Wednesday, February 28

Best WWE Elimination Chamber Matches

The Elimination Chamber match has been a staple of WWE for over two decades at this point, with WWE introducing the gimmick as its answer to WarGames. It may not have reached the legendary heights of that, but it has still offered up some tremendous matches over the years.


Related

Charlotte Flair’s Definitive 10 Best WWE Matches, Ranked

With her long list of accolades and amazing matches, Charlotte Flair has established herself as one of the greatest women’s wrestlers of all time.

The Chamber traditionally sees six wrestlers do battle inside the structure (though there have been some variations over the years), which ensures chaos, a lot of star power, and fun moments. The Sportster’s rating system will look at all the Chamber matches from over the years to determine the very best, and these will be compared to ratings from cagematch.net and Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.

To learn more about how we rank wrestling matches on TheSportster, please check out our match ranking criteria guide here.


10 Triple H Vs. Chris Jericho Vs. Jeff Hardy Vs. Umaga Vs. JBL Vs. Shawn Michaels (No Way Out 2008)

Overall Rating From TheSportster: 8/10


Storytelling

1.75/2.5

Technical Ability

2.25/2.5

Character Work/Psychology

2/2.5

Crowd Reaction

2/2.5

  • Dave Meltzer Rating: 4 Stars
  • Cagematch.net Rating: 8.73

This match may have been fairly predictable, but the underdog nature of Jeff Hardy and how hard the crowd rooted for him helped to add some doubt, not to mention the brute way Umaga was presented here as he looked like an unstoppable beast. Some portions of the match were bogged down a little by quick eliminations and some of the competitors not being used to the best of WWE’s ability, but it was still a very exciting match that had a lot to boast about. Even though WWE was moving towards PG gradually, the use of blood here was great and it added a lot to the dangerous aura carried by the structure.

9 Triple H Vs. Batista Vs. Randy Orton Vs. Chris Jericho Vs. Chris Benoit Vs. Edge (New Year’s Revolution 2005)

Overall Rating From TheSportster: 8/10

Storytelling

1.25/2.5

Technical Ability

2.25/2.5

Character Work/Psychology

2.25/2.5

Crowd Reaction

2.25/2.5

  • Dave Meltzer Rating: 4.25 Stars
  • Cagematch.net Rating: 8.99


For much of this match the action was phenomenal. The likes of Chris Jericho & Edge brought the workrate to the bout, whilst Triple H, Batista, and Randy Orton brought some strong storytelling to the table amidst their Evolution angle. Unfortunately, the overbooked and boring finish did take this match down quite a few steps. Everything before that though was class, with a whole load of blood, glorious violence, and a chaotic feel which felt like everyone was going to war with one another.

8 Randy Orton Vs. Christian Vs. Daniel Bryan Vs. Cesaro Vs. Sheamus Vs. John Cena (Elimination Chamber 2014)

Overall Rating From TheSportster: 8/10

Storytelling

1.5/2.5

Technical Ability

2.5/2.5

Character Work/Psychology

1.75/2.5

Crowd Reaction

2.25/2.5

  • Dave Meltzer Rating: 3.75 Stars
  • Cagematch.net Rating: 8.33

This was looked at as an “all-star” Elimination Chamber match, and for good reason too given the talents involved. The final stretch was memorable, with the fans getting behind Daniel Bryan as he tried (and failed) to overcome the Authority to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Cesaro & Sheamus brought some hard-hitting action, with both men looking great in this match. Christian’s character work was top notch, and John Cena brought instant star power and importance. There was admittedly some overbooking, but overall this was a wonderfully wrestled and very fluid Chamber match.

7 Austin Theory Vs. Seth Rollins Vs. Bronson Reed Vs. Johnny Gargano Vs. Montez Ford Vs. Damian Priest (Elimination Chamber 2023)

Overall Rating From TheSportster: 8.25/10

Storytelling

2/2.5

Technical Ability

2.25/2.5

Character Work/Psychology

2/2.5

Crowd Reaction

2/2.5

  • Dave Meltzer Rating: 4.5 Stars
  • Cagematch.net Rating: 8.56

Related

Bianca Belair’s Definitive 10 Best WWE Matches, Ranked

Bianca Belair has had a variety of strong showings in WWE, but which matches stand above the others?

Although this match had a lack of star power overall, those involved put in a shift to get themselves noticed and to all have a chance to shine. This ended up being a spotfest in all the best ways, with some high flying moves, shows of power, electric sequences, and brutal moments. Everyone showed their worth and it helped to make the United States Championship feel more important and sought after. The finish may have been a little forced with Logan Paul’s interference, but it still made sense for the stories being told.

6 Edge Vs. Drew McIntyre Vs. Rey Mysterio Vs. Wade Barrett Vs. Big Show Vs. Kane (Elimination Chamber 2011)

Overall Rating From TheSportster: 8.25/10

Storytelling

2/2.5

Technical Ability

2.25/2.5

Character Work/Psychology

2/2.5

Crowd Reaction

2/2.5

  • Dave Meltzer Rating: 4.25 Stars
  • Cagematch.net Rating: 8.37


This was a very physical Chamber match, mostly due to the rampaging Drew McIntyre who showed glimpses of the man who would go on to become world champion in later years. Wade Barrett rose to the occasion too, as the two heels put in a great and dominant performance. The final sequence between Edge & Rey Mysterio once again displayed their tremendous chemistry, though this match did arguably suffer from being very predictable, as no one aside from Edge made sense as the winner. Even still, they did a good enough job to get the crowd invested.

