5. CM Punk – 5 Eliminations
No, I have not just mentioned CM Punk in an attempt to get internet hits. Punk’s first chamber match came at the ECW December to Dismember event, where, in the highly regarded (sarcasm) match, he was the first eliminated by ECW original Rob Van Dam.
Punk hoped for better luck in 2010, where he entered the World Heavyweight Championship Chamber match at number two and would make quick work of R-Truth, eliminating him after just three minutes. Punk would last only ten minutes in the match himself before he was eliminated by Rey Mysterio.
The straight edge superstar would enter the 2011 chamber match hoping to fight The Miz for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania. He had a great showing, eliminating both CM Punk, and former ECW alumni John Morrison, before he was felled by John Cena, who delivered an Attitude Adjustment to win the match.
Punk’s final chamber outing came the following year in 2012, when he entered the Chamber as WWE Champion. Punk would eliminate R-Truth (again), before kicking out Chris Jericho from the cage (does that count?) He would then go on to pin The Miz, and pick up his first Chamber win.
Although Oli might attempt to fantasy book a CM Punk Elimination Chamber victory in the future, it is unlikely that Punk will be adding to his impressive record.
5. John Cena – 5 Eliminations
Could you ever have a top 10 list without including Big Match John Cena? Cena’s first Chamber appearance came in 2005 when he walked in as WWE Champion and managed to pin Carlito to retain his title and become the first superstar to retain his title in his very first Chamber match.
However, it is not all success with Cena, in both 2009 and 2018, he failed to pick up a single elimination. Being pinned by Edge in 2009 and Braun Strowman in 2018.
In 2010, Cena managed to win the WWE Champion in the Elimination Chamber, last eliminating Triple H. His successes do not stop there, the following year, he eliminated CM Punk to win the chamber, in the process winning the right to face The Miz for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania 27.
Cena was able to pick up eliminations in both the 2014 WWE World Heavyweight Championship and the 2017 WWE Championship Elimination Chamber matches, eliminating Cesaro and The Miz respectively.
Interestingly, despite retaining the WWE Championship in 2005, and winning the WWE Championship in 2010, Cena left both of those shows without the championship. In 2005, Edge cashed in his Money In The Bank briefcase on an exhausted Cena, and in 2010, Vince McMahon announced after the match that a similarly exhausted Cena would have to defend his title against Batista, Cena would lose both matches.
5. Braun Strowman – 5 Eliminations
Yes, Braun Strowman might not have won his one and only Elimination Chamber match, but he walked out of the event feeling like a winner. Strowman entered the 2018 Elimination Chamber match (the first match to feature seven participants) at number six and quickly eliminated The Miz, Elias, John Cena and Finn Bálor.
This would leave Strowman alone in the Chamber with Shield brothers Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins. The ‘Monster Among Men’ was able to eliminate Rollins but succumbed to a Spear from the Big Dog, who would pick up the win. This was clearly an impressive showing for Strowman, who averages five eliminations for every Chamber match he is in.
You may ask what Strowman did with the obvious momentum that a match stealing performance like this would bring, despite not winning… Well, while Roman Reigns would go on to face Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 34 for the Universal Championship, Strowman won the Raw Tag Team Titles with a 10-year-old child in a throw-away comedy segment.
3. Randy Orton – 6 Eliminations
Randy Orton is the youngest superstar to enter the Chamber match when, at 23, he faced off against Triple H, Golberg, Kevin Nash, Chris Jericho and Shawn Michaels. However, Orton did not even score an elimination in his first match.
He would enter the 2005 Chamber hoping for better luck. He eliminated his former Evolution stablemate Batista, leaving himself and his other former Evolution stablemate Triple H to fight for the vacant World Heavyweight Championship. Orton would ultimately lose to HHH, but this was a better showing for the third generation superstar.
Orton entered his next chamber six years later. This time, Orton was actually eliminated by former Legacy stablemate Ted DiBiase, again failing to score an elimination for the second time in his career. Orton hoped for retribution in 2011 when he fought for the right to face The Miz for the WWE title at that year’s Mania. Orton, again, failed to score an elimination and was pinned by CM Punk, making it all the more surprising that he’s actually on this list.
Orton’s fortunes picked up in 2013, when he scored two eliminations, first, Mark Henry, then Chris Jericho. Orton would be pinned by Jack Swagger who would go on to face Alberto Del Rio at WrestleMania 29.
In his final Elimination Chamber match to date, Orton defended his WWE World Heavyweight Championship and was able to pin both John Cena, and Daniel Bryan to pick up his first chamber win.
So Orton, with five chamber eliminations in six matches so far, will be hoping to add to his impressive tally when he faces Daniel Bryan, Samoa Joe, AJ Styles, Mustafa Ali and Jeff Hardy in the WWE Championship Elimination Chamber on February 17.