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23rd Feb '17 3:32:09 AM Gimere
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** John Cena defeated Wrestling/{{Ryback}} at one of these by throwing him so hard he crashed through the roof of the ambulance and landed inside.

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** John Cena defeated Wrestling/{{Ryback}} at one of these by throwing him so hard he crashed ''crashed through the roof of the ambulance ambulance'' and landed inside.



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21st Feb '17 8:20:13 AM HeartBurnKid
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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.[[note]]Technically, the reason is because "Rey Misterio Jr." and "Rey Mysterio" are considered two different characters, but in reality, it's just because even the folks in Mexico that govern such things think Rey lost his mask unfairly[[/note]]

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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.[[note]]Technically, the reason is because "Rey Misterio Jr." and "Rey Mysterio" are considered two different characters, but in reality, it's just because even the folks in Mexico that govern such things think Rey lost his mask unfairly[[/note]]
21st Feb '17 8:19:45 AM HeartBurnKid
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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.[[note]]Technically, the reason is because "Rey Misterio Jr." and "Rey Mysterio" are considered two different characters, but in reality, it's just because even the folks in Mexico that govern such things think Rey lost his match unfairly[[/note]]

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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.[[note]]Technically, the reason is because "Rey Misterio Jr." and "Rey Mysterio" are considered two different characters, but in reality, it's just because even the folks in Mexico that govern such things think Rey lost his match mask unfairly[[/note]]
21st Feb '17 8:19:20 AM HeartBurnKid
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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 with no repercussions.

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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 WWE, and in his post-WWE career with Wrestling/{{AAA}} and Wrestling/LuchaUnderground, with no repercussions.[[note]]Technically, the reason is because "Rey Misterio Jr." and "Rey Mysterio" are considered two different characters, but in reality, it's just because even the folks in Mexico that govern such things think Rey lost his match unfairly[[/note]]
21st Feb '17 7:55:07 AM HeartBurnKid
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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".

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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". Wrestling/{{TNA}}, which has a sizable British following, has made an attempt to revive the format in the States with their Grand Championship.
12th Feb '17 8:27:12 PM Kingault
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** 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 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.
6th Feb '17 9:30:21 PM IndirectActiveTransport
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* An episode of ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' involved LoveGoddess Aphrodite [[AngelUnaware posing as Gabrielle]]'s twin, which at one point saw them infiltrating a pro wrestling league. This proved problematic when they learned all tag team matches involving twins were contested under tornado rules, for [[TagTeamTwins obvious reasons]], and Aphrodite didn't even bother defending herself as their opponents were [[DistractedByTheSexy two handsome men]], making it [[EscortMission worse]] than a handicap match for Gabrielle, who had to beat them both while literally pulling the weight of her "sister".

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* An episode of ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' involved LoveGoddess Aphrodite [[AngelUnaware posing as Gabrielle]]'s twin, which at one point saw them infiltrating a pro wrestling league. This proved problematic when they learned all tag team matches involving twins were contested twin teams must compete under tornado rules, for [[TagTeamTwins obvious reasons]], and Aphrodite didn't even bother defending herself as their opponents were [[DistractedByTheSexy two handsome men]], making it [[EscortMission worse]] than a handicap match for Gabrielle, who had to beat them both while literally pulling the weight of her "sister".
6th Feb '17 9:28:02 PM IndirectActiveTransport
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** In February 2015, Wonder Ring STARDOM decreed an immediate match ending disqualification must be called on any closed fist strike in response to Yoshiko going into business for herself on the Sunday 22nd Korakuen Hall show against Act Yasukawa. This was later clarified to be limited to face punches, which meant things like Io Shirai delivering a slingshot superman punch to the back of Hudson Envy's head did not stop matches.

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** In February 2015, Wonder Ring STARDOM decreed an immediate match ending disqualification must be called on any closed fist strike in response to Yoshiko going into business for herself on the Sunday 22nd Korakuen Hall show against Act Yasukawa. This was later clarified to be limited to [[NotInTheFace face punches, punches]], which meant things like Io Shirai delivering a slingshot superman punch to the back of Hudson Envy's head did not stop matches.


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* An episode of ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' involved LoveGoddess Aphrodite [[AngelUnaware posing as Gabrielle]]'s twin, which at one point saw them infiltrating a pro wrestling league. This proved problematic when they learned all tag team matches involving twins were contested under tornado rules, for [[TagTeamTwins obvious reasons]], and Aphrodite didn't even bother defending herself as their opponents were [[DistractedByTheSexy two handsome men]], making it [[EscortMission worse]] than a handicap match for Gabrielle, who had to beat them both while literally pulling the weight of her "sister".
27th Dec '16 4:27:06 AM Gimere
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** TNA, somewhat predictably, came up with a ludicrous variant where the participants have to fight ''into'' the cage.
** TNA also have an entire PPV (''Lockdown'') dedicated to having every match inside their "Six Sides of Steel" cage.

