Ranking the Worst Gimmick Match Ideas in WWE History
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The WWE has come up with plenty of ridiculous gimmick matches throughout the years.
With a desire to change things up from a standard wrestling match, stipulations have been created to form all kinds of different match types.
Some, like Hell in a Cell or TLC matches, have proved to be among the most entertaining match types in WWE history.
But others? Eh, not so much.
For every great gimmick match the WWE has come up with, it's created even more bad ones.
Here are the 10 worst gimmick match ideas in WWE history.
10. Empty Arena Match
Empty Arena matches can actually be pretty entertaining depending on the superstars involved.
The problem is that they eliminate one of the greatest aspects of a pro wrestling match: the crowd.
Whether we always pay attention to it or not, the live crowd plays such a pivotal role in making a match succeed or fail.
If the live crowd sucks, odds are the match won't live up to its expectations. If the live crowd is awesome, it can make a good match seem much better than it actually is.
In Empty Arena matches, however, the two wrestlers involved don't have to worry about this because they have no crowd to play off of. They wrestle in an arena that could fit 15,000 people, but actually has zero.
Most wrestlers would probably say that it's easier to work in front of a massive crowd than in front of no one because they feed off of the crowd's energy and use it to enhance the quality of the match.
Even if the wrestling is good in an Empty Arena match, it just doesn't feel like it because there's no crowd to tell us if that's actually the case.
9. Chairs Match
The Chairs Match is a creation of the WWE TLC pay-per-view, and a horrible one at that.
While there are obvious purposes behind a ladder match (climb the ladder to retrieve something) or a tables match (put your opponent through a table), there really isn't one for a Chairs Match.
It's basically a hardcore match. The only difference is that a chair is the only weapon that is used.
Of course, this isn't exactly appealing to most wrestling fans, who can't understand why a Chairs Match even exists when it's basically a toned down version of a street fight.
Having the superstars use chairs to incapacitate their opponents during a match is fine. The issue is that the title of "Chairs Match" is lame because it implies that the bout is only going to feature two guys hitting each other with chairs repeatedly.
Thankfully, we haven't seen countless Chairs Matches throughout WWE history, though.
After all, what are these guys supposed to do? Sit in a chair to win the match?
8. Boiler Room Brawl (Or Any Match That Doesn't Take Place in the Arena)
The Boiler Room Brawl was a staple of the Attitude Era and Mankind, one that did lead to a number of memorable moments.
But there's one major issue with the Boiler Room Brawl: It takes place backstage.
Although the Boiler Room Brawl (or any other match that doesn't take place inside the actual arena) does have a certain amount of appeal, it also deprives the live crowd of witnessing a match inside the ring.
How would you like to shell out 50 bucks to attend Raw live and then be forced to watch the show's main event on the big screen?
While some feuds do warrant a match that doesn't take place in the arena, it's hard to be a fan of a bout that takes place away from the crowd. Like with Empty Arena matches, it takes the crowd out of it and deprives them of seeing a match inside the ring.
A Boiler Room Brawl is basically a No DQ match. Why not just let it take place in the ring?
7. Evening Gown, Tuxedo, Bra and Panties, Etc.
Not every match needs to end by pinfall or submission, as evidenced by the success of ladder matches and battle royals.
But ending a match by stripping all of your opponent's clothes off? We could probably do without that.
Even though Bra and Panties matches were always appealing to the older male demographic, they no longer have a place in the WWE during its PG era. Some (myself included) miss them, but the concept behind them is actually pretty juvenile.
Just look at all the similar match types, like Tuxedo and Evening Gown matches, and think about what you're actually witnessing: Two grown men (or women) stripping each other's clothes off until they're almost naked.
While these match types have led to some hilarious moments, they usually feature almost no actual wrestling and often focus on "comedy" that isn't all that funny.
Perhaps these matches could be done differently and mean a little more. But because they're basically glorified comedic segments, they've been pretty brutal to watch throughout the years.
6. "_________ on a Pole" Match
If you hear the words "on a pole," then you probably know that disaster is on the horizon.
While the core concept of a "____ on a Pole" Match is not all that different from the very successful Ladder match, the execution of these matches has been poor throughout the WWE's history.
Whether it's been a flag, a contract, mistletoe or anything else hanging on the pole hasn't really changed the fact that these matches are usually disastrous.
