Liam Hoofe predicts Sunday’s WWE Elimination Chamber 2018 results…
The Road to WrestleMania is well and truly underway, and this Sunday Night, Raw takes it final stop on the way to New Orleans at Elimination Chamber. The main event of the night will be used to decide the Number 1 contender to Brock Lesnar’s Universal Championship at WrestleMania, and we will also get to witness the first ever all women’s elimination chamber match. While the rest of the card feels fairly empty, Raw has been firing on all cylinders this past month, and there’s little to no reason as to why the show shouldn’t deliver.
Let’s take a look at all of the announced matches, and attempt to predict their outcomes.
Ronda Rousey Signing
While this is not a match, it has become one of the key selling points for the events, and it will likely get a big amount of air-time. If history has taught us anything, it’s that televised contract signings do not end well in the WWE, and this segment will likely be used as the way to set up Rousey’s rumoured tag team match against Triple H and Stephanie McMahon at WrestleMania. Expect both of them to be present during this segment and for Rousey to end up laying out Stephanie. Some, very optimistic, fans are predicting The Rock will make an appearance this Sunday – I don’t see that happening. I do, however, expect Kurt Angle to get involved here and be Rousey’s partner at ‘Mania.
Bray Wyatt Vs Matt Hardy
The result of this match will depend massively on whether the company wants to keep the feud going or not. The Woken Matt character, despite a good start, has not really taken off on Raw, and the WWE needs to fully commit to Hardy going fully Broken if they are going to get any mileage out of this character. I suspect they will want to extend the feud until Mania, as neither superstar has anything else in the pipeline.
There is the possibility of Matt feuding with a returning Jeff, I guess, but I don’t see the company recycling that storyline. Because of this, I’m giving this one to Bray. Matt’s character has become slightly more unhinged with every defeat, and one more defeat should turn him fully Broken just in time for a WrestleMania rematch, and victory.
Prediction: Bray Wyatt Wins
The Bar Vs Titus Worldwide
Raw has got a serious tag team problem right now. The company have backed themselves into a corner by booking every team on the brand to look weak, and as a result, we can probably expect these flavour of the month kind of matches from the brand until they make some switches post ‘Mania. This is easily the least interesting match on the card, mostly because we’ve already seen it 100 times on Raw. The Bar are not losing this one.
Prediction: The Bar Retains
Nia Jax Vs Asuka
With rumours swirling around the internet that Nia Jax is set to face Alexa Bliss at ‘Mania, with Asuka jumping across to SmackDown to face Charlotte, the announcement of this match is a perplexing one. There is no way the WWE is going to have Asuka lose here, but if Nia is going to challenge Alexa, they don’t want her to look weak either. Nia has a terrible habit of losing big matches, but if she is going to be a number 1 contender at ‘Mania, she could do with looking very strong in defeat here. There is the possibility of a no-decision finish of some sort, which would then create a viable reason for Nia to challenge Alexa. Would doing that tarnish Asuka’s streak somehow? I’m going to stick my neck out here and go with that. Asuka will remain unbeaten, and Nia has a legitimate reason to become number 1 contender. It also makes Nia look as though she could be the one to stop Asuka at some point in the future.
Prediction: No Decision
Women’s Elimination Chamber Match: Alexa Bliss Vs Sonya Deville Vs Sasha Banks Vs Bayley Vs Mickie James Vs Mandy Rose
This has very much become a match all about alliances in recent weeks. You have the pairing of Absolution, the relationship between Bayley and Sasha, and the newfound alliance between Mickie James and Alexa. The company have definitely put focus on that element of the match-up and as a result, you can expect there to be plenty of twists and turns in terms of those relationships. How will this one play out then? I expect one of either Sasha or Bayley, likely the former, will turn on the other, setting up a Mania match between the pair, while Absolution will work as a cohesive unit and get a good showing in the match-up.
There is also the possibility of Nia Jax forcing her way into the match, which could help set up her ‘Mania match with Alexa. Alexa is 100% going to screw Mickie James after using her to her advantage during the match, there’s no point in continuing their storyline after Sunday.
There is a slight chance that we see a new champion crowned on Sunday night, with some fans seeing Sasha as the most viable threat to Alexa’s reign. Personally, I can’t see past Alexa retaining here. She has been a great champion (though, she hasn’t defended the belt for some time) and deserves to walk into New Orleans with the gold.
Prediction: Alexa Bliss Retains
Men’s Elimination Chamber Match: John Cena Vs Roman Reigns Vs Seth Rollins Vs Elias Vs Braun Strowman Vs The Miz
Spoiler alert: Roman wins. The WWE have had Brock Lesnar Vs Roman Reigns pencilled in ever since The Undertaker disappeared into the ground at the end of WrestleMania 33, and there is no way they are changing those plans so late in the game. Thankfully, despite the predictability of the bout, this one should be a cracker, with the seven men involved putting on an excellent display in the gauntlet match on this past edition of Raw.
Not to stoke controversy, but personally, I’ve no issue with Reigns winning the bout. I’m tired of Brock being champion, and love him or hate him, Reigns is a great performer and he is definitely due a title shot. Is there a chance the WWE throw a curveball here? Of course. Can I see it happening? Not at all.
Extra prediction: Braun tips the whole chamber over, and still doesn’t win.
Prediction: Roman Reigns Wins