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WWE/NXT is Bringing Back WarGames Match

NXT to bring back the War Games match Jason Hoch via Flickr



WarGames is a gimmick match, it’s the origin comes from the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA), and later held annually in World Championship Wrestling (WCW); usually at their Fall Brawl Pay Per View in around September.

What Kind of Special Match takes place?

It usually involved either two teams of four, five, or more wrestlers locked inside a steel cage that encompassed two rings, but there are other different variations.

The setup of the cage consisted of two rings side by side with a giant ring-encompassing rectangular cage that covered both rings, but not the ringside area. Doors are placed at far corners of the rectangular cage so the two teams didn’t come into contact before they were supposed to.

The match consists of 7 periods. The first one-on-one fight in 5 minutes and all remaining competitors from both teams are each two minutes long.

The match began with one member of each team entering the cage. After five minutes, a member from one of the teams (usually determined by a coin toss, but has also been determined by a match, or by a contest such as an arm wrestling match, a live fan poll, etc.; this is almost always the “heel” team in order to provide heat) would enter the cage, giving his team the temporary 2-on-1 handicap advantage.

After two minutes, a member from the other team would enter to even the odds and giving 2-on-2 tag team advantage for the next 2 minutes. Entrants alternated between teams every two minutes, giving the coin toss winning team the temporary advantage in the numbers game before giving the other team the advantage with the freshest man and even odds.

Teams continue to alternate during the two minutes periods; until all eight or ten men are in the ring.

WarGames Match Finish…

Once all eight, ten, or more men (depending on team size) enters the cage, what was refers to as “The Match Beyond” begins. Both teams would brawl each other in the cage for as long as it takes until any member of either team submits, surrenders, or knock-out unconsciously. There was no pinfalls, no count-outs, and no disqualifications, which often led to brutal, bloody, and violent confrontations.

The Creator

Once again the person who creates this historic type match is…Dusty Rhodes; who gets the idea after watching the film Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, and then remembering the steel cages that are a part of his career.

It’s Back with Full Force after nearly 20 years absence…

At the NXT taping at Full Sail tonight (Oct. 4), NXT General Manager William Regal makes an announcement, in a segment that should air on November 1st, that the NXT Tag Team Champions SAnitY vs. Roderick Strong & The Authors of Pain vs. The Undisputed Era in the returning “WarGames” match.

There’s no word on whether the championships will be on the line.

Cody Rhodes tweets

He is not mad about TripleH bringing back this gimmick match that his father created.

Below is his tweet, hours ago…


Writer’s View

Let’s just hope TripleH brings back the two rings and its steel cage structure. And hope WWE Creative Team won’t disrespect its traditions. But I know TripleH is behind bringing it, to show respect for his mentor.


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