- Now I know many of you that are probably reading this right now probably have no clue what this has to do with WCWP Sports, but my oh my, while some of you are lost in the luster of watching an enthralling cross-country ski race, or Tracey McGrady auditioning for other teams in the offseason right now in a New York Knicks uniform, This is one of my favorite times of the year because we are on the "Road to WrestleMania".
I am a life-long wrestling fan and through all of it's peaks and valley's, it is entertainment to me even with the pre-determined result. To me, WrestleMania is bigger than the Superbowl and five times more important than any All-Star game mostly due to the fact of the culmination of a year long series of feuds, matches, and storylines all combined into one event. That is WrestleMania.
If you aren't in the business of Professional Wrestling then what are you doing in the first place? It is a very grueling profession because there is no offseason or union but the entertainment factor and appeal for me reaches no end.
I do a Wrestling Radio Show every Saturday Night with Leigh Cuomo, Tom Gallipoli and Sam Horrey at 10PM EST called Over The Ropes, which can be heard on wcwpsports.org Enough about me babbling, let's get into the meat of the issue of why this blog post is being made.
- The "Road to WrestleMania" starts for the most part at the Royal Rumble, which took place at the end of January inside the Phillips Arena down in Atlanta, Georgia. The winner of the 30 man Royal Rumble match was Edge, who came back that night from a Torn Achillies Tendon which he injured back in June. Now the winner of the Royal Rumble match has automatically secured himself a spot in the main event at WrestleMania and can choose to fight whoever is the WWE or World Heavyweight Champion which plays into tonight's PPV event which gets underway in just under 2 hours from now at 8PM.
- Now that that little introduction is out of the way, tonight's Elimination Chamber PPV is another obsticle and chance for those that wish to dance with the lights on bright. The two Main Events of tonight's PPV will feature 6 competitors in a hellacious structure aptly called the Elimination Chamber where 5 competitors including the respective World Champion from Raw or SmackDown will be fighting to hold the top prize in this industry heading into WrestleMania. To give a better example of exactly what an Elimination Chamber match is, here's this video the WWE made3 to hype up the PPV event itself.
- Now there are only 4 matches announced for this PPV tonight but I wouldn't put it past the WWE to book The Miz in either a US Title Match or a Unifed Tag Title Match with his partner, The Big Show. Show-Miz recently teamed up a few weeks ago and in their first match against the then, Unified Tag Champs of DX, they won the tag title belts just about 2 weeks ago. If they do have a Tag Title Match, I wouldn't be surprised to see them take on the team they lost to in their first match as tag champs without the tag title belts on the line in the forgettable duo of Mark Henry and MVP. Unlike Monday where Big Show and The Miz lost via a roll up, I wouldn't be surprised to see just as The MVP is about to hit the Playmaker on The Miz, Big Show knocks MVP out with the Power of the Punch and Miz pins MVP to retain the Unified Tag Team Titles.
- Now onto the scheduled matches, I'll discuss the Intercontinental Title Match here between the "Ch-Ch-Ch-Chosen One" Scotland's own, Drew McIntyre who is the current champion against Kane. This match does seem thrown together to add a match onto the card only because they started this feud up 2-3 weeks ago when these two men were involved in a Triple Threat Match along with John Morrison to get a spot in the Elimination Chamber. Jo-Mo advanced and Drew was pissed off so he attempted to attack Kane but Kane Chokeslammed Drew. The next week, Drew tried to attack Kane again and Drew bailed out of the ring just in time. Point is, Drew is the guy the WWE is really pushing hard on SmackDown as the wave of the future on the blue brand and having a nice little series with Kane can't hurt the Scottish Warrior but only help in the long run if anything to just gain experience. I think Drew will win after a close contest with the lumbering Kane and wins cleanly with the Future Shock DDT.
