A common theme is for the lumberjacks to consist entirely of heel wrestlers to stack the odds against the face competitor. Variations of this match include the "Canadian" lumberjack match, in which the lumberjacks are equipped with leather strapsthe "extreme" lumberjack match, competed under extreme rules, and TNA 's "fan's revenge" lumberjack match, during which fans equipped with straps act as lumberjacks and are encouraged to whip wrestlers.
In two kinds of matches, a wrestler does not win by pinfall or submission, but only by stripping their opponent of their clothing. In the Attitude Erahowever, full-time female wrestlers known formerly as Divas in WWE began Various - 3 Way Dance (CDr) in strip matches for the purpose of titillation. A bra and panties match is so named because it takes place between any number of female competitorswith the winner being the first to strip her opponent down to her bra and panties. A tuxedo match is contested between two male competitors in tuxedos.
To win, a wrestler must strip their opponent's tuxedo off. An evening gown match is usually contested by two female competitors. The victor of the match is the wrestler who removes the evening gown off of her opponent.
The match is contested in a large container filled with various substances, typically between two female individuals who may or may not have experience with wrestling. Substances can include anything from mud to chocolate milk. Sometimes, specialty substances are used for certain occasions e. A notable example of this match type was the Mimosa Mayhem match, which was contested between Chris Jericho and Orange Cassidy at All Elite Wrestling 's All Out pay-per-view in Septemberwhere the only way to gain victory was by pinfall, submission or by knocking the opponent into a large vat of mimosa.
Occasionally, a match would take place under the rules of a different type of contest. Like professional wrestling matches, the matches would be workedwith the participants not being in the perceived danger and the winner being predetermined.
An arm wrestling match, in the context of professional wrestling, is a basic arm wrestling contest. The professional wrestling version of a boxing match has standard boxing rules applied to it. Wrestlers wear boxing gloves and the match is contested in rounds with fouls given out, though the matches are generally worked and end with one wrestler cheating and using wrestling maneuvers. As in MMA, pinfalls are not a valid method of victory. Matches can typically only be won by knockout, submission, disqualification, forfeit or by going to a referee's decision.
For a sumo match, the ropes are removed from the ring and standard sumo rules apply. The first person to step outside of the ring or touch the mat with any part of the body except the soles of the feet is the loser. Hardcore wrestling is a subset of professional wrestling in which some or all of the traditional rules do not apply. Most often this simply means there are no-disqualificationswhich itself eliminates countoutssometimes allowing decisions to take place anywhere.
Other common euphemisms for hardcore matches are "street fight" which suggests wrestlers are to dress in normal street clothes" extreme rules" match, " ultraviolent rules" match hardcore rules matches exclusively in CZW that usually involve ladders, tables, steel folding chairs, thumbtacks, barbed wire, weed whackers, light tubes, and fireHardKore X-Treme match A version of the hardcore match except weapons include flaming tables, flaming chairs, razor wire, sheets of glass and weapons wrapped in barbed wireno holds barred match, and the "good housekeeping" match which emphasized the use of kitchen implements as weapons.
World Championship Wrestling utilized the term "Raven's rules" for hardcore matches involving the wrestler Raven. They also created their own specific brand of hardcore match, for which bouts were to begin backstage rather than in the ring.
A barbed wire steel cage match is one of any number of matches that uses strands of barbed wire in some capacity. Simply using barbed wire in an otherwise regular steel cage match does not make the match a barbed wire steel cage match; the barbed wire must be part of the match's design. Other variations are the razor wire steel cage match, a similar concept to that of the barbed wire cage match, however the barbed wire is replaced by razor wire and is wrapped around the top, corners, and walls of the cage, and barbed wire razor wire steel cage match is the same as the barbed wire cage match, however the top, corners, and walls of the cage are covered with barbed wire, then also further covered with razor wire.
One particular example was John "Bradshaw" Layfield vs the Big Show at No Way Out where barbed wire was wrapped around the top of the cage, more or less preventing escape over the top of the cage. It is a singles match for which 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 the ring, sometimes with sides of a steel cage attached to and erected on the ring.
In a Fans Bring the Weapons match, all the weapons are provided by the fans prior to the show. Sometimes the weapons will be in the ring before the match starts, although occasionally weapons will be handed to the wrestlers during the action. This match type gained popularity in the now defunct ECW. Designated a "Believers' Backlash" match in Lucha Underground. In a first blood match is a no-disqualification match in which the first wrestler to bleed loses the match. Depending on the nuance of the stipulation, this might include bleeding noses.
