which is why I see Asuka deciding to choose Charlotte for her Women’s Championship opportunity at ‘Mania 34.