The final WWE Pay-Per-View before WrestleMania 30 is set to get underway on Sunday with Elimination Chamber 2014. It will be held at the Target Center in Minneapolis.
With so much up in the air heading into the year’s biggest PPV, Sunday could be the catalyst for multiple WrestleMania matches. Losses this weekend could cause factions to split. The Elimination Chamber match is likely to result in, at least, one feud that will culminate in New Orleans on April 6.
Below is the entire match card for the PPV, as well as predictions for each match. Brock Lesnar is not scheduled to appear after competing at the Royal Rumble. CM Punk remains gone from the company.
WWE World Heavyweight Championship Elimination Chamber Match
Randy Orton has struggled since retaining the title at the Royal Rumble, which is exactly why he’s likely to leave the six-man match as the champion. WWE has done a good job making his competitors look like viable opponents. Orton has lost recent matches to John Cena, Daniel Bryan and Cesaro. Christian showed a new determination on “Raw,” and Sheamus was in control of his match with Orton, until The Shield intervened. Perhaps with some assistance from The Authority, Orton will head to WrestleMania 30 as the unified champion.
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Prediction: Randy Orton
The Shield vs, The Wyatt Family
Not only will this pit the two biggest heel factions in WWE against each other, but it could be the last time The Shield wrestles as a group. The three men are headed for a split, and this match might be the last straw. Bray Wyatt is likely to get the pin, following a disagreement amongst the trio. Look for Dean Ambrose or Seth Rollins to be pinned, with Roman Reigns emerging from the PPV as a babyface.
Prediction: The Wyatt Family
Batista vs. Alberto Del Rio
The purpose of this match is to give Batista a win in singles competition before he headlines WrestleMania. Del Rio is quickly falling from the main event scene and he has little to no chance of getting the victory.
Intercontinental Champion Big E vs. Jack Swagger
Along with Reigns, Big E could see a big push in 2014. He won’t lose the belt on Sunday, and could unify the Intercontinental and United States Championship at WrestleMania.
Prediction: Big E
Darren Young vs. Titus O’Neil
O’Neil’s heel turn could mean the start of big things for the superstar. Look for him to beat his former tag team partner as WWE tries to make him a formidable “bad guy” in a company that is lacking in that area.
Prediction: Titus O’Neil
WWE Tag Team Champions The New Age Outlaws vs. The Usos
Don’t expect Road Dogg and Billy Gunn to have the titles for too long. The Usos are the best option to become the next tag team champions, but it might not happen until WrestleMania.
Prediction: The New Age Outlaws
Cody Rhodes & Goldust vs. Ryback & Curtis Axel (Kickoff Match)
Rhodes vs. Goldust appears to be one of the few WrestleMania matches that is set in stone. They haven’t shown any signs of splitting, so it could start at Elimination Chamber.
Prediction: Ryback & Curtis Axel