In a variation called "sadistic madness", created by Total Nonstop Action Wrestlingthe opponent must be bleeding before a wrestler can legally pin them. Although there are no-disqualifications, outside interference cannot be seen causing the participant to bleed. Kane at King of the Ringwhich was the main event match that came after the famous The Undertaker vs.
Mankind Hell in a Cell match. A Last Man Standing match or Last Woman Standing is a hardcore-style match in which a wrestler will lose the match if they are unable to answer a ten-count after being downed, similar to the knockout rules of a boxing match. To avoid losing, the downed wrestler must be on their feet by the count of 10, but they can not lose by leaving the ring for count ring out if they are still on his feet while recovering.
Some of these matches have been known to last for hours, including one that Dory Funk participated in that went on for more than four hours. A no countout match is a regular match in which both competitors can stay outside of the ring without being counted out. A No Disqualification match, also known as a no holds barred match,  or sometimes as an "anything goes" match, "boot camp" match, " Raven's rules" match, or "extreme rules" match, is a match in which neither wrestler can be disqualifiedallowing for weapons and outside interference.
No-disqualification matches may be used in feuds in which a challenger may have won matches against the champion, but did not claim the championship because the champion was disqualified championships usually only change hands via pinfall or submission.
Unless stipulated, a no-disqualification match can end in a countout. Those that cannot are no-disqualification, no-countout matches.
Another variant of a no disqualification match is a non-sanctioned match or unsanctioned match, also called a lights out match. In this variation, there are no rules with the exception of the pinfall or submission.
In a Taipei deathmatch the wrestlers' fists are taped and dipped into glue and in broken Various - 3 Way Dance (CDr) crushed glass, allowing shards to stick to their fists. Win by pinfall, submission or escape. A no rope barbed wire match is a match where the ring ropes are replaced with barbed wire. Often, various weapons are wrapped in barbed wire as well. Made popular in the late s and early s by American territory wrestling promotionsas well as Japanese promotions during the s.
A submission match is typically a match in which pinfalls, count-outs and disqualifications are not legal and the match could only end by making an opponent tap out to a submission hold. A very famous variation of this match is an "I quit" match in which a wrestler has to beat their opponent and force them to say "I quit". As professional wrestling seeks to also tell a story, some matches are made solely for the purposes of advancing the plot.
This typically involves the loser of a match being penalized in some way. In a Scaffold match whoever falls off the scaffold is declared the loser. A variation named "elevation X", uses a scaffold in the shape of the letter X. A last chance match, also called a "do or die" match, is a championship match in which the challenger, if he does not win the title, is banned from challenging for it again as long as that reigning champion holds it.
It was held with greater frequency in WWE during the brand split ; the losing wrestler typically left the brand Raw or SmackDownonly to go to the other brand. The retirement stipulation can be applied to just one wrestler  or both wrestlers in a match can be wrestling for their careers. Such a match is designed to be a last hurrah, showcasing the wrestler's talent one last time for their fans. A match similar to a singles match with the exception that the loser must kiss the winner's bare foot.
Such matches included Bret Hart vs. Jerry Lawler during the King of the Ring and Lawler vs. Michael Cole during the Over the Limit pay-per-view. A similar variation of this match is the kiss my ass match, which the loser has to kiss the winner's bare buttocks and was prominently held during WWE's Attitude Era. Luchas de apuestas literally "gambling fights" are matches in which both wrestlers wager something specific the mask or hair on the outcome.
The loser of the match then loses the item, being forced to take off their mask or be shaved bald. It is also possible for a wrestler to put someone else's item on the line, with the same stipulation applying in the event of a loss.
As a form of further humiliation, the loser can be forced to physically hand the mask they just lost to the winner. The most popular types of wager are the mask of a masked wrestler or the hair of a non-masked wrestler, most commonly put against each other in mask vs. Throughout Mexico, when masked wrestlers lose their masks, they are not allowed to compete under a mask Various - 3 Way Dance (CDr) that same gimmick.
In matches in which hair is on the line, the heel wrestler generally loses the match, as it is designed to humiliate them. While most wrestlers especially female wrestlers end up growing their hair back out, in some cases the wrestler may tend to keep a shaved head as part of their look, Various - 3 Way Dance (CDr). For instance, Angle's kayfabe explanation was that he could not regrow it despite using Rogainehair tonicand even fertilizer.
In reality, he was already going bald naturallywith many jokes about his receding hair line having been made on TV long before his head was shaved; his wife, Karenhad wanted Angle to shave his head. Angle would briefly regrow it for his role in the movie Warrior before shaving it again.
