Come Sunday, Feb. 12, WWE Champion John Cena will be in for a daunting task: Defending SmackDown LIVE’s top crown inside the most savage creation WWE has ever seen, the Elimination Chamber.
Fresh off winning his record-tying 16th World Title, The Champ will compete against the Superstar he defeated for the championship at Royal Rumble, AJ Styles, plus Bray Wyatt, Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose, Baron Corbin and The Miz, live on WWE Network. SmackDown LIVE Commissioner Shane McMahon announced the star-studded lineup on the Jan. 31 edition of SmackDown LIVE.
The infamous Elimination Chamber, with its chain-link walls, glass pods and steel floors, is diabolical to the core, and the rules for the war zone are as twisted as the structure itself.
Two Superstars will start the bout while the remaining four are enclosed in pods. After a regularly scheduled period of time, a pod will open at random, enabling a Superstar to enter the match. This will continue until all six competitors have been released. A Superstar can be eliminated at any time, via pinfall or submission only, and the last man standing will be declared the winner and WWE Champion.
The Champ is here and poised for the upcoming Elimination Chamber Match and the looming threat of 2017 Royal Rumble Match winner Randy Orton.
Each challenger is hungry and uniquely qualified to take down The Cenation Leader. Styles wants to reassert himself as “The Champ That Runs the Camp,” and The Lunatic Fringe, who lost the WWE Title to Styles in September, looks to add another championship to his mantel. The Miz insists on being treated as an A-Lister, and winning Team Blue’s top title would support his claim, while a win for Bray Wyatt could strengthen The Wyatt Family’s grip on SmackDown LIVE, given Randy Orton’s eventual title opportunity at WrestleMania. Not to be overlooked is the unbridled brutality of the match’s least experienced, but perhaps most dangerous warrior, The Lone Wolf, who might just feel right at home inside the Chamber.
Prediction: now to be honest, if everything that the evidence is leading us to, the winner of this match is really only going to be one a few so in the spirit of the type of match, lets eliminate a few…
Dean Ambrose and the Miz are out, rumour has it that there is a WrestleMania match for the Intercontinental championship with their names on it, another rumour, if believed, sees Baron Corbin crossed off the list as he’s said to be facing off with the Undertaker come the grandest stage of the year.
Would they really put the championship on Bray Wyatt when his running buddy Randy Orton won the Rumble, I think that maybe Orton will try to interfere but end up eliminating Wyatt.
Now this leaves Cena and Styles, so here’s the rub, John Cena has currently tied the record for most championships alongside Ric Flair at sixteen but if rumour is to be believed to beat the record at WrestleMania he has to lose it at the Elimination Chamber pay per view.
So with all that said and done, I am picking A.J Styles to recapture the championship