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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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    Elimination Chamber matches outside of the PPV 
  • Survivor Series 2002Shawn Michaels d. Triple H (c), Chris Jericho, Kane, Booker T, and Rob Van Damnote 
  • SummerSlam 2003 — Triple H (c) d. Goldberg, Chris Jericho, Shawn Michaels, Randy Orton, and Kevin Nashnote 
  • New Year's Revolution 2005 — Triple H d. Randy Orton, Batista, Chris Jericho, Chris Benoit, and Edgenote 
  • New Years Revolution 2006John Cena (c) d. Carlito, Chris Masters, Shawn Michaels, Kane, and Kurt Anglenote 
  • ECW December To Dismember 2006Bobby Lashley d. Big Show (c), Test, Rob Van Dam, Hardcore Holly, and CM Punknote 
  • No Way Out 2008:
    • Smackdown and ECW Elimination Chamber — The Undertaker d. Batista, Finlay, Montel Vontavious Porter, The Great Khali and Big Daddy Vnote 
    • RAW Elimination Chamber — Triple H d. Jeff Hardy, Shawn Michaels, Chris Jericho, Umaga and JBLnote 
  • No Way Out 2009:
    • Smackdown Elimination Chamber — Triple H d. Edge (c), The Undertaker, Jeff Hardy, Big Show and Vladimir Kozlovnote 
    • RAW Elimination Chamber — Edge d. John Cena (c), Rey Mysterio, Chris Jericho, Mike Knox and Kanenote 

    Elimination Chamber matches of the PPV 
  • Elimination Chamber 2010:
    • RAW Elimination Chamber — John Cena d. Sheamus (c), Triple H, Kofi Kingston, Ted DiBiase and Randy Ortonnote 
    • SmackDown Elimination Chamber — Chris Jericho d. The Undertaker (c), John Morrison, Rey Mysterio, CM Punk and R-Truthnote 
  • Elimination Chamber 2011:
    • SmackDown Elimination Chamber — Edge (c) d. Rey Mysterio, Kane, Drew McIntyre, Big Show and Wade Barrettnote 
    • RAW Elimination Chamber — John Cena d. CM Punk, John Morrison, Sheamus, Randy Orton and R-Truthnote 
  • Elimination Chamber 2012:
    • CM Punk (c) d. The Miz, Chris Jericho, Kofi Kingston, Dolph Ziggler and R-Truthnote 
    • Daniel Bryan (c) d. Santino Marella, Wade Barrett, Cody Rhodes, Big Show and The Great Khalinote 
  • Elimination Chamber 2013: Jack Swagger d. Randy Orton, Chris Jericho, Mark Henry, Kane and Daniel Bryannote 
  • Elimination Chamber 2014: Randy Orton (c) d. Daniel Bryan, John Cena, Cesaro, Christian and Sheamusnote 
  • Elimination Chamber 2015:
    • The New Day (Big E, Kofi Kingston, and Xavier Woods) (c) d. The Prime Time Players (Darren Young and Titus O'Neil), Tyson Kidd and Cesaro, The Ascension (Konnor and Viktor), The Lucha Dragons (Kalisto and Sin Cara) and Los Matadores (Diego and Fernando)note 
    • Ryback d. Sheamus, Dolph Ziggler, Mark Henry, R-Truth and King Barrettnote 
  • Elimination Chamber 2017: Bray Wyatt d. John Cena (c), AJ Styles, The Miz, Dean Ambrose and Baron Corbinnote 
  • Elimination Chamber 2018:
    • Alexa Bliss (c) d. Sasha Banks, Bayley, Mickie James, Sonya Deville and Mandy Rosenote 
    • Roman Reigns d. Braun Strowman, Seth Rollins, Finn Bálor, John Cena, Elias, and The Miznote 
  • Elimination Chamber 2019:
    • Sasha Banks and Bayley d. Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville, Nia Jax and Tamina, The Riott Squad (Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan), The IIconics (Billie Kay and Peyton Royce) and Naomi and Carmellanote 
    • Daniel Bryan (c) d. Kofi Kingston, Randy Orton, AJ Styles, Jeff Hardy and Samoa Joenote 
  • Elimination Chamber 2020:
    • The Miz and John Morrison (c) d. The New Day (Big E and Kofi Kingston), The Usos (Jey Uso and Jimmy Uso), Heavy Machinery (Otis and Tucker), Lucha House Party (Lince Dorado and Gran Metalik) and Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roodenote 
    • Shayna Baszler d. Natalya, Liv Morgan, Asuka, Ruby Riott, and Sarah Logannote 

  • Elimination Chamber 2021:
    • Daniel Bryan d. Kevin Owens, Jey Uso, King Corbin, Sami Zayn, Daniel Bryan and Cesaro
    • Drew McIntyre (c) d. Randy Orton, Jeff Hardy, AJ Styles, Kofi Kingston and Sheamusnote 


Elimination Tropes:

