Originally Posted by theidealstranger
Well, read somewhere that cage matches were are as old as 1930s and served the purpose of keeping outside interference out before Escape from the cage matches evolved.
I am not sure what promotion started the escape the cage for the win clause, but I do remember that was not the case in our area, it was pinfall only.
The birth of the cage match is unusally credited to Atlanta in 1937. Cage matches were very rare which led to their appeal, and mystery. In fact from what I understand only a dozen or so cage matches took place before 1970. That is when the cage match boom began.
Obviously specialty matches can be tools to spark a crowd, but like anything when they happen to often they lose a little mystique. Plus some of them were just flat out dangerous.
The old scaffold match, which began in Memphis with Bill Dundee vs (I think) Koko Ware, was just crazy. We don't see many of them anymore especially since they could have major bad results. There is little dount in my mind they are gone because of the "what if" factor.
The craziest one I ever saw was a New Zeland Death Box match between Lord Jonathon Boyd and a very young Jeff Jarrett. Basically they took a bunch of snakes (advertised as poisonous) and slung them in a casket. The loser was the one who was nailed into the box.