An 'average' PPV tonight won't be acceptable to those involved in the production and execution of the event. Momentum comes from logical, surprises from creative and stellar performances inside the ring.
With absolutely NO inside info on tonight's show, here are my uneducated guesses on the outcome of The Elimination Chamber:
Orton retains the WWE World Title but I'm still not sure that it will be Orton vs. Batista at WM30.
Curious to see how many talents from the Elimination Chamber main event become involved in issues that carry them into WM30. Where John Cena and Daniel Bryan head out of tonight's PPV is of interest to me.
Because the Shield seems to be simmering on internally boiling over, IE Roman Reigns going it alone at some point, I'm picking the Wyatt Family to win the 6 man tag.
Batista will dominate Alberto Del Rio.
Jack Swagger provides Big E a solid win in defending the IC Title which is tepid at this point in time. I hope these two former amateur wrestlers have the time to raise some eyebrows.
It might be a good night to see the Usos win the Tag Team Titles over the New Age Outlaws unless that title change is saved for WM30. Nonetheless, I'm leaning to the Usos winning in Minny.
Traditional thinking would have Titus O'Neil beating his former tag partner Darren Young. Not sure that happens but I'm still thinking that O'Neil cheats to win.
In the pre show match, I've got the Rhodes Brothers winning over (likely) hometown hero Curtis Axel and Ryback.
Dusty Rhodes, who sired both Cody and Dustin Rhodes, and Dick Murdoch were one of the most underrated tag teams, the Texas Outlaws, that I ever saw in my career and did some of their best work in the AWA which was headquartered in the Twin Cities. Some of that work came versus Larry 'The Axe' Henning, Axel's grandfather, and the great Harley Race as Henning and Race were another, simply amazing tag team.
Hopeful to hear some saucy info and opinion from the panel of all stars tonight including Mark Henry, Rey Mysterio, and the newly married Miz.
The Elimination Chamber needs to leave the air tonight with more questions than answers and a few, timely surprises. In other words, in the 'old days' ambitious bookers would make a major statement or two on the last show on PPV leading into the biggest event of the year which is also obviously on PPV.
My old pal Jerry Lawler texted me w/ no surprising info in that he did NOT pack a jacket for his Memphis to Minneapolis trip today. The King is the toughest man that I know when it comes to enduring weather and refusing to not "live the gimmick" of never wearing a jacket.
The Elimination Chamber isn't about wins and loses to me but more about continuing to build momentum to WM30 via the tune in factor Monday night of the WWE's loaded RAW from balmy Green Bay that's loaded with star power.
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