Weekly Top 10: The Top 10 Gimmick Matches in Pro Wrestling (With Video)

Ryan FryeSenior Analyst IMarch 18, 2011

Weekly Top 10: The Top 10 Gimmick Matches in Pro Wrestling (With Video)

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    The past few days, I've been thinking of different articles I could write, and I didn't want it to be the same articles that clog Bleacher Report day after day. 

    I have decided to do a weekly top 10, ranking something in the world of pro wrestling every week. While this isn't exactly outside-the-box thinking, I will try to rank different things than the normal.

    If you want to suggest a top 10 for me to write, feel free to.

    I will warn you in advance, that there isn't a ton of writing involved in this top 10, because how much could I really say?

    Now here is the top 10 gimmick matches in pro wrestling, enjoy!

    Disclaimer: I didn't include the TLC match, since that and the ladder match are essentially the same thing. I tried to get a wide variety of matches.

Honorable Mention: Falls Count Anywhere Match

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    Rules: The rules for falls count anywhere matches are pretty simple. There are no countouts, a pinfall or submission can take place anywhere, and there are no disqualifications.

    I've always found falls count anywhere matches entertaining. They can go all over the arena, use any kind of weapons, and it creates a ton of great spots.

10. Hell in a Cell

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    Rules: It's a simple no-disqualification match, with a giant cage surrounding the ring.

    Instead of talking, I'll just let you watch the video.

9. "I Quit" Match

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    Rules: The only way to win is to force your opponent to utter the words "I Quit."

    It's always two bitter rivals beating the crap out of each other, and who doesn't like that?

8. Ultimate X Match

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    Rules: You climb the wire and attempt to grab the big red "X." In the earlier days, you could not grab it by using a ladder. However, this has been disregarded recently.

    The Ultimate X match was a very innovative idea, to say the least.

    It is great for athletes like A.J. Styles, as you can witness in the video of an epic Ultimate X match from 2005.

7. King of the Mountain Match

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    Rules: A King of the Mountain Match is basically a reverse ladder match. Instead of grabbing the object hanging over the ring, they are supposed to hang the object themselves. The first wrestler to hang the object wins the match.

    You begin the match "ineligible" to win, and you become eligible by pinning another wrestler or forcing them to submit. The wrestler that was pinned (or forced into submission) spends two minutes in a penalty box.

    This was another creative idea by TNA. It's very different, but creates a very exciting match.

6. Tables Match

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    Rules: The only way to win this match is by putting your opponent through a table.

    I tried to find an ECW tables match, but I couldn't find one in its entirety.

    Tables matches are a classic match in pro wrestling. They have been around longer than most gimmick matches and never seem to disappoint. 

5. Steel Cage Match

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    Rules: You win by escaping the steel cage, by either climbing the cage or through the door. In some steel cage matches, you can also win by pinfall or submission.

    Steel cage matches will never get old. They are simple and always put on a good show.

4. Elimination Chamber Match

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    Instead of attempting to explain it, I'll have Wikipedia do it instead:

    The Elimination Chamber is a large, circular steel cage which 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 m) in diameter and is composed of 16 tons of steel and 2 miles (3.2 km) of chain.

    Once again, this was an innovative match that was introduced fairly recently by WWE. To my knowledge, only WWE has ever had this match. 

3. Last Man Standing Match

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    Rules: The first wrestler to stay down for a count of 10, loses.

    These matches are always epic. Like the "I Quit" match, this match always has two bitter rivals beating the crap out each other.

2. Royal Rumble

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    Rules: Wrestlers enter the ring in predetermined intervals. To be eliminated, you must be thrown over the top rope and have both feet touch the ground. The last man left in the ring is the winner.

    This has one of WWE's "big four" pay-per-views centered around the match itself. It begins the "Road to WrestleMania."

1. Ladder Match

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    Rules: Climb the ladder and retrieve the object to win.

    The Ladder Match has given us so many great moments, spots and matches. How can it not be No. 1?

Next Up: The Top 10 Faces in Pro Wrestling History

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    This will be next week's top 10, but until then...

    Thanks for reading.