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** TNA, somewhat predictably, came up with a ludicrous variant where the participants have to fight ''into'' the cage.
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cage. The company also have has an entire PPV (''Lockdown'') dedicated to having every match inside their "Six Sides of Steel" cage.



** 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 1999, ''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.



* ''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 run a variation of this match with only one ring, calling it ''Lethal Lockdown''. Tropes: The {{heel}}s ''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.

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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 run a variation of this match with only one ring, calling it ''Lethal Lockdown''. Tropes: The {{heel}}s ''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.



** ''Wrestling/{{WSU}}'' had a match named "War Games" that took place inside a steel cage. It was a team of three vs three. Two members of each team would start off and a new one would enter the ring every two minutes (beforehand there was a coin toss to decide which team would get a new member first). Once all six were in the ring the only way to win was for one member to say "I Quit" on behalf of the whole team. The match was only performed once and had a notoriously dramatic ending - [[Wrestling/MercedesMartinez one of the participants]] was threatened with a '''machete''' and one of her teammates forfeited the match to save her.

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** ''Wrestling/{{WSU}}'' had a match named "War Games" that took place inside a steel cage. It was a team of three vs three. Two members of each team would start off and a new one would enter the ring every two minutes (beforehand there was a coin toss to decide which team would get a new member first). Once all six were in the ring the only way to win was for one member to say "I Quit" on behalf of the whole team. The match was only performed once and had a notoriously dramatic ending - [[Wrestling/MercedesMartinez one of the participants]] was threatened with a '''machete''' '''a machete''' and one of her teammates forfeited the match to save her.



** Wrestling/{{FMW}} once tried a ''flaming'' barbed wire match, which had to be called off when the wrestlers [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere all bolted]] once the ring started melting.

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** Wrestling/{{FMW}} once tried a ''flaming'' barbed wire match, which had to be called off when the wrestlers [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere the wrestlers all bolted]] once the ring started melting.



** The mask rule is enforced in the vast majority of cases. Rey's case is unique due to a number of factors, mainly the extremely disrespectful manner in which his unmasking was handled. Rey and his uncle, the original Rey Mysterio, argued that Rey was representing his uncle's image on WWE since he dropped the Jr. from his name (the original Mysterio was a heavyweight by the way). Pure LoopholeAbuse, but the commission liked his uncle and they hated Bischoff for what he did so they allowed it.

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** The mask rule is enforced in the vast majority of cases. Rey's case is unique due to a number of factors, mainly the extremely disrespectful manner in which his unmasking was handled. Rey and his uncle, the original Rey Mysterio, argued that Rey was representing his uncle's image on in WWE since he dropped the Jr. from his name (the original Mysterio was a heavyweight by the way). Pure LoopholeAbuse, but the commission liked his uncle and they hated Bischoff for what he did so they allowed it.



** In days past, this was known as a Texas Death Match(or Mexican Death Match) and one wrestler had to pin the other for a three count before the referee's ten count would start. Wrestling/{{TNA}} and ROH reintroduced it for audiences in the late 2000s to mid 2010s.
** 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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** In days past, this was known as a Texas (or Mexican) Death Match(or Mexican Death Match) Match and one wrestler had to pin the other for a three count before the referee's ten count would start. Wrestling/{{TNA}} and ROH reintroduced it for audiences in the late 2000s to mid 2010s.
** Wrestling/JohnCena [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMoments infamously]] [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments won]] one of these against Wrestling/{{Batista}} in 2010 by [[DuctTapeForEverything duct-taping]] duct-taping Batista's ankles to the turnbuckle.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.
7th Dec '16 9:22:02 PM IndirectActiveTransport
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** In days past, this was known as a Texas Death Match(or Mexican Death Match) and one wrestler had to pin the other for a three count before the referee's ten count would start. ROH and Wrestling/{{TNA}} reintroduced it for audiences in the 2010s.

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** In days past, this was known as a Texas Death Match(or Mexican Death Match) and one wrestler had to pin the other for a three count before the referee's ten count would start. ROH and Wrestling/{{TNA}} and ROH reintroduced it for audiences in the late 2000s to mid 2010s.
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