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7th May '16 4:31:56 PM IndirectActiveTransport
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** In Lucha Libre, it is fairly common to make elimination tags with large number of participants into a [[TournamentArc Torneo cibernetico]] in which there can only be a single winner. If one team is completely eliminated first, the remain team's members will fight each other in an elimination match.

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** In Lucha Libre, it is fairly common to make elimination tags with large number numbers of participants into a [[TournamentArc Torneo cibernetico]] in which there can only be a single winner. If one team is completely eliminated first, the remain team's members will fight each other in an elimination match.
7th May '16 4:17:57 PM IndirectActiveTransport
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* ''Lumberjack'' -- A pre-determined number of wrestlers surround the ring (usually 12, but can vary from 10 to 30), ostensibly to keep both competitors in the ring (of course everyone knows it's to keep the heel from running). Trope: The Lumberjacks are usually divided evenly between faces and heels, each group on one side of the ring. If a wrestler leaves the ring (usually thrown out), they'll be helped out if they land within their corresponding group, and pounded on by the opposite. Also, before the match reaches the climax, a brawl will usually break out among the lumberjacks, generally the signal for outside interference -- which is almost always how the match ends. Will also be used by the Powers That Be to punish a wrestler (surrounding a face with heels, and vice versa). When a divas match is done as a lumberjack match, the lumberjacks are usually fellow divas and the match is called a Lumberjill match.
** At Milton Florida's ''First Annual Assault On Autism'' benefit show in 2011, D.J. Pringle and Damian Lavaye had a match where all of the lumberjacks were armed with leather straps, giving the wrestlers extra incentive to stay in the ring.

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* ''Lumberjack'' -- A pre-determined number of wrestlers surround the ring (usually 12, but can vary from 10 to 30), ostensibly to keep both competitors in the ring (of course everyone knows it's to keep the heel from running). Trope: Tropes: The Lumberjacks are usually divided evenly between faces and heels, each group on one side of the ring. If a wrestler leaves the ring (usually thrown out), they'll be helped out if they land within their corresponding group, and pounded on by the opposite. Also, before the match reaches the climax, a brawl will usually break out among the lumberjacks, generally the signal for outside interference -- which is almost always how the match ends. Will also be used by the Powers That Be to punish a wrestler (surrounding a face with heels, and vice versa). When a divas match is done as a lumberjack match, the lumberjacks are usually fellow divas and the match is called a Lumberjill match.
** At All Pro Wrestling sometimes armed all of the lumberjacks with leather straps, giving the wrestlers extra incentive to stay in the ring. Milton Florida's ''First Annual Assault On Autism'' benefit show in 2011, 2011 saw D.J. Pringle and Damian Lavaye had also have a match where all of the lumberjacks were armed with leather straps, giving the wrestlers extra incentive to stay in the ring.under this stipulation.
7th May '16 4:13:00 PM IndirectActiveTransport
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** Rounds tend to be an unpopular gimmick, with The American Wrestling Federation's attempt to revive them in the USA instead nearly killing it off for good there. The format has remained somewhat popular in some regions such as the UK, however, [[FanNickname leading many to these]] "British Rounds Matches".

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** Rounds tend to be an unpopular gimmick, with The American Wrestling Federation's attempt to revive them in the USA instead nearly killing it off for good there. The format has remained somewhat popular in some regions such as the UK, however, [[FanNickname leading many to call these]] "British Rounds Matches".
5th May '16 12:38:17 PM OldBen
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** ''Wrestling/LuchaUnderground'' has a unique variation called Aztec Warfare, which essentially combines classic Gauntlet with [=WWE=]'s Royal Rumble - two wrestlers start the match and next one enters every 90 seconds, but unlike RR, fighters can be eliminated only by pinfall or submission.
24th Apr '16 5:26:53 AM ArcaneAzmadi
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** The infamous Hell in a Cell between Wrestling/MickFoley and Wrestling/TheUndertaker at ''Wrestling/KingOfTheRing '98'' involved Foley taking two big falls: once getting thrown off the top of the 20-foot cage into the SpanishAnnouncersTable, and then (while badly injured from that first bump) getting chokeslammed ''through'' the roof of the cell. Until WWE started toning things down for safety reasons, attempts to replicate the HolyShitQuotient of that match were common.

