When I posted my predictions for Elimination Chamber yesterday, many people were skeptical about my choosing of Daniel Bryan to win the Chamber match. Hell, I was even skeptical to pick him, but I honestly think it will happen. I'm writing this column to clarify why I picked him to win. There are several things that played into my choice.
First off, The Royal Rumble PPV last month was a disaster. After the opening match, the crowd hijacked the show with chants for Bryan and turned on fan favorites like John Cena, Rey Mysterio and Batista. You know what happened, so there's no need for me to go into a discussion about it all over again. My point is, WWE can't afford to have that happen again and unless Bryan wins, I see no way around the fans being extremely disgruntled once again.
It's pretty obvious John Cena won't win because he's rumored to be headed towards a feud with The Wyatt Family, so I expect them to interfere in the match. That eliminates him. Christian.. well, it's pretty obvious he won't win because WWE even contemplated having him taken out of the Chamber match altogether. Sheamus hasn't been positioned to get a victory this Sunday whatsoever either. That leaves three men, Randy Orton, Daniel Bryan, and Cesaro.
Cesaro is a wildcard in this match up. I think he very well could give the performance of the night here. I highly doubt that WWE would give him the title though and I don't blame them. Don't get me wrong, I'm a massive fan and supporter of Cesaro, but this Sunday isn't the right time for him to be crowned champion. Especially since we're going into WrestleMania 30. That's just not a time to experiment with putting a new guy on top.
That leaves Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan. I think they will be the final two in the match and I don't see any way around Daniel Bryan winning. If Orton wins clean, it would kill Bryan's momentum going into WrestleMania which is something that I don't think WWE wants to do. That means, if Orton is going to win, it would have to be by some sort of interference.
There's no way that WWE could have Daniel Bryan get screwed out of the title because of interference again. It's happened WAY too many times. If Kane or Triple H interferes in this match, we will see a repeat of what happened at the Royal Rumble. The crowd will riot.
Now more than ever, WWE doesn't want the fans to be disgusted with the product. The WWE Network is launching tomorrow along with one of the biggest Raw's ever as Hulk Hogan, The Undertaker, Brock Lesnar and possibly Shawn Michaels will be appearing. Now is not the time for WWE to pull some sort of shenanigans that put the most popular guy in the company at the bottom of the todum pole yet again
WWE wants the crowd to be happy and ecstatic with the product so they will purchase the WWE Network and tune into Raw tomorrow night. What better time to finally crown Daniel Bryan champion then tonight? The fans will get what they have wanted for nearly 6 months now and they will likely be more inclined to buy the WWE Network.
The official Road to WrestleMania really kicks off tonight as the stage will begin to be set for the biggest show of the year. Does WWE really want to be scrambling around trying to deal with an aggravated audience like they were after the Royal Rumble? Do they want more legends like Mick Foley calling out the company for not giving fans what they want at such a crucial time in the company's history? No. They don't. That's why tonight at the Elimination Chamber, I believe Daniel Bryan will FINALLY become WWE World Heavyweight Champion.
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