Predicting winners and losers is one thing Elimination Chamber 2023But what about guessing the match order of the event?
Judicial Department Taking place tonight (Saturday, February 18) from the Bell Center in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, the main card begins at 8:00 PM ET, live peacock (in the US) and the WWE Network (elsewhere).
WWE announced five different main card divisions for the event. Here’s my personal take on how important it is to rank each of these five sections, ranked from most important to least important.
- Roman Reigns vs. Sami Zayn
- Women’s Elimination Chamber
- Men’s Elimination Chamber
- Brock Lesnar vs. Bobby Lashley
- Edge and Beth Phoenix vs. Rhea Ripley and Finn Balor
The main event
This key match is clear. It has to be the Roman Reigns vs. Sami Zayn match, which is probably the most anticipated WWE match of the past decade.
Elimination Chamber matches
WWE should try to space out the two Chamber matches as much as possible. Given that neither of the two Chambers matches will be the main event, that means they will have to be placed in segments 1 and 4. The main question is, what order will they enter?
I think the men’s match is a better bet from a business standpoint, which makes for an opening. Then again, maybe WWE would like to kick off the show with Natalya’s pop in Canada? They can always put Edge on earlier in the night for a similar purpose, so I’ll stick to the guys at the opening.
This gives me the following card:
Section 1: Men’s liquidation room
Division 4: Women’s Elimination Chamber
Part 5: Roman Reigns vs. Sami Zayn
The only thing left to do is choose between Brock Lesnar and Edge for pieces 2 and 3.
Four of the five matches at the event have a good chance of running long distances, with Lesnar’s typically short match standing out from the pack in this regard. So I’m going to stick it in the middle of the show in Part 3 to avoid three long matches in a row on the card. Look at that, Brock’s tendency to minimize input and maximize output has some benefits for the card as a whole.
The final card
So this is my final prediction for the match up at Judicial Departmentalong with guesses at bell-to-bell game times:
Section 1: Men’s Elimination Chamber (30 minutes)
Part 2: Edge & Beth Phoenix vs. Rea Ripley & Finn Balor (17)
Part 3: Brock Lesnar vs. Bobby Lashley (7)
Section 4: Gynecological Excision Room (26)
Part 5: Roman Reigns vs. Sami Zayn (22)
This is my prediction for the match arrangement when Judicial Department. Which one is yours?