WWE Elimination Chamber: Biggest Breakthrough Performances in Event History
Thanks to its format, the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view has provided breakout moments for several WWE stars over the years. In fact, the following names helped their careers a great deal with their willingness to work extremely hard in their matches and, in some cases, take crazy, show-stealing bumps.
So, in order of just how big of an impact they made on the show, let’s have a closer look at wrestlers who have broken out at the event over the years.
5. Tamina Snuka at Elimination Chamber 2012
Tamina Snuka may have failed in her quest to win the WWE Divas Championship from Beth Phoenix at the 2012 Elimination Chamber event, but the second-generation wrestler still proved herself to be a great performer and a formidable name in the division.
In fact, Phoenix and Snuka both worked very hard and managed to churn out one of the best WWE women’s matches of the year. It’s too bad we never got to see them do more bouts together.
Of course, as decent as this was, it was still a Divas match, which, in WWE, can only ever have limited impact considering how badly the company treats its women's wrestling product—hence its low ranking here.
4. The Miz at Elimination Chamber 2011
The Miz delivered what was arguably the best match of his WWE Championship reign at the 2011 Elimination Chamber pay-per-view when he took on announcer Jerry Lawler in a singles match.
On paper, the bout didn't look too promising: Could an aging commentator like Lawler churn out a respectable performance? Did it really do Miz's credibility any favors if he was struggling to defeat a man almost twice his age?
Thankfully, the match was tremendous—Miz did a great job of carrying his foe. Some of the near-falls were truly gripping and dramatic. It may have also been the last great wrestling match Lawler will ever have, especially in light of his recent health problems.
3. Jack Swagger at Elimination Chamber 2013
Armed with a new manager, a controversial new gimmick and a renewed push, Jack Swagger delivered a blistering performance at the 2013 event, defeating five other men to become the No. 1 contender for Alberto Del Rio's World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania XXX. His splendid performance here was a great reminder of how good Swagger can be when he's properly motivated.
It's just too bad the star subsequently botched his entire push by foolishly getting arrested on DWI and drug charges soon after. What a colossal waste.
2. John Morrison at Elimination Chamber 2011
John Morrison may not have won when he competed in the 2011 Elimination Chamber bout for the WWE Championship, but he still delivered a gutsy, outstanding performance at the event. Who can forget when the star climbed the cage—with shocking ease, it has to be said—to jump onto a stunned Sheamus?
Indeed, thanks to his innovative offense and willingness to take some truly shocking bumps, Morrison was arguably the star of the match—no minor thing considering established names such as John Cena and CM Punk were also participating.
1.The Shield at Elimination Chamber 2013
At Elimination Chamber 2013, Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns established once and for all that they were truly a force to be reckoned with in WWE when they defeated the team of Ryback, Sheamus and John Cena in a six-man tag team match.
Considering just how protective WWE bookers were of Cena, Sheamus and Ryback at the time, it’s actually quite shocking that the newcomers were permitted to go over, and in such a credible manner. Credit to Cena in particular, he did everything he could during the bout to get the trio over as major deals.
Not only that, but the match itself was also terrific—and easily a highlight of the show.