Create

5 WWE Elimination chamber winners - where are they now?

images via skysports. The Elimination Chamber has changed the careers of all that have entered it. What has happened to some of the past winners today?
The Elimination Chamber has changed the careers of all that have entered it. What has happened to some of the past winners today?

The Elimination Chamber has provided fans with some remarkable matches and incredible memories, no matter who has stepped inside that cold and unforgiving structure. Unlike a typical steel cage or a Hell in a Cell, the Elimination Chamber involves six participants vying to capture a championship, and also withstand the punishment they face in the contest. Over the years, the titles on the line have included the WWE and World championship, not to mention the Intercontinental and tag team championships.

Since the chamber's inception, a number of hall of Famers have won the matchup, including Triple H and Shawn Michaels. Today, a number of past winners are busy seeking acclaim outside the ring, though not necessary away from the business. Whether they are involved behind the scenes or working independently, they still remain passionate about the business to which they gave themselves. Who were they and where are they today? Here are five former WWE Elimination chamber winners, and where they are now.



#5 Ryback

images via dailyddt.com Ryback has been quite active since departing the WWE.
Ryback has been quite active since departing the WWE.

In the 2015 Elimination Chamber match, Ryback defeated Sheamus, Dolph Ziggler, Mark Henry, R-Truth and King Barrett to capture the then-vacant Intercontinental champion. The event took place in what was a WWE Network exclusive event, making it rather special. The match came about because Daniel Bryan had to relinquish his championship because he wouldn't be able to compete for some time due to a medical issue.

The matchup involved a number of notable former champions, making the booking interesting, as they all pursued the vacant title. Unlike previous matches, the odds weren't stacked against any one person. Ryback was booked well in this match and deserved his run as the Intercontinental champion. Today, Ryback is actively involved on the independent scene, recognized for his past accomplishments and having memorable feuds with the likes of John Cena and CM Punk. He also has his own podcast and has started a nutrition consulting business.

#4 Edge

images via whatculture.com The Rated R superstar has been active even after his retirement.
The Rated R Superstar has been active even after his retirement.

At the 2009 No Way Out pay per view, the Rated R Superstar, Edge, defeated John Cena, Rey Mysterio, Chris Jericho, Mike Knox and Kane to capture the World Heavyweight championship. It's strange to think that nine years ago the Elimination Chamber involved former ECW talent Mike Knox as part of a World Heavyweight championship match up. John Cena came into the match holding the championship that Edge claimed.

Sadly it would be just a couple of years later that Edge would be forced to have to retire, and in the process relinquish the World Heavyweight championship that he had just regained after Wrestlemania. Today, Edge can be heard alongside friend and former tag team champion Christian as part of the E&C Podcast of Awesomeness. He is also actively seen in film and on television, including the popular show ‘Vikings.' He is married to former WWE Divas and Women's champion, and recent Hall of Famer, Beth Phoenix.

#3. Chris Jerico

2018 has seen Jericho continue to reinvent himself and not just in the WWE.
2018 has seen Jericho continue to reinvent himself and not just in the WWE.

At the 2010 Elimination Chamber pay per view event, in the match of the same name, Jericho defeated The Undertaker, John Morrison, CM Punk, Rey Mysterio and R-Truth to capture his third World Heavyweight championship. Needless to say, he defeated quite a class of talent in that matchup. He didn't walk into the match as the champion but walked out that way.

By defeating, the likes of The Undertaker, CM Punk, and Rey Mysterio, Jericho bested men that were among the elite in the company over the course of the 2000s and beyond. Today, Chris Jericho continues to reinvent himself and remain relevant, and not just in the ring, as he hosts a popular podcast and performs on stage as the lead singer of his band Fozzy. He was last seen in the ring competing for New Japan Pro Wrestling as part of Wrestle Kingdom XII, against Kenny Omega.

#2 Bobby Lashley

images via wrestlingmedia.org Could fans see a return of Lashley in a WWE ring?
Could fans see a return of Lashley in a WWE ring?

At the 2006 ECW pay per view event December to Dismember, Bobby Lashley defeated Big Show, Test, Rob Van Dam, Hardcore Holly and CM Punk to capture the Extreme Championship Wrestling heavyweight title in the Elimination Chamber. This victory has the unfortunate distinction of occurring in what has long been considered one of the worst pay per views in WWE's reincarnation of the brand. Not only did he defeat the late Andrew ‘Test' Martin and then champion the Big Show, this was also one of CM Punk's earliest pay per view appearances for the company.

Today, Lashley has made a name for himself by diversifying his activities, becoming quite the businessman even as he stayed active in MMA with Bellator and wrestling with Impact Wrestling. It was recently reported that Lashley had signed with WWE, or would do so imminently, as his contract with Impact Wrestling had come to an end. While he hasn't appeared in WWE yet, when he finally does it will certainly be a moment that will turn heads.

#1 CM Punk

images via denofgeek.com Punk has moved beyond away from the wrestling ring but that doesn't mean he still isn't actively visible.
Punk has moved beyond away from the wrestling ring but that doesn't mean he still isn't actively visible.

The 2012 Elimination Chamber pay per view saw CM Punk defeat The Miz, Chris Jericho, Kofi Kingston, Dolph Ziggler and R-Truth to retain the WWE championship. One of the hardest things about the Elimination Chamber isn't capturing the title, but retaining it. During that match, Punk beat former World and Intercontinental champions in the process of retaining his title.

It was quite the distinction for Punk, who was in the midst of a run holding the title for over 400 days, a modern-day record that stood until it was broken by former NXT women's champion Asuka. Today, Punk appears to have moved on from wrestling, even if many fans haven't moved on from seeing him in the ring. Punk has competed in MMA as part of UFC and is rumored to once again step back into the octagon to show his worth in a fight against Mike Jackson. Punk appears quite content moving on from his wrestling past.

Quick Links

Edited by Pratyay Ghosh
Be the first one to comment