Elimination Chamber needs some serious build

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I’m a sucker for a WWE pay-per-view (PPV). No matter how bad the TV has been, no matter how many months in a row I’ve been burned by bloated, overly long shows full of mediocre matches, I’ll still get excited for “the big shows.”

There have been some decent to good PPVs lately and SmackDown Live has continued it’s run as a mostly very good TV show — unlike Raw — but less than a week away from Elimination Chamber and … I just don’t know.

I’ll watch the show, of course. The Elimination Chamber is a big dumb fun spectacle and the two matches should be great fun if nothing else.

Beyond the Chamber? I just don’t see much to get excited about. Ronda Rousey vs. Ruby Riott will likely be good, but we’re all just waiting for Rousey to show down with Becky Lynch (and probably Charlotte Flair *sigh*). I have zero interest in watching Shane McMahon wrestle, but god knows he’s not going anywhere.

I suppose I could be convinced to get mildly excited for a Bobby Lashley match for like the second time in my life if they make the Finn Balor showdown official.

Maybe my problem is less with Elimination Chamber and more with having just read our Raw preview and the realization that I can’t see any way they salvage an entertaining three hours out of this show.

And maybe that’s clouding my judgment for what can be done with a PPV that has become a “Road to WrestleMania” show more than anything else.

I’d say WWE has two days to convince us Elimination Chamber is worth our time, but we all know that’s a lie. Raw will be mediocre at best, SmackDown Live will be good and in the end we’ll tune in for another PPV because that’s what we do.

We are nothing if not loyal.

Alright. Let’s get this week kicked off right.

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