The next pay-per-view (PPV) on the WWE schedule is the Elimination Chamber event set to take place on Sun., Feb. 23, 2014, at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the company's annual beginning of the year showcase that features a cage match (or two) complete with pods and countdowns and, really, just the final stop before WrestleMania.
This one is historic because it represents the final PPV that will ever take place before the launch of the WWE Network.
We're now just one week out from showtime and four matches on the card are official with one rumor accompanying them.
- Elimination Chamber WWE world heavyweight championship match (Randy Orton vs. John Cena vs. Sheamus vs. Daniel Bryan vs. Cesaro vs. Christian)
Cena, Sheamus, and Bryan all qualified by way of a disqualification win on Monday Night Raw over The Shield. Cesaro and Christian got in by winning qualifying matches over Dolph Ziggler and Jack Swagger on Friday Night SmackDown later that same week. Rumors persist that Bryan or Christian could get knocked out of the final line-up, though that has yet to happen. Orton is currently running the gauntlet working matches against all of these opponents. As of this writing, he's lost to Bryan, Cena, and Cesaro and defeated Christian.
- The Shield vs. The Wyatt Family
The aforementioned disqualification win for Cena, Sheamus, and Bryan came by way of The Wyatt Family interfering in the match with The Shield. That pissed off Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose, and Seth Rollins, respectively, and led them to demand retribution. Triple H attempted to block the booking of a match between the two but eventually relented and gave them what they wanted. After only ever cutting promos on each other from the titantron, an awesome staredown happened on Raw this past week that did more to build this PPV than anything else WWE has done or could do.
- Batista vs. Alberto Del Rio
Del Rio represents a former champion who can present a mostly credible opponent to catapult "The Animal" to his big title match at WrestleMania 30. He's not happy about this, however, and may even be considering leaving WWE over it. We shall see. This one was booked after Batista beat Del Rio half to death on Raw and Triple H tried to calm him down by giving him the match.
- Big E vs. Jack Swagger
A Fatal 4-Way was randomly booked on SmackDown this past week that featured Swagger defeating Kofi Kingston, Rey Mysterio, and Mark Henry to earn top contender status. Zeb Colter lobbied for it beforehand. There isn't much to this yet because it was basically pulled out of thin air, but there are still three episodes of originally programming to build to it.
- New Age Outlaws vs. The Usos* (Rumored, not official)
WWE has seemingly been building to The Usos winning the tag team titles for, well, forever, but the trigger hasn't been pulled. The commentary team continues making mention of their being the top contenders, though, and it makes sense to put this bout here to fill out the card. Stay tuned.
That's the card so far, Cagesiders. You buying?