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8th Jul '17 4:03:27 PM TruebloodJoe
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* LuchaUnderground wrestler Pentagon Jr. gets around his contract's television/PPV exclusivity clause to promote himself by having a friend or fellow wrestler film a fan cam version of his matches and then live streams them onto Facebook.
8th Jun '17 9:25:37 PM IndirectActiveTransport
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** Although ChrisBenoit did take advantage of a different loophole due to the brand split that divided wrestlers between the Raw and Smackdown shows. Benoit was a Smackdown wrestler when he won the Rumble, but after he earned a world championship match it was pointed out that no rule said he had to challenge for the ''Smackdown'' world title. Instead he turned up on the next Raw to challenge for that belt.

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** Although ChrisBenoit Wrestling/ChrisBenoit did take advantage of a different loophole due to the brand split that divided wrestlers between the Raw and Smackdown shows. Benoit was a Smackdown wrestler when he won the Rumble, but after he earned a world championship match it was pointed out that no rule said he had to challenge for the ''Smackdown'' world title. Instead he turned up on the next Raw to challenge for that belt.



* In a [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Ring of Fire]] Match, having a wrestler set on fire no longer will result in a win unlike its predecessor [[note]]the Inferno Match, set in a ring surrounded by fire[[/note]], but it can only be won by pinfall or submission. The fire is to prevent outside interference, but there’s no rule barring anyone from simply putting down a fire-resistant blanket to create a path to allow it. Wrestling/LukeHarper and Wrestling/ErickRowan resorted to this to help Wrestling/BrayWyatt deal with Wrestling/{{Kane}} at ''Wrestling/SummerSlam 2013''.



* On the 2/5/01 edition of Raw Is War, Vince [=McMahon=] announced a Three Stages of Hell match between Steve Austin and Triple H at ''Wtestling/NoWayOut'' to settle their differences. [=McMahon=] then instituted a "zero tolerance" decree and said that if either man attacked the other before No Way Out, Austin would lose his Wrestling/WrestleMania match and Triple H would be suspended for six months. After Austin signed his name on paper, Triple H struck him in the back of the head with the clipboard and assaulted him. He then revealed to an irate [=McMahon=] that he still had to sign the contract, which he then did.
* The "Pure Wrestling" division of Wrestling/RingOfHonor ran into a lot of this when it was started up. The idea was to tone down striking in favor of grappling, but all that was made explicitly illegal were punches to the head. Each wrestler was given a limited out of rope breaks to prevent them from taking the "easy" way out of holds but that created confusion over illegal holds in the ropes and who it caused a break for, with one case resulting in a loss from an illegal hold, usually considered impossible even in NO DQ matches, because the victim was out of rope breaks.
* In a [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Ring of Fire]] Match, having a wrestler set on fire no longer will result in a win unlike its counterpart[[note]]the Inferno Match is also set in a ring surrounded by fire[[/note]], but it can only be won by pinfall or submission. The fire is to prevent outside interference, but there’s no rule barring anyone from simply putting down a fire-resistant blanket to create a path to allow it. Wrestling/LukeHarper and Wrestling/ErickRowan resorted to this to help Wrestling/BrayWyatt deal with Wrestling/{{Kane}} at ''Wrestling/SummerSlam 2013''.



* On the 2/5/01 edition of Raw Is War, Vince [=McMahon=] announced a Three Stages of Hell match between Steve Austin and Triple H at ''Wtestling/NoWayOut'' to settle their differences. [=McMahon=] then instituted a "zero tolerance" decree and said that if either man attacked the other before No Way Out, Austin would lose his WrestleMania match and Triple H would be suspended for six months. After Austin signed his name on paper, Triple H struck him in the back of the head with the clipboard and assaulted him. He then revealed to an irate [=McMahon=] that he still had to sign the contract, which he then did.
5th May '17 9:04:29 AM digiman619
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* This is the main reason why Wrestling/ReyMysterio was allowed to keep his mask in WWE in spite of the fact that he was unmasked in WCW. He was unmasked as Rey Misterio ''Jr.''[[note]]The "i" is the correct Spanish spelling; it was changed to be spelled with a "y" in WWE to make the connection to the English word mystery more apparent[[/note]], and by dropping the "Jr." In his ring name, he was representing his uncle's image on TV [[note]]His The original Rey Misterio, was unmasked in 1988 and had never re-masked. Enough time had passed, however, so he was allowed to re-mask if he ever so chose, which he did as part of the plan.[[/note]]. At least, that's the ''official'' ruling -- the reality is because Wrestling/EricBischoff's handling of his unmasking was extremely disrespectful, especially when his reasoning for doing so was that masked wrestlers weren't "marketable" (which, as the thousands of Rey Mysterio masks amongst legions of WWE fans can tell you, is the ''farthest'' from the truth). This angered the commission enough to allow Rey to re-mask without any repercussions. (Even then- Mysterio would wrestle under the mask in the United States and in most countries, but wrestled unmasked in events in Mexico, either past WCW's closing or in WWE, until 2006, passing the time period given before a unmasked wrestler is allowed to re-mask.)

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* This is the main reason why Wrestling/ReyMysterio was allowed to keep his mask in WWE in spite of the fact that he was unmasked in WCW. He was unmasked as Rey Misterio ''Jr.''[[note]]The "i" is the correct Spanish spelling; it was changed to be spelled with a "y" in WWE to make the connection to the English word mystery more apparent[[/note]], and by dropping the "Jr." In his ring name, he was representing his uncle's image on TV [[note]]His The uncle, the original Rey Misterio, was unmasked in 1988 and had never re-masked. Enough time had passed, however, so he was allowed to re-mask if he ever so chose, which he did as part of the plan.[[/note]]. At least, that's the ''official'' ruling -- the reality is because Wrestling/EricBischoff's handling of his unmasking was extremely disrespectful, especially when his reasoning for doing so was that masked wrestlers weren't "marketable" (which, as the thousands of Rey Mysterio masks amongst legions of WWE fans can tell you, is the ''farthest'' from the truth). This angered the commission enough to allow Rey to re-mask without any repercussions. (Even then- Mysterio would wrestle under the mask in the United States and in most countries, but wrestled unmasked in events in Mexico, either past WCW's closing or in WWE, until 2006, passing the time period given before a unmasked wrestler is allowed to re-mask.)
5th May '17 8:06:26 AM digiman619
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* This is the main reason why Wrestling/ReyMysterio was allowed to keep his mask in WWE in spite of the fact that he was unmasked in WCW. He was unmasked as Rey Misterio ''Jr.''[[note]]The "i" is the correct Spanish spelling; it was changed to be spelled with a "y" in WWE to make the connection to the English word mystery more apparent[[/note]], and by dropping the "Jr." In his ring name, he was representing his uncle's image on TV [[note]]His uncle, the original Rey Misterio, was never unmasked[[/note]]. At least, that's the ''official'' ruling -- the reality is because Wrestling/EricBischoff's handling of his unmasking was extremely disrespectful, especially when his reasoning for doing so was that masked wrestlers weren't "marketable" (which, as the thousands of Rey Mysterio masks amongst legions of WWE fans can tell you, is the ''farthest'' from the truth). This angered the commission enough to allow Rey to re-mask without any repercussions. (Even then- Mysterio would wrestle under the mask in the United States and in most countries, but wrestled unmasked in events in Mexico, either past WCW's closing or in WWE, until 2006, passing the time period given before a unmasked wrestler is allowed to re-mask.)

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* This is the main reason why Wrestling/ReyMysterio was allowed to keep his mask in WWE in spite of the fact that he was unmasked in WCW. He was unmasked as Rey Misterio ''Jr.''[[note]]The "i" is the correct Spanish spelling; it was changed to be spelled with a "y" in WWE to make the connection to the English word mystery more apparent[[/note]], and by dropping the "Jr." In his ring name, he was representing his uncle's image on TV [[note]]His uncle, the The original Rey Misterio, was unmasked in 1988 and had never unmasked[[/note]].re-masked. Enough time had passed, however, so he was allowed to re-mask if he ever so chose, which he did as part of the plan.[[/note]]. At least, that's the ''official'' ruling -- the reality is because Wrestling/EricBischoff's handling of his unmasking was extremely disrespectful, especially when his reasoning for doing so was that masked wrestlers weren't "marketable" (which, as the thousands of Rey Mysterio masks amongst legions of WWE fans can tell you, is the ''farthest'' from the truth). This angered the commission enough to allow Rey to re-mask without any repercussions. (Even then- Mysterio would wrestle under the mask in the United States and in most countries, but wrestled unmasked in events in Mexico, either past WCW's closing or in WWE, until 2006, passing the time period given before a unmasked wrestler is allowed to re-mask.)
5th May '17 7:46:18 AM digiman619
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* This is the main reason why Wrestling/ReyMysterio was allowed to keep his mask in WWE in spite of the fact that he was unmasked in WCW. He was unmasked as Rey Misterio ''Jr.''[[note]]The "i" is the correct Spanish spelling; it was changed to be spelled with a "y" to make the connection to the English word mystery more apparent[[/note]], and by dropping the "Jr." In his ring name, he was representing his uncle's image on TV [[note]]His uncle, the original Rey Misterio, was never unmasked[[/note]]. At least, that's the ''official'' ruling -- the reality is because Wrestling/EricBischoff's handling of his unmasking was extremely disrespectful, especially when his reasoning for doing so was that masked wrestlers weren't "marketable" (which, as the thousands of Rey Mysterio masks amongst legions of WWE fans can tell you, is the ''farthest'' from the truth). This angered the commission enough to allow Rey to re-mask without any repercussions. (Even then- Mysterio would wrestle under the mask in the United States and in most countries, but wrestled unmasked in events in Mexico, either past WCW's closing or in WWE, until 2006, passing the time period given before a unmasked wrestler is allowed to re-mask.)

