Jim Ross has discussed the infamous three-cage Tower Of Doom match that took place at NWA’s 1988 Great American Bash.
The match saw The Road Warriors, Jimmy Garvin, Ron Garvin, and Steve Williams team up for the bout. They faced Al Perez, Ivan Koloff, Kevin Sullivan, Mike Rotunda, and The Russian Assassin. The object of the match was to make your way from the top tier cage through trap doors and eventually the bottom cage for the victory. Ron Garvin won the match for his team when he was pushed out of the cage by Sullivan.
Speaking on his Grilling JR podcast, commentator for the event Jim Ross discussed his thoughts on the match. Answering his co-host Conrad Thompson as to what he thought of the match, JR was unambiguous.
“A clusterf***. A three-level cluster is how I’d describe it. It’s too many moving parts, what do you focus on? Who gets over? So many things. A total gimmick. For full transparency, stuff like the War Games I loved, certain matches I love them. I love a cage match where escaping the cage isn’t part of the equation. If you’ve got a strong enough angle that you’re gonna be in a cage, why would you have escaping the cage and running as part of the way to determine the winner? It’s not logical. You did that for babyfaces in our territories who didn’t want to lose a cage match or heels who didn’t want to get pinned or made to submit in a cage. Ego ego ego.”
“But this one had so many moving parts, and I love looking [back] at this because it brought back a lot of good memories and there’s a lot of good guys there that probably if they had not had this match, would not have been on the card to any significant degree. They made more money working in a main event level match than this Tower of Doom, but it was gimmicky. Everybody’s looking for something new that’s going to hit. It’s no different to giving a talent a chance with a new gimmick or a new name, a new hold, whatever it may be. It was just searching for something that quite frankly wasn’t there.”
Jim Ross also recently discussed his opinions on the theory that Vince McMahon put the territories out of business in the late eighties. According to Ross most of these companies were doomed anyway.