Some of the most iconic Pay-Per-View events in the history of WCW were any that included a “War Games” match. Two rings, side-by-side, and covered by cages which held two teams battling it out for ultimate supremacy is what took place, and the fans loved it. Well, while it’s still just a rumor at this time, there is word going around that WWE could bring back War Games for a huge feud at either SummerSlam or Survivor Series later this year.
If this is something that actually happens, it would be huge for WWE and the fans as well. WCW was bought by WWE in 2001, and the last War Games was held in 1998. There was one in 2000 called “WarGames 2000,” but it was with a triple-tiered cage and it was really something entirely different.
According to Daily Wrestling News, WWE officials have apparently been discussing the idea of bringing back a “War Games type of match.” Depending on how things go, it could be brought back for either SummerSlam or Survivor Series.
The “things” being talked about are all of the injuries that are currently plaguing WWE. If they brought back a big match such as War Games, they would want names like John Cena, Randy Orton, Bray Wyatt, and Seth Rollins healthy and in-ring active so they could be in it.
The original version of War Games pitted two teams against one another in a steel cage match, but there was another twist. The match took place in a setup that had two rings side-by-side and covered by a two-ring long cage.
The match would start with one wrestler from either team in the cage and a clock ticking down until the next wrestler could enter. This would give an advantage to one team or the other that would typically originally be decided by a coin flip right before the match.
Once all of the competitors entered the match, the first to score a pinfall or submission would win the match for their team.
Now, WWE has teased the idea of War Games before and most recently back in 2014. At the time, The Shield and Daniel Bryan had aligned against The Authority, and Triple H kept throwing the word “war” around time and time again.
Apparently, even though the idea of War Games had been tossed into creative meetings on numerous occasions, Vince McMahon always shot them down. Bleacher Report stated that it just wasn’t a feasible option for any of the PPV locations that WWE had coming up that year.
While many fans are certainly on board for a return of War Games, this is the first time that it appears to be a real option from WWE’s side of things. Anything is possible, and that was made obvious last year when the company randomly brought back the Elimination Chamber event and match.
There are a number of ways that the promotion could go with War Games and one could be started with whatever transpires at Payback this Sunday. Vince McMahon is set to determine who out of his children will lead Monday Night Raw — Shane McMahon or Stephanie McMahon.
Should Shane McMahon get control of one show and The Authority get control of another, it could lead to a huge feud. Come SummerSlam or Survivor Series, both powers could lead teams against one another for total control of the company and it could then take place in War Games.
The Authority would likely lead a team of heels and Shane-O Mac would lead the team of babyfaces. If War Games is to return, then this would be the reason that WWE would want to wait for the returns of Cena, Rollins, Wyatt, and others.
If WWE is to bring back War Games, it’s something that would be new and unique for a lot of casual or newer fans. The longtime and hardcore wrestling fans will remember the event for its team warfare, chaos, and violence. If it is to be brought back at either SummerSlam or Survivor Series, this could be huge from a fan standpoint and it may be able to help the disgruntled fans and falling ratings.
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