Back in 2008, the man we know and love as Cesaro was going by Claudio Castagnoli and in Chikara was wrecking house on…well, pretty much everyone…everyone except Brodie Lee (aka a slightly less hobo bearded Luke Harper).
The pair had a few matches. There were some DQs, maybe a count out, a Dusty finish or two. Try as he might, Catagnoli couldn’t get a decisive win over Lee, and so a steel cage match was booked…the first in Chikara history!
Here’s a gimmick match done right! The two had a long running feud. Regular matches could not resolve the issue…cue cage match. Kudos to you Chikara! Over in the WWE Universe, I’ll say that NXT is pretty good about using gimmick matches sparingly, but my god, Original Recipe WWE do we need so many annual gimmick PPVs?
The Attitude Era is long gone. You can let guys and ladies just get out there and wrestle and that’s enough. Save the no DQ matches, the ladder matches, the street fights, and the steel cage matches for those long running feuds that deserve them. Remember that Big Show “stairs match” against Erick Rowan? Why was that a thing that ever happened? The feud between those two dudes did not warrant any sort of gimmick match, even one as stupid as a “stairs match.”