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* This is the main reason why Wrestling/ReyMysterio was allowed to keep his mask in WWE in spite of the fact that he was unmasked in WCW. He was unmasked as Rey Misterio ''Jr.''[[note]]The "i" is the correct Spanish spelling; it was changed to be spelled with a "y" in WWE to make the connection to the English word mystery more apparent[[/note]], and by dropping the "Jr." In his ring name, he was representing his uncle's image on TV [[note]]His uncle, the original Rey Misterio, was never unmasked[[/note]]. At least, that's the ''official'' ruling -- the reality is because Wrestling/EricBischoff's handling of his unmasking was extremely disrespectful, especially when his reasoning for doing so was that masked wrestlers weren't "marketable" (which, as the thousands of Rey Mysterio masks amongst legions of WWE fans can tell you, is the ''farthest'' from the truth). This angered the commission enough to allow Rey to re-mask without any repercussions. (Even then- Mysterio would wrestle under the mask in the United States and in most countries, but wrestled unmasked in events in Mexico, either past WCW's closing or in WWE, until 2006, passing the time period given before a unmasked wrestler is allowed to re-mask.)
5th May '17 7:45:28 AM digiman619
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* This is the main reason why Wrestling/ReyMysterio was allowed to keep his mask in WWE in spite of the fact that he was unmasked in WCW. He was unmasked as Rey Misterio ''Jr.''[[note]]The "i" is the correct Spanish spelling; it was changed to be spelled with a "y" to make the connection to the English word mystery more apparent[[/note]], and by dropping the "Jr." In his ring name, he was representing his uncle's image on TV [[note]]His uncle, the original Rey Misterio, was never unmasked[[/note]]]. At least, that's the ''official'' ruling -- the reality is because Wrestling/EricBischoff's handling of his unmasking was extremely disrespectful, especially when his reasoning for doing so was that masked wrestlers weren't "marketable" (which, as the thousands of Rey Mysterio masks amongst legions of WWE fans can tell you, is the ''farthest'' from the truth). This angered the commission enough to allow Rey to re-mask without any repercussions. (Even then- Mysterio would wrestle under the mask in the United States and in most countries, but wrestled unmasked in events in Mexico, either past WCW's closing or in WWE, until 2006, passing the time period given before a unmasked wrestler is allowed to re-mask.)

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* This is the main reason why Wrestling/ReyMysterio was allowed to keep his mask in WWE in spite of the fact that he was unmasked in WCW. He was unmasked as Rey Misterio ''Jr.''[[note]]The "i" is the correct Spanish spelling; it was changed to be spelled with a "y" to make the connection to the English word mystery more apparent[[/note]], and by dropping the "Jr." In his ring name, he was representing his uncle's image on TV [[note]]His uncle, the original Rey Misterio, was never unmasked[[/note]]].unmasked[[/note]]. At least, that's the ''official'' ruling -- the reality is because Wrestling/EricBischoff's handling of his unmasking was extremely disrespectful, especially when his reasoning for doing so was that masked wrestlers weren't "marketable" (which, as the thousands of Rey Mysterio masks amongst legions of WWE fans can tell you, is the ''farthest'' from the truth). This angered the commission enough to allow Rey to re-mask without any repercussions. (Even then- Mysterio would wrestle under the mask in the United States and in most countries, but wrestled unmasked in events in Mexico, either past WCW's closing or in WWE, until 2006, passing the time period given before a unmasked wrestler is allowed to re-mask.)
5th May '17 7:43:48 AM digiman619
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* This is the main reason why Wrestling/ReyMysterio was allowed to keep his mask in WWE in spite of the fact that he was unmasked in WCW. He was unmasked as Rey Misterio ''Jr.''[[note]]The "i" is the correct Spanish spelling; it was changed to be spelled with a "y" to make the connection to the English word mystery more apparent[[/note]], and by dropping the "Jr." In his ring name, he was representing his uncle's image on TV [[note:His uncle, the original Rey Misterio, was never unmasked]]. At least, that's the ''official'' ruling -- the reality is because Wrestling/EricBischoff's handling of his unmasking was extremely disrespectful, especially when his reasoning for doing so was that masked wrestlers weren't "marketable" (which, as the thousands of Rey Mysterio masks amongst legions of WWE fans can tell you, is the ''farthest'' from the truth). This angered the commission enough to allow Rey to re-mask without any repercussions. (Even then- Mysterio would wrestle under the mask in the United States and in most countries, but wrestled unmasked in events in Mexico, either past WCW's closing or in WWE, until 2006, passing the time period given before a unmasked wrestler is allowed to re-mask.)

