Can't believe I forgot Henry/Bryan from 2011 in the best Cage matches discussion. Probably my favourite match of the year.
WWE dont know how to book cage matches
too many mixed signals. I mean, i dont get it? Is the point of the cage to keep one of them from running away so they can get an ass kicking? Is the point of two guys who hate each other? Is it for one of them run? Whats with the fucking door too?
I mean, I dont get it. And adding a title into the mix just makes shit more confusing
I can't tell you how stupid GMs look when they book a Cage match under the premise that 'the champion has been ducking the challenger and has to put up or shut up'...only to then book a match where one of the 3 ways to win is by....escaping from your opponent.
The escape via the door is even more retarded for 3 reasons:
1. It removes any credibility the Cage has in terms of stopping interference. If the GM doesn't ban a stable/faction from ringside, all one guy has to do is assault the ref holding the key and unlock the Cage, in some cases the door remains unlocked throughout the match so again all a guy has to do is get past the ref and he can interfere.
2. If you can walk out of the door to escape, then the cage is pretty much pointless. At least if the only way to escape is via climbing the cage, then at least it serves a purpose on top of being used as a weapon and serving as the potential for a dangerous fall. When you make it possible for a guy to not have to climb the cage, then you really have to question what purpose the Cage actually has.
3. WHY DO PEOPLE GO THROUGH THE DOOR AND THEN LATER CLIMB THE CAGE JUST TO SET UP A SPOT? Its unbelievable how many wrestlers will switch between going out over the cage and then going via the door, all to set up a spot. It just defies logic and whilst wrestling as a whole requires the suspension of some disbelief, Cage matches under this logic just take it too far.
A Cage match to me should just be two guys locked inside the cage, only way to win is pinfall/submission and really they just beat the shit out of each other until the finish. By all means the heel can still attempt to climb out of the cage to escape the beating, even though it won't win him the match (Hogan vs Flair for example), but the finish will come with one guy finally beating the other with no shenanigans involved.