With that said, in my personal opinion, the Elimination Chamber doesn't feel like a really big show this year. One could argue that people are looking forward to RAW the next night more than the actual pay-per-view, due to the returns of Hulk Hogan and The Undertaker. In fact, the Elimination Chamber might be third on the list of things WWE fans are anticipating in the next few days, as Monday's RAW and the launch of the WWE Network both feel like a "bigger deal" than Sunday's pay-per-view.
In any matter, it's pay-per-view time, so let's jump into some predictions and analysis of the 2014 Elimination Chamber event.
Boone's Breakdown: It feels like WWE is in the midst of demoting the brother-duo of Goldust and Cody Rhodes. After losing the WWE Tag-Team Championships to The New Age Outlaws, the Rhodes brothers seem to have less of a role on RAW and SmackDown each week. Their big segment on this past Monday's RAW was a backstage skit where they played with toys to set up a quick "Bad News Barrett" promo. Regardless, the in-ring action from these two continues to be among the best of any tag-team in the company. Ryback and Curtis Axel are, well, whatever. This should be a decent little pre-show match. If they're going to pull the trigger on the brother vs. brother match at WrestleMania XXX, one would assume the seeds would be planted here with Goldust costing Cody Rhodes the win, or vice-versa. They could always do a blatant heel turn as well.
Boone's Prediction: Ryback & Curtis Axel
Titus O'Neil vs. Darren Young
Boone's Breakdown: I've said it a bunch in the past, Titus O'Neil is someone I think could be a pretty big future Superstar for the company. He's got the size and the look, his in-ring work is solid, and he has shown flashes of pretty good entertainment on the mic from time-to-time. Generally when a tag-team is together for a while, they have an exit plan. Shawn Michaels has noted in the past that he and Marty Jannety had the "Barber Shop" story line in their back pocket for a while as a way to split-off into singles careers. I'm sure O'Neil and Darren Young have discussed how they would handle a break-up before. Another factor is chemistry. When you work as a tag-team for a lengthy period of time, you certainly establish some in-ring chemistry. With that said, these two have all the ingedients needed to have a great match. I'm assuming everyone knows who's going over in this one.
Boone's Prediction: Titus O'Neil
Boone's Breakdown: It's time for "The Animal" to have his first official singles match in years. Will there be any ring rust? I guess we'll find out on Sunday. Alberto Del Rio is an underrated talent, and one that generally has pretty excellent matches. He's got his work cut out for him with Batista. Unless they pull an angle off to set up Batista's road to WrestleMania here, this should be a pretty straight-forward match to predict. Del Rio will get a few moments here and there, but this will likely be a match designed to make Batista look like a monster heading into his WWE World Heavyweight Championship match with Randy Orton at WrestleMania XXX.
Boone's Prediction: Batista
The Shield vs. The Wyatt Family
Boone's Breakdown: This one is really interesting. I think WWE has done a great job building up this feud, and it's almost a shame that they didn't save it for WrestleMania XXX, as it really feels like a big deal. It's pretty well known by now that WWE has big plans for Roman Reigns. Knowing that, and knowing WrestleMania is right around the corner, it might be time to pull the trigger on The Shield breaking up. That's an easy way to have The Wyatt Family go over without hurting The Shield. I could see Dean Ambrose costing Reigns the match, or getting too greedy and ruining things for his squad. Basically, something along those lines. In the end, I'm pretty sure The Wyatt Family will get the "W."
Boone's Prediction: The Wyatt Family
WWE Tag-Team Championships
The New Age Outlaws (c) vs. The Usos
Boone's Breakdown: Call...