Saturday, February 18, 2023

Pinfalls: WWE Elimination Chamber 2023

On Saturday, February 19, WWE presents Elimination Chamber 2023 airing on the Peacock Network live from Centre Bell in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. This will be the first Elimination Chamber held in Canada and the second outside of the United States (the first was in Saudi Arabia). As always, my podcast partner Tommy Else and I present Pinfalls, where we analyze the matches, predict the winners and discuss other possibilities.

Debuting in 2002, the Elimination Chamber was created by Triple H, although it was originally billed as coming "from the twisted mind of Eric Bischoff," as Tommy mentions. A chain-link steel structure encircles the ring, within which are several pods, each containing one wrestler. Depending on the number of participants, the specifics can change, but originally two wrestlers started the match, with one more released from the pod every five minutes. Wrestlers are elimination via pinball or submission until one remains.

This year, there are five matches (as of this writing):

Undisputed WWE Universal Championship

Roman Reigns (c) vs. Sami Zayn

Mixed Tag Team

Edge and Beth Phoenix vs. Finn Balor and Rhea Ripley

Bobby Lashley vs. Brock Lesnar

EC United States Championship

Austin Theory (c) vs. Seth Rollins vs. Johnny Gargano vs. Bronson Reed vs. Damian Priest vs. Montez Ford

EC WWE Raw Women's Championship Match at WM 39

Asuka vs. Liv Morgan vs. Nikki Cross vs. Raquel Rodriguez vs. Natalya vs. Carmella

Tommy and I agreed on all five matches at the Royal Rumble, correctly picking all. Therefore, we both started 2023 at a perfect 5-0 (nods to Curt Hennig). As always, you have to watch the video to see what Tommy and I picked, but I will reveal we have at least one difference.

We are both excited about the card. While we expect it to set up some matches at WM 39, we think the matches have meaning and aren't too predictable. Although I speak of not seeing odd twists, Tommy points out some possibilities. 

Watch our video at Pinfalls: WWE Elimination Chamber, make your own picks and enjoy the show. Check back on to see all of our wrestling coverage.

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