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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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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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Bodeen’s Top 5 Moments: WWE RAW 3/1/21

Bodeen takes a look ath the Top 5 moments from an eventful episode of WWE Raw on the Road to WrestleMania!

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Bodeen takes a look ath the Top 5 moments from an eventful episode of WWE Raw on the Road to WrestleMania!

With just 6 short weeks left until WrestleMania, RAW once again came to us from the Thunderdome, with the main story on RAW this week being focused on the WWE Championship match between The Miz and Bobby Lashley. Despite this there were still some other moments on RAW that stood out, so without further ado let’s once again look at the top 5 moments that stood out on RAW.

5. Mustafa Ali pins Riddle

There is no denying that the booking of RETRIBUTION has been botched. While it was extremely interesting to watch Retribiution at first, Retribution soon died even after Mustafa Ali turned heel mainly due to terrible logical booking and a series of losses that made them all look weak.

However, it is still nice to see RETRIBUTION get wins back, especially when it comes to their leader, Mustafa Ali. Ali is extremely talented and has shown he can perform with the best in the ring. That is why it was so great to see him beat Riddle on RAW.

While the match between the two men was nothing special and had a bad-looking finish, it was still nice to see him beat the United States Champion in a non-title match and give RETRIBUTION and himself a small amount of credit back.

4. Miz makes Bobby Lashley wait

Over the years The Miz has grown to be one of the best heels in the business, his promos are amazing to watch and over the years Miz has learned to control any crowd as a heel. Miz’s promos though are not the only thing that has helped him as a heel, as we have seen Miz over the years use brilliant strategies to give himself an advantage in the ring.

Miz would once again use his mind this week on RAW as he used excuse after excuse throughout the night to avoid defending the WWE Championship against Bobby Lashley until eventually, Shane McMahon forced him to defend or vacate the title at the end of the night.

The great part about watching this was seeing the reaction from MVP and Bobby Lashley as they grew increasingly frustrated with The Miz and his ideas as their annoyance at the start of the night turned into a pure rage after Miz retained after being counted out.

3. Damian Priest gets another win 

At first, I was somewhat worried about Damian Priest being teamed up with Bad Bunny, mainly due to the fact it feels Priest deserved more. However, after a few weeks and seeing how much merchandise Bad Bunny has been selling, the relationship between the two men can be effective for Priest especially as Bad Bunny guarantees Priest time on RAW, where he can impress fans.

Priest would once again look good on RAW this week as he pinned Elias in a solid match between the two men. It was also nice to see Priest beat Elias without any major interference from Bad Bunny, as Priest has arguably looked somewhat weaker due to the distractions from Bad Bunny in his matches.

With there being a good chance that Bad Bunny will be on WrestleMania with Preist, it will be interesting to see what will happen to Priest after WrestleMania

2.  Drew Mcintyre and Sheamus destroy each other

While this may not off been on a Pay-Per-View, Drew McIntyre and Sheamus put on an amazing match between each other and easily put on the best match of the night. The match showcased the brutal style of the two men as they traded moves with both men working extremely well together.

The match would start with an intense brawl between the two men as they gave each other a beating. After a brutal match where both men push each other to their limit, Drew McIntyre would catch Sheamus with a Claymore after Sheamus attempted a Brouge kick to win the match.

After the match, both men stared at each other potentially meaning that this is not the end of their feud as he approach Fastlane.

1. Bobby Lashley finally wins the gold 

It is hard to believe how much Bobby Lashley’s career has changed in a year. This time last year, Bobby was stuck in a never-ending feud with Lana and Rusev which had lost all credibility. Then Bobby Lashley left Lana for MVP and started The Hurt Business, where he became a dominant part of the mid-card as the United States Champion.

Even after being a dominant mid-carder for so long Lashley still hadn’t reached that next level however Bobby would finally break through the glass ceiling this week on RAW after he waited for three hours to dominate The Miz to finally become WWE Champion after what has felt like an eternity.

With Bobby now Champion the big question is, will Lashley be Champion by WrestleMania and if so, who will Lashley face?

These were my top 5 moments from RAW this week. What were your top 5 moments and what do you think of Bobby Lashley being WWE Champion? Let us know in the comments below. 


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Andrew’s Top 5 Matches: Week Ending 2/28/2021

A weird week of matches and shows! Let’s see what made the Top 5!

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This is one of the more tame weeks. New Japan had a few big events, but let’s just say it wasn’t their best work. Then we get the announcement of combining the Intercontinental and Heavyweight to become a “world heavyweight” title, so yeah, New Japan is weird right now.

