Elimination Chamber 2017: What we learned from Bray Wyatt's victory, SmackDown's direction

Elimination Chamber 2017: What we learned from Bray Wyatt's victory, SmackDown's direction

The Kickoff Show will begin one hour earlier at 7 p.m.

Brock Lesnar and The Undertaker, who fought in the main event of SummerSlam at Barclays Center in New York City on August 23, 2015, have a chance to headline WrestleMania 33.

Here is the Pulse Wrestling crew's full match by match preview and predictions for the first Smackdown-only PPV of 2017.

SmackDown tag team champions American Alpha faced Ascension and defeated them with the grand amplitude. Sure, he's had marquee spots before (his first WrestleMania feud was against John Cena, he faced off with The Undertaker, and he's had title matches in the past), but they all ended the same way: with Bray on the losing end of the stick.

The Ascension couldn't beat Alpha on Sunday, even after the Usos served them up on a silver platter.

During Becky Lynch and Mickie James' Elimination Chamber rematch, Micke fooled Becky by faking an injury midway and then pinning her for the win.

Now with his reign underway, the question of how long he will hold his title comes into question as Randy Orton recently turned down his title shot at WrestleMania. Hell, for the first time in a while the Kickoff Show match felt like an actual pre-show match and not a match that made us say "Oh, it's a shame this is on the Kickoff Show".

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Unsurprisingly, Luke Harper and Randy Orton wrestled a very good match, with Orton putting in some great work - even if everyone knew the RKO was coming from outta nowhere. I also think Styles is entitled to a rematch clause too. Harper, no longer under the spell of Wyatt, attacks him and sends him crashing into the barricade.

Naomi legitimately injured her knee while winning the Smackdown Women's Title from Alexa Bliss on Sunday night - but received no sympathy from the wrestler she dethroned.

Women's Championship - Alexa Bliss (c) vs. Naomi: Though Naomi's new entrance and ring gear has been a massive improvement, her character is not at any stage where giving her a title would do anyone good. Who is going to take this: the Royal Rumble victor or third wheel in a group that is presently splintering or broken up, depending on the week? But after Cena was eliminated, it was back and forth between Wyatt and Styles. Sister Abigail always spoke the truth and so do I. So when I tell you that I knew this day would come, I am not telling you a lie.

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Cena, who recently tied Ric Flair's record for 16 world championship titles, is expected to drop his belt and proceed to a feud with The Miz, per several reports. Then entered Dean Ambrose who was followed by Baron Corbin, The Miz and finally it was Wyatt.

SmackDown returned with their latest brand-exclusive show, Elimination Chamber, delivering a fantastic main event that sadly sets up a "main event" for WrestleMania that will probably go fourth or fifth from the top. Though this event certainly helped shape the WWE Championship match at WrestleMania 33 in Orlando - it'll be Wyatt vs. Orton, as it now stands - that doesn't mean things can't change.

There have been eight successful title defenses in 18 Elimination Chamber matches.

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