WWE Elimination Chamber 2014: Worst Chamber Matches in WWE History
The Elimination Chamber pay-per-view is one that often throws up some stunning surprises. The highlight of the show is arguably the marquee Chamber match, a fight that is often brutal, gruesome and exciting.
However, for all of the 16 Elimination Chamber matches to date, there have been a few that have failed to capture the imagination of the viewers.
It could be a lack of star power inside the match. It could be poor segments. It could be a lack of excitement. Whatever the case, some have simply not been good enough.
Let's take a look at the five worst Elimination Chamber matches in history.
5. New Year's Revolution 2006
It's tough to find somewhere to start, to be honest. The majority of the Elimination Chamber matches have been acceptable, but this one just shades the rest to gain a place on the list.
There just aren't enough Chamber-style segments in the match for it to merit being regarded as one of the better ones, for my money.
Sure, Shawn Michaels pulled some great moments out of the hat—he always does, in all honesty.
The inclusion of Carlito and Chris Masters, though? Surely the WWE could have found someone more marquee to go up against HBK and Kurt Angle than these two.
4. Elimination Chamber 2012 (WWE Championship)
This is the first of two inclusions from this pay-per-view, as it just really lacked on several fronts.
The WWE Championship match promised much, but a lack of delivery in the match's chief feud let it down in my eyes.
CM Punk and Chris Jericho had looked like they were finally going to go head-to-head inside the Chamber, which would have been exceptional viewing.
However, they couldn't do that, since Jericho had been taken out of the match due to a (kayfabe) head injury.
That left us with the likes of The Miz and R-Truth to try to take the WWE Championship. Naturally, we knew what the outcome would be.
3. Elimination Chamber 2012 (World Heavyweight Championship)
Given that Santino Marella is in this match, that might be enough for it to fully merit a place on the list. However, Marella's effort in this bout is actually one of the more interesting spots.
The fact he came so close to winning was a bit of a surprise and added some intrigue to the match. It makes the list because the opening of the match was so dull.
It's not often in a match of this type the crowd feels compelled to chant "Boring!" However, that is exactly what happened here, as Big Show and Wade Barrett's opening exchanges were just plain uninteresting.
The likes of The Great Khali and Marella do not exactly make it a star-studded Chamber, either. It certainly has to rank as one of the worst.
2. December to Dismember 2006
This should have been an environment for the ECW and its stars to thrive in. However, they just couldn't produce it on this occasion.
They decided to add their own brand of style to the Chamber by including some weapons. It seemed like it could have been a good idea at the time—but it failed, in all honesty.
The caliber of people involved drags it down, too. CM Punk was involved, but this was way back in 2006, and he was far from a big thing at the time.
Then there were the likes of Test, Bobby Lashley and Hardcore Holly. All decent guys in their own right but certainly not top stars.
1. No Way Out 2008 (SmackDown)
Oh, this one was without doubt the worst Chamber I've ever laid my eyes on.
First of all, take a look at the guys who competed in the match. Sure, Undertaker and Batista are worthy of stepping inside the Elimination Chamber—there are no issues about that.
But they were up against the likes of Finlay, Big Daddy V, The Great Khali and MVP. That is certainly not a stellar list of stars for a match of this intrigue.
The Chamber is at its best when a high flier or two are present. Think Rey Mysterio or Daniel Bryan. The only saving grace is that the two men remaining at the end were Undertaker and Batista—and they put a nice segment on.
Other than that, it was pretty horrific.