Here, ye, hear, ye. The Royals of Wrestle Royalty are at it again – this time pontificating, elaborating on, and predicting what promises to be an amazing Elimination Chamber PPV! Read along with what we have to say…and predict along with us! Vote in the polls following each match!
Elimination Chamber WWE Championship Match
Daniel Bryan |c| vs. Kofi Kingston vs. AJ Styles vs. Randy Orton vs. Samoa Joe vs. Jeff Hardy
Queen KB: I’m so glad I waited to write this match. Kofi won this SD by the way he worked that Gauntlet Match. Kofi killed it, and coming off a Royal Rumble Match where so many fans wanted to see Kofi win, I’d love to say that this is his time and he will win this match, but I don’t see that happening. That really burns my biscuits as they shouldn’t have built Kofi up as much as they have if they didn’t have a direction for him. Oh, wait, maybe Kofi should be in a US Championship Match at WrestleMania? That would be better than nothing, but still nothing near what he deserves. It breaks my heart that they will probably do nothing great with Kofi after he’s done so much recently, but that’s how things go. Things like Orton being the last out of his pod in the Elimination Chamber. Like having a part-time wrestler winning that spot really irks me. I know Orton isn’t really part-time, but he’s as close to it as anyone on the roster who is not Cena or BL. He shouldn’t even be in this match, but Bryan will plow right through Orton to retain his Captain Planet strap so that he can face whoever they come up with at WrestleMania. Personally, I think it needs to be Kofi.
Queen’s Predicted Winner – Daniel Bryan Danielson
Baron Botch: The New Daniel Bryan has been a real revelation. I don’t think there were many who knew just how good of a heel he could actually be. His transformation has been absolutely stunning and his title run has really been fun – even down to the redesign of the belt. Why is WWE not selling replicas of it, by the way? Oh well. Missed opportunity, it seems. The make-up of this match is rather odd. AJ Styles, of course, makes sense here and Samoa Joe definitely does too. Samoa Joe has been knocking on the door since he came to WWE but he never quite manages to get to the next level. Speaking of glass ceilings, until New Day, Kofi was hitting one too. He was getting nowhere. Years ago, he’d been engaged in a feud with then-champ Randy Orton, and it was going really well. Then, Randy decided that Kofi “wasn’t ready” or whatever and the feud ended with an inglorious thud. Orton was completely wrong, of course, but Kofi went back to the mid-card doing almost nothing until New Day formed. Things have been great for him since then but he was generally only seen as a part of a comedy act – one with substance in the ring to be sure but a comedy act nonetheless. This Tuesday evening, Kofi wasn’t playing. He beat Daniel Bryan, Jeff Hardy, & Samoa Joe in a brutal gauntlet match. AJ eventually submitted him but that was after Kofi had been in the ring for over an hour by then. He left it all out there – showing real heart and athleticism. Of course, we all knew he had it. That component risked not being a part of this match due to Mustafa Ali not being cleared to compete. Kofi is giving this match back its heart.
As for who’ll win, that’s a tough one as a few of these guys would make good winners. Samoa Joe, again, has never really been given the ball. He’s been absolutely brilliant on the mic and in the ring but hasn’t really taken the next step. This would do it for him for sure. Daniel hasn’t had the hemp title for that long so he’d benefit from keeping it a bit longer too. He’s just been so much fun this way so I’d love to see his run continue. Then, there’s Kofi. Can you imagine Kofi as champ. He gave this great promo after Smackdown Live! with Xavier & Big E. In it, he said, in short, his time is now and it’s gotta be now. If you want to watch it, you can do so (here). You should, too – it’s well worth watching. I know, I know, get on with it, Botch. Okay, I’m going to go with who I really want to see win this.
THE WINNAH and NEWWWWWWWWW! – Kofi Kingston
Duke Dre: KOFI BAMBYA! KOFI BAMBYA! KOFI BAMBYA! KOFI BAMBYA!
Okay okay I’m sorry for marking out their for a sec but that gutsy performance by Kofi on Smackdown last night really impressed me. Kofi took the ball and not only ran with it but he knocked it out of the freaking ballpark. He was nothing short of amazing in that gauntlet match last night. I’ve always had a soft spot for Kofi and still maintain that he should of went over at MITB last year.
Having said all that, I’m fairly certain Kofi isn’t winning this match but I fully expect him to have another strong showing here and maybe just maybe Kofi makes it to the final 2 (i’d be down to see Bryan/Kofi one-on-one at Mania)
Bryan is winning this and I say that with the utmost confidence. Orton and AJ look like they’re headed towards a program with each other that will lead into Mania so that cancels them out and Joe is in this match to provide the muscle. Jeff is in this match to provide some crazy spot but he’s probably the least likely to walk out of the chamber as champ.
The Winner: Daniel Bryan
Sovereign S.A.M.: It really does suck that Mustafa Ali has been forced out of this match due to injury because I think he would have pulled out something amazing in the Chamber itself. Kofi is a fine replacement since he has experience in this type of match, so he should have a good showing here. Given the participants, it feels really easy to narrow down who has a shot at winning here. Orton and Hardy are towards the end of their respective careers, so it doesn’t make sense for either to win here. It would be great to see Samoa Joe pick up the title here, but I don’t feel like WWE are ready to pull the trigger on that quite yet. Kofi would be a nice story, but I just don’t see them giving Kofi a title run anymore. That leaves AJ and Bryan as the most logical choices and a case could be made for either, but I choose the one who makes the most sense right now.
The Winner and Still WWE Champion: The New Daniel Bryan!!!
Magnate Mat: This was already an interesting and all star filled match, but an injury to Mustafa Ali changed the game and here comes Kofi Kingston. This is only his 2nd opportunity at a top WWE title in the 11 years he has been with the WWE. He lasted over an hour in the gauntlet match on SD Live this past week, could he? Might he win? Any other match maybe, but this is a match filled with future Hall Of Famers, 3 of the best technical wrestlers in the WWE, oh and Randy Orton too. Chamber matches are always tough to call because anything can and usually does happen. We are very close to WrestleMania so I do not expect any major shifts in the narrative here.
Winner: AND STILL WWE Champion – The NEW Daniel Bryan
Sir Mitch: Had you told me the day after WrestleMania 34 that in six months Daniel Bryan would be WWE’s biggest and best heel, I would have joked that you were smoking some VERY strong weed. Present day, Bryan is WWE’s best heel, and he’s carrying a title belt made of weed. Don’t you love just how crazily unpredictable pro wrestling can be?
All these guys can go, and after the AMAZING performance Kofi put in on Smackdown this week, I would be jumping for joy if he somehow went over here but I don’t see Bryan losing the coveted ten pounds of hemp so soon after introducing it.
Winner: Daniel Bryan
Elimination Chamber WWE Women’s Tag Team Match
Samoan Slaughterhouse (Nia Jax & Tamina) vs. Riott Squad (Liv Morgan & Sarah Logan) vs. Fire & Desire (Sonya Deville & Mandy Rose) vs. The IIconics (Peyton Royce & Billie Kay) vs. The Boss & Hug Connection (Sasha Banks & Bayley) vs. Fabulous Glow (Carmella & Naomi)
Queen KB: From day one, we have influenced to believe that Sasha and Bayley would be winning these straps the first time around. Personally, it’s so obvious that I cannot throw that way. Further, there have been so many rumors about Sasha being injured that I have to wonder what the real plan actually is. Now the WWE says that she’s not injured, and we have seen them work us like this before to try to throw us off the real path, but I think they’ve messed with Sasha and Bayley for so long, and the Samoan Slaughterhouse is a team that could take out any of the other teams, and hopefully they do take out the IIconics, and I know I’m not alone on that one. It makes complete sense for them to win and run with the straps for a bit. It just feels right to me.
Queen’s Predicted Winner – Samoan Slaughterhouse
Baron Botch: This really has been a long time coming. We’re well out of the Divas era and into the Women’s Revolution so this is a welcome sight for sure. All of these women can go in the ring. As a result, this should be a really fun match. Unlike the previous match, one could make a pretty strong case for any of these teams to take the gold. Of course, there can only be one. It’d be easy to go with Samoan Slaughterhouse as Nia & Tamina are just so much bigger than everyone else so it’d make sense for them to win here. Still, they haven’t really been a thing for that long. The Riott Squad and The IIconics have been together for quite some time so they’d make sense as the inaugural champs. I’d much rather have gotten the feud between Sasha & Bayley that we were teased with some time back. That really could have been fun and I’d much prefer that to them as a tag team. Fabulous Glow is brand new but they’re fun together so I wouldn’t be mad at at that either. I’m not so sure of Fire & Desire – not as the first champs. I’m not sure they’re ready just yet. Sonya is only now finding her personality, though Mandy’s had hers for quite some time.
