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Bodeen’s Top 10 Elimination Chamber Line Ups

Check out these WWE Elimination Chamber line-ups–did your favorite make Bodeen’s Top 10 list?

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Check out these WWE Elimination Chamber line-ups–did your favorite make Bodeen’s Top 10 list?

The Elimination Chamber has continued to provide fans with great entertainment every week. While a large portion of fans do not like the idea of the Elimination Chamber being a gimmick PPV, there is no denying that there have been some great Elimination Chamber matches over the years. A large part of what makes these matches exciting to watch is the names involved in these matches and the roles wrestlers fill in the match, these roles can include a big man dominating the match or a heel staying out of harm’s way. With the Elimination Chamber just around the corner let’s look at the top 10 greatest Elimination Chamber match lineups. Please note that match quality has little to do with this list with the main focus of this list being the names involved in the match.

10. Edge vs. Drew McIntyre vs. Rey Mysterio vs. Kane vs. Wade Barrett vs. The Big Show 

The 2011 Elimination Chamber PPV would start off with an Elimination Chamber match featuring a mix of veterans, current stars and younger stars. In a match lineup that allowed each name to fill their role perfectly, with Rey Mysterio doing a great job of playing the role of underdog babyface as he lasted throughout the whole match entering at number 1.

The World Heavyweight Champion at the time, Edge would also have a great showing as he lied in wait throughout the match, patiently waiting for his opportunity to strike. This would lead to him eliminating Kane after a spear, leaving just Rey Mysterio and Edge left.

Edge and Rey would trade near falls in a great closing sequence, with Edge eventually retaining the World Heavyweight Championship after Edge speared Mysterio in midair.

9. John Cena vs. Sheamus vs. CM Punk vs. Randy Orton vs. John Morrison vs. R-Truth  

The 2011 edition of the Elimination Chamber PPV would also feature another great match with a strong list of names, with the only real weak name being R-Truth. The match would start off with John Morrison and Sheamus squaring off before Randy Orton would enter at number 3.

CM Punk would enter at number 4 only to be attacked by his future WrestleMania opponent Randy Orton, with Orton eliminating Punk, only for the infamous Anonymous RAW general manager to put Punk back in the match with Punk getting revenge on Orton by eliminating him.

This led to the final 2 being John Cena and CM Punk, in a moment that would foreshadow their legendary feud, both men would push each other to the limit, with Cena beating Punk after an Attitude Adjustment on the floor.

8. John Cena vs. Kurt Angle vs. Carlito vs. Chris Masters vs. Shawn Michaels vs. Kane

While Edge cashing the Money In The Bank briefcase may be the moment of the night everyone still talks about, it’s hard to forget just how much talent was in the New Year’s Revolution Elimination Chamber match, with this match having some of the biggest names of the ruthless aggression era.

Shawn Micheals and John Cena would start off the match with Carlito entering a number 3. Kurt Angle would come in a number 4, surplexing everyone in one of the greatest chamber moments of all time. Kane would also show his dominance, leading Carlito and Chris Masters teaming up.

Carlito and Masters would continue to team up leaving them with a 2 on 1 advantage against Cena. Masters would apply the Masterlock only for Carlito to betray Masters by hitting a low blow and eliminating him with a roll-up leading to Cena rolling up Carlito for the win.

7. Randy Orton vs. Daniel Bryan vs. John Cena vs. Cesaro vs. Christian vs. Sheamus 

The 2014 edition of the Elimination Chamber would feature the best of the mid-card from WWE at the time with 2 of the biggest names in WWE with Randy Orton and John Cena being in the match, in a match that did a great job in building up the feud with Daniel Bryan and the authority, as well as being the start of a short push for Cesaro.

Cesaro would show his underrated talent starting the match with Sheamus. Cesaro would impress on the big stage, staying in the match until he was eventually eliminated by John Cena, who would later be eliminated after The Wyatt Family interfered.

This would lead to rivals, Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton to face off in the final 2, where Kane chokeslammed Daniel Bryan to give Orton the win.

6. Bray Wyatt vs. John Cena vs. AJ Styles vs. The Miz vs. Dean Ambrose vs. Baron Corbin 

One part of the Elimination Chamber that is great to see, is when current feuds are brought inside the chamber. Fans would see this in the 2017 edition of the Elimination Chamber as the main focus was on a current feud between AJ Styles and WWE Champion John Cena.

Cena and AJ would start off the match, showing how well both men work together. Baron Corbin would be the first man eliminated after Dean Ambrose rolled him up. This would lead to Baron attacking Ambrose, giving The Miz the perfect opportunity to eliminate him.

After Cena eliminated Miz, Cena and AJ would continue their feud, giving Bray Wyatt a chance to eliminate John Cena. Styles would later try to hit the Phenomenal Forearm, only for Bray to catch him and hit the Sister Abigal for the surprise win.

