Cheap finish could be planned for Intercontinental title match at WWE Elimination Chamber

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WWE's Elimination Chamber pay-per-view takes place later today and one of the matches on the show will be for the Intercontinental Championship.

Finn Balor will be challenging for the title tonight, but in order to win the gold, he will have to beat Bobby Lashley and Lio Rush in a handicap match.

Handicap matches always provide questionable concepts in the WWE, and the match at Elimination Chamber could have a rather interesting finish.

According to Dave Meltzer on Wrestling Observer Radio, via Ringside News, WWE could book Balor to win the Intercontinental title at Elimination Chamber by having him pin Rush, not Lashley.

Meltzer said on WWE's booking of the handicap match: “If Bobby’s going to retain then it makes no [sense], you know because I thought the whole idea was for Finn to be able to beat Lio Rush and get the championship that way and avoid Bobby Lashley losing to Finn.”

“Obviously it could go either way, but I wouldn’t have booked — If it was like the fourth meeting down and Lio Rush had kept interfering so then Finn goes, ‘I want them in a handicap match,’ that’s one thing.

"When you start off in a handicap match rather than doing the big singles match that kinda tells me that you’re looking for a cheap finish.”

If Balor does win the Intercontinental title, not only would he be worthy of the title ahead of WrestleMania, but it will also be interesting to see what this means for the relationship between Rush and Lashley

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Match favourites

Elimination Chamber looks set to be a very historic show as WWE will award a Women's Tag Team Championship for the first time on the show.

Five other titles will be defended on the night as well, including the WWE title, Raw Women's title, SmackDown Tag Team title, Cruiserweight title, and the Intercontinental title.

As of writing, current odds for the event say Balor is the favourite to walk out of Elimination Chamber as the new Intercontinental Champion, but this is only title change expected to take place at the show.

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This means Daniel Bryan, Ronda Rousey, Shane McMahon & The Miz, and Buddy Murphy are all currently the favourites in their matches, meaning they should retain their respective titles.

Elsewhere, Bayley & Sasha Banks are the favourites in the Women's Tag Team title match, and Braun Strowman is the favourite in his match against Baron Corbin.

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