With the recent announcement of the long-awaited return of War Games to the wrestling calendar and with the previous announcement of Starrcade as well as last year’s Clash of Champions. It is safe to say WWE has finally come to realise how profitable the use of its former biggest challenge in the Wrestling business; World Championship Wrestling products can and will prove to be.
War Games was a staple of the WCW programming with the ‘golden era’ of the match generally being regarded as the years between 1987 to 1992. But the last televised War Games match taking place on an episode of WCW Monday Nitro in the later part of the year 2000. The match has seen some absolute stellar showings most notably at WrestleWar 1991, where the team of The Four Horsemen; Ric Flair, Larry Zbyszko, Barry Windham and Sid Vicious defeated the team of Sting, Brian Pillman and the Steiner Brothers. But as with all gimmick matches it has also seen some bottom of the barrel non-noteworthy matches, which quite frankly if I could delete from my memory I would but that sort of technology hasn’t been invented yet and the odds of me forgetting it if I took some blunt force trauma to the head are very slim. Of course, I am talking about the cavalcade of nonsense that was The Hulkamaniacs (Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage, Lex Luger and Sting) versus the Dungeon of Doom (Kamala, The Zodiac, The Shark and Meng) at Fall Brawl 1995. It’s so bad that you simply must endure the time to watch it, even though you will never get it back.
The next official War Games match will take place at the newly christened NXT War Games event (formerly NXT Houston). Three teams will compete in the match; one more than the standard two team format of former War Games matches. The teams will consist of current NXT tag team Champions SAnitY (Alexander Wolfe, Eric Young, Killian Dian) vs The Undisputed Era (Adam Cole, Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly) vs The Authors of Pain and Roderick Strong. With the Free bird rule coming into effect in recent times and being used to excellent effect by the current Smackdown Tag Team Champions; The New Day will the NXT Tag Team titles be on the line? Quite simply, why not? Let’s raise the stacks for what no doubt will be a triumphant return of the double ring, double cage extravaganza. I personally, cannot wait for the build-up this match as no doubt there will be several brawls involving all teams at many NXT events leading up to NXT Houston. Obviously, William Regal will be backed into a corner and forced to announce that the NXT Tag Team titles will be up for grabs in the match. Maybe as punishment for certain actions from the group SAnitY or maybe because it just makes sense, I mean it’s not like when in previous gimmick matches i.e. Money in The Bank when current mid-card title holders haven’t defended their belt in the match because the other competitors were already going for a prize in that case the Money in The Bank briefcase. But as of yet the three teams current scheduled for the War Games match haven’t got a prize to fight for; other than pride of course but you don’t get to wear a belt of gold and leather around your waist to represent your pride.
With the hype already surrounding the return of War Games and the current trend of WWE using former acquisitions Pay Per View concepts I think it’s only a matter of time before WWE continues their current trend and brings back more of WCW’s concepts and maybe even some of ECW’s. Which in my eyes means one thing and one thing only; the return of my favourite Pay Per View, Halloween Havoc. I mean let’s face it, it’s the next logically step to bring Halloween Havoc and all its bells and whistles. Yes, I’m talking about the giant blow up pumpkin, tombstone titantron and more dry ice than any human being has ever needed.
I for one am all for WWE bringing back these events and why? Because of one simple reason nostalgia. Nostalgia when used properly can reignite the flame of passion in waiving fans soul and from a business point of view can be an absolute gold mind. All we have to do is look at the recent return of Crash Bandicoot to modern consoles and how well that performed and continues to perform. But as rational human beings will also have to look at the bad side of nostalgia or as I am now calling it ‘The Goldberg Effect’. The saving grace of the return of War Games is that it is an NXT event, which means the border insane but absolute genius that is Vince McMahon won’t get his dinosaur brain or hands anywhere near it because the ultra-dependable Triple H will be running the show. If previous NXT Takeovers are anything to go by then NXT War Games should set the bar even higher
But only time will tell if NXT War Games will be a success, let’s hope it is until then remember to Too Sweet every wrestling fan you ever see randomly walking past you and keep it real.