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This is a page that shows matches contested in World Wrestling Entertainment.

Variations of singles matches and hardcore-based variationsEdit

6 Feet Under match

 A 6 feet under match is a match where a wrestler must send the other wrestler in a announce table to win the match and if both wrestle put each other though the table will retain their belts. An Extreme Lumberjack match is a standard match with the exception that the ring is surrounded by a group of wrestlers not directly involved in it. The ring can beat up the participants when they go out of the ring but can not set foot inside the ring. 

Extreme Rules matchEdit

An Extreme Rules is a match where wrestlers can use anything they want to beat their opponents.

Handicap matchEdit

A Handicap match is any match where one wrestler or team of wrestlers face off against a team of wrestlers with numerical superiority such as two against one, or three against two. In some two-on-one handicap matches the team with superior numbers act under tag team rules, with one person in the ring at a time.

I Quit MatchEdit

You need to make your enemy say the words "I Quit" and no disqualifications. 

Last Man Standing matchEdit

A last man standing match is a no-disqualifcation match where the only way to win is by knockout. That is, a wrestler will lose the match if they are unable to answer a ten-count after being downed, similar to the knockout ruling of a boxing match. In order to avoid losing, both the wrestler's knees must be off the ground by the count of 10.

Monster's Ball matchEdit

A Monster's Ball match is a match where neither wrestler can be disqualified, allowing for weapons and outside interference, with the match having to end in the ring. Normally three people are in the ring.

Pick Your PoisonEdit

When a feud happens, a Pick Your Poison match may occur, where before the show, one wrestler picks an opponent wrestler they are in a feud with.

Special refereeEdit

Special referee is a match where there is a referee which is a superstar.

Special Outside RefereeEdit

A Special Outside Referee, also known as a Special Enforcer or Special Guest Enforcer; is someone charged with the task of keeping wrestlers inside the ring.

 Submission matchEdit

A total Submission match is a match that can be won by submission/count out and DQ.

Three stages of HellEdit

A 2 out of three falls match where each fall has a different stipulation.

Locale-based variationsEdit

Parking Lot BrawlEdit

A Parking Lot Brawl is a match that takes place in a parking lot.

Container-based variationsEdit

Some matches have a container stationed in or near the ring, with the object of the match being to trap the opposing wrestler in it. Many of these matches take the name of the container, such as Ambulance match and the Casket match. A similar type of match aims to restrain opposing wrestlers somehow, and the match often takes the name of the restraining device—for example, the Stretcher match or Handcuff match. In a Stretcher match, a wrestler loses the match when he is unable to get up and is carried from the ring and passes the line, that is up on the entrance ramp, on a stretcher by his opponent.

These matches are often fought using hardcore rules, or at the very least rules that allow wrestlers to do more without being disqualified. In team matches, an entire team typically has to be placed in the container to lose. In some cases, the restrained wrestler must be taken past a certain point ringside in order for a victory.

Variations include: strollers 


dump trucks 

Weapon-based variationsEdit

Though the use of foreign objects is illegal under the standard rules of professional wrestling, some match types have been devised to allow in specific objects under certain conditions. The object in question is usually related to one or both of the wrestlers gimmicks or was in some way instrumental in the angle that led to the match taking place. In either case, the matches generally take the name of the weapon being used ("Singapore Cane match", "Nightstick match"). The following is a list of weapon-based matches where additional rules supplant or replace the standard rules.

Belt on a Pole match

The belt on a Pole match—whose name is usually derived from the object being hung; i.e. "Brass knuckles on a Pole", "Singapore Cane on a Pole"—is the spiritual forebear of the ladder match. 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. Unlike the ladder match, however, reaching the object doesn't usually end the match; it simply allows that wrestler to use it as a weapon This is not a no-disqualification match; the weapon on the pole is merely an exception to the disqualification rule.

Full Metal Mayhem matchEdit

A variation of the TLC match called Full Metal Mayhem. The added stipulation to the match was that "anything metal is legal", though this only included the use of chains and bag of tacks. In reality, anything is legal.

Second City Strap matchEdit

A Second City Strap match is a match where 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 match can end by pinfall or touching all four turnbuckles uninterupted.

Ladder MatchEdit

A Ladder Match is a match where a specific object (usually a title belt) 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.

Money in the Bank ladder matchEdit

Main article: Money in the Bank ladder match

The Money in the Bank ladder match is a ladder match held at the Money in the Bank Pay-Per-View. The match can features eight participants, with the objective being to retrieve a briefcase that is suspended above the ring. The briefcase contains a contract, which guarantees a match for one of WWE's two world titles: the WWE Championship, or the World Heavyweight Championship. The contract is valid for one year up to the next year's Wrestlemania, and the briefcase holder—dubbed "Mr. Money in the Bank"—can cash in the contract for a world title match (one of the two depending on which briefcase they hold), at the date, place, and time of their choosing. The briefcase may also be defended in matches, similar to how championships are defended.

Table matchEdit

A Table Turmoil match is a match in which to win a wrestler must put their opponent through a table — that is, a wrestler must use some offensive maneuver on their opponent that causes them to contact and break the table.

