It’s amazing, in my opinion anyway, that there are still new match types being developed. Match modifications have existed for nearly as long as the wrestling industry. They range from simple battle royals and steel cage bouts to the more bizarre buried alive and Punjabi prison contests. Hell, there’s even been a Viagra-on-a-pole match. You’d think that someday promoters would run out of ideas with which to alter a match’s rules. Well, today is not that day.
This weekend, Ring of Honor will debut a new match type, entitled “The Double Danger Scramble.” The match, which will feature six competitors, will begin with two combatants in the ring; the four remaining men will each be on the apron in their respective corners. Standard tag rules apply, although the legal competitor can be changed without contact as well. If either of the two men in the ring spill to the outside, the first of the other competitors to enter the ring will be legal. In order to win, one must score TWO pinfalls or submissions. The only way to be eliminated prior to the match’s end is to be disqualified.
The wrestlers participating in the inaugural Double Danger Scramble will be Rhett Titus, Michael Elgin, Grizzly Redwood, Tommaso Ciampa, Adam Cole, and Andy “Right Leg” Ridge. My money’s on Eglin, but that’s not important. What is important is that we’ve got a new match type, and it’s not ridiculous and gimmicky. The rule about the legal man changing whenever somebody exits the ring makes for a quick pace, and I could see tension building as a few guys in the match accumulate their first pinfall and are just one away from victory. If the match succeeds in execution, I’m sure it won’t be long before we see it or a modified version of it show up in one of the two larger promotions.