Many of them feature little wrestling or wrestling that is of poor quality, and the outcome of the bout typically has a very minimal effect on future storylines.
Just look at the Divas "Mistletoe on a Pole" match in the video, and it's easy to see that these matches can be a complete waste of TV time.
These "_____on a Pole" matches actually might not be that bad under the right circumstances. But as we've seen, the circumstances are almost always wrong.
5. Body Slam Challenge
The Body Slam Challenge shouldn't even qualify as an actual match.
As the title implies, this match is won by the first man who body slams his opponent. Yes, a match concept is indeed built entirely around one of the simplest and most common moves in pro wrestling.
It usually means one of two things: A smaller superstar will be given the impossible task of body slamming a very large one, or two huge superstars will attempt to body slam each other.
Whenever a Body Slam Challenge takes place, it's typically a means to see which superstar is stronger or a lame attempt at comedy, like when Chris Jericho faced Big Show in one back in 2010.
Truth is, though, that only one of these challenges has actually mattered, and it took place nearly 20 years ago.
So unless a Body Slam Challenge has involved Yokozuna or Lex Luger, it's probably meant diddly squat and been borderline painful to watch.
4. Blindfold Match
A big part of wrestling is making the fans suspend their disbelief even though, in the backs of their minds, they know what they're watching is scripted.
The Blindfold Match throws that completely out the window.
Anyone above age 10 knows that the superstars who are competing in a Blindfold Match really aren't blindfolded at all. Clearly, the superstars involved can see through their "blindfolds," or else it would be next to impossible for them to have an actual match.
But the Blindfold Match still happens every once in a while, and it's a rather weak attempt at comedy that involves superstars doing dumb things like throwing punches at nothing or "inadvertently" running into the ropes.
Of all the ridiculous things in pro wrestling, a Blindfold Match always has been and always will be one of the most ridiculous.
The most famous one took place at WrestleMania VII between Jake "The Snake" Roberts and Rick Martel, and that was the best one of the bunch.
Since then, though? It's been all downhill.
3. Hog Pen Match
Sloppy mud, hogs and No DQ rules.
These are the basic elements of a Hog Pen Match, which, thankfully, has only happened three times throughout the WWE's history.
The first came in 1995 with Triple H taking on Henry Godwin, the second pitted "Stone Cold" Steve Austin vs. Eric Bischoff in 2003 and the most recent one saw "Santina" Marella take on Vickie Guerrero and Chavo Guerrero in 2009.
Unfortunately, I was there to witness that last one live, and let's just say that it was an even bigger train wreck in person.
The Hog Pen Match essentially forces its participants to roll around in a pile of manure, and as you might expect, this match has always taken place purely for "comedic" purposes.
In actuality, though, the Hog Pen Matches have been absolutely brutal to watch and aren't so much a match as they are unentertaining filler.
2. "Kiss My Foot" Match
A "Kiss My Foot" Match is exactly what it sounds like.
Two wrestlers (or announcers) face off in a match, and the loser if forced to "kiss the foot" of the winner.
Perhaps this match might be appealing to someone with a foot fetish, but to most, it's as gross and, perhaps more importantly, as stupid as it sounds.
Whoever came up with the idea of having the loser of a match kiss his opponent's foot may want to have his head examined, but hey, at least it lead to that memorable match between Bret Hart and Jerry Lawler.
Unfortunately for us all, it also led to Hart vs. Michael Cole last year in what was easily one of the worst matches in WWE history.
A "Kiss My Foot" Match between two announcers didn't work? Who would have thunk it?
1. Kennel from Hell
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Of all the terrible gimmick match concepts in WWE history, none will ever top the Kennel from Hell Match.
It only took place once, but once was more than enough.
The first and only Kennel from Hell match pitted Al Snow against Big Boss Man at Unforgiven in 1999, and it was a sort of hybrid between a cage match, Hell in a Cell match and a visit to the vet.
The match was highlighted by canines humping and crapping all over the place while, oh yeah, a match was going on in between them.
The idea was for Snow and Big Boss Man to have to get through the dogs to get out of the cage, and it was a concept that was even worse in its execution than it was on paper.
Unless we see a TLCat match one day, it's safe to say that nothing will ever be as bad as Kennel from Hell.
Indeed it was hell to watch.
Drake Oz is a WWE Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter!