In just over 15 years since the first ever Elimination Chamber at Survivor Series 2002, the structure will be used to decide WrestleMania.
Over the years the Elimination Chamber has played the part in some of the most exciting moments in WWE history. There was the RVD doing a 5-Star Frogsplash from the top of the chamber onto Triple H at Survivor Series 2002. Then we’ve seen great high flying moments from John Morrison and Rey Mysterio that allowed them to avoid damage from an opponent. And don’t forget the powerhouses that have entered the Chamber, such as Goldberg destroying the pods left and right to get to those he deemed to be “next.”
The Elimination Chamber will once again play a major role in the stories of the WWE Universe. At this year’s event, the #1 Contender to Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania will be decided. And, more importantly, the Women’s Division will get their first taste of the Chamber. Alexa Bliss will defend her RAW Women’s Championship in the debut for the women inside the hellacious structure. The Elimination Chamber will decide not only two title matches for WrestleMania 34 but, as always, the matches will create multiple new feuds as well.
For the Men’s Chamber match 5 of the 6 slots have been filled, with the winner getting a shot at Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania. John Cena, Roman Reigns, The Miz, Elias, and Braun Strowman have all booked their tickets to Las Vegas via winning qualifying matches. It was announced during RAW last night that the losers of those matches, Broken Matt, Apollo Crews, Bray Wyatt and Finn Balor, will square off in a Fatal 4-Way for the final spot. Of the four vying for that last spot it feels like a given that fans will see Finn Balor in his first Chamber match.
The Women’s Division breaks down another barrier
For the first time ever, the Women’s Division will get the opportunity to shine inside the Chamber. In what has been the biggest two years for the Women in WWE, this is just another wall coming down. Just years ago the Women’s Division was a joke and considered a chance for a bathroom break. Ever since the focus and emphasis have been placed on the division they have become must watch. In a short time, the Women of WWE have had a Hell in a Cell, Money in the Bank, Iron Woman, Royal Rumble and now Elimination Chamber. All are firsts for the division and major steps forward, while still having some growing pains, the women now are given far more than those of generations past.
In the first ever Women’s Elimination Chamber match fans will see Alexa Bliss defend her title against Mickie James, Bayley, Sasha Banks, Sonya Deville and Mandy Rose. Just looking at the entrants it’s easy to see the possible alliance between Absolution members Rose and Deville being tested, as well as the friendship of Bayley and Sasha. Longtime veteran Mickie James also has links to each woman in the match, making her a wildcard without a doubt.
The Women’s Chamber match has higher stakes than the men’s as it will decide the WrestleMania matches for several Women on the roster. With the Royal Rumble winner, Asuka, and MMA star Ronda Rousey waiting in the wings, this match could map out the future for both. So not only is it the first ever Women’s Elimination Chamber, but the match will decide a majority of WrestleMania for the Women, with Fastlane being the final ingredient for the recipe. But for this roster, it’s just another night, and another chance for the Women to make history.
The Elimination Chamber can be one of the most dangerous matches the roster faces. Many have walked away from the structure broken, beaten, bruised and bloody. Those that have entered the Chamber have made it clear that you don’t exit it the same. It takes something from those that dare compete inside the Chamber each time they take the gamble. With the event taking place from Las Vegas this year, it’s safe to say with WrestleMania on the line, everyone will be going all in.