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** The infamous Hell in a Cell between Wrestling/MickFoley and Wrestling/TheUndertaker at ''Wrestling/KingOfTheRing '98'' involved Foley taking two big falls: once getting thrown off the top of the 20-foot 16-foot cage into the SpanishAnnouncersTable, and then (while badly injured from that first bump) getting chokeslammed ''through'' the roof of the cell. Until WWE started toning things down for safety reasons, attempts to replicate the HolyShitQuotient of that match were common.
2nd Apr '16 4:47:06 AM IndirectActiveTransport
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** Note that when British Freestyle wrestling was big, back in the '70s and '80s ''all'' its matches were best out of three, or as Brian Crabtree (the MC) always put it "Two falls, two submissions or a knockout to decide the winner." Hence the ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' sketch "The Wrestling Epilogue", with a priest and a professor getting into the ring together, "The existence or otherwise of God to be decided by two falls, two submissions or a knockout". You can see it on Youtube [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gBEP5c-SUEQ here]]. Hence also the line in ''Literature/GoodOmens'' "Three rounds, one Fall, no submission" to describe the war between Heaven and Hell. 2 out of 3 remains the standard match in Mexican ''lucha libre'' (but not every where in the Spanish speaking or Latin world)

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** Note that when British Freestyle wrestling was big, back in the '70s and '80s ''all'' its matches were best out of three, or as Brian Crabtree (the MC) always put it "Two falls, two submissions or a knockout to decide the winner." Hence the ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' sketch "The Wrestling Epilogue", with a priest and a professor getting into the ring together, "The existence or otherwise of God to be decided by two falls, two submissions or a knockout". You can see it on Youtube [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gBEP5c-SUEQ here]]. Hence also the line in ''Literature/GoodOmens'' "Three rounds, one Fall, no submission" to describe the war between Heaven and Hell. 2 out of 3 remains the standard match in Mexican ''lucha libre'' (but not every where everywhere in the Spanish speaking or Latin world)



** ''Relevos Australianos'' -- a three on three minimum match where each team has a captain and victory is achieved either by be eliminating one team's captain or by eliminating all of a captain's teammates. Despite the name, [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff it is more commonly seen in Mexico]] than Australia.

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** ''Relevos Australianos'' -- a three on three minimum match where each team has a captain and victory is achieved either by be eliminating one team's captain or by eliminating all of a captain's teammates. Despite the name, [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff it is more commonly seen in Mexico]] than Australia.



** Rounds tend to be an unpopular gimmick, with The American Wrestling Federation's attempt to revive them in the USA instead nearly killing it off for good there. The format has remained somewhat popular in some regions such as the UK, however.

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** Rounds tend to be an unpopular gimmick, with The American Wrestling Federation's attempt to revive them in the USA instead nearly killing it off for good there. The format has remained somewhat popular in some regions such as the UK, however.however, [[FanNickname leading many to these]] "British Rounds Matches".



** WWE has the ''Money in the Bank'' Match, originally at Wrestling/WrestleMania, but now with [[Wrestling/MoneyInTheBank its own PPV]]; anywhere from six to ten wrestlers compete at once, and the prize being hung above the ring is a briefcase, inside which is a contract which the winner can use to get a world championship match anytime he wants within one calendar year of winning it. Almost every time the contract has been cashed in, the one doing the cashing won the title, usually by doing so right after the current champion has taken a nasty beating from a previous challenger and is in little to no condition to fight back. There were only two exceptions to the battered champion strategy. The first was Wrestling/RobVanDam's cashing against then-WWE Champion Wrestling/JohnCena at ECW One Night Stand, which RVD announced weeks beforehand and simply gave him "homefield" advantage. The other was on the 1000th episode of Raw where Cena did the same to Wrestling/CMPunk. Only twice has the briefcase holder lost the cash-in match; first with the aforementioned Cena match and the second time with Wrestling/DamienSandow. Most winners of the Money in the Bank match have been heels: only RVD, CM Punk (twice), Wrestling/{{Kane}}, Daniel Bryan, Cena, and Wrestling/RandyOrton have won the match as faces, and in the cases of Punk the second time, Kane, Bryan, and Orton, turned heel very shortly (or in Orton's case, immediately) after winning the title.

