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31st Mar '18 2:25:59 PM nombretomado
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*** Notably averted by the Wrestling/ShawnMichaels[=/=]Wrestling/TripleH[=/=]Wrestling/ChrisBenoit match at WrestleMania XX, and the rematch at Wrestling/{{Backlash}}. No FaceHeelTurn from either Michaels or Benoit, and Wrestling/TripleH didn't win - [[CanonDiscontinuity Benoit]] [[ToBeAMaster did]]. Both times. The first by making Wrestling/TripleH tap out, and the second by making Shawn Michaels tap out.

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*** Notably averted by the Wrestling/ShawnMichaels[=/=]Wrestling/TripleH[=/=]Wrestling/ChrisBenoit match at WrestleMania [=WrestleMania=] XX, and the rematch at Wrestling/{{Backlash}}. No FaceHeelTurn from either Michaels or Benoit, and Wrestling/TripleH didn't win - [[CanonDiscontinuity Benoit]] [[ToBeAMaster did]]. Both times. The first by making Wrestling/TripleH Triple H tap out, and the second by making Shawn Michaels tap out.
14th Mar '18 3:02:58 AM KYCubbie
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*** It was also the catalyst for the creation of the AWA. In 1957, Eduardo Carpentier defeated Lou Thesz for the NWA title in a two-out-of-three falls match. However, since one of those falls was a DQ, there was a dispute among the NWA promoters over who should be the champion, with most promotoers recognizing Thesz and other, renegade promoters recognizing Carpentier (and even sanctioning a title change between him and Verne Gagne, who was the one really pulling the strings at the time). After promoter Wally Karbo unsuccessfully lobbied for a title unification match between Gagne and the NWA champion, the two split off and formed the AWA.

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*** It was also the catalyst for the creation of the AWA. In 1957, Eduardo Édouard Carpentier defeated Lou Thesz for the NWA title in a two-out-of-three falls match. However, since one of those falls was a DQ, there was a dispute among the NWA promoters over who should be the champion, with most promotoers promoters recognizing Thesz and other, renegade promoters recognizing Carpentier (and even sanctioning a title change between him and Verne Gagne, who was the one really pulling the strings at the time). After promoter Wally Karbo unsuccessfully lobbied for a title unification match between Gagne and the NWA champion, the two split off and formed the AWA.
2nd Mar '18 10:37:56 AM ultimomant
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* ''Substance Match'' -- The wrestlers fight in a pool of some kind of substance, like {{mud| wrestling}}, chocolate milk, eggnog, etc. Matches end in pinfall or submission. Naturally used with female wrestlers for comedy and fanservice. Notably, Candice Michelle defeated Wrestling/{{Melina}} in one of these by holding her head under the chocolate pudding until she tapped out to keep from drowning.

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* ''Substance Match'' -- The wrestlers fight in a pool of some kind of substance, like {{mud| wrestling}}, chocolate milk, eggnog, etc. Matches end in pinfall or submission. Naturally used with female wrestlers for comedy and fanservice. Notably, Candice Michelle Wrestling/CandiceMichelle defeated Wrestling/{{Melina}} in one of these by holding her head under the chocolate pudding until she tapped out to keep from drowning.
30th Jan '18 7:52:10 PM ArcaneAzmadi
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* ''War Games: The Match Beyond'' -- a signature match of defunct promotion WCW; the War Games match started with two rings, side-by-side, surrounded with a steel cage, and two teams of four (originally five, including the managers of the [[Wrestling/LegionOfDoom Road Warriors]] and Wrestling/TheFourHorsemen in the original NWA War Games) wrestlers each. One wrestler from each team starts the match. After five minutes, one team (determined by coin toss) gets to send another man in, making it two-on-one. Two minutes later, the other side gets to send a man in. The two teams alternate sending men into the cage, every two minutes, until all eight men are in. At this point, "the match beyond" officially begins. Up until this point, there is no way to end the match; after this, the first team to make one of their opponents submit is declared the winner. TNA has a variation of this match with only one ring, calling it ''Lethal Lockdown''. Tropes: The {{heel}}s nearly always win the coin toss, making sure that the {{face}}s are a man down (and thus, the underdogs) going through the majority of the match. This also increases the drama when the faces are able to even the odds after every advantage period.
** When announcing the Elimination Chamber, Wrestling/EricBischoff stated that he'd drawn heavily on War Games to create the match concept.
** Wrestling/RingOfHonor does a one-ring version called Steel Cage Warfare and used Wrestling/{{CZW}}'s Cage of Death for another variation. ROH is also notable for, during the ROH vs. CZW feud, performing the only variation of War Games rules ''ever'' in which the babyface team won the coin toss.
** Speaking of CZW's Cage of Death, it's a variation on the Wargames format with a little bit of Bunkhouse Stampede thrown in for good measure. The competitors showcase their best [[GarbageWrestler Garbage Wrestling]] while ''avoiding'' touching the floor (which either involves being thrown over the top of the cage or crashing through the wooden boards between the two rings)

