WWE Elimination Chamber 2013: Compiling an All-Time Chamber Match
Imagine that WWE could insert the Elimination Chamber's all-time best performers in one chamber match.
Who would the company fill those pods with?
There is a long list to choose from. In its 10-plus years of existence, the Elimination Chamber has been the battleground for several icons, monsters and Hall of Famers.
When putting together the all-time Chamber match, one must consider whose offense suits the structure the best and whose star power would elevate the match the most.
The brutal structure should house some wrestlers capable of high-flying moves, the technically savvy as well as a powerhouse or two. Only previous Chamber combatants were considered.
Collectively, the following six men fulfill those requirements and offer the most ideal dream Chamber match.
This Sunday's Elimination Chamber match will mark the eighth time Chris Jericho steps into the barbaric cage. His immense experience alone inside the Chamber earns him a spot in the all-time match.
Extremely popular and a deliverer of great matches, Jericho is a great addition for many other reasons, though.
His ability to springboard from the ropes to land a dropkick or Lionsault can make the chamber his macabre playground. Should he miss one of these, he may have his flesh rattling against steel. Should he nail his moves, the match benefits from the spectacle of his athleticism.
Either way, the fans get an excellent show.
As a bonus, Jericho's Codebreaker finisher offers the match a sudden and effective weapon.
The Elimination Chamber's first-ever winner deserves a spot based on his legendary status.
Shawn Michaels spent his WWE career doing everything it took to please the fans. There's no doubt that he'd help this Elimination Chamber match be the best ever.
Few wrestlers have better sold their opponents' offense.
The drama of having Michaels thrash around as his opponents' victim is only amplified by the harsh surroundings of the Chamber. Throw him through the Plexiglas or smash him against the grates outside the ring, and Michaels will use his body as a theatrical vessel.
His Sweet Chin Music is perhaps the finest finisher in WWE history. Having that as part of the match's toolbox helps its entertainment value in a big way. No foe is safe with that boot flying at their jaw.
Triple H has a record four wins in the Chamber. His strength and resilience, not to mention his willingness to use a sledgehammer, make him a convincing threat in this match.
Making him the third entrant adds several potential storylines.
Triple H and Shawn Michaels have been both allies and enemies. Would they form an allegiance during this match or would their past hatred resurface?
The Game's calculated and vicious style fits the Chamber perfectly.
He can deliver a spinebuster on the grates. He'd certainly grind someone's face on the Chamber's chains. He also has the power to whip someone through a Plexiglas pod.
Think back to the Elimination Chamber's best moments and Edge's image pops up several times.
He attacked Kofi Kingston to steal his spot. He took advantage of a bloody John Cena in the first-ever Money in the Bank cash-in. Perhaps Edge creates a new iconic Chamber match surrounded by all these stars.
He can spear folks for a quick pin. He can use his devious mind to craft some creative advantage.
Edge was consistently one of WWE's most dramatic and captivating performers. There’s no doubt he'd help make this all-time Chamber match the best it can be.
Although Goldberg was only in one Chamber match, his performance was so memorable and his power so tremendous that he deserves to be added.
Edge, Shawn Michaels and Chris Jericho can contribute all the speed the match needs. Michaels can do the elbow drop off a pod. Jericho can come up with some creative new spot.
Goldberg would bring the muscle to the party.
He can toss those men around the ring. He can spear someone through a pod like he did against Jericho in 2003. His intensity elevates the match.
It won't hurt either that he'd be looking for revenge against Triple H. It was The Game who outlasted Goldberg back in the SummerSlam 2003 Chamber match with the help of a sledgehammer.
Every Elimination Chamber match needs at least one big man. The structure begs for a monstrous man to demolish both his foes and his surroundings.
If WWE is going to select one giant to enter the fray, why not make it the best of all time?
The Undertaker's star power instantly ups the legendary factor of this match.
Adding him to the mix also incorporates a number of feuds. Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels, Undertaker vs. Edge and Undertaker vs. Triple H are phenomenal rivalries on their own, but seeing them crammed together in one place would be a blast to watch.
Undertaker adds darkness, power and a healthy helping of chokeslams to the match.
Two Hall of Fame inductees, Shawn Michaels and Edge, are already in the match. Triple H, Chris Jericho and Undertaker's inclusion adds three future Hall of Famers.
With these six men pitted against each other, WWE fans would be witness to the greatest Chamber match ever.