Superstars will have to contend with both their enemies and the battlefield itself at WWE Elimination Chamber 2014.
The Target Center in Minneapolis, Minn. will host the event on Feb. 23. The live kickoff show begins at 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT, and the pay-per-view itself starts at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.
The structure known as "Satan's Prison" is home to the main event, a clash of six men who will be vying for championship glory and the opportunity to be a headliner at WWE's biggest show of the year.
The Usos will also be looking to add gold to their attire, the company's two most imposing squads will square off and The Prime Time Players will face each other.
Information on what matches are on tap and how to tune in to see it all follows.
Live Streaming Options
Elimination Chamber marks the last pay-per-view of its era. The day after the event, the WWE Network launches, which will change how fans view and pay for events like these.
Pay-per-views will be included in the Network's $9.99 service fee. This time around, fans still have to shell out around $50 for Elimination Chamber alone.
WWE does give one myriad ways to watch it, though.
Fans' options for legally streaming Elimination Chamber include watching it on WWE.com or by way of Google Play, the Amazon app store or similar programs for viewing on smart devices. Alternatively, Samsung Smart TVs, XBOX consoles and the PlayStation Network offer ways to see every title bout and grudge mach.
For a full list of ways to stream the show, check out WWE's "how to watch" section.
The free pre-show begins 30 minutes before the pay-per-view proper. A trio of former world champions will serve as hosts, and the former Tag Team champions will be in action.
Mark Henry, The Miz and Rey Mysterio make up the Elimination Chamber panel, per WWE.com.
They will be discussing the night's biggest matches and storylines. Look for The Miz to be upset about being in a suit and tie rather than his wrestling boots. He's been especially testy as of late, even after a victory.
He will watch as Cody Rhodes and Goldust battle Curtis Axel and Ryback.
- Alberto Del Rio vs. Batista
- Darren Young vs. Titus O'Neil
- Big E vs. Jack Swagger (Intercontinental Championship)
- The Usos vs. The New Age Outlaws (Tag Team Championship)
- The Wyatt Family vs. The Shield
- Randy Orton vs. Daniel Bryan vs. Sheamus vs. Christian vs. Cesaro vs. John Cena (Elimination Chamber match for WWE World Heavyweight Championship)
Batista looks to follow up his Royal Rumble victory by crushing the pest that is his Elimination Chamber opponent. Del Rio has been trigger happy with threats, including promising to tear Batista's arms off, but so far it's been The Animal who has been the predator in this relationship.
As intense as that match should be, it won't have nearly as much animosity as Young vs. O'Neil.
After being as close as brothers when they were tag team partners, The Prime Time Players split up in violent fashion. Young did get a measure of revenge against O'Neil when he ambushed him on SmackDown.
That wasn't enough, though, as the two Superstars will now enter a grudge match on Sunday.
Big E faces a tough test as Swagger attempts to take the IC title from him. Swagger failed to qualify for the WWE title match like his partner Cesaro did, but he won a Fatal 4-Way match to become No. 1 contender for the IC title.
That win now has each of the The Real Americans thinking they can walk away champion at the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view.
The Usos have championship dreams as well. They will face current Tag Team titleholders The New Age Outlaws in a battle of experience versus youth.
It's another tag team match that is garnering the most buzz, though.
The Wyatt Family collide with The Shield in a showdown that will prove who WWE's most dominant heel stable is. Each time these two groups have stared each other down, the result has been enthralling.
They now move from posturing and taunting to what should be the WWE equivalent of a demolition derby.
Elimination Chamber's main event has five challengers all seeking Orton's WWE title. Victory assures one man of facing Batista at WrestleMania's main event.
Triple H adds in an interview with Michael Cole that the winner will also be considered the face of the WWE, regardless of who that is.
Bryan is the crowd favorite, having only briefly held the championship last year and owning the most vocal fanbase in WWE right now. Cesaro is the match's dark horse and has a chance to have a career-defining moment even in a loss.
The brutal nature of the Chamber and the all-star caliber of the men inside it should make this a compellingly violent masterpiece.
It will cap off a major stretch of the road to WrestleMania on this the last pay-per-view to air before the Network makes shows like Elimination Chamber more accessible. It offers new stars a chance to burn their name in history and promises the sound of steel on flesh again and again.
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