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.