Enclosure-based variationsEdit

Elimination Chamber matchEdit

A Elimination Chamber match is a match which the ring and ringside area is surrounded by a 36-foot-high non-roofed steel cage structure weighing over 10 tons. Inside the cage, at each turnbuckle, is a clear pod where four of the six competitors in the match must wait to be released to join the two who start at the opening bell. Only the wrestlers waiting in a pod are given a different weapon each. One by one every five minutes a random wrestler and his weapon is released from his pod. As the name implies, wrestlers are eliminated one-by-one until only one remains. The metal is black and the chambers are made of bulletproof glass

Hell in a Cell matchEdit


An Hell in a Cell match is a match which the ring and ringside area is surrounded by a 20-foot-high roofed steel cage structure weighing over 5 tons. Victory can be achieved by pinfall or submission.

Punjabi Prison matchEdit

The Punjabi Prison match, named after the Punjab region in which The Great Khali, the match's 'founder' is billed from, consists of two large bamboo cages. The first being four sided and standing 16 feet (4.8 m) tall, while the second has eight sides and stands 20 feet (6 m) surrounding the first.

The inner cage has a four foot (1.2 m) by four foot door on each of its sides, with a referee standing by to open them at a wrestler's request. 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 escapes, 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, upon which are weapons (both "medieval" and "bamboo" variations of standard wrestling weapons). Once a wrestler has escaped the first cage, they must climb over and out of the second cage, with the first wrestler having both of their feet touch the arena floor being declared the winner.

Eimination Chamber matchEdit

The Elimination Chamber, which was created by Triple H and introduced by Eric Bischoff for WWE in 2002, is a large, circular steel cage that surrounds the ring entirely, including creating a grated floor area on the apron. Inside the cage, at each turnbuckle, is a clear "pod" where four of the six competitors in the match must wait to be released to join the two who start at the opening bell. As the name implies, wrestlers are eliminated one-by-one via pinfall or submission until only one remains. An Extreme Elimination Chamber took place at the 2006 December to Dismember pay-per-view, where a weapon was given to each wrestler waiting in a pod. The metal is black and the chambers are made of 'bulletproof glass'. The chamber is 36 feet (11 metres) in diameter and is composed of 16 tons of steel and 2 miles (3.2 kilometres) of chain. Since 2010, WWE has held a pay-per-view of the same name in a February, featuring this match type as one of its marquee events.

Tower of Doom matchEdit

A Tower of Doom match involves three cages stacked on top of each other, with each cage decreasing in size from the bottom up. The only way to win is to climb the cage which is situated in the middle of the ring and grab one of the three keys, with only one of them being able to open the door on the outer-most cage.

inferno matchEdit

An Inferno match is a special type of match where the 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, four of which have involved Kane. The first Inferno Match was between Kane and The Undertaker at the 1998 Unforgiven pay-per-view. Kane had been thrown out of the ring and The Undertaker had no way of attacking him. The match ended in The Undertaker's victory. A variation of the Inferno match, dubbed a Ring of Fire match, took place at SummerSlam 2013, when Kane faced Bray Wyatt. 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. The match was won by Bray Wyatt.

Multi-competitor match variationsEdit

Non-elimination matchesEdit

Championship ScrambleEdit

A Championship Scramble is a match, similar to a Six-Pack Scramble, where two wrestlers start the match and every five minutes another wrestler enters until all five participants are present. After the last wrestler enters, there is a five minute time limit. Each time a wrestler scores a pinfall or submission they become the interim or unofficial champion, and such reigns are not recorded as official reigns. Five minutes after the final wrestler enters, the wrestler that scores the last pinfall or submission is declared the winner and the official champion.

Triple Threat matchEdit

A Triple Threat match is when three wrestlers fight untill there is a pinfall or submission.

Basic elimination matchesEdit

Royal RumbleEdit

A Royal Rumble is when 2 men start in the win and every 2 minutes a new competitor comes in the ring, where there are 30 competitors all together and you have to try eliminating a superstar by throwing them over the top rope and both feet touching the floor. The last superstar in the ring is declared the winner.

Series variationsEdit

Beat the Clock matchEdit

A Beat the Clock challenge match is a match where usually two wrestlers face off against one another and must defeat his or her opponent before the clock runs out.

Three Stages of HellEdit

The Three Stages of Hell match is a match with three stipulations wrestlers must achieve two victories of a specific nature in a specific order before the other. The name of the match is taken from baseball, referring to the notion that losing two times would entail losing the match. Because of the format, wrestlers may be attempting to fulfill different victory conditions. Like generic series matches, these are often booked so as to have both wrestlers have two "strikes" against them, with the final victory condition being a particularly brutal manner (for example, Stage 1: Street Fight, Stage 2: Steel Cage Match, Stage: 3 if necessary Ladder Match).

Tag team match variationsEdit

Generally, almost all singles match types can be adapted for use in tag-team competition, with minor variations. However, there are certain match types which are designed with tag teams in mind.

Elimination style matchesEdit

Survivors matchEdit

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