Smackdown Elimination Chamber
Cody Rhodes -- The Intercontinental Champion wants to become a dual champion, and maybe he'll get his chance after WrestleMania. He's not winning the World title here, however, especially since he was just fed to Sheamus, the likely challenger for the World Championship at WrestleMania. I would expect him to have a nice showing here, continuing his strong performances on his way up the card.
The Great Khali -- Khali's a former World Champion and let's hope it stays that way. Khali certainly isn't my favorite wrestler in the world, but his size makes him quite a spectacle and when it's time to put over someone, he will. That's his job in this match, to dominate for a little while but ultimately put someone else over.
Wade Barrett -- Like the Miz on Raw, it's hard to tell what you are going to get with Barrett sometimes. Over the past few months since he announced the "Barrett barrage," he had been on quite a roll. He even put Orton off TV for a few weeks. However, since the Viper's return, it's pretty much been downhill for Barrett, culminating in a decisive loss to Orton in a no DQ match on Smackdown. Prior to Orton's return, he had a budding feud with Sheamus that never really got going. Assuming Sheamus challenges the winner of this match, Barrett would make a lot of sense.
Big Show -- He's been chasing the World Championship since October, but keeps coming up short with the exception of the 46 seconds he held the title at TLC in Baltimore before Daniel Bryan cashed in. Ultimately, I think he has to win this feud with Daniel Bryan, so I wouldn't be shocked to at least see him eliminate the World Champion, only to come up short in winning the match altogether. It's also possible he wins the title, then loses to a returning Mark Henry a few days later. Bottom line, he's not going to WrestleMania as the World Champ.
Randy Orton -- Maybe it's just me, but the last thing I want to see is another championship reign for Randy Orton. Since he dropped the title to Mark Henry in September, I've really enjoyed Orton's role on Smackdown having great matches with up-and-comers like Cody Rhodes, Wade Barrett and -- seemingly every time the Viper is on Raw -- Dolph Ziggler. Generally, Orton has come out ahead in all of these matches, but makes his opponent look great in the process. Again assuming Sheamus as the challenger, I don't want to see that feud rekindled, especially not a face vs. face version. It's hard to envision him losing clean in the chamber, however. I do ultimately think he'll be facing Daniel Bryan at WrestleMania, so this could be a vehicle to get there.
World Champion Daniel Bryan -- For the record, I wasn't a Daniel Bryan fan prior to him winning the World Championship and when he did, I thought it was a monumental mistake. It wasn't, and he's far exceeded my expectations as World Champion, thanks mainly to his excellent mic work as a heel. With that said, I don't think he'll go into WrestleMania as the World Champion unless there is some major swerve planned -- such as a Punk-Bryan-Jericho Triple Threat Unification match (which I'd love to see, by the way, I just don't see how they would get there right now). Bryan vs. Orton should satisfy the wrestling purists appetite at 'Mania, similiar to Orton-Punk last year.