This is the reason why the SmackDown Elimination Chamber and the WWE Championship Chamber had different entrance intervals.
Despite both Elimination Chamber matches going just over 30 minutes, the entrance timing was very different. The WWE Championship match saw entrants released at four minute intervals, while the SmackDown Chamber had intervals as late as seven minutes.
As per Dave Meltzer on Wrestling Observer Radio, the entrant timings in the Smackdown chamber were intentionally meant to be slower. Meltzer did note that Corbin was late to be eliminated, which held the next entrant up further.
Pointing out that both Elimination Chamber matches followed strict timings, he also speculated that WWE had decided on a shorter show from the offset. While WWE pay-per-views often go three hours, Meltzer noted that this show felt like the target was set at two and a half hours.
Here is the full quote:
“The SmackDown Chamber match, it’s supposed to be every five minutes (someone enters the match), but it was a lot slower than five minutes. There was one that was actually seven minutes because it was the one where Corbin got pinned, and they took too long to pin Corbin so it was actually seven minutes. Corbin had to get pinned and then the next guy was gonna come in, but he was late, so there was a seven minute break. Now this one (the WWE Championship Chamber match), they were four minutes on the nose. They cut one minute off just about every one of them. Which is weird because the show did not go even three hours, it barely went two-and-a-half. So for whatever reason, they must have just gone in there with this idea of ‘We’re doing a two-and-a-half hour show’. So they cut the time of this match by several minutes. It still ended up being a half-an-hour match, but they cut the coming-in time because they were doing a lot at the end, whereas the other one they were doing not as much at the end, but they were doing a lot during the period where each was coming in, so they were doing that one slower. It was just interesting to see that they definitely had very different plans for those two matches.”
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Both Chamber matches were entertaining, but featured bigger angles in the aftermath.
After winning the opening match, an exhausted Daniel Bryan was choked unconscious by Roman Reigns in the Universal Championship match. Edge attacked Reigns following the title bout, setting up the WrestleMania 37 match.
Drew McIntyre retained his WWE Championship before being laid out by Bobby Lashley. The Miz took advantage, successfully cashing in his Money In The Bank contract to win the WWE Title.
With Miz, McIntyre and Lashley playing key roles in the final angle of Elimination Chamber 2021, there has been a report revealing WrestleMania plans for the WWE Championship.