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The WarGames match is a gimmick match used originally in the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) and later held annually in World Championship Wrestling (WCW), usually at their Fall Brawl pay-per-view event in September. Dusty Rhodes is cited with coming up with the idea. The match usually involved two teams of either four, five, or more wrestlers locked inside a steel cage that encompassed two rings, but other different variations were made. NXT uses this match type on their TakeOver: WarGames events.
- 1 History
- 2 WCW WarGames variations
- 3 Spin-off matches
- 3.1 Combat Zone Wrestling
- 3.2 Xtreme Pro Wrestling
- 3.3 WWE
- 3.4 Extreme Championship Wrestling
- 3.5 Smoky Mountain Wrestling
- 3.6 Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
- 3.7 Ring of Honor
- 3.8 Major League Wrestling
- 3.9 Pro Wrestling Unplugged
- 3.10 United Wrestling Federation
- 3.11 IWA Mid-South
- 3.12 Women Superstars Uncensored
- 4 References
WarGames was created when Dusty Rhodes was inspired by a viewing of Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. It was originally used as a specialty match for the Four Horsemen. The first WarGames match took place at The Omni in Atlanta during the NWA's Great American Bash '87 tour, where it was known as War Games: The Match Beyond. It would be held at three house shows later that year, once at the Miami Orange Bowl, once in Chicago at the UIC Pavilion and the other at the NWA's debut at The Nassau Coliseum on Long Island. The next year, it would be held during the Great American Bash Tour in 1988 at 11 house shows (one was released on the WWE Horsemen DVD). The final War Games matches under the NWA banner were at The Great American Bash in 1989 and a house show rematch at The Omni in Atlanta. WCW used it originally in 1991 at WrestleWar and at five house shows during the 1991 Great American Bash tour and in 1992 at WrestleWar, before it became a traditional Fall Brawl event from 1993 to 1998.
The WarGames match consists of two or three teams, with between three to five participants facing off with each other in staggered entry format.
The setup of the cage consists of two rings side by side with a ring-encompassing rectangular cage that covered both rings, but not the ringside area. Doors are placed at far corners of the cage, near where the opposing teams wait to enter, so the teams don't come into contact before they enter the match.
The match begins with one member of each team entering the cage. After five minutes, a member from one of the teams (usually determined by a coin toss, and almost always the "heel" team in order to provide heat) would enter the cage, giving his team the temporary 2-on-1 handicap advantage. After two minutes, a member from the other team would enter to even the odds for the next 2 minutes. Entrants alternate between teams every two minutes, giving the coin toss-winning team the temporary advantage in terms of numbers, before giving the other team the advantage with the freshest man and even odds.
Teams continue to alternate during the two-minute periods until all participants men are in the ring.
Once all participants enter the cage, what is referred to as "The Match Beyond" begins. Both teams wrestle each other in the cage until any participant either submits, surrenders, or is knocked unconscious. There originally were no pinfalls, no count-outs, and no disqualifications. However, later WCW versions began to allow pinfalls.
In the 2017 version for NXT WarGames, the cage was roofless and pinfalls were allowed. Also, if one member of a team successfully escaped the cage, his whole team would be disqualified. 
