WWE Elimination Chamber 2019: 3 possible replacements for Mustafa Ali
Last week on Smackdown, Mustafa Ali faced Randy Orton in a really good match. However, he suffered a black eye after a stomp gone wrong from Orton. He was still good to go, but he then suffered a concussion over the weekend in a match against Samoa Joe. This means that he has been removed from the WWE Championship match at Elimination Chamber, which is this Sunday. This puts WWE in a tricky spot on what to do. They have less than a week to find a replacement for Ali in the Chamber match.
The match might seem like a straightforward victory for Daniel Bryan but it sure will be a great one. It seemed like a real opportunity for Smackdown's newest star to showcase his excellent abilities in the Chamber and possibly have a breakout performance. But now that he cannot compete, WWE must come up with a superstar as good as the former 205 Live men. Hopefully, this replacement is not as underwhelming as Mark Henry replacing Rusev in the 2015 Elimination Chamber match.
Here are three possible replacements for Mustafa Ali in the Elimination Chamber.
#3 John Cena
This is an unlikely choice, but it certainly would be a blockbuster one. John Cena is currently away filming a movie and is not expected to be back in WWE until the final stages of WrestleMania season. However, WWE could do a one-night thing like some of Cena's previous matches, on international stadium shows and at Survivor Series 2017. He would certainly garner a pop and be a welcome addition to this WWE Championship match.
The new padded floors of the Chamber makes it much safer, meaning the risk of injury is minimalised and Cena could go away and continue filming. This would also tie into a possible future storyline with Daniel Bryan, for the WWE title. Cena is one world title away from breaking Ric Flair's record of 16 championships, equalling the record at Royal Rumble two years ago. Funnily he lost that title two weeks later at Elimination Chamber.
Could it be in the Chamber where John Cena finally begins his quest for world title number 17?