The complete history of WarGames

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September 18, 2012

It’s the match that nearly ended Brian Pillman’s career. WWE Hall of Famer JJ Dillon was never the same after he was viciously dumped on his shoulder inside the most dangerous battleground in all of sports-entertainment. No competitor ever was. Nothing could have prepared them for the most primal, brutal match ever concocted: WarGames. (PHOTOS | VIDEO PLAYLIST)

Dubbed “The Match Beyond,” WarGames was unlike anything ever seen before in any promotion. The contest was brought out only once a year in the NWA and WCW, to settle some of the most heated rivalries of all time. It was a battle so monumental, it required two rings. To ensure there were no deserters in WarGames, a massive, roofed cage was constructed around the ring.

It was quite literally a game of human chess. Teams sent in one combatant each to start out on the battlefield, duking it out for five minutes, before a coin toss decided who would have the temporary advantage. The losers of the coin toss would be forced to battle a man down for the next two minutes, until they could send a teammate into the fray. The teams then alternated back and forth until all members were inside the cage. That's when WarGames truly began.

The brutal match forced everyone trapped inside to unleash their most sadistic side. There was no place inside WarGames for a pleasant exchange of technical wrestling holds. The only way out of the cage was to wrench in a submission hold so deep that an opposing member had no choice but to submit, or beat down the opposing team so bad that they are forced to surrender.

WarGames was concocted by the NWA’s Jim Crockett Promotions in 1987 as a way to combat The Four Horsemen’s running roughshod over the company, doing whatever they pleased. Officials figured locking them in the hellacious structure with their most bitter rivals would put Ric Flair and company in their place. Little did they know that their creation would change the landscape of sports-entertainment.

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