Top 10 Best Elimination Chamber Matches
It's February which means it's time for the giant bump in the road we call the Elimination Chamber. A match type with mixed reviews between lovers and haters making it fair to call it the Marmite Stipulation. I have gone back and watched all the Chamber matches in search of ones that can hopefully satisfy even the most skeptical with classic and enjoyable moments. With that in mind I am P-Nut for Real Rasslin and this is the Top 10 Elimination Chambers of all time.
10. CM Punk (c) vs Kofi Kingston vs Dolph Ziggler vs R-Truth vs The Miz vs Chris Jericho - Elimination Chamber 2012 - WWE Championship
Another chapter in CM Punk's legendary title run saw CM Punk retain the title after starting the match with Kofi Kingston. Once Chris Jericho enters he slams a pod door into Punk in a throwback to the 2011 chamber match. (more on that later). Things take a turn for the worse for Jericho as an unfortunate fall to the outside after taking a kick to the head makes the last two competitors The Miz and CM Punk. These two then have a classic back and forth with Miz looking like he will even win at times before finally being put away by Punk. There are better chamber matches but this one is definitely going to satisfy the not so quiet Punk fans out there.
9. Triple H (c) vs Rob Van Dam vs Chris Jericho vs Booker T vs Kane vs Shawn Michaels - Survivor Series 2002 - World Heavyweight Championship
The very first Elimination Chamber happened at Survivor Series 2002 and it had an amazing ending that saw Shawn Michaels win the World Heavyweight Championship. This was an incredible way to continue the Shawn Michaels redemption arc. Unfortunately the match was also incredibly long and a Rob Van Dam 5 star frog splash went wrong leaving Triple H with a pretty nasty injury. By placing it number 9 I am not saying it's a bad match but that this match stipulation would go on to evolve and improve over time.
8. Chris Jericho vs Chris Benoit vs Triple H (c) vs Edge vs Randy Orton vs Batista - New Years Revolution 2005 - World Heavyweight Championship
From the moment Shawn Michaels was announced as the referee for this match we knew anything could happen. Shawn Michaels had history with every competitor having faced three of them in the last two WrestleManias. Jericho and Benoit starting the match with some great technical wrestling and Shawn Michaels superkicking Edge to eliminate him first ensure that the match starts well. Eventually only Batista, Randy Orton and Triple H remain. As Randy Orton regains the upper hand to pin Batista, you see Triple H sit back down in the corner instead of coming to his fellow Evolution members aid and going on to win over Orton. Triple H retaining the title wasn't well recieved among some fans at the time but the match itself is very good.
7. Chris Jericho vs Rey Mysterio vs Kane vs Mike Knox vs Kofi Kingston vs John Cena (c) - No Way Out 2009 - World Heavyweight Championship
Edge was eliminated first and lost the WWE Championship in the first match of the night so he interjected himself into this one by attacking Kofi and climbing into a pod. This rubbed up Cena and Mysterio the wrong way before the match even begins. This plays out throughout the match leading up to the final two being Mysterio and Edge. Edge manages to finish Mysterio off with a spear and steal the title like only an ultimate opportunist can. It's also incredibly shocking how early the champion, John Cena, is eliminated guaranteeing a new champion early on. This match is definitely up there as one of the better ones for storytelling.
6. Chris Jericho vs Shawn Michaels vs Randy Orton vs Kevin Nash vs Triple H (c) vs Goldberg - Summerslam 2003 - World Heavyweight Championship
The second and shortest Elimination Chamber match in history begins with Chris Jericho and Shawn Michaels in a throwback to their match at Wrestlemania earlier in the year. Kevin Nash, who had his hair cut off on Raw, is the first man eliminated, powerbombing everyone he can as he leaves. Triple H tries to exit fifth but is promptly superkicked back into his pod where he stays. Finally, Goldberg comes in and makes short work of everyone until just himself and Triple H remain. Goldberg breaks into the pod where Triple H is cowering with the assistance of Ric Flair. Goldberg looks set to win until a sledgehammer shot from Triple H ends the match, and the post match beatdown from Evolution begins. If you want to watch a nice quick Elimination Chamber match this certainly does the job.
5. Big Show vs Wade Barrett vs Cody Rhodes vs Santino Marella vs The Great Khali vs Daniel Bryan (c) - Elimination Chamber 2012 - World Heavyweight Championship
This match takes a little bit of time to get going but once it does it's great. The action starts with Big Show ripping the chains above Daniel Bryan's pod and climbing in to attack Bryan with nowere to go, but the story of the night is Santino Marella. Santino manages to eliminate both Cody Rhodes and Wade Barrett to end the match with Daniel Bryan vs Santino. At times Santino looks like he might actually pull it off before eventually tapping out to Daniel Bryan. A lot more fun than brutality but the fun moments are just that.
4. Shawn Michaels vs John Cena (c) vs Carlito vs Kurt Angle vs Chris Masters vs Kane - New Years Revolution 2006 - WWE Championship
It was 2006 and everybody hated John Cena. Carlito and Chris Masters form a pact and together start eliminating superstars left and right, starting with Kane, until eventually it's just themselves and Cena. Carlito sees his moment and eliminates Masters only to fall to John Cena. But wait, here comes Vince McMahon. Edge cashes in his Money in the Bank and after a couple of false finishes he pins Cena and wins his first major title in the company. This moment almost eclipses the match itself which goes from good to great, as Edge walks out as the new WWE Champion. One of the best feel good moments in Chamber history.
3. King Sheamus vs John Morrison vs Randy Orton vs John Cena vs R-Truth vs CM Punk - Elimination Chamber 2011 - WWE Championship title opportunity at WrestleMania
2011 became the year of Punk and all of that started off because of matches like this one. Punk, who gets trapped in his pod after the door fails to open, fully sees him get a second chance due to a ruling from the Anonymous Raw Genreal Manager. Punk rejoined the match as the last entrant and took care of Randy Orton who had previously tried to capitalise on his pod malfunction. John Morrison uses his unique parkour style to climb the chamber for a crossbody to eliminate King Sheamus. The match would eventually come down to Punk vs Cena, with Cena finally grabbing the win and going on to face The Miz at Wrestlemania. This match sows the seeds for what would come later at Money in the Bank and you can see it building even this early on in the year.
2. Cesaro vs Sheamus vs Daniel Bryan vs Christian vs John Cena vs Randy Orton (c) - Elimination Chamber 2014 - WWE World Heavyweight Championship
If you love a bit of #shenanigans then this is definitely the chamber match for you. Daniel Bryan is on his way to Wrestlemania XXX and the yes movemnt is in full swing. He looks like he's going to walk out the Champion, much to the love and happiness of the crowd. As we know now looking back It was not to be. First, the Wyatt family get involved to put an end to John Cena, but then Kane gets involved to help Randy Orton walk out as Champion when it looks like Bryan will finally pull off what fans had anticipated for a long time. Daniel Bryan would go on to win the title at Wrestlemania for the pay off and this match will always be seen now as a bump in the road.
1. Edge (c) vs Jeff Hardy vs Vladimir Kozlov vs Big Show vs Triple H vs The Undertaker - No Way Out 2009 -WWE Champiomship
As we mentioned earlier, Edge was eliminated first in this match and went on to win the other chamber match after attacking Kofi. With a guaranteed new champion the stakes suddenly rose and it showed. Vladimir Koslov tasted his first defeat in a WWE ring after being eliminated by the Undertaker, who entered last. Eventually, there were only two superstars remaining - Undertaker and Triple H. These two then put on a masterpiece of a match for nearly 10 minutes to top off what I think was the greatest Elimination Chamber match of all time.
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