5. Daniel Bryan  vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Randy Orton vs. AJ Styles vs. Jeff Hardy vs. Samoa Joe 

In a match that would lead to the amazing push of Kofi Kingston, the 2018 edition of the Elimination Chamber would see some of WWE’s biggest names as like Randy Orton and Jeff Hardy, as well as some of the biggest name established outside from WWE like AJ Styles and Samoa Joe.

Daniel Bryan and Samoa Joe would be the first 2 men in the match, with Joe toying with Bryan. Kofi would come in next for a huge pop with AJ Styles entering the match next, hitting long time rival Samoa Joe with a Phenomenal Forearm to eliminate him.

In one of the most exciting final 2 showdowns in history, Daniel Bryan and Kofi Kingston would trade near falls, ending after Kofi got hit by a running knee, in a match that would be the start of KofiMania.

4. Edge vs. The Big Show vs. Jeff Hardy vs. Vladimir Kozlov vs. The Undertaker vs. Triple H 

Apart from Vladimir Kozlov, the No Way Out PPV in 2009 would feature some of the biggest names in the history of WWE, with countless years of experience being in this match. Edge and Jeff Hardy would start the match only for Edge to be eliminated early in the match after Jeff Hardy performed a small package on Edge

After The Undertaker eliminated Vladimir Kozlov Undertaker, Triple H and Jeff Hardy would all team up on the Big Show, with Hardy doing a Swanton bomb after a chamber pod to eliminate The Big Show in a moment that is still played on highlight packages today.

Hardy would later be eliminated after The Undertaker hit him with the Tombstone Piledriver, leaving just Triple H and The Undertaker left. After both men traded nearfalls Triple H would the Pedigree on The Undertaker to win the WWE Championship.

3. Triple H vs. Booker T vs. Chris Jericho vs. Kane vs. Shawn Michaels vs. Rob Van Dam 

The original and to some people the best. The first-ever Elimination Chamber was under a lot of pressure to deliver, especially with it being so different at the time. Luckily the match was stacked with all 6 men involved hall of fame material. All 6 men would also do a great job in showing the roles that we see in Chamber matches today as Kane dominated while Chris Jericho and Triple H, played their roles as heels, teaming up throughout the match.

Triple H and Rob Van Dam would start off the match, delivering under the immense pressure of setting the pace for the chamber matches. Jericho and Booker T would later enter the match, with Booker T eliminating Rob Van Dam after Rob Van Dam would hit a frog splash from the chamber pod on Triple H. Booker T would then be eliminated by Jericho, leaving Kane to dominate Triple H and Jericho.

Fan-favorite Shawn Micheals would then enter the match, helping Triple H and Jericho eliminate Kane. Micheals would then eliminate Jericho with Sweet Chin Music, despite Jericho having the Liontamer on Triple H. Micheals and Triple H would renew their feud with Micheals hitting Triple H with Sweet Chin Music to win the first-ever Elimination Chamber match and the World Heavyweight Championship.

2. Triple H vs. Goldberg vs. Chris Jericho vs. Shawn Michaels vs. Kevin Nash vs. Randy Orton 

Despite this match having some of the biggest names in WWE history, the real story heading into this match was the dominance of Goldberg and what felt like his inevitable path to beating Triple H to win the World Heavyweight Championship. Before Goldberg would dominate the match Shawn Micheals and Chris Jericho would start the match in a great sequence with both men matching each other’s skills.

Kevin Nash and Randy Orton would enter next, with Nash being the first man eliminated after Micheals hit him with Sweet Chin Music. Triple H would then enter next only to be hit with Sweet Chin Music sending him back into his pod. This would leave Goldberg to enter last, who would eliminate Orton, Jericho and Micheals in a short space of time, leaving just him and Triple H left.

Goldberg would then get into position to hit a spear on the World Heavyweight Champion only for Triple H to hit Goldberg with a sledgehammer to retain the title leading to a finish that is still debated to this day.

1. Batista vs. Chris Benoit vs. Edge vs. Chris Jericho vs. Randy Orton vs. Triple H with Shawn Micheals as special guest referee 

If having 6 of the best involved in this match wasn’t enough, WWE would take things a step further and put Shawn Micheals in the match as a special guest referee, with Micheals having a history with nearly everyone involved in this match stacked with talent.

Technical masters Chris Benoit and Chris Jericho would start the match and would do a good job in building up the chaos that we see in chamber matches. Edge and Triple H would enter next, with Edge being the first eliminated after Micheals hit Sweet Chin Music.

Batista would dominate the match eliminating Jericho and Benoit only to be eliminated by Orton, leaving former Evolution teammates Triple H and Randy Orton left, with Triple H winning after Batista came in and cost Orton the match.