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* ''War Games: ''[=WarGames:=] The Match Beyond'' -- a signature match of defunct promotion WCW; the War Games [=WarGames=] match started with two rings, side-by-side, surrounded with a steel cage, and two teams of four (originally five, including the managers of the [[Wrestling/LegionOfDoom Road Warriors]] and Wrestling/TheFourHorsemen in the original NWA War Games) [=WarGames=]) wrestlers each. One wrestler from each team starts the match. After five minutes, one team (determined by coin toss) gets to send another man in, making it two-on-one. Two minutes later, the other side gets to send a man in. The two teams alternate sending men into the cage, every two minutes, until all eight men are in. At this point, "the match beyond" officially begins. Up until this point, there is no way to end the match; after this, the first team to make one of their opponents submit is declared the winner. TNA has a variation of this match with only one ring, calling it ''Lethal Lockdown''. Tropes: The {{heel}}s nearly always win the coin toss, making sure that the {{face}}s are a man down (and thus, the underdogs) going through the majority of the match. This also increases the drama when the faces are able to even the odds after every advantage period.
** When announcing the Elimination Chamber, Wrestling/EricBischoff stated that he'd drawn heavily on War Games [=WarGames=] to create the match concept.
** Wrestling/RingOfHonor does a one-ring version called Steel Cage Warfare and used Wrestling/{{CZW}}'s Cage of Death for another variation. ROH is also notable for, during the ROH vs. CZW feud, performing the only variation of War Games [=WarGames=] rules ''ever'' in which the babyface team won the coin toss.
** Speaking of CZW's Cage of Death, it's a variation on the Wargames [=WarGames=] format with a little bit of Bunkhouse Stampede thrown in for good measure. The competitors showcase their best [[GarbageWrestler Garbage Wrestling]] while ''avoiding'' touching the floor (which either involves being thrown over the top of the cage or crashing through the wooden boards between the two rings)



** Wrestling/{{WWE}} brought back the War Games format to Wrestling/{{WWE NXT}} in 2017, dedicating one of their ''[=TakeOver=]''[= PPVs=] to it. This was closer to a War Games match InNameOnly, with a totally different 3v3v3 format where one member of each team started in the two rings with their teammates confined in ''Elimination Chamber''-like pods and randomly released to join their starting man after a countdown. Additionally, the cage was open-topped to give the wrestlers more room for high-flying maneuvers without banging their heads, but any wrestler who left the cage would forfeit the match for his team, to retain the "no escape" aspect of the original. The first pinfall or submission won it. Despite the changes, the revived War Games was considered a smashing success and will presumably return again at some point.

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** Wrestling/{{WWE}} brought back the War Games [=WarGames=] format to Wrestling/{{WWE NXT}} in 2017, dedicating one of their ''[=TakeOver=]''[= PPVs=] to it. This was closer to a War Games [=WarGames=] match InNameOnly, with ironically incorporating aspects from the Elimination Chamber which had itself been inspired by [=WarGames=]. There was a totally different 3v3v3 format where one member of each team started in the two rings with their teammates while the other 6 men were confined in ''Elimination Chamber''-like Elimination Chamber-esque pods and randomly released to join reinforce their starting man after a countdown. Additionally, the cage was open-topped to give the wrestlers more room for high-flying maneuvers without banging their heads, but any wrestler who left the cage would forfeit the match for his team, to retain the "no escape" aspect of the original. The first pinfall or submission won it. Despite the changes, the revived War Games [=WarGames=] was considered a smashing success and will presumably return again at some point.
30th Jan '18 7:45:45 PM ArcaneAzmadi
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** Wrestling/{{WWE}} brought back the War Games format to Wrestling/{{WWE NXT}} in 2017, dedicating one of their ''[=TakeOver=]''[= PPVs=] to it. This was closer to a War Games match InNameOnly, with a totally different 3v3v3 format where one member of each team started in the two rings with their teammates confined in ''Elimination Chamber''-like pods and randomly released to join their starting man after a countdown. Additionally, the cage was open-topped to give the wrestlers more room for high-flying maneuvers without banging their heads, but any wrestler who left the cage would forfeit the match for his team, to retain the "no escape" aspect of the original. The first pinfall or submission won it. Despite the changes, the revived War Games was considered a smashing success and will presumably return again at some point.
5th Jan '18 10:03:24 PM IndirectActiveTransport
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** The WWF' '''Women's title''' once changed hands in such a match. At ''Armageddon 1999'' this was combined with the evening gown format to create an evening gown in a pool match. The match is remembered for Miss Kitty dropping her top after winning the title.

