The first speed bump on the road to WrestleMania is almost upon us. Elimination Chamber. An entire PPV dedicated to one of the most barbaric structures WWE has to offer. Titles will be on the line and potential WrestleMania angles could be altered drastically. The action kicks off live this Sunday, February 17, 2019, at 7 pm EST on the WWE Network.
Elimination Chamber match for the WWE Championship
Despite the McMahon family still throwing most of its weight behind Raw, we still firmly believe that SmackDown Live is the place to be. This Elimination Chamber match for Daniel Bryan's WWE Title should be proof of that on Sunday night. Even though Mustafa Ali will not be a part of it, the demonic structure will still be packed with talent. Plus, his replacement Kofi Kingston is arguably even more deserving of the spot anyway. If Bryan is going to walk into WrestleMania as WWE Champion, defending his title inside the chamber will be his biggest speed bump on the way to reaching that goal.
Elimination Chamber for the WWE Women's Tag Team Championships
The ride the female Superstars of WWE have been on for the past few years has been a wild one. This time last year, women competed inside the Elimination Chamber for the first time. This year, twice as many women will compete in the unforgiving match for the chance to become WWE's first ever Women's Tag Team Champions. Three teams from Raw and three from SmackDown Live will battle out. Truth be told, unlike the chamber match above, any team could feasibly win this one. That's what makes it so intriguing.
Ronda Rousey vs Ruby Riott for the Raw Women's Championship
You would be forgiven for not knowing that this match is even happening at Elimination Chamber. Due to the hype surrounding everything involving Ronda Rousey and Becky Lynch, the fact that The Rowdy One might not even be champion come WrestleMania has been completely overlooked. One woman who has not looked past that fact is Ruby Riott. Riott is tremendously talented and even though the chances of her winning on Sunday are slim, this match is going to be a good one. It might well be the match of the night if given the chance.
The Miz & Shane McMahon vs The Usos for the SmackDown Tag Team Championships
The Miz and Shane McMahon are Tag Team Champions. That's not a sentence we thought we would ever write. Winning the titles is all well and good, but now is when the real work begins. The odd couple has not had to defend the gold yet. That first defense will come at Elimination Chamber against The Usos. However, this match might now be in jeopardy. News broke on Thursday that Jimmy Uso had been arrested following a clash with a police officer. He isn't being held in jail, but that doesn't mean WWE will want him on the PPV this weekend following his actions.
Bobby Lashley & Lio Rush vs Finn Balor for the Intercontinental Championship
Finn Balor has been getting something of a mixed bag lately in WWE. That's better than the nothing he was getting up until recently, though. While we were disappointed to see him come up short against Brock Lesnar at Royal Rumble, we are hopeful for his Intercontinental Title match at Elimination Chamber. Weirdly, Balor will have to overcome two men as opposed to just the champ as Lio Rush will join Bobby Lashley in the ring. We believe in you, Finn.
Braun Strowman vs Baron Corbin
Braun Strowman versus Baron Corbin. On PPV. In a match where anything goes. Anyone else feeling a little bit of deja vu with this one? Now granted, when this match first took place at TLC, Strowman was not technically cleared to wrestle. That's why the match consisted of nothing but Corbin being beaten down by interfering Superstars. Even though The Monster now has a clean bill of health, we see this one going down in much the same way. Kurt Angle and Drew McIntyre are heavily involved in this rivalry, which is likely why the match was made no DQ earlier this week.
Buddy Murphy vs Akira Tozawa for the Cruiserweight Championship
Last but not least, at least in our eyes, the Cruiserweight Championship match. We're still not sure how Buddy Murphy qualifies to be a cruiserweight, but WWE assures us that he weighs less than 205 lbs. We're glad because we think the Aussie makes a great Cruiserweight Champion. He will have to fight off a former champ in Akira Tozawa if he wants to keep the run going, though. Being Cruiserweight Champion at this time of year is pivotal as it is really the only way a 205 Live star can guarantee themselves a spot on the WrestleMania card.