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WWE Elimination Chamber 2015 predictions: Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose, John Cena vs. Kevin Owens

WWE will hold its latest WWE Network live special tomorrow night (Sun., May 31, 2015) live from the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas with its Elimination Chamber event starting at 7:00 p.m. ET with the Kickofff show featuring Miz TV with special guest Daniel Bryan leading right on into the main course at 8 p.m. ET on the WWE Network.

Set for the card: Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose for the WWE world heavyweight title, John Cena vs. Kevin Owens in a non-title match, two Elimination Chamber matches for the Intercontinental and tag team titles, and more!

Luckily for you Cagesiders, our staff of learned wrestling blowhards is here to help figure out just how the event is going to play out with predictions for each match on the card.

Let's get to it.



Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose

The General: I hate that this match is even happening and can't see any way Ambrose has any chance whatsoever. The only compelling aspect of this is that dumb rumor that Roman Reigns might show up and turn heel but the likelihood of that seems so slim it's hardly worth getting excited about. The outcome of this match is all but determined, so it's hard to get up for. Pick: Rollins

Sean Rueter: I really wish I didn't feel so very, very cynical about this one. The champ has been booked like Vince is second-guessing his decision to put the belt on him at 'Mania, and the boss seems to have earplugs in when it comes to how over Dean is - thinking it's his wacky antics that pop crowds instead of the man himself. Because of that, I've got no reason to suspect this won't end with Seth retaining due to Ambrose doing something cah-razy that costs him the match. Pick: Seth Rollins

Keith Harris: Given that WWE has gotten out of the business of doing short hot shot switches of their main title, there doesn't seem to be much hope of the gold changing hands here. Seth Rollins needs to be champion when the pissed off, Authority wrecking ball Brock Lesnar returns to the scene, and given that's scheduled to be next month, we all know who's going over here and it's not Dean Ambrose. Pick: Seth Rollins

Cain A. Knight: These guys always put on a really fun match, and this is definitely much better than an alternate universe main event of Rollins versus Kane. However I can't help but be bothered by WWE's inability to understand why Dean Ambrose was so hot as a babyface last Fall. Right now Dean Ambrose still comes off much more like a comedy goofball than a serious top star, and so the story for this match doesn't measure up to their feud from last year. That doesn't mean Ambrose can't be a two-week transitional champion though. WWE is likely going to run a major angle to finish the show, in hopes of keeping new network subscribers from canceling before May is over. That means either Ambrose wins the championship and holds it for a couple of weeks, or Roman Reigns is turning heel. This doesn't feel like the right time for a Reigns heel turn, so I'll go with the surprise championship win for Ambrose. Pick: Dean Ambrose

Joshua Gagnon: As much as I like Rollins and Ambrose, this match doesn't have me pumped up. I think it's mainly due to the build-up and how much I'm over the entire Authority angle. The other problem is I just don't see Rollins losing the title anytime soon. Its fun watching the guy wrestle, but knowing he's going to win takes away from some of the suspense. I'm sure Ambrose will get screwed in the end due to crazy shenanigans. Pick: Rollins

Notorious Eddie Mac: Tuesday marks a full year since the split that rocked WWE to its foundation. Seriously: look at the ramifications of this split: WWE stock plummeted, morale plummeted, quality in their TV shows plummeted, Daniel Bryan vacated two different championships, and a dozen people got fired. All because of one chairshot. Yes, I'm blaming all that on Seth, even if none of it is true. Just go with it. Feels like this should have a little more juice than it should. I wonder what role Roman Reigns plays. As much as I like to see Dean Ambrose, world heavyweight champion, even if for one night, there's just no way that happens I'm afraid. Winner: Seth Rollins, traitorface and ruiner of all things WWE

John Cena vs. Kevin Owens

The General: I can't imagine a scenario that sees Owens beating Cena clean, or even via schmoz finish. That he's laid him out for two weeks straight lends itself to the NXT champion getting his comeuppance from one of the biggest babyfaces on the WWE roster, but I smell interference here, possibly in the form of Samoa Joe showing up to further promote his upcoming match with Owens on NXT, also on the Network. So Owens will lose, Cena will win, and we'll have another great angle leading to Owens vs. Joe in NXT. Pick: Cena

