Matches that didn't take place in a ring

Maybe it was the Ganryujima Island Death Match that did it.

In 1987, WWE Hall of Famer Antonio Inoki fought Japanese wrestling legend Masa Saito for more than two hours through the tall grass and rocky beaches of a deserted isle. By all accounts, the bout wasn’t very good (Turns out boring matches are boring no matter where they’re held). But it was so bizarre that wrestling fans couldn’t stop talking about it. Suddenly, the matches that had been confined to rings in arenas and armories for decades were free to go anywhere.

Since then, Superstars and Divas have settled scores in junkyards, swimming pools filled with pudding and, on at least one occasion, a Canadian man’s basement. Here, WWE Classics steps outside of the squared circle to look at seven of these unique bouts that did not take place in a ring. Ropes? Where we’re going, we don’t need ropes. (PHOTOS | VIDEO PLAYLIST)