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Elimination-Chamber

The Elimination Chamber is a match type in professional wrestling (seen in World Wrestling Entertainment). It is a variation of the steel cage and Hell in a Cell matches, in that the ring is surrounded by a steel structure of chain and girders, but instead of a standard steel cage, the Elimination Chamber is circular, allowing for four inner chambers (or 'pods') to be placed on the apron with platforms keeping the wrestlers from the floor. The metal is black and the chambers are made of 'bulletproof' glass. The chamber is 36 feet in diameter and is composed of 10 tons of steel and 2 miles of chain.

Rules

The match is contested by six wrestlers, two beginning the match in the ring and the other four in the glass chambers. After a predetermined amount of time (three, four or five minutes) a chamber opens at random and a wrestler is added to the two already competing, and this continues until all men are released. Wrestlers are eliminated by pinfall or submission, often leading to some being eliminated before every wrestler is released into the match. The winner is the final man left after all others have been eliminated.

So far, there is no provision as to what may happen if a competitor escapes the Chamber without being eliminated, although noncompetitors and recently eliminated competitors have interfered on behalf of one of the remaining competitors.

Because of the logistics of the Chamber's design, no other enclosure-based match is typically scheduled on the same card as the Elimination Chamber, and the Elimination Chamber itself has not been used for any match other than the one prescribed above.

Former RAW general manager Eric Bischoff was given on-screen credit for creating the match in the fall of 2002, stating it combines elements of WWE's Royal Rumble, Survivor Series and WCW's War Games matches, in that the countdown timer comes from the Rumble and War Games, the enclosed cage format from War Games, and the elimination process from the Rumble and Series.

To date, 19 Chamber matches have been held, the first two having moments where the bulletproof chamber glass was shattered during an attack, and the order of entry to the ring matches the random release of the wrestlers into the match in those first two as well. Triple H entered both of the first two Elimination Chamber matches as reigning World Heavyweight Champion and was involved in the final pinfall of the first three, losing the first and winning the second and third. The fourth match on January 8, 2006 was the first to be held with the WWE Championship on the line. The fifth match on December 3, 2006 was the first to be held with the ECW World Championship on the line.

The fifth match, held at the ECW pay-per-view December to Dismember, was a slight variation called the 'Extreme Elimination Chamber'. In this variation of the match, each 'pod' in the Chamber would have one of four weapons for the competitors locked inside to hold on to. When each competitor's chamber opened, their weapon entered the match along with them. The four weapons used in the match were a crowbar, a table, a steel chair, and a barbed wire baseball bat.

Match history

Elimination Chamber I

The first Elimination Chamber match took place on November 17, 2002 at the Survivor Series 2002 event in New York City. The match was Triple H (champion) vs. Shawn Michaels vs. Chris Jericho vs. Rob Van Dam vs. Booker T vs. Kane for the World Heavyweight Championship. Michaels last pinned Triple H to win the championship.

Elimination # Wrestler Entrance Eliminated Elimination Move Time
1 Rob Van Dam 1 by Booker T Missile dropkick 13:36
2 Booker T 4 by Chris Jericho Chokeslam and Lionsault 17:39
3 Kane 5 by Chris Jericho Sweet Chin Music, Pedigree and Lionsault 22:51
4 Chris Jericho 3 by Shawn Michaels Sweet Chin Music 30:40
5 Triple H 2 by Shawn Michaels Sweet Chin Music 39:17
WINNER Shawn Michaels 6 NA

Elimination Chamber II

The second Elimination Chamber match took place on August 24, 2003 at the SummerSlam 2003 event in Phoenix, Arizona. The match was Triple H (champion) vs. Shawn Michaels vs. Chris Jericho vs. Kevin Nash vs. Randy Orton vs. Goldberg for the World Heavyweight Championship. Triple H last pinned Goldberg to retain the championship. This was also the shortest Elimination Chamber in WWE history thus far.