Before the match a wheel of fortune featuring a number of match types is spun, with the match landed on being used for the night. Though most matches take place in and around the ringsome are designed specifically for more exotic locales. The majority of these matches take on the name of their setting, often appending "brawl" to the end, and are generally hardcore by definition. The following is a list of locale-based variations that supplant or replace the standard rules. The match must be won by pinfall or submission, and there are no countouts and no disqualifications.
A boiler room brawl starts in a boiler roomwith the winner being the first wrestler to successfully get out. This match is a no-disqualification, no-falls, no-countout match, so anything goes, so long as someone escapes first. Mick Foley participated in all of the WWF -run boiler room brawls under his persona Mankind, because this persona dwelled in boiler rooms.
The Undertakerwhere in addition to escaping the boiler room the combatant had to make his way to the ring and grab Paul Bearer 's urn; but when the next Boiler Room Brawl was contested at Backlash with Mankind against The Big Showthe objective was simplified to just escaping the boiler room first. A street fight is a match without disqualifications, in which falls count anywhere, and weapons are legal.
Two holiday themed variants also include specially themed weapons for the day in question. A Trick or Street fight is a Halloween-themed match, named after the Halloween tradition "trick or treating", involving Halloween-themed weapons including pumpkins, buckets of candy, bowls full of water and apples, skeletons, witches' brooms, gravestones, candy cane themed kendo sticks, plus common wrestling weapons such as tables and chairs.
A Miracle on a 34th Street Fight is a Christmas-themed match, named after the movie Miracle on 34th Streetinvolving Christmas-themed weapons including fire extinguishers, pumpkin pies, presents, Christmas trees, Christmas wreaths, candy cane themed kendo sticks, bowling balls, and teddy bears, plus common wrestling weapons such as tables and chairs.
Two types of matches take place in parking lots, the parking lot brawl  and the iron circle match. Both wrestlers are allowed to use everything around them as weapons, including the cars. First one to pinfall or submission is the winner. Through the use of foreign objectsthe matches generally take the name of the weapon being used " Singapore cane match", " Chairs match".
In the following list of weapon-based matches additional rules have supplanted or replaced the standard rules. The Crazy 8 match, used mostly in the defunct Pro Wrestling Unplugged promotion, involves placing a championship belt at the top of a scaffold with the first wrestler to retrieve it being declared the winner.
Placed in and around the ring for the wrestlers to utilize during the match are one side of a steel cagetwo trampolines, and four rope swings. A ladder match is a match in which a specific object usually a title belt or a contract is placed above the ring—out of the reach of the competitors—with the winner being the first person to climb a ladder and retrieve it. The King of the Mountain match is described as a "reverse ladder match". Instead of retrieving an object hanging above the ring, the winner is the first person to use a ladder to hang a championship belt above the ring—after having scored a pinfall or submission pinfalls count anywhere to earn the right to try.
A wrestler who has been pinned or forced to submit must spend two minutes in a penalty box. A tables, ladders and chairs match, often abbreviated as TLC match, is an extension of a ladder match with chairs and tables also being present as legal weapons.
There had been a similar type of match at Wrestlemania 16 called the "Triangle Ladder Match" which also involved tables and chairs. Due to the dangerous, violent, frenetic, destructive and physically demanding nature of these matches every subsequent TLC match since the Wrestlemania X-Seven match was toned down to reduce the very high demands and risks this type of match poses.
The other is a traditional style match won by pinfall or submission. In WWE, Edge has competed in the most TLC matches 7 including the first three, and has often used this match to gain an advantage in a storyline, with some referring to it as his speciality match. A pillow fight is a match held for which pillows and a bed are placed in the ring. A variation, the Lingerie Pillow Fight, requires the participants to wear lingerie.
Another variation, the Pajama Pillow Fight, requires the participants to wear pajamas. In this variation, only the named object may be used as a weapon. Examples include the steel stairs match, barbed wire baseball bat match, pillows, thumbtacks match, etc. A chairs match, also known as a steel chair match, is a standard weapons match with chairs being the only legal weapon.
A kendo stick match, also known as a Singapore cane match or dueling canes match, is a standard weapons match with a kendo stick being the only legal weapon. Often, the ring will be lined with many kendo sticks for the wrestlers to use. Hardcore wrestling promotion Combat Zone Wrestling has used this match with fluorescent light tubes instead of kendo sticks.
