The Elimination Chamber PPV is already returning after originally being left off the calendar earlier this year. But this year, the Intercontinental and Tag Team Championships are up for grabs in the Chamber matches. Like the Royal Rumble and Money in the Bank matches, the Elimination Chamber structure provides us with several statistics and facts to examine as we prepare to watch 18 men put their bodies on the line to claim gold.
Zeppelin Mayers provided you with his personal picks to win each Elimination Chamber match, so I decided to give you the statistics on each of the participants and tag teams that are set to do battle in the structure.
(Note: For the wins and losses I provide for each participant, please note that the wins and losses are from Extreme Rules, Payback, Raw, SmackDown, Main Event, and Superstars from April 26th through May 30th. I chose to start with Extreme Rules to provide a full month's worth of "build" to Elimination Chamber.)
WWE Tag Team Championship Elimination Chamber Match
The reigning and defending WWE Tag Team Champions The New Day are obviously not thrilled about defending their titles against five other teams in the same structure. However, the trio should be happy to know that only one of their opponents, Cesaro, has ever stepped foot inside the Elimination Chamber. It's safe to say this Chamber match is filled with rookies.
The New Day
- 4-time Tag Team Champion
- 2 appearances (2010, 2012)
- 1 elimination (Ted DiBiase)
- Total time spent in Chamber: 53 minutes
Big E and Xavier Woods, who are both on their first reign as Tag Team Champion, have never competed in an Elimination Chamber match. If The New Day is looking to retain on Sunday, they better have Kofi Kingston working the match.
The New Day has been on quite a roll since Extreme Rules. They have picked up six wins over various teams, and have only suffered two losses (in which both were by disqualification). Big E and Kofi Kingston have scored key victories over the teams of Tyson Kidd and Cesaro, as well as Randy Orton and Roman Reigns.
Tyson Kidd & Cesaro
- 1-time Tag Team Champion
- 1 appearance (2014)
- Total time spent in Chamber: 30:10 minutes
Cesaro, a former Tag Team Champion, first competed in a Chamber match last year. Tyson Kidd, a former three time Tag Team Champion, will be stepping foot inside the Elimination Chamber for the first time on Sunday. Kidd and Cesaro are 4-5 since Extreme Rules, where they lost the Tag Team Titles to The New Day.
Prime Time Players
Darren Young and Titus O'Neil have been a tag team for three years, but they have never held the Tag Team gold, nor have they competed in a Chamber match. The Prime Time Players are 4-2, with one of their losses being to Big E and Xavier Woods. It would be historical in more ways than one if Young and O'Neil score the win here.
Sin Cara and Kalisto are both former NXT Tag Team Champions, and are just getting their start on the main roster together. While they are considered the wild card to win this match, the Lucha Dragons are 5-1 on their road to Chamber. Two of those key victories came in a Fatal Four-Way and Lumberjack Match on SmackDown in the last two weeks.
Diego, a former three-time Tag Champ, and Fernando, a former Tag Champ, are also set to compete in their first Chamber match. Many fans have questioned why this team gets thrown in every multi-tag team match WWE has. It's worth noting Los Matadores are 0-6! The likelihood of these two winning are rather slim.
The Ascension are also former NXT Tag Team Champions, and have been on the main roster for five months now. In that time, the only "major" thing Konnor and Viktor have done is beat the New Age Outlaws. The Ascension is only 1-6, with the one win being over Damien Sandow and Curtis Axel at Payback.
Who Could Be In This Match?
There are two other tag teams that could be considered worthy to be in this match instead of, say, The Ascension or Los Matadores. Luke Harper and Erick Rowan are standing at 4-0 since re-forming their team. They are the only tag team on the roster that is undefeated at the moment. They should absolutely be in this match. We could even go as far to say that Macho Mandow and Curtis Axel, who are 2-2 together, could be in this match.
Looking at the Elimination Chamber statistics and win/loss records, it appears The New Day are favored to retain their Tag Team Titles. There's no doubt that, based on the competitors, this match will have bodies literally flying everywhere. Personally, I'm hoping to see Tyson Kidd and Cesaro win back the titles, but if the statistics count for anything, The New Day has this one if Kofi Kingston is participating.
Intercontinental Championship Elimination Chamber Match
- 5-time Intercontinental Champion
- 2 appearances (2011, 2012)
- Total time spent in Chamber: 49:15 minutes
Following his impressive King of the Ring tournament win, King Barrett is 6-6 as he heads in to his third Elimination Chamber match. Barrett has all of his opponents beat when it comes to the amount of Intercontinental Title reigns with five.
- 3 appearances (2010, 2011, 2012)
- Total time spent in Chamber: 32:43 minutes
R-Truth has appeared in the Chamber three times, but was the first to be eliminated in all of them. He's a former United States and Tag Team Champion, but has not actually had legitimate possession of the IC Title (thinking back to the road to WrestleMania 31, eh?). Many have questioned why R-Truth is in the this match, and he may just be in there to be eliminated first again. Since Extreme Rules, R-Truth's record is 4-5.
- 3 appearances (2010, 2011, 2014)
- 2 eliminations (Kofi Kingston and R-Truth)
- Total time spent in Chamber: 79:54 minutes
I think it's safe to say Sheamus is the most experienced participant in this match, having the most appearances, eliminations, and time. Some fans claim Sheamus has been on a roll since returning, but he's only 5-4 since his first PPV loss of the year at Extreme Rules. All of Sheamus' Chamber matches have been for the WWE Championship, so this will be a different title scene for Sheamus.
- 4-time Intercontinental Champion
- 1 appearance (2012)
- Total time spent in Chamber: 21:15 minutes
Dolph Ziggler is in second place among his opponents when it comes to IC Title reigns. Over the last month, Ziggler has battled Sheamus, King Barrett, and Rusev to end up with a record of 5-5. Ziggler also has some momentum over Rusev after "stealing" Lana a couple weeks ago.
Ryback is one of two guys in this match that has never competed in a Chamber match. Oddly enough, Ryback has also never held a title during his WWE career. Ryback is 4-4 headed into his first Chamber appearance.
Coming off of a lengthy undefeated streak and decent United States Championship run, Rusev is 2-3. Two of those losses were to rival John Cena, while the other was by disqualification. Following three losses to Cena, Rusev just lost his former valet Lana to Dolph Ziggler. Rusev really didn't have anything going on creatively, so his inclusion in the match makes sense. However, Rusev is battling a lower leg injury, and may not be able to compete.
Who Could Be In This Match?
It really wouldn't be that hard to replace R-Truth or Rusev. Even though he is scheduled to face Bo Dallas, Neville is 8-2 over the last month. That's more than enough wins to qualify for a pod in the Chamber. Roman Reigns is 6-1, while Bray Wyatt is 2-1. I think the inclusion of Reigns or Wyatt would add a little more star power.
I'd have to say Sheamus is the odds-on favorite in several ways to win the vacant Intercontinental Championship. King Barrett and Dolph Ziggler are just behind him in statistics. Ryback could certainly make history for himself by winning his first Chamber match and first title in WWE.
If you managed to read all of this really long article, I applaud you. I'm a fan of statistics and thought you the readers may find some of these interesting. Thank you for reading, and feel free to leave your Elimination Chamber thoughts and predictions below in the comments area.
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