|1||The Road Warriors (Road Warrior Hawk and Road Warrior Animal), Nikita Koloff, Dusty Rhodes, and Paul Ellering defeated The Four Horsemen (Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, Lex Luger, Tully Blanchard, and James J. Dillon) at 22:10 when the Road Warriors forced Dillon to submit after a Doomsday Device where he landed awkwardly on his right arm||The Great American Bash
July 4, 1987
|2||The Road Warriors (Road Warrior Hawk and Road Warrior Animal), Nikita Koloff, Dusty Rhodes, and Paul Ellering defeated The Four Horsemen (Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, Lex Luger and Tully Blanchard) and The War Machine at 19:38 when Animal forced the War Machine to submit by gouging his eyes with a spiked armband||The Great American Bash
July 31, 1987
|3||Ron Garvin, The Road Warriors (Road Warrior Hawk and Road Warrior Animal), Nikita Koloff and Dusty Rhodes defeated The Four Horsemen (Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, Tully Blanchard, Lex Luger, and James J. Dillon)||Chicago, IL
August 16, 1987
|4||Ron Garvin, Dusty Rhodes, Barry Windham and The Rock 'n' Roll Express (Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson) defeated Midnight Express (Bobby Eaton and Stan Lane), Big Bubba Rogers, Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard when Rhodes forced Lane to submit to the figure-four leglock||Long Island, NY
November 25, 1987
|5||Dusty Rhodes, The Road Warriors (Road Warrior Hawk and Road Warrior Animal), Lex Luger and Paul Ellering defeated The Four Horsemen (Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, Tully Blanchard, Barry Windham, and James J. Dillon) when Rhodes forced Dillon to submit to the figure-four leglock||Orlando, FL
June 26, 1988
|6||Dusty Rhodes, The Road Warriors (Road Warrior Hawk and Road Warrior Animal), Lex Luger and Paul Ellering defeated The Four Horsemen (Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, Tully Blanchard, Barry Windham, and James J. Dillon) when Rhodes forced Dillon to submit to the figure-four leglock at 24:00||Oakland, CA
August 6, 1988
|7||Dusty Rhodes, Sting, Lex Luger, Nikita Koloff and Paul Ellering defeated The Four Horsemen (Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, Tully Blanchard, Barry Windham, and James J. Dillon) in WarGames when Dillon submitted to Luger's Torture Rack||Charlotte, NC
July 2, 1988
|8||The Road Warriors (Road Warrior Hawk and Road Warrior Animal), Sting, Lex Luger and Paul Ellering defeated The Four Horsemen (Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, Tully Blanchard, Barry Windham, and James J. Dillon)||Huntsville, AL
July 12, 1988
|9||The Road Warriors (Road Warrior Hawk and Road Warrior Animal), Sting, Lex Luger and Steve Williams defeated The Four Horsemen (Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, Tully Blanchard, Barry Windham, and James J. Dillon)||Chattanooga, TN
July 14, 1988
|10||The Road Warriors (Road Warrior Hawk and Road Warrior Animal), Sting, Lex Luger and Nikita Koloff defeated The Four Horsemen (Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, Tully Blanchard, Barry Windham, and James J. Dillon) when Dillon submitted to Sting's Scorpion Deathlock||Richmond, VA
July 15, 1988
|11||Dusty Rhodes, Nikita Koloff, Lex Luger, Steve Williams, and Paul Ellering defeated The Four Horsemen (Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, Tully Blanchard, Barry Windham, and James J. Dillon) at 21:10 when Rhodes forced Dillon to submit to the figure-four leglock while grabbing the ropes for additional pressure||Greensboro, NC
July 16, 1988
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|12||The Road Warriors (Road Warrior Hawk and Road Warrior Animal), Sting, Lex Luger, and Nikita Koloff defeated The Four Horsemen (Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, Tully Blanchard, Barry Windham, and James J. Dillon)||Cincinnati, OH
July 21, 1988
