WWE Elimination Chamber
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|First event||Elimination Chamber (2010)|
|Signature match types||Elimination Chamber match|
Elimination Chamber is a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event, produced by WWE, a professional wrestling promotion based in Connecticut. The event was created in 2010, with its inaugural event taking place on February 21, 2010, replacing No Way Out. Elimination Chamber is a pay-per-view (PPV) event consisting of a main event and undercard that features championship matches and other various matches. The concept of the show was that the two main event matches were contested inside the Elimination Chamber; one of these matches typically featured the WWE Championship being defended, while the other was usually contested for the World Heavyweight Championship (the two titles were unified in December 2013). The first Elimination Chamber event took place on February 21, 2010 and aired live on PPV. The event's name was selected after WWE allowed fans to provide input via a survey on their official website and was chosen over Heavy Metal, Battle Chamber, Chamber of Conflict, and the original No Way Out name. Since its origin, each event has been held in an indoor arena, with all five taking place in the United States. In 2015, the event was replaced by Fastlane in the February pay-per-view slot. However, the 2015 event was later announced to be streamed exclusively on the WWE Network in the United States on May 31 and was also available on PPV elsewhere. WWE also confirmed that the newly vacant WWE Intercontinental Championship was being decided inside the Elimination Chamber. The event did not occur in 2016, but returned in 2017 as a SmackDown branded event for the first time. The 2018 edition of the PPV was a Raw-branded event and included the first ever women's Elimination Chamber match, as well as the first seven-man Elimination Chamber match.
The Elimination Chamber match is generally contested by six participants, with two beginning the bout in the ring, while the other four are held within each inner chamber. Every five minutes, one of the four participants within a chamber is released into the ongoing match. This continues until all four have been released, and so an Elimination Chamber match typically lasts over twenty minutes. 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 even 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. The winner of the match is the last remaining participant after all others have been eliminated.
The Elimination Chamber set has remained the same since its introduction in 2010, with the titantron at the top featuring a round screen in the shape of the Elimination Chamber with the ring always set up with white ring ropes and the same WWE.com logo and Elimination Chamber logo on the ring aprons. From 2010-2012, the event featured two Elimination Chamber matches, usually one for each brand until August 2011 when the brand extension ended. In 2010, the Raw Chamber was for the WWE Championship and the SmackDown Chamber was for the World Heavyweight Championship. In 2011, the Raw Chamber determined the number one contender for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania XXVII (due to Alberto Del Rio, a SmackDown superstar, winning the Royal Rumble) and the SmackDown Chamber was again for the World Heavyweight Championship. In 2012, there was one Chamber match for the WWE Championship and one for the World Heavyweight Championship. In 2013, only one Chamber match took place with the winner receiving a World Heavyweight Championship match (in December 2013, the WWE Championship and World Heavyweight Championship were unified). In 2014, there was only one Chamber match and it was for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. In 2015, the event was moved from February to late May and two Chambers were announced. The first housed the first-ever tag team Elimination Chamber match, which was for the WWE Tag Team Championship. The second Chamber match was for the vacant WWE Intercontinental Championship. The event was discontinued in 2016, however, it was reinstated in 2017 as a SmackDown-exclusive event (the brand extension returned in July 2016) and moved back to February. The main event was a Chamber match for the WWE Championship. In 2018, Elimination Chamber was a Raw-exclusive event prior to new changes for the 2018 Pay-Per-View schedule.
Dates and venues
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