Who wins? I’ve been bouncing between two teams: Boss & Hug and Samoan Slaughterhouse. The verdict? Gotta go with size here…
THE WINNAH and NEWWWWWWWWW! – Samoan Slaughterhouse
Duke Dre: I’ve really gone back & forth all week on this one. The WWE has done a good job of making the outcome here somewhat unpredictable. Bayley/Sasha and Nia/Tamina are likely one of the two teams who will walk out of the chamber with those tag titles and that makes perfect sense. Mandy/Sonya and The IIonics have an outside shot. Naomi/Carmella were thrown together at the last minute so they aren’t likely and I don’t see a scenario where Liv & Sarah get strapped.
I’m rolling the dice on Sasha and Bayley here. I believe the bond and friendship between them will be put over big time in this match, they’ll be the first enter and they will survive, and overcome the odds.
The Winner – Bayley/Sasha
Sovereign S.A.M.: Of all the matches for Elimination Chamber, this has been the one that has given me the toughest of time. A case can be made for any one of these teams, so it makes my choice that much harder. Nia and Tamina have to be the favorites going in, so it is really tempting to pick them. The IIconics could be a strong contender if they were booked better and Naomi and Carmella are too new of a team. I would strongly consider the Riott Squad if Ruby was in the match, but she isn’t so I think I can scratch them off. Bayley and Sasha were my first choice, but I wonder if the injury angle with Sasha is something more than that. Mandy and Sonya have grown leaps and bounds and we have all heard the stories that Vince loves Mandy Rose, so they have a good shot at winning.
The Winners and Inaugural WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions: Bayley & Sasha Banks!!!
Magnate Mat: Rumors had been swirling for months about the WWE introducing women’s tag team titles..FOR MONTHS. Then they were announced rather oddly during a taped RAW on Christmas Eve. Anyways, qualifiying matches were held and the match was set up and here we are. This is a match with teams from both shows (RAW and SD), and there are still rumors that these titles will be defended across NXT as well, but who knows. This can go a number of ways. The only two legit teams in this thing, in my opinion are the Riott Squad and the IIconics, everyone else is hanging out for the sake of it, but expect a fun match none the less.
Winner: AND I CAN’T BELIEVE I’M TYPING THIS YOUR FIRST WWE WOMENS TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS – THE IICONICS
Sir Mitch: History will be made inside the Chamber when WWE will declare the very first (if you exclude Velvet McIntyre and Princess Victoria) Women’s Tag Team Champions! This moment is honestly long overdue, and I have no doubt this match will be the main event. It will steal the show and I honestly can’t wait to see it.
As far as picking the winners, I’ve been saying even before the titles were announced (hell, before they were even a tag team) that Nia Jax and Tamina were likely to be the women’s tag team champs in WWE. I’m sticking to that prediction!
Winner: Nia Jax and Tamina
Intercontinental Championship Match
Bobby Lashley |c| & Lio Rush vs. Finn Bálor
Queen KB: I would love to see Balor holding this strap, or any strap for that matter, but I don’t see it happening here. As much as I love Balor, Lashley has Lio Rush and little happens with Lashley that doesn’t involved Rush these days. Even though Rush is in this match, it’s not like he’s going to be fighting against Lashley at all, for any reason. It’s way too early for them to split, so unless Balor is able to pin Rush with Lashley too far away to make the save, Balor has no chance. Then again, the arrogance of Lashley and Rush makes me think that Balor might have a chance this time around. Actually, Balor being Balor, he has more of a chance to win than most others. I’m thinking Balor can pull this out because of the arrogance of Lashley and Rush. This will drive them crazy that they lost the strap to Balor, making things that much more fun moving forward.
