WWE Elimination Chamber 2018 predictions, picks, card for the Raw PPV
Going head-to-head with predictions for Sunday's Elimination Chamber, WWE's final Raw pay-per-view
The Road to WrestleMania 34 hits Las Vegas on Sunday as Raw presents its final branded pay-per-view from the T-Mobile Arena. 2018 Elimination Chamber features a short card but should be heavy on the action with not one but two signature matches on the show.
It all goes down live beginning at 7 p.m. ET with the one-hour kickoff show prior to the main card beginning at 8 p.m. ET. Only four matches and Ronda Rousey's official contract signing have been announced at this time, but there will surely be at least one more over the coming days.
CBS Sports will offer live coverage of WWE Elimination Chamber on Sunday. For now, take a look at our predictions for the matches that have already been announced for the card.
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2018 WWE Elimination Chamber predictions
Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson vs. The Miztourage (Kickoff Show)
Tag Team Championship: The Bar (c) vs. Titus Worldwide
Adam Silverstein: On one hand, it's clear Titus Worldwide is not the same caliber tag team as The Bar, which has been tremendous ever since put together by Mick Foley. On the other, it would be great for another team to get some shine on Raw with Seth Rollins (thankfully) out of partners and no clear direction for Sheamus & Cesaro entering WrestleMania 34. I see no reason why WWE cannot put forth a title change on Sunday night even if they turnaround and put the titles back on The Bar just 24 hours later. Pick: Titus Worldwide wins the titles
Brian Campbell: Despite a long resume of great matches on the title level since first teaming up in the aftermath of SummerSlam 2016, The Bar haven't been involved in many storylines worth remembering. It's about time they do, in part to help with the over saturation that came from too many televised matches against Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns over the past year. This specific build hasn't been great against Titus Worldwide, but at least there's something to build on as Titus O'Neil and Apollo have twice enjoyed upset victories of late on Raw, setting off wild celebrations from the mid-card duo. Giving them a brief run with the belts, with the goal of showcasing Apollo for a future singles push after his initial run failed, wouldn't be the worst idea. Pick: Titus Worldwide wins the titles
Matt Hardy vs. Bray Wyatt
BC: Outside of a borderline squash match victory for Wyatt at Raw 25 in January (which made viewers question if the feud was complete), WWE creative really hasn't done much to advance this angle. The lack of a story certainly hurts the expectations for Sunday as each superstar has merely traded catchphrases in their dueling promos. The real suspense here is whether Jeff Hardy, who is reportedly close to being medically cleared, will make an appearance and revive some version of the Brother Nero character he played in TNA opposite his once "Broken" brother. Pick: Matt Hardy wins
AS: It's really difficult to say what will happen here considering how terribly Hardy's character and this feud has been developed. Wyatt was the WWE champion a year ago, running a pretty hot feud with Randy Orton until WWE decided to get all campy with his gimmick, have him drop the title and then embroil him in a year's worth of awful storylines. It would make sense to me for Wyatt to go over here and Hardy to win a rematch of some sort with a stipulation at WrestleMania 34. Pick: Bray Wyatt wins
Asuka vs. Nia Jax
Asuka's extensive undefeated streak is on the line. If Jax wins, she will get added to the Raw women's championship match at WrestleMania 34.
