Ah, the gimmick match. I think we can all agree that no matter how much we love the purest form of professional wrestling (yes, I still call it that), which is two competitors going at it in the middle of the ring with no strings attached, one-fall-to-a-finish, we all love the gimmick match from time to time. They just bring a little something extra to an event.
There are a ton of gimmick matches that have worked over the years. From something as simple as adding a body for a Triple Threat, or throwing up a cage around the ring (tell me you want to see the blue cage at least one more time), gimmick matches have provided some of the most entertaining moments in wrestling history. Why do you think The Undertaker-Mick Foley Hell In A Cell match from King of the Ring in 1998 is still talked about so many years later? There's a reason we get upset when there's not some sort of ladder match at WrestleMania. We stay up until all hours of the night watching old ECW footage on the WWE Network, and love replay after replay of the classic TLC matches between Edge & Christian, the Hardys and the Dudleys.
Ratings are down in WWE and the PG era has taken away some of the things we all grew up watching, so I've come up with 15 different matches that we haven't seen in a while that might just bring back some excitement to the company. They've got the talent to pull some of these off, so why not give them a shot?
15 Hardcore Match
14 Empty Arena
13 Bra and Panties Match
12 Boiler Room Brawl
11 Blindfold Match
Before you start yelling at me, I know that nearly all of the blindfold matches in wrestling history have gone horribly. They're slow-paced and can be incredibly boring, but I think it's because they've never done one correctly. Look, we all know that the two guys wearing them can actually see through them, but wouldn't it still look pretty cool if Neville hit a Red Arrow while wearing a blindfold?
10 Buried Alive
You could almost put the casket match in place of this, but they're essentially one and the same. They were both basically created for The Undertaker and both, when done correctly, can be quite entertaining. The Buried Alive match just brings a little more to the table. Can you imagine how much better the Bray Wyatt-Undertaker match could have been at WrestleMania if it had been a Buried Alive match?
9 Parking Lot Brawl
8 Strap Match
7 Iron Man Match
6 Barbed Wire Match
5 First Blood
4 Punjabi Prison Match
I'm sure a lot of you are asking what in the hell Battlebowl is, but it's actually a creation of the late, great Dusty Rhodes. WCW used it a few times over the years and I actually love the concept. You could almost make an entire pay-per-view or an episode of Monday Night Raw out of it in my opinion. What happens is that guys are "randomly" selected in a lottery and put on a team with a few other guys to face a team that's put together in the same manner.
2 Championship Scramble
The rules of this can get a little bit complicated, but it's essentially a match in which multiple competitors are involved in a title match. Two people start the match and every five minutes, another wrestler enters the fray. I know that sounds a little bit like the Elimination Chamber, but that's about where the similarities end. When a guy gets pinned, he's not out of the match, but the guy that pins or submits someone becomes the "interim champion."
1 War Games
I know they had the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic on NXT recently, but if the company really wanted to honor him, they would bring back one of his greatest creations, War Games. I don't know how this hasn't made its way to WWE after WCW folded, but I'm still holding out hope.
If you've never seen it, go to the WWE Network and check it out, but what it is is essentially a Hell In A Cell structure that hangs over two rings that are placed side by side. Two men start, and every two minutes, in alternating fashion, another wrestler enters, which gives a team (usually the heel team) the advantage for a few minutes, until all all competitors are in the ring. The only way to win, at least back then, was by submission, and I'm sure a few tweaks could be thrown in to bring things into this era, but I think a lot of people, including myself, would mark out like crazy for the return of War Games.
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