5 Forgotten Superstars of the Elimination Chamber
The Elimination Chamber is one of the most brutal match types in the WWE, therefore it is one of the more memorable ones. Only matches 19 have been held since its inception in 2002, with the match this Sunday being the 20th. You’d think that because there have been so few, it would be easy to remember whose competed in them. With six competitors each match, it’s not so easy. Here are 5 superstars you may have forgotten competed inside the chamber.
5. Titus O’Neil
Yessir, the Titus Brand competed inside the first ever Tag Team Elimination Chamber match alongside Darren Young. The Prime Time Players put up a good fight, eliminating the Ascension (who were also made to look strong), and Tyson Kidd & Cesaro. At one point Titus got his big ol’ dome stuck between the chains in an act of revenge clearly instigated by Kofi Kingson, who had the exact same thing happen to him years ago.
It would be Mr. Million Dollar Smile who would take the pin, after the New Day somehow got his head free from the chains. He ate a Trouble in Paradise from Kofi Kingston, which allowed the New Day to retain their titles. The Prime Time Players didn’t end up looking too bad, as they made it to the final two teams.
4. Mark Henry
In the same year the Titus Brand failed to #MakeItAWin, Mark Henry competed in his second ever Elimination Chamber match. Granted, he was a replacement for Rusev, who fractured his foot just before the match. Unfortunately for Henry, his first Elimination Chamber match was a complete debacle.
His pod opened early after someone got tossed into it, so he had to enter the match. Nobody knew what to do, which left Ziggler yelling and calling spots right in the middle of the ring. The match was an unmitigated disaster.
The commentary team messed up by failing to discover that Sheamus had deliberately sabotaged his own pod to keep him in longer. They ended up looking like a bunch of morons. The World’s Strongest Man didn’t put up a good fight, having failed to eliminate anyone. Still, he can say he competed inside the chamber.
3. Jack Swagger
Funnily enough, Jack Swagger has one of the best Elimination Chamber records, with a 100% win rate. This makes him one of three men who are undefeated in the Chamber.
Swagger won back in 2013 against the likes of Randy Orton, Mark Henry, Chris Jericho, Kane, and Daniel Bryan. The All-American lasted over 30 minutes inside the dangerous match. He would soon overcome the odds and eliminate Randy Orton (via roll-up) to earn a shot against Alberto Del Rio at Wrestlemania 29.
Despite not really doing anything of note until eliminating The Apex Predator, Swagger was made to look like a big deal until he got busted with pot in his car. He would lose to Alberto Del Rio in just over 10 minutes and then dropped down the card, never ever reaching the heights he had once perched upon. Such is life.
2.Ted DiBiase, Jr.
Occasionally, WWE likes to include midcarders in the Chamber matches. They are often added to either pad the numbers or trick the audience into thinking they’re about to get a push.
DiBiase was inside to actually continue a storyline. DiBiase was a member of the stable Legacy alongside Cody Rhodes and Randy Orton. They caused mayhem everywhere they went.
At Elimination Chamber 2010, both DiBiase and Orton were part of the match and began working together. Rhodes showed up and passed DiBiase a pipe, but he would accidentally hit Orton with it. DiBiase, thinking he was so smart, pinned Orton to eliminate him before eating a finisher and promptly being eliminated himself.
This was one of the many hiccups for the Legacy, who came to blows in a triple threat match at Wrestlemania 29. Orton won that match, for some crazy reason.
1. Mike Knox
Many of you may have forgotten about Mike Knox. I certainly have forgotten. In fact, I had to look him up just to realize that for some absurd reason, he was in contention for the World Heavyweight Championship at No Way Out in 2009.
Knox was only there to add to Jericho’s record of 10 eliminations. He entered in 4th, lasting just over 4 minutes in the match. After this, Mike Knox faded into obscurity once again. He lost over 30 televised matches in a row, giving him one of the saddest losing streaks in WWE. This was the closest he would ever get to sniffing championship gold in the WWE.