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What is a Rubber Match in WWE?

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In the world of WWE, the term “rubber match” has been thrown around quite a bit, especially when two superstars have a score to settle. But what exactly does it mean? Let’s delve into the concept and its significance in the wrestling world.

A rubber match is essentially a tiebreaker contest. Imagine two WWE superstars who have faced off against each other multiple times, with each having an equal number of victories. The rubber match is the bout that’s held to determine the ultimate winner of their ongoing feud.

For instance, Cody Rhodes and Brock Lesnar are two such superstars who have been in this situation. They first clashed at the Backlash 2023 premium live event in Puerto Rico. Cody Rhodes emerged victorious by ingeniously converting the Kimura into a pinfall.

However, during their second encounter at Night of Champions in Saudi Arabia, Brock Lesnar turned the tables by winning the match, thanks to the referee’s stoppage when Cody became unconscious after Lesnar’s relentless assault. With both superstars holding one victory apiece, the stage was set for a rubber match to decide the true victor.

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Special Stipulations WWE in Rubber Matches

Rubber matches in WWE often come with their own set of special stipulations. Given the heightened tension and the need to conclusively end a feud, these matches are designed to be more intense and unpredictable. WWE has a history of booking such tiebreaker matches with unique rules or conditions.

For example, there’s speculation that the rubber match between Cody Rhodes and Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam 2023 might have a special stipulation.

Considering the controversial endings of their previous bouts, fans are eagerly anticipating what the WWE has in store. In the past, we’ve seen Cody Rhodes face Seth Rollins in a trilogy match inside the Hell in a Cell as a special stipulation.

Given the stakes, there’s a possibility that the upcoming rubber match could be an Ironman match or even a No Holds Barred contest.

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  • What is a rubber match in WWE?
    • It’s a tiebreaker match held when two superstars have an equal number of victories against each other.
  • Why is it called a rubber match?
    • The term “rubber” traditionally refers to the deciding game in a series, especially in sports.
  • Do rubber matches always have special stipulations?
    • Not always, but given the significance of these matches, WWE often adds special stipulations to make them more exciting and unpredictable.

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