Chris Jericho has disclosed that WWE’s Elimination Chamber match was created to be used instead of WarGames.
Jericho was part of the first Elimination Chamber match in WWE when Shawn Michaels defeated him, Triple H, Booker T, Kane, and Rob Van Dam to win the World Heavyweight Championship at the 2002 Survivor Series in Madison Square Garden, New York.
Jericho was a participant in the first Elimination Chamber match which saw Shawn Michaels defeated him, Triple H, Booker T, Kane, and Rob Van Dam at the 2002 Survivor Series in Madison Square Garden, New York, to win the World Heavyweight Championship.
Adam Cole was recently a guest on the Talk Is Jericho podcast, where Jericho discussed the former NXT Champion’s experience in WarGames matches in NXT and revealed that the Elimination Chamber was originally meant to be a reprisal of WCW’s signature match.
“When we had our Blood & Guts WarGames match, I watched your WarGames match just to try and get some ideas of a modern day version. You can watch the ones from the ’80s, which is one mindset, then I watched your guys’ version, great job, great match. Just a little tidbit, Elimination Chamber was originally going to be WarGames, but Vince didn’t want to do WarGames because he said it was too WCW, so then we created our own. Hunter (Triple H) always wanted to do WarGames, and then he brings it to NXT and there you go.”
The WarGames match was first used in 1987 when the Road Warriors, Paul Ellering, Nikita Koloff, and Dusty Rhodes defeated The Four Horsemen in the two-ring cage match. It was a mainstay of the NWA and WCW after that until the company folded in 2001.
In 2017, the WarGames idea was revived in WWE as part of NXT, with Adam Cole and his Undisputed Era appearing in every men’s edition of the match. In the only three-team version of the match in NXT history, Cole and his teammates defeated Sanity and the team of AOP and Roderick Strong. Undisputed Era then went on to lose their next two matches, falling to Pete Dunne, Ricochet, and War Raiders in 2018 and Team Ciampa in 2019. The Undisputed Era went back to their winning ways in 2020, defeating Pat McAfee’s Kings of NXT.
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