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Many different types of matches have been used in LWF. What follows is a description of these matches.

Variations of Singles Matches

The standard wrestling match (or One Fall match) involves two wrestlers attempting to win the match through either pinfall or submission while not getting disqualified, or "counted out" -- caught outside of the ring for a referee's count of 10 or 20, depending on the companies' rules.

In matches where championships are being contested, the champion typically retains the title in the event of a disqualification or countout finish, no matter which competitor was disqualified or counted out. Commentators and bookers generally explain it as saying the challenger "must beat" the champion. Playing into this some storylines have heel champions attempting to protect their title by forcing such losses.

Some of the most common variations on the singles match is to restrict the possible means for victory: Pin only or Pinfall match where only pinfalls are permitted, Submission match where only submissions are permitted, and so forth.

Highwire Match

A match where wires cross over the ring, forming an X. To win you must retrieve an object hanging over the center of the X.

  • Lockmania 2004: Alan Fernandez and Firestar versus Fear and Synn (Tag Titles)
  • Maximum Carnage 2009: The Confederate Truth versus FSC (Tag Titles)

"I Quit" Match

A match where to win you must make your opponent say the words “I Quit.”

  • Revolution 2002: Alan Fernandez versus Fear (EWF Imperial Title)
  • Meltdown 2003: Phoenix versus Matt Marauder
  • Day of Reckoning 2004: Fear versus Matt Marauder

Inferno Pit Match

A match where a pit of fire is at ringside and to win your must knock your opponent into the pit.

  • Maul 2001: Phoenix versus Therion (Cross-Hemisphere Title)
  • Vengeance 2001: Phoenix versus Xecutioner (LWF Title)
  • Maximum Carnage 2003: Alan Fernandez versus Phoenix (LWF Title)
  • Revolution 2004: Phoenix versus Psiko
  • Lord of the Ring 2008: Phoenix versus Matt Marauder
  • Vengeance 2009: Alan Fernandez versus Phoenix

Iron Man Match

A match where the person who wins the most falls during a sixty minute time limit is declared the winner. Falls can be won by pinfall, submission, disqualification, or count out.

  • Betrayal 2003: Alan Fernandez versus Fear (Cross-Hemisphere Title)
  • Day of Reckoning 2009: Alan Fernandez versus Phoenix

Ultimate Submission Match

A variant of the Iron Man Match, in which the person to record the most submissions in a thirty minute period is declared the winner. Falls can only be won by submission.

  • Revolution 2009: Phoenix versus Red Fusion

King of the Hill Match

A match won by the person that spends the most time physically in the ring.

  • Resurrection 2003: Arelas vs. CoolJ vs. Emperor vs. Lock vs. Matt Marauder vs. Robert Ooley (LWF Title)
  • Maul 2004: CoolJ vs. Emperor vs. Iceman vs. Phoenix vs. Psiko vs. Ruff Rabbi (LWF Title)
  • Resurrection 2009: Arelas vs. Darius Jermaine vs. Diablo vs. Phoenix vs. Psiko vs. Red Fusion (LWF Title)

Napoleon's Revenge Match

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  • Vengeance 2002: Arelas versus Robert Ooley (LWF Title)

Straight Jacket Match

A match where both participants must wear straight jackets.

  • Vengeance 2001: Fear versus Psycho Charlie

Technical Match

A match that can only be won by submission. At one point LWF had a championship that was exclusively fought under these rules.


Two out of Three Falls Match

A match where to win you must beat your opponent twice. Individual falls may have different gimmicks.

  • Maximum Carnage 2002: Lock versus Toughest Man Alive (Cross-Hemisphere Title)
  • Resurrection 2004: Diablo versus Doctor K (Cross-Hemisphere Title)
  • Vengeance 2004: Arelas versus Psiko (LWF Title)
  • Revolution 2009: Derick Felix versus Lone Wolf (Cross-Hemisphere Title)


Havok-Based Variations

Havok wrestling is a subset of professional wrestling where some or all of the traditional rules do not apply. Most often this simply means there are no disqualifications, which itself eliminates the countout, allowing decisions to take place anywhere. In fact, many so-called "hardcore match types" are merely euphemisms for the same sort of "rule-less" match, with the name meant to emphasize certain aspects of havok wrestling or to point out one specific difference.

Barbwire Match

A match where the ring ropes are replaced with barbed wire.

  • Maul 2004: Dr. K versus Red Fusion (Havok Title)

Carnage Match

An annual event for the Havok Title at Maximum Carnage. This is an eight person match where the participants accrue falls in a variety of ways. The top four advance to the second half of the match, where participants are eliminated one at a time until a sole victor is determined.