Sean Rueter: That neither title on the line almost has me believing that KO has a chance. The other thing that has me believing are the rumors that this feud may go past one show, which would put Kev in line for the obligatory Wyatt/Rusev "you get to win once before Jern beats you in six straight gimmick matches". But I'm going to tamp down my excitement and guess this goes like the other open challenges against NXT stars have gone. Pick: John Cena

Keith Harris: I think that even WWE management realises that it would be very foolish to defeat their NXT Champion at a time when they're planning to make it a touring brand (although I'm sure our old friend Kevin Dunn will still be pushing the importance of protecting the main WWE brand at all costs to Vince McMahon). But there also doesn't seem to be immediate plans to call up Owens to the roster full time, so Cena is equally as unlikely to be pinned here. That suggests a non-finish, where both parties are protected. I'm leaning towards a John Cena disqualification win, as the compromise to keep all the backstage players happy. Pick: John Cena

Cain A. Knight: John Cena isn't going to lose this match. Owens has already gotten the better of Cena on every Raw leading up to this event, and that's probably because Owens won't be winning this match. If Owens does defeat Cena then there's really no good kayfabe reason to keep him down in NXT any longer, because defeating the top wrestling star in the world pretty much nullifies a wrestler's need to spend any more time in the minor leagues. But I don't expect that Owens is getting a full-time call up right now because he has a new feud with Samoa Joe going on in NXT. The obvious finish here is a run-in from Samoa Joe that ends up either costing Owens this match or creating a no-contest. But the bottom line is that WWE's main roster really needs fresh new heels with main event upside, and Kevin Owens would be much better utilized in that spot rather than wasting time away in NXT. If WWE really wants to do what's best for business, then there's no way Kevin Owens should lose this match. And so of course CenaWinsLOL. Pick: John Cena

Joshua Gagnon: This is John Cena done right! Just have him take on all new talent. No more Orton or Big Show feuds, more of these matches, please. This run Cena is on reminds me of Orton a couple years back when he took on - and put over - new blood, like a veteran should. The booking of this will be extremely interesting to watch, but ultimately I can see it ending in a DQ. I can't see Owens winning clean, although you can't make the NXT Champion look weak either. I expect Owens to go overboard at the end, forcing a DQ. Pick: Cena

Notorious Eddie Mac: It would be better if it were for the United States Championship. I have a feeling it will be in the not too distant future. If main roster WWE is serious about making the artist formerly known as Kevin Steen a really big deal, then he has to at the very least look really, really, really competitive against the "face of the WWE". But as much as I want my heart for the family man to win, I know how this ends. And it's not well. At least not this time for John. Winner: Kevin Owens, family man

Intercontinental title Elimination Chamber

The General: Rusev's injury would seem to throw a few things off, namely whatever they were planning with Dolph Ziggler, but King Barrett doing so many jobs and not having a defined role in the match makes me think he'll come out on top to win the title back. Sadly for Barrett, that means he probably won't win again for a while. Pick: Barrett

Sean Rueter: Left to wonder what might have been had Rusev not dinged up a wheel - and as of this writing, wonder who will 100% replace him. Assuming it's Wyatt as most reports suggest doesn't change my feelings in a non-Bulgarian Brute half-dozen. And that is that this is a toss-up between Dolph & Sheamus. The Show-Off has to be on television a lot to help make Lana the face of the company or whatever, and The Celtic Warrior might need a few weeks off to green screen work as Rocksteady. Plus, I have a bunch of heels winning on this card. Pick: Dolph Ziggler

Keith Harris: With arguably the favorite, Rusev, highly doubtful for the match due to an ankle injury, this becomes a very tough one to call, other than R-Truth has no chance of leaving the chamber with the title. Of those in the match, Sheamus has been the one booked the strongest and would be the most natural opponent for Daniel Bryan if he returns to the ring in the not too distant future, but he has no program currently. Wade Barrett could defend against Neville, but will WWE be prepared to give him another big victory so soon after winning the King of the Ring? Ryback would certainly be a popular victor, but there's no sign that WWE has any great plans for him, content to keep him slotted in the middle, and they'd likely give Dolph Ziggler the nod if a babyface were to win, if only because he's currently linked to Lana, who WWE management is clearly besotted with. However, in these type of situations the replacement usually wins, and if it's Bray Wyatt as rumoured, then he still needs a lot of rehabilitation after his Undertaker loss at WrestleMania and is a bigger star than anyone else in the match to boot. Pick: Bray Wyatt

