I was gone for a while because I live off of comments, and I was starving. Monday Night Raw tried to follow up an amazing Owens/Jericho segment with this show, and while it was not as good of a show as last week, it was a better show then we have been seeing.
SmackDown Live continued to be excellent, this week having a white person take something from a black person, and having a battle royal that was clearly won by one guy, but the GM, who’s brain is pudding, could not decide a winner.
by Adam Salzer
There have been things done right going into this show and things done poorly. How does it all play out in the end? Let's find out!
By: Troy Boesen
Elimination Chamber Match for the WWE Championship
John Cena © VS AJ Styles vs Dean Ambrose vs The Miz vs Baron Corbin vs Bray Wyatt
The Build: John Cena beat AJ Styles clean at Royal Rumble to win his 16th World Championship. The idea was always that both of these guys would be in the elimination chamber. Instead of getting an Intercontinental Championship match, we instead get Ambrose in the Chamber. Expect Randy Orton will be paying attention to this match as the winner will face him at Wrestlemania.
My Pick: Bray Wyatt. This makes the most sense storyline wise. The other options are John Cena (which we have seen 84 times already), Ambrose (which doesn’t make sense with the IC belt) or a heel vs heel match.
Tag Team Turmoil Match for the WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championships
American Alpha © vs Slyno vs Breezango vs The Usos vs The Ascension vs The Vaudevillains
The Build: Good lord. There was none. American Alpha were left off the Royal Rumble card altogether. They put out an open challenge which brought out the entire division.
My Pick: American Alpha, but hopefully this brings up The Revival.
Singles Match for the WWE SmackDown Women’S Championship
Alexa Bliss © vs Naomi
The Build: Alexa had Mickie James help her defeat Becky Lynch and put out an open challenge (cause that is something a heel does). Naomi returned to challenge her.
My Pick: Alexa Bliss. It’s just not Naomi’s time. Alexa is doing far too much to elevate the belt.
Nikki Bella vs Natalya in a Singles Match
The Build: KILL IT WITH FIRE!
My Pick: We all lose.
Becky Lynch vs Mickie James in a Singles Match
The Build: Becky Lynch attempted to play mind games with Alexa Bliss by showing up in a La Luchadora outfit. Bliss returned the favor the next week. During Lynch’s title opportunity, a person in the La Luchadora outfit interfered, and Becky Lynch tried to unwrap the intruder like an Arby’s roast beef sandwich fresh from the drive through, only to find that it was former Diva Mickie James. James had returned to get the respect she feels she deserves.
My Pick: Mickie James. Sorry Becky.
Luke Harper vs Randy Orton in a Singles Match
The Build: Randy Orton and Luke Harper have been fighting for Bray Wyatt’s attention since Orton joined the family. Harper was an original, and Orton was an interloper. After weeks of Harper and Orton stepping on each others' dicks, Royal Rumble finally saw Harper snap. He gave a discus clothsline to Bray and attempted to take Orton out of the Rumble. While Harper was tossed from the match by Taker (because that makes sense) the following SmackDown Live saw Harper fully leave out from under Bray. The latest SmackDown Live saw Harper fully emerge as his own man after another discus clothsline to Bray and a shove to Orton which caused Cena to beat Orton.
My Pick: Randy Orton. I wish I could pick Harper, cause I loves me some swamp gas, but Orton has to gain some momentum heading into WrestleMania.
Apollo Crews and Kalisto vs Dolph Ziggler in a 2 on 1 Handicap Match
The Build: Dirf Zoggler turned heel, and it appeared that big things were on the horizon. Those big things were lower midcard buddies Apollo Crews and Kalisto. He attacked both with Steel Chairs, leading to a handicap match.
My Pick: Ziggler via Jack Swagger. Book it. Come back here after Chamber and bask in my glorious omnipotence.
By: Troy Boesen
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