We are just a week and a half away from the Elimination Chamber match.
The Elimination Chamber pay-per-view event takes place on Sunday, February 25th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada and will air on the WWE Network and some traditional pay-per-view outlets.
This will be an exclusive Raw brand event and the final Raw PPV before Wrestlemania 34.
With the event coming up soon, we thought we would take a look back at the inaugural match and the superstars that were featured in the match.
The sports entertainment company invented the Hell in a Cell Match back in 1997 and featured one of the greatest matches in the history of the promotion between Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker.
Fast forward to 2002, they wanted to invent yet another creative match. Back on November 17th, 2002 at the Survivor Series pay-per-view event at Madison Square Garden in New York, New York, the first Elimination Chamber Match took place.
This served as the main event of the show that saw Triple H, Michaels, Chris Jericho, Booker T, Rob Van Dam and Kane battle it out for the World Heavyweight Title.
As seen in the match, HBK ended up winning it after last eliminating Triple H, pinning him after executing Sweet Chin Music.
With such legends in this match, it times to take a look at where they are now.
While Triple H got a bad wrap for marrying Vince McMahon’s daughter, Stephanie McMahon, when he was still an active wrestler, not many people thought that he would be in the position that he is now.
While it was believed that Triple H would be an executive in WWE, it was pretty much ruled out that he would be the guy in control of everything. Triple H even went on record by saying that he didn’t want to wear a tie and suit. However, that all changed when McMahon pushed for his son-in-law to slowly but surely become someone he could lean on not only with creative but business related things. Now, he’s the WWE COO and in charge of NXT.
Following his debut in 1997, Kane remained a pivotal component of the company's Attitude Era of the late 1990s and early 2000s
Kane is a three-time world champion (having held the WWE Championship, ECW Championship, and WWE's World Heavyweight Championship once each) and a 12-time world tag team champion, having held the WWE World Tag Team Championship, WCW Tag Team Championship and WWE Tag Team Championships with various partners. He is also a two-time Intercontinental Champion. Kane also holds the record for cumulative Royal Rumble eliminations at 44. While Kane is still an active wrestler, he looking to get into politics as his run as a WWE superstar comes to an end.
HBK has had a storied career in the professional industry and will go down as one of the greatest wrestlers of all time. He has held every big championship that WWE has to offer and had some classic matches as well as a feud with the biggest names in pro wrestling. Michaels retired in 2010 after his match with The Undertaker at WrestleMania 26. Since then, he has been an actor and occasionally appears on WWE TV.
Jericho has done it all under the sports entertainment banner. He has been under contract with the sports entertainment company off and on since 1999. Jericho is a six-time world champion, having won the WWE Championship once, the WCW/World Championship twice, and WWE's World Heavyweight Championship three times. Jericho is now in a stage of his career where while he will do stints in the promotion, he is not a full-time guy as he focuses on his rock band and podcast.
Booker got his start in the professional wrestling business back 1989 and is best known for his time in World Championship Wrestling, WWE, and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. He is the most decorated wrestler in WCW history as he held 21 titles including a record six WCW World Television Championships. Booker has since retired from in-ring action and has focused on his wrestling promotion in Texas as well as serves as an analyst for the sports entertainment company.
Finally, RVD might be the most popular star to come from ECW. Van Dam made his name known while working for ECW in the late 1990s, with the WWE in the early to mid-2000s, and then with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling in the early 2010s. Van Dam gained his popularity by 1998 when he won the ECW World Television Championship, which he held for a record 700 days. RVD has been out of the WWE spotlight for a few years but occasionally wrestles on the indy scene.
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