These are my favorite elimination chamber line-ups. What are some of yours and how do you think this year’s line-up measures up to the ones on this list? Let us know in the comments below.

 


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AJ’s Thoughts: Five Potential Returns

With Trips in charge and already starting to bring back some people that didn’t work in Vince’s picture, AJ got an idea. Who else could we see on the horizon radar?

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With Trips in charge and already starting to bring back some people that didn’t work in Vince’s picture, AJ got an idea. Who else could we see on the horizon radar?

With everything going on with WWE, the one thing we have all been hyped about are all of these returns. Dakota Kai made her return at SummerSlam alongside Io and Bayley and now on last SmackDown, Karrion Kross and Scarlett made their returns in a big way against Drew McIntyre and showed the Hourglass to The Bloodline.

With all of that, there have been things in the pipeline saying Triple H’s foot isn’t off the pedal so these are 5 returns from either NXT, main roster or even Try-Outs that I would love to see happen with the new regime.

1. Johnny Gargano

Now this is a name that people have been saying, “Maybe Impact or MLW” but, what about a return? Gargano didn’t renew his contract, most likely to be with his family which is a valid and amazing reason, will never disrespect that. If he were to return, there would be a handful of great reasons. Maybe a singles run with the Intercontinental or United States but with Ciampa getting limelight in the main roster from RAW, what if we get a tag team reunion?

WWE is hurting for Tag Teams and what better than to scare off The Bloodline, loosen  the stranglehold of championships with some Do It Yourself action. DIY reunion could be amazing, especially with newer faces showing up to get championship aspirations like Kross and Ciampa. Want to break the hierarchy? Do It Yourself.

2. James Storm

This one is a little bit weird and off. On one hand, who doesn’t love the Tennessee Cowboy, Jimmy James Storm? On the other, he is 45 and getting some nagging injuries as of late. So why would I say Triple H should bring James Storm back and give him something for the main roster? One of the things I said for Gargano, we have a lack of something and The Usos might need to watch two things in the rearview.

Watch your Money and your Alcohol.

Beer Money showing up in WWE would be amazing in my personal opinion. The Bloodline jump Roode, someone in a hoodie or jacket comes up and jumps them to even the fight and as soon as one Uso remained in the ring, the figure goes down and the old stomping goes off and we hear “BEER…” and Roode looks around and gets hyped up and shouts, “…MONEY!”

3. Big Cass



Since his departure from WWE, he has done something I have said since they split him off from Enzo. Take him through the Kevin Nash School of How To Big Man. ROH and Impact are great examples that he actually cleaned up and worked on what he has to do to be good in the ring. He can work the microphone, he can work the ring so we got a new big boy to take on the WWE once again.

Now I could have said Enzo and Cass to rejoin but, I’m sure the antics of Enzo will get Cass in deep water along with the fact that I already made two tag team predictions, we don’t need another. Cass brings a lot to the table and was kind of unproven in WWE because he was just the big enforcer to the more charismatic Enzo. Give this man about six months in the ring and you have your next MASSIVE problem in the IC or US Championship scene or even more.

4. Bronson Reed



The big man from down under is a former NXT North American Champion. He looked to have a good push going with that championship but he got release. If you wonder where he went… he actually made a pit stop in Impact Wrestling as JONAH with the most fire theme song in recent history I swear… I will link the theme song and Trips… please. Get rights to this theme song. I will be a bigger Bronson Reed fan.

Bronson to me is the weird man in all of this but, I think with Triple H involved, he could get something going for him with a good singles champion run or a big threat to go through like a gatekeeper of sorts. Big boy with a great amount of athleticism? Can’t really hate on that considering the last time we saw athletic bigger people were Keith Lee and… what was that one guy? Sherman Tank with a Ferrari Engine…?

5. Bray Wyatt

And the last one is the obvious one in all of this. Yes… we have Judgment Day as the somewhat supernatural dark group but we know the true successor of the supernatural and that is “The Eater of Worlds”, “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt. This time around, I don’t think we will get the Jekyl and Hyde, Mister Rogers gimmick. I believe this time around we get full darkness and mayhem. We get the darkness and the theory of reverting back to your prime.

To make a refresher… Miz went back to being the cocky narcissist after fighting The Fiend. Finn turned back to the Prince and much more. With guys like Edge returning, maybe we see the return of the Heel Ultimate Opportunist, maybe a Fiend fight with AJ Styles to get the TN-AJ perhaps. Possibilities are endless and with a great mind like Wyatt for character and execution, I think Hunter will pick up the phone and Let Him In.

– There are clearly others that I could say, or maybe even didn’t think about, but hey, that’s the Chairshot way of Always Using Your Head. Those are just five returns that could happen and hopefully you read this before RAW or SmackDown and who knows if I get any of these right, maybe I missed an obvious one or maybe we get a giant signing that nobody thought possible. Let me and all of Chairshot know!


