The devil’s playground is set to make a return to WWE as the company reportedly has its sights set on holding the Elimination Chamber for the first time ever in Saudi Arabia.
The Elimination Chamber was introduced to the WWE Universe on screen in 2002 as Eric Bischoff made the six-man match Raw’s main event at Survivor Series for Triple H’s World Heavyweight Championship. On that occasion, Shawn Michaels outlasted five other men to win his first world title in the company for over four years.
Since then, the match has become a staple part of the WWE diet with the match type spawning its own stand-alone event in 2010. All in all, up until the end of 2021, WWE has showcased 28 Elimination Chamber matches since its inception.
Now Fightful Select has reported that the Elimination Chamber is set to return with the company expected to take the giant structure to Saudi Arabia for their show in the country on February 19th. February has become the traditional time of year when the company erects the giant structure with 9 out of the 11 Elimination Chamber events taking place in the month.
The report also states that the Chamber match taking place in the Middle Eastern Kingdom has been in the works since WWE put on their last show there in November 2021. There is no word yet if the title of the show itself will still be eponymous with the match type or if WWE will make a change.
WWE began its controversial partnership with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s General Authority for Entertainment in 2018 although the company had run shows in the country since 2014. The partnership ensured WWE would bring major shows to the Kingdom beginning with the Greatest Royal Rumble in April 2018.
Subsequent shows in Saudi Arabia have been marketed as “bigger than WrestleMania” or featured blockbuster bouts including Team Flair taking on Team Hogan, Shawn Michaels’ ill-fated comeback from retirement, or Triple H facing The Undertaker for the final time ever.