14/04/2024

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A memorable night is in store for Perth this weekend, with Elimination Chamber heading to Optus Stadium and the Australian superstars set to shine.

WWE Elimination Chamber: Perth will stream live on BINGE this Saturday at 6pm AWST (9pm AEDT) and is the first Premium Live Event (PLE) to take place in Australia since 2018.

It also marks the only PLE in the Asia-Pacific Region for 2024 and the final stop before WrestleMania 40, which WWE has deemed ‘the biggest WrestleMania of all time’.

Adelaide’s Rhea Ripley will compete in arguably the biggest match of her career, defending the Women’s World Championship against Sydney-born Nia Jax. Also from Sydney, Grayson Waller will have Cody Rhodes and Seth Rollins as special guests on the biggest edition of the Grayson Waller Effect.

Two Elimination Chamber matches with WrestleMania title implications are scheduled for the show, as Australia is bound to have a rare PLE to remember.

Below are The Inner Sanctum‘s preview and predictions for Elimination Chamber: Perth.

Biggest certainty: Rhea Ripley defeats Nia Jax

In front of her home country and possibly in the main event, Rhea Ripley will defend the Women’s World Championship against Nia Jax.

Monday Night Raw General Manager, Adam Pearce assembled this match between the Eradicator and Irresistible Force after the two have come to blows in recent weeks. Jax has had the momentum and walked out of every brawl on top, appearing as a highly credible threat to dethrone Ripley.

However, the Women’s World Champion is destined to retain her title to a large ovation in Perth and enter WrestleMania 40 with the gold. It will be a monumental and well-deserved moment for Ripley, saying on this week’s Raw it will be her first time competing in Australia as a WWE superstar and how she has worked hard for the opportunity.

The Eradicator has a couple of potential opponents lined up for WrestleMania, with Becky Lynch and Liv Morgan looming as one of her challengers. Meanwhile, Jax could still have a prominent role on the show and may collide against Jade Cargill; the woman who eliminated her from this year’s Royal Rumble.

Surprise prediction: Tiffany Stratton has the most eliminations in the women’s Elimination Chamber match

A star-studded women’s Elimination Chamber match is set to determine the number one contender for the Women’s World Title at WrestleMania, with Tiffany Stratton one of the six contestants.

The former NXT Women’s Champion recently signed to Smackdown after arriving from the developmental brand, defeating Michin in her main roster debut. She then qualified for the Elimination Chamber by besting Zelina Vega and is sure to have an impressive performance in the hellacious structure.

So much so, The Inner Sanctum predicts Stratton to have the most eliminations in the match. It is a bold call to make given the presence of superstars like Becky Lynch, Bianca Belair and Raquel Rodriguez, but it would catapult Stratton and really establish her on the main roster in front of a colossal attendance.

A clash against the E.S.T at WrestleMania could also be set up inside the match, as Belair is unlikely to win the Chamber and will not be involved with the WWE Women’s Championship. Belair could step inside the ring against Jade Cargill, but that dream encounter is best served for the long-term.

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Match of the night: Men’s Elimination Chamber match

The men’s Elimination Chamber also has an abundance of star power, as WWE have done an outstanding job considering the circumstances of CM Punk’s injury that ruled him out of WrestleMania.

There are multiple stories within this match, with the most notable being Drew McIntyre on his mission to finally win a world championship in front of fans. The Scottish Warrior just defeated Cody Rhodes on this week’s Raw and is the favourite for an opportunity against Seth Rollins at WrestleMania, but the other names should not be dismissed.

Randy Orton is attempting to capture his 15th world title, Logan Paul is aiming to become a double champion, LA Knight is a dark horse and Kevin Owens is always a solid chance. Bobby Lashley is the least likely to emerge victorious and could be eliminated with the influence of current rival, Karrion Kross.

Combining the storylines with the talent in this match, the men’s Elimination Chamber should be one to remember and eventuate as the best match of the show. As WWE have only scheduled four matches, the company is bound to give the two Chambers an extensive amount of time.

What must happen: Roman Reigns and The Rock confront Cody Rhodes and Seth Rollins

Grayson Waller will host the biggest Grayson Waller Effect of his career, with Cody Rhodes and Seth Rollins his special guests at Optus Stadium.

Undoubtedly, the topic of conversation will surround the American Nightmare and World Heavyweight Champion’s issues with The Rock and Roman Reigns that commenced at the WrestleMania 40 Kickoff.

A tag team match between both parties seems imminent and Philadelphia is the most likely option at this stage. If this is the case, it should be officialised at Elimination Chamber with appearances from both the Tribal Chief and People’s Champion.

With the magnitude of Elimination Chamber being a stadium show and the final PLE before WrestleMania, The Rock and Roman Reigns should be present, and there would be no better stage to set up this tag team encounter if it were to take place at WrestleMania.

A limited number of tickets are still available for WWE Elimination Chamber: Perth, which can be purchased here.

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