WarGames Match: List Of Matches In WWE, Format, Rules

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WarGames match is a special tag team Steel Cage match that encloses around two rings placed side by side. The match also adds hardcore elements with the tornado tag team match format, with two to three teams of 3 to 5 wrestlers involved in the match. Created by Dusty Rhodes in 1987, the match was introduced in WWE in 2017 when NXT started a special event for the match.

Know everything about the WarGames match below with rules, format, and a complete list of WarGames matches in WWE.

Format and Rules

WarGames matches are contested between two or three tag teams. If two teams participate in the match, the teams usually have 4 or 5 wrestlers in each side. If three teams are involved, the teams have 3 wrestlers each. Due to upto 10 wrestlers being involved in the match at one point in time, two rings are used inside the cage to accommodate all the participants properly. The steel cage is enclosed from all 4 sides. The rules of WarGames are as below:

  1. Everything is legal inside the ring- be it chairs, tables, ladders, cutters, thumbtacks, or any other equipment.
  2. Two wrestlers from each team start the match.
  3. After five minutes one wrestler from any one team(usually decided via entry advantage matches in prior), enter the cage to create a two-on-one handicap situation temporarily.
  4. After two minutes, one wrestler from the other team will enter the cage. The same is the case in matches involving 3 teams also.
  5. One wrestler enters every two minutes from alternate teams until all members are inside the cage.
  6. Only after all the participants have entered the cage, does the match begins officially. All the participants remain in action all the time like a tornado tag team match.
  7. In WWE, the WarGames match ends either with knockout, submission, or pinfalls.

List of WarGames Matches in WWE

Men's WarGames match WWE Survivor Series 2022

Survivor Series WarGames 2022

  • Match: The Brawling Brutes(Sheamus, Ridge Holland & Butch) Kevin Owens & Drew McIntyre vs The Bloodline(Roman Reigns, Solo Sikoa, Sami Zayn, Jey Uso & Jimmy Uso)
  • Winner: The Bloodline
  • Date: November 26, 2022
  • Location: TD Garden, Boston, MS, US

Team Belair(Bianca Belair, Alexa Bliss, Asuka, Mia Yim & Becky Lynch) vs Damage CTRL(Bayley, Dakota Kai, Iyo Sky, Nikki Cross & Rhea Ripley) Survivor Series 2022

Survivor Series WarGames 2022

  • Match: Team Belair(Bianca Belair, Mia Yim, Alexa Bliss, Asuka & Becky Lynch) vs Damage CTRL(Bayley, Iyo Sky, Dakota Kai, Nikki Cross & Rhea Ripley)
  • Winner: Team Belair
  • Date: November 26, 2022
  • Location: TD Garden, Boston, MS, US

Team 2.0 vs Team Black & Gold WWE War Games
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NXT WarGames 2021

  • Match: Team 2.0 (Bron Breakker, Grayson Waller, Carmelo Hayes, Tony D’Angelo, & ) vs Team Black & Gold (Tommaso Ciampa, L. A. Knight, Johnny Gargano & Pete Dunne)
  • Winner: Team 2.0
  • Date: December 5, 2021
  • Location: Performance Center, Orlando, FL, US

Toxic Attraction & Dakota Kai vs Io Shirai, Kay Lee Ray, Raquel González, & Cora Jade - NXT WarGames 2021
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NXT WarGames 2021

  • Match: Dakota Kai, Jacy Jayne, Mandy Rose & Gigi Dolin vs Io Shirai, Cora Jade, Kay Lee Ray & Raquel González
  • Winner: Io Shirai, Kay Lee Ray, Raquel González, & Cora Jade
  • Date: December 5, 2021
  • Location: Performance Center, Orlando, FL, US

The Undisputed Era vs Team McAfee - NXT Takeover: WarGames 2020
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NXT Takeover: WarGames 2020

  • Match: The Undisputed Era (Adam Cole, Bobby Fish, Kyle O’Reilly & Roderick Strong) vs Team McAfee (Pete Dunne, Danny Burch, Oney Lorcan & Pat McAfee)
  • Winner: The Undisputed Era
  • Date: December 6, 2020
  • Location: Performance Center, Orlando, FL, US

Team Candice vs Team Shotzi - NXT Takeover: WarGames 2020
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WarGames 2020

  • Match: Team Shotzi (Io Shirai, Shotzi Blackheart, Ember Moon & Rhea Ripley) vs Team Candice (Toni Storm, Candice LeRae, Dakota Kai & Raquel González)
  • Winner: Team Candice
  • Date: December 6, 2020
  • Location: Performance Center, Orlando, FL, US

The Undisputed ERA vs Team Ciampa - NXT Takeover WarGames 2019
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NXT Takeover: WarGames 2019

  • Match: Team Ciampa (Tommaso Ciampa, Kevin Owens, Keith Lee & Dominik Dijakovic) vs The Undisputed Era (Adam Cole, Roderick Strong, Bobby Fish & Kyle O’Reilly)
  • Winner: Team Ciampa
  • Date: November 23, 2019
  • Location: Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Illinois, US

Team Baszler vs Team Ripley - NXT Takeover WarGames 2019

WarGames 2019

  • Match: Team Ripley (Rhea Ripley, Dakota Kai Candice LeRae & Tegan Nox) vs Team Baszler (Shayna Baszler, Kay Lee Ray, Io Shirai & Bianca Belair)
  • Winner: Team Ripley
  • Date: November 23, 2019
  • Location: Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Illinois, US

The Undisputed Era vs War Raiders, Pete Dunne & Ricochet - NXT Takeover: WarGames 2018
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NXT Takeover: WarGames 2018

  • Match: The Undisputed Era (Adam Cole, Roderick Strong, Bobby Fish & Kyle O’Reilly) vs Pete Dunne, Ricochet, & War Raiders (Hanson & Rowe)
  • Winner: Pete Dunne, Ricochet, and War Raiders (Hanson & Rowe)
  • Date: November 17, 2018
  • Location: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, US

The Undisputed ERA vs Sanity vs The Authors of Pain & Roderick Strong - NXT Takeover  WarGames 2017
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NXT Takeover: WarGames 2017

  • Match: Sanity (Alexander Wolfe, Eric Young, & Killian Dain) vs The Authors of Pain (Akam & Rezar) & Roderick Strong (with Paul Ellering) vs The Undisputed Era (Adam Cole, Bobby Fish, & Kyle O’Reilly)
  • Winner: The Undisputed Era
  • Date: November 18, 2017
  • Location: Toyota Center, Houston, Texas, US