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* This is the main reason why Wrestling/ReyMysterio was allowed to keep his mask in WWE in spite of the fact that he was unmasked in WCW. He was unmasked as Rey Misterio ''Jr.''[[note]]The "i" is the correct Spanish spelling; it was changed to be spelled with a "y" to make the connection to the English word mystery more apparent[[/note]], and by dropping the "Jr." In his ring name, he was representing his uncle's image on TV [[note:His [[note]]His uncle, the original Rey Misterio, was never unmasked]].unmasked[[/note]]]. At least, that's the ''official'' ruling -- the reality is because Wrestling/EricBischoff's handling of his unmasking was extremely disrespectful, especially when his reasoning for doing so was that masked wrestlers weren't "marketable" (which, as the thousands of Rey Mysterio masks amongst legions of WWE fans can tell you, is the ''farthest'' from the truth). This angered the commission enough to allow Rey to re-mask without any repercussions. (Even then- Mysterio would wrestle under the mask in the United States and in most countries, but wrestled unmasked in events in Mexico, either past WCW's closing or in WWE, until 2006, passing the time period given before a unmasked wrestler is allowed to re-mask.)
5th May '17 7:42:59 AM digiman619
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* This is the main reason why Wrestling/ReyMysterio was allowed to keep his mask in WWE in spite of the fact that he was unmasked in WCW. He was unmasked as Rey Misterio ''Jr.''[[The "i" is the correct Spanish spelling; it was changed to be spelled with a "y" to make the connection to the English word mystery more apparent]], and by dropping the "Jr." In his ring name, he was representing his uncle's image on TV[[note:His uncled, the original Rey Misterio, was never unmasked]]. At least, that's the ''official'' ruling -- the reality is because Wrestling/EricBischoff's handling of his unmasking was extremely disrespectful, especially when his reasoning for doing so was that masked wrestlers weren't "marketable" (which, as the thousands of Rey Mysterio masks amongst legions of WWE fans can tell you, is the ''farthest'' from the truth). This angered the commission enough to allow Rey to re-mask without any repercussions. (Even then- Mysterio would wrestle under the mask in the United States and in most countries, but wrestled unmasked in events in Mexico, either past WCW's closing or in WWE, until 2006, passing the time period given before a unmasked wrestler is allowed to re-mask.)

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* This is the main reason why Wrestling/ReyMysterio was allowed to keep his mask in WWE in spite of the fact that he was unmasked in WCW. He was unmasked as Rey Misterio ''Jr.''[[The ''[[note]]The "i" is the correct Spanish spelling; it was changed to be spelled with a "y" to make the connection to the English word mystery more apparent]], apparent[[/note]], and by dropping the "Jr." In his ring name, he was representing his uncle's image on TV[[note:His uncled, TV [[note:His uncle, the original Rey Misterio, was never unmasked]]. At least, that's the ''official'' ruling -- the reality is because Wrestling/EricBischoff's handling of his unmasking was extremely disrespectful, especially when his reasoning for doing so was that masked wrestlers weren't "marketable" (which, as the thousands of Rey Mysterio masks amongst legions of WWE fans can tell you, is the ''farthest'' from the truth). This angered the commission enough to allow Rey to re-mask without any repercussions. (Even then- Mysterio would wrestle under the mask in the United States and in most countries, but wrestled unmasked in events in Mexico, either past WCW's closing or in WWE, until 2006, passing the time period given before a unmasked wrestler is allowed to re-mask.)
5th May '17 7:37:31 AM digiman619
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* This is the main reason why Wrestling/ReyMysterio was allowed to keep his mask in WWE in spite of the fact that he was unmasked in WCW. He was unmasked as Rey Mysterio ''Jr.'', and by dropping the "Jr." In his ring name, he was representing his uncle's image on TV. At least, that's the ''official'' ruling -- the reality is because Wrestling/EricBischoff's handling of his unmasking was extremely disrespectful, especially when his reasoning for doing so was that masked wrestlers weren't "marketable" (which, as the thousands of Rey Mysterio masks amongst legions of WWE fans can tell you, is the ''farthest'' from the truth). This angered the commission enough to allow Rey to re-mask without any repercussions. (Even then- Mysterio would wrestle under the mask in the United States and in most countries, but wrestled unmasked in events in Mexico, either past WCW's closing or in WWE, until 2006, passing the time period given before a unmasked wrestler is allowed to re-mask.)

