On February 19th, WWE will present their Elimination Chamber
PPV Premium Live Event from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Aside from being the first time the hellacious chamber structure has been assembled outside of North America, 2022 also marks 20 years since the first Elimination Chamber match at Survivor Series ’02. Suffice to say the violent 10-ton steel structure has had staying power.
With two decades of history inside the Chamber behind us, and what promises to be another brutal affair featuring The Beast Brock Lesnar making his debut inside the structure, it seems like a good time to look back on the men who have made the biggest impacts inside the chains.
Let’s make our own EC Dream Card featuring…
THE ULTIMATE ELIMINATION CHAMBER MATCH
A true pioneer, Tripe H appeared in the first three elimination chamber matches. The Game won at SummerSlam 2003 to hold on to the World Heavyweight Championship, last eliminating Goldberg with help from Ric Flair and a sledgehammer. Hunter would go on to win three more times, including at No Way Out 2009 when he last eliminated The Undertaker to win the WWE Title. That makes for a record four victories inside the steel structure.
Of Triple H’s six appearances in the Elimination Chamber, he went bell to bell every time – meaning he entered at the beginning of the match and either won or was the last man eliminated. The Game has spent just over three hours of his life in the brutal structure and eliminated seven competitors along the way.
John Cena made his Elimination Chamber debut at No Way Out 2006, when he successfully defended his WWE Championship against five other Raw competitors. After going the distance in the grueling 28-minute match against the likes of Kane, Kurt Angle, and a game Carlito, Cena’s night was sadly not over. Just as the chamber was raised, Edge made the first ever Money In The Bank cash-in. Talk about a rough night.
Big Match John would go on to fight in six more chamber matches. Cena won the WWE Title in 2010 at the very first Elimination Chamber PPV and then punched his ticket to Wrestlemania XXIV in the chamber the following year. Cena has put his body on the line in the hellacious contraption as recently as 2018.
Chris Jericho appeared in the very first Elimination Chamber match at Survivor Series ’02, and has competed in a record total of eight. While most normal people wouldn’t want to spend a minute inside this metal hell, Y2J has spent a record total of over three and a half hours in the chamber. Jericho competed in the main event of the inaugural Elimination Chamber PPV, where he went bell-to-bell and last eliminated The Undertaker to win the World Heavyweight Title.
As if holding the record for most appearances and most total time isn’t enough, Jericho has more chamber eliminations than anyone in history at ten. Hall of Famers Booker T, Kane, Kevin Nash, Edge, and JBL have all fallen to Y2J inside the structure.
If you’re thinking that an Ultimate Wrestling Anything can’t exist without Randy Orton, you’re right. Orton is probably even the top Bra & Panties Match competitor if you crunch the numbers.
The Viper is tied with Chris Jericho for most appearances in the elimination chamber with eight. Orton first appeared in the chamber at SummerSlam 2003, but wouldn’t find victory for over a decade. Orton eliminated both John Cena and Daniel Bryan in the 2014 Elimination Chamber main event, thus retaining the World Heavyweight Championship. Randy also competed in last year’s WWE Title Elimination Chamber Match, and you can bet we’ll see him again in the future.
Though he’s appeared in fewer matches (five) than any of the other competitors on our Ultimate list, Daniel Bryan has made a huge impact. Bryan has gone bell to bell in four chamber matches and won three times. Those were no cake walks either, with each match going over 34 minutes.
Bryan retained his World Heavyweight Championship at the Elimination Chamber ’12 PPV (you may remember the Santino Marella heartbreaker) and then retained the WWE Title in the main event of Elimination Chamber ’19 (in an attempt to squash KofiMania).
The American Dragon appeared and survived in the chamber at last year’s PPV, punching his ticket to the main event of Wrestlemania 37.
When you’ve had the longevity of Kofi Kingston, you’re bound to start showing up on some lists. Sir Kofi has competed in six elimination chamber matches. Kingston first showed up in the massive structure back in 2010 at the inaugural Elimination Chamber PPV.
Kofi has gone the distance in half of the elimination chamber matches he’s appeared in. At the 2015 Elimination Chamber PPV, Kingston and The New Day retained the WWE Tag Team Titles in the first ever tag team chamber match.
ELIMINATION CHAMBER SUPERLATIVES
Most Wins: Triple H (4)
SummerSlam ’03, New Year’s Revolution ’05, No Way Out ’08 (Raw), No Way Out ’09 (Smackdown)
Most Eliminations: Chris Jericho (10)
Booker T & Kane – Survivor Series ’02, Kevin Nash – SummerSlam ’03, Edge – New Year’s Revolution ’05, John Bradshaw Layfield & Umaga – No Way Out ’08 (Raw), Mike Knox – No Way Out ’09 (Raw), The Undertaker – Elimination Chamber ’10 (Smackdown)
Most Appearances: TIE – Chris Jericho (8) & Randy Orton (8)
Chris Jericho – Survivor Series ’02, SummerSlam ’03, New Year’s Revolution ’05, No Way Out ’08 (Raw), No Way Out ’09 (Raw), Elimination Chamber ’10 (Smackdown), Elimination Chamber ’12 (WWE Title), Elimination Chamber ’13
Randy Orton – SummerSlam ’03, New Year’s Revolution ’05, Elimination Chamber ’10 (Raw), Elimination Chamber ’11 (Raw), Elimination Chamber ’13, Elimination Chamber ’14, Elimination Chamber ’19 (WWE Title), Elimination Chamber ’21 (Raw)
Most Total Time In The Chamber: Chris Jericho (3 hours, 33 minutes, 12 seconds)
Longest Time In A Chamber Match: TIE – Roman Reigns & Braun Strowman (40 minutes, 15 seconds)
Elimination Chamber ’18 (Universal Title)
Shortest Time In A Chamber Match: Edge – 3 minutes
No Way Out ’09 (Smackdown)
Most Eliminations In A Single Match: TIE – Braun Strowman (5) & Shayna Baszler (5)
Braun Strowman – John Cena, Finn Balor, The Miz, Seth Rollins, & Elias – Elimination Chamber ’18 (Universal Title)
Shayna Baszler – Natalya, Liv Morgan, Asuka, Ruby Riott, & Sarah Logan – Elimination Chamber ’20 (Raw Women’s Title #1 Contender)
Longest Elimination Chamber Match: Elimination Chamber ’18 Universal Title Match (40 minutes, 15 seconds)
Shortest Elimination Chamber Match: SummerSlam ’03 (19 minutes, 12 seconds)
Only PPV To Feature Both An Elimination Chamber And A Bra & Panties Match: New Year’s Revolution 2006