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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.
5th Apr '17 9:13:11 PM ultimomant
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*** In one such match between Undertaker and Wrestling/TheBigShow, Show deliberately smashed the casket to pieces, declared the match over, and tried to escape. Before he could, a second casket was carried out. Show then lost.

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*** In one such match between Undertaker and Wrestling/TheBigShow, Show deliberately smashed the casket to pieces, declared the match over, and tried to escape. Before he could, a second casket was carried out. The match continued and Show then lost.
31st Mar '17 10:08:12 AM RichardX1
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*** 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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* ''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 ''Three Stages of Hell'' match or a ''Ring Master's Challenge''. 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 ''Three Stages of Hell'' match or a ''Ring Master's Challenge''.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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** Dramatic Dream Team had a "Shattered Dreams" match pitting Ryuji Ito and Danny Havoc against "Kokutenshi" Jaki Numazawa and Jun Kasai at ''The Indie Wrestling Summit''.
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.
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