This Sunday at 8 p.m. ET, WWE will bring us the Elimination Chamber match, twice, at its eponymous pay-per-view. Titular pay-per-view? Either way, there is a chamber, and there will be eliminations, and for the first time ever, WWE’s women will participate in their own EC bout.
Also Ronda Rousey will officially sign her contract to join RAW which is a thing that is happening and will take up time, I guess. Maybe we’ll be lucky and it’ll also help set up an angle and isn’t just some weird attempt at getting people to buy tickets so they’re in the same building as Ronda.It’s probably the first thing, but hey, it could go either way. They really love Ronda.
Seven wrestlers instead of six isn’t the reason to watch the men’s Elimination Chamber match — sorry, WWE, but not all of your historic firsts are a Big Deal just because they’re first. However, the seven dudes in the ring are all wonderful and a collection of WWE’s most over talent on RAW on the men’s side, and therefore, there should be an exciting reason to tune in to Elimination Chamber this Sunday here.
Also, it will determine the opponent for WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 34, so there’s that whole thing.
There is Seth Rollins, who wrestled for over an hour straight on RAW this week, pinning Roman Reigns and John Cena in the process, and making a real case for having Lesnar to himself. Elimination Chamber will also feature Reigns — who has unfinished business with Brock — and Cena, who is desperate to find his personal Road to WrestleMania. Elias, who has feuded with Cena and is a rising star in WWE, will make his Elimination Chamber debut. Miz, the current Intercontinental Champion who has been incredible whenever he’s on screen for a long time now, will get a shot to hold two titles if he can win. There’s Finn Balor, the first-ever WWE Universal Champion, who has been waiting and waiting for a chance to get back to that strap.
And then there is Braun Strowman, who at 6-foot-8 and 385 pounds, literally towers over the rest of the competition.
Braun is the favorite to win, in the sense that he’s the wrestler everyone wants to win. When I say everyone, though, I don’t mean WWE: that wrestler is likely Reigns, who has that aforementioned unfinished business with Lesnar in what would be a rematch of WrestleMania 31’s main event. You can make a case for nearly all of these performers to win the rights to face Lesnar, giving us a compelling main event at WrestleMania 34, and while only one can win, seeing what else is born of this moment is worth paying attention to as well.