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** WWE has the ''Money in the Bank'' Match, originally at Wrestling/WrestleMania, but now later with [[Wrestling/MoneyInTheBank its own PPV]]; anywhere from six to ten wrestlers compete at once, and the prize being hung above the ring is a briefcase, inside which is a contract which the winner can use to get a world championship match anytime he wants within one calendar year of winning it. Almost every time the contract has been cashed in, the one doing the cashing won the title, usually by doing so right after the current champion has taken a nasty beating from a previous challenger and is in little to no condition to fight back. There were only two exceptions to the battered champion strategy. The first was Wrestling/RobVanDam's cashing against then-WWE Champion Wrestling/JohnCena at ECW One Night Stand, which RVD announced weeks beforehand and simply gave him "homefield" advantage. The other was on the 1000th episode of Raw where Cena did the same to Wrestling/CMPunk. Only twice has the briefcase holder lost the cash-in match; first with the aforementioned Cena match and the second time with Wrestling/DamienSandow. Most winners of the Money in the Bank match have been heels: only RVD, CM Punk (twice), Wrestling/{{Kane}}, Daniel Bryan, Cena, and Wrestling/RandyOrton have won the match as faces, and in the cases of Punk the second time, Kane, Bryan, and Orton, turned heel very shortly (or in Orton's case, immediately) after winning the title.


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** Wrestling/KenShamrock has hosted professional wrestling matches in his mixed martial arts training facility "The Lion's Den", which naturally uses a multi sided cage rather than a squared circle wrestling ring.


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** The WWF did a variation of a no disqualification "empty arena" contest called a "Dungeon Match", where Wrestling/OwenHart challenged Wrestling/KenShamrock to come to his basement (AKA the legendary Hart Family Dungeon) for a fight.
27th Mar '16 7:20:18 AM Gimere
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* ''Iron Man'' -- This match goes on for a predetermined length of time, and continues even if a wrestler scores a pinfall, submission, or other decision; instead, each decision counts as a point, and the wrestler with the most points in the end wins. Tropes: Like the 2-out-of-3 falls match, [[DownToTheLastPlay this one usually ends up tied until the closing minutes of the bout.]] At any point when it is not tied (until the closing moments) the {{face}} is always behind. Sometimes if it is tied at the bell, everyone is confused, {{Calvinball}} kicks in, someone wins and the loser complains. The ''Ultimate Submission'' match is a variant of the Iron Man match where only submissions count for points.

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* ''Iron Man'' -- This match goes on for a predetermined length of time, time[[note]]often, though not always, one hour[[/note]], and continues even if a wrestler scores a pinfall, submission, or other decision; instead, each decision counts as a point, and the wrestler with the most points in the end wins. Tropes: Like the 2-out-of-3 falls match, [[DownToTheLastPlay this one usually ends up tied until the closing minutes of the bout.]] At any point when it is not tied (until the closing moments) the {{face}} is always behind. Sometimes if it is tied at the bell, everyone is confused, {{Calvinball}} kicks in, someone wins and the loser complains. The ''Ultimate Submission'' match is a variant of the Iron Man match where only submissions count for points.



** The more common variation (this match is very rare) is the heel wrestler taking a big lead, then the face wrestler racing to either tie the score or force overtime. In the most famous Iron Man match to actually feature pinfalls, [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]] was racing to tie the score against [[Wrestling/TripleH HHH]]; as he was WWF Champion at the time, he would retain his title in the event of a draw (a convention which has been retained since).