    The pay-per-views (including non-Chamber matches) 
  • A Day in the Limelight: A non-character example. For the most part, the world titles (WWE / World Heavyweight Championship) were the only ones defended inside the chamber, but the 2015 event marked the first time in history that the Tag Team Championships and later the Intercontinental Championship were defended inside the chamber.
  • The Bad Guy Wins:
    • 2010: Chris Jericho defeated CM Punk (with Luke Gallows and Serena), John Morrison, Rey Mysterio, R-Truth and The Undertaker (c) to win the World Heavyweight Championship, after Shawn Michaels superkicked the Undertaker.
    • 2013: Jack Swagger (with Zeb Colter) defeated Chris Jericho, Daniel Bryan, Kane, Mark Henry and Randy Orton to earn the World Heavyweight Championship opportunity.
    • 2014: Randy Orton (c) defeated Cesaro (with Zeb Colter), Christian, Daniel Bryan, John Cena and Sheamus to retain the WWE Undisputed Title.
    • 2015: The New Day (Big E, Kofi Kingston, and Xavier Woods) (c) defeated The Ascension (Konnor and Viktor), The Lucha Dragons (Kalisto and Sin Cara), Los Matadores (Diego and Fernando) (with El Torito), The Prime Time Players (Darren Young and Titus O'Neil) and Tyson Kidd and Cesaro (with Natalya) to retain the WWE Tag Team Championship.
    • 2017: Bray Wyatt defeated John Cena (c), The Miz, Baron Corbin, AJ Styles, and Dean Ambrose to win the WWE Title for the first time in his career.
    • 2018: Alexa Bliss (c) defeated Sasha Banks, Bayley, Mickie James, Sonya Deville, and Mandy Rose to retain the RAW Women's Championship in the first-ever women's Elimination Chamber match.
    • 2019: Daniel Bryan (c) defeated AJ Styles, Jeff Hardy, Kofi Kingston, Randy Orton, and Samoa Joe to retain the WWE Title.
    • 2020: The Miz and John Morrison (c) defeated The New Day (Big E and Kofi Kingston), The Usos (Jey Uso and Jimmy Uso), Heavy Machinery (Otis and Tucker), Lucha House Party (Lince Dorado and Gran Metalik) and Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode to retain the SmackDown Tag Team Title and Shayna Baszler defeated Natalya, Liv Morgan, Asuka, Ruby Riott, and Sarah Logan to earn the Raw Women's Championship opportunity.
    • 2021: Roman Reigns defeated Daniel Bryan to retain the WWE Universal title and The Miz wins his second WWE title after he successfully cashed in on Drew McIntyre after he was attacked by Bobby Lashley.
  • Cool vs. Awesome: The Shield vs. The Wyatt Family in Elimination Chamber 2014. The crowd was eating it up and were chanting "This is awesome!" even before the bell rang!
  • Black Eyes of Evil: Batista, who was a heel at that time, has one in the 2010 poster with the ceiling of the elimination chamber centered on it.
  • Covers Always Lie: The 2013 promotional poster features CM Punk, The Rock, John Cena, Sheamus, Ryback, and Big Show in the chamber, despite that the six didn't compete in the chamber match.
  • Hourglass Plot: When CM Punk was about to enter the 2011 elimination chamber, his pod door got stuck, allowing Randy Orton to attack him before he was ready and eliminate him. Due to the way he was cheap shotted, the Raw GM reinstated Punk into the match, who would go on to eliminate Orton himself.
  • Off the Rails: The 2015 singles Chamber match for the vacated Intercontinental Championship was thrown into chaos when Wade Barrett threw Dolph Ziggler into the door of Mark Henry's pod, only for Ziggler to go through it instead. With no plausible reason why he'd remain in his pod (particularly as Barrett had been antagonizing him for a while), Henry came storming out and laid out Barrett... a long, long time before he was supposed to, completely ruining the script for the match, and leaving Henry standing around awkwardly with nothing to do or trying to fit in somewhere after Barrett was eliminated. Ziggler the ring general took charge of the remaining guys and tried to improvise a serviceable match out of what they had to work with, bumping like a loon to give Henry, Ryback, Sheamus and R-Truth something to do on the way to Ryback's eventual victory. Despite his heroic efforts, the match is still considered one of the worst, if not the worst EC match of all time.
  • One-Man Army:
    • At Elimination Chamber 2018, Braun Strowman pinned five of the other six participants in the Chamber match before getting pinned himself by Roman Reigns.
    • At the 2020 event, Shayna Baszler eliminated every other woman in her match, the first person to do so.
  • Your Princess Is in Another Castle!: John Cena wins the WWE Championship inside the Elimination Chamber... only for Vince McMahon to announce that he will face Batista for the title. With a spear and a Batista Bomb, Batista beats Cena for the Title. Also qualifies as The Bad Guy Wins.

    Elimination Chamber matches outside of the PPV 


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