AS: Chances that Jax ends the undefeated streak of Asuka, who just won the Royal Rumble and is primed for a main event run, at a B-level PPV? Zero. Point. Zero. This is as convoluted a match as WWE has put together this year. There was no reason to put a title opportunity on the line here, basically giving Jax (who wins 20 percent of her televised matches, an absurdity figure someone with her size and strength) a better opportunity at the title than the women in the Elimination Chamber match later int he night. Book better. Pick: Asuka wins
BC: The time and effort put into building Asuka's unbeaten streak from NXT through her Raw debut leaves little suspense as to the result of this match. What's important is how they get there and what that ultimately means for the paths of both superstars entering WrestleMania. Considering the stipulation that a victory for Jax adds her to a triple threat title match, it wouldn't be out of the question to see Raw women's champion Alexa Bliss advance her storyline panic enough to have a hand in Jax losing. A spinoff feud of Bliss-Jax, who are best friends in real life and have strong chemistry, would do well considering their storyline relationship as frenemies. It would also give Jax an opportunity for a WrestleMania moment by winning her first title. Either way, the prediction here is clear as WWE would be smart to save Asuka's first loss for a major PPV against someone like Charlotte Flair or Ronda Rousey. Pick: Asuka wins
Women's Championship -- Elimination Chamber: Alexa Bliss (c) vs. Sasha Banks vs. Bayley vs. Mickie James vs. Mandy Rose vs. Sonya Deville
BC: Considering we don't know exactly which direction WWE is headed at WrestleMania in terms of women's title matches, including which champion inaugural Royal Rumble winner Asuka will face, this match has all the makings to be fun. It will also be interesting to see how the participants can raise their game considering the pressure to make the first women's match of its kind as beloved as the men's version. WWE has done well to put over Absolution as a believable stable in ways it hasn't with the Riott Squad on SmackDown. But the real debate here as far as who wins likely comes down to Bliss and Banks. Considering a title change at WrestleMania would be a bigger moment for the division, there's reason to believe we won't see one on Sunday. If that's the case, the recent storyline of the uneasy alliance between Bliss and Mickie James could be key to the finish. Pick: Alexa Bliss retains the title
AS: In title matches dating back to 2011, the champion has won Elimination Chamber on five of six occasions. That should be the case here as well. While I think a title change on Raw is long overdue and would book Banks coming out with the title (setting up a spectacular Banks-Asuka match at WrestleMania 34), I think we are in for a twist. Think back to 2009 No Way Out when Edge lost the WWE title an Elimination Chamber match early int he night, then barricaded himself in the world heavyweight championship Chamber match later in the evening, ultimately winning the title there. I think there's a good chance we see an angry Jax do just that and either steal the title for Bliss or upset her best friend by attempting to do so. A Banks heel turn has been teased repeatedly over the last year, and it could pay off in this match leading to a long-awaited Banks-Bayley main roster feud and WrestleMania match. And while I do want Banks to win, maybe it's better that she not suffer through yet another excruciatingly short title reign. Pick: Alexa Bliss retains the title
Elimination Chamber: Roman Reigns vs. John Cena vs. Braun Strowman vs. The Miz vs. Elias vs. Seth Rollins vs. Finn Balor
The winner of this match becomes the No. 1 contender for the universal title and will face Brock Lesnar for the championship at WrestleMania 34.
AS: If you didn't know already that Reigns was going to win this match, his clean loss to Rollins in the first part of the seven-man gauntlet match Monday night on Raw should've alerted you to the reality. Simpy put, it would be shocking if WWE spent the last 11 months building to Lesnar-Reigns only to change course at the last minute. As BC mentions below, we could see three or four WrestleMania matches develop out of the Chamber. The only other legitimate option would be Cena, but the Lesnar-Cena program has been done and would leave Reigns without an obvious opponent save a rematch with The Undertaker. WWE could swerve us, but this is the easiest prediction of any match since last year's WrestleMania. Pick: Roman Reigns wins
BC: The fact that dirt sheets and WWE booking have spent the last 10 months setting the table for Lesnar-Reigns at WrestleMania 34, there isn't a ton of expectations we will see a swerve in this one. Because of that, the main intrigue centers upon which feuds will get kick-started ahead of "The Show of Shows," including potential for Miz-Strowman and Rollins-Balor. The storyline of Cena's fear that he's juggling too much outside the ring and he only has one avenue toward a WrestleMania match has also been well told and could play into the finish should he get eliminated first or make a strong run only to come up short in the final two. Although it's very unlikely, the biggest swerve pop would be a Strowman win. At the very least, it will be interesting to see how WWE books his elimination considering how monstrously over he currently is. Pick: Roman Reigns wins
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Leon White wrestled everywhere and was a major star in Japan during his long career
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WWE ended up protecting its traditional home turf in the end
Cass had just returned from injury following WrestleMania 34
Rousey was dealt a storyline 30-day suspension for her antics on a hot edition of Raw