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** The more common variation (this match is very rare) is the heel wrestler taking a big lead, then the face wrestler racing to either tie the score or force overtime. In the most famous Iron Man match to actually feature pinfalls, [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]] was racing to tie the score against [[Wrestling/TripleH HHH]]; Wrestling/TripleH; as he was WWF Champion at the time, he would retain his title in the event of a draw (a convention which has been retained since).



** TNA, somewhat predictably, came up with a ludicrous variant where the participants have to fight into the cage.

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** TNA, somewhat predictably, came up with a ludicrous variant where the participants have to fight into ''into'' the cage.



** The infamous Hell in a Cell between Wrestling/MickFoley and Wrestling/TheUndertaker at ''Wrestling/KingOfTheRing '98'' involved Foley taking two big falls: once getting thrown off the top of the 20-foot cage into the SpanishAnnouncersTable, and then (while badly injured from that first bump) getting chokeslammed ''through'' the roof of the cell. Until the WWE started toning things down for safety, attempts to replicate the HolyShitQuotient of that match were common.

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** The infamous Hell in a Cell between Wrestling/MickFoley and Wrestling/TheUndertaker at ''Wrestling/KingOfTheRing '98'' involved Foley taking two big falls: once getting thrown off the top of the 20-foot cage into the SpanishAnnouncersTable, and then (while badly injured from that first bump) getting chokeslammed ''through'' the roof of the cell. Until the WWE started toning things down for safety, safety reasons, attempts to replicate the HolyShitQuotient of that match were common.



*** 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 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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*** 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", ''Halftime Heat'', a WWF event that was going up against the SuperBowl, 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).



* ''Bra & Panties Match'' -- Two female wrestlers (or more likely, two non-wrestling pieces of eye candy) get in the ring and "violence" ensues until one of them is stripped of all clothing save their underwear. Used to be an "evening gown match" or a men's equivalent "tuxedo match" until the mid 90s Attitude era and was traditionally limited to valets and managers until that same era saw full time wrestlers participate in them. Tropes: Typically the heel loses and is humiliated by it, fleeing the ring trying to cover up... and then the victorious face willingly strips down ANYWAY and parades around the ring for the (usually male) fans to enjoy.

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* ''Bra & Panties Match'' -- Two female wrestlers (or more likely, two non-wrestling pieces of eye candy) get in the ring and "violence" ensues until one of them is stripped of all clothing save their underwear. Used to be an "evening gown match" or a men's equivalent "tuxedo match" until the mid 90s Attitude era and was traditionally limited to valets and managers until that same era saw full time wrestlers participate in them. Tropes: Typically the heel loses and is humiliated by it, fleeing the ring trying to cover up... and then the victorious face willingly strips down ANYWAY anyway and parades around the ring for the (usually male) fans to enjoy.



** In WWE's version of FCW, a "Money In The Bank" variation of the pole match with multiple participants and the winner getting a title shot, was done fairly often, especially with the "divas".

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** In WWE's version of FCW, a "Money In The Bank" variation of the pole match with multiple participants and the winner getting a title shot, was done fairly often, especially with the "divas".Divas.



** In a 2011 "I Quit" match between Wrestling/JohnCena[[note]](Who has an impressive record in "I Quit" matches (i.e. undefeated), which makes sense, considering [[{{Determinator}} his gimmick.]])[[/note]] and Wrestling/TheMiz, a similar tactic was used by Miz in order to seemingly win the match, but on the account of the referee finding the cellphone that played the supposed recording of (an out-of-context) Cena saying "I quit!", Miz ended up losing the match to Cena.

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** In a 2011 "I Quit" match between Wrestling/JohnCena[[note]](Who has an impressive record in "I Quit" matches (i.e. undefeated), (undefeated, which makes sense, considering [[{{Determinator}} his gimmick.]])[[/note]] and Wrestling/TheMiz, a similar tactic was used by Miz in order to seemingly win the match, but on the account of the referee finding the cellphone that played the supposed recording of (an out-of-context) Cena saying "I quit!", Miz ended up losing the match to Cena.



** An I Quit match that made the ''loser'' seem royally BadAss was the one between Wrestling/BretHart and Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin: the match ended with Austin ''passing out'', but never saying "I Quit".

