2021 WWE Elimination Chamber predictions, matches, card, date, begin time, location, PPV preview
The unforgiving Elimination Chamber Match has become a staple of the WWE over the years. As it has grown to that status, it has also become part of a crucial stop on the way to WrestleMania. Sunday evening the next edition of the Elimination Chamber will take place in the ThunderDome on Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. Once again, the two marquee games on the show have had a serious impact on the world title that leads to the biggest show of the year.
The chamber is lowered twice at the event, once in a WWE Championship game and once with six men from SmackDown battling for a shot at the Universal Championship. The winner of the SmackDown chamber game receives his title shot against Roman Reigns that same evening.
The Elimination Chamber starts at 7:00 p.m. (CET). The show is expected to last between 3.5 and 4 hours, excluding the kickoff show, which starts at 6:00 p.m. one hour before the main ticket. CBS Sports will be with you all the way on Sunday with live scores, highlights and analysis.
Let’s take a look at how our experts believe the Elimination Chamber will perform.
Elimination Chamber predictions 2021
United States Championship: Bobby Lashley (c) versus Riddle versus TBD
Hours before the pay-per-view, it was announced that Keith Lee was out of the game which is a shame. In the kickoff show, John Morrison, Mustafa Ali, Ricochet and Elias will fight for the replacement. Anyway, it really feels like WWE is heating Lashley for something bigger, and losing the title might propel him towards bigger things. Lashley has been out of control since the Royal Rumble and Riddle has repeatedly felt his anger. Losing the title could send Lashley over the edge and on new levels of anger, which would serve Lashley even better than a title that was largely abused during his reign. Selection: Puzzle wins the title – Brent Brookhouse and Adam Silverstein
Women’s Tag Team Championship: Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler (c) versus Sasha Banks & Bianca Belair
With the Banks vs. Belair build at WrestleMania, it doesn’t seem like the best idea to go down the path of tag champions who are future opponents – although I wouldn’t get WWE behind doing so. The WrestleMania match needs someone more of a real heel role, and a loss caused by misunderstanding can push that forward while Jax and Baszler continue to play the only role WWE seems to have for them. Selection: Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler keep the titles – Brookhouse and Silverstein
WWE Championship (Elimination Chamber): Drew McIntyre (c) versus Sheamus versus AJ Styles versus Randy Orton versus Jeff Hardy versus Kofi Kingston
There’s no real drama here other than how the match could lead McIntyre to find a dance partner for WrestleMania. It’s hard to imagine him losing the title in the Chamber. Orton is busy doing other things, Hardy is no longer really at world title level, Styles is still great but doesn’t win the title here, just like Kingston. That leaves Sheamus behind, and while the story between Sheamus and McIntyre was interesting, Sheamus as a WWE Champion doesn’t make any real sense here. Selection: Drew McIntyre retains the title – Brookhouse and Silverstein
Universal Championship No. 1 Contendership (Elimination Chamber): Kevin Owens against Daniel Bryan against Jey Uso against Sami Zayn against Cesaro against King Corbin
There are three options that arise from this match, based not only on the dynamics of the facial heels but also based on the plot. The simple truth is that Corbin and Zayn have no momentum for a match with Roman Reigns and Jey Uso has already won multiple times. That narrows down to the faces. Bryan has been so on his back lately that he lacks the necessary momentum here. And since the winner of this PPV is up against Reigns and not WrestleMania, it wouldn’t make sense to throw that money game away. That leaves Cesaro and Owens. The Owens Feud has come to its death, and I see this as a respite for both men who teamed up during a fill-in match at Fastlane. Instead, Cesaro, who recently had two wins against Bryan and a few others, is getting his first World Cup chance in a place where defeat won’t do him any harm when playing two games in one night. Selection: Cesaro wins – Silverstein
There’s not much to care if Owens gets another title shot. Bryan shouldn’t waste one-off title recordings either, and it’s hard to see Zayn, Cesaro or Corbin take the win. However, it gets interesting when Uso manages to get a win. Was he going to lay down against his cousin later that night and give up another chance to become champion, or would he risk it all and face the anger of the tribal chief? Selection: Jey Uso wins – Brookhouse
World Championship: Roman Reigns (c) against EC winner
It’s totally unlikely that Reigns will lose the title, even for a short program, before winning it back on Fastlane. There is too much to do with a Reigns vs. Edge program at WrestleMania. As noted in the Chamber’s prediction, there is a lot of drama in a Uso win, especially when he actually tries and tries to win the Belt so that Reigns can decide if he wants to remove Uso from the game for his family Disobedience, or keep his greatest support before his match with Edge on the biggest show of the year. Selection: Roman Reigns keeps the title – Brookhouse
As much as fans would love Cesaro to win the Universal Title and beat Reigns for it, there is simply no going on the road to WrestleMania. Perhaps this will serve as a showcase for Cesaro to start a rematch once we’re through April, but that won’t happen here. In fact, it doesn’t matter who wins the Chamber on Sunday. Dominions will go out with the title with a clear path to mania. And I wouldn’t be surprised if Edge saw him blind with a spear before the show goes off the air. Selection: Roman Reigns keeps the title – Silverstein