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Elimination Chamber is a WWE pay-per-view which replaced No Way Out in 2010 and has been a staple of the calendar ever since (with the exception of 2016).

The name of the event comes from the eponymous gimmick match. The match was created by Triple H and was introduced by Eric Bischoff in November 2002. It features a large chain-linked circular steel structure, which encloses the ring. The chamber's floor is platformed over the ringside area which elevates it to ring level. Within the chamber are four inner enclosures outside each ring corner. The original structure was 16 ft high (now 26 ft), 36 ft in diameter, weighed over 10 short tons, and comprised 2 mi, and 6 short tons of chain.

While similar to Hell in a Cell in nature, the Elimination Chamber match is a multiple participant match, wherein two participants begin the match in the ring as the remaining four are held within each inner enclosure and are released into the match every five minutes. There are no count-outs or disqualifications. The objective is to eliminate each opponent from the match via pinfall or submission.

The concept of the pay-per-view event is that one or two main event matches are contested inside the Elimination Chamber, either with championships or future opportunities at championships at stake.

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  • Off the Rails: The 2015 Chamber event wasn't the only instance of a match going wrong; the first-ever Chamber match in 2002 also flirted with disaster, as this recounting from ESPN illustrates. Things went relatively well at first (barring the wrestlers' unfamiliarity with the Chamber structure, which was noted to be clunky and painful to take bumps on), until the infamous spot where Rob Van Dam struck Triple H across the throat with his knee while attempting to land a Five-Star Frog Splash from the top of a pod. The resulting injury to his trachea left Triple H barely able to breathe or talk, and things would get worse when the remaining pods were opened in the wrong order, causing Kane to enter the match before Shawn Michaels rather than the other way around. Everyone had to call everything on the fly, which was further complicated by Triple H's injury (even worse, the wrestlers hadn't worked out a finish prior to the match; Triple H had promised to just call it in the ring. Kind of hard to do that when you suddenly can't talk well). As Triple H later said, "the worst possible scenario (was) happening at that moment." Despite this, Triple H went bell-to-bell through agonizing pain for the entire match, being the last one eliminated courtesy of Shawn Michaels, the match was well-received, and it would spawn one of WWE's staple gimmick matches. Chris Jericho would later describe it as "all of this comedy of errors that you look back on and it's just like, 'Holy shit, I can't believe it became what it became.'"
  • Loophole Abuse: At No Way Out 2009, Edge was the first to be eliminated on the Smackdown Elimination Chamber match (within 3 minutes no less). Thus, he was no longer the WWE Champion. Later on the Raw's Elimination Chamber match, he assaults Kofi Kingston by giving him an con-chair-to on the steel steps and locked himself in the chamber pod, replacing Kingston in the match. He would proceed to win the chamber match to capture the World Heavyweight Championship.
  • Older Hero vs. Younger Villain: The final two men in the inaugural Elimination Chamber match in 2002 were then World Heavyweight Champion Triple H and his (at the time) estranged Big Brother Mentor Shawn Michaels.