Chris Jericho has revealed a surprising tidbit of information about the WWE Elimination Chamber match and says it was going to be something entirely different.
Jericho was part of the inaugural 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.
Speaking to Adam Cole on his Talk Is Jericho podcast, Chris Jericho discussed Cole’s experience in WarGames matches in NXT and says 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 came to life in 1987 with the Road Warriors, Paul Ellering, Nikita Koloff, and Dusty Rhodes defeating The Four Horsemen in the inaugural two-ring cage match. It was a mainstay of the NWA and WCW after that until the company folded in 2001.
The WarGames concept was reborn in WWE as part of NXT in 2017 with Adam Cole and his Undisputed Era being part of every men’s edition of the match. Cole and his partners won the first of these matches defeating Sanity and the team of AOP and Roderick Strong in the only three-team version of the match in NXT history. Undisputed Era then lost the next two outings, first to Pete Dunne, Ricochet, and War Raiders before losing to Team Ciampa in 2019. In 2020 The Undisputed Era got back to winning ways knocking off Pat McAfee’s Kings of NXT group.