WWE Elimination Chamber
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|WWE Elimination Chamber|
WWE Elimination Chamber logo used as of 2021
|Other name(s)||No Escape (in Germany)|
|Created by||Triple H and Eric Bischoff|
|Brand(s)||Raw (2010–2011, 2018–present)|
SmackDown (2010–2011, 2017, 2019–present)
205 Live (2019)
|Signature match types||Elimination Chamber match|
WWE Elimination Chamber is a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event, produced by WWE, a professional wrestling promotion based in Connecticut. The event was established in 2010, with its inaugural PPV taking place on February 21, replacing No Way Out. The event consists of a main event and undercard that features championship matches and other various matches. The concept of the show is that one or two main event matches are contested inside the Elimination Chamber, either with championships or future opportunities at championships at stake. The Elimination Chamber match itself had been created in 2002 and held at various other WWE pay-per-views before the establishment of the namesake event in 2010.
The event's name was selected after WWE allowed fans to provide input via a survey on their official website and was chosen over Heavy Metal, Battle Chamber, Chamber of Conflict, and the original No Way Out name. Since its origin, each event has been held in an indoor arena, with all nine taking place in the United States. In 2015, the event was replaced by Fastlane in the February pay-per-view slot. However, the 2015 event was later announced to be streamed exclusively on the WWE Network in the United States on May 31 and was also available on PPV elsewhere. The event did not occur in 2016, but returned in 2017 as a SmackDown-branded event for the first time, following the introduction of the second brand split. The 2018 event was a Raw-branded show. While the eponymous match was originally only for male wrestlers, the 2018 event featured the first-ever women's version, as well as the first seven-man Elimination Chamber match. Following that year's WrestleMania 34, WWE discontinued brand-exclusive pay-per-views, thus the 2019 event featured wrestlers from both the Raw and SmackDown brands, as well as 205 Live. The 2019 event also determined the inaugural holders of the WWE Women's Tag Team Championship. The 2020 event was moved to March as Super ShowDown was held in February, but Elimination Chamber returned to its February slot in 2021.
The Elimination Chamber match is generally contested by six participants, with two beginning the bout in the ring, while the other four are held within each inner chamber. Every five minutes, one of the four participants within a chamber is released into the ongoing match. This continues until all four have been released, and so an Elimination Chamber match typically lasts over twenty minutes. The objective of the match is to eliminate each opponent via pinfall or submission, which can occur in the ring or even on the chamber's elevated floor (starting in the 2012 event, however, all pinfalls and submissions must take place in the ring). Disqualifications do not apply in the process of elimination. The winner of the match is the last remaining participant after all others have been eliminated.
From 2010–2012, the event featured two Elimination Chamber matches, usually one for each brand until August 2011 when the brand extension ended. In 2010, the Raw Chamber was for the WWE Championship and the SmackDown Chamber was for the World Heavyweight Championship. In 2011, the Raw Chamber determined the number one contender for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania XXVII (due to a SmackDown wrestler winning the Royal Rumble) and the SmackDown Chamber was again for the World Heavyweight Championship. In 2012, there was one Chamber match for the WWE Championship and one for the World Heavyweight Championship. In 2013, only one Chamber match took place with the winner receiving a World Heavyweight Championship match at WrestleMania 29 (in December 2013, the WWE Championship and World Heavyweight Championship were unified). In 2014, there was only one Chamber match, and it was for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. In 2015, the event was moved from February to late May and two Chambers were announced. The first featured the first-ever tag team Chamber match, which was for the WWE Tag Team Championship. The second Chamber match was for the vacant WWE Intercontinental Championship. The event was discontinued in 2016, however, it was reinstated in 2017 as a SmackDown-exclusive event (the brand extension returned in July 2016) and moved back to February. The main event was a Chamber match for the WWE Championship. In 2018, Elimination Chamber was a Raw-exclusive event prior to new changes for the 2018 pay-per-view schedule which included the first ever women's Chamber match for the WWE Raw Women's Championship and the first seven-man Chamber match for a WWE Universal Championship match at WrestleMania 34; WWE then discontinued brand exclusive pay-per-views following that WrestleMania. The 2019 Elimination Chamber event was in turn the first to feature multiple brands while a brand split is in effect. It included a tag team Chamber match that determined the inaugural holders of the WWE Women's Tag Team Championship, and a Chamber match for the WWE Championship. The 2020 event featured a tag team Elimination Chamber match for the WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship, as well as a women's Chamber match for a Raw Women's Championship match at WrestleMania 36. The 2021 event featured a Chamber match for the WWE Championship, and a Chamber match for an immediate Universal Championship match that same night.
Dates and venues
|Raw-branded event||SmackDown-branded event|
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