Top Matches In The History Of WWE Elimination Chamber

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The WWE Elimination Chamber pay-per-view takes place tonight from the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The main event features the Elimination Chamber match with Randy Orton defending the WWE world heavyweight championship against Cesaro, Christian, Daniel Bryan, John Cena and Sheamus.

The first Elimination Chamber match took place at the 2002 Survivor Series. Tonight’s match will be the 17th chamber match in WWE history. Chris Jericho has competed in the most chamber matches at eight and Triple H has the most victories at four.

We are now going to take a look at the top matches inside the Elimination Chamber.

3)  No Way Out  2009: Edge walked into this event as the WWE champion. The Smackdown chamber kicked off the night as Edge defended the title against Triple H, The Undertaker, Jeff Hardy and Big Show and Vladimir Kozlov. The champion didn’t last long as he was pinned by Jeff Hardy about 2:30 into the match. The match came down to Undertaker and Triple H with HHH winning the match to become the WWE champion.

The former champion wasn’t done for the night as the main event of the show was the Raw chamber match featuring John Cena defending the world heavyweight championship against Chris Jericho, Kane, Mike Knox, Rey Mysterio and Kofi Kingston.

As Kingston was making his way to the cage, Edge attacked him from behind and threw him into the ringside steps and then grabbed hit Kingston over the head with a chair. Edge then ran into one of the chamber pods and inserted himself into the match. Cena ended up being the third man eliminated as he was speared and pinned by Edge. The match came down to Edge and Mysterio. Edge threw Mysterio through the pod glass and put Mysterio back into the ring, speared him and became the new world heavyweight champion. Edge was the only WWE superstar to ever compete in two chamber matches in one night.

2) No Way Out 2008: The Undertaker is nearing the end of his Hall of Fame career. The Undertaker has only competed in three chamber matches in his career. Taker was in the 2008 match with Batista, MVP, Big Daddy V, Finlay and Great Khali to determine the number one contender for the world heavyweight championship. The final two participants were Taker and Batista. In a unique ending, Batista was on the outside with his back to the ring and Taker lifted Batista over the ropes for tombstone piledriver and the pinfall victory. That was The Undertaker’s lone chamber victory.

1) Survivor Series 2002: This was the first time that the match ever took place. The match featured HHH defending the world heavyweight championship against Shawn Michaels, Rob Van Dam, Booker T, Chris Jericho and Kane. One of the highlights of the match was Van Dam doing a five star frog splash and landing on HHH and causing a severe throat injury. The ending of the match came down to HHH and Michaels with Michaels back body dropping HHH from a pedigree and landing “Sweet Chin Music” to capture the title in a thrilling match.

Let us know what you think. You have any matches that differ from ours.

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CM Punk’s Five Greatest Moments In The WWE

CMPunkchampWe reported yesterday that former WWE champion CM Punk has left the company and his return to the company is unknown at this time. Punk signed with the WWE in 2005 and was assigned to Ohio Valley Wrestling. Punk was there less a year as he was assigned to ECW, when the WWE decided to revive the brand. Punk debuted in July of 2006 and became the ECW champion in September of 2007. After the ECW brand went away Punk won the Intercontinental Champion, World Tag Team Champion, became a three time World Heavyweight Champion and a two-time WWE champion.

If Punk doesn’t return to the company, he had one of the greatest careers in the history of the WWE. We now take a look at Punk’s five greatest moments in his WWE career.

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Chris Jericho Says “Bye Bye WWE” In Response To Triple H Promo

Triple H cut controversial promo on Daniel Bryan in the main event segment on Raw when he compared Bryan to Chris Jericho, Edge and Rob Van Dam.

Triple H said they are all talented and very popular, but they were never the one. He then said no one wants to say it, but it’s a fact that if any of those guys had been the face of WWE back in the day, they would all be working for Ted Turner right now.

One of those responded and that was Chris Jericho. Jericho was talking to someone on Twitter when he tweeted this.

