So we are now less than two weeks away from the next WWE pay per view in Elimination Chamber, making it's return on the WWE Network. The high risks and high stakes atmosphere of Elimination Chamber matches tends to make superstars do crazy things and take risks that normally you wouldn't expect to see men take. There have been so many memorable moments occur in the Elimination Chamber itself, from Shawn Michaels winning the World Heavyweight Championship in the first ever match in 2002, all the way to last year when Randy Orton won the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. But it's those moments that made us gasp in awe and amazement that I want to look back at and spotlight in this piece.
Lets head back first to 202 when the first ever Elimination Chamber match took place at Survivor Series, featuring Rob Van Damn, Kane, Booker T, Chris Jericho, Rob Van Dam, Triple H, and Shawn Michaels. The match was memorable as I stated for HBK winning the championship after returning from a career ending back injury, but the moment that always sticks out in my mind is when Rob Van Dam leaped from on top of a pod and delivered the 5 Star Frog Splash to Booker T. While it didn't end well from Van Dam, who was subsequently eliminated by Booker T, after blowing out his knee it really was the first real stand out moment that is deserving of any highlight reel when it comes to Elimination Chamber matches. It wouldn't be the last though and this certainly only set a precedent for things to come.
Fast forward to 2008, and something I never thought I would see occurred when MVP tried to escape from the Undertaker, fearing for what the dead man would do to him. MVP thought he would be safe climbing to the top of one of the pods but soon found this was probably the worst thing he could do as Undertaker followed him up and proceeded to deliver a chokeslam to MVP, right off the top of the chamber pod. Luckily for MVP, he didn't meet the same fate as Mick Foley, who flew off the roof of Hell in a Cell at the 1998 King of the Ring, but the image of Undertaker executing the chokeslam from the corner off the chamber pod was one of the most memorable moments from that 2008 match.
Over the years we have seen many of the Elimination Chamber combatants making use of the chain link frame and the metal grating outside the ring. Lets be honest if you were involved in such a physical and brutal match you would probably want to do the same to gain an advantage. We've seen head rammed into the chain link frame and even through it, but it's the chamber floor outside that is so brutal which is something Randy Orton used to his advantage in 2010, which saw the Viper deliver a vicious DDT to Sheamus. That DDT is pretty nasty at the best of times but doing it onto the steel floor just made it look and feel all that more a devastating move. While Orton may have come up short and not won the match he more than deserves to have one of the matches most brutal and devastating moments in his highlight reel.
Not even the chamber pods themselves are safe in this one any more and over the years we have seen the superstars involved being hurled at or into them. One of the most memorable and iconic moments of the Elimination Chamber matches involves Chris Jericho, and his unfortunate meeting with the Perspex glass of the chamber pod courtesy of a spear from the monstrous Goldberg, which took place in the match held at Summerslam 2003. This wasn't the first time we had seen anything done involving the chamber pod but this set a precedent for superstars in the future to use the chamber pods to send their opponents through including Big Show tossing Daniel Bryan into his pod in the 2012 match, Chris Jericho being thrown through a pod by Kane in 2002, and Umaga sending Chris Jericho into a pod at the No Way Out 2008 Pay Per View. But there is no moment more brutal looking than Goldberg's spear through the chamber on Jericho, cause that move looked like it hurt like hell.
While there are so many more moments we can talk about including the time John Morrison scaled the chamber and jumped down onto Sheamus in 2011, and Rey Mysterio's leap off the top of a chamber pod into the Big Show during that same match our attentions now turn to asking ourselves what we can expect from Elimination Chamber in 2 weeks time. I'm sure that if Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins are involved we can expect some crazy hi-jinks to make us wince. The first ever tag team elimination chamber match also promises to deliver some unforgettable moments that I'm sure will be talked about for years to come. One thing is for sure in two weeks time and that is we are likely going to see another "oh my god" moment take place before our eyes.