Elimination # Wrestler Entrance Eliminated Elimination Move Time
1 Kevin Nash 4 by Chris Jericho Sweet Chin Music and Roll-up 8:05
2 Randy Orton 3 by Goldberg Spear 13:01
3 Shawn Michaels 2 by Goldberg Spear and Jackhammer 15:19
4 Chris Jericho 1 by Goldberg Spear and Jackhammer 16:03
5 Goldberg 6 by Triple H Sledgehammer (weapon) 19:12
WINNER Triple H 5 NA

Elimination Chamber III

The third Elimination Chamber match took place on January 9, 2005 at the New Year's Revolution 2005 event in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The match was Triple H vs. Randy Orton vs. Batista vs. Chris Jericho vs. Chris Benoit vs. Edge for the vacant World Heavyweight Championship. Shawn Michaels was the special guest referee (making it the first match of its kind to feature a Special Referee). Triple H last pinned Orton to win the championship.

Elimination # Wrestler Entrance Eliminated Elimination Move Time
1 Edge 4 by Chris Jericho Sweet Chin Music and Lionsault 19:20
2 Chris Benoit 1 by Batista Spinebuster followed by Jericho being spinebustered onto Benoit 26:15
3 Chris Jericho 2 by Batista Falling slam and Batista Bomb 27:37
4 Batista 6 by Randy Orton Low Blow and RKO 32:30
5 Randy Orton 5 by Triple H Clothesline from Batista and then a Pedigree 34:54
WINNER Triple H 3 NA

Elimination Chamber IV

The fourth Elimination Chamber match took place on January 8, 2006 at the New Year's Revolution 2006 event in Albany, New York. The match was John Cena (champion) vs. Shawn Michaels vs. Kane vs. Chris Masters vs. Carlito vs. Kurt Angle for the WWE Championship. John Cena last pinned Carlito to retain the championship, but would lose the title to Edge mere minutes later.

Elimination # Wrestler Entrance Eliminated Elimination Move Time
1 Kurt Angle 4 by Shawn Michaels Sweet Chin Music 13:58
2 Kane 6 by Carlito and Chris Masters Double Cover 19:24
3 Shawn Michaels 1 by Carlito Modified swinging neckbreaker 23:35
4 Chris Masters 5 by Carlito Low Blow and Roll-up 28:15
5 Carlito 3 by John Cena Roll-up 28:22
WINNER John Cena 2 NA

Elimination Chamber V

The fifth Elimination Chamber match, dubbed the first-ever "Extreme Elimination Chamber" match, took place on December 3, 2006 at December to Dismember 2006 in Augusta, Georgia. This is the first Elimination Chamber match not hosted by the RAW brand (the first two Elimination Chamber matches were held at joint production pay-per-view events, Survivor Series 2002 and SummerSlam 2003 respectively, but were held only for RAW wrestlers to compete in; the other two Elimination Chamber matches were both held at WWE New Year's Revolution, a RAW-exclusive pay-per-view). The match was The Big Show (c) vs. Rob Van Dam vs. Hardcore Holly vs. CM Punk vs. Test vs. Bobby Lashley for the ECW World Championship. Sabu was promoted as a participant prior to the match, but was found unconscious in the back (kayfabe) during the event and replaced by Holly. Each wrestler (excluding the starting two) wielded a weapon that was locked inside the Chamber's "pod" with them. Lashley last pinned Big Show to win the championship.

Elimination # Wrestler Entrance Weapon Eliminated Elimination Move Time
1 CM Punk 3 Steel Chair by Rob Van Dam Five-Star Frog splash 12:24
2 Hardcore Holly 2 N/A by Test Big Boot 13:43
3 Rob Van Dam 1 N/A by Test Diving elbow drop with a steel chair from Big Show's pod 14:00
4 Test 4 Crowbar by Bobby Lashley Spear 18:39
5 Big Show 6 Baseball Bat by Bobby Lashley Spear 23:42
WINNER Bobby Lashley 5 . . NA

Elimination Chamber VI

Elimination # Wrestler Entrance Eliminated Elimination Move Time
1 Big Daddy V 3 by Batista DDT 09:07
2 Great Khali 4 by Undertaker Gogoplata 12:38
3 MVP 6 by Finlay Chokeslam 22:31
4 Finlay 5 by Undertaker Chokeslam 24:11
5 Batista 2 by Undertaker Tombstone Piledriver 29:28
WINNER Undertaker 1 NA