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* This is the main reason why Wrestling/ReyMysterio was allowed to keep his mask in WWE in spite of the fact that he was unmasked in WCW. He was unmasked as Rey Mysterio Misterio ''Jr.'', ''[[The "i" is the correct Spanish spelling; it was changed to be spelled with a "y" to make the connection to the English word mystery more apparent]], and by dropping the "Jr." In his ring name, he was representing his uncle's image on TV.TV[[note:His uncled, the original Rey Misterio, was never unmasked]]. At least, that's the ''official'' ruling -- the reality is because Wrestling/EricBischoff's handling of his unmasking was extremely disrespectful, especially when his reasoning for doing so was that masked wrestlers weren't "marketable" (which, as the thousands of Rey Mysterio masks amongst legions of WWE fans can tell you, is the ''farthest'' from the truth). This angered the commission enough to allow Rey to re-mask without any repercussions. (Even then- Mysterio would wrestle under the mask in the United States and in most countries, but wrestled unmasked in events in Mexico, either past WCW's closing or in WWE, until 2006, passing the time period given before a unmasked wrestler is allowed to re-mask.)
14th Mar '17 9:34:07 AM Gimere
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* When it comes to an "open" championship match (which is "open" to anyone standing in the ring when the opening bell chimes), you can run across the ring upon the bell being ringed and stay underneath until the right moment; the match would still be valid. A [[Wrestling/{{Hornswoggle}} certain leprechaun]] was able to get the cruiserweight by doing that at ''The Great American Bash'' in 2007!

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* When it comes to an "open" championship match (which is "open" to anyone standing in the ring when the opening bell chimes), you can run across the ring upon the bell being ringed and stay underneath until the right moment; the match would still be valid. A [[Wrestling/{{Hornswoggle}} certain leprechaun]] was able to get win the cruiserweight Cruiserweight Championship by doing just that at ''The Great American Bash'' in 2007!



* Rollins also invoked (he never actually mentioned it, but the commentators did) a particularly sneaky one in his WWE Championship match with Wrestling/RandyOrton, where he was granted a stipulation and he chose to set the rule that "the RKO is banned." The beauty of this rule (which Rollins may or may not have been aware of when he made it, but he was certainly aware of it when the time came), is that signature moves are often just standard, classic moves named after the Superstar using them; in this case, the RKO is merely Orton's term for the "jumping cutter" move. So...an RKO is only an RKO if ''Randy Orton'' performs it - or, at its broadest, if someone whose first name begins with the letter R performs it. "Seth" does ''not'' begin with an R; therefore, he was able to [[HoistByHisOwnPetard use a jumping cutter on Orton and call it an "SKO."]] (Of course, Rollins had the backing of Wrestling/TheAuthority anyway, which meant that [[ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem he could just have them invalidate the rule]] even if someone had found a way to close the loophole.)

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* Rollins also invoked (he never actually mentioned it, but the commentators did) a particularly sneaky one in his WWE Championship match with Wrestling/RandyOrton, where he was granted a stipulation and he chose to set the rule that "the RKO is banned." The beauty of this rule (which Rollins may or may not have been aware of when he made it, but he was certainly aware of it when the time came), is that signature moves are often just standard, classic moves named after the Superstar using them; in this case, the RKO is merely Orton's term for the "jumping cutter" move. So...Therefore, an RKO is only an RKO if ''Randy Orton'' performs it - or, at its broadest, if someone whose first name begins with the letter R performs it. "Seth" does ''not'' begin with an R; therefore, he was able to [[HoistByHisOwnPetard use a jumping cutter on Orton and call it an "SKO."]] (Of course, Rollins had the backing of Wrestling/TheAuthority anyway, which meant that [[ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem he could just have them invalidate the rule]] even if someone had found a way to close the loophole.)
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