SPOILER ALERT: This post contains spoilers for the January 31st, 2014 edition of SmackDown.
Spoilers for Friday’s SmackDown confirm the final two participants in the WWE World Heavyweight Championship Elimination Chamber match, and the announcement of another big match for the February pay-per-view.
Antonio Cesaro and Christian will enter the Elimination Chamber match along with Daniel Bryan, John Cena, Sheamus, and the champion, Randy Orton. Cesaro defeated Dolph Ziggler, while Christian defeated Jack Swagger in Elimination Chamber qualifying matches.
After the match between Christian and Swagger, Zeb Colter was furious with Swagger. With Cesaro making his way into the title match, it appears that there may be something brewing between The Real Americans, that started when Colter slapped Swagger on Monday’s Raw.
More importantly though, with Cesaro and Christian entering the match, it assures that Batista will enter WrestleMania with his Royal Rumble-earned title shot in tow, despite reports from F4Wonline.com that he might have used it for Elimination Chamber.
The other news coming out of SmackDown, Triple H announced a match between The Shield and The Wyatt Family. The Shield basically demanded the match after the Wyatts caused The Shield’s disqualification loss in their Elimination Chamber qualifier on Raw.
The Shield vs. The Wyatt Family, if given a proper build, will be big money for WWE. When the Wyatts came up to the main roster as a three-man team, it seemed obvious that we would see them against the trio known as The Shield. When they had a slight altercation on Raw a few months ago in England, it elicited a “THIS IS AWESOME” chant.
This is a huge opportunity for WWE. In their planning of WrestleMania, it becomes easy for WWE to make sure big matches and moments don’t get overshadowed, but every year they seem to protect those moments. Last year, Ziggler cashed in Money in the Bank the night after WrestleMania 29, which was brilliant. Everybody was still watching, but it allowed the moment to stand on its own, rather than having happened the night before, and being overshadowed by everything else at WrestleMania.
That seems to be what the WWE is doing here, allowing this long-wanted match, and potential split of Roman Reigns from The Shield, to happen before WrestleMania. This allows for the moments to not get overshadowed, while also allowing for the potential of them building to something even bigger.
This seems to be the beginning of a good build to Elimination Chamber. WWE is putting a lot of stock in this pay-per-view, as it will be their last chance to impress the crowd before the debut of the WWE Network the next day. If the build continues this way, and the pay-per-view delivers a Bryan title win, and a good six-man tag match, the boos from the Royal Rumble will be forgotten fast.