The road to Wrestlemania continues, with Elimination Chamber taking place this weekend from Montreal, Quebec, Canada. This is the second year in a row that Elimination Chamber is taking place outside of the US. With last year being held in Saudi Arabia. It’s taking place on Saturday, February 18, 2023.
There’s a lot of anticipation going into the 2023 Elimination Chamber premium live event this year. With the whole thing between Sami Zayn and Roman Reigns, Brock Lesnar being obsessed with Bobby Lashley, and there’s also two Elimination Chamber matches. And for the first time, the Elimination Chamber will play host to a mid-card championship – the US Title.
WWE Elimination Chamber Main Event Preview
Despite this being the Elimination Chamber, and there being two matches based on that gimmick, the main event is definitely Sami Zayn and Roman Reigns. This is a match that has been a long time coming, since Reigns brought Zayn into the Bloodline last year. It took Zayn a while to get all members of the Bloodline to accept him. Having to prove himself again and again. His real-life best friend and fellow Canadian, Kevin Owens, told Zayn that he needed to betray the Bloodline before they did it to him. This made sense, since Zayn was a baby face, and the Bloodline are heels.
So at the Royal Rumble, after Reigns defeated Owens, the Bloodline came out and started to beat him up some more. Zayn stepped in the way of Reigns so he was unable to hit him with the chair. And instead, told Zayn to do it. After some coercion, he did use the chair. But not on Owens. Instead, he betrayed Roman Reigns and the Bloodline, by hitting Reigns with the chair. And it looked eerily similar to when Seth Rollins did it Reigns many years earlier.
That all set up this match for the WWE Universal Championship at the Elimination Chamber. But the problem is, does the WWE see Sami Zayn as “the guy” in the company? Is he the right one to dethrone Reigns from his 900+ day reign? WWE was planning for Cody Rhodes to do this. Having him win the Royal Rumble in January, and headline Wrestlemania against Roman Reigns. But what if Zayn beats Reigns and it’s Rhodes vs Zayn at Wrestlemania?
Not to mention the fact that Elimination Chamber is in Sami’s hometown of Montreal, and the USO’s won’t be there. As they are not allowed to travel to Canada due to their DUI’s they’ve gotten while in Canada before. So the only backup Reigns will have is, Solo Sikoa.
This whole thing has wrestling fans sitting on the edge of their seats. And it’s not hard to see why.
Edge and Beth Phoenix vs Rhea Ripley and Finn Balor
Another match that is perhaps flying under the radar, is a mixed tag team match between the Judgement day, and Edge who created the Judgement Day and his real-life wife, Beth Phoenix. Rhea Ripley from the Judgement Day has been wanting a match with Beth Phoenix for a while, and the WWE has been teasing it for almost a year at this point. And we’re finally getting it, or something close to it.
We kind of already know that this will be a one-off for these four, as Rhea Ripley won the Women’s Royal Rumble match last month, and will face Charlotte Flair for the Smackdown Women’s title at Wrestlemania. But will Edge finally destroy his own creation? Like he has been promising to do for months now? We’ll find out on Saturday.
How to watch WWE Elimination Chamber 2023 on Peacock
First up, make sure to login to your Peacock account. Or sign up if you haven’t already.
Then click on the “WWE” tab at the top of the page. It’ll be to the right of “Sports”.
This year, Elimination Chamber is back to its regular time. With the pre-show taking place at 7PM EDT and the regular show starting at 8PM EDT. The post-show press conference is set to start at 11:30PM EDT, which will be broadcast on Peacock as well as other social channels, including YouTube.
What time does WWE Elimination Chamber 2023 start?
As mentioned, the Elimination Chamber is back in North America this year, so the starting times are back to normal, compared to Elimination Chamber in 2022.
The pre-show will kick off on Peacock and other social channels starting at 7PM EDT. This is where the experts will break down every match, as well as seeing some exclusive interviews ahead of the big premium live event.
The main show will start at 8PM EDT. Typically, these run until around 11PM EDT, and there is the press conference set for 11:30PM EDT, right after the show. So it should only be about three to three-and-a-half hours long this time.
Who’s on the card?
The card for WWE Elimination Chamber 2023 is actually fairly short. There’s only six matches on the card this time around, however there are two Elimination Chamber matches, which can take up quite a bit of time.
As of February 17, 2023, this is the card for Elimination Chamber.
- Undisputed WWE Universal Championship: Sami Zayn vs. Roman Reigns (c)
- United States Title Elimination Chamber Match featuring Montez Ford, Johnny Gargano, Bronson Reed, Seth “Freakin” Rollins, Damian Priest and Austin Theory (c)
- Elimination Chamber Match to determine challenger to the Raw Women’s Title at WrestleMania featuring Carmella, Nikki Cross, Raquel González, Asuka, Liv Morgan and Natalya
- Edge & Beth Phoenix vs. Finn Bálor & Rhea Ripley
- Bobby Lashley vs. Brock Lesnar
As always, the card is subject to change due to injuries, time slots, etc. And where this is being written before the final Smackdown before the event, there could be changes to the card, including an additional match or two being added. We’ll be sure to update this post accordingly so you have the most up-to-date information.