Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Best Gimmick Match: War Games

Five of the greatest words in wrestling history are "Let the War Games Begin!"  This is the gimmick match that I desperately need to see again.  It had everything.  War Games was a brutal way to settle a score between two teams.  The team building process itself was always fascinating.  During the nWo run it gave us that great moment where Sting and Luger ask Benoit and Mongo to step aside so that Team WCW will be represented by "Nature Boy" Ric Flair, "Double A" Arn Anderson, Sting and Lex Luger.  It highlighted the importance of beating the nWo.  It forced bitter rivals to align for a common goal. 

As for the match itself, it looked different than any other match.  Two rings side by side with a roof on the cage is a unique setup.  I think that helped make it seem more special.  The layout played perfectly into the drama of the match as well.  It gave you the scenario where you feared for the safety of all involved.  You got to see your favorite babyface outnumbered and in a dangerous situation.  The heels got an opportunity to inflict career-shortening punishment on the face team.  Most importantly, it gave you the hope spot where time is running down and the next babyface is chomping at the bit to get in the cage to make the save.  It really is a great gimmick match. 

The aforementioned Horsemen/Sting/Luger vs nWo is my favorite War Games, but I recently saw the War Games match from WrestleWar '92 between the Dangerous Alliance and Sting's Squadron and it is simply incredible.  Give it a look below.  I can almost guarantee that you will not be disappointed.

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