Hello AW Universe,
It’s the last stop on the Road to WrestleMania before WWE heads into Tampa Bay.
Here is a preview for Elimination Chamber this Sunday 8 March 2020 live from the Wells Fargo Arena in Philadelphia, PA
Daniel Bryan vs. Drew Gulak
This has been building for a bit, but I honestly thought it would be pushed closer to WrestleMania weekend. Gulak has been critical of Bryan ever since his loss to “The Fiend” at Royal Rumble, calling out “holes in his game” as Bryan has taken on a meaner streak, beating the shit out of the likes of Curtis Axel and Heath Slater. Now Bryan is calling Gulak out to see if he can exploit said weaknesses himself. I actually like this pairing: Gulak is pretty underrated both in the ring and on the mic– the PowerPoint presentations were also great– and he and Bryan can put on a good technical matchup that will be a nice tonic to the rest of the violent card. With all that being said, Bryan can’t lose, but his aggression might put some babyface heat on Gulak going forward.
Braun Strowman vs. Shinsuke Nakamura, Cesaro, Sami Zayn
This seems to be a booking choice to build Strowman up as an unstoppable monster again, so unless there’s a plan to build this feud further down the road, there doesn’t seem to be any reason for Strowman to drop the title. Does it suck that this is all coming at the expense of these three wrestlers, particularly Shinsuke Nakamura? Absolutely, but Strowman’s character has been fumbled so many times that he deserves this monster-sized push.
The Miz & John Morrison vs. Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode vs.
Heavy Machinery vs. Lucha House Party vs. The Usos vs. The New Day- Elimination Chamber Match
SmackDown Tag Team Championship
An excuse to get twelve men inside the Chamber, but should be fun nonetheless. Only about half of these teams have a realistic shot of walking out of Philadelphia with the belts– the champions, The Usos, and The New Day– but whenever that feels like the case, sometimes we get a nice little swerve thrown our way (unexpected Heavy Machinery win..?). That being said, Miz & Morrison just won the titles, and they are fantastic heel champions, so having them sneak out with the belts, with the babyface Usos or New Day chase them all the way to WrestleMania 36 makes the most storyline sense.
Winners: Miz & Morrison
Aleister Black vs. AJ Styles- No Disqualification
Aleister Black looked great on RAW, finally getting a chance to actually wrestle in more than just squash matches, and fighting from underneath to look strong and build some of good babyface heat. The No DQ stip in this match signals that there’s probably going to be a tonne of interference from The OC, leading to an appearance from The Undertaker, gifting Black the win– not that he needs it or should be getting dirty finish wins– and further setting up the WrestleMania match between “The Phenomenal One” and “The Deadman.”
The Street Profits vs. Seth Rollins & Murphy
Raw Tag Team Championship
Huge win for Angelo Dawkins and Montez Ford on RAW, as they hopefully now go on a lengthy run with the belts– or at least find themselves in a new program– after this match. It was a good move to put the straps on “The Monday Night Messiah” and his disciple Murphy as they build the stable up. That being said, it’s time for Rollins to move fully into his one-on-one feud with Kevin Owens, and hand the tag team title pursuits over to The AOP.
Winners: Street Profits
Andrade vs. Umberto Carrillo
United States Championship
A rivalry back on track after Andrade’s suspension– a period in which Angel Garza filled in nicely– Carrillo has proven he has work in the ring with the best of them. Unfortunately, even giving him a bit of a more aggressive bend has left something to be desired on the character side of things. Besides, having Andrade away for a month likely took some of the juice out of his title run, so having run with the belt for a little longer might make sense to build him up as a solid champion.
And this program likely goes right to WrestleMania weekend too, with Rey Mysterio and Garza in the mix, as well.
Natalya vs. Liv Morgan vs. Shayna Baszler vs. Asuka vs. Ruby Riott vs. Sarah Logan- Elimination Chamber Match
Raw Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s match
A match that will be full of talent and high spots, that pretty much has the finish telegraphed already. Everyone wanted to see Baszler and Becky Lynch for the Raw Women’s Championship, and that was all but guaranteed after the “Submission Magician” jumped Lynch and literally tasted her blood! They’re have also been some subtle creative changes to Lynch’s character, shifting her from the “people’s champion fighting for pride” to the arrogant, flamboyant “unbeatable reigning champion.” This makes one wonder if there’s a plan to book Baszler as the babyface challenger and Lynch as the cocky heel champion heading to Tampa Bay.
But, we have to get there first, and it likely begins with Baszler dominating this match, and picking up the win looking like a killer beast.
It all goes down this Sunday at 8pm EST only on the WWE Network.