WWE will take the Elimination Chamber to Saudi Arabia for the first time when the event hits Jeddah in February.
WWE today announced that the Elimination Chamber event will be held in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on Saturday, February 19th, 2022.
The Devil’s Playground will be constructed at the Jeddah Superdome, which is the world’s largest pillarless Superdome.
WWE released an official statement confirming the news.
“The General Entertainment Authority, in cooperation with WWE, has announced that the Elimination Chamber Premium Live Event will be held at the world’s largest pillarless superdome in Jeddah, on Saturday, Feb.19, 2022. More details of the event will be announced in the coming weeks.
“The Elimination Chamber show complements the commitment of the General Entertainment Authority to provide the most famous international events and entertainment shows.
“This show was preceded by several previous partnerships with WWE to present international shows in the kingdom, which achieved remarkable local and international success, including the recent WWE Crown Jewel show in Riyadh Season 2021 and WWE Super ShowDown in the previous Riyadh Season in early 2020.”
The Elimination Chamber was first seen in WWE back in 2002 when Eric Bischoff made the brutal match Raw’s main event at Survivor Series. It would see six men battle over Triple H’s World Heavyweight Championship. In the end, Shawn Michaels came out on top of the inaugural Chamber match, winning his first world title in the company for over four years.
Since then, the structure has become a regular part of the company’s annual schedule, with the match type spawning its own themed event in 2010. As of the end of 2021, there have been a total of 28 Elimination Chamber matches since its creation.
It was reported earlier this month that WWE was considering holding the event in Saudi Arabia, with a name change to the ‘WrestleMania Chamber’ reportedly being considered. However, as can be seen from the statement, this change did not occur.
WWE has been running shows Saudi Arabia since 2014 and entered into a controversial formal partnership with the country’s General Authority for Entertainment in 2018. The partnership means that WWE regularly brings major shows to the Kingdom, with the first of these having been 2018’s Greatest Royal Rumble.