As everybody knows by now, WWE announced that they were adding a second pay-per-view event for the month of May — Elimination Chamber— which will take place on May 31, and at that event, it’s expected that the vacant Intercontinental Championship will be up for grabs inside the Chamber.
It’s beginning to look like WWE won’t have a WWE World Heavyweight Championship match take place inside the Chamber on May 31, but they will have two Chamber matches, one for the Tag-Team Titles, and the other for the Intercontinental Championship, and the rumor is that the WWE Title match will be a one-on-one match between Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns, which will likely put Randy Orton and Dean Ambrose in the Intercontinental Championship match inside the Elimination Chamber.
When WWE had Daniel Bryan win the Intercontinental Championship back at WrestleMania, their idea was that prestige would be restored to the title because a top guy was holding it, and, the rumor is that they’re looking to put the vacant title on another top guy, and that top guy could very well be Randy Orton.
WWE is beginning to phase out the previous generation in an attempt to build new stars, which is why John Cena is out of the main-event scene, and is holding the United States Championship. It’s unlikely that Cena will be put back into the main-event scene any time soon, and the same may be true for Orton after this Sunday.
WWE is on a quest to make all of their championships mean something, and putting them on guys who are looked at as main-eventers is a good way to make that happen. Unfortunately, Daniel Bryan was forced to relinquish the title due to injury this past Monday, and the feeling is that if they end up putting the title on someone like Bad News Barrett or Dolph Ziggler, it’ll be the same old thing, and the title will go right back to being irrelevant.
Right now, there are two guys in the running to win the Intercontinental Championship at Elimination Chamber. One of them is Randy Orton, and the other is Neville, and, of course, it’s expected that they will both be inside the Chamber competing for the IC Title on May 31.
Believe it or not, Randy Orton is a former Intercontinental Champion. He’s only held the title once, from December of 2003 to July of 2004, and one month after losing the IC Title, Orton became the youngest World Heavyweight Champion in WWE history after defeating Chris Benoit at SummerSlam, and when you think about it, that was the last time that the Intercontinental Championship truly created a new star, and helped launch someone into the main-event scene.
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