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    Thursday, October 5, 2017

    NXT GM William Regal Announces A War Games Match For NXT TakeOver: Houston (SPOILER)

    The War Games are back!

    Before we proceed any further, there are major spoilers involving the next few episodes of NXT, so consider this your SPOILER ALERT.

    Seriously, if you don't want to be spoiled any further, thanks for clicking. Get out of this page.


    Oh, you're still here? Awww, here goes!

    NXT General Manager William Regal announced at the latest NXT tapings that the Undisputed Era will take on SAniTy and the team of the Authors of Pain and Roderick Strong in War Games, which will also be the main event of NXT TakeOver: Houston.

    Okay, there's so much to unpack here.

    First, the War Games are finally making their way to the WWE after having been a match type that older fans have been fantasizing about since WWE acquired WCW and all of its properties. For the uninitiated, here's how War Games worked during its NWA and WCW incarnation, according to its Wikipedia entry:

    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.

    Damn. That is extremely complicated and really tough to set up from both an instructional and logistical standpoint. Thankfully, the next TakeOver event happens over Survivor Series weekend, so that means NXT gets a huge arena—most likely the Toyota Center in Houston.

    The next nugget to unpack is this: Roderick Strong is teaming up with the Authors of Pain. What the flying fuck just happened?

    On the October 25 episode, we'll be seeing Roddy get involved with the Undisputed Era, who end up offering Strong a spot on their crew. Roddy thinks it over, but in the next episode (set to air November 1), he double-crosses the Undisputed Era. Adam Cole, Bobby Fish, and Kyle O'Reilly proceed to beat him up until the Authors of Pain make the save. So that establishes the Undisputed Era's issues with the AoP and Roderick Strong. But keep in mind that they've also made enemies out of SAniTy—a story that should continue to unfold this month on NXT TV.

    And that's how we'll end up with the return of War Games. Holy shit. My mind is blown and I'm just reading and reporting these spoilers. And we haven't even talked about the NXT Championship picture yet.

    How excited are you for NXT TakeOver: Houston?

    Photos from The 434 and pwxpro.com


    Stan Sy (@_StanSyis the Editor at Large of Smark Henry, and is also a radio DJ on Wave 89.1, an events host, a freelance writer, and one of the hosts of the Smark Gilas-Pilipinas Podcast. He also used to be one of the hosts and writers of The Wrestling Gods on FOX. He enjoys watching WWE, NXT, Lucha Underground, and the occasional New Japan match. You can also catch him every month attempting to keep order in a fancy suit as PWR's General Manager. You can ask him questions about wrestling, Survivor (yes, the reality show), or whatever you like on his Curiouscat account.

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