Cain A. Knight: Just about all chamber matches turn out to be very good, and this one should be no different. However this pool of 6 guys is rather ho-hum; R-Truth is a jobber, King Barrett frequently loses to jobbers like R-Truth, Ryback is awful, Rusev might not be able to compete, and Ziggler has had too many meaningless runs with this championship. That pretty much leaves Sheamus as the most likely winner of the bunch. The potential for Bray Wyatt to replace Rusev and win this match is interesting, but I also wouldn't be surprised if WWE gives that spot to Big Show. Because Big Show ruins everything. I think the best idea is to have Sandow replace Rusev and give him a miracle run at winning this thing, just like when comedy act Santino Marella replaced Randy Orton in a chamber match and stole the show back in 2012. Pick: Sheamus

Joshua Gagnon: Looking over the competitors I'd predict Barrett, R-Truth, and Ryback are all unlikely to win on Sunday. Rusev is out, and going by rumors Bray Wyatt is in as his replacement. I'm guessing WWE has other plans for Bray so I don't expect him -- or whoever replaces Rusev -- to win. Not sure how long she'll be around, but currently Lana is at Ziggler's side. I want Ziggler to win, but don't think he really needs the title right now with the Lana storyline going on. Sheamus has been fantastic as the bad guy and becoming Champion will only improve his stock. Pick: Sheamus

Notorious Eddie Mac: Rusev's out, but I don't think he had any shot of winning anyways. Neither does his replacement (rumored to be the Wyatt Bray), R-Truth, or the Ryback. But the king of the ring and bad news Wade Barrett's gonna win because they have to justify his sixth Intercontinental title reign somehow. Winner: King Barrett

Tag team title Elimination Chamber

The General: I don't see a compelling reason to take the straps off The New Day, though they were bizarrely booked over the past week as opponents to The Authority then as co-horts. It sure seems WWE is finally sold on the group and there's no reason to think anyone else involved is even close, at least not yet. The Lucha Dragons have potential but they aren't there at the moment. Pick: New Day

Sean Rueter: Because I don't have any other title changes picked, and because #BTE & New Day should feud forever, and since E, Kingston & Woods can have a lot of fun complaining about how unfair it was to put them in the first ever tag team Chamber match while trying to remain positive, let's go with Pick: Tyson Kidd & Cesaro

Keith Harris: This should be a fun and creative spectacle, but there is little drama in the end result, as clearly The New Day and The Brass Ring Club are leaps and bounds more over than everyone else, and will thus be fighting it out as the final two teams. With The New Day just starting to rub shoulders with the main eventers in the storylines, it would be highly surprising if they dropped the titles here. Pick: The New Day

Cain A. Knight: Right away you can cross The Ascension and Los Matadores off the list of potential winners because they are jobbers. The Prime Time Players spend more time doing comedy bits than actually wrestling on television. So WWE will probably eliminate those three irrelevant teams as soon as possible, to reduce all the clutter in the ring. The remaining three teams could really put on a jaw-dropping display of fantastic wrestling inside the chamber if WWE gives them enough time. I'm always rooting for Cesaro to win, but I also won't mind if New Day finds a new clever way to cheat their way to the victory. Pick: New Day

Joshua Gagnon: Let's work backwards on this one. Prime Time Players, The Ascension, and Los Matadores have zero chance of winning. One of them will probably get knocked out pre-match in favor of Harper/Rowan. Lucha Dragons are on the right track, but not sure if WWE will pull the trigger on them quite yet. Hopefully Harper/Rowan and the Lucha Dragons will come out of this match looking strong, as potential future contenders. New Day won the tag titles and it helped complete their Heel turn. Now, crowds are booing them quite nicely. To return the favor and get the Brass Ring Club solidly over as Faces, Cesaro and Kidd should win this match. The tag division is suddenly interesting again, and I can't wait to see where things go after this historic match. Pick: Brass Ring Club

