The Elimination Chamber was first introduced to the WWE Universe back in 2002 as a concept best known as Satan’s Structure. It comprises of unforgiving steel and chain and no superstar who goes in there, ever comes out the same.
After almost a decade of the structure appearing at various pay-per-view events and even playing a part in the first ever Money In The Bank cash in, WWE decided that it was time to give the Chamber its own event.
This became one of WWE’s stipulated pay-per-views, much like TLC, Hell In A Cell, and Extreme Rules. The first event took place back in 2010 and despite there being a lot of negative feedback from the event, WWE decided to keep it as their second event of the year for the next four years.
This allowed the Royal Rumble to easily feed onto Elimination Chamber, but in 2015 WWE decided to replace the Chamber with FastLane, a non-stipulated pay-per-view that allowed stories to build before they were put inside the unforgiving steel.
Elimination Chamber did take place much later in 2015 as a network exclusive event, but it wasn’t used at all in 2016. Since the WWE draft in the Summer of 2016, WWE has decided to bring back the Chamber as a SmackDown exclusive event and ahead of its re-debut, here are 15 of the most memorable moments that The Chamber has given us over the past six years.
15. Santino Marella – Elimination Chamber 2012
Santino Marella won the Intercontinental Championship on his WWE debut when he was picked out of the crowd and with the help of Bobby Lashley, he was able to defeat Umaga. He was then referred to as The Milan Miracle, but he was a star that WWE allowed to become a joke.
At Elimination Chamber 2012, it was very different, Santino came within inches of defeating the World Champion and the best part was, the crowd were behind him the whole way. Santino wrestled out of his skin that day and proved the kind of star he really was, it’s sad that WWE never equalized on this afterward.
14. Punk And Bryan Stand Tall – Elimination Chamber 2012
They were the two men who shouldn’t have made it to WWE, the two men who pushed aside everything that stood in their way so that they could prove they were the best, and at Elimination Chamber in 2012, they finally proved it.
Both men walked into the event holding the WWE Championships and both men walked out holding the same titles, having retained their championships in the most brutal of ways. CM Punk managed to overcome The Miz, Chris Jericho, Kofi Kingston, Dolph Ziggler, and R-Truth to retain the WWE Championship while Daniel Bryan defeated Santino Marella, Wade Barrett, Cody Rhodes, The Big Show and The Great Khali.
13. The Rock Makes His First Appearance At The Event – 2013
The event had only been around for three years, but it became a big deal back in 2013 when The Rock became part of a show that wasn’t considered to be in the “top four.” The Rock was the WWE Champion at the time, after he defeated CM Punk at The Royal Rumble and Punk cashed in his rematch at Elimination Chamber.
This was the third time that the WWE Championship had been decided at Elimination Chamber outside of Satan’s Structure, but it didn’t take anything away from an incredible match between Punk and The Rock, who later went on to face and defeat John Cena at WrestleMania 28.
12. The Only Elimination Chamber Match In 2014
The year before there had only been one Elimination Chamber match as well. It was an odd decision that, in 2013, WWE allowed both of the World Championships to be decided in singles matches, but the WrestleMania main event was the thing on the line in the match instead.
In 2014, it was a little better since WWE allowed the World Heavyweight Championship to be decided inside the structure in another brutal but incredible match. The Viper Randy Orton walked out the victor and retained his WWE Championship, but it was truly a match that could have been won by anyone involved.
11. Kevin Owens Defeats John Cena – Elimination Chamber 2015
It was one of the biggest shocks of the year when Kevin Owens answered John Cena’s United States Championship Open Challenge a few weeks before Elimination Chamber in 2015, he then went on to attack the Champion and state that he was a prizefighter and that he would fight on his own terms.
These terms were at Elimination Chamber when he made his official in-ring debut on WWE’s main roster and shocked the world by pinning 15 time champion John Cena. This went on to become a deep rooted and personal rivalry between the two men, and one that set the tone for Kevin Owens’ career moving forward.
10. The Wyatt Family Appear Inside The Chamber – 2014
For years there has always been an unwritten rule that once you are in the Chamber, the only way out is to win or lose. There is a door that is opened once you have lost, but it isn’t one that you are allowed to walk out of.
The Wyatt Family changed the game back in 2014 when they found a way into the match and were able to attack both John Cena and Daniel Bryan. After Bray hit Sister Abigail on Cena, Randy Orton then pinned him and eliminated the former champion from the match, setting up a match between Bray Wyatt and John Cena at WrestleMania.
9. John Cena Earns The Right To Face The Miz – Elimination Chamber 2011
John Cena and The Miz collided back at WrestleMania 27 and that then set into motion what was an epic few years for Cena as he faced The Rock twice at WrestleMania. Cena defeated four other superstars for the right to face The Miz for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania 27, but their match ended in a double count-out.
