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1. Elimination Chamber (WWE Championship)
There’s quite a range of talents here. Daniel Bryan is unlikely be involved in much hardcore action, but between Styles who likes to be thrown about, Jeff Hardy who likes to be in as much pain as possible and Kofi Kingston who is an interesting spot factory, you know things are going to go crazy. With the methodical brutality of Orton and Joe in tow, this could be very exciting.
There’s a lot of possibilities, given that we have no idea what we’re likely to see for the WWE Championship come Wrestlemania. Anyone could win, really. That said, there’s a new WWE Championship, and Daniel Bryan needs to hold on to his wood for a while longer yet.
Winner: Daniel Bryan
What If?: Hipster Luke Harper joins the Straight Veg Society?
2. The Miz and Shane McMahon vs. The Usos (Smackdown Tag Team Championships)
I genuinely can’t believe it’s come to this.
The Miz is a tremendous and very entertaining wrestler. Shane McMahon is a known name who is surprisingly good once you get past his awful punches.
Meanwhile, The Usos are one of the strongest tag teams in the history of WWE. For me, they need to go over to Raw, where they can feud with teams like The Revival, AOP and the B Team.
If The Miz vs Shane is the plan for mania, they need to lose here. That said, this story has been going on since Crown Jewel and, unfortunately, shows no sign of stopping.
Winner: The Miz and Shane McMahon
What If?: The return of Maryse heralds the beginning of the end for the tag champs?
3. Braun Strowman vs. Baron Corbin (No Disqualification)
Braun Strowman destroys everything, except Brock Lesnar. Baron Corbin doesn’t stand much of a chance, unless we see the arrival of a Drew McIntyre here.
Seriously, even then I can’t imagine Braun Strowman losing this match.
Winner: Braun Strowman
What If?: Just for once, there was a plan for Braun Strowman going into Wrestlemania this year?
4. Buddy Murphy vs. Akira Tozawa (Cruiserweight Championship)
With only seven matches on a three hour card, this better make the main show.
Buddy Murphy has been a revelation as the Cruiserweight Champion and has overseen a strong push to prominence for the Cruiserweights. Meanwhile, Akira Towaza has done very little of note, even for someone who watches 205 Live religiously. Tozawa got one big surprise championship win once. I can’t see it happening again.
Winner: Buddy Murphy
What If?: Murphy drops the belt, only to win it back at Fast Lane?
5. Bobby Lashley & Lio Rush vs. Finn Balor (Intercontinental Championship)
Bobby Lashley might have been a surprise Intercontinental title winner, but with Ambrose choosing to leave the company, it’s a good thing that somebody is in place to compete with Finn Balor.
The fact that this isn’t a clean one on one could go many ways. Rush could help to overwhelm Balor, pushing a simple narrative that the smaller Balor can’t defeat overwhelming odds. It also could result in a title win, as Lio Rush would be available as an option to pin.
Where this goes is not hard to predict. Lashley vs Balor one on one seems a lock for Wrestlemania.
Winner: Finn Balor
What If?: Lio Rush pins Balor and takes the Intercontinental Championship for himself?
6. Ronda Rousey vs. Ruby Riott (Raw Women’s Championship)
Winner: Ronda Rousey
What If?: Becky attacks Charlotte Flair at ringside?
7. Elimination Chamber (Women’s Tag Team Championships)
There may be a lot of different players holding the cards here but really there are very few actual contenders for the tag team titles. Rose and Deville are very unlikely. The Iiconics are possible but it opens very few storylines. Carmella and Naomi would make little sense given their seemingly random partnership.
On the Raw side, Logan and Morgan could be good winners, providing a good heel team for Banks and Bayley to challenge but truly it should and likely will come down to Banks and Bayley vs Tamina and Nia Jax.
For me, this match will be the main event due to the prestige of the moment. As such, they’ll want to close the show positively with the right winners. Those should be Banks and Bayley. Going into Wrestlemania, these titles offer a chance to get a lot more women on the main card than we have had last year. Boss and Hug vs Tamina and Jax would make sense but it of course still open to add a couple more teams.
Winner: Banks and Bayley
What If?: An unexpected team such as Rose and Deville do win?
I’ll see you for a live tweeting session of Elimination Chamber 2019.