|13||Dusty Rhodes, The Road Warriors (Road Warrior Hawk and Road Warrior Animal), Lex Luger and Nikita Koloff defeated The Four Horsemen (Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, Tully Blanchard, Barry Windham, and James J. Dillon)||Philadelphia, PA
July 23, 1988
|14||The Road Warriors (Road Warrior Hawk and Road Warrior Animal), Sting, Lex Luger and Nikita Koloff defeated The Four Horsemen (Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, Tully Blanchard, Barry Windham, and James J. Dillon)||Johnson City, TN
July 24, 1988
|15||Dusty Rhodes, The Road Warriors (Road Warrior Hawk and Road Warrior Animal), Sting and Nikita Koloff defeated The Four Horsemen (Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, Tully Blanchard, Barry Windham, and James J. Dillon) when Dillon submitted to Sting's Scorpion Deathlock||Daytona Beach, FL
July 28, 1988
|16||The Road Warriors (Road Warrior Hawk and Road Warrior Animal), The Midnight Express (Bobby Eaton and Stan Lane), and Steve Williams defeated The Fabulous Freebirds (Jimmy Garvin, Michael Hayes, and Terry Gordy) and The Samoan Swat Team (Fatu and Samu) at 22:18 when Hawk forced Jimmy Garvin to submit||The Great American Bash
July 23, 1989
|17||The Road Warriors (Road Warrior Hawk and Road Warrior Animal), The Midnight Express (Bobby Eaton and Stan Lane), and Steve Williams defeated The Fabulous Freebirds (Jimmy Garvin, Michael Hayes, and Terry Gordy) and The Samoan Swat Team (Fatu and Samu)||Atlanta, GA
August 6, 1989
|18||The Four Horsemen (Ric Flair, Barry Windham, Sid Vicious, and Larry Zbyszko) defeated Sting, Brian Pillman and The Steiner Brothers (Rick and Scott Steiner) at 21:50 when El Gigante ran in to surrender the match on Pillman's behalf after he had been knocked out and legitimately injured by two botched powerbombs from Sid Vicious||WrestleWar
February 24, 1991
|19||Sting, Lex Luger, The Yellow Dog, and El Gigante defeated Barry Windham, Nikita Koloff, Kevin Sullivan, and The One Man Gang at 16:38 when Kevin Sullivan submitted to El Gigante's claw hold||East Rutherford, NJ
July 3, 1991
|20||Sting, Lex Luger, The Yellow Dog, and El Gigante defeated Barry Windham, Nikita Koloff, Kevin Sullivan, and The One Man Gang; Magnum T.A. was the special guest referee||Norfolk, VA
July 6, 1991
|21||Sting, Lex Luger, The Yellow Dog, and El Gigante defeated Barry Windham, Nikita Koloff, Kevin Sullivan, and The One Man Gang||Richmond, VA
July 7, 1991
|22||Sting, Ron Simmons, Tom Zenk, and Robert Gibson defeated Nikita Koloff, The One Man Gang, The Diamond Studd, and Richard Morton||Greensboro, NC
August 10, 1991
|23||Sting, El Gigante, Barry Windham, and The Yellow Dog defeated Cactus Jack, Kevin Sullivan, The One Man Gang, and Arn Anderson||Jacksonville, FL
August 24, 1991
|24||Sting's Squadron (Sting, Nikita Koloff, Dustin Rhodes, Ricky Steamboat, and Barry Windham) defeated The Dangerous Alliance (Arn Anderson, Bobby Eaton, Steve Austin, Larry Zbyszko, and Rick Rude) at 23:27 when Sting forced Eaton to submit with an armbar after Zbyszko had accidentally struck Eaton in the shoulder with a metal piece of a dismantled turnbuckle||WrestleWar
May 17, 1992
|25||Sting, Davey Boy Smith, Dustin Rhodes, and The Shockmaster defeated Sid Vicious, Vader, and Harlem Heat (Kane and Kole) at 16:39 when The Shockmaster forced Kole to submit with a bearhug||Fall Brawl
September 19, 1993
|26||Dusty Rhodes, Dustin Rhodes, and The Nasty Boys (Brian Knobs and Jerry Sags) defeated Terry Funk, Arn Anderson, Bunkhouse Buck, and Robert Parker at 19:05 when Dusty Rhodes forced Parker to submit||Fall Brawl
September 18, 1994
|27||The Hulkamaniacs (Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage, Lex Luger, and Sting) defeated The Dungeon of Doom (Kamala the Ugandan Giant, The Zodiac, The Shark, and Meng) at 18:47 when Hulk Hogan forced Zodiac to submit using a Camel Clutch||Fall Brawl
September 17, 1995
