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5th Aug '17 3:51:31 PM Indori
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* ''Tables Match'' -- One wrestler or a tag team must send their opponent(s) through a table to win.

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* ''Tables Match'' -- One wrestler or a tag team must send their opponent(s) through a table to win. Read that carefully, because the wrestlers can put ''themselves'' through a table without being eliminated.



* ''Punjabi Prison Match'' -- Signature match of The Great Khali (or Giant Singh, depending on which promotion you watch). Ironically out two such matches in WWE Khali only competed in one (although he was supposed to be in both). The ring is surrounded by a bamboo cage with an even larger bamboo cage around that. The inner cage has a door on each side. At a wrestler's request, a referee can open a door, but it will be padlocked closed after 60 seconds and never be opened again. The only way to win is to escape the outer cage.

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* ''Punjabi Prison Match'' -- Signature match of The Great Khali (or Giant Singh, depending on which promotion you watch). Ironically out two of three such matches in WWE WWE, Khali only competed in one (although he was supposed to be in both).two). The ring is surrounded by a bamboo cage with an even larger bamboo cage around that. The inner cage has a door on each side. At a wrestler's request, a referee can open a door, but it will be padlocked closed after 60 seconds and seconds, never to be opened again. The only way to win is to escape the outer cage.
31st Jul '17 5:27:10 AM JamesAustin
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** There was also a Hell in a Cell derivative between Wrestling/AlSnow and the Wrestling/BigBossMan at ''Wrestling/{{Unforgiven}} 1999'', which was [[EpicFail infamous for all the wrong reasons]]. The "Kennel from Hell" consisted of a regular steel cage inside the Hell in a Cell cage, with "vicious attack dogs" in the cell portion. Thus, the wrestlers supposedly couldn't leave the ring cage without getting mauled by the dogs. But the "vicious" dogs [[NeverWorkWithChildrenOrAnimals did nothing but wag their tails and poop around the ring]], making the match an even bigger joke than the stupid premise would have suggested.

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** There was also a Hell in a Cell derivative between Wrestling/AlSnow and the Wrestling/BigBossMan at ''Wrestling/{{Unforgiven}} ''Wrestling/UnforgivenWrestling 1999'', which was [[EpicFail infamous for all the wrong reasons]]. The "Kennel from Hell" consisted of a regular steel cage inside the Hell in a Cell cage, with "vicious attack dogs" in the cell portion. Thus, the wrestlers supposedly couldn't leave the ring cage without getting mauled by the dogs. But the "vicious" dogs [[NeverWorkWithChildrenOrAnimals did nothing but wag their tails and poop around the ring]], making the match an even bigger joke than the stupid premise would have suggested.



* ''Championship Scramble'' -- A WWE experiment for ''Unforgiven'' in 2008, where three different championships were on the line in this type of match. Each match had five competitors, but started with two, and a competitor was added after a few minutes. Once all competitors were in the ring, a time limit began (20 minutes, in each of the Unforgiven matches' case). Whenever a wrestler scored a pinfall or submission, they became the interim champion (not officially counted in the record book). The championship would be awarded to the competitor who scored the last pinfall or submission before the time ran out. The experiment was considered a failure, and lost out to the more fan-friendly and less confusing Money in the Bank ladder match.

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* ''Championship Scramble'' -- A WWE experiment for ''Unforgiven'' in 2008, where three different championships were on the line in this type of match. Each match had five competitors, but started with two, and a competitor was added after a few minutes. Once all competitors were in the ring, a time limit began (20 minutes, in each of the Unforgiven matches' case). Whenever a wrestler scored a pinfall or submission, they became the interim champion (not officially counted in the record book). The championship would be awarded to the competitor who scored the last pinfall or submission before the time ran out. The experiment was considered a failure, and after the initial three matches, it was only done one more time before it lost out to the more fan-friendly and less confusing Money in the Bank ladder match.
12th Jul '17 5:54:36 AM IlGreven
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** Wrestling/BraunStrowman defeated Wrestling/RomanReigns by dodging Reigns' finishing move (a spear) while coincidentally standing right in front of the open back of the ambulance, then quickly shut the doors on him.
5th Jul '17 4:40:58 AM IndirectActiveTransport
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*** Another aversion was Ayako Hamada vs Wrestling/SaraDelRey vs Jessie [=McKay=] on Wrestling/{{SHIMMER}} volume 34, with [=McKay=] pulling off a DarkHorseVictory.

