5. Triple H Halts Goldberg
Sometimes surprises aren’t necessarily a good thing, as was proved in the second-ever Elimination Chamber match from way back at SummerSlam 2003.
Heading into the event, Triple H was World Heavyweight Champion, but it was Goldberg who was on the hot streak. After arriving in the company a few months prior, he’d yet to taste defeat and had already beaten the Rock at Backlash, as well as Triple H’s Evolution buddies Randy Orton and Ric Flair on Raw.
Now, usually you may think that having beaten Orton and Flair in the build-up to the event, Goldberg was due a loss at the PPV. But Goldberg’s isn’t your usual case—his entire gimmick is based on beating all challengers and so typical WWE logic shouldn’t really apply.
Except, at SummerSlam, it did.
Having torn through Orton, Shawn Michaels, and Chris Jericho in record-setting time, Goldberg looked to be moments away from taking Triple H’s title. One sledgehammer shot later, though, and the match had reach a massive anti-climax.
Not only was it surprising enough that Goldberg didn’t win, but for the loss to go down so suddenly was just as unexpected.