WWE Elimination Chamber 2012: 8 Most Shocking Winners in Chamber History
The WWE Elimination Chamber PPV has only been around since 2010 when it officially replaced No Way Out as the final PPV before WrestleMania.
However, the Elimination Chamber itself has been claiming victims and creating champions since 2002, when it made its debut at Survivor Series. Given the daunting and unpredictable nature of the chamber, it has created some surprising and wholly unforgettable moments in its 10-year history.
Here are the most shocking winners ever to emerge from the Elimination Chamber.
Bobby Lashley Wins ECW Championship
2006's December to Dismember is the only WWE pay-per-view event to have exclusively featured ECW brand superstars. Not surprisingly, it didn't do well, coming just one week after the much more heavily promoted Survivor Series and receiving only around 90,000 buys, the lowest in WWE history.
The main event was an Extreme Elimination Chamber match for the ECW Championship.
What made it "extreme" was that each pod had a weapon inside which could be used by the contestants. The participants included current champion Big Show, Hardcore Holly, CM Punk, Test, Rob Van Dam and ECW newcomer Bobby Lashley.
Just weeks prior to the event, Lashley had been traded from SmackDown to ECW and had made his surprise debut by signing a contract for the final spot in the Extreme Elimination Chamber match.
Lashley was the fifth entrant into the match. However, his pod did not open, as Paul Heyman's Security Force had sealed it shut. Lashley then used the table inside his pod to smash through the glass, and was able to pin Big Show to become ECW Champion.
Triple H Wins WWE Title Shot at WrestleMania XXIV
No Way Out 2008 was the first WWE PPV to feature both RAW and SmackDown Elimination Chamber matches. Both matches held the stipulation that the winner would receive a title shot for the respective brand's World Title at WrestleMania XXIV.
The RAW Elimination Chamber match included Jeff Hardy, Chris Jericho, JBL, Umaga, Shawn Michaels and Triple H.
Triple H, who entered fifth, scored the W.
While that may not be all that shocking, what it meant for the WWE Championship match at WrestleMania came as a bit of a curveball.
However, Cena chose to bump his title shot up to No Way Out. The winner of that bout would go on to face the winner of the RAW Elimination Chamber match at WrestleMania.
Well, acting like the good heel that he was at the time, Randy slapped the ref, thus causing the match to end in a DQ.
The following night on RAW, Cena was entered into a match against Orton with the stipulation that if he won he would be entered into the WWE Championship match at WrestleMania.
Even with Triple H as the special guest referee, Cena managed to win and the title bout was changed to a Triple Threat match.
Shawn Michaels Wins World Heavyweight Title in First Elimination Chamber Match
In 2002, Shawn Michaels had finally returned to in-ring action after being sidelined for more than four years from a back injury sustained at the 1998 Royal Rumble.
Right from the start of his return that summer, Michaels had been embroiled in a feud with best friend Triple H that would last for the next several years. Michaels won a non-sanctioned "fight" against Triple H at SummerSlam.
However, on Sept. 2, 2002, Triple H became the inaugural World Heavyweight Champion when he was awarded the title by RAW GM Eric Bischoff.
A little over a month later, the very first Elimination Chamber match was held at Survivor Series from Madison Square Garden.
Michaels was the sixth entrant into the match, and he managed to pin Triple H to win his first and only World Heavyweight Title and his first championship since returning to the ring.
Triple H Wins Record Eighth WWE Championship
Like in 2008, No Way Out 2009 featured two Elimination Chamber matches, one for RAW and one for SmackDown. However, both the World Heavyweight and WWE Championships were on the line.
A few shocking things happened in the SmackDown Elimination Chamber.
First, the reigning WWE Champion, Edge, was both the first entrant as well as the first one to be eliminated.
Second, the match was won by Triple H, who with his eighth reign surpassed the Rock to become the superstar with the most WWE Title reigns at the time.
However, Edge wasn't title-less for long, but that will be discussed later.
John Cena Wins WWE Title... Only to Lose to Batista
In 2010 the Elimination Chamber gained its very own pay-per-view, and to mark the occasion both the RAW and SmackDown matches had shocking endings.
The participants in the RAW Elimination Chamber included the current WWE Champion Sheamus, John Cena, Triple H, Randy Orton, Ted DiBiase and Kofi Kingston. Cena, the sixth entrant, forced Triple H to submit to the STF, thus winning his sixth WWE Title.
However, his reign wouldn't last long.
Immediately after the match, Vince McMahon appeared and informed Cena that he would only be going to WrestleMania if he could beat Batista right then and there. Cena, completely worn out from the Chamber match, lost after a Batista Bomb.
Talk about deja vu.
John Cena Enters First and Retains WWE Title, Only to Lose to Edge
Four years before Batista ruined John Cena's Elimination Chamber win, Edge did it first.
The main event at New Year's Revolution 2006 was an Elimination Chamber match between Cena, Kurt Angle, Carlito, Chris Masters, Shawn Michaels and Kane for the WWE Championship.
Going into the match, Cena was in his very first reign as WWE Champion—and back then, the crowd was not so heavily split into the pro- and anti-Cena camps that it is today.
But Super Cena did manage to rear its head.
Cena was the first entrant into the ominous chamber, and he managed to defy the odds by outlasting the other five competitors to retain his title.
At least until Edge cashed in his Money in the Bank contract to gain his first reign as WWE Champion.
As we all know, Edge went on to win World Title gold 10 more times, including a record seven reigns as World Heavyweight Champion. Today, he is a more-than-deserving member of the WWE Hall of Fame's class of 2012.
Much to the delight of many fans, screwing Cena was what pushed Edge's singles career into the stratosphere.
Edge Forces Entry into RAW Elimination Chamber, Wins World Heavyweight Title
Enraged after being the first person eliminated from the SmackDown Elimination Chamber match and thus losing his WWE Championship to Triple H at 2009's No Way Out, Edge decided to take matters into his own hands.
He attacked Kofi Kingston, rendering him incapable to compete in the RAW Elimination Chamber match, and barricaded himself inside one of the pods so that he would have to be included in the bout. His dastardly strategy worked, as he was entered fifth and managed to pin Rey Mysterio to capture his fourth World Heavyweight Championship.
Shawn Michaels Interferes, Jericho Wins World Heavyweight Championship
The top spot for most shocking Elimination Chamber victor belongs to none other than the Best in the World at What He Does, Chris Jericho.
At the 2010 Elimination Chamber PPV, the SmackDown chamber match for the World Heavyweight Championship included the current champion the Undertaker, R-Truth, John Morrison, Rey Mysterio, CM Punk and Jericho.
However, it was thanks to someone not involved in the match at all that Jericho picked up the win.
Undertaker was the last entrant into the match; and after being released from his pod, he received a completely unexpected Sweet Chin Music from Shawn Michaels, which would later lead to Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels II at WrestleMania XXVI.
The immediate result was a victory for Jericho after he capitalized on the attack from Michaels.
Perhaps he will get another Chamber win come this Sunday...