|28||The nWo (Hollywood Hogan, Scott Hall, Kevin Nash, and nWo Sting) defeated Lex Luger, Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, and Sting at 18:15 when nWo Sting forced Luger to submit to the Scorpion Deathlock||Fall Brawl
September 15, 1996
|29||The nWo (Buff Bagwell, Kevin Nash, Syxx, and Konnan) defeated The Four Horsemen (Chris Benoit, Steve McMichael, Ric Flair, and Curt Hennig) at 19:37 when McMichael asked for the match to be stopped in order to prevent further punishment to Flair. Curt Hennig, having recently replaced Arn Anderson as a member of the Four Horsemen, showed up while nursing a hurt arm, only to turn on the Horsemen and aid the nWo to a 5 on 3 victory||Fall Brawl
September 14, 1997
|30||Team WCW (Diamond Dallas Page, Roddy Piper and The Warrior) defeated nWo Hollywood (Hollywood Hogan, Bret Hart and Stevie Ray) and nWo Wolfpac (Kevin Nash, Sting and Lex Luger) at 20:06 when Page pinned Ray after a Diamond Cutter||Fall Brawl
September 13, 1998
|31||Team Russo (Kevin Nash, Jeff Jarrett, Scott Steiner, Vince Russo and The Harris Brothers) defeated Sting, Goldberg, Booker T, and KroniK when Nash exited the Triple Cage structure with the WCW World Heavyweight Championship belt to retain the title||WCW Monday Nitro
September 4, 2000
|32||The Undisputed Era (Adam Cole, Bobby Fish, and Kyle O'Reilly) defeated Sanity (Alexander Wolfe, Eric Young, and Killian Dain) and The Authors of Pain (Akam and Rezar) and Roderick Strong (with Paul Ellering)||NXT TakeOver: WarGames
November 18, 2017
|33||Squad Goals (Emi Sakura, Addy Starr, Laura Di Matteo and Rhia O’Reilly) defeated The Deserving (Jayla Dark, Blue Nikita, Jamie Hayter and Charli Evans)||Pro-Wrestling: EVE
Wrestle Queendom 1 (York Hall)
May 5, 2018
- ^Note 1 This match was not aired on television, as it took place during a house show.
- ^Note 2 This match took place during the tour that accompanied the 1988 Great American Bash.
- ^Note 3 This match would eventually be released as part of the WWE's Four Horsemen DVD anthology special in 2007.
- ^Note 4 As a result of the victory, Hulk Hogan received five minutes alone in the cage with The Taskmaster as per a prematch stipulation. However, he was attacked by The Giant before time expired.
- ^Note 5 The real Sting only made a brief appearance in the match, entering and cleaning house on the nWo before departing (due to distrust on the part of his teammates) and not returning, giving the nWo a 4 on 3 advantage for the end of the match.
- ^Note 6 This match involved three teams that consisted of three competitors each.
- ^Note 7 This match was contested for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship.
- ^Note 8 This match was the first one to be contested after WWE purchased WCW.
- ^Note 9 This match was the first one to not be contested in WWE or WCW, as well as the first one to have female competitors.
WCW WarGames variations
In 1998, WCW decided to try something different and converted WarGames into a 3-team, 9-man competition (with the same cage and entry format, but they allowed pinfalls) for the #1 Contendership to the WCW World Heavyweight Title.
- Team WCW consisted of: Diamond Dallas Page, Roddy Piper, The Warrior
- Team Hollywood consisted of: Hollywood Hogan, Stevie Ray, Bret Hart
- Team Wolfpac consisted of: Kevin Nash, Sting, Lex Luger
Hogan entered the cage early, by force, so he and Stevie Ray could take out all the other participants, including their teammate Bret Hart. When Hogan went to pin Kevin Nash, smoke engulfed the ring and it appeared that The Warrior had magically entered the cage. Hogan and Stevie Ray beat him down, but more smoke appeared, and when it cleared away The Warrior was gone leaving Hogan holding his coat. The real Warrior then ran out from the back to enter the match. Hogan would eventually force his way out of the cage door, with Warrior following suit by climbing up the cage wall and kicking it in.
