WWE Elimination Chamber 2014: Worst Title Changes at PPV
The Elimination Chamber is a pay-per-view that always provides us with drama. This year sees the fifth hosting of the event that is now the final stop before WrestleMania. The previous four have seen some huge storylines emerge and some big segments in the actual Elimination Chamber matches.
Although it is not really a scene for dramatic title changes—there have been just four in four years—it is a pay-per-view that rarely disappoints fans on the road to WrestleMania.
With just four title changes in the history of the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view, let's take a look at them all, and rank them from best to worst.
4. John Cena Wins Raw Chamber Match (2010)
This was perhaps not the best title change in the eyes of some—after all, it was John Cena who managed to pick up the win.
However, in the context of what was going to happen at WrestleMania that year, it probably wasn't a bad thing. Sheamus had to drop the belt—he was headed for a match with Triple H later that year.
There wasn't a great deal else to shout about inside the Chamber on that occasion—guys like Ted DiBiase and Kofi Kingston were hardly going to emerge with the belt.
In that sense, this was probably the one title change of the four that had the most substance.
3. Chris Jericho Wins SmackDown Chamber Match (2010)
Next up is the SmackDown match from the same year, which is perhaps most remembered for the performance of John Morrison.
The former WWE Superstar really put on a show for the crowd with his unique approach to the match.
It ranks just above John Cena's victory due to the ending.
Admittedly, if Shawn Michaels hadn't cost The Undertaker his belt, their epic rematch at WrestleMania would not have happened. However, it would have been nice to see Chris Jericho win the belt clean.
Sure, it was good to see Jericho sneak away with the belt as a heel, but it could have been done a little better. Perhaps having Taker eliminated slightly earlier in the match by Michaels would have sufficed.
2. The Corre Defeats Santino Marella and Vladimir Kozlov (2011)
The Corre was just a step too far from The Nexus.
Whilst the latter took the WWE by storm and really made us all sit up and take notice of the NXT rookies, the former really disappointed.
It seemed like a poor, lame way to drag out something successful—much like the "new" Nexus that formed just after the demise of the first.
Plus, Santino and Kozlov weren't exactly the worst tag team in the world. They were decent enough champions, and having them drop the belts to Heath Slater and Justin Gabriel wasn't a good idea.
The tag division wasn't exactly strong at the time, but it wasn't weak enough to merit Slater and Gabriel as champions, either.
1. Batista Defeats John Cena (2010)
It was a title change that came out of nowhere—which people can often describe as the best, understandably.
However, in this instance, it felt like too much.
Cena was pretty over back in 2010, and got a decent reaction from the crowd when he managed to beat Sheamus inside the Elimination Chamber.
Vince McMahon then emerged and told Cena he was going to WrestleMania as the champion—but only if he could beat Batista.
Why was it the worst title change? It set up a pretty appalling match between the two at WrestleMania XXVI, which Cena won in 13 minutes.