The Object on a Pole match, whose name is usually derived from the object being hung, i. In this case, an object is placed on a pole that extends from one of the four turnbuckles on the ring with the wrestlers battling to reach it first. However, this is sometimes a no-disqualification match in which any weapon, plus the one on the pole, can be used. This match is referred to by many wrestling critics as a "Russo Special", due to the propensity of WCW booker Vince Russo 's use of Pole Matches during his tenure at the company.
Multiple variations of the "Pole match" exist. In some cases the match is closer to the ladder match, in that reaching the object does end the match. Anderson by first rendering him unconscious with a chokehold and then putting him into the straitjacket. A strap match, known by many names and done with many slight variations, is any match in which the competitors are placed on the opposite ends of a restraint to keep them in close physical proximity.
By definition the strap—and anything tied to it — are considered legal and in play weapons. The most common rule for victory is for one wrestler to have to go around the ring, touching all four corners in order and without stopping, although they can also end in pinfalls. Because of the strap's legality, and subsequent use as a choking device, submissions are generally not allowed.
The strap match is one of the most varied forms of professional wrestling match type, both in name and implements used, with the name used generally coming from the implement used and one or both of the participants gimmicks i. Common restraints include a beltbullrope length of rope with a cowbell in the centersteel chainsone to two foot " leash ", or leather strap.
In the dog collar variation, the wrestlers are connected at the neck by dog collars. A Tables match is a match in which, to win, one's opponent must somehow be driven through a table with an offensive move by their opponent. It can only be won with an offensive maneuver. Tables matches can be contested with tag teamsunder both elimination  and one fall rules.
The object of this match was to drive all team members through a table with an offensive move, but after the high level of violence and brutality of this particular match, the objective of every subsequent Tables match was toned town to have just one opponent driven through a table with an offensive move.
It is common for tables matches to also include a "no-disqualification" clause, which turns them into hardcore matches by nature although this variation may also be alternately known as a Hardcore Tables Match.
In some tag matches, a person can save his teammate by breaking the table with his own body. Apparently this does not count against the team. There is also another type called the three table showdown, which can only be won when one wrestler puts his opponent through three tables, but it does not have to be at the same time.
Some matches take place in specific enclosed environments. Although the majority of these enclosures are set up either in or around the ringsome of them are placed apart from it. In all cases, the structure itself is considered "in play" and most enclosure-based matches are decided by pinfall or submission unless specific other stipulations are made beforehand.
Steel cages are one of the oldest form of enclosures used in professional wrestling. The earliest known "steel cage matches" of any kind took place on January 9, in CaruthersvilleMissouri, in a card that included two such "chicken wire fence" matches between Lon Chaney and Otto Ludwig, and Joe Dillman vs.
Charles Sinkey. A steel cage match is a match fought within a cage formed by placing sheets of mesh metal around, in, or against the edges of the wrestling ring.
The most common way of winning is by simply escaping the cage, either over the top of the cage wall and having both feet touch the arena floor, or by escaping through the cage door with both feet touching the arena floor. The other occasional ways to win a steel cage match are by pinfallby submission, though these are less common stipulations in the modern era, an even less likely stipulation is that weapons can be thrown into the ring by the wrestlers' managers.
It is possible to have one wrestler attempting to escape over the top of the cage wall while another tries to escape through the cage door. In Impact Wrestling 's past, the matches were often called "six sides of steel" as the cage surrounded their six-sided ring.
In TNA, this match was between two wrestlers or up to 6 fighting inside a chamber. Wrestlers who were not involved in the match surrounded the chamber. About 5 minutes into the match, the outside wrestlers throw weapons into the chamber. This match only ends when one wrestler knocks out his opponent. The match, exclusively in Ring of Honor wrestling ROHin which the ring is surrounded by a steel cage with four wooden platforms at the corners of the cage to make the "high risk" wrestling moves.
All Various - 3 Way Dance (CDr) are allowed to be inside and outside the cage at any time. The cage-based match, came from Extreme Canadian Championship Wrestling ECCWin which the 8-feet-high steel cage which surrounds the ringside area with the top wrapped in barbed wire and "extreme" weapons scattered around the ring and ringside area. Disqualifications, count-outs and rope-breaks do not apply. The winner shall be decided by pinfall, submission or being unable to stand up at count. Also called a Tower of Doom, the Doomsday Cage is a three-story cage — the middle one split into two rooms — all of which house wrestlers.
The object of the match is for a team of wrestlers to fight their way from the top cage to the bottom, where pinfalls and submissions come into play. A specific kind of enclosure match run by WWE inside a 4-sided cuboid made from open-weave steel mesh Chain-link fencingwhich extends beyond the ring apron, leaving a gap between the edge of the ring and the cell wall.