Queen’s Predicted Winner & new IC Champion – Finn Balor
Baron Botch: This feud hasn’t been amazing. I wanted it to be and it could have been but it really just hasn’t worked for me. It is right for Lashley to be champ and he owes it all to Lio – hence the reason Lio is in the match too. Lio is the mouthpiece that Lashley desperately needed. Lio is the keeper of all of the charisma and edge on that side of the fence. Finn is, of course, the heart here. As for who wins, I’m kind of nonplussed here. Finn really should be in the main event, IMHO. It’s what we’d all like to see. Lashley was brought in to be there but he was pretty underwhelming until Lio showed up. Lashley hasn’t had the title that long so I don’t think he’ll drop it here – certainly not with Lio tagging with him.
THE WINNAH AND STILL! – Bobby Lashley and his boy, Lio
Duke Dre: Both guys could really benefit from the win here. Balor seems long overdue for some type of title run (he hasn’t held gold since he forfeited the Universal title the day after Summerslam in 2016). Lashley could use the win as well as he hasn’t been the IC Champ very long. I’m picking Lashley here because he would look really bad losing in this situation when he’ll have Lio by his side in this match too. This program will run into Fastlane where Finn will finally get the IC strap but this Sunday I’m picking Lashley and Lio.
The Winner – Bobby Lashley & Lio Rush
Sovereign S.A.M.: I don’t recall the last time we had a handicap match for an individual title and I wonder why we don’t see it more often. Finn has been in the midst of a push and has been racking up the wins. Lio Rush and Lashley have found a new gear ever since dropping the whole posing part of their gimmick and are pushing how dominant Lashley is. That is something Impact did well to get Lashley over during his last run there and nice to see WWE take a cue from them. Now that I type that, I cannot believe I said that. Back to this match and I think this could be a sleeper hit and could feature some good back and forth between the participants. Lio is stellar in the ring and I hope he is allowed to show it here. I actually think Lio and Lashley could be an interesting tag team if they decided to have them go in that direction because we don’t see many small man and big dude combinations in WWE anymore in the tag division. I think this rivalry is just getting started and this will continue all the way to Wrestlemania.
The Winners and Still Intercontinental Champion: Bobby Lashley and Lio Rush
Magnate Mat: Finn Balor should be the Universal Champion, but that’s not the story we are getting so we’ll talk about this instead. Since putting Lio Rush with Bobby Lashley, Lashley has been in impressive form and the dominant athlete the WWE knows, and Rush is a pretty good mouthpiece. Since taking the Intercontinental Championship, Lashley hasn’t really defending it against anyone of note, until Balor. The IC Title has been the main title on RAW, no matter what Paul Heyman tells you and if Balor can’t be the Universal Champion, holding the most presitigious title in WWE isn’t a bad. A fun wrinkle has been added, if Balor pins Rush, he wins the title.
Winner: AND NEW Intercontinental Champion – Finn Balor
Sir Mitch: Bobby Lashley’s second run in WWE is proving to be just as uninspiring as his first. Putting Lio Rush with him as his hype man has helped a little in the short run, but long term, it’s going to do a lot for Lio!
Let me give a brief history lesson. In early 20th century Melbourne, Australia, there was a gangster by the name of Joe Taylor who went by the unfortunate nickname “Squizzy” which is Australian slang for diarrhea. He had this moniker due to being an annoying jerk that drove most in the criminal underworld crazy. “Squizzy” would hang around bigger and tougher gangsters early in his criminal career to establish contacts and gain a reputation not just as an annoying jerk but as a sly bootlegger and bookmaker. It wasn’t too long before “Squizzy” pushed out the bigger, tougher gangsters in Melbourne and his name is still infamous nearly a century after his death.
Lio Rush, both the character and the man behind it reminds me of “Squizzy” Taylor. He is very much a small, loudmouthed jerk that people wish they could reach into their TV screens and throttle him. However, the whole time he’s played Lashley’s hype man, all most people talk about is him. Just something to think about.
As for this match itself, I hope Finn goes over because he hasn’t been pushed seriously in nearly two years!
