The pieces are coming together. When WCW went out of business, one thing that WWE fans were interested in was the idea of WarGames being brought over to the new company. It was the ultimate team based match and the idea of it coming to WWE was rather appealing and something that could offer all kinds of interesting combinations. However, that was not the case for a very long time, as it took the better part of twenty years before a WarGames match took place in WWE. Now it is an annual tradition in NXT and things are going to be even bigger this year. Some major changes took place this week on NXT and shook up Takeover.
During this week’s episode of NXT, two major announcements were made in regards to Takeover: WarGames. First, Team Ripley announced its fourth member with the addition of Mia Yim to the lineup as she joins Captain Rhea Ripley, Tegan Nox and Candice LeRae. The four of them will team together against Team Baszler, featuring Captain Shayna Baszler, Io Shirai, Bianca Belair and a fourth name to be added. Dakota Kai attempted to be on the team but Ripley said that she did not make the cut, causing Kai to walk away. Next week, Yim and Shirai will compete in a ladder match for the WarGames advantage.
It was a pretty sad moment. Check out Kai being turned down:
On the same show, it was announced that there will be a men’s WarGames match as well. This was teased last week with Tommaso Ciampa saying that he was going to war but nothing was confirmed. This week it was announced that the Undisputed Era will team up against Captain Ciampa, Keith Lee, Matt Riddle and a fourth member to be announced. The match will mark the third time that the Undisputed Era will be competing in WarGames, having participated in both previous editions.
Most of the team was in action. Check out Ciampa and company in a six man main event:
Opinion: Works for me, though I’m not sure how great of an idea it is to do two of these in a single night. WarGames works because it is such a rare treat, though the fact that the matches are taking place on the same night should help things out a little bit. There is a lot that can be done with the to be announced members and I’m curious to see how the matches are filled out. Just getting WarGames is a cool enough moment and WWE seems to know what they have here.
Who will be the remaining members? How do you see the matches going? Let us know in the comments below.
Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at kbwrestlingreviews.com, or check out his- Amazon author page with 30 wrestling books. His latest book is KB’s Complete 2004 Monday Night Raw Reviews.
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