Jericho then put up this tweet, but he later deleted it.

“Time to move on guys. Bye bye @wwe! Now time for more important things…any doubt that #DayInTheLife is the best @thebeatles song ever??”

The former WWE champion hasn’t been seen on television since an episode on Friday Night Smackdown when he was brutally attacked by Ryback and a took a sabbatical to tour with his band Fozzy.

With these comments by Jericho, do you think he will return to the WWE?

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POLL: Greatest ‘Hell in a Cell’ Match of All Time?

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Since its inception in 1998, the Hell in a Cell match gimmick has seen some incredible battles… and some not-so-incredible ones.  But which one is the greatest of all time? Let us know what you think by voting in the poll below.  And be sure to watch the next ‘Between the Ropes’ video podcast where we here at Between the Ropes discuss the results of the poll, and give our own favorite Hell in a Cell memories. [Read more...]

WWE Smackdown Reaction and Review – September 13th, 2013

Daniel Bryan Randy Orton No LockOpening segment featuring Big Show, Triple H, and The Shield was excellent. Big Show’s fake apology letter cracked me up, and Triple H coming out to confront show about his actions made sense. But I was afraid that was going to be all there was to it. Fortunately, The Shield came out to liven things up, and Big Show entered an entertaining, hardcore, five-minute brawl with the trio. The fans in attendance were digging it, I was digging it, and it kicked things off in a hot way. [Read more...]

WWE Friday Night Smackdown (Non-Spoilers) For Tonight’s Show

WWE Friday Night Smackdown tapings took place on Tuesday night from the Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. We released the full spoilers on Wednesday. If you didn’t see the spoilers, here is what took place on the show that airs tonight on the SyFy channel starting at 8 p.m. ET.

- Big Show promo
- Alicia Fox, Layla and Aksana vs Naomi, Natalya and Brie Bella
- Vickie Guerrero promo
- R-Truth vs Fandango in a dance competition
- Santino Marella vs Damien Sandow
- Michael Cole interviews Paul Heyman and Curtis Axel
- Alberto Del Rio vs Ricardo Rodriguez
- Dean Ambrose vs Dolph Ziggler
- The Shield vs The Usos and Doplh Ziggler
- The Cutting Edge featuring Edge, Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan

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WWE Friday Night Smackdown Spoilers For Friday September 13, 2013

The WWE held their Smackdown tapings last night in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. The show will air on Friday Night on SyFy starting at 8 p.m. ET. Here are the results of the tapings fom last night.

Smackdown opens up with a Big Show promo where he is formed to apologize to the fans for letting them down on Monday as he didn’t do the right thing. Triple H comes out and reminds everyone Show is broke, then suspends him without pay for a night. The Shield then attacks and lays out Show with the triple powerbomb.

Alicia Fox, Layla and Aksana vs. Naomi, Natalya and Brie Bella is up next. Natalya gets a nice pop but AJ Lee comes out to a better pop. AJ is on commentary. AJ does a run-in as Natalya goes for the Sharpshooter. Somehow it’s a DQ win for Layla, Aksana and Fox. All of the Divas fight after the match.

R-Truth vs. Fandango in a dance-off. Miz and Great Khali join in. Miz wins. Fandango is disgusted, but is tossed out of the ring.

The Divas come back out and they had a brawl. It appears there was a DQ when AJ interfered and then the babyfaces laid her out.

They do a segment where Ryback bullies a skinny man for saying he wanted to get in the ring with Ryback. Ryback said his dream is to bully people like him.

Vickie Guerrero announces that Ricardo will not be at Night of Champions because she feels for his safety, but then announces he will wrestle Alberto Del Rio tonight.

Santino Marella beat Damien Sandow with the Cobra.