  • Maximum Carnage 2008: Colby Colt, CoolJ, JJ Massacre, JW McCammon, Lone Wolf, Psiko, Red Fusion, Seth Burch
    • Qualifying Falls - Melee Match, Technical Rules, Table Match, First Blood Bonus
    • Elimination Falls - Chain Match
    • Final Fall - Ladder Match
  • Maximum Carnage 2009: Chosen One, Happy Joe Lucky, JW McCammon, Kyle Tacker, Nate Webb, Nomad, Prototype, TJ Hero
    • Qualifying Falls - Normal Rules, Technical Rules, Steel Cage, First Blood Bonus
    • Elimination Falls - Sadistic Madness
    • Final Fall - Street Fight

Coliseum Match

Held in an enclosed cage, with gladiator-type weaponry.

Two participants begin the match, and random selected "gladiators" enter at random intervals. If a gladiator is able to pin a competitor or force them to submit, the gladiator becomes a legal participant and the previously legal participant becomes a gladiator. If a gladiator is pinned or submits at any time to anyone, they are eliminated. The match ends when one of the currently legal participants pins the other.

  • Revolution 2008: Kyle Tacker versus Psiko (Havok Title)
  • Vengeance 2009: J.W. McCammon versus TJ Hero (Havok Title)

Earthquake Match

A match where to win you must use your opponent to break the ring.

  • Maximum Carnage 2002: Demonic Phenomenon versus Phoenix and Psiko (Tag Titles)

First Blood Match

A match where to win you must make your opponent bleed.

  • Betrayal 2002: CoolJ versus Xecutioner

Hard Ten Match

A match that is contested on a points system, where the points are earned for the use of weapons. The first person to earn ten points — and be up by at least two points — wins. Regular strikes with a weapon are worth one point, while putting an opponent through a table is worth five. It should be noted that, unlike the tables match, a wrestler simply moving out of the way and letting an opponent put them self through a table does count in this match type.

  • Lockmania 2008: Colby Colt versus Lone Wolf (Havok Title)

Last Man Standing Match

A match where to win you must get your opponent to stay down for a ten count.

  • Lord of the Ring 2001: Badass Bob versus Lock (LWF Commissionership)
  • Vengeance 2001: Crow versus Toughest Man Alive (Cross-Hemisphere Title)
  • Lockmania 2004: Emperor versus Phoenix (Imperial Title)
  • Resurrection 2008: Phoenix versus Matt Marauder
  • Lockmania 2009: John Russo versus Lone Wolf (Cross-Hemisphere Title)

Maniacal Multiple Massacre Match

A match where to win you need to put your opponent through two tables, put your opponent in a straight jacket, hit them in the head with a bat while they are wearing a bucket, and retrieve an object hanging above the ring.

  • Betrayal 2004: Lone Wolf versus Psiko (Havok Title)
  • Lockmania 2009: The Confederate Truth versus the Lunatic Fringe (Tag Team Title)

Sadistic Madness

A match in which a participant cannot be pinned until they are already bleeding.

  • Revolution 2008: Blackjack Gabbiani versus Kyle Tacker versus Nicky Starr versus Prototype versus White Manson
  • Maul 2009: Derick Felix versus Happy Joe Lucky versus Kyle Tacker versus Matthew Carter versus Nomad
  • Betrayal 2009: Chuck Randall versus Jason Grant versus Nomad versus Steven Stone (Havok Title)

Vigilante Match

A match with No Disqualifications where Falls Count Anywhere. Matches are encouraged to be fought away from the ring.

  • Betrayal 2003: Arelas versus CoolJ versus Lock
  • Massive Melee 2004: Arelas versus Fear (Cross-Hemisphere Title)
  • Maximum Carnage 2004: Arelas versus Robert Ooley (Cross-Hemisphere Title)
  • Maximum Carnage 2008: Arelas versus Matt Marauder (LWF Title)
  • Lockmania 2008: Arelas versus Donovan Hastings versus Fear
  • Maximum Carnage 2009: Arelas versus Diablo (LWF Title)

Weapon-Based Variations

The following is a list of weapon-based matches where additional rules supplant or replace the standard rules.

Catapault Match

A match where to win you must assemble a catapult and use it to launch your opponent over the ropes to ringside.

  • Maul 2002: Emperor versus Flame Demon (Havok Title)

Chain Match

A match in which the competitors are attached to each other by a steel chain.