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King’s Greatest Hits Of Jeff Hardy

As he battles his demons, Chris King looks at some more positive moments in Jeff Hardy’s career!

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Jeff Hardy WWE Smackdown

I’m sure by now you’ve heard the disturbing news that former WWE superstar and recent AEW signee Jeff Hardy, was arrested again for multiple charges including a DUI.  Hardy has had a hard and tragic road of recovery throughout the years in multiple wrestling promotions.

Not too long ago, Hardy walked out on WWE after they were rumored to have offered the former world champion to go to treatment for his substance abuse issues. Hardy refused and said that he was better but, as we saw the demons are still lurking and got the best of him again.

I have seen some nasty comments and even some distasteful memes about the AEW superstar and felt compelled to go against the grain. Instead of kicking a man when he’s down, I’m going to put together a greatest hits for the “Charismatic Enigma.”

Jeff Hardy & The TLC Match

Everyone can say that Shawn Michaels and Razor Ramon helped innovate the iconic ladder match and you are right, but Jeff Hardy and his death-defying stunts changed the concept of the match forever. The Hardy Boyz vs. The Dudley Boyz vs. Edge & Christian and their iconic TLC match should have their wing in the Hall of Fame. The risks all six superstars took for the adoration of the crowd could have ended all of their illustrious careers. In the words of Vince McMahon, It’s such good shit!

Jeff Hardy Earns The Undertaker’s Respect

On the July 1st, 2002 episode of Monday Night Raw, Hardy delivered the performance of a lifetime nearly winning the WWE Undisputed Championship from The Undertaker in an incredible ladder match. The young up-and-comer was faced with his greatest task yet, challenging for the most prestigious title in sports entertainment. Hardy showed that without a shadow of a doubt he deserved to be in the main event scene, but came within minutes of defeating Taker. At the time of the match, Hardy was still finding his footing as a singles competitor and earned the respect of the champion and legend.

Swanton Bomb From The Heavens

When I think of the daredevil Jeff Hardy, I can’t help but think of this one crazy-as-hell stunt. At WWE One Night Stand 2008, Hardy faced off against the juggernaut Umaga in a falls count anywhere match. This match was so insane as both superstars fought into the parking lot. Hardy is one of the craziest and bravest superstars, hit a Swanton Bomb off a damn stage truck onto Umaga. It’s one of the wildest things you’ll ever see.

Hardy Wins The WWE Championship 

In 2008, Hardy finally made his way to the main event title picture alongside partner Triple H. HHH was Hardy’s mentor in some sort of way which led to the daredevil achieving his lifelong dream of becoming WWE champion. At the 2008 Armageddon pay-per-view, Hardy would face HHH and longtime rival Edge in a triple-threat match for the title. In what was a great match between all three superstars, Hardy delivered a Swanton Bomb to Edge to win the illustrious championship.

Straight Edge Problems For Hardy

The following year, Hardy found himself in the way of young-up-and-comer CM Punk who is looking to make an example out of him. Punk had won the Money in the Bank briefcase for the second year in a row and took advantage of Hardy to win the world title. What started as mutual respect between both superstars changed drastically, when Punk started throwing jabs at Hardy for his drug and substance abuse real-life issues. Punk would form his infamous stable known as the Straight Edge Society. This is a very underrated feud and you should go back and watch it in its entirety. The promos are gold.

The Hardy Boyz Return To WWE

Both Matt and Jeff Hardy found success in multiple other wrestling promotions including Ring of Honor, and TNA during their time away from WWE. Both brothers were struggling with their vices and made poor life choices but straightened up their act over the years. In 2017, the Hardy Boyz would face longtime rivals The Young Bucks in ROH. The following night the adored tag team would make their incredible return to WWE at WrestleMania 33. Matt and Jeff would be named the final team in the Fatal 4-way ladder match for the Raw Tag Team Championships. The pop these two received was insane and very much deserved. They would go on to win the match and win the titles to capitalize on their momentum.

Jeffery Nero Hardy Makes AEW Debut

From 2017-to 2022 Jeff Hardy would find himself pigeonholed in the mid-card title picture. He would have feuds with a plethora of superstars including Samoa Joe, and Randy Orton. Orton and Hardy had a nasty Hell in a Cell match back in 2018. Earlier this year, Hardy was seen running around after the 24/7 Championship, which was disappointing to see. After being genuinely unhappy in WWE, Hardy would make his AEW debut on the March 9th episode of AEW Dynamite. Hardy would come to the aid of his brother and longtime partner.

This week news broke that Hardy had been arrested for multiple charges including a DUI. While it’s easy to beat a man while he’s down, how about we uplift and try to encourage him to get the help he needs.

As a longtime wrestling fan, I have the utmost respect for Hardy and wish him the best of luck in his battle with addiction.


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