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** The WWF' WWF's '''Women's title''' once changed hands in such a match. At ''Armageddon 1999'' this was combined with the evening gown format to create an evening gown in a pool match. The match is remembered for Miss Kitty dropping her top after winning the title.
6th Nov '17 8:17:14 PM SSJMagus
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** Elimination tags were popular in the WWF for them to build an a Pay Per View even around them called ''Wrestling/SurvivorSeries'' with ''four'' or ''five'' man tag teams! Of course, the heels almost always had the extra man. In its heyday, all the Series matches were of this type, but nowadays there are usually three or four, with other match types filling out the under card.

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** Elimination tags were popular in the WWF for them to build an a Pay Per View even around them called ''Wrestling/SurvivorSeries'' with ''four'' or ''five'' man tag teams! Of course, the heels almost always had the extra man. In its heyday, all the Series matches were of this type, but nowadays there are usually three or four, four (now referred to as the "Traditional Survivor Series Match"), with other match types filling out the under card.card. Whenever a brand split is active in the WWE, there were always be at least one Raw vs Smackdown elimination match.



* ''Triple Threat/Fatal Four-Way'' -- This match is similar to the Elimination match in that more than two wrestlers are involved. However, unlike the Elimination match, only one pinfall or submission is needed to end the match, whereby the wrestler who gets the pin or submission is declared the winner. A title is (almost) always on the line for these matches, and there is a good possibility that the current title holder will lose the title without being the one getting pinned. Naturally, there will invariably be multiple near-falls where the third wrestler breaks up the pin or hold. Also, you can count on one wrestler being "knocked out" or otherwise indisposed for much of the match and win it at the last moment after both his opponents have beat the living crap out of each other.

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* ''Triple Threat/Fatal Four-Way'' -- This match is similar to the Elimination match in that more than two wrestlers are involved. However, unlike the Elimination match, only one pinfall or submission is needed to end the match, whereby the wrestler who gets the pin or submission is declared the winner. A title is (almost) always on the line for these matches, matches (the main non-title variation being a number one contender's match for when several wrestlers are feuding over who deserves the next title shot), and there is a good possibility that the current title holder will lose the title without being the one getting pinned. Naturally, there will invariably be multiple near-falls where the third wrestler breaks up the pin or hold. Also, you can count on one wrestler being "knocked out" or otherwise indisposed for much of the match and win it at the last moment after both his opponents have beat the living crap out of each other.
4th Nov '17 3:31:36 PM IndirectActiveTransport
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* ''Lucha de Apuestas/Wager Match'' -- Most common in Mexico, but comes up in other countries as well. A match where both competitors put something of theirs on the line. The most common ones are the Mask vs Mask match (between two masked wrestlers), Mask vs Hair (between a masked wrestler and an unmasked wrestler), and Hair vs Hair (between two unmasked wrestlers). Occasionally, a title belt will be put on the line, either instead of or in addition to the wrestler's mask or hair (such as Wrestling/ReyMysterioJr and Wrestling/EddieGuerrero's mask vs title match in Wrestling/{{WCW}})

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* ''Lucha de Apuestas/Wager Apuestas/[[HumiliatingWager Wager]] Match'' -- Most common in Mexico, but comes up in other countries as well. A match where both competitors put something of theirs on the line. The most common ones are the Mask vs Mask match (between two masked wrestlers), Mask vs Hair (between a masked wrestler and an unmasked wrestler), and Hair vs Hair (between two unmasked wrestlers). Occasionally, a title belt will be put on the line, either instead of or in addition to the wrestler's mask or hair (such as Wrestling/ReyMysterioJr and Wrestling/EddieGuerrero's mask vs title match in Wrestling/{{WCW}})
4th Nov '17 2:53:21 PM IndirectActiveTransport
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*** Los Payasos Tricolor, commonly seen in Mexican feds such as AAA, all have the same masks and ring gear, distinguished only by their color. Non eliminated Payasos became infamous under relevos Australianos by continuously [[TagTeamTwins changing their color during the match]], essentially forcing the opposing team to beat every last one of them to win.



** ''ROH On HD Net'' combined this with tornado match, as the prize in the battle royal was a tag title shot, encouraging the established teams to work together throughout.

