Saturday, May 30, 2015

FRIENDS CUP: ELIMINATION CHAMBER

As promised, in lieu of a news episode this week the Friends present this special blog entry to highlight their Elimination Chamber predictions in a year-long quest to take over the Friends Cup—it's a website-exclusive event!

Head over there first to check up on the current standings, then come back to look at our predictions!

Blake's Picks


Diva's Triple Threat

Nikki has been champion for who knows how long, and nobody seems to care. Look for a new champion to be crowned here, and since Paige still needs to get revenge on Naomi for "injuring" her, I expect that feud to continue after EC. Tamina proves to be the deciding factor tonight and Naomi takes the title home.

Winner: Naomi



Tag Team Championship: Elimination Chamber

The New Day has been on quite a roll since capturing the titles, so why mess with a good thing? They still need a couple more wins under their belt to make them to legitimize them, and besides, whenever WWE goes out of their way to point out how much the odds aren't in a champions favor, they usually retain.

Winner: The New Day



WWE Intercontinental Championship: Elimination Chamber

There are a handful of competitors in this match that I wouldn't be surprised to see leave with the strap, but there's only one guy who I think desperately needs it more than all other challengers. Rusev was a man on the way to the top of the card until he hit a wall named John Cena, now he's on a three PPV losing streak. If WWE wants him to remain relevant, they'll have him walk out EC with the IC Title.

Winner: Rusev



Neville vs Bo Dallas

While it's been fun to see Dallas used as something more than a punching bag the last two weeks, Neville needs a decisive singles win more. He's been picking up DQ and count out victories a little too frequently, so I expect The Man that Gravity Forgot to finally get a three count after a beautiful Red Arrow.

Winner: Neville



John Cena vs Kevin Owens

First off, I highly doubt we'll be seeing a three count in this match, but if we do, it'll be Owens's shoulders to the mat. He came in hot and took Cena out two weeks in a row on Raw, and that's precisely why I see Cena going over. It's WWE's law of reverse momentum at its finest. So, whether it's by DQ or by pin-fall, I see Cena taking home the "W."

Winner: John Cena



Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose

Everyone, including me, wants to see Ambrose find a permanent home in the main event, but I don't think it's his time yet. He has had a rough year so far and needs more time to rehab before he can be considered a legitimate threat for the title. I see Rollins retaining and finally starting that feud with Kane that's been building for months. Yay...

Winner: Seth Rollins



Bonus Point

The two times Owens has taken out Cena, he's made a point to stomp on the U.S. Championship. I predict Owens doesn't just stomp on the gold, but straight up destroys it this time around. We've all heard the rumors that Cena wants a revamped strap to carry around, and this is the perfect opportunity to give him what he wants.


Andy's Picks


Diva's Triple Threat

On SmackDown, Paige beat Naomi, so I'm going with WWE's reverse-momentum logic and say Naomi wins.

Winner: Naomi (60% Confidence)



Tag Team Championship: Elimination Chamber

History will be made in this match, as we've never seen less talent in the Chamber match. Not even close.

Winner: The New Day (95% Confidence)



WWE Intercontinental Championship: Elimination Chamber

Will it matter who wins this thing? Absolutely not. They'll continue to lose non-title matches and just like Jeff Jarrett, PISS ME OFF!

Winner: Sheamus (80% Confidence)



Neville vs Bo Dallas

I BOLIEVE that this match is pointless. Sorry, but Bo has been a jobber for the past year, and then WWE gives him two weeks worth of offense. That's half-assed!

Winner: Neville (98% Confidence)



John Cena vs Kevin Owens

Will it be "Fight Owens Fight" or "Fart Cena Fart"? It could be a little bit of both. I'm not confident that we'll get any sort of ending, so best to go with my gut.

Winner: Kevin Owens (60% Confidence)



Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose

Ambrose is annoying.

Winner: Seth Rollins (99% Confidence)



Bonus Point

N/A


Erik's Picks


Diva's Triple Threat

There's lots of talk about WWE rationale and who's one-upped who the past few weeks, but it's a Diva's match so that is out the window! Fuck it...Let's say Nikki takes advantage of Naomi screwing over Paige somehow.

Winner: Nikki Bella



Tag Team Championship: Elimination Chamber

Despite the participants, I'm actually anxious to see how this will logistically work! I see a lot of unexpected excitement and, like tag matches of the past few PPVs, an opportunity to steal the show. History favors the Freebird rule, however.

Winner: The New Day



WWE Intercontinental Championship: Elimination Chamber

Rusev has to be the favorite for this, but if he's pulled due to injury then the IC belt is unfortunately "up in the air" once again. King Barrett's my back-up, as the belt would only get in the way of a big hoss feud between Rocksheamusteady and Ryback.

Winner: Rusev (Barrett back-up)



Neville vs Bo Dallas

It's sometimes hard to remember the great matches these two had in NXT, with Neville taking the title off Dallas after a lengthy reign. Unlike in that exciting back-and-forth encounter, poor Bo has been relegated to supporting role in the Neville showcase.

Winner: Neville



John Cena vs Kevin Owens

Though "schmozz" is probably the current Vegas favorite, it's hard to pick it in a contest where every point matters. That's why I'm going with the result of my coin flip—dammit, I got Cena.

Winner: John Cena



Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose

When these two get the match and build they deserve, hopefully everyone will forget about this throwaway encounter. Rollins wins when Dean Ambrose gets stuck under a railroad cart or something.

Winner: Seth Rollins



Bonus Point

Los Matadores get stuck in their Chamber pod for the entirety of the match, until El Torito gets them out by headbutting the glass.


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