In the midst of Triple H’s stronghold over the RAW brand from 2002-2005, he would often go prolonged stretches with the World Heavyweight Championship with Evolution in tow. The overarching story of this Chamber match was the emergence of Goldberg as a threat to the World Heavyweight Championship. Seeing Goldberg dominate the competition in such brutal fashion was very entertaining to see, as he laid waste to Orton, Michaels, and Jericho in rapid succession.
The pacing of the match was solid, as we started with Jericho and Michaels, and a very young Orton getting involved in the action with his athleticism, followed by Kevin Nash laying waste to everyone. The reason why the match is ranked so low is that I am not a finish of Goldberg running through essentially everyone just to have him get one-shot by Triple H’s sledgehammer. Despite that, I thought this accomplished the job of establishing Goldberg as a monster while giving exposure to RAW’s other marquee names.
9. The Undertaker vs. Batista vs. MVP vs. Finlay vs. Big Daddy V vs. The Great Khali (No Way Out 2008)
This is admittedly a bit of a guilty pleasure of mine, simply because I loved the ending sequence with Undertaker and Batista, essentially culminating their rivalry that was boiling over from the previous year. This Elimination Chamber match is a bit unorthodox in its style because of its abundance of super-heavyweights with Big Daddy V and The Great Khali. This is definitely a much slower paced chamber match that others, but I think it worked in the context of the match.
You had multiple superstars work together to try and get the bigger guys out, and you even had high spots such as Undertaker chokeslamming MVP from the top of one of the pods right onto his back. Finlay was also game for a physical outing, as he always is. This certainly isn’t one of the more memorable chamber matches you’ll see, but it outshined its RAW counterpart on this night, and it did a good job of shielding the clear weakness in star power by starting out with Batista and Undertaker, and ending with those very same 2 with a main event WrestleMania match against Edge up for grabs, which The Undertaker would claim in the end.
8. Randy Orton vs. Chris Jericho vs. Jack Swagger vs. Kane vs. Daniel Bryan vs. Mark Henry (Elimination Chamber 2013)
This is another unorthodox Elimination Chamber match as you had the tag team champions at this time, Kane and Daniel Bryan, enter as separate competitors. The winner of this match had a World Heavyweight Championship match at WrestleMania against Alberto Del Rio lined up for them, and since Swagger was the only heel that made sense to fight him, it seemed everything was lined up for him to win, and he did. How we got there was very well executed. Mark Henry was entering another heel run, and he established dominance early by eliminating Daniel Bryan and Kane in rapid succession. It also took help from Chris Jericho and Randy Orton in order to eliminate him.
Then, Jericho and Orton had a pretty sweet sequence of reversals before Orton got the better of Jericho in knocking him out with an RKO. Then, Swagger takes a page out of Carlito’s book by quickly rolling up Orton after that elimination to secure the victory. It was a clever way to protect Orton while giving the victory to Swagger, who, at the time, was the rightful victor. Of course, this also led to a snoozefest between Swagger and Del Rio at WM 29, but this match was filled with solid storytelling moments and great action all around.
7. Edge (C) vs. Rey Mysterio vs. Drew McIntyre vs. Kane vs. Wade Barrett vs. The Big Show – World Heavyweight Championship (Elimination Chamber 2011)
This would be Edge’s 2nd to last PPV match, and it was quite the doozy. Looking at this match, it’s hard to believe how much Drew has changed from 8 years ago, eh? He looks like a college graduate. Anyways, the match for the middle part is not all that special. Kane and The Big Show came in and do what they normally do in Elimination Chamber matches, and that is to usually dominate for a solid while before being eliminated by the contributions of multiple competitors.
What carries this match is the first and last two competitors in the match, Edge and Rey Mysterio. These two developed tremendous chemistry as opponents and as tag team partners over the years, and the sequences involving them were absolutely electric. You could absolutely buy any of the false finishes to end the match, and it took multiple efforts by Edge just to put Rey Mysterio away. If I were to tell you any arbitrary reason to watch this match, it is just to see those two go at it and kill each other. It wasn’t likely that anyone other than Edge was winning anyway. So seeing the journey getting to the finish was great to see.
6. Randy Orton (C) vs. Daniel Bryan vs. Sheamus vs. John Cena vs. Cesaro vs. Christian – WWE World Heavyweight Championship (Elimination Chamber 2014)
The drama of this match was a bit weighed down due to the fact that WWE had Randy lose to every other competitor in the match not named Christian in the weeks leading up to this bout. This all but guaranteed that Orton was walking out the champion. At this point, Daniel Bryan was white hot in his career, and many wanted him to win the title here. It was the right call to have Randy retain simply because the payoff was worth it and it meant much more that he lost here. However, he wasn’t even confirmed to be in the WrestleMania main event anyways, so I understand the concern from that perspective.
Getting to the actual match, it was very well done, as Orton wanted to get away from any competition and Sheamus had to force him out. You had some pretty neat wrestling sequences with Cesaro and Bryan, and Cena did what Cena does. Also, Christian pinning Sheamus with a top rope frog splash was especially precious to me because I vividly remember Sheamus always going over Christian one on one just before this match. Sheamus was just also especially annoying as a face.
The interference to end this match was a bit much, especially considering the Elimination Chamber is designed specifically to prevent such things from happening, but I did understand why they did. Bryan needing 2 RKO’s to put him away also made him look very strong in the process. Some great drama towards the end here.