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From the WWE Rumor Mill: Vince McMahon behind big change to WarGames

Simon Cotton
20.52K   //    17 Nov 2017, 21:33 IST

Vince McMahon may have made the final call
Vince McMahon may have made the final call

What’s the story?

There have been multiple changes made to the upcoming WarGames match. Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter is now reporting that Vince McMahon is directly responsible for the absence of the cage ceiling.

In case you didn’t know...

WWE announced back in October that they were reviving the WCW and NWA match concept WarGames, which was created by the late Dusty Rhodes who participated in the very first match back at the 1987 Great American Bash pay-per-view.

WWE’s version of WarGames will feature new rules: there will be three teams instead of two, shark cages to hold the teams prior to entry and pinfalls will be allowed once all teams are inside the structure.

The heart of the matter

Triple H announced during a conference call that the WarGames match won’t feature a cage ceiling. The main reason Triple H mentioned for the change was that it was “limiting” what today’s crop of superstars could do in the match, but the decision was said to come from McMahon.

Triple H was rumoured to want the cage ceiling in the match, but McMahon decided against it and made the final decision to not include it.

The only WarGames match where the cage ceiling was a detriment was at the WCW pay-per-view WrestleWar 1991 where Sid Vicious injured Brian Pillman who hit his head on the cage whilst being hoisted up for a powerbomb.

What’s next?

WarGames returns to the world of professional wrestling for NXT TakeOver: WarGames on November 18, 2017.

Roderick Strong and The Authors of Pain will face Sanity and The Undisputed Era in the match devised by the great Dusty Rhodes.

Author’s take

WWE’s changes have caused some scepticism amongst the fans, but there’s no way of knowing what the impact of these changes will be until the match finally happens. Even if they fail to capture some of the drama from the early iterations of WarGames, there are a number of highly-skilled workers in this match, and it is impossible for them to have a stinker.

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Simon Cotton
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