Winner: Finn Balor
Raw Women’s Championship Match
Ronda Rousey vs. Ruby Riott
Queen KB: I love Ruby and truly believe that she is being held back by her Riott Squad. Ruby is an amazing talent who could absolutely destroy Ronda in a wrestling ring, though would have her hair handed to her in an MMA fight. I’m guessing that Logan and Morgan won’t be ringside for this one as they will be in the Elimination Chamber Match, so that will make this one into fairer fight than the Riott Squad has been in since debuting. Seeing Ruby without her sidekicks will be interesting, and something I hope to see more of in the future. I know that this is a great step for Ruby, but it feels like more of an afterthought at this point. They’ve done little to push this match as all eyes are on WrestleMania. Fingers crossed that this match is as good as I know it can be, and that Ronda doesn’t rush it. Also keeping my fingers crossed that the WWE realizes that Ruby is a top superstar and should be booked as such. After all this love for Ruby, I don’t think there is any question that Ronda will retain in this match. She has to win to set up for the main event at WrestleMania.
Queen’s Predicted Winner – Ronda Rousey
Baron Botch: This one hasn’t been treated like it matters. Everyone is looking ahead to Ronda vs. Becky (yeah, I know, but I really think we’re still gonna get some form of that match – even if Charlotte is still in it). Ruby is a star for sure. Her ring work is exceptional and she has charisma for years. She’s truly great and when WWE is ready to pull the trigger, she will absolutely be ready. Unfortunately, it’s clear that now is not that time. They have put almost nothing into this match to make me care about it. All of the storyline involving Ronda has been about Becky. Heck, they didn’t even have them face off until after Raw went off the air this Monday when the Riott Squad faced off against Rousey & The Man to send the crowd home happy after Vince & Charlotte beautifully upset everyone. WWE has to know how foregone this conclusion is. Here’s hoping they find some way to make this interesting.
THE WINNAH AND STILL! – Ronda Rousey
Duke Dre: Why even bother writing a long review for this. Ronda is defending the title at WrestleMania, hell the only time this match up even got any build up was after RAW had already went off the air. This feels like the equivalent of Mike Tyson/Peter McNeely.
The Winner – Ronda Rousey
Sovereign S.A.M.: If I was to put all my money on one match, this would be it. I love Ruby Riott immensely and I think she can be a player in the women’s division for years to come but her time isn’t now sadly. There is no chance that Ronda is dropping this title before Wrestlemania so there is no drama in this match. I am sure it will be a good one since Ruby is a tremendous worker, but the result is all too obvious.
The Winner and Still Raw Women’s Champion: Ronda Rousey!!
Magnate Mat: Everyone and their mum is looking past this match to WrestleMania because that is what happens this time of the year, and also because of the white-hot storyline between Rousey and The Man – everyone, that is, except one Ruby Riott. I have sung the praises of Ruby Riott and will continue to do so. She is put in big matches and has performed admirably, and while I think she will be a women’s champion, it just won’t happen right now, but she just might get the win by DQ or some other shenanigans.
Winner: BY DQ or something – Ruby Riott, but Ronda is still champ
Sir Mitch: This one is another random match. They needed to give Ronda an opponent for this show while Vince and company decide who she will main event WrestleMania with (PLEASE just pick Becky and leave Charlotte out of it). Ruby Riott is a very out of the blue choice. However, with most of the women in the main roster tied up in the first women’s tag champions storyline, Ruby was the only one left who Ronda hadn’t worked with yet.
We all know Ruby is going to go under here and that’s fine (she’ll get a nice rub from being in that spot regardless) but I would have liked some sort of build up to this match.
Winner: Ronda Rousey
Smackdown Tag Team Championship Match
The Best Tag Team in the World (Shane McMahon & The Miz) vs. The Usos (Jimmy Uso & Jey Uso)
Queen KB: It’s way too early for Shane and Miz to break up their New World’s Greatest Tag Team! I don’t think any of us think this team will last long, and most of us expect them to implode before WrestleMania so that they can face off in a high flying match on the grandest stage of them all, but until it all starts crumbling they need to retain the straps. That means that somehow, probably something absurd, Shane and Miz will have to retain over the twins. I’m not sure what sort of craziness they will get into in this match to retain it, but there will be a lot of Miz egging Shane on and Shane flying through the air in a way that makes us all cringe because of his age. All that being said, I will be on the edge of my seat through this entire match!