The Rock then restarted the match and allowed The Miz to retain his Championship on the night after he hit The Rock with a Rock Bottom. These two then both challenged each other to a match at WrestleMania 28 and embarked on what was a year-long feud for the Championship.
8. Chris Jericho Becomes A Three-Time World Champion – Elimination Chamber 2010
This was another controversial one since The Undertaker walked into the match as the World Heavyweight Champion. Taker wasn’t released from his pod until much later in the match, which meant that there was only Chris Jericho to beat since he was the final entrant.
The problem was, Shawn Michaels had asked Undertaker for a match at WrestleMania and The Deadman had denied his request, so Shawn decided to ask in a different way. Michaels snuck into The Chamber and hit Sweet Chin Music on Taker to allow Jericho to get the pin and win his third world title. Michaels also got the match he craved a few months later.
7. Is Ambrose World Champion? – Elimination Chamber 2015
Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins had taken over the main event scene towards the end of 2014 and the beginning of 2015 and they took the spotlight at Elimination Chamber as well as colliding over the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
Rollins had won the title back at WrestleMania and had been sneaky enough to have been able to retain it up until this point. The WWE Universe thought that when Ambrose hit Dirty Deeds, he had the match and the title won, but earlier in the match Rollins had hit the referee and when he recovered, he disqualified the Champion meaning that he retained the title.
6. CM Punk Gets Stuck In His Pod – Elimination Chamber 2011
It is still unknown as to whether or not this was an actual botch, but the two stars managed to make the most of it either way. John Cena and Randy Orton had already taken each other out at this point and CM Punk’s pod was supposed to open, the problem was that it only opened half way.
Punk managed to get himself stuck between the doors and Orton then began attacking him as a way to get some heat. Punk finally managed to open his door fully but when he was out, Orton just continued the assault on The Straight Edge Superstar.
5. Undertaker’s Pyro Problem – Elimination Chamber 2010
This was actually a legitimate accident as Undertaker was heading to the ring to be part of the Elimination Chamber match. Undertaker’s pyros mistimed and actually set The Deadman on fire. Taker suffered second and third-degree burns and had to be cleared by ringside doctors before he could participate in the match.
Taker was then given bottles of water throughout the match to help him to alleviate the pain that he was suffering on his chest and neck and it is reported that the person responsible for the incident was relieved of his duties at that point and escorted out of the arena.
4. The Ambulance Match – Elimination Chamber 2012
The match that headlined The Elimination Chamber pay-per-view in 2012 wasn’t actually a Chamber match. Instead, it was an Ambulance Match between Kane and John Cena as a way to end what had become a personal rivalry between the duo.
The match was just as brutal as expected, with both stars taking full advantage of the no-disqualification rules before Cena not only hit Kane with an Attitude Adjustment through the announcer table, but he then hit an avalanche AA off the top of the Ambulance to the equipment area and loaded Kane into the Ambulance for the win.
3. Tag Team Championships Defended Inside The Structure – 2015
WWE decided that they were going to add the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view to their list of Network Exclusive events back in 2015 and even though it was much later in the year, WWE decided to make some history at the event as a way to bring in more subscribers.
The Tag Team Championships were on the line for the first time inside the structure and it was a match that was full of spots and high octane moves from The Lucha Dragons and Los Matadores. But it was the champions The New Day who managed to pin Prime Time Players last to retain their Championships.
2. The Intercontinental Championship Is On The Line – 2015
WWE made history further when they decided to allow the Intercontinental Championship to be defended inside Satan’s Structure at the same event in 2015. This was mostly because the title was vacant and WWE didn’t have another plan for a Champion at the time.
It was Ryback who managed to fight off five other men to lift his first ever Intercontinental Championship, Daniel Bryan was the man who then handed the title to Ryback after he was forced to vacate the title when doctors told Bryan that some of his injuries were much worse than he thought, and would later force him to retire from Professional Wrestling.
1. The Wyatt Family Vs The Shield – Elimination Chamber 2014
It was the match to end all matches and it was finally the end of The Wyatt Family versus The Shield. It had been an incredible few months of build up and some of the greatest promos ever written that had built up to this incredible match.
It was one of the matches of the year following the event but that doesn’t even begin to cover just how good this match was. Rollins, Roman Reigns, and Ambrose performed out of their skin, and The Wyatt Family were considered to have been at their best at this point. Dean Ambrose was taken into the crowd at one point in the match and never returned, the WWE Universe began looking for him, but it was thanks to this and the number game that The Wyatt’s picked up the win.