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Match graphic for WWE Championship Elimination Chamber Match at Elimination Chamber 2021 WWE

As always when I’m on the preview beat for a big multi-man match like this one, I like to keep it simple and list the facts out to break it down, so let’s go!

AJ Styles

Championships and accomplishments: 2x WWE Champion, 2x IWGP Heavyweight Champion, 3x NWA World Heavyweight Champion, 2x TNA World Heavyweight Champion, he gets to be friends with his Big Buddy Omos and hang out all the time

Why he’s going to win: AJ has the broadest experience of anyone entering the Elimination Chamber— he’s wrestled everyone, everywhere, under almost every circumstance, and that’s given him one of the sharpest minds for wrestling of anyone in the business.

Why he won’t win: Styles has been leaning pretty heavily on his Big Buddy Omos to intimidate his opponents and save matches for him, and inside of Satan’s Structure, Omos’ ability to help him out will be limited at best.

Drew McIntyre

Championships and accomplishments: 2x WWE Champion, 1x NXT Champion, 1x TNA World Heavyweight Champion, 1x Evolve World Champion, 2020 Royal Rumble, keeps stealing moves from guys he beats like a pro wrestling Mega Man

Why he’s going to win: He’s the reigning and defending WWE Champion, he just defeated the nigh-unstoppable juggernaut that is 54-year-old Bill Goldberg, and despite what the common sense intuitive logic says, champions tend to be favored in multi-man title defenses.

Why he won’t win: With the exception of a brief interregnum when he lost the title to Randy Orton, he’s been WWE Champion since WrestleMania, and that’s gotta wear on a man. Add in the fact that he just got over a case of COVID-19 last month, and he might just not have the stamina to make it through the match if he enters too early.

Jeff Hardy

Championships and accomplishments: 1x WWE Champion, 2x WWE World Heavyweight Champion, 3x TNA World Heavyweight Champion, managed to get in this match despite being stuck in a Groundhog Day loop feuding with Elias

Why he’s going to win: The Charismatic Enigma might just be the biggest X factor in this match. He’s been out of the main event spotlight since his last return from injury, but has found success in feuds against fellow entrants AJ Styles and Sheamus, giving him an edge against both.

Why he won’t win: Of all the men in this match, Jeff is clearly the one whom age and wear has affected most. He’s put his body through hell for our entertainment, and he’s starting to slow down, and that could mean the difference between a Swanton Bomb off the top of an entry pod being a winning move or a mistake that cannot be recovered from.

Kofi Kingston

Championships and accomplishments: 1x WWE Champion, one of the most decorated tag team wrestlers in WWE history, is so tough he didn’t realize his jaw had been broken for weeks after he broke it

Why he’s going to win: Kofi has never met an opportunity he wasn’t full ready to take advantage of. It was just two years ago that him being a late replacement in the Elimination Chamber kicked off a story that lead to him winning a well-deserved WWE Championship for the first time at WrestleMania, and lightning may well strike twice.

Why he won’t win: Lightning has, so far, only ever struck once, and since his Cinderella run to the title ended in mere seconds at the hands of Brock Lesnar, Kofi has struggled to see even a hint of the same level of success.

Randy Orton

Championships and accomplishments: 10x WWE Champion, 4x WWE World Heavyweight Champion, 2009 Royal Rumble, 2013 Money in the Bank, 2017 Royal Rumble, was recently horribly burnt and recovered in record time thanks to wearing a lucha mask for one promo

Why he’s going to win: You can never, ever bet against Randy Orton and be confident about it. He’s been in and out of the main event scene for literal decades now, and his reputation as Apex Predator and Legend Killer is well-earned. On any given day, Randy might just be the best professional wrestler in the world, in terms of skill in execution and deadliness of finishing moves.

Why he won’t win: Randy has been tied up in this whole Bray Wyatt / Alexa Bliss thing for a long time now and it’s made him easily distracted. As shown in the gauntlet match on Raw last week, all it takes is a little cyber tomfoolery with the ThunderDome screens to literally count him out.

Sheamus

Championships and accomplishments: 3x WWE Champion, 1x WWE World Heavyweight Champion, 2010 King of the Ring, 2012 Royal Rumble, 2015 Money in the Bank, suddenly decided to dress like a 1930s street tough and nobody’s called him on it

Why he’s going to win: Well, first and foremost, he’s got the advantage of entering the chamber last, and he knows he’s coming in last, so he gets to sit back, chill, and come in fresh to pick the bones at the end of the match.

Why he won’t win: As Dante told us, betrayers and those who refuse to recognize the power of friendship occupy the lowest circle of hell, and you gotta think that hurts Sheamus’ chances of winning— alliances are key in a match like this, and nobody wants to team up with the guy that just ended a friendship of twenty years because he wanted a title shot.

Will Drew McIntyre keep his crown or can one of these five men knock him off, Cagesiders?

Poll

Who will win?

This poll is closed

  • 5%
    AJ Styles
    (11 votes)
  • 69%
    Drew McIntyre
    (135 votes)
  • 1%
    Jeff Hardy
    (3 votes)
  • 3%
    Kofi Kingston
    (6 votes)
  • 6%
    Randy Orton
    (12 votes)
  • 13%
    Sheamus
    (26 votes)
193 votes total Vote Now