Elimination Chamber

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This article is about the professional wrestling match. For the pay-per-view event named after this match, see WWE Elimination Chamber.
The Elimination Chamber at New Year's Revolution 2006

The Elimination Chamber is a professional wrestling elimination-based match and held in the WWE promotion. The match was created by Triple H[1] and was introduced by Eric Bischoff in November 2002. It features a large chain-linked circular steel structure or "chamber" which encloses the ring.[2] The chamber's floor is platformed over the ringside area which elevates it to ring level and within the chamber are four inner enclosures outside each ring corner.[3] While similar in profile and nature to WWE's original large scale steel-structured match, Hell in a Cell, the Elimination Chamber match is strictly a six participant match wherein two participants begin the bout in the ring as the remaining four are held within each inner enclosure and are released into the match at five minute intervals. The objective is to eliminate each opponent from the match via pinfall or submission. The winner is the last remaining participant after all others have been eliminated. As in the Hell in a Cell match, disqualifications do not apply.[2][4] The structure itself is 16 ft (4.9 m) high, 36 ft (11 m) in diameter, weighs over 10 short tons (9,100 kg), and comprises 2 mi (3.2 km) and 6 short tons (5,400 kg) of chain.[3][5] There has been seventeen Elimination Chamber matches in WWE since the concept's inception in November 2002.

History[edit]

Origin[edit]

Before the introduction of the Elimination Chamber match, WWE only promoted two matches in a caged environment, the steel cage and Hell in a Cell matches. The steel cage was the first type of cage-based match in professional wrestling and consisted of four fenced walls of steel surrounding the ring apron, while the Hell in a Cell was a taller roofed version that surrounded the ring and ringside area on the ground rather than the apron. In 2002, WWE announced the creation of the Elimination Chamber, a match that combined elements of WWE's Hell in a Cell matches, Royal Rumble match, Survivor Series matches, and World Championship Wrestling's (WCW) WarGames matches,[6] such as the countdown timer and time intervals from the Royal Rumble and War Games matches, the large enclosed cage format of both Hell in a Cell and War Games, and the elimination process from the Survivor Series contest.[7]

Brand and pay-per-view designation[edit]

RAW Brand match 2006

In 2002, to exploit additional on-screen talent after buying World Championship Wrestling (WCW), WWE began a brand extension that divided the roster between the two primary television programs of WWE, Raw and SmackDown!.[8] Former WCW President and then Raw General Manager Eric Bischoff formally announced the creation of the chamber during the October 21 edition of Raw and scheduled the match to feature participants from the Raw brand roster at the 2002 Survivor Series.[9] The match was exclusive to the Raw brand for the first four matches and at joint-branded pay-per-view events, but upon the creation of the ECW brand in 2006, the match was instead promoted for the newly created brand at the 2006 December to Dismember.[10] Beginning in 2008, the match became exclusive to the No Way Out pay-per-view, and two Elimination Chamber matches were featured annually for two years among the three brands.[11][12] In 2010, WWE replaced their No Way Out event with the self-titled WWE Elimination Chamber, a new pay-per-view event which continued the tradition of its predecessor.[13]

Injuries[edit]

Hardcore Holly and CM Punk compete in the Extreme Elimination Chamber at December to Dismember in 2006.

Triple H suffered a legitimate injury during the 2002 Survivor Series match with swelling on the inside of his throat which put pressure on his esophagus and trachea.[14][15] This was caused after Rob Van Dam performed the Five Star Frog Splash off the top of one of the chambers. Triple H also expressed concern that he might have broken his wrist and noted anything could have caused it.[16] Sheamus reportedly suffered a concussion during the Raw Elimination Chamber match in 2010.[17]

Match[edit]

Rules[edit]

The Elimination Chamber match is a variation of elimination-based matches which draws elements from steel cage and Hell in a Cell matches, in that the wrestling ring is surrounded by a large steel fenced cage supported by girders. The Elimination Chamber is a circular chain-linked structure that encloses the ring. Its floor is platformed over the ringside area around the ring which elevates and levels it with the ring mat. Within the Elimination Chamber, facing the outside of each ring post behind each ring corner, are four enclosures referred to as inner chambers.[2] The match is contested by six participants, with two beginning the bout in the ring, while the other four are held within each inner chamber.[5] Every five minutes, one of the four participants within a chamber is released into the ongoing match. In matches involving two three-member tag teams, two participants are released into the match once every ten minutes. This continues until all four have been released, and so an Elimination Chamber match typically lasts over twenty minutes.[5] The objective of the match is to eliminate each opponent from the match by executing a pinfall or a submission, which can occur in the ring or on the chamber's elevated floor (starting in the 2012 event, however, all pinfalls and submissions must take place in the ring). Disqualifications do not apply in the process of elimination, except if the match is contested by women. The winner of the match is the last remaining participant after all others have been eliminated (or after all members of the opposing tag team are eliminated in tag team matches).[5][18]

