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NXT Taping Spoilers: War Games is coming

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Tonight’s tapings out of Full Sail University provided us with some major updates on the upcoming TakeOver show next month in Houston. If you’re a wrestling fan with an internet connection and a pulse, you likely already know about the big news involving the return of War Games (it’s on WWE.com). If you’re not interested in reading about anymore spoilers or the details on the War Games matchup — do not read any further.

• The biggest news coming out of tonight’s tapings is the return of War Games. If you’ve never had the pleasure of watching a War Games match, here’s an explanation of the format directly from Wikipedia:

The WarGames match consisted of two teams of either four, five, or more men each facing off with each other in staggered entry format.

The setup of the cage consisted of two rings side by side with a giant ring-encompassing rectangular cage that covered both rings, but not the ringside area. Doors were placed at far corners of the rectangular cage so the two teams didn’t come into contact before they were supposed to.

The WarGames match consists of 7 periods. The first one-on-one fight in 5 minutes and all remaining competitors from both teams are each two minutes long.

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, but has also been determined by a match or by a contest such as an arm wrestling match, a live fan poll, etc.; this is 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 and giving 2-on-2 tag team advantage for the next 2 minutes. 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.

Teams continue to alternate during the 2 minutes periods until all eight or ten men are in the ring.

Once all eight, ten, or more men (depending on team size) had entered the cage, what was referred to as “The Match Beyond” began. Both teams would brawl each other in the cage for as long as it took until any member of either team submitted, surrendered, or was knocked out unconscious. There was no pinfalls, no count-outs, and no disqualifications, which often led to brutal, bloody, and violent confrontations.

The concept was created by the late great Dusty Rhodes after he watched Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome for the first time, which is pretty awesome. The first War Games match took place at The Great American Bash in 1987 and it featured The Four Horsemen defeating The Road Warriors, Dusty, Nikita Koloff and Paul Ellering. Next month at NXT: War Games, Ellering will send The Authors of Pain and Roderick Strong to war against The Undisputed Era and Sanity when War Games returns for the first time in 20 years.

• Kairi Sane’s opponents for the Fatal 4-Way for the vacant NXT Women’s Championship at NXT TakeOver: War Games will be Peyton Royce, Nikki Cross and Ember Moon. Cross was the last woman standing after a 16-woman Battle Royal to earn her spot in the 4-way.

• Drew McIntyre will defend his NXT Championship against Andrade ‘Cien’ Almas at NXT: War Games.

• Aleister Black will take on Velveteen Dream on the show.

That’s all for now folks. Stay tuned for more on the lead up to this show and keep up to date with all things NXT with our very own Shawn Mareane who will be keeping us all in the loop right here every Wednesday night leading up to NXT TakeOver: War Games.

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