Normally, you could just eliminate any chance of Shawn Michaels going over for the title in the Elimination Chamber since he's no longer a full time wrestler. But, if ever there was a time for it to happen, this could be it.
He could go over here and lose the belt back to HHH at Royal Rumble.
They could also do another injury angle and bring Shawn back for a long awaited revenge match vs. HHH at WrestleMania.
Or, they could do a swerve and have Shawn help HHH win the match.
Is there another wrestler in this match, besides Shawn, that you could see go over HHH for the title?
Booker T-Time to dust off the old saying "Don't hate the playa,hate the game" and bring a lively feud. Chances I say are better then most since they need a star face.
RVD-Hey,get him some promo time,and start having him actually showing he wants the belt and such. His chances are about bookers.
Jericho-I think he needs to loose the tag belts to The New Good Ol' JR first.
Kane-...not sure either
Most likely I think the game will retain at this point...then agian we have plenty of time till Survivor Series.
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Originally posted by The 5th HorsemanActually, if it's an elimination style match, he would have to lose.
He'd have to be eliminated at some point, which is the same as losing. It's just that he could lose to a 5-on-1 situation, thus not actually losing face.
However, to me, the obvious choice would be to go with Booker T winning with Chris Jericho as the final person eliminated. This continues the Booker T/Jericho feud and sets up the already made Booker T/Scott Steiner feud.
I hate to say it, but booking logically, HHH should win. A face winning(Booker, Kane, RVD) would be too sudden. HHH probably wouldn't lay down for any of them, so they would just look like lame duck champions. As far as Michaels goes, the more I think about it, and considering the current state of Raw, he may just be able to convince Vince that giving him the title would be a good idea.
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Right now, I'm still too busy digesting the enormity of this Elimination Chamber match to make any sort of prediction.
In these sorts of matches, though, the champion is always (if not the winner) one of the last two guys remaining. So if Triple H loses the title, I think it's somewhat safe to say that he'll lose the title to the guy who pins him.
Then again, this is Triple H we're talking about.
So, we've got Triple H, Kane, RVD, Chris Jericho, Shawn Michaels and Booker T. If anyone wins other than The Game, I'll be pleasantly surprised. So I probably won't necessarily be rooting for anyone, simply against Triple H.
Having said that... if I had to pick someone to root for, it would have to be the 5-time, 5-time, 5-time, 5-time, 5-time WCW Champion.
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Personally I would LOVE to see HBK with the belt one last time (hey, beats a Hogan reign any day of the week). Then again, HBK is probably the one most likely to turn heel out of the face participants. What I really hope happens is Kane turns heel (it could work, think about it), and Booker wins the belt. I don't think that result is out of the question (I'm thinking of DDP's first WCW title win).
I think Shawn has a very good chance of winning. I also think that Booker T doesn't. Somebody brought up Montreal, so why don't I bust out my reason for Chris Jericho to win!
1. Chris Jericho (duh) 2. More than one person that isn't Chris Jericho 3. Late in the year 4. World Title
You see, it works! But if I had to put money on it I'd say that HBK walks out the champ after beating Triple H. I would then go on to say that HBK forfeits the title (he can't wrestle frequently enough) leading to a 32-man tournament culminating at the Royal Rumble. At the Royal Rumble, the 30 people who lost in the tournament make up the 30-man field, with the winner getting a shot at the title at WrestleMania. This of course assumes that the brands won't be mixed for the RR and maybe, just maybe, we'll have two next year. Or they split the PPV's with Raw getting RR. I don't care how they do it, this would be a good idea.
Why do I watch? Because every episode has the potential to be the best one ever, and I'll be DAMNED if I'm gonna miss that one after sitting through this shit.
The only way they could have a RAW exclusive Royal Rumble with 30 competitors is if they had some of the women compete in it as well and didn't have any other Raw matches on the card. There aren't 30 healthy male workers on the Raw roster at the moment. Granted, they have at least 2 more waiting to appear as a result of the Big Show trade, but I can't see them putting their entire roster into a single match and leaving the entire rest of the card to Smackdown.
My early thought is that Kane could turn heel by attacking HBK next week (the reason would be that HBK stole his thunder last night on Raw). Kane turns heel, the necro storyline is stopped, and now it's three faces vs. three heels for the EC. HBK gets revenge at SurSer by eliminating Kane, right before walking into a Pedigree by HHH, and HHH retains.
I do think that HBK has a chance of winning, but it's not likely.
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The good news is that none of seem to "know" who is going to win, which is a change. We actually believe that someone might beat HHH which means that TV is good enough again to make us interested in the ppv. Maybe business is on an upswing.
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Jericho -- 20:1. Honestly, he's being put in there just to make everyone else look better. However, it doesn't hurt that he has history with almost every other competitor in the match. He's currently feuding with Booker, he beat RVD for the IC title, has longstanding issues with HHH, and lost the IC title to Kane (and also spilled coffee on the big lug). The only one who Jericho has never been in the ring with before is HBK. He's practically the thread that holds the story of this match together. Unfortunately, he's been booked like a chump the better part of the year, which doesn't make him look very strong going in.
RVD -- 12:1. He's flashy, he's got style and takes the big bumps. But I still don't get a "should be main-eventing PPVs" vibe from RVD yet.
Kane -- 10:1. He doesn't even really seem to care about being champ anymore.
HBK -- 5:1. If anyone would be able to get the title after only wrestling one other match this year, it'd be HBK. Heck, they shot it to Hogan, and he LOST his first singles match back. HBK holds a win over the champ, and the fact that he's returning already makes it easy to envision a five-month run with the belt before losing his retirement match at Mania.
Booker T -- 3:1. He'll go down looking like a million bucks, but he'll still go down. I wouldn't be surprised to have a returning Scott Steiner interfere in this match and cost the FIVE-TIME, FIVE-TIME, FIVE-TIME, FIVE-TIME, FIVE-TIME WCW champ this match, as payback for Booker's beating Steiner to become 5-time champ. However, the win will only come after Booker already has HHH down for an effective 3-count.
HHH -- 2:1. Forget nepotism. I see HHH winning for the same reasons that Kurt Angle won the 6-man HitC at Armageddon during his first title win. There's no reason to move the title to anyone else... yet.
I'd like to see Flair choose now to turn on HHH and help out Booker T, just so we can hear a face Flair call himself the Sixteen, Sixteen, Sixteen, Sixteen, Sixteen, Sixteen, Sixteen, Sixteen, Sixteen, Sixteen, Sixteen, Sixteen, Sixteen, Sixteen, Sixteen, Sixteen Time World Champion just once.
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