With Elimination Chamber the next PPV on the offing, the selected few from Monday Night RAW have the opportunity to headline WrestleMania 34. The winner of the Elimination Chamber match will get a shot at the Universal Championship, against the champion, Brock Lesnar.
John Cena, Elias, Braun Strowman, Roman Reigns and The Miz have already sealed their place in the chamber match. This week on RAW, it will be a second chance for the Superstars that lost the bout last week, with the winner occupying the final spot in the chamber.
With that in mind, we take a look at the top five Elimination Chamber matches in history.
#5 SummerSlam, 2003
Starting with the Elimination Chamber match at SummerSlam 2003, it was the second ever chamber match in WWE history. Going into the event, Triple H was the World Heavyweight Champion, and the match included some of the biggest names from WWE and WCW, including Kevin Nash, Shawn Michaels, Chris Jericho and a certain Bill Goldberg!
Randy Orton was the sixth participant, as Evolution tried to bring home the big gold belt. The match itself was well paced, and had a few memorable moments, including Goldberg’s war path and him spearing Jericho through a pod.
In the end, it was down to Triple H and Goldberg, and thanks to Ric Flair passing the sledgehammer, Triple H managed to walk out of SummerSlam with the World Heavyweight title in his possession.
#4 No Way Out, 2008
The stakes at No Way Out 2008 were similar to the Elimination Chamber match this year. Six Superstars entering the chamber, with the winner booking their spot at WrestleMania. Only then, it was for the WWE Championship.
The dynamic between the competitors led to a fun match. With the inclusion of Jeff Hardy, you had a high – flyer and high – risk taker in the mix. The other five Superstars were Triple H, Shawn Michaels, Umaga, John “Bradshaw” Layfield and Chris Jericho.
The chemistry between Jericho and Michaels led to a fun exchange, while Jeff Hardy brought his high – octane style. In the end, it came down to Triple H and Jeff, and it two Pedigrees for the Cerebral Assassin to keep Hardy down – and to book his berth in the main event of WrestleMania.
#3 New Year’s Revolution, 2005
A match that boasted of star power and the inclusion of an X – Factor, the Elimination Chamber match at New Year’s Revolution in 2005 certainly delivered. However, the fans won’t likely see highlights of the bout playing on WWE’s social media accounts, and for a good reason.
The main story going into NYE 2005 revolved around Evolution, and the changing dynamic between Batista and his Evolution stable mates. Triple H quickly understood that Batista, sooner or later, would be a threat to his title and his spot on RAW. However, he first had to contend with the likes of Benoit, Orton, Jericho and Edge inside the chamber.
Then there was Shawn Michaels’s role in the match, who was appointed as the Special Guest Referee. Benoit and Jericho provide excellent, fast – paced chain wrestling in the beginning, and towards the end, the three men remaining were Triple H, Orton and Batista. While everyone expected Batista to turn on Triple H, he instead helped him in winning the match – and the World Heavyweight Championship.
#2 No Way Out, 2009
There were two Elimination Chamber matches at No Way Out in 2009. The first was for the WWE Championship – the champion, Edge, was the first man to be eliminated, which guaranteed the crowning of a new champion.
Later on the same night, Edge attacked Kofi Kingston, who was supposed to compete in the chamber match for the World Heavyweight Championship, and took his spot. He faced John Cena, Chris Jericho, Kane, Rey Mysterio and Mike Knox for the title.
As things panned out, John Cena, much like Edge, did not last till the end, guaranteeing a new champion. With Mysterio, Kofi and The Ultimate Opportunist being the last three men, Edge managed to walk out as the champion – albeit trading the WWE title for the World Heavyweight Championship!
#1 Survivor Series, 2002
At number one is the match where it all began. Back in 2002, Triple H was the devious, evil champion, who did everything in his power to remain at the helm. That included backstabbing, and later assaulting his own best friend, Shawn Michaels.
At Survivor Series, the then RAW General Manager, Eric Bischoff wanted to do something stupendous to blow SmackDown Live out of the water. He then deviced the demonic structure, where four Superstars are locked inside four pods, while two performers start things off.
The first ever Elimination Chamber match saw Shawn Michaels, Triple H, Booker T, RVD, Chris Jericho and Kane compete for the World Heavyweight Championship. It boiled down to Triple H and Shawn Michaels, and the Heart Break Kid got his revenge, winning the World Heavyweight title in the process.