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SLAM! Speaks - Readers' favourite gimmicks
By SLAM! Wrestling Staff




If there's anything we can say about the SLAM! readers, they sure have a lot more diversity in tastes. While three of the four SLAM! writers chose the Royal Rumble (or Rumble-style) match as our favourite, the responses we got showed a little more variety. Here's what you had to say.

Jeff Parkinson
The obvious favorite gimmick match would have to be the Royal Rumble, but for me it's lost the edge of never knowing what will happen. Once they added the stipulation that whoever wins gets the title shot at WrestleMania, we can pretty much figure out who it's going to be a month before it ever happens.

My favorite, although it's new, would have to be the Money In The Bank ladder match. Taking six guys (at least four of whom are viable number one contenders for the near future) and sticking them in a ladder match makes this an awesome concept because it's one of the very few times when you just don't know who is likely to win. I've been watching wrestling for 15 years and this is the first match in the last five that left me on the edge of my seat and clueless as to who was going to win.

Carla & Roger Hirsch
The Rumble is good, but I think the old WCW Lethal Lottery was better. The chance of two wrestlers being forced to work as a team led to an even greater anticipation. The outcome was, for the most part, a little less predictable than the Rumble's as well.

Mike Cherwinski
My favorite match would be a chain match inside a steel cage, because the blood would flow like wine. A ladies "spank the loser" match would also be good.

Andrew Metivier
Scaffold Match

Clement Wang
On my take on gimmick matches, my pick is for the blue steel cage. Cage matches these days aren't quite what they used to be without the blue cage. It was always fun to watch blue cage matches, and so many classics were fought in it (Bret vs. Owen, Orndorff vs. Hogan). Even some great promos were cut in it like Hogan shaking the cage for Saturday Night's Main Event. The mesh cage matches of today aren't quite the same as the blue one. Hopefully WWE can bring back the blue steel cage soon and produce some classics.

Fred Caprara
I'd have to say my favourite gimmick match of all time is the Inferno match. I only remember one, but there my have been another. The match had the ring was surrounded by flame, and the first person to catch fire lost. Mine was between the Undertaker and Kane, and it was the coolest looking thing ever. The house lights were down and the wrestlers were illuminated only by the flames and the odd camera flash. Everytime one would get too close to or bounce off of the ropes the flames would shoot out. Then Kane was sent to the outside, and the Undertaker sailed over a wall of flame to take him out with a body splash. Just in terms of look and pure perilousness, this is still my favourite match to think about. It was surreal. Editor's note: there has been at least one other Inferno match, used as Kane's signature match in a gauntlet-style challenge. Anyone who remembers this match is asked to e-mail SLAM! Wrestling.

-- compiled by Jon Waldman