Speaking of weird, AEW Dynamite: Riho vs Serena Deeb, won the match vote last week.

This will be the voting week to round out February, and we should start March off strong with what’s coming next week!

Quick Top 5:

  1. NJPW Castle Attack 2.27: Jay White vs Tomohiro Ishii
    Rating: ****
  2. NJPW Castle Attack 2.28: IWGP Intercontinental Championship: Tetsuya Naito vs Kota Ibushi (c)
    Rating: *** ¾
  3. AEW Dynamite: Lance Archer vs Rey Fenix
    Rating: *** ¾
  4. NJPW Castle Attack 2.28: IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship: BUSHI vs El Desperado vs El Phantasmo
    Rating: *** ¾
  5. AEW Dynamite: Hangman Page vs Isaiah Kassidy
    Rating: *** ½

 

Honorable Mentions:

  • NJPW Castle Attack 2.27: Kazuchika Okada vs EVIL w/Dick Togo
    Rating: *** ¼
  • NJPW Strong: IWGP United States Championship: Jon Moxley (c) vs KENTA
    Rating: *** ¼
  • IMPACT!: Chris Bey, Ace Austin & Black Taurus vs Josh Alexander, Trey Miguel & Willie Mack
    Rating: *** ¼
  • NJPW Castle Attack 2.28: TenCozy (Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan) vs The United Empire (Jeff Cobb & Will Ospreay)
    Rating: *** ¼
  • NXT: Zoey Stark vs Io Shirai
    Rating: *** ¼
  • NJPW Castle Attack 2.28: NEVER Openweight Championship: Hiroshi Tanahashi (c) vs The Great O-Khan
    Rating: *** ¼
  • WWE Raw: Bobby Lashley vs Braun Strowman
    Rating: ***
  • NXT: No DQ: Santos Escobar vs Karrion Kross
    Rating: ***
  • IMPACT!: TNA World Heavyweight Championship: Moose vs Jake Something
    Rating: ***
  • WWE Raw: Angel Garza vs Damian Priest
    Rating: ***

5. AEW Dynamite: Hangman Page vs Isaiah Kassidy

From Mitchell’s Coverage:

Kassidy runs, but Hangman follows! Kassidy leaps, into a DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Both men are down and fans are fired up! The standing count begins, the fans rally up, and both men stand at 3. Hangman runs in at Kassidy to corner clothesline him! Hangman snapmares Kassidy, runs and SLIDING- NO! Kassidy dodges, mule kicks and CHOPS! Kassidy reels Hangman in but Hangman suplexes to BRAIN BUSTER! Cover, TWO!!! Kassidy lives and “This is Awesome!” Hangman and Kassidy slowly stir. Hangman aims from a corner, runs at Kassidy, but Kassidy blocks the boot to BOOT back! And enziguri, to a POISON-RANA! Cover, TWO!?!

But Kassidy has the arm for an ARMBAR! Hangman endures as Kassidy pulls back! Hangman sits up, and gets the ropebreak! Kassidy lets go at the ref’s count of 4, and Hangman drags himself away. Kassidy gets up, runs over, but Hangman FLIPS him out to the apron! Kassidy grabs at Hangman’s arm but Hangman BOOTS him from below! Hangman runs to triangle LAR- HOT SHOT!! Kassidy counters Hangman at the right time, slithers back up to the apron, and springboards, but no Destroyer! Hangman gives him the DEADEYE! Cover, Hangman wins!!

Winner: Hangman via Deadeye

 

2t. NJPW Castle Attack 2.28: IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship: BUSHI vs El Desperado vs El Phantasmo

From My Results:

Early on this was a little paint by numbers. Counters, a few signature spots to get early advantages, but the match didn’t pick up until ELP tried to take out Desperado. ELP and Despy fight up the ramp, ELP rips the mask to expose Despy’s head and pulls out the Jerry Lynn special, Cradle Piledriver right into the ramp!

ELP takes the ripped mask as a trophy, and we see a singles match between BUSHI and ELP for a good bit of time. BUSHI proves to be as stubborn as other Tetsuya’s in LIJ, and takes it to ELP fairly well. BUT – that’s not the story here. Desperado starts slowly making his way back to the ring with a new mask. Desperado comes in and goes on a warpath after ELP. Stiff looking strikes, dives that take out both of his opponents, and just an unbridled rage that makes him focus on ELP.

This of course allows for BUSHI to pick some solid spots, and after Despy returns the match really picks up. It’s also great to ELP’s heel tendencies where he takes moves from higher profile people just to turn the knife. Styles Clash, V-Trigger, an attempted One Winged Angel, Sweet Chin Music, the Undertaker arm fold pin cover, and it’s just good entertainment.