Structure[edit]

According to a WWE Magazine article in 2009 by WWE's production designer Jason Robinson, who co-designed the structure, several designs for the Elimination Chamber were considered. The structure was manufactured in Colorado Springs, Colorado and took six to eight weeks to make from design blueprints; it cost US$ 250,000 to construct.[3]

The structure is made of black-painted steel with an outer structure of 16 frames, each weighing 300 pounds (140 kg).[3] The chamber is 16 ft (4.9 m) high and 36 ft (11 m) in diameter, and weighs a total of 16 short tons (15,000 kg), 10 of which consists of steel.[3][4][5] Each inner chamber consists of three large steel framed sheets of plexiglass, costing US$225 per sheet.[3] The chains that surround the chamber stretch 2 mi (3.2 km) long and weigh 6 short tons (5,400 kg).[4][5]

A 50 ft (15 m) flatbed truck is needed to transport the chamber. Assembly in the arena takes eight hours to complete, and eight motors are used to suspend the structure over the ring before each event.[3] When not in use, the structure is stored at a dock in Newark, New Jersey.[3]

Variations[edit]

The fifth match, held by the ECW brand at December to Dismember, was a slight variation called the "Extreme Elimination Chamber".[19] In this variation, each chamber had one of four weapons for the competitors locked inside to hold on to. When each competitor's chamber opened, their weapon entered the match with them.[20] The four weapons used in the match were a crowbar, a table, a steel folding chair, and a barbed wire-wrapped baseball bat.[20]

Extreme Ultraviolent Elimination Chamber Tornado WarGames match- the enclosure match is similar to combine Elimination Chamber Tornado Tag Team Elimination Match and WarGames Matches will be contested under the combination of ECW's Extreme Rules and CZW's Ultraviolent Rules involving consisted of two teams of 8 men and featured full of all weapons inside the pods and could be used after each participant entered the match involving crowbars, tables, ladders, steel folding chairs, barbed wire-wrapped baseball bat, thumbtacks, barbed wire, razor wire, light tubes, and many lot more. The match began with one member of each team entering the chamber and involving two 8-member tag teams, two participants are locked inside the weapons-filled inner chambers. After 20 minutes, a member from one of the teams (usually determined by a coin toss, but has also been determined by a match or by a contest such as an arm wrestling match, a live fan poll, etc.; this is almost always the "heel" team in order to provide heat) would enter the cage, giving his team the temporary handicap advantage. After 10 minutes, two participants are released into the match. This match is continue until all 8 members of 2 teams had been entered the chamber or released the pods. Once all 8 members of 2 teams would brawl in the elimination chamber with weapons for as long as it took until a member of either team had been eliminated by pinfall, submission, surrendered, or was knocked unconscious. There are no rules whatsoever, The winner of the match is the last remaining tag team member after all members of the opposing tag team are eliminated in tag team matches.

All 6 men competed inside Elimination Chamber Match will be contested under the combination of ECW's Extreme Rules and CZW's Ultraviolent Rules called "Extreme Ultraviolent Elimination Chamber match." In this variation, each chamber had full of all weapons for the competitors locked inside to hold on to. When each competitor's chamber opened, their weapons entered the match with them. The match is contested by 12 men, with two beginning the bout in the ring, while the other four are held within each inner chamber filled with weapons. After 5 minutes, a pod will open at random, enabling a Superstar to enter the match. This will continue until all the competitors have been released. Elimination only occurs when a wrestlers hits an opponent with a weapon and to eliminate each opponent from the match by executing a pinfall or a submission, which can occur in the ring or on the chamber's elevated floor. Disqualifications do not apply in the process of elimination, except if the match is contested by women. The winner of the match is the last remaining participant after all others have been eliminated. The full of all weapons used in the match were crowbars, tables, ladders, steel folding chairs, barbed wire-wrapped baseball bat, thumbtacks, barbed wire, razor wire, light tubes, etc.

In recent years WWE has included an Elimination Chamber Tornado Tag Team Elimination Match similar to War Games in its yearly WWE video game franchise.