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** ''ROH On HD Net'' combined this with tornado match, as the prize in the battle royal was a tag team title shot, encouraging the established teams to work together throughout.



** ''Hardcore Match'' -- Basically the above match types but dialed UpToEleven, it puts a major emphasis on ultraviolence. Often referred to as "garbage wrestling" because of its complete disregard for traditional mat wrestling and even an underemphasis on moderate brawling and "tame" weapon use in favor of excessive and creative use of unconventional weapons and extreme induced bleeding. Staple weapons are barbed wire, thumbtacks, fire and broken glass, with the probability of even more off-the-wall choices.
*** WWF did a one-time variation of this where they rented an entire arena and then...didn't sell tickets (instead broadcasting the match to a ''filled'' arena elsewhere[[note]]This was ''Halftime Heat'', a WWF event that was going up against the UsefulNotes/SuperBowl, so they had to play their best hand[[/note]]). This was called the ''Empty Arena'' match and was basically a Hardcore Match but without the audience, allowing [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]] and [[Wrestling/MickFoley Mankind]] to brawl all through the audience area that would normally be filled with people. Mankind won the WWF Championship by pinning The Rock using a forklift and a pallet (hey, his shoulders were down) and this match was never used again (due to the prohibitive cost-usually a promotion will later sell tickets for later matches in that same arena and show the empty seats to them on a screen or something or just use an arena they own).

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** ''Hardcore Match'' -- Basically the above match types but dialed UpToEleven, it puts a major emphasis on ultraviolence. Often referred to as "garbage wrestling" "{{garbage wrestl|er}}ing" because of its complete disregard for traditional mat wrestling and even an underemphasis on moderate brawling and "tame" weapon use in favor of excessive and creative use of unconventional weapons and extreme induced bleeding. Staple weapons are barbed wire, thumbtacks, fire and broken glass, with the probability of even more off-the-wall choices.
*** WWF did a one-time variation of this where they rented an entire arena and then...didn't sell tickets (instead broadcasting the match to a ''filled'' arena elsewhere[[note]]This was ''Halftime Heat'', a WWF event that was going up against the UsefulNotes/SuperBowl, so they had to play their best hand[[/note]]). This was called the ''Empty Arena'' match and was basically a Hardcore Match but without the audience, allowing [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]] and [[Wrestling/MickFoley Mankind]] to brawl all through the audience area that would normally be filled with people. Mankind won the WWF Championship by pinning The Rock using a forklift and a pallet (hey, his shoulders were down) and this match was never used again (due to the prohibitive cost-usually a promotion will later sell tickets for later matches in that same arena and show the empty seats to them on a screen or something something...or just use an arena they own).



** Another variation is the elimination tag, where both members of a tag team must be pinned, submitted, ect the match ends, with the first team to score a submission gaining a numerical advantage over the opposition.

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** Another variation is the elimination tag, where both members of a tag team must be pinned, submitted, ect etc before the match ends, with the first team to score a submission gaining a numerical advantage over the opposition.



* ''Handicap Match'' -- Two or more wrestlers, acting as a tag team, take on a lesser number of wrestlers. This is almost always done by an evil boss to cause problems for a Face, or occasionally as {{Fanservice}} to punish a particularly disliked Heel (or to put a [[TheGiant Giant]] over).

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* ''Handicap Match'' -- Two or more wrestlers, acting as a tag team, take on a lesser number of wrestlers. This is almost always done by an evil boss to cause problems for a Face, or but occasionally as {{Fanservice}} to punish a particularly disliked Heel (or Heel, or to put a [[TheGiant Giant]] over).over.



** The '''Women's title''' once changed hands in such a match. At ''Armageddon 1999'' this was combined with the evening gown format to create an evening gown in a pool match. The match is remembered for Miss Kitty dropping her top after winning the title.

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** The WWF' '''Women's title''' once changed hands in such a match. At ''Armageddon 1999'' this was combined with the evening gown format to create an evening gown in a pool match. The match is remembered for Miss Kitty dropping her top after winning the title.
4th Nov '17 2:02:22 PM IndirectActiveTransport
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** ''Tornado Match'' -- The much simpler but much less common counterpart where all team members are allowed in the ring at the same time. Many of the more "extreme" gimmick match variations turn tag team matches into tornado matches when added onto them, however.

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** ''Tornado Match'' -- The much simpler but much less common counterpart where all team members are allowed in the ring at the same time. Many of the more "extreme" "[[GarbageWrestler extreme]]" gimmick match variations turn tag team matches into tornado matches when added onto them, however.
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