3 WWE gimmick matches that should come back and 2 that should not

John Cena in a parking lot brawl match and Vickie Guerrero on a mud match
John Cena in a parking lot brawl match and Vickie Guerrero on a mud match
Miguel Balinado

WWE is known for a multitude of gimmick matches that are made either to elevate heated rivalries to epic heights or sometimes to simply entertain.

There are gimmick matches such as Triple Threat, Fatal Four Way, and Championship Scramble matches that provide variety to the audience with regards to the number of participants involved. These matches are often used for Championship and no. 1 contender's matches.

Some gimmick matches have the power to make or break careers such as the Hell in A Cell Match which is usually reserved only for main eventers.

Mick Foley and the Undertaker are just two of the superstars whose careers have been elevated to greatness because of the historic structure. Batista's career reached new heights after his grueling Hell in A Cell Match with Triple H way back in 2005.

There are also gimmick matches that are made simply because of their fit to the storyline and some of these are one-off, cinematic matches only.

This includes the Flag on a pole, House of Horrors, Firefly Funhouse match, and Buried Alive match. All of these matches include a supernatural character such as The Undertaker or The Fiend.

There are gimmick matches as well that superstars wish they were not a part of, or at least fans would just forget, such as the infamous Vickie Guerrero-Stephanie McMahon mud match in 2014.

Let's now take a look at the three gimmick matches that should come back to the WWE and two that should not.

#5. WWE should bring back Parking Lot Brawls

VIVA LA RAZA! 🌹 🔥 Relive #EddieGuerrero and @JohnCena's 2003 Parking Lot Brawl any time on WWE Network! WATCH ▶️

In September 2003, John Cena faced off against Eddie Guerrero in a heated Parking Lot Brawl match for the United States Championship.

The match ended with the Latino heat taking the win against the brash challenger, courtesy of a Frog Splash and an assist from his nephew, Chavo Guerrero, as the latter hit Cena with a foreign object.

In 2020's TakeOver: In Your House, Adam Cole faced Velveteen Dream in a Backlot Brawl match. The gimmick match is an alternative match to the Parking Lot Brawl except that superstars compete inside of a ring.

Dream...over and that is undisputed. Adam Cole retains in backlot brawl. #WWE #WWENXT #NXTTakeoverInYourHouse #NXT #NXTTakeOver

Despite WWE's attempts to bring in alternative versions of the match, there is still nothing like the Parking Lot Brawl.

#4 WWE should not bring back Mud Matches

June 23rd 2014, RAW. Vickie Guerrero throws Stephanie McMahon in the mud after being fired from WWE. #WWENetwork #WWE

Mud gimmick matches in WWE come in two forms: the Mud Wrestling match and the Chocolate Mud match. The similarity is that both are women's exclusive matches and have not made an appearance since the Women's Evolution has started.

Some of the most infamous mud wrestling matches are Trish Stratus and Stacey Keibler's 2002 Raw match as well as the 2014 mud match between Vickie Guerrero and Stephanie McMahon.

Despite the mud match's appeal to WWE's testosterone-driven male audiences, it is a match that WWE should prefer not to bring back, especially in today's era.

#3. WWE should bring back the Buried Alive Match

Make it a buried alive match and have Roman PERMANENTLY retire Taker…

There is no other gimmick match more synonymous with The Undertaker, than the Buried Alive match. The match helped cement The Phenom's legacy as one of the best superstar storytellers in the business today.

Steve Austin, Kane and Mankind are some of the superstars Taker has faced in the historic match type.

A match where the goal is to bury your opponent "six feet under" is ideal for concluding storied rivalries.

However, some would say that due to the Deadman's retirement, we will never see the match again. There are cases for a "one more match," or perhaps a future emerging star with a gimmick similar to that of Taker could continue Buried Alive's legacy.

#2. WWE should not bring back Bra and Panties matches

“Things are better now because Bra and Panties matches aren’t happening anymore” please wake up and realize WWE isn’t using the women’s sex appeal as much as they used to for ratings is because everything is PG now and they can’t do that due to censorship 💀

The Bra and Panties match is one of the most entertaining WWE gimmick matches in the Ruthless Aggression and Attitude Era. However, it is often seen as only an eye candy match made to please WWE's young male viewers.

Arguably the most infamous Bra and Panties match was the one between WWE Lita and Trish Stratus for the Women's Championship way back in October 2002.

Despite the match type's popularity to the male audience, it is a gimmick match that has one of the least chances to be seen again by the WWE fans especially in the post-Women's Evolution era.

#1. WWE should bring back the Championship Scramble

Remember when John Cena was originally part of the Championship Scramble match at Unforgiven 2008? It's a shame his legit neck injury at Summerslam caused him to be taken out beforehand. #TheDoubleZTV

In 2008, Unforgiven hosted the first-ever set of Championship Scramble matches wherein two superstars begin the match and every five minutes, the next participant enters.

The superstar who scores the last pinfall or submission after the last participant enters the match, wins.

In previous years, WWE preferred simpler non-elimination gimmick matches such as the Six Pack Challenge.

However, Championship Scramble still delivers a unique action-packed experience that adds more value to any WWE title. Plus, the format of the match is friendly to any WWE era, may it be Reality or PG.

Edited by Ryan K Boman
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