WWE Elimination Chamber 2018: Match Card And Predictions
WWE continues to make strides with its women's division by having the first women's Elimination Chamber match. On Sunday, February 25, at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT, the Elimination Chamber event comes to the WWE Network and PPV, and this is the first time in the show's history there will be both a men's and women's Chamber match. There are only six matches on the card, with one taking place on the Kickoff Show.
Before we get to the full match card and predictions, you may be wondering why there is a picture of Ronda Rousey above. Well, she's officially signing her Raw contract during the event. WWE's website is promoting this as a major part of the Elimination Chamber. That means something big is going to happen, especially when the company has more to say about this moment than either of the singles matches on the card. Because this is a high-profile part of the event, we'll make a prediction for it.
Our prediction: The contract signing doesn't go as planned. Stephanie and Ronda brawl, setting up their Wrestlemania match
Note: Should there be more matches on the card, we'll be adding them throughout the week. We doubt this PPV will only have four matches.
Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson vs. The Miztourage (Kickoff Match)
Have you ever been really confused with booking? I have, and this is one of those times. The Good Brothers have been involved in a pretty great rivalry with The Revival over the past few months, but for some reason, they'll be taking on Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel of the Miztourage at Elimination Chamber. As a longtime Bo Dallas fanboy, I'm giving the win to the Miztourage by way of interference from the Miz. A squash match with the Good Brothers winning doesn't make sense, so I'm thinking Miztourage is getting a push. Yes, I know that sounds crazy.
Our prediction: The Miztourage wins
The Bar (c) vs. Titus Worldwide
(For the Raw Tag Team Championship)
While Raw has a lot of tag teams on its show, the division feels a bit stagnant, and it looks as though the Monday night show is giving a push to Apollo Crews and Titus O'Neil, known as Titus Worldwide. Yes, the team is annoying, but they've grown on me, especially with Dana Brooke as their statistician. Normally, I'd give this team the win, but WWE is on the road to Wrestlemania, and the biggest WWE event of the year is going to need a tag team that's over to be champs for the show, and Titus Worldwide isn't there yet. For that reason, I'm giving the default win to The Bar.
Our prediction: The Bar wins
Matt Hardy vs. Bray Wyatt
Since Matt Hardy has been "Woken," he's gotten under Bray Wyatt's skin, and Wyatt was the man who broke Hardy in the first place. I've really been looking forward to seeing a match between these two take place, as I am still trying to forget the short and bland Raw 25 contest between them. In order for this storyline to move forward, which it needs to, Hardy will have to get the win with the hopes these two will have a Wrestlemania match, even if it's just on the Kickoff Show.
Our prediction: Matt Hardy wins
Women's Elimination Chamber Match
(For the Raw Women's Championship)
WWE has been pushing the women's division hard and elevating it the past year. We saw the first women's Money In The Bank match--which had a controversial finish--and the first women's Royal Rumble match--which lived up to the hype even when the women from the Diva's era couldn't keep up with the other talent. Now, we'll see the first women's Elimination Chamber match. In this contest, Bayley, Sasha Banks, Sonya Deville, Mandy Rose, and Mickie James will battle it out in the Chamber alongside current Raw Women's Champion Alexa Bliss. It's a bit of a surprise that the title is up for grabs a couple months before Wrestlemania, so we're thinking Bliss will retain, even though I really want to see Mickie James have one last title run.
Our prediction: Alexa Bliss wins
Asuka vs. Nia Jax
Asuka and Nia Jax had quite the rivalry during their time on NXT. Jax seemed like the one woman who could have stopped Asuka, but she fell short every time she tried. Sure, this match may just be a repackaging of the NXT run, but it's one worth watching as it will have a much larger audience. Without a doubt, the win will go to Asuka, preserving her streak, but hopefully, this will make Jax look good as well.
Our prediction: Asuka wins
Men's Elimination Chamber Match
Raw's top talent is stepping into the Elimination Chamber to see who will take on Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania for the Universal Championship (can Lesnar lose the title already?). The Miz, Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns, John Cena, Braun Strowman, Elias, and Finn Balor all have a chance for a title match, as long as they can make it through the Elimination Chamber. If a Wrestlemania match wasn't on the line, I could see any of these men winning; however, WWE's biggest event of the year needs a big name, and while Cena seems like the biggest draw, we're giving the win to Strowman. He's been pushed hard by the company the past year, and this match has his name all over it.
Our prediction: Braun Strowman wins
Secondary prediction: Strowman destroys the Elimination Chamber
Third prediction: Lots of pointing at the Wrestlemania sign