|WWE Elimination Chamber|
SmackDown (2010–2011; 2017–present)
|First Event||Elimination Chamber (2010)|
Elimination Chamber a professional wrestling event produced by the WWE, a Connecticut–based promotion, and broadcast live and available through pay-per-view and the WWE Network. The event was established in 2010, debuting in February on WWE's pay-per-view calendar.
The concept of the show was that the two main event matches were contested inside the Emlination Chamber; one of these matches typically featured the WWE Championship being defended, while the other was usually contested for the World Heavyweight Championship (the two titles were unified in December 2013). The first Elimination Chamber event took place on February 21, 2010 and aired live on PPV. The event's name was selected after WWE allowed fans to provide input via a survey on their official website and was chosen over Heavy Metal, Battle Chamber, Chamber of Conflict, and the original No Way Out name. Since its origin, each event has been held in an indoor arena, with all five taking place in the United States. In 2015, the event was replaced by Fastlane in the February pay-per-view slot. However, the 2015 event was later announced to be streamed exclusively on the WWE Network in the United States on May 31 and was also available on PPV elsewhere. WWE also confirmed that the newly vacant WWE Intercontinental Championship was being decided inside the Elimination Chamber. The event did not occur in 2016, but returned in 2017 as a SmackDown branded event.