Davey Boy Smith suffered a near career ending back injury earlier that night after he fell on the trap door WCW used for this stunt. He became dependent on painkillers during his rehabilitation from this injury which would ultimately contribute to his early death. Perry Saturn was also injured from the trap door, but not as severely.
Page won the match by scoring the Diamond Cutter on Stevie Ray for the pinfall victory. He went on to Halloween Havoc to face Goldberg for the title, only to lose after being hit with a spear and Jackhammer.
After WarGames match was not held in 1999, Vince Russo brought back WarGames in a new format he called "WarGames 2000", with the tagline "Russo's Revenge". It was held on the September 4, 2000 episode of WCW Nitro. The match consisted of two teams vying for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship in a three-tiered cage first seen in the climax of the WCW produced film Ready to Rumble and later used at Slamboree in May 2000. The rules combined the traditional WarGames entry formats with the rules of the Triple Cage match at Slamboree 2000. However, once a wrestler retrieved the belt from above the third cage, he did not automatically win it as was the case at Slamboree. This time, the wrestler had to climb back down into the first cage and then exit via the cage door. The wrestler who exited the structure with the belt, regardless of whether or not he was the one to retrieve it from above the third cage, won the match and the championship.
The match pitted Sting, Booker T, Goldberg, and KroniK (Brian Adams and Bryan Clark) against Russo's hand-picked team: WCW World Champion Kevin Nash, Jeff Jarrett, Scott Steiner, and The Harris Brothers (Don and Ron).
The match had been scheduled as a four-on-four match, with Sting, Booker T, Goldberg and Ernest Miller against Nash, Jarrett, Steiner and Russo. Earlier in the night, each man from the first team was forced to wrestle a qualifying match to compete: Sting beat both Vampiro and The Great Muta in a handicap match, Goldberg defeated Shane Douglas, and Booker T had to defeat his brother Stevie Ray. However, Miller lost to KroniK in a handicap match, making it five-on-four. Thus, when it was his turn to enter, Russo sent the Harris Brothers instead, making it 6 on 5.
During the match, Nash teased a betrayal: when he entered the first cage, he chokeslammed Sting then grabbed Steiner, Jarret and Russo by the throats. However, as Vince Russo was later walking to the door Nash grabbed and hugged him.
The Harris Brothers and KroniK drove each other out of the arena. Booker T retrieved the belt from the top, but Russo interfered on behalf of his team. Ernest Miller entered the ring but was Jacknife Powerbombed by Nash. Steiner and Jarrett handcuffed Sting and Booker to the walls of the second cage. Goldberg broke free of the handcuffs which held him to the turnbuckle of the ring and attempted to leave the cage with the belt, but was cut off by Bret Hart, who slammed the cage door in his face. Nash then retrieved the title belt and walked out the cage door, retaining the title.
Combat Zone Wrestling
Combat Zone Wrestling has used WarGames stipulations the some of their Cage of Death events, the most recent being in Cage Of Death XV (2013). For Cage of Death 5, in that there were two rings; one of them was surrounded by the cage, and the other was filled with "one million" thumbtacks (the actual amount has never been verified). Above the two rings was scaffolding walkway on which the wrestlers could walk on at any time. The match started with two members of each team, and every 90 seconds a wrestler, from either team, entered the match according to the number they drew before the match started. These eliminations which will occurred in that would happen when a wrestler would hit the arena floor; however, Cage of Death 5 also had rules that the wrestlers who were not tossed out of or off the cage, that they could travel a scaffold hanging above another ring filled with thumbtacks to safety, scoring points for the team. For Cage of Death 6 there were eliminations that would happen when a wrestler would hit the arena floor much like Cage of Death 5 the year before, the difference being that the tag team titles were hanging on a scaffold stretched across the length of the top of the cage overlooking the two rings, plus all weapons littered around double caged ring.
