You have to make it important. There are certain ways to make a wrestling match feel bigger and the easiest is to attach a gimmick. Just adding a special rule to a match makes things feel a lot bigger and there are several choices available. NXT is trying one of the newer gimmicks that they have to pick from and this time around it could be something special.
NXT is in a unique place as it has its own mini arena at the moment, meaning that it can set up all kinds of different things. It also helps that they are away from the main roster, meaning that they do not have all of the same restraints. As a result, one of the NXT wrestlers has a bit of a signature match, and now it is going to be coming back for a special event.
During this week’s NXT, Tommaso Ciampa attacked Timothy Thatcher to continue their feud. With Thatcher laid out, Ciampa said that he would see Thatcher in the Fight Pit, a match that Thatcher debuted earlier this year. The match was later made for New Year’s Evil on January 6. The Fight Pit is a special cage match featuring an elevated platform around the top of the cage, allowing the wrestlers to fight above the ring and possibly crash down. It was only used once, when Thatcher defeated Matt Riddle on May 27.
Opinion: This is the way I like my gimmick matches: not used very often and with a reason for the match taking place. Ciampa has already beaten Thatcher once and as a result, he is willing to face Thatcher in his own environment. That could make for a special kind of match and hopefully we get what the two of them are capable of, which could be something rather good.
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