WWE announced on Raw this past Monday that on May 31st they are bringing back the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view.
On WWE.com they even revealed that the WWE Tag Team Championships and the vacated Intercontinental Championship will both be on the line in the infamous 16 ton structure.
For those who are not familiar with the Elimination Chamber, it was the brainchild of former WCW Executive Producer and former Raw General Manager Eric Bischoff. It is a circular structure that houses 4 Plexiglas pods, 16 tons of steel, 2 miles of chain and is 20 feet high. The structure itself surrounds the entire ring.
It is a six-man match where two men start and at two-to-three minute intervals another man enters from one of the Plexiglas pods. It is a dangerous, career altering match that ranks up there with WWE’s Hell In A Cell match.
To date, there has never been an Elimination Chamber match for the tag team championships so that will be interesting. None of the combatants have been announced as of yet, but should be once Payback is finished.
The news was unveiled on WWE.com on Monday following Daniel Bryan vacating the Intercontinental Championship - the popular star citing that it is unknown to him whether he will ever be cleared to wrestle again.
Bryan would follow that bombshell by saying that it is only fair that the Intercontinental Championship should be defended and not be left sitting on a physical therapists chair collecting dust. Despite Bryan’s vacating, the news that a new champion will be crowned inside the Chamber is exciting to say the least.
WWE may have also inadvertently leaked the outcomes of both John Cena’s and Seth Rollins’ respective title defenses at this Sunday’s Payback pay-per-view. Potential spoilers follow.
Per a news article on WWE.com on the subject:
“Plus, U.S. Champion John Cena will compete and the World Heavyweight Title will be defended.”
If what was written is taken literally, WWE may have given away the results of the two big matches that circumference the Payback event. Basically, John Cena will retain and we will have a new world heavyweight champion come Elimination Chamber night.
Either way, the return of the Elimination Chamber is amazing news. This was one of WWE’s biggest pay-per-views that provided many fantastic and memorable matches in the past. One that comes to mind was the 2011 Elimination Chamber where we saw John Morrison scale the chamber and, from the ceiling, drop onto Sheamus. This match as a whole shaped and altered many careers. This years return will be no different.
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