Cage of Death 7 just had standard pinfall and submissions after all combatants entered the cage. For 2008's Cage of Death, the large eight-sided cage that surrounds the entire ringside area with a barbwire spidernet setup on one side and glass setup on another side with tables underneath and two scaffold platforms across the ring from each other. All different Hardcore and deathmatch wrestling weapons such as thumbtack turnbuckles, barbed wire bats, staple guns, light tubes, barbed wire, baseball bats, thumbtacks, panes of glass, and all others littered around it for wrestlers to use. The WarGames rules returned with pinfalls and submissions that could be done throughout the match after all combatants of either team entered the cage.
Xtreme Pro Wrestling
Rob Black's Xtreme Pro Wrestling promotion also capitalized on the popularity of the WarGames match by holding one of their own, called "Genocide", with the same rules. However, in the XPW version of the WarGames match, a 18-feet-high steel cage that encompassed two rings with weapons are in two rings but the three-sided cage top that covers over, around and on the top of only one of the two rings, which surrounded by large steel cage, permitting wrestlers to (hypothetically) brawl each other at a top the cage and do table spots off the top of the cage, plus all weapons permitted and provided; the cage, however, was extremely poorly constructed, and started to fall apart during the match, preventing most of the promised action.
Since 2002, WWE has held a match called the Elimination Chamber, using the staggered-entry format inside a domed, steel enclosure. A new version of this match, dubbed the Extreme Elimination Chamber, was introduced at ECW December to Dismember 2006; the primary difference between the two is that the Extreme Elimination Chamber features weapons inside the pods and could be used after each participant entered the match.
In June 2013, WWE released a DVD anthology set, War Games: WCW's Most Notorious Matches.
During the November 2017 tapings for NXT, it was announced that at NXT TakeOver: Houston, the main event would be a WarGames match, and in the process, the event was suitably renamed to NXT TakeOver: WarGames. This would be the first official WarGames match in nearly 20 years. The match was quite different than standard WarGames- including the cage having no roof (although escaping the cage forfeited the match for that person's team), pinfalls were allowed and all remaining members of a team entered at the same time. The match involved three teams, with The Undisputed Era defeating Sanity and Roderick Strong/The Authors of Pain.
Extreme Championship Wrestling
Extreme Championship Wrestling has their own version of WarGames match, called "Ultimate Jeopardy" Steel Cage match. The ECW version of WarGames match in which the cage that surrounds one ring but weapons can be permitted and all the stipulations could be held. The rules are as follow, match began with one member of each team entering the cage. After five minutes, a member from one of the teams (usually determined by a coin toss) would enter the cage, giving his team the temporary handicap advantage. After two minutes, a member from the other team would enter to even the odds. Once all eight or more men (depending on team size) had entered the cage, the match begins. The only way to win is by pin fall, submission, knock-out, or surrender. The last team will remain in the cage will be declared the winner and each and any participant will had any stipulation which would be implemented if they lost the match. The "Ultimate Jeopardy" Steel Cage matches were held in ECW Ultimate Jeopardy of 1994 between team of Shane Douglas, Mr. Hughes and The Public Enemy (Rocco Rock and Johnny Grunge) and a team of Terry Funk (c), Road Warrior Hawk, Kevin Sullivan and The Tazmaniac for the ECW World Heavyweight Championship and ECW December to Dismember (1995) between the team of The Public Enemy, The Pitbulls and Tommy Dreamer and the team of The Heavenly Bodies, The Eliminators, Raven and Stevie Richards.
At 1999 ECW CyberSlam between a team of The Dudley Boyz (Buh Buh Ray Dudley and D-Von Dudley) and Mr. Mustafa and team of New Jack, Axl Rotten and Balls Mahoney inside the single war games-style steel cage filled with weapons such as tables, bucket of thumbtacks, etc.
