While there are only three matches on the card at the moment, the fact that there are already two six-man matches booked for the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view means that there is plenty of opportunity for fringe stars to impress a week from Sunday.
The long-awaited faceoff between The Shield and the Wyatt Family will no doubt be a major showcase for hot prospects Bray Wyatt and Roman Reigns, but every man in the match will be looking to stake their claim as a major player going forward. To my mind, Luke Harper and Seth Rollins are the two men who might surprise some on the night.
Harper has consistently excelled in his role in the Wyatt Family, renewing the psycho trucker character that he's inhabited on the independent scene for years and putting on great matches with a range of talent. There isn't a great deal of big men like Harper in the company at the moment—and certainly not many that could claim to be as able and diverse in the ring as Harper.
Seth Rollins is another familiar face for fans of independent wrestling, and it's easy to forget that, given his tertiary role in The Shield; before he made the main roster, he was the inaugural NXT champion. Rollins may not have as clear cut a role as the heir apparent Roman Reigns or budding heel Dean Ambrose, but it's clear that he has fans in high places. His match with John Cena late last year was evidence that Rollins can certainly produce great results with top level talent.
Whilst Luke Harper looks set to continue to impress as part of the Wyatts, as more and more cracks form in The Shield, the time is now for Rollins to establish himself as an individual. The obvious aftermath of a Shield split would be Ambrose vs. Reigns for the United States Championship, so Rollins needs to either insert himself into this feud or establish himself as someone that audiences will want to see go solo—and based off his work up until this point, it's very easy to imagine him doing just that, as a face or a heel.
Another one to watch for the pay-per-view is a competitor in the Chamber match itself, Cesaro. Dropping his first name earlier this week, supposedly as a move to make him seem more of a competitor, it seems that big things are on the horizon for the Swiss Superman.
Cesaro has slowly but surely built himself up in the WWE, putting on great matches with just about everyone he has come up against and developing quite a following in the process. His Cesaro Swing is a winner with audiences, and it seems that crowds are beginning to warm to him naturally.
It's certainly unlikely that Cesaro will walk out of the Chamber with the title, but if he is given a decent amount of time in the match itself, it could be a sign of things to come in terms of seeing him in the main event. It's difficult to see where things will go from there; there are signs of tension within the Real Americans, so perhaps a WrestleMania match against current tag partner Jack Swagger is on the cards. If not, perhaps the team will face the New Age Outlaws for the titles. Either way, it would be a surprise to see Cesaro left off the WrestleMania card—especially if he can put on a strong showing at the Elimination Chamber.
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