Queen’s Predicted Winner – New World’s Greatest Tag Team
Baron Botch: Here’s another one that hasn’t gotten tremendous build. Shane & Miz are fun together. The talk show segment this week was fun, though Miz runs at a higher comedic level than Shane does so they don’t quite fit together in situations like that. They created some fun tension between both teams and Shane will do what he has to do to hold up his end of the bargain for sure…and we all know what that means. I’ve always liked The Usos but they are getting a bit stale. Still, they’ll give us one heck of a match. The Miz is always ready to go and he will be here too.
Who wins? Shane & Miz haven’t had the titles that long and The Usos have nothing to gain by winning them back this fast so…
THE WINNAH AND STILL! – The Best Tag Team in the World
Duke Dre: I was really down on the idea of Miz being paired with Shane in the beginning because I was really hoping to see Miz standing across the ring from Daniel Bryan on the night of WrestleMania but due to how convincing both Miz and Shane have been together so far, I’m completely into this program now. Their interactions together have been great so far and have felt really genuine.
Most are expecting Shane and Miz to implode before Mania but my gut is telling me that this new alliance will run past Mania. This match may very well steal the show on Sunday. Shane and Miz are winning this.
The Winner – Shane/Miz
Sovereign S.A.M.: I will start off by saying that the Usos are my favorite tag team going right now and I truly believe they are the best in the world. That being said, I have no idea what to expect from this match and I kind of love that. The Miz and Shane have gelled in a “buddy cop movie” kind of way and it makes them all the more entertaining. It is hard to bet against them because there is clearly going to be a big breakup and it will just be a matter of when and not if. I think this could be a fun match if everybody just sits back to enjoy it rather than being overly-critical of it.
The Winners and Still Smackdown Tag Team Champions: McMiz!!!
Magnate Mat: This thing with Miz and Shane has been a weird running thread since Crown Jewel and the “Best In The World” tournament. Miz talking Shane into being his tag team partner as some sort of weird validation. It’s been odd but it seems to have worked…until now. The Usos are multiple time tag team champs, the longest tenured tag team on the WWE roster, and are easily the WWEs most decorated tag team of this era. It will probably be a better match than expected as Shane brings 110% and will most likely jump off something, but I expect The Usos to win and bring some normality back to the tag team division.
Winner: AND NEW SD Tag Team Champions – The Usos
Sir Mitch: I still for the life of me don’t understand the point of this storyline between the Miz and Shane. It is the most random and pointless thing I’ve seen on WWE TV in some time (which is really saying something).
I’m going to pick my heart over my head and go for the Usos in this one just so this angle might finally end!
Winner: The Usos
Braun Strowman vs. Baron Corbin
Queen KB: I feel like we have seen this match more often than not, and both of these guys deserve better than this boring feud. I love Braun, and have been blown away by Corbin in the GM role, but this hasn’t been working for them and Braun should be fighting for the Universal Championship. Braun should be in the main event, but they’ve booked him so badly that it will take some serious building to bring him back to where he should be. Corbin should be working higher than he is now as well, but since losing the GM he’s been booked a mess too. Because of all this, and how many times we have seen these two fighting, I don’t really care about this one, but will go for the person who really needs to be pushed harder, so this win could only help him.
Queen’s Predicted Winner – Braun Strowman
Baron Botch: Corbin put Strowman on the shelf for a bit by brutalizing him. That gets us here to this match. These are two very big guys that can go. That alone will give us a different kind of match than we’ll get elsewhere during this PPV. The word I’m hearing is that Braun’s knees aren’t in the best shape but he’ll still do what he needs to do. We’ll know more when we get the inevitable run around the ring into a clothesline on Baron or whoever comes out to the ring to give us the dirty finish we’ll likely get.
THE WINNAH! – Braun Strowman (by DQ)
Sovereign S.A.M.: I honestly have no excitement for this match whatsoever. Strowman has lost all momentum due to poor booking decisions and I believe it will be some time before he gets it back. Corbin has come into his own as a heel but this matchup doesn’t do anything for his character. These two have been feuding on and off for months so I guess this could be the blow-off match, but I don’t think that will be the case. I really have no idea what to expect from this match, but I hope it is more than a bathroom break match.
The Winner by DQ: Baron Corbin!