Smoky Mountain Wrestling
Smoky Mountain Wrestling (SMW) had their own variation of the WarGames match, called Rage in a Cage match and exclusively held and used in SMW. In Rage in a Cage, the ring was surrounded by a cage made of the wooden frameworks and regular fence wires. The match began with one member of each team entering the cage. After five minutes, a member from one of the teams (usually determined by a coin toss) would enter the cage, giving his team the temporary handicap advantage. After two minutes, a member from the other team would enter to even the odds. Once all eight or ten men (depending on team size) had entered the cage, the match begins. The object of the match was to eliminate one-by-one by submitting or handcuffing all members of the opposing team to and in the cage. The first rage in a cage match was held in 1993 between Team SMW (Tracy Smothers, Robert Gibson, Brad Armstrong, Buddy Landell, Tom Prichard, Jimmy Del Ray, Terry Gordy, Pat Tanaka & D-Lo Brown) and Team USWA (Bill Dundee, Billy Jack Haynes, Tommy Rich, Doug Gilbert, Brian Lee, Steven Dunn, J.C. Ice & Wolfie D)
Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) has their own variation of the WarGames match, entitled Lethal Lockdown and held at TNA's annual Lockdown pay per view. The only differences are that one ring enclosed by a steel cage with two teams facing off with each other. The staggered entry system is identical, but weapons are permitted and are even provided. The match begins with 2 wrestlers must fight in 5 minutes. After five minutes, a member from one of the teams (usually determined by a coin toss) would enter the cage, giving his team the temporary handicap advantage. After two minutes, a member from the other team would enter to even the odds. Entrants alternated between teams every two minutes, giving the coin toss-winning team the temporary advantage in the numbers game before giving the other team the advantage with the freshest man and even odds. When all competitors have entered the ring, a roof is lowered onto the top of the cage, with various weapons hanging from it. Victory can be attained by pinfall or submission.
There is another variation of the WarGames match and predecessor to and prior to the original Lethal Lockdown match in TNA Wrestling, called and entitled "Wednesday Bloody Wednesday" Steel Cage match. The single ring was surrounded by a large single steel cage with poles attached to the ring posts measured about five to six feet above the turnbuckles, with single chains wrapped from and hanging on the poles to various points on the ring itself with many weapons hanging from and attached to steel chains above itself but followed the rules of War Games match in that two wrestlers from both teams started the match, and after ninety seconds another wrestler would enter. The only way to win is by pinfall or submission. The first and only "Wednesday Bloody Wednesday" Steel Cage match was contested on September 03, 2003 between a team of AJ Styles, Shane Douglas, Christopher Daniels, Simon Diamond and Johnny Swinger and a team of Jeff Jarrett, Raven, D'Lo Brown, Chris Harris and James Storm.
Ring of Honor
In December 2005, Ring of Honor held the first Steel Cage Warfare match. It was used to settle the year-long feud between Generation Next and their former leader Alex Shelley, who was now with The Embassy. The match consisted of only one ring but followed the War Games match in that two wrestlers from each team started the match, and after five minutes another wrestler would enter, then every two minutes after another wrestler would enter. The main difference, however, is that the match was an elimination match contested by teams of three, four, or more. Wrestlers can be eliminated at any point by either pin fall or submission.
In July 2006, Ring of Honor held another War Games style match to settle their feud with Combat Zone Wrestling. ROH challenged them to a Steel Cage Warfare match, but CZW said they would only compete if it were their Cage of Death match. This match that could be contested under WarGames rules so the match can only end when all members of both teams have entered the cage. The cage itself is a yellow-steel wired and eight-sided, and surrounds the entire ringside area. All sorts of weapons surround between the ring and the cage walls. The match starts 2 men for 5 minutes, then having a coin flip to see what team would have the advantage with a new man entering every two minutes.
