Not much in the way of details yet, and no official confirmation from WWE, but the Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona is trumpeting the return of an Elimination Chamber-themed show to the sports entertainment calendar for some time next year.
For the first half of this decade, the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view (PPV) was the show between Royal Rumble and WrestleMania, occurring in February. In 2015, it was moved to May and became a WWE Network-exclusive event.
With post-brand split plans still calling for two PPVs (one for Raw and one for SmackDown) in seven or eight months of the year, we knew there would be either new names/concepts created or old ones reinstated to fill the schedule. With last year’s pre-Mania show, Roadblock, gaining a subtitle and moving to December, Elimination Chamber’s as good an idea as anything else.
One obstacle to doing the show in the past was finding venues where the scoreboard didn’t make it impossible to hang the steel structure from which the show gets its name during non-Chamber matches. Presumably, if the Talking Stick Resort Arena is hyping the event, that logistical detail isn’t an issue there.
It’s all guesswork, however. Other than WM33, there’s nothing set in stone on WWE’s 2017 calendar after the Rumble. Questions like when Phoenix’s Elimination Chamber event might take place, or if it will be a red, blue or co-branded show, will all have to wait until the company chimes in.
Excited for this show to return, Cagesiders?