  • Vengeance 2002: Iceman versus Psiko (Havok Title)
  • Resurrection 2008: Fear versus Travis Pierce

Hangman's Horror

A match in which ropes are hung as nooses from each turnbuckle. To win, you must hang your opponent until they are no longer able to continue.

  • Meltdown 2008: Phoenix versus Matt Marauder

Ladder Match

A match where to win you must use a ladder to get to something which is suspended above the ring.

  • Resurrection 2001: Ghostdad versus Therion versus TMA (Cross-Hemisphere Title)
  • Revolution 2001: Puppet Masters versus Valoria Brothers (Tag Titles)
  • Vengeance 2001: Monoxide versus Psiko (Havok Title)
  • Betrayal 2001: Arelas versus Crow versus Lock versus Xecutioner (People’s Title and Cross-Hemisphere Title)
  • Lockmania 2002: Arelas versus Robert Ooley (LWF Commissionership)
  • Meltdown 2002: Freak Show Central versus the People’s Alliance versus the Puppet Masters versus Ruff Rabbi and Anarchist (Tag Titles)
  • Maximum Carnage 2003 – Joe Fantasy versus Matt Marauder (Cross-Hemisphere Title)
  • Massive Melee 2004: CoolJ versus Matt Marauder versus Nomad versus Xecutioner (LWF Title)
  • Lord of the Ring 2004: CoolJ versus Iceman versus Nomad (Imperial Title)
  • Renewal 2007: Diablo versus McCammon (Cross-Hemisphere Title)
  • Lord of the Ring 2008: Darius Jermaine versus Fear versus Psiko (Cross-Hemisphere Title)
  • Meltdown 2009: Derick Felix versus Donovan Hastings versus Lone Wolf versus Travis Pierce (Crosss-Hemisphere Title)

Ludicrous Ladder Lunacy

A match where five objects are suspended above the ring, and the winner is the first person or team to retrieve three.


Lousiville Helmet Match

A match where to win you must put a helmet on your opponent’s head and then hit them in the head with a bat.

  • Betrayal 2001: Psiko versus Robert Ooley

Stretcher Match

A match where to win you must put your opponent on a stretcher and push them onto the stage.

  • Revolution 2009: Chuck Randall versus Prototype

Table Match

A match where to win you must put your opponent through a table.

  • Maul 2001: Badass Bob versus Lock
  • Meltdown 2001: Fire and Ice versus Puppet Masters versus Curmanian Devil and Face Duffer Ish (Tag Titles, Elimination)
  • Revolution 2002: Freeze versus Robert Ooley
  • Meltdown 2003: Fear versus Red Fusion (Cross-Hemisphere Title)
  • Maul 2004: Alan Fernandez and Firestar versus Creative Control (Tag Titles)
  • Renewal 2007: Cold Fusion versus the Lords of Pain versus the Metal Miltia (Tag Titles, Elimination)
  • Maximum Carnage 2009: Phoenix versus Psiko

Table Triple Turmoil Match

Table match variant where you must put your opponent through three consecutive tables.

  • Resurrection 2009: Fear versus John Russo

TLC Match

A Ladder Match where the use of tables and chairs as weapons is encouraged.

  • Resurrection 2004: Angels of Death versus the Freaks versus the New Blood (Tag Titles)
  • Lockmania 2008: The Gold Bond Champions versus Lunacy in Motion versus the Petal Patrol versus the Unholy Hierarchy (Tag Titles)
  • Day of Reckoning 2009: Big Time versus Donovan Hastings versus John Russo versus Psiko (World and Cross-Hemisphere Titles)

Wall Match

A match where to win you must put your opponent through a wall.

  • Day of Reckoning 2003: Doctor K versus Ghostdad (Havok Title)
  • Lockmania 2004: Matt Marauder versus Xecutioner

Enclosure-Based Variations

Some matches take place in specific enclosed environments. Although the majority of these enclosures are set up either in or around the ring, some of them are placed apart from it. In all cases, the structure itself is considered "in play" and most enclosure-based matches are decided by pinfall or submission unless specific other stipulations are made beforehand.

Cage Match

A steel cage match is a match fought within a cage formed by placing four sheets of mesh metal around, in, or against the edges of the wrestling ring. The most common way of winning modern cage matches are either pinfall, submission, or by escaping the cage and having both feet touch the arena floor.

