With little more than two weeks before the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view on February 23, there is only one Chamber match on the card. With only one other match being announced at present, there is a risk of the last pay-per-view on the road to WrestleMania falling flat—a risk that could be significantly reduced with the addition of another Chamber match.
Since its inception in 2002, the Elimination Chamber has provided more than its fair share of memorable moments. The brand split and the period of the WWE having two world titles meant that, for the first few years of the Elimination Chamber having its own pay-per-view, there would be two Chamber matches at the event. However, even last year before the titles had been unified, there was only one Chamber match.
Whilst its very true that gimmick matches can be overexposed, the Chamber match doesn't have the same baggage as something like Hell in a Cell, which is best used to end a feud that warrants it. The multi-man aspect of the Chamber, as well as its positioning pre-WrestleMania lends it a huge scope in terms of what can be accomplished with the match. And, since it's a yearly event, two in one night is hardly going to squash its appeal.
Furthermore, with a roster as deep as it is at the moment, it would seem sensible to use a six-man match to get as many wrestlers on the show as possible. There is no shortage of talent who could make good use of a showing inside the Chamber.
The question is, what is the best choice for a secondary Chamber match? It might seem like an obvious choice to have Big E Langston defend his Intercontinental title inside the structure, but to me that would be a step in the wrong direction.
Such a match would suggest that the Intercontinental title is merely inhabiting the same position that the World Heavyweight title previously did, as it was traditionally defended in the secondary Chamber match of the night. To me, this would be far from ideal for the belt, as it should have its own identity as a "workhorse" belt rather than simply another title for someone to hold.
Instead, the currently booked match of The Shield v. The Wyatt Family should be contested inside the Chamber. It would provide something fresh in that a team-based Elimination Chamber match hasn't been done before, as well as making complete sense based on the two teams.
Should The Shield v. The Wyatt Family take place in the Chamber?
Both The Shield—being typically characterised as a cohesive unit who always have the upper hand in a three-on-one situation—and the Wyatts—where Bray Wyatt usually sits out whilst Harper and Rowan do his bidding—are perfectly suited for the way that the Chamber match works. Having the two stables face off inside the Chamber would not only give the long-awaited match an extra layer of intrigue based on the stipulation, the sheer amount of narrative possibilities would surely make this a match of the night.
All six men, Bray Wyatt and Roman Reigns in particular, seem to be high priorities for the WWE. A Chamber match that told the right story could be star-making for each and every competitor.
Is there another Chamber match waiting to happen that you'd like to see? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.