BUSHI has a great count break up where he just grabs Marty Asami’s arm to prevent the 3. BUSHI sets up for MX, but he gets caught with Sudden Death…and rolls out of the ring. So ELP has to go back to a now slowly coming back up Desperado, ELP charges, gets caught with a big right hand and not 1 but 2 Pinche Locos!

Winner: Despy via Pinche Loco

 

2t. AEW Dynamite: Lance Archer vs Rey Fenix

From Mitchell’s Coverage:

Fenix goes to a corner while Archer is in the drop zone. Fenix hops up and MOONSAULTS, but Archer moves, so Fenix somersaults through! ROLLING CUTTER!! Cover, TWO!! Archer survives again and Fenix can’t believe it! Fenix hauls Archer up, Archer whips him away and runs in to ROCK him with a right! Archer puts Fenix up top, hooks legs and brings Fenix out, FISHERMAN BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Fenix survives again but Archer drags him back up! Archer goes up the corner, drags Fenix up to join him, but Fenix fights the choke grip to adjust! Archer body shots, Fenix rebounds, SUPER SPANISH FLY!! Cover, TWO!?!? How are either of these guys doing this?!

Fenix fireman’s carries, Archer pulls the mask! Fans boo, Fenix SUPERKICKS, mule kicks, forearms and CHOPS! Fenix fires up, runs, but gets DERAILED!! Both men are down but Archer fires up! Archer drags Fenix up and reel shim in, for a BUCKLE BOMB! Choke grip, CHOKE SLAM!! Cover, TWO?!?! Archer drags Fenix to a corner, hauls him up, CHOPS and inverted crucifix lifts, for the BLACKOUT BOMB!!! Cover, Archer wins!!!

Winner: Archer via Blackout

 

2t. NJPW Castle Attack 2.28: IWGP Intercontinental Championship: Tetsuya Naito vs Kota Ibushi (c)

From My Results:

Naito focused on mat wrestling in the beginning, and it was all in effort to get to Ibushi’s knees to bring the match to parity. With Naito having well documented bad knees (including miss time during the Road to), Naito had to work to make things more even.

We see a lot of old threads get pulled on, the corner spot could reference to Naito and Omega’s G1 match, the Outside In German Suplex was something Ibushi struggled to execute before on Naito. Naito pulled out an Avalanche Diamond Dust that we don’t often see, and this was somewhat interesting. New Japan continues to implore that main events are 25+ minute matches, and lately these all drag.

Even with the fun story aspects, a few big scary spots as we’ve come to expect, the match never ascended to a great height. Naito hit Valentia and a few running Destinos, but that wasn’t enough to take out the champion. Ibushi hit Kamigoye to the back of the head, much like as Wrestle Kingdom, then we got 2 more Kamigoyes and Ibushi just falling on top of Naito for the pinfall victory!

Winner: Ibushi via Kamigoye

 

1. NJPW Castle Attack 2.27: Jay White vs Tomohiro Ishii

From My Results:

Ishii has had White’s number lately, and just added to the broken status of his mental health after the Wrestle Kingdom loss. Within the first minute or so, Jay looked to have tweaked his hamstring, and that added an interesting layer to his early attack. But much like the strategic genius that he is, he lays Ishii over the barricade, and Ishii starts selling a rib injury.

Everything in this match mattered, the leg and ribs came back to play into aspects of the finishing sequence. Ishii was slow transitioning between some of his power moves since he was hampered with the rib injury, and Jay got caught a bit more than usual because his quickness was taken away.

A huge Avalanche Brainbuster after a Jumping Headbutt nearly gave Ishii the win, but a slow cover as he wanted the high stack, kept Jay alive. They fight back and forth, then we get a great counter wrestling sequence to finish the match. Ishii slips suplexes and Blade Runners, Jay slips the Brainbuster and eats a strike. It was up, down, back and forth, just hard to call until Jay finally slips a hold and catches Ishii with Blade Runner for the win!

Winner: Jay via Blade Runner

 

Thoughts:

Definitely a weird week when I was not a fan of the New Japan shows, and I’m not AEW’s biggest fan…but I guess the top stuff is the top stuff. My vote will go to Jay White vs Tomohiro Ishii, purely because it was the only thing that really stood out during this weekend.

Personally, I hope New Japan figures it out and starts getting interesting; because I’m really going to need to consider other promotions if New Japan stays stale – you know, just to spice things up. Ugh…weird week, but yeah the White vs Ishii match is worth watching.


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