So, it was literally just announced that Rusev has had to pull out of the Elimination Chamber match for the Intercontinental Title, due to injury. The WWE doctor couldn’t clear him to wrestle.
It is going to be interesting to see who is his replacement. They’re keeping it very quiet for now. In a perfect world, I would love to see Daniel Bryan have a surprisingly early come back to Elimination Chamber. The POP would be HUGE!
However, rumour has it that Bray Wyatt has stepped up to replace Rusev in the Elimination Chamber. I suppose this could be good for Bray Wyatt, as he would be thrusted into an actual story line for once, instead of bouncing between random unexplainable feuds.
Let’s ignore that for a second. Imagine if Daniel Bryan had been cleared for a return early. Unfortunately, I don’t think the WWE would have been able to keep that quiet, and someone would have leaked it by now. Due to the fact there haven’t been any leaks, I think it’s more likely that it will be Bray Wyatt who is Rusev’s replacement.
On the other hand, Bray Wyatt would be a closer like for like replacement for Rusev than Daniel Bryan would be (in an alternative universe where Bryan is actually injury free).
Who do you want to walk out as the new Intercontinental Champion? Personally, we would have liked to see Neville in the Elimination Chamber. Imagine a red arrow off the top of one of the pods!! Yeah, that would create an uproar of “Holy Shit!” which could be heard in every continent. However, I’m not sure if he could pull it off. That would be a lot of force on the ribcage. However, never say never. Maybe Neville will make a surprise second match entrance into the Elimination Chamber. Albeit, very unlikely.