Steel Cage Warfare Rules Set

Ring of Honor’s future hangs in the balance as four of its top stars do battle with S.C.U.M. in Steel Cage Warfare at Sunday’s television taping in Baltimore, and now the rules have been set.

Two wrestlers from opposing teams will start the match and wrestle for five minutes. After that five minutes has expired a member from either Team ROH or S.C.U.M. enters the match, and then entrances alternate between the two teams every two minutes. Eliminations can happen at any time by either pinfall or submission. The team who is able to eliminate all four members of the opposing team is declared the winner.

The rules are pretty much standard fare for Steel Cage Warfare matches and they should come as no surprise. There is, however, one thing that is irksome. A coin flip prior to the match will determine which team has the advantage, meaning whoever wins the coin flip will have a one-man advantage throughout the contest.

It bothers me that something this important will be decided behind closed doors. Ring of Honor could rid itself of S.C.U.M. once and for all in this match, while it would be a massive step in S.C.U.M.’s quest to destroy the company. Having the advantage is extremely important in this match as having it would give either side the edge. It doesn’t make any sense that both sides are willing to allow the pure luck of a coin toss to decide something so vital.

It’s something that could be easily remedied.

Ring of Honor is a wrestling company, right?

So why not decide who gets the advantage in a wrestling match?

There is no reason to decide a major part of the stipulation behind the curtain when it wouldn’t be difficult to show the fans who won the advantage with a match. It would give the fans the chance to see the story play out in the ring instead of being told what happened behind the scenes.

They could easily build the match up on television by saying both sides are putting their best wrestler forward to represent the team. It doesn’t matter who they choose to wrestle, but the storyline itself would be enough to make it a heated main event for an episode of ROH television, especially if it’s the week prior to the Steel Cage Warfare.

In this fantasy booked match, which side should win?

The same team that’s almost guaranteed to win the coin toss: S.C.U.M.  Matches like these always work best when the heel team has the upper hand, and S.C.U.M. winning the match with underhanded tactics would be way to set it up.

Although the coin toss aspect is a little annoying, it should still be a great match and will be one of the most important matches in Ring of Honor’s history.

Jon Shumake

Jon has been with ROHWorld since March 2011. The American Bearded Nightmare is one half of 'Team America' on ROHCast, which is available every week on ROHWorld, iTunes and Stitcher.