In September 2008, Ring of Honor held a three 'team' Steel Cage Warfare match. This pitted the team of The Briscoe Brothers and Austin Aries, against the team of The Age of the Fall represented by Delirious, Jimmy Jacobs and Tyler Black, against Necro Butcher who fought alone with no partners. The match was held under the same rules, stating Butcher although alone could be drawn and enter the match at any time regardless of a man advantage held by the other teams.
In June 2013, another Steel Cage Warfare match was held, pitting an ROH team of B.J. Whitmer, Michael Elgin, Jay Lethal and Kevin Steen against the S.C.U.M. team of Jimmy Jacobs, Rhino, Cliff Compton and Rhett Titus, where if the ROH team wins, S.C.U.M. must disband, but if the S.C.U.M. team wins, Steve Corino replaces Nigel McGuinness as match maker. Team ROH won the match on a taped episode of Ring of Honor Wrestling television.
Major League Wrestling
On September 19, 2003 at the War Games TV Taping held at the Fort Lauderdale, FL War Memorial Auditorium, the Funkin' Army (Terry Funk, The Sandman, Steve Williams, Sabu, and Bill Alfonso) defeated The Extreme Horsemen (Steve Corino, Simon Diamond, C. W. Anderson, PJ Walker, and Barry Windham) when Funk made Corino submit following a fireball to Corino's face.
The match was shown on Florida's Sunshine Network.
Pro Wrestling Unplugged
Pro Wrestling Unplugged (PWU) had held a match called "Cuffed and Caged" match. It is somewhat similar to a Lethal Lockdown match in TNA, but with a few small differences.
Two teams of five wrestlers take part in this match. Starts with one member of each team, with one new member added to the match at certain time intervals until all ten are in.
The main differences between this match and a Lethal Lockdown and WarGames match, is that in this match wrestlers are eliminated by pin or submit in the cage or getting handcuffed to the outside of the cage.
one man or team stands after all members of opposing team are eliminated will be declared the winners
United Wrestling Federation
On September 21, 2007 United Wrestling Federation held a WarGame match in Richmond Va. Team Sgt. Slaughter (Rick and Scott Steiner; Dustin Rhodes and Kirby and TJ Mack) def. Team JBL (Homicide and Hernandez; Steve Corino; CW Anderson and Elix Skipper) in a double ring double cage WarGames match, dubbed as and entitled "Uncivil War", when Scott Steiner submitted Corino with the Steiner Recliner as Slaughter simultaneously submitted JBL with the cobra clutch.
Independent Wrestling Association Mid-South presented "No Blood, No Guts, No Glory 2005" at the National Guard Armory in Valparaiso, Indiana on Saturday night, 7/2/2005. The match pitted "Team Ian" Ian Rotten, Axl Rotten, Chris Hero, Corporal Robinson and Bull Pain against "Team Fannin" B.J. Whitmer, Eddie Kingston, Mark Wolf, J. C. Bailey, and Steve Stone and "Team NWA" Eric Priest, Chandler McClure, Tank and Sal and Vito Thomaselli in a double-ring, double-cage, three-team War Games match, with the winning team taking full control of the IWA-MS. The match was won when JC Bailey caused his own team to be outnumbered, allowing Ian Rotten's Team IWA to capitalize and win the match.
Women Superstars Uncensored
Women Superstars Uncensored presented the first ever War Games match with female wrestlers on November 19, 2011 as part of their Breaking Barriers II iPPV. The match featured two trios - Team WSU of Mercedes Martinez, Alicia and Brittney Savage, and the Midwest Militia of Jessicka Havok, Allysin Kay and Sassy Stephie. The match was contested in a steel cage surrounding only one ring, but all other rules were the same as the original concept. The Midwest Militia won the match when Havok threatened to murder Martinez with a machete, and Savage surrendered on Martinez's behalf.
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