Shawn Michaels, Executive Vice President of NXT and Talent Development, has announced a brand new match type that will debut at NXT Deadline on Saturday 10th December.
Since 2017, NXT have hosted an annual WarGames event, with last year’s edition featuring Team Black & Gold, consisting of Johnny Gargano, Tommaso Ciampa, LA Knight and Pete Dunne taking on the team of Bron Breakker, Grayson Waller, Tony D’Angelo and Carmelo Hayes, known collectively as Team 2.0.
However, this year will see the WarGames concept debut on the main roster at the upcoming Survivor Series premium live event on 26th November.
Therefore, NXT will replace their annual WarGames event with a brand new gimmick match, which appears to have taken inspiration from a number of other classic match types, such as WWE‘s Ironman match and TNA’s King Of The Mountain match.
NXT’s Iron Survivor Challenge
As revealed by Shawn Michaels on this week’s NXT, the brand new concept will be known as the Iron Survivor Challenge and will feature five competitors. Two competitors will start the match with a new wrestler entering the fray every 5 minutes over a 25-minute time limit.
The goal of the match is to accumulate the most points by the end of the time limit. Wrestlers can earn points by pinfall, submission or disqualification, with one point earned for each fall.
The competitor that loses the fall will be punished by having to sit out in a penalty box for 90 seconds before being able to re-enter the match.
There will be two Iron Survivor Challenge matches taking place at NXT Deadline, a men’s and a women’s match, with the winner of each contest being declared the number one contender for their respective World Championship.
Shawn Michaels did not reveal any of the competitors during his announcement but did say the line-ups will be revealed over the next few weeks of television, before the event takes place on 10th December.