Notorious Eddie Mac: It's either The New Day and their socks or the Notorious BRC. All the other teams are in this match as window dressing. This probably would have been better off as a three-on-three Elimination Chamber match, but then it hits you: the BRC's third member is Natalya, and a Natalya versus... well, anyone in the New Day is not exactly a situation you wanna explain away. I will say this though: I'm looking forward to this match more than the one for the white strap, if for nothing else, to see if two members of a team can fit in the pods. Or three. Winners: The New Day

Nikki Bella vs. Paige vs. Naomi

The General: I'm not entirely sure what direction all this is headed considering Total Divas and its pending return on the E! channel but they focused heavily on Paige's issues with Naomi over the past week instead of Nikki and the fact that she's in such danger of losing her title. So I'll say she retains and they move on to something else. Pick: Nikki

Sean Rueter: Regardless of where you stand on conspiracy theories about WWE booking Nikki to break AJ's record for longest reign, there is no good reason to take the title away from her here. Did I say the exact same thing two weeks ago? Well, even if I did, this time I can say something about Paige and Naomi cancelling each other out. Pick: Nikki Bella

Keith Harris: Although Nikki has raised her game and been a fine Divas champion despite the lacklustre creative and time constraints the women face on the main roster, her title run seems played out. There seems to be a lot more mileage in The Bellas, Paige and hopefully Charlotte chasing Naomi for the title, who uses nefarious means and the back-up of her bodyguard Tamina Snuka to cling onto the gold, than the continuation of the status quo. Pick: Naomi

Cain A. Knight: I don't think WWE really has any idea what they are doing with these women or this particular story, so they will probably just pick a winner at random. My random number generator says that Naomi is finally walking out with the gold. Pick: Naomi

Joshua Gagnon: Nikki Bella vs. Paige vs. Naomi - An underrated feud between these three has been brewing for months. It all comes to a head on Sunday, and honestly it's tough to pick a winner here. With Nikki's recent Face turn, she's become a bit of a stale champion. It would help mix up the division a bit if either challenger picked up the win. Along with Tamina, Naomi has done a fine job in the heel role, but I just don't think WWE see her as Champion, quite yet. The safe pick here is to go with Paige. She's been Champion before, and another run in this tweener role she's developed is just what the doctor ordered. Pick: Paige

Notorious Eddie Mac: Strictly an emotional pick because I cannot stand the other two. Winner: Paige

Neville vs. Bo Dallas

The General: If they didn't want to put Neville in the Intercontinental title Chamber match to protect him from a loss, why would they beat him here? This feels like a showcase for the high flyer to do some high flying against an opponent he's had great matches with plenty of times before. Pick: Neville

Sean Rueter: Never really thought Bo had a chance to beat Neville back when he was the longest-reigning champ in NXT history and the Brit went by Adrian. So there's certainly no reason to pick him now when he's been in "Creative has nothing for you" limbo for the last several months. I just hope they let him go quietly this time... Pick: Neville

Keith Harris: Although I have a soft spot for Bo's gimmick and think WWE gave up on him far too quickly, this should just be a showcase for Neville's aerials and all about getting him over. A loss here would put Neville on the path of being another NXT washout in a year's time, just like his opponent is now. Pick: Neville

Cain A. Knight: This is the easiest match of the night to predict. Bo Dallas is a jobber and WWE doesn't even really try to pretend otherwise. It's obvious that Neville should be competing in the Intercontinental Championship Elimination Chamber match, where he would have a legit chance to steal the show. But instead he's stuck in this nothing match. Beating Bo Dallas does nothing for him. But I bet Stardust would sign up for this spot in an instant. Pick: Neville

Joshua Gagnon: With so much going on in this show this match will probably get overlooked. To see just how two these two are together, revisit NXT Arrival and their NXT Championship Ladder Match. It's great to see Bo back in action, but Neville has gotten over quickly with the crowd since his main roster call-up. This is a great match to keep the momentum going for "The Man That Gravity Forgot".  Pick: Neville

Notorious Eddie Mac: Man, what happened to Bo? Remember when he was the longest reigning champion in NXT history? Remember when he had his Bolievers? Remember when I called him the Justin Bieber of WWE? Of course you don't. All this was pre-WWE Network. BTW (and I know I'm not the first to bring these points up): a. Why is Bo not in New Day already? b. Why not make the winner of this match a part of the Elimination Chamber match for the Intercontinental belt? Winner: Neville


Those are our predictions, Cagesiders. What are yours?

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