Elimination Chamber VII

Elimination # Wrestler Entrance Eliminated Elimination Move Time
1 JBL 4 by Chris Jericho Codebreaker 13:44
2 Umaga 3 by Chris Jericho Sweet Chin Music, Codebreaker, Pedigree, Swanton Bomb 19:45
3 Chris Jericho 1 by Jeff Hardy Sweet Chin Music 19:57
4 Shawn Michaels 2 by Triple H Twist of Fate, Pedigree 20:25
5 Jeff Hardy 6 by Triple H Pedigree onto a steel chair 23:54
WINNER Triple H 5 NA

Elimination Chamber VIII

Elimination # Wrestler Entrance Eliminated Elimination Move Time
1 Edge 1 by Jeff Hardy Cradle 02:59
2 Vladimir Kozlov 3 by Undertaker The Last Ride 22:57
3 Big Show 4 by Triple H Swanton Bomb 26:09
4 Jeff Hardy 2 by Undertaker Tombstone Piledriver 28:28
5 Undertaker 6 by Triple H Pedigree 35:55
WINNER Triple H 5 NA

Elimination Chamber IX

Edge walked in as champion in the Smackdown Elimination Chamber Match above, but was eliminated first within 3 minutes by Jeff Hardy. But because of his wife, Vickie Guerrero being the General Manager of Raw, he entered the match in place of Kofi Kingston by hitting him with a steel chair on his head, injuring him and entering his chamber.

Elimination # Wrestler Entrance Eliminated Elimination Move Time
1 Kane 3 by Rey Mysterio Seated Senton 09:37
2 Mike Knox 4 by Chris Jericho Codebreaker 14:42
3 John Cena 6 by Edge Spear 22:22
4 Chris Jericho 2 by Rey Mysterio Reversal of The Walls of Jericho. 23:54
5 Rey Mysterio 1 by Edge Spear. 29:46
WINNER Edge 5 NA

Elimination Chamber X

Elimination # Wrestler Entrance Eliminated Elimination Move Time
1 Randy Orton 4 by Ted DiBiase Jr. lead pipe shot (weapon), then an Attitude Adjustment by John Cena 24:02
2 Ted DiBiase Jr. 5 by Kofi Kingston Trouble in Paradise 25:39
3 Kofi Kingston 1 by Sheamus Bicycle kick and a High Cross 26:13
4 Sheamus 2 by Triple H Pedigree 28:38
5 Triple H 3 by John Cena STF 30:22
WINNER John Cena 6 NA

Elimination Chamber XI

Elimination # Wrestler Entrance Eliminated Elimination Move Time
1 R-Truth 2 by CM Punk GTS (Go 2 Sleep) 03:34
2 CM Punk 1 Rey Mysterio 619 followed by a Body Splash 09:58
3 Rey Mysterio 3 by John Morrison Starship Pain 20:00
4 John Morrison 5 by Undertaker Chokeslam 28:24
5 Undertaker 6 Chris Jericho Sweet Chin Music from Shawn Michaels 35:36
WINNER Chris Jericho 4 N/A

Elimination Chamber XII

Elimination # Wrestler Entrance Eliminated Elimination Move Time
1 Wade Barrett 3 by Big Show KO Punch 18:28
2 The Big Show 6 by Kane Chokeslam from Hell 20:35
3 Drew McIntyre 5 by Kane Chokeslam from Hell 20:45
4 Kane 4 by Edge Spear 22:35
5 Rey Mysterio 1 by Edge Spear 31:10
WINNER Edge 2 N/A

Elimination Chamber XIV

Elimination # Wrestler Entrance Eliminated Elimination Move Time
1 R-Truth 5 by Sheamus Brogue Kick 17:35
2 Randy Orton 3 by CM Punk GTS (Go 2 Sleep) 21:35
3 Sheamus 2 by John Morrison Crossbody from top of the Chamber 25:30
4 John Morrison 1 by CM Punk GTS (Go 2 Sleep) 28:15
5 CM Punk 6 John Cena Attitude Adjustment 33:15
WINNER John Cena 4 N/A

