This Sunday, WWE will current the most recent incarnation of the Elimination Chamber PPV. Since its inception in 2002, the Chamber has turn out to be an integral a part of The Highway To WrestleMania, giving us an entire host of memorable moments and serving to to construct feuds for The Grandest Stage of Them All.
Be a part of me as I have a look again on a number of the most iconic moments and matches from the Chambers history, in my Top 10 Elimination Chamber matches.
*cue involved seems and plexiglass inspection*
10. 2012 – Daniel Bryan Amongst Mid Carders & Giants.
It began off with a easy Cash In The Bank cash-in. Daniel Bryan embarked upon his first-ever World Championship reign, which in the end resulted in simply 18 seconds. On the best way there he discovered himself contained in the Elimination Chamber, defending in opposition to a considerably underwhelming group of opponents: Cody Rhodes, Wade Barrett, Santino Marella, the Nice Khali, and former champion The Massive Show.
The actual story right here was the sudden emergence of Santino-mania, which by no means fairly caught fire in the best way the Sure Motion and Kofimania did, however for a short second in time the group went bananas on the thought that the Milan Miracle would strike once more.
9. 2011 – Massive Match John Heads To Mania Whereas Morrison Soars.
With the Miz having his fingers full with Jerry Lawler, the primary contender spot was up for grabs within the Chamber. Cena, Punk, and Orton had been your bankable winners with R-Reality, Sheamus, and John Morrison because the darkish horses put in there to create the moments.
As a result of Punk’s pod wouldn’t open instantly, the RAW Nameless GM (keep in mind that mess?) negated his unique elimination. However the huge second/spot within the match got here when John Morrison scaled the Chamber virtually all the best way to the roof to drop down onto Sheamus, eliminating him from the match. Morrison not successful a world title off the again of this second was completely felony. John Cena would go on to defeat Punk and turn out to be primary contender for The Miz’s title.
8. 2006 – The Beginning Of The Final Opportunist.
Edge cashing within the first-ever Cash In The Bank briefcase in 2006 was actually monumental. However the stage of expertise that John Cena overcame earlier than the Rated R Famous person earned his moniker as ‘The Final Opportunist’ was monumental in itself.
Apart from the young upstarts like Carlito and Chris Masters, Cena had to survive via the veterans like Kane, Shawn Michaels, and Kurt Angle. The match itself has a spot in history as being the one Chamber match that the Olympic Gold Medalist competed in.
John Cena would pin Carlito, the final man within the match, earlier than Vince McMahon got here out to introduce Edge and state his intent to money within the briefcase. An enormous second, signalling Edge’s first World Championship reign.
7. 2002 – RVD Breaks a Throat, HBK Steals The Show.
The very first Elimination Chamber match was a whole comedy of errors as evidenced by this text. Nonetheless, all new concepts have to start somenwere, and except for RVD smashing Triple H’s throat and HBK’s pod not opening within the right order, the first match was an on the spot basic so far as multi-man matches go and set the tone for the next 18 years.
HHH, HBK, Booker T, Jericho, Kame, RVD. A veritable who’s who of WWE legends, and arguably probably the most spectacular Chamber line up to date. Watching six veterans navigate this first-ever match was a part of the enjoyable, not to point out HBK successful the entire thing.
6. 2018 – Alliances Fall Whereas The Goddess Triumphs
The first ever Women’s Chamber match had a full story informed throughout this saga. Sonya Deville began the match with Bayley. Mandy Rose would got here out next all weapons blazing, or not less than she tried to – Bayley decked her and did all she might to cease the double team.
Regardless of the 4 girls within the ring working of their respective models, Alexa Bliss was in a position to survive them plus veteran Mickie James lengthy sufficient for Sasha Banks to activate very long time pal Bayley. Alexa would take full benefit and pin them each to retain her title.
A landmark second and from what I recall, the womens Chamber match was infinitely higher than the men’s this yr. Nice reserving and nice performances all round.
5. 2010 – HBK Breaks Hearts And The Guidelines.
