Welcome to WNW’s Elimination Chamber 2017 Predictions! Elimination Chamber will be emanating from the Talking Stick Resort in Phoenix, Arizona. This time around, we have myself, Brendan Wahl, Zeppelin Mayers, Joshua Tucker and Big M providing predictions. Let’s get to it!
Mojo Rawley vs. Curt Hawkins
Clearly Mojo is getting a small push while Zack Ryder is out of action. I don't see it going too far, but I suppose it will make for nice filler right now. Expect Mojo to win a brief match.
CJ's Predicted Winner: Mojo Rawley
Didn’t even realize this was a match that was happening. Mojo wins, that is how much I care.
Zeppelin's Predicted Winner: Mojo Rawley
Josh's Predicted Winner: Mojo Rawley
Big M's Predicted Winner: Mojo Rawley
2-on-1 Handicap Match
Apollo Crews & Kalisto vs. Dolph Ziggler
Booking this as a handicap match does make sense considering all three men have been involved in the same storyline for the last month. I'm not exactly sure how they're going to push Ziggler as a heel with this losing streak going, but he definitely should not be stuck jobbing again. Dolph should overcome the odds and show everyone he's "that d@mn good" again. These three will probably find themselves in the Andre battle royal at Mania.
CJ's Predicted Winner: Dolph Ziggler
Could we see Crews realize his frustration alongside Dolph and screw over his partner, Kalisto? It would certainly add some character depth which he is sorely lacking.
Brendan's Predicted Winner: Dolph Ziggler
I could care less about this.. I hope Dolph can bounce back from this and Crews and Kalisto can either be a team and enter the tag division or maybe feud between each other.
Zeppelin's Predicted Winner: Dolph Ziggler
Josh's Predicted Winner: Dolph Ziggler
Big M's Predicted Winner: Dolph Ziggler
Becky Lynch vs. Mickie James
I was afraid this bout would be left off the card simply because I wasn't sure they would book three women's matches. But they did! The story writes itself, so we should be in for a treat. As much as I hate to see Becky losing again, I have to go with Mickie on this one. James just returned and has yet to win a match. Becky will bounce back, and hopefully these two are involved in a title match at WrestleMania.
CJ's Predicted Winner: Mickie James
I think Mickie will get the first win here. This won't be the be-all end-all of the feud but it will be the first of a few different matches, I'm sure.
Brendan's Predicted Winner: Mickie James
I am super excited to see this. Mickie has been on fire, and won’t be hurt by a loss. In fact, I hope she beats Alexa for the belt and continues to lead the Smackdown women’s division to dominance. If you don’t think the women’s division on Smackdown is better just look at this card and how there are 3 matches on pay per view. All with a storyline for better or worst. Raw can barely execute two stories that are barely separate from each other.
Zeppelin's Predicted Winner: Becky Lynch
Josh's Predicted Winner: Mickie James
Big M's Predicted Winner: Mickie James
Nikki Bella vs. Natalya
One thing SmackDown has been able to do that Raw has struggled with is putting on two decent storylines for the women simultaneously. And SmackDown has managed to do three. I'll admit that I actually enjoyed Nikki's feud with Carmella more than her current one with Nattie. This vicious side of Natalya is what we should've seen in July when she was feuding with Becky before the Draft. As you may recall, I'm not the biggest Nikki fan, while Nattie has always been one of my favorites. This match should be decent, but I'm certainly not expecting anything spectacular. It looks like Nikki will more than likely have WrestleMania match, so you can guess who's going over.
CJ's Predicted Winner: Nikki Bella
Nikki will most likely prevail and end this feud especially with the rumors about the mixed tag with Cena at Wrestlemania. It could also be a DQ win so they can have a street fight or something on Smackdown.
Brendan's Predicted Winner: Nikki Bella
The reality show feud no one asked for. The big reveal mystery that fumbled and just keeps fumbling. I am ready for this feud to end. It is nothing but Natalya just stating outdated facts about Nikki’s relationship that everyone knows as if they are shocking reveals. If anything they are just really uncomfortable comments. Anyway, Nikki wins.
Zeppelin's Predicted Winner: Nikki Bella
Josh's Predicted Winner: Nikki Bella
Big M's Predicted Winner: Natalya
Randy Orton vs. Luke Harper
This a perfect stop-gap match for Orton as he awaits to see who he'll challenge at WrestleMania. Whether or not this is a real babyface turn, Harper has impressed and made the fans cheer for him. It would honestly be a mistake for Orton to lose here, especially since he took the loss to Cena on SmackDown. Hopefully Harper shows us more of what he can do to look strong in defeat.
CJ's Predicted Winner: Randy Orton
This one is almost a toss-up for me. Orton is poised to go to Mania and wrestle for the title but Harper is just starting a brand new face run. Still I don't see Orton losing this one. It will be hard-fought for sure.
Brendan's Predicted Winner: Randy Orton
This is a very tricky one. Harper is amazing, and I can’t wait to see how his singles push will go, but Orton needs the momentum into WrestleMania, so he sadly has to go over. Hopefully Harper is booked strong in defeat with a screwy finish or something to the contrary.