As opposed to a conventional steel cagethe cell fencing continues across the top, hence the name 'Cell'. Unlike a standard cage match, there is no escape clause because the door of the Cell is locked with chains and a padlock from the outside by referees to prevent the combatants from escaping although it has been fairly common for Hell in a Cell matches to spill out of the cell and even onto the ceiling of the cage.
The match has a no disqualification "anything goes" stipulation, and can only be won via pinfall or submission inside the ring.
Anything not nailed to the floor may be used as a weapon, including the Cell's structure. This type of match outside of the WWE is considered a cage match since most promotions do not consider escaping from the ring as a victory.
Because of the "anything goes" rule, this match developed an infamous reputation in its early years. This match only takes place on pay-per-view shows with the exception of 2 taking place on Raw in and a dark match on Raw inand many wrestlers were legitimately injured during these matches most notably Mick Foley thanks to the dangerous bumps involved and the chain-link fencing of the Cell.
In kayfabeit is regarded as the most dangerous match in the entire promotion. Jim Ross has referred to the cell itself as "a demonic structure" that is "custom built for injury. The first match was between The Undertaker and Shawn Michaels in Seth beat up Bray and when he hit Bray with a sledgehammer with Bray under a ladder the referee had no choice but to end the match disregarding the fact that the only way to win is by pinfall or submission.
The ring is surrounded by an electrified steel cage. The cage can be used as a weapon. The only way to win is by pinfall or submission. The Elimination Chamber also called No Escape in Germany because of WWE avoiding a potential brand blunder over references of gas chambers in The Holocaustwhich was the result of an idea by Triple H and introduced by Eric Bischoff for WWE inis a steel cage with a grid-locked, chain-linked enclosure with support bars that surrounds the ring entirely, including creating a grated floor area on the apron.
Inside the cage, at each turnbuckleis a clear pod in which competitors in the match wait to join the match. As the name implies, this is an elimination-style match, so wrestlers are eliminated one-by-one via pinfall or submission until only one remains. SinceWWE has held a pay-per-view of the same name every February, with this match type as one of its marquee matches. During the edition of this pay-per-view, 8 of WWE's female wrestlers competed in the first Elimination Chamber match with only female competitors.
In an Inferno match a type of no-disqualification, no-fall, no-countout matchthe ring is completely surrounded by flames once both contenders have entered the ring. The only way to win is to set your opponent on fire. Inferno matches usually end on the outside of the ring; this way, paramedics can assist the unfortunate loser of the match. Due to the potentially graphic or dangerous nature of this type of match, it is very rarely seen in North America.
In fact, there have only been five to this date in the WWE, all of which have involved Kane. The first inferno match took place in at the Juan Pachin Vicens coliseum in Ponce, Puerto Rico, where the ropes were simply soaked with gasoline and lit on fire. Kane had been thrown out of the ring and The Undertaker had no way of attacking him unless he too went out of the ring.
The match ended in The Undertaker's victory. While the ring is surrounded by flames just like in a standard Inferno match, the match is decided by pinfall or submission and not by burning your opponent. In addition, the flames prevent others from possibly interfering in the match, as was the case with Luke Harper and Erik Rowan of The Wyatt Family.
The Punjabi Prison match, named after the Punjab state that The Great Khali the match's founder is billed from, consists of two large steel-reinforced bamboo cages. The first is four sided and stands 16 feet 4. The inner cage has a four-foot 1. Each door may only be opened once and is only allowed to remain open for sixty seconds, after which it is padlocked.
Should all four doors end up locked before the wrestlers escape, they are forced to climb out over the top, where the bamboo is fashioned into spikes.
Between the two cages are sometimes placed two tables, on which are weapons both "medieval" and "bamboo" variations of standard wrestling weapons There are also extended straps at the corners of the cage which can be used to choke the opponent. Once a wrestler has escaped the first cage, he must climb over and out of the second cage, with the first wrestler having both of their feet touch the arena floor is the winner of the match. The match was revived inbut as part of a series of changes relating to safety after the Chris Benoit incident in WWE eliminated the spikes on the bamboo and the straps used to choke opponents.
World Championship Wrestling 's Thundercage, based on the film Mad Max Beyond Thunderdomeis a large domed structure of steel bars engulfing the ring. Although it does not have a top, the sides curve in to prevent escape. Mexico's AAA promotion tweaked the concept with the Domo de la Muerte "Dome of Death"which uses a similar cage but only allows victory by escaping through a hole at the top center.
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