Michael Cole interviewed Curtis Axel and Paul Heyman. Axel says that he won’t let Heyman down because Punk has to go through him and Punk can’t beat him. Heyman claimed he was a peace loving man and asked the audience to boycott the handicap match. He said that if we order the PPV, we will let CM Punk get his hands on Paul Heyman and that will be the end of him. He says he will always love Punk and tonight will be the last time you see Paul Heyman because once Punk gets him, it’s over.

World champ Alberto Del Rio easily pins Ricardo, then locks on the armbar. RVD makes the save and runs him off.

Dolph Ziggler vs. Dean Ambrose ended in a DQ when the Shield hit the ring. The Usos evened up the sides. Vickie turned it into a six man which the Shield won.

Edge hosted The Cutting Edge. He sent a message to Christian to get the Shield for what they did to him when he comes back. Randy Orton comes out so I guess the idea is that this time, Edge has to interview who HHH wants. Orton tells Edge he’s upset that Orton is a 10 time champion while he’s relegated to being just a talk show host. Edge points out he is an 11 time champion. Daniel Bryan came out and said he doesn’t want to be the face of the WWE, but he’s going to be WWE champion and will beat Orton at the PPV. Orton nails Bryan but Bryan makes a comeback and locks him in the Yes Lock. Orton taps as they go off the air.

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WWE RAW Reaction and Review – September 9th, 2013

For complete coverage of everything that happened, be sure to visit last night’s RAW Rundown. Also, check out the latest Between the Ropes podcast for thoughts from Brian and Steve!

raw christian daniel bryanShow opening last night was great wrestling television. Edge came out and gave the fans what they wanted. He put over Daniel Bryan, criticized Randy Orton, and gave Triple H even more heat. This is how you leverage a legend to create new stars. Plus, Edge was smart to bring up all the stars that Triple H has been wrong on in the past – I bet “smart marks” were eating that up. It’s also worth noting that Randy Orton and Triple H look fantastic side-by-side. They’re the kind of power-heel-duo that the WWE has been without for too long. [Read more...]

WWE Raw Rundown LIVE – 9/9/2013

Refresh this page throughout the night for LIVE ongoing results and analysis! Coverage starts at 8 p.m. ET!

Tonight, RAW looks like a packed show.  Not only can we expect final hype for Night of Champions (2013),  a rare appearance by former superstar Edge is being advertised.  Also, over the weekend Brad Maddox announced that Goldust will face Randy Orton, the stipulation being that if Goldust picks up the victory, then Cody Rhodes will be reinstated. CM Punk and Paul Heyman should be on hand as well to hype their confrontation this coming Sunday.

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Edge To Return At Next Week’s Monday Night Raw

The WWE announced last night during Monday Night Raw that former WWE champion Edge will be returning next week to Raw. The reason Edge is returning is to hype up the premiere of the television show, “Haven”, which premieres on September 14 on SyFy. Edge plays the character Dwight Hendrickson on the show.

The last time we seen the WWE Hall of Famer on WWE television was last September on an edition of Friday Night Smackdown. Raw takes place next week in Toronto.

After the announcement on Raw, Edge promoted his appearance on Twitter.

It is only a one off appearance at this time as Edge isn’t under a WWE contract.

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Kurt Angle is Great But Could Have Been Greater

On Sunday night at the TNA Slammiversary pay-per-view, Kurt Angle was introduced as the second inductee to the TNA Hall of Fame.  There’s no doubt that Angle deserves the honor and is,  quite honestly, one of the all-time greatest in-ring performers in the history of professional wrestling.

But I couldn’t help thinking about something when it comes to his career: how much greater would it be if he never left the WWE?

While Angle signed with the WWE in October 1998, he didn’t make his official debut until November 14, 1999 when he defeated Shawn Stasiak at the Survivor Series PPV.  He left the company on August 25, 2006 after working out his release.  So, his time there was roughly 6 years and 9 months, filled with great memories of him having matches against the likes of Shawn Michaels, Chris Jericho, Steve Austin and even Shane McMahon among many others.

