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Powell's WWE Elimination Chamber preview and predictions: Who wins the The Shield vs. The Wyatt Family showdown match? Who leaves the Elimination Chamber match as WWE World Heavyweight Champion?
By Jason Powell
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Randy Orton vs. John Cena vs Daniel Bryan vs. Sheamus vs. Cesaro vs. Christian in a Hell in a Cell match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship: The biggest question I have about this match is whether I will be able to see through the structure well enough to enjoy it. I will be attending the show live and I've always wondered if fans spend more time watching through the structure or staring at the big screen. I'll give you the rundown on that in tomorrow's Hit List. I am curious to see what they are doing with Daniel Bryan's storyline shoulder injury. Is it an out for an early elimination? Is it a setup for Triple H or Kane to come out and screw him out of the title again by stopping the match due to concern over his injury? Is it setting up the big underdog title win? Orton losing so many non-title matches lately leads me to believe that he's going to retain the championship here.
Randy Orton retains the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
The Shield vs. The Wyatt Family in a six-man tag: WWE has been slowly building up the tension between Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose while Seth Rollins appears to be more neutral than anything. With everyone thinking about Reigns and Ambrose, it would be wild if Rollins was the star of the match in that the only bearded Shield member turned on his partners and joined Bray Wyatt's family. I'm not sure it would be the best role for him and I've learned the best course of prognosticating is to expect the expected way more often than not. In other words, Rollins shouldn't throw away his beard trimmer. I'll take Ambrose doing something that cause his team to lose. Maybe he tags himself into the match when Reigns has all the momentum or maybe he just outright turns on Reigns. Either way, WWE has done a very good job of building this up to feel like a major showdown. I'm looking forward to this match more than anything on the show.
The Wyatt Family wins.
Batista vs. Alberto Del Rio: As if the outcome didn't seem predictable enough a week ago today, Del Rio showed up wearing a neck brace on Raw. Rather than put some go-home week heat on ADR, Batista simply tossed him around again. C.M. Punk has a strong following in the Twin Cities stemming from his Steel Domain Wrestling indy days, so it will be interesting to see if the fans turn on Batista or treat him like a star. I'll be the guy booing when they put the Mexican flags on the ring posts. It's nothing against my neighbors to the south. Rather, it's all about the stupidity of the gimmick.
Batista destroys Alberto Del Rio.
Big E vs. Jack Swagger for the Intercontinental Title: I'm not really sure what to say about a match that received a one week buildup. They might be setting up Swagger vs. Cesaro for the IC Title at WrestleMania 30. For that matter, I could see Big E defending against both Real Americans in a Triple Threat. I want to be more compelled than I am in the storyline. I could see this being a good, physical match if they don't have too much time to kill. I must admit that I'm not very confident about this prediction.
Big E retains the Intercontinental Championship.
The New Age Outlaws vs. The Uso Brothers for the WWE Tag Team Championship: After months of Cody Rhodes and Goldust stealing shows with their awesome performances in tag title matches, I get the Outlaws defending the titles. Lucky me. It's nothing against Road Dogg and Billy Gunn. I dug their act back in the day and I enjoy a good dose of nostalgia. I just don't like the idea of the nostalgia act taking the tag titles and killing the momentum of both the division and The Brotherhood tag act. I dig The Uso Brothers, but I don't think they've told enough of a story with them to get people excited about them winning the titles. Sure, the live crowd would pop big for a title change, but they'd be better off building up to The Uso title reign than rushing to it here.
The New Age Outlaws retain the WWE Tag Team Championship.
Darren Young vs. Titus O'Neil: Young is better in the ring. Titus is the better talker. Maybe these guys could form a tag team. Oh, wait... It's a big match for these two because it's not like they've had many (or any?) pay-per-view singles matches. Still, the buildup has been flat and those who only watch Raw have barely even seen the buildup. I'll go with the heel so there's a reason to keep the feud going.
Titus O'Neil wins.
Cody Rhodes and Goldust vs. Curtis Axel and Ryback in the Kickoff match: I'd been looking forward to this match more if it wasn't on the Kickoff show. The WWE pre-show generally consists of a bunch of talking and video packages, and then once the match finally starts they interrupt it with a commercial for a pay-per-view that everyone watching the show is fully aware of. At least I won't have to watch the commercial this month. I'm going with Cody and Goldust with Axel doing the honors in his hometown.
Cody Rhodes and Goldust win.
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