From Dictionary.com, war games are defined as follows: “a simulated military operation, carried out to test the validity of a war plan or operational concept: in its simplest form, two opposing teams of officers take part, and when necessary, military units of the required strength are employed.”
For any old-school fan like me, my family, and Eric Gargiulo, with hearing the sad news that Vince McMahon and WWE canceled the traditional Survivor Series because they believed that concept doesn’t relate to the product anymore and what the fans want to see. Honestly, in my opinion, if Vince and the company didn’t fade away from tag team wrestling and didn’t fade away from the original concept of the pay-per-view Survivor Series, people may want to see it. Having teams of babyfaces and heels teaming up to take out their opposing team, who wouldn’t want to see that?
[adinserter block=”1″]I called into Pro Wrestling Radio on Monday, May 10th, 2010 and talked to Eric Gargiulo about the classic NWA/WCW War Games. Both of us agree that it was something that we loved when we were younger and when it was an annual event. Triple H even tried to bring it into the WWE several times in the past couple of years, but it was shot down each time it was brought up.
War Games, if anyone doesn’t know, was made up of two five-man teams (until WCW did the three three-man teams—Team WCW, Team n.W.o. Hollywood, and Team n.W.o. Wolfpac), where the team of babyfaces would take on the team of heels. TNA does something very similar at their Lockdown pay-per-views with the TNA Lethal Lockdown. But in NWA/WCW, they had two teams, two rings, one cage with a roof on it. Two men would start the match, one from each team, and would do battle for five minutes until another man would enter. It would be determined “by a coin toss” on which team would have the advantage. After the third man would enter, the intervals between each new entrant would be two minutes (give or take a minute). After all ten men are entered into the two ring single roofed cage; the only way to win is submission or someone forfeiting the match to the other team!
So why replace Survivor Series with the War Games? Here are my thoughts on what I would like to see: having one team represent the Raw brand and the other team represent the Smackdown brand. Having a main event star captain the team, and have them pick a tag team from their respected show, a mid-carder, and a low-carder. Just think if Chris Jericho would captain a team with the Hart Dynasty, the Miz, and Vladimir Kozlov would take on a team with Big Show as the captain with CM Punk, Luke Gallows, Kane, and Dolph Ziggler.
For me, thinking of a match like what I just offered up, I would order the pay-per-view and have my buddies over if the main event match would be this. WWE still could have the WWE Championship and World Heavyweight Championship be defended on the card if they want to, the title matches could happen before the cage match. Or even have the WWE Champion and World Heavyweight Champion captain a team from their respected shows and let’s say the team with the World Heavyweight Champion wins, he would have to defend his title at the next pay-per-view against his team (or they could have a number one contender’s match to determine who he faces in a one-on-one match).
[adinserter block=”2″]The Philosophical Final Thoughts: I believe War Games could be a good replacement for Survivor Series, if booked right. I feel having the two World title matches before the War Games match and have the War Games match captained by a main event wrestler from each show, like I mentioned already, I think it could work. If they book from that and book down with a great undercard, I feel WWE War Games could and would work and people would want to see it. Booking is key, as long with a strong card. This is Eric Darsie from Minnesota, until next time….
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