Match history[edit]

The Elimination Chamber debuted at WWE's PPV event Survivor Series 2002 on November 17, 2002 at Madison Square Garden. Since the inaugural match, there have been 16 other matches (17 overall) as of Elimination Chamber 2014 on February 23, 2014. The Raw brand has been featured in the most matches, with nine; ECW has been featured twice, including its joint-branded match with SmackDown. The SmackDown brand has been featured 5 times including the joint-branded match with ECW. No Way Out and Elimination Chamber has featured more Elimination Chamber matches than any other pay-per-view, with four each. Chris Jericho holds the distinctions of being involved in the most number of Elimination Chamber matches to date (8) and eliminating the most wrestlers (10). Triple H has the most number of victories, with four. The majority of matches have been contested for a top-tier championship, with the World Heavyweight Championship being fought for the most in seven matches, while four matches in 2008, 2011 and 2013 awarded the winner with number-one contenderships. The Elimination Chamber match has been contested only in indoor arenas in the United States and once in Puerto Rico. Since 2008, the match has been featured in February pay-per-view events only.

Key
Symbol Meaning
# The overall match number
Brand/Division The WWE brand or division which was featured in the match
Title What title was on the line
Match The superstar that competed in the match
Event The event promoted by the respective promotion in which the title changed hands
History
# Brand/Division Title Result Date Event Location Ref.
1 Raw World Heavyweight Championship Shawn Michaels defeated Triple H (c), Booker T, Chris Jericho, Kane and

Rob Van Dam

November 17, 2002 Survivor Series (2002) New York City, New York [21][22]
2 Raw World Heavyweight Championship Triple H (c) defeated Goldberg, Chris Jericho, Shawn Michaels, Kevin Nash and Randy Orton August 24, 2003 SummerSlam (2003) Phoenix, Arizona [23][24]
3 Raw World Heavyweight Championship[A 1] Triple H defeated Batista, Chris Benoit, Edge, Chris Jericho, and Randy Orton
(with Shawn Michaels as the special guest referee)
January 9, 2005 New Year's Revolution (2005) San Juan, Puerto Rico [25][26]
4 Raw WWE Championship John Cena (c) defeated Kurt Angle, Carlito, Chris Masters, Shawn Michaels and Kane January 8, 2006 New Year's Revolution (2006) Albany, New York [27][28]
5[A 2] ECW ECW World Championship Bobby Lashley defeated Big Show (c), Hardcore Holly,[A 3] CM Punk, Test and Rob Van Dam December 3, 2006 December to Dismember (2006) Augusta, Georgia [10][19]
6 SmackDown/ECW World Heavyweight Championship match at WrestleMania XXIV The Undertaker defeated Batista, Big Daddy V, Finlay, The Great Khali and

Montel Vontavious Porter

February 17, 2008 No Way Out (2008) Las Vegas, Nevada [11][29]
7 Raw WWE Championship match at WrestleMania XXIV Triple H defeated Jeff Hardy, Chris Jericho, John "Bradshaw" Layfield, Shawn Michaels and

Umaga

[11][30]
8 SmackDown WWE Championship Triple H defeated Edge (c), Big Show, Jeff Hardy, Vladimir Kozlov and The Undertaker February 15, 2009 No Way Out (2009) Seattle, Washington [12][31]
9 Raw World Heavyweight Championship Edge [A 4] defeated John Cena (c), Chris Jericho, Kane, Mike Knox and Rey Mysterio [12][32]
10 Raw WWE Championship John Cena defeated Sheamus (c), Triple H, Randy Orton, Ted DiBiase and Kofi Kingston February 21, 2010 Elimination Chamber (2010) St. Louis, Missouri [33][34]
11 SmackDown World Heavyweight Championship Chris Jericho defeated The Undertaker (c), R-Truth, John Morrison, Rey Mysterio and CM Punk [34][35]
12 SmackDown World Heavyweight Championship Edge (c) defeated Drew McIntyre, Rey Mysterio, Kane, Wade Barrett and Big Show [A 5][36] February 20, 2011 Elimination Chamber (2011) Oakland, California [37]
13 Raw WWE Championship match at WrestleMania XXVII John Cena defeated Sheamus, CM Punk, Randy Orton, John Morrison and R-Truth [38]
14 Raw WWE Championship CM Punk (c) defeated Kofi Kingston, The Miz, Dolph Ziggler, Chris Jericho and R-Truth February 19, 2012 Elimination Chamber (2012) Milwaukee, Wisconsin [39]
15 SmackDown World Heavyweight Championship Daniel Bryan (c) defeated Wade Barrett, Cody Rhodes, Big Show, Santino Marella [A 6] and The Great Khali [A 7]
16 WWE World Heavyweight Championship match at WrestleMania 29 Jack Swagger defeated Chris Jericho, Daniel Bryan, Kane, Mark Henry and Randy Orton February 17, 2013 Elimination Chamber (2013) New Orleans, Louisiana
17 WWE WWE World Heavyweight Championship Randy Orton (c) defeated John Cena, Sheamus, Daniel Bryan, Antonio Cesaro and Christian February 23, 2014 Elimination Chamber (2014) Minneapolis, Minnesota