Chris Jericho, Rey Mysterio, John Morrison, CM Punk, and R-Reality had been all vying or the Undertaker’s World Championship and the possibility to headline WrestleMania XXVI with The Deadman. The defending champion was definitely in a fouler temper than traditional, contemplating the pyro mishap that has since turn out to be notorious.
The Straight Edge Savior had been slicing a promo concerning the cage of dependancy his competitors had been in till R-Reality’s music hit. However after eliminating him, Punk really had the audacity to finish his promo. The forwards and backwards eliminating continued till the Deadman had entered the Chamber. Sadly for the champion, HBK had discovered a approach into the Chamber and price him the match, organising Michaels’ swansong in opposition to The Phenom at WrestleMania in one of many best matches of all time.
4. 2008 – Brutality And Aerial Assaults.
There’s all the time a reasonably eclectic mixture of velocity, agility, and power contained in the Chamber. It is what makes it so intriguing. At No Approach Out 2008, that was by no means more prevalent. JBL, Umaga and Triple H introduced the brutal and highly effective edge to the match, whereas HBK, Jericho and Jeff Hardy offered the thrills.
With all six superstars being huge time veterans, it made this Chamber match for the title shot at WrestleMania appear all that more vital. The match was crammed with plunder and power spots. However the thrilling finish continued the are you able to high this, matter of respect feud between Triple H and Jeff Hardy. Triple H would emerge victorious however the match did wonders for Jeff’s inventory, propelling him to superstardom.
4. 2003 – Warfare Video games
From 2002-2004, Triple H did his greatest to instill a bit of old-fashioned “Aptitude” when he began his latest faction Evolution. He entered the Chamber because the defending champion at SummerSlam 2003. All indicators pointed to the former WCW wrecking ball Goldberg defeating all odds and successful the richest prize within the business.
He mowed down the complete discipline of combatants within the match. However a lot like the Warfare Video games matches of previous, Ric Aptitude was in a position to assist stem the tide and assist the Sport lay waste to Goldberg along with his trusty sledgehammer. Controversial finish apart, watching Goldberg plough via Four of the 6 entrants is a sight to behold when you think about the caliber of expertise on show.
2. 2014 – The Sure Motion Picks Up Extra Steam
The Sure Motion was in full impact. Each fan seemingly was completely behind Daniel Bryan, aside from the one person who mattered probably the most – Vince McMahon. Bryan stepped into Chamber with John Cena, Sheamus, Kane, Christian, Cesaro, and defending champion, Randy Orton.
In what appeared like his final shot to headline WrestleMania, his hopes and desires had been shattered when the lights within the area went out. The lights got here again on, revealing The Wyatt Household, who had their eyes firmly fastened on D Bry. Their interference, and the good equalizer the RKO, would see Orton stroll out the winner.
1. 2019 – Kofimania.
One of many best tales ever informed in WWE history. Simply.
With Mustafi Ali injured by the hands of Randy Orton, a spot within the Chamber wanted to be crammed, one which the all the time dependable Kofi Kingston was given the chance to fill. What adopted was probably the most spectacular performances of all time, with Kofi very practically clinching victory, surviving an onslaught of offence from the very start of the match, earlier than falling to Daniel Bryan.
The match itself was nice, however the story that it informed, and what it led to, are what make it the most effective of all time.
The group went loopy for Kofi, exhibiting their appreciation for the extremely underrated veteran. Over the next weeks, Kofi can be challenged by Vince McMahon to show his worth. He was pressured to take part in an incredible gauntlet match on Smackdown, with the group completely behind the Dreadlocked Dynamo as soon as once more.
However nonetheless Vince needed more.
Subsequent up his cohorts Massive E and Xavier Woods had to survive an equally as powerful tag team gauntlet match to as soon as and for all earn Kofi his Mania second. This match brings a tear to my eye each time I watch it. Kofi’s greatest pals earned him the title match he so deserved and KofiMania formally took over the complete WWE Universe.
Kofi would go on to defeat Daniel Bryan at Wrestlemania 35 and eventually after 11 lengthy years, win his first ever World Championship. I cried. You cried. All of us cried.
Considered one of, if not the, best second in WWE history.
So there we now have it. My private high 10 Chamber matches. Do you agree? Do you disagree? Hold forth within the feedback!