The Smackdown Chamber: What No Orton means.
by, 02-15-2012 at 10:51 PM (3586 Views)
Spoilers, spoilers: Randy Orton is out of the Chamber because of an injury suffered during/after his match with the Big Show on Monday Night Raw--and he's already been replaced via a Smackdown show. So the new roster is:
Daniel Bryan (C)
What a chamber, right? If you can't tell, the roster is listed in chances of making it out with the title. Let's go in reverse order in reason:
Great Khali - No chance in hell. He's been back for roughly a month, has no right to wear a title anytime soon.
Santino - While it may be more of a joke entrant at this point, I like this a lot better than Mark Henry. Henry would've been the third big man--two too many. Santino has no real chance to win this. At all. Just slightly more likely than Khali.
Big Show - Rumored match with O'Neil, so this is a big no. Still more possible than Santino.
Cody Rhodes - My expected "MVP" of the PPV, I expect Cody to have a big, BIG impact. I honestly think he'll go from first two to last two. He's a great wrestler and this will be his final stepping stone to dropping the intercontinental title and arriving at the main event. Still, he's already holding a title and having him hold two of different value seems like a dumb idea heading to Wrestlemania.
Wade Barrett - If Bryan doesn't leave with the title, it'll be this man who takes it from him. While I'm a Wade Mark, I think this is the best option for Wrestlemania. I know no one will expect him to drop the title at 'Mania, which is why I think Bryan is the favorite, but I doubt anything is really in the works for Wade at 'Mania and a triple threat for the WHC would be GREAT! It'd be the best way for the "new guys" to show they're here to stay.
Daniel Bryan - The champion! Always favor the champion unless Cena is involved. Hopefully DB shows his mean streak, but don't count on that. I expect him to be #5 or #6 in this match, because Vince doesn't think he could enter in the top 2 and "realistically" retain. But the biggest reason for me thinking DB will walk away with the title still around his waist is simple: A title change here makes a Sheamus victory at Wrestlemania seem a lot less likely. Sheamus sure as hell won't take on the WWE champion, so DB retaining the title to drop it to Sheamus at Wrestlemania is the most likely option thinking from a creative perspective.