WWE Elimination Chamber 2012: The Top 3 Chamber Matches to Date
Over the years, Vince McMahon has turned WWE into a global empire. The WWE is the top wrestling company in the world thanks to Vince. But in order to stay on top, one needs to be innovative. With this in mind, the WWE introduced a match that would change the WWE forever. That match is the Elimination Chamber.
The Elimination Chamber is 16 feet high and 36 feet in diameter. It weighs in at 10 tons and has over two miles of chain making up its shape. Truly a demonic structure, the chamber has been able to hold some of the best matches in the WWE.
In just under two hours, the 2012 Elimination Chamber pay-per-view will take place. The event will feature two chamber matches, one for Raw and one for Smackdown. Will these chamber matches be able to stand up to the greatest chamber matches of all time? This list includes my top three Elimination Chamber matches of all time.
3. SummerSlam 2003; Phoenix, Arizona
The second Elimination Chamber match in WWE history featured some of the best superstars the WWE has ever known. Triple H would defend his World Heavyweight Championship against Goldberg, Chris Jericho, Shawn Michaels, Kevin Nash and Randy Orton.
This may not be a popular choice for the top chamber matches to some people, but to me, this match was effective. Kevin Nash would end up being the first one eliminated after Shawn Michaels connected with a Sweet Chin Music. Nash would then go on a rampage and Jackknifed Jericho, Orton and Shawn. With his cell door now open, Goldberg stormed the ring and completely demolished anyone in his path. Goldberg connected with spears and Jackhammer Slams to all three men and eliminated every one of them.
This left Goldberg and Triple H as the last two men inside the chamber. Triple H decided it would be a good idea to hide out in his cell. Goldberg proved that this idea would not work, as he kicked in the door and beat down Triple H. Goldberg was on his way to winning the match until Ric Flair gave Triple H a sledgehammer. Goldberg went for a spear and Triple hit him with the sledge, picking up the win and retaining his title.
After the match, Evolution teamed up to destroy Goldberg. The feud between Goldberg and Evolution came to a head at the event, and the group left Goldberg bloodied and handcuffed to the ropes.
2. New Year's Revolution 2005; San Juan, Puerto Rico
The third chamber match in WWE history featured Triple H, Edge, Chris Jericho, Chris Benoit, Randy Orton and Batista. All six men would be fighting over the vacant World Heavyweight Championship. What made the match even more interesting was Shawn Michaels being named special guest referee for the match.
Benoit and Jericho started off the match and entertained the crowd with some great wrestling. Triple H would enter next, and all three men would beat down each other, using the chamber to their advantage. Edge would enter next, followed by Randy Orton. A nice side story here was that Orton had been kicked out of Evolution a few months prior to this event. Now Orton was on the hunt for revenge.
After a series of finishers, Edge would be the first eliminated due to a superkick from Shawn and a lionsault from Jericho. Jericho and Benoit teamed to lock Triple H in a crossface/walls submission. Batista entered and saved his leader. Batista would hit Batista bombs on those two men and eliminate them. Triple H and Batista now teamed up to beat down Orton. Somehow, Orton gained the upper hand and eliminated Batista with an RKO.
Orton would come close to winning the championship when he hit Triple H with an RKO, but Ric Flair and Batista distracted Michaels. Batista then took out Orton and Triple H finished him off with a Pedigree for the win.
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1. Survivor Series 2002; New York, New York
The first Elimination Chamber match in WWE history would change the business forever. Triple H entered the match as champion and would defend the title against Booker T, Chris Jericho, Kane, Shawn Michaels and Rob Van Dam.
Van Dam and Triple H started off the bout. They exchanged blows until Jericho entered and teamed up with Triple H to take down RVD. Booker T would enter next and clean house. RVD would hit a five-star frog splash on Triple H but would be eliminated by Booker T before he could go for a pin.
Kane would enter next, hitting Booker with a chokeslam. Jericho would hit a lionsault and eliminate Booker. Shawn Michaels entered next and the match would get crazy. Kane took out everyone with chokeslams, but HBK eliminated him with a Sweet Chin Music. Jericho and Triple H teamed up to take on HBK and beat him down until they turned on each other. Jericho would lock in the Walls of Jericho on Trips, but HBK would hit Jericho with the superkick and eliminate him.
Shawn and Triple H remained as the final two. Shawn was able to go for a superkick, but Triple H blocked it and hit a Pedigree. Triple H received a surprising two-count and went for a second Pedigree, but Shawn countered and hit his superkick for the victory.
Shawn Michaels will go down in history as the first-ever Elimination Chamber match winner.
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Just missing the cut for me was last year's Smackdown Chamber match. The match featured Edge, Drew McIntyre, Rey Mysterio, Kane, Wade Barrett and The Big Show. The bout was certainly interesting, and it allowed Barrett and McIntyre to show that they could compete with the big stars of the WWE.
Edge would prove victorious and retain his World Heavyweight Championship.
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