One of the most devastating and brutal match types ever conceived, the Elimination Chamber match will return to WWE on Sunday, February 12, 2017 at the SmackDown exclusive Elimination Chamber pay-per view. We already know that the WWE Championship will once again be on the line when John Cena defends his newly won championship against AJ Styles, Dean Ambrose, Bray Wyatt, Baron Corbin and The Miz, but with it being the first type of match for Styles, Ambrose, Corbin and Wyatt, how will these superstars fare inside Satan’s Prison? Throughout it’s rich history, the chamber match has produced classic battles and extremely intense competition, and with another one on the horizon it’s time to brush up on some history. Here are 10 Facts About the Elimination Chamber Match You Should Know About:
1. The Elimination Chamber concept was created by Triple H who looked to combine the rules of the War Games, Hell in a Cell, Survivor Series and Royal Rumble matches in order to create a new and exciting match type in which to entertain the fans. It was introduced on television by then Raw General Manager Eric Bischoff on October 21, 2002.
2. The first Elimination Chamber match took place at Survivor Series on November 17, 2002 when Shawn Michaels captured his first world championship since 1998 by defeating Chris Jericho, Kane, Booker T, Rob Van Dam and then World Heavyweight Champion Triple H. HBK last eliminated The Game with Sweet Chin Music to make history as the first man to emerge from the chamber victorious and with gold in hand.
3. Since it’s inception in 2002 there have been 19 Elimination Chamber matches over the past 14 and a half years. The structure has been seen every year since its debut except for 2004, 2007 and 2016 when no Elimination Chamber matches took place. Only one time has the match ever been contested outside of the United States, and that was in 2005 at the Raw exclusive pay-per view, New Year’s Resolution, which took place in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
4. The longest Elimination Chamber match took place in 2002 with the inaugural match lasting a grueling 39 minutes and 40 seconds. The shortest bout took place the following summer at SummerSlam 2003, when Triple H successfully defended his World Heavyweight Championship against Goldberg, Shawn Michaels, Chris Jericho, Randy Orton and Kevin Nash in only 19 minutes and 12 seconds.
5. Triple H holds the record for the most victories inside an Elimination Chamber with The Game walking out on top an unprecedented 4 times in 2003, 2005, 2008 and 2009, leaving with gold around his waist 3/4 times. John Cena comes in second place for this record, holding 3 victories of his own in 2006, 2010 and 2011, leaving with a championship on 2 of those occasions.