In its most traditional form, pro wrestling is about two wrestlers facing off, one-on-one, in a match determined by pinfall, submission, disqualification, or count-out. It’s the framework on which the entire industry is based. However, pro wrestling is also about entertainment, and a show with nothing but straight-up, no-nonsense singles matches, no matter how good, would get old fairly quickly. Thus, the gimmick match was designed. From something as simple as adding more bodies to the fray and calling it a Triple Threat, to the dangerous hardcore stipulations such as Ladder matches or the infamous Hell in a Cell, gimmick matches, done right, can add a little spice to any wrestling event. Over the years, some gimmick match types have fallen by the wayside, due to safety concerns, complexity, or because they simply were only intended to ever happen once. But some of them deserve another day in the sun, and this list spotlights a few of the more interesting possibilities.
10. Casket Match
The signature match of The Undertaker (and later his brother), a match where the only way to win is to put your opponent inside a casket and close the lid. There haven’t been many great casket matches over the years, but it’s still a match concept that can get people fired up. Unfortunately, with Undertaker (and Kane) on their last legs as active wrestlers, it’s also a match that we might not see again. However, it’s not like it would be impossible for another, similarly supernaturally inclined wrestler to bring back some sort of variation on a casket match. After all, The Wyatt Family is right there and one would think they would enjoy the psychological warfare that such a match is based on. In fact, it was surprising that the Bray Wyatt-Undertaker match at WrestleMania was not a casket match. The casket match has also expanded beyond the realm of WWE in recent years, most notably in a “Grave Consequences” match in upstart promotion Lucha Underground, where the casket was actually used as a weapon, leading to an even more innovative match and showing that you don’t need to have The Undertaker to bring caskets into play.