WWE Elimination Chamber 2018: Previews and Predictions
WWE Presents the Elimination Chamber from the T-Mobile Arenas in Las Vegas on February 25, 2018. Elimination Chamber this year is a Raw branded PPV. This year we will get to see the first ever Women’s Elimination Chamber take place as Alexa Bliss puts her Raw Women’s belt on the line. We will also get to see the first ever 7-man Elimination Chamber for the #1 contender’s spot heading into Wrestlemania.
The following matches are announced for Elimination Chamber 2018 as of the morning of February 17, 2018.
Elimination Chamber for WWE Universal Title Match at Wrestlemania 34
Braun Strowman vs. Elias vs. Finn Bálor vs. John Cena vs. Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins vs. The Miz
With seven men in the chamber and only four pods, it’s safe to assume this match will start out in a triple threat. With his loss to Cena, The Miz will be one of the first three men in the chamber. For stylistic and storytelling, I’d like to see Rollins and Finn Balor join him as the first entrants. With Elias slated for last, the interim of the match will be very interesting. Will Elias be able to pick the bones of everyone by that time?
Unless WWE has drastically altered their plans by now, it’s almost a certainty that Roman will walk out of the chamber victorious. So what WWE can do is at least set up some exciting singles matches for down the line. The Elias and Cena storyline can be advanced in the chamber with Elias picking up a pin on Cena in some fashion. With Balor and Rollins out of plans at the moment, I’d like to see one of them set up against the Miz for the Intercontinental Title at Wrestlemania. On paper, this bout has all it needs to be a fantastic match, and I hope it can deliver as it did last year.
Elimination Chamber for WWE Raw Women’s Title
The winner of this match will likely go on to Wrestlemania as the Raw’s Women’s champion, so there are some high stakes in this bout. Going into this match, Bliss hasn’t had a PPV title match since TLC in October. It seemed like WWE was waiting until Mania season to potential move the title around and this is the opportunity.
Rose, James, and Deville would seem to be the least likely to win the chamber. Mickie has mostly been brought in to enhance talent, and I don’t think WWE would hand her the belt for a Mania run with it. Rose and Deville are a bit too green at this point to carry a title into Mania. The Absolution gimmick has gotten better, but choosing them as a favorite is a tough call.
Taking all that into consideration, it leaves Bayley and Banks as the likely candidates to dethrone Bliss should it happen. Bliss has dominated Bayley in the past in singles competitions, and I’m not sure WWE has faith in her at this point. Banks is teetering on a heel turn going into Mania, and character-wise, her and Bliss are the top heels that could go against Asuka should she choose to go for the Raw brand belt. Either Banks or Bliss would be a marquee winner of the inaugural women’s chamber match, and a legit champion is going into Mania.
If Nia Jax wins, she’s added to the Elimination Chamber. Asuka puts her undefeated streak against Jax’s chance for a title shot at Mania. Should Nia Jax win, this could set up an interesting scenario of a potential triple threat match for the Raw Women’s title at Mania. I’m not sure that WWE is willing to burn Asuka’s winning streak at Elimination Chamber, but they could pull a fast one here if they intend to push Nia over the hill the year finally.
With only three matches announced for the card, I would assume WWE is going to announce at least another bout. The Raw tag team champions The Bar currently don’t have an opponent, so a last minute match against The Club wouldn’t be a shock. Also Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt being a pre-show match wouldn’t exactly be out of the blue. A real shocker would be Wyatt and Hardy teaming up to face The Bar. We saw inklings of the pair working together at the Rumble, and if creative has nowhere to go with their feud, they could pull the trigger on a tag team.
The Elimination Chamber will set the stage for Raw’s headlining matchups at Wrestlemania 34. Barring some quick belt swaps going into Mania, expect Raw to solidify their Mania picture after next Sunday night.
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