Zeppelin's Predicted Winner: Randy Orton
Josh's Predicted Winner: Randy Orton
Big M's Predicted Winner: Randy Orton
SmackDown Tag Team Championship Turmoil Match
American Alpha (c) vs. The Usos vs. Rhyno & Slater vs. The Ascension vs. Breezango vs. The Vaudevillains
I get that there isn't really much importance here in this match, and that's probably why this won't be taking place inside the Chamber... but why wouldn't you take advantage of the big structure that's already above the ring? The first tag team Chamber match is already in the books. This would be a huge opportunity for these guys who have been treated as jobbers to prove who should be getting pushed, because there are many talented guys here. Regardless, American Alpha's reign hasn't gone anywhere yet so there's no reason for them to drop the titles. I imagine The Usos will make it to the final two to establish a full-fledged feud between the teams going forward. I also hope Jordan & Gable can find a reasonable spot on the biggest card of the year.
CJ's Predicted Winners: American Alpha
I just don't see Alpha losing the titles at this point but there is an outside chance that it could be the Usos. I'm still going with the champs to retain even if they are in the first match.
Brendan's Predicted Winners: American Alpha
American Alpha are gonna win, or they should. They need to carry the belts for a while, and build the tag division around them. Hopefully this match will be the catalyst for a tag match at WrestleMania for the duo.
Zeppelin's Predicted Winners: American Alpha
Josh's Predicted Winners: The Usos
Big M's Predicted Winners: American Alpha
SmackDown Women's Championship Match
Alexa Bliss (c) vs. Naomi
I'm thrilled to see this match! I've really enjoyed seeing Bliss at the top of the division. On the flip side, I have waited for three years now to see Naomi win a championship. I knew once she was drafted to SmackDown that her big moment should come within the next year... and this may be it. Obviously I'm torn. Bliss has earned the opportunity to walk into WrestleMania as champion, but I fear there won't be room for many SmackDown stars. I guess if they're finally going to pull the trigger on putting Naomi at the top, now would be the time to do it. Naomi looks like a major underdog, so a shock win wouldn't be horrible. I'll go with a new champion, but I certainly won't be disappointed if Bliss retains.
CJ's Predicted Winner: Naomi
I HATE NAOMI. I hate her gear. I hate her hair. I hate her entrance. I hate her wrestling style. She is the worst female on either show as far as I'm concerned. I hope Bliss retains and moves on to someone better.
Brendan's Predicted Winner: Alexa Bliss
Alexa is going to retain, I love Naomi, but now isn’t her time. Personally, I think Smackdown should host a Four Way for the title like Raw is planning. This means Alexa will retain and lose the belt at WrestleMania.
Zeppelin's Predicted Winner: Alexa Bliss
Josh's Predicted Winner: Alexa Bliss
Big M's Predicted Winner: Alexa Bliss
WWE Championship Elimination Chamber Match
John Cena (c) vs. AJ Styles vs. Dean Ambrose vs. Bray Wyatt vs. The Miz vs. Baron Corbin
What a treat this is going to be! These six have really come along since the summer. Right off the bat, it looks as though John Cena will not be walking out as champion despite winning the title just a couple weeks ago. As awesome as it would be to see Styles vs. Orton, The Phenomenal One is also almost guaranteed to lose. Baron Corbin will add a fun element to this. The Miz has become one of the best heels around, so I'm sure he'll have a lengthy role here. Dean Ambrose being Intercontinental Champion also rules out his chances of winning, especially since he's not rumored to be in any major Mania plans.
So who does that leave? The Eater of Worlds. And who's the Royal Rumble winner? His partner, The Viper. I wish there was more of a surprise element to this, but ultimately it will make a beautiful story. To book the finish, I would have Orton provide a distraction to allow Wyatt to capture his first WWE Title. Afterwards, during the celebration, Orton RKO's his "family member" to show everyone his plan all along. Even if he had to help Wyatt win two titles in the process, Orton can now get retribution on the road to Mania. What fun this will be!
CJ's Predicted Winner: Bray Wyatt
Bray Wyatt wins the WWE Title. Even as I type that, I think.. could it actually happen? I'm not one of those people that goes online and writes 500 words when he loses at PPVs but he does do that a lot. I think this is his moment and then we will get Wyatt/Orton at Mania where he hopefully retains.
Brendan's Predicted Winner: Bray Wyatt
I am so excited that the chamber is exclusively for Smackdown this year. It definitely helps the brand gain some credibility even if the outcome for this match will be a little obvious with Orton as the soon to be challenger. So with that, here is why everyone besides Bray doesn’t stand a chance. Dean is already a champion, and I really would rather have him defend the title rather than be in this match. Miz won’t win because he needs to continue his rivalry with Daniel Bryan. Still waiting on that dream return match between him and Daniel. Baron won’t win but look strong. I feel like Baron will become champion this year, just not this very moment. Styles just lost the belt, and winning it back now won’t really make sense. I see Styles having a huge opponent for WrestleMania and that sadly doesn’t involve the title. I would have said Cena has a strong chance of retaining and defend it against Orton so we can have Bray vs. Harper at Mania. That bad idea was crushed on Smackdown when they had a straightforward match and Cena won clean. This leaves the obvious Bray vs. Orton, which I am completely fine with.
Zeppelin's Predicted Winner: Bray Wyatt
Josh's Predicted Winner: Bray Wyatt
Big M's Predicted Winner: Bray Wyatt
Thanks everyone for reading our predictions this round! Feel free to post yours in the comments below, and don’t forget to join us tonight at 7 PM EST for our live coverage and Open Thread Party for Elimination Chamber!