Chris Jericho is a veteran of the WWE Elimination Chamber match and now he has revealed on his podcast that the original plan was to do WarGames.
Jericho was in the first Elimination Chamber match at Survivor Series 2002 along with Triple H, Booker T, Kane, Rob Van Dam and Shawn Michaels, who won the match to become the World Heavyweight Champion. The match took place at Madison Square Garden with some fans remembering it as perhaps the best Elimination Chamber match ever.
“When we had our Blood & Guts WarGames match, I watched your WarGames match just to try and get some ideas of a modern day version. You can watch the ones from the ’80s, which is one mindset, then I watched your guys’ version, great job, great match. Just a little tidbit, Elimination Chamber was originally going to be WarGames, but Vince didn’t want to do WarGames because he said it was too WCW, so then we created our own. Hunter (Triple H) always wanted to do WarGames, and then he brings it to NXT and there you go.”
Jericho has been in eight Elimination Chamber matches, which is tied for the most of all time with Randy Orton. Jericho has one Elimination Chamber match win in 2010 thanks to Shawn Michaels superkicking The Undertaker and Jericho covered Undertaker to leave that match as the World Heavyweight Champion.
The WarGames match started in 1987 as the brainchild of Dusty Rhodes, who was the main booker of the NWA at the time. The match saw The Road Warriors, Paul Ellering, Nikita Koloff and Dusty Rhodes defeating The Four Horsemen in the first two-ring double cage match. The match would be a part of NWA/WCW shows over the next 13 years until the company was bought out by WWE in 2001.
In 2017, Triple H introduced the WarGames match to the NXT brand. Adam Cole has been in all four WWE WarGames matches with members of the Undisputed Era during different opponents every year.
The difference between the WWE WarGames match and the NWA/WCW WarGames match is that the WWE version has two rings with a big cage, but there’s no roof on it. When AEW did the Blood & Guts match earlier this year, they did it NWA/WCW style with the roof on the cage.
In 2019, WWE did the first-ever women’s WarGames match, so the last two years the NXT Takeover WarGames events have had a men’s and women’s WarGames match.