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** An I Quit match that made the ''loser'' seem royally BadAss {{Badass}} was the one between Wrestling/BretHart and Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin: the match ended with Austin ''passing out'', but never saying "I Quit".
19th Mar '16 12:43:16 PM IndirectActiveTransport
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** One such match between Kaz and [[Wrestling/{{Goldust}} Black Reign]] had four boxes on poles. Three held mousetraps, the winning box held Black Reign's pet rat.

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** One such match between Kaz [[Wrestling/FrankieKazarian Kaz]] and [[Wrestling/{{Goldust}} Black Reign]] had four boxes on poles. Three held mousetraps, the winning box held Black Reign's pet rat.



** The ''Pole and Paddle'' variation was one that Wrestling/TrishStratus did rather often. The match consisted of two attractive females, and the object in question was a spanking paddle; once one wrestler won the match by gaining it, she could spank the user. Usually done solely for fanservice, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3Ydn6DoMDA with one very notorious exception]] involving a rather irate Wrestling/MollyHolly.

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** The ''Pole and Paddle'' variation was one that Wrestling/TrishStratus did rather often. The match consisted of two attractive females, and the object in question was a spanking paddle; once one wrestler won the match by gaining it, she could spank the user.loser. Usually done solely for fanservice, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3Ydn6DoMDA with one very notorious exception]] involving a rather irate Wrestling/MollyHolly.
18th Mar '16 8:38:36 AM 313Bluestreak
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*** Notably averted by the Wrestling/ShawnMichaels[=/=]Wrestling/TripleH[=/=]Wrestling/ChrisBenoit match at WrestleMania XX, and the rematch at 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 XX, and the rematch at Backlash.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.
28th Feb '16 4:14:50 PM bryancrain88
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** ''Wrestling/RoyalRumble'' -- WWE's signature variation of the Battle Royal has 30 men[[note]](20 in 1988, expanded to 40 in 2011 but back to 30 in 2012)[[/note]] with a twist: It starts with two wrestlers in the ring, and a new wrestler is added every 2 minutes, Although it has had 1, 1 1/2 and 2 minute intervals, the actual timing of the entrances varies on how "into" the match the crowd are. An entire pay-per-view event is built around it, and since 1993 the winner gets a shot at one of the two top titles at Wrestling/WrestleMania, which is held approximately two months afterwards. Tropes: Expect one of the first two wrestlers to last to the final four. If there's anybody that the evil boss has spent the last month trying to keep out of the match, watch him; he'll be the one to win it all. At one point, a dominant heel will go on an elimination spree but not actually win the match. Also, the last wrestler to enter ''rarely'' wins, despite the obvious theoretical advantage to entering last. Only Wrestling/JohnCena and Wrestling/TheUndertaker have done so, and it can be said Cena's win was more because of the element of surprise -- this was Cena's return from an injury.

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** ''Wrestling/RoyalRumble'' -- WWE's signature variation of the Battle Royal has 30 men[[note]](20 in 1988, expanded to 40 in 2011 but back to 30 in 2012)[[/note]] with a twist: It starts with two wrestlers in the ring, and a new wrestler is added every 2 minutes, Although it has had 1, 1 1/2 and 2 minute intervals, the actual timing of the entrances varies on how "into" the match the crowd are. An entire pay-per-view event is built around it, and since 1993 the winner gets a shot at one of the two top titles at Wrestling/WrestleMania, which is held approximately two months afterwards. Tropes: Expect one of the first two wrestlers to last to the final four. If there's anybody that the evil boss has spent the last month trying to keep out of the match, watch him; he'll be the one to win it all. At one point, a dominant heel will go on an elimination spree but not actually win the match. Also, the last wrestler to enter ''rarely'' wins, despite the obvious theoretical advantage to entering last. Only Wrestling/JohnCena Wrestling/JohnCena, Wrestling/TheUndertaker, and Wrestling/TheUndertaker Wrestling/TripleH have done so, and it can be said Cena's win was more because of the element of surprise -- this was Cena's return from an injury.
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