Participant List[edit]

Superstar Appearances Victories Eliminations
Triple H 6 4 7
John Cena 5 3 4
Edge 4 2 4
Chris Jericho 8 1 10
Randy Orton 6 1 5
CM Punk 4 1 5
Shawn Michaels 4 1 3
The Undertaker 3 1 6
Daniel Bryan 3 1 2
Bobby Lashley 1 1 2
Jack Swagger 1 1 1
Kane 5 0 2
Big Show 4 0 2
Rey Mysterio 3 0 3
Sheamus 3 0 2
R-Truth 3 0 0
Batista 2 0 3
Jeff Hardy 2 0 2
John Morrison 2 0 2
Kofi Kingston 2 0 1
Rob Van Dam 2 0 1
The Great Khali 2 0 0
Wade Barrett 2 0 0
Carlito 1 0 3
Goldberg 1 0 3
Mark Henry 1 0 2
Santino Marella 1 0 2
Test 1 0 2
Booker T 1 0 1
Chris Masters 1 0 1
Cody Rhodes 1 0 1
Finlay 1 0 1
Christian 1 0 1
Ted DiBiase 1 0 1
Cesaro 1 0 0
Chris Benoit 1 0 0
Big Daddy V 1 0 0
Drew McIntyre 1 0 0
Dolph Ziggler 1 0 0
Hardcore Holly 1 0 0
JBL 1 0 0
Kevin Nash 1 0 0
Kurt Angle 1 0 0
Mike Knox 1 0 0
The Miz 1 0 0
MVP 1 0 0
Umaga 1 0 0
Vladimir Kozlov 1 0 0

Compilation release[edit]

In July 2010, WWE released Satan's Prison: The Anthology of the Elimination Chamber, a DVD featuring every Elimination Chamber match as of Elimination Chamber 2010.[40] The European release of the DVD is titled Iron Will.[41]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The championship was vacant for this match.
  2. ^ This edition of the match was promoted as the Extreme Elimination Chamber, which featured a weapon in each inner chamber.
  3. ^ Sabu was originally scheduled to be part of the match, but due to a scripted attack by Hardcore Holly backstage, he was unable to take part. Holly was allowed to take his place.
  4. ^ Kofi Kingston was originally scheduled to be part of the match, but due to a scripted attack by Edge during his entrance, he was unable to take part. Edge was allowed to take his place.
  5. ^ Dolph Ziggler was originally scheduled to be part of the match, but was replaced by Big Show before the match due to being fired (kayfabe) on SmackDown 2 days earlier.
  6. ^ Randy Orton was originally scheduled to be part of the match, but due to suffering a scripted concussion at the hands of Daniel Bryan, he was replaced by Santino Marella, who won a battle royal to take Orton's spot.
  7. ^ Mark Henry was originally scheduled to be part of the match, but due to a scripted suspension by SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long, he was replaced by The Great Khali.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Notations[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

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  29. ^ "The Deadman doubles down". World Wrestling Entertainment. 2 February 2008. Retrieved 2 February 2008. 
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  31. ^ Passero, Mitch (15 February 2008). "Regaining the throne". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved 6 February 2010. 
  32. ^ Tello, Craig (15 February 2008). "Shameless in Seattle". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved 6 February 2010. 
  33. ^ "Preview: WWE Championship Elimination Chamber match". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved 6 February 2010. 
  34. ^ a b Martin, Adam (21 February 2009). "Elimination Chamber Results - 2/21/10". Wrestleview.com. Retrieved 3 February 2011. 
  35. ^ Burdick, Michael (21 February 2010). "Results: Heartbroken". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved 3 February 2011. 
  36. ^ http://pwtorch.com/artman2/publish/wweppvs/article_47887.shtml
  37. ^ "Preview: SmackDown Elimination Chamber Match". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved 3 February 2011. 
  38. ^ "Preview: Raw Elimination Chamber Match". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved 3 February 2011. 
  39. ^ "Preview: Raw Elimination Chamber Match". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved 30 January 2012. 
  40. ^ "Satan's Prison- The Anthology of the Elimination Chamber DVD". WWE Shop.com. Retrieved 3 February 2011. 
  41. ^ "Iron Will: The Anthology of WWE's Toughest Match DVD". Silver Vision. 24 June 2010. 

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