War Games Match - History

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WarGames was created by Dusty Rhodes, and was originally used as a specialty match for the Four Horsemen. The first two WarGames took place during the NWA's Great American Bash '87 tour, where it was known as War Games: The Match Beyond. It would be held at two house shows later that year, once in Chicago at the UIC Pavilion and the other at the NWA's debut at The Nassau Coliseum on Long Island.

The next year, it would be held during the Great American Bash Tour in 1988 at 11 house shows (one was released on the WWE Horsemen DVD). There is a rumor that three more house show WarGames matches occurred on July 6th, 1988 in Tampa, August 1st, 1988 in Milwaukee, and on August 5th, 1988 in Inglewood California, which would make it 14 house show WarGames matches in 1988. The Tampa show consisted of Dusty Rhodes, Lex Luger, the Road Warriors and Paul Ellering defeating Ric Flair, Barry Windham, Arn Anderson, Tully Blanchard, and J.J. Dillon when Dillon submitted. The Milwaukee show consisted of Dusty Rhodes, Lex Luger, Sting and the Road Warriors defeating Ric Flair, Barry Windham, Arn Anderson, Tully Blanchard, and J.J. Dillon. The Inglewood show consisted of Dusty Rhodes, Lex Luger, the Road Warriors and Paul Ellering defeating Ric Flair, Barry Windham, Arn Anderson, Tully Blanchard, and J.J. Dillon when Rhodes forced Dillon to submit to his figure-4. The final War Games matches under the NWA banner were at The Great American Bash in 1989 and a house show rematch at The Omni in Atlanta.

WCW used it originally in 1991 at WrestleWar and at five house shows during the 1991 Great American Bash Tour and in 1992 at WrestleWar, before it became a traditional Fall Brawl event from 1993 to 1998. The earlier WarGames, generally from 1987 to 1992, are regarded as some of the best matches in NWA and WCW history.

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