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*** Another aversion was Ayako Hamada vs Wrestling/SaraDelRey vs [[Wrestling/BillieKay Jessie [=McKay=] McKay]] on Wrestling/{{SHIMMER}} volume 34, with [=McKay=] pulling off a DarkHorseVictory.
1st Jul '17 3:27:54 PM nombretomado
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** According to TheOtherWiki at least, there is an actual law about this in Mexico, which says that, if you lose your mask in such a match, you may never wear that mask, again, which is enforced whenever Mexico's wrestling ruling bodies damn well feel like it. In the case of Mysterio, Wrestling/EricBischoff decided to unmask him because he thought that wrestlers who hid their faces weren't "marketable". Mysterio and just about everyone around him were ''horrified'' at the idea of such a career-altering (and potentially career-wrecking) move being done for such a lame reason. Worse, WCW hardly did anything to push him after he was unmasked. Rey has been allowed to wear masks in WWE, and in his post-WWE career with Wrestling/{{AAA}} and Wrestling/LuchaUnderground, with no repercussions.

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** According to TheOtherWiki Wiki/TheOtherWiki at least, there is an actual law about this in Mexico, which says that, if you lose your mask in such a match, you may never wear that mask, again, which is enforced whenever Mexico's wrestling ruling bodies damn well feel like it. In the case of Mysterio, Wrestling/EricBischoff decided to unmask him because he thought that wrestlers who hid their faces weren't "marketable". Mysterio and just about everyone around him were ''horrified'' at the idea of such a career-altering (and potentially career-wrecking) move being done for such a lame reason. Worse, WCW hardly did anything to push him after he was unmasked. Rey has been allowed to wear masks in WWE, and in his post-WWE career with Wrestling/{{AAA}} and Wrestling/LuchaUnderground, with no repercussions.
8th Jun '17 6:07:11 AM IlGreven
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* ''Championship Scramble'' -- A WWE experiment for ''Unforgiven'' in 2008, where three different championships were on the line in this type of match. Each match had five competitors, but started with two, and a competitor was added after a few minutes. Once all competitors were in the ring, a time limit began (20 minutes, in each of the Unforgiven matches' case). Whenever a wrestler scored a pinfall or submission, they became the interim champion (not officially counted in the record book). The championship would be awarded to the competitor who scored the last pinfall or submission before the time ran out. The experiment was considered a failure, and lost out to the more fan-friendly and less confusing Money in the Bank ladder match.
5th Jun '17 5:49:15 AM IlGreven
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** Probably the best use of such a stipulation (or close to it) in the WWE era was when Wrestling/VinceMcMahon stipulated that every singles match Wrestling/RicFlare wrestled would be a one-sided retirement match. He put on a winning streak up until Wrestlemania, when he put on a spectacular match with Shawn Michaels, which he lost and retired from the WWE. (The less said about [[Wrestling/{{TNA}} what]] [[TenMinuteRetirement happened]] after, the better.)

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** Probably the best use of such a stipulation (or close to it) in the WWE era was when Wrestling/VinceMcMahon stipulated that every singles match Wrestling/RicFlare Wrestling/RicFlair wrestled would be a one-sided retirement match. He put on a winning streak up until Wrestlemania, when he put on a spectacular match with Shawn Michaels, which he lost and retired from the WWE. (The less said about [[Wrestling/{{TNA}} what]] [[TenMinuteRetirement happened]] after, the better.)
5th Jun '17 5:48:49 AM IlGreven
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** Probably the best use of such a stipulation (or close to it) in the WWE era was when Wrestling/VinceMcMahon stipulated that every singles match Wrestling/RicFlare wrestled would be a one-sided retirement match. He put on a winning streak up until Wrestlemania, when he put on a spectacular match with Shawn Michaels, which he lost and retired from the WWE. (The less said about [[Wrestling/{{TNA}} what]] [[TenMinuteRetirement happened]] after, the better.)
3rd Jun '17 3:50:12 AM ArcaneAzmadi
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** Wrestling/LuchaUnderground has an event called Aztec Warfare which uses the same entry rules as the Royal Rumble (two wrestlers start in the ring and another one comes out at regular intervals until all contestants -in this case, twenty- have entered) but elimination is by pinfall or submission and anything goes. This plays into the more high-flying style of most of the competitors by allowing them to dive out of the ring for high-impact offensive maneuvers without eliminating themselves.