Several weeks after his time with WWE, he signed on with TNA and made his debut on October 9, 2006 when he confronted Samoa Joe in the middle of the ring on Impact.  So, Angle has now been with the company for 6 years and 8 months.

That’s right – Kurt Angle has almost been with TNA for as long as his entire career with WWE.

I still remember being in the Impact Zone at the No Surrender PPV back in 2006 when everyone was waiting for the big announcement TNA was going to make.  This one was sealed up tight with only a handful of people in on what it would be.  (I even knew someone who was in the know and tried every trick I knew all night long to get out of him but he wouldn’t budge.)

Right before the show went off the air, the video played showing that the former WWE World Champion had jumped ship, making him the biggest signing in TNA history at the time.

The building exploded.  The online wrestling community went berserk.

TNA got a bonafide blue chipper even though he was already beaten and battered, going through the grind of the WWE for the past six years and was physically and emotionally beaten down.

Who cares because he was Kurt Angle, one of the biggest stars in all of wrestling at the time as he was leaving the big pond to make a splash in TNA.

How big has that splash been though?  Sure, he’s been a big deal in TNA.  He’s had plenty of very good matches in the company especially with AJ Styles.

But how many great matches can you point out at a moments notice?  How many memorable moments had he truly has with TNA?

Of course, his debut was fantastic, confronting Samoa Joe and giving him a head butt right between the eyes.

And their match at the 2006 Lockdown PPV was incredible with them meshing an amazing mixture of wrestling and MMA moves in a match that some thought may bring about a stylistic  change to wrestling.

In TNA, Angle has been very good but not overly memorable.  And it’s not because he isn’t good because he has been.  Part of that is because the company hasn’t blown up since his arrival or anyone else’s for that matter.

It seems like every week the company does the same rating as it always does or in the same ballpark.  Some shows are fine, some are not but nothing that really sticks out in the long run.

And Angle has been caught up in this.  He’s in TNA and they’re the #2 wrestling company.  There’s nothing wrong with that – it’s just a fact.

But with WWE – the #1 wrestling company in the world – Angle was a big deal.

A really big deal.

He has classic matches like at WrestleMania 21 – a beautiful symphony of wrestling – of WrestleMania 19 where he and Brock Lesnar almost killed themselves in an incredible athletic display.  And there’s others.

Most wrestling fans ever remember the funny Kurt Angle on television and his back and forth with Edge and Christian, Commissioner Mick Foley and even wearing a cowboy hat in conversations with “Stone Cold” Steve Austin.  And there are plenty more moments.

Moments that easily come to mind, all from his WWE days.  Mind you, that was at the beginning and peak of his career (which came about very quickly) and was on wrestling biggest stage in the WWE.  So, yes, there is an advantage there.

But with TNA, you don’t have that many specific moments that stand out involving Angle.  Some of that is because it is TNA, a smaller stage than WWE.  Some of that is because Angle – while still very good – has been past his prime and really beaten up.  That’s fair.  You can also make the argument that TNA hasn’t done a good enough job of creating those type of moments for Angle.

Which leads me back to the original question: what if Kurt Angle had never left the WWE?  What if he was just given a break and allowed to freshen the batteries and continue to be a part of the machine?

Like I said, no one disputes how good, even great, Angle has been during his career.  But he would be even greater if he had never left WWE.  There would be more discussion of him being one of the greatest of all-time, a sure-fire WWE Hall of Famer.

He would be on a different level, one of the elite in the pantheon of wrestling greats.

It just wasn’t meant to be.

Between The Ropes – October 2, 2012 | Tommy Dreamer

Brian catches up with Tommy Dreamer to talk about his House of Hardcore promotion which makes its debut this Saturday night at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie, NY, why he decided to become a promoter, what he believes will make the show stand out, deciding on talent for the show, getting Edge to appear on the show, being a wrestling historian, ECW reunion shows, what hardcore means to him and more.  Find out more about the show, the wrestling school and more at HouseofHardcore.net.

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