WWE Elimination Chamber
The logo for Elimination Chamber
|Other name(s)||No Escape (Germany)|
|First event||Elimination Chamber (2010)|
|Signature match types||Elimination Chamber match|
Elimination Chamber (called No Escape in Germany) is a professional wrestling pay-per-view event, produced every February 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 is that the two main event matches are contested inside the Elimination Chamber; one of these matches typically features the WWE Championship being defended, while the other is usually contested for the World Heavyweight Championship 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 Title was being decided inside the Elimination Chamber.
Because of German laws regarding Nazi imagery, and the name "Elimination Chamber" having a reference similar to death camps, the pay-per-view was called "No Escape" there.
The Elimination Chamber match is 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 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 show until in August 2011 when they became 'supershows'. 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 was to determine the number one contender for the WWE Championship (due to a SmackDown superstar winning the Royal Rumble) and the SmackDown Chamber again for the World Heavyweight Championship. In 2012, there was one for the WWE Championship and one for the World Heavyweight Championship again. In 2013, only one took place with the winner receiving a World Heavyweight Championship match. In 2014 it was only one, and it was for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. In 2015 the event was moved from February to late May and two Chambers were again announced. This housed the first ever tag team Elimination Chamber. The Tag Team Titles were defended in one chamber and the then vacant Intercontinental Title was defended in a second chamber match.
Dates and venues
- "Elimination Chamber Match rules". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved 2010-02-02.
- Martin, Adam (2009-09-24). "WWE to rename No Way Out PPV?". WrestleView. Retrieved 2009-12-20.
- Caldwell, James. "WWE NEWS: February PPV gets a new title (w/Poll)". pwtorch.com. Retrieved 9 December 2014.
- Caldwell, James. "WWE NEWS: WWE adds second Sunday Night PPV to May". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved 12 May 2015.
- "WWE Elimination Chamber 2015 PPV Announced This Month, Why WWE Bringing it Back?". WWELiveTV. Retrieved 12 May 2015.
- Burdick, Michael (2010-02-21). "Results: Heartbroken". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved 2010-02-22.