The Rise and Fall Of The Elimination Chamber: Too Much of a Good Thing
Tomorrow night sees the last pay-per-view before Wrestlemania—No Way Out.
It promises to be an exciting one with Randy Orton going one on one with Shane McMahon in a No Holds Barred Match, and Shawn Michaels facing JBL in an "All or Nothing" match.
But the main event will be the Elimination Chamber, as it was at last year's No Way Out, and, again like last year, it will be the second Elimination Chamber of the night.
Now, I think we can all agree that the Elimination Chamber is a fantastic match type, but I feel that it is being over-used. No doubt some of you are now thinking that it only happens twice a year, but the fact that those two times are on the same night, and you know when that night is going to be, takes some of the magic away from it.
Eric Bischoff was given the on-screen credit for coming up with the idea back in 2002, and it was huge. Finally, the WWE had a match that could match Hell in a Cell for brutality and anticipation.
But I think they should use it more like the Hell in a Cell match. Don't make it a feature of every No Way Out, use as a shock announcement, that there will be an Elimination Chamber at the next pay-per-view.
Another reason I feel the Chamber has lost some of its magic is because of the superstars participating in it.
Of course, they will always have some top superstars in it, but they should all be top ones. If you don't have enough to fill the Chamber, make a combined Raw and Smackdown chamber.
The first two chambers were the best for exactly these reasons. They included top talent such as Triple H, Shawn Michaels, Chris Jericho, Kane (when he was unstoppable), Goldberg, Kevin Nash, and Randy Orton.
The third chamber wasn't exactly bad either, with Jericho, Orton, Triple H, Chris Beniot, Edge, and Batista involved. The venue of this chamber, New Years Revolution, would host the fourth chamber, which is where I think it started to go downhill.
I have already stated that there needs to be six top superstars involved to make it a great match, but this one featured Carlito and Chris Masters—not exactly future WWE Hall of Famers.
The December to Dismember pay-per-view held an extreme Elimination Chamber, which was at least better than the previous one, but the weapons covered up the likes of Test and Hardcore Holly, who really shouldn't be in the race for a World Title.
Then, at No Way Out last year, we saw two Chambers in one night. The Raw chamber was full of top superstars, but the fact there was another on the same night, and one that included the likes of MVP, Finlay, The Great Khali, and Big Daddy V, none of whom should have been in the race for the title then, took away from the Raw chamber.
And tomorrow may be a similar scenario, except this time the Smackdown chamber looks good, while the Raw one contains the likes of Mike Knox and Kofi Kingston, who aren't ready for a title match.
In my view, if they want to make the Elimination Chamber get its magic back, they need to make it either less frequent, at irregular intervals, or both.
They also need to make sure it has six performers who deserve to be in a match that big, and not just throw in people to make up the numbers.
The WWE run the risk of ruining the Chamber. It turns out you can have too much of a good thing.
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