1. Survivor Series 2002: Triple H (C) vs. Shawn Michaels vs. Kane vs. Chris Jericho vs. Booker T vs. Rob Van Dam – World Heavyweight Championship
Yes, that old saying still rings true. There’s nothing quite like the original. The very first Elimination Chamber match, with the concept thought of by Eric Bischoff pitted Triple H against five of the RAW brand’s very best. Upon it being first introduced, it was a large structure, with four chambers centering the four corners of the design. How each of these six men would adapt to this match was anyone’s guess, but it’s safe to say that they did extremely well for themselves. Triple H was up first with Rob Van Dam, so if he hoped to retain his title in this match, he’d have to go the distance. Considering what he went through in this match, that’s probably an understatement. Rob Van Dam, ever the high flyer he is, decided to go for broke with a super Five Star Frog Splash from the top of the chamber. However, there wasn’t a lot of room for him to get as much flexibility on the splash, and because of his limited range of motion, instead of landing flat across Triple H’s abdomen, his knee landed right on top of Triple H’s neck, and because of that the had to deal with an intense pain, difficulty breathing and speaking throughout the entire matchup. That’s what made his finish with Shawn Michaels all the more amazing, due to the amount of punishment that he took. Meanwhile the others, such as Chris Jericho, Kane and Booker T complimented the match well, with all of the men being able to get their big moves in before the finish. This match resulted in Shawn Michaels winning his first, and only, World Heavyweight Championship, and in came in quite a doozy. MSG was treated to a special match here.
So, what were your favorite Elimination Chamber matches? Did I miss any? Let me know. Until next time.