The next two weeks are sure to be newsworthy for WWE and their fans as the fireworks will start later this evening. Tonight’s go-home edition of Monday Night Raw will likely finalize the card for WWE Elimination Chamber as well as culminate the feuds leading into the ppv.
As things stand now Elimination Chamber is a two-match show with the Wyatt Family vs. the Shield and the elimination chamber match hogging the headlines. These two programs have been booked very well, and there’s a strong chance we’ll see excellent matches.
The Wyatts and the Shield have opened many eyes. Things nearly took an explosive turn last week, and it will be interesting to see how things play out between the two young factions tonight.
The chamber match itself is no less intriguing. Randy Orton has taken on four of the five challengers to his belt, and so far he’s only 1-3, the lone victory coming against long-time rival Christian. Daniel Bryan, John Cena and Cesaro have all defeated Orton, making the WWE World Heavyweight Champion appear rather vulnerable going into “Satan’s prison.” Orton’s quest to prove himself to the Authority will conclude tonight when he squares off with Sheamus in the main event on Raw.
On the flip side, Dave Batista vs. Alberto Del Rio hasn’t garnered much interest. With Batista continually getting the upper-hand, including Batista-Bombing Del Rio through the broadcast table last Monday on Raw, it doesn’t feel like their ppv match is necessary. Will Del Rio make a statement tonight?
The only other match officially announced for Elimination Chamber has Jack Swagger challenging Big E. Langston for the Intercontinental Championship. It seems somebody must have read my article from Feb. 5. Swagger was victorious in a fatal four-way match on SmackDown over Rey Mysterio, Mark Henry and Kofi Kingston to earn the title-shot.
Expect at least one more match to be announced for the show as well as a pre-show match. Considering how strong the Usos have been booked in recent weeks it would be surprising if a tag-title showdown with the New Age Outlaws is left off the ppv.
Tonight’s Raw should set the tone for Elimination Chamber. Good, bad or indifferent we’ll likely find out what we’re in store for at WWE’s last ppv before WrestleMania.