It’s the proverbial good problem to have, which is to say, it’s no problem at all — but it still sucks. To see half of this field, from both the men’s and women’s sides of things, eliminated from qualifying for their respective Elimination Chamber matches, stinks. But that’s what happens, I suppose, when you have an embarrassment of riches, strongly booked across the board, with an argument for all to be involved in the match.
On “SmackDown,” we saw Drew McIntyre get past AJ Styles (who will suffer in no way from said loss, but we’ll miss him in the Chamber nonetheless), and Randy Orton knock off Sami Zayn (which hurts the soul for most of us, deep down, but we’ll hold out hope that he makes his way into said Chamber and/or into a WrestleMania match worth having after all he’s built up the past few years). From there, only four of “Big” Bronson Reed, Kevin Owens, United States Champion Logan Paul, The Miz, Bobby Lashley, Ivar, “Dirty” Dominik Mysterio, and LA Knight will earn a spot. Let’s do some quick math: That means four of those names WON’T! Tough crowd!
And as for the women, we have Becky Lynch, who knocked off a killer in Shayna Baszler, and Bianca Belair, who outlasted a more-than-game Michin, already qualified for the Chamber. We know that Zoey Stark and Liv Morgan will square off on Monday, and Tiffany Stratton vs. Shotzi and Naomi vs. Zelina Vega will be featured on “SmackDown” next Friday. Let’s speculate wildly and posit that Jade Cargill and someone (I don’t know, Natalya?) will round out the qualifiers on the ladies’ side and … same problem! Damn, there are some hot commodities that won’t have a spot in Perth. But hey, like I said, good problem to have.
Written by Jon Jordan