- Next match I'll discuss here is the SmackDown Elimination Chamber match. I've been highly more interested in this Chamber match as compared to the Raw Chamber match mostly because you could peg just about 5 out of the 6 guys that have a realistic chance to walk out with the World Heavyweight Championship. Sorry R-Truth, you are not one of the five that could. R-Truth got in by defeating residential Jobber "Monster" Mike Knox. R-Truth will probably be eliminated first out of all the competitors that are involved with this match. Those that are also involved in this Chamber match = the current World Champ, The Undertaker, the man the Undertaker defeated at the Royal Rumble in Rey Mysterio, John Morrison, CM Punk, and Chris Jericho.
Going in you could probably take CM Punk and Rey Mysterio out of the equation since the two have recently been attacking one another which could signal for a feud going into WM 26, likely excluding those two from walking out of the Chamber with the World Title. John Morrison is less than 75% after damaging his ankle 8 days ago in a match with R-Truth and is even questionable to compete so the chances of him winning are out along with CM Punk, Rey-Rey (Dog) and R-Truth.
Shawn Michaels might even take out John Morrison before Morrison could even get inside the Chamber, similar to what happened last year when a desperate Edge destroyed Kofi Kingston before Kofi could even participate. Shawn Michaels getting in would attempt to screw the Undertaker over in the attempt that UT accepts a match with HBK at WM26.
With the way Edge has been trading words with his former Tag Team Champion partner, Chris Jericho, and the years of service Jericho has put in with the WWE, he deserves the chance to Main Event a WM PPV event which is why I'm picking Jericho, the "Best In The World at What He Does" To walk out with the Top strap from the Blue Brand heading into a hot WM Main Event.
- To dilute the crowd a bit from the SD Chamber match, we reach the finals of the Divas Tournament which started in December of 09/January 10'. We have Gail Kim against Maryse. Many would consider this to be a bathroom/sandwich break match but to me this is the best match the Raw brand could have come up with with the abscence of Melina whose out till July with a torn ACL. Gail Kim is probably one of the more underrated wrestlers in the WWE right now whose making at least 3 times more money than she was in TNA and this is probably the biggest profile match she's been involved in since coming back to the WWE in late 08' early 09. Maryse clearly is more entertaining and possibly one of the sexiest women I've ever seen. If you need proof, here's a picture.
Anyways, with Melina out, this Divas Title was made for Maryse and I think she walks out with the Title Belt after her French Kiss DDT.
- Final match on the card that I think will be the final match on the card features the Raw Elimination Chamber. You got Sheamuse as the Green, Irish-born, WWE Champion defending against Kofi Kingston, Ted Dibiase, Randy Orton, John Cena and HHH. My problem with this match is a constant problem of mine with HHH and John Cena overshadowing not only just Randy Orton and the WWE Champion, Shaemus. This is Sheamus toughest match to date and chances don't look very good for him eventhough I'd love to see nothing more than to see Sheamus walk out with his Title Belt. HHH has won 4 out of the 5 EC's that he's been in.
I think HHH will walk out with the belt again unfortunately which will lead to him taking on Sheamus in a singles match at WM for the WWE Title sending the fans in St. Louis home somewhat happy. What I'm interested to see is how Ted Dibiase the son of the Million Dollar Man, react to his Legacy stablemate, Randy Orton in the sense that Randy has been screwed out of the last two matches he's had with Sheamus and with Ted on the verge of turning face, maybe Ted eliminates Randy?
I'd like to see Kofi have an impressive showing but knowing the rustration that could come out of watching the Raw brand, either he or Sheamus will be the first to get the boot. Point is I see HHH walking out with the WWE Title ending the PPV.
Now under an hour from now and I couldn't feel more excited. This PPV is bound to have alot of question marks which is always a good thing for the aftermath tomorrow night on Raw and lead into more angles for WM 26, the biggest show of the year. This is the last stop before WM folks. Let's get that popcorn and soda ready because it is about to get intense. I Love Wrestling.
Till Next Time,
I'm Nick Malone