It was announced on Monday Night Raw that there will be a special WWE Network exclusive pay-per-view event where the Elimination Chamber match will be returning. This will take place on May 31, 2015 at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas.
While the Elimination Chamber has previously only been contested for world title stakes (either the WWE Championship, World Heavyweight Championship, ECW Championship or #1 contender), this time around, there will be two matches for the Tag Team Championship and Intercontinental Championship.
In this post, we’ll be taking a look at the former of those two. None of the teams have been announced yet, so that leaves room for speculation. Who should fill those six spots?
The New Day
The New Day can be considered a lock for this match, undoubtedly. There’s a good chance that they will be heading into it with the titles, but even if they don’t retain at Payback, they are entitled to their rightful rematch clause scenario. Plus, they’re at the forefront of the division, so there would be no reason to have them sit this one out. Unless something crazy happens, The New Day should be the safest bets to walk out with the victory.
Tyson Kidd and Cesaro
Very similar to the situation with The New Day, Tyson Kidd and Cesaro are an obvious option for a spot in this match due to their current relevance. If they win the titles at Payback, they’ll definitely be in, but even if they come up short, the likelihood is that they will remain top contenders. Perhaps going through the gauntlet of other teams will make up for their recent losses and justify winning the titles back?
The Prime Time Players
On this episode of Raw, Titus O’Neil and Darren Young cut an odd promo about The New Age Outlaws. That shouldn’t be a surprise, as they have been doing similar vignettes for several weeks. However, they did refer to themselves as the next champions, so it’s not much of a stretch to imagine that they will get a shot in this match as there is enough room for them. I was very happy that these two got back together and I think it’s the smartest move WWE could have made for both of their careers, but following through with the aftermath hasn’t been quite the same. They’re not exactly firing on all cylinders, but they’re a good enough team to throw to the wolves.
Luke Harper and Erick Rowan
The Wyatt Family was a very important tag team during the stable’s run, but Harper and Rowan never won the titles. After they split, it seemed as though that would never come to fruition, but things have come full circle and these two bearded creeps have rejoined forces. This is still very fresh, as they only got back on the same track a few days ago, but it’s clear that WWE won’t be just breaking them up again in a week or so. These two should definitely be involved as they not only look different from the other teams, but they also wrestle a different style. If you’re in need of a powerhouse team, look no further than two of the biggest guys in WWE today. If you’re in need of a dry cleaning service, though, you may not want to ask either of them for their advice.
Axelmania and Macho Mandow
Speaking of newly formed teams that revert back to something from the past, The Mega Powers have reformed! Sure, it isn’t the same as having Randy Savage and Hulk Hogan, but for a funny way to utilize a duo of talented guys that seem to never have the right opportunities ahead of them, this could end up being very entertaining. Curtis Axel and Damien Sandow have been around long enough that they’ve both seen success in the tag team division as champions (Axel with David Otunga from their Nexus days and Sandow recently with The Miz). Perhaps what they need more than the titles, though, is their very own Miss Elizabeth. I’m looking at you, Lana….or as WWE would end up repackaging her, Miss Elanabeth. Jokes aside, that’s the purpose of this new team—to have fun with something silly and it could be that type of break from the serious storylines that the fans really latch onto.
Currently feuding with the new Mega Powers is WWE’s modern day answer to the Legion of Doom, with Pseudo-Road Warrior Viktor and Pseudo-Road Warrior Konnor of The Ascension. If Axelmania and Macho Mandow are involved in this Elimination Chamber match, rest assured NXT’s longest reigning tag team champions will follow. Since being on the main roster, they’ve yet to really go anywhere, which is a shame. Being involved in a higher profile match like this where they could potentially leave the event as champions once more could be exactly the step in the right direction needed to put them back on track.
Despite being former champions, Epico and Primo were never really all that credible. After transitioning to the Los Matadores characters, that credibility remained about the same, if it didn’t take a turn for the worse. These two are reliable hands to put on a decent multi-team match, though, and they provide a valuable service as jobbers. In an Elimination Chamber, there’s always at least one entrant that isn’t all that impressive and since someone has to take a rather quick fall, why not have it be these guys? It isn’t as though they have the popularity and status of the type of wrestlers that need to be protected. These two can be sacrificed to the steel structure to help portray how brutal it can be.
The Lucha Dragons
Along with The Ascension, The Lucha Dragons are also former NXT tag team champions. Since making their way to the main roster, they’ve had a better showing than their counterparts, but things have also tapered off a bit for them. They started out really hot and then out of nowhere, haven’t been seen on Raw for several weeks. Why this has happened is anyone’s guess, but it’s time for WWE to correct that blunder. Placing The Lucha Dragons in the Elimination Chamber makes up for it in a big way with relative ease because it shows that in the little time they’ve been on the main roster, they’re good enough to usurp a position from an older, more established team. Plus, if The New Day are going to retain, new challengers will need to be established and with The Usos on the inactive side of the roster and The Prime Time Players not exactly doing a great job, The Lucha Dragons fit the bill as the next duo in line.