Who will walk out of the Elimination Chamber with the WWE Championship?
The Elimination Chamber is perhaps the most unique contest in professional wrestling. It combines elements of the War Games match, Hell in a Cell, and even a nod to WCW's old "Tower of Doom" contest, and usually ups the ante by including a championship title on the line.
It might be hard to believe, but the Elimination Chamber match is almost twenty years old. The chamber matches began in 2002 and was the brainchild of then-WWE employee Eric Bischoff.
By adding in a random element--no one knows which superstar will enter the match or at what time--it has become one of the most exciting and highly anticipated events in pro wrestling today.
This year's Elimination Chamber event will determine who will walk into Wrestlemania 35 as the WWE Champion, meaning the stakes are higher than ever before. We will examine the six competitors, and rate their chances for walking out the victor.
Participant #1: Daniel Bryan
Real name: Brian Lloyd Danielson
Years in the pro wrestling business: 20 (Ring General)
Career Accolades: PWG World champion 2x, Ring of Honor Pure Champion 1x, Ring of Honor World Champion 1x, WWE Grand Slam champion, and over thirty different regional and international titles in both singles and tag team divisions, as well as tournament victories all over the world. Definitely the most highly decorated competitor in the Elimination Chamber Match.
Daniel Bryan is one of the most unlikely WWE superstars of all time. He's 'too small,' got his start on the independent scene rather than WWE's developmental territories, and is known to be quite particular about how he wants his matches to be booked.
That being said, he is also one of the most consistently solid performers and a veritable cult of personality, with all respect to CM Punk. The odds are stacked against him at Elimination Chamber, but can he walk out still holding the gold...er, wood?
Chances of winning the Elimination Chamber: 50-50. Daniel Bryan is enjoying a career renaissance and is one of the most technically skilled athletes in WWE. His recent push back into the world title picture is in its infancy, so he has a good chance of remaining the champion. However, with five other wrestlers all fighting inside the domed cage, he has an uphill battle ahead of him.