5 Daniel Bryan Vs. AJ Styles Vs. Kofi Kingston Vs. Randy Orton Vs. Samoa Joe Vs. Jeff Hardy (Elimination Chamber 2019)

Overall Rating From TheSportster: 8.5/10

Storytelling

2.25/2.5

Technical Ability

2/2.5

Character Work/Psychology

2.25/2.5

Crowd Reaction

2/2.5

  • Dave Meltzer Rating: 4.5 Stars
  • Cagematch.net Rating: 8.68

The final 10-15 minutes of this match in which Daniel Bryan and Kofi Kingston had a mini singles match was absolutely sensational, with a red hot crowd, crazy near falls, and a wonderful underdog story beginning ahead of WrestleMania 35. The first half wasn’t bad but it was slower, with things being pretty by the book of an Elimination Chamber. There were some highlights though such as interactions between Randy Orton and Kingston, Jeff Hardy’s Swanton Bomb, and Samoa Joe just looking like an absolute beast.

4 John Cena Vs. AJ Styles Vs. Bray Wyatt Vs. Dean Ambrose Vs. Baron Corbin Vs. The Miz (Elimination Chamber 2017)

Overall Rating From TheSportster: 8.5/10

Storytelling

2/2.5

Technical Ability

2.25/2.5

Character Work/Psychology

2/2.5

Crowd Reaction

2.25/2.5

  • Dave Meltzer Rating: 4.5 Stars
  • Cagematch.net Rating: 8.53

The new-look Elimination Chamber debuted here, and it did take some getting used to. Some of the aura had been diminished, but those involved tried hard to overcome that with an exciting, brutal, and fast-paced match with innovative spots. AJ Styles getting smashed against the plexiglass was an incredible image, Baron Corbin looked arguably his most dangerous, and the final sequence between Bray Wyatt, Styles, and John Cena was fantastic. Wyatt picking up the win made for a great moment.

3 Edge Vs. Jeff Hardy Vs. Triple H Vs. The Undertaker Vs. Vladimir Kozlov Vs. Big Show (No Way Out 2009)

Overall Rating From TheSportster: 8.75/10

Storytelling

2.5/2.5

Technical Ability

2/2.5

Character Work/Psychology

2/2.5

Crowd Reaction

2.25/2.5

  • Dave Meltzer Rating: 4.25 Stars
  • Cagematch.net Rating: 8.28


The shock factor of WWE Champion Edge’s early elimination was one hell of a way to kick off this match, and it made the crowd even more electric. The pacing did dip with the involvement of Big Show & Vladimir Kozlov, but to be fair they did play their roles fairly well. When Triple H and The Undertaker got involved, the quality of the match soared, with everyone looking legit. There were some big moments, a lot of finishers, and a fantastic final sequence between Triple H and The Undertaker that had everyone on the edge of their seats. This proved to be a very exciting and uniquely structured Chamber match.

2 John Cena Vs. Chris Jericho Vs. Rey Mysterio Vs. Mike Knox Vs. Kane Vs. Edge (No Way Out 2009)

Overall Rating From TheSportster: 8.75/10


Storytelling

2.5/2.5

Technical Ability

2/2.5

Character Work/Psychology

2/2.5

Crowd Reaction

2.25/2.5

  • Dave Meltzer Rating: 4.25 Stars
  • Cagematch.net Rating: 8.46

Edge breaking into this match after his loss earlier in the night was an all-timer moment, adding unpredictability and chaos into this bout. The shocking elimination of John Cena fairly early on made for a thunderous moment, and the in-ring action between Edge, Rey Mysterio, and Chris Jericho was top tier.

Related

MJF’s Definitive 10 Best AEW Matches, Ranked

MJF has proven that he is a generational talent with his impressive resume of matches in AEW.

Both Kane and Mike Knox were pretty much non-factors and they did slow down the middle portion of the match, but overall this was a high-speed clash between some world class performers. Edge winning turned the Road To WrestleMania upside down and it was a great way to close out the PPV.

1 Triple H Vs. Shawn Michaels Vs. Ric Flair Vs. Kane Vs. Booker T Vs. Chris Jericho (Survivor Series 2002)

Overall Rating From TheSportster: 9/10

Storytelling

2.5/2.5

Technical Ability

2/2.5

Character Work/Psychology

2.25/2.5

Crowd Reaction

2.25/2.5

  • Dave Meltzer Rating: 4.25 Stars
  • Cagematch.net Rating: 9.00


The very first Elimination Chamber match has a special place in the hearts of fans and for good reason too. This is arguably among the best, if not the very best Elimination Chamber match in WWE history. Sure, there were some slower moments, but despite that, the feeling of a new and fresh gimmick match that was actually working was enough to make up for some pacing issues. It was very violent and physical, with the Chamber being used as a weapon in an effective way. The story of Shawn Michaels returning from retirement and finally winning world title gold again made for a tremendous plot throughout too.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.