For the first time in nearly 20 years, one of the most unique professional wrestling matches is making a return, and the WWE is pulling out all the stops to replicate its awesomeness. Photos have emerged on social media of the set of NXT TakeOver: WarGames, and it shows the two wrestling rings featured on the arena floor.
Check out some of the awesome pictures from the stage in Houston, Texas:
Wrestling fans around the world were encouraged in early October when Triple H announced that WarGames, a gimmick match that was originally used in the NWA, would make a return. It grew to prominence in WCW, and was typically held at their Fall Brawl PPV. It’s known that the late Dusty Rhodes coined the idea for the match. In it, there are usually either two teams of either four, five or more wrestlers who are locked inside a massive steel cage that covers two rings. It was last used in professional wrestling on September 4, 2000 at WCW Monday Nitro.
The NXT WarGames match will feature three teams: The Authors of Pain (Akam and Rezar) and Roderick Strong; Sanity (Alexander Wolfe, Eric Young and Killian Dain); The Undisputed Era (Adam Cole, Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly). The event will be live streamed on the WWE Network beginning at 8 p.m. Eastern with the kickoff show starting at 7:30 p.m.
Other matches on the card include a fatal-four-way match for the vacant NXT Women’s Championship (Ember Moon vs. Kairi Sane vs. Nikki Cross vs. Peyton Royce), Drew McIntyre vs. Andrade Almas for the NXT Championship, Aleister Black vs. Velveteen Dream and Kassius Ohno vs. Lars Sullivan.
When Triple H made the announcement of WarGames, Ring of Honor World Champion — and former WWE star — Cody Rhodes was vocal with his displeasure with the return. He said he didn’t think WWE was properly honoring his father’s legacy. The announcement came shortly after Cody and his wife Brandi said they weren’t pleased with how the WWE was using the Starrcade brand that his father was associated with.
Cody later clarified his opinion, saying he’s been assured that “care and effort” would be placed into the production.
Saturday’s NXT pay-per-view is the first one since NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn III was held August 19 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.