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*** Wrestling/LuchaUnderground adapted the Casket Match (under the name "Grave Consequences") as the signature match of resident WrestlingMonster Mil Muertes, [[RedBaron "the man of a thousand deaths"]]. It basically has the same rules as the WWE Casket Match, but with two main differences: firstly, the booking of the matches is handled much better than WWE's since, rather than a mad scramble to shove your opponent into a casket, the match is a vicious struggle to the death where putting them in the casket is simply the last thing you do to your opponent once you've destroyed them; and secondly, [[{{Kayfabe}} within the universe of LU]], being put into the casket ''actually kills you dead!''[[note]]Although the victims of all three matches were subsequently restored to life by dark magic.[[/note]] The second match, called [[UpToEleven "Graver Consequences"]] (between Mil and the Monster Matanza) featured ''four'' caskets placed around the ring, one on each side.
10th May '17 3:36:35 PM Gimere
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* ''2-out-of-3-falls'' -- The simplest of gimmick matches, this simply means that the wrestlers have a series of matches until one of them has won 2. Sometimes each fall will have its own gimmick from another match type on the list; this is called a ''Ring Master's Challenge'' or ''Three Stages Of Hell''(usually dependent on how much {{garbage|Wrestler}} is involved). Tropes: This match is almost '''never''' decided after two falls; the competitors win one apiece, leading to the third, deciding fall. Usually, if the match ends in two straight falls, then someone is either working a "losing streak" angle or is being buried. The Briscoe Brothers in Wrestling/RingOfHonor developed a reputation for winning these matches in two straight falls.

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* ''2-out-of-3-falls'' -- The simplest of gimmick matches, this simply means that the wrestlers have a series of matches until one of them has won 2. Sometimes each fall will have its own gimmick from another match type on the list; this is called a ''Ring Master's Challenge'' or ''Three Stages Of Hell''(usually Hell'' (usually dependent on how much {{garbage|Wrestler}} is involved). Tropes: This match is almost '''never''' decided after two falls; the competitors win one apiece, leading to the third, deciding fall. Usually, if the match ends in two straight falls, then someone is either working a "losing streak" angle or is being buried. The Briscoe Brothers in Wrestling/RingOfHonor developed a reputation for winning these matches in two straight falls.



** ''King Of The Mountain'' is a Wrestling/{{TNA}} exclusive variant. In essence, it is a reverse ladder match (you must take the title belt from the ring announcer and hang it from a hook, by climbing a ladder). But before you can do that, you must first pin one of your four opponents. And when you are pinned, you have to spend 2 minutes in a penalty box outside the ring.

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** ''King Of The Mountain'' is a Wrestling/{{TNA}} exclusive TNA-exclusive variant. In essence, it is a reverse ladder match (you must take the title belt from the ring announcer and hang it from a hook, by climbing a ladder). But before you can do that, you must first pin one of your four opponents. And when you are pinned, you have to spend 2 minutes in a penalty box outside the ring.



* ''Hell in a Cell'' -- a Wrestling/{{WWE}} signature match; this variant of the Steel Cage match involves a larger cage which Wrestling/JimCornette admits to stealing from (or researching from) a Memphis territory, that includes the majority of the ringside area in its confines, and also has a roof, ala Wrestling/DustyRhodes's war games. Escape rules don't apply; the match ends only via pinfall or submission, and only in the ring. In earlier matches big falls from the side or top of the cage were fairly commonplace (most famously, by Wrestling/MickFoley), but these have been toned down over safety concerns.

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* ''Hell in a Cell'' -- a Wrestling/{{WWE}} signature match; this variant of the Steel Cage match involves a larger cage which Wrestling/JimCornette admits to stealing from (or researching from) a Memphis territory, that includes the majority of the ringside area in its confines, and also has a roof, ala Wrestling/DustyRhodes's war games. Escape rules don't apply; the match ends only via pinfall or submission, and usually only in the ring. In earlier matches matches, big falls from the side or top of the cage were fairly commonplace (most famously, by Wrestling/MickFoley), but these have been toned down over due to safety concerns.



** There was also a Hell in a Cell derivative between Wrestling/AlSnow and the Wrestling/BigBossMan at ''Unforgiven 1999'', which was [[EpicFail infamous for all the wrong reasons]]. The "Kennel from Hell" consisted of a regular steel cage inside the Hell in a Cell cage, with "vicious attack dogs" in the cell portion. Thus, the wrestlers supposedly couldn't leave the ring cage without getting mauled by the dogs. But the "vicious" dogs [[NeverWorkWithChildrenOrAnimals did nothing but wag their tails and poop around the ring]], making the match an even bigger joke than the stupid premise would have suggested.

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** There was also a Hell in a Cell derivative between Wrestling/AlSnow and the Wrestling/BigBossMan at ''Unforgiven ''Wrestling/{{Unforgiven}} 1999'', which was [[EpicFail infamous for all the wrong reasons]]. The "Kennel from Hell" consisted of a regular steel cage inside the Hell in a Cell cage, with "vicious attack dogs" in the cell portion. Thus, the wrestlers supposedly couldn't leave the ring cage without getting mauled by the dogs. But the "vicious" dogs [[NeverWorkWithChildrenOrAnimals did nothing but wag their tails and poop around the ring]], making the match an even bigger joke than the stupid premise would have suggested.



*** For a short period in the 90s, WWF/WWE set up a rule where the Hardcore Championship title was ''always up for grabs, 24/7'' (or at least, whenever the Hardcore Champion was on camera). In essence, if you could, by hook or by crook, get the Hardcore Champion on his back, put your hands on him, and get a referee to issue a 3-count, you gained the title.

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*** For a short period in the 90s, WWF/WWE WWE set up a rule where the Hardcore Championship title was ''always up for grabs, 24/7'' (or at least, whenever the Hardcore Champion was on camera). In essence, if you could, by hook or by crook, get the Hardcore Champion on his back, put your hands on him, and get a referee to issue a 3-count, you gained won the title. title.



* ''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 and parades around the ring for the (usually male) fans to enjoy.



** At King of the Ring 2000, Pat Patterson and Gerald Brisco, two elderly male former wrestlers, had a match of this kind. [[{{Squick}} Pure, refined horror]], even when [[ItMakesSenseInContext put in context]]; they were feuding with Crash Holly for the Hardcore Championship (which was then defended under a 24/7 rule, which meant the title could be on the line anytime, anywhere).

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** At King ''King of the Ring 2000, 2000'', Pat Patterson and Gerald Brisco, two elderly male former wrestlers, had a match of this kind. [[{{Squick}} Pure, refined horror]], even when [[ItMakesSenseInContext put in context]]; they were feuding with Crash Holly for the Hardcore Championship (which was then defended under a 24/7 rule, which meant the title could be on the line anytime, anywhere).



** 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.female wrestlers.



* ''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). 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.

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* ''Lumberjack'' [[note]]a women's match of this type may also be called a Lumberjill match[[/note]] -- 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). 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 (i.e., surrounding a face with heels, 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.versa).



* ''LoserLeavesTown''/''Retirement Match'' -- a match that stipulates that the loser of the match had to leave town (whichever promotional territory they were in) or retire, often "for good", but usually for [[ThreeMonthRule three months]]. Generally used to cover for a wrestler's planned absence (for injury or a tour of a distant promotion - usually Japan). Tropes: Often resulted in an [[CharlieBrownFromOuttaTown oddly-familiar masked-stranger]] showing up within a week or two of such a loss. Interestingly, in Memphis, the time-limit for losers leaving town was actually mentioned quite explicitly. Often the build up would mention that "the loser must leave the territory for a period of six months (or one year, or what have you)."

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* ''LoserLeavesTown''/''Retirement Match'' -- a match that stipulates that the loser of the match had to leave town (whichever promotional territory they were in) or retire, often "for good", but usually for [[ThreeMonthRule three months]]. Generally used to cover for a wrestler's planned absence (for injury or a tour of a distant promotion - usually Japan). Tropes: Often resulted in an [[CharlieBrownFromOuttaTown oddly-familiar masked-stranger]] masked stranger]] showing up within a week or two of such a loss. Interestingly, in Memphis, the time-limit for losers leaving town was actually mentioned quite explicitly. Often the build up would mention that "the loser must leave the territory for a period of six months (or one year, or what have you)."



** In a 2011 "I Quit" match between Wrestling/JohnCena[[note]](Who has an impressive record in "I Quit" matches (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 (undefeated, which makes sense, considering [[{{Determinator}} being a {{Determinator}} is a big part of his gimmick.]])[[/note]] )[[/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.



** A variation, the ''Elimination Chamber'', has become a signature match of WWE in the past few years, and specifically has been attached to their No Way Out pay-per-view (which in recent years has actually been named for the chamber). In this match, four men start behind Plexiglas cages within a much larger structure, not unlike Hell In A Cell, with the other two men start outside the Plexiglas like a regular match. Every two or three minutes, another is released. It is, as the name indicated, an elimination match: five competitors must be defeated for there to be a victor. Tends to get bloody, as the chamber has much less give than most types of cage.

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** A variation, the ''Elimination Chamber'', has become been a signature match of WWE since its inception in the past few years, 2002, and specifically has been attached to their No Way Out ''Wrestling/NoWayOut'' pay-per-view (which in recent years has actually been named for the chamber). In this match, four men start behind Plexiglas cages within a much larger structure, not unlike Hell In A Cell, with the other two men start outside the Plexiglas like a regular match. Every two or three minutes, another is released. It is, as the name indicated, an elimination match: five competitors must be defeated for there to be a victor. Tends to get bloody, as the chamber has much less give than most types of cage.



** ''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.

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** ''Wrestling/LuchaUnderground'' has a unique variation called Aztec Warfare, which essentially combines the classic Gauntlet with [=WWE=]'s the 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.



** John Cena and Randy Orton once took on the '''entire''' [[Wrestling/{{WWERAW}} Raw]] roster. It was also an Elimination Match.

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** John Cena and Randy Orton once took on the '''entire''' [[Wrestling/{{WWERAW}} [[Wrestling/{{WWERaw}} Raw]] roster. It was also an Elimination Match.



** Wrestling/JohnCena [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMoments infamously]] [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments won]] one of these against Wrestling/{{Batista}} in 2010 by [[DuctTapeForEverything duct-taping Batista's ankles to the turnbuckle]]. [[LoopholeAbuse Hey, no one ever said you couldn't!]] Wrestling/AlbertoDelRio must have watched that match, since when he had a Last Man Standing match against Wrestling/TheBigShow, he resorted to taping Show's feet to the bottom rope.

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** Wrestling/JohnCena [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMoments infamously]] [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments won]] one of these against Wrestling/{{Batista}} in 2010 by [[DuctTapeForEverything duct-taping Batista's ankles to the turnbuckle]]. [[LoopholeAbuse Hey, no one ever said you couldn't!]] couldn't]]! Wrestling/AlbertoDelRio must have watched that match, since when he had a Last Man Standing match against Wrestling/TheBigShow, he resorted to taping Show's feet to the bottom rope.



** Another famous "Move Match" was the "$15,000 Body Slam Challenge" between Andre The Giant and Wrestling/BigJohnStudd at the first ''[=WrestleMania=]''. If Andre slammed Studd, Andre would win $15,000, though if Andre was slammed, he would have to retire. Who won? Well, Andre's last WWF match was six years later.

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** Another famous "Move Match" was the "$15,000 Body Slam Challenge" between Andre The Giant and Wrestling/BigJohnStudd at the first ''[=WrestleMania=]''. If Andre slammed Studd, Andre would win $15,000, though if Andre was slammed, he would have to retire. Who won? Well, If you're wondering who won, Andre's last WWF match was six years later.
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