Duke Dre: I feel like this feud has been dragging on for awhile now. Both Corbin and Strowman seem like they are stuck in a holding place here until creative figures out what to do with the both of them for Mania. Baron for the most part has seemed to be a step ahead of Strowman but I think that’ll end on Sunday especially with the no DQ. Braun will completely destroy Corbin to the delight of the fans.
The Winner – Braun Strowman
Magnate Mat: Corbin is still hanging around despite being removed as RAW GM or interim RAW GM, or RAW GM Elect (yeah that was a thing). I think this is the match to get Braun back on the legit monster path. He’s going to run through Corbin like a hot knife through butter, or like one of his famous Chipotle orders. Corbin might want to buy an extra vest or something. Oh, and as of this writing, the match has been made a No DQ match, so there’s that
Winner: Braun Strowman
Sir Mitch: This is another storyline I am completely checked out on. The whole thing just feels like something to fill air time on Raw each week and does NOTHING to progress either worker in WWE. It’s boredom personified honestly.
I don’t care who goes over, and I don’t anyone does.
Winner: Who Cares
Cruiserweight Championship Match
Buddy Murphy vs. Akira Tozawa
Queen KB: I feel like a broken record writing about a lot of these matches. I keep saying that I love one person but have to go with the other, because that’s the way things have been going or need to go, and this match is another of the same. I really like Tozawa and would love to see him win this one, but Murphy is fantastic and honestly should hold the strap until WrestleMania. It will be horrible if Murphy is on the Kick Off to WrestleMania, especially since the actual show is so long, but I figure that is where the Cruiserweight Championship Match will land in April. That’s a long way of saying that Mitch should retain here and continue to do so, at least, until WrestleMania.
Queen’s Predicted Winner – Buddy Murphy
Baron Botch: Ah, this’ll be fun. Akira’s character has been tweaked a bit lately thanks to Brian Kendrick doing the bulk of the talking so that’s made him more fun. Buddy’s last promo on this week’s “205 Live” was really good. He keeps getting better there all the time. I have no doubt that this match will be incredible amounts of fun and we’ll get all they have – even if it’s on the Kick-Off. Buddy has had the title for a very long time. Akira has held the belt before but it’s been a while. Is this the match where Buddy finally re-learns life without a title? I think it just might be. After all, who else can he face other than Humberto Carrillo? It’s not really time for that yet and he’s beaten everyone else I can think of.
THE WINNAH and NEWWWWWWWWW! – Akira Tozawa
Duke Dre: I’m happy to see Tozawa getting another shot at the Cruiserweight title. I really enjoyed his mini push he was getting in mid/late 2017 when he was feuding with Neville and being managed by Titus. I kind of wish Titus World Wide was still a thing because it was helping Akira connect with fans a bit. I don’t think Akira wins but I’m glad he’s getting showcased on PPV. As for Sir Mit…I mean Buddy Murphy I except him to carry the title into the early Summer.
Sovereign S.A.M.: Boy oh boy should this match be fun and entertaining as heck. Buddy is pretty much the king right now over on 205 Live, so it is hard to see who will dethrone him. He has turned away every challenger that has come before him and done so in sensational fashion. Tozawa is someone I want to like more than I do but I can never figure out why that is the case. I think this could be the hardest test for Murphy so far and one that could see plenty of near falls. I hope this doesn’t get relegated to the kickoff show because they deserve a spot on the main pay-per-view.
The Winner and Still Cruiserweight Champion: Sir Mitch!!
Magnate Mat: For the past year and change, 205 Live has been a consistently excellent piece of WWE programming. Good feuds, great wrestling and while the story between Tozawa and Murphy has been brief, it still is going to be an intriguing matchup. Tozawa is a former CW champ and Buddy Murphy has easily been the best champ the brand has had to date.
Winner: AND STILL Cruiserweight Champion – Buddy Murphy
Sir Mitch: If WWE really wanted to increase 205 Live’s viewership, they would stop putting the Cruiserweight Title matches on the pre-show! Both these guys rarely put on bad matches, and I’m sure they tear the house down here.
As far as picking a winner goes, I’m going for Murphy as I don’t see his title reign ending until WrestleMania.
Winner: Buddy Murphy
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