Elimination Chamber XIII

Elimination # Wrestler Entrance Eliminated Elimination Move Time
1 R-Truth 4 by CM Punk Diving Elbow Drop 11:38
2 Dolph Ziggler 3 by Chris Jericho Codebreaker 21:15
3 Kofi Kingston 2 by Chris Jericho Walls of Jericho 25:28
4 Chris Jericho 6 N/A Could not continue. 26:51
5 The Miz 5 CM Punk GTS (Go 2 Sleep) 33:15
WINNER CM Punk 1 N/A

Elimination Chamber XV

Elimination # Wrestler Entrance Eliminated Elimination Move Time
1 Great Khali 5 by Big Show Spear 16:31
2 Big Show 1 by Cody Rhodes Pinned after two Disaster Kicks and a DDT followed by a diving elbow drop 22:37
3 Cody Rhodes 3 by Santino Marella Roll-up 23:04
4 Wade Barrett 2 by Santino Marella Pinned after a diving headbutt from Daniel Bryan 30:37
5 Santino Marella 5 by Daniel Bryan Submitted to the LeBell Lock 34:04
WINNER Daniel Bryan 6 N/A

Elimination Chamber XVI

Elimination # Wrestler Entrance Eliminated Elimination Move Time
1 Daniel Bryan 2 by Mark Henry World's Strongest Slam 16:35
2 Kane 4 by Mark Henry World's Strongest Slam 18:22
3 Mark Henry 6 by Randy Orton Big Boot by Swagger, a Code Breaker by Jericho and an RKO by Orton 23:18
4 Chris Jericho 1 by Randy Orton RKO 31:11
5 Randy Orton 5 by Jack Swagger Schoolboy roll up 31:18
WINNER Jack Swagger 3 N/A

Elimination Chamber XVII

Elimination # Wrestler Entrance Eliminated Elimination Move Time
1 Sheamus 2 by Christian Frog Splash 26:00
2 Christian 4 by Daniel Bryan Running Single Leg High Knee 27:12
3 Cesaro 1 by John Cena STF 30:10
4 John Cena 5 by Randy Orton Sister Abigail from Bray Wyatt 32:38
5 Daniel Bryan 3 by Randy Orton RKO 37:33
WINNER Randy Orton 6 N/A

Elimination Chamber XVIII

Elimination # Wrestler Entrance Eliminated Elimination Move Time
1 Los Matadores / Diego 4 by The Ascension Fall of Man 10:22
2 The Lucha Dragons / Kalisto 2 by The Ascension / Konnor Fall of Man 11:20
3 The Ascension / Viktor 1 The Prime Time Players / Darren Young Gut Check 13:30
4 Tyson Kidd and Cesaro / Cesaro 3 The Prime Time Players / Darren Young Roll-Up 18:28
5 The Prime Time Players / Titus O'Neil 5 The New Day Trouble in Paradise 23:40
WINNER The New Day 6 N/A

Elimination Chamber XIX

Elimination # Wrestler Entrance Eliminated Elimination Move Time
1 King Barrett 1 by R-Truth Lie Detector 11:05
2 R-Truth 3 by Ryback Shell Shocked 14:00
3 Mark Henry 4 by Sheamus Brogue Kick 17:20
4 Dolph Ziggler 2 by Sheamus Brogue Kick 20:25
5 Sheamus 6 by Ryback Shell Shocked 23:40
WINNER Ryback 5 N/A

Trivia

  • Shawn Michaels' title win in the first Elimination Chamber match made him the first man in WWE history to win a World title in a Steel Cage match of any kind.
  • Chris Jericho (8) has appeared in the most Elimination Chamber matches with Randy Orton (7), Triple H (6), Kane/John Cena (5) having also made numerous appearances.
    EC 2012

    Chris Jericho making his record breaking 10th overall elimination.

  • Triple H (4) has won more Elimination Chamber matches than any single wrestler, with John Cena (3) and Edge (2) being the only other men with multiple victories.
  • Chris Jericho (10) has the most all around eliminations of any single wrestler with Triple H (7), Undertaker (6), and CM Punk/Randy Orton (5) trailing not far behind.
  • Bill Goldberg, Carlito, and The Undertaker hold the record for the most eliminations in a single match (3). 
  • The Undertaker and CM Punk are the only participants to enter the Elimination Chamber first and go on to win the entire match.

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