  • Resurrection 2001: Iceman versus Phoenix (LWF Title)
  • Meltdown 2001: CoolJ versus Ghostdad versus TMA (LWF Title)
  • Betrayal 2001: Iceman versus Phoenix
  • Maximum Carnage 2002: CoolJ versus Crow (LWF Title)
  • Vengeance 2002: Phoenix versus Crow (Cross-Hemisphere Title)
  • Vengeance 2004: Arelas versus Psiko (LWF Title)
  • Resurrection 2009: Derek Felix versus Matthew Carter

Specialty Cages

Elimination Chamber

A match held in a special cage with four glass chambers. After intervals of time a random chamber is opened. Participants are eliminated until one remains.

  • Meltdown 2004: Emperor vs. Fear vs. Matt Marauder vs. Phoenix vs. Psiko vs. Red Fusion (LWF Title)
  • Betrayal 2008: Can of Gold Bond vs. CoolJ vs. Darius Jermaine vs. Diablo vs. Phoenix vs. Psiko (LWF Title)

Enclosed Cage

Match held within a steel cage with a roof. Must be won by pinfall or submission.

  • Day of Reckoning 2002: Arelas versus Lock
  • Meltdown 2009: Big Time versus Nero LeWitt

Gates of Hell

A match fought in the Hell in the Cell cage with fire between the ring and cell. To win, a participant must escape the cell, climb to the top, and retrieve an object that hangs from the roof.

  • Lord of the Ring 2008: Arelas versus Diablo (LWF Title)

Hamsterball

The competitors fight within a rolling circular steel cage within the ring with weapons. Alan Fernandez and Fear used this as part of their Best of Seven Series in late 2003.


Hell in a Cell

A match fought in the Hell in the Cell cage with participants locked inside. Cage is bigger than regular steel cage with a roof. Match can only be won by pinfall or submission.

  • Resurrection 2002: Crow versus Psiko (LWF Title)
  • Maximum Carnage 2004: CoolJ versus Matt Marauder (LWF Title)
  • Maul 2008: Matt Marauder versus Arelas (LWF Title)

Killer Kage

A match with a steel cage around the ring and tables inside the cage. Match is won by pinfall or submission.

  • Meltdown 2004: CoolJ versus Killer Krash (Havok Title)
  • Lockmania 2009: Donovan Hastings versus Red Fusion

Stairway to Hell

This is a Ladder Match fought inside a 25 foot enclosed steel cage.

  • Lockmania 2008: Jake White versus Travis Pierce (Cross-Hemisphere Title)
  • Resurrection 2008: Colby Colt versus Donovan Hastings (Havok Title)

Three Levels of Hell

A match featuring a cage with three levels. First, you must set you opponent on fire and urinate on him to extinguish it. Then, you must bury your opponent in a pit full of snakes. To win you must retrieve an object from the top level and escape the cage with it.

  • Lockmania 2002: Alan Fernandez versus Flame Demon (Havok Title)
  • Vengeance 2008: Psiko versus Kyle Tacker (Havok Title)

Locale-Based Variations

Though most matches take place in and around the ring, some are designed specifically for more exotic locales. The majority of these matches take on the name of their setting, often appending "brawl" to the end, and are generally hardcore by definition.

The following is a list of locale-based variations that supplant or replace the standard rules.

Asylum Match

A match fought in a room with paddled walls and weapons. To win you must put your opponent in a straight jacket and pin them.

  • Betrayal 2003: Dr. K versus Psiko (Havok Title)

Bar Room Brawl

A match fought in a bar. All participants are expected to be inebriated.


Boiler Room Brawl

A match fought backstage in the boiler room. To win you must escape the room.


Fiddler on the Roof Match

A match fought on the roof of the arena. To win, you must be the first person to leave the roof.


Hall of Mirrors Match

A match fought in a maze of rotating mirrors. To win you must retrieve an object from the center of the maze and escape with it. Alan Fernandez and Fear used this match as part of their Best of Seven Series in late 2003.

  • Day of Reckoning 2003: Fear versus Phoenix (Cross-Hemisphere Title)
  • Lord of the Ring 2004: Fear versus Matt Marauder

Parking Lot Brawl

A match fought in the parking lot where everything is legal and falls count anywhere.

  • Meltdown 2008: Psiko versus Kyle Tacker (Havok Title)

Prison Break Match

A match where a member of a team must free their partner from a cage above the ring and escape backstage with them.

  • Meltdown 2008: The Lords of Pain versus Creative Control versus the Stampeding Truth versus the Precious Proudmen (Tag Titles)
  • Betrayal 2009: The Brick City Boyz versus Lone Wolf and McCammon versus the Lunatic Fringe versus the Regime (Tag Titles)

Water Tower Match